Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Williamstown Theatre Festival starts this week!

The 2012 summer season starts on June 26th with The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People. Directed by David Hyde Pierce
The play runs from June 26 through July 14, 2012

The Williamstown Theatre Festival has an interesting history spanning over 58 years. The theatre was started in 1955 by Ralph Renzi, the then News Director of Williams College, and David C. Bryant, chairman of the College’s active drama program. Read more at http://wtfestival.org/history

2012 On the Main Stage:
The Importance of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde
June 26 – July 14
Directed by David Hyde Pierce

Far From Heaven
July 19 – 29
Book by Richard Greenberg
Directed by Michael Greif

A Month in the Country By Ivan Turgenev
August 1 – 19
Directed by Richard Nelson

2012 On the Nikos Stage:
The Blue Deep By Lucy Boyle
June 27 – July 8
Directed by Bob Balaban

Last of the Red Hot Lovers By Neil Simon
July 11 – 22
Directed by Jessica Stone

The Elephant Man By Bernard Pomerance
July 25 – August 5
Directed by Scott Ellis

August 8 – 19
Directed by May Adrales

Here Lies Love
June 21, 22 & 23 @ 8pm, June 23 & 24 @ 3pm
The Hunter Center at MASS MoCA

Written by David Byrne
Directed by Alex Timbers

Other 2012 Events:
For a full updated list of “More” events, please visit http://www.wtfestival.org/2012/morefest

The architectural award-winning ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance is the summer home of the Williamstown Theatre Festival.  Located on the campus of Williams College, the building offers a modern theater experience.  Its Main Stage “courtyard” proscenium has 512 seats, is air conditioned and provides disabled access. 1000 Main Street, Williamstown, MA, only 5 minutes away from the 1896 House Inn.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jacob’s Pillow, A Berkshire’s Gem

In the Berkshires we are getting ready for the seasonal opening of Jacob’s Pillow. On
June 16, the 80th Anniversary Season Opening Gala (http://www.jacobspillow.org/festival/2012/06/gala-2012/) was held marking the opening of the season. Celebrating eight decades of dance, it featured international renowned performers followed by a dinner and live auction.

Jacob’s Pillow offers free outdoor performances for the young and old. Check out their
Inside/Out series, performances by emerging and established dance companies and presentations by dancers of every Wednesday through Saturday at 6:15pm.

For the full schedule please visit http://www.jacobspillow.org/festival/insideout-schedule/index.php Performances start Wednesday, June 20.

Inside/Out moves to an indoor studio in the event of rain and seating is very limited indoors. Please call the Box Office at 413-243-0745 the day of the performance after 5:30 PM to learn if the performance has been moved to an indoor venue.

Ticketed performances begin June 20th as well on a variety of stages.

2012 Schedule:

Mimulus, June 20-June 24, 2012
Circa, June 20-June 24, 2012
Morphoses, June 27-July 1, 2012
Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM, June 27-July 1, 2012
Vertigo Dance Company, July 4-July 8, 2012
LeeSaar The Company, July 4-July 8, 2012
Borrowed Light by Tero Saarinen, July 11-July 15, 2012
The Men Dancers: From the Horse's Mouth, July 11-July 15, 2012,
Hong Kong Ballet, July 18-July 22, 2012
Luna Negra Dance Theater, July 18-July 22, 2012
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, July 25-July 29, 2012
Jessica Lang Dance, July 25-July 29, 2012
Royal Winnipeg Ballet, August 1-August 5, 2012
Jonah Bokaer & David Hallberg, August 1-August 5, 2012
Trey McIntyre Project, August 8-August 12, 2012
Dance Heginbotham, August 8-August 12, 2012
Compagnie Käfig, August 15-August 19, 2012
Liz Gerring Dance Company, August 15-August 19, 2012
A Jazz Happening,August 19, 2012
The Joffrey Ballet, August 22-August 26, 2012
Doug Elkins and Friends' Fräulein Maria, August 22-August 26, 2012

For more information please visit:

Jacob's Pillow Dance
358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223

Box Office, March 3-August 28
Phone: 413-243-0745

Also check out: "Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow"
Never Stand Still, a documentary about Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Mass., and its founder Ted Shawn. http://www.filmjournal.com/filmjournal/content_display/reviews/specialty-releases/e3ieebd34100228bb43bff0ad4af13ffa6f

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Get revved up this coming weekend for the British Invasion!

Once again the town of Lenox is going hold a three day festival, the Berkshire British Motorcar Festival, a lovely combination of antique cars with a dash of John Steed and Mrs. Peel. 

The festival is held this Father’s Day weekend, starting on Friday, June 15th and going through the weekend until Sunday, June 17th.

The event starts on Friday with a motorcar parade from the Shakespeare & Company to Main Street, and then kicks of the Main Street Party, sponsored by the Lenox Chamber of Commerce. 007 will be on hand to oversee the Sean Connery look alike competition.

All of the cars will be on display at the Shakespeare & Company grounds and a Judged Competition will take place based on appearance. There will be a complimentary shuttle service between the Shakespeare & Company grounds and Main Street, provided by the local chamber. Area shops and restaurants will offer special British themed options.

For more information please visit: http://berkshiremotorcarfestival.com/events/index.html

Friday, June 8, 2012

Check Out Herbfest!

Photo image courtesy Gracey 

It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend in the Berkshires. If you are staying at the 1896 House Inn and looking for something to do, check out the Mt. Lebanon Herbfest in nearby New Lebanon, NY. (less then 30 minutes away from the inn).

The Herbfest is a two day festival held on the beautiful Darrow School campus on the grounds of Mount Lebanon Shaker Village. On Saturday June 9, there are local activities and retail offerings throughout town. On Sunday multiple workshops are held.

They recommend pre-registration for workshops as they do fill up. http://www.mountlebanonherbfest.com/june-10/registration-and-locavore-lunch/

More than 30 walks, talks, demonstrations and workshops on herbs in food, pharmacy, gardening and local history

Admission: $10 per person, $20 per family.

The HerbFest is held rain or shine.

Saturday June 9 events and activities

Morning Walk at Hand Hollow Conservation Area
Herbal Walk and Workshop
9:00-11:30 am
Hand Hollow Conservation Area
4079 Route 9, New Lebanon
All Ages – Free

Talk at the New Lebanon Library
1:00 pm at the New Lebanon Library on The Literary Herb

Cattail Walk
at Wyomanock Center for Sustainable Living, 68 Wyomanock Rd, Stephentown, NY

Sunday June 10 events and activities
(Sunday has multiple events running at the same time)

10:00 am

Shaker Cooking with Herbs, (1 hour)

Making Herbal Creams and Salves, (1 hour)

Mohican History and the Gift of the Healing Waters of the Lebanon Springs, (1/2 hour)

10:30 am

Herb Gardens: Have one at your fingertips. Delightful to the eye, delicious to the taste. (1/2 hour)

11:00 am

Family Forage: Fun with edible herbs. (1 hour)

Herbal Tinctures for Health. (1/2 hour)

Recent Research into the Ecology of the Shaker Swamp. (1/2 hour)

11:30 a.m.

Green Clean: Cleaning Your Home with Herbs and Essential Oils. (1/2 hour)

Tracking Down Herbs of All Kinds in the Shaker Swamp. (1 and 1/2 hours).

12 noon

Herbs in Modern Cooking 1 hour.

Lebanon Springs: The Source of New Lebanon’s Healing Gift. (1/2 hour).

12:30 p.m.

Making Herbal Soap. (1 hour)

1:00 p.m.

Searching Attics, Papers and Memories: Understanding the Rise and Decline of the Tilden Pharmaceutical Company of New Lebanon. (1/2 hour)

1:30 p.m.

Creating a Living Herbal Wreath. (1 hour)

How to Use Chinese Herbs. (1/2 hour)

2 p.m

Every man his own Physician: Samuel Thomson, the Shakers and the Thomsonian System. (1/2 hour)

2:30 p.m.

Nettles: One of Nature’s Wonder Plants. (1/2 hour)

Native American Storytelling in the Tipi. (1/2 hour)

3:00 p.m.

Making Drinks with Bitters. (1 hour)

Wonderful Garlic. (1/2 hour)

Tea Served in the Beautiful Herb Garden at the Abode. (1 hour)

3:30 p.m.

Cello Concert by Paul de Jong. (1/2 hour)

The Living Machine: An Ecological Wastewater Treatment Solution (1/2 hour)

For more information about each workshop, visit http://www.mountlebanonherbfest.com/june-10/program-schedule/

Friday, June 1, 2012

1896 House Inn June Specials

June is a great time to enjoy the outdoors!
Stay 2 nights in any room, book either a "Bike & Picnic", "Kayak & Picnic", or "Pontoon & Picnic" Package, and get a $35 Gift Card for dinner at the popular '6House Pub!

Bike & Picnic
Bike the beautiful Ashuwillticook Rail Trail along scenic Cheshire Lake.
Find a serene spot to enjoy your freshly packed picnic. 
  • Includes a 3-hour bike rental, helmet, and picnic.
  • Picnic includes a tuna salad, turkey club, or
  • Roast beef wrap with horseradish.
  • Pickles & potato chips
  • Chocolate Brownie
  • Granny Smith Apple
  • Bottle of Spring Water
  • $39 per person

Kayak & Picnic
Glide over picturesque Pontoosuc Lake in your own kayak as you witness the foliage reflections in the water. Scramble over to an island for lunch, or connect your kayaks and dine in the middle of the lake!
  • Includes a 1 hour kayak rental, life vest, and freshly packed picnic.
  • Picnic includes a tuna salad, turkey club, or
  • Roast beef wrap with horseradish.
  • Pickles & potato chips
  • Chocolate Brownie
  • Granny Smith Apple
  • Bottle of Spring Water
  • $39 per person

Pontoon Picnic Package
Only 20 minutes drive away is the most beautiful Berkshires lake with gorgeous sunsets, and fabulous mountain views! Why not relax and enjoy a picnic while floating on your rental pontoon for a while?

Package includes boat rental and picnic for 2. Picnic includes 2 sandwiches, (roast beef, ham & cheese, tuna salad or chicken curry), 2 pieces of fruit, 2 chocolate brownies, potato chips, pickle, and choice of any house wine or 2 cans of beer.

I Hour Rental plus picnic for 2  $139 including tax
2 Hour rental Plus Picnic for 2   $ 219 including tax
*Many other packages available, including longer times, and more people.  Get a group together and share the cost!  We’ll make the arrangements!

Make your reservations NOW! at http://www.webervations.com/magic-scripts/resbook.asp?memberid=1896