A cultural destination, Pittsfield has museums, theatres, fine arts and historic sites. Arrowhead, Home of Herman Melville; Barrington Stage Theatre; The Berkshire Museum, Berkshire Music School; Berkshire Opera Company; The Colonial Theatre; Hancock Shaker Village; and the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts to name a few.
Festivals are always popular and this year the Art of the Game Pittsfield' will open in Summer 2006 and continue through Fall 2007. This festival will celebrate America's Pastime in Pittsfield and Baseball's Birthplace in 1791. Street Art, Vintage Games and events will be offered. Also, the Annual Festival of Trees at the Berkshire Museum will be held from November 18 through December 31, 2006. Dances (including Ballroom, Latin and other dance programs and instruction) will be offered year round at the Pittsfield Masonic Temple.
Be sure to take a break to enjoy our abundance and variety of restaurants. From fine dining in restaurants such as SPICE Restaurant and Trattoria Rustica to having chicken wings at Patrick's Pub. Try a steak dinner at Asters Steaks & Raw Bar, Dakota Restaurant or Kneebones Steakhouse. Sample ethnic food at House of India or Hot Harry's Fresh Burritos. Start your day with a coffee at Belisimo Dolce or Juice and Java. End an evening with a glass of wine at Brix Wine Bar or a home brewed beer at Pittsfield Brew Works.
If you are busy doing home improvement jobs, there are hardware stores, service companies and furniture outlets in and around Pittsfield: Dettinger Lumber Company, Superior Seamless Gutters, L.P. Adams, Fairweather Cooling and Heating, Inc., Pittsfield Furniture Company and Carr Hardware. Pools and hot tubs are gaining popularity during both winter and summer. Imperial Pools & Spas and Martin Pool & Spa have many styles and prices to choose from.
Gardening is a popular hobby in Pittsfield. The 10th Annual Pittsfield Garden Tour will be held on July 15 and 16. Tour tickets to view eight private gardens are available both days near Park Square.
Education is a top priority in Pittsfield. Berkshire Community College offers many classes. Berkshire Area Health Education Center and Mildred Elley feature career classes and continuing education courses. Private schools like Miss Hall's School and Sinai Academy of the Berkshires offer unique educational styles. Pittsfield has many fine public schools, as well.
Pittsfield's retired population is also busy with classes at Elderhostel and Berkshire Institute of Life Long Learning. Many people find a welcome home at retirement centers such as Epoch Assisted Living at Melbourne and Berkshire Place. Berkshire Healthcare, Lee Regional Visiting Nurse Association, Inc. and Accessible Medical Arts Urgent Care Clinic all have excellent medical services.
Active residents and visitors to Pittsfield have a wide variety of seasonal sports opportunities. Some sports include: hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, boating, horseback riding, fishing, golf, tennis and swimming. Pittsfield has several challenging golf clubs including Skyline Country Club, Pontoosuc Lake Country Club and Pittsfield Country Club.
As you can see, Pittsfield has so much to offer. Go out and try some new activities or new services ...you'll be glad you did!