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Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees 2018 – Often Heard

November 17, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees 2018Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees 2018 – Often Heard opens today, November 17th, and runs through January 6th, 2019. Come see more than 100 dazzling Christmas trees, each decorated to depict a popular song.

The annual Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees is a popular Christmas Tree decorating event. The festival sees local businesses, schools, and other groups competing to decorate their tree in innovative and original ways. They also have to follow each year’s particular theme. Past themes have included salutes to the silver screen, animal safari, and the future.

This year’s theme is pop music. Each tree in the festival has been decorated around a different, popular song. The genre could be hip-hop, blues, jazz, country, rock, what have you. Can you guess which song the tree’s decorations are hinting at?

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Norman Rockwell Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas 2018

November 5, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Norman Rockwell Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas 2018Come to the Berkshires this holiday season and step into a scene from one of Norman Rockwell’s most famous paintings! The 29th annual Norman Rockwell Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Weekend is scheduled for November 30th through December 2nd, 2018!

Norman Rockwell loved the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, eventually settling in Stockbridge. Rockwell spent his last years here, leaving his collection in trust to the Stockbridge Historical Society who used it to establish The Norman Rockwell Museum.

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Come Travel the Berkshire Cheese Trail!

August 24, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshire Cheese TrailCome discover a world of amazing flavors when you set out along the Berkshire Cheese Trail. Makers throughout the Berkshires, from Williamstown to Great Barrington, Plainfield to Old Chatham – produce exceptional, artisanal, small-batch cheeses, some of which you’ll find nowhere else!

The recent farm-to-table movement that swept the nation has helped to bring great, regional foodmakers to light. More people than ever, now, are eager for locally-sourced ingredients, regional flavors, and sustainable practices. What this translates to is healthier, more delicious foods and unique regional flavors.

The Berkshires are no exception. Independent farms, foodmakers, and local food scenes are flourishing here in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley.

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Berkshires Golf Courses Near Our Lee, MA B&B

July 20, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Golf Courses Near Lee MAThose who hope to get some time in on the links during their getaway will be happy to hear that Applegate Inn is near a number of popular public, Berkshires golf courses.

Applegate Inn, in Lee, MA is surrounded by fun things to see and do. That’s the nature of the Berkshires of western Massachusetts: there’s a little something for everyone, no matter where you go.

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Shop Fine, Handcrafted Gifts at Berkshire Crafts Fair 2018

July 13, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshire Crafts Fair 2018Looking for that perfect, unique item to offset a room or to give as a gift? You’re likely to find it at Berkshire Crafts Fair 2018! This annual, juried show draws master artisans from all over the country to exhibit their wares. August 10th through the 12th, 2018, in Great Barrington, MA.

The annual Berkshire Crafts Fair is not your typical arts and crafts show. Every year, artisans, from Washington to Florida, submit their applications in hopes of being accepted. Of the hundreds of applications received, only the very best are chosen. Making the Berkshire Crafts Fair as much an exhibition of fine art as it is an arts and crafts shopping opportunity.

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The 2018 Season for Lenox’ Shakespeare & Company

June 18, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Lenox’ Shakespeare & Company 2018 SeasonFans of the Bard (or just good theater) visiting the Berkshires should do what they can to catch a Shakespeare & Company production. The 2018 season is already in full swing and will be until December 16th!

The Berkshires are known for a great many things, not the least of which is our incredible theater scene. No matter the time of year, it seems like the Berkshires’ stage is alive with music, dance, drama, or comedy.

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Berkshires Breweries – Fresh and Unique Craft Beers

March 23, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Discover delicious, regional craft beers when you visit Berkshires breweries!The craft beer revolution has made its mark on nearly every corner of the US – and the Berkshires are not immune. Berkshires breweries offer fresh and unique craft beers reflecting the flavors of the region. Come discover the craft breweries near our Berkshires B&B!

Do you tend to think of beer as just a pale, yellow, fizzy concoction that pairs well with fast food? If so, you owe it to yourself to give craft beer a chance.

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The 2017 Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts Show!

July 21, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts ShowThe 26th annual Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts show is right around the corner, August 19th and 20th, 2017. This beloved event has become a regional staple, drawing talented artisans and craftspeople from around the region for nearly 30 years.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping – or even something just for you!

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Out of Site! – Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture at Chesterwood

June 16, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Out of Site! – Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture at ChesterwoodArt in the Berkshires is never far away and the warmth of summer brings out some of the best. Chesterwood is currently presenting “Out of Site,” a contemporary outdoor sculpture exhibition that no art lover should miss.

Chesterwood is a National Trust Historic Site preserving the country home and studio of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). French is considered America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments. He sculpted the Minute Man monument in Concord and the the Lincoln Memorial Abraham Lincoln, among other works.

The 122 acre estate now serves as a popular museum and sculpture garden. The facility hosts numerous events and programs throughout the year, including an annual contemporary sculpture exhibition.

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Experience the 2017 Berkshire International Film Festival!

May 8, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Berkshire International Film FestivalThe 12th annual Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) is set to be the biggest one ever with over 8 films to screen in four days. Plus this year’s festival is honoring Academy Award-winner Christopher Plummer. This is one BIFF you won’t want to miss! June 1st through June 4th, 2017 in Great Barrington, MA!

The Berkshire International Film Festival is always a wonderful diversion but this year’s event is truly shaping up to be something else! 30 documentary films, 29 narrative features, and 21 short films are on the schedule. True to the festival name, the 80 films hail from 23 different countries. These include Afghanistan, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Egypt, India, Iraq, Israel, Russia, and Syria.

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Celebrate Maple Syrup Season With A Visit To Ioka Valley Farm!

March 10, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Ioka Valley FarmFebruary through April is maple syrup season. What better way to welcome spring than with a trip to a local sugar house, like Ioka Valley Farm in Williamstown, MA?

This time of year, the scent of maple is literally in the air. Sugar houses throughout the countryside are boiling down maple sap for syrup and the steam is heavy with the scent. It can be difficult to concentrate when you catch a whiff of that delectable, pure maple syrup.

Quit day-dreaming and take this seasonal opportunity to visit an actual sugar house! There are lots of maple producers dotting the Berkshires but one of the most popular in our area is Ioka Vally Farm in Williamstown, MA.

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A Berkshires Christmas: Festival of Trees and A Christmas Carol

December 12, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Festival of Trees 2016 at the Berkshire MuseumFestival of Trees at the Berkshire Museum and Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on stage at The Colonial Theatre are two great ways to enjoy the holiday season in the Bekrshires!

There’s always lots to do and see in the Berkshires and the holiday season is no exception. Bright lights, colorful decorations, special events, and holiday-themed stage shows set the scene for a magical time of the year.

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Take Advantage Of Our Berkshires New Year’s Eve Lodging Special!

December 9, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Take Advantage Of Applegate Inn's New Year's Eve Lodging Special!Ring in 2017 with a relaxing Berkshires getaway and save! Applegate Inn’s New Year’s Eve Lodging Special gives you a number of reasons to celebrate the season!

Between all the culture and natural beauty, no matter the season, there’s always a reason to visit the Berkshires! End of the year celebrations are no exception. Whether you’re here for some excellent skiing and snowboarding, to see some shows and museums – or both! – our New Year’s Eve Lodging Special is the icing on the cake.

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Visit the Crane Museum of Papermaking

October 7, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Visit the Crane Museum of PapermakingPapermaking may not sound terribly exciting but, at the Crane Museum of Papermaking, you’re learning about the paper used to make our currency. Plus you’re also visiting Amerca’s oldest paper company!

The Crane & Co, located in Dalton, MA, makes a paper you’ve undoubtedly handled and most likely covet, at least a little bit. That’s right, they make the paper used in U.S. currency. Crane & Co. is the only company that makes the paper – and they’ve been the only ones since 1879!

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It’s Berkshires Maple Sugaring Time!

March 4, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Maple Sugaring Time!Spring is nearly upon us and that means Berkshires maple sugaring time! New England has hundreds of small maple syrup-producing farms and many are here in the Berkshires.

Berkshires maple sugaring time begins when it starts to be warm enough in the day – 40 degrees or more – for the sap in the maple trees to begin flowing. On a maple farm, these trees will have been tapped, with buckets hanging from them to catch the flow of the maple sap. Once the bucket has collected enough sap, it is collected by a sugarmaker and taken to a sugarhouse, where it will be cooked down into maple syrup.

Depending on the sugar content of the maple sap, it can take up to 86 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup!

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Follow the Berkshires Beer and Cider Trail

February 12, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Beer and Cider TrailCraft beer and ciders are taking America by storm and the Berkshires are no exception. Come travel the Berkshires Beer and Cider Trail and discover the wide variety of flavors and styles available in the beautiful mountains of western Massachusetts.

The picturesque Berkshires are dotted with orchards and farmlands that, among other things, produce an abundant supply of natural, delicious apples and hops; the perfect inspirational backdrop for a healthy community of artisan cider makers and craft brewers. Consequently, the Berkshires are home to several award-winning breweries and cideries – enough, in fact, for a truly rewarding Berkshires Beer and Cider Trail.

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A Christmas Carol and Tanglewood 2016

December 7, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Tanglewood 2016 scheduleThe end of the year is always an exciting time, but especially here in the Berkshires with the Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” on stage and the recent release of the Tanglewood 2016 season schedule.

Tanglewood 2016 Season Schedule

The 2016 Tanglewood season schedule was announced late last month, with tickets going on sale January 24th, 2016 at 10am.

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Berkshires 2015 Concert Season

April 11, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires 2015 Concert SeasonThe Berkshires are known for their rich cultural fabric – Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow Dance – and that includes live music by popular artists, as the Berkshires 2015 Concert season for the Berkshire Theatre Group shows.

A while back I outlined the 2015 Season for the Berkshire Theatre Group but an upcoming concert had me realizing that I’d not mentioned many of the upcoming concerts also hosted on the Berkshire Theatre Group’s stages.

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