A Berkshires Summer Sampler - Smithsonian Associates

Sunday, July 26 @ 6AM 

A popular summer retreat for Bostonians and New Yorkers for well over 150 years, the scenic and historic Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts are alive with music, art, and theatre. Arts journalist

leads a 5-day tour that offers a splendid sampling of cultural attractions in the region, from historic writers’ homes to outstanding museums to music and theatre performances.

Destinations with literary connections include Herman Melville's evocative Pittsfield farmhouse, Arrowhead, and Edith Wharton's elegant Lenox estate, the Mount. Visit the Clark Art Institute in picture-perfect Williamstown, featuring the museum’s first outdoor exhibition,

a series of artists’ installations across its sprawling campus; MASS MoCA, a collection of contemporary galleries in a 26-acre former industrial complex; and the first-rate art museums at Williams College and, on the return trip, Yale University.

Be part of the audience at two intimate chamber music venues in Vermont, Music Mountain (America's oldest continuing summer chamber music festival) and Yellow Barn, as well as for a performance at the acclaimed Williamstown Theatre Festival.