The 2014 Thanksgiving snowstorm in Lenox, MA amounted to about a foot of fluffy snow that attached to tree branches and shrubs for a pretty effect. Pretty good timing for the season’s first snowfall because there’s not much traffic in town on Thanksgiving.
Leaf-peeping in the Berkshires may be an event of its own that would collow a route that you plan to follow to a destination such as a Bed and Breakfast in Great Barrington, or it may be a serendipitous event because the fall foliage was at peak display while you were in the Berkshires. History buffs are a cohort likely to produce new devotees of the region’s autumnal splendor as they converge on Williamstown to visit Clark Art Institute between now and Nov. 2 for Radical Words, an exhibition that brings together the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, an early draft of the Constitution, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, Cheshire Reservoir, Cheshire, MA
Here are photos that display Berkshires Fall Foliage, the subtle, early autumn variety, as found on the section of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail that runs along Cheshire Reservoir in Cheshire, MA. The images were made on Sept. 28, 2014 around 2:30 PM. Later, we headed north to see what’s new at MASS MoCA, and we’ll post those photos soon.
August 26, 2014 Article by Dave Read
Visitors to the Berkshires during Fall Foliage season 2014 will find a variety of events scheduled in many Berkshire county towns and cities, including Lenox, Lee, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, West Stockbridge, Williamstown, North Adams, Hancock, and Pittsfield, MA. Many Autumn celebrations are annual events dating back several decades with origins that had little to do with tourism, but were meant to be community gatherings. The Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Parade, on October 5, 2014, will be the 59th annual. Another long-running event is the Harvest Festival at Berkshire Botanical Gardens, Oct. 11 & 12, 2014.
Berkshires Fall Foliage video Cheshire Reservoir
Berkshires Fall Foliage September 2014 schedules
- North Adams – Berkshire Food Festival — September 15, 2013 – 12-4pm
- Lee – Founders’ Weekend — Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
- Pittsfield – Hancock Shaker Village Trail Races – Sept. 20, 2014
- Lenox – Lenox Tub ParadeNoon – Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
- Lenox – 38th Josh Billings Runaground Triathalon — Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
- Lee – Founders’ Weekend — Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
- Lee – Founders’ Weekend — Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
- Lenox – Apple Squeeze — All day – Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
- Lenox – Apple Squeeze — All day – Saturday, Sept. 28, 2014
- Pittsfield – Country Fair at Hancock Shaker Village – Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
- Pittsfield – Country Fair at Hancock Shaker Village – Sat. & Sun. Sept. 27 & 28, 2014
- Lenox – Brock Trot — 7AM registration – Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
- Adams – Annual Fall Run to Charlemont — 11AM – Sunday, Sept. 28, 2013
Berkshires Fall Foliage October 2014 schedules
- North Adams – Fall Foliage Parade – 1PM – Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
- Stockbridge – Berkshire Harvest Festival — 10AM – 5PM – Sat. Oct. 11, 2014
- Stockbridge – Berkshire Harvest Festival — 10AM – 5PM – Sun. Oct. 12, 2014
- Pittsfield – Pittsfield CityJazz Festival — Oct. 10 – 17, 2014
- Pittsfield — Columbus Day weekend (Oct. 10-12); Jazz About Town – venues TBA
- Pittsfield — Jazz Prodigy Concert, 7pm, Berkshire Music School – Oct. 15, 2014
- Pittsfield — Third Thursday block party, featuring Metro West Thump – Oct. 16, 2014
- Pittsfield – vocalist Stephanie Nakasian with the Hod O’Brien trio at Baba Louies – Oct. 17, 2014
- Pittsfield – Empire Jazz Orchestra w/ Claire Daly, Sharel Cassity, and Ada Rovatti, Colonial Theatre – Oct. 18, 2014
We will update our Berkshires fall foliage listings with information about general self-guided leaf-peeping, hiking and cycling, and other material that visitors and local may find useful.Continue reading 2014 Fall Foliage events in the Berkshires
The Mount Edith Wharton Restoration
Edith Wharton (and husband Edward “Teddy”) built the Mount and surrounding gardens, comprising an estate of some 150 acres in Lenox, Mass. in 1902, and lived there until 1911, when she moved to Paris. She was honored by France for her charitable work during WWl, returned to the US only once after the war, and was buried in the American cemetery at Versailles in 1937. Edith Wharton was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1921, for The Age of Innocence, the first woman to receive the Pulitzer.
Edith Wharton Restoration, a.k.a The Mount, was founded by in 1980 by Shakespeare and Co., the theatre group that set up shop there in 1978, after the property had been left vacant years earlier by the Foxhollow School. In 2001, Shakespeare and Co. moved from the Mount and in recent years, the Edith Wharton Restoration has been plagued by financial problems, which led to the resignation of its president under the threat of foreclosure in 2008 when it defaulted on repayment of a $4.3 million loan. The National Endowment for the Humanities gave it a grant that helped re-structure the debt. Edith Wharton Restoration has won several preservation awards, including from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The Mount contact info.
- 2 Plunkett Street- Box 974-Lenox, MA 01240-0974;
- Open daily May 1 – October 31 – 10am to 5pm;
- Admission: $16 adults; $13 college students; 18 – under free;
- Phone: (413) 551-5111 –
- Web: edithwharton.org
Driving directions to The Mount
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Happy 40th Anniversary Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion, broadcasting the final program of their 39th year on June 28, 2014 at Tanglewood. The Berkshires have been on the show’s itinerary every year since 2000; the July 2, 2006 show, featuring Meryl Streep, was recorded for the PBS series Great Performances.
I got hip to A Prairie Home Companion around 1980, at a time in my life when sitting still indoors with the radio on was the last thing on my mind. Today, that’s my favorite pastime! Whatever it was about the show that got my attention initially is lost to memory; it may have been an ad for the Sidetrack Tap, Bob’s Bank, or Bertha’s Kitty Boutique, or a musical guest, rarely heard on radio, such as Chet Adkins, or Johnny Gimble?
In reporting the News from Lake Wobegon accross the decades, Garrison Keillor relates anecdotes on the denizens of his imagination that are imbued with the same pathos and insight as you’ll find in a great novel.
Never an ardent reader of the comics, nor fan of TV serials, nevertheless I got totally hooked on Buster the Show Dog, the drama that ran from December 1986 to June 1987, with Father Finian and Timmy, the sad rich teenage boy. I was an English teacher then, and would tape shows to replay highlights of for my students.
No show is more memorable than the Feb. 14, 1987 one, which included Keillor’s bombshell announcement that the show would be shutting down later that year. I remember him saying he wanted to return to a life that included Saturdays! Who could begrudge him that? I remember also that show had Bobby McFerrin performing an 8 minute version of The Wizard of Oz – the whole damn movie, not just Over the Rainbow!
Bertha’s Kitty Boutique
Sometime after the show had returned, I got the bright idea to send them an idea for a new product for Bertha’s Kitty Boutique. My creation was Air of the Dog, an aerosol spray of dog scent, to be marketed to “Our lapless friends, persons who don’t care for cats.” Someone from the show wrote back: “cute idea, mister, but we write own own material here.”
In 2000, by which time I was covering Tanglewood here, A Prairie Home Companion began making annual appearances in the Koussevitsky Music Shed. where Keillor had his second date with his wife, an alumnus of the B.U. Tanglewood Institute.
I got to watch the dress rehearsal for the 2001 show, which afforded me the opportunity to have confirmed the genius of Keillor and the brilliance of the progrm. Can you imagine showing up late in the week at some venue or another, assembling a disparate cast of musical artists to be integrated with the house band and acting company, and then being ready by 6 PM Saturday to go live with 120 seamless minutes of material that flat-out entertains millions strong women, good-looking men, and above average children? Phew!
I chatted with Russ Ringsak, the show’s truck driver, who also is responsible for much of the local information that Keillor uses when he talks about whatever place the show is coming from. Arriving before everybody else, Ringsak has time to visit local establishments and get a feel for the place’s ambience.
My favorite local bit was the skit they did in 2001 re-visiting the legendary 1850 picnic on Monument Mountain where Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne met and began their important literary friendship. As related by Keillor, the party included Emily Dickinson, who would have been a teenager at the time, because “nobody said she wasn’t there!”
The chief value of A Prairie Home Companion for me is that not only does it make the suspension of disbelief easy, but it presents an alternate universe where I feel not only welcome but also satisfied with being troubled by frets and woes that are within the ken of an ordinary schmoe to deal with. It’s the version of life that God had in mind when we first were fitted-out with appetites – like wanting a little more of this and that – a little more time with someone or other, maybe, but not so much that anybody gets hurt. Or hurt too bad or for too long, anyway.
Pre-show serenade to after-party
The 2 hour show heard on the radio gets augmented at Tanglewood (maybe elsewhere, too) by a 10-15 minute pre-show serendae among the Shed audience and picnicers on the Lawn, and then an encore that sometimes goes on so long it feels like another show. You can see examples of both on our Youtube channel.