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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Coming up at MASS MoCA: Nerd Night!

Nerd Night: Saturday, October 13, 2012, 8:00 pm

Club B-10

$14 advance/$18 day of the show/$10 student/10% member discount
It’s like the Discovery Channel—with beer! Born in Boston, Nerd Nite is a phenomenon that has quickly gone global, spreading from Austin to Amsterdam, Liberia to Leipzig, and now to North Adams. Enjoy funny-yet-smart presentations beginning with one about Mumblecore: The Film Movement that Didn’t Roar. Whether you’ve got a Netflix queue full of mumblecore or this is the first you’ve heard of the “m” word, there’s much to muse aboaut in these homegrown indie movies that forged the first film movement of the 21st century.
Read more about Nerd Night here:
http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=762

Monday, October 1, 2012

See Art More Often: Jerry’s Map @ MASS MoCA

Jerry’s Map @ MASS MoCA

Oct 5-14, 2012

Hunter Center
$5/Free for members

In 1963 Jerry Gretzinger doodled a map of a small imaginary town. His sketch took on a life of its own and today comprises over 2,600 hand-crafted panels spanning a jawdropping 2,000 square feet. The world depicted evolves and shape-shifts as he works and re-works a panel every day. To guide the evolution, Jerry has devised an elaborate game of chance that features a card deck with instructions—the map’s “future predictor.” Each morning he chooses a card at random that determines his course of action for that day—one day he might add new features to a panel, while on the next he might completely void one out. This is hand-wrought Minecraft on a truly massive scale.

Read more about Jerry’s Map here: http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=760

Monday, April 23, 2012

Where the Wild Things Are: Foraging Walks in nearby Williamstown, in April & May

Grow your foraging green thumb and check out the Where the Wild Things Are!

On weekends during the months of April and May, Berkshire Farm & Table will presentWhere the Wild Things Are – eight wild food walks in our local landscape lead by experienced and passionate instructors who will focus on responsible harvesting techniques, recipes and the history of foraging in the Berkshires. One of the motivations for undertaking such a series is to present expert voices to the public to educate on ecosystem balance and sustainability.

Check out the schedule of foraging walks in short driving distance of Porches:

Saturday, April 28 (11am – 1pm) — Aimee Gelinas at Stone Hill in Williamstown
Sunday, April 29 (1 – 3pm) — Blanche Derby at Field Farm in Williamstown

Saturday, May 5 (1 – 3pm) — Russ Cohen at Money Brook Trail in Williamstown
Sunday, May 6 (1 – 3pm) — Russ Cohen at Cole Field in Williamstown

Monday, January 9, 2012

This is the Remix, (Clark, Remix)

Clark Remix at the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute (in Williamstown, MA) immerses you in a gallery filled with more than 80 paintings, nearly 20 sculptures, and more than 300 decorative arts objects from the Clark’s permanent collection. The exhibition is both a physical reality and a virtual space, featuring a dynamic salon-style installation and two new digital applications that offer exciting ways to engage with the collection.

Tuesday through Sunday, September through June,
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Open daily in July and August

ADMISSION

Free admission now through May 31.

More on Clark Remix: http://www.clarkart.edu/exhibitions/remix/content/exhibition.cfm

Friday, October 21, 2011

Do You Instagram?

We’re having fun with our Instagram account which is an application on the iPhone,  snapping pics of all sorts of things on the Porches property. Read more about Instagram below:

Pick from one of several gorgeous filtered effects or tilt-shift blur to breathe a new life into your mobile photos. Transform everyday moments into works of art you’ll want to share with friends and family.

Share your photos in a simple photo stream with friends to see – and follow your friends’ photos with the click of a single button. Every day you open up Instagram, you’ll see new photos from your closest friends, and creative people from around the world.

If you’re not on Instagram, follow our feed here on Gramfeed and we’ll be doing more with this images soon! Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Live Music in the Berkshires: FreshGrass Festival @ MASS MoCA

FreshGrass: A Festival of Bluegrass + Art @ MASS MoCA
Sept 24 – Sept 25
Courtyard C or Hunter Center
$68 Festival Pass / $48 Sunday only / $38 Saturday only
You’ll find some of the finest pickin’ and grinnin’ anywhere in the country this weekend in North Adams on this weekend as  MASS MoCA presents some of today’s most exciting young bluegrass artists — along with one of the genre’s living legends — in the Hunter Center and Courtyard C plus pop-up performances in the galleries in FreshGrass, their first ever bluegrass festival. Ticket prices include gallery admission.
The festival kicks off on Saturday with a short outdoor acoustic set by Dave Mayfield, during the reception for our new expansion called, The Speed Way, an outdoor extension of the MASS MoCA campus including three new works of art, and 1.5 acres of “asphalt meadow” landscaping. The festival will then pick ups at full speed at 7pm in Courtyard C with Sarah Jarosz then moves indoors to the Hunter Theater at 8:30pm.

Click here to see the full schedule, videos of the performers and more!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hurricane Irene: Travel Updates in Northern Berkshire County

Things are safe and sound at Porches, but our thoughts are with our neighbors and friends in area communities that were impacted by Hurricane Irene. We wanted to inform those coming our way this weekend of road closures. Our beloved Mohawk Trail has experienced significant damage, as well areas in and around North Adams and Northern Berkshire & Franklin County and beyond.  If you are interested in learning more about the local relief effort, click here.

For those traveling in Massachusetts and points North/East: please check Mass Department of Transportation website for road closures and updates. They have also created a Google Map outlining these as well.

For those coming from New York and points West/South (outside of MA) please check New York’s 511NY website. In the map legend, make sure to click on Incidents/Closures as that will show places there is road damage or closures.

Route 2 between Williamstown and Albany is not open (it was a recommended alternate route in the directions below).

Directions from both Boston and NYC: Take 90 to exit 2 in Lee, MA. From there take Route 20 West. It will join with Route 7. Continue into Pittsfield and take a right onto Route 8 North. Follow Route 8 into North Adams. You will come over a bridge that is under construction. Continue until the 3rd stop light and take a left onto River Street. We will be on the right. (From NYC take 87 or the Taconic to get to 90.)

If you have any questions, please contact us at 413-664-0400.

Have a safe and fun Labor Day Weekend.

-SGW

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hit the Road: The Mohawk Trail

Porches is located right near the end of the Mohawk Trail, which was historically a Native American migratory game path, now known as Massachusetts Route 2. Not only has it been recognized as one of the best scenic routes in the country, it’s a nice way to get from A to B without going on an actual “highway.” From the famous Hairpin Turn to the rich Native American history, the Mohawk Trail makes for a great day trip! Here is a map from the Porches to Greenfield (with a couple of cool stops along the trail). Happy Trails!

Here are a few fun links if you’re planning a drive up the trail while you’re at Porches :

  • Here’s a video of cars going up the Hairpin Turn (and here’s another…with over 3,000 views!)
  • driving tours
  • Check out a superbrief history or an in-depth history of the Mohawk Trail. Either way it’s neat to see how it became the “
  • The Learning Channel recognized the Mohawk Trail as a scenic ride in Massachusetts Scenic Drives: Mohawk Trail
  • Itinerary from WikiTravel.com Things to do, see, etc…
  • You can have lunch 1700 feet above sea level at the Golden Eagle, on the Hairpin Turn (great lookout point, complete with coin-operated binoculars.)
  • In National Geographic Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways, the Mohawk Trail is named third in the category Best Fall Foliage.
  • “What right minded retro roadside attraction loving person would dare pass by this wonderful and colorful souvenir shop on Route 2 in Shelburne Falls, MA?” Find out on RetroRoadMap’s blog about The Big Indian Shop Gift Shop on Trail. (Also check out the Flickr page for the Big Indian Shop. It’s a phenomenon!)

Monday, August 22, 2011

See Art More Often: Brill Gallery II

Art in a museum, gallery, school, even outdoor art we’ve seen before. Something we hadn’t seen before – an art gallery that is not only located outside, but is located on the exterior of the building! Ralph Brill opened Brill Gallery II this summer on the outside of the Cariddi Mill on in North Adams and we got a chance to see it. In a recent article from BerkshireOnStage.com, writer Charles Giuliano talks about Brill’s exterior gallery along with his many art projects in the area:

“In addition to the Brill Gallery in the Eclipse Mill you are using large images attached to some of the windows of the Cariddi Mill between North Adams and Williamstown. You are calling it Brill Gallery Two and it is intended to create an awareness of your gallery in the Eclipse Mill. You have mentioned drive by visibility during the season in the hundreds of thousands”

Have you seen the Brill Gallery II while you are making your way to Porches? What’s your favorite piece of outdoor art?

Brill Gallery II
Cariddi Mill Exterior
Route 2, between North Adams and Williamstown
On view 24 hours

- May / Sept “Changing Displays”
Visual art and light shows on exterior of Cariddi Mill.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Downstreet Art Opening this Thursday!

Get Down! Hit the streets of North Adams on July 28, from 6 – 9.

New exibition openings, performance, live music and murals.
Restaurants, shops and bars open late.

DownStreetArt returns this Thursday with six new exhibitions including the work of renowned photographer and artist Carrie Mae Weems, live performances on the street by Mark Steward, Paul Simon’s Guitarist and Bang On A Can All Stars member and his orchestra of homemade instruments and live aerial song cycles by artist C. Ryder Cooley.   Now in it’s fourth year DownStreet Art celebrates the arts community of North Adams.  ”It is great on the last Thursday night of every month to see hundreds of people in downtown North Adams, just like back in the day when payday was the night to go out”, says Jonathan Secor, MCLA’s Director of Special Programs. “And to have contemporary art and performance as the catalyst for those hundreds recognizes a new beginning for the City”. Read more about this Thursday’s schedule of openings, click here.

-SGW