Brought a picnic and enjoyed the grounds and outdoor modern dance festival. This National Historic Landmark and National Medal of Arts recipient, Jacob's Pillow is called "the dance center of the nation" by The New York Times, the Pillow brings together dance, music, art, and culture, with more than 300 free and ticketed events including free outdoor performances, photography and art exhibits, free talks and discussions, tours, dance class observation, onsite dining, and much more. Dance companies from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, and across the United States perform in two theaters and an outdoor stage throughout the summer.
Enjoyed our tour of Daniel Chester French's Summer Home, studio and 120 acre grounds. Yes, he is the sculptor who created the Lincoln Memorial, Minute Man Statue, fountain at DuPont Circle, and the U.S. Customs House in the NYC Battery. French was fascinating, our guide delightful and his sculptures were very impressive. Very nice day!
Ann Shea, House Manager & guide was very knowledgeable re. Edith Wharton & her home. The first floor has been restored beautifully. It was interesting to see large photographs from 1902, in the rooms that were renovated. Ann skillfully intertwined Wharton's life & literature to the Mount. The library is filled with Edith's library containing personal notes that the estate purchased for $2,100,000. The gardens were beautiful, we enjoyed walking the grounds.
Restoration of the second floor & large barn are planned; saddy threats of foreclosure appear imminent.
The Mount was built to the ideals of the book "The Decoration of Houses" written by Wharton with the archiect Ogden Codman.
The house had been left to wreck and ruin. I saw it in the mid 1990s when the restorations appeared to be far, far from complete.
I hear now that the estate and gardens are now in fine form. The new brouchure mentions a $2.5 million restoration on the gardens alone. Just imagine.
If you get there before I do again I hope you post some photos.
Enjoyed our tour of Melville's home. Our docent was knowledgeable about his life, family, and literature. Interesting to see the intertwining of Rockwell & Hawthorne in Melville's life. The furnishings, memorabilia, and writings were well presented.
Dianne was a fund of information. She pointed us in the direction of Elizabeth's for dinner and to a farmstand for fresh produce.
The museum was well organized; each room reflected parts of the Northeast where Rockwell lived & worked. The docent was informative and keyed us in to objects in the paintings & aspects of Norman's life that we wouldn't have captured on our own. All of Rockwell's Saturday Evening Post Covers were displayed chronologically in the basement.
Walked through Norman's studio; it was impressive and guide was informative.
Since Rockwell wants to be shown with his peers; we also saw Raw Nerve!The Political Art of Steve Brodner. His current political views of Bush, Hillary, Obama, were familiar.
Outdoors were garden gates created & displayed by artists. Some were creative ...
We enjoyed the gift shop. It was comprehensive & affordable. We didn't eat at the Red Lion cafe, we went to the real lion.
We brought our blanket and picnic to the grounds at 6:00. We purchased CD's in the glass house and antipasti on the grounds. The Boston Symphony did not disappoint. Beautiful night, memorable music, great company ...
Really, all we did in Lenox was to attend a wedding so all I can recommend is that you check out the gorgeous resort where it was held. The Cranwell Inn is beautiful, classy and will bring you back to another time.... Drive around the grounds and go into the lobby and look at the gorgeous woodwork in it.