Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy New Year

If you are staying in-house check out our 2012/2013 New Year's Menu for a great New Year's Eve dinner and then get in some night skiing and enjoy Jiminy Peak's New Year's Eve Celebration. (Jiminy Peak is approximately 20 minutes from the 1896 House)

New Year’s Eve Celebration
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
Location: Hancock, MA

This is a Jiminy Peak tradition! The spectacular Torchlight parade will wind down the mountain shortly after the close of the lifts at 10 pm (as soon as the mountain lights are off) & will be immediately followed by the fireworks display.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Looking for a Last Minute Gift?

What better gift for a family member that's hard to buy for, or a promise of a romantic getaway to your significant other then a Gift Certificate to the 1896 House Luxury Suites for a getaway from it all. Or perhaps a certificate for a scrumptious meal at the 6' House Pub! Get a Gift Certificate or Gift Card!                                                     *All Lodging Certificates may be personalized

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Things to do this weekend, Annual Festival of Trees, the Arts and More!

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Saturday and Sunday through December 30, 2012 (also during the week)
16th Annual Festival of Trees at Bennington Museum
75 Main Street
Bennington, VT 05201
A Community Created Exhibit of Uniquely Designed and Decorated Holiday Trees each in a beautiful, and sometimes whimsical, vignette.  Items from the museum’s collection are added to these vignettes to produce a perfect blend of a current design with historical elements. Over 20 vignettes are being created for the entire family to enjoy, along with the traditional trees installed in the galleries.  Then there is the over 40 tabletop trees, each decorated by elementary school classes from Bennington and surrounding communities.

Saturday, December 15, 7:30 PM
Seagull (Thinking of you)
87 Marshall Street
North Adams, MA 01247
Seagull (Thinking of you) is a new live performance that works with, against, and beneath Chekhov’s The Seagull. Director Tina Satter’s unique contemporary voice takes on the beauty and darkness of Chekhov’s play in a beautiful act of theatrical rethinking. Satter draws from Chekhov’s letters, varying Seagull translations, quasi-biographical facts from early productions of the play in Russia, and Chekhov’s perverse sense of comedy to consider anew what makes the human heart beat and why we ever try to say something out loud. With her Half Straddle collaborators, Satter deconstructs the texts to create an unexpected new work of theater that is ultimately about making something with people you could love: just like Chekhov wanted, with a Russian folk metal-influenced score.

The Met-Live in HD: Aida
Verdi’s iconic opera set in ancient Egypt stars powerhouse Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, who makes her Met debut in the title role of an enslaved Ethiopian princess. Olga Borodina, one of the world’s best-known interpreters of the role, sings Aida’s royal rival, Amneris, and Roberto Alagna is the hero Radam├Ęs, who must choose between his love for Aida and his duty to his country. Fabio Luisi conducts his first Met performances of the opera, which also stars George Gagnidze as the Ethiopian king, Amonasro. Sonja Frisell’s spectacular staging uses the full theatrical capabilities of the Met stage to immerse the audience in the grandeur of ancient Egypt. 12:55pm. Tickets $25/$22 members/$18 students. Purchase online or at 413.458.0638.

Sunday, December 16, 2012
Potter Brothers Demo Day
Potter Brothers is bringing in reps from top ski & snowboard manufacturers along with fleets of their skis, snowboards, & helmets to give you a taste of what’s on the market this year. Come test out their new gear, ask questions, & figure out what equipment is best for you! 8:30am – 2pm.
Jiminy Peak
37 Corey Road
Hancock, MA 01237
Phone: (413) 738-5500

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bird the Berkshires

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The Berkshires is one of the best locations for bird watching. A low cost, easy and interesting pastime, bird watching gives you the opportunity to commune with the wildlife and see some of the most beautiful parts of the Berkshires at the same time. Most years and seasons over 200 different species of birds are visible including several types of warblers, flycatchers and thrushes.

All you need for bird watching is a good bird field guide and good set of binoculars. is a great place to get information about suggested books to read, clubs in the area, blogs and more.

From December 14 to January 5, the North Berkshire Audubon invites area bird watchers
to participate in the 113th national Christmas Bird Count. The Audubon

The NBA Count will be held on Saturday December 15. The 24-hour count period begins at midnight Friday and extends to midnight Saturday.

There are four groups going out in the area; Adams, East Williamstown and North Adams, Central and western WIlliamstown and South WIlliamstown.

Teams of at least 2 armed with birdbooks, binoculars and checklists, will visit as many habitats as possible during the day, and also go out owling, to identify as many species and count as many individual birds as possible.

Audubon and other organizations use the data collected in this long running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations and to help guide conservation action. 

North Berkshire Audubon is an informal group that sponsors bird walks and trips throughout the year. For more information about the Christmas Count or NBA, contact Leslie Reed-Evans at 413-458-5150 or at lre@wrlf.org

A couple of interesting related birding in the Berkshires links

Massachusetts bird watching