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Category Archives: Berkshire Cultural Events

A Norman Rockwell Christmas

November 17, 2009 by Applegate Inn

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.

Add Great Theater to a Weekend Getaway in the Berkshires

September 14, 2009 by Applegate Inn

Few things are quite as restorative as throwing an overnight bag in the car and heading off for a romantic getaway in the country. Surrounded by charming New England towns and the beautiful Berkshires, our western Massachusetts bed and breakfast is the ideal location for such a trip. In addition to a lovely, tranquil setting on six acres, elegant lodging and delicious food, you will find our Berkshires inn to be conveniently located to an extraordinary number of cultural attractions.

The Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield is one such place, not far north of our Lee MA lodging. Freud’s Last Session is running through October 4, 2009. Don’t miss this fascinating, imagined conversation between atheist Dr. Freud and devout Christian C.S. Lewis, as they discuss God, sex, and the meaning of life. Their exchange is thought provoking as well as deeply humorous. This play is followed by a favorite musical; The Fantasticks is “a captivating romantic comedy about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall.”

If you happen to be staying with us on the third Thursday of a month, you may enjoy a trip up to Pittsfield for 3rd Thursdays. From 5 – 8pm, the downtown area of Pittsfield is full of music, art and great food. Art Galleries and museums stay open late, and art and music take over the town. The next two 3rd Thursdays are September 17 and October 15. Why not check out our specials – you may find temptation to cancel everything and head to the Southern Berkshires in time for 3rd Thursday on September 17.

The Berkshire Theatre Festival

August 17, 2009 by Applegate Inn

Why not go to the theatre?

Why not go to the theatre?

The theater is alive and well in the Berkshires. The Berkshire Theatre Festival produces outstanding productions close to our bed and breakfast in the Berkshires. An evening at the theatre is a perfect way to round out your summer.

The Main Stage is the Berkshire Theatre Festival’s largest venue, and hosts shows from June 19th through August 29, 2009. This Nationally Historic building (1888) has been at the heart of the BTF since 1928. The Unicorn Stage is the ideal setting for small, intimate productions. With just 122 seats, spectators often feel a part of what is on stage. This theatre runs shows from May 23 to December 30, 2009. The festival also runs a fine family theater program in a variety of locations throughout the Berkshires.

As summer draws to a close, plan a trip to our Berkshires lodging and take in a show at the theater. Ghosts is running through August 29 at the Main Stage, and Sick is at the Unicorn Theatre until early September, when Red Remembers takes over for the fall. Superb scripts and excellent acting will make greet you no matter which show you select.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Going Strong

August 8, 2009 by Applegate Inn

The arts thrive in the Berkshires near our Lee MA bed and breakfast. Tanglewood is always popular, of course, but so is the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Over the course of the festival, more than 50 dance companies come to Jacob’s Pillow, where their members are involved in workshops, lectures, and performances, and where they are encouraged to mingle with choreographers, composers, novices, and the public. The atmosphere is charged with creativity on this lovely mountaintop.

Doug Varone at Jacob's Pillow

Doug Varone at Jacob's Pillow

Wednesday August 12 and Sunday August 16 Doug Varone and Dancers bring their “Uninhibited kinetic brilliance” (The New York Observer) to the Ted Shawn Theatre. A writer for The Washington Post once described their movement as “the kind of dancing I might dream about, loose and sweeping in a spirit of exultation.”

The Doris Duke Theatre will present Rubberbandance, the newest work from dancer/choreographer Victor Quijada. According to the Boston Globe, this performance demonstrates an “expansive, sophisticated approach to physicality.” Rubberbandance combines ballet, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, spoken word and video, and draws the audience into their world. There will be a performance Wednesday, August 12, two performances Saturday, August 15, and one on Sunday, August 16.

Our lodging in the Berkshires is conveniently situated; it is close to Jacob’s Pillow, close to Tanglewood, close to hiking trails and close to fine dining in quaint towns. When you have a little down time, laze with a book by the pool or sip tea on the porch. Be sure you take time to relax during your Berkshires getaway.

Berkshires bed and breakfast celebrates Jacob’s Pillow

May 13, 2009 by Applegate Inn

One of the things we enjoy most about our Stockbridge MA hotel is its proximity to great art. From Tanglewood to Jacob’s Pillow to theater festivals, there is almost always something exciting happening nearby. We at the Inn take advantage of these outstanding opportunities as much as we can, and we encourage our visitors to do so, too. Let us know how we can help facilitate your enjoyment of the arts in the area adjacent to our Berkshires bed and breakfast.

In 1930, a dancing couple purchased Jacob’s Pillow Farm, which was first homesteaded in 1790. Since then, dance has been part of the 163-acres that sit atop a hill near an old stage-coach road between Albany, NY and Boston, MA. What ultimately became known as the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has had many versions throughout the years, but has always remained true to its desire “to present and preserve a wide-ranging variety of dance forms” and to maintain “a diversity unparalleled among American dance festivals” (Jacob’s Pillow Website).

Today, Jacob’s Pillow is an international dance organization that is often considered to be the “mecca” of dance. Dancers from more than fifty dance companies from around the globe make pilgrimages here to participate in workshops, perform, and celebrate dance. Visitors may observe dancers as they train at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, or in performances at one of three venues. Visitors have access to thousands of videos and photographs in the Archives. In addition, more than 200 free performances, classes, tours and events make up the Community Dance Programs that are designed to keep the medium of dance alive and share it with both experienced and novice dancers.

The festivals at Jacob’s Pillow start June 24th. Plan to stay at the Applegate Inn and delight in the wonders of Jacob’s Pillow.

Bed and Breakfast Massachusetts: National Acrobats of China

March 4, 2009 by Applegate Inn

The Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, has a fabulous line-up of varied and interesting performances. Coming up on Wednesday, March 11, the National Acrobats of China will be here, only 15 minutes from our Lenox Bed and Breakfast!

The National Acrobats of China, the most acclaimed large acrobatic troupe in the world, has thirty-five performers. The troupe has a world-wide reputation, and their antics and physical tests captivate audiences around the globe. The performance will also include stunning displays of Chinese martial arts, illusion and acrobatics. Their feats of physical daring and grace are enhanced by elaborate costumes and traditional music. From plate-spinning and cycling stunts to juggling with their feet, The National Acrobats of China are master contortionists, tumblers and jugglers. This is going to really be a treat!

When we opened our Stockbridge Bed and Breakfast, we knew we wanted to relocate here in the Berkshires, an area that attracts such interesting and diverse cultural events. We look forward to opening our historic and beautiful home to you and sharing our community with you. See you at our Bed and Breakfast Lenox soon!

Bed and Breakfast Lenox: Mahiawe Performing Arts Center

January 19, 2009 by Applegate Inn

One of the local treasures near our Lenox Bed and Breakfast is the Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington. Opened in September 1905, the Mahaiwe is one of the oldest theaters in the country. At the beginning of its career, the theater presented touring vaudeville acts and performers. It was transformed into a movie palace in 1930 and has been in continuous operation for over 100 years. The theater has astounding acoustics and has played an important role in the local flavor of the area.

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center was formed in December 2002. The theater has been restored with great lengths taken for accurate historical detail, at a cost of over $9 million.  The theater is a recipient of support from Save America’s Treasures.

The Mahaiwe is now a year-round performing arts center presenting music, dance, theater, opera, and classic films in the southern Berkshires. The theater seats almost 700 audience members. One can see everything from Operas from the Met LIVE in High Definition, to music acts and even classic hits like “When Harry Met Sally”. It is a diverse venue and we are lucky to have another place in which to feed our cultural appetite. Stay a night in our Stockbridge MA bed and breakfast and join us!

Some of the events from their web site scheduled for the rest of this month:

Johnny Winter

“Johnny Winter can still play as if his arms were on fire!!!” – Hartford Current

For over 30 years, Johnny Winter has been a guitar hero without equal. Constantly shifting between simple country blues in the vein of Robert Johnson, to all-out electric slide guitar blues-rock, Johnny has always been one of the most respected singers and guitar players in rock and the clear link between British blues-rock and American Southern rock (a la the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.)

The Met Opera “Live in HD” Gluck’s ORFEO ED EURIDICE

Mark Morris’s acclaimed production returns. This complete vision for Gluck, with choreography by Morris and costumes by Isaac Mizrahi, features the artistry of Stephanie Blythe in the male title role. The alluring Danielle de Niese is Orfeo’s adored wife, Euridice, who inspires the hero to face the underworld for her sake. Music Director James Levine conducts.

Warm Up the Winter: A Benefit Concert for Fuel Assistance in Berkshire County. Proceeds go to Construct Inc.

Join us for a benefit concert featuring a group of wonderful Berkshire musicians who have come together to “warm up the winter” for our friends and neighbors who seek help with fuel assistance during these cold and dark winter months.

More Community Theater

November 5, 2008 by Applegate Inn

For 4 more days, a wonderful performance is at the Unicorn Theater in nearby Stockbridge.

Very appropriate for this exciting election time, and personally engaging for me around issues of gender, the one-woman play “Eleanor” was a wonderful production.

Written by Rhoda Lerman and directed by Stephen Temperley, the play was about the inner growth of

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt. It focused on the years immediately following World War I, as recalled by Eleanor looking back from 1945. It is a very personalized, intimate portrait that carefully avoids political issues directly, but maintains the importance of certain important political ideals.  In the voyage of this woman from self-doubt to confidence, her youthful ideals are challenged by gritty realities, and, instead of the bitterness or cynicism that might have resulted, we witness the tempered, reinforced idealism that emerged in Eleanor Roosevelt.

It is exciting to think of the future of the role of the First Lady. I wonder when, if ever, there will be another woman that has done as much with the role as Eleanor did.

I didn’t know that Eleanor struggled with her husbands infidelities for many years, and also her own insecurities. It is amazing to think that great people like that also struggled with self-confiedence.

There was a wonderful Berkshires crowd there, many with silver hair – those that remember Eleanor clearly! Just another great example of what the wonderful Berkshires area has to offer!

Berkshire Summer Theater

August 7, 2008 by Applegate Inn

It has been a wonderful theater season in the Berkshires.  Last year, we didn‘t go to the theater as much as we would have liked. We have been determined to see the best that is being offered this summer season.  The first thing we saw was at Shakespeare & Company.  The performance was of “The Ladies Man”, a French farce. It is a funny, convoluted story packed with smart dialogue and lots of physical comedy.  Shakespeare & Company is very adept at pulling off this style of play. The production reminds me of a cross between Marx Brothers and Noel Coward. It runs through August 31st.

Our next treat was a Barrington Stage.  Straight from a long run on Broadway, “The 25th Annual Spelling Bee” was a masterful performance.  Years ago, we were treated to this show in workshop form as it developed. The Berkshires is its first stop on a regional tour. It is a very fun musical. We will be going to see “The Violet Hour” tomorrow night at Barrington Stage.

We have also seen a variety of interesting pieces at The Berkshire Theater Festival, including “Candida”,” Pageant Play” and the thought provoking “The Book Club Play”. You can check out the other plays the Berkshire Theater Festival will show for the summer at their website: