Chesterfest 2015 – A New Americana Music Festival

Chesterwood's Chesterfest 2015Chesterfest 2015 – A New Americana Music Festival, is a series of live concerts scheduled for Sundays in July and August at Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site on the site of country home and studio of Daniel Chester French.

Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), considered America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, is responsible for such indelible American icons as the Minute Man monument in Concord and the Abraham Lincoln that presides over the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Chesterwood, located in Glendale near Stockbridge, Massachusetts, was donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which now operates the lush, 122 acre estate as a museum and sculpture garden with numerous events and programs throughout the year. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

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…]

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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! [Read more…]

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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