Tag: The Berkshires

At Edith’s Table: Food and Dining in Wharton’s Life and Work

In this illustrated online talk, writer and food historian, Carl Raymond will present an overview of how food and dining are represented in Wharton’s major fiction and memoir.

Attendees will get a sense of how Wharton used food and dining to convey character and background in passages from some of her most memorable work.  Raymond will also present examples from Wharton’s own life including food memories from her childhood as well as insight into how she designed her own dining rooms and her thoughts on entertaining. In addition, attendees will come away with a glimpse of how dining functioned in the overall Gilded Age society and how it defined social class.

Carl Raymond is a writer and lecturer on food and social history.  He has spoken nationally as well as in Europe on various aspects of American and British food history and culture for organizations such as the Royal Oak Foundation, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the English-Speaking Union as well as various museums and societies. He has written for the publications of the Royal Oak Foundation as well as the Culinary Historians of New York and was a contributing writer on SAVORING GOTHAM: A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City (Oxford University Press).

DATE/TIME: Thursday, February 11, 2021 / 4pm – 5pm

LOCATION: The Mount Online
Streamed live via Zoom

TICKETS: $20 General; $15 Mount Members
Available online here


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Scenic Sunday

This week, looking at The Berkshires from New Lebanon.

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Holiday Happenings at Hancock Shaker Village, Dec 6 – 8


Join Hancock Shaker Village this weekend, December 6 to 8, for a magical winter weekend, filled with wagon rides, holiday crafting, Shaker baking, brunch with Santa, a gingerbread house contest, carols, and candlelit strolls throughout the beautifully decorated village.

DATES/TIMES/ADMISSION: Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8, 2019

See descriptions below for specific event times. In addition to the events, the Village is open all weekend from 10 am–4 pm.

Friday, December 6, 7 pm
Live music with American roots band Moonshine Holler. A roaring fire. Food trucks. Cool holiday cocktails and local beer. Grab an ugly sweater and kick off the holidays.
$12 cover at the door; wear an ugly sweater and get $2 off

Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8, 10 am–2 pm
This classic event was so popular last year that we’ve added a second date. Enjoy a delicious buffet, sit on Santa’s lap, and take part in crafts, music, story time, and visiting with animals in the Round Stone Barn. Fun for the young and young at heart.

TICKETS (click here for Saturday and here for Sunday) $45/40.50 members (includes admission); children 12 and under $25/22.50 members.

Saturday, December 7, 6 pm
Chef Brian Alberg spins a contemporary twist on traditional holiday foods. Sample delicacies from countries around the world that will leave you satisfied, curious, and ready to make merry.
TICKETS $65/$58.50 members; children 12 and under $30/27 members.

Sunday, December 8, 2–4 pm
If you’ve never made your own wreath, we have the workshop for you. Enjoy a glass of wine and snacks as you craft a gorgeous wreath using fresh fir, juniper, pine, and other natural, locally sourced materials. Jed Thompson from Township Four will help you create the most beautiful wreath for your door.
TICKETS $80/72 members; includes materials, appetizers, and wine.

Sunday, December 8, 4 pm & 6 pm
Join us in the 1830 Brick Dwelling for choral music, singing of familiar carols, and readings by noted Berkshire residents. The service, modeled on the traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols first held in England in 1918, has been described as “an ambience of mystery, splendor, hope and joy.” Led by Rev. Mark Longhurst of the Williamstown First Congregational Church and musician Karl Mullen.

Friday–Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
Bakers of all ages and skill levels will exhibit their Hancock Holidays Gingerbread Houses. The theme is works of architecture, and bakers were invited to show their interpretation of an architectural masterwork, a fanciful creation from imagination, a personal dwelling, or a building from Shaker Village.

Sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union and Ward’s Nursery and Garden Center

1843 West Housatonic St.
Pittsfield MA, 01201



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Monodic Flow (Field Totem), an Outdoor Art Installation in Hancock, MA

I was driving through Hancock, MA the other day, and saw an interesting art installation in a field at Hancock Shaker Village. The work is called Monodic Flow (Field Totem), by New York-based conceptual sculptor Marko Remec.

Monodic Flow features over 160 convex dome mirrors, 32 inches each, that “flow” over a 200-foot path down the hill.  The path of mirrors echoes the flow of water in the underground aqueducts that the Shakers laid in 1818 from a reservoir at the top of the hillside to the village below. Water then powered their machinery, supplied the laundry, and afterward drained into fields to water the cattle and livestock. Nothing was wasted by the Shakers, and the aqueduct is still in use today.

A monody is a song sung by a single voice. Early Shaker music was sung in unison without instrumental accompaniment, the voices of the community coming together to offer a single prayer to God. To Marko Remec, a conceptual sculptor, the Shakers’ presence in American history was like a lone melody against the bustle of society around them, spiritually and culturally.

Remec’s work has been shown at museums and sculpture parks such as MASS MoCA, LongHouse Reserve, Chesterwood – National Trust Historic Site, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Kunsthaus Zug, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, the Nassau County Museum of Art and the Hancock Shaker Village, among other locales.

You can see Monodic Flow from Lebanon Mountain Road (Route 20) in Hancock. It’s across the street from the Shaker Village. You can park along the road, by the installation, and walk over to take a closer look. Monodic Flow is made possible by the generosity of Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia

May – November, 2018

34 Lebanon Mountain Rd.,
Hancock, MA 01237

This work is part of an exhibition titled, Altered Visions. The exhibit explores how the repurposing of objects or landscapes can change the way we view them. The exhibit also includes work by Henry Klimowicz, and Abelardo Morell. Henry Klimowicz uses cardboard to create organic sculptures that grow out of an inspired process. Abelardo Morell works with a camera obscura and shadows in the historic village to alter our perception of Shaker objects and a historic environment.


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Scavenger Hunt for Fantastical Creatures at The Daniel Arts Center

A sprawling, campus-wide, theatrical scavenger hunt for all-ages, created by director/designer Michael Counts. Called by The New York Times “a master of immersive theater,” Counts teams up with fiber artist and sculptor Huck Elling, to set the stage for a fantastical experience.

This high art/technology scavenger hunt will lead teams of audience members all over the Simon’s Rock campus, interacting with performers and following theatrical clues, as the teams compete to be the first to navigate the course.

Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17, 2018: 2pm

The Daniel Arts Center
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA|

Kids (12 and under): $5
Adults: $10
Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scavenger-hunt-tickets-44424813814

(413) 644-4400


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