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.”
Norman Rockwell loved Stockbridge and drew inspiration from the town’s quintessential, New England ambiance for bits and pieces – as well as whole tableaus – of many of his later works. Rockwell lived his last years in this small, Western Massachusetts town and left his collection in trust here to the Stockbridge Historical Society who, in turn established, The Norman Rockwell Museum.
In honor of his memory, Stockbridge holds an annual Christmas celebration in which they recreate the beautiful painting depicting the town’s main street, circa a mid-1950’s winter: “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas.”
Known as the Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Weekend, the festivities include horse drawn carriage rides, holiday concerts and caroling, Christmas-themed readings, holiday house tours, and much more. The big attraction of the weekend, though, comes on Sunday with the recreation of the “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas” scene.
With over 50 vintage cars, people in period costumes, and store windows decorated to appear as they do in Rockwell’s painting, you can be forgiven if you feel as if you’ve been transported back in time or out of this world and into a living painting!
Norman Rockwell produced over 4,000 illustrations and sketches during his career, most of which ended up on the covers and interiors of popular periodicals like The Saturday Evening Post, Boys’ Life, and Look magazine. His view of this country and its people, filled with warmth, life, and humor, are quintessential touchstones of 20th century America.
No visit to Stockbridge, MA is complete without a stop at the Norman Rockwell Museum, which presently holds the most expansive collection of original Norman Rockwell art in the world. The permanent collection on display includes paintings, drawings, sketches, and photographs that reflect the evolution Rockwell’s life and work.
The Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Weekend
December 5 – 7, 2014
Be sure to visit stockbridgechamber.org for tickets and further details.
Applegate Inn is but a 15 minute drive from Stockbridge and the Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Weekend. Let us be your home base while you’re in the area. Our convenient location makes exploring the Berkshires a must, though our luxurious amenities may tempt you to stay in! Book a stay at Applegate Inn and treat yourself to the timeless, rejuvenating beauty of the Berkshires!