From Lenox to Sheffield, there are so many things to see and do. This summer there are some special anniversaries of Berkshire organizations as well as several newer places to explore.
The venerable Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, in Becket, will celebrate their 75th anniversary from June through August. It is home of the longest-running dance festival and the only dance institution to be named a National Historic Landmark. The Pillow presents dance from all over the world in all forms, styles and traditions plus 200 free events.
Another popular theatre, Shakespeare & Co, Lenox, will celebrate it's 30th anniversary season and offer one of their favorites "A Midsummer's Nights Dream" and a daring production of "Anthony and Cleopatra". They also present contemporary works and free events.
A more recent addition to the Berkshires summer art's scene is the Berkshire Fringe in Great Barrington. From July 17 through August 5 they will present new works of theatre and dance by emerging artist to the Berkshire community.
For those who enjoy choral work, the Berkshire Choral Festival in Sheffield, presents five weeks of choral productions. The organization has a unique purpose, to provide choral singers with the opportunity to rehearse and perform masterpieces of the Choral repertoire.
There are plenty of outdoor experiences and an area in Becket has opened for visitors. The Becket Land Trust Historic Quarry and Forest was founded by a group of citizens concerned with protecting the Town of Becket's rural character, natural resources and ecologically sensitive areas. It's a 300-plus area parcel around an abandoned granite quarry with hiking trails. A calendar of events like trail cleanup, walks, talks and "an Annual Quarry celebration Day' are planned this year.
For a farm visit, be sure to go to Otis and see the Otis Poultry Farm. It has been a working poultry farm since 1904 with a large country store filled with homemade pies, breads, maple products, candles and candy.
Several special annual events take place in Southern Berkshire county. You may want to mark these dates on your calendar. In Great Barrington, The Berkshire Arts Festival, July 6, 7 and 8; the Berkshire Crafts Fair, August 10, 11 and 12. In Lee, The Founder's Weekend Celebration from September 28, 29 and 30, and in Lenox the Great Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon, September 16.
Check the Information Center listings at the back of this guide for more information on all of these organizations, events and places. You can visit these centers' websites or go in person to these offices for brochures, directions, suggestions of things to do. At the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce and the Pittsfield Tourist Center you can buy 1/2 price tickets to some productions and events. Be sure to take advantage of all these activities and more in our lovely, Southern Berkshire region.