Supporting the Arts in Western Massachusetts and Beyond

June 14, 2010

17 Summer Vacations in the Berkshires and Still Counting

by Shera Cohen
In the Spotlight

The common phrase "If it's Tuesday, it must be Belgium" easily relates to my whirlwind Berkshire vacation. Nine of us attended 44 arts and cultural events in 18 days last summer, and here's what we have to look forward to this July and August. Oftentimes, my Berkshire articles list venues in alphabetical order. This time around, we (the writers) took a poll for "the bests" which is what you see below. Admittedly, this is not a democracy, and I get the final vote.

See the list below and CLICK HERE to read the full article.

Best Plays You Never Heard Of
First Place: Freud's Last Session, Barrington Stage, Pittsfield
Runner Up: Everything, Berkshire Fringe, Great Barrington

Best Lecture by an Author
First Place: Brad Gooch's The Life of Flannery O'Connor, The Mount
Runner Up: Richard Guy Wilson's Harbor Hill, The Mount, Lenox

Best Indoor/Outdoor Art Exhibit
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge

Best Indoor Exhibit
Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield

Best Movement on Two Feet (aka Dance)
First Place: Community Day, Jacob's Pillow, Becket
Runner Up: Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Jacob's Pillow

Best Play about a Real Person
First Place: Freud's Last Session, Barrington Stage, Pittsfield
Runner Up: The Einstein Project, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge

Best Concert in the Most Beautiful Venue
First Place: Tanglewood on Parade, Tanglewood, Lenox
Runner Up: Music of Shakespeare, Tanglewood

Best Combination of Art Mediums
First Place: Art Exhibit & Music, Clark Art Institute & Aston Magna, Williamstown Clark
Runners Up: It's a tie between Lecture/Art Exhibit, The Mount, Lenox; and Art Exhibit/Film,

Best Outdoor Street Festival (well, that's redundant)
First Place: 3rd Thursdays in Pittsfield, Pittfield
Runner Up: Sundays at Six O'clock, Williamstown

Best Shakespeare Plays That Everyone Can Understand
First Place: Twelfth Night, Shakespeare & Company, Lenox
Runner Up: Measure for Measure, Shakespeare & Company

Best Stuff for Kids that Adults Secretly Like
First Place: Toad of Toad Hall, Shakespeare & Company, Lenox
Runner Up: WordPlay, Shakespeare & Company

Best Outdoor Arts & Crafts Show
First Place: Church on the Hill, Lenox
Runner Up: Sculpture Now, Stockbridge

Best Classic Play (meaning, written a long time ago)
First Place: Ghosts, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge
Runner Up: Twelfth Night, Shakespeare & Company, Lenox

Most Pleasantly Unexpected Surprises
First Place: The Groovebarbers, Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
Runner Up: The Wild Turkey Family, Stockbridge

This Best Old House
First Place: Merwin House, Stockbridge
Runner Up: The Bidwell House, Monterey

Best Free Stuff
First Place: Director's Lecture, Shakespeare & Company, Lenox
Runner Up: Barn Gallery at Stonover Farm, Lenox

Best Single Venue with Best Variety (but not simultaneously)
First Place: The Temptations, Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
Runner Up: James Naughton in Concert, Colonial Theatre

Most Fun Things to Do
First Place: Capitol Steps, Cranwell Resort, Lenox
Runner Up: Candide, Berkshire Theatre, Stockbridge

Best Vacation Spot in USA - The Berkshires

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