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Berkshire Performances: Tanglewood, Theater and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

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Program #14963RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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Itinerary for Jul 7 — Jul 12, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The program's high-rise hotel/conference center is in the heart of downtown Pittsfield, with panoramic views of the Berkshire Hills. Easy walks to Pittsfield's Historic District, Berkshire Museum, Colonial Theatre Restoration Project, library, visitor's center, downtown shops, hair salons, pubs, coffee shops, restaurants, laundries. Poolside restaurant in the hotel.

Contact info:
One West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 USA
phone: 413-499-2000
web: www.berkshirecrowne.com

Room amenities: Alarm Clock, Rooms Air Conditioned, All News Cable Channel, AM/FM Radio, Cable/Satellite TV, Color TV Dataport On Phone, In Room Movies, Modem Connection, Voice Mail, Coffee/Tea Maker, Hairdryer Iron/Ironing Board, Private Bath.

Facility amenities: Indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, sauna, restaurants, bars. In-room dataports, voice mail, HBO, CD players. Meals and classes in hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's standard rate.
Contact hotel for extending your stay. 413-499-2000. It is suggested you ask if you may maintain the Road Scholar rate, but it is "high season" in the Berkshires, and you may be quoted the full rate. Also request that you have the same room as during the program, if possible.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, July 07 - Independent Arrivals / Orientation / Evening Thea...
Afternoon: 4:30 orientation

Dinner: Buffet at hotel

Evening: 7:00 class about play to be seen Tuesday, as well as expert reviews of other plays available on free night.

Participants interested in attending performances on Thursday's free evening or on nights pre- or post-program must arrange their own transportation and ticketing. Please see Day Four for additional details.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The program's high-rise hotel/conference center is in the heart of downtown Pittsfield, with panoramic views of the Berkshire Hills. Easy walks to Pittsfield's Historic District, Berkshire Museum, Colonial Theatre Restoration Project, library, visitor's center, downtown shops, hair salons, pubs, coffee shops, restaurants, laundries. Poolside restaurant in the hotel.

Contact info:
One West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 USA
phone: 413-499-2000
web: www.berkshirecrowne.com

Room amenities: Alarm Clock, Rooms Air Conditioned, All News Cable Channel, AM/FM Radio, Cable/Satellite TV, Color TV Dataport On Phone, In Room Movies, Modem Connection, Voice Mail, Coffee/Tea Maker, Hairdryer Iron/Ironing Board, Private Bath.

Facility amenities: Indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, sauna, restaurants, bars. In-room dataports, voice mail, HBO, CD players. Meals and classes in hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's standard rate.
Contact hotel for extending your stay. 413-499-2000. It is suggested you ask if you may maintain the Road Scholar rate, but it is "high season" in the Berkshires, and you may be quoted the full rate. Also request that you have the same room as during the program, if possible.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, July 08 - Field Trip to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemp...
Field Trip to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art / Free Time / "Kiss Me, Kate" theater performance at night.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Introductory class about the Berkshires. Coach bus trip to North Adams to the exciting, mind-bending Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, with a docent led tour and time on your own. Outdoors, you might experience Marko Remec's "Totally Totem." In the museum's largest gallery, "The Wandering Veil" by Izhar Patkin comes here from the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Tefen Open Museum in Isreal. The artist has been profiled in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR. And there is so much more to see is this transformed factory building! Other contemporary artists shown this season include Mark Dion and Darren Waterston.

(Please Note: the Clark Art Museum in Williamstown is not open to groups this week.)

Lunch: We will eat somewhere in North County, after the museum tour.

Afternoon: Free Time

Dinner: Buffet at hotel.

Evening: Kiss Me, Kate. Barrington Stage Company, Boyd Mainstage, 7 pm. Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter. . Book by Bella and Samuel Spewack Come watch the sparks fly! Kiss Me, Kate recounts the backstage and onstage antics of two feuding couples during a touring production of The Taming of the Shrew. Sparkling with 18 classic Cole Porter songs – including “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “So in Love,” “Always True to You in My Fashion,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” – Kiss Me, Kate is musical comedy paradise. Winner of the first Tony Award for Best Musical.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza

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

Description: The program's high-rise hotel/conference center is in the heart of downtown Pittsfield, with panoramic views of the Berkshire Hills. Easy walks to Pittsfield's Historic District, Berkshire Museum, Colonial Theatre Restoration Project, library, visitor's center, downtown shops, hair salons, pubs, coffee shops, restaurants, laundries. Poolside restaurant in the hotel.

Contact info:
One West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 USA
phone: 413-499-2000
web: www.berkshirecrowne.com

Room amenities: Alarm Clock, Rooms Air Conditioned, All News Cable Channel, AM/FM Radio, Cable/Satellite TV, Color TV Dataport On Phone, In Room Movies, Modem Connection, Voice Mail, Coffee/Tea Maker, Hairdryer Iron/Ironing Board, Private Bath.

Facility amenities: Indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, sauna, restaurants, bars. In-room dataports, voice mail, HBO, CD players. Meals and classes in hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's standard rate.
Contact hotel for extending your stay. 413-499-2000. It is suggested you ask if you may maintain the Road Scholar rate, but it is "high season" in the Berkshires, and you may be quoted the full rate. Also request that you have the same room as during the program, if possible.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, July 09 - Theatre Review Class / Class on Contemporary Danc...
Theatre Review Class / Class on Contemporary Dance / Visit from theatre staff member / Dance Theatre of Harlem at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Theatre review class, followed by class on contemporary dance.

Lunch: Buffet at hotel

Afternoon: Coach bus trip to Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket. Tour of the grounds.

Afternoon: Visit from a key staff of the theater company we attended Tuesday night. Optional film about Jacob's Pillow, "Men Who Danced." Free time.

Dinner: At Jacob's Pillow

Evening: Inside Out performance (outdoors, weather permitting). Dinner at the Pillow. Pre-performance talk by Pillow staff. Main Performance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Following a successful opening week of Festival 2013, Dance Theatre of Harlem returns with an all-new program, led by Artistic Director and founding company member Virginia Johnson. The company performs Past-Carry-Forward, created for DTH by Tanya Wideman and Thaddeus Davis, which brings the design, significance, and spirit of the Harlem Renaissance to life. Donald Byrd's contemporary ballet Contested Space is a total knockout, featuring lithe solos and duets packed with smooth shape shifting and flexibility. The centerpiece of this dynamic program is Ulysses Dove's breathtaking ballet Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, danced to "Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten" by Arvo Pärt.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza

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

Description: The program's high-rise hotel/conference center is in the heart of downtown Pittsfield, with panoramic views of the Berkshire Hills. Easy walks to Pittsfield's Historic District, Berkshire Museum, Colonial Theatre Restoration Project, library, visitor's center, downtown shops, hair salons, pubs, coffee shops, restaurants, laundries. Poolside restaurant in the hotel.

Contact info:
One West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 USA
phone: 413-499-2000
web: www.berkshirecrowne.com

Room amenities: Alarm Clock, Rooms Air Conditioned, All News Cable Channel, AM/FM Radio, Cable/Satellite TV, Color TV Dataport On Phone, In Room Movies, Modem Connection, Voice Mail, Coffee/Tea Maker, Hairdryer Iron/Ironing Board, Private Bath.

Facility amenities: Indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, sauna, restaurants, bars. In-room dataports, voice mail, HBO, CD players. Meals and classes in hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's standard rate.
Contact hotel for extending your stay. 413-499-2000. It is suggested you ask if you may maintain the Road Scholar rate, but it is "high season" in the Berkshires, and you may be quoted the full rate. Also request that you have the same room as during the program, if possible.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, July 10 - Closed rehearsal at Tanglewood / Talks and Walks ...
Closed rehearsal at Tanglewood / Talks and Walks at Tanglewood / Free Evening

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: We will spend the day at Tanglewood in Lenox, with two or more hours as the special guests of the BSO in their otherwise closed rehearsal.

Lunch: Boxed lunch at Tanglewood

Afternoon: After lunch in the Tent Club, we will hear either a guest artist or a staff member from the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. The talk will be followed by a tour of the grounds. The afternoon will end with an overview class about the Friday night Tanglewood experience of the group.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: On your own. You will be provided with a complete list of restaurants and evening performance options. Those attending performances must arrange their own transportation and ticketing. Ticket prices vary. Tanglewood: 888-266-1200. Jacob’s Pillow: 413-243-0745. Barrington Stage Company: 413-236-8888. Berkshire Theatre Group: 413-997-4444. Shakespeare & Company: 413-637-3353. Williamstown Theatre Festival: 413-597-3383.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The program's high-rise hotel/conference center is in the heart of downtown Pittsfield, with panoramic views of the Berkshire Hills. Easy walks to Pittsfield's Historic District, Berkshire Museum, Colonial Theatre Restoration Project, library, visitor's center, downtown shops, hair salons, pubs, coffee shops, restaurants, laundries. Poolside restaurant in the hotel.

Contact info:
One West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 USA
phone: 413-499-2000
web: www.berkshirecrowne.com

Room amenities: Alarm Clock, Rooms Air Conditioned, All News Cable Channel, AM/FM Radio, Cable/Satellite TV, Color TV Dataport On Phone, In Room Movies, Modem Connection, Voice Mail, Coffee/Tea Maker, Hairdryer Iron/Ironing Board, Private Bath.

Facility amenities: Indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, sauna, restaurants, bars. In-room dataports, voice mail, HBO, CD players. Meals and classes in hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's standard rate.
Contact hotel for extending your stay. 413-499-2000. It is suggested you ask if you may maintain the Road Scholar rate, but it is "high season" in the Berkshires, and you may be quoted the full rate. Also request that you have the same room as during the program, if possible.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, July 11 - Morning class / Review of Jacob's Pillow Performa...
Morning class / Review of Jacob's Pillow Performance / Tanglewood Concerts featuring conductor Andris Nelsons and Anne Sophie Mutter in an all-Dvorak program

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Classes to prepare for your full enjoyment of the concert tonight.

Lunch: Buffet at hotel

Afternoon: Class review of Jacob's Pillow performance Wednesday. Free time.

Dinner: Boxed meal at Tanglewood

Evening: Tanglewood concerts, first at Ozawa Concert Hall, then at the Koussevitzky Music Center. Tonight's Shed concert is the first time Andris Nelsons conducts at Tanglewood, in an all-Dvorak program, with Anne-Sophie Mutter on violin. The Noonday Witch, Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 8. The 6:00 Prelude Concert at Ozawa Hall is usually chamber music by members of the BSO.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, July 12 - Departures
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast at the hotel, you will check out by 11:00am.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
Arrowhead, Home of Herman MelvilleRegistered National Historic Landmark, where Moby Dick was written. Charming 18th century farmhouse complimented by period furnishings and inspiring natural surroundings. 780 Holmes Road Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-442-1793
For additional information, visit: www.mobydick.org
Berkshire MuseumThe area’s only art, history and natural science museum for families. Fine arts galleries, aquarium, dinosaurs and paleontology gallery. Alexander Calder toys and mobiles. 39 South Street Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-442-9955
For additional information, visit: www.Berkshiremuseum.org
Canoe Meadows Wildlife SanctuaryThe sanctuary is located just one mile from the center of Pittsfield and attracts a variety of birds such as bobolinks, ospreys, and great blue herons at different times of year. Three miles of trails wind through the sanctuary’s scenic woods, fields, and wetlands, and along the edge of the Housatonic River. Keep your eyes open for signs of beavers, otters, and wild turkeys while exploring Canoe Meadows. Holmes Road Pittsfield, MA 413-637-0320
For additional information, visit: www.massaudubon.org
Chesterwood, home and studio of Daniel Chester FrenchDiscover the place that inspired a sculptor to inspire a nation, through sculptures such as Abe Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial and the Minuteman in Concord. Visit the studio, residence, garden, grounds, and galleries. 4 Williamsville Road Stockbridge, MA 01262 413-298-3579
For additional information, visit: www.chesterwood.org
Hancock Shaker VillageExplore twenty historic Shaker buildings set among acres of gardens, far and pasture. Changing exhibitions, activities, tours and presentations of Shaker crafts, music, worship, life offer a variety of experiences. Route 20 Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-817-1137
For additional information, visit: www.hancockshakervillage.org
Mass MoCAHoused on a beautifully restored 19th century factory campus, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the largest centers for contemporary art in the country. 87 Marshall Street North Adams, MA 01247 413-664-4481
For additional information, visit: www.massmoca.org
Mount Greylock State ReservationAt 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is the highest peak in Massachusetts. Arriving at the summit by foot-trail or auto road you may see a panorama of five states, visit the Veterans War Memorial Tower , or relax in rustic Bascom Lodge which also offers overnight accommodations and meals. The reservation has over 70 miles of trails including a section of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail . Rockwell Rd., Lanesborough, MA 413-499-4262 or 413-499-4263
Naumkeag House & GardensAn original 1886 Berkshire Country Cottage surrounded by one of the most beautiful gardens in America. 5 Prospect Hill Road Stockbridge, MA 01262 413-298-3239
For additional information, visit: www.thetrustees.org/naumkeag.cfm
Pittsfield Visitors CenterA good souce of information on everything happening in the Berkshires and especially in Pittsfield. Pittsfield Visitors Center being relocated summer 2011 to Colonial Theatre Lobby on South Street, across from hotel Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-395-0105
For additional information, visit: www.berkshires.org
Pleasant Valley Wildlife SanctuaryPleasant Valley’s thriving beaver population is one of the many fascinating features of this sanctuary. When you walk along Yokun Brook, take note of the “lodges” of tree branches and mud, where these nocturnal creatures spend their days. Salamander migrations are a major spring event along West Mountain Road. Seven miles of trails that wind through hardwood forest, meadows, wetlands, and along the slopes of Lenox Mountain make this site an excellent location for hiking. 472 West Mountain Road Lenox, MA 01240 413-637-0320
For additional information, visit: www.massaudubon.org
The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Estate and Gardens[Note: 2013 Road Scholar programs 14963 will be visiting the Mount on Tuesdays.] Elegant 1902 mansion and magnificent formal gardens designed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and authority on architecture, interior design and gardens. (May be included in week's program.) 2 Plunkett Street Lenox, MA 01240 413-637-1899
For additional information, visit: www.EdithWharton.org
Ventfort Hall, Museum of the Gilded AgeAn 1893 Gilded Age mansion, built by Sarah and George Morgan. Location of the St. Clouds Orphanage in the Miramax film Cider House Rules. 104 Walker Street Lenox, MA 01240 413-637-3206
For additional information, visit: www.gildedage.org
Williams College Museum of ArtFourteen galleries, new exhibitions monthly, 12,000 objects emphasizing American, contemporary, modern and non-western art. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2 Williamstown, MA 01267 413-597-2429
For additional information, visit: www.wcma.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
6 Performances

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