The 42nd Annual Great Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon

Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon 2018Come to the Berkshires September 15th an 16th, 2018, for one of the oldest, largest bike-canoe-run triathlons in the country: the 42nd annual Great Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon!

The Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon has been held every year since 1976, making it the second-oldest continuous annual triathlon in the country. The full challenge includes a 27 mile bike race, 5 miles of canoeing, and a 6 mile run.

500 teams will start off from Great Barrington, MA on Sunday, September 16. First, they’ll bike 27 miles of scenic back country roads through 5 Berkshire towns to the Stockbridge Bowl.

Here, the bikers hand off their wristbands to team members waiting to race across the lake by canoe, kayak, or SUP. Having met this challenge, the wristband is then handed off to runners on the beach. Receiving their wristband, runners then race 6 miles around the lake. (more…)

Explore Chesterwood – Estate of Daniel Chester French

Chesterwood- the Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial.Chesterwood, in Glendale, near Stockbridge, MA, is the country home, studio, and gardens of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). The 122 acre estate is now a fabulous house museum and sculpture garden here in the Berkshires.

Daniel Chester French was one of the country’s foremost public sculptors. If you’re not sure who French is, just conjure up an image of the seated Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. That’s the work of Daniel Chester French. Other iconic sculptures of his include Concord’s The Minute Man, and the Dupont Circle Fountain in Washington, DC.

Chesterwood was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors will definitely enjoy exploring the estate. You’ll see the Daniel Chester French residence, studio, barn, gardens, and gift shop. (more…)

Get Set For Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2018!

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2018Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2018’s collection of special events and performances is less than a month away! Come see the annual event that lights up the Berkshires – June 20th through August 26th, 2018.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2018 is jam-packed with debuts, world premieres, collaborations, and happy returns. The annual event promises well over 200 performances of live music and dance, most of them free. You’ll see dance artists from around the world presenting everything from classic ballet to innovative contemporary dance.

Highlights for this year’s festival include the U.S. debut of Compañía Sharon Fridman, The Royal Danish Ballet, Limón Dance Company, Houston Ballet, PHILADANCO! and so much more. (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…)