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.

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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!