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Christmas à la Norman Rockwell

November 10, 2011 by Applegate Inn

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Soon Stockbridge will recreate the Norman Rockwell painting, "Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas."

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.



Concerts at Tannery Pond

August 19, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Each summer we look forward to a new season of Concerts at Tannery Pond. Held in an 1834 Shaker Tannery on the grounds of the Darrow School in New Lebanon, NY, the Concerts at Tannery Pond offer stellar performances in a low-key, uncrowded setting. If you love Tanglewood but sometimes find yourselves overwhelmed by crowds, consider a concert at Tannery Pond. Tannery Pond is approximately 20 miles from our Bed and Breakfast Berkshires.

Attend a Concert at Tannery Pond while staying at our Lee MA Bed and Breakfast.

Concerts at Tannery Pond run from the end of May to mid September. Only 2 performances remain in 2011:
the Arabella Ensemble on September 3 at 8 p.m., and the Harlem String Quartet on September 17 at 6 p.m. Both promise to be outstanding.

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Berkshire Jewish Film Festival 2011

August 1, 2011 by Applegate Inn

The 25th annual Berkshire Jewish Film Festival is currently underway in Lenox, just minutes away from our luxury Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. Both cinephiles and people interested in the Jewish culture and religion should take note.

The Berkshire Jewish Film Festival runs Mondays July 11 through August 22, 2011. Read on for a list of remaining films:

  • Brothers examines the debate of separation of state and religion through the relationship of two brothers, a secular kibbutz Israeli and an orthodox Torah scholar living in the U.S. August 1 at 4 p.m.
  • Barney’s Version is based on Mordecai Richler’s comic novel of the same name. It follows Barney Panofsky – politically incorrect, irascible, impulsive, and blunt. Starring Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman, and Minnie Driver. August 1 at 8 p.m.
  • Mahler on the Couch and Making Music is a behind the scenes look at Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Swedish Radio Symphonic Orchestra. August 8 at 4 p.m.
  • In Miral, audiences follow a Palestinian girl in the wake of Arab-Israeli war. August 15 at 4 p.m.
  • Anita follows a young woman with Down Syndrome lost in Buenos Aires after the 1994 attack on the Jewish Community Center. August 15, 8 p.m.
  • Women Unchained documents the struggles of several women to obtain a “get” or Jewish divorce, and move on with their lives. “According to traditional Jewish law, a woman who is an “augur” (from the Hebrew word meaning “chained”) cannot remarry.” August 22 at 4 p.m.

Following Women Unchained, there will a closing reception and a concert by Joshua Nelson and his Kosher Gospel.

All screenings take place at the Duffin Theater at the Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East Street, Lenox. It is approximately five miles from our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. Seating is general admission.

Extend your weekend getaway into a long weekend. Stay at our Lenox Bed and Breakfast some Monday night this August, and see a wonderful film or two at the Berkshire Jewish Film Festival. You’ll have that much longer to experience the natural beauty and cultural offerings of the Massachusetts Berkshires.

Quotes taken from the Berkshire Jewish Film Festival and Women Unchained.

The Theater Barn

July 27, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Planning a long weekend at our luxury Bed and Breakfast Berkshires? Consider spending an evening at The Theater Barn, in nearby New Lebanon, NY.

The Theater Barn specializes in making audiences smile. This is entertainment at its finest: talented performers tackle everything from musical theater to classic whodunits and romantic comedies. The theater is air conditioned (a perfect spot on a hot Sunday afternoon) and the snack bar full of tasty treats.

The Theater Barn’s 2011 Season began July 1 and concludes September 25:

  • The Hollow: a classic Agatha Christie murder mystery. 7.14 – 7.24.
  • I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change: it played Off-Broadway for 12 years, wowing audiences. 7.28 – 8.7.
  • The Andrews Brothers: this “swinging tribute to the music of World War II” runs 8.11 – 8.22.
  • The Drowsy Chaperone: a 1920s Broadway show comes to life in the apartment of a modern-day fan. 8.25 – 9.4.
  • Stones in His Pockets: a quirky, unexpected Irish comedy. 9.9 – 9.25

Performances at The Theater Barn take place Thursday through Sunday. Any of the upcoming shows would be a delightful addition to a long weekend at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast near Lenox, MA.

Additional information is available at The Theater Barn.

Lenox Massachusetts Concerts in the Park

July 8, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Many folks who stay at our Lenox Massachusetts Bed and Breakfast arrive in the Berkshires expecting to find relief from the stifling summer heat of Boston or New York City, and they do. They arrive expecting to find unparalleled art and cultural offerings, and they’re not disappointed.

Some guests arrive at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast with tickets in hand to see performances at Tanglewood or Jacob’s Pillow. They come ready to see the latest exhibit at The Clark or the Norman Rockwell Museum. Some come with a plan to visit Hancock Shaker Village.

A delightful surprise for many of our midweek guests are the free concerts in Lilac Park on Wednesday nights.

See the Sister City Jazz Ambassadors at the Lenox Concerts in the Park.

Lilac Park is on Main Street in Lenox – a very charming place to enjoy live music. Some listeners bring picnics, while others dine early or late at one of the restaurants within walking distance of the park:

  • Rumpy’s Tavern: a great spot for drinks.
  • Rumplestiltzkin’s Restaurant: enjoy a meal full of seasonal offerings.
  • Frankie’s Ristorante Italiano: hearty, tasty Italian fare.


Lilac Park Concert Schedule for July, 2011:
7.6: The Berkshire Highlanders
7.13: JoAnne Redding and her Band
7.20 Sister City Jazz Ambassadors
7.27 Jazz Tuber Trio

See Capitol Steps in Lenox

July 1, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Back in 1981, a group of Senate staffers thought it would be fun to publicly satirize the very people who employed them. Actually, a few of Senator Charles Percy’s staffers tried to put together a nativity play for a Christmas party, but were unable to find three wise men or a virgin on Capitol Hill; instead, they created some satirical skits and songs based on the headlines of the day. They had a great time and they were well received – thirty years later, they’re still doing it.

See the Capitol Steps this summer while vacationing at our Lenox Bed and Breakfast.

Most of the current members of the Capitol Steps have, at one time or another, worked on Capitol Hill. In the end, they found it was more fun to gently mock and satirize current events than to be actively involved in them.

Capitol Steps celebrates their 30th Anniversary this year with a summer in the Massachusetts Berkshires. Capitol Steps will perform nightly (except Tuesdays) from July 2 to September 3, 2011, at Cranwell Resort, which is just a few miles from our Lenox MA Bed and Breakfast.

The show starts at 8 p.m. and lasts 90 minutes. Enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants at the resort before the show, or linger for a late night meal and drinks after the show. We look forward to hearing about your favorite bits sometime back at our Berkshires lodging.

For tickets or more information about these summer performances, please visit Capitol Steps.

Spend the 4th of July in the Massachusetts Berkshires

June 27, 2011 by Applegate Inn

New England is a wonderful place to spend the 4th of July. After all, some of the first stirrings of revolution took place in Massachusetts back in the 18th century. The 4th of July is always festive here at our Bed and Breakfast Lenox MA.

Guests of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast are welcome to swim and lounge by the pool all day on the 4th. Yet those who want to get out and about may enjoy the following activities:

Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox puts on a free but heart-felt reading of the Declaration of Independence each July 4th. This year, the reading will be preceded by Revolutionary Moments, a collection of vignettes that divulge Shakespeare’s influence “on some of history’s most fascinating figures.” The afternoon concludes with a community barbecue. More information is available at Shakespeare & Co.

Learn the Samba at Jacob’s Pillow on July 2, 2011.

There will be many free events and classes offered at Jacob’s Pillow throughout the weekend. More information is available at Jacob’s Pillow.

The 2011 4th of July Pittsfield Parade will feature almost 140 marching units. It feels historically significant. More information is available at Pittsfield Parade.

We look forward to welcoming guests to our Berkshires lodging for the 4th of July, 2011.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2011

June 12, 2011 by Applegate Inn

The Massachusetts Berkshires is truly a unique environment. The setting is pastoral, with rolling farmland, mature forests, and some of the oldest mountains in the country. The Appalachian Trail passes close to our Berkshires Lodging – evidence of the remarkable opportunities for outdoor recreation that exist in the region. Yet unlike many areas where nature looms large and beautiful, culture thrives here as well.

Blake Barn

Blake Barn, at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.

Internationally renowned dancers and musicians travel to the region to perform in several different venues. Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, also showcases such artists as the Mark O’Connor String Quartet and master story-teller Garrison Keillor. MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) sponsors Bartleby’s Pen, a Friday night series of lively discussions lead by prominent literary figures, and The Clark Art Institute periodically screens Broadway performances.

One of the most thrilling opportunities for both residents and travelers to our Berkshires Inn is Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, which takes place each summer. Many of the artists featured at Jacob’s Pillow make only a handful of appearances in the United States, and most of those performances take place in large metropolitan areas. Yet they travel to the Massachusetts Berkshires to participate in Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, which The New York Times has called “the dance center of the nation and possibly the world.”

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2011 runs June 18 through August 28. During the course of the festival, there will be performances by more than 50 dance companies and more than 200 free performances, talks, and special events. Spectators will be treated to:

  • the U.S. debut of 3e Etage: Soloists and Dancers of the Paris Opera.
  • a 30th anniversary performance by the Mark Morris Dance Group
  • the U.S. premiere of Supernatural Wife by Big Dance Theater
  • Argentinean tango by dancers and musicians of Tangueros del Sol

The list goes on and on, for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is all about bringing world-class dance performances to viewers.

Check out the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2011 calendar, and then book a room at our Bed and Breakfast in the Massachusetts Berkshires. We’re located less than 10 miles from world class dance.

2011 Williamstown Theatre Festival

April 19, 2011 by Applegate Inn

When sweltering summer days cause residents of Boston, New York, and Hartford to head for the hills, take heart. There is no need to sacrifice the arts just because you’ve escaped from the city. It is simple to experience great theatre, dance, and music during a summer getaway at our Lenox MA Bed and Breakfast.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival, founded in 1955, is just one example of the superlative arts found in the Massachusetts Berkshires. The festival runs from June 22 to August 28, 2011.

Williamstown Theatre Festival2011 Summer Schedule:

  • Three Hotels, by Jon Robin Baitz (June 19 – July 24)
  • A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennesee Williams (June 22 – July 3)
  • She Stoops to Conquer, by Oliver Goldsmith (July 27 – August 7)
  • One Slight Hitch, by Lewis Black (July 6 – 17)
  • Ten Cents a Dance, by John Doyle (August 11 – 28)
  • A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen (July 20 – 31)
  • Touch(ed), by Bess Wohl (August 3 – 14)
  • You Better Sit Down: tales from my parents’ divorce, directed by Anne Kauffman (August 16 – 21)

The Williamstown Theatre Festival is located in Williamstown, approximately one hour from our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. Spend the afternoon lounging by the pool before your night at the theatre.

Find the complete festival schedule at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Los Muñequitos de Matanzas at MASS MoCA

March 27, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Jacob’s Pillow and MASS MoCA are collaborating to bring Los Muñequitos de Matanzas to Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on April 30 and May 1, 2011. Spend that weekend at our luxury Berkshires Bed and Breakfast, enjoying the beautiful outdoors and a fantastic performance.

Los Muñequitos de Matanzas is one of the most popular bands in Cuba. The 16 drummers, vocalists and dancers fill the stage with movement and music. It is difficult to remain still while watching and listening to them. People of all ages will enjoy this show – not surprising, since the performers include three generations from one family.

Los Muñequitos de Matanzas has not been in the United States since they were nominated for a Grammy Award in 2001. We are lucky to have them perform so close to our Lee MA Bed and Breakfast.

For additional information, please visit MASS MoCA.

Jacob’s Pillow Festival 2011

March 18, 2011 by Applegate Inn

The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival  2011 Opening Gala is set for 6 p.m. on June 18. This will be a dance party extravaganza, with performances by a number of Festival artists, celebrity guests, and a world premiere danced by the Ballet students of The Jacob’s Pillow School. Dinner and a silent auction follow, but the best part is surely the dance party at the end of the evening, when gala guests and performers get down and boogie to the music of a live band.

People travel from all over the country to attend the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Each year, we hear about superlative performances seen by guests of our Bed and Breakfast Berkshires.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2011 includes:LOUISE LECAVALIER/BENOIT LA CHAMBRE_Is you me

  • 3e Etage: Soloists and Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet
  • Tangueros del Sur – Argentinean tango
  • Mark Morris Dance Group
  • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
  • Ballet Geneve

In addition, Big Dance Theater will present the world premiere of Supernatural Wife; Louise Lecavalier will dance to Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Miles Davis and Iggy Pop; and KEIGWIN + COMPANY deconstructs the fashion world in Runaway.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2011 features an extraordinary line-up of choreographers, dancers, and music. Wednesdays through Saturdays there are free performances by students at The School of Jacob’s Pillow, established dance companies, and emerging artists, as well as sneak previews by festival artists. For additional information and festival tickets, please see Jacob’s Pillow.

Plan a Berkshires getaway filled with art, dance and music during your stay at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast.

Add Theatre to a Berkshires Fall Getaway

September 20, 2010 by Applegate Inn

In rural areas such the one where our bed and breakfast Berkshires is located, theatre companies often thrive during the summer months. Some close their doors come fall. Those that remain open are heartily appreciated by locals and visitors alike. If you’re the type of person who loves to spend fall evenings sitting in darkened theatres, lost in the lives of the characters on stage, read on for a list of show you can see while staying at our Lenox bed and breakfast.

John Lithgow performs at The Colonial on October 7, 2010

From October 6 – 24, The Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield is presenting The Crucible, by Arthur Miller. Written in response to McCarthy’s blacklisting of suspected Communists, The Crucible is a timeless tale of human nature, persecution, and redemption.

For a more lighthearted evening, head to Shakespeare & Company in Lenox for The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard, playing September 18 – November 7, 2010. It is billed as a “hillarious whodunit” and is sure to have you laughing until tears stream down your face.

The Colonial Theatre, also in nearby Pittsfield, features a wonderfully eclectic schedule. Shows include a Woodstock Festival Tribute on September 24, the National Dance Company of Ireland on October 1, and John Lithgow’s Stories by Heart on October 7.

There is no need to sacrifice art and culture during your fall trip to the Berkshires. You’ll enjoy the tranquility of the country and the culture of the city when you stay at our Lenox b&b.

Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts Show

August 16, 2010 by Applegate Inn

The Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts Show has been a regional staple for nearly 20 years. In 2010 it will take place August 21 and 22 at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, and we highly recommend guests of our Western Massachusetts bed and breakfast check it out.

Find jewelry by Emily Hirsch at the Stockbridge Arts and Crafts Show.Talented artisans and craftspeople from around the region attend the Stockbridge Arts & Crafts Show. Look for original jewelry by Emily Hirsch, and folk art paintings by Suzanne Goudreau. This is a wonderful place to get a head start on holiday shopping, or to pick up a unique piece of art for your home.

The Berkshire Botanical Garden is among the oldest of its kind. Established in 1934, it features wooded walking trails, a traditional herb garden, and a lovely rose garden on its fifteen acres. Take a break from looking at the artisans and vendors and stroll through the grounds. Light refreshments will be available at the show, to enjoy as you explore.

Norman Rockwell called Stockbridge “the best of New England”, and it is indeed a picturesque town. After visiting the Arts and Crafts Show, take some time to explore Stockbridge itself. We’d be happy to recommend restaurants that guests of our bed and breakfast Berkshires have enjoyed in the past.

Pictured: earrings by Emily Hirsch.

Crosby, Stills, Nash at Tanglewood

July 26, 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.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at Jacob’s Pillow

July 5, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company will be at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Wednesday July 21 through Saturday July 24, 2010. As of this writing, we still have a few openings at our Lenox bed and breakfast while they are here. It’s the perfect time to leave the heat of the city behind (whether that city be New York, Hartford, or Boston) and enjoy the cool of the country and a world-renowned dance festival.

Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company at Jacob's Pillow.

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Attend the Opening Gala at Jacob’s Pillow Dance

May 20, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Mark your calendars and book a room at our Lenox MA bed and breakfast, for it’s almost time for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Opening Gala. The big event takes place Saturday, June 19, 2010, at 6pm in the Ted Shawn Theatre.

When will you attend Jacob's Pillow?

This is no mere spectator event – it’s a evening of fantastic entertainment, a sumptuous dinner, auctions, and dancing (yes, guests may dance, too).

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Gather the Girls in March

March 9, 2010 by Applegate Inn

March is National Women’s History Month, which means it is the perfect month to gather together a few good friends for a Girl Friends Getaway Special at our Lenox MA inn.

Sit by the roaring fire, enjoy a glass of wine and tasty cheese, and talk about old times. Then get out there and create some new memories together. We’ll give you coupons for some of the shops at the nearby Prime outlet stores, just two miles away. We will also happily arrange a luxurious spa day for you all.

Celebrate the women of history with a concert at The Mount

Are you up for a bit of spontaneity?

Edith Wharton’s Estate The Mount is presenting a special performance of Edith Wharton’s Parisian Salons, featuring the Cantilena Chamber Choir, on March 13, 2010, at 4pm. The Cantilena Chamber Choir is the leading a cappella choir in the Berkshires; they will sing French music that was performed in one of Wharton’s Parisian Salons, such as Sept Chansons by Francis Poulenc, the Trois Chansons by Maurice Ravel.

Many of Wharton’s Salons were fundraisers for the Belgium War Relief Effort in World War I. She worked tirelessly for the relief effort, and for this she was recognized by the French and Belgian governments. The concert in the drawing room of The Mount is a fitting event during Women’s History Month.

The concert begins at 4pm on March 13, and is followed by a reception. Space is limited, so advance tickets are strongly recommended. Call (413) 551-5111.

We hope to see you and your girlfriends this weekend at our bed and breakfast Lenox.

You Don’t Have to Leave Culture Behind

February 17, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Do you crave fresh air and quiet, but can’t imagine a vacation without access to great theater, dance, and music? Do you like the idea of the country, but do you only enjoy dining at excellent restaurants? Fear not, there is a place for you.

Our Lenox inn is nestled in the heart of the Western Massachusetts Berkshires. In addition to the peaceful woods and fields inherent in such a location, we are surrounded by a vibrant arts community that thrives year round. We feel we have the best of both worlds: plenty of tranquility, fresh air and open space, and outstanding arts.

Many people are aware that Tanglewood and Jacob’s Pillow Dance bring world-renowned artists to the region during the summer. Do you also know that the arts flourish at alternate venues throughout the year?

Ailey II comes to the Berkshires

In the coming months, The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in nearby Great Barrington, MA, will present a variety of superb performers. I’ll rattle off a few of the highlights. If you can be spontaneous, you can make it to jazz pianist McCoy Tyner on February 21, and enjoy dinner before the show at the Castle Street Cafe. The Irish Band Cherish the Ladies promises toe-tapping fun on February 27. If you prefer to plan ahead, look forward to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Ailey II on March 21, 2010. This is one of the most popular dance troupes in the country, merging youthful energy and talent with some of the most creative young choreographers in the field.

Or head south to the restored Colonial Theater in Pittsfield. Its calendar boasts everything from a production of “The Wedding Singer” on March 2 and 3, to the Susan B. Anthony Dance Theatre Troupe’s presentation of “Back on Broadway” on April 9. 2010. In between, take in The Irish Rovers, Roger McGuin and Tom Rush, and have a taste of Broadway in the Berkshires.

So don’t despair; it is possible to visit the country without forsaking the great entertainment you’ve come to expect in the city. Our Lenox lodging is about an hour from Hartford, CT, two hours from Boston, MA, and three hours from New York City. You’ll have everything you need once you arrive, so plan to stay awhile.