Monday, May 3, 2010
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
If you find yourself headed to Porches over the next week, rest assured that you will be able to spend some time at MASS MoCA. The good folks over at the museum decided to stay open (even on New Year’s Day!) for the entirety of next week – especially for those of you with kids on school vacation – click here for details. Speaking of kids, MASS MoCA’s Kidspace has some really fun activities lined up next week: Character Carvings, Sticker Still Lifes, Munchy Mosaics and the 8th Annual New Year’s Eve Hat-making event – all sound so fun! I wonder if there’s an age limit to participate?!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
The holidays will be here before we know it. If you’re looking for a unique gift made in New England, check out these two options… Berkshire Grown has organized a Holiday Marketplace featuring products from local farms including jams and pickles – why not give the gift of the harvest preserved for enjoyment during winter months? The event takes place in Williamstown at the Williams College Field House on Latham Street from 10 am – 2 pm on November 21st. Meanwhile, our friends at MASS MoCA are organizing MASS MoCA Marketplace: A Collection of Contemporary Crafts for November 21-22 - the marketplace will be open 11 – 5 both days – there will be about 40 vendors and lots of variety for great gift ideas!