The Linde Center for Music and Learning

download.jpegStockbridge (and surrounds), Massachusetts – The new Linde Center at Tanglewood is a 6,000 square feet performance and rehearsal space, designed by William Rawn Associates (architect of Ozawa Hall), opening on June 28, 2019. The Center will also host the new Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI).

Kicking off programming for The Linde Center for Music and Learning is The Big Idea speaker series which features such notable public figures as Madeleine K. Albright, Secretary of State (1997-2001); Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian; and Daniel Shapiro, expert on negotiation and conflict resolution as well as founding director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program. Find a full list of programming here.

The Linde Center, a four-building multi-use complex for performance and learning, is the first major expansion of the cultural center’s programming since 1937 and is solar powered offering a climate controlled environment for year-round use. TLI will offer over 140 programs year-round for audiences. Additionally, The Center will be available to the Berkshire community for use throughout the year.

Tanglewood, the summer home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is a proud member of The Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce.

 

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Quaint Inn, New England Hospitality

bed-breakfast-stockbridge-inn-rooms-ruffles.jpgStockbridge (and surrounds), Massachusetts – The Town of Stockbridge offers many different inn and B&B experiences to suit nearly every taste. If you want to feel as though you’re a pampered guest in someone’s beautiful home surrounded by a healthy dose of nature, The Stockbridge Country Inn is for you. That delightful remote feeling is purely an illusion, however, as this inn is just minutes from both The Norman Rockwell Museum and Chesterwood, both celebrating 50 year anniversaries in 2019.

The inn is a Federal country house which dates back to 1856, and is nestled on several acres with lovely, lush gardens and an in-ground pool. Enjoy beautiful antiques of days gone by along with all the plush comforts of our modern world in the bright, well appointed rooms. Each guest suite offers a tasteful and private bath en suite, full bath amenities including soft cotton robes, and gourmet country style breakfast served daily… so bring your appetite! Your hosts are both gracious and accommodating making you feel more like an old friend than a guest.

Be sure to check out their special promotions and offers and book your stay today! The summer season is about to explode with activities.

The Stockbridge Country Inn is a proud member of The Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce.

Intertwined Stockbridge Anniversaries 2019

ARC-New Exterior 5.jpgStockbridge (and surrounds), Massachusetts – Summer in Stockbridge holds many offerings for visitors and residents alike. It’s advisable to plan ahead so you don’t miss out on the things that interest you the most. Whether you’re into the visual and performing arts; history, Gilded Age cottages, and museums; lazy strolls through our quintessential New England town; shopping and dining; or hiking and other outdoor activities, Stockbridge and its surrounds will keep you joyfully occupied for a day, weekend, week, or all summer long!

In addition to the usual goings on, The Red Lion Inn, The Norman Rockwell Museumand Austen Riggs Center are all celebrating momentous anniversaries this year. The common threads running through each of these organizations is Norman Rockwell, himself, and The Fitzpatrick family.

Jack Fitzpatrick served in the Massachusetts State Senate from 1973 – 1980, and was fondly referred to as “The Senator” for the remainder of his life. In 1968, Jack and his wife, Jane Pratt Fitzpatrick, purchased (the now famous) The Red Lion Inn which has been operating as a tavern/inn since 1773. For the last 50 years, the inn has been under the stewardship of the Fitzpatricks, their daughters, and now granddaughter. With the guidance and vision of Sarah Eustis, the inn has taken on major renovation projects and is evolving to meet the current needs and desires of visitors and business people while continuing to offer the stellar New England hospitality that it is so well known for.

In 1969, the first Norman Rockwell Museum opened at The Old Corner House on Main Street. Not only did both Jack and Jane pose for Norman Rockwell, but they generously donated to the museum over a span of 40 years to help assist with its evolution and growth into the nationally recognized museum that it is today. Mrs. Fitzpatrick’s sentiment was that it’s easy to show up with a check. The hard work is putting it to proper use and getting things done. She was ever humble about showing up for her community.

During his time on staff at Austen Riggs Center (1950-1960), Erik Erikson, noted developmental psychologist, who himself had been a painter in adolescence and early adulthood, befriended Norman Rockwell. In the late 1980s, the idea was born for the Erik Erikson Center at Austen Riggs to promote education and research in psychodynamic thought and treatment. (Side note: You’ll also find the Fitzpatrick Lobby at Austen Riggs Center. No doubt when Mrs. Fitzpatrick heard of their need, she was ready with her checkbook to assist the community she so loved.)

Today in The Old Corner House, the first site of The Norman Rockwell Museum, you will find the centennial celebration exhibition The Hospital on Main Street: Human Dignity and Mental Health hosted by Austen Riggs Center.

Stockbridge remains a close knit community of people even through the expansion of businesses and services. Daily you can find locals at the post office socializing with their neighbors and offering a friendly hello to folks walking through town.

Book your trip today to learn more about all the amazing people behind the modern evolution of Stockbridge, which remains a quintessential New England small town.

The Red Lion Inn, The Norman Rockwell Museum, and Austen Riggs Center are proud members of The Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce.

Chesterwood Celebrates 50 Years

Chesterwood_new2017.jpgAnother notable Stockbridge anniversary is Chesterwood, celebrating 50 years as site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Chesterwood is the former summer estate and studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Minute Man (Boston, MA) and the Lincoln Memorial (Washington, DC). Visit the museum and studio to learn more about French’s vast body of work and to see the working models that led to his most famous public works. Open daily, 10 am – 5 pm, May 25th through October 27th. Be sure to check out the calendar of events, and plan your visit today!

Chesterwood is a proud member of The Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce.

The Season is Upon Us (part 3)

Stockbridge (and beyond), Massachusetts – The season is upon us! Summer is just around the corner and the crowds of visitors to our glorious Berkshire Mountains’ communities grow a little larger each day.

For those of us living year round in The Berkshires, this is the time of year to check the calendars of our favorite seasonal cultural and outdoor venues and plan our outings. It’s also the time when free family and community days are announced; so, be sure to check in on your favorite institutions regularly to see what’s happening in and around Stockbridge.

The Mission House, a Colonial-era house and museum, tells the story of the Stockbridge Mohicans and missionary John Sergeant. Originally located on nearby Prospect Hill in Stockbridge, this National Historic Landmark was carefully disassembled, moved, and restored between 1926 and 1930 by Miss Mabel Choate at its present location on Main Street. This property, as well as Miss Mabel Choate’s former residence, are now maintained by The Trustees of Reservations.

Journey back in time to discover the life and passion of Edith Wharton through her estate, The Mount, and original personal library. Tour Wharton’s home and year round gardens; have lunch at the terrace cafe; enjoy free music on Friday and Saturday nights; or get your tickets for one of their special events. View the full calendar of events.

Turn Park Art Space combines a sculpture park, exhibition venues, and an amphitheatre for outdoor performances. This space invites both children and adults to explore and play while surrounded by contemporary architecture and sculpture set against a backdrop of the picturesque Berkshire mountains. Learn more.

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum is an elegant, artisan crafted Jacobean-Revival mansion built in 1893 by George and Sarah Morgan (JP Morgan’s sister). It was the film set for John Irving’s 1999 Cider House Rules starring Michael Cane. The house and grounds are open year round, offering daily tours. Discover their full event schedule.

Whether you live here year round or you’re visiting The Berkshires, plan now for your late spring and summer cultural activities. Summer will soon be upon us!

The museums, gardens, and cultural institutions listed above are proud members of The Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce.

 

The Season is Upon Us (part 2)

Stockbridge (and beyond), Massachusetts – The season is upon us! Summer is just around the corner and the crowds of visitors to our glorious Berkshire Mountains’ communities grow a little larger each day.

For those of us living year round in The Berkshires, this is the time of year to check the calendars of our favorite seasonal cultural and outdoor venues and plan our outings. It’s also the time when free family and community days are announced; so, be sure to check in on your favorite institutions regularly to see what’s happening in and around Stockbridge.

Visit Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio and explore the home of American Abstract Artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen. Set on a 46-acre estate, view their paintings, frescoes, and sculpture and experience their exquisite collection of American and European Cubist Art. Learn more.

Saturday, June 9th, marks the FREE Community Day at Jacob’s Pillow Dance. Get excited for Festival 2018 with this pre-Festival, family-friendly afternoon of free dance classes taught by local and regional dance artists; dance-themed children’s activities and tours; and performances on the Inside/Out stage by regional studios and companies. Find the full festival schedule by clicking here.

Stroll the historic Merwin House and discover the summer home known as Tranquility to its former inhabitants, the Doane family of NY. Learn about Stockbridge’s history and discover the family’s collection of European and American furnishings. Today the location is also home to the Berkshires office of the Housatonic Valley Association, dedicated to protecting the Housatonic watershed.

Naumkeag House and Gardens is a pristine Gilded Age Cottage located in the heart of Stockbridge, MA, with 44 rooms in the main house and more than 10 acres of gardens designed by Fletcher Steele. Maintained by The Trustees of Reservations, Naumkeag offers a full season of activities for children and adults. Learn more about their music evenings and other events here. Both guided and self-guided tours of the house and grounds are available.

Norman Rockwell Museum is a must-see in Stockbridge, hosting the world’s largest collection of original Rockwell art as well as other featured American illustrators. Learn about the history of Rockwell’s artistic evolution; explore his work and studio; discover new artists; and take a guided historic property walk on the bucolic 36 acre site. Sunday June 10th is Berkshire Community Free Day. Residents will be able to view Shuffleton’s Barbershop while it remains temporarily in the Berkshires. View the NRM event schedule.

Whether you live here year round or you’re visiting The Berkshires, plan now for your late spring and summer cultural activities. Summer will soon be upon us!

The museums, gardens, and cultural institutions listed above are proud members of The Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce.

 

The Season is Upon Us (part 1)

Stockbridge (and beyond), Massachusetts – The season is upon us! Summer is just around the corner and the crowds of visitors to our glorious Berkshire Mountains’ communities grow a little larger each day.

For those of us living year round in The Berkshires, this is the time of year to check the calendars of our favorite seasonal cultural and outdoor venues and plan our outings. It’s also the time when free family and community days are announced; so, be sure to check in on your favorite institutions regularly to see what’s happening in and around Stockbridge.

View the calendar of Berkshire Botanical Gardens to learn more about topics like backyard beekeeping and landscaping or to sign up for their various field studies like the Foraging & Feasting Plant Walk.

Have you visited Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum or booked a train ride lately? Starting on June 9th and running on alternating Saturdays is the Cabaret Getaway Train, an adult only experience with soul soothing music, cocktails, and snacks. There is also a variety of family fun train ride experiences.

New this year to the Bidwell House Museum are The Family tour, offered twice a month on Friday, and the Guided Walk, offered one Saturday a month. Learn more about the various tours and museum history by clicking here. There is also a self-guided option for those who prefer to explore at their own pace.

Chesterwood was once the home of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of Boston’s Minute Man and The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Carrying forward this rich history in the arts, find an artist-in-residence; permanent collection; historic home and studio; outdoor sculpture; a wooded trail; and many special events May-October. View their full calendar of events.

Coming to The Clark June 9th is the exhibition Women Artist in Paris, 1850-1900. This exhibition showcases the remarkable artistic production of women artists working in Paris during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Mark your calendar for FREE family fun day on June 29th. Visit their website to explore The Clark’s full summer schedule or art and culture. Plan now!

And don’t forget The Stockbridge Library Association with free children, teen, and adult programming that goes on all year long! If you don’t have a library card, sign up today.

Whether you live here year round or you’re visiting The Berkshires, plan now for your late spring and summer cultural activities. Summer will soon be upon us!

The museums, gardens, and cultural institutions listed above are proud members of The Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce.

Libraries: A Cure for Cabin Fever

Stockbridge, Massachusetts – The first snow fall is exciting as our beautiful landscape turns crisp and clean and white. We think of slowing down and catching up on the things left undone during our busy summers and autumns. We dream of lazily sipping cocoa and cocktails in front of the fire with friends after a vigorous hike or a day on the slopes. Then temperatures plummet into the negatives. Winter weather advisories flash across our screens at a seemingly constant pace. Reality sets in that winter is upon us. Now what? Cabin fever hits. Ugh.

What better cure is there than our public libraries when skies are grey and temperatures are just too cold for outdoor adventure? The Stockbridge Library is a great place to find a little escape when the winter doldrums set in. Stop in and browse the library stacks or order audiobooks, books (regular and large print), magazines, and DVDs through their online system. Meet neighbors. Chat with the cordial and knowledgeable staff. Use a computer. Thumb through a favorite newspaper or magazine.

Still looking for more? No worries. The Stockbridge Library also has year round programming for adults and children. Join the Book Club to learn about new authors and timely topics and to participate in lively conversation. Check the schedule for Films at Five to catch FREE movies on the big screen in the Bement Room. Sit in on the Speaker Series to grow your knowledge and expand your mind. Attend a live performance of The Berkshire Chamber Players and let the classical music soothe your soul.

There’s no need to succumb to cabin fever with the amazing resources of The Stockbridge Library so close at hand. Stop in today and start discovering new worlds!

The Stockbridge Library, located on the corner of Main and Elm Streets in Stockbridge, is a proud member of The Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce.