Our goal at Assumption College is to bring alumni and friends of the college together for unique travel experiences. Bring your friends, meet new people and enjoy a wonderful vacation in the Berkshires! We believe this program will be an annual tradition of exploration, continued learning, lots of fun and great memories. The program is open to alumni (and spouses), faculty, staff and members of the WISE program.
Our first trip will take place August 9-13, 2020, where we will explore the wonderful Berkshires! We will spend five days and four nights taking in the best of the region – from theatre, music and art to golf and fine dining.
It is a trip featuring great music (a concert at the famed Tanglewood), wonderful theatre in Williamstown (often featuring famous Hollywood stars!) and guided tours at some of the best art museums in the country (The Clark, Mass MoCA, the Norman Rockwell Museum). At the same time, there is flexibility built into each day’s schedule to join a guided hike, play golf at the Taconic Golf Club (an incredibly beautiful course and for years one of the top-rated golf courses in New England), or simply wander through some of the most charming towns you will ever find. Not to mention the wonderful meals and great accommodations!
The collection consists of European and American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawing, photographs and decorative arts from the fourteenth to the early twentieth century. Since 1955, the Clark has continued to acquire artworks and is today best known for works of French Impressionism, especially the paintings of Renoir, academic paintings by Jean-Léon Gérôme and William-Adolphe Bouguereau, and a fine collection of British and American silver.
The Norman Rockwell Museum
Founded in 1969and home to the world’s largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art, the museum houses 998 original Rockwell paintings and drawings including all 323 of his Saturday Evening Post covers. The bucolic campus also includes Rockwell’s original studio which is set up the same way he kept it and feels as though he has stepped out and will be back at any moment.
The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937. Tanglewood is also home to three music schools: the Tanglewood Music Center, Days in the Arts and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Besides classical music, Tanglewood hosts the Festival of Contemporary Music, jazz and popular artists, concerts, and frequent appearances by James Taylor, John Williams, and the Boston Pops.
Williamstown Theatre Festival
A winner of a 2002 Tony Award and a 2011 Massachusetts Cultural Council Commonwealth Award, the Williamstown Theatre Festival is a Summer theatre festival located on the campus of Williams College. Throughout its over four decades in existence, many celebrated American artists – designers, composers, directors, choreographers as well as stage and screen actors – have worked as company members. Celebrity names who have performed the festival include Marcia Henderson, Sigourney Weaver, Gwyneth Paltrow, Christopher Walken, Nathan Lane, Richard Chamberlain, Kate Burton, Olympia Dukakis, Paul Giamatti, Bradley Cooper, Calista Flockhart, Matthew Broderick, and Uma Thurman
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