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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!

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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