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Three-day/Two-night Berkshires Trip!

GNPS Community Education presents

The Berkshires, MA:

Three-Day, Two Night,
Art & Culture Tour 2019

Tuesday–Thursday, August 6-8

The Berkshires: Three-Day, Two-Night, Art & Culture Tour with Estelle Berg. Tour includes: Roundtrip luxury coach transportation; Two-night accommodations at The Crowne Plaza Hotel; two breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners; Tanglewood concert; Barrington Stage production; museum admissions, with docent-led tours, and all gratuities.

Great Neck Resident:

Double: $1120; Single: $1285

Nonresident:

Double: $1135; Single: $1300

Withdrawal through June 1, a refund less a $50 processing fee will be issued; after June 1, a refund less $50, will only be issued if you can be replaced from our waiting list.

Please call (516) 441-4949 to register.

Join GNPS trip leader, Estelle Berg, and her husband Stan, three-decade Berkshires’ homeowners, for 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 12 p.m. lunch at the Woodlands, a wonderful country restaurant in Lakeville, Connecticut.

After lunch, we will spend the afternoon at the famed Norman Rockwell Museum, where we will have a private, docent-led tour. The museum holds the largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art which will be included in our highlights tour, as well as the powerful Four Freedoms paintings. After the tour, there will be time to visit the gift store, view the enduring favorites from Rockwell's Saturday Evening Post covers, and view the special exhibit, Out of the Darkness: The Art of Frank Miller. This is the very first retrospective art exhibition for legendary Frank Miller. He redefined the way comic books are written and drawn. Miller’s distinct style, world-building and elevation of the anti-hero have awarded him every major comic book industry award and global following. The exhibit will showcase over 100 original works created by Miller throughout his career.

 

We will then drive to downtown Pittsfield for check-in at the fully renovated Crowne Plaza Hotel. After a short time to freshen up, we will have an early dinner at Mazzeo’s, a delicious family-style Italian restaurant in Lenox.

Then off to Tanglewood – summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. (Details on the performance are not yet available).                                                                    

Day Two: A full, buffet breakfast will be served at the hotel at 7 a.m.

We will then drive to North Adams, home of Mass Moca, which is one of the world’s liveliest (and largest) centers for making, displaying, and enjoying today’s most important art, music, dance, theater, film, and video. With vast galleries and a stunning collection of indoor and outdoor works (including 250,000 sq. ft. of gallery space in beautifully restored 19th century mill buildings, this modern museum is dedicated to partnerships with Laurie Anderson, the Louise Bourgeois Trust, Jenny Holzer, Anselm Kiefer with the Hall Art Foundation, Sol LeWitt, and James Turrell), the factory-turned-museum is "a site for all eyes" (The New York Times).  We will be have our own private docent-led tour of the stunning exhibits. 

After the tour, we will have lunch at Public Eat and Drink, a fun pub in the area.

With time permitting, as we wind our way back to Pittsfield, we’ll make a stop at Sweet Brook Farm, home to a growing herd of alpacas raised for their beautiful yarns and ultra-warm garments. We’ll see these beautiful animals in action and hear about them from the farmer who raises them. Sweet Brook also produces maple syrup in their state-of-the-art sugar house. You will be able to buy products at the farm store.

We will then return to the hotel with a short time to relax before a buffet dinner at the hotel.

Then onto the Barrington Stage Company or Jacob’s Pillow for an evening performance. (Details on 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 drive to The Mount, home of Edith Wharton, author of The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome and the House of Mirth. She wrote more than 40 books in 40 years. Essentially self-educated, she was the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1921), and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Yale University (1923). In addition to being a prodigious author, she was a master house builder and gardener. There will be a private, docent-led tour of the house, and time to browse the outdoor sculptures and gorgeous grounds on your own.

Time permitting, we will then make a stop in charming historic downtown Lenox for some shopping.

Lunch will follow at Aegean Breeze, a Mediterranean-style restaurant in Great Barrington before heading home, arriving back in Great Neck in late evening.

Please call  the Community Education office at (516)441-4949 for more information, or to register.