Arriving in Paris after leading a scientific expedition through northern China, Sterling Clark was just another Boxer Rebellion veteran and Yale-educated engineer looking for something to do with the inheritance of his magnate grandfather, Robert Clark, who was an heir to the Singer sewing-machine fortune. Like the countless men who found themselves in the same position, Sterling did the only thing left to do at that point of his adventurous life: invest in art.
Sterling and his wife Francine both displayed a discriminating eye for art in their first year of collecting, almost immediately acquiring a piece by the sought-after painter Hyacinthe Rigaud, who was famous for his portraiture of 17th-century European nobility and drawing the most realistic-looking stick people. The Clarks' tastes evolved over time, and their collection ballooned to include more than 30 paintings by Renoir and dozens of works by other impressionist artists.
In 1955, a year before Sterling passed away, he and Francine founded their art institute, where the museum's curators presently stay true to the couple's artistic interests. French impressionism still forms the crux of the collection, but the museum's scope is ever expanding and nowadays includes works of early photographers and American painters and a rotating schedule of well-curated special exhibitions.
Every Friday and Saturday night as the light begins to fade, cars cruise through the dusk into an empty field, where images begin to flicker on the giant screen at Hathaway’s Drive-In Theatre. Moviegoers prepare for double features of new and classic films by positioning one of the drive-in’s special speakers in their car's window or by tuning their radio dials to the affiliated FM station. Picnic-basket packers can choose to bring in their own snacks and drinks for a small fee, while those who like to travel light can patronize the theater's snack bar, which stocks hot dishes and snacks such as house-made fries, Hebrew National all-beef hot dogs, veggie burgers, candy, and ice-cream treats.
We are a winery and vineyard in Southern Vermont. Three and a half hours from NY City, two and a half from Boston and an hour and a half from Hartford CT. We manufacture wine from our grown grapes as well as import grapes to create world class wines.
The workout gurus at Bennington CrossFit and Anytime Fitness share a common dedication in guiding visitors to healthier lifestyles through various means of exercise. Anytime Fitness grants members 24-hour access to its facility, where guests can escalate heart rates on elliptical cross-trainers and pump iron with a variety of circuit weight machines. During a trio of Elements sessions, Bennington CrossFit's certified trainers introduce the CrossFit regimen, which focuses on strengthening, conditioning, and tailoring sleeves to fit bulging biceps. Groups of one to four students absorb information on the program’s well-rounded approach to fitness as they sweat through basic forms and functional movements. Elements classes are scheduled according to student and trainer availability and are a necessary prequel to one-hour CrossFit offerings in kettlebells, gymnastics, rowing, and Olympic cow hurdling. Before using your 10-class punch card, peruse the schedule to find convenient CrossFit class times.
At Williamstown's 6 House Pub, you can snack away on tasty pub grub.
Low-fat eaters will need to take care, however, since the menu does not feature any skimmed-down fare.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! 6 House Pub also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of 6 House Pub's al fresco patio seating.
6 House Pub has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at 6 House Pub — attire is casual.
You can also grab your grub to go.
6 House Pub is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.
6 House Pub offers various parking options, including bike parking.
You can take it easy on your wallet at 6 House Pub — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
In 1903, Orrin E. Smith sculpted a nine-hole course at Windsor Lake called North Adams Gentleman's Club, challenging golfers to take on its rolling terrain and bask in the peaceful effect of its verdant expanse. Though the name of the course has changed, the Berkshire Hills terrain remains a picturesque setting for players of all skill levels to enjoy golf as a relaxing pastime. A large lake forms the centerpiece of the course, forcing players to evade its watery reaches on holes four, seven, and nine, or risk donating their balls to the course historian holding court in his underwater lair.
Course at a Glance:
* Nine-hole, par 36 course
* Total length of 2,899 yards from back tees
* Course rating of 67 from the back tees
* Course slope of 119 from the back tees
* Two sets of tees per hole
* Designed by Orrin E. Smith