The Merry Month of May is a great time to visit the Berkshires. First of all, guests of Brook Farm Inn, your Lenox, MA bed and breakfast, who arrive in May will receive a complimentary bottle of Prosecco or non-alcoholic sparkling beverage. It’s our Sparkling Spring Special.
Here’s your guideline to what’s happening in the Berkshires in May.
May 3 – Meet Rockwell’s Models
At the Norman Rockwell Museum, people who posed for the famous illustrator will tell about their experiences.
May 10 and 17 – Music at the Dream Away Lodge
This restaurant has been a Berkshires legend for over 90 years.Featuring great food, a funky atmosphere and live music, it’s located in Becket. On May 10, enjoy the music of Bernice Lewis. On May 17th, Podunk Throwbacks will perform.
May 2, 3, 4 – TheatreFest@Saint James Place
Enjoy 8 works by 7 local playwrights. Be among the first to see original plays, works in progress and emerging artists. This is a new way to experience the exciting Berkshires cultural scene. It’s in Great Barrington, MA.
May 5 – Close Encounters With Music
The Luncheon Musicale features phenom cellist Hayden Idson. Celebrate in the Salon in the Gilded Age elegance of the Lenox Club, a venerable Berkshire presence since 1864!. Savor a superb lunch and support Close Encounters With Music. La vie est belle!!!
May 22 – June 8 – Barrington Stage Co.
“Hold These Truths ” is about unsung American hero, Gordon Hirabayashi. He refused to go to a relocation cam with other Japanese Americans during WW II. Journeying from college to courtroom to the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he’s the subject of this award winning play.
May 23 – July 14 – Shakespeare & Co.
Starting in the Merry Month of May, our local Lenox theater offers “The Waverly Gallery.” It was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and tells of a NYC family matriarch. She was a lawyer and ran a gallery for decades, but now faces memory and hearing loss. It’s a touching play about how family roles are re-fashioned over time.
May 23 – June 2 – Mac-Haydn Theatre
This is a theater in the round, known for producing wonderful musicals. Starting Memorial Day Weekend, you can enjoy the classic “Camelot.” It’s the legendary show about King Arthur, Guinevere and Sir Lancelot.
May 24 – June 15 – Berkshire Theatre Group
At BTG’s Unicorn Theatre, see Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” This play won many awards and has been labeled “provocative,” “daring,” and “controversial.”
So you mustn’t lose the opportunity to visit the Berkshires in May, or any time, to experience the great cultural offerings. Hope to see you soon!
The new Music & Learning Center at Tanglewood will officially open on June 28. At Brook Farm Inn in Lenox, MA, we’re excited because this all-season complex is just one mile from our Berkshires B&B.
Our local newspaper, The Berkshire Eagle, announced that luminaries from the worlds of music and theater will be there this summer. In addition, leaders from government and academia will join in the exciting programs.
Visitors can attend any of 140 ticketed events this summer. You will enjoy performances and talks by big-name artists and speakers. For example, Yo Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax are among the performers. Madeleine Albright, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Tom Stoppard will present lectures. You can be there for the seven-week Sunday evening film series, and refresh yourself at the indoor/outdoor cafe.
Check out the four immersion weekends. They’ll feature concert conversations, lectures, films, musical workshops, and personal encounters with the musicians. The announcement from the BSO says that the goal of the Learning Institute is to break down barriers between performers and the public.
In addition, the new space will house the Tanglewood Music Center. That’s the BSO’s summer academy for advanced music study. Guests of Brook Farm Inn have always enjoyed performances by the talented young musicians in this fellowship program, and now the new center offers expanded space for this program.
The parking lot for the new Center is at the corner of Hawthorne Road and Hawthorne Street. Our Lenox B&B is located on Hawthorne Street, so it’s easily accessible. The new complex is located on the hill right behind Ozawa Hall. These beautiful new buildings, like Ozawa Hall, fit into the natural landscape. It’s a great place to enjoy the nature and culture that the Berkshires is known for. We’re looking forward to touring the new facility on free open house days — June 29, 30 and July 1st. So that’s a great time to visit the inn!
Brook Farm Inn offers a Valentines and Presidents Weekend special, so bring your sweetheart in February!
All guests who stay between February 14th and February 25th will be greeted with a bottle of Prosecco and chocolate dipped strawberries. You’ll find them in your room when you arrive. So you can begin your romantic getaway with a toast to each other!
After your exhilarating ski experience, go to Chocolate Springs Cafe for hot chocolate and other treats. It’s located in Lenox and is just a short distance from Brook Farm Inn. Lenox Village is a lovely New England town, with shops and restaurants. Brook Farm Inn is just a block from the village center.
For indoor activities, you won’t want to miss the museums that are unique to the Berkshires. For example, there’s the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge and the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown.
The Berkshires offers all you culture vultures lots to do as well. At Barrington Stage Co. , see the annual 10×10 New Play Festival from February 14 to March 10. It’s a hoot!
In addition, you’ll find performances at the Colonial Theater, Mahaiwe Theater, and Close Encounters With Music.
Winter warmth at Berkshires theaters beckons now! See great plays and hear great music in January and February. Our Brook Farm Inn location in Lenox, MA is near them all. It’s less expensive than New York or Boston, and parking’s not a problem! Book now at Brook Farm Inn to enjoy winter entertainment, plus a cozy fireplace room and delicious buffet breakfast.
Coming very soon is the Winter Studio of Plays at Shakespeare & Co. It’s right around the corner from Brook Farm Inn in Lenox, MA. This annual event is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. It’s on January 19 and 20th.
Valentine’s Day inspires lots of choices to please you and your sweetheart. Winter in the Berkshires theaters includes performances at Barrington Stage Co. It’s in Pittsfield, near our Lenox B&B. From February 14 through March 10, theater goers will love the 10X10 New Play Festival. Every year during the winter season, BSC offers this unique experience of 10 Ten Minute plays by 10 playwrights.
And you won’t want to miss “Shakespeare’s Valentine Surprise” at Shakespeare & Co. It’s hosted by Kevin Bartini, a comedian you may recognize. For example, he’s worked in comedy clubs and also with Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart and in Comedy Central. That’s February 16 and 17 and it includes some very famous love scenes — a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
Now, for those who remember famous songsters from the ’50’s like The Drifters and The Platters, this is for you! At the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Colonial Theatre, you’ll enjoy Solid Gold Saturday Night: Remember the Fifties Concert. Remember “Under the Boardwalk?” Or “Save the Last Dance for Me?” How about ” Smoke Gets in Your Eyes?” You’ll have a great nostalgic evening on February 16th.
Your Lenox, MA innkeepers look forward to helping you and your sweetheart enjoy winter warmth and a great escape.
Winter specials will delight you in January and February at Brook Farm Inn! Discover winter in the Berkshires at Brook Farm Inn in Lenox, MA. Active days and cozy firelit evenings offer an escape during the quieter time of year. Brook Farm Inn welcomes you in January with a special discount, Also, in February we offer complimentary romantic gifts to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Presidents Weekend. You may choose a room with a fireplace, and some rooms have whirlpool tubs, too.
Here are the Specials
In January, with a two-night reservation, receive the second night at a discount of $50. In addition, from February 14 to February 24 we offer our Be My Valentine Special. So, all Brook Farm Inn guests will receive a bottle of Prosecco and chocolate dipped strawberries. These gifts will be in your room when you arrive. Book here! https://secure.thinkreservations.com/brookfarm/reservations
Winter in the Berkshires
The winter season in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts is filled with activity. Ski slopes and hiking trails are ready for those who enjoy the outdoors. In addition there are cultural experiences too. The Berkshire museums are uncrowded and have a variety of offerings. We have a central location in Lenox, MA. For instance, we’re near the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Clart Art Institute and MassMOCA, In addition there are the concert and theater venues, such as the Colonial and Mahaiwe Theaters, Close Encounters With Music, and Shakespeare & Co.
Plan Your Winter Specials Getaway
At Brook Farm Inn, your innkeepers are here to help plan your getaway. You can book a massage or private yoga sessions with us by phoning 413-637-3013. As always, your stay includes comfy rooms, memorable breakfasts and afternoon tea on Fridays and Saturdays.
We look forward to welcoming you!
Linda and Phil, owners/innkeepers
Tanglewood (as you are likely already well aware) is the summer home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO). Their annual summer festival has been bringing classical music’s biggest names to the Berkshires stage for over 80 years!
If you have plans to be in the Berkshires this summer, you should definitely consider making Tanglewood Music Festival 2019 part of your experience. Further, if you do plan to go, now is the time to start making your plans and reservations.
Lenox’s own Shakespeare & Company is heating up the Berkshires with two upcoming presentations: a costumed reading of a new version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice as well as the annual Winter Studio Festival of Plays. If you’re a fan of excellent theater (or just good entertainment) you do not want to miss these performances!
Shakespeare & Company was founded in 1978 and has since become a Berkshires’ cultural institution. They put on one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the country, May through December of every year, along with a variety of other programs.
Shakespeare & Company has three different venues in Lenox: The Roman Garden Theatre, The Tina Packer Playhouse, and the Elayne P. Bernstein Theater. All three have concession stands offering light fare for both before and after the shows. The Tina Packer Playhouse and the Elayne P. Bernstein Theater also feature outdoor spaces with tables for a picnic, snack, or drink.
While Shakespeare & Company focuses primarily upon the Bard’s plays (natch), works by others are also regularly produced. The two upcoming performances mentioned at the top are excellent examples of this. (more…)
Step back in time to the Berkshires of the 1760’s with a visit The Bidwell House Museum, an authentically restored historic house and museum, in Monterey, MA. The beautifully maintained grounds include 192 acres of gardens, fields, forest, stone walls, and trails.
The Bidwell House Museum is an elegant, two-story, post-and-beam, Georgian saltbox that was constructed as a parsonage, circa 1750. Its location marks the center of what was originally known as Housatonic Township Number 1. Docent led guided tours of this beautifully restored home are recommended. In fact, they’re the only way to see the interior!
House Tours begin outside with a focus on the grounds and architecture. Inside, a tour of the first and second floors further reveal the history of the house, the Bidwell family, and 18th century life in the Berkshires. A virtual tour on tablet is available for those unable to manage the stairs to the second floor. (more…)