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Oh, Tannenbaum! – Berkshire Museum’s Festival of Trees 2013

December 18, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Festival of Trees 2013: Yesterday, Today, and TomorrowThe Festival of Trees 2013: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, as presented by the Berkshire Museum, features more than 200 spectacular Christmas trees decorated to represent the past, present, and future.

The theme for this year’s Festival of Trees was inspired by the museum’s 110th anniversary – thus you will see trees representing the museum’s first year – 1903 – the present year, and the year 2123: 110 years from today!

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August 24–26, 2012 Berkshires Arts Festival at Ski Butternut

August 2, 2012 by

Painter with Color Palette

Demonstrations, live music and fun activities are part of the weekend’s events. The next Berkshires Arts Festival will be August 24-26, 2012 at Ski Butternut. The September 28-31, 2012 Berkshires Arts Festival will be held at Shakespeare & Company.

During your stay at our luxury Berkshires B&B, you’ll have many opportunities to experience why the Berkshires are considered “America’s Premier Cultural Resort.” One of these must-see events is the Berkshires Arts Festival. Now in its 11th year, the Berkshires Arts Festival has become a Berkshire tradition. This large juried art show features an amazing variety of artists and craftsman of high quality and originality. There over 100 artists, mostly from the U.S. and Canada.

Every kind of medium is represented. There are handmade fine art quilts, scarves, art garments, painting, basketmaking, art furniture, fiber art and ceramics. Sculptures come in all materials (steel, wood, clay, found objects). There’s photography, glass art and jewelry. The styles run the gamut: abstract, representational, whimsical, expressionistic, or just plain fun. This casual venue gives art lovers and artists a great opportunity to meet one another and talk about the work in a more informal setting than a gallery show.

There are fun activities and helpful services too. Kids and adults alike enjoy the face painting, live music, and live demonstrations. Watch an artist throw a pot on the potter’s wheel, see the technical intricacies of firing ceramics, and see a masterful painter mix and apply colors and discuss methods. With all the things to look at, your neck and shoulders might get a little tense. Fortunately, chair massages are offered to help you relax. The show happens rain or shine, cool weather or hot. On hot days, you can beat the heat by escaping to the air conditioned Upper Lodge where more artists have their work on display.

Berkshires Arts Festival Hours & Location

The festival is held a few times a year in select locations. The upcoming Berkshires Arts Festival will be held at the broad lawns and accommodating facilities of the Butternut Ski Area at 380 State Road, Route 23 in Great Barrington, MA. Hours are Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased right at the gate. For more information, call (845) 355-2400 or visit

SculptureNow 2012 in Lenox, Opening June 5th!

June 1, 2012 by Applegate Inn

For those art enthusiasts out there… the International Sculpture Center is hosting the 2012 SculptureNow exhibition in downtown Lenox! Twenty one sculptures will be presented and displayed on various sites on Main, Kemble, and Walker St., about a 1/2 mile walk. Maps will be available at the Lenox Chamber of Commerce.

Opening June 5th and running through October 27th, a reception will be held June 10th, 4-6 pm at the Gateways Inn. The reception and all events are free and open to the public. For more info visit

Robots at the Norman Rockwell Museum

October 17, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Spend an afternoon walking among robots on the grounds of the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Autumn in the Berkshires is living art. The landscape is a canvas of colors – red, russet, orange, yellow, green, blue… It is interactive art at its finest.

The Norman Rockwell Museum has integrated this natural art into one of its exhibits. “An Outdoor Installation for the 21st Century” has been at the museum all summer and it lingers to stand against a backdrop of fall foliage. It will close October 31, 2011.

Have you seen the 2005 film Robots? If so, you have some idea of what you’ll find on the grounds of the Norman Rockwell Museum. Artists and craftspeople from all media were invited to submit sculptural robots inspired by the the film. The robots stand in stark contrast to the traditional paintings inside the museum, and the pastoral landscape surrounding it.

It’s worth a look.

Come spend a few days at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. The Applegate Inn is located in Lee Massachusetts, just a few miles from Stockbridge and the Norman Rockwell Museum. It takes about fifteen minutes to drive to the museum from here, and less than 45 minutes to bike there.

For more information about “An Outdoor Installation for the 21st Century”, please visit the Norman Rockwell Museum.

To book a room, please see our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast reservation page.

Rembrandt and Degas at The Clark

October 10, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn lived from 1606 to 1669. He was drawn to art at a young age and quickly mastered all he was taught. By the time he was 22 years of age, he had developed a reputation as an excellent artist. Students flocked to him from that point on.

Edgar Degas lived from 1834 to 1917. He left school at a young age in order to study art. Degas spent years copying the works of Renaissance Masters, and had drawn and painted over 700 such copies by the time he was 13. Rembrandt, who made self-portraits throughout his life, was one of the masters studied closely by Degas.

Guests of our Bed and Breakfast in the Berkshires will soon have the opportunity to see many of the early works of Rembrandt and Degas at The Clark Art Institute.  Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists opens November 13, 2011. The exhibit runs through February 5, 2012, when it moves to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The Clark is the first United States stop of the tour of Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists. The exhibit comes to the Massachusetts Berkshires directly from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, where it originated. It is a collaboration of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Clark Art Institute, and the Rijksmuseum.

If you can’t make it to our Lenox Bed and Breakfast this October to see magnificent fall foliage, head here this winter to see magnificent art.

More information about the exhibit may be found at The Clark.


One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

November 12, 2008 by Applegate Inn

There is currently a truly fabulous and beautiful exhibit at the Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art). The piece is called “Being Here is Better Then Wishing We’d Stayed”. The exhibit is about the Miss Rockaway Armada, a group of travelers, adventurers, artists and  musicians whom spent the summers of 2006 and 2007 floating down the Mississippi on “junk boats”. The Armada consisted of people from all walks of life from all over the nation. The Armada describes itself as being united by the desire “to create; to demonstrate different ways of living and moving that are friendlier to the environment and to each other; to indulge the urge to make something out of nothing.” I have always enjoyed art made from found objects, and this art exhibit will certainly be whimsical and enthralling. Being Here is Better Than Wishing We’d Stayed is a site-specific, interactive installation in the Hunter Center Mezzanine through March 1, 2009. I guess during the opening, the Miss Rockaway Armada gave a performance in the vein of the impromptu circus/theater performances they staged in towns along the Mississippi.

I wish I could have seen that! What a wonderful Berkshires Activity!

The group sights their inspirations as Johnny Appleseed, traveling medicine shows, nomadic jewel box theater, the long tradition of river raft-builders and of course Mark Twain. The crew set out to meet new people and exchange ideas, art and inspiration. The collective was motivated in part by a desire to reclaim

The Miss Rockaway Armada Afloat on the Mississippi

The Miss Rockaway Armada Afloat on the Mississippi

and reinvent the age-old longing to roam this vast, mysterious country. In their words, “We still live in a country that fights wars so it can consume more. We are taking the urge to flee and heading for the center.” With that in mind, the Mississippi River seemed like the perfect avenue for the artists to explore. “We suspect that there is something wildish about seeing the stars night after night from the grand old Mississippi. Yeah sure, the Colorado is prettier, and the Rio Grande is its own divide, but the Mississippi has always been the main artery of this country. We wanted to start where the blood flows straight from the heart.”

At MASS MoCA the Miss Rockaway Armada will transform the Hunter Center Mezzanine — a place where students and other visitors gather to eat lunch and discuss their museum experiences — into a dynamic, interactive space. Using wood and other materials salvaged from MASS MoCA’s campus, the group will craft an environment that exudes the aesthetic, vision, and essence of The Miss Rockaway Armada’s experiences on the Mississippi River. Their idea was to build a “new, fantastical environment that inspires a sense of possibility and wonder”. As one Miss Rockaway crew member explains: “Let’s treat our MASS MoCA experience like a small-town stop on the way down the Hoosic River. Let’s make it current and as much about mutual inspiration, doing the impossible, building something new and crazy, cultural exchange, and direct interaction as the original Miss Rockaway voyage.” The environment includes tables and chairs for groups to gather and eat lunch, as well as ‘individual idea’ stations, where visitors will have opportunities to record their thoughts and stories and contribute to the installation.

Like I have said so many times before, living in the Berkshires is a gift for me. The Berkshire cultural events and other Berkshire activities make this area so wonderful to visit year-round, and for those of us that live here, we are truly lucky!

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