Jul 22 2022

Seiji Ozawa Hall, 2022

Have pre drink before the concert at 8pm, swell.
A gorgeous day. The HallTanglewood is pretty full with many more on the lawn. Three pieces are performed, as if showcasing one violist, Victor Romanul who has 5 grow children.

  1. Augusta Read Thomas: Incantation for solo violin, by Victor Romanul
  2. Sebastian Currier: Night Time, for violin and harp, by Romanul and Jessica Zhou
  3. Brahms: String Quintet #2, by Romanul, Xin Ding, Daniel Getz, Mary Ferrillo and Michey Katz.

There isn’t a wiki page about Victor Romanul (and not every wiki article list the dob.) But I thought Seiji Hall generally showcases young musicians. Maybe Romanul is having a second life as Ax, which is great.


Another room/area for teaching? We didn’t stay because the piece they’re playing isn’t my cup of tea, and the Linde Center from Seiji Hall.

Nov 15 2021

Campbell Falls State Park

iPhone Live photo with Long Exposure feature
Spaulding Rd,
Norfolk Historic District, CT 06058

Again, this park  is straddling on two states. The trail begins in Connecticut (also where we parked) and the falls is in Massachusetts.

We were coming from Berkshires, turned right from Norfolk Road onto the unpaved Campbell Falls Road. Unsure at first, we doubled back to Norfolk and drove further, follow the sign and parked here. But the trail proves to be too wet to go. We then went back to the unpaved Campbell Falls Road.


… U turn back to Norfolk Rd and turned left onto the unpaved Campbell Falls Road. The tiny parking lot is to our left. It’s half a mile downhill to the falls.

Nov 15 2021

Berkshire National Fish Hatchery

240 Hatchery Rd,
New Marlborough, MA 01230


Nov 15 2021

Crystal Essence @ GB

39 Railroad St,
Great Barrington, MA 01230

They call it a gallery of wonders, not sure it’s a wonder but the shop is pretty cute and has some cute merchandises. The midnight blue scarf/wrap is $88, handmade by indigenous artisan of Oaxaca.


Their radio station Berkshire radio 97.7 FM wbcr-lp. Out side, on Main Street, parks this car, full of stickers …

The bluish butterfly chair; a movie house; Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center at 14 Castle Street and the Main Street by the Castle St

One real estate office on Railroad St.: four acre+ lots on the water listing:

Nov 15 2021

Aegean Breeze

327 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230

This Greek restaurant is outside of the town center. It’s pretty big with a few pocket of dining areas. We were the first one there for lunch. By 11:30, a few people came as well.

We’ve Greek omelet w/ salad, and Kolokithi n Melitzana: both are good, so is the service.

I asked the waiting staff if they’ve a big greek population there. She said, “no,  definitely not like Astoria in New York.”

“Are you from New York?” I asked.


Guess Astoria in Queens is well known, at least around the nation, if not the world.

A friend of mine went to Greece this past October and bought me Evergetikon‘s hand cream. It’s yellow and thick, with strong jasmine fragrance. 100ml cost

Nov 15 2021

Coffee at the Red Lion Inn @ Stockbridge

This historical hotel in Stockbridge is all bundled up by November. We’ve coffee, looking out to their Thanksgiving motif and the St. Paul

Nov 14 2021

Brava, Italian

65 Church Street
Lenox, MA 01240

Will return.

After Beethoven @ Linde, we stopped by for dinner. A lovely restaurant with a few pockets of dining areas: very good food and service. Love their floors and color scheme.

It feels tranquil during this time of the year, compares to summer months when it’s always hectic.

Chickpeas is wonderful – both texture and taste.

Scan to pay is great!


Nov 14 2021

Linde after pandemic, 2021

The pandemic has cut the celebrations of Beethoven

Aug 8 2021

Jiminy Peak downhill rides

37 Corey Road
Hancock, MA 01237 

It’s been a decade or two that we went to Jiminy Peak Resort in the Berkshires. I don’t think they assigned us to their timeshare unit. But in any case, it’s decent suit that comfortably accommodate four people at $200 per night: two in the bedroom and two on pullout sofa in the living/outer room. The little kitchenette is sufficient. 

From my window, I see their downhill Alpine ride: it’s the highlight of the summer season.  

Seeing this father and son (I presume), I recall myself went up and down with my kids so many times and often, at the end of the journey, my kid had already felt asleep – precious memories. 

Two rides cost the same: $14 for a single ride ($10 for kids between 38″ – 53″) and some deals, such as 6-ticket pack, or unlimited 4 or 6  hours. 

The coaster had been added since our last visit there, so it was a first ride for me. I like both. 



Aug 7 2021

Tanglewood, w/ Joshua Bell, 2021

Another heavenly night with an all Beethoven in August: the first half was Joshua Bell playing his violin concerto – my most favorite violin concerto and the second half is his 7th symphony.

~ July: Ax, all Beethoven program.

It was a cloud day and rained heavily at one point while we were indoor (unaware). So far, all my concerts at Tanglewood has been perfect, never encountered any weather issue.

Our weekend is pretty packed: short and sweet; staying at Jiminy Peak that brings back load of memories.