Happening this Week
NEW ENGLAND ROMANTICISM: OF ART AND AUTHORS
September 15th, Saturday, 2 - 4PM
Patricia Harris and David Lyon, authors of more than thirty books on travel, food and art have taken on historic New England in a book that tours the region’s Top 100 National Landmarks. Enjoy an illustrated lecture, Genius loci: How New England shaped its Artists and Writers, where Harris and Lyon will read excerpts from their new guidebook and will use sites included in the book to discuss how the romanticism of the New England landscape pervades American art and letters. The book and discussion include everything from the publication of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Nature” in 1836, to the construction of Philip Johnson’s Glass House in 1949, and, of course, Daniel Chester French’s Chesterwood. Harris and Lyon say of the famous sculptor’s historic home: “(it) is touchstone of such creativity, and it is our pleasure to speak about the intersection of national values and creative spaces in such a magical place.” The event is free but seating is limited so make sure to register in advance! The illustrated lecture is accompanied by readings from the book and a book signing,
Chesterwood. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge MA. 413.298.3579
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IS183 + CHESTERWOOD: DRAWING ABOUT
September 15th, Saturday 1 - 5PM
Meanwhile at Chesterwood, you can drop-in and draw some of the remarkable grounds at this National Landmark. With various 2D materials and guidance from an IS183 Art School faculty member on hand, you’ll get a taste of drawing through quick demos and simple projects. All materials are provided and activity is free with museum admission.
Chesterwood. Studio Piazza. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge MA. 413.298.3579
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PARSONS MARSH TRAIL OPENING: NOW ACCESSIBLE
September 15th, Saturday 9AM - Noon
Starting with a 9AM bird walk, come celebrate the opening of this new accessible trail at Parsons Marsh in Lenox. This quarter-mile trail winds past a pond, through open meadows and forested wetlands and enables people of all abilities to experience our great Berkshire outdoors. In addition to the fully accessible trail and boardwalk, there is also a picnic area, informational signs along the way and a viewing platform into the marsh. In constructing the trail, the Berkshire Natural Resources Council was highly respectful of the land, using innovative and environmentally sensitive construction techniques and materials to minimize any negative impacts. There will be live music, activities for kids, cider pressing and, of course, the ceremonial ribbon cutting. Be the first to traverse this new path that eliminates the barriers that preclude individuals in wheelchairs or with limited mobility from enjoying our Berkshire habitat. Free.
Stonover Farm’s Event Parking Area. Across from 169 Undermountain Road. Lenox MA. 413.499.0595
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ULYSSES GRANT: MYTH AND REALTIY
September 15th, Saturday, 3:30PM
Award-winning playwright and Chatham resident Elizabeth Diggs has spent the last six years working on her soon-to-debut play, Grant & Twain. The play tells the little known drama that brought these two famous personalities of the late 1800s together. Grant, bankrupted by a Wall Street swindle, found himself forced to write a memoir of the war. Enter Mark Twain, who long idolized Grant, and the production of the manuscript that would be completed three days before Grant’s death. Though the play doesn’t debut until later this month at PS21, Ms. Diggs is giving a talk on the nation’s 18th president; a “rock star” of the 19th century who fell from grace, an enigmatic man and legend. Purchase your tickets for the upcoming play and enjoy this free talk in the meantime! $30-35.
The Chatham Library. 11 Woodbridge Avenue. Chatham NY. 607.588.9828
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INN AT KENT FALLS: OLD IS NEW
September 16th, Sunday, Noon - 5PM
After 16 years, The Inn at Kent Falls will be closing and they will be selling much of the furniture and decor. The inn’s elegant blend dark wood, “shabby chic” accessories and quality pieces would be welcome additions to any home. And who doesn’t love a great deal? This is a preview sale so you can be first in line for those George Smith sofas and chairs. The pickup for the furniture is the 27th of October so you have plenty of time to arrange to borrow your neighbor’s truck. Free.
Inn at Kent Falls. 107 Kent Cornwall Rd. Kent CT. 860.927.3197
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HAPPENING NEXT WEEK
CIDER MAKING 101
September 23rd, Noon - 2:30PM
We live in one of the finest, and most prolific, cider-making regions in the world. Mike Schilling and Jordana Starr, the husband and wife team behind Beerology in Northampton, will take you through the history of cider making and you’ll get to try a range of ciders along the way—some are sweet and others are hard. And while you’re there drop off donations of clothing, decor and household goods for the upcoming Harvest Festival! $45, $35 Members.
Berkshire Botanical Garden. 5 West Stockbridge Rd. Stockbridge MA. 413.298.3926