Stockbridge, Massachusetts is like many small towns in the Berkshires: quiet, friendly, quaint, and so picturesque it looks like it could be right out of some Norman Rockwell painting.
Where Stockbridge differs is that it IS in a Norman Rockwell painting! Many of them, actually, but most famously in his “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas.”
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Have you ever wished you could visit a painting? Seen an image to warm and resonant that you wished you could just stroll right into it? Well, you can! Norman Rockwell’s famous painting, “Stockbridge Main Street At Christmas,” comes to life on December 8th in Stockbridge, MA.
Each December for the past 21 years, the town of Stockbridge has recreated the famous Norman Rockwell Christmas painting done of its main street. December 3 and 4, 2011 will be the 22nd year of this tradition. As in past years, guests of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast will arrive from various cities to experience a Norman Rockwell Christmas.
Norman Rockwell lived and worked in Stockbridge for the last 25 years of his life. His painting, “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas,” took more than ten years for him to complete. Year after year, he visited Main Street in the weeks before Christmas and photographed what he saw. The resulting painting captured the essence of an American small town during the Christmas holiday.
In just a few weeks, classic automobiles will take their spots in front of festively decorated shops on Main Street. They’ll reflect the decade it took Rockwell to complete his painting, just as they do in the painting itself. Look for the 1955 red Mercury with a Christmas tree tied to its roof, and the wagon with the spare tire on it’s rear door.
While much has remained the same in Stockbridge since the sixties, there are a few differences between today’s reality and the canvas. The streets will undoubtedly be more crowded on December 3rd and 4th than they are in the painting. People will not be dressed the same. The historic Red Lion Inn will be well lit and cheerfully decorated for the holidays, not dark and closed for the season, as it is in the painting.
Yet these differences are insignificant. The essence of this historic town in the Berkshires is the same, just as the essence of Christmas is the same.
Spend the weekend of December 3, 2011 at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast, and step into a Norman Rockwell painting.
Each year, the historic town of Stockbridge Massachusetts brings a Norman Rockwell painting to life. Not literally, of course, but as close as you can get. Norman Rockwell’s hometown is a picturesque village any time of year, but when it dresses for the Christmas season, it outdoes itself.
Something magical will happen in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, on December 4, 5 and 6, 2009. Art will come to life.
Norman Rockwell’s famous painting of Stockbridge Main Street will be recreated on the streets of the town. You’ll feel as if you stepped into the painting as you walk by dozens of antique cars and pass by carolers dressed in historic garb.
There will be a Holiday Play Performance and a Holiday Concert, along with a Stockbridge House Tour. The Berkshire Botanical Gardens join in the celebration with their annual Holiday Marketplace, where you can view and purchase lovely holiday wreaths, decorations and plants. IS183 Art School of the Berkshires will host its Holiday Art Sale, and there will be an Old fashioned Church Fair.
Stockbridge is close to our Lenox MA bed and breakfast, making it a great day trip from the inn. You may well take care of all of your holiday shopping at this festive event – and if you do, you are guaranteed to offer some of the most unique gifts of the season.
Our Berkshires inn will be decorated for Christmas and Hanukkah come November 27. We spend Thanksgiving with friends and family, and are refreshed and ready to celebrate the holidays again and again with our guests throughout the month of December.