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Virtual Berkshires

Virtual Berkshires

Updated: May 20, 2020

Just because you may not be able to physically visit the Berkshires doesn’t mean you can’t explore all the amazing experiences, cultural treasures, and outdoor beauty that this dynamic region has to offer. Take a trip through this list of online sites and enjoy virtually visiting the Berkshires.

Takeover Thursdays #intheBerkshires

Join us each Thursday afternoon at 4 PM for a Facebook Live takeover by an iconic Berkshire destination such as Naumkeag, Hancock Shaker Village, Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley, and more! Visit our Takeover Thursday page and follow us on Facebook for more info.


Barrington Stage Company

View American Son – which had its World Premiere at BSC in 2016 – on Netflix. Visit their YouTube channel to enjoy their new [email protected] series (which goes behind-the-scenes with artists and staff), as well as highlights and previews from past productions and special performances like Mr. Finn’s Cabaret. Plus, kids are invited to take part in improv and theatre games by following BSC’s Education Department on Facebook and Instagram.


Berkshire Jewish Film Festival

Outstanding films from around the world examining Jewish history, heritage and culture will be available online on six consecutive Mondays from July 6th through August 10th at 4PM and 8PM. Access to the complete program, schedule of films with trailers, online box office and e-newsletter may be found at www.berkshirejewishfilmfestival.org.


Berkshire Museum at Home

The Berkshire Museum is providing a fun and educational online experience including Daily Doodles, What’s in the Basement?, and Daily Discovery. Enjoy learning about art, history, and natural sciences from your couch!


Berkshire Paint & Sip at Home

Taught by local painter Michelle Iglesias, each Berkshire Paint & Sip at Home video provides step-by-step instructions for you to follow along with. Find the perfect painting now!


Canyon Ranch Recipes at Home

Canyon Ranch chefs believe in the power of food. Check out their videos and recipes for easy-to-prepare, all-healthy dishes you can make at home.


Chesterwood

Daniel Chester French was considered the “greatest monument sculptor in post-Civil War America.” His work left an indelible mark on America—most notably the Lincoln Memorial. Many of French’s works were created in the Berkshires at Chesterwood, French’s country retreat in Stockbridge, MA. Enjoy this segment broadcast by WGBY TV’s  “Connecting Point” which highlights the unique outdoor experience at this historic artists’ home and studio in the Berkshires.


The Clark Art Institute Collection.
Clark Art Institute

Virtually visit the Clark’s extensive collection of art on their website. You can also explore their online library and digital assets collections.



Edith Wharton’s Library

Explore the famous writer’s impressive literary collection, now available in digitized format. The site allows readers to search for books contained in Wharton’s library at The Mount, her historic estate in the Berkshires.


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Elizabeth Freeman: Fighting for Freedom

Told through a series of images and stories, this online exhibit offered by the Trustees of Reservations shares the tale of an enslaved woman who sued for her freedom and won.


The Berkshire High Road

Through this video (and beautiful website), explore a county-wide, continuous network of trails linking towns to nature.


The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

While The Carle is temporarily closed, there are plenty of ways to connect through the following online resources: Art Studio Blog, Bookshop Blog, Online Videos, Distance Learning, Virtual Educator Workshops, and more!


Hancock Shaker Village

Hancock Shaker Village Virtual Farm Friends

Take a tour of the barn with Farmer Billy, who will tell you about a different animal each week. Learn about lambs, kids, calves, and piglets — how they grow, what they eat, and how they behave (sometimes even getting into a little mischief). Great for all ages. Tune in on Facebook live Wednesdays, May 13, 20 and 27. They are also offering  Zoom with Baby Animals!


IS183 Online

Talented Berkshire artists have created online classes, video tutorials, and printable projects to inspire your creativity and encourage you to continue making art at home.


Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive

The long-running dance festival has, sadly, announced the cancellation of its 2020 season, but this site offers a growing collection of dance videos that were filmed at the Pillow beginning in the 1930s through today. You’ll also find illustrated essays. Beautiful and inspirational playlists include Women’s History, Black Voices, Cultural Diversity and Distinctive Costumes.


KripaluVideo

Now, more than ever, it’s important to take time for self-care and attend to your personal well-being. Kripalu Center for Yoga has launched Virtual Healing Arts Services to offer some of its most popular metaphysical services and on-on-one consultations via the convenience of video. Paying members can access additional, more comprehensive content by registering for online courses, and Kripalu’s YouTube channel offers free videos related to mindfulness, breathing techniques, yoga, and other wellness topics. 


Mass Audubon’s Explore Nature at Home

Nature is everywhere! You don’t need to look further than your own backyard, neighborhood, or local park to discover the amazing wonders of the natural world.


Norman Rockwell Museum

Through a partnership with Google Arts & Culture, the Norman Rockwell Museum is offering three online exhibitions that explore themes of civil rights and presidential politics. You can also view much of the museum’s collection online, watch videos, learn from the Curriculum Lab, and more by visiting their virtual museum.


Shakespeare & Company

Check out Shakespeare & Company’s vimeo channel for Tina Talks, a very special webinar series with Founding Artistic Director Tina Packe that explores Shakespeare’s plays from different angles — revealing the underlying messages, major questions that interested Shakespeare, and how his ability as a dramatist allowed him to express them in action as well as words.


Tanglewood Tales: Life On Stage and Off

This Boston Symphony Orchestra web series follows five BSO musicians and the assistant conductor through their 2015 season at Tanglewood, the Orchestra’s summer home and preeminent summer music festival in the Berkshires.

BSO at Home

A collection of Boston Symphony Orchestra performances with fans in Boston and around the world – including archived performances, life behind the scenes, and BSO musicians sharing what life is like offstage while they #stayathome.


Yiddish Book Center

Peruse this extensive online library of digitized Yiddish books (more than 11,000) , archival recordings, audiobooks, recorded short stories, and oral histories. The collection also includes a section for Yiddish Children’s Literature comprising 800 titles.


Happy in The Berkshires

In closing, the team at 1Berkshire would like to leave you with a smile, through this 2016 music video for the Pharrell Williams classic. Stay happy and healthy, and we hope to see you in person soon.