Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tailgating at Tanglewood

This summer, Hubby and I did something we've both always wanted to do.  We went to see the Boston Pops at Tanglewood.

For those not in the know, Tanglewood is in western Massachusetts, in the Berkshire Mountains, and is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.   It was an experience to be remembered. 

Because of the price of the tickets, I bought "lawn" seats, rather than seats in the "shed".   The shed is the massive structure where all the more financially endowed folks get to sit.

The only benefit is that it's under cover if it rains.  We situated ourselves on the lawn right beside the shed, and we had a decent view of the orchestra.

We stayed at a lovely Bed and Breakfast about a mile away.  When we asked the innkeeper why people were already congregating early in the afternoon, she informed us that we were seeing "Tanglewood on Parade" which is a special event with music and activities all afternoon.  Hubby and I decided to pack our cooler and head over there earlier than planned.

We'd been told that bringing a "picnic" and our own beverages was acceptable.    So we packed some cheese and fruit and wine.

Red Solo Cups!!

We didn't know the proper way to tailgate at Tanglewood was to bring tables, tablecloths, wine glasses, candles, etc!!

We found out from the innkeeper afterwards that there were over 10,000 people there.  This photo is well before the place filled up.  

We walked all around the grounds, saw all the other buildings, and enjoyed a little of the other musical offerings before the main program started.  The view behind the grounds:

Porch Band

All ages enjoyed the show

It was an amazing experience to sit back as night fell and listen to The Tanglewood Orchestra, The Boston Pops, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, who played the 1812 Overture, complete with cannons!!

During intermission, Hubby and I snuck into the shed area and down to the front, where Hubby drooled over the Steinway piano.

The evening was capped off with a phenomenal display of fireworks.   It was a fantastic experience for both of us.   It leaves us wanting to go again next summer!


Anonymous said...

Sounds amazing! I've never been, but it is definitely on my bucket list!

Joan J said...

Jeff and I went to Tanglewood one summer and I still remember what a wonderful night it was. Such a splendid way to spend an evening with someone you love! :)