Pride and Prejudice and Shakespeare & Company!

Shakespeare & Company Pride and PrejudiceLenox’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 at The Bidwell House Museum

Bidwell House MuseumStep 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…)

Discover Becket Quarry and the Becket Land Trust

Becket Quarry at Becket Land TrustBecket Quarry seems like a place frozen in time and the hike to it, through the forested acreage of the Becket Land Trust, can make for a wonderful day’s adventure.

Historic Chester-Hudson Quarry (Becket Quarry’s real name) was operational from the 1860’s to the 1960’s, providing granite for monuments across the country. When the quarry closed, the site was abandoned, along with a number of buildings, vehicles, and equipment.

As nature began to work its way back in, the area became a bit of a local playground and hiking paradise. In the 1990’s, when it looked as if the land was going to be developed for industry, local citizens came together to protect it.

Becket Land Trust is a 300+ acre forested parcel open to the public. The preserve contains a demonstration forest, miles of hiking and cross country ski trails, vernal pools, and lots of wildlife. The biggest draw, however, has to be the historic quarry and its remnants. (more…)

Get Carried Away … On A Berkshires Hot Air Balloon Ride!

Berkshires hot air balloon rideThe Berkshires of Western Massachusetts are known for their natural beauty – but have you ever seen them from the air? You can on a Berkshires hot air balloon ride!

Have you ever watched a hot air balloon and wondered what it must be like to ride in one? If so, you’re not alone – nor do you have to keep wondering. Hot air balloon rides are just one more fun thing you can do, here in the Berkshires!

Imagine seeing the lush and beautiful landscape of the Berkshires rolling out below you as you float serenely above them. Many have seen the Berkshires from above in an airlplane – but that experience hardly rivals that of a balloon. Airplanes are noisy and claustrophobic in comparison to a hot air balloon. (more…)

Getting Out and About: Hiking the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts

Hiking the Berkshires of Western MassachusettsAs we transition from winter to spring, warmer temperatures, emerging blossoms, and beautiful bird song are beckoning to us all. Come soak up the great outdoors hiking the Berkshires!

With the first day of spring less than a week away, it is natural that our thoughts should turn to the great outdoors. When it comes to breathtaking scenery, you would be hard pressed to beat the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Our mountains and forests are dotted with rivers, lakes, and picturesque waterfalls. Best of all, we also have plenty of easily accessible parks and trails.

The convenient location of Brook Farm Inn, our Lenox-area B&B, puts all the best of the Berkshires right at your feet. Many our guests are eager to explore the area and we have plenty of suggestions for hiking the Berkshires. (more…)

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…)

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…)

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

shakespeare and companyThe 2017 Summer season of the Berkshires’ Shakespeare and 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 and 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 and 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!

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