ONLINE TICKETING HAS ENDED, YOU CAN PURCHASE TICKETS THE DAY OF MAY 26, 2013. SEE YOU AT THE SHOW!
Initiated in 1974, the Chesterwood show has always been one of the region's most popular meets.Chesterwood is the country home, studio and gardens of America's foremost public sculptor, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), who created such iconic works as the Minute Man in Concord, MA, and Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial. The breathtaking vistas of the Berkshire Hills and the artist's beautiful country estate and grounds provide a fitting venue to display antique cars.
Local food and beverage vendors from around Berkshire County will be serving throughout the historic site.
Admission Tickets:$15 ($10 Friends of Chesterwood), free to children under 18 years of age. Tickets can be purchased online or at Chesterwood on the day of the event.
In addition to the car show, visitors will enjoy touring the residence and exploring the gardens and woodland walks. Buildings are open from 10am to 5pm.
Memberships are available at the gate.
Date: May 26th, 2013, Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend. The show is open to the general public from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Rain or Shine.
Time: Antique cars may register the day of the event from 8:00am through 10:00am. Commercial vehicles register between 8:00am and 9:00am please! The show is open to the general public from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Groups of two or more vehicles may register together for $10 per vehicle in advance or on the day of the event.
Groups of five or more vehicles may pre-register together for $5 per vehicle. Large collection of vehicles (for example Car Clubs), please contact Chesterwood beforehand.
Please make one lump-sum payment for multiple vehicles and include a separate preregistration form for each vehicle. Thank you.
Mail registration form and payment to: Chesterwood PO Box 827 Stockbridge, MA 01262.
Judging: Judging has been revised for 2013. In place of judging vehicles in formal categories, the Festival Planning Committee has decided to focus on more crowd-friendly awards, including:
Director of Chesterwood Award
People's Choice Award
Owner's Choice Award
Vehicle I would most like to drive home
Most original car (need registration checkbox)
Best classic or timeless elegance
Best color combination
Most "fun" vehicle
Best vehicle presentation
Furthest travelled to attend the festival Award
Major Sponsor(s) award – each major sponsor gets to pick a vehicle to award.
Appearance judging takes place between 10:00am and 1:00pm. Because we want to adhere to our schedule for judging and awards, cars entering the show after 10:00am will not be judged, but can be admitted as general show, and will be eligible for the "People's Choice" award.
Award Time: The presentation of awards will begin at 2:00pm. Because the car show is open until 4:00pm, for the enjoyment of an admiring public, we encourage owners to keep their cars in place until the show is over. Owners and cars must be present to receive an award. Chesterwood will take complimentary photographs of award winners with their vehicles after the award ceremony. The digital photograph will be emailed to the owner the following business week.
Awards: Winners of awards will be presented with trophies that depict or exemplify works of art produced by Daniel Chester French.
Operation Ignite! – Hagerty Youth Judging: Children between the ages of 8-16 can participate in Hagerty Insurance's Operation Ignite! Youth Judging Program. Up to 15 kids can participate. Preregistration is required. Please visit www.chesterwood.org/carshow for more information. The Festival is looking for 5 individual vehicle owners who would like to participate in this program and talk about their vehicles to the participating youth judges. Last year's vehicle owners really had a great time with the kids!
Car Scavenger Hunt: This year Chesterwood would like to take a picture of an interesting visual element on your vehicle. Photos will then be included in a scavenger hunt that kids between the ages of 4-10 can look for during the show. Photographed elements must be easily visible so kids do not need to explore vehicles too closely. Kids who identify all vehicles in the scavenger hunt will receive a prize.
New This Year: Lego Car Racing: Kids will be able to build their own vehicle out of Lego and race their vehicle against other kids. Races are informal and no one loses! Kids and their parents can get a complimentary picture taken with their creation and the digital photograph will be emailed to them the following business week.
Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site, is the country home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), creator of the Minute Man and Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial.
Situated on 122 acres in the idyllic hamlet of Glendale near Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the property and its buildings were donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation by French’s only child, Margaret French Cresson (1889-1973). Inspired by the natural beauty of the Berkshire Hills, French purchased the former Marshall Warner farm in 1896. Each year, during the month of May, he left his permanent home and studio in New York for six months and moved with his family to Chesterwood, where he worked on over 200 public and private commissions. Many of French’s plaster sketches, including models of his Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial, are on view today in his Studio as well as in the permanent exhibit, Daniel Chester French: Sculpting an American Vision, in Barn Gallery. In 2010, visitors to Chesterwood are invited to explore An Artist’s Landscape, a self-guided tour of the beautiful formal gardens and woodland paths created by French himself.