Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Exploring: Stockbridge, Massachusetts

My 14-year-old daughter is fascinated by animation in general and Disney specifically, so last weekend I took her to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, to see a wonderful exhibition called "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic." Curated by the librarian at the Walt Disney Family Museum in California, the exhibition features original concept art and cels from the making of the film, as well as video and written commentaries that give insight into the creative process of Disney and his team of artists. It's a wonderful peek behind the scenes at Disney's painstaking attention to detail and respect for a storyline. We loved it and plan to go back before the exhibition ends on October 27, 2013.

Beyond the Disney exhibition, the Norman Rockwell Museum is a gem in the Berkshires.  I'm a fan of small museums that can be explored in under two hours; this one is just the right size, containing Rockwell's portraits and iconic Saturday Evening Post covers, and serving as a tribute to Rockwell without being overwhelming. There's a fun scavenger hunt activity for kids, as well as award-winning audio tours for both kids and adults. The grounds are gorgeous and expansive, and include Rockwell's studio.

Stockbridge is such the quintessential little New England town and makes a perfect day trip from our home in Saratoga Springs. Main Street is a slice of old-time Americana.

The Country Store even sells penny candy.

We ate lunch at Theresa's Stockbridge Cafe, formerly Alice's Restaurant of the Arlo Guthrie song. Good sandwiches and salads, if a bit overpriced. I liked that this place has remained unpretentious, displaying just a few items of memorabilia, including a guitar signed by Guthrie.