Berkshire Museum

Pittsfield, MA



The Berkshire Museum's 15th Annual Festival of Trees

The Berkshire Museum is proud to announce the 15th Annual Festival of Trees, to open with a gala preview party on the evening of Friday, November 19, 1999 and running through Sunday, January 2, 2000. What began fifteen years ago with just a week long exhibition featuring 25 trees has become a nationally recognized holiday event and awarded one of the "Top 100 Events in North America."

The indoor forest of holiday brilliance features hundreds of stunning and uniquely decorated trees. Tree designs range from the nostalgic and traditional to whimsical and even interactive. This year's Festival of Trees will include a special look at the Berkshire winters of decades past with photo murals and vintage movie footage.

Visitors can tour the snowy Berkshire countryside of the mid-nineteen hundreds through the photographic works of renowned New England photographer, the late Bill Tague. Selected for a stunning feature in a 1997 issue of Snow Country magazine by David Rothman, who said of Tague's photos: "...his pictures portray an American past that is simultaneously real and idyllic." In addition, there will be special showings of vintage film footage of the pre-chairlift days of skiing at the Berkshires' own Bousquet mountain. The film, provided by Russell and Paul Bousquet features scenes of the early "ski-train" to the Berkshires, skiers walking up the mountain, their first rope tow, and more.

Accompanying the Festival of Trees exhibition will be a series of festive holiday performances presented in cooperation with the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Offerings include performances of music, dance and theatre and a return visit by the Aldersgate Handbell Ringers. Additionally, there will be a wide array of special drop-in programs for families and children.

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