Tanglewood Jazz Festival

August 9th, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Marrowstone Vineyards joined Olympic Peninsula Wineries this January and we’re so very happy to have them with us!

Marrowstone Vineyards is located on Marrowstone Island, naturally enough, atop a hill overlooking Puget Sound. Sampling the vineyard’s wines while taking in the view from the winery’s deck is quite the experience: Whidbey Island setting there in the sparkling blue of the sound, the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains in the distance; sailboats and large cruise, Navy, or cargo ships passing; and the kind quiet you can only find when you’re well away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Breathtaking.

Ken and Judith Collins relocated from northern California to the Pacific Northwest in 2006 and found themselves with five acres and no real idea what they could to do with it. A Master Gardner’s class gave them the hint they were after, however, when they learned that, contrary to what they had previously been told, certain varieties of grapes do, in fact, do well here in the Puget Sound region.

Well, what do you know?

Marrowstone Vineyard’s wines use Washington and Oregon grape varieties, such as Madeleine Angevine, Siegerrebe, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Reisling. Their wines are Our wines are fermented to a crisp and refreshing dryness that pairs well with seafood, cheeses, and chicken dishes. They also make a deslicious, spiced apple wine reminiscent of apple pie. Mmmmm!

Marrowstone Vineyards is more than just a winery, they also serve as a gallery for local artists. Sculpture, paintings, pottery, blown glass, and more decorate the walls of the tasting room and fill the upstairs gallery of the winery.

Marrowstone Vineyards is also available for weddings, reunions, and other events. We are happy to provide referrals for local caterers, musicians, photographers, wedding officiants and rental services for everything you may need for your event.

Imagine yourself on a lovely, secluded island, at the very tip of the Olympic Peninsula. It is summer and the sun is shining (really!). Before you, a vineyard heavy with ripening fruit stretches down a gentle slope towards the sparkling blue waters of Puget Sound. Across the Sound lies Whidbey Island, buttressed by the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains.

You are no doubt asking yourself, (looking at the adjacent photo), how or why did this middle-aged couple decide to plant a vineyard and create a winery? The short answer was provided a few years ago by one of our relatives back in Ohio, “You guys are crazy to do this!” The longer answer is that we decided about eight years ago to relocate from northern California to the Pacific Northwest and began looking for property in Seattle, the Olympic Peninsula and Whidbey Island. After many hours in the company of realtors, we found a property with a lovely view of Puget Sound, a house that “appeared” to need little work and a lovely horse barn, then occupied by actual horses. We moved to our new home on June 1st, 2006. Not knowing quite what to do with five acres of property, we both enrolled in a Master Gardener class and learned, contrary to what we had been told, that one could grow certain varieties of grapes in the Puget Sound region. We then visited a number of wineries in the Puget Sound area including several on Whidbey Island and Bainbridge Island, which were, in fact, making wine from estate-grown grapes.

Their Pinot Noir grapes come from the heart of the Willamette Valley and are aged in seasoned French oak barrels, to add structure and a subtle hint of oak, but allowing the natural fruit flavors to predominate.
We also make a spiced apple wine that will remind you of homemade apple pie.

http://www.marrowstonevineyards.com/

The annual Tanglewood Jazz Festival will take place September 4 and 5, 2010, and will feature some of the best contemporary jazz artists in the world. We currently have openings at our Tanglewood lodging during the Jazz Festival, and invite all jazz enthusiasts to hop in the car and head to our bed and breakfast Lenox, Massachusetts for this big event.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash at Tanglewood

July 26th, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Crosby, Stills and Nash to play at Tanglewood.

Crosby, Stills and Nash are coming to Tanglewood on Wednesday, September  1, 2010, at 7:30pm. Forty years of creative partnership, and still going strong.

Book a room at our Lenox bed and breakfast early for this big event.

Imagine Herbie Hancock at Tanglewood

July 19th, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Jazz pianist and icon Herbie Hancock brings The Imagine Project to Tanglewood for one night, Monday, August 9, 2010. The show will take place at 7:30 pm at Koussevitzky Music Shed. We currently have a few openings that night at our Lenox MA bed and breakfast, and we will happily tell you our secret route to Tanglewood. Seize the moment, and experience this magnificent work of art.

Herbie Hancock has said, “Music transcends the barriers between people. It utilizes the universal language of music to express its central themes of peace and global responsibility” (http://www.herbiehancock.com/). Music fans will be delighted by the talented and diverse line-up of international musicians involved in The Imagine Project.

Once you are comfortably installed in your room at our bed and breakfast Lenox, take some time to explore our wonderful corner of the Berkshires. After an emotionally stirring evening of music by Herbie Hancock and a host of other musicians, spend a quiet day in the woods. Stroll through our gardens, or allow us to recommend a nearby day hike. It’s the perfect way to round out a trip to Tanglewood.

Simon and Garfunkel to Play at Tanglewood

June 14th, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Make plans now for the historic reunion of Simon & Garfunkel: Old Friends Live on Stage at Tanglewood.

Simon and Garfunkel at Tanglewood, July 27, 2010.

They reunite Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at 8pm at the Koussevitzky Music Shed. 20,000 people are expected to attend, so book a room at our Tanglewood lodging soon.

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Tanglewood Tickets are on Sale

April 21st, 2010 by Applegate Inn

The Tanglewood Season will soon start, and it is none too early to start considering which events you’ll want to attend. Once you do, be sure to look into lodging at our Lenox MA bed and breakfast, as we fill quickly during the summer months.

Garrison Keillor at Tanglewood on June 26, 2010

Opening Night at Tanglewood is July 9, 2010, yet there are events almost every night starting June 26, when Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion take the stage. This live broadcast is sure to be full of beautiful music, poignant tales, and silliness.

11am Sunday, June 27, marks the start of the String Quartet Marathon at Tanglewood. Fourteen string quartets will perform music by Mozart and Schumann among others. Later that night, the Mark Morris Dance Group takes the stage to perform a Grand Duo, and a new piece set to Beethoven arrangements of traditional folksongs. The Mark Morris Dance Group are currently Tanglewood Music Center Fellows.

Now is the time to peruse the Tanglewood 2010 Schedule and make your picks. Once you do that, you are ready to plan your stay at our Tanglewood Bed and Breakfast, minutes from Lenox, Massachusetts. We’ll make you comfortable, feed you well, and share our shortcut to Tanglewood. It’s time to listen to the music.

James Taylor at Tanglewood

August 25th, 2009 by Applegate Inn

James Taylor is returning to Tanlgewood

There are still tickets available for James Taylor’s August 27th performances at Tanglewood, and we still have one room available at our Berkshires bed and breakfast. Be spontaneous!

The season at Tanglewood continues into September. On the fourth is the 2009 Tanglewood Jazz Festival: An evening with Paquito d’Rivera. There is a full night on the fifth with the Regina Carter Quartet “Reverse Thread” and “Dreaming the Duke” with Nnenna Freelon, Harolyn Blackwell and Mike Garson.

 

Tanglewood On Parade

July 20th, 2009 by Applegate Inn

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Tanglewood

We tend to be busy here at our Lenox MA bed and breakfast when Tanglewood is in full swing. People travel from all over the country, and indeed from around the globe, to experience Tanglewood and the Berkshires. It gives us great pleasure to host our guests during this time, when the arts flourish more than ever in Massachusetts.

“Tanglewood on Parade” is a favorite tradition at the Tanglewood Festival. July 28, 2009, will be a full day of music, family events and fun. The grounds open at 2PM with the first event, Music and Astronomy Under the Stars: Dr. Donald Lubowich from Hofstra University will train his telescope on the heavens while participants celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileo using a telescope for astronomy with music and a variety of fun activities.

From 3PM to 7:30PM, the Visitors Center offers free Tanglewood tours. Throughout the day, Ozawa Hall will be open: TMC Piano Repetoire at 2:30, TMC Instrumental Fellows at 4:30, and TMC Instrumental and Vocal Fellows at 5:30.

The day culminates at 8:30PM in the Kousseitzky Music Shed, with performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the TMC, and the Boston Pops. Five conductors will share the podium: James Levine, Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos and Leonard Slatkin. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture will fill the air, fireworks will fill the sky, and you will be thrilled to be there.

We look forward to seeing you at our Tanglewood lodging in the Berkshires this summer.

Tanglewood is Upon Us

July 1st, 2009 by Applegate Inn

The Official opening night of Tanglewood is July 3, although talented folks such as Garrison Keillor and the Prairie Home Companion, the Juilliard String Quartet and the Emerson String Quartet have already come and gone. Those of us who live and work at this Berkshires bed and breakfast are super excited for the new season; it always brings a surprisingly varied selection of skilled musicians, dancers, and artists of all kinds. We look forward to meeting the guests who come to our inn specifically for events at Tanglewood, and to hearing what they thought of performances we can’t make.

Those of you who plan on attending more than one performance during the 2009 Tanglewood season should consider purchasing a Tanglewood Lawn Pass Book. There are eleven tickets per book, which are valid for all Boston Symphony and Pops concerts in the Koussevitzky Music Shed and Ozawa Hall. Our Lee MA Bed and Breakfast is close enough to Tanglewood to make using your Lawn Pass a cinch – especially once we show you the secret route we use to get there. Enjoy all our amenities before and after the concert: relax by the pool or take a dip; fill yourself with an amazing, home cooked breakfast in the morning, and enjoy a glass or wine in the parlor in the evening.

Weekends fill up at Tanglewood. Consider staying at our Tanglewood lodging during the week, when the crowds are a bit thinner. The music is delightful any day of the week.

Hailed as “one of the most important violinists of his generation” (Tanglewood website), Christian Tetzlaff will delight music aficionados with several performances at Tanglewood. Hear him play Stravinsky and Brahms on July 5, and Beethoven’s complete sonatas for violin and violin July 6, 7 and 9, when he is joined by Alexander Lonquich on the piano.

July 14 and 15, Le Concert des Nations offers listeners the chance to hear Jacobean Masque and Stage Music, Locke’s music for The Tempest and Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, as well as Lully’s Suite from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. The two performances are both directed by Jordi Savall, but each one is unique and engaging in its own right.

We are thrilled that the 2009 Tanglewood season is at last upon us, and hope to see you here soon.

Tanglewood Opening Night

June 28th, 2009 by Applegate Inn

All of us at our Massachusetts Inn are anticipating opening night at Tanglewood.

Tanglewood, near our bed and breakfast Lenox

Tanglewood, near our bed and breakfast Lenox

Mark Morris at Tanglewood

June 4th, 2009 by Applegate Inn

The Mark Morris Dance Group are skilled dancers and fabulous performers. They will perform at Tanglewood on August 5 and 6 2009, at 8:00 PM, very near our Massachusetts Bed and Breakfast. Joining them will be Emanuel Ax on the piano, Colin Jacobsen on the violin, and Yo-Yo Ma on the cello. The trio will play Haydn’s Horn Concerto No. 2 as the dancers perform “A Lake.” The world premier of “Visitation” will be performed to Beethoven’s Sonata No. 4 in C for cello and Piano, Op. 102, No. 1., and “Candleflowerdance” will be accompanied by Stravinsky’s Serenade in A for piano. Finally, the world premier of “Empire Gardens” will be danced to Ives Trio for piano, violin and cello.

It is a great honor for Tanglewood to be the site of two world premiers by Mark Morris. This talented choreographer from Seattle has created works for ballets and operas around the world. Yet perhaps it is no surprise that he chose the Tanglewood Festival to unveil two new performances; he is known for his musicality, and according to the Tanglewood website, “has been described as undeviating in his devotion to music.”

We at our Bed and Breakfast Lenox, MA are thrilled that the Mark Morris Dance Group will be at Tanglewood this August. We look forward to the performance.

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