Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Where are you Spring!?

Happy March everybody! Ahhh, March, the month in which kicks off Spring. This is when we have warmer weather, green grass, spring flowers, showers and happy critters frolicking about. We begin to open our windows for fresh air and shed the winter layers and put away the wool socks. However, you will find none of that here this week! It’s STILL cold and I’m STILL wearing wool socks and I haven’t seen one happy critter since that groundhog granted us a longer winter.  Still, I am hopeful and patiently await the sunshine and warm weather. Despite my patience and positive spring attitude, I have gathered indoor events for you to do while you are in the Berkshires this week. Considering it is currently 0 degrees outside right now, I think it’s too cold to be outside still, and why freeze to death for a good time when you can have a ball staying warm inside? But as always, for those of you who enjoy frost bite and snow facials, we still have our discounted Jiminy Peak lift tickets here at the front desk. By all means, come and get ‘em and go freeze. J As for our sane guests ;), it’s a very theatrical and musical week in the Berkshires and here is what’s going on:

March 5
03/05/2014 - 12:15pm
Come enjoy an afternoon concert at Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus in Williamstown, MA. At 12:15pm bring a friend, bring your lunch, and enjoy their popular midday and midweek concert series. A musical sampler, every week offers up a mixture of traditional fare, with exciting accents of the unexpected. Williams student musicians value the informal atmosphere of MIDWEEKMUSIC and they use it to workshop their pieces, try out something new, show off something that doesn't fit in other concert formats, or just to have some fun. Instructors are encouraged to have their students present themes together, and the impromptu mini-lecture can also be part of the enjoyment.
Relaxed and informal, MIDWEEKMUSIC is a chance for everyone to share the music while seated on the Chapin Hall stage. Enjoy the sound of our Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano in a setting that is at once both regal and intimate.

March 7
Williams Chamber Players
The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Chamber Players in concert on Friday, March 7, at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus in Williamstown, MA. This free event is open to the public. The Williams Chamber Players is a group made up of musicians seasoned by careers rich in musical diversity. In this concert the group presents contrasting styles with composers from the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Distinguished performance faculty share the joy of making music together to the delight of student and community audiences.

March 7
Weekly on Sun, Fri, Sat until March 30, 2014
Private Lives
Chock-full of witty dialogue and laughs, Noël Coward’s Private Lives is considered one of the greatest comedies ever written. A divorced couple, Elyot and Amanda are honeymooning with their new spouses in the South of France. By chance they meet across adjoining hotel balconies, and without concern for scandal, their new partners, or any memory of what drove them apart in the first place, Elyot and Amanda rekindle their former tempestuous relationship. For show times and tickets, be sure to contact the Elayne P. Bernstein theatre of Lenox, MA at 413-637-3353.

March 7
Loni Love

Loni Love is one of the most hilarious and lovable comics performing stand-up on the comedy club and college circuits today. Both Comedy Central and Variety have named her among their “Top 10 Comics to Watch.” Her many television appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The Best Damn Sports Show Period, VH1′s I Love the ′70s/′80s/′90s, and Comics Unleashed and many others. March 7th she will be at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA at 8pm.

March 8
Elaina Pullano
Come to the Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College Campus in Williamstown, MA and enjoy music performed by Williams student, Elaina Pullano. Elaina is a junior studying biology and music at Williams College, and is an active member of the Williams Chamber and Concert choir ensembles as well as a variety of other organizations on campus. This performance features songs by Gustav Mahler, Gabriel Fauré, and Benjamin Britten. Collaborating on piano is Robin Kibler. 4pm.

March 8
Cowboy Junkies

For more than 20 years, the Cowboy Junkies have remained true to their unique artistic vision and to the introspective, quiet intensity that is their musical signature, creating a critically acclaimed body of original work that has endeared them to an audience unwavering in its loyalty. This Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock band has released 16 studio albums, several live albums, numerous singles and built up a dedicated following in the alternative rock community. Enjoy this performance at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA at 8pm.

March 8
The Wonderful World of Maples & Woodland Treasures

Come to Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA and join horticulturalist Kevin Wilcox for an in-depth look at Maples: the genus Acer, focusing on small ornamental maples, including the Japanese Maple, as well as many lesser known species that make outstanding additions to the New England garden. 10am to 12pm.
Shortly after, learn about the beautiful woodland plants grown by John Lonsdale from Edgewood Gardens in southeastern Pennsylvania. He will showcase plants that are Zone 5 hardy, including large and small species of bulbs, tubers, rhizomes, herbaceous perennials and small trees and shrubs suitable for a variety of site conditions. The presentation will focus on methods for successful. 1pm to 3pm.

March 9
Learn how to make your own kombucha!

Come to Wild Oats Market in Williamstown, MA and learn how to make your own kombucha! In this class you will not only learn how to make your own kombucha, you will also learn about the many health benefits of this ancient beverage, which in its more than 2,000 year-old history, has earned a reputation for helping to prevent and fight cancer, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases. Your teacher is Wild Oats’ sometimes-staffer and long-time kombucha maker, Evan Webb. 2pm to 4pm.

As always, we look forward to seeing all of our guests here at The 1896 House this week and hope you enjoy your stay in the very cold, yet very beautiful Berkshires!