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2009 Tanglewood Season Announced

  
  
  

tanglewood.jpg The Boston Symphony Orchestra announced an 11-week 2009 summer season, longer than in past years, and featuring Lenox native James Taylor four successive nights.    Highlights also include two opera programs conducted by James Levine, two Mark Morris dance premieres, three birthday celebrations and the return of Michael Tilson Thomas, after a 20-year absence.

And keeping with recent tradition, the BSO season will be preceeded by Garrison Keillor’s "Prairie Home Companion" and ended with the Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival.   IMPORTANTLY, all ticket prices are being frozen at last season’s rates ($18 for lawn seats and up to $99 for the Shed)….and free lawn tickets for children are being extended from age 12 up through age 17.   As the parents of twin 15-year-old boys, we are personally excited about that.

Public ticket sale begins February 15th, but most of you know that early purchases are available by being a "Friend of Tanglewood" at various donation levels.   Even for an annual donation of just $50, it is possible to purchase tickets in advance of the public sale date.   To get a brochure mailed, call 617-638-9467, or 617-266-1492.   Information about supporting Tanglewood and becoming a "friend" can be found on the website at www.tanglewood.org.

For a detailed listing of the 2009 schedule: CLICK BELOW

2009 TANGLEWOOD SCHEDULE

But in the interim, some highlights:

June 27     "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor

July 3        BSO Opening Concert:  Tchaikovsky Symphony #6 "Pathetique" and Piano Concerto #1 with Yefim Brofman

July 4        Jazz Singer and Pianist Diana Krall

July 11      Wagners "Die Meistersinger von Nurnburg, " Act III (concert presentation)

July 12   ` Joshua Bell, Bruch Violin Concerto #1

July 15    "Stage Music in the Play of William Shakespeare" with actor F. Murray Abraham and Le Concert des  Nations

July 18    Boston Pops Film Night with John Williams:  The Warner Brothers Legacy

July 25     Brahms "A German Requiem," James Levine conducting

July 26     Mozart’s "Don Giovanni" (fully staged)

July 28    Tanglewood on Parade

Aug 5,6   Mark Morris Dance Group with Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma

Aug 7      Boston Pops with Keith Lockhard, trumpeteer Chris Botti

Aug 7-11   Festival of Contemporary Music

Aug 9    Yo-Yo Ma, cello, Shostakovish Cello Concerto #1

Aug 14    Shostakovitch Symphony #1 and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #3, Yefin Brafman, Michael Tilson Thomas conducting

Aug 19    Michael Tison Thomas presents "The Thomashefskys:  Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater"

Aug 23    Beethoven Symphony #9 with Michael Tilson Thomas

Aug 27-30    James Taylor

Sept 4-6    Tanglewood Jazz Festival

Hampton Terrace, the top-rated Lenox inn based on Trip Advisor reviews, has been hosting Tanglewood patrons since 1937…the very year that Tanglewood became the summer home of the Boston Symphony.  We are located one mile from the Tanglewood gate and less than two blocks from all Lenox restaurants and shops.   More than 50% of our summer guests are repeat, so if you are considering a stay with us, please contact us early.   For the 2007 and 2008 summers, we held our rates level, and plan to offer the same rates for the 2009 summer until February, 2009.   At that point, we will implement a 5% across the board increase, so we encourage our existing guests…and those of you who want to give us a try, to contact us as soon as you have chosen a weekend.

We will continue to offer our popular mid-week special, which brings a multiple-night stay down to $190/night, a 30% discount.

Berkshire Attractions: A Season to Share at Hancock Shaker Village

  
  
  

I received an e-mail yesterday with this title…and it reminded me that while many attractions in the Berkshires close during the "off-season," the Hancock Shaker Village does not…and in fact, they embrace the Winter and Spring, and the opportunities they present…as the Shakers would have done.    So a couple of the upcoming reasons to come to the Berkshires, stay at Hampton Terrace, and plan some time at Hancock Shaker Village:

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Join them for an evening of Shaker-inspired hospitality in the 1830 Brick Dwelling. During 2008, Shaker Suppers are offered:
Saturday, October 11; Sunday, October 12;
Saturday, November 8; Saturday, November 29; Saturday, December 27.

Guided Tour occurs before supper. Guides dressed in period attire present an introduction to Shaker life as you stroll the grounds and view the Village’s premier collection of Shaker furniture and artifacts in selected buildings.Your dining experience begins with cider and cheese served by hosts in traditional Shaker dress in the spacious kitchen of the historic Brick Dwelling. Dinner is served by candle light in the Believers’ Dining Room.

The menu varies, making use of fresh, seasonal ingredients. Chef Paul Proudy selects soup, a variety of entrees, accompaniments, and desserts from recipes in The Best of Shaker Cooking by Amy Bess Miller. Chef Proudy has been recognized by Yankee Magazine for his outstanding fare and adaptations of traditional Shaker cooking. Dinner is served buffet style so you may savor an assortment of Shaker flavors.

Typical Bill of Fare
  • Butternut squash and carrot soup flavored with ginger
  • Garden salad with a vinaigrette dressing
  • Bread
  • Pot roast of beef with cranberry chutney, ham baked in cider
  • Herbed rice and roasted potatoes with rosemary
  • Sister Mary’s zesty carrots, green beans with dill
  • Bread pudding
  • Coffee and Tea
  • A plain chicken breast (gluten-free) or vegetarian entree is available by advance request.

A program of Shaker music completes the evening. During the 20-minute a cappella program, enjoy Shaker music in authentic surroundings.

FOR TICKETS



Shaker Workshops Trunk Sale – December 6 and 7


Great deals on Shaker reproduction furniture and household items. Discounts up to 50% off of tables, chairs, lamps and more! A truck load of assembled and finished furniture as well as other goodies from the Shaker Workshops catalogue. Visit the Shaker Workshops website to sneak a peek at all the great Shaker-style items they create. Sale begins 10am Saturday, Dec. 6th in the Visitors Center.

Hampton Terrace is the #1 rated bed and breakfast in Lenox according to Trip Advisor.    Located less than a 20-minute drive to the Hancock Shaker Village, Lenox is known primarily for Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony.   The BSO only spends two months in the Berkshires, but most of the other attractions are year-round, including the museums, restaurants and shops.   See why The Berkshires have become one of the world’s great destinations.

Patriots, Jets Game at Sports Bars near Hampton Terrace

  
  
  

ImgDyn.jpg Here is a subject I have never written about…sports bars around Hampton Terrace in Lenox.   This was inspired by a couple that just checked in.   SInce tonight’s important game is only being televised by the NFL Network, which is not carried by 65% of cable providers, they wanted to know where they could go to watch the game.

Although not a "sports bar" per se, The Heritage Tavern is the closest thing within walking distance.    A place where the locals hang, there is a pool table, peanut shells on the floor and wide screens in key places.   Recently remodeled, The Heritage has a typical bar menu of wings, burgers, wraps, pizzas and baskets of fried food.   Also within walking distance, many of the upscale restaurants in Lenox have televisions behind the bar:   Alta, Firefly, Prime Italian Steakhouse.    A different experience:   depends how you enjoy your game…with a $12 martini or a $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Open for less than a month, Halpins Pub and Grub is located on 7/20 North about a five minute drive from Hampton Terrace.   Jeff and Sue Halpin used to be regulars at The Heritage, so it will be interesting to see how their dive into the bar business might divide the Lenox bar crowd…but there is no doubt that Halpin’s is more of a sports bar model.   There are wide screens on every wall and the current renovation of the old "Sophie’s" restaurant is about as complete a gut job as you could do.   So since our couple was looking for a place where the game would be treated as more an event, than something that happened to be on the televisions, I sent them there.   The menu is very similar to The Heritage.

Another five minute drive north takes you into Pittsfield, where there are multiple choices….Bobby Hudpucker’s on North Street, Patrick’s Pub in the center of town (the best food on the list) and a new one, opening next week called "Jae’s Press Room," which I am sure will be great.   Jae recently bought the "Spice" restaurant on North Street, which has been met with immediate success and lines at the front door.   Adjoining Spice was "Burger," an extension of the same restaurant which recently closed so that Jae could transform that space into what I am sure will be the most upscale sports bar in the region.

At Hampton Terrace, we have twin 15-year-old sons, so our televisions are usually tuned to Sports Center or whatever the important game of the minute is.   Most of our guests are into the Patriots, Jets, Giants, Red Sox, Yankees, Celtics, Nets, or Knicks (well, maybe not the Knicks) and the Berkshire sports bars are a good mix of fans rooting for both sides of a rivalry.   Join us at Hampton Terrace and let us send you out to watch the game.

A Christmas Carol at Berkshire Theatre Festival, December 2008

  
  
  
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A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens, adapted by Eric Hill

Directed by Eric Hill and E. Gray Simons III

 

Dec 11 – Dec 30

BTF’s annual production of the classic story about the redemptive power of kindness and generosity.

Playing in the Unicorn Theatre Dec. 11-14, Dec. 17-22, and Dec. 26-30 at 7pm.

There will be 2pm matinee performances on Dec. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28.

A 10am matinee will be held on Dec. 15, 18, and 22. There will be no performances on Dec. 24 and 25.    Children $20, Adults $36-$39

There are many reasons to come to the Berkshires in December.   One of them is the annual production of A Christmas Carol at the Berkshire Theater Festival in Stockbridge, MA.   For tickets, CLICK HERE.

Another is a stay at Hampton Terrace Bed and Breakfast in Lenox, less than a 10 minute drive from the theater.  Hampton Terrace is considered one of Lenox’s top-rated inns, and one that decorates lavishly for the holidays.

Decorating for the Holidays: Hampton Terrace

  
  
  
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This started almost 30 years ago when Susan and I were married…..an over-the-top Christmas season.   As a little girl, Susan spent two years in Germany where her father was stationed with the Army.   Even last week, she came home with a magazine showing pictures of Christmas scenes in Munich….the same scenes she remembered from her childhood.   So ingrained in her background is this, it has been her goal each year to make our four children consider the season to be as magical as she remembers.

Each year, her collection of holiday decorations grows.   It has been my tradition to give her a water globe every year, and of course there are annual additions to the Christmas tree, but more importantly, she has always found creative ways to adorn the staircase banisters, windows, tables, mantles…It is like a kudzu that has taken hold of the house and finds new negative spaces each year.    A Nativity scene on the sideboard, a snow village on the closed lid of the Steinway, fairy lights, live garland, bows and even our 1940s carousel horse is dressed for the holidays…

The hallmark of this activity though is her taste.   There are no inflatable lawn Santas, no plastic statues and nothing "commercial," just classic holiday decorations that augment and complement.

Which brings us to Hampton Terrace.   Of course, as this collection grew over the first 20 years of our marriage, we could not have imagined that we would end up buying one of the authentic Gilded Age mansion inns in 1999, and that dressing it up for the holidays would go beyond our original goal of creating a magical holiday season for ourselves.   Now we do it for our guests as well, and we know that we do not disappoint.   As a stop on the Lenox Holiday Tour each year, the positive feedback we have always gotten from those who tour more than a dozen Lenox inns has been gratifying.

We welcome those of you who want to spend the holiday season with us.   The decorations are always up the weekend after Thanksgiving (see the next blog to see what she has done for the month of November) and stay up through middle January, although we do take the tree down after New Year’s weekend, lest we burn down our house.   Please note, however, that we do close from December 19th until the 29th for family time.   We’ll be open the weekend after Christmas and for this entire period we will be using our off-season rates (except for New Year’s Eve only).

Hampton Terrace is rated #1 in Lenox by Trip Advisor and has been recommended by BedandBreakfast.com, The Michelin Green Guide and others.    For a more comprehensive list, please visit our home page and our guest comments section.

Dr. Mark A. Hyman, The UltraWellness Center and Hampton Terrace

  
  
  
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At Hampton Terrace in Lenox, MA, we are becoming increasingly aware of our neighbor, Dr. Mark Hyman.   His office, and the UltraWellness Center, are located just two doors down Walker Street from us, and more and more of his patients are staying with us every month.

Respected medical consultant, New York Times -bestselling author, lecturer, and practicing physician Mark A. Hyman, M.D., is a leader in the emerging field of functional medicine.

Functional medicine is ideal medicine made real; it is a new medical model—a more successful way of treating human illness and disease—born of recent technological and clinical advances applied in a fresh methodology.

As Dr. Hyman says, "the future of medicine, available now." Functional medicine moves beyond diagnosis-based medicine to incorporate new research that for the first time allows treatment of the underlying causes of disease.

It works with the body’s natural forces to achieve a state of what Dr. Hyman calls UltraWellness—lifelong good health and vitality. Functional medicine creates UltraWellness by combining a broad range of treatments to help restore and optimize normal function and health, including conventional therapies, herbal treatments, and alternative methodologies, in one encompassing, patient-centered approach.

In his work, Dr. Hyman applies the best of conventional and alternative medicine with cutting-edge science, placing him at the forefront of progressive medical care and education in the United States. A strong and pioneering voice for change in the fundamental way health care is perceived and delivered, as well as for a new paradigm for physicians, he has launched an innovative approach that taps into years of medical research that has not, until now, been translated into clinical practice in hospitals, homes, and the community.

Dr. Hyman is the Editor-in-Chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the premiere peer-reviewed professional journal in the fields of integrative medicine and alternative medicine; and is the Medical Editor of Alternative Medicine Magazine, which is dedicated to helping consumers improve their health and the quality of their lives. He is on the editorial board of Integrative Medicine : A Clinician’s Journal.

Dr. Hyman collaborates with Harvard Medical School ’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and its Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Hyman has testified regarding health promotion and wellness for the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine and has consulted with Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona on his diabetes prevention initiative.

Dr. Hyman was co-Medical Director for eight years at Canyon Ranch Lenox, one of the world’s leading health resorts; co-authored the New York Times bestseller Ultraprevention: The 6-week Program That Will Make You Healthy for Life (Scribner), winner of the Books for a Better Life Award, which honors the best self-improvement books published each year; and wrote the New York Times bestseller UltraMetabolism:  The Simple Plan for Automatic Weighloss for which Dr. Hyman also created a public television special that is currently airing nationwide.

He is also author of The Five Forces of Wellness: The Ultraprevention System for Living an Active, Age-Defying, Disease-Free Life (Nightingale) and creator of The Detox Box (Sounds True), a unique, easy-to-follow program designed to help people significantly rejuvenate their health and vitality by cleansing their bodies from toxins in the environment, diet, and spirit.

A guest on the Today show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, and The View with Barbara Walters, Dr. Hyman has also appeared on CNN, FOX, PBS, and NPR, as well as many other television and radio stations. He is quoted regularly in leading consumer magazines including Parade, Elle, Fitness, Glamour, Family Circle, Health, Natural Health, Self, Shape, and Town & Country.

Dr. Hyman serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a pioneering educational center for training health professionals in the science and practice of nutritional biochemistry, molecular medicine, and preventing and treating the diseases of aging. He is on the Board of Advisors and faculty of Georgetown University School of Medicine’s Food as Medicine training program.

A popular lecturer, Dr. Hyman speaks on a wide range of topics, including natural approaches to common health conditions, optimal health, cardiovascular health, menopause and women’s health, brain wellness, obesity and weight loss, optimal aging, and longevity medicine. His website, www.ultrawellness.com, empowers health care consumers and practitioners, enabling them to benefit from the wealth of information and scientific articles he has gathered on the fundamental causes of illness, wellness promotion, vitamin and herbal supplements, and more.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Hyman worked as a rural family physician in the mountains of Idaho, and in China as the Medical Director for development and planning of an international medical center in Beijing. He also consulted in Hong Kong on medical centers for expatriates in Asia. Before joining Canyon Ranch, Dr. Hyman served in an inner city emergency room in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Dr. Hyman graduated with a B.A. from Cornell University, magna cum laude from the Ottawa University School of Medicine, and from the University of San Francisco ’s program in Family Medicine at the Community Hospital of Santa Rosa. He is board certified in Family Medicine, and resides in western Massachusetts with his family.

The Klezmatics Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah Tour

  
  
  

Klezmatics.jpg The Klezmatics Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah Tour

Sun, Dec 7th ‘08, The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

7:30PM A: $40 B: $25

With Special Guests Susan McKeown and Boo Reiners

“The Klezmatics aren’t just the best band in the klezmer vanguard… they rank among the best bands on the planet.” –Time Out New York

The Klezmatics have forever transcended genres, blending klezmer with aching shtetl melodies, raucous Latin stomps, wild jazz riffs and provocative Arabic, African, American and Balkan rhythms. The Klezmatics present a contagious celebration of Hanukkah—a marriage of the group’s soulful and ebullient Jewish roots to Woody Guthrie’s poignantly mesmerizing and newly discovered lyrics. This program highlights the band’s two most recent CD releases: the multicultural folk sounds of Wonder Wheel and the ecstatically danceable, hoedown-worthy Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah. Special guests include acclaimed Celtic singer Susan McKeown and multi-instrumentalist Boo Reiners.

Combine this special show with a visit to the Berkshires….just 2 hours from Boston and less than 3 hours from New York City.   Hampton Terrace is considered the top-rated Lenox inn by Trip Advisor rankings and one the leading Berkshire bed and breakfasts.   Our off-season rates apply until mid-June 2009, and a weekend stay includes a $30 Gift Certificate to Nejaimes, the gourmet wine and food shop in Lenox.

Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas, Hampton Terrace Schedule

  
  
  

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There is plenty to do in the Berkshires in December.   But one of the iconic events, built around Norman Rockwell’s famous painting of a 1967 streetscape is "Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas."   The Stockbridge weekend is a full calendar, but the central event is a recreation of the Main Street as it existed in the Rockwell painting…down to the correct automobiles frozen in time.   For a calendar of the events CLICK HERE.

The Berkshire Theatre Festival is again presenting A CHRISTMAS CAROL, from December 11 to December 30.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield annually presents the FESTIVAL OF TREES from November 15th to January 4th, showcasing the amazing creativity of Berkshire residents and organizations as they decorate 200+ trees with this year’s theme.

The Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, located across the street from Hampton Terrace has turned it up 12 notches this year for the holiday season, with seasonal decorations, special programming and events spanning from early November through New Years’.  Click to their website for descriptions and calendars…more than I can list here.

Frankly, there is so much going on EVERY weekend in December, that I cannot make an adequate list here.   Edith Wharton’s "The Mount" will stay open on December weekends until Christmas.     All of the museums, The Clark, The Norman Rockwell, MassMoca are open.   For a listing of special programs and events, try www.berkshires.org/events, and type in a date range.

And then stay at Hampton Terrace.    We look forward to helping your plan your December stay.

Nejaimes Wine Sale! Discount your stay at Hampton Terrace!

  
  
  

cat_k.jpgMost of you know that our off-season Romantic Weekend Package (now through late June) includes a $30 Gift Certificate to Nejaimes….the extraordinary wine and gourmet food shop located in Lenox and Stockbridge.

But during the month of November, Nejaimes features their WINE SPECTACULAR SALE, when they discount much of the store from 15% to 30%.   And these are not discontinued, expiring, or less popular selections.   In fact, they include some of their most popular wines, because they stock up for the summer and Fall crowd, and what is still left by November is offered for prices designed to reduce their inventory.  For example, ALL Australian reds in the store are 25% off.  

So if you are a wine lover who takes advantage of wine discounts by buying in bulk, and you consider our $30 "starter," you could significantly reduce…or maybe even off-set the cost of your  2-night stay at Hampton Terrace with your savings.

And always, regardless of the season, Nejaimes gives a 15% discount for wine by the case…even mixed cases.   Extraordinary.

Hampton Terrace continues to be ranked #1 by Trip Advisor reviews, and our off-season rate is $189/night for all rooms in our two main buildings and $249 for the king suites.  

We include full breakfast, and most of our rooms feature fireplaces and Jacuzzis.  We have a private heirloom bar on the property, stocked with glasses and openers…just in case you can’t resist the urge to start digging into your case of wine.   Enjoy!

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