The foliage was in its vibrant peak, and the stores were starting to stock up on their holiday paraphernalia, so I decided to get into the spirit of the season by strolling along Main St., in Stockbridge. It is, after all, the iconic New England holiday scene, immortalized by Norman Rockwell in his work, ‘Main St., Stockbridge’.
It was a warm, sunny day and it would have been glorious enough to just sit on a bench and bask in the October sunshine, while watching the riot of colorful leaves fall to the ground. But, I had art on my mind ( and perhaps a bit of shopping!), so I started down the road a little further at the Norman Rockwell Museum. I wanted to see ‘Freedom from Want’, which is his famous Thanksgiving Day print, and it features a family gathered around the dinner table, anticipating the feast that they are about to enjoy. There are several other Thanksgiving themed works by Rockwell, and after viewing a few of them, and giving the museum a quick tour, I headed outside for a little walk around their magnificent grounds.
A stop at Elm St. Market was in order next, for a nice hot cup of coffee, before continuing on my journey. There are many quaint, little gift shops on Main St. and Elm St., so after my coffee break, I popped in to Vlada boutique, where they have a wide selection of Blue Q’s fun and eclectic products. Sohn Fine Art was my next stop, and as always was left with a sense of serenity after viewing the amazing photography. I passed by Schantz Gallery and peered into their windows to admire their gorgeous artwork, with some delicate glass pieces among my favorites. Sidetracks Unique Gifts and Apparel had their windows chock full of unusual things and I stopped into Yankee Candle Co. to pick up a nicely scented gift for a friend. A visit to Heirlooms Jewelry was also on my itinerary, as I always love to see what unique pieces have come into their shop lately. An American Craftsman is another great shop, and they have a fantastic selection of owner, Richard Rothbard’s Boxology pieces, which always amaze me with their intricacy.
With the colorful leaves showering me as I shopped, and all of the visitors along with locals sipping their hot ciders as they walked along, I was definitely feeling more festive as I ended my little trip, so after a tasty lunch at Main St. Café, I felt inspired to go home and carve some pumpkins and start my Christmas crafts. My shopping trip must have been a success, because ever since then, I have been crafting and baking for Christmas, making my kids their Halloween costumes, and have even been caught singing Christmas carols! Bring on the Holidays!
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