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.

 

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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.

Autumn is for Shopping in Stockbridge

Stockbridge, Massachusetts – So, maybe you live locally and you drive through Stockbridge frequently on your way to other places. In the summer, maybe it even frustrates you a little with traffic, pedestrians everywhere, and the seeming lack of parking (hint: the Town Offices at 50 Main Street provide both additional parking and public restrooms). But when is the last time you stopped, spent time, and really explored the wonderfully unique shopping that Stockbridge has to offer?

Autumn is the perfect time for a stroll through town, wandering up and down the small alley ways to explore, shop, and snack your way through Stockbridge. Each of the small retail shops is still independently owned and offers a unique shopping experience. Get a head start on your holiday gift giving with handcrafted artisan gifts; jams, jellies, and sundries; antique and contemporary jewelry; vinyl records, CDs and vintage posters; women’s clothing; books; gourmet chocolates; and so much more. There’s something for everyone.

Leave your daily routine behind, take a day trip, and rediscover Stockbridge. Walk the streets. Browse the shops. Have a bite to eat and just enjoy the day. Come see why our quintessential New England town is a destination for travelers from all over the world.