Berkshire Museum’s Festival of Trees may be an annual event, but it’s never exactly the same. This year’s theme is “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” Trees are decorated by local businesses and organizations and come together at the Berkshire Museum to create a magical forest of beautiful trees to celebrate the season. This year’s fest runs from November 23 to January 2, with a glittering, festive holiday party on November 22 – a beautiful kickoff to the holiday season in the Berkshires.
The Museum celebrates its 110th anniversary this year: 110 years of collective experiences, interactive exhibits, creativity, art, history and natural science. It is not specifically an art museum, or a natural history museum, but rather an intentional mix of the two – from its inception. Zenus Crane, the third-generation of the Crane & Company paper company, cultivated the museum’s first collections, beginning in 1903. Collected pieces are diverse, and range from Egyptian mummies, to modern American artists. Recent acquisitions include many pieces by artists with special connections to the Berkshires.
The Museum is also home to the Little Cinema, a cozy, independent film theater that showcases the latest in independent cinema from all over the world.
It is these collections, and this mission that the Festival of Trees supports. Tickets to the party and the festival, are available online at the event website. It’s not too early to be thinking about the nearing holiday seasons – the events you don’t want to miss – and the rooms you may want to book in advance, to assure you of their availability.