Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tanglewood.......and more!

Last year was Hubby and my first foray into Tanglewood....and we loved it!   As soon as I got the flyer for this year's Tanglewood On Parade, I bought our tickets.   Tanglewood on Parade is a special event where not only do you get the concert at night which features the Boston Pops and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, but you also get music all day beginning at 2pm.

Since Tanglewood on Parade is on a Tuesday night, it made sense for us to take Monday off as well so we could have an extra-long weekend.   I thought it'd be cool if we found something to do halfway there, and lo and behold-  halfway there is Sturbridge Village!

Sturbridge Village is a place where they've recreated a village from New England in the 1930's,  We had been there once before, but really loved it, so it was worth another trip.

 Everything is depicted as it was in the 1830's and, since everyone was a farmer, the place begins with a farm.

Some young girls were dying wool yarn.

The printer showed us how printing was done back then.  What a long and arduous process compared to writing stuff up on a computer and printing it on your laser printer!

The stagecoach was a good way to get from city to city.

The blacksmith had a tough job.

The pottery maker is always the best show in town.  This guy was great with the kids and very entertaining for the adults as well.

The weather could not have been more perfect...the best weather we've  had all summer!

After Sturbridge Village, we drove the rest of the way to Pittsfield, MA where we were staying at a Best Western  (1 1/2 nights paid for by earning points through my job at AAA!)

After driving around for a bit trying to find a restaurant open on a Monday night, we found "Bubba Louie's", which we entered with some trepidation!  No worries.....the place was great!  Situated in an old brick mill building, it was authentic Italian food.....delicious!

Tuesday we headed over to Tanglewood.......

Hubby finally got to hear a concert out of Ozawa Hall!  We heard a Cello concert, which was actually a lot of fun.  Then we listened to the beginning of a piano concert which was a real snoozer!

Another gorgeous day, and Hubby and I enjoyed the grounds tremendously.

As always, the place was packed, but there's always plenty of "lawn seats".   Last year we were quite amused at the lengths people went to make a "picnic"...with full size tables, candles, tablecloths, etc.  That didn't change our way of doing things at all!  In fact, we forgot our Red Solo Cups and plates, so we had to make do with "stolen" paper products from our hotel!!

Besides Ozawa Hall, we enjoyed a magician  and this Fiddle Band as well.

The evening concert was fantastic, with The Tanglewood Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops, which concluded with the 1812 Overture, including cannons!  The night was capped off with fireworks.

And Wednesday we concluded our vacation with a visit to The Norman Rockwell Museum, one of our favorites.  Their special exhibit was the art of the Disney Snow White movie, which was fabulous!
A very relaxing and wonderful vacation for Hubby and me!

1 comment:

tag vennard said...

hey hunny- sturbridge is 1830s not 1930s. I could see some flappers instead of bonneted ladies if it were 1930s.
you didnt mention Cello Submarine my favorite tune of the day- 20 cellos playing beatles medleys.
thanks for another wonderful time darling! smooch