Linde Tanglewood Learning Institute

The Shed at Tanglewood
The Shed will share the grounds with the Linde Tanglewood Learning Institute beginning summer 2019

The Linde Tanglewood Learning Institute opens its doors this summer to visitors in Lenox. After a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign, four new buildings will debut this June. They will be air-conditioned and heated, as a result there will be programs all year long! It is the BSO’s plan to provide a variety of cultural events, practice rooms and space for community organizations to hold events in the Linde Tanglewood Learning Institute’s spacious halls and rooms.

2019 Highlights

A series of eleven (11) events including four special weekends are planned for the inaugural season. Most of the events are tied to music scheduled for performances at Tanglewood during the event week. According to the BSO, programs will be targeted to the general public “with a degree of intellectual curiosity.”  In addition, former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and playwright Tom Stoppard will be featured. Artists from the summer’s BSO season will be speaking. Andre Previn will join Stoppard in a discussion of their new work, “Penelope,” premiering with soprano Renee Fleming and the Emerson String Quartet. Other presenters will include Andris Nelsons (BSO music director), Yo-Yo Ma, and cabaret artist Meow Meow.  The Berkshire International Film Festival will host a series of  Sunday evening films.

The new Institute also features a cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. Visitors will have an opportunity to break bread with other cultural enthusiasts and musicians.

BSO artistic administrator and director of Tanglewood, Anthony Fogg,  said, “We believe deeply in the power of music to make a difference in people’s lives. We need this now more than ever. Tanglewood Learning Institute gives us the tools to share this belief with those with open minds and hearts.”

Tanglewood and the Linde Tanglewood Learning Institute are a short distance from The Rookwood Inn.

Summer is in Full Swing

The Shed at Tanglewood
Beautiful skies of Tanglewood

Summer is in full swing in the Berkshires as are Tanglewood and all the theaters, Jacob’s Pillow, and the museum. The Berkshires are bustling with people. Will you be visiting us this summer? The program at Tanglewood is mostly Bernstein to celebrate his 100th birthday. The theaters have some wonderful plays going on too! Did you know that the Berkshires has a 1/2 TIX program? Same day half price tickets are available at the Lenox Chamber of Commerce (4 Housatonic Street) and a few other locations Tuesday through Sunday; noon until 4:30 pm. Monday tickets may be purchased on Sunday. The venues participating this year are: Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Theatre Group, Capital Steps at Cranwell, Chester Theatre Company, Mac-Haydn Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, Tanglewood and The Theater Barn. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis on a cash only basis. If you haven’t made plans you just might get an amazing deal! For more information call the 1/2 TIX hotline at 413-7432-1339; information is updated by 11 a.m.

Officiant, Amy Lindner-Lesser
Justice of the Peace & ULC Minister, Amy Lindner-Lesser, in Paris

Over the past few months I traveled to Paris. I thought it was about time that I took my own advice and did some travel to expand my mind and practice some self care. It was my first there and the first time I traveled abroad on my own, although I met up with some friends on my second day there. The purpose of my trip was to attend a two day retreat with my coach and to share a full day photo shoot with three other women. Both were eye and soul opening experiences and I have to say were successes. There’s a photo of me  (below) with the Eiffel Tower lit up in the background. I had so much fun doing the photo shoot that I scheduled the photographer for a full day here at the inn. I’ll be sure to start using the new photos more!

We are also almost finished with the inn’s paint job. It was on the books for September, but Mother Nature did not cooperate and sent us too many rainy days. Next it was to begin at the end of April, but it was still too cold. I’m happy to say they started mid-May and even with the rains of spring we are only a few days away from finish! The Rookwood is looking mighty spiffy with her fresh coat of paint, if I may say so myself!

Update on my Rescue Dog Migo

Update on Migo – 2 years since this rescue dog who rescued me arrived at The Rookwood Inn.

A little over two years ago, after my dog Reo passed away  I knew I wanted another dog to keep me company and for the inn. I was smitten with Migo’s intellect, his quirky personality and his funny little face; not to mention his spotted paws. There was never a question in my mind…Migo was for me!

Migo was the first dog I saw and fell immediately in love with him. Here is his history. Migo was found as a stray walking along a highway in North Carolina and rescued by a wonderful woman. He was young and scared. He lived for about a year and a half in a no kill shelter but nobody was interested in him because he was very shy and timid. The shelter decided that he would be a good candidate for their “New Leash on Life” program at a minimum security prison. He has spent four months there learning to trust and be comfortable with his trainer, learning to socialize with other dogs, lots of people and learning basic obedience skills. Migo and his trainer worked on agility skills such as learning the balance beam and jumping hoops.This program, and the many others in minimum security prisons around the nation are life savers for the inmates and the dogs. The inmates learn a skill (dog training) and have the opportunity to gain self confidence and unconditional love that only an animal can provide. The dogs are spared a death sentence which unfortunately is a high likelihood in overcrowded, high kill shelters and learn to love and trust.

Migo arrived on January 30, 2016, along with almost 20 other dogs traveling to their new homes! He has settled into his life as both a family dog and inn dog and enjoys running and exploring in all weather, except rain.

I bring him to visit my mother at her assisted living facility and he is loving and gentle with all of the residents. He loves greeting everyone and giving kisses. He has even attended Friday night services at the facility. Migo also enjoys our guests of all ages, other dogs and even my cats!

Migo has become our official Rookwood Inn ambassador and, with permission, loves,  to greet our guests. He happily welcomed almost 100 guests at our last Holiday Inn tour from his spot in front of the living room fireplace. He also loves to welcome our guest dogs (did you know your dog is welcome in our two first floor rooms,, with prior arrangements?) and has been known to share a treat and information about the best places for walks

I want to thank everyone who made  it possible for Migo to come into my life and the life of The Rookwood Inn. Today marks the two year anniversary of Migo’s “Gotcha Day” when we were united. We have had many adventures and he has provided much love and laughter for not only me, but for guests and staff at The Rookwood.

Migo hopes you’ll come visit and meet him soon. He is eager to make new friends!

Tanglewood – Summer 2018


Time to Plan for Music Under the Stars

It is finally here…the schedule for Tanglewood Summer 2018! Everyone who is a fan of Leonard Bernstein will enjoy this year’s program, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth! There are performances galore, guest conductors and guest artists to please everyone.

Bernstein’s close relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra spanned a half-century, from the time he became a protégé of legendary BSO conductor Serge Koussevitzky as a member of the first Tanglewood Music Center class in 1940 until the final concerts he ever conducted, with the BSO and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra at Tanglewood in 1990.

For me,  growing up in NYC, I remember Lenny’s Young peoples concerts at Queens College. His daughter, Jamie, will host a special hour-long program on 8/10 inspired by  these concerts and conducted by Andris Nelsons.

On August 25, Bernstein’s birth-date, The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood, will be conducted by BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons, Christoph Eschenbach, Keith Lockhart, Michael Tilson Thomas, and John Williams. It will feature an astonishing array of guest artists, including Audra McDonald, Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Susan Graham, and Thomas Hampson. The BSO will be joined for this very special occasion by members of numerous other orchestras with which Bernstein maintained close associations.

Presentations of Unprecedented Number of Bernstein Theatre & Film Works

There will be a staged production by the POPS of On The Town  directed by Keith Lockhart with preeminent Broadway Singers (7/7).  A BSO West Side Story film presentation with orchestra accompaniment led by  David Newman (7/28); and Fancy Free with the BSO, Boston Ballet and Andris Nelsons (8/18). Performances in Ozawa Hall include: Trouble in Tahiti with Broadway stars Alexandra Silber and Shuler Hensley (7/12), Facsimile with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra (7/23); A Quiet Place  with Tanglewood Music Center Fellows (8/9), and Candide with The Knights (8/22 & 23).

Summer 2018 – Bernstein Centennial

The Bernstein Centennial Summer celebrates Lenny at Tanglewood! Don’t miss this season spotlighting Bernstein’s inspiring talents as a composer, conductor, and educator, as a supreme innovator and cultural influencer of the 20th century. View the full Tanglewood 2018 Schedule here. Tickets go on sale to the general public at the end of January.  Make sure you book you reservations at The Rookwood soon! Call us at 800.223.9750 or book online today!