Click here to see the full schedule, videos of the performers and more!
Friday, September 23, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
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.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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
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
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.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Last month, the marketing department along with the Porches Inn’s new Innkeeper Mel (who will be featured on our blog soon!) visited this summer’s Downstreet Art galleries to see what kind of exhibits we can tell our guests about. This month, MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center Director Jonathon Secor took us to two former mills that were transformed into artist live work spaces. It was exciting to see the difference between these spaces and a traditional brick-and-mortar retail gallery space.
Our first stop was the Historic Beaver Mill which is home to over twenty artist work and/or live spaces and several galleries. The first studio we visited was Leibman Studios were Rebecca Leibman gave us a tour of her live/work space as well as the show 4 Concepts of North South East West by 4 artist. Rebecca also gave us a tour studio21south as the gallery managers Jaye and Thor were out of town. In addition to these two galleries, the Beaver Mill is also home to the Frog Lotus Yoga Studio and many other artist spaces.
The next stop in the artist mill tour was the Eclipse Mill which is home to a community of artists, living and working in a former textile mill. Our first stop was the Brill Gallery, where Ralph Brill showed us around the his current show featuring photography from the Powder Ridge Rock Festival. Gail Sellars from River Hill Pottery gave us a mini tour of the shop and of their studio, as well as a tour (with Ralph Brill) of the Eclipse Mill Gallery and the “Reflections on Melville” exhibit which features photographs by Kay Canavino and abstract paintings by Arthur Yanoff telling the story of Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Arrowhead, Mt. Greylock, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Monument Mountain.
We also stopped by Grover Askin’s book store: G.J. Askins Bookseller where he shared some of his favorite ways to find books (estate sales, auctions, thrift stores, etc…)
Check out our Facebook page for pictures from our visit and here is the info for each gallery:
Historic Beaver Mill
189 Beaver Street
North Adams, MA
Historic Beaver Mill: Liebman Studios
Natural Bridge State Park
McCauley Road off Route 8
(877)904-2362 (call for hours)
Saturday, 10-5; Sunday 10-1; and by appointment in the summer.
243 Union Street, #102
North Adams, MA
Loft 109 (first floor)
Hours: Friday-Sunday 12-6 and by appointment
Eclipse Mill Gallery
Weekends or by chance
Friday, July 15, 2011
We thought it’d be fun every Friday to do a “Pic of the Week” feature where we share an image from The Porches Inn whether it’s from of our extensive, eclectic art collection or our resident feline Sabine! This week’s pic is one of our many vintage plate collages that adorn the Porches hallways.
We love all things vintage at Porches, where do you find your flea-market finds?
Have a great weekend! -SGW
Friday, June 24, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
June 23 – July 25
NAACO Gallery presents a series of new, layered, acrylic collages evolving from a spontaneous and unconscious convergence of several earlier experimental directions the artist had taken. This series is based on the artist’s intrigue with how we humans “read” various symbol systems, and how we use our imaginations to add and/or subtract in order to make sense of what we see.
An artist’s reception will take place on Thursday, June 23rd, 6-9 pm, held in conjunction with the DownStreet Art grand opening celebration.
NAACO Gallery (North Adams Artists’ Co-Op Gallery), 33 Main Street (corner of Main and Marshall Streets) in downtown North Adams. Hours: Mon, Wed-Fri, 11-6; Sat 10-6; Sun 10-4
More about artist Debi Pendell:
Friday, June 10, 2011
Schneider paints the interior of the family home, sometimes capturing it in its anarchic natural state, other times displaying its artifacts in still life compositions and energetic florals. Gloman turns his attention outdoors. Working on site, he by turns captures the feral, evanescent qualities of the natural environment or plucks order from chaos, resulting in plain-spoken cityscapes and landscapes. Have you ever been inspired by something you saw that you wanted to paint it right then and there? Why not have a portable studio like David Gloman? Continue below to read more about Katy Schneider and David Gloman.