Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting The Berkshire Museum's Festival of Trees exhibit with my family. A Berkshire County annual holiday tradition, the Festival of Trees is something I look forward to every year. I was especially excited this year as the theme speaks to me and my love for music. This year's theme is "Often Heard," meaning all of the trees are decorated in the form of a popular song -- from hip hop to nursery rhymes -- leaving viewers to guess the song's title based on decorative clues throughout the tree.
Decorated by Slater and Marjo, you can check out the Live 95.9 tree, which displays two sets of clues for two songs "often heard" on Live 95.9.  Let's see if you can figure it out!

When we arrived, we were given a program with a list of businesses, organizations and schools in one column, along with a list of song titles in another. As we walked through the different galleries, we did our best to match the song titles to the correct trees. Being the musical guru that I am, this was right up my alley.

While there were over 100 trees on display, here are the top five "Must See Trees" at the Berkshire Museum's Festival of Trees.

  • 1

    Canyon Ranch

    On a chilly day in the Berkshires, seeing Canyon Ranch's Hawaiian palm tree warmed me right up.


  • 2

    Pittsfield Cooperative Bank

    This was my 3-year-old son's favorite tree. The winter scene comes complete with a skillfully made snowman, a stuffed Rudolph and both a real and animated Christmas tree.

  • 3

    Berkshire Magazine

    Topped with a Frankenstein head and covered in skeletons and records, this tree was an easy yet clever song for me to solve.

  • 4

    Berkshire Family YMCA (Pittsfield)

    Although the display of children’s trees is not included in the activity sheet, I really enjoyed this tree which consisted of several children’s pictures – each using a “dog filter” to turn them into playful pups – and outlined with a boarder of a window.  In the middle of the tree sat a large “For Sale” sign.  Very well done, if I do say so myself.

  • 5

    Live 95.9

    Last but certainly not least, and I may be biased, but the Live 95.9 tree is most definitely worth seeing!  Marjo and I each chose a song and decorated our own side of the tree -- which you can see in the video above.

    Can you guess our songs?  But most importantly, which side do you like better?