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Dining near Tanglewood

April 28th, 2009 by Applegate Inn

Applegate Inn Dining Room

The concierge service we offer at our Berkshires lodging is something unique to Applegate Inn. We know and love many of the great restaurants in the area, and enjoy helping our guests find the perfect dining experience. If you like Mediterranean food, we might send you to the charming Cafe Lucia where you will enjoy your food in an 1840s farmhouse. If you are hankering for a croque monsieur, the penultimate French sandwich, we’ll probably send you to Chez Nous in Lee. No matter what your preferences, it is our goal to ensure that you leave our Stockbridge MA hotel well fed. And of course, we hope you like the blueberry buckle and Baked Stuffed French Toast at the Applegate bed and breakfast.

The concierge at our Berkshires bed and breakfast can also direct you to the best place to stock your picnic basket when you are heading to Tanglewood. Opening night is two months away, and it is not too early to reserve your tickets for Diana Krall on the 4th of July, or plan your visit to our Berkshire b&b.

Brief History of Tanglewood

April 20th, 2009 by Applegate Inn

01 Tanglewood Music Center 045

Tanglewood takes it name from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Tanglewood Tales”, which Hawthorn wrote in 1850 while staying in a little red house by the shores of Lake Mahkeenac, on grounds owned by the Tappan family. The head of the Tappan family was so charmed by Hawthorn’s book that he re-named his property in honor of it. Music was not part of the landscape of the Berkshires until 1935, when a single concert took place; in 1937 the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its first performances in the area. Descendants of the Tappan family donated their land to give a permanent summer home to the orchestra, and an open structure to protect the musicians from the elements was constructed in time for the 1938 summer season. Two years later saw the birth of the Tanglewood Music Center, a teaching facility for advanced students that was created by then Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor and music director, Serge Koussevitsky. The center has been open ever since, except for during the second world war.

Over the years, Tanglewood has grown to include the Boston Pops, and to embrace a variety of performers and musicians. Each year brings something new, and each year brings memories of the past. For many people, summer is not summer without a trip to Tanglewood. For others, it is ripe for discovery.

This year, plan to stay at Applegate Bed and Breakfast while you attend Tanglewood. Our Berkshire b&b will be a lovely addition to your summer holiday or weekend getaway.


Tanglewood Festival Opening Night

April 8th, 2009 by Applegate Inn

There are a lot of great ways to enjoy the Tanglewood Music Festival, and if you are a die-hard fan, you might want to waste no time and head to the Koussevitzky Music Shed on July 3 for Tanglewood’s opening  night. James Levine with be the featured conductor that night.

Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in "The Trojans" at Symphony Hall. (Hilary Scott)

B.S.O. and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in "The Trojans" at Symphony Hall. (Hilary Scott)

The program with be Tchaikovsky that evening, beginning with Symphony No. 6, Pathétique, followed by his Piano Concerto No. 1, performed by Yefim Bronfman. The Koussevitzky Music Shed is less than 6 miles from our Lenox Bed and breakfast .

The piano soloist, Yefim Bronfman, popularly known as Fima, is one of today’s most outstanding virtuoso pianists. He is a Grammy – Award winner and was a Carnegie Hall “Perspectives” artist for the 2007-08 season. During that time he curated seven concerts, including works by composers ranging from Mozart, Brahms, Schoenberg and Berg to Webern, Prokofiev and Ravel, with world premieres by Marc-André Dalbavie and Jörg Widmann.


Time to start thinking about Tanglewood

March 20th, 2009 by Applegate Inn

Today is the first day of Spring! We are so happy that winter is finally rolling around the corner for the year, and we can start to think and plan for all the exciting activities that take place in the Spring in the Berkshires, especially Tanglewood.

The Tanglewood Festival is an annual celebration of music held at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox. It is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and setting for a variety of musical performances and events. One of the best ways to spend a summer evening in the Berkshires is to grab a blanket, some fixin’s for a picnic & head to Tanglewood for a night of music as the sun sets and the stars come out.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is currently running a Clark/Tanglewood ticket offer: Buy now and pay only $45 for two tickets to The Clark and two Tanglewood lawn tickets. I had to read that three times before I believed my eyes; four tickets to world-renowned art and mucis venues for only $45?!? It is an amazing deal and one you should take advantage of right away!

The Lawn at Tanglewood

The Lawn at Tanglewood

The Clark is located in Williamstown, about a 45 minute drive from both the Tanglewood Music Center and our Massachusetts Bed and Breakfast. Of course, the drive through our pastoral landscape in the summer with a warm breeze in your hair is not much of a chore. Plus, The Clark is not to be missed.

The Clark features an outstanding collection of Impressionist, American, and Old Master paintings, set among 140 scenic acres with hiking and walking trails. On view this summer, Dove/O’Keeffe: Circles of Influence and Through the Seasons: Japanese Art in Nature.

Look for more information on Tanglewood from our Lenox Bed and Breakfast soon!

Tanglewood Jazz Festival

August 7th, 2008 by Applegate Inn

We are all eager for the Tanglewood Jazz Festival coming up on Labor Day weekend! You can already feel the excitement in the air around here. I have been getting reservations for Labor Day weekend as soon as Tanglewood announced their line up for the Jazz Festival. If you are planing to come, be sure to make reservations ASAP as rooms are filling up for this  busy weekend: http://www.webervations.com/magic-scripts/resbook.asp?memberid=applegateinn . The program sounds fascinating. Starting on Friday August 29, there will be a Colombian Harpist named Edmar Castaneda who is bringing a vibraphonist named Joe Locke. I don’t even know what a vibraphone looks like!

On Saturday there will be a live taping for NPR as well as a rocking show with composer Donal Fox and trumpeter Christian Scott starting around 8 p.m. It gonna be the place to be on Saturday night!

Sunday sounds amazing too. As well as music throughout the day, composer Terence Blanchard will be preforming his “Requiem for Katrina” that night to close the concert with a thirty piece orchestra!

The complete lineup for the show is below, and we hope to see you there!

August 29 Friday 8PM Ozawa Hall
Edmar Castaneda Trio with special guest Joe Locke
Eliane Elias
“Something for You”
A tribute to Bill Evans
August 30 Saturday, 2PM, Ozawa Hall
“A Celebration of Marian McPartland”s 90th Birthday with special guests. Live taping for ‘Piano Jazz” on NPR
8pm, Ozawa Hall
Donal Fox: Scarlatti Jazz Suite Ptroject
Dianne Reeves
August 31, 2PM,  Ozawa
Eddie Daniels Quartet
Mark O’Connor’s “Hot Swing” with special guest Jane Monheit
8PM, Ozawa Hall
Terence Blanchaard’s “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina)”
See you at the Jazz Festival .

Berkshires 2015 Concert Season

April 11th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires 2015 Concert SeasonThe Berkshires are known for their rich cultural fabric – Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow Dance – and that includes live music by popular artists, as the Berkshires 2015 Concert season for the Berkshire Theatre Group shows.

A while back I outlined the 2015 Season for the Berkshire Theatre Group but an upcoming concert had me realizing that I’d not mentioned many of the upcoming concerts also hosted on the Berkshire Theatre Group’s stages.

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Berkshire Theatre Group 2015 Season

February 21st, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshire Theatre Group 2015 SeasonThe Berkshire Theatre Group 2015 Season is on and already white hot with what is looking to be one of their best seasons, ever – have you gotten your tickets, yet?

Originally known as the The Berkshire Playhouse, the Berkshire Theatre Group was founded in 1928 has seen an incredible number of talented musicians and actors on its stage, including such legendary stars as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, James Cagney, Katherine Hepburn, and many others.

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Edward Hopper at the Norman Rockwell Museum

September 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator at the Norman Rockwell MuseumProminent American artist Edward Hopper was known primarily for his realistic oil paintings but the current Norman Rockwell Museum exhibit presents his lesser known side with “The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator.”

Edward Hopper’s realist paintings are touchstones of the American twentieth century. His images have become an integral part of the very grain of the American experience, and his work continues to reflect and express classic American scenes and sensibilities. How ironic is it, then, that his career as illustrator, which came after his first, one-person exhibition of paintings in 1920, is largely ignored and glossed over?

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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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