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Virtual Berkshires

Virtual Berkshires

Updated: August 3, 2020

If you are not able to physically visit the Berkshires this season why not explore all the amazing experiences, cultural treasures, and outdoor beauty that this dynamic region has to offer virtually! Enjoy this digital discovery of online sites and bring the Berkshires into your living room!


Takeover Thursdays #intheBerkshires

The Mount, Edith Wharton's homeOn certain Thursday afternoon at 4PM, Visit The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts showcases an iconic Berkshire destination during a live Facebook takeover. Check out these virtual tours of top Berkshire destinations: The Mount, AsiaBaraong Gallery, Barrington Stage Company, The Red Lion Inn, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Berkshire Museum, Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Hancock Shaker Village, and Naumkeag. View the upcoming schedule  here and then tune into the live stream.


From Our Partners (alphabetical listed):

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.


The Berkshire High Road

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


Berkshire Historical Society

Each year, the Berkshire Historical Society uses its collections of photographs, manuscripts, and artifacts to tell stories of the Berkshires’s past. Check out the exhibits and community stories now.


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 Museum Summer CampNEW! Berkshire Museum Invites Children to Camp at Home

The Berkshire Museum’s popular summer camp programs are moving online as part of Berkshire [email protected] From June 29 to August 21, children entering grades 1 through 6 will have the opportunity to become kitchen scientistsbuild and test robotssolve the casedevelop code, and more with the museum’s new [email protected] series of virtual summer camps.


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!


Berkshire Playwrights Lab’s Off The Cuff: Smart Talk About The Theater

Join Berkshire Playwrights Lab for three conversations on the challenging and exhilarating moment the theater community, and the country, finds itself in. Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Treme), Marsha Norman (Pulitzer for ‘night, Mother, The Color Purple), Jamil Jude (artistic director of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theater), Tracey Scott Wilson (The Americans, Respect), and Flody Suarez (The Cher Show, NBC’s Rise) join BPL artistic directors Joe Cacaci and Felicia Harden in conversation. Presented with our partners at The Berkshire Museum. Tune in here.


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.


Clark Art Institute

The Clark Art Institute Collection.

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"Weekend Book"

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.


Elizabeth Freeman: Fighting for Freedom

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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 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!


Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio

Soon you will be able to take a virtual tour of the home of American Abstract Artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen, set on a 46-acre estate in the heart of Lenox, Massachusetts. Director Kinney Frelinghuysen will lead a series of vignettes consisting of an episodic virtual house tour and narrated digital deconstructions of selected paintings to enrich the experience of abstract art. Zoom classes in color theory and contour exercises will be also be scheduled.


Hancock Shaker Village Virtual Farm Friends

Hancock Shaker Village

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.


Mount Greylock State Reservation 4:35 minute Orientation Movie 

Mount Greylock is a must-see stop for any trip to the Berkshires. This short video gives a glimpse into the mountain’s magic and history.


Your Virtual Norman Rockwell Museum


Norman Rockwell Museum has been creating new online ways for visitors to discover their extensive collections of art, historical objects, classroom activities, and scholarship. Check out these curated experiences that collect related images, photography, video, audio and history relating to the Museum’s renowned collection of Norman Rockwell’s original paintings, his Stockbridge Studio, as well as the Museum’s vast collection of illustration art. Enjoy!


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.



Video Fun from Visit the Berkshires:

A Virtual Tour of The Beautiful Berkshires

Missing the Berkshires? Take a virtual tour through our rolling hills with stops at world-class culture, outdoor fun, farm-fresh cuisine, luxurious rejuvenation, and more. When the time is right, we can’t wait to see you #intheBerkshires of Western Massachusetts! Visit our YouTube channel here.


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.