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NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS

The Arts in the Berkshires: Tanglewood, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Shakespeare & Company

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Program #5722RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Itinerary for Aug 18 — Aug 23, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This conveniently located, newly rennovated downtown hotel has a small town feel and offers comfort, convenience and access to some of the most popular and beautiful Berkshire sites.

Contact info:
40 Main Street
North Adams, MA 01247 USA
phone: 413-663-6500 xor800HOLIDAY
web: www.holidayinnberkshires

Room amenities: Relax in one of 86 beautifully appointed guestrooms, complete with all the essential amenities. Handicapped accessible, room service, telephones w/ free local calls, hairdryers, iron & board, coffee machine, TV,

Facility amenities: Fitness center with lap pool, hot tub and sauna.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $120 plus tax (2012 rate)
Based upon availability. Please call the Inn directly at 800-HOLIDAY or 413-663-6500 ask for Linette Searcy. Based upon availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, August 18 - Afternoon Arrival/Orientation
Arrive To: CHECK IN:Please arrive at the Hotel to register between 3:00 and 4:30pm. Check in at the front desk and then register with Road Scholar staff in the Main lobby. You will then have until 5:00pm to settle into your room.

Dinner: All dinners will be served at the hotel. Please remember that all dinners are buffet style or plated, sit-down meals and to arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.

Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner we will have our Orientation. This will provide you with information about the inn, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff. We will discuss how with cultural institutions including Tanglewood, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Francine & Sterling Clark Art Institute and other regional theatres, the Berkshires have earned the privilege of calling themselves America's Premiere Cultural Resort. We will then ask participants introduce themselves to the group. This is also a good opportunity to ask questions.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Berkshires

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This conveniently located, newly rennovated downtown hotel has a small town feel and offers comfort, convenience and access to some of the most popular and beautiful Berkshire sites.

Contact info:
40 Main Street
North Adams, MA 01247 USA
phone: 413-663-6500 xor800HOLIDAY
web: www.holidayinnberkshires

Room amenities: Relax in one of 86 beautifully appointed guestrooms, complete with all the essential amenities. Handicapped accessible, room service, telephones w/ free local calls, hairdryers, iron & board, coffee machine, TV,

Facility amenities: Fitness center with lap pool, hot tub and sauna.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $120 plus tax (2012 rate)
Based upon availability. Please call the Inn directly at 800-HOLIDAY or 413-663-6500 ask for Linette Searcy. Based upon availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, August 19 - MassMoCA/Opera Recital
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Inn.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Since opening in 1999, MASS MoCA has become one of the world's premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time. With annual attendance of 120,000, it ranks among the most visited institutions in the United States dedicated to new art. More than 80 major new works of art and more than 50 performances have been created through fabrication and rehearsal residencies in North Adams, making MASS MoCA perhaps the most fertile site in the country for new art. The museum thrives on making and presenting work that is fresh, surprising, and challenging.

Lunch: Lunch is at the hotel. Please remember that lunches are plated, sit-down meals and to arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.

Afternoon: FREE TIME

Dinner: All dinners will be served at the hotel. Please remember that all dinners are buffet style or plated, sit-down meals and to arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: This evening, enjoy a recital by opera singer, Keith Kibler. Keith has made his national debut with the Opera Theater of St. Louis and the Boston symphony, Seiji Ozawa conducting. He has sung over thirty lead operatic roles internationally and is also an accomplished lieder singer. Trained in Vienna, London and Boston, Mr. Kibler received his doctorate and performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of music. He teaches a course on Music drama at Skidmore College and has taught courses on opera a Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He will be your instructor for the Tanglewood piece of the program.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Berkshires

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This conveniently located, newly rennovated downtown hotel has a small town feel and offers comfort, convenience and access to some of the most popular and beautiful Berkshire sites.

Contact info:
40 Main Street
North Adams, MA 01247 USA
phone: 413-663-6500 xor800HOLIDAY
web: www.holidayinnberkshires

Room amenities: Relax in one of 86 beautifully appointed guestrooms, complete with all the essential amenities. Handicapped accessible, room service, telephones w/ free local calls, hairdryers, iron & board, coffee machine, TV,

Facility amenities: Fitness center with lap pool, hot tub and sauna.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $120 plus tax (2012 rate)
Based upon availability. Please call the Inn directly at 800-HOLIDAY or 413-663-6500 ask for Linette Searcy. Based upon availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, August 20 - Shakespeare & Company
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: PRESENTATION: This mornings lecture is by our new theatre specialist Stephen Cole. STEPHEN COLE is an award winning musical theatre writer and experienced Road Scholar lecturer and group leader. His produced musicals include AFTER THE FAIR (Off Broadway, CD, Kings Head in London and Village Theatre, Seattle),THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Kleban Award winner, CD, NYMF 2006, Lyric Stage), SATURDAY NIGHT AT GROSSINGER’S, starring Gavin McLeod, CASPER starring Chita Rivera, DODSWORTH starring Hal Linden and Dee Hoty. The experience of writing ASPIRE, the first American musical to premiere in the Middle East resulted in THE ROAD TO QATAR! (Dallas, Off Broadway, London, Edinburgh, CD on Jay Records). TIME AFTER TIME premiered at Pittsburgh Playhouse. Stephen’s published books include NOEL COWARD, THAT BOOK ABOUT THAT GIRL, I COULD HAVE SUNG ALL NIGHT, the Marni Nixon story, ghosted PUT ON A HAPPY FACE (Charles Strouse memoirs). Stephen's song "Christmas Morning" (composed by Todd Ellison and orchestrated by Michael Starobin was recently performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and is now licensed by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Works in progress: THE BLACK AND WHITE BALL (with Todd Ellison), and BY THE BOOK (with David Krane) Stephen is the recipient of the 5 Dallas Theatre League Awards for After the Fair, Dallas-Ft. Worth Drama Critics Award for Road to Qatar!,Edward Kleban Award for Night of the Hunter and a Gilman-Gonzales Falla Commendation for musical theatre. Stephen has written special material for Chita Rivera, Dorothy Loudon, Marlo Thomas, Tyne Daly, Christine Baranski, Hal Linden, Keith Carradine, JoAnne Worley, Lauren Bacall, Matthew Broderick. Latest produced work is the off-Broadway production of INVENTING MARY MARTIN, which Stephen conceived, wrote and directed. The Original Cast CD is on Jay Records.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at Shakespeare & Co.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP:Enjoy a behind the scenes tour followed by a peek into the world of Shakespeare with a matinee performance of MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM in the Tina Packer Playhouse. by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE directed by TONY SIMOTES featuring JOHNNY LEE DAVENPORT as Bottom. Magic and whimsy meet down in the Bayou where A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes to life and the Jazz Era in America explodes! Oberon, Titania and the ever-mischievous sprite Puck frolic among the mangroves and Spanish moss in this enchanted and unforgettable treatment of Shakespeare’s classic, bawdy comedy. Shakespeare & Company aspires to create a theatre of unprecedented excellence rooted in the classical ideals of inquiry, balance, and harmony; a company that performs as the Elizabethans did in love with poetry, physical prowess, and the mysteries of the universe. With a core of over 150 artists, the company performs Shakespeare, generating opportunities for collaboration between actors, directors, and designers of all races, nationalities, and backgrounds. Shakespeare & Company provides original, in-depth, classical training and performance methods. The company also develops and produces new plays of social and political significance

Dinner: Dinner is served at the Hotel. Please remember that all dinners are either buffet or plated, sit-down meals and to arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.

Evening: FREE EVENING

Lodging: Holiday Inn Berkshires

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This conveniently located, newly rennovated downtown hotel has a small town feel and offers comfort, convenience and access to some of the most popular and beautiful Berkshire sites.

Contact info:
40 Main Street
North Adams, MA 01247 USA
phone: 413-663-6500 xor800HOLIDAY
web: www.holidayinnberkshires

Room amenities: Relax in one of 86 beautifully appointed guestrooms, complete with all the essential amenities. Handicapped accessible, room service, telephones w/ free local calls, hairdryers, iron & board, coffee machine, TV,

Facility amenities: Fitness center with lap pool, hot tub and sauna.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $120 plus tax (2012 rate)
Based upon availability. Please call the Inn directly at 800-HOLIDAY or 413-663-6500 ask for Linette Searcy. Based upon availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, August 21 - Cark Art Institute/Barrington Stage Company
Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the Hotel restaurant.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: This morning we travel to the Clark Art Institute, the Berkshire's premier museum. In 1950 Sterling and Francine Clark chartered the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a home for their extensive art collection. Opened to public in 1955, the Institute has built upon this extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. One of the few institutions in the United States that combines a public art museum with a complement of research and academic programs, including a major art history library, the Clark is now a leading international center for research and discussion on the nature of art and art history. Building upon the founders' legacy, the Institute has recently unveiled its master plan for the twenty-first century, which fosters the Clark's commitment to providing space for its expanding research and museum programs while maintaining the unique character of its beautiful rural setting.

Lunch: Lunch is served at the hotel

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: This afternoon's lecture at the hotel is given by our new theatre specialist, Stephen Cole.

Dinner: Tonight's dinner will be served at the hotel

Evening: PERFORMANCE:DANCING LESSONS at Barrington Stage Company. By Mark St. Germain Directed by Julianne Boyd Starring John Cariani A World Premiere of a New Romantic Comedy. Dancing Lessons centers around a young man with high-functioning autism as he tries to navigate a relationship with a Broadway dancer, now sidelined with injuries. Dancing Lessons marks the eighth world premiere BSC will produce of Associate Artist Mark St. Germain's work. Barrington Stage Company has become the fastest growing arts venue in Berkshire County, attracting some 45,000 patrons each year, and gaining national recognition for its superior quality productions and comprehensive educational programming Co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, Barrington Stage has produced several award-winning plays and musicals, beginning with winning the Elliot Norton/Boston Theatre Critics Award in its very first year for The Diary of Anne Frank. Several other BSC productions, including Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Three Viewings, A View From The Roof, Ears On a Beatle, Mack and Mabel, South Pacific, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Follies, West Side Story and The Mysteries of Harris Burdick have been named among the top ten productions of the year in many area newspapers leading The Boston Globe to laud BSC as one of the jewels in the state's crown. N Performances: 1 Dancing Lessons is sponsored by Sydelle and Lee Blatt & Judith Goldsmith.Dancing Lessons is also sponsored in part by College Internship Program (CIP) and an Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Dancing Lessons was commissioned through the generosity of Judith Goldsmith and is part of BSC's New Works Initiative.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Berkshires

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This conveniently located, newly rennovated downtown hotel has a small town feel and offers comfort, convenience and access to some of the most popular and beautiful Berkshire sites.

Contact info:
40 Main Street
North Adams, MA 01247 USA
phone: 413-663-6500 xor800HOLIDAY
web: www.holidayinnberkshires

Room amenities: Relax in one of 86 beautifully appointed guestrooms, complete with all the essential amenities. Handicapped accessible, room service, telephones w/ free local calls, hairdryers, iron & board, coffee machine, TV,

Facility amenities: Fitness center with lap pool, hot tub and sauna.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $120 plus tax (2012 rate)
Based upon availability. Please call the Inn directly at 800-HOLIDAY or 413-663-6500 ask for Linette Searcy. Based upon availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, August 22 - Tanglewood
Breakfast: Breakfast will be served at the Hotel restaurant. Please allow enough time to get to the morning activity promptly.

Morning: PRESENTATION: This morning, Keith gives you a lecture on tonight's Tanglewod performance.

Lunch: Lunch is served at the hotel.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: This afternoon Keith continues his lecture.

Dinner: Dinner is served at the hotel or on the grouds of Tanglewood.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: This evening at Tanglewood we enjoy the BOSTON POPS. “OZ WITH ORCHESTRA” The Wizard of Oz was a technical marvel for the MGM studio in the late 1930s. MGM has stunningly re-mastered this timeless classic, and in this version, produced by John Goberman, the brilliantly restored images are accompanied by a the Boston Pops playing entirely new transcriptions of Harold Arlen's brilliant lost scores. Hearing Judy Garland's original 1939 vocals backed by lush, live orchestration, will transport children and adults alike. With this presentation of The Wizard of Oz on the big screen, moviegoers will be treated to the Oscar -winning film as it has never been experienced before. Affectionately known as "America's Orchestra," the Boston Pops is the most recorded and arguably the most beloved orchestra in the country, beginning with the establishment of the modern-era Pops by Arthur Fiedler and continuing through the innovations introduced by John Williams and the new-millennium Pops spearheaded by Keith Lockhart. Last year, with the 125th anniversary season, the Boston Pops reached a landmark moment in a remarkable history that began with its founding in 1885. Tanglewood was named for American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne, on the advice of his publisher William Ticknor, rented a small cottage in the area in March 1850 from William Aspinwall Tappan. While at the cottage Hawthorne wrote Tanglewood Tales (1853), a re-writing of a number of Greek myths for boys and girls. In memory of the book, the owner renamed the cottage "Tanglewood", and the name was soon copied by a nearby summer estate owned by the Tappan family. Tanglewood concerts can be traced back to 1936, when the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) gave its first concerts in the Berkshires.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Berkshires

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, August 23 - program closes
Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the hotel.

Morning: PROGRAM CONCLUDES

Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch for travel. Check out at 11:00.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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North Adams, MA
Berkshire Visitors BureauBerkshire Visitors Bureau 3 Hoosac St, Adams, MA 01220 (800) 237-5747
For additional information, visit: www.berkshires.org
Discover New EnglandAn excellent source of information about New England
For additional information, visit: www.discovernewengland.org/
Massachusetts Office of travel & TourismMassachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism 10 Park Plaza Suite 450 Boston Ma 02116 (617- 973-8500 (800) 227-MASS
For additional information, visit: www.massvacation.com/

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