Berkshire Christmas

Tanglewood Shed Shuttered Until Summer

By: - Dec 24, 2015



A Berkshire Holiday Greeting


Tanglewood is closed and locked, the orchestra is gone,

The Shed is dark and empty and no music lights the lawn.

The playhouse curtains all are drawn, the actors all dispersed,

Festivals of voices stilled, no limelight, lines or verse.


The Pillow dancers skipped away to winter shows and spaces,

Where steadfast choreographers will push them through their paces.

Arrowhead and Chesterwood are closed until next Spring,

WAM Theatre isn’t running, Berkshire Choral doesn’t sing.


But the lights are up in Stockbridge, with the Red Lion Inn aglow,

As scores of sparkling Christmas trees adorn from high and low.

A Norman Rockwell visit is the best this time of year,

His vision of a simpler life can’t help but bring us cheer.


MassMoCA beckons many guests with multi-media art,

And 19th Century painters are still hanging ‘round the Clark.

The neat Berkshire Museum is open every day,

And down at the Mahaiwe you can see an HD play.


But of all the cultural treasures, summer span or year around,

Perhaps the greatest riches are the people to be found.

They’re keen and commonsensical, native born or just moved in,

They dwell here as the seasons change and dance along with them.


And when we take a moment to reflect upon what’s dear,

While cozy in these Berkshire hills and happy that we’re here,

Let’s open up our homes and hearts, our holiday colors unfurled,

And offer peace and happiness to our friends around the world.