All the Berkshires are a Stage!

May 26th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

the Berkshires stage

No matter your interests, there’s something on a Berkshires stage for you.

It should comes as no surprise to you that the Berkshires are awash with stage productions, acting studios, and live theater venues. Whatever your favorite entertainment – song dance, drama, comedy – a Berkshires stage is bound to be putting on something you’ll love. With the numerous theater companies, stage troupes, and well-established festivals found here, the Berkshires’ really do have it all.

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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2014

May 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2014The New York Times calls the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival “the dance center of the nation” and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who would disagree with that.

Started by modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn in the 1930′s, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is America’s longest-running dance festival, has been designated a National Historic Landmark, and is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

Jacob’s Pillow Farm, named after a large, pillow shaped rock on the property of this rural Massachusetts acreage (the zig zag road leading to the farm was referred to as “Jacob’s Ladder” so … ), was purchased by Ted Shawn in 1931 as a retreat for the first US, male dance company. Ted Shawn hoped to help expand the role of men in modern dance and ended up not only doing so but also establishing a far greater appreciation and awareness of modern dance in the US in general.

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Hike Photogenic Bartholomew’s Cobble

April 28th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Maidenhair spleenwort and moss at Bartholomew's Cobble

Maidenhair spleenwort and moss at Bartholomew’s Cobble

If you want to see the remains of an ancient, upside down coral reef covered in a wide array of rare and beautiful foliage, head on over to Bartholomew’s Cobble in Massachusettes’ Housatonic valley.

Bartholomew’s Cobble is a 294-acre nature preserve and designated National Natural Landmark. It hosts one our continent’s widest diversities of ferns and their kin, along with numerous kinds of colorful, woodland wildflowers, and serves as a stop-over or home for more than 200 different species of birds.

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Berkshire Collects at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA

April 12th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshire Collects - Tea Cup CollectionMany of us collect something – art, watches, books, coins – but who collects collections? The Berkshire Museum, that’s who – and they’ve collected together a bunch of local collections in their Berkshire Collects exhibit, running now through May 11th.

As a species, we love to collect and organize, seemingly, and never is the statement “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure” made more obvious than by viewing the grouped results of someone’s long-term collecting passion.

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Bash Bish Falls

March 25th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Bash Bish FallsIf you have never seen Bash Bish Falls, located on the state line of NY and MA in Mt. Washington, you’re missing what is undoubtedly the most spectacular waterfall in Massachusetts.

Really.

Bash Bish Falls name has to be onomatopoeia for the way the runoff and spring-fed waters splash over a series of dramatic gorges before finally tumbling 80 feet down into the crystal clear pools below – and what a sight, well worth the moderate hike from the parking area at Bash Bish Falls State Park.

Bash Bish Falls are gorgeous and entrancing even when there hasn’t been much rain but, with spring coming and its run off and rains, Bash Bish Falls are going to be quite spectacular once more, filling the air and covering all the nearby foliage (and visitors, too) with mist from all that bashing, bishing water.

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Rick Springfield Stripped Down at The Colonial Theatre

March 9th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Rick Springfield Stripped Down at The Colonial Theatre

The Rick Springfield Stripped Down Tour is coming to the Colonial Theatre!

If you’ve been known to groove to 80′s mega-hits “Jessie’s Girl,” “Human Touch,” “Souls,” and “Affair of the Heart,” you’ll want to catch the “Stripped Down” versions, live, on stage at the end of this month in Pittsfield.

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The 2014 Tanglewood Season

February 24th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

20th Anniversary of Ozawa Hall is part of the 2014 Tanglewood Season

The 20th Anniversary of Ozawa Hall is just one part of the upcoming 2014 Tanglewood season

Winter is slowly waning to spring (no, really) and the 2014 Tanglewood season is fast approaching with both some familiar faces and a few new ones.

Tanglewood welcomes back numerous familiar conductors, soloists, and vocalists this year, such as James Taylor, Yo Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, and Joshua Bell.

Some of the new faces to the Tanglewood music festival are trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger, violinist Leonidis Kavakos, and Jason Alexander of “Seinfeld” fame who, beyond acting and comedy, also happens to be a singer.

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The 2014 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival

February 3rd, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival

The 2014 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is promising to be just the thing to wipe away those winter blues!

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Skiing the Berkshires

January 24th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Skiing the BerkshiresYou’ve seen the weather reports – we have a little snow here at the moment and that means … it’s time for skiing the Berkshires!

Whether you prefer cross-country skiing, alpine (downhill) skiing, snowboarding, or tubing, the Berkshires have the snow and slopes for you – and Applegate Inn is in the center of the action!

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Romantic Berkshires Valentines Getaway

January 10th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

A Romantic Berkshires Valentines GetawayWe like to think that our Berkshires b&b is a pretty romantic place all the year round. Rated A+ as the “best place to kiss in the Berkshires,” Applegate Inn is a cozy and romantic hideaway whether you enjoy sitting by a roaring fire, enjoying a quiet and delicious meal together, or playing in the snow.

That being said, with Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, we’ve upped the ante with a package designed to make your Valentines Getaway to the Berkshires that much more romantic!

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