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“The Dance Center Of The Nation” – Jacob’s Pillow


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The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is America’s longest-running dance festival, and attracts performers representing the international dance community. Though the festival takes place throughout the summer of 2013, the time to plan for it is now. Tickets go on sale to members and subscribers of the festival in January, and to the public in April.

On January 16th, the 2013 artist pages for the festival will post online for your planning convenience. Feel free to contact us here at Hampton Terrace at any time in your travel planning, either by phone (800.203.0656) or check availability online at our homepage.

The preview listings of performances are available now at their website ( and include such highlights as:

• JUNE 19-23, DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM The preeminent American dance company opens the Festival with The Lark Ascending by Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine's masterwork Agon, and more.

• JUNE 26-30, COMPAGNIE KÄFIG The sold-out hip-hop show of 2012 returns! Experience the virtuosity, humor, and irresistible energy of this unique production from Brazil and France. Also: LEO What if the laws of gravity ceased to exist? From Berlin, imaginative movement, physical theatre, and fantastical video. A gem for all ages.

• JULY 3-7, CEDAR LAKE CONTEMPORARY BALLET Sleek, strong, and daringly athletic--the dancers of Cedar Lake are phenomenal talents. The New York Times calls them "the country's most innovative contemporary ballet troupe."

Plan now – and relax when you arrive, having reserved your rooms and planned your activities in advance!

Barrington Stage Company Brings Leonard Nimoy’s “Vincent” Van Gogh To Life

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We all think that we "know" Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch painter known for his explosive use of color and, unfortunately, for the story about his poor ear (he only removed a piece of the legendary ear). Even the most casual art fans can conjure images of masterpieces such asThe Potato Eaters, Starry Night, and Sunflowers instantly. Van Gogh became both one of the most famous painters who ever lived, and a template for stereotypes about artists and madness. It is certainly challenging to discuss his work without, at some point, mention of his struggles.

Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA bring the troubled artist to life with their production of Vincent, a stage play that interestingly, was written by Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy originally performed this intimate play, based on the letters written between Van Gogh and his brother, Theo. The story is told much from the perspective of Theo, though James Briggs, the star of this production, does in fact become the troubled artist himself as well.

This production runs as follows, through December 30th: Wed/Thurs at 7pm; Fri/Sat at 8pm; Sun at 4pm; Matinees Sat 12/22 and 12/29 at 4pm. Tickets are $30.

Barrington Stage Company is a professional theater that places emphasis on the production of excellent modern theater and new work. It is nationally-recognized for the high quality of its productions.

Are you a Van Gogh fan? Visit “The Van Gogh Gallery” online for more fascinating information about the artist, his life, his work, his struggles. (Photo credit to the Van Gogh Gallery)

Hampton Terrace at The Yale Club: Sponsored Heirloom Wine Tasting in NYC a Sold-Out Success


Hampton Terrace at the Yale ClubSometimes one plus one equal four…which was the case when Christine Skandis of Skandis Fine Wines and I began discussing the possibility of a wine tasting at the inn.   Christine, a former guest, imports rare wines from Italy, and actually discovered Hampton Terrace while participating in the Tanglewood Wine Festival.   She contacted me about a return trip to the Berkshires.   Meanwhile, I thought that the (University of) Virginia Club, located in the Yale Club of New York City, might be a great venue to host the event – and a way to get her, and by association, Hampton Terrace, introduced to a larger audience.

I have been a member of the Yale Club since 1996….a quintessential Gilded Age-era private club, located on Vanderbilt Avenue, next to Grand Central. There are tens of thousands of Yale Club members, including membership eligibility for those who also graduated from Virginia and Dartmouth. I contacted Nellie Black, Social Chairman of the Virginia Club, and the event ended up on the Yale Club calendar for November 29th, in the Rooftop Dining Room.

Attendance was limited to 60, and by the time the evening rolled around, there was a waiting list. I opened the evening by welcoming everyone, on behalf of Hampton Terrace, and giving away a weekend stay. Cathy Thomas, of Nashville, Tennessee was the excited winner.   

Christine then introduced her six wine choices, each paired with a delicious food pairing by the Award-Winning Yale Club chefs. They included (1) Brie Cheese, Dried Cranberry & Pecan Powder, (2) Mini-Polenta Cake with Truffle, Grilled Asparagus and Shaved Parmesan. (3)  Seared Scallop Slider with Nutty Brown Butter, Toasted Brioche and Cucumber, and (4) a Mini-Creme Brûlée with Raspberry. Wow.

The first wine was a sparkling Erbaluce di Caluso to set the palate. Then Christine offered a non -sparkling version of the same white wine.   Then, two reds, Canaveses Rosso, and Canavese Barbera.  Finally, a dessert wine, Erbaluce di Passito.  

I personally liked the wines very much.  The whites had a hint of mineral, making them different from what I am used to - which is the point.   If a rare, heirloom wine tastes the same as everything else…what is the point? But I usually drink red, and I found both choices to be excellent.

Christine said she was "very pleased with the evening and the enthusiasm and compliments we received from the Yale Club members regarding my heirloom wine tasting."  She went on to say that the Yale Club has asked her to consider pairing her wines with an actual dinner, and others at the tasting suggested she do similar events at the Harvard, Metropolitan and University Clubs. So, this might be

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Meanwhile, Skandis Fine Wines cannot be found in retail outlets.   The Yale Club asked her about the possibility of adding her wines to their wine list, so you may be able to find them there in the near future. For now, though, to enjoy her limited-supply wines, you would need to access them through her website
And now, we're back in the Berkshires. Heading to our part of the world soon? Contact us for a free rate quote.


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