Stockbridge, MA is home to Chesterwood, the country home, studio, and gardens, of sculptor Daniel Chester French. You may be familiar with his work – French is the sculptor who created the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Exhibits on the Chesterwood property showcase Chester exhibits both near and far, as well as the work of contemporary sculptors.
However, the artistic treasures are not just visual at Chesterwood. Currently in progress, the Chesterfest American Music Series at the estate, celebrates live American music. Every Friday night for the rest of August, this ongoing music series showcases American music styles, including folk, bluegrass, and country, from 5-7pm. Tickets are $10/person or $20/carload and children under 13 are free. Craft beer, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks are available for purchase. The shows are rain or shine – if it rains, the show moves indoors, and the number of tickets sold is limited to 60.
This is a terrific addition to this destination – named a 2012 Best Of New England destination by Yankee Magazine. You can make your visit to Chesterwood a day trip. Soak in the history of the property, experience contemporary sculpture, then kick back and relax to the sounds of American music.
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