Mercy Lacewell’s latest contact is Steve LeClerc. His brother’s trucking business is headquartered in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, ranked #1 in Smithsonian magazine‘s 2012 list of “The 20 Best Small Towns in America”.
Great Barrington is part of The Berkshires. The Berkshires actually run through Massachusetts and Connecticutt, but the term is used by locals in reference only to the portion of the mountain range that lies within Massachusetts. The Conecticutt portion is referred to as the Northwest Hills. The Berkshires were named among the 200 Last Great Places by The Nature Conservancy.
Numerous trails, including part of the Appalachian Trail run through the the Berkshires. The tallest waterfall in Massachusetts is located in the nearby Taconic mountain range. A number of summer camps date back to the early 1900s.
The Norman Rockwell Museum is nearby. In addition to over 500 original works of art by Rockwell, the museum also houses the the Rockwell archives, which include fan mail, photographs, and various business documents.
Tanglewood is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in nearby Lenox and Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The BSO gave its first summer concerts in the Berkshires at Tanglewood in 1936 under a massive tent. During an intense thunderstorm, the tent collapsed. Music director Serge Koussevitzky refused to perform at Tanglewood until a permanent structure was built.
The following year, a fan-shaped open-air building was constructed in which the BSO could perform. Now known as the Koussevitzky Music Shed (or simply “the Shed”), it has 5,100 seats. Seiji Ozawa Hall opened in 1994 and is used for chamber concerts. The hall, opened in 1994, has been ranked one of the 2 best concert halls in the U.S. built in the past 50 years.
Steve’s chapter can be read here: Unlikely Merger Chapter Nine
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