Surreal Festivals Celebrating Thousands of Musicians and Dancers
Being able to indulge in the sounds of music that Western Massachusetts is known for not only in its arts and cultural departments of the colleges but also in the festivals and area music venues takes the mind on a journey.
The Jacob’s Pillow Dance is our oldest Dance Festival. Located in Becket, Massachusetts, in the Berkshires, this dance center holds the “oldest internationally acclaimed Summer Dance Festival in the United States” (U.S. National Register of Historic Places in Massachusetts).
The center offers about 200 free events each season that include international forms, styles, traditions and more for guests to participate in and enjoy. They offer activities, workshops, and literature as educational resources as guest artists provide exhibits, tours, and talks to over 80,000 visitors.
This is our festival where the expression of not only dance but also the love for our area is taught and shared among the many who travel from around the world every year.
Perhaps the greatest epicenter of classical music in the world, Tanglewood is located in Berkshire Hills. The Boston Symphony Orchestra, established in 1937, takes a summer residency at Tanglewood, pulling the strings of my heart and those of our community and visitors with its orchestral performances of palpable passion.
No matter where you go in Western Massachusetts, art in some form is seemingly at the forefront of our culture.
Looking Into the Future
My favorite park in the area is Bash Bish State Park, which actually is partially in the state of New York. You can actually go swimming waterfalls here!
The cascading waters rush to your feet after falling 60ft. The crystal clear waters ensconced by the surrounding mountains are a gentle reminder to me of Western Massachusetts’ unparalleled greatness.
Featured image by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism