Econo Lodge The Springs
94 Route 7
New Ashford, MA 01237
Phone: (413) 458-7090
Fax: (413) 458-7092
The fall landscape that surrounds Ioka Valley Farm is a patchwork of green hills and golden hay, framed by the contrasting Berkshire and Taconic Hills. Its name says it all; Ioka is Indian for "beautiful." Activities and special events are scheduled all year; a big draw are the festivities in the fall that include hayrides on the Giant Pumpkin Wagon, sing-a-longs, pumpkin carving, a spooky Hay Tunnel, a variety of farm-made goodies to snack on and more! Activities are free, but bring cash to satisfy your appetite.
What started as home for Francine and Sterling Clark's art collection in 1950 is now a full-scale institute featuring a museum, exhibitions and educational programs. The white-columned facilities are set in the lush natural surroundings of the green-treed hill and dale of the Berkshires. There is a fine collection of French Impressionist art as well as Renaissance and other 19th-century paintings. Admission is free from November through May.
The Barrington Stage Company offers year-round entertainment and events for all age groups. Parking is free, and refreshments and a gift shop are available. The company is best known for their production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which eventually went on to Broadway and won two Tony Awards. Their renovated 1912 theater in downtown Pittsfield is the new permanent home to this leading theater company.
If you are looking to host a corporate event or a conference in large scale, then no other venues in the city match up to the facilities provided by The Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Pittsfield. The venue spreads across more than 7500 square feet (700 square meters), and is equipped with projectors, Wi-Fi connection and advanced audio-visual technology. Apart from conferences, the Ballroom is used to host concerts by a number of artists and bands throughout the year. Call for more information.
The Berkshire Lyric Theatre performs at venues across the Berkshires. Founded in 1963 by director Robert Blakefield, a former New York voice teacher and Broadway choral director, the Lyric Theatre provides choral training and performance opportunities for emerging talent, and establishes scholarships for students of instrumental and vocal music.
The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is located in North Adams in Berkshire County. It plays host to a series of visual art and performing art shows throughout the year. Artists are allowed to prepare their works like sculptures, paintings and more in large sizes, as the museum is gigantic. For performing arts, there are good venues, such as the Hunter Center, with excellent technical facilities. So come by for an interesting learning experience at this one of a kind museum. Two reasonably priced restaurants are also located on-site.
Located at Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts), the Hunter Center features many live events, including dance, theater, and children's programming.
Under the purview of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the North Adams Elks Lodge (also known as Lodge no. 487) is a well-known fraternal center and organization where a number of community and cultural events are held regularly. The lodge was founded at the end of the 19th Century, however, it moved to its present location only in 1938. Friday Night Bingo, concerts, organization meetings, banquet dinner and other events take place regularly at the lodge with some of these events also open to non-members.
Built in 1918, featuring some of the great musicians and singers, the South Mountain Concerts Hall is a great place of music. Consisting of 440 seater hall, it is a great place of the American music. One can visit the place to enjoy some fine acoustics, this is a place that is widely visited by the most amazing artists. Constant concerts are organised here and attracts not only the lovers of music but also the people who just visit this hall for it's well known fame and beauty.
Bousquet Ski Area & Family Fun Center is a regional amusement and recreation facility for all seasons. Come to use the water slide, summer camp, go-karts, pool, rock climbing and chairlifts in the summer, while in the winter you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding or snowtubing. You can also have your next banquet, birthday party or event catered.
Shakespeare & Company has been performing works by the Bard for over 30 years in the Berkshires. Apart from the Shakespearian masterpieces, the company also develops and performs new, contemporary works of political and social importance. In addition to their exemplary performances, Shakespeare & Company provides classical actor training. In addition to the works of Shakespeare, past performances have included The Lear Project by Dennis Krausnick, The Goatwoman of Corvis County by Christine Whitley and The Canterville Ghost by Irina Brook (adapted from the story by Oscar Wilde).
What could be better than relaxing in the summer shade to the tunes of Mozart or Puccini floating on the breezes at Tanglewood? Whether you choose a symphony or a popular concert, the setting only enhances the magnificent music. Tanglewood offers tours, event planning, exhibits, services for disabled, two cafes and gift shops amidst the singing strings of performance musicians on the grounds.