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The Berkshires August 12-14 Three-Day/Two-Night Art and Culture Tour

The Berkshires

August 12-14, 2020

 

Three-Day, Two-Night,
Art & Culture Tour

with Estelle Berg

 

Tour includes: Roundtrip luxury coach transportation; two-night accommodations at The Holiday Inn and Suites; two breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners; theater performance, museum admissions with docent-led tours, and all gratuities.

Great Neck Resident:

Single: $1325; Double: $1181

Nonresident:

Single: $1340; Double: $1196

 

Withdrawal through June 12: a refund less a $50 processing fee will be issued.

After June 12: a refund less $50 will only be issued if you can be replaced from our waiting list.

Please call (516) 441-4949 to register.

 

We are once again offering a three-day, two- night fun filled trip to the Berkshires. Led by GNPS trip leader, Estelle Berg and her husband Stan, we will enjoy an all-inclusive, guided tour of the best of the arts, music, theater and scenery, in this beautiful and historic area in Western Massachusetts.

Day One:

We ask that you arrive at Cumberland no later than 7:30 a.m. to check-in and load luggage, so that we may leave promptly at     8 a.m.  Our luxury coach bus is equipped with all modern conveniences including restroom, Wi-Fi, and DVD player. We will also make a restroom stop en route, before our          11:30 a.m. lunch at the Woodlands, a wonderful country restaurant in Lakeville, Connecticut.

After lunch we’ll travel to Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic site in Stockbridge.  Chesterwood was the country home, studio, and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), creator of the Minute Man and Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial. We will have a private, docent-led tour of the house, studio and some of the outdoor sculptures, with time to view the gorgeous grounds.

We will then drive to downtown Pittsfield for check-in at the fully renovated Holiday Inn and Suites. After a short time to freshen up, we will have an early buffet dinner at the restaurant “Eat on North” in the new hotel, North, around the corner from our hotel.

Then off to Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra or Barrington Stage Theater Company or Jacobs Pillow, a National Historic landmark and the oldest internationally acclaimed Summer Dance Festival in the United States. (Details on the performances are not yet available.)

Day Two:

A full buffet breakfast will be served at the hotel at 7 a.m.

After breakfast we will drive to Dalton, Massachusetts. Here we will have a      docent-led tour of the Crane Museum of Papermaking in what was the rag room of Crane’s Old Stone Mill, dating back to 1844. It was the first mill built by the second generation of Crane papermakers. The museum opened in 1930 after extensive renovations, making it one of the best corporate museums in the country. Since 1879 Crane has supplied banknote paper for the United States currency.

Then onto Williamstown, where we will spend the rest of the day visiting the many attractions it has to offer. First, we will have a delicious lunch at Pera, a Mediterranean restaurant.

A docent-led highlights tour of the newly renovated exquisite Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will follow. The Museum opened in 1955 and houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture. It is best known for its French Impressionist paintings by Monet, Degas, Pissarro, and especially Renoir, with more than thirty paintings by the artist.

The museum overlooks a dramatic three-tiered reflecting pool, integrating indoor and outdoor spaces and creating a stunning visual connection to the woodland surroundings.

There will be time to view the special exhibits on your own, as well as visit the wonderful gift shop and walk the grounds.

Dinner will follow at Casalina, a renowned Italian restaurant in the area.

To end this special day, we will be treated to a show at the famed Williamstown Theater. (Details of the performance are not yet available.)

Day Three:

A full breakfast will be served at the hotel at  7 a.m. After breakfast and check out, we will spend the morning at the famed Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. Here we will have a private highlights tour viewing some of the largest and most significant collections of original Rockwell art, as well as the powerful Four Freedoms paintings.

As an added bonus, we will attend a talk by one of the original models featured in a number of Rockwell’s paintings. He will talk about his childhood as a model, and answer any of your questions. You will then have time to view the special exhibit,” Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration.” This exhibit explores fantasy archetypes from the Middle Ages to today. There will also be time to view the Saturday Evening Post Covers, visit Rockwell’s studio and visit the gift shop.

We then board the bus to Aegean Breeze, a Greek restaurant in Great Barrington, for a delicious lunch before heading home. We will arrive back in Great Neck late evening.