DETAILS OF THE WEEKEND
I am pleased to announce our 5th annual Summer Weekend at the Shaker Mill, located 2.5 hours from Manhattan and 3 hours from Boston & Brooklyn. We will be going to my favorite place, the Inn at Shaker Mill in New Lebanon, NY, 15 minutes from Pittsfield MA, in the heart of the Berkshires. We have been going to the Shaker Mill for over a decade as its peaceful and relaxing.
You may register for as little as 1 midweek night or as many as 5 nights. As Shabbat will likely sell out, preference for Shabbat will be given to those staying at least 3 nights, so keep this in mind when registering. Please RSVP quickly, as this will sell out.
SIGN UP - Complete the RSVP form here, and sending in your deposit (see Costs, below).
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ANSWER ALL RELEVANT QUESTIONS ON THE RSVP FORM. THIS HELPS MAKE THE WEEKENDS BETTER AND SIMPLER TO RUN.
DATES OF THE EVENT
The dates we intend to be at the Shaker Mill are TUESDAY NIGHT AUGUST 21 —SUNDAY AUGUST 26. You may stay for as little as 1 night or as many as 5 nights. All are welcome, couples, singles and families.
Kosher Food & Catering
We intend to offer kosher food, snacks and meals starting as of Wednesday Breakfast, August 22 and running until Sunday August 26.
We are having a free lance kosher caterer, Victoria Sutton, who will cook and help run the meals, with all of your help as well ( see below, ‘Helping on the Weekends’ for details). Please see the sample menu for further details.
August 21 — 26 is the final week for Tangelwood , with Beethoven’s Ninth set for the final concert on August 26. Other cultural events are open then, such as Jacobs Pillow ( Dance), Shakepeare & Co ( Plays) and all of the world class museums, such as the Clark ( art), the Hancock Shaker Village, etc. There are events for all ages and people during the summer, so if you want a staycation, here is your opportunity!
To see some of the events and activities on offer, go to Berkshires Summer Activities page I have set up– this so far has the events from 2009, but we will soon update it with the new events. Also, see Activities, below, for a highlighted version of the events on offer.
There are wonderful museums such as a Norman Rockwell (everyone loves this one), MASS MOCA, a contemporary art museum, and the Clarke, as well as the Hancock Shaker Village, where they recreate shaker life from the 1800s.
In all seasons, we will also have movies at night! Let me know your interests & movie picks in the RSVP form.
We also intend to have a bonfire on Thursday night and possibly on Motzei Shabbat. We may also have a BBQ on Thursday night as well.
DESCRIPTION OF THE SHAKER MILL & PICTURES
The Mill is large, comfortable and cozy, on 4 floors with 17 bedrooms (4 to 6 single rooms, 10 to 12 doubles, and a few triples). Each bedroom has its own bathroom, and most rooms have double beds. Some folks will also be in two rooms in an adjoining building. The exact room configurations will depend on how many people we get…
The Mill has a dining room for 45, a huge kitchen, a beautiful large and airy SUN ROOM at the back where you can see a stream and WATERFALL. On the same floor there is a Study with an adjoining Living Room and a ROARING FIREPLACE between the two rooms. There is also a nice nature walk through woods nearby. The Mill has a caretaker on site to keep the fireplace lit and tend to any other needs. Pets are welcome, but must be approved in advance. Let me know on the RSVP Form.
HELPING ON THE WEEKENDS
For first timers to my weekends, we run these events at a lower cost by having everyone help out during the event. You will each be assigned a job during your stay, usually working an entire meal as your ‘duty’.
LEAVING TIME, RIDES
Candle Lighting for Friday, August 24 is 7:22 PM. Please note that it takes a MINIMUM OF 2.5 hours to 3 hrs from Manhattan and Northern NJ to get to the Shaker Mill, and at least 3 hours for Brooklyn, Queens and other points.
For those coming on Friday, you will need to leave preferably at 1:30 pm, but in no case later than 2:30 PM.
I will arrange rides for those who need, so if you are driving let me know if you can take passengers. Drivers will be reimbursed.
Singles, couples and families are welcome. We usually have a nice mix of each. In addition, singles in double/triple rooms will share a room. Let me know any rooming preferences you might have. We can have up to 35 people for this event.
For the period indicated below (includes room & board; all activities & any Crafts will have additional fees)
Summer 2012 BERKSHIRES WEEK at the SHAKER Mill
Tuesday Night August 21 - Sunday August 26
Stays of 1 to 5 nights Available — Pricing is at the bottom of this page
Early Bird RSVPs until Wednesday 8/15
All RSVPs by Monday, August 20
Inn at Shaker Mill - 40 Cherry Lane, New Lebanon NY
Davetrek Contact Info (email is the best method)
firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (805) DAVETREK (328-3873)
* Child Rate based on age
A) Under 6 - if the child sleeps in your room
B) Ages 6 to 15 - if the child sleeps in your room
SINGLES, COUPLES AND FAMILIES ARE WELCOME.
FOR THOSE GETTING RIDES, DRIVING COSTS ARE $35 ($17.50 each direction), payable directly to your driver. Please make sure to pay the drivers, since they are doing us all a favor by going out of their way and taking extra time to get there by picking people up. I will be checking to make sure this occurs.
DEPOSIT REQUIREMENT TO RSVP:
In order to complete your reservation, you must make a $100 deposit ($200 for couples and families), postmarked or sent to paypal by the deadlines at the top of this page.
PAYMENT METHODS - CHECK OR PAYPAL
You may pay in one of two ways, via check or via paypal.
please send the payment/deposit , made out to “David Brotsky”
And mail it to:
206 West 99th Street, Apt 1D
NY, NY 10025
In order to get the discounted rate for a given deadline, you need to have your deposit payment postmarked by the deadlines above. $100 deposit required for individuals, $200 for couples and families.
Send me the payment/deposit via PayPal, via my email address:
$100 deposit required for individuals, $200 for couples and families.
In order to get the discounted rate for a given deadline, you need to make your deposit payment into paypal by the deadlines above.
RSVPS UNTIL MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012.
PS. Feel free to send this to GOOD friends, but DO NOT BROADCAST this your list - This is not a 'public' event.
FAQ FOR THE WEEKEND - What you should bring, and more information than you ever really wanted to know...Let us know if anything has been missed of substance so we can include it for the future.
DIRECTIONS TO THE SHAKER MILL