For the weekend, we weaved our way back across Connecticut and into southwestern Massachusetts. My brother Mike lives in Southwick, which is across the lake from the Connecticut border. We planned to stop and visit with him for a few days.
On Thursday, we left Rhode Island and the swarms of mosquitoes behinds. As a Burlingame Park souvenir, we were given many itchy bites. Our drive to Southwick was brief, less than two hours on the road. Once arriving and parking Rosie we went out to lunch. Mike recommended E B Restaurant, which is known for its’ chicken. The wings and salad were flavorful and delicious. After lunch, we drove around to get a view of the different lakes. Being a weekday, the lakes were serene and quiet. During the weekends, the lakes fill with recreational boaters and fisherman.
Friday, Mike and I decided to give Andrew a little tour of the Berkshire Mountain area. We wanted to introduce him to the views and quaint towns around the area. Along the way, we stopped in Stockbridge to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum. The museum had a large selection of Norman Rockwell’s sketches, paintings and magazine covers. Known for depicting quintessential elements of American life, we had the opportunity to view images of everyday life, such as family preparing for a turkey dinner feast in Freedom from Want and parents putting their children to sleep in Freedom from Fear. The museum also displayed panels for the movie Snow White and illustrates by R.O. Blechman. From the museum, we drove a short distance to Stockbridge town center for lunch and then on to more sights around the Berkshire area.
After a lazy Saturday morning, Andrew and I chose to visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. This small museum is one of my favorites. I love the selection of works by Eric Carle, who wrote books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and illustrated books like Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Being a children’s librarian, I can’t help but get excited to see his changing exhibitions of various illustrators and authors. This visit allowed us the chance to see the works of Mo Willems, author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Once back in Southwick, we spent the evening and next morning visiting with Mike. After a tasty lunch at Joe’s Pizza in Simsbury, CT, it was time to get on the road for our next location.