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Celebrating Spring 2009!!!

IN THIS ISSUE
Happy Anniversary!
Earth Day this Week...
A Victorian Treasure
Classic Theater
Family Fun
Berkshire Museum Free in May!
SPRING IS HERE!

Hasn't it bHiking Boots on The Red Lion's Front Porcheen a soggy, dreary spring so far? Well, not anymore. It hit seventy degrees here this week! Spring has officially sprung. Come soak up some sun in the Berkshires and go for a hike, then come back and have a cup of tea (or hot toddy) on our Front Porch. Even if a cloud or two passes over, you're still taking a break because you deserve it.

There's plenty to do right here at the Inn and in Stockbridge... Bring the kids during school vacation week and they'll have a blast playing in our year-round heated outdoor pool and hot tub - surrounded by a radiant-heated patio to keep your toes warm, even if it's cool outside.  We're offering some incredible deals this time of year... click here to check rates. For more information on the Inn and our accommodations and amenities, please go to www.redlioninn.com.

 THE RED LION INN CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF
YEAR-ROUND
OPERATION
 
Vintage postcard of The Red Lion InnThis year, The Red Lion Inn marks forty years of year-round operation and ownership by the Fitzpatrick family. The anniversary date is May 29, 2009but we're kicking of the celebration with forty days of events, giveaways and specials - below is a sampling of the festivities...
 
Starting April 19th there will be a random drawing that night, for the room rate that was offered in 1969, $24 plus tax!  On April 29th the Inn will hold a cocktail party for all overnight guests. Stamp collectors will want to be at the Inn on May 28th for a special commemorative postcard stamp ceremony in conjunction with the Stockbridge Post Office in the Side Parlor at The Red Lion Inn. The celebration will wrap up on Sunday May 31st with a "Retro Lunch"  and a Lion's Den reunion, with music starting at 5 p.m. For more information and to make a reservation, please call 413.298.1690. Join the fun!

CELEBRATING MOTHER NATURE...

We think any day is a good day to celebrate Earth Day. Here are a few suggestions for ways to do that in the Berkshires...
Bash Bish Falls
Bash Bish Falls State Park
The state's most dramatic waterfall. Cascading water tumbles through gorges and drops over 80 feet into a sparkling pool. 200 acres.
Falls Road, Mt. Washington, MA 01258
(413) 528-0330
massparks@state.ma.us

Pleasant Valley Wildlilfe Sanctuary
7 miles of trails - 1300 acres. Universal access trail. Ponds, streams, hummingbird garden (in season). Nature programs, guided canoe trips, rentals & gift shop. 
 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA 01240
(413) 637-0320
berkshires@massaudubon.org

Beartown State Forest
Offers swimming, fishing, boating and 12 campsites. Appalachian Trail intersects forest trails. 12,000 acres.
69 Blue Hill Road, Monterey, MA 01245
(413) 528-0904

massparks@state.ma.us

Jug End State Reservation and Wildlife Management
Offers hiking, hunting, horseback riding and xc-skiing in one of the most scenic areas in Berkshire County. 1,158 acres.
Jug End Road, Egremont, MA 01230
(413) 528-0330

massparks@state.ma.us

Mt. Everett State Reservation
Known for its spectacular scenery and breathtaking views. Offers fishing, canoeing, hiking, and xc-skiing. 1,356 acres.
East Street, Mt. Washington, MA 01258
(413) 528-0330

massparks@state.ma.us

October Mountain State Forest
At 16,627 acres October Mountain is the largest state forest in Massachusetts. Great for hiking, fishing and canoeing. 46 campsites and 3 yurts open mid-May to Mid-Oct.
Woodland Road, Lee, MA 01238
(413) 243-1778

massparks@state.ma.us


A GILDED AGE TREASURE OFFERS COMPELLING EVENTS
Ventfort Hall-Museum of the Gilded Age
Ventfort Hall is an Elizabethan-style mansion built in 1893 for Sarah Morgan, the sister of J. P. Morgan. Designed by the architects Rotch & Tilden, it is located in Lenox. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and declared an official project of "Save America's Treasures," a Millennium program of Hillary Rodham Clinton and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Ventfort Hall is the home of The Museum of the Gilded Age. Just up the road from the Red Lion, it's a beautiful example of a Berkshire "cottage." For more information, please call 413.637.3206 or go to www.gildedage.org!

Spring 2009 Schedule of Events
 
Tuesday, April 21                    2 pm - The Bremen Town Musicians Children's show presented by Castle Hill Theatre Company's Out-of-the-Box Productions followed by a Victorian Tea with the Actors
 
Wednesday, April 22               2 pm - The Bremen Town Musicians (see above)
 
Friday, April 24                       2 pm - The Bremen Town Musicians (see above)
 
Saturday, May 9                      3 pm to 5 pm - A "Fan"tastic Pre-Mothers' Day Pink Tea - with Albany Berkshire Ballet Junior Company and the Academies of the Cantarella School of Dance
 
Saturday, June 6                     4 pm - Lecture by Cornelia Brooke Gilder and Richard S. Jackson, "The Race for the North Pole: Jesup, Crane and The Money" followed by a Victorian Tea and Meet the Speaker
Aglet Theatre CompanyAGLET THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS A CLASSIC AT THE BERKSHIRE THEATRE FESTIVAL
The Berkshire Theatre Festival is getting started even earlier this year with compelling productions from Aglet Theatre Company.
 
Please contact the BTF for more information on tickets, pricing and subscriptions.
413.298.5576
www.berkshiretheatre.org 
 

April 25, 2009
A TENNESSEE WILLIAMS MENAGERIE
Directed by Macey Levin
Focusing on the famed "gentleman caller" scene from The Glass Menagerie, Aglet will present three interpretations of that scene: the scene from the classic play; an earlier and seldom-performed one-act version entitled "The Pretty Trap" and then a satirical rewriting by Christopher Durang -- "For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls."  An intriguing exercise in a theatrical experience by two brilliant writers.
Norman Rockwell MuseumFAMILY FUN AT THE ROCKWELL MUSEUM...
Norman Rockwell Museum
Route 183, Stockbridge, MA
 
Artists in Their Studios
Through June 7, 2009
Artists in Their Studios offers a unique glimpse at the lives and studio spaces of more than seventy-five important American artists from the late nineteenth century to today. Rarely seen photographs and primary source materials including letters, artists' handwritten notes, and personal effects from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art are featured in this compelling exhibition, which offers an intimate perspective on artists at work, at home and abroad. Photographs of Alexander Calder, William Merritt Chase, Chuck Close, Ellsworth Kelly, Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Arthur Wesley Dow, Marcel Duchamp, Helen Frankenthaler, Al Held, Reginald Marsh, Louise Nevelson, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, John Singer Sargent, John Sloane, David Smith, Andy Warhol, N.C. Wyeth and others will be on view.
The Norman Rockwell Museum, Route 183, Stockbridge
413.298.4100
www.nrm.org
 
Programs and Events at the Norman Rockwell Museum

School Vacation Weeks at the Museum: Daily Drop-in Art Classes
1:00pm-4:00pm
Drop-in art classes encourage participants of all abilities to explore their creativity. Come once or come every day-each afternoon offers a different set of inspirations for artistic growth. Suitable for children 6 years and older. Adults free with Museum admission. Program fee $6 per child, $4 for Museum members. No advanced registration required.
April 18-25, Colorful Collage
 
Combine watercolor painting and paper collage techniques to experience the joys of creative exploration. The possibilities are as colorful as your imagination!
 
NEW! Story Time Willie Was Different
April 21, 2009 10:30am-11:00am
Preschoolers and their adult friends are invited to listen to a lively reading of Norman Rockwell's children's book, Willie Was Different, followed by creative play time in the Art Zone. Part of Free Tuesdays at the Museum. No advanced registration required.
 
NEW! Living History Performance
April 22, 2009 2:30pm-3:00pm
Based on stories shared by Rockwell's models, this new performance introduces some of the many people who were part of Norman Rockwell's world. Free with Museum admission. Space is limited; reservations are required. Meet in Museum lobby.
Living History Performance Meet Mr. Butler
April 24, 2009 2:30pm-3:00pm
Make the acquaintance of Charles Butler, original owner of Linwood, the 1859 Berkshire "cottage" that graces the grounds of the Museum's campus. Free with Museum admission. Space is limited; reservations required. Meet in Museum lobby.
 
NEW! Painting Workshop for Adults with IS183 Capturing a Moment
April 26, 2009 9:30am-4:30pm
This special two-day painting workshop for beginner and intermediate artists is co-presented by teaching artists from Norman Rockwell Museum and IS183. Includes sketching explorations in the Museum's galleries, discussions on Rockwell's techniques, and in-depth instruction to develop participants' painting skills while inspiring new ideas. Focus is on developing a painting from first sketch to finished work. A supply list will be provided. Bring your own lunch. $150 Museum members; $170 non-members. Space is limited, early registration recommended. To register, contact IS183 at 413.298.5252, ext. 100.
EXPLORE THE BERKSHIRE MUSEUM
The Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield
413.443.7171
www.berkshiremuseum.org

Special Offer: Free Admission to the Berkshire Museum in May
May is a month that's particularly abundant with special days, including May Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, International Museum Day, and Memorial Day. At Berkshire Museum there's even more reason to celebrate in May because it's offering free admission for the entire month. The recently renovated Museum, which turned 106 years old on April 1st, has chosen May as the ideal month to offer Berkshire County residents and tourists alike the unique opportunity to experience the region's most family-friendly museum at no charge!

Exhibitions on View
 
Race to the Top: Arctic Inspirations 1909 & Today
Through May 17, 2009
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Robert Peary's 1909 expedition to the North Pole with a special exhibition. The exhibition will examine the role of Matthew Henson, the African American explorer who accompanied Peary on five expeditions to the Arctic, including the successful 1909 trip. Peary and Henson together are widely believed to be the first people to reach the geographic location of the North Pole.
 
That 70's Show
Through May 31, 2009
This exhibition features more than 20 artworks from the era coined the "me decade" by novelist Tom Wolfe in New York magazine in August 1976. The exhibition is composed of diverse art and objects from Berkshire Museum's permanent collection and includes some hidden treasures that had been safely tucked away in storage since the days of platform shoes and pet rocks.
 
Programs and Events at Berkshire Museum 
 
Wednesday, April 22
EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
All day: Receive one free Museum admission for each cell phone or empty print cartridge you bring in for recycling. Enjoy ongoing programs and visit Greta Garbage's environmental puppetry booth before and after her show.In partnership with Center for Ecological Technology
 2 p.m. Family Performance
Greta Garbage
Learn about how to help protect the environment through Greta Garbage's hilarious puppet show.
7 p.m. Presentation
Turmoll in the Northeast
Ward Stone will explore the impact of climate change on  introduced diseases such as West Nile virus; epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) of deer; botulism in the Great Lakes; and "White-nose" disease of bats.
This lecture is free; doors will reopen at 6:30 p.m.
 
Friday, April 24, 11 a.m. 
Saturday, April 25, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, 1 and 3 p.m.
Family Performance
Jungle Book presented by Berkshire Children's Theater
The popular Berkshire Children's Theater is back with a performance of an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's beloved Jungle Book.  Originally published in 1893, it's a charming collection of seven short stories, drawn from Rudyard Kipling's travels throughout the world. In Jungle Book, he creates a magical world in which animals talk and reason.
$11 adults ($5 members); $7 children ages 3-18 ($3 members)
Underwritten by the Sol and Rita Toscher Memorial Fund and sponsored by Pittsfield Cooperative Bank
 
Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m.  
Lecture
Arctic Fever in America
Dr. Michael Robinson, historian and author of Coldest Crucible  _ Arctic Exploration and American Culture, will discuss the emergence and cause of "Arctic Fever" in American society in the latter part of the 19th century. 
Free