Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site, was the country home and studio of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). French, who sculpted, among other things, the Minute Man monument in Concord and the Abraham Lincoln that resides so majestically in the Lincoln Memorial, is considered America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments.
Chesterwood, located in Glendale near Stockbridge, Massachusetts, was donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which now operates the lush, 122 acre estate as a museum and sculpture garden with numerous events and programs throughout the year. One could be forgiven for not thinking a historic and regal art setting like Chesterwood is the obvious location to hold loud concerts of contemporary music – but last year’s Chesterfest was a major success, and this year is shaping up to be even better!
Chesterfest 2015 is a series of contemporary music concerts to be held at Chesterwood on Sunday evenings from July 19th through August 30th. The selection of music will be broad, encompassing such modern and popular styles as hip-hop, punk, psych-folk and rock, as well as older forms like folk, bluegrass and country.
On concert nights, the grounds of Chesterwood open at 5pm with solo artists set to hit the stage at 5:30pm, followed by the bands at 6:30pm. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and to a pack a picnic for an evening of memorable music on the Chesterwood lawn. Last year, a free glass of beer was included with every adult ticket, while other snacks and beverages were made available during the concerts and a similar plan appear to be in the works for this year.
While the lineup for Chesterwood’s Chesterfest 2015 has yet to be announced, it soon will be. Tickets for Chesterfest 2015 are limited, so be sure not to hesitate once the 2015 schedule is released if you plan to attend!
4 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262
For an updated schedule and on-line ticket sales, please visit: chesterwood.org
Chesterfest 2015 Lodging
Applegate Inn is located less than a quarter hour’s drive from Glendale and the grounds of Chesterwood. Because of our location in Lee, MA we’re the perfect home base for any of your Berkshires events or attractions, whether you’re going by car, foot, bicycle, or even snowshoes! Pamper yourself during your visit to the Berkshires with a stay at Applegate Inn!