Take Your Seat For Berkshire International Film Festival 2015!

Berkshire International Film Festival 2015The tenth annual Berkshire International Film Festival, scheduled for May 28th through the 31st, 2015, is a four-day, world-class film festival focusing on the talent that resides on both sides of the camera.

Founded in 2005 and held each year in Great Barrington, MA, the Berkshire International Film Festival features a selection of independent films, including feature-length movies, documentaries, short films, and animation screenings. Panel discussions and other film industry-related special events are also part of this popular festival that kicks-off the Berkshires’ cultural season.

While the Berkshire International Film Festival (aka BIFF or BIFFMA) is scheduled for May 28th through May 31st, related screenings and other events occur earlier in the season:

2015 Berkshire International Film Festival Schedule

Sunday, Apr 19, 11am – 1pm
Pressure Cooker
Best of Fest – Recipient of the 2009 Audience Award
Triplex Cinema – 70 Railroad St, Great Barrington, MA
Three seniors at Philadelphia’s Frankford High School find themselves in Mrs. Stephenson’s hilariously blunt boot-camp method of teaching Culinary Arts. Shot against the backdrop of working-class Philadelphia and under the fierce direction of their instructor, the usual distractions of high school are swept aside as the three struggle to achieve well beyond what anyone else expects from them as they come face to face with the decisions and lessons that will make or break them and their future.

Friday, April 24th, 7pm – 8:30pm
Hollywood Costume
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center – 14 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA
Ever wonder what the story is behind Dorothy’s iconic Ruby Slippers, Indiana Jones’ whip and hat or Holly Golightly’s sultry little black dress? Join the Berkshire International Film Festival and Academy-Award Winning Costume Designer, Deborah Nadoolman Landis at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on April 24th for a behind the scenes look into costume as character and the magical relationship between costume designers and filmmakers – a must see event for film buffs and fashionistas alike!

Saturday, April 25th, 7pm – 9:30pm
Animal House Reunion
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center – 14 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA
The Berkshire International Film Festival presents a special cast reunion and screening of the 1978 classic, National Lampoon’s Animal House. Director John Landis, cast members Karen Allen (Katy), Peter Riegert (Donald), Stephen Furst (Flounder), Mark Metcalf (Neidermeier), Martha Smith (Babs), and Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Judy Belushi and Otis Day will be in attendance following the film for a Q&A. Otis Day will also be on hand for an unforgettable evening at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.

Saturday, April 25th, 9:30pm – 11:45pm
Animal House After Hours
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center – 14 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA
After the screening the evening continues with an exclusive after hours party, including cast members from the film, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and cocktails inspired by the infamous Toga Party scene.

Berkshire International Film Festival 2015Sunday, May 3rd, 3pm – 5pm
A Film About Coffee
No. Six Depot Roastery and Cafe – 6 Depot St, West Stockbridge, MA
A love letter to specialty coffee, “A Film About Coffee” examines what it takes, and what it means, for coffee to be defined as “specialty.” Taking audiences around the world, from farms in Honduras and Rwanda to coffee shops in Tokyo, Seattle, Paris, and London, through the eyes and of farmers and baristas, the film bridges gaps both intellectual and geographical to evoke the flavor and pleasure of a good cup of joe.

Berkshire International Film Festival 2015

Thursday, May 28th – May 31st, All-Day
Great Barrington, MA
For more information and tickets, please visit: www.biffma.org

Berkshire International Film Festival Lodging
Federal House Inn is the place to stay for any and all your Berkshires getaway plans! Less than 15 minutes drive from the excitement at the Berkshire International Film Festival in Great Barrington, MA, our Berkshires bed & breakfast in South Lee combines classic elegance with modern comforts to make the ideal accommodations. Stay with us and see what you’ve been missing!

The 25th Annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Weekend

25th Anniversary Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas WeekendLast post we told you about the Norman Rockwell Museum – this time around we’ll take a look at how Norman Rockwell’s famous painting, “Stockbridge Main Street At Christmas,” comes to life every December in the Berkshires!

As previously noted, Norman Rockwell not only spent his last years and left his collection in trust in Stockbridge, MA, he also used a lot of the town’s quintessential, New England ambiance in many of his works – most notably and obviously in the famous painting “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas.” [Read more…]

Berkshires Boo
A 2014 Berkshires Halloween Guide

2014 Berkshires Halloween

October brings more than just bright fall colors to the Berkshires, it also brings lots of fun, Halloween-themed events! Below is a guide to some of the 2014 Berkshires Halloween events, all of which are just a short distance from our South Lee, MA bed and breakfast!

Ventfort Hall and the Gilded Age Museum

104 Walker St., Lenox, MA.

Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection The Cobweb – Thursday, October 30, 7pm
At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients in an insulated atmosphere: starring Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Charles Boyer, Gloria Grahame, Lillian Gish, John Kerr, Susan Strasberg, Fay Wray and Oscar Levant

Tea and Talk – Saturday, November 1, 3:30 – 5:30 pm.
Rob Velella will portray Hawthorne: Shrouded in Blackness introducing us during the Halloween season to the reclusive 19th-century author’s intensely dark works, which our entertainer and scholar reminds us are possibly more macabre than those by Edgar Allen Poe.

For more information about this Ventfort Hall event, please visit: gildedage.org

The Mount – Edith Wharton’s Home

2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, Massachusetts

Ghost Tours of The Mount – Friday evenings in October and Saturday, October 25, 5:45pm or 7pm
Prepare for a night of creaky floors, slamming doors, and ghostly fun as you tour the most haunted parts of the estate. A spooky Berkshires Halloween event not recommended for children under 12.

All Souls: A special Halloween reading with Ariel Bock – Friday, October 31, 7:30pm
An All Hallows’ Eve for a reading of “All Souls,” Wharton’s last ghost story, written the year she died. Seasonal refreshments will be available.

Halloween Ghost Tour – Friday, October 31, 10:30pm
The Mount presents their special, annual midnight tour on the spookiest night of the year! This Halloween evening tour will lead you through the most haunted parts of the estate and is not recommended for children under 12.

Victorian Boudoir: A Berkshires Halloween Masquerade -Saturday, November 1, 8pm
An evening full of sinister good fun at The Mount’s first ever masquerade ball, with frights, food, dancing, and a costume contest.

For more information about this event at The Mount, please visit: www.edithwharton.org

Jiminy Peak

37 Corey Rd, Hancock, MA

13 Nights – October Fridays and Saturdays – plus Sunday, October 12th
Make your Berkshires Halloween a special one with a tour of the school house of the Jericho Valley, where you never know what will be lurking around the corner. Then, if you dare, ride through the darkness to the summit of Jiminy Peak where chaos lies in wait for you. The terror and thrills will last around 40 minutes – but will you?

For more information about this Jiminy Peak event, please visit: www.13nightsatjiminy.com

Norman Rockwell Museum

9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA

Luminaries: Exploring Stockbridge Cemetery – October 23rd, 5pm
This Norman Rockwell Museum walking tour is the perfect compliment to your Berkshires Halloween adventures. Informative and only mildly spooky, this tour begins on the lawn adjacent to the bell tower parking area at the Old Town Hall

For more information about this event at The Norman Rockwell Museum, please visit: www.nrm.org

Berkshires Halloween Lodging

As you can see, there are a great many seasonal events in our area to help spice up your Berkshires getaway. It’s a situation that remains true no matter what time of year and part of what makes the Berkshires – and a stay at Federal House Inn – so popular!

Berktoberfest 2014

2014 BerktoberfestIt’s Berktoberfest time again and Berktoberfest 2014, the 7th annual return of this popular, craft beer festival, is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever – Friday, October 4th!

Berktoberfest was started in 2007 as a fundraiser and has since generated over $10,000 for local charities, not to mention attracting thousands of craft beer enthusiasts to downtown Pittsfield at the height of the Berkshires’ fall foliage season.

And no wonder – with 16 breweries scheduled to attend the festival with offerings running the gamut from stouts and porters to IPA’s, lagers, pilseners, saisons, ciders, and more – not to mention the food that will be on hand from local restaurants, and even alcohol infused cigars! [Read more…]

Get Caught Up in Lee Founders Day Weekend

Lee Founders Day Weekend 2014The annual celebration of Lee Founders Day has long been such a smashing success as an event that, though it’s called Founder’s DAY, it actually takes a whole weekend to accomplish!

The 20th annual Lee Founders Day Weekend, scheduled for September 19th through the 21st, is a three day celebration that includes a parade (natch), great food and drink, live music, sidewalk sales, arts and crafts, after-hours events, contests, and much more. A birthday party for the town, Lee Founders Day Weekend is a party for residents and visitors alike, past and present, for it is a celebration not only of a place but also of all who have, or would be, a part of it. [Read more…]

2014 Tanglewood Season

2014 Tanglewood SeasonThe 2014 Tanglewood Season is in full swing but that doesn’t mean there aren’t shows and events left to see – August is full of great reasons to visit the Berkshires and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home.

Starting at the end of June and running through August, Tanglewood heats up the Berkshires with their stunning selection of top-tier performances. We’ve already seen some incredible concerts and events pass through but more are on the way with an August schedule that looks like a who’s who of classical music and outstanding entertainment. [Read more…]

Successful Culinary Weekend

Our first Berkshire Culinary Weekend at the Federal House was deemed a great success! Our guests enjoyed dining Friday night across the street at Perigee Restaurant, a three hour cooking class Saturday morning back at the restaurant with Chefs Dawn, Jim and Eric, wine tasting at Hilltop Orchards in the afternoon and in the evening dined at the Federal House on the savory recipes they learned to prepare that morning [“sinful” spuds, minted mango martinis, Perigee paella and rose sabayon in chocolate tuile cups with candied strawberries]. What a pleasure it was to host this wonderful event and also be fortunate enough to enjoy the “fruits of their labor”. I immediately declared my favorite the decadent sabayon! We look forward to further Culinary Weekends with Perigee in late autumn.

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