Anniversaries in 2013
- The Berkshire Visitors Bureau celebrates its 75th anniversary, Congratulations to us!
- Bascom Lodge atop Mount Greylock, celebrates its 75th anniversary. There will be all sorts of events, workshops and activities in celebration of this anniversary.
- 75th Anniversary of Blue Steps, Naumkeag
- 85th Anniversary of Berkshire Theatre Festival
- 45th Anniversary season of Mac-Haydn Theatre.
- 15th Anniversary of Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio in Lenox.
- 20th Anniversary of Norman Rockwell Museum‘s move to new location. Once located on the main street in Stockbridge, the museum moved in order to have more space to display Rockwell’s works along with other illustrators works.
- Chesapeake Inn of Lenox is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a chance to win a Bahamas Sailing Vacation.
- Custom of the Country, Edith Wharton’s celebrated novel celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year. The Mount will be doing programming to celebrate this anniversary.
- Chesterwood has added Friday evening programming which focuses on live bluegrass and folk music on the grounds of Daniel Chester French’s estate. It is called Chesterfest Americana Music Series.
- Hancock Shaker Village has launched its new enhanced website funded by a $150,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
- Museum goers to MASS MoCA will see (and feel, and even smell) for themselves german-born artist, Anselm Kiefer’s monolithic yet fluid work at the museum’s newest 10,000 square-foot exhibition space (known as Building 15). From September 27 through the next 15 years, the North Adams museum, in collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation, will have on “temporary” exhibit three installations that span the magnitude and breadth of Kiefer’s work.
- Boston Symphony Orchestra appoints Andris Nelson as its 15th Music Director since its founding in 1881. Looking forward to a great summer season at Tanglewood under his direction
- The Trustees of Reservations has completed the first phase of an extensive garden & landscape restoration at Naumkeag.
- Herman Melville’s Arrowhead gets a facelift thanks in part from grants from MA Historical Commission’s Preservation Fund & MA Cultural Facilities Fund. The restoration project has begun! Supported by grants from the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s Preservation Project Fund and by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, we will restore the house’s doorway and clapboards, re-paint the east and south facades, put in new restrooms, and more!
- Catamount ski areahas improved the snowmaking on upper mountain trails with a new mid mountain water pump.The Bobcat trail with snowmaking has been added to Catamount’s beginner terrain in the Meadows Area. There are now 9 green circle “easier” trails serviced by the Meadows Triple Chairlift and the double diamond Lynx trail has been added.
- The Clark is in the final phase of its campus expansion program, which includes construction of a new Visitor, Exhibition, and Conference Center designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, renovation of both the original museum building and the Manton Research Center, and a sweeping new landscape plan. The grand re-opening is planned for Summer 2014.
- Berkshire East is now the first ski resort in the U.S. to be using 100-percent renewable energy.
- Located in the lobby of The Colonial Theatre, The Garage pays homage in its name to the old Berkshire Auto Co. Garage. The building, originally built in 1921, still features the original façade, while the interior is fully restored, complete with stage, lights and state-of-the-art sound system. With an audience capacity of upwards of 100, The Garage’s focus is to provide a dedicated music venue for local and regional acts as well as to host touring acts. Shows run from 9 pm – midnight and are free unless noted otherwise.
Lodging News: Renovations/Expansions
- Hilton Garden hotel is set to open in Spring of 2014 at 1032 South St. in Pittsfield.
- Seasons on Main B&B in Stockbridge has recently changed owners and has been renovated to include a massage room, a pool and a movie room
- The historic ballroom housed in the 1897 Gilded Age Mansion at Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club recently received a complete makeover. One of the largest banquet facilities in Berkshire County, the elegant ballroom is the only one of its kind that can accommodate up to 225 for dinner and dancing.
- Berkshire Naturals & Outdoors opens in Lenox. They offer sourced and created safe and sustainable healthy living products for your enjoyment. All of our products are “made in the USA”, many of which are locally-made and inspired!
- New Pittsfield Farmers and Artisans Market. Kicks off May 11 from 9am to 1pm and will continue every Saturday through October 26.
- Wheatleigh in Lenox is starting a new tradition on June 26. Every Wednesday night until September 4 – The Midsummer Night’s BBQ. Call 413.637.0610 for reservations.
- Bell and Anchor in Great Barrington is renamed The Prairie Whale.
- Berkshire Farm & Table has launched a variety of new Taste Trail on their website – Beer & Cider Makers – adding a nice complement to their Cheese and Charcuterie Taste Trails with 11 craft brew and hard cider stops in total.
Events & Festivals
- 10X10 On North in Pittsfield is the Berkshires’ first ever winter contemporary arts festival featuring new art, dance, music, theatre, and more. The 3rd Annual 10X10 ON NORTH will be held February 14-24, 2013. The festival is a collaborative effort, spearheaded by Barrington Stage Company, with partners the Beacon Cinema, Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF), Downtown Pittsfield Inc., Lichtenstein Center for the Arts and the City of Pittsfield and more.
- Changed the World: Buried in Stockbridge ~ Cemetery Tour. Presented by the Stockbridge Library’s Museum & Archives, six monthly tours of the Stockbridge Cemetery. Info 413.298.5501.