Thursday, February 20, 2014

For Your February Breaks

It’s still pretty cold here in Williamstown, and snowing as I type, but according to recent weather forecasts, we should be enjoying some balmy weather when we reach the 40s for the rest of the week! I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am pretty excited to see the thermometers read anything over 20 degrees! Heck, this winter I’m excited to see any number without a negative symbol in front of it J The pleasant weather will also be a great addition to those of you enjoying your February school breaks, and if you’re coming to The 1896 House this week, there will be LOTS for you to do while you’re here, so much in fact, that I haven’t even listed here ALL of the things going in the area but rather, listed the most appealing events ;) We’ve got comedians, story-telling and maple syrup season. We’ve got things for old people to do, things for young people to do and we’ve got things for all of those in between to do and then plenty more! All over the Berkshires!
Going on this week in the Berkshires:
February 19

Fact or Fiction? Every picture Tells a Story
Come to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA and explore how the art of Norman Rockwell, Ruth Sanderson, and Wendell Minor tell stories in pictures, and create artworks in mixed media that express your own ideas in these special drop-in workshops for all ages.

February 20

Carnival of the Animals
Berkshire Music School students and faculty members will perform Saint-Saen’s popular tribute to the world of animals! Come to The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA to enjoy this whimsical and humorous musical suite of fourteen movements. It is sure to delight the whole family! After the  performance, use your program as a guide and see if you can find all fourteen animals in the Museum!

February 21
Weekly on Sun, Fri, Sat until April 16, 2014

Celebrate Maple Syrup Season at Ioka Valley Farm
Come to Ioka Valley Farm in Hancock, MA where Calf-A  is now serving their homemade pancakes, waffles, & French toast with their Pure Maple Syrup! Don’t miss their Weekend Maple Sugaring Activities in the Sugar House!

February 21

10 ComediansThe Laugh Lounge, the Berkshires’ leading comedy presenter, returns to the 10×10 Festival with another terrific weekend of laughter! Each night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pitssfield, MA will feature a completely new lineup of comedians with four of the best local/regional comics followed by a national touring comic! Friday, 2/21 at 8pm: Recently heard on Marc Maron’s prestigious WTFpod, is brilliantly funny headliner Mike Vecchione. Saturday, 2/22 at 8pm: Adrienne Iapalucci, who was just featured in November on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” with a critically acclaimed performance.

February 22

Ethan From Marathon Reading
Readers of all ages are invited to The Mount in Lenox, MA to experience this New England classic in a new way at the second annual marathon reading of “Ethan Frome.” Join them in Edith Wharton’s cozy Drawing Room where readers will make Wharton’s story come to life in the very house where she wrote it. Visitors are encouraged to drop by for a chapter or two, or stay for the full reading. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged.
Matt Cusson in Concert
Berkshire native Matt Cusson brings his unique talent to the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus in North Adams, MA with a free concert on Saturday February 22nd hosted by MCLA student club The Society of Music. Ticket reservations are encouraged and limited tickets will be made available at the door on the day of the show. For information or for tickets, please email
February 23

The Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe Presents 10 Musicals: Unscripted
The Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe (RBIT) explores the boundaries of theater improvisation through audience participation and the use of theater games reminiscent of the TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway?  For this special 10X10 performance, RBIT will collaborate with musician Carlton Maaia to perform 10 unscripted short musicals providing the greatest spontaneous musical theatre ever seen! At The Garage, of Berkshire Theatre Group at 2pm in Pittsfield, MA
So hurry, hurry and book your rooms with me at The 1896 House while there are still rooms left to book! Pick a luxury suite or a cozy motel room and enjoy a delightful breakfast no matter which room you pick. For the skiers, I still have discounted Jiminy Peak tickets left! Ask me about them at check in!