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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Families Stay & Play at Porches!

Bringing your family to Porches? Check out all that the Berkshires have to offer for families of all ages. Check out our blog for sample itineraries (indoors and outdoors) to inspire your trip!

Enjoy Art More Often: Museums and More in the Berkshires!

Day 1: Start your day off with a healthful breakfast at Porches and then make your way across the street to Kidspace @ MASS MoCA (open from 10 – 4) Check out the exhibit that’s running this summer!

Color Forms II: The Basic Utensils features works by artists Soyeon Cho and Lisa Hoke whose hallmark is making beautiful, complex and colorful installations out of inexpensive everyday materials, primarily plastic food utensils, boxes, paper cups and plates, and cardboard containers.”

After exploring the galleries, have lunch at MASS MoCA’s in house café Lickety Split, and enjoy their selection of sandwiches, soups and quiches, and don’t forget about their ice cream!

A post lunch-rest may be needed, but if you’re eager to keep your afternoon going, head south to Pittsfield to the Berkshire Museum. Their latest exhibit will be a delight future scientists and kids of all ages!

“Geckos: Tails to Toepads provides an up-close chance to view 14 different species of geckos in lush, naturalistic habitats that let you visit a gecko’s realm. A host of interactive stations offer the full gecko experience: get a first-hand look at gecko night vision, hear the many different voices of geckos, and try to spot as many camouflaged geckos as you can.”

If your group still as some energy to spend, why not an evening of bowling! Mount Greylock Bowl is less than 10 minutes away and a family of four can bowl for less than $20 (under 30 with shoe rental).

Or…

Head back to Porches for an evening in, order some pizza from one of our local eateries and check out a movie from our Blu-Ray/DVD library. What a day!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Multifaceted Gem

The Williams College Museum of Art just finished a two-year project of reinstalling their collection, resulting in eight exhibitions that explore the idea of “museum” as subject.  Take a look at this link to see what they’ve cooked up! Don’t Fence U.S. In: Crossing Boundaries in American Art expresses the power of boundaries–making, breaking, crossing, drawing, and erasing them–and the cultural, sociological, and geographical boundaries that are drawn and redrawn through the various historical phases of our political state of the Union. The breadth of the collection is impressive and the exhibitions thoughtful and thought-provoking. Don’t miss!

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Higher Power

Mount Greylock is the highest peak in the state of Massachusetts. It’s not a four-thousand-footer like in the Adirondacks or Presidential Range, but it’s a beauty any time of year. This vintage postcard shows the mountaintop and monument under a moonlit sky – a pretty romantic spot, isn’t it? Check out this page of activities that include year-round fun for the whole family. You’ll find information on varying types of terrain to explore, whether your interested in birds or a rigorous hike. If the weather isn’t promising for your visit, plan a visit to the Western Gateway Heritage State Park.  Their spring programs include Trains Gone Wild! and Spring Equinox Astronomy Sky Theatre | Is Earth Life Unique? - click here for more details.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Bollywood Brass

There’s nothing like a little Bollywood funk to warm your bones on a brisk January day!  Check out this dance party at MASS MoCA this coming Saturday: Bhangra Funk Dance Party with Red Baraat. Melding the infectious North Indian rhythm Bhangra with brass funk, Red Baraat is one of the most explosive and joyful live bands you will ever experience. Comprised of dhol (a double-sided, barrel-shaped North Indian drum slung over one shoulder), drumset, percussion, sousaphone, and 5 horns, this NYC-based group plays fresh originals and Bollywood classics with an unstoppable energy that whips audiences into an ecstatic frenzy everywhere they play. We still have rooms available this weekend!

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Food + Gender

Have you heard? Williams’ Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives is committed to protecting and enhancing the natural and built environment in which we learn, work, and live. They have some really cool programming to go along with it… like: Gender and Food: Production and Consumption. Check out the list of participants: Karen Washington, member of Garden of Happiness, La Familia Verde Garden Coalition; Just Food City Farms Trainer; president of the NYC Community Garden Coalition. Giovanna DiChiro Ph.D., research rssociate in the Environmental Studies Department at Mount Holyoke College, co-editor of the volume Appropriating Technology: Vernacular Science and Social Power and Embodied Ecologies: Science, Politics, and Environmental Justice; co-founder of the Pioneer Valley Community Environmental Justice Coalition. Shannon Hayes Ph.D., author of Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, The Grassfed Gourmet, and The Farmer and the Grill; Co-owner, Sap Bush Hollow Farm, Warnerville, NY. Elizabeth Smith, co-founder of Caretaker Farm in Williamstown who ran the NOFA-organic certified commercial vegetable farm for 16 years. Converted to a CSA in 1990. Lisa MacDougall, farmer/owner of Mighty Food Farm in Pownal, VT.

Porches is offering a 20% discount off the regular rate for any of our rooms for the night of January 13th (based on availability) in conjunction with this program. Please call 413.664.0400 or email us at reservations@porches.com to reserve a guestroom. Kick off the evening with dinner at Mezze in Williamstown; for information and to reserve, call Mezze – 413.458.0123.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Home-grown Berkshire Cuisine – Boston & NYC

Did you catch the 12/23 cover story in The Boston Globe’s G magazine about holiday food by Chef Brian Alberg at our sister property, The Red Lion Inn? Check this link out and read all about it. It’s a totally accurate portrait of the man who feeds the masses at The Red Lion Inn – who’s done a few gigs at Porches too. There are a few recipes, too.

If you’d like to try truly locally-grown cuisine but can’t get out of New York City, head to the James Beard Foundation on February 4th for “The Whole Berkshire Hog.” Feast on courses by six of the most interesting chefs working in the Berkshires, paired with wines by Red Lion Sommelier Dan Thomas. Here’s the link for more info and to make a reservation…

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