Tuesday, March 18, 2014

It’s Getting Warmer

As the weather warms up, (rarely, but often enough) things start happening around here! On my trips to the gym or the grocery store I’ve noticed dogs outside on their runners and even clothes hanging out on clothes lines! As cold as it’s been, Spring is DEFINITELY on her way! I’ve been able to do my own Spring cleaning while enjoying a few open windows myself and it’s safe to say, I am very excited for the warm weather to arrive! And so is the rest of Berkshire County as they are coming alive this week with lots for all of our visitors to do! Everybody else will be here for the Baystate Games but perhaps winter sports aren’t YOUR thing? Have no fear, there are plenty of other things going on that have nothing to do with the Winter games J Enjoy free music concerts, local harvest dinners or even a little wine and painting!

Starts March 19

Daily until June 30, 2014
Nightly Entertainment
The Lion’s Den Pub, located downstairs at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA, offers entertainment seven nights a week, and never a cover charge! Sun – Thur 8pm – 11pm; Fri & Sat 9-12am.

March 19

Come to the Williams College campus in Williamstown, MA at 12:15pm and enjoy varieties of live music! 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 their Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano in a setting that is at once both regal and intimate.

Maple Fest
When daytime temperatures rise above the freezing mark, while nights stay cool, the Darrow School community swings into action to begin the process of producing its signature maple syrup. Maple Fest will kick off with a pancake breakfast served with Darrow’s all-natural, handcrafted syrup. Following a bonfire and singing, teachers, staff, and students will participate in a variety of outdoor games for younger and older children, including an obstacle course, three-legged and wheelbarrow races, and a Double Dutch jump-rope contest. Refreshments and Sugar House Tours. Come to Darrow School in New Lebanon, NY from 9am – 3pm for festive treats and fun for the whole family!

March 20

Cookies and Canvas
Come to Bisque, Beads & Beyond in Pittsfield, MA for a fun evening for kiddos! A great canvas for boys and girls! Pick your favorite colors to complete your kicks canvas and hang your painting in your room! Create a 12 x 12 canvas. $25.00. 4pm – 5pm. Call to register.

March 21

Adult Cork & Canvas
Come to Bisque, Beads & Beyond in Pittsfield, MA for a fun ADULT evening! Celebrate Spring and create a great canvas for a Mother’s Day Gift with the newest Art & Social Craze – Cork & Canvas. Create a 16 x 20 canvas. BYOB and they will supply the munchies! $35.00. 6pm – 9pm. Call to register.

March Mud Dance Party
No. Six Depot Roastery & CafĂ© of West Stockbridge, MA is hosting a dance party! Dance party with DJ BFG (Jacob’s Pillow DJ) for all ages in the gallery. Dinner in the cafe 5-9pm. Wine and beer available. 8pm – 10pm. $5.00 cover. Don’t miss out on this good time!

Starts March 21

Daily until March 24, 2014

Bay State Winter Games
This is an annual Olympic-style winter sports festival going on March 21st thru the 23rd. Games will be held in Pittsfield, Williamstown, and North Adams, MA. There will be figure skating, Alpine Skiing, and Ice Hockey. This is an awesome event for the whole family to enjoy! Be sure to check baystategames.org for more information so you don’t miss a beat!

March 22

MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA presents, BETTY! BETTY comes to MASS MoCA’s Club B-10 to perform the irreverent, tongue-in-cheek, and always super-fun music it is known for. The band’s appearance on MASS MoCA’s stage coincides with the presentation of new music commissioned for work in the galleries; Darren Waterston’s installation Filthy Lucre features a voice and cello soundscape composed by the band. In honor of the band’s contribution to Filthy Lucre, museum galleries will be open on the night of BETTY’s performance until 7:30pm for BETTY ticket-holders. Waterston will speak briefly about his work and collaboration with the band at 7pm in the third-floor galleries. The concert is at 8pm. A full bar, dinner and snacks from Lickety Split, are available before and during the show. Tickets: $20 reserved seating; $12 advance; $16 day of; $10 for students.

March 23

Reading and Talk by Karen Shepard
The Celestials is a historical novel about a group of 75 Chinese factory workers who arrived in North Adams, Massachusetts in 1870 to break a strike at the Sampson Shoe Factory. Except for the foreman, they don’t speak English. They didn’t know they were strikebreakers. They stayed for ten years. Come to The Mount in Lenox, MA for a lively reading and discussion with Karen Shepard about the fact, fiction and writing process behind her historical novel, The Celestials. This free event is presented with The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers and will take place in the Drawing Room. Seating is first come, first served. 2pm – 4pm.

March 24

Berkshire Grown Maple Dinner at Cranwell Resort
Join Berkshire Grown at Cranwell Resort in Lenox, MA as they celebrate the first harvest of the season with a maple-inspired dinner.  6pm Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres; 7pm Dinner and Live Auction in the Mansion Ballroom. Reservations are required. 413. 528.0041

So come one, come all! We’ve got rooms and you’re not going to want to miss out on Berkshire County springing into Spring! Call me at the front desk and we’ll start planning your trip to the Berkshires and your stay here, at The 1896 House! Rooms are booking fast as the Baystate Games get closer so don’t dilly-dally!