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“Hope” is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

I’ve heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.

~Emily Dickinson

back in time

to Lenox, Massachusetts
in the early 1900’s
to The Mount
home of author, Edith Wharton

“On a slope overlooking the dark waters and densely wooded shores of Laurel Lake we built a spacious and dignified house, to which we gave the name of my great-grandfather’s place, The Mount…There for over ten years I lived and gardened and wrote contentedly, and should doubtless have ended my days there had not a grave change in my husband’s health made the burden of the property too heavy.

“But meanwhile The Mount was to give me country cares and joys, long happy rides and drives through the wooded lanes of that loveliest region, the companionship of a few dear friends, and the freedom from trivial obligations which was necessary if I was to go on with my writing.  The Mount was my first real home…its blessed influence still lives in me.”

~from Wharton’s autobiography, A Backward Glance (1934)

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Edith's desk

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upstairs downstairs

geometry

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fern arches

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ivy bench

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pom poms

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The Mount

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Wharton wrote over 40 books in 40 years including

Ethan Frome

The House of Mirth

Summer

The Age of Innocence

and many short stories and poems

She was the first woman to receive The Pulitzer Prize for fiction

She designed this home and the gardens surrounding it.

 

She was a woman way beyond her time.

 

I recently spent an afternoon strolling through her home and gardens

while in the Berkshires.

I remember reading “Ethan Frome” in high school and thinking that it was one of the saddest stories I had ever read.

Now, after learning more about her, I’m anxious to read more of her books.

 

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

~Edith Wharton

Happy Birthday

Tanglewood!

  picnic-ing on the lawn

surrounded by beautiful green gardens and mountains

amazing music

on a perfect summer night

under the stars

ending with a spectacular fireworks display

truly a historic evening!

Tanglewood is magical

and Yo Yo Ma describes it best HERE

 

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cheers to summer!

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a little night music

a sneak peek

just a few clips from Tanglewood’s 75th

the full concert will be aired on public television

WGBH Boston

on Great Performances in August

so check your local listings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

celebrating!

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packing again

leaving for the Berkshires

Lenox, MA to be exact

to celebrate the 75th anniversary

of a very special place

TANGLEWOOD

where we will have the pleasure

of being in the company of

some pretty spectacular talent

The BSO

The Pops

Yo Yo Ma

John Williams

Andris Nelsons

Emmanuel Ax

Peter Serkin

Ann-Sophie Mutter

The Tanglewood Festival Chorus

and even

James Taylor

to name a few

a birthday bash! 

75 years of musical history at one of the most beautiful places in the country

 

 

I found this old film on You Tube

funny that clothing styles have certainly changed

but the music remains the same!