As the dog days of summer wind down I find myself anticipating the arrival of fall in the Berkshires, Lenox and at The Rookwood Inn. Nights begin to get cooler and sleep comes easier for this innkeeper. Just as school children anticipate the first days at school, I can’t wait for the brilliant colors of autumn to emerge – the deep crimsons, the yellows, the orange and even the browns and tans. Each leaf, just as each guest of ours, is unique and I love the diversity and the opportunty to learn about all!
September in Lenox provides a great opportunity to experience small town America. There are two events which occur annually and are lots of fun for people of all ages. The first is the Tub Parade. This is a recreation of a Gilded Age event which celebrated the close of the summer season for the “cottagers” who summered in Newport, RI and then Lenox. As in the past, horses and carriages (known as tubs) are decorated with flowers and driven around the center of Lenox. Join the carriages and their riders after at Shakespeare & Company where cider and donuts will be served. The Tub Parade begins at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 12, 1015.
On Saturday, September 26 and Sunday,September 27 the Lenox Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 36th Annual Apple Squeeze. The village opens its doors and streets to celebrations honoring the apple harvest. Store owners offer great deals on merchandize, galleries open their doors to visitors and some have live demonstrations. There are food purveyors in addition to our fabulous restaurants. Music fills the streets. There are even game areas for children. It a fantastic street festival for folks of all ages.
The Rookwood Inn, along with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, will be offering its second Memoir Writing Weekend from Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27. The focus this time will be on place. Participants will write from personal experience Experienced leader, Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D., will again facilitate. For more information, contact The Rookwood Inn. We would love to have you!
I am stating to believe that Summer will be here….eventually. We’ve seen the Tanglewood 2015 schedule (tickets go on sale to the public on January 25.) And now, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has released it’s summer schedule. I am just able to imagine feeling the breeze through the trees at the Inside Out performances.
Programs start this year in mid-June and run through the end of August with ticket sales starting on April 1st for non-members. Pick your performance(s), book your room at The Rookwood Inn and summer will be here soon!
Straight from their website, here’s the 2015 Festival schedule:
“THREE ACTS, TWO DANCERS, ONE RADIO HOST Ira Glass, host of public radio’s This American Life, is joined by dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass in a lively production that combines two unique art forms–dance and radio. Special Event! June 13 and 14 | Ted Shawn Theatre
BALLET BC Directed by Emily Molnar, Canada’s premier contemporary ballet company returns with stellar dancers and new works from top international choreographers. June 24-28 | Ted Shawn Theatre
CINDERELLA This classic story ballet, performed by the outstanding dancers of New York Theatre Ballet, is a delightful treat for the entire family. June 24-28 | Doris Duke Theatre
DORRANCE DANCE Tap sensation Michelle Dorrance and her all-star company return with The Blues Project, featuring live music by folk/blues composer Toshi Reagon and her band BIGLovely. July 1-5 | Ted Shawn Theatre
BODYTRAFFIC This on-the-rise ensemble brings athleticism and style to Dust by Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter and a new creation by Victor Quijada of RUBBERBANDance Group. July 1-5 | Doris Duke Theatre
Nederlands Dans Theater 2 NDT2 masters exquisite technique in striking contemporary works by Sol León, Paul Lightfoot, Johan Inger, and other major dancemakers. July 8-12 | Ted Shawn Theatre
BIG DANCE THEATER Blurring the lines between theater, dance, and performance art, Alan Smithee Directed This Play: Triple Feature seamlessly merges video, song, movement, and scenic design. July 8-12 | Doris Duke Theatre
LINES BALLET Artistic Director Alonzo King is a ballet visionary. His San Francisco-based company astonishes with classical elegance and bold new ideas. This mixed program features King’s newest works. July 15-19 | Ted Shawn Theatre
MONCHICHI The dynamic dance duo Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang perform in a touching, theatrical show combining hip-hop, contemporary dance, and inventive set design. July 15-19 | Doris Duke Theatre
DANIIL SIMKIN’S INTENSIO Critics compare American Ballet Theatre’s Daniil Simkin to Baryshnikov and Nureyev. See him perform in this much-anticipated world premiere, with stars of ABT (and beyond) in new dances by the world’s top choreographers. July 22-26 | Ted Shawn Theatre
GAUTHIER DANCE From Germany in its U.S. debut, this ensemble’s multifaceted talent shines in original, entertaining dances by Alejandro Cerrudo, Artistic Director Eric Gauthier, and others. July 22-26 | Doris Duke Theatre
DANIEL ULBRICHT & STARS OF AMERICAN BALLET After last season’s BALLET 2014 engagement, audiences were clamoring for the return of Ulbricht and fellow dancers. They’re back, with an all-new program. July 29-August 2 | Ted Shawn Theatre
JESSICA LANG DANCE in THE WANDERER Jessica Lang creates a wondrous contemporary story ballet to Franz Schubert’s moving song cycle, Die schöne Müllerin, performed live. July 29-August 9 | Doris Duke Theatre Two week run!
MALPASO DANCE COMPANY This versatile contemporary company from Cuba delivers power and charisma in two new works: one by Osnel Delgado, with live music by GRAMMY winning composer Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, and the other by the ever-popular choreographer Trey McIntyre. August 5-9 | Ted Shawn Theatre
THE SARASOTA BALLET Lauded for their vitality and elegance, this top ballet company performs Sir Frederick Ashton’s Monotones I and II, Christopher Wheeldon’s The American, and a world premiere by Ricardo Graziano. August 12-16 | Ted Shawn Theatre
LA OTRA ORILLA From Montréal, La Otra Orilla embodies a deep mastery of traditional flamenco dance and the music of Andalusia, married with a rebellious contemporary twist. August 12-16 | Doris Duke Theatre
L.A. DANCE PROJECT In their Pillow debut, these gorgeous, classically-trained dancers present works by New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck, a new ballet by Artistic Director Benjamin Millepied, and more. August 19-22 | Ted Shawn Theatre
LIZ GERRING DANCE The New York Times calls glacier “an enthralling and important new dance work.” This is a performance full of beautiful contradictions–grace, athleticism, passion, and poeticism. August 19-23 | Doris Duke Theatre
A JAZZ HAPPENING This celebration of joyous dance and live music features students of the Musical Theatre Dance Program, and benefits The School at Jacob’s Pillow. August 23 | Ted Shawn Theatre
MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY The legendary modern dance company launches its 90th Anniversary at the Pillow, celebrating a pioneering past and trail-blazing future with classic Graham works and exciting new dances by choreographers of today. August 26-30 | Ted Shawn Theatre
MADBOOTS DANCE Discover this young company of male dancers with fresh ideas about modern masculinity and dances that are athletic, powerful, and tender. August 26-30 | Doris Duke Theatre
Tickets go on sale to the public April 1. Members get early access to tickets, the best seats, and $10 off Ted Shawn Theatre tickets during the Member
For any new, direct bookings in the month of February, The Rookwood Inn will add gourmet chocolates, sparkling cider, and a gorgeous bouquet of flowers to your luxurious room, free of charge.
Sweep the love of your life off his or her feet with a surprise getaway to our peaceful, fairy-tale Berkshires bed and breakfast in the charming village of Lenox, Massachusetts.
On the Road to Romance
Snuggle up in front of the fireplace in our parlor.
Take a romantic snow shoe hike or cross country ski the nearby trails and parks.
Enjoy a night out at one of Lenox’s many delicious restaurants or a night in, uninterrupted by the outside world’s worries and responsibilities.
Valentine’s Day (or any other February night) at The Rookwood Inn is sure to be an irreplaceable and treasured memory.
New February reservations only, please. Not to be combined with any other discounts or gift cards. Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Liz West.
November through April mark the darker months in Massachusetts, or what we fondly refer to as the “Snuggle Season.” But don’t let the cold keep you from exploring the history-filled Berkshires.
Whether you’re a bookworm or history buff, bring your book club to Lenox for a twist on the traditional meeting.
Explore the past, walk the same grounds and halls, witness the inspirations of some of the country’s most beloved writers.
Reading Edith Wharton?
Edith Wharton lived and wrote from her home, The Mount, located in Lenox. Her novella, Ethan Frome was based on a true story of a sledding accident which happened on the hill now known as Old Stockbridge Road which is located in front of The Rookwood Inn. You and your group can tour her estate and gardens (in warm weather). We can arrange for an expert to facilitate a discussion for your book group on one of her works or about the period in which she wrote.
Herman Melville lived less than 5 miles from The Rookwood Inn when he penned one of the greatest American novels.
Read Moby Dick or Pierre and see Mount Greylock, the notable landmark that both inspired the great White Whale and features dedications from Melville himself.
Explore the home, Arrowhead, where Melville lived during his most productive years. We can arrange for a guided, private tour of the home and grounds, which are rich in history.
Melville’s friend and notable American author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, also has tremendous history in the Berkshires.
He wrote The House of Seven Gables and The Blithedale Romance, as well as his collection of short stories, A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys, while living in the area. His short story, Tanglewood Tales, was the inspiration for naming the summer home of the Boston Symphony.
Reading The Cider House Rules?
Lenox, MA was among the filming locations for the movie adaptation. Ventfort Hall was used as the exterior of St. Cloud’s Orphanage, and additional scenes were shot on the Great Hall’s breathtaking staircase.
If Shakespeare is your cup of tea, we can invite a guest from the famous, nearby Shakespeare & Company to thoroughly delve into the bard’s tales, or we can get your group tickets to attend one of their plays. This holiday season they will be performing It’s A Wonderful Life.
Whatever your venture, we will work with you and your group to arrange a private, guided tour that will further explore the tales within and surrounding those famous pages.
Books inspire the imagination, transporting us somewhere new and incredible. Let your book take you somewhere real, to The Rookwood Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts.
Give us a call at (800) 223-9750 for ideas and help setting up your book club getaway.
The exciting details of Tanglewood‘s 77th season (June 28 – August 30) have been released giving all of us another reason to be thankful this weekend!
This summer, Tanglewood and the Berkshires welcome Andris Nelsons for his first festival appearances as BSO Music Director Designate.
2014’s program highlights American music. Along with the concert performance of Bernstein’s Candide and the movie presentation with live orchestra of The Wizard of Oz, mentioned above, Tanglewood will present American baritone Thomas Hampson in a selection of Old American Songs by Aaron Copland, with Christoph von Dohnányi conducting (7/18), and the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Circus Overture to open a BSO concert celebrating Leonard Slatkin’s 70th birthday (8/8).
The American music theme will extend to the season-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of Ozawa Hall with an appearance by Chanticleer in a program entitled She Said/He Said, with music ranging from Renaissance madrigals to new arrangements from Chanticleer’s popular and jazz repertoire (7/9); a performance of Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.
The 2014 Festival of Contemporary Music, July 17-21, under the direction of John Harbison and Michael Gandolfi, will present programs featuring works by American composers, with a special emphasis on music from a younger generation of Americans, many of whom have been Fellows at the Tanglewood Music Center.
The Boston Pops Orchestra with Keith Lockhart and John Williams will be joined by two American icons: Jason Alexander, and Josh Groban. Besides leading the Boston Pops in the score to The Wizard of Oz to accompany the universally beloved movie classic (8/22), Keith Lockhart will conduct Boston Pops concerts featuring Broadway veteran and Tony Award-winner Jason Alexander in a program of comedy, song, and dance (7/13), and superstar singer Josh Groban in a program that brings the 2014 Tanglewood season to a close on August 30. John Williams will lead Tanglewood’s Film Night, one of the most eagerly-anticipated evenings of the Tanglewood season, with special guests to be announced at a later date (8/2). The annual day-long musical celebration, Tanglewood on Parade, culminating in an evening concert with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center orchestras, led by Keith Lockhart, John Williams, and Stéphane Denève will take place on August 5.
Tanglewood welcomes back James Taylor and his extraordinary band for two performances in the Koussevitzky Music Shed, July 3 and 4. A spectacular fireworks display over the Stockbridge Bowl will follow the concert. Mr. Taylor, who regularly performs to sold-out audiences at Tanglewood, has returned to the festival 21 times since his first performances there in 1974.
Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning on January 26, 2014 ; and for James Taylor’s July 3 and 4 concerts on Thursday, January 16. All proceeds for the July 4 concert to benefit Tanglewood. Rooms at The Rookwood will start filling up sooner. Make your reservation early to avoid disappointment!