Latest News - Lenox 250th Anniversary

The Cantilena Chamber Choir


 The Cantilena Chamber Choir
World’s Greatest Christmas Carols

Sunday, December 3, 3:00 pm

 Trinity Episcopal Church
88 Walker Street, Lenox

 Cost includes Post-Concert Reception

 $25 adults; $20 students/seniors; free for
children 12 years and under

The concert will include traditional carols and some new settings of old favorites by American composers.  The concert will end with the premiere of the Lenox Suite for piano, violin and choir written by Moshe Knoll as a tribute to Lenox’s 250th Anniversary.  Mr. Knoll and Laura Goldberg, violinist, both serve on the faculty of Lenox’s Belvoir Terrace.

Allyn Burrows, artistic director at Shakespeare and Company, will be the narrator.

Other choral favorites on the program will be Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols, a medley of Christmas Spirituals arranged by Chanticleer and favorite carol settings by John Rutter, Eric Barnum and Paul Halley. There is much more, plus a carol sing-along.

The Cantilena Choir, now in its fourteenth season, is a three-time recipient of a grant award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the only Berkshire choir so honored. It is also a two-time winner of the prestigious Choral Arts New England’s Alfred Nash Patterson Award for unique programming. Andrea Goodman, the founder and director of the choir, also serves as the Music Director for the annual summer Saratoga Choral Festival in Saratoga Springs, New York.

More information at; 518-791-0185; or email

Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service

Sunday, November 19 at 3:00 pm

Trinity Episcopal Church
88 Walker Street, Lenox

Free and open to the public

The Founder’s Day Interfaith Gathering on March 5th opened the Lenox 250th Anniversary Celebration. And now, as it nears closing, Lenox comes together to celebrate their Annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Worship.
Participants include:

  • The Rev. Msgr. John J. Bonzagni, St. Ann & St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Parishes
  • Rabbi Josh Breindel, Temple Anshe Amunim (Pittsfield)
  • The Rev. Janet Deranian, United Methodist Church of Lenox
  • The Rev. Dr. John A. Nelson, Church on the Hill, United Church of Christ
  • The Rev. Michael Tuck, Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Helena Chapel

The Lenox Clergy Association and congregations of Lenox and their neighbors will gather at Trinity Episcopal Church on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 19 at 3:00 pm, to give thanks.

There will be readings from a prayer book published near the time of Lenox’s founding, singing of hymns, and, following the example of ancestors, the offering of humble thanks. It will be a gathering with friends of multiple faith traditions and with those who simply appreciate the opportunity to practice gratitude.

Photo: Trinity Episcopal Church

Lenox 250th Anniversary Quilt

Handmade Commemorative Artifact

On Display at Lenox Community Center 65 Walker Street

 Designed by Arline Callan, and created by Arline, Karen Pratt and Susan Morris 

Arline Callan, an active Lenox resident, attended Lenox High School. When she decided to craft a quilt as a commemorative of the Lenox 250th Anniversary, she chose the Lenox High School colors.

The Lenox 250th logo also influenced her color choice. The logo was designed by Lenox High School alumna Katie Mitts and is used as the center design.

Arline decided on a nine-patch square traditional pattern. She had some help planning the design. Her husband, Jim, did the calculations to set up an accurate pattern.

Arline did the cutting, assembling, and sewing together of all the pieces and attached a sleeve to the back for hanging.

Karen Pratt, a professional quilter in Pittsfield, completed the project using her quilting expertise.

This commemorative quilt will be raffled off at the November 5th Lenox 250th Social at the Lenox Community Center.  Raffle tickets for the quilt are $5 each or 6 for $25, and are available at the Lenox Visitors Center, 4 Housatonic Street, the Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker Street, the Lenox Library, 4 Main Street, and The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic Street.


Sunday, November 5th – 2:00 to 5:00 pm

Lenox Community Center 65 Walker Street
Free and open to the public.

Programs for an afternoon of entertainment and refreshments

  • 2:00 pm – Berkshire Sings, a local music group, has offered to perform some of their favorite songs
  • 2:45 pm – Bits and Pieces of Lenox History (replacing “Listen to the Hills”)
    • Did you know Columbus died in Lenox in 1851? And we’re not sure where he’s buried. Hear Leo Mahoney and Mati Kiin, documentary film-makers, tell the tale of this famous circus elephant.
    • Charlie Flint always has something to say about Lenox Dale. Come listen to Charlie’s latest story.
    • Justice or justice denied. Matt Tannenbaum will shed some light on the subject of Ephraim Wheeler’s public hanging in 1806 set in the days just after the successful American Revolution and Berkshire County’s own Shays’ Rebellion. (Courtesy of Irene and Richard Brown’s book, “The Hanging of Ephraim Wheeler.”)
  • 4:00 pm – Desserts, including SOCO Ice Cream, tea, coffee and cake, will be served during the showing of Bruce MacGowan’s Lenox Historic Postcard Collection. Bruce MacGowan is also the narrator.
  • 5:00 pm – The Lenox 250th Anniversary Quilt, a handmade commemorative artifact, will be on display. It is the last opportunity to buy a raffle ticket. The costs are $5 each or 6 for $25. The drawing will be held at 5:00 pm today.

More information about performances:
Berkshire Sings! is a diverse group of people with a like-minded goal….to get together for the sheer enjoyment of singing!

The group performs a wide range of styles from the Great American Songbook to classic Jazz, Blues and Popular music under the guidance of choral director and professional pianist Robert Kelly.

Rob began studying ragtime, jazz and classical repertoire at the age of five. He attended Berklee College of Music and traveled the globe as the pianist with the United States Coast Guard Band. Rob has performed with Roberta Flack, Cheryl Bentyne of Manhattan Transfer, Dick Hyman, Dave McKenna, Larry Coryell and with the Young Artist Program at the Tanglewood Institute.

Rob lives in the Berkshires where he coaches pianists and vocalists and performs a wide range of musical styles. He plays regularly at the Gateways Inn and Firefly in Lenox and Castle Street Café in Great Barrington throughout the year. for more event information.


A Presentation: Discovering Historic Kennedy Park through Photos

A Presentation:  Discovering Historic Kennedy Park through Photos

 Sunday, October 22, 1:30 pm

 at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Join Jan Chague, Lenox Historical Society, to learn the secrets of Kennedy Park at a presentation given at the Sanctuary’s well-known 18th century barn.

You will explore the remnants of a by-gone era through photos and learn about the people who traversed the land.  You will also discover aspects of the Aspinwall Hotel once touted as “Hotel Beautiful.”

Meet at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 W Mountain Rd, Lenox, MA.  From the Mass. Turnpike (Rt I-90): Take exit 2 (Lee) and follow Rt 20 west for 6.6 miles (Rt 20 merges with Rt 7). Turn left onto W Dugway Road and the sanctuary is 1.6 miles ahead on the right.

From the North: Take Rt 7 and Rt 20 south from Park Square in the center of Pittsfield for 4.9 miles. Turn right onto West Dugway Road and the sanctuary is 1.6 miles ahead on the right.

This event is part of the Housatonic Heritage Walks and is co-sponsored by Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and the Lenox Historical Society.  The presentation runs about 1.5 hours and is free and open to the public.  For more information, call Jan Chague at 413-637-1818 or 413-.441-9971.

Jan Chague is a member of the Lenox Historical Society and recent author of History of Lenox Furnace and Lenox Dale.  The book is available at the Lenox Historical Society, The Bookstore, Lenoxology, Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, The Mount, and Arrowhead.

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SATURDAY, October 7, 11:00 am
Rain Date: Sunday, October 8

The BIG Event
Saturday, October 7, 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Shakespeare & Co – Big Field

Public viewing of the Parade will be on both sides of the road from Triangle Park on Main Street to Walker and Kemble Streets to Shakespeare & Company and the “Big Event!”

The Parade will start with the VFW’s Color Guard, Local and State Dignitaries, Six Convertible Cars for Honorary Grand Marshalls, followed by the Lenox High School Band.  There will be floats, fire trucks, ambulance vehicles, police vehicles, antique cars and trucks, high school bands, other bands, horse wagons and carriages, floats, circus performers, marching children with their parents, all followed by the 4H Club walking at the end.

The Parade finishes at the entrance to Shakespeare & Co., but the fun continues.  There will be plenty of food vendors, speakers, and activities for children, lots of live music, plenty of food, and a chance to see the floats and the antique cars and trucks up close.

‘Lenox Through The Years’: Biggest, best parade since 1967

The Berkshire Eagle
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

LENOX — The biggest, best parade since the 1967 bicentennial commemoration of the town’s founding.

That was the clear signal during a recent sneak preview for the Select Board of the celebration, “Lenox Through the Years.” The event is the highlight of the 250th anniversary year marking the first Proprietors Meeting that established the community from what had been the village of Yokuntown, named by the earliest settlers after a local Indian chief.

So far, the 250th Anniversary Committee chaired by Olga Weiss and a team of co-organizers has set up nearly 40 events, leading up to the parade on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m. Rain date is Oct. 8.

Five marching bands, at least six floats, 10 horse-drawn carriages, the Worcester Mounted Police, a color guard and 11 antique fire trucks will lead the parade.

“A gaggle of politicians will be walking,” Weiss told the selectmen, “plus children marching with parents and six convertible cars carrying honorary grand marshals.” Members of 4-H clubs will be clearing the parade route after the horses pass through.

The parade, marching from Triangle Park on Main Street, will end at Shakespeare and Co., 70 Kemble St., where two bands will perform before and after a series of speakers “who will only have a maximum of five minutes to say anything,” Weiss pointed out.

Other attractions there include acrobats, pipers, three food vendors, 10 antique cars, games for children, professional stilt-walkers and jugglers.

“I think it’s going to be a really wonderful day,” said Weiss.

The parade’s grand marshal will be state Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli while his father, John J. Pignatelli, 93, a former selectman for 32 years and Berkshire County Commissioner for 20 years, will be an honorary marshal.

Lenox Dale native Thomas Bosworth also has been named an honorary marshal. Bosworth served as physical ed teacher in the Lenox schools for 30 years, followed by a 14-year stint as director of the town’s Community Center, where he lived with his family for 14 years.

Other honorary marshals include Hugh C. Cowhig, the Town Counsel from 1972-2004 and Town Moderator from 2005-2015; George “Gige” Darey, long-time resident, 35-year chairman of the state Fish and Wildlife Board, and a former Select Board member; Susan McNinch, a former Select Board member whose parents George and Ruth Bisacca opened Eastover Resort in 1947 and Joe Nolan, lifelong resident, former selectman and a former senior manager of the U.S. Postal Service.

Many downtown streets will be closed during the festivities, including Main Street from the Town Garage to the Monument; the downtown stretch of Walker Street, Kemble Street to Shakespeare & Company’s main entrance; Cliffwood Street from Yokun Avenue to Main Street; Greenwood Street; St. Ann Avenue; Housatonic Street from Main to Church Street and Franklin Street.

Chairman of the Parade Committee is Charles Flint; other members include Selectman Dave Roche, Fire Chief Dan Clifford, John McNinch, owner of the Olde Heritage Tavern, Police Chief Steve O’Brien and Lee-Lenox Chief Administrative Officer Christopher Ketchen.

Applications for parade participants can be downloaded from The deadline for entries is Sept. 23.

Three anniversary-related events are slated this month:

— “Walk the Sites of Lenox Town Estates,” led by “Lenox at 250” author Lucy Kennedy on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m., a stroll on Clifford St. and Yokun Ave. to tour Groton Place, Ethelwynde, Stoneover, Belvoir Terrace and others. The free tour, meeting at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, 45 West St., is limited to the first 20 people.

— “Discovering Historic Kennedy Park,” led by Lenox Historical Society member Jan Chague on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m., meeting at the West Dugway Road parking lot off Route 7 & 20. Participants in the free Housatonic Heritage Walk are asked to bring water and snacks for the five-mile hike lasting about three hours.

— “Church on the Hill Cemetery Walk,” Saturday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m., also led by Lucy Kennedy and limited to the first 20 people. The walk includes a discussion of “the evolution of attitudes toward death as well as some of the famous and not-so famous people who remain permanently in Lenox,” Kennedy stated.

The anniversary year celebrations will close with a Jamboree at the Lenox Community Center on Nov. 5, an Interfaith Gathering on Nov. 12 and a Christmas concert by the Cantilena Choir at Trinity Episcopal Church on Dec. 3, including the premiere of a Lenox Suite by composer Moshe S. Knoll, dedicated to the town.

More information:,

Contact correspondent Clarence Fanto at or 413-637-2551.

Walk the Sites of Lenox Town Estates

Walk the Sites of Lenox Town Estates
with Lucy Kennedy
Saturday, September 16, 1:00 PM

 Take a stroll on Clifford St. and Yokun Ave. for a tour of the current and former in-town estates: Groton Place, Ethelwynde, Stoneover, Belvoir Terrace (photo) and others.

Meet at Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) 45 West St., 1:00 pm. Tour is limited to the first 20 people and free and open to the public.

Lucy Kennedy is the author of Lenox at 250, an E-Book available on Amazon.  More 250th events at