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

Program Number: 14963RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/28/2014 - 8/2/2014; 8/4/2014 - 8/9/2014; 8/11/2014 - 8/16/2014; 8/18/2014 - 8/23/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Price starting at: $1,435.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Festivals; Music Appreciation; Theater; Dance Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

The Berkshires are home to many hidden jewels of theater and the arts in New England — find out what makes this beautiful region of Massachusetts a cultural magnet! After fun classes with local theater experts, musicologists, and a choreographer/dancer, feel like an informed insider for performances at some of the area’s most noted venues. Enjoy the rich beauty of the Tanglewood Music Center, attend a production by one of the Berkshires’ renowned summer theater companies, celebrate contemporary dance at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and visit one of the area’s famous art museums.




Highlights

• Attend a closed rehearsal by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, and take in two evening BSO concerts, in Ozawa Hall and The Shed.
• Enjoy a performance by one of the area’s seasonal theater companies, such as the Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Theatre Group, Williamstown Theater Company or Shakespeare & Co.
• At the world-famous Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, take in two performances and enjoy pre- and post-performance insight from an experienced contemporary dancer.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing.



Participants interested in attending performances on free Thursday evenings or on nights pre- or post-program, please see Day Four of the Daily Schedule for details about ticketing and transportation.




Date Specific Information

7-28-2014

At Jacob’s Pillow, the astonishing performers of Circa present their new production “S” bringing circus arts into the 21st Century. BSO Associate Conductor Marcelo Lehninger leads a Tanglewood program featuring Tchaikovsky's “Serenade for Strings,” the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 with Jean-Yves Thibaudet; and Schumann's Symphony No. 4. On the program’s free night, the performance in Ozawa Hall is the new chamber version of Jack Beeson's opera “Lizzie Borden” with a Boston Lyric Opera ensemble.



8-4-2014

Jacob’s Pillow presents Pacific Northwest Ballet directed by Peter Boal performing David Dawson's “A Million Kisses to My Skin,” Nacho Duato's “Rassemblement” and Twyla Tharp's “Brief Fling.” At Tanglewood, conductor Leonard Slatkin leads performances in the Koussevitzky Shed of Bolcom's “Circus Overture,” Barber's “Violin Concerto” with Gil Shaham, and Elgar's “Enigma Variation.” On the program’s free night, the Ozawa Hall concert features, violinist Leonidas Kavakos, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and pianist Emanuel Ax, performing works of Brahms.



8-11-2014

The Williamstown Theatre Festival presents Tony-Award winner Terrence McNally’s "The Visit." Jacob’s Pillow presents the virtuosic street dancers of Companhia Urbana de Danca with choreography by Sonia Destri Lie. At Tanglewood, guest conductor Stéphane Denève leads Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” with pianist Emanuel Ax, and Prokofiev’s monumental “Alexander Nevsky” featuring mezzo-soprano Elena Manistina and The Tanglewood Festival Chorus. On the program's free night, Nicholas McGegan leads a staged performance of Handel’s “Teseo” with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and soloists in Ozawa Hall.



8-18-2014

At Jacob’s Pillow, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performs stylish contemporary ballets by international choreographers. In the Koussevitzky Shed at Tanglewood, Keith Lockhart conducts The Boston Pops in "Oz with Orchestra" -- the re-mastered classic movie “The Wizard of Oz” on the big screen with new transcriptions of Harold Arlen's brilliant scores. The Prelude Concert in Ozawa Hall features the Tanglewood Festival Chorus led by John Oliver.



Coordinated by Berkshire Community College.




Pittsfield

Located in the heart of Berkshire County, Pittsfield is rich with the area’s intellectual and cultural offerings, from the many music and dance festivals, to its own vibrant downtown arts community.



Accommodations
In the heart of the Berkshire Hills, this 3-star hotel is an easy drive to museums, summer theatres, and Tanglewood.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Paul Flaum

A teacher for more than two decades in New York public schools, Paul Flaum loves sharing his passion for symphonic music and opera with Road Scholar participants. As an avid volunteer with the Boston Symphony Association, Paul has served as an usher for the past 28 years at Tanglewood. He is the former president of the New York State Council for Social Studies and is the retired Superintendent of Schools in Smithtown, N.Y.
 
Teresa Neff

Since 2007, Teresa Neff has looked forward to spending time each summer as an instructor with Road Scholar. Teresa received her Ph.D. in musicology from Boston University in 1998 and specializes in the music of the late 18th century. She is currently editing a set of seven symphonies by composer, librettisst and patron Gottfried van Swieten. In 2009, Teresa became the Fellow for Historically Informed Performance with the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, writing program notes, giving preconcert talks and dcelving into the history of this organization. She is co-editor off The Handel and Haydn Society: Bringing Music to Life fo 200 Years. Shea has taught a wide variety of classes, including music of the French Baroque, American Popular Music, and the music of Wagner at various schools in the Boston area. Since 2000, Teresa has taught music history at MIT, where she received a Levitan Teaching Prize.
 
Andrea Borak

Andrea Borak is a certified Laban Movement Analyst and a certified Trager Practitioner. While working in New York, she performed with the Eleo Pomare Dance Company and the Phyllis Lamhut Dance Company, and served as the movement specialist at The Little Red School House. Andrea has taught dance at numerous schools including NYU, and since relocating to the Berkshires in 1998, has taught at the Albany/Berkshire Ballet, the Pittsfield public schools and Berkshire Community College.
 
J. Bergman

J. Peter Bergman has been a theater critic since 1960 when he first published in the Nine Times, a local weekly newspaper in Bayside, Queens, NYC. Since then, he has written for many publications and news media including CBS TV News, The Artful Mind and The Independent, and now as the principal theater critic for the Advocate. As playwright, actor and director he has been involved with more than 60 productions.
 
Lynette Cornwell

Lynette Cornwell has what she considers to be the best job — showing off the Berkshire’s natural beauty and cultural richness, meeting sophisticated travel-learners, and going to performances all summer! A Midwestern girl by upbringing and nature, she has lived from coast to coast and overseas. She taught English and French in Turkey, Germany, and Walpole, Mass. After stints in educational publishing and banking, she worked for 20 years at Berkshire Community College, in noncredit offerings and special events, then as the college’s first director of public relations. Lynette is also a passionate craftsperson, creating purses from hard book covers, and selling them at fairs and on-line.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Crowne Plaza
  Central Berkshires - Pittsfield 5 nights
 Crowne Plaza
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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
  Additional nights after: 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 out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:30 p.m. Monday, orientation at the hotel You will be staying at Crowne Plaza that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 a.m. or earlier Saturday, with check-out at hotel You will be staying at Crowne Plaza the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
free parking at hotel
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
  Nearest highway: Interstate 90 (Mass. Turnpike), Rts 7 & 20
  Nearest airport:  Albany (NY) International, Bradley International (Hartford, CT)
  From End of Program
  Location: Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

To Pittsfield From Hartford-Bradley

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Private Drivers
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$95 est. per car, depending on gas prices
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hr 

 

Distance:

 

90 mi

   

There are a number of private drivers available to get you from Hartford-Bradley to Pittsfield: 1. Sheryl Robbins - (413) 441-1928. 2. Manisha Tanzman Rivas - (413) 822-5846 or (413) 496-9549, manishalynne@yahoo.com 3. Terry Yon - (413) 499-3867, tydy2930@aol.com

 

To Pittsfield From Albany

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Private Drivers
phone: See-Com-ment xs
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$85 est. per car, depending on gas prices
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 

 

Distance:

 

60 mi.

   

There are a number of private drivers available to take you from Albany to Pittsfield: 1. Sheryl Robbins - (413) 441-1928 2. Manisha Tanzman Rivas - (413) 822-5846, (413) 496-9549. manishalynne@yahoo.com 3. Terry Yon - (413) 499-3867, tydy2930@aol.com

 

Pittsfield/Albany

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Trailways plus Peter Pan
phone: 800-776-7548 x8003439999

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

17.50 total
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

4 hrs 20 mins 

 

Distance:

 

60 mi.

   

As of March 2012 Trailways bus from Albany airport to Albany bus terminal at 12:25pm, arrive Albany bus terminal 1:05pm. Take Peter Pan 3:45pm from there to Pittsfield, arrive Pittsfield 4:45pm.. Albany airport information desk, near baggage claims, has this information plus tickets. 518-242-2299 From Pittsfield bus terminal/train station to Crowne Plaza at 1 West Street is 4 blocks south. Walk, or call Rainbow Taxi, 413-499-4300, or try coordinator Lynette Cornwell, 413-242-4486, for a ride.

 

Pittsfield/Boston

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Peter Pan
phone: 800-343-9999
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

35
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3.5 hr 

 

Distance:

 

150 mi.

   

As of March 2013. Departure times vary. To schedule, call 800-343-9999. From Pittsfield bus terminal/train station to Crowne Plaza at 1 West Street is 4 blocks south. Walk, or call Rainbow Taxi, 413-499-4300, or try coordinator Lynette Cornwell, 413-442-3529, for a ride.

 

Pittsfield/NYC

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Peter Pan
phone: 800-343-9999
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hrs 52 mins 

 

Distance:

 

160 mi.

   

As of March 2013. Departure times vary. To schedule, call 800-343-9999. From Pittsfield bus terminal/train station to Crowne Plaza at 1 West Street is 4 blocks south. Walk, or call Rainbow Taxi, 413-499-4300, or try coordinator Lynette Cornwell, 413-442-3529, for a ride.

 

Pittsfield/Boston

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Amtrak See notes below
phone: 800-USA-Rail
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$32 - 15% Sr. discount = $27.20
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3.5 hrs. 

 

Distance:

 

150 mi.

   

Boston S.Station, 11:55am dep., 3:36pm arr. From Pittsfield bus terminal/train station to Crowne Plaza at 1 West Street is 4 blocks south. Walk, or call Rainbow Taxi, 413-499-4300, or try coordinator Lynette Cornwell, 413-242-4486, for a ride. 1-800-872-7245 or 1-800-USA-RAIL for assistance.

 
Driving Directions
  Albany Take I-87 South for 3 miles, to I-90 East for 15 miles, to Exit 11E, Rte 20 East, to Pittsfield, for approximately 25 miles. At a major downtown Pittsfield lighted intersection with several direction signs (brick apartment building in front of you on right, brick service station on left), make a left onto Rte. 7 North, also named South Street. Ease into the left lane to turn left at the next light, onto West Street. Stay in the left lane to immediately turn into the Crowne Plaza, the tall building on your left.
  Boston I-90 West to Exit 2, Lee. Turn right onto Rte 20 West to Rte 7 North, 11.5 miles, into the center of Pittsfield. When you see the Colonial Theatre on the right, two churches on the left, and the Berkshire Museum on the right, get in the left lane to turn left at the next light, onto West Street. Stay in the left lane to immediately turn into the Crowne Plaza, the tall building on your left.
  Hartford I-91 North to Exit 14 (I-90 West) to Exit 2, Lee. Turn right into Rte. 20 West to Rte 7 North, 11.5 miles, into the center of Pittsfield. When you see the Colonial Theatre on the right, two churches on the left, and the Berkshire Museum on the right, get in the left lane to turn left at the next light, onto West Street. Stay in the left lane to immediately turn into the Crowne Plaza, the tall building on your left.
  New Hampshire Rte 495 South to I-90 West to Exit 2, Lee. Follow Rte 20 West to Rte 7 North, 11.5 miles, into Pittsfield. When you see the Colonial Theatre on the right, two churches on the left, and the Berkshire Museum on the right, get in the left lane to turn left at the next light, onto West Street. Stay in the left lane to immediately turn into the Crowne Plaza, the tall building on your left.
  New Jersey Garden State Parkway to Taconic State Parkway North to East Chatham, NY. Exit onto Rte. 295 East to Rte 41. Make a left onto Rte 41, following it until you intersect with Rte. 20 East. Make a right onto Rte. 20 East, going 4 miles into the center of Pittsfield. At a major downtown Pittsfield lighted intersection with several direction signs (brick apartment building in front of you on right, brick service station on left), make a left onto Rte. 7 North, also named South Street. Ease into the left lane to turn left at the next light, onto West Street. Stay in the left lane to immediately turn into the Crowne Plaza, the tall building on your left.
  New York City Taconic State Parkway North to East Chatham, NY. Exit onto Rte. 295 East to Rte 41. Make a left onto Rte 41, follow until you intersect with Rte. 20 East. Make a right onto Rte. 20 East, going 4 miles into the center of Pittsfield. At a major downtown Pittsfield lighted intersection with several direction signs (brick apartment building in front of you on right, brick service station on left), make a left onto Rte. 7 North, also named South Street. Ease into the left lane to turn left at the next light, onto West Street. Stay in the left lane to immediately turn into the Crowne Plaza, the tall building on your left.
  New York State I-87 N (New York State Thruway). After 109 miles, take Exit 21A (I-90 E, Mass Tpke, Boston). After about 35 miles, take Exit 2 (US-20, Lee, Pittsfield). Turn right onto Rte 20 West to Rte 7 North, 11.5 miles, into the center of Pittsfield. At a major downtown Pittsfield lighted intersection with several direction signs (brick apartment building in front of you on right, brick service station on left), make a left onto Rte. 7 North, also named South Street. Ease into the left lane to turn left at the next light, onto West Street. Stay in the left lane to immediately turn into the Crowne Plaza, the tall building on your left.
  Vermont Rte 7 South to the center of Pittsfield, whose main street is named North Street. After passing Columbus Avenue and Depot Street on the right, ease into the right lane. At the major lighted intersection where Park Square is on your left, turn right onto West Street, then easing left immediately, to turn into the Crowne Plaza.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival / Orientation / Evening theater class
(Monday, August 4)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning Class on the Berkshires / Excursion to the Sterling and Francine Art Museum / Theatre Performance: "Design for Living" at Berkshire Theatre Group's Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.
(Tuesday, August 5)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Introductory class about the Berkshires.
Coach bus trip to Williamstown to visit the newly renovated Clark Art Museum, with a docent led tour and time on your own.
 Lunch: We will eat at the Clark, after the museum tour, at 1:15.
 Afternoon: One and one-half hours to see more at the Clark, on your own.
One and one-half hours free time in Pittsfield.
 Dinner: Buffet at hotel.
 Evening: We will travel to Stockbridge, to see the play "Design for Living,"in Nöel Coward’s ultra-sophisticated romantic comedy. Lovers and friends, friends and lovers, what’s the difference when it comes to interior designer Gilda, playwright Leo, and artist Otto? That’s the same question they ask themselves in this play, at the Unicorn Theatre of Berkshire Theatre Group. Set in the carefree 1930s, the freewheeling, amoral, modish trio of characters (Ariana Venturi, Chris Geary, and Tom Pecinka (graduate students at the Yale School of Drama and cast in BTG’s 2013 hit murder mystery, The Cat and the Canary) all fall in and out of love with each other and with others while their mutual friend, Ernest tries to be the moral voice of reason. Themes of self-destruction, celebrity, success and outcomes of romantic machinations are explored through this wicked ménage à trois. Muddled relationships and blurred lines make for a provocative and lively comedy in true Nöel Coward fashion.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Theatre Review Class / Class on Contemporary Dance / Visit from theatre staff member / Pacific Northwest Ballet at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
(Wednesday, August 6)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Theatre review class with Peter Bergman, followed by class on contemporary dance with Andrea Borak..
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at hotel
 Afternoon: Visit from a key staff of the theater company we attended Tuesday night.
Optional film about Jacob's Pillow, "Men Who Danced."
One and one-half hours free time.
Coach bus trip to Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket. Optional tour of the grounds.
 Dinner: At Jacob's Pillow
 Evening: Inside Out performance (outdoors, weather permitting). Dinner at the Pillow. Pre-performance talk by Pillow staff. Main performance: Pacific Northwest Ballet. Under the direction of Peter Boal, one of America's greatest ballet companies makes a rare East Coast appearance. Their exciting program includes British choreographer David Dawson's exuberant A Million Kisses to My Skin and Nacho Duato's Rassemblement, inspired by and danced to the music of Haitian singer Toto Bissainthe. The remarkable? Twyla Tharp's Scottish-inspired Brief Fling, originally created for American Ballet Theatre, "openly contrasts the ballet vocabulary...with her own spiraling, slouching modern-dance idiom" (The New York Times).
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Closed rehearsal at Tanglewood / Talks and Walks at Tanglewood / Free Evening
(Thursday, August 7)
   
 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 conductor Leonard Slatkin speak informally. 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: Free evening to explore the area or take in a performance 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.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Class to prepare for evening concernt / Review of Jacob's Pillow Performance / Tanglewood Performance: Leonard Slatkin, conductor. Gil Shaham, violin. Bolcom, Barber, Elgar.
(Friday, August 8)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Classes to prepare for your full enjoyment of the concert tonight, with Teresa Neff.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at hotel
 Afternoon: Class review of Jacob's Pillow performance Wednesday. Free time.
 Dinner: Boxed meal at Tanglewood
 Evening: The 6:00 Prelude Concert at Tanglewood's beautiful Ozawa Hall is usually chamber music by members of the BSO, TBA. The concert in The Shed features conductor Leonard Slatkin, and Gil Shaham, violin, with the BSO performing Bolcom, Barber, Elgar, and Barlow.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departure
(Saturday, August 9)
   
 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 Melville
Registered 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 Museum
The 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 Sanctuary
The 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 French
Discover 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 Village
Explore 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 MoCA
Housed 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 Reservation
At 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 & Gardens
An 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 Center
A 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 Sanctuary
Pleasant 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 Age
An 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 Art
Fourteen 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Explorer's Guide Berkshire: A Great Destination (Eighth Edition)


Author: Lauren R. Stevens


Conducting Business: Unveiling the Mystery Behind the Maestro


Author: Leonard Slatkin


Maestros in America: Conductors in the 21st Century


Author: Roderick L. Sharpe


Edward Elgar and His World


Author: edited by Byron Adams


A Certain Place: The Jacob's Pillow Story


Author: Norton Owen and Ella Baff


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Barton Mumaw, Dancer: From Denishawn to Jacob's Pillow and Beyond


Author: Jane Sherman and Barton Mumaw


Tanglewood: A Group Memoir


Author: Peggy Daniels


Description:



Tanglewood: The Clash Between Tradition and Change


Author: Andrew L. Pincus


The Unfolding History of the Berkshires


Author: David J. McLaughlin


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