Supporting the Arts in Western Massachusetts and Beyond

June 26, 2017

Mondays in the Berkshires

Tanglewood gates are closed.  What’s there to do?

I am arbitrarily focusing on July 17th, your typical Monday in the Berkshires. Most visitors known that Berkshire weekends are packed, nearly every hour, with culture. There is so much to choose from that a visitor will find the pickings difficult. While not quite as busy, weekdays (Tuesday -  Thursday) offer nearly as much culture, arts, performances as on the weekends. The only obvious difference is that the tourist population is a bit less on these days.

For those who vacation the full week, the question often arises – what’s there to do on Monday. Without much effort, I researched just a few of the possibilities for you, whether it be July 17th or any Monday.

Capitol Steps, Lenox, MA
Enjoy politics coupled with laughter?

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA
Make the most of your visit with one of the six orientation talks. Expert gallery guides introduce the art and life of Norman Rockwell and the special highlights of the museum’s collection.

Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA
Director Fellowship Projects
Each summer, WTF produces a re-theatricalization of a classic American play, developed by members of WTF’s Non-Equity Company. This season, Jason McDowell-Green, will direct Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class, with performances at 7pm and 11pm.

Berkshire Theatre Group, Stockbridge, MA
To my knowledge, the only professional theatre venue open on Monday is BTF. The award-winning “Children of a Lesser G-d” will be presented at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage at 7pm.

Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield, MA
Singer Christine Pedi presents “Great Dames” at 8pm at Mr. Finn's Cabaret. Forbidden Broadway Diva Christine Pedi sings about, and made famous by, the great ladies of the stage, screen and beyond. With comic flair & warm appreciation she conjures up Merman, Minnelli, Streisand, Liza, Julie Andrews and more.

Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
A new exhibit, titled “No Rules” presents the woodcut art of Helen Frankenthaler. Those who have seen the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of “Madame Butterfly” are familiar with Frankenthaler’s work without realizing it. The artist worked with dyed paper pulp to create the set from the final woodcuts.

Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
The museum’s big summer exhibit is The Guitar. Participate on a tour and/or enjoy a free guitar concert in the early evening. There’s also Little Cinema’s independent and foreign films. Check the museum’s website for a schedule. [see our article on Berkshire Museums]