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.


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.

It’s Time to Hit the Slopes

Great Barrington, Massachusetts – The Berkshires is synonymous with snowy winter fun. So why not break out of your daily routine and hit the slopes at Ski Butternut?

Offering big-mountain skiing close to home, Ski Butternut has a full service ski and snowboard shop; ski school; eight lane tubing center; and two terrain parks. Whether you’re with your family or that special someone, there are plenty of winter activities to choose from.

Worried that you’re not really a skier or snowboarder, but still you’ve always wanted to try? Take a group or private lesson; learn the basics; and hit the slopes! Or, if that’s not quite your thing, try out the tubing center for all the thrill of the slopes with none of the necessary balance to stay on your feet! You’re never too old or too young to get started.

Spend the day. Have some fun. And remember, if you’re feeling romantic and decide to pop the question to your special someone on the slopes, Ski Butternut also hosts weddings! Make your special day an event your guests will never forget.

Ski Butternut, located at 380 State Road in Great Barrington, is a proud member of The Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce.


Hurricane Relief Benefit Performance at Shakespeare & Company

Lenox, Massachusetts – Join Shakespeare & Company, Thursday October 5th, for the Hurricane Relief Benefit Performance of God of Carnage. The proceeds from this performance will be donated to One America Appeal to support those effected by the devastation of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Written by Yasmina Reza, God of Carnage (originally in French Le Dieu du carnage), was the 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Play. If you haven’t seen the play, you have one last chance to catch it in its run at Shakespeare & Company this Thursday while also contributing to the hurricane relief efforts. If you have seen it, here’s your chance to see it again and catch the dialogue you missed while you were laughing the first time!

Nothing short of socially civil, Alan (Allyn Burrows) and Annette (Kristin Wold) meet with Michael (Jonathan Croy) and Veronica (Elizabeth Aspenlieder) to discuss a playground fight that ensued between their young sons. But this is not your average social situation and civility is abandoned when drinks are poured, lines are drawn, and sides are taken. Hilarity ensues as the doldrums and annoyances of their married lives invade their discussion and the savagely funny and very relatable quips fly.

Call the box office at (413) 637-3353 or visit the Shakespeare & Company website to get your tickets.

Shakespeare & Company, located at 70 Kemble Street in Lenox, is a proud member 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.

Halloween in Stockbridge, MA

Stockbridge, Massachusetts – Looking for a festive way to celebrate Halloween with your family? Stockbridge offers a few opportunities to scare up some fun and frights for all ages.

About three quarters of a mile from downtown Stockbridge you’ll find Naumkeag, a Trustees of Reservations property and the former country estate of noted New York City lawyer Joseph Hodges Choate, located at 5 Prospect Hill Road. Creep through the woods at night during the annual Pumpkin Trail on October 13 & 14 as 200 carved jack-o-lanterns light your way. Listen for the woodland creatures on the trail who will greet you and regale you with funny and informative stories of their nocturnal activities. Ideal for kids under 12.

Feeling a little more daring? Ready to be frightened in grand Berkshire style? Visit Naumkeag October 20 & 21 and 27 & 28 for their recently resurrected Annual Halloween Haunted House. Be prepared to be scared as you stroll the gardens and tour all three floors of the Gilded Age “cottage” where ghosts and ghoulish creatures await you. Recommended for ages 12+ (parental discretion). You can contact Naumkeag at 413-298-3239 to learn more about house tours and events.

For more traditional fun, the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Halloween Parade & Party on October 27. Those looking to participate in the parade should gather in costume at Main & Pine Streets prior to 6 p.m. ready to march up Main Street to the Town Offices where cider and donuts will be served. This event is open to area children and their families. In case of rain, all activities will take place at the library.

Immediately following the Halloween Parade, the Stockbridge Library Association will host the 7th Annual Pumpkin Walk-About in the Stockbridge Library gardens. If you are carving a jack-o-lantern, drop it off at the Library between 5:00 & 6:00 p.m. When you come back after the parade the path will be lit by all the pumpkins carved by local businesses, your neighbors, and you! There will also be some spooky stories and a Halloween treat.

Come out and join in the traditions, both old and new in this quintessential New England town!