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March 13

Come Experience the 2015 Solid Sound Festival with Us!

We’re all excited for the upcoming Solid Sound festival. The entire town of North Adams, MA is buzzing about the event, which usually breathes even more life into an already lively town.

Running from June 26th to the 28th, the three-day festival promises to be bigger, better and more fun than the last one!
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November 30

Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas

If you’re traveling to the Berkshires between Dec. 4th through Dec. 6th, you’ll definitely want to come down to Main Street for Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. With three whole days of Christmas fun, you’ll enjoy everything from caroling to holiday concerts. Santa will be making visit as well as Roger the Jester. And don’t forget to satisfy your taste buds by having lunch at the Christmas Food Booth.
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October 28

It’s the Great Pumpkins!

It is that time of year once again at the Red Lion Inn! Along with the falling, colorful leaves, the snap in the air, and the smell of wood smoke on the breeze, autumn at the Red Lion Inn means that the Great Pumpkins are up for display. And, when we say great, what we really mean is giant! These massive squashes are not just huge, they are some of the largest pumpkins you will ever see. It won’t be long before local farmer, Joe Goetze from Pittsfield,Massachusetts will be making his deliveries of two of his Great Pumpkins.
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September 28

Apple Squeeze Harvest Festival – Lenox, MA

The 35th Annual Apple Squeeze Harvest Festival is coming! Mark your calendars for September 26th and 27th, from 10am to 5pm, and enjoy one of the best and most anticipated events in historic Lenox, MA. The village itself is lovely, and the Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events of the fall season. While you’re there, you can find sculptures, original art work, and handmade crafts from vendors that will fill the streets. Don’t forget to take a look at the handmade jewelry, as well, along with the wood carvings, textiles, leather goods, and hand woven clothing.
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September 17

Lee, MA Founder’s Weekend

The Town of Lee is having its annual birthday celebration and everyone’s invited! The Lee Founders Day Weekend will run from September 18th through September 20th, featuring a wide variety of family-friendly fun. Sample delicious local food, enjoy live music and view the Hometown Parade. For the kids, there are crafts, magic shows, face painting and other entertainment — and for the adults, a vintage tennis tournament, sidewalk sales and the community block dance.
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August 25

West Stockbridge, MA Farmer’s Market

People get all excited about fairs and festivals, but we happen to love the West Stockbridge, MA Farmer’s Market because it is not just a farmer’s market, but also a fair and a festival.
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August 21

Tanglewood’s End of Season Performances

Each year those of us who live, work and play in the Berkshires have the pleasure of taking in some of the best musical performances this side of the Mississippi at Tanglewood. Beginning with a rich history dating back to the 1930s, Tanglewood has been hosting a variety of memorable musical events for over 80 years. Now that the summer season is coming to a close, visitors to the area have a few final chances to catch some of these great performances.
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July 20

The Berkshires’ 1/2 price ticket program is back in its 14th season!

The Berkshires offer a unique summertime experience for couples and families vacationing during the season. The area’s lush landscapes and beautiful weather are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, but what really sets us apart is the immense cultural variety offered in our quaint Massachusetts towns. Berkshire County is a haven for talented artists and musicians, and this year, you can take in their fascinating work at an affordable cost. (more…)

June 25

July Lion’s Den Calendar

Check out this month’s entertainment schedule for The Lion’s Den here.

June 24

Art for Art’s Sake: Boston Sculptors Gallery opens at Chesterwood

There are not many things in life more relaxing than wandering an art exhibit. Lucky for our guests, there are several breathtaking exhibits a stone’s throw from the Red Lion Inn. One that we’re particularly excited about this season is the 2015 Boston Sculptor’s Gallery display at Chesterwood; open May 23rd through October 12th and not to be missed!

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June 19

Spooky Ghost Tours at The Mount – Lenox, MA

If you enjoy the strange and unusual, you won’t want to miss out on the ghost tours at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home in Lenox. Located just 10 minutes from the Red Lion Inn, The Mount offers several tours sure to send tingles down your spine. The Wednesday Night Ghost Walks are a popular activity during the summer. These tours run every Wednesday night beginning at 7:30 p.m. from June to September. By fall, the Friday Night Fright Tours become a double feature with two tours each Friday – one at 5:45 and another at 7:00 p.m. The season culminates with special Halloween Tours. (more…)

May 29

Naumkeag in Stockbridge, MA

The Gilded Age was a time of beauty, structure, and architecture, and Naumkeag has a bit of everything. This stunning Gilded Age estate has everything that comes to mind when you think of the age. The estate is known for its elegant and winding gardens and the rare Berkshire “Cottage”. With its gracious house, elaborate gardens, and panoramic views, Naumkeag is a stunning retreat for anyone that wants to see what the area has to offer.
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May 26

You, Red Lion Inn, and Berkshire Botanical Garden

After an enchanting dinner the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn, you make your way to the Berkshire Botanical Garden recommended by staff. You had picked this restaurant because of a highlighted article in National Geographic Traveler, who recognized it for its practices of eco-sustainability. The menu and kitchen offerings certainly showed that with its listings of grass fed beef and milk to let you know they even chose the farm from which their food source came. After a grand meal you decide a walk and some cocktails in the garden recommended by staff would make for a delightful afternoon.
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May 21

What’s Happening?

Memorial Day Weekend! Friday, May 22– Monday, May 25

There are so many things to do it’s impossible to list them all!  For even MORE activities, events, and attractions, visit www.berkshires.org on your smartphone or tablet.  Red Lion Inn has complimentary wifi!

Special Events at Museums & Historical Houses

Norman Rockwell Museum9 Route 183, Stockbridge

 

Friday, May 22 (Daily through March 31)J.C. Leyendecker and The Saturday Evening Post

View original art and all 322 “Saturday Evening Post” covers created by illustrator J.C. Leyendecker, one of Norman Rockwell’s artistic heroes

Red Lion Inn30 Main Street, Stockbridge Sunday, May 24*Yoga: 9.30am 

With Dharma Coach Kat Whitney. Mats, towel, & water available.  $15 per class/Complimentary for RLI guests!

Theaters, Live Performances, Exhibitions & Festivals

Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Inc.356 South Main Street, Sheffield Friday, May 22– Sunday, March 24 (Open Weekly)*Tours & Tastings! Complimentary Tastings; $10 Tours by Appointment

Retail store with complimentary tasting open Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 12 – 5pm; tours by appointment.  Tours of the distillery are $10 per person & last approximately 1 hour.  (413) 229 – 0219 or email

Big Elm Brewing65 Silver Street, Sheffield Saturday, May 23 (Weekly on Saturdays)*FREE Tours & Tastings: 12 – 4pm

Retail Shop is also open Monday – Saturday 12 – 4pm.

Barrington Stage Company30 Union Street, Pittsfield

(St. Germain Stage)

Friday, May 22, Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24Butler (Friday, 7:30pm, Saturday 4pm & 7:30pm, Sunday, 3pm)

Based on actual events that changed the lives of over 10,000 slaves, Butler is the recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award. The comedy, set at the beginning of the Civil War, follows Benjamin Butler, a successful Massachusetts lawyer, who has just been promoted to Major General and given command of Fort Monroe in Virginia.

Shakespeare & Company70 Kemble Street, Lenox

(Bernstein Theatre)

Friday, May 22,  Saturday, May 23 and Sunday May, 24The How and The Why 7:30pm

Two brilliant female scientists meet on the eve of a national conference and find themselves clashing over their views on men and women, love and conflict, genes and destiny.

Berkshire Theatre Group83 Main Street, Stockbridge

(Unicorn Theatre)

Friday, May 22 (7pm) and Saturday, May 23 (2pm & 7pm) and Sunday, May 24 (2pm)Masha’s Seagull

Inspired by incomparable dramatist Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, this production takes on Chekhov’s classic work, and examines a minor, yet intriguing, character in the original story, Masha, played by Virginia Scheuer.

Tanglewood297 West Street, Lenox Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24SummerSound – Live @ Tanglewood 11:30am

A weekend of music, food, drinks, fun, running/biking, relaxing and more!  Headlining will be the Indigo girls, other performers include, Barefoot Truth, The Interlopers and more! Kids under 10 free.

Berkshire Museum39 South St

Pittsfield, MA

Friday, May 22WeeMuse Adventures 11:00am-11:30am

Little ones can explore the Aquarium and three Museum galleries! Each week features songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time, and more!

Lenox, Stockbridge, Great Barrington Saturday, May 23 through Sunday, May 246th Annual Memorial Day Races

Memorial Day Marathon & Half Marathon, known as the “toughest Marathon in the East”, the Tanglewood 10K/5K, the Memorial Day 15K Trail Race, Trail-Road Challenge, the Memorial Day Dirt Road Ride and Kids Run!

Lenox Chamber of Commerce18 Main Street, Lenox Saturday, May 23Lenox Rhubarb Festival 10am-3pm

2015 Annual Lenox Rhubarb Festival at the Library Reading Park.. Enjoy Rhubarb Chili provided by Lenox Restaurants. Buy a spoon for $5 and sample rhubarb chilis from 5 restaurants. Use your spoon to vote for your favorite. Then enjoy a rhubarb ice cream cone, and take home a pie.

Housatonic FlatsGreat Barrington Sunday, May 24Family Hike at Housatonic Flats 11am-12pm

Come out and bring your whole family (even the dog!) for this beautiful hike at BNRC’s Housatonic Flats in Great Barrington.  Co-sponsored by Berkshire Natural Resources Council and Berkshire Community College.  Directions:  From the center of Great Barrington, go North on

Rt. 7.  After passing the Radio Station, look for a left hand turn right across from Chelsea & Co.

Memorial Day Parades

Town of Stockbridge Monday, May 25Benediction and Taps for Veterans at Town Cemeteries will begin at 11:00am.  The Stockbridge Memorial Day Parade will begin at 12:15pm at the Town Hall .  Following the parade there will be a guest speaker at the Town Hall at 12:45pm, Harold French, U.S. Navy Seabees, Retired.
Town of Lenoxdale Monday, May 25The Annual Lenoxdale Memorial Day Parade will start at 8:20 am. will go to an 8:30am Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Church. Directly following Mass the parade will resume to Veterans Park for the Ceremony.
Town of Lenox Monday, May 25The Lenox Memorial Day Parade will start promptly at 12:00 noon at Church on the Hill with a Ceremony at the Monument in the center of town, and concluding at St. Ann Cemetery.

Lion’s Den- Live Entertainment every night – never a cover!

Friday, June 22Jeannie &John

Vocals and Piano

Friday, June 22Rev Tor Band

Classical Acoustic

Friday, June 22Eric Erickson

Classic Covers

Friday, June 22Sandy & Sandy

Country and Folk

April 30

Baby Animals at Shaker Farm – Pittsfield, MA

Spring is one of the best times to visit New England, with the fresh green beauty of budding trees, the fragrances of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, and community organizations re-opening for the season. When you visit us here at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, you will enjoy the historic buildings, the gorgeous scenery, and expert hospitality.
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April 24

What’s Happening?

Monday, April 27- Thursday, April 30

There are so many things to do, it’s impossible to list them all!  For even MORE activities, events, and attractions, visit www.berkshires.org on your smartphone or tablet…Red Lion Inn has free wifi!
Special Events at Museums & Historical Houses
Norman Rockwell Museum

Route 183, Stockbridge

Weekdays 10am-4pm

Weekends and Holidays 10am-5pm

April 27 (Daily through June 14)

J.C. Leyendecker and The Saturday Evening Post

View original art and all 322 “Saturday Evening Post” covers created by illustrator J.C. Leyendecker, one of Norman Rockwell’s artistic heroes.

The Red Lion Inn

30 Main Street, Stockbridge

Wednesday, April 29

With Dharma Coach Kat Whitney. Mats, towel, & water available.  $15 per class/Complimentary for RLI guests

Outdoor Fun
Hilltop Orchards

295/508 Canaan Rd, Richmond

Open Daily 9am-5pm

Furnace Brook Winery

Award-winning Furnace Brook Wines are made from Northeast varietals and produced here at Hilltop Orchards – the French style Cidre’ and Johnny Mash hard cider are made from estate grown apples.  Visit us for a free wine tasting; try any one of our wines for free and an additional five for $5.00.

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

472 West Mountain Road, Lenox

Wednesday, April 29

Evening at Beaver Ponds 6:30pm

Enjoy an evening in the valley visiting the beaver ponds. Search for beavers and other kinds of wildlife that are attracted by the series of ponds that the beavers have created. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to change our landscape 80 years after their reintroduction. Children 3-12.Wear long pants, long sleeves, and a hat. Bring binoculars if you have them.

Theaters, Live Performances, Exhibitions & Festivals
Berkshire Museum

39 South St. (Rte 7), Pittsfield

Monday, April 27

Into the Light (Daily through May 10)

Known for his spectacular depictions of the Berkshire Hills, the Housatonic River, and other compelling outdoor scenes from farther afield, Jim Schantz finds inspiration for his paintings and pastels in nature.

Berkshire Museum

39 South St. (Rte 7), Pittsfield

Monday, April 27 (Daily through May 8)

If/Then: a topsy-turvy world of creativity

This new exhibition is all about inspired rule-breaking and the exploration of irrational creativity. For children it is a chance to freely climb, jump, and explore the large-scale sculptural structures in the galleries.

Laurie Donovan Designs

81 Church Street, Lenox

Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm

Monday, April 27 (Daily through April 30)

Art on the Walls – Vimala Steadman

The current show in our “Art on The Walls” series is by Vimala Steadman, artist, mother, wife, craftsperson (jeweler) gardener, lover of rocks, landscaper, builder, decorator, designer, spiritual seeker, lover of life and child of the 60’s.

The Clark Art Institute

225 South Street, Williamstown

Monday, April 27 (Daily through April 30)

Machine Age Modernism

Machine Age Modernism, a special presentation of prints from the Daniel Cowin Collection, captures the tumultuous aesthetic and political climate of the years before, during, and after World Wars I and II in Britain.

Williams College Museum of Art

15 Lawrence Hall Rd. Williamstown

Open Daily 10am-5pm

Closed Wednesdays

Daily until April 27

Fathi Hassan: Migration of Signs

Nubian artist Fathi Hassan transforms Arabic script into illegible text to illustrate the uncertainty of migration and displacement. Drawing on the loss of his homeland in southern Egypt, his recent works explore the idea of Nubia, Egypt, and the Middle East as mythical and nostalgic spaces.

Daily until Sunday, May 31

Immortal Scripts

Immortal Scripts takes a close look at inscribed objects and the many messages they convey. A second-century Syrian grave marker details a family’s lineage and commemorates a brother’s death. A fragment of the Egyptian Book of the Dead provides spells to guide the deceased to the afterlife.

Williams College Museum of Art

15 Lawrence Hall Rd. Williamstown

Open Daily 10am-5pm

Closed Wednesdays

Tuesday, April 28

Warhol & Infiltrated Publishing 6pm

Lucy Mulroney, Interim Senior Director and Curator of Special Collections at Syracuse University Libraries and Christopher Cerf, Author, composer, producer, and former Warhol collaborator share Warhol’s proclivity for co-opting the rigid structures to produce books like his Index (Book), a pop-up “children’s book for hipsters”. Drinks and mingling to follow.

Berkshire Museum

39 South St. (Rte 7), Pittsfield

Open Daily Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 12pm-5pm

 

 

Monday-Saturday

Objectify: A Look into the Permanent Collection

A major new exhibition of some of the most significant and fascinating objects from the Museum’s holdings of more than 40,000 artworks, specimens, and artifacts.

Monday-Saturday

Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation

The Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation is an exciting 3,000 square foot interactive exhibition that celebrates the many innovators and innovations that have originated in the Berkshires and transformed the world.

Monday-Saturday

Berkshire Backyard Exhibit

Get to know the many species of Berkshire animals. See how many mammals you can identify!

                                                                       Live Entertainment every night – never a cover!
Monday

Sandy and Sandy

Original country and folk

Tuesday

                             Micah Stone

                                  Rock

 

Wednesday

Jeff Martell

Acoustic funkadelic trip through the 70’s

Thursday

Gary Jones

Country

 

April 24

What’s Happening?

Friday, April 24– Sunday, April 26

There are so many things to do, it’s impossible to list them all!  For even MORE activities, events, and attractions, visit www.berkshires.org on your smartphone or tablet…Red Lion Inn has free wifi!
Special Events at Museums & Historical Houses
Norman Rockwell Museum

9 Route 183, Stockbridge

Friday, April 24  (Daily through April 30)

J.C. Leyendecker and The Saturday Evening Post

View original art and all 322 “Saturday Evening Post” covers created by illustrator J.C. Leyendecker, one of Norman Rockwell’s artistic heroes.

The Red Lion Inn

30 Main Street, Stockbridge

Sunday, April 26 (Weekly on Sunday)

*Yoga: 9.30am 

 With Dharma Coach Kat Whitney. Mats, towel, & water available.  $15 per class/Complimentary for RLI guests!

Theaters, Live Performances, Exhibitions & Festivals
Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Inc.

356 South Main Street, Sheffield

Friday, April 24– Sunday, April 26 (Open Weekly)

*Tours & Tastings! Complimentary Tastings; $10 Tours by Appointment

Retail store with complimentary tasting open Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 12 – 5pm; tours by appointment.  Tours of the distillery are $10 per person & last approximately 1 hour.  (413) 229 – 0219 or email tours@berkshiremountaindistillers.com

Big Elm Brewing

65 Silver Street, Sheffield

 

Saturday, April 25 (Weekly on Saturdays)

*FREE Tours & Tastings: 12pm– 4pm

Retail Shop is also open Monday – Saturday 12 – 4pm.

Laurie Donovan Designs

81 Church Street, Lenox

Friday, April 24

Art on the Walls – Vimala Steadman (Tuesday- Saturday,  10am to 5pm)

The current show in our “Art on The Walls” series is by Vimala Steadman, artist, mother, wife, craftsperson (ceramic jeweler) gardener, lover of rocks, landscaper, builder, decorator, designer, spiritual seeker, lover of life and child of the 60’s.

Berkshire Museum

39 South St, Pittsfield

Friday, April 24 (Daily through May 3)

If/Then: a topsy-turvy world of creativity

This new exhibition is all about inspired rule-breaking and the exploration of irrational creativity. For children it is a chance to freely climb, jump, and explore the large-scale sculptural structures in the galleries; for older children and adults it’s an opportunity to release the confines of rational thought and re-engage with their own childhood.

Berkshire Museum

39 South St, Pittsfield

Friday, April 24

WeeMuse Adventures 11am-11:30am

Little ones can explore the Aquarium and three Museum galleries! Each week features songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time, and more. Check our Facebook Page or weekly e-blast for each week’s theme. This program is geared towards children 18 months to 3 years. Older and younger siblings are always welcome!

Berkshire Museum

39 South St, Pittsfield

Friday, April 24 (Daily through May 10)

Into the Light

Known for his spectacular depictions of the Berkshire Hills, the Housatonic River, and other compelling outdoor scenes from farther afield, Jim Schantz finds inspiration for his paintings and pastels in nature.

The Clark Art Institute

225 South Street, Williamstown

Friday, April 24 (Daily through April 30)

Machine Age Modernism

Machine Age Modernism, a special presentation of prints from the Daniel Cowin Collection, captures the tumultuous aesthetic and political climate of the years before, during, and after World Wars I and II in Britain. Today known as the Machine Age, this was an era that embraced industry and mechanization.

Berkshire Paint and Sip Studio

305 North Street, Pittsfield

Friday, April 24

Paint Red Poppies 6pm-8pm

Fundraiser to benefit Berkshire Healthcare’s Mount Greylock Activities Department..

Mt. Greylock Healthcare at 100 North Street, Pittsfield Saturday, April 18

Berkshire Paint and Sip: Family Day 6:30pm-8:30pm

Paint Blue Feather Dove on a 16 x 20 canvas. All painting materials included for this 2-3 hour painting. No alcohol. Ages 6+.

Berkshire Museum

39 South Street, Pittsfield

Saturday, April 18

Cuba at the Turning Point 10:30am-11:30an

Sally Eagle spent three weeks traveling around Cuba in December 2014, photographing the everyday lives of Cubans from cities like Havana and Santiago de Cuba, to smaller villages like Baracoa and Remedios. This program will present a visual journey of the evolution of politics, architecture, culture and society in a fascinating country that is going through yet another historic transition.

The Garage

Berkshire Theatre Group

111 South Street, Pittsfield

Saturday, April 18

Katherine Winston 8pm

American Idol contestant, Katherine Winston, is a singer/songwriter from the Lenox, Massachusetts, whose influences range from country to folk, or blues to pop.

MASS MoCA

87 Marshall Street, North Adams

Saturday, April 18

Neutral Milk Hotel with the Dot Wiggin Band  8pm

The return of Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel — who influenced a generation of songwriters with a string of records in the ‘90s, culminating with In the Aeroplane Over the Sea — is one of the most welcome re-births in the history of indie music. Hunter Center.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center at 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington Saturday, April 18

Hollywood Costume 11:30am-12:30pm

Ever wonder what the story is behind Dorothy’s iconic Ruby Slippers, Indiana’s infamous whip and hat or Holly Golightly’s sultry little black dress? Join BIFF and Academy-Award Winning Costume Designer, Deborah Nadoolman Landis for a behind the scenes look into costume as character and the magical relationship between costume designers and filmmakers. This is a must see event for film buffs and fashionistas alike!

Outdoor Fun
Hancock Shaker Village

1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield

Friday, April 24

Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm 10am-4pm

Come celebrate in the Round Stone Barn and give a warm welcome to our new barnyard friends. Stroll through our heirloom gardens, play in our hands-on Discovery Room, and explore our historic buildings. Kids 12 and under are admitted FREE!

 – Live Entertainment every night – never a cover!
Friday, April 17

Art Steele

Blues and guitar

Saturday, April 18

David Reed Trio

A blend of rockin NewFolk, rompin’ ragtime and snappy country blues

 

Sunday, April 19

Eric Erikson

Classic folk from the 70’s and originals

30 Main Street  Stockbridge, MA 01262
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