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Monday, September 6, 2010

Gravity, I Reckon

Architecture, science fiction, art… All wrapped up in one crazy piece at MASS MoCA: Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle’s project Gravity Is a Force to be Reckoned With. Gravity exists as both a physical force and a feeling of solemnity. In Manglano-Ovalle’s project, the physics and emotion of it collide, resulting in an upheaval that turns both upside down. Come see this amazing work before it closes at the end of next month!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Our New Cabins!

Phew! No more keeping it a secret! We have a fun new project to share with you all – The Wigwam Cabins, located along the Mohawk Trail in North Adams, just 5 miles from Porches. These 1930s gems are ours to lovingly restore, and we can’t WAIT to get going on it! Read all about it here… and we’ll let you know all the latest as soon as we can!


Monday, May 17, 2010

The Williamstown Theatre Festival has quite the line up this season, beginning with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Director Jessica Stone is at the helm of this hilarious, zany classic with an accomplished cast. The WTF is presenting a concurrent performance of It’s Jewdy’s Show: My Life as a Sitcom. Building on the success of her show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, funny-woman Judy Gold returns to the stage in this hilarious look at her amazing life through the lens of the classic sitcoms of her youth. Tickets go on sale May 29th for the entire season, so start making plans if theater’s your thing.  Treat yourself to an early-in-the-season performance and head to the Berkshires before the summer crowds!


Monday, May 3, 2010

Purely Personal

Here’s a terrific new show opening at MASS MoCA at the end of this month: Petah Coyne: Everything That Rises Must Converge. Her sculptures convey the tension between opposites and is described as seeming “Victorian in its combination of an overloaded refinement with a distinctly decadent and morbid undercurrent.” Having an interest in history and the Victorian era here at Porches, we’re looking forward to seeing how this artist takes her personal experience and puts it out there to enrich and engage our lives.


Friday, April 16, 2010

Midweek Music

There’s plenty of music in the Berkshires throughout the year – even during the week. Grab a lunch and head to Williams College for their Midweek Music program. It’s free and open to the public – bring the family for a short program while you refuel for the rest of your day in the Berkshires. Wednesday, April 21st, you’ll hear a percussion ensemble and talented cellists. On April 28th at 7PM, listen to Williams senior Gary Jin perform Barber’s Excursions, opus 20 and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue - top-notch entertainment and free to all.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

A Compelling Discussion

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will look at a critical set of policy issues from an artistic and an activist perspective through an examination of the Oscar-nominated film, “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire,” in a Public Policy Lecture on Tuesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center.Lisa Cortés, the executive producer of “Precious,” will join author, educator and activist Jonathan Kozol in a panel discussion moderated by former ABC News journalist Carole Simpson. They will discuss a number of hard, intertwined issues regarding race, class, economic and social oppression, the roles of government and charity in changing these conditions for the better, and more.

A compelling, timely discussion, right here in the Berkshires!


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bring the Whole Family

Did you ever feel badly about taking your pup (or kitty!) to the kennel when you’re getting ready to leave on a totally fun trip? You don’t have to when your destination is Porches. Check out this photo of Pretzel, who looks very serious poised atop that funky vintage chair but is stylin’ with that coat! We welcome well-behaved best friends – check out the details on this page of our website and start making your plans to bring the whole family!


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Greased Lightning

Check out an historic back country ski race at Mount Greylock! The 75th Anniversary Thunderbolt Ski Race is taking place on February 20th… Slots for the race have been filled, but join in the fun on the spectator trails – get out in the wild, sip a hot beverage and enjoy the majestic scenery!


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy Trails

We’ve been getting a fresh layer of powdery snow almost every day – there’s now enough of a base to have a lot of fun snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Notchview is offering free snowshoe lessons and a trek as well as XC skiing lessons and a waxing clinic. If you’ve ever wanted to try either sport, this is a great time! Notchview is a beautiful place to play in the snow – follow this link to learn more. See you on the trails…


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Friday Night Lights

Here’s a reason to make it to the Berkshires early-ish on a Friday evening: Williams College will be hosting free shows at the college’s Hopkins Observatory! This is a great chance to gaze at the heavens from the oldest observatory in the US. On January 8, 15 and 22 beginning at 7:30PM, the public will be treated to 50-minute shows by Astronomy students. Reservations are recommended – call Barbara Swanson at (413) 597-2188.