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Rookwood Ramblings - Thanksgiving 2016 / Tanglewood 2017 Preview 

Gratitude is flowing at The Rookwood Inn!

It is just a few days before Thanksgiving and it has been snowing for almost twenty-four hours! From my desk at the inn, I look out over a tranquil world that looks like a snow globe. It looks as if winter has arrived, dropping almost a foot of snow. However, the roads are clear and our parking lot has been plowed. We've got the fireplaces ready for cuddling and conversation!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Family get- togethers and delicious food. Our family includes good friends and lots of laughter. We all assemble at the inn and enjoy the foods that everyone has made. We go around the table and take turns sharing the things and people we are grateful for. After dinner we play a rousing game of Scattegories with lots of laughter.

I have been trying to figure out how to keep the feeling of Thanksgiving  throughout the year. This means putting a sense of contentment and peace in my life by maintaining an attitude of gratitude. When I look at my life, my family, my friends, my guests, my health, and the comforts of The Rookwood Inn, I feel very blessed!

In the spirit of gratitude and giving, this year, The Rookwood staff, baked more than 20 banana and pumpkin breads and donated them to the Pittsfield Thanksgiving Angels which provides needy families with all the fixings for a complete turkey dinner. More than 1,000 families will be able to have Thanksgiving dinner thanks to the efforts of all the contributors.

As we get closer to Thanksgiving, here are a few of the things on my gratitude list: my Rookwood family including every guest throughout the years, my employees, my growing family, a fabulous business which I love, the beautiful Berkshires, my loving pets, the amazing and bountiful cultural offerings, small town life, delicious food, and a warm home.

Another thing for which I am grateful is that the 2017 Tanglewood Season has just been released (see the link below)! That means that all of the cultural venues will soon follow with their schedules AND that summer can't be too far away!

My wish is that you find your gratitude list overflowing and you have included The Rookwood Inn as a place to visit this year.

In gratitude,

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Special 20th Anniversary Savings
Book any stay in the month of December and we'll give you 20% off in honor of my 20th Anniversary of purchasing The Rookwood Inn! That's extra cash for you to use for holiday spending. We will also apply a 20% discount to every gift certificate purchased between Thanksgiving and December 31, 2016. 

Berkshire Botanic Gardens Holiday Marketplace
Living room at the holidays
Don't Forget The Rookwood Inn for the Holidays...we are open throughout the Christmas and Hanukah season and, of course, New Year's. Enjoy the beauty of the Berkshires with the charm of a bygone era. Our collection of antique Santas and Victorian decorations are on display throughout the inn.

Ask about our New Year's Eve special evening and New Year's Day brunch. 
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This summer is already looking great!  

Tanglewood Shed
A highlight of this summer's Ozawa Hall schedule is the six-concert series, curated by Emanuel Ax and featuring an array of extraordinary performers, entitled Schubert's Summer Journey, encompassing music from Schubert's final year plus complementary works ranging from additional vocal and instrumental music by Schubert to a world premiere by Colin Jacobsen (July 6 and 20; August 3, 8, 17, and 23).
BSO Music Director, Andris Nelsons will lead ten concerts in the opening and closing weekends of the BSO's 2017 Tanglewood season, beginning on Opening Night.

The Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart at Tanglewood , highlighting Tanglewood's opening and closing orchestra weekends with Sondheim on Sondheim  and  E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Concert , and also offer an exciting pre-season film-with-orchestra event, Jaws in Concert .

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New to Tanglewood this Summer

Tanglewood Takes Flight:
A Celebration of Birds and Music with Mass Audubon
Thursday, July 27-Sunday, July 30

is a multi-faceted, first-ever collaboration with Mass Audubon, that stretches the idea of concert-going in a new direction for the Festival:  The series will feature six guided bird walks/talks, the earliest of which will take place at 5:30 a.m. at Pleasant Valley, and five concerts, with three performances to take place as early as 7 a.m., in close proximity to the scheduled early morning bird walks.  The bird walks will be partnered with music from Messiaen's Catalogue of the Birds, a monumental series of 13 piano pieces portraying the birds of Europe, to be performed by Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Piano Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center at both Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and Tanglewood (7/27-30).

As part of this special series, on July 27, Ozawa Hall will present Pierre-Laurent Aimard in a fascinating centuries-spanning program that will explore the many recreations of birdsong in music by a diverse range of composers from the Baroque to the present day, including music of Daquin, Schumann, Ravel, Bartók, and Julian Anderson. The centerpiece of the concert will be a selection of movements from Messiaen's Catalogue of the Birds, to be interspersed with electronic works by French composer Bernard Fort, incorporating the same bird calls. The program will be preceded by a "Birds at Dusk" session on the Tanglewood Grounds with Mass Audubon ornithologist Wayne Petersen.

Sunday-Afternoon Events, 12-2pm
On Sunday afternoons beginning when the grounds open at noon, enjoy new and exciting events to enhance your Tanglewood experience. Examples include lectures and musical demonstrations for all ages, sing-alongs, food and wine tastings, face painting, yoga and Qigong, games for families, and more! Specific events will be announced closer to the season opening.

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Yoga on the Lawn
outdoor-yoga-woman.jpg Once again this summer, in collaboration with the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Tanglewood is offerng hour-long yoga classes taught by fully accredited Kripalu teachers from 10:15-11:15am on Saturday mornings (weather permitting). Located on the lawn near the Tanglewood Visitor Center, these weekly classes are available at no additional charge to Saturday-morning BSO Rehearsal ticket holders, on July 8, 15, 22, and 29, and August 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Enjoy the rehearsal of Sunday's concert while you work on body, mind and spirit in beautiful surroundings.
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In Closing...

Nina, Greg & Hunter, October 2016
Nina, Greg, & Hunter (7 months old)
Maya & Scott October 2016
Maya & her fiancé, Scott
Amy Lindner-Lesser

want to thank each and every one of you for sharing your lives and ours. 
Until we meet again, Happy Thanksgiving!


Amy Lindner-Lesser,  Innkeeper, Proprietor 

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