Events

Aug
19
Sat
Gt. Barrington, MA–Free Guided Walking Tours at the W.E.B. Dubois Homesite at 11 am, 1 pm & 2 pm
Aug 19 all-day

 

Visitors can experience a FREE guided walking tour on the interpretive trail at the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite in a rural setting two miles from downtown Great Barrington. The interpretive trail highlights Du Bois’s journey from Great Barrington to the world stage, information from ongoing archaeological excavations, as well as the Homesite dedication in 1969. Visitors can also explore Du Bois’s legacy in the landscape of downtown Great Barrington. Take the W.E.B Du Bois in Great Barrington Walking Tour to learn about places and people important to Du Bois.

East Canaan, CT–Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument Tours @ Beckley Furnace
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

Beckley Furnace was built in 1847 by John Adam Beckley, great-grandson of Esquire Samuel Forbes and grandson of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays, Memorial Day thru Columbus Day,  from 10 AM – 2 PM

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Cost–Members $12; Non-members $20

Contact Information —413.298.3239×3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Want to explore the Housatonic River on your own? Come to the Cobble between 12 and 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday and rent a boat!  June 3 thru Sept 3
Cost included paddles and life vests.

Becket, MA–TRISHA BROWN DANCE COMPANY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm

Witty, inventive, and free from convention, the prolific choreographer Trisha Brown holds an uncontested legacy as modern dance’s “boundary-pusher” (The Wall Street Journal). The program will include a specially curated work for the Pillow’s 85th Anniversary Season featuring alumni of Trisha Brown Dance Company, among other works to be announced.

413.243.9919

also at 2 pm on -8/19

Sharon, CT–The Music Man @ TriArts Sharon Playhouse
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm

In 1957, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man opened on Broadway and the rest is history. To celebrate it’s 60th anniversary as an American classic the Sharon Playhouse and director Morgan Green invite you to experience The Music Man as you’ve never seen it. The story of a lovable conman who warms his way into the heart of small town America has never been more relevant.

Saturday August 5 2PM
Sunday August 6 2PM
Thursday August 10 2PM
Saturday August 12 2PM
Sunday August 13 2PM
Thursday August 17 2PM
Saturday August 19 2PM
Sunday August 20 2PM

Saturday August 5 8PM
Friday August 11 8PM
Saturday August 12 8PM
Friday August 18 8PM
Saturday August 19 8PM

Thursday August 10 7PM
Wednesday August 16 7PM
Thursday August 17 7PM

 

Stockbridge, MA–“Arsenic and Old Lace” @ The Berkshire Theatre Group-The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm

Celebrated as playwright Joseph Kesselring’s most successful play, Arsenic and Old Lace is a side-splitting, farcical tale. An American classic, Arsenic and Old Lace first debuted on Broadway in 1941, in which New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson raved that the production’s “casual point of view that is so robustly entertaining.” Filled with colorful characters and witty plot twists, this quirky comedy is one for the ages. This production is directed by Tony Award-nominated Gregg Edelman (Broadway: City of Angels, 1776, Into The Woods; BTG: Constellations, Deathtrap).

Good-hearted drama critic, Mortimer Brewster appears to lead a normal, happy life. Recently engaged to be married, Mortimer plans a trip to visit his charming, spinster aunts, Abby and Martha Brewster. However, shortly after Mortimer’s arrival, he discovers that his innocent aunts have a deadly secret buried in the basement—about a dozen older gentlemen. To Mortimer’s dismay, Abby and Martha deem their poisonous habits as charitable acts; convinced that they are putting these men out of their misery. Attempting to protect society without sending Abby and Martha to prison, hilarity and madness ensues as Mortimer tries to wrangle in his crazy aunts, along with his brothers—Theodore, who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, and maniacal, murderous Jonathan.

Performances at:

7 pm on  july 27-31- aug 1-2-3-7-8-9-10-14-15-16-17-

8 pm  on july 28-29- aug 4-5-11-12-18-19

2 pm on july 29- aug 2-5-9-12-16-19

Becket, MA–COMPAÑÍA IRENE RODRÍGUEZ Dance Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 19 @ 2:15 pm

The “intense, exacting” (The New York Times) performer and choreographer Irene Rodríguez is one of the most prominent figures in Cuban dance. Alongside her six talented dancers and an ensemble of live musicians, Rodríguez melds flamenco’s fiery passion and exhilarating footwork with a unique Afro-Cuban flair, leaving a “trail of triumph and applause” (Granma, Cuba). The program will include a world premiere work and a U.S. premiere.

413.243.9919

 

Norfolk, CT–Choral Festival @ Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate
Aug 19 @ 4:00 pm

An exquisite program of music for chorus with instrumental ensemble. Repertoire will feature works from the Renaissance to the 21st Century.

Simon Carrington conductor, Ilya Poletaev keyboards, Addy Sterrett soprano,
Norfolk Festival Orchestra and Chours

Tickets: $55 – $20, $10 (Young Adults 18-25), and Kids Come Free! (under 18)
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Over the years, while Norfolk has become a symbol of quality in chamber music performance and professional study, thousands have enjoyed the picturesque environment of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate and the excellence of one of America’s most distinguished musical traditions.

Falls Village, CT–Todd Marcus Quintet @ Music Mountain
Aug 19 @ 6:30 pm

 

Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut, is one of the premiere destinations in the United States for intimate chamber music concerts. Gordon Hall is one of the finest chamber music halls in the country with legendary acoustics and resonant, full-bodied sound.
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Todd Marcus has carved out a unique voice for the bass clarinet in modern jazz. His music swings hard with both a fiery and introspective intensity. Todd Marcus’s ‘compelling gifts for composing and arranging’ ….Washington Post … capture elements of his west Baltimore neighborhood, portraying the challenges and strengths of his community and finding beauty in each.
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Hancock, MA–Shaker Barn Music: Tony Trischka @ Hancock Shaker Village
Aug 19 @ 7:00 pm

We’re kicking off summer with a new American roots music series in our 1910 Barn, which hasn’t seen more than hay and cows in a hundred years. Imagine: a Berkshire barn, on a summer night, with great local beer and spirits, and soulful music that sets the fireflies dancing, all the while overlooking the fields and forests of an authentic Shaker village.

Doors open at 6 pm/Show begins at 7 pm

One of the most influential banjo players in the world, this five-string bluegrass sensation has played with everyone from Bela Fleck to Alison Brown. “Legendary musicians are supposed to make their pyrotechnics look easy: deftness and effortlessness, or at least the appearance of it, go hand in hand,” noted The New York Times. “But the banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka …has a way of making his humble instrument seem a little too easy.”

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Becket, MA–TRISHA BROWN DANCE COMPANY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 19 @ 8:00 pm

Witty, inventive, and free from convention, the prolific choreographer Trisha Brown holds an uncontested legacy as modern dance’s “boundary-pusher” (The Wall Street Journal). The program will include a specially curated work for the Pillow’s 85th Anniversary Season featuring alumni of Trisha Brown Dance Company, among other works to be announced.

413.243.9919

also at 2 pm on -8/19

Great Barrington, MA–Troubadour Series Music Performance: Joe Crookston @ The Guthrie Center at the Old Trinity Church
Aug 19 @ 8:00 pm

To purchase tickets, call (413) 528-1955 — Tuesday thru Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Victory Music Review says: “Joe’s songs are powerful, simple, distilled lyrical paintings weaving together cycles of life and decay, cycles of joy and pain, and eventually they thread the needle through all of us …”
We at the Guthrie Center cannot imagine a Troubadour Series without Joe. He’s just that good.
Members: $20.00 / Non-members: $25.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Lenox, MA–John Williams’ Film Night–Boston Pops Orchestra @ Tanglewood
Aug 19 @ 8:00 pm

 

6pm, Ozawa Hall – Prelude Concert: Tanglewood Music Center Fellows

Andris Nelsons and John Williams, conductors
John Williams’ Film Night has long been established as one of the Tanglewood
calendar’s most consistently popular evenings. Sharing the podium this
summer for what surely will be an historic concert is BSO Music Director Andris
Nelsons. The program will feature classic cinema scores by Erich Korngold,
Bernard Herrmann, and Alex North, as well as music by Mr. Williams himself,
including selections from the Harry Potter series, E.T., and Far and Away.
Also on the program will be music from Mr. Williams’ score to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, with a special guest trumpet soloist.

Sharon, CT–The Music Man @ TriArts Sharon Playhouse
Aug 19 @ 8:00 pm

In 1957, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man opened on Broadway and the rest is history. To celebrate it’s 60th anniversary as an American classic the Sharon Playhouse and director Morgan Green invite you to experience The Music Man as you’ve never seen it. The story of a lovable conman who warms his way into the heart of small town America has never been more relevant.

Saturday August 5 2PM
Sunday August 6 2PM
Thursday August 10 2PM
Saturday August 12 2PM
Sunday August 13 2PM
Thursday August 17 2PM
Saturday August 19 2PM
Sunday August 20 2PM

Saturday August 5 8PM
Friday August 11 8PM
Saturday August 12 8PM
Friday August 18 8PM
Saturday August 19 8PM

Thursday August 10 7PM
Wednesday August 16 7PM
Thursday August 17 7PM

 

Becket, MA–COMPAÑÍA IRENE RODRÍGUEZ Dance Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 19 @ 8:15 pm

The “intense, exacting” (The New York Times) performer and choreographer Irene Rodríguez is one of the most prominent figures in Cuban dance. Alongside her six talented dancers and an ensemble of live musicians, Rodríguez melds flamenco’s fiery passion and exhilarating footwork with a unique Afro-Cuban flair, leaving a “trail of triumph and applause” (Granma, Cuba). The program will include a world premiere work and a U.S. premiere.

413.243.9919

also at 2 :15 pm-on 8/19, 20

Aug
20
Sun
Lenox, MA–Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip on the Housatonic River with MA Audubon staff @ Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area
Aug 20 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00

This leisurely paddle will take us through the ecologically rich Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area in Lenox. We’ll watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the scenic and meandering Housatonic River and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires.
Registration is required. www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

Sheffield, MA–Housatonic River Guided Canoe Trips @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for a guided trip on the Housatonic River from June 3 thru Sept 3.

See great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and so much more. This trips goes down and up stream. Please make sure that you are physically prepared to paddle an hour upstream against a gentle current.

Registration Required.   Cost–members $24; non-members $30

Contact Information
413.298.3239   x 3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

 

Lenox, MA–TMC Vocal and Instrumental Fellows
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am

John Harbison, conductor

A program of BACH cantatas

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 20 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Cost–Members $12; Non-members $20

Contact Information —413.298.3239×3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Want to explore the Housatonic River on your own? Come to the Cobble between 12 and 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday and rent a boat!  June 3 thru Sept 3
Cost included paddles and life vests.

Sheffield, MA–Col. Ashley House Tours at 12 pm, 1 pm & 2 pm (The Trustees of Reservations) @ Col. Ashley House Museum
Aug 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Ashley House tells the intertwined stories of the Ashleys and the enslaved African Americans who lived here in the 18th century. The Ashley House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an anchor site on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail.

Col. John Ashley built the house in 1735, and spent the next decades accumulating wealth and land. By the time of his death in 1802, Ashley owned more than 3,000 acres – including the land that is now The Trustees’ Bartholomew’s Cobble. Ashley supported the American Revolution, heading a committee that wrote the fiery Sheffield Resolves, a petition against British tyranny and manifesto for individual rights, in 1773. His financial success was based in part on the labor of five enslaved African Americans.

Inspired by Revolutionary-era rhetoric and her own desire for freedom, Mum Bett, who was enslaved in the Ashley House, helped end slavery in Massachusetts. In 1781, she sued Col. Ashley for her freedom – and won. Mum Bett was and remains an inspiration to all who learn her story.

Today, the Ashley House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an anchor site on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail. It contains fine collections of redware, furniture, and tools. The Ashley House is adjacent to Bartholomew’s Cobble Reservation, which offers five miles of scenic trails.

The Ashley House is part of the Berkshire 18th Century Trail.

Date & Time–
Sunday, July 2, 9 , 16, 23, 30 aug 6,13, 20, 27

Tours given at:  12 Noon, 1 PM, & 2 PM

 

 

Sheffield, MA–Elizabeth Freeman Day @ Col. Ashley House
Aug 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Slavery began to crumble in Massachusetts when Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman successfully sued for her freedom from slavery and did it more than 80 years before the Emancipation Proclamation. The Trustees will host an afternoon of activities to celebrate and illuminate the story of Elizabeth Freeman at the Ashley House in Sheffield, MA. Activities will include guided tours of the Ashley House and a performance by storyteller an actress Tammy Denease with her dramatic re-telling of “Mumbet’s Story.”

Cost–FREE

Contact Information
413.298.3239×3016
mmoulton@thetrustee.org

 

Sharon, CT–The Music Man @ TriArts Sharon Playhouse
Aug 20 @ 2:00 pm

In 1957, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man opened on Broadway and the rest is history. To celebrate it’s 60th anniversary as an American classic the Sharon Playhouse and director Morgan Green invite you to experience The Music Man as you’ve never seen it. The story of a lovable conman who warms his way into the heart of small town America has never been more relevant.

Saturday August 5 2PM
Sunday August 6 2PM
Thursday August 10 2PM
Saturday August 12 2PM
Sunday August 13 2PM
Thursday August 17 2PM
Saturday August 19 2PM
Sunday August 20 2PM

Saturday August 5 8PM
Friday August 11 8PM
Saturday August 12 8PM
Friday August 18 8PM
Saturday August 19 8PM

Thursday August 10 7PM
Wednesday August 16 7PM
Thursday August 17 7PM

 

Becket, MA–COMPAÑÍA IRENE RODRÍGUEZ Dance Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 20 @ 2:15 pm

The “intense, exacting” (The New York Times) performer and choreographer Irene Rodríguez is one of the most prominent figures in Cuban dance. Alongside her six talented dancers and an ensemble of live musicians, Rodríguez melds flamenco’s fiery passion and exhilarating footwork with a unique Afro-Cuban flair, leaving a “trail of triumph and applause” (Granma, Cuba). The program will include a world premiere work and a U.S. premiere.

413.243.9919

 

Lenox, MA–The Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert: Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra @ Tanglewood
Aug 20 @ 2:30 pm

Andris Nelsons, conductor
Paul Lewis, piano
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
STRAUSS An Alpine Symphony

Falls Village, CT–St. Petersburg Piano Quartet @ Music Mountain
Aug 20 @ 3:00 pm

Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut, is one of the premiere destinations in the United States for intimate chamber music concerts. Gordon Hall is one of the finest chamber music halls in the country with legendary acoustics and resonant, full-bodied sound.

Brahms: Viola Sonata in E Flat Major, Opus 120 #2 (1894) (2)
Shostakovich: Piano Trio #2 in E Minor, Opus 67 (1944) (3)
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Opus 47 (1842) (17)
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Lenox, MA–Lift Ev’ry Voice Event @ The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home
Aug 20 @ 3:00 pm

Enjoy the SculptureNow exhibition at the Mount, as never before, when Lift Ev’ry Voice takes you for a walk through a medley of music, dance and poetic responses to the grounds and sculpture.

Lenox, MA–Popular Artists Series–An Evening with David Sedaris @ Tanglewood
Aug 20 @ 8:00 pm

celebrating the release of his new book Theft By Finding. There will be no Lawn tickets sold for this concert. Shed seats only

Aug
21
Mon
Gt. Barrington, MA–Stephen Stills & Judy Collins @ The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Theater
Aug 21 @ 8:00 pm

50 years ago, singer-songwriter Stephen Stills met singer-songwriter Judy Collins, known for her piercing ocean blue eyes. Their tumultuous love affair would later be immortalized by Stills with his composition “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” performed by Crosby, Stills & Nash on their landmark debut. Both artists would go on to shape modern music with visionary approaches, but Stills and Collins’ short fiery union remains a transformative era for the two artists.

This summer, the two icons of folk will celebrate the golden anniversary of their formative time together. Their joint summer tour marks the first time ever Stills and Collins have been onstage together. For this once in a lifetime experience, the two music legends will pull from their rich catalogs, debut songs from their upcoming album, due out Summer of 2017, and share warm and intimate stories from their journeys and the 1960s folk and Laurel Canyon scenes they helped build.

Stills and Collins met in 1967 and dated for two years. Stills wrote and demoed his legendary love song to Collins right after he left Buffalo Springfield, before he joined CSN. “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” is a five-section romantic epic brimming with heartfelt sincerity. The song has been ranked #418 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time Poll.

Stills is known for his work with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and his solo work. In addition to “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” Stills is best known for the hits “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield and “Love The One You’re With” from his solo debut, Stephen Stills. He’s a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and ranked #28 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s “The 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time.” He also has the added distinction of being the first artist to be inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame twice in one night (for his work with CSN and Buffalo Springfield).

Collins is known for her eclectic palette as a solo artist, melding folk, rock, classical, and jazz into a singular aesthetic. She’s earned five Grammy nominations including one in 2017 and one Grammy win. Outside of music, Collins has published two memoirs, one novel, and, in 1975, was nominated for an Academy Award for the documentary Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman. Collins is also a lifelong activist.
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Aug
22
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Aug 22 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Ventfort Hall’s resident historian, Cornelia Brooke Gilder will tell all with “Friends and Fireworks: Edith Wharton Enters Berkshire Society.” As Nini quotes in her new book Edith Wharton’s Lenox, “As a hostess, designer, gardener and writer, Wharton set high standards that delighted many…But her perceptive and sometimes indiscreet pen also alienated…” others.

Aug
23
Wed
Lanesborough, MA–“Berkshire Highlanders”, bagpipe music @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Aug 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

Lenox, MA–Evening at the Beaver Ponds at MA Audubon Sanctuary @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 —Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00

Enjoy an evening searching for beavers and other wildlife attracted to the series of ponds that the beavers have created. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to shape the landscape more than 80 years after their reintroduction.
Registration is suggested. www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

Becket, MA–The Washington Ballet Dance Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 23 @ 8:00 pm

Newly led by former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Julie Kent, the Washington, DC-based company presents stunning technique, impressive range, and iconic contemporary works heralding the group’s “elegant new era” (Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post). The company makes its first appearance at the Pillow since 1980 with Alexei Ratmansky’s spellbinding Seven Sonatas, among other works to be announced.

413.243.9919

also at 2 pm-on 8/24,26

Lenox, MA–Tanglewood Performance @ Tanglewood
Aug 23 @ 8:00 pm

Schubert’s Summer Journey, Program 6
Simon Keenlyside, baritone
Emanuel Ax, piano
SCHUBERT Impromptus, D.935
Samuel ADAMS Impromptus (2016)
SCHUBERT Schwanengesang, D.957

Becket, MA–THE PRINCIPLES OF UNCERTAINTY Dance Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 23 @ 8:15 pm

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner John Heginbotham and acclaimed illustrator Maira Kalman join forces for the world premiere of The Principles of Uncertainty. Imaginative set design meets whimsical dance theatre, promising a delightful evening full of wit and charm.

Co-commissioned by the Pillow and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and developed during multiple Pillow Creative Development Residencies, The Principles of Uncertainty is an evening-length dance theatre work choreographed and directed by Heginbotham, inspired by Kalman’s written and visual art, set to an original score composed, arranged, and curated by Brooklyn Rider and Silk Road Ensemble’s Colin Jacobsen. Members of The Knights, Jacobsen’s innovative chamber orchestra, will perform live.

413.243.9919

also at 2:15 pm on 8/26,27

Aug
24
Thu
Becket, MA–The Washington Ballet Dance Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm

Newly led by former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Julie Kent, the Washington, DC-based company presents stunning technique, impressive range, and iconic contemporary works heralding the group’s “elegant new era” (Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post). The company makes its first appearance at the Pillow since 1980 with Alexei Ratmansky’s spellbinding Seven Sonatas, among other works to be announced.

413.243.9919

 

Becket, MA–The Washington Ballet Dance Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 24 @ 8:00 pm

Newly led by former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Julie Kent, the Washington, DC-based company presents stunning technique, impressive range, and iconic contemporary works heralding the group’s “elegant new era” (Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post). The company makes its first appearance at the Pillow since 1980 with Alexei Ratmansky’s spellbinding Seven Sonatas, among other works to be announced.

413.243.9919

also at 2 pm-on 8/24,26

Becket, MA–THE PRINCIPLES OF UNCERTAINTY Dance Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 24 @ 8:15 pm

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner John Heginbotham and acclaimed illustrator Maira Kalman join forces for the world premiere of The Principles of Uncertainty. Imaginative set design meets whimsical dance theatre, promising a delightful evening full of wit and charm.

Co-commissioned by the Pillow and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and developed during multiple Pillow Creative Development Residencies, The Principles of Uncertainty is an evening-length dance theatre work choreographed and directed by Heginbotham, inspired by Kalman’s written and visual art, set to an original score composed, arranged, and curated by Brooklyn Rider and Silk Road Ensemble’s Colin Jacobsen. Members of The Knights, Jacobsen’s innovative chamber orchestra, will perform live.

413.243.9919

also at 2:15 pm on 8/26,27

Aug
25
Fri
Pittsfield, MA–Evening Nighthawk Watch with MA Audubon Staff @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Aug 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: Free
Spend the evening searching the sky for migrating nighthawks at Canoe Meadows. With luck we’ll watch these beautiful aerial acrobats catching insects on the wing. Bring binoculars and a lawn chair.
Registration not required. Suggested donation $5. Free for community garden members.
Registration is required.

Becket, MA–The Washington Ballet Dance Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 25 @ 8:00 pm

Newly led by former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Julie Kent, the Washington, DC-based company presents stunning technique, impressive range, and iconic contemporary works heralding the group’s “elegant new era” (Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post). The company makes its first appearance at the Pillow since 1980 with Alexei Ratmansky’s spellbinding Seven Sonatas, among other works to be announced.

413.243.9919

also at 2 pm-on 8/24,26

Lenox, MA–E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Concert–Boston Pops @ Tanglewood
Aug 25 @ 8:00 pm

6pm, Ozawa Hall–Prelude Concert: Members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

8pm, Shed
Keith Lockhart, conductor
Relive the magic on the silver screen of Steven Spielberg’s great family
adventure, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, a Best Picture nominee and one of the most
popular films of all time. Thrill to John Williams’ Academy Award®-winning
score performed live by the Boston Pops.

Becket, MA–THE PRINCIPLES OF UNCERTAINTY Dance Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 25 @ 8:15 pm

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner John Heginbotham and acclaimed illustrator Maira Kalman join forces for the world premiere of The Principles of Uncertainty. Imaginative set design meets whimsical dance theatre, promising a delightful evening full of wit and charm.

Co-commissioned by the Pillow and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and developed during multiple Pillow Creative Development Residencies, The Principles of Uncertainty is an evening-length dance theatre work choreographed and directed by Heginbotham, inspired by Kalman’s written and visual art, set to an original score composed, arranged, and curated by Brooklyn Rider and Silk Road Ensemble’s Colin Jacobsen. Members of The Knights, Jacobsen’s innovative chamber orchestra, will perform live.

413.243.9919

also at 2:15 pm on 8/26,27

Aug
26
Sat
Gt. Barrington, MA–Free Guided Walking Tours at the W.E.B. Dubois Homesite at 11 am, 1 pm & 2 pm
Aug 26 all-day

 

Visitors can experience a FREE guided walking tour on the interpretive trail at the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite in a rural setting two miles from downtown Great Barrington. The interpretive trail highlights Du Bois’s journey from Great Barrington to the world stage, information from ongoing archaeological excavations, as well as the Homesite dedication in 1969. Visitors can also explore Du Bois’s legacy in the landscape of downtown Great Barrington. Take the W.E.B Du Bois in Great Barrington Walking Tour to learn about places and people important to Du Bois.

Sheffield, MA–Housatonic River Guided Canoe Trips @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for a guided trip on the Housatonic River from June 3 thru Sept 3.

See great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and so much more. This trips goes down and up stream. Please make sure that you are physically prepared to paddle an hour upstream against a gentle current.

Registration Required.   Cost–members $24; non-members $30

Contact Information
413.298.3239   x 3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

 

East Canaan, CT–Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument Tours @ Beckley Furnace
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

Beckley Furnace was built in 1847 by John Adam Beckley, great-grandson of Esquire Samuel Forbes and grandson of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays, Memorial Day thru Columbus Day,  from 10 AM – 2 PM

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 26 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Cost–Members $12; Non-members $20

Contact Information —413.298.3239×3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Want to explore the Housatonic River on your own? Come to the Cobble between 12 and 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday and rent a boat!  June 3 thru Sept 3
Cost included paddles and life vests.

Becket, MA–The Washington Ballet Dance Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 26 @ 2:00 pm

Newly led by former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Julie Kent, the Washington, DC-based company presents stunning technique, impressive range, and iconic contemporary works heralding the group’s “elegant new era” (Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post). The company makes its first appearance at the Pillow since 1980 with Alexei Ratmansky’s spellbinding Seven Sonatas, among other works to be announced.

413.243.9919

 

Becket, MA–THE PRINCIPLES OF UNCERTAINTY Dance Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 26 @ 2:15 pm

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner John Heginbotham and acclaimed illustrator Maira Kalman join forces for the world premiere of The Principles of Uncertainty. Imaginative set design meets whimsical dance theatre, promising a delightful evening full of wit and charm.

Co-commissioned by the Pillow and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and developed during multiple Pillow Creative Development Residencies, The Principles of Uncertainty is an evening-length dance theatre work choreographed and directed by Heginbotham, inspired by Kalman’s written and visual art, set to an original score composed, arranged, and curated by Brooklyn Rider and Silk Road Ensemble’s Colin Jacobsen. Members of The Knights, Jacobsen’s innovative chamber orchestra, will perform live.

413.243.9919

 

Falls Village, CT–Michael Berkeley @ Music Mountain
Aug 26 @ 6:30 pm

Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut, is one of the premiere destinations in the United States for intimate chamber music concerts. Gordon Hall is one of the finest chamber music halls in the country with legendary acoustics and resonant, full-bodied sound.
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Celebrate the dazzle of Broadway show tunes with Michael Berkeley and Diva favorites Wanda L. Houston, Amy LeBlanc and Maria B. Hickey!
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Becket, MA–The Washington Ballet Dance Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 26 @ 8:00 pm

Newly led by former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Julie Kent, the Washington, DC-based company presents stunning technique, impressive range, and iconic contemporary works heralding the group’s “elegant new era” (Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post). The company makes its first appearance at the Pillow since 1980 with Alexei Ratmansky’s spellbinding Seven Sonatas, among other works to be announced.

413.243.9919

also at 2 pm-on 8/24,26

Lenox, MA–Boston Symphony Orchestra & Tanglewood Festival Chorus @ Tanglewood
Aug 26 @ 8:00 pm

Andris Nelsons, conductor
Kristine Opolais, soprano
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone

Two of today’s most acclaimed singers—soprano Kristine Opolais and, in his
Tanglewood debut, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky—join Andris Nelsons for an
exciting evening of opera and song, to feature arias, duets, and choruses from
the Italian and Russian lyric stage. The program will include excerpts from
Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra and La traviata, and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

Becket, MA–THE PRINCIPLES OF UNCERTAINTY Dance Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 26 @ 8:15 pm

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner John Heginbotham and acclaimed illustrator Maira Kalman join forces for the world premiere of The Principles of Uncertainty. Imaginative set design meets whimsical dance theatre, promising a delightful evening full of wit and charm.

Co-commissioned by the Pillow and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and developed during multiple Pillow Creative Development Residencies, The Principles of Uncertainty is an evening-length dance theatre work choreographed and directed by Heginbotham, inspired by Kalman’s written and visual art, set to an original score composed, arranged, and curated by Brooklyn Rider and Silk Road Ensemble’s Colin Jacobsen. Members of The Knights, Jacobsen’s innovative chamber orchestra, will perform live.

413.243.9919

also at 2:15 pm on 8/26,27

Aug
27
Sun
Sheffield, MA–Housatonic River Guided Canoe Trips @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for a guided trip on the Housatonic River from June 3 thru Sept 3.

See great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and so much more. This trips goes down and up stream. Please make sure that you are physically prepared to paddle an hour upstream against a gentle current.

Registration Required.   Cost–members $24; non-members $30

Contact Information
413.298.3239   x 3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

 

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 27 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Cost–Members $12; Non-members $20

Contact Information —413.298.3239×3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Want to explore the Housatonic River on your own? Come to the Cobble between 12 and 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday and rent a boat!  June 3 thru Sept 3
Cost included paddles and life vests.

Sheffield, MA–Col. Ashley House Tours at 12 pm, 1 pm & 2 pm (The Trustees of Reservations) @ Col. Ashley House Museum
Aug 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Ashley House tells the intertwined stories of the Ashleys and the enslaved African Americans who lived here in the 18th century. The Ashley House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an anchor site on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail.

Col. John Ashley built the house in 1735, and spent the next decades accumulating wealth and land. By the time of his death in 1802, Ashley owned more than 3,000 acres – including the land that is now The Trustees’ Bartholomew’s Cobble. Ashley supported the American Revolution, heading a committee that wrote the fiery Sheffield Resolves, a petition against British tyranny and manifesto for individual rights, in 1773. His financial success was based in part on the labor of five enslaved African Americans.

Inspired by Revolutionary-era rhetoric and her own desire for freedom, Mum Bett, who was enslaved in the Ashley House, helped end slavery in Massachusetts. In 1781, she sued Col. Ashley for her freedom – and won. Mum Bett was and remains an inspiration to all who learn her story.

Today, the Ashley House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an anchor site on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail. It contains fine collections of redware, furniture, and tools. The Ashley House is adjacent to Bartholomew’s Cobble Reservation, which offers five miles of scenic trails.

The Ashley House is part of the Berkshire 18th Century Trail.

Date & Time–
Sunday, July 2, 9 , 16, 23, 30 aug 6,13, 20, 27

Tours given at:  12 Noon, 1 PM, & 2 PM

 

 

Becket, MA–THE PRINCIPLES OF UNCERTAINTY Dance Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 27 @ 2:15 pm

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner John Heginbotham and acclaimed illustrator Maira Kalman join forces for the world premiere of The Principles of Uncertainty. Imaginative set design meets whimsical dance theatre, promising a delightful evening full of wit and charm.

Co-commissioned by the Pillow and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and developed during multiple Pillow Creative Development Residencies, The Principles of Uncertainty is an evening-length dance theatre work choreographed and directed by Heginbotham, inspired by Kalman’s written and visual art, set to an original score composed, arranged, and curated by Brooklyn Rider and Silk Road Ensemble’s Colin Jacobsen. Members of The Knights, Jacobsen’s innovative chamber orchestra, will perform live.

413.243.9919

 

Lenox, MA–Boston Symphony Orchestra & Tanglewood Festival Chorus @ Tanglewood
Aug 27 @ 2:30 pm

Andris Nelsons, conductor
Katie Van Kooten, soprano
Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano
Russell Thomas, tenor
John Relyea, bass-baritone

IVES “The Housatonic at Stockbridge” from Three Places in New England
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9

 

 

Falls Village, CT–Daedalus String Quartet @ Music Mountain
Aug 27 @ 3:00 pm

Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut, is one of the premiere destinations in the United States for intimate chamber music concerts. Gordon Hall is one of the finest chamber music halls in the country with legendary acoustics and resonant, full-bodied sound.

Tanya Bannister, Piano
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Opus 18 #1 (1798-1800) (31)
Beethoven: String Quartet in E Flat Major, Opus 74 “Harp” (1809) (20)
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Opus 34 (1864) (46)

Lanesborough, MA–Oakes Smith, folk music @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

Aug
29
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Aug 29 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Master Restorer Frank MacGruer is a principled advocate when it comes to “Antique Furniture. Use, Care & Restoration. Surface, Substance & Science.” He will take on the subject with photographs of repair work in progress, before and after restoration work, examples of finish problems and solutions, maintenance products and tools of the trade.

Stockbridge, MA–“Arsenic and Old Lace” @ The Berkshire Theatre Group-The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
Aug 29 @ 8:00 pm

Celebrated as playwright Joseph Kesselring’s most successful play, Arsenic and Old Lace is a side-splitting, farcical tale. An American classic, Arsenic and Old Lace first debuted on Broadway in 1941, in which New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson raved that the production’s “casual point of view that is so robustly entertaining.” Filled with colorful characters and witty plot twists, this quirky comedy is one for the ages. This production is directed by Tony Award-nominated Gregg Edelman (Broadway: City of Angels, 1776, Into The Woods; BTG: Constellations, Deathtrap).

Good-hearted drama critic, Mortimer Brewster appears to lead a normal, happy life. Recently engaged to be married, Mortimer plans a trip to visit his charming, spinster aunts, Abby and Martha Brewster. However, shortly after Mortimer’s arrival, he discovers that his innocent aunts have a deadly secret buried in the basement—about a dozen older gentlemen. To Mortimer’s dismay, Abby and Martha deem their poisonous habits as charitable acts; convinced that they are putting these men out of their misery. Attempting to protect society without sending Abby and Martha to prison, hilarity and madness ensues as Mortimer tries to wrangle in his crazy aunts, along with his brothers—Theodore, who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, and maniacal, murderous Jonathan.

Performances at:

7 pm on  july 27-31- aug 1-2-3-7-8-9-10-14-15-16-17-

8 pm  on july 28-29- aug 4-5-11-12-18-19

2 pm on july 29- aug 2-5-9-12-16-19

Aug
30
Wed
Lanesborough, MA–“Austin Thomas”, artist talk @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Aug 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

Sep
2
Sat
Gt. Barrington, MA–Free Guided Walking Tours at the W.E.B. Dubois Homesite at 11 am, 1 pm & 2 pm
Sep 2 all-day

 

Visitors can experience a FREE guided walking tour on the interpretive trail at the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite in a rural setting two miles from downtown Great Barrington. The interpretive trail highlights Du Bois’s journey from Great Barrington to the world stage, information from ongoing archaeological excavations, as well as the Homesite dedication in 1969. Visitors can also explore Du Bois’s legacy in the landscape of downtown Great Barrington. Take the W.E.B Du Bois in Great Barrington Walking Tour to learn about places and people important to Du Bois.

Sheffield, MA–Housatonic River Guided Canoe Trips @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Sep 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for a guided trip on the Housatonic River from June 3 thru Sept 3.

See great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and so much more. This trips goes down and up stream. Please make sure that you are physically prepared to paddle an hour upstream against a gentle current.

Registration Required.   Cost–members $24; non-members $30

Contact Information
413.298.3239   x 3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

 

East Canaan, CT–Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument Tours @ Beckley Furnace
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

Beckley Furnace was built in 1847 by John Adam Beckley, great-grandson of Esquire Samuel Forbes and grandson of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays, Memorial Day thru Columbus Day,  from 10 AM – 2 PM

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Sep 2 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Cost–Members $12; Non-members $20

Contact Information —413.298.3239×3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Want to explore the Housatonic River on your own? Come to the Cobble between 12 and 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday and rent a boat!  June 3 thru Sept 3
Cost included paddles and life vests.

Falls Village, CT–Shanghai String Quartet @ Music Mountain
Sep 2 @ 6:30 pm

Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut, is one of the premiere destinations in the United States for intimate chamber music concerts. Gordon Hall is one of the finest chamber music halls in the country with legendary acoustics and resonant, full-bodied sound.
Mendelssohn: String Quartet
in E Flat Major, Opus 12 (1829) (4)
Yi-Wen Jiang: Selections from China Song (arr. 1989) (4)
Brahms: String Quartet in C Minor, Opus 51 #1 (1873) (24)
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Sep
3
Sun
Sheffield, MA–Housatonic River Guided Canoe Trips @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Sep 3 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for a guided trip on the Housatonic River from June 3 thru Sept 3.

See great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and so much more. This trips goes down and up stream. Please make sure that you are physically prepared to paddle an hour upstream against a gentle current.

Registration Required.   Cost–members $24; non-members $30

Contact Information
413.298.3239   x 3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

 

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Sep 3 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Cost–Members $12; Non-members $20

Contact Information —413.298.3239×3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Want to explore the Housatonic River on your own? Come to the Cobble between 12 and 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday and rent a boat!  June 3 thru Sept 3
Cost included paddles and life vests.

Falls Village, CT–Shanghai String Quartet–BENEFIT CONCERT & RECEPTION @ Music Mountain
Sep 3 @ 3:00 pm

Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut, is one of the premiere destinations in the United States for intimate chamber music concerts. Gordon Hall is one of the finest chamber music halls in the country with legendary acoustics and resonant, full-bodied sound.

Qing Jiang, Piano
All Tickets: $75
Beethoven: String Quartet in B Flat Major, Opus 18 #6 (1798-1800) (31)
Beethoven: String Quartet in E Minor, Opus 59 #2 (1806) (23)
Brahms: Piano Quartet in G Minor, Opus 25 (1861) (29)

Lanesborough, MA–“Marafanyi”, music and drumming @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Lara Gonzalez & Yael Shacham fuse original songs and spoken word with traditional West African rhythm and dance, showcasing indigenous instruments. The ladies of Marafanyi will be joined by special guests.

For Workshop Info. and Pricing check the “Workshops” page of our website: http://www.marafanyi.com/

FREE Performance after workshops from 6 pm – 7 pm , on the porch of the Lodge

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

Sep
4
Mon
Stockbridge, MA–“Arsenic and Old Lace” @ The Berkshire Theatre Group-The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
Sep 4 @ 8:00 pm

Celebrated as playwright Joseph Kesselring’s most successful play, Arsenic and Old Lace is a side-splitting, farcical tale. An American classic, Arsenic and Old Lace first debuted on Broadway in 1941, in which New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson raved that the production’s “casual point of view that is so robustly entertaining.” Filled with colorful characters and witty plot twists, this quirky comedy is one for the ages. This production is directed by Tony Award-nominated Gregg Edelman (Broadway: City of Angels, 1776, Into The Woods; BTG: Constellations, Deathtrap).

Good-hearted drama critic, Mortimer Brewster appears to lead a normal, happy life. Recently engaged to be married, Mortimer plans a trip to visit his charming, spinster aunts, Abby and Martha Brewster. However, shortly after Mortimer’s arrival, he discovers that his innocent aunts have a deadly secret buried in the basement—about a dozen older gentlemen. To Mortimer’s dismay, Abby and Martha deem their poisonous habits as charitable acts; convinced that they are putting these men out of their misery. Attempting to protect society without sending Abby and Martha to prison, hilarity and madness ensues as Mortimer tries to wrangle in his crazy aunts, along with his brothers—Theodore, who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, and maniacal, murderous Jonathan.

Performances at:

7 pm on  july 27-31- aug 1-2-3-7-8-9-10-14-15-16-17-

8 pm  on july 28-29- aug 4-5-11-12-18-19

2 pm on july 29- aug 2-5-9-12-16-19

Sep
5
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Sep 5 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Ulysses Grant Dietz, Curator of Decorative Arts, Newark Museum, will put the sparkle on “Elegance and Aspiration: Money, Taste and Jewelry in America’s Gilded Age,” focusing on the meteoric rise of jewelry wearing after the Civil War. He will also explore the aspirational symbolism of jewelry, an aristocratic model for a nation without a social hierarchy.

Stockbridge, MA–“Arsenic and Old Lace” @ The Berkshire Theatre Group-The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
Sep 5 @ 8:00 pm

Celebrated as playwright Joseph Kesselring’s most successful play, Arsenic and Old Lace is a side-splitting, farcical tale. An American classic, Arsenic and Old Lace first debuted on Broadway in 1941, in which New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson raved that the production’s “casual point of view that is so robustly entertaining.” Filled with colorful characters and witty plot twists, this quirky comedy is one for the ages. This production is directed by Tony Award-nominated Gregg Edelman (Broadway: City of Angels, 1776, Into The Woods; BTG: Constellations, Deathtrap).

Good-hearted drama critic, Mortimer Brewster appears to lead a normal, happy life. Recently engaged to be married, Mortimer plans a trip to visit his charming, spinster aunts, Abby and Martha Brewster. However, shortly after Mortimer’s arrival, he discovers that his innocent aunts have a deadly secret buried in the basement—about a dozen older gentlemen. To Mortimer’s dismay, Abby and Martha deem their poisonous habits as charitable acts; convinced that they are putting these men out of their misery. Attempting to protect society without sending Abby and Martha to prison, hilarity and madness ensues as Mortimer tries to wrangle in his crazy aunts, along with his brothers—Theodore, who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, and maniacal, murderous Jonathan.

Performances at:

7 pm on  july 27-31- aug 1-2-3-7-8-9-10-14-15-16-17-

8 pm  on july 28-29- aug 4-5-11-12-18-19

2 pm on july 29- aug 2-5-9-12-16-19

Sep
9
Sat
Monterey, MA–Gravestone Art in Monterey’s Old Cemeteries @ the Bidwell House Museum
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am

A talk and walk with Historical Archaeologist Bob Drinkwater, an expert on New England tombstone carvers. Drinkwater will give a brief history of gravestone art and then lead a tour of Monterey’s historic cemeteries. Drinkwater is a charter member and past president of the Association for Gravestone Studies. He holds an M.A. in Anthropology from UMass, Amherst.
Members: $10. Non-members: $15.

413-528-6888
email: bidwellhouse@gmail.com

A Colonial History Museum
National Register of Historic Places
An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s

Falls Village, CT–The Galvanized Jazz Band @ Music Mountain
Sep 9 @ 6:30 pm

Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut, is one of the premiere destinations in the United States for intimate chamber music concerts. Gordon Hall is one of the finest chamber music halls in the country with legendary acoustics and resonant, full-bodied sound.
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A dynamic group of Connecticut musicians devoted to the energetic performance of Hot Dixieland, New Orleans Jazz, Blues, Rags, Stomps, Struts, Spirituals, Swing and Classic Popular songs from the past century.
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Sep
10
Sun
Sheffield, MA–The Housatonic River Flotilla @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Sep 10 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Come to the Cobble and celebrate the Housatonic River! Community groups and organizations have been working for month to dress up, or build, their boats for our river floatilla event. This year, our theme is “River Heros” and boats will be competeing for various titles such as “best boat” and “most creative”.

The entire event will be held  on Corbin’s Neck where participants will have an excellent view of the river as the boats pass by the judging platform.

The event begins at 11:30 with the Berkshire Bateria perfoming at 12pm and 2pm. The boat parade will begin at 1. This event is a fabulous way to show support for the Housatonic River. Food and beverages will be for sale down at the river, and picnics are welcome. Consider bringing your favorite picnic blanket or lawn chair as the grass can get itchy.

Contact Information
413.298.3239×3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

 

Falls Village–Amernet String Quartet @ Music Mountain
Sep 10 @ 3:00 pm

Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut, is one of the premiere destinations in the United States for intimate chamber music concerts. Gordon Hall is one of the finest chamber music halls in the country with legendary acoustics and resonant, full-bodied sound.

Vivek Kamath, Viola
All Beethoven Program
Piano Sonata #8 in C Minor, Opus 13 ‘Pathétique’ (1798) (1)
Arranged for String Quartet (2016) by Jeffery Briggs (1957- )
String Quartet in F Major, Opus 135 (1826) (26)
Viola Quintet in C Major, Opus 29 ‘Storm’ (1801) (5)
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Lanesborough, MA–“The Industrial Revolution in Berkshire County”, talk and book signing @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Industrial Berkshire County was once home to an industrial base that helped a young nation meet its needs in textiles, paper, glass, iron and a variety of other products. Author of Berkshire County’s Industrial Heritage, John Dickson, will discuss through historic photos the impact of the 19th century mills and factories that tell a story of enterprising young men and women – owners and immigrant labor – harnessing the power of the streams and rivers to make products and profits and to make a living for their families.

Copies of Berkshire County’s Industrial Heritage will be available for purchase.

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

 

Sep
11
Mon
Stockbridge, MA–“Arsenic and Old Lace” @ The Berkshire Theatre Group-The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
Sep 11 @ 8:00 pm

Celebrated as playwright Joseph Kesselring’s most successful play, Arsenic and Old Lace is a side-splitting, farcical tale. An American classic, Arsenic and Old Lace first debuted on Broadway in 1941, in which New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson raved that the production’s “casual point of view that is so robustly entertaining.” Filled with colorful characters and witty plot twists, this quirky comedy is one for the ages. This production is directed by Tony Award-nominated Gregg Edelman (Broadway: City of Angels, 1776, Into The Woods; BTG: Constellations, Deathtrap).

Good-hearted drama critic, Mortimer Brewster appears to lead a normal, happy life. Recently engaged to be married, Mortimer plans a trip to visit his charming, spinster aunts, Abby and Martha Brewster. However, shortly after Mortimer’s arrival, he discovers that his innocent aunts have a deadly secret buried in the basement—about a dozen older gentlemen. To Mortimer’s dismay, Abby and Martha deem their poisonous habits as charitable acts; convinced that they are putting these men out of their misery. Attempting to protect society without sending Abby and Martha to prison, hilarity and madness ensues as Mortimer tries to wrangle in his crazy aunts, along with his brothers—Theodore, who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, and maniacal, murderous Jonathan.

Performances at:

7 pm on  july 27-31- aug 1-2-3-7-8-9-10-14-15-16-17-

8 pm  on july 28-29- aug 4-5-11-12-18-19

2 pm on july 29- aug 2-5-9-12-16-19

Sep
12
Tue
Stockbridge, MA–“Arsenic and Old Lace” @ The Berkshire Theatre Group-The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
Sep 12 @ 8:00 pm

Celebrated as playwright Joseph Kesselring’s most successful play, Arsenic and Old Lace is a side-splitting, farcical tale. An American classic, Arsenic and Old Lace first debuted on Broadway in 1941, in which New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson raved that the production’s “casual point of view that is so robustly entertaining.” Filled with colorful characters and witty plot twists, this quirky comedy is one for the ages. This production is directed by Tony Award-nominated Gregg Edelman (Broadway: City of Angels, 1776, Into The Woods; BTG: Constellations, Deathtrap).

Good-hearted drama critic, Mortimer Brewster appears to lead a normal, happy life. Recently engaged to be married, Mortimer plans a trip to visit his charming, spinster aunts, Abby and Martha Brewster. However, shortly after Mortimer’s arrival, he discovers that his innocent aunts have a deadly secret buried in the basement—about a dozen older gentlemen. To Mortimer’s dismay, Abby and Martha deem their poisonous habits as charitable acts; convinced that they are putting these men out of their misery. Attempting to protect society without sending Abby and Martha to prison, hilarity and madness ensues as Mortimer tries to wrangle in his crazy aunts, along with his brothers—Theodore, who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, and maniacal, murderous Jonathan.

Performances at:

7 pm on  july 27-31- aug 1-2-3-7-8-9-10-14-15-16-17-

8 pm  on july 28-29- aug 4-5-11-12-18-19

2 pm on july 29- aug 2-5-9-12-16-19

Sep
13
Wed
Lanesborough, MA–“Boreal Forest Ecology Slideshow and Summit Walk”, talk and slide show @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Sep 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Learn about the ecology of high elevation Boreal forests of Western MA found only at elevations over 2000 ft, such as Mt Greylock Summit and at Tamarack Hollow in Windsor, MA. Take a short, easy plant/tree ID walk at the summit and then learn more about the indicator species of this forest type such as Balsam Fir, Red Spruce, Clintonia Borealis and Bunchberry in an informative slideshow narration in the lodge led by naturalist and cultural educator Aimee Gelinas M.Ed.

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THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.

THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

Sep
16
Sat
2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 16 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”

click on  “event website” listed above

Falls Village, CT–Jive By Five @ Music Mountain
Sep 16 @ 6:30 pm

Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut, is one of the premiere destinations in the United States for intimate chamber music concerts. Gordon Hall is one of the finest chamber music halls in the country with legendary acoustics and resonant, full-bodied sound.

Concert Dedicated to the Memory of Louise W. King

A Connecticut favorite returns. The sizzling dance music of the jazz age. From the Charleston, to the Two-Step, to the Fox Trot.
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Sep
17
Sun
2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 17 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”

click on  “event website” listed above

Lanesborough, MA–“Raptors of Greylock – New England’s Birds of Prey”, Live Birds & Demonstrations @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Sep 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Starts promply 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (depending on turn-out and length of outdoor demonstrations)

Displays and discussions in the Lobby – Birding demonstrations held outdoors (weather permitting).  Meet live birds of prey! Touchable artifacts, engaging information, and demonstrations from THE SOUTHERN VERMONT NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM — www.vermontmuseum.org

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.

BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

Falls Village, CT–Juilliard String Quartet @ Music Mountain
Sep 17 @ 3:00 pm

Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut, is one of the premiere destinations in the United States for intimate chamber music concerts. Gordon Hall is one of the finest chamber music halls in the country with legendary acoustics and resonant, full-bodied sound.

All Tickets: $60
Beethoven: String Quartet in A Major, Opus 18 #5 (1798-1800) (19)
Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Opus 76 #5 (1796-7) (10)
Dvorak: String Quartet in C Major, Opus 61 (1881) (7)

Sep
18
Mon
Stockbridge, MA–“Arsenic and Old Lace” @ The Berkshire Theatre Group-The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
Sep 18 @ 8:00 pm

Celebrated as playwright Joseph Kesselring’s most successful play, Arsenic and Old Lace is a side-splitting, farcical tale. An American classic, Arsenic and Old Lace first debuted on Broadway in 1941, in which New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson raved that the production’s “casual point of view that is so robustly entertaining.” Filled with colorful characters and witty plot twists, this quirky comedy is one for the ages. This production is directed by Tony Award-nominated Gregg Edelman (Broadway: City of Angels, 1776, Into The Woods; BTG: Constellations, Deathtrap).

Good-hearted drama critic, Mortimer Brewster appears to lead a normal, happy life. Recently engaged to be married, Mortimer plans a trip to visit his charming, spinster aunts, Abby and Martha Brewster. However, shortly after Mortimer’s arrival, he discovers that his innocent aunts have a deadly secret buried in the basement—about a dozen older gentlemen. To Mortimer’s dismay, Abby and Martha deem their poisonous habits as charitable acts; convinced that they are putting these men out of their misery. Attempting to protect society without sending Abby and Martha to prison, hilarity and madness ensues as Mortimer tries to wrangle in his crazy aunts, along with his brothers—Theodore, who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, and maniacal, murderous Jonathan.

Performances at:

7 pm on  july 27-31- aug 1-2-3-7-8-9-10-14-15-16-17-

8 pm  on july 28-29- aug 4-5-11-12-18-19

2 pm on july 29- aug 2-5-9-12-16-19

Sep
19
Tue
Stockbridge, MA–“Arsenic and Old Lace” @ The Berkshire Theatre Group-The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
Sep 19 @ 8:00 pm

Celebrated as playwright Joseph Kesselring’s most successful play, Arsenic and Old Lace is a side-splitting, farcical tale. An American classic, Arsenic and Old Lace first debuted on Broadway in 1941, in which New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson raved that the production’s “casual point of view that is so robustly entertaining.” Filled with colorful characters and witty plot twists, this quirky comedy is one for the ages. This production is directed by Tony Award-nominated Gregg Edelman (Broadway: City of Angels, 1776, Into The Woods; BTG: Constellations, Deathtrap).

Good-hearted drama critic, Mortimer Brewster appears to lead a normal, happy life. Recently engaged to be married, Mortimer plans a trip to visit his charming, spinster aunts, Abby and Martha Brewster. However, shortly after Mortimer’s arrival, he discovers that his innocent aunts have a deadly secret buried in the basement—about a dozen older gentlemen. To Mortimer’s dismay, Abby and Martha deem their poisonous habits as charitable acts; convinced that they are putting these men out of their misery. Attempting to protect society without sending Abby and Martha to prison, hilarity and madness ensues as Mortimer tries to wrangle in his crazy aunts, along with his brothers—Theodore, who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, and maniacal, murderous Jonathan.

Performances at:

7 pm on  july 27-31- aug 1-2-3-7-8-9-10-14-15-16-17-

8 pm  on july 28-29- aug 4-5-11-12-18-19

2 pm on july 29- aug 2-5-9-12-16-19

Sep
22
Fri
Kent, CT–2017 Fall Festival @ The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

 

ADMISSION FEES: $10 for adults/teens, $5 children age 6-12, free for children age 5 or less. Free for CAMA members.

Our restored drag saw will be demonstrated, as well as our American #1 sawmill. Both have plenty of logs to be cut. There will be demonstrations throughout the weekend of the sawmill, as well as our other wood handling machinery including an antique planer and a splitter. All this in our consolidated wood handling area at the north end of the exhibit field.

Skip Kern, our lead man in the Blacksmith Shop, plans a full weekend of demonstrations along with a number of other area blacksmiths setting up shop in and near ours.

There has been much cosmetic improvement in our Industrial Hall of Steam. Come see the improved appearance and stay for the live demonstrations of our various antique steam engines. We will be running the Nagle-Corliss engine that saw its operational debut at our 2015 show.

Take a ride on Hawaii Railway #5, a restored 1925 Baldwin narrow gauge locomotive. As always, the ride is free and as always the running of #5 is subject to weather and the will of the machinery gods.

See the progress in the latest addition to the CT Museum of Mining and Mineral Science. John Pawloski and a dedicated team have been hard at work preparing special new exhibits for this substantial addition.

Besides all of CAMA’s permanent exhibits, the grounds will be filled with vendors and outside exhibitors that have brought items to be sold, or shown off.

Sep
23
Sat
2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 23 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”

click on  “event website” listed above

Kent, CT–2017 Fall Festival @ The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

 

ADMISSION FEES: $10 for adults/teens, $5 children age 6-12, free for children age 5 or less. Free for CAMA members.

Our restored drag saw will be demonstrated, as well as our American #1 sawmill. Both have plenty of logs to be cut. There will be demonstrations throughout the weekend of the sawmill, as well as our other wood handling machinery including an antique planer and a splitter. All this in our consolidated wood handling area at the north end of the exhibit field.

Skip Kern, our lead man in the Blacksmith Shop, plans a full weekend of demonstrations along with a number of other area blacksmiths setting up shop in and near ours.

There has been much cosmetic improvement in our Industrial Hall of Steam. Come see the improved appearance and stay for the live demonstrations of our various antique steam engines. We will be running the Nagle-Corliss engine that saw its operational debut at our 2015 show.

Take a ride on Hawaii Railway #5, a restored 1925 Baldwin narrow gauge locomotive. As always, the ride is free and as always the running of #5 is subject to weather and the will of the machinery gods.

See the progress in the latest addition to the CT Museum of Mining and Mineral Science. John Pawloski and a dedicated team have been hard at work preparing special new exhibits for this substantial addition.

Besides all of CAMA’s permanent exhibits, the grounds will be filled with vendors and outside exhibitors that have brought items to be sold, or shown off.

Hancock, MA–Shaker Barn Music: Milton @ Hancock Shaker Village
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm

We’re kicking off summer with a new American roots music series in our 1910 Barn, which hasn’t seen more than hay and cows in a hundred years. Imagine: a Berkshire barn, on a summer night, with great local beer and spirits, and soulful music that sets the fireflies dancing, all the while overlooking the fields and forests of an authentic Shaker village.

Doors open at  6 pm/Show begins at 7 pm

Known for his lyric craft, distinctive voice and soulful songs steeped in classic R&B, pop, jazz and country, Milton first gained attention in New York when his song “In The City” became a hit. Milton has toured with Chris Smither, Josh Ridder, Joan Osborne, Steve Earle, Sonny Landreth, and Colin Hay, and his live performances are praised for their wit, humor, and captivating charm. But don’t take our word for it:

“He has the pitch and rhythm to carry the day, and his sophisticated lyrics keep listeners coming back for more.” The New York Times

 

Sep
24
Sun
2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 24 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”

click on  “event website” listed above

Kent, CT–2017 Fall Festival @ The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

 

ADMISSION FEES: $10 for adults/teens, $5 children age 6-12, free for children age 5 or less. Free for CAMA members.

Our restored drag saw will be demonstrated, as well as our American #1 sawmill. Both have plenty of logs to be cut. There will be demonstrations throughout the weekend of the sawmill, as well as our other wood handling machinery including an antique planer and a splitter. All this in our consolidated wood handling area at the north end of the exhibit field.

Skip Kern, our lead man in the Blacksmith Shop, plans a full weekend of demonstrations along with a number of other area blacksmiths setting up shop in and near ours.

There has been much cosmetic improvement in our Industrial Hall of Steam. Come see the improved appearance and stay for the live demonstrations of our various antique steam engines. We will be running the Nagle-Corliss engine that saw its operational debut at our 2015 show.

Take a ride on Hawaii Railway #5, a restored 1925 Baldwin narrow gauge locomotive. As always, the ride is free and as always the running of #5 is subject to weather and the will of the machinery gods.

See the progress in the latest addition to the CT Museum of Mining and Mineral Science. John Pawloski and a dedicated team have been hard at work preparing special new exhibits for this substantial addition.

Besides all of CAMA’s permanent exhibits, the grounds will be filled with vendors and outside exhibitors that have brought items to be sold, or shown off.

Lanesborough, MA–“A Virtual Tour of the Autumn New England Sky”, talk & slideshow @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A Virtual Tour of the Autumn New England Sky–Kevin Collins presents a guide to understanding the stars up above and how to participate in local astronomy groups. If the sky is clear there will be a short observing session outside the lodge after dinner, dress warm.

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

Sep
30
Sat
2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 30 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”

click on  “event website” listed above

Oct
1
Sun
2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Oct 1 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”

click on  “event website” listed above