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August 20

The Red Lion Inn Flower Tradition

New Guinea Courtyard

The Red Lion Inn is full of history and tradition- the flowers and plants you see surrounding the Inn are a part of that tradition and have their own stories. Inn visitors enjoy flowers selected by Mrs. Fitzpatrick years ago, including pink geraniums, fuchsia hanging baskets and colorful impatiens.

Impatiens became a staple at the Inn after Mrs. Fitzpatrick traveled to the rain forest and saw them growing in their natural habit. She wanted to bring that splendor, color and vibrancy back to her hotel. Upon her return, impatients filled our courtyard, front porch, and window boxes.

The impatiens tradition was threatened in 2012 when the Inn was devastated by a permanent fungal disease called downy mildew that specifically kills impatiens. In 2013, we switched from standard Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) to New Guinea Impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri), which are resistant to the disease. Now you’ll find our courtyard filled with the color, beauty, and vibrancy of New Guinea Impatiens and our window boxes overflowing with Sunpatiens.

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Mrs. Fitzpatrick bestowed several other flower traditions on the Inn. She loved the pink color, graceful flowing nature of elegant blooms of her favorite flower, the swing time fuchsia and wanted to spread the joy they brought her. Today, they hang all around the Front Porch.

Another Red Lion Inn flower tradition came from the McGregor family, who lived next to the Inn for many years. Their home is now a Red Lion Inn Guest House. Mrs. McGregor always grew pink geraniums in her front window boxes and Mrs. Fitzpatrick loved them so much she wanted to incorporate them around her property. Today, you will find pink geranium hanging baskets around the out-buildings, pink geraniums on the third floor porch and of course, in the window boxes on the front of the McGregor House.

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Each year there are small additions, like the new landscape at our new Maple Glen building and the new annuals planted every year in the garden next to route 7 in front of country curtains.

On your next visit to the Inn, I hope you enjoy our flowers, for their beauty and for the story they tell. Year after year you will be able to see our traditions bloom with love, as the rest of the property stands rich with years of historical tradition.  Feel free to come and see me, I will be around tending to the flowers and am happy to share the story the flowers tell.

Red Lion Inn Horticulturalist,

Alexis Batachi

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August 14

Motorcycles and the Weather Man

Monday morning August 11,was busy here. We hosted New England Cable News starting at 4am. The Red Lion Inn was the backdrop for a series of interviews with Berkshire taste-makers. This video features an interview with Berkshire Visitors Bureau’s Laura Wolf. 


Also on Monday, we spent time with a bunch of motorcyclists– The crew from Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR The Foundation for AIDS Research made The Red Lion Inn their last stop before the final leg of their trip, ending at Governors Island National Monument, NYC. The group consisted of models, actors and media professionals. New England Cable News spontaneously interviewed one of the riders – Giles Marini.
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August 14

What’s Happening?  

Friday, August 15 – Sunday, August 17

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!

Outdoor Fun

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home2 Plunkett Street,  Lenox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 15 (Weekly on Friday & Saturday until August 31)*Music After Hours: 5 – 8pm

Relax on the terrace with a glass of wine while savoring a rousing blend of traditional and modern music.

Saturday, August 15 (Weekly on Tues, Thurs, & Sat until August 24)

*Shakespeare & Company presents Romeo & Juliet: 12 – 1.30pm

A miracle of human expression, Romeo and Juliet reminds us of what it is to swear by the moon, to see the sun in another person, and to risk the consequences hanging in the stars. Performed ‘bare Bard’ style with only 6 actors playing all the roles. $24.50 for adults; $14.50 for students. Tuesday & Thursday, 6pm.

Sunday, August 17

*SculptureNow Tour: 11.30am (meet at the Stable)

The Mount, in partnership with SculptureNow, is pleased to welcome back an exhibition of 24 large-scale outdoor sculptures. Join us for a free two-hour artist-led guided tour of this remarkable show and hear the stories behind the art and artists.

Naumkeag 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge Friday, August 15 (Weekly Friday, Saturday, & Sunday until Sept. 2)*English Tea in the Gardens: 2 – 5pm

Tea & Scones served in the Garden. $10.00 person.

Berkshire Botanical Garden5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 15*Cocktails in Great Gardens – The home of Daniel & Sherry Kasper: 5 – 7pm

Hors d’oeuvres, a cold refreshment, and the warm summer light of late afternoon are the perfect companions to take in some of the area’s most spectacular private gardens through our Cocktails in Great Gardens series. Tickets are limited and reservations are required. Call 413.298.3926 for more information. Members $20; Nonmembers $25. 

Saturday, August 16

*Wonderful Mammals of Fields & Forests: 11am

This program is designed for all ages and highlights some of the furry creatures that inhabit the landscape with us. The talk will include live specimens including a fisher cat, grey fox, skunk, flying squirrels and more.

 Hilltop Orchards

508 Canaan Road, Rte 295, Richmond

 

 

 Saturday, August 16 (Weekly on Saturday until August 30)*Live Entertainment with Todd McLeod: 2 – 5pm (FREE!)

Cool off on Saturdays with a chilled glass of wine or fresh pressed cider while enjoying the scenery and sounds of guitar music.

Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Inc.

20 Bank Row, Pittsfield

 

 

Saturday, August 16*Steadman Pond Off-Train Hike: 10am – 1pm (Open to intermediate & expert hikers only!)

Explore rugged terrain at a moderate pace as we explore steep hillsides. After the hike, enjoy a quiet lunch at the pond while taking in beautiful views of Steadman Pond. Hiking poles suggested. Bring appropriate footwear, rain gear, plenty of water, a lunch, and sunscreen. Remember, there will be extreme elevation changes throughout this hike!

Arrowhead, Home of Herman Melville780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield Saturday, August 16*Country Fair at Arrowhead: 10am – 4pm (FREE!)

Visit the Country Fair at Arrowhead! Crafters, food, and music will abound on the South Lawn.

Bartholomew’s Cobble105 Weatogue Road, Ashley Falls Sunday, August 17 (Weekly on Sundays until August 31)*Housatonic Canoe Trips: 8.30 – 11.30am

Paddles, life preservers, and boats are provided. Trustees of Reservations members: Adult $24; Child (10-16) $10. Nonmembers: Adult $30; Child (10-16) $15. Pre-register by calling 413.229.8600. 

Special Events at Museums & Historical Houses

Chesterwood4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge

 

 

Friday, August 15 (Friday evenings until August 29)*Chesterfest: 6.30pm

New Americana Music (more than banjos & fiddles!) on lawn seating (rain or shine!), Delicious Traditions snacks for sale, & a glass of Wandering Star beer included in the $10 admission (children under 18 are free). Solo artists at 6.30pm & bands at 7.30pm.  See website for artists playing: chesterwood.org. Chesterwood studio & grounds open 6 – 8pm for viewing sculpture.

The Clark225 South Street, Williamstown

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 15 (Daily until September 21)*Cast for Eternity:  Ancient Ritual Bronzes from the Shanghai Museum

The 32 objects in the exhibit show the range of artistic expression & variety of sculptural forms during China’s Bronze Age.

Friday, August 15 (Daily through October 18)

*Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith

The exhibition (including 9 sculptures & 3 paintings) at the Clark explores the crucial role that industrial color and its relationship to nature played in the work of one of the twentieth century’s most influential and celebrated sculptors.

Norman Rockwell Museum9 Route 183, Stockbridge

 

 

 

 

Saturday, August 16*The Stockbridge Sinfonia: 2pm (FREE with museum admission!)

This community orchestra that celebrates the talents of developing musicians and seasoned performers.

Saturday, August 16

*Family Festival Day: 1 – 4pm (FREE with museum admission!)

Discover the stories that art can tell! Explore the art of Norman Rockwell and Edward Hopper during this activity-filled day. Enjoy storytelling, art-making, and a special signing of Edward Hopper Paints His World with the author & illustrator.

The Red Lion Inn30 Main Street, Stockbridge  Sunday, August 17 (Weekly on Sunday)*Gentle Yoga with Dharma Coach Kat Mansfield: 8.30 – 9.45am (Hitchcock Room)

Mats, towel, & water available.  $18 per class.

Theaters, Live Performances, Exhibitions & Festivals

Tanglewood297 West Street, Lenox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 15*Beethoven & Prokofiev – Underscore Friday Evening: 8.30pm In the Shed

BEETHOVEN – Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor; PROKOFIEV – Alexander Nevsky.

Saturday, August 16

*Bernstein Candide: 8.30pm in the Shed

Sunday, August 17

*The Last Southern Gentlemen: 8pm (Ozawa Hall)

Built on the intimacy of American ballads and the trombone’s expressive mimicry of the human voice, The Last Southern Gentlemen is a firm acknowledgement of the existence and importance of these sweet, gentle sounds.

Sunday, August 17

*The Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert: 2.30pm in the Shed

STRAVINSKY – Scherzo fantastique; RACHMANINOFF – Piano Concerto No. 3; STRAVINSKY – The Firebird.

Shakespeare & Company70 Kemble Street, Lenox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 15 (until August 24)

*Shakespeare’s Will (Bernstein Theatre)

Passion, humor, and mystery abound in this sensual and provocative tale.  Filled with song, dance, and the poetry of language, Shakespeare’s Will, set in 1616 in Stratford-upon-Avon, explores the uncharted and tumultuous life of Anne Hathaway — Shakespeare’s enigmatic wife, who spent 34 years married to a genius she rarely saw.

Friday, August 15 (until August 23)

*The Servant of Two Masters (Rose Footprint Theatre)

Resplendent with some of the wittiest knots and twists you’ll ever see, The Servant of Two Masters tells the story of the outrageous and wily servant, Truffaldino, who secretly signs on with two masters simultaneously.

Friday, August 15 (until August 30)

*A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tina Packer Playhouse)

Magic and whimsy meet down in the Bayou where A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes to life and the Jazz Era in America explodes! The beloved characters frolic among the mangroves and Spanish moss in this enchanted and unforgettable treatment of Shakespeare’s classic, bawdy comedy.

Friday, August 15 (until August 30)

*Julius Caesar (Bernstein Theatre)

The riveting and bloody story of Julius Caesar heats up the Bernstein stage in this pared down ‘bare Bard’ production, in which 7 actors play all the roles. This psychological drama follows the conspiracy against and assassination of the Roman Dictator by his closest friends and peers and the brutal aftermath of his murder.

Friday, August 15 (until August 24)

*The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Tina Packer Playhouse)

A hilarious medley of mayhem, comedy, and lunacy, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) returns (after too long of an absence) with a naughty new cast, a devilishly fresh take, and feverish pace.

Friday, August 15 (until August 31)

*Henry IV, Parts I & II (Tina Packer Playhouse)

A 15th Century Eastcheap and a contemporary London set the stage for the exploits of a defiant Prince Hal and his partner-in-crime, the unruly knight Falstaff, as he faces his guilt-ridden father King Henry, and the plotting of Harry Percy—“The Hotspur.”

Friday, August 15 (until September 14)

*Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Bernstein Theatre)

This Tony-award winning homage to Chekhov unleashes a healthy dose of mayhem and hilarity over the course of a weekend when sibling rivalries, regrets, hopes and dreams are revealed.

Barrington Stage Company30 Union Street, Pittsfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 15 (Daily until August 24)

*Dancing Lessons (Main Stage)

Dancing Lessons centers around a young man with high-functioning autism (Asperger’s Syndrome) as he tries to navigate a relationship with a Broadway dancer, now sidelined with injuries. Tues/Wed at 7pm; Thurs-Sat at 8pm; Sun at 5pm; Wed/Fri matinees at 2pm (excluding Aug. 8 & 13).

Friday, August 15 (until August 31)

*Romance in Hard Times (St. Germain Stage)

A soup kitchen in the Depression. A pregnant woman refuses to give birth until she sees more hope in the world. Former socialites, unemployed actors, capitalists down on their luck, and Eleanor Roosevelt try to get through the Depression with some dignity intact. Tues-Sun 7:30pm; Sat/Sun 3pm; add’l matinee Thurs., Aug. 28 at 3pm.

 

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

358 George Carter Road, Becket

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 15 – Saturday, August 16

*Companhia Urbana de Danca: Wed – Sat at 8pm & Saturday at 2pm (Ted Shawn Theatre)

Choreographer Sonia Destri Lie is known for combining high-energy hip-hop dance with dramatic, creative contemporary choreography. They burn up the floor with joy, athleticism, and an all-new program.

Sunday, August 17 (One Night Only!)

*A Jazz Happening: 5pm

The 22 international students of the Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance program of The School at Jacob’s Pillow win hearts in a swinging show of dance and live music.

 

Berkshire Theatre Group

111 South Street, Pittsfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 15 (Daily until August 17th)

*Design for Living (Unicorn Theatre)

Set in the carefree 1930s, the freewheeling, amoral, modish trio of characters all fall in and out of love with each other and with others while their mutual friend, Ernest tries to be the moral voice of reason. Themes of self-destruction, celebrity, success and outcomes of romantic machinations are explored through this wicked ménage à trois.

Friday, August 15 (Daily until August 18th)

*Seussical (The Colonial Theatre)

With flying stunts by the actors, unforgettably fun songs and dance, the musical dives into a fantastic and incredible crazy-quilt adventure exploring the wonderful power of imagination, determination and positive thinking! Colonial Theatre. 8/7, 7pm; 8/8,7pm; 8/9, 2pm & 7pm; 8/10, 2pm; 8/11, 7pm; 8/14, 10am & 7pm; 8/15, 7pm; 8/16, 2pm & 7pm; 8/17, 2pm.

Friday, August 15 (until August 31)

*A Hatful of Rain (Fitzpatrick Main Stage)

The war fought abroad is just as devastating as the war fought within. A Korean War Veteran safely returned home to NYC now struggles with drug addiction & other issues inside & out.  Tues, Thur, Fri, 8pm; Wed, 7pm; Sat. 2 & 8pm.

Seven Hills Inn40 Plunkett Street, Lenox  

Friday, August 15 (Daily until August 26)

*Berkshire Cabaret Series 

Broadway and Berkshire cabaret singers perform the music of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Sondheim and Rogers & Hammerstein. Tickets: $15 per show includes one complimentary glass of wine or beer. Friday & Saturday, 8:30pm & 10:45pm; Sunday

 

Guthrie Center

2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 15

*Guthrie Center Troubadour Series – Winterpills: 8pm (Doors open at 6pm)

“I don’t know why Winterpills aren’t one of the most cherished pop bands in the world: Their songs are mournful, slow-exploding and lyrically dazzling, and their albums have a coherence that’s rare.” Rolling Stone. Members $20.00/Non-members $25.00.

Saturday, August 16

*Guthrie Center Troubadour Series – Rory Block: 8pm (Doors open at 6pm)

“Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends.” NYT. Members $20.00/Non-members $25.00.

Cranwell Resort, Spa, & Golf Club55 Lee Road, Lenox  

Friday, August 15 (Wednesday – Monday through August 31)

*Capitol Steps: 8pm

Enjoy a hilarious evening of American political satire & song parodies. Join us for dining before or after the show!

 

The Berkshire Fringe

40 Melville Street, Pittsfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 15*Thanks for the Scabies, Jerkface & Clownolio

7pm: Thanks for the Scabies, Jerkface – This humorous and moving self-portrait, written and performed by Dan Bernitt details the trials and tribulations of a young gay man as he enters college life in Lexington, Kentucky.

9pm: Clownolio – Andrew P. Quick, Leah Gardner and Cirque De Soleil clown extraordinaire Kelsey Custard of the award-winning physical comedy troupe Pi, return to deliver a delightful brand of mischief and mayhem in their brand new production.

Saturday, August 16

*Clownolio & Thanks for the Scabies, Jerkface & Riot

3pm: Clownolio – [Please see description above.]

7pm: Thanks for the Scabies, Jerkface – [Please see description above.]

9pm: Riot – An epic tale of violence, greed and cheap sofas, RIOT uses eyewitness accounts, newspaper articles and original music to expose the frenzied nature of consumer culture. A true story set in a lamp-lit flat-pack universe, RIOT is bursting with violence, romance, chaos and more characters than you can throw a meatball at.

Saturday, August 16

*New Work Showing – The Wardrobe Ensemble: 11 am

Besides presenting RIOT and 33, The Wardrobe Ensemble from Bristol, UK, invite you to a rehearsal, open to the public and designed to provide insight into their theater process as a company, followed by a discussion with the artists.

Sunday, August 17

*Clownolio & Thanks for the Scabies, Jerkface & 33

3pm: Clownolio – [Please see description above.]

7pm: Thanks for the Scabies, Jerkface – [Please see description above.]

9pm: 33 – A tale of friendship, hope and Elvis Presley, 33 follows the story of the men trapped half a mile underground in the Chilean miner crisis, the journalists in the desert above them and the world that watched and waited for their rescue for 69 days.

IS183 Art School of the Berkshires13 Willard Hill Road  

Friday, August 15 (Daily until August 25)

*Emerging Artists Exhibit at Citizen’s Hall, Stockbridge

Exhibit of emerging artists from current IS183 adult classes & workshops on view in IS183’s Stairwell Gallery.

Bookstore & The Get Lit Wine Bar11 Housatonic Street, Lenox

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 15

*Book Party with Despina Lala Crist: 7pm

Despina Lala Crist reads from her revealing and enlightening story of Emily Dickinson, further extending our knowledge and appreciation of America’s best known poet, Emily Dickinson: Goddess of the Volcano.

Saturday, August 16

*Book Party with Clinton Elliott: 4pm

Clinton Elliott reads from his comprehensive and extensive anthology of biographies of well-known and famous gay men, worldwide, and throughout history, Hidden: The Intimate Lives of Gay Men Past and Present.

Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce 

50 Main Street, Stockbridge

 

Saturday, August 16 & Sunday, August 17

*23rd Annual Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts Show: Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 10am – 4pm (FREE! to peruse)

The 23rd show hosts over 80 jury-selected artisans and crafters who will display their work. The Red Lion Inn sponsored Café is open during show hours, serving sandwiches, clam chowder, beverages and sweets.

Lee Premium Outlets17 Premium Outlets Boulevard, Lee  

Saturday, August 16 – Sunday, August 17

*MA Sales Tax Holiday: Sat 10am – 9pm; Sun 10am – 7pm

Visit Lee Outlets during the Sales Tax Holiday and enjoy two days of tax-free shopping in addition to savings of 25% to 65%.

 - Live Entertainment every night – never a cover!

Friday, August 15Tom Corrigan & Friends Saturday, August 16Bigger Boat Sunday, August 17David T. Carter
August 1

What’s Happening?

Friday, August 1 – Sunday, August 3

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!

Outdoor Fun

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home2 Plunkett Street,  Lenox Friday, August 1 (Weekly on Friday & Saturday until August 31)*Music After Hours: 5 – 8pm

Relax on the terrace with a glass of wine while savoring a rousing blend of traditional and modern music.

Saturday, August 2 (Weekly on Tues, Thurs, & Sat until August 24)

*Shakespeare & Company presents Romeo & Juliet: 12 – 1.30pm

A miracle of human expression, Romeo and Juliet reminds us of what it is to swear by the moon, to see the sun in another person, and to risk the consequences hanging in the stars. Performed ‘bare Bard’ style with only 6 actors playing all the roles. $24.50 for adults; $14.50 for students. Tuesday & Thursday, 6pm.

Naumkeag House & Gardens5 Prospect Hill Road,  Stockbridge Friday, August 1 (Weekly Friday, Saturday, & Sunday until Sept. 2)*English Tea in the Gardens: 2 – 5pm

Tea & Scones served in the Garden. $10.00 person.

Hilltop Orchards (Furnace Brook Winery)508 Canaan Road, Route 295, Richmond Saturday, August 2 (Weekly on Saturday until August 30)*Live Entertainment with Todd McLeod: 2 – 5pm (FREE!)

Cool off on the hilltop on Saturdays with a chilled glass of wine or fresh pressed cider while enjoying the scenery and sounds of Todd McLeod on guitar.

Ashintully GardensSodom Road, Tyringham Saturday, August 2 (Weekly on Wednesday & Saturday until September 27)*Ashintully Afternoons: 1 – 5pm (FREE! – donations appreciated)

Wander through an intimate setting of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a glistening stream at this Trustees of Reservations property. Call 413.298.3239 x3008.

Bartholomew’s Cobble105 Weatogue Road, Ashley Falls Sunday, August 3 (Weekly on Sundays, August 17 & 31*Housatonic Canoe Trips: 8.30 – 11.30am

With your guide, watch and learn about the river’s history. Paddles, life preservers, and boats are provided. Trustees of Reservations members: Adult $24; Child (10-16) $10. Nonmembers: Adult $30; Child (10-16) $15. Pre-register by calling 413.229.8600.

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary472 West Mountain Road, Lenox Sunday, August 3 *Canoe Trip to Buckley-Dunton Lake: 9am – 12pm

Check out the local wildlife! Children must be at least 10 years of age, accompanied by an adult, and know how to swim. Bring food, drink, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Members $20; Nonmembers $25. 

Special Events at Museums & Historical Houses
Chesterwood4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge

 

 

Friday, August 1 (Friday evenings until August 29)*Chesterfest: 6.30pm

New Americana Music (more than banjos & fiddles!) on lawn seating (rain or shine!), Delicious Traditions snacks for sale, & a glass of Wandering Star beer included in the $10 admission (children under 18 are free). Solo artists at 6.30pm & bands at 7.30pm.  See website for artists playing: chesterwood.org. Chesterwood studio & grounds open 6 – 8pm for viewing sculpture.

Saturday, August 2

*A Conversation with Artist-in-Residence Julie McCarthy: 4 – 6pm (FREE!)

In conjunction with the exhibition An Oasis of Beauty: Photographs by Julie McCarthy.

The Clark225 South Street, Williamstown

 

Friday, August 1 (Daily until September 21)*Cast for Eternity:  Ancient Ritual Bronzes from the Shanghai Museum

The thirty-two objects in the exhibition show the range of artistic expression and variety of sculptural forms realized during China’s Bronze Age.

Friday, August 1 (Daily through October 18)*Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith

The exhibition (including 9 sculptures & 3 paintings) at the Clark explores the crucial role that industrial color and its relationship to nature played in the work of one of the twentieth century’s most influential and celebrated sculptors.

The Berkshire Museum39 South Street, Pittsfield

 

Friday, August 1 (Daily until September 1)*Butterflies: 12.30 – 1.30 pm

Experience the live Butterfly Pavilion, filled with vibrant native and exotic species of butterflies, discover the life cycle of butterflies, and learn what we can do to protect their place in the natural environment.

The Bidwell House Museum100 Art School Road, Monterey Saturday, August 2*Summer Art Party to benefit the Bidwell House Museum: 4 – 7pm

Celebrate summer and the arts with a garden party at the hilltop site of the former Berkshire Summer School of Art, now a private estate. Live music by the Plein Air Trio, refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auction. $50 per person in advance, $60 at the door.  For information and reservations, please call 413-528-6888.

Theaters, Live Performances, Exhibitions & Festivals

Tanglewood297 West Street, Lenox

 

Friday, August 1*Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, & Schumann – UnderScore Friday Evening: 8.30pm in the Shed

The Serge and Olga Koussevitzky Memorial Concert. TCHAIKOVSKY – Serenade for strings; SHOSTAKOVICH – Piano Concerto No. 1; SCHUMANN – Symphony No. 4.

Saturday, August 2

*John Williams’s Film Night: 8.30pm in the Shed

John Williams’ Film Night has become one of the most eagerly-anticipated evenings of the Tanglewood season. Join Mr. Williams, the Boston Pops, and special guests for a celebration of the music of the silver screen.

Sunday, August 3

*Haydn, Mozart, & Beethoven: 2.30pm in the Shed

HAYDN – Symphony No. 6, Le Matin; MOZART – Violin Concerto No. 4 in D, K.218; BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 2.

Mass MoCA87 Marshall Street, North Adams Friday, August 1*Music with Glenn Kotch of Wilco: 4.30 (FREE!)

Wilco’s Glenn Kotche performs under Natalie Jeremijenko: Tree Logic.

Friday, August 1

*Bang on a Can After-hours Special: 10pm (FREE!)

Bang on a Can festival players hold late-night jam sessions in The Chalet, MASS MoCA’s summer beer garden.

Saturday, August 2

*The Bang on a Can Marathon: 4 – 10pm

Six hours of a boundary-busting festival finale, featuring more than fifty musicians and composers, including chamber music with Wilco’s Glenn Kotche. $24/$15 students/$5 members/$35 concert + museum admission.

Shakespeare & Company70 Kemble Street, Lenox

Friday, August 1 (Daily until August 24)

*Shakespeare’s Will

Passion, humor, and mystery abound in this sensual and provocative tale.  Filled with song, dance, and the poetry of language, Shakespeare’s Will, set in 1616 in Stratford-upon-Avon, explores the uncharted and tumultuous life of Anne Hathaway — Shakespeare’s enigmatic wife, who spent 34 years married to a genius she rarely saw.

Friday, August 1 (Daily until August 23)

*The Servant of Two Masters

Resplendent with some of the wittiest knots and twists you’ll ever see, The Servant of Two Masters tells the story of the outrageous and wily servant, Truffaldino, who secretly signs on with two masters simultaneously. Rose Footprint Theatre.

Friday, August 1 (Daily until August 30)

*A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Magic and whimsy meet down in the Bayou where A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes to life and the Jazz Era in America explodes! The beloved characters frolic among the mangroves and Spanish moss in this enchanted and unforgettable treatment of Shakespeare’s classic, bawdy comedy.

Friday, August 1 (Daily until August 30)

*Julius Caesar

The riveting and bloody story of Julius Caesar heats up the Bernstein stage in this pared down ‘bare Bard’ production, in which 7 actors play all the roles. This psychological drama follows the conspiracy against and assassination of the Roman Dictator by his closest friends and peers and the brutal aftermath of his murder.

Friday, August 1 (Daily until August 24)

*The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

A hilarious medley of mayhem, comedy, and lunacy, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) returns (after too long of an absence) with a naughty new cast, a devilishly fresh take, and feverish pace. Tina Packer Playhouse.

Saturday, August 2 (Daily until August 31)

*Henry IV, Parts I & II (Tina Packer Playhouse)

A 15th Century Eastcheap and a contemporary London set the stage for the exploits of a defiant Prince Hal and his partner-in-crime, the unruly knight Falstaff, as he faces his guilt-ridden father King Henry, and the plotting of Harry Percy—“The Hotspur.”

Barrington Stage Company30 Union Street, Pittsfield

 

Friday, August 1 (Daily until August 2)*Breaking the Code (Main Stage)

The life story of famed mathematician and computer science pioneer Alan Turing, who solved the German’s Enigma code during World War II, not knowing he’d fight a much harder personal battle on the homefront. Tues/Wed at 7pm; Thurs-Sat at 8pm; Sun at 5pm; Wed/Fri matinees at 2pm; Add’l 2pm on Sat, Aug. 2.

Friday, August 1 (Daily until August 10)

*The Golem of Havana (St. Germain Stage)

The Golem of Havana weaves together the music and traditions of two worlds, asking questions about family, community, religion and politics. Tues-Sun 7:30pm; Thurs 4pm; Sat 4pm; Sun 3pm.

Friday, August 1 (Daily until August 10)

*Hairspray, Jr. (Performed at the Berkshire Museum – children under 3 yrs not permitted in the theatre)

Filled with energetic dance numbers and unique characters, Hairspray JR. follows spunky teen, Tracy Turnblad as she pursues her dream of dancing on national television and navigates the racial tensions and stereotypes of the 1960s. Wed-Fri at 7pm; Wed/Thurs at 2pm; Sat at 12:30pm and 3:30pm; Sun at 2pm. Add’l matinee on Mon, July 28 at 1pm.

Sunday, August 3 – Monday, August 4

*Doin’ What Comes Naturally starring Alix Korey: 8pm (Sydelle & Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center @ 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield)

Mr. Finn’s Cabaret presents: After years of glowing reviews for her Broadway and cabaret performances nationwide, Alix Korey and Music Director Christopher Marlowe created a tribute to the great Ethel Merman: songs she made famous, songs you never knew she sang and stories you’ve never heard before. Tickets: $30.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival358 George Carter Road, Becket

 

Friday, August 1 – Sunday, August 3*Circa: Friday & Saturday 8pm, Saturday & Sunday 2pm (Ted Shawn Theatre)

Bringing circus arts into the 21st century, these astonishing performers communicate the power of the human body through acrobatics, aerial work, and mind-bending feats of strength.

Friday, August 1

*Dance Heginbotham & Brooklyn Rider in Chalk & Soot: Friday & Saturday 8:15pm, Saturday & Sunday 2.15pm (Doris Duke Theatre)

This evening-length world premiere features imaginative, theatrical choreography, live music performed by superstar string quartet Brooklyn Rider, and the vocal stylings of Shara Worden, lead singer of My Brightest Diamond.

Berkshire Theatre Group111 South Street, Pittsfield Friday, August 1 (Daily until August 10)*Cedars (Fitzpatrick Main Stage)

A broken marriage, past heartbreak, a dwindling career, family struggles, new relationships, and a slew of mid-life crises take center stage as Gabe tries to find solid ground amid the mess of his world.  Tues, Thur, Fri, 8pm; Wed, 7pm; Sat. 2 & 8pm.

Friday, August 1 (Daily until August 17th)

*Design for Living (Unicorn Theatre)

Set in the carefree 1930s, the freewheeling, amoral, modish trio of characters all fall in and out of love with each other and with others while their mutual friend, Ernest tries to be the moral voice of reason. Themes of self-destruction, celebrity, success and outcomes of romantic machinations are explored through this wicked ménage à trois.

Seven Hills Inn40 Plunkett Street, Lenox Friday, August 1 (Daily until August 26)*Berkshire Cabaret Series 

Broadway and Berkshire cabaret singers perform the music of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Sondheim and Rogers & Hammerstein. Tickets: $15 per show includes one complimentary glass of wine or beer. Friday & Saturday, 8:30pm & 10:45pm; Sunday, Monday & Thursday, 8:30pm; Tuesday, 8:30pm & 10:30pm.

Guthrie Center2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington Friday, August 1*Guthrie Center Troubadour Series – Richard Shindell: 8pm (Doors open at 6pm)

“Shindell is a master builder of songs … a master craftsmen…” – The Boston Globe. Member: $25.00/Non-members $30.00.

Saturday, August 2

*Guthrie Center Troubadour Series – Jay & Molly: 8pm (Doors open at 6pm)

“Jay and Molly make music that is simple and overwhelming … joyful and full of feeling … an apotheosis of American traditional music.” Garrison Keillor, host and creator of “A Prairie Home Companion. Members $25.00/Non-members $30.00.

Cranwell Resort, Spa, & Golf Club55 Lee Road, Lenox Friday, August 1 (Wednesday – Monday through August 31)*Capitol Steps: 8pm

Enjoy a hilarious evening of American political satire and song parodies with the nationally-acclaimed Capitol Steps.  Join us for dining before or after the show!

Lauren Clark Fine Art25 Railroad Street, Great Barrington Friday, August 1 (Daily until August 3)*Exhibition: New Frontiers in Pop Art

The Art of Maurice “Pops” Peterson. ”New Frontiers in Pop Art” reflects Peterson’s distinctive style of Giclee canvas art, which is colorful, whimsical, and full of joy.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center14 Castle Street, Great Barrington Saturday, August 2*Berkshire Comedy Festival: 8pm

The Berkshire Comedy Festival will feature a full line-up of top comedians from around the country.

Sunday, August 3

*The Four Tops: 7pm

The quartet teamed up in high school in 1954 and become one of Motown’s most consistent hit makers. The group, which still includes founding member Abdul “Duke” Fakir, continues to be a hit in concert, touring continuously, a towering testament to the enduring legacy of the Motown Sound they helped shape and define. The Mahaiwe performance will feature a local horn section.

Stonover Farm169 Under Mountain Road, Lenox Friday, August 1*Barn Gallery Summer Show at Stonover Farm (FREE!)

This exciting collection of new works is curated by Suky Werman and features artists Katherine Bowling, Maggie Mailer, Mike Glier and Cynthia Wick, hosted by IS183 Art School of the Berkshires.

IS183 Art School of the Berkshires13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge Friday, August 1 (Daily until August 25)*Emerging Artists Exhibit

Exhibit of emerging artists from current IS183 adult classes and workshops on view in IS183’s Stairwell Gallery at Citizen’s Hall, Stockbridge.

Shire City Sanctuary40 Melville Street, Pittsfield Saturday, August 2*Berkshire Fringe 10 Year Celebration & Kick Off Party

Live performances, dancing and auction.  Call for ticket information.

Berkshire Choral Festival245 North Undermountain Road, Sheffield Saturday, August 2*Elgar, Dream of Gerontius

Conductor: Kent Tritle. Symphony: Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

DeVries Fine Art International, Inc.62 Church Street, Lenox Saturday, August 2*The Crucible Series – Breaking the Mold: 2.30 – 3.30pm

Andrew will discuss and demonstrate his intricate mold making process which leads to an understanding of his work.

 - Live Entertainment every night – never a cover!

Friday, August 1Stormin Norman and Suzie

Unique, Timeless, and Utterly Orginal

Saturday, August 2Dry Town Drifters

Old Country and Cowboy Music

Sunday, July 27Sun Mountain Fiddle Band

Local Americana Keeping Your Spirits High

 

August 1

Stroll Back in Time Aug 1st!

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Aug 1, 2014: Today in Stockbridge-From 11am-3pm today relive Main Street in 1864 with a Stroll Back in Time throughout town. Events, period dress and more!  From 2pm-4pm visit the Stockbridge Library’s temporary location at the Stockbridge Station for free ice cream!

The Stockbridge Library opened in 1864- one of only five built during the Civil War. In 1849 the first railroad connecting Pittsfield with Boston & New York City was built. Check out The Red Lion Inn Front Porch in 1864!

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July 24

What’s Happening

Friday, July 25 – Sunday, July 27

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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…The Red Lion Inn has free wifi!

Outdoor Fun

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home2 Plunkett Street,  Lenox Friday, July 25 (Weekly on Friday & Saturday until August 31)*Music After Hours: 5 – 8pmRelax on the terrace with a glass of wine while savoring a rousing blend of traditional and modern music.Saturday, July 26 (Weekly on Tues, Thurs, & Sat until August 24) *Shakespeare & Company presents Romeo & Juliet: 12 – 1.30pm A miracle of human expression, Romeo and Juliet reminds us of what it is to swear by the moon, to see the sun in another person, and to risk the consequences hanging in the stars. Performed ‘bare Bard’ style with only 6 actors playing all the roles. $24.50 for adults; $14.50 for students. Tuesday & Thursday, 6pm.
Springside Park874 North Street, Pittsfield Friday, July 25 – Monday, July 28*Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park: 8pm (FREE!)Magic and mayhem take flight in this supernatural romantic comedy. Featuring a cast of local actors and children, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed outdoors, under the stars—so bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the magic.
Naumkeag House & Gardens5 Prospect Hill Road,  Stockbridge Friday, July 25 (Weekly Friday, Saturday, & Sunday until Sept. 2)*English Tea in the Gardens: 2 – 5pmTea & Scones served in the Garden. $10.00 person.Saturday, July 26 *Garden Party: 4 – 7pm Join us for a Cocktail Party in the garden celebrating the completion of Afternoon Garden restoration with a special “Mabel’s Martini” as a featured offering. Ticketed event, please RSVP.
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary472 West Mountain Road, Lenox Saturday, July 26*Canoe Trip to Upper & Lower Goose Ponds: 8am – 12pmExplore the coves and marshes of one of the Berkshires’ most beautiful lakes. Paddle across Lower Goose Pond to pristine Upper Goose Pond in search of ravens, hawks, herons, and a variety of songbirds. Eat a snack onshore and search for interesting plant and animal life along the Appalachian Trail. We will walk one mile on the AT before paddling back. Previous canoe experience is required. Bring food, drink, insect repellent & sunscreen. Registration is required. Member $25/Non-member $30.Sunday, July 27 *Crickets, Critters, & Cocktails Gala VI: 6.30 – 11pm Our gala has become the not-to-be-missed event of the summer season. Support Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries and meet our new sanctuary director. Live music, tasty edibles and drink, silent auction, and a bonfire under the stars make it special. Contact 413-637-0320 for ticket information.
Hilltop Orchards (Furnace Brook Winery)508 Canaan Road, Route 295, Richmond Saturday, July 26 (Weekly on Saturday until August 30)*Live Entertainment with Todd McLeod: 2 – 5pm (FREE!)Cool off on the hilltop on Saturdays with a chilled glass of wine or fresh pressed cider while enjoying the scenery and sounds of Todd McLeod on guitar.
The Bidwell House Museum100 Art School Road, Monterey Saturday, July 26*History Talk: Love & Separation: 10am (Held at Tyringham Union Church on Main Road in Tyringham)The Great Problem for Ordinary Americans in the Nineteenth Century. Nicholas Marshall, Professor of History at Marist College, will talk about the central issues faced in a period of great change, as revealed in diaries and letters.
Ashintully GardensSodom Road, Tyringham Sunday, July 27*Alex Snydman Trio Concert: 4 – 5pmContemporary jazz group, the Alex Snydman Trio performs an intimate concert of original compositions and favorite standards in the famed music studio of composer John McLennan. Alex Snydman has performed at major jazz clubs and festivals on the East and West Coasts as a leader and as a sideman, sharing the stage with artists such as Grammy winner Charles Neville, Avery Sharpe, Joe Sanders, Felipe Salles, Miro Sprague, Tatum Greenblatt, Geoff Vidal, Chris Pattishall, Carl Clements, and Jeff D’Antona. The grounds of Ashintully offer an ideal setting for a picnic dinner and strolls around the property before or after the concert. Presented by The Trustees of Reservations. Tickets: TTOR Members: $10; Nonmembers: $15. 
Downtown Pittsfield33 Dunham Mall, Pittsfield Sunday, July 27*Pittsfield Ethnic Fair & Classic Car Show: 11am – 5pmFeaturing Food & Entertainment From Around the World & Classic Cars by the Piston Poppers Car Club.  Bring the entire family!  Rain or shine.

Special Events at Museums & Historical Houses

Chesterwood4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge   Friday, July 25 (Friday evenings until August 29)*Chesterfest: 6.30pmNew Americana Music (more than banjos & fiddles!) on lawn seating (rain or shine!), Delicious Traditions snacks for sale, & a glass of Wandering Star beer included in the $10 admission (children under 18 are free). Solo artists at 6.30pm & bands at 7.30pm.  See website for artists playing: chesterwood.org. Chesterwood studio & grounds open 6 – 8pm for viewing sculpture.
The Clark225 South Street, Williamstown  Friday, July 25 (Daily until September 21)*Cast for Eternity:  Ancient Ritual Bronzes from the Shanghai Museum

The thirty-two objects in the exhibition show the range of artistic expression and variety of sculptural forms realized during China’s Bronze Age.

Friday, July 25 (Daily through October 18) *Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith The exhibition (including 9 sculptures & 3 paintings) at the Clark explores the crucial role that industrial color and its relationship to nature played in the work of one of the twentieth century’s most influential and celebrated sculptors.

The Berkshire Museum39 South Street, Pittsfield  Friday, July 25 (Daily until September 1)*Butterflies: 12.30 – 1.30 pm

Experience the live Butterfly Pavilion, filled with vibrant native and exotic species of butterflies, discover the life cycle of butterflies, and learn what we can do to protect their place in the natural environment.

Arrowhead, Home of Herman Melville780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield Saturday, July 26 (Weekly on Saturday – Tuesday until July 29)*Revival of Maids in the Mills: 7pm in the Arrowhead BarnMembers of the original cast will be reprising their roles. Sun., July 13, 27; Mon., July 14, 28; Tues., July 22, 29.  Tickets $25 Adults, $15 Students/Seniors/BHS members.
The Red Lion Inn30 Main Street, Stockbridge  Sunday, July 20 (Weekly on Sunday)*Gentle Yoga with Dharma Coach Kat Mansfield: 8.30 – 10am (Hitchcock Room)Mats, towel, & water available.  $18 per class.

Theaters, Live Performances, Exhibitions & Festivals

Tanglewood

297 West Street, Lenox

 

Friday, July 25*Beethoven, Mozart, & Mendelssohn: 8.30pm in the ShedBEETHOVEN – Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus; MOZART – Piano Concerto No. 12 in A, K.414; MENDELSSOHN – Symphony No. 4, Italian.Saturday, July 26 *Mahler Symphony No. 2, Resurrection: 8.30pm in the Shed Sunday, July 27 *Family Day Family Day at Tanglewood features a host of fun activities for the whole family taking place throughout the afternoon, leading up the 2:30 p.m. Boston Symphony Orchestra concert. Kids can enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, musical demonstrations, and balloon animal creations. A gift bag will be provided for all children. Sunday, July 27 *Rachmaninoff & Verdi: 2.30pm in the Shed RACHMANINOFF – Piano Concerto No. 2; VERDI – Overture to Nabucco; VERDI – Va, pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco; VERDI – Finale of Aida, Act II.
Shakespeare & Company70 Kemble Street, Lenox

Friday, July 25 (Daily until August 24)

*Shakespeare’s Will Passion, humor, and mystery abound in this sensual and provocative tale.  Filled with song, dance, and the poetry of language, Shakespeare’s Will, set in 1616 in Stratford-upon-Avon, explores the uncharted and tumultuous life of Anne Hathaway — Shakespeare’s enigmatic wife, who spent 34 years married to a genius she rarely saw.

Friday, July 25 (Daily until August 23)

*The Servant of Two Masters Resplendent with some of the wittiest knots and twists you’ll ever see, The Servant of Two Masters tells the story of the outrageous and wily servant, Truffaldino, who secretly signs on with two masters simultaneously. Rose Footprint Theatre.

Friday, July 25 (Daily until August 30)

*A Midsummer Night’s Dream Magic and whimsy meet down in the Bayou where A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes to life and the Jazz Era in America explodes! The beloved characters frolic among the mangroves and Spanish moss in this enchanted and unforgettable treatment of Shakespeare’s classic, bawdy comedy.

Friday, July 25 (Daily until August 30)

*Julius Caesar The riveting and bloody story of Julius Caesar heats up the Bernstein stage in this pared down ‘bare Bard’ production, in which 7 actors play all the roles. This psychological drama follows the conspiracy against and assassination of the Roman Dictator by his closest friends and peers and the brutal aftermath of his murder.

Friday, July 25 (Daily until August 24)

*The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) A hilarious medley of mayhem, comedy, and lunacy, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) returns (after too long of an absence) with a naughty new cast, a devilishly fresh take, and feverish pace. Tina Packer Playhouse.

Barrington Stage Company30 Union Street, Pittsfield Friday, July 25 (Daily until August 2)*Breaking the Code (Main Stage)The life story of famed mathematician and computer science pioneer Alan Turing, who solved the German’s Enigma code during World War II, not knowing he’d fight a much harder personal battle on the homefront. Tues/Wed at 7pm; Thurs-Sat at 8pm; Sun at 5pm; Wed/Fri matinees at 2pm; Add’l 2pm on Sat, Aug. 2.Friday, July 25 (Daily until August 10) *The Golem of Havana (St. Germain Stage) The Golem of Havana weaves together the music and traditions of two worlds, asking questions about family, community, religion and politics. Tues-Sun 7:30pm; Thurs 4pm; Sat 4pm; Sun 3pm. Friday, July 25 (Daily until August 10) *Hairspray, Jr. (Performed at the Berkshire Museum – children under 3 yrs not permitted in the theatre) Filled with energetic dance numbers and unique characters, Hairspray JR. follows spunky teen, Tracy Turnblad as she pursues her dream of dancing on national television and navigates the racial tensions and stereotypes of the 1960s. Wed-Fri at 7pm; Wed/Thurs at 2pm; Sat at 12:30pm and 3:30pm; Sun at 2pm. Add’l matinee on Mon, July 28 at 1pm.
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival358 George Carter Road, Becket Friday, July 25 – Sunday, July 27*Mark Morris Dance & Music Ensemble (Ted Shaw Theatre): Friday & Saturday 8pm, Saturday & Sunday 2pm

Mark Morris is celebrated for his deep, witty, poetic, brazen, joyful dances and an abiding commitment to live music. The Pillow celebrates Mr. Morris and his company with a weeklong “festival within the Festival,” featuring talks, repertory taught in The School, an exclusive seven-show engagement, and a special concert by the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble.

Friday, July 25 (Wednesday – Sunday until July 27)

*Dorrance Dance Following last season’s sold-out engagement, tap artist extraordinaire and 2013 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner Michelle Dorrance returns. The phenomenal tap ensemble Dorrance Dance performs in a new world premiere show, featuring b-girl Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie; innovative tap dance instruments created by Nicholas Young; and live music by the sensational vocalist Aaron Marcellus. Doris Duke Theatre. Wednesday – Saturday, 8:15pm; Saturday & Sunday, 2:15pm.

Saturday, July 26

*Contemporary Program, The School at Jacob’s Pillow: 6.15pm (Henry J. Leir Stage) Dancers from the Contemporary Program of The School at Jacob’s Pillow present contemporary variations coached by program director Milton Myers. Members of the Mark Morris Dance Group serve on faculty this week and will teach company repertory, including excerpts from Grand Duo. 2014 Contemporary Program faculty include Stijn Celis, Mark Morris, and Marguerite Donlon.

Berkshire Theatre Group111 South Street, Pittsfield Friday, July 25 (Daily until August 10)*Cedars (Fitzpatrick Main Stage)Gabe, a 50-ish defense lawyer, finds himself on the more unfortunate side of life and now, by his father’s bedside at Cedars Hospital. His many troubles, some self-induced and others thrust upon him, are quickly revealed as he bares all in unbridled, cathartic conversations with his non-responsive father. A broken marriage, past heartbreak, a dwindling career, family struggles, new relationships, and a slew of mid-life crises take center stage as Gabe tries to find solid ground amid the mess of his world.  Tues, Thur, Fri, 8pm; Wed, 7pm; Sat. 2 & 8pm.Friday, July 25 (Daily until July 27) *Benefactors Skillfully examining the fragility of human relationships, Benefactors sketches an intricate portrait of 1960s idealism and the toll political and psychological sacrifice has on hope, friendship, and love. Unicorn Theatre. Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri, 8pm; Wed, 7pm; Sat 2 & 8pm. Saturday, July 26 *50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach – A Triumph of Incompetence: 8pm Professor Schickele has reached back across the decades to explore the damp vaults and dusty attics of Leipzig to once again celebrate the twenty-first child (out of twenty) of the great J.S. Bach.
Seven Hills Inn40 Plunkett Street, Lenox Friday, July 25 (Daily until August 26th)*Berkshire Cabaret Series  Broadway and Berkshire cabaret singers perform the music of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Sondheim and Rogers & Hammerstein. Tickets: $15 per show includes one complimentary glass of wine or beer. Friday & Saturday, 8:30pm & 10:45pm; Sunday, Monday & Thursday, 8:30pm; Tuesday, 8:30pm & 10:30pm.
Guthrie Center2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington Friday, July 25 – Saturday, July 26*Guthrie Center Troubadour Series – Tom Paxton: 8pm (Doors open at 6pm) Tom Paxton has become a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the tender bonds of family, friends, and community. Members $50.00/Non-members $60.00.
Cranwell Resort, Spa, & Golf Club55 Lee Road, Lenox Friday, July 25 (Wednesday – Monday through August 31)*Capitol Steps: 8pm Enjoy a hilarious evening of American political satire and song parodies with the nationally-acclaimed Capitol Steps.  Join us for dining before or after the show!
Lauren Clark Fine Art25 Railroad Street, Great Barrington Friday, July 25 (Daily until August 3)*Exhibition: New Frontiers in Pop ArtThe Art of Maurice “Pops” Peterson. ”New Frontiers in Pop Art” reflects Peterson’s distinctive style of Giclee canvas art, which is colorful, whimsical, and full of joy.
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center14 Castle Street, Great Barrington Friday, July 25 – Saturday, July 26*Paul Taylor Dance Company 60th Anniversary Season: 8pmOutside of New York City, no other community has had such wonderful access to the depth and range of Mr. Taylor’s dances.
No. Six Depot Roastery & Cafe6 Depot Street, West Stockbridge Friday, July 25*Oxen of the Sun Concert: 8 – 10pm Great, original band heading down county from Williamstown.
Berkshire Choral Festival245 North Undermountain Road, Sheffield Saturday, July 26*Bach, St. John Passion Conductor: Tom Hall. Symphony: Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
DeVries Fine Art International, Inc.62 Church Street, Lenox Saturday, July 26*The Crucible Series – Clay in Motion: 2.30 – 3.30pmAndrew will demonstrate the creation of his sculpture from Armature to the mold making process.  Bring along your friends for a lively hour and discussion.

 Lion’s DenLive Entertainment every night – never a cover!

Friday, July 25Lady Di & the DukesClassic acoustic rock Saturday, July 26Bigger BoatBlues-based rock, local band Sunday, July 27Jeannie & JohnVocals & piano

 

July 22

Gentle Yoga Sundays

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We are now offering gentle yoga on Sunday mornings!

Time: 8:30 – 9:45 am

What: Gentle Yoga with Dharma Coach, Kat Mansfield

Where: The Red Lion Inn, Main Inn. Second floor in the Hitchcock Room.

Additional Info: Mats, towels and water provided. The class is $18.00 but complimentary for Red Lion Inn guests and employees.

Walk-Ins welcome! Please register at the Front Desk.  For more information please call 413.298.5545

We look forward to seeing you there!

More about Dharma Coach Kat Mansfield:

Kat Mansfiled teaches yoga, runs workshops and directs yoga teacher training at Yoga Sakti in Salem, MA. She holds an Ed.M from Harvard University and is a Life Potentials Coach/CPC specializing in life transition. She boasts 23 years of experience on the mat and 15 years of instructional and meditation experience.

 

May 23

Chicks Dig It & 5 Other Reasons to Drink Rosé This Spring

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Chicks Dig It & 5 Other Reasons to Drink Rosé This Spring

If you love rosé you can stop reading now. You get it and I love you for that (but skip to the end for some of my favorites.)

On the other hand if you don’t drink rosé: pay attention. This information may change your life! First, a short bit of technical information for the beginner.

  • White Grapes=White Wine
  • Red Grapes=Red Wine
  • ????=Pink Wine

Most of the wine-growing world has a fall harvest and the first fruits of this harvest are released in late winter/early spring in the form of dry rosé wine. All grape juice is clear; color comes from contact with the skins. For a wine guy the most important color of the season is pink.

So here are a few reasons why you should be drinking rosé right now:

  1. It will make you infinitely cooler.
  2. Works well with all types of food. Seafood, poultry, fresh vegetables, pizza, sushi, veal, donuts, leftover Easter peeps, fine meats and cheeses
  3. Brad & Angelina make one.  Jolie-Pitt & Perrin Family Miraval Rosé. Can you imagine drinking pink wine with Brangelina in St. Tropez?
  4. Rosé enhances outdoor activities. Gardening, croquet, bocce, reading, golf, lounging, picnics at Tanglewood, all much more fun with a glass of the pink stuff
  5. Chicks dig it!! (Pay attention guys)
  6. Stop reading my list, you don’t need any more reasons. Just go out and get some!

Now for some of my favorites this year…

bob loblaws wine blog 007Edmunds St. John, Bone Jolly Gamay Noir Rose, Witters Vineyard, El DoradoCounty

  • Only 400 cases made and dangerously enjoyable. Find it quick before I drink it all.

Muga, Rosado, Rioja, Spain

  • A must buy every year for me. Well priced, readily available and always tasty. Plus Muga’s red wines are killer too.

Domaine Saint Andre Figuiére, Cuvee Magali, Provence

  • Some people only drink rosé from Provence. I don’t discriminate that way but after trying these wines I understand the prejudice. It tastes even better out of magnum. That’s how the “ballers” drink it.

Look for them/find them at your local fine wine store or better, come to The Red Lion Inn and have some while rocking on the front porch.

That’s all I’ve got on the subject for now. Go grab yourself a glass of liquid sunshine and enjoy!

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February 27

Chef Chat: Interview with Serge Madikians with Flavor Matters

I sat down to write about all the things we have been working on in the kitchen like new menus, James Beard dinners, the Boston Globe Travel Show, WWLP News segments but then I thought WAIT!
I had such a fortunate opportunity to be interviewed on Robin Hood Radio by a local chef  that I admire and respect, at the smallest NPR station in the country! After all was said and done, I listened to the interview I found that it really talked about my beliefs and views as a chef. I thought that anyone that was interested in my blog would enjoy that background and candor that this interview gives…plus it saved me from sitting at my laptop for a little bit!
Hope you enjoy,
Later B
Click here to listen to segment #1
Click here to listen to segment #2
Click here to listen to segment #3
For more information on Robin Hood Radio (really is the smallest NPR station!) click below:
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January 24

The Red Lion Inn’s Apple Pie

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Red Lion Inn Apple Pie
President Calvin Coolidge said he never ate anything half as good as the pork apple pies his stepmother made.  One hopes he and Mrs. Coolidge tried the Red Lion Inn apple pie on one of their visits.  We bet it’s every bit as good as his Mom’s.
Red Lion Inn owner Nancy Fitzpatrick shares the origins of our apple pie recipe:
“The recipe is based on my grandmother, Mary Pratt’s apple pie, and was the pie my mother (occasionally, for company) made when I was growing up. I remember hearing that when we first opened, Nana May (as we called her), went out to the kitchen and showed the chef how she made her pie. She was a wonderful cook. There was always dessert at her house. My grandfather had a huge vegetable garden that she made great use of.”
Recipe:
5 pounds McIntosh apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
(if McIntosh are not available, substitute another tart apple such as Cortland)
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Crust for a two-crust pie (recipe follows)
 1 tablespoon butter
 1 egg
 1 tablespoon milk
1. Preheat the oven to 375º.
2. Place the apples in a large bowl. Combine 1 cup of the sugar and the cinnamon, and add to the apples. Toss until well mixed.
3. Fill the unbaked pie shell with the apple mixture, and dot with the butter. Fit the top crust over the filling, and crimp the top and bottom edges together to seal the apples in.
4. Whisk together the egg and the milk. Brush the top crust with this egg wash, and sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.  Pierce the top crust in several places with a sharp knife.
5. Bake at 375º for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the apples are tender when tested with a thin knife.
Yields 1 pie.
Pie Crust for Two-Crust Pie
1/2 cup butter, cold
1/2 cup shortening
2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk, cold

1. Blend the butter and shortening together with a wooden spoon in a small bowl.
2. Sift the flour and salt together into a large bowl. Cut in the butter and shortening, using a pastry blender or two knives, until the mixture resembles cornmeal. Add the cold milk, and blend until absorbed. Divid the dough in half and roll each half into a ball. Wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. (Or, if using a food processor, place the butter, shortening, flour, and salt in the bowl; fit with a steel blade. Process until the mixture reaches the consistency of cornmeal. With the processor on, add the milk slowly through the funnel until the dough forms a ball.)
3. When you are ready to bake the pie, roll each half of the chilled pie dough out on a floured board until it is slightly larger than the pie plate. Fit one half into the pie plate, place a filling inside, add the top crust, and flute the edges together.

Yields 2 crusts.

(From The Red Lion Inn cookbook)
January 11

Recipe: Berkshire Mountain Distillers Corn Whiskey & Fire Cider Hot Toddy

Berkshire Mountain Distillers Corn Whiskey & Fire Cider Hot Toddy
Recipe by Red Lion Inn Sommelier Dan Thomas

Recipe makes one Hot Toddy

 1 ½ oz Berkshire Mountain Distillers Corn Whiskey
½ oz Shire City Herbal Fire Cider 
1 tsp Local Honey
1 oz Local Apple Cider
6 oz Spiced Toddy Water

 To make “Spiced Toddy Water”

Combine in a French press or teapot: Hot Water, Orange Slices, 1 Cinnamon Stick, 6 Cloves. Allow to Steep for 10 minutes.
Combine First 4 ingredients in a mug and fill with “Spiced Toddy Water.” Enjoy.

Perfect for National Hot Toddy Day (January 11) or any time of the year!

 

 

January 10

Alberg Rants…about comfort food

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Ahhhhh… quiet time
! The moment when we finally catch a break from the constant slam of holiday visitors and get a chance to relax and evaluate what just happened. We plan how to make the next rush a little bit smoother, which dishes can be tweaked to taste a little better and how we can improve the guest experience more.

Nothing helps to stimulate thoughts more than the feeling of comfort. And at this time of year, easy comfort comes in the form of food — the aromas and tastes of long-cooking stews and braises simmering for hours, sipping aromatic libations with spice and citrus.

My childhood memories involve my mom starting the crock-pot at 7 am (just before booting me out in the cold to catch the school bus), and filling it with chicken, thyme and root vegetables from the cellar – a hodgepodge of color and texture.

Flash ahead 8 hours to running in the door — always through the kitchen — and catching the aromatics of chicken stock and thyme. I remember the anticipation of opening the cover to see the result of the morning’s ingredients and with every inhale of those delicious smells, I felt a moment of relaxed anticipation.

The coolest thing about being a latchkey kid was having first dibs on the crock-pot creation. Whether potpie, venison stew or beef chili, the smell and taste always warmed me inside.

Although I don’t use a crock-pot in the kitchen at the Red Lion Inn, the cooking technique is similar. We use great, fresh ingredients and cook them long and slow, a method that affords us to make lesser cuts of protein sing more loudly with time. Looking to get into the comfort food mood this winter? Take a look at our new prix-fixe Winter Warming Menu.

Check out our recipe for Chicken Pot Pie, one of my favorite childhood food memories. Enjoy!

Later,
B

December 5

In Memory: Jane Pratt Fitzpatrick, Founder of Country Curtains & Former owner of The Red Lion Inn

Jane Pratt Fitzpatrick, founder of Country Curtains and long time owner of The Red Lion Inn, died peacefully at her home
on Prospect Hill in Stockbridge on November 9th, ten days short of her 90th birthday.

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She was born on November 18, 1923 in Shrewsbury, Vermont the daughter of Mary Townsend Pratt and Mayflower descendant, Carl Arthur Pratt. Hers was the last of several generations born on the Pratt family farm, a heritage that resonated proudly throughout her life. She attended a one-room schoolhouse for eight years and was the sole member of her class for seven of those years. Jane flourished at Rutland High School, where she met her future husband, John H. Fitzpatrick. Their first date was on her 15th birthday. Her competence and leadership abilities were evident early. She was the president of her senior class and at graduation she was elected “Most Likely to Succeed” as well as “Most Attractive”. She opted not to go to college and plunged into the workplace. Supporting herself from the age of 17, she soon became department supervisor of an Army Navy supply depot in Hartford, Connecticut.

She and Jack Fitzpatrick were married on September 7, 1944 at the Little Church Around the Corner in New York City.  Shortly after, Jack departed for a 20-month tour in Germany with the 102nd Infantry Division. After his return, they lived in Middlebury, Vermont and Brighton, Massachusetts as Jack completed his education.  Four moves later, the couple and their two daughters settled in Stockbridge, when Jack became manager of the Lincoln Stores in Pittsfield.

They moved into a large house on Main Street in November 1957, bringing with them their fledging home business, Country Curtains. Started two years prior in Whitman, MA, Jane handled every aspect of the mail order business, from opening the mail to wrapping packages and drawing ad illustrations. In Stockbridge, the tiny enterprise moved out of Jane’s dining room into its own one-room quarters.

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Soon after their arrival, the couple threw themselves into town activities and started a ski program for school children. In 1960, leaving a growing Country Curtains in the hands of Jane’s sister, Zoa, the family went to Europe for a year. While their daughters were in school in Switzerland, Jane and Jack criss-crossed the continent, giving Jane lots of ideas for curtains as well as hotel guest experiences that she would later put to good use. Back in the Berkshires, the robust growth of Country Curtains enabled them to pursue their business full-time.

In late 1968, they purchased the shuttered, seasonal Red Lion Inn, opening its doors year-round and making it the new home of Country Curtains. In 1980, they purchased Blantyre in Lenox, and transformed the former Berkshire cottage into an intimate country house resort that is on most lists of top lodging properties in the US. Jane’s eye for detail, her quest for excellence and her intuitive leadership style inspired admiration and respect. A formidable boss, “Mrs. Fitz” (as she was known to her employees) was as generous as she was demanding.

Jane became very active with local arts organizations in the 1970s and beyond.  She was determined to save the struggling Berkshire Theatre Festival. Her passion and grit were instrumental in making that happen. She was the BTF board chair for 22 years, and until her death, topped its masthead as honorary chair. She began a long tenure with Tanglewood and the Boston Symphony as Overseer, Trustee and Life Trustee. She served on the Buildings and Grounds Committee during the planning and construction of Ozawa Hall, and formed a close friendship with Seiji Ozawa, who called her mama-san.

The Norman Rockwell Museum counts Fitzpatrick as one of its founding board members and lead donors. She and Jack were not only friends of Norman Rockwell but models and later, collectors. The Fitzpatrick name can be found on walls from the Berkshire Botanical Garden to Berkshire Country Day School, The Colonial Theatre and MASS MoCA to name a few. Other boards she served include the Berkshire Natural Resources Council and the Austen Riggs Center. Through the High Meadow Foundation, their businesses and personally, Jane and Jack made leadership philanthropic investments in the Berkshires’ cultural life. ­

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The Fitzpatricks loved to travel. Jane and her sisters, Zoa and Mary Ann, took an annual bus tour for many years. She and Jack enjoyed repeated trips to Europe, several on tour with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Later, Lismore in Ireland became a cherished destination. While most of her time was occupied by business and community endeavors, Jane loved to shop for antiques and was a welcome regular at Berkshire auctions. She was also an avid reader, and had been looking forward to being Honorary Chair of the Stockbridge Library’s upcoming capital campaign.

She was awarded four honorary doctorates, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, North Adams State College (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts), American International College and Westfield State College. Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick were leaders in Republican politics. Jane was a force in Jack’s campaigns for Massachusetts State Senator. It has been said that when Jack decided to run, Jane decided to win. And he did, serving the First District in the State Senate from 1973 to 1980. They enjoyed attending several White House receptions for Republican donors.

Mrs. Fitzpatrick served on the Massachusetts Cultural Council and was the recipient of its first Commonwealth Award in 1993, honoring her as a patron of the arts and humanities. From 1998 to 2001, she was recognized in Working Woman magazine as CEO and Chair of one of the top 500 women-owned companies in the U.S. Among many awards she and Jack received together was the 1997 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for New England. In August 2010, Stockbridge celebrated Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Day and dedicated the green next to The Red Lion Inn in their honor. She remained Chairman of Country Curtains until her death, taking great pride in its successful catalog, website and 26 stores.

In spite of declining health, she remained full of sparkle and joie de vivre. She was often seen at The Red Lion Inn where she enjoyed chatting with guests, friends and neighbors. With her snow-white hair, striking blue eyes and pink sweaters, it was not unusual for a total stranger to be struck by her beauty– and tell her! In recent years she became known for an upbeat toast of unknown origin:

Here’s to it and to it again,

If you ever get to it to do it and don’t do it,

You’ll never get to it to do it again.

Her husband of 66 years died on July 23, 2011. She leaves behind an adoring and grateful family: her sister Mary Ann Snyder of Largo FL, two daughters Nancy Jane Fitzpatrick (and husband Lincoln Russell) and Ann Fitzpatrick Brown, both of Stockbridge; two grandsons, Casey Meade Rothstein-Fitzpatrick and Alexander John Fitzpatrick Brown, and three step-grandchildren, Sarah Elsom Eustis (husband Timothy and sons Henry and Frederick), Michael O’Shea Rothstein and Morgan Harpin Russell. Aunt Jane loved and was loved by her 14 nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her brother Carl A. Pratt Jr. and her sister Zoa Pratt Campetti.

December 1

New York Fashion Week Meets Norman Rockwell

Traditional, classic, and sophisticated are the perfect words that can be used to describe designer Michael Bastian’s new clothing line, “The Stockbridge” for GANT. Like the name suggests, this recently launched collection was inspired by various Norman Rockwell paintings as well as our very own town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

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Going off of the idea of returning to the roots of America, Bastian’s clothing line reflects American culture the way Rockwell showcased it in his various works of art. Using a rich color palette and utilitarian materials and fabrics, Bastian’s collection embodies Rockwell’s classic masterpieces, all while still keeping the clothes modern and current. To even further showcase his appreciation for Rockwell’s art and Stockbridge, Bastian and his 16-person crew from from Stockholm, Sweden and New York City, traveled to the Berkshires in the beginning of April to photograph and film his advertising campaign. GANT took photographs at different locations across the county including Rockwell’s Studio at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Hancock Shaker Village, and even on Main Street and at The Red Lion Inn.

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In August 2013, the entire ad campaign was launched online to great reviews and sales. “The Stockbridge” GANT by Michael Bastian collection can be purchased in GANT clothing stores or on its online retail site at www.gant.com.

November 27

5 Holiday Wines for under $50: The Red, The White & The Bubbly

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The holidays are stressful: fighting the crowds to find the perfect gift, holiday parties to attend or host, decorating and baking that can make the joy of the holidays not so joyful. At The Red Lion Inn, we will welcome around 15,000 guests over the next 6 weeks, so we know a bit about entertaining. In an effort to alleviate the stress of decision making this season, here are my top 5 food-friendly wines to enjoy here at the Inn or in your own home. With Thanksgiving around the corner, these all-American wines honor of our forefathers as well as pair with many holiday staples.

1. Domaine Carneros by Taittinger, Brut

Nothing is more festive then sparkling wine and champagne. While I love true champagne, my pocketbook does not. Prosecco and Cava are nice but I crave the purity and richness of methode champenoise sparklers. Domaine Carneros is located in the Carneros region of California a region known for producing fine Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Taittinger family has been producing Champagne in France since 1734 so this bottling has all of the knowledge and attention to detail that go into more costly cuvees.

2. Ravines Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, New York

I have loved these wines since I first tasted them years ago and they are starting to get the attention they deserve. Named to the 2013 Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the World and according to Eric Asimov of The New York Times,  produces one of the best Rieslings in America. Bone dry, crisp and refreshing with minerality and focus, this wine should be on every table to help cut through the richness of most holiday dishes.

3. Steele Vineyards, Zinfandel, Pacini Vineyard, Mendocino, California

No grape is as rooted in American wine culture like the Zinfandel, so it’s a very appropriate selection for a Thanksgiving feast. Pacini Vineyard was planted in the 1940’s and produces wines with great brambly fruit with spice and bacon on the nose. Medium alcohol levels help to prevent palate fatigue.

4. Hermann J. Weimer, Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes, NY

Back to the Finger Lakes for this pretty red: Cabernet Franc is Cabernet Sauvignon’s hip little brother. Weimer is best known for the making the long lived Chinon from France’s Loire Valley. Soft on tannins, big on fruit and acidity, perfect for roast meats and fowl. Not a hedonistic wine it requires a little thought but is well worth it.

5. The Troublemaker by Austin Hope, Syrah/Grenache/Petit Syrah, Paso Robles, CA

Quite the opposite of my last wine The Troublemaker is big, ripe, lush and viscous. The blend is similar to many Chateauneuf Du Pape or Cotes Du Rhone in southern France. Both elegant and powerful flavors of black cherry, vanilla, mocha and tobacco make this multi-vintage wine unique and very drinkable.

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