Archive for the ‘art’ Category

Friday, June 18, 2010

Get Jazzed!

We’re excited to partner with our friends at MASS MoCA on a one-night special: Get Jazzed! Join us on Saturday, June 26th, and experience Jacob Fred Jazz OdysseyWith a magical mix of jam band enthusiasm and jaw-dropping virtuosity, JFJO transcends boundaries with its “intensely improvisatory [sound], which embraces Beatles covers, free jazz and just about everything in between,” according to The Village Voice.  Get Jazzed! includes: deluxe accommodations in a one-bedroom suite, two tickets to Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, and two passes to the MASS MoCA galleries for just $250 (plus taxes; based on availability). To reserve, please call us at 413 664 0400 or email us at reservations@porches.com and ask for the “Get Jazzed” package. Call today, space is limited!


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Art Has a Block Party

In just a few weeks, North Adams will be bursting with art even more than ever! Down Street Art is a public art project intended to help revitalize our city’s downtown by working with existing arts organizations and events to transform vacant and open spaces into arts destinations. The opening event is Thursday, June 24th – Galleries will open new exhibitions, music and dance will be presented in the streets and inside venues, and our neighboring businesses stay open late and offer special discounts! Kinda like a block party, but with art. Join us!


Monday, May 31, 2010

On Top of Mt. Greylock

Whether you hike or drive to the top of Mount Greylock, a fantastic culinary experience awaits… The folks at nearby Bascom Lodge serve three meals a day and a host variety of events at this rustic stone and wood Lodge that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. On June 2 at 6PM, enjoy a night of Celtic Music as Rakish Paddy performs foot stomping, heart throbbing Celtic style music; the performance is followed by a prix fixe meal  ($25, tax and tip not included. Reservations required for dinner. ). On Tuesdays, June 8, 15, 22 & 29, 5:00 – 6:30PM, students and experienced sketchers alike are invited to enjoy the highland evening beauty found at the summit of  Mount Greylock, taught by artist Karen Arp-Sandel (who was commissioned to produce a collage in one of The Red Lion Inn’s guestrooms). Watch for events all summer long at Bascom Lodge – just a short drive from Porches.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Photos + Food

Check out MASS MoCA’s Disfarmer Photos before the summer crowds – you’ll want some time to look at this exhibition. Photographer Mike Disfarmer produced intimate, often intense portraits of the people of Heber Springs, Arkansas from 1939 to 1945. Disfarmer’s photographs are recognized as a stunning achievement for their exquisite artistry, their profound empathy and their landmark documentation of small town life in America’s heartland.

In celebration of the spring season, Berkshire Grown will host Farmed + Foraged: A Weekend of Spring Flavors, a culinary celebration of farmed and foraged seasonal foods at area restaurants from Friday, May 21 through Sunday, May 23. This year, Berkshire Grown will feature 23 participants offering an array of prix fixe menus and a la carte selections to celebrate this farm-to-table dining event. Menus will feature wild edibles, locally grown produce, Berkshire artisan cheeses, heritage breed meats, locally made bread and chocolate, and Berkshire-crafted beer and spirits. The dates, prices and menus for Farmed + Foraged participants vary dramatically. Please contact participating restaurants for accurate information on when they will be offering Farmed + Foraged, their menu options and pricing. Check out our friends at Gramercy Bistro, Mezze and The Red Lion Inn.


Saturday, May 1, 2010


MASS MoCA is featuring another critically acclaimed tabletop puppetry show, Disfarmer on May 8th & 9th. American portrait photographer Mike Disfarmer (1884-1959) operated a photography studio in Heber Springs, Arkansas, where for years locals and tourists lined up to have their picture made. This show explores the contradictions in the life of this American artist known for his documentation of a way of life that has pretty much vanished. The New York Times called Disfarmer, “a quiet tour de force” while the Washington Post put Disfarmer at the top of their “Best Of” list for 2009. How lucky we are that MASS MoCA brings such compelling and edgy work to our little bucolic world!


Friday, April 23, 2010

Walk to This Artist Co-op

One of my favorite haunts in North Adams is the North Adams Artists Co-op Gallery. The NAACO Gallery s an independently member-run organization of 32 active and talented, primarily regional, artists exhibiting works in the fields of fine and applied arts. I’ve often found great gifts (jewelry, scarves) in addition to the excellent affordable art on sale. The gallery is presenting its first two-member exhibition, Shifting Perspectives, featuring the work of papermaker Cynthia Lewis and ceramic artist Linda Siska. Each artist delivers a body of new work that describes her current relationship with her respective medium.  Cynthia Lewis’ “pulp paintings” are abstract interpretations of a particular aspect of the natural world and the current theme is “elemental” with titles expressing water, air, earth, fire, metal, wood light, sky, etc.  Linda Siska’s ceramic work uses nature to visually enhance her vessels through the firing process. To view a list of events, click here.


Friday, March 19, 2010

Warm and Sunny

Today and tomorrow – 66+ degrees and sunny. ROAD TRIP!

If you’ve got kids, check out Kidspace @MASS MoCA’s 10 Anniversary Celebration. Or, bring a babysitter and send them off to MASS MoCA so you and your sweetie can steal a few hours alone sunning by our heated outdoor pool and hot tub! At the Clark, catch Material Witnesses before it closes in a few weeks – photography used for documentary purposes.

C’mon over to our place!


Friday, March 12, 2010

Pitstop in Pittsfield

Sorry we cannot offer any more Shack Up with Shackleton packages – the second show at MASS MoCA sold out quickly. But, don’t let that keep you from heading our way… There’s an exhibit opening at the Ferrin Gallery in Pittsfield: Stories from the Bible and Other Places, recent and older works by artist Paul Graubard of Lenox MA.  The work, created in acrylic paint, fabric, paper and objects arranged on canvas and wood, depicts personal experiences, ethnic traditions and Biblical stories.  Stop in Pittsfield on your way up to Porches and kick off an art-filled weekend – MASS MoCA has several compelling shows and the excellent Clark Art Institute is free this time of year!


Monday, March 8, 2010

Shack Up with Shackleton !

Our last-minute, special one-night package treats you and a pal to a fantastic evening of cutting-edge puppetry (who knew there was such a thing, but it is and it’s wild!), superb accompanying music and a few of the usual Porches goodies. Join us on Saturday, March 13th for Shack Up with Shackleton and you’ll enjoy two tickets to Phantom Limb’s 69° South: The Shackleton Project, dinner for two at the newly re-opened Gramercy Bistro at MASS MoCA, overnight accommodations in a deluxe room, Porches healthful continental breakfast buffet and admission for two to MASS MoCA. There is limited availability for this package, available for $275 (inclusive). The performance is sold out, but we have a limited amount of tickets set aside for Porches guests who take advantage of this special offer.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Snow Show

Catch The Snow Show at Studio 21 South, a working studio and exhibition space in the historic Beaver Mill just up the road a piece from Porches. According to Berkshire Living Magazine,”the Snow Show appeals to both lovers and haters of winter, presenting works by local artists that either celebrate or defy the season… the snow-covered countryside… [and] contrasting images of tropical climes will warm the heart. For both snow bunnies and beach bums, a visit to is worth braving the weather.” See it before it ends March 14th!