What’s New in the Berkshires

Top Story:

    • The Clark has completed its 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.  This expansion adds 16,000 square feet of gallery space and establishes the Clark as a leader in best practices for sustainability and energy efficiency. Starting in September through November the Clark will house the Magna Carta, a document issued in 1215 that paved the way for modern English and American democracy.

Anniversaries in 2014:

Cultural News:

  • MASS MoCA recieved a $25.4 million grant from the state which gave Mr. Thompson, the museum’s director, funds to start the last phase of an effort he helped hatch nearly three decades ago: transforming an abandoned 19th-century factory complex into a destination arts center that could help revive the struggling economy of North Adam
  • The Mount‘s historic stable is now open and available for special events, this unique atmosphere is perfect for a sit down dinner or  a club style party.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Herman Melville’s Arrowhead got a facelift thanks in part from grants from MA Historical Commission’s Preservation Fund & MA Cultural Facilities Fund.e!
  • The Boston Symphony Orchestra launches reality web series.

Attraction News:

  • Berkshire East will finish 2 major additions this fall, the installation of the North Ameria;s longest mountain coaster and a SkyTrac quad chairlift with a ChairKid loading carpet.
  • Ramblewild is set to open in June. This venue is the newest aerial park in the Berkshires, it offers 8 unique self-guided, tree to tree aerial courses ranging from lower, beginning trails to much higher, more expert aerial courses.

Lodging News:

  • Hilton Garden hotel is set to open in Spring of 2015 at 1032 South St. in Pittsfield.
  • Main Street Hospitality Group  is a privately held hotel management company founded originally at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Mass.  The group also manages The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA and new for this year, The Williams Inn and is working to develop a new 45 room property, Hotel on North, in Pittsfield, Mass. which is planned to open 2015

Dining News:

  • Six Depot Roastery & Cafe has opened in West Stockbridge, a traditional cafe serving farm to table meals along with offering an on-site roasting facilities and  gallery space.
  • Pleasant & Main and the Housy Market have both opened in Housatonic, offering farm fresh flavors and broadening the breakfast and lunch choices in the Berkshires.
  • Wheatleigh in Lenox is started a new tradition. Every Wednesday night until June -September they will host – The Midsummer Night’s BBQ.