A Hands-On Experience: The Berkshires Up Close

For those who prefer a “hands-on” vacation experience, the Berkshires have lots to offer. Workshops, classes, and events are held throughout the area that do not require weekly attendance, and as such, will fit perfectly into your vacation. These types of events give you a chance to experience something that you might never take the time to do when you are at home.

Embrace your inner musician: The Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center in Windsor, MA, offers an ongoing Afro-Caribbean & West African Hand-Drum Class – held right nearby to Hampton Terrace, in Pittsfield.red_wine_glass

From the Berkshires.org website:

Join cultural educator, drummer and singer Aimee Gelinas M.Ed in a dynamic, hands-on participatory class focusing on folkloric and contemporary Afro-Caribbean and West African drumming, percussion and singing. Weekly Monday classes (no classes March 18 & June 24th).Beginner/Intermediate Class: 6pm; Intermediate/Advanced Class: 7pm. Visit website for class info & cancellations. Classes are drop in and cost $10 each. Traditional instruments provided for students use in class. See website or Email aimee@gaiaroots.com for more information. Classes held at The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield.

You can contact Tamarack Hollow for more information, by visiting their website.

Perfect your palate: Hops and Vines Beer Garden & Brasserie in Williamstown, MA, presents “Sommelier Summers at Hops & Vines” through the end of this month. Join them Wednesdays for this Wine Pairing Dinner Series at 8pm through the summer. Ruben Eduardo, Hops & Vines’ Sommelier and Wine Director hosts. Reservations are highly recommended, (413) 884-1372.

Walk in the shoes of a famous writer: The Melville Unplugged Writing Workshops give you a chance to experience Herman Melville’s Berkshires home as he did. Arrowhead, Home of Herman Melville is located in next-door Pittsfield, MA

“Come to Arrowhead with a notebook and a pen, quill or ballpoint and write the way Herman Melville did in 1850. Writer-In-Residence, Jana Laiz will lead this ”unplugged” writing workshop. No macbooks, no PCs, no iPads. With just paper, pen and inspiration we will write stories, essays, poetry – anything you feel inspired to put down on paper. We will share our stories (or not) and get the creative juices flowing in the place where it all happened.

August 1, 8:30-10 we will spend our time in Herman’s Study, writing where he wrote. August 8, 15, 22, 29, 10am-11:30pm. We will meet at Arrowhead, using the grounds and trails to gain inspiration, then get to writing. Registration strongly suggested.” – Berkshires.org website

You can contact the estate via their website, www.mobydick.org.

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