Shhhh... Yesterday, Barack Obama gave the National Medal of Arts....the nation's highest arts honor...to 10 recipients. Four of them, James Taylor, Meryl Streep, Sonny Rollins and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival reside within a 25-mile radius of us... 40%!
And they join Yo Yo Ma, John Williams, Pete Seeger and James Levine, who also have Berkshire homes. Frankly, that could be the tip of the iceberg....which is also why I am asking you to keep this between us.
There are LOT of other famous people here. But unlike The Hamptons, Beverly Hills, Aspen.....these "celebrities" live here because they can actually have a life. And a life that is rural and authentic...but also possessing world-class natural surroundings, culture (art, music, theater and dance), museums, Gilded Age historic homes, restaurants (my last blog pointed out that 2 of the 4 James Beard nominations from Massachusetts this year live in the Berkshires), health and wellness (Canyon Ranch, Kripalu and Dr. Mark Hyman.)
I have stood in front of James Taylor in the grocery store line. Sat next to him in an empty coffee shop. He's hanging with his twin boys. Reading a paper. People are leaving him alone.
So here is my pitch to you. Come to the Berkshires to find out WHY people like James Taylor and Yo Yo Ma make this home.
But SHHHH! This stays between you and me. Our SECRET!