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The 25th Annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Weekend 15 Nov 2014, 7:00 am
Last post we told you about the Norman Rockwell Museum – this time around we’ll take a look at how Norman Rockwell’s famous painting, “Stockbridge Main Street At Christmas,” comes to life every December in the Berkshires!
As previously noted, Norman Rockwell not only spent his last years and left his collection in trust in Stockbridge, MA, he also used a lot of the town’s quintessential, New England ambiance in many of his works – most notably and obviously in the famous painting “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas.”
In honor of this beautiful work of art by this amazing illustrator and one-time resident, Stockbridge holds an annual Christmas celebration in which they recreate the mid-50’s scene of “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas,” complete with vintage automobiles, holiday decorations, and more for you to visit and explore.
The 25th anniversary of the Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas weekend includes such activities and attractions as Christmas-themed readings, holiday house tours, caroling, horse drawn rides, a holiday concert, and of course, a visit from Santa. The 25th anniversary weekend of the annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas weekend finishes up on Sunday, December 7th, with a recreation of the scene depicted in Rockwell’s famous painting – and you can be in it!
Other Berkshires attractions during the Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas weekend include:
Santa’s Cookie Workshop at
Norman Rockwell Museum
December 6, 3pm – 5pm
Decorate artistic holiday cookies inspired by the spirit of the season with Christmas music and special gallery talks about Norman Rockwell’s holiday art.
Holly Fair at the
First Congregational Church
December 6, 10am – 3pm
Handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gifts of unique greenery and yummy home-baked treats to adorn your door, holiday table, or give as gifts.
Marketplace at Berkshire Botanical Garden
December 6 & 7, 10am – 5pm
Select a handmade wreath or decoration made of natural materials for your home or as a gift. Beautiful, reasonably priced and for a good cause!
The Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Weekend
December 5 – 7, 2014
For more details and tickets, please visit: stockbridgechamber.org
Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Lodging
Much of the attraction of the Berkshires is the area’s seeming timelessness. Stockbridge has changed little since Rockwell’s famous painting and the town is not alone. The special ambiance that draws so many to the Berkshires can best be felt with lodging not in some impersonal hotel or motel but in the lush and carefully selected accommodations of a Berkshires bed and breakfast like the Federal House Inn: a stately and beautifully restored, 1824 mansion. Continue the timeless feeling of your Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Weekend in the Berkshires with a stay at the Federal House Inn!
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Step Into Art at the Norman Rockwell Museum 18 Oct 2014, 7:00 am
It doesn’t get more Americana than a Norman Rockwell painting – whether you saw it in a book, on a poster, or on an old magazine cover, you know his work immediately. Norman Rockwell’s art is the warm, welcoming kind that invites you in – well now you can take him up on it by visiting the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA.
Norman Rockwell created well over 4,000 works during his lifetime, including illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post, Look magazine, Boys’ Life, and many others. A realist artist with an eye for the warmth and humor in humanity, Norman Rockwell’s paintings, drawings, and sketches are the epitome of the American experience.
Part of the charm of the Norman Rockwell museum is its location: Norman Rockwell spent the last 25 years of his life in Stockbridge.
During a visit here, the Norman Rockwell fan may recognize parts of town – and so they should, as Stockbridge inspired Rockwell and was often used as a character in his work. Stockbridge is so a part of the vision Norman Rockwell presented to the world that the town holds an annual, Christmas-time event that recreates one of his most famous paintings: “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas.”
Rockwell was instrumental in establishing the trust that was to become the Norman Rockwell Museum, even arranging to have his studio and its contents curated as part of the collection. Consequently, the Norman Rockwell Museum now houses the largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art in the world.
The permanent collection at the Norman Rockwell Museum includes 998 original paintings, drawings, and sketches. The Norman Rockwell Archives, a collection of more than 100,000 items, includes photographs, letters, fan mail, and other items from Rockwell’s studio, such as his reference library and even some of the furnishings!
Norman Rockwell died in 1978 but his spirit and wonderful body of work lives on at The Norman Rockwell Museum.
The Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183 – Stockbridge, MA
For more information, hours, and current exhibits, please visit: www.nrm.org
Norman Rockwell Museum Lodging
Stockbridge and the Norman Rockwell Museum are less than 10 minutes away from our Berkshires Bed & Breakfast here in South, Lee, MA. Our location puts us in the epicenter of Berkshires culture, making us both a natural and wise choice for your Berkshires vacation. If you love the warmth of the yesteryear that Norman Rockwell so skillfully imbued his works with, you’ll love a stay at the Federal House Inn. Our Berkshires inn seamlessly merges the elegance of the past with the convenience of the modern, for your comfort right now.
Berkshires Boo A 2014 Berkshires Halloween Guide 11 Oct 2014, 7:00 am
October brings more than just bright fall colors to the Berkshires, it also brings lots of fun, Halloween-themed events! Below is a guide to some of the 2014 Berkshires Halloween events, all of which are just a short distance from our South Lee, MA bed and breakfast!
Ventfort Hall and the Gilded Age Museum
104 Walker St., Lenox, MA.
Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection The Cobweb –
Thursday, October 30, 7pm
At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients in an insulated atmosphere: starring Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Charles Boyer, Gloria Grahame, Lillian Gish, John Kerr, Susan Strasberg, Fay Wray and Oscar Levant
Tea and Talk – Saturday, November 1, 3:30 – 5:30
Rob Velella will portray Hawthorne: Shrouded in Blackness introducing us during the Halloween season to the reclusive 19th-century author’s intensely dark works, which our entertainer and scholar reminds us are possibly more macabre than those by Edgar Allen Poe.
For more information about this Ventfort Hall event, please visit: gildedage.org
The Mount – Edith Wharton’s Home
2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, Massachusetts
Ghost Tours of The Mount – Friday evenings in October
and Saturday, October 25, 5:45pm or 7pm
Prepare for a night of creaky floors, slamming doors, and ghostly fun as you tour the most haunted parts of the estate. A spooky Berkshires Halloween event not recommended for children under 12.
All Souls: A special Halloween reading with Ariel Bock –
Friday, October 31, 7:30pm
An All Hallows’ Eve for a reading of “All Souls,” Wharton’s last ghost story, written the year she died. Seasonal refreshments will be available.
Halloween Ghost Tour – Friday, October 31,
The Mount presents their special, annual midnight tour on the spookiest night of the year! This Halloween evening tour will lead you through the most haunted parts of the estate and is not recommended for children under 12.
Victorian Boudoir: A Berkshires Halloween Masquerade
-Saturday, November 1, 8pm
An evening full of sinister good fun at The Mount’s first ever masquerade ball, with frights, food, dancing, and a costume contest.
For more information about this event at The Mount, please visit: www.edithwharton.org
37 Corey Rd, Hancock, MA
13 Nights – October Fridays and Saturdays – plus Sunday,
Make your Berkshires Halloween a special one with a tour of the school house of the Jericho Valley, where you never know what will be lurking around the corner. Then, if you dare, ride through the darkness to the summit of Jiminy Peak where chaos lies in wait for you. The terror and thrills will last around 40 minutes – but will you?
For more information about this Jiminy Peak event, please visit: www.13nightsatjiminy.com
Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA
Luminaries: Exploring Stockbridge Cemetery – October
This Norman Rockwell Museum walking tour is the perfect compliment to your Berkshires Halloween adventures. Informative and only mildly spooky, this tour begins on the lawn adjacent to the bell tower parking area at the Old Town Hall
For more information about this event at The Norman Rockwell Museum, please visit: www.nrm.org
Berkshires Halloween Lodging
As you can see, there are a great many seasonal events in our area to help spice up your Berkshires getaway. It’s a situation that remains true no matter what time of year and part of what makes the Berkshires – and a stay at Federal House Inn – so popular!
Berktoberfest 2014 22 Sep 2014, 7:00 am
Berktoberfest was started in 2007 as a fundraiser and has since generated over $10,000 for local charities, not to mention attracting thousands of craft beer enthusiasts to downtown Pittsfield at the height of the Berkshires’ fall foliage season.
And no wonder – with 16 breweries scheduled to attend the festival with offerings running the gamut from stouts and porters to IPA’s, lagers, pilseners, saisons, ciders, and more – not to mention the food that will be on hand from local restaurants, and even alcohol infused cigars!
Check out the list:
Berkshire Brewing Company
Big Elm Brewing
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Green River Ambrosia
High & Mighty
Lefty’s Brewing Company
Newburyport Brewing Company
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Westfield River Brewing Company
Dottie’s Coffee Lounge
How We Roll
Guy and Lady Barrel LLC
Berktoberfest 2014 will also feature music to dance to, games to play, and even tents to huddle under should fall weather appear. Berktoberfest is rain or shine because, with a mug full of fresh, craft beer, a mouthful of delicious, local food, and ears full of great, live music, who cares about a little wind or rain – right?
Again, the best part of Berktoberfest 2014 – any Berktoberfest – isn’t all the great craft beer and local food, hard to believe as that might be, but rather the fact that so much of the money generated by this fabulous annual Berkshires festival goes towards a good, local cause. It’s the best of both worlds!
Saturday, October 4th
For more information, please visit berktoberfest.com
Federal House Inn is here for you with our centrally located located, stately and comfortable home, no matter what shape your Berkshires vacation takes: Berktoberfest 2014, Fall Foliage Getaway, Tanglewood, or Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Let us be your Berkshires home away from home so that you may enjoy our beautiful area and rewarding, one of a kind lodging experience. See you soon!
Berkshires Fall Foliage 2014! 13 Sep 2014, 7:00 am
No one likes to see summer go but, you know, without summer passing we don’t get autumn and, without autumn there would be no … Berkshires Fall Foliage!
As you probably know, fall here means Berkshires Fall Foliage and that spells nothing more than a world of stunning natural beauty: browns, greens, reds, oranges, yellows, oh my.
Look, we’re biased, we think it’s always beautiful here in the Berkshires but no one can deny that the Berkshires Fall Foliage is absolutely one of the most gorgeous sights out there – and, located in South Lee, MA, we’re in the thick of it.
The Berkshires fairly come alive this time of year as many others are winding down. There are numerous events throughout the region this time of year – most of them independent of the attraction of the Berkshires Fall Foliage but still timed rather nicely to coincide with the appearance of it.
Most are – or once were – harvest festivals and parades that are a wonderful way to see and celebrate the warm traditions of small town America that, in many communities today, have long since faded away. Come to the Berkshires this fall and celebrate with us the gorgeous bounty and beauty of the Berkshires Fall Foliage season.
Berkshires Fall Foliage Events
North Adams – Berkshire Food Festival — September 15, 2013 –
Lee – Founders’ Weekend — Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
Pittsfield – Hancock Shaker Village Trail Races – Sept. 20, 2014
Lenox – Lenox Tub ParadeNoon – Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
Lenox – 38th Josh Billings Runaground Triathalon — Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
Lee – Founders’ Weekend — Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
Lee – Founders’ Weekend — Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
Lenox – Apple Squeeze — All day – Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
Lenox – Apple Squeeze — All day – Saturday, Sept. 28, 2014
Pittsfield – Country Fair at Hancock Shaker Village – Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
Pittsfield – Country Fair at Hancock Shaker Village – Sat. & Sun. Sept. 27 & 28, 2014
Lenox – Brock Trot — 7AM registration – Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
Adams – Annual Fall Run to Charlemont — 11AM – Sunday, Sept. 28, 2013
North Adams – Fall Foliage Parade – 1PM – Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
Stockbridge – Berkshire Harvest Festival — 10AM – 5PM – Sat. Oct. 11, 2014
Stockbridge – Berkshire Harvest Festival — 10AM – 5PM – Sun. Oct. 12, 2014
Pittsfield – Pittsfield City Jazz Festival — Oct. 10 – 17, 2014
Pittsfield — Columbus Day weekend (Oct. 10-12); Jazz About Town – venues TBA
Pittsfield — Jazz Prodigy Concert, 7pm, Berkshire Music School – Oct. 15, 2014
Pittsfield — Third Thursday block party, featuring Metro West Thump – Oct. 16, 2014
Pittsfield – vocalist Stephanie Nakasian with the Hod O’Brien trio at Baba Louies – Oct. 17, 2014
Pittsfield – Empire Jazz Orchestra w/ Claire Daly, Sharel Cassity, and Ada Rovatti, Colonial Theatre – Oct. 18, 2014
Berkshires Fall Foliage Lodging
Federal House Inn is located in South Lee, a mile outside of Stockbridge: the heart of Berkshires Fall Foliage country. We’re centrally located to provide you with easy access to numerous southern Berkshire attractions including Tanglewood, the Appalachian Trail, and the list of Berkshires Fall Foliage events you see listed above. Stay at Federal House Inn for your Berkshires Fall Foliage getaway and realize true comfort.
Berkshires Lodging Specials 23 Aug 2014, 7:00 am
We’re dedicated to providing you with the optimal getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to enjoy yourself in the Berkshires – and our Berkshires Lodging Specials do just that.
Whether it’s a deal on multi-night stays, giving you a break on admissions to events and venues, or something as simple as a seniors rate or flowers in your room, we have the deal for you with our Berkshires Lodging Specials – just look:
Birthday / Anniversary Special
Let us know about your Birthday or Anniversary celebration plans, when you book any stay of 2 nights or more, and Federal House Inn will provide a complimentary bottle of wine or champagne for your room. This is on top of our regular afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres offering as well as the three-course, candlelight, gourmet breakfast we offer every morning!
Berkshire Restaurants Dining Special
With the Federal House Inn’s three-course, candlelight, gourmet breakfasts, you’ll not need to go anywhere for your morning meal but there are so many great Berkshires restaurants – you’ll undoubtedly want to try a few! With that in mind, we offer $25 for any two-night stay or more at Federal House Inn towards a delicious meal at your choice of any local restaurant. Not sure where to eat? We have a list of recommendations!
Berkshires Museums Admission Special
Similar to our dining special above, Federal House Inn offers $25 for any two-night, midweek stay or more towards admission to one of the many fine Berkshires Museums, like Hancock Shaker Village, Chesterwood Museum, The Norman Rockwell Museum, and others. You’ll also receive a free gift!
This is just a random sampling from our array of Berkshires Lodging Specials. You can see more of what we offer on our Berkshires Lodging Specials page. Contact us to take advantage of any special prior to booking – and be sure to check back often, as we update and add on seasonal and last minute specials throughout the calendar year.
Don’t forget our Federal House Inn gift certificates, either!
Get Caught Up in Lee Founders Day Weekend 16 Aug 2014, 7:00 am
The 20th annual Lee Founders Day Weekend, scheduled for September 19th through the 21st, is a three day celebration that includes a parade (natch), great food and drink, live music, sidewalk sales, arts and crafts, after-hours events, contests, and much more. A birthday party for the town, Lee Founders Day Weekend is a party for residents and visitors alike, past and present, for it is a celebration not only of a place but also of all who have, or would be, a part of it.
The 2014 Lee Founders Day Weekend events include:
Friday, September 19th:
A Taste of Lee, 5pm to 8pm, takes the Lee Founders Day Weekend center stage Friday with an opportunity for all attending to dine al fresco on Main Street from tastings a la Lee’s finest restaurants. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the Housatonic Philharmonic Orchestra. The after party, 8pm to 10pm, includes music & dancing under the Tent on the Green with D. J. Chuck Wright.
Saturday, September 20th:
Lee Founders Day Weekend Main Street Parade, 11am, is the thing to see if you enjoy good, old fashioned Americana: floats, cars, marching bands, drill groups, costumes, all in all good fun! Other Saturday highlights include dancing under the Tent on the Green from noon to 2pm, special sidewalk sales around town, the Latino Festival under the Tent on the Green from 4pm to 8pm, and the popular Lee Idol Talent Finals at the Spectrum at 7:30pm.
Sunday, September 21st:
The final day of the Lee Founders Day Weekend starts off with the popular Kiwanis Annual Pancake Breakfast, 8am to 11am, and is followed by the Starving Artists Musical Brunch, 11am to 2pm, a meal featuring a mix of organic food and the talents of local musicians. The Launch of the Duck Race occurs shortly thereafter and live entertainment under the Tent on the Green continues with Moonshine Holler, from 1pm to 2pm; Eagles Stage Band, from 2pm to 3:30pm; and a Magic Show from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Lee Founders Day Weekend Celebration 2014
Friday September 19 through Sunday September 21, 2014
Lee Founders Day Lodging
The 2014 Lee Founders Day Weekend is a free, family friendly event that can take up an afternoon or an entire weekend. Stop by for some great deals around town or to soak up the festivities. Whatever your reason for being in the area, making a stay at Federal House Inn part of your plans is the perfect way to cap off your Berkshires getaway. Federal House Inn is a proud part of the Lee community and would love to help show you our brand of hospitality.
2014 Tanglewood Season 21 Jul 2014, 7:00 am
The 2014 Tanglewood Season is in full swing but that doesn’t mean there aren’t shows and events left to see – August is full of great reasons to visit the Berkshires and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home.
Starting at the end of June and running through August, Tanglewood heats up the Berkshires with their stunning selection of top-tier performances. We’ve already seen some incredible concerts and events pass through but more are on the way with an August schedule that looks like a who’s who of classical music and outstanding entertainment.
Take a look at these few highlights of the remainder of the 2014 Tanglewood Season:
August 7-10 – Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic
A three day celebration of wines from around the world, East Coast chefs preparing locally sourced foods on the Tanglewood grounds. 11 separate events over four days.
August 10th – All-Tchaikovsky
Program with Yo-Yo Ma
An all-Tchaikovsky program featuring Yo-Yo Ma performing Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello and orchestra, with conductor David Zinman.
August 17th – The Last Southern
Gentlemen with Ellis Marsalis and Delfeayo Marsalis
The Last Southern Gentlemen concert will feature songs from the album pairing Delfeayo Marsalis with his father, Ellis Marsalis, Jr. The album includes both standards and original compositions as expressed via Delfeayo Marsalis’ gently persuasive trombone stylings.
August 18 – The Beach
The Beach Boys come to Tanglewood and heat up the dance areas on the lawn, led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnson, with Jeffrey Foskett, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, and Scott Totten.
August 22 – Oz with Orchestra at
The brilliantly restored classic film, The Wizard of Oz on the big screen as accompanied by a the Boston Pops playing entirely new transcriptions of Harold Arlen’s brilliant lost scores.
August 31 – Tony Bennett performs
at Tanglewood with very special guest Antonia Bennett
No one else in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence as Tony Bennett. He has received 17 Grammy Awards, the Grammy Lifetime Award and sold over ten million records in the last decade alone.
We’ve barely scratched the surface of the upcoming shows and events Tanglewood Music Center has scheduled – for a full list of the 2014 Tanglewood Season’s remaining performances as well as tickets, visit: www.bso.org
Conveniently located in South Lee, Federal House Inn is less than 15 minutes drive from Tanglewood and many of the other attractions that make the Berkshires one of the most popular vacation destinations in the US. For your next Berkshires vacation, why not stay at Federal House Inn and see why we have earned so many rave reviews.
That’s Entertainment – the Berkshires Stage 14 Jul 2014, 7:00 am
There are lots of opinions as to why the Berkshires stage is the center of so many world-class theater companies, troupes, mainstay productions, and festivals but there is little argument that once The Berkshire Theatre Festival, Tanglewood, and Jacob’s Pillow were established, they served as magnets for much of what followed.
The Berkshire Playhouse may have started it all in 1928 with the Berkshire Theatre Festival, which continues to this day under the guidance of the Berkshire Theatre Group. The five different stages that make up the Berkshires Theatre Group – the Fitzpatrick, the Unicorn, the Neil Ellenoff, the Colonial, and The Garage – bring steady entertainment year-round to the Berkshires stage.
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, founded in 1933 by modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn is the longest-running dance festival in America. Running every summer from June to August and including over 50 different performance companies from across the globe, Jacob’s Pillow Dance is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the property was designated a National Historic Landmark.
Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony’s busy summer house, routinely brings musicians and conductors from all over the world to the Berkshires stage. Between the Festival of Contemporary Music, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and various big name artists passing through the area, it’s a good bet that you’ll end up before a Tanglewood stage when you’re in the Berkshires.
Another old Berkshires venue, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center has been in Great Barrington since 1905 and routinely presents a great and varied selection of music, dance, theater, opera, and film in its recently renovated, 700-seat performance center.
The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Tony Award-winning and innovative stage productions attract audiences and artists alike with productions that often lead to Broadway and beyond.
Founded in 1995, Pittsfield’s Barrington Stage Company offers compelling and award-winning new plays and musical productions year-round.
Looking for the Bard on the Berkshires stage? Shakespeare & Company, in Lenox has produced both classic Shakespeare and newer works since 1978.
Other Berkshires stages include:
The Guthrie Center at Old Trinity Church in Great Barrington
The Music & More Festival, August through September at The Meeting House in New Marlborough
The Berkshire Fringe Festival during August in Pittsfield
The New Century Theater at Smith College in Northampton
South Mountain Concerts starting in September in Pittsfield
Lebanon’s Theater Barn
… and, of course, more – there’s always more on the Berkshires stage!
Berkshires Stage Lodging
Whatever brings you to the Berkshires, whether its the stage, our area’s natural beauty, recreation, business, or what have you, do yourself a favor and stay at The Federal House Inn.
Centrally located in lovely South Lee, The Federal House Inn provides easy access to all the Berkshires have to offer, along with delicious, candlelit breakfasts, stately amenities, and uncommonly comfortable accommodations. Come see what you’ve been missing!
Countdown to Summer 15 May 2013, 6:03 am
This is a great list provided by the Berkshire Visitors Bureau. Twenty more reasons why the Berkshires is the place to be this summer!