Discover Stunning Works In Glass at Schantz Galleries

Visit Schantz Galleries in Stockbridge, MACome face to face with some of the most impressive and beautiful glass art you’ll ever see at Schantz Galleries in Stockbridge, MA. The galleries include works by more than fifty world-renowned glass artists including Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, and William Morris.

From the outside, Schantz Galleries do not look like much. With its entrance squirreled away down an alley, you may think you’re wandering into just another gift shop. Once you make it inside, however, all misconceptions fall away.

Schantz Galleries are not “just another” anything!

Exceptional works from internationally recognized glass artists fill four rooms like artifacts from some other world. The galleries host a truly lovely and absorbing collection of astonishing glass art in a wide variety of styles, shapes, and colors.

Though the galleries are small, they are filled with exclusive pieces by big name artists like Chihuly and Tagliapietra. The whole room is devoted to pieces from galleries around the world – not just the US. In fact, even though the works are for sale, not exhibition, Schantz is very much like a museum. (more…)

Don’t Miss the South Mountain Concerts 2017 Season!

South Mountain Concerts 2017 SeasonThe 2017 South Mountain Concerts Season is just around the corner, with 5 concerts of chamber music scheduled between September 3rd and October 1st, 2017. Come to the Berkshires and experience an evening of fine music at one of the nation’s longest-standing chamber music venues, South Mountain Concert Hall.

Each fall, South Mountain Concert Hall, located just outside of Pittsfield MA, presents a series of chamber music concerts. To call the annual chamber music series a tradition is a bit of an understatement. South Mountain Concerts have been put on here, albeit with a few fits and starts, since 1916!

The annual chamber music concert series owes its existence to the vision and generosity of renowned American music patron, Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. She founded what was then known as the Berkshire Festival of Chamber Music in 1918 but held the first two annual concerts at her own home.

In 1918, however, wood from an old textile mill was used to construct the colonial style South Mountain Concert Hall. The 440 seat concert hall was designed specifically to showcase chamber music and demonstrates superior acoustics to this very day. It was inducted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. (more…)

Horseback Riding In The Berkshires At Undermountain Farm

Horseback Riding In The Berkshires At Undermountain FarmLooking for a unique experience that’ll get you out into the great outdoors of the Berkshires? Undermountain Farm offers guided trail rides and year-round horseback riding opportunities right here in Lenox, MA!

Undermountain Farm is a beautiful, 150 acre Victorian farm located just five minutes away from our Lenox B&B. The farm raises and boards horses, offers a summer camp for kids, and provides year-round horseback riding opportunities.

Whether you’re an expert rider or have never even touched a saddle, Undermountain Farm has a horse for you! In fact, they specialize in beginning riders of all ages. Consequently, they have a large stable of calm, friendly, and reliable school horses. Even the most nervous novice will find themselves relaxed and assured in the saddle here. (more…)

Get Set For the 44th Annual Berkshire Crafts Fair!

Berkshire Crafts Fair 2017If you’re a fan of one-of-a-kind, fine, handmade items, then you will not want to miss the 2017 Berkshire Crafts Fair! August 11th, 12th, and 13th at the Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, MA.

The Berkshire Crafts Fair is a 3 day, juried show of traditional and contemporary crafts and fine art. More than 89 master artisans from all around the country, from Washington to Florida, will be on hand.

Anyone looking for gifts for others or themselves will be overjoyed with the wide selection. Items in a variety of categories, running the gamut from useful to purely decorative, will be available. Contemporary and traditional jewelry, furniture, ceramics, textiles, glassware, apparel, and much more.

Best of all, proceeds from the Berkshire Crafts Fair go towards innovative initiatives and programs at Monument Mountain Regional High School. Consequently, you can feel doubly-good about any purchases you make. (more…)

The 48th Annual Curtisville Consortium Concert Series

Curtisville Consortium 2017 Summer SeriesDon’t miss the 48th season of one of the Berkshire’s best kept secrets, The Curtisville Consortium. The 2017 season is set to start on Tuesday, July 18th, 8pm at Lenox’ Trinity Episcopal Church.

Did you know that members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra perform intimate concerts of chamber music each summer at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Lenox, MA?

No, truly.

The Curtisville Consortium is made up of several Boston Symphony players who summer here. While much of the player’s summer hours are spent at Tanglewood, they still make the time to come and play in Lenox on their nights off.

The group was founded in 1969 when BSO members and their families in the Interlaken area of Stockbridge decided to share their musical passions with the Lenox area community. Interlaken was once home to a small community called Curtisville, hence the group’s name. That first series of concerts was a success and 48 years later and they’re still at it, much to our collective benefit. (more…)

Celebrate the 40th Season of The Berkshires’ Shakespeare & Company!

shakespeare & companyThe 2017 Summer season of the Berkshires’ Shakespeare & Company is off and running: May 25th through August 26th, 2017! This year’s season includes three Shakespeare plays, Lynne Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, Lovers’ Spat – Shakespeare’s Famous Couple’s Encounters, two Edith Wharton comedies (Roman Fever, and a newly adapted work, The Fullness of Life), and more! Shakespeare & Company’s 40th season also includes a special August series: Storytellers and Songwriters.

Shakespeare & Company, one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the country, was founded in 1978. Originally based at Edith Wharton’s The Mount, the company performs both Shakespeare and new plays, as well as actor training programs for professionals and students. Alumni/ae include such famous names as Richard Dreyfuss, Andie MacDowell, Bill Murray, Keanu Reeves, Sigourney Weaver, and Olympia Dukakis.

The 2017 Summer Season opened Memorial Day Weekend with Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles with muc more to follow. This year’s festival promises a host of audience and critics’ favorite actors, along with a crowd of exciting newcomers to the Company.

And that’s not all!

2017 also marks Shakespeare & Company’s 40th Anniversary Season. In celebration, the 2017 summer program includes a special August series: Storytellers and Songwriters. The series explores a variety of solo performances interwoven with live music and song in the Shakespearean vein.

2017 Shakespeare & Company Summer Season
4000 Miles – May 25 through July 16 at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre
by Amy Herzog
Directed by Nicole Ricciardi
Cast: Gregory Boover, Emma Geer, Zoë Laiz, and Annette Miller

Intimate Apparel – June 20 through August 13 at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre
by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Daniela Varon
Cast: MaConnia Chesser, Lee Edward Colston II, Nehassaiu deGannes, ChristiAnna Nelson, Tommy Schrider, and Whitney White

Cymbeline – July 04 through August 6 at the Tina Packer Playhouse
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Tina Packer
Cast: Jason Asprey, Thomas Brazzle, Jonathan Epstein, Nigel Gore, Deaon Griffin-Pressley, Tamara Hickey, Ella Loudon, Josh Aaron McCabe, and Bella Merlin

The Tempest – August 10 through September 03 at the Roman Garden Theatre
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Allyn Burrows
Cast: Jason Asprey, Thomas Brazzle, Nigel Gore, Deaon Griffin-Pressley, Tamara Hickey, Ella Loudon, Josh Aaron McCabe, Bella Merlin, and Mark Zeisler

Roman Fever and The Fullness of Life – August 17 through September 10 at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre
by Edith Wharton, adapted by Dennis Krausnick
Directed by Normi Noel
Cast: David Joseph, Corinna May, and Diane Prusha

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – July 11 through August 19 at The Dell-Outdoors at the Mount
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jonathan Croy
Cast: David Bertoldi, Caroline Calkins, Tim Dowd, Lori Evans, Rory Hammond, Luke Haskell, Kate Kenney, Mairead Kohler, Caitlin Kraft, Madeleine Rose Maggio, Devante Owens, Thomas Randle, Thomas Reynolds, Leon Schwendener, and Dara Silverman

God of Carnage – September 14 through October 8 at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre
by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Regge Life
Cast: Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Allyn Burrows, Jonathan Croy, and Kristin Wold

Other special events planned for this amazing season include: The 40th Season Ruby Gala on July 1st and the Fourth of July Community Celebration on Independence Day. Visit the SHakespeare & Company website for the full calendar of special events!

Shakespeare & Company

70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA 01240

Berkshires Lodging
Brook Farm Inn is less than five minutes drive from Shakespeare & Company’s headquarters, right here in Lenox, MA! In fact, our B&B’s convenient location puts the very best of the Berkshires right at your fingertips! Choose from 15 guest rooms and a carriage house, all nestled among beautifully maintained trees and gardens. Book your Berkshires getaway at Brook Farm Inn today!

Artists Added To The 2017 Tanglewood Popular Artists Series!

2017 Tanglewood Popular Artists Series additions

Diana Ross, Chris Botti, Sting, and others have been added to the 2017 Tanglewood Popular Artists Series.

In the last few weeks, a number of dates have been added to the upcoming Tanglewood Popular Artists Series. Sting, Melissa Etheridge, Diana Ross, and many more will be lighting up the Berkshires this summer. Where will you be? (more…)

Attend the 85th Annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival!

The 85th Annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance FestivalThe 85th Anniversary Season of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is almost upon us and promises a momentous experience for all! June 17th through August 27th, 2017.

Modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn did more than legitimize men’s dance when he bought Jacob’s Pillow farm in 1931. He also started a beloved Berkshire tradition! Every year, people come from all over the world to perform in and enjoy Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

This year’s festival is hopping with the inclusion of the famed Miami City Ballet and the legendary Paul Taylor Dance Company. Camille A. Brown, the 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, will perform, along with UK-based artist Aakash Odedra, and Japanese-born artist Eiko Otake. (more…)

Explore the Lenox Leg of the Berkshires Beer Trail!

Explore the Berkshires Beer TrailAre you a fan of fresh, local and regional craft beer? I so, you’ll want to treat yourself to the local leg of the Berkshires Beer Trail! The excellent quality and wide variety of the craft beers available is truly amazing.

Craft breweries, also called “microbreweries” have been popping up all over the U.S. in the last 20 years, especially in the last ten! This is good news for people with discriminating taste. Beer is only just now being taken seriously in the U.S. after decades of being treated like adult soda pop.

Getting in on this revolution of taste is as easy as visiting your own, local brewpub. Things get even more exciting when you travel to new areas and get to try the local, microbrewed beer. It’s especially fun if you can tour the brewery as brewmasters can be some very colorful, impassioned folks!

Even if you can’t get a tour of the brewery, though, sampling fresh, local beer at their tasting room or beer pub is a reward in itself. Brewery tasting rooms serve the freshest beer you’ll ever find. Brewers are particularly impassioned about their product and work to see that your beer is as fresh and clean as possible. At a tasting room, you know you’re tasting beer at it’s very best.

To get you going, we’ve included a list below of our local leg of the Berkshires Beer Trail. All of the craft breweries listed are within less than an hour of our Berkshires B&B, Brook Farm Inn, in Lenox, MA.

The full Berkshires Beer Trail can be found on the www.berkshirefarmandtable.org website. The list includes the four breweries below and a number of others throughout the Berkshires. While the Berkshires Beer & Cider Trail is not a comprehensive list of all the craft brewers and cideries in the area, it is a great start!

Lenox Area Berkshires Beer Trail

Wandering Star Brewery
11 Gifford Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Wandering Star is a 15 barrel microbrewery witha wide variety of styles. Their facility includes a tasting room and is open for tours, tastings, and growler fills on Saturdays from 12pm to 3pm.

Barrington Brewery & Restaurant
420 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Barrington Brewery makes 25 different beers over the course of a year and always has nine beers on tap. The brewery is solar powered and the restauruant features a pub style menu. If the Chocolate Stout Cake is on the menu, you should order it. It was Bon Appetit’s recipe of the year and we dare you to try and eat an entire piece by yourself! Barrington Brewery offer no tours but is open 7 days a week.

Big Elm Brewing
65 Silver Street, Sheffield MA 01257
Big Elm Brewing reates several seasonal beers and 3 full-time beers: 413 Farmhouse Ale, Gerry Dog Stout, and IPA. Stop by their taprooom from 12-6 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for a pint or two. You can also buy 4 packs, 6 packs, and fill your growler. Free tours on Saturdays.

While you’re in the Big Elm Brewing area, if you’ve s nose for spirits as well, be sure to check out Berkshire Mountain Distillers. They’re just around the corner from the brewery: 356 South Main Street, Sheffield, MA 01257.

Glass Bottom Brewery
Glass Bottom Brewery shuttered its physical location in Lee, MA in 2016 – but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t track down their outstanding beers! You can find Glass Bottom beers on tap at:
The Prairie Whale, 178 Main St, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Thistle and Mirth, 44 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Hops and Vines, 16 Water St, Williamstown, MA 01267

So go ahead, come explore the Berkshires. When you do, Brook Farm Inn would love to be your Berkshires lodging choice!