Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Although I’m well beyond my school years, I still enjoy a Back-to-School feeling every September – changing my closet over to warmer garb, waking up to crisp and invigorating autumn air, watching kids parade to the bus stop each morning… but most of all, I enjoy the anticipation of digging into something new – whether it’s a new book, band or knitting pattern, it doesn’t matter. Living near several fine academic institutions, if I feel like actually getting into a lecture hall without committing to an entire semester, I can… Williams College, for example, has a number of lectures and events, many free, for those wishing to add a little academia to their lives. Curious about Race in Castro’s Cuba? Want to hear about the future of art history? The events range from lectures to master dance classes to performances and so much more – follow this link for info.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
If you’re headed to Porches from Boston, try the scenic Mohawk Trail (Route 2) for a drive on a classic auto road. Take some time for a few stops along the way for a picnic or a quick hike to a view. One of the best views of the Hoosac River Valley is at the Wigwam, just above the famous Hairpin Turn overlooking North Adams – where there is one of the most fun gift shops around, complete with westernwear, Elvis tchotchkes (why not?), and souvenirs galore! This is the place for all you “kids” who eat up travel nostalgia – if you’re like me, allow for extra browsing time and save room for the homemade fudge.
Friday, September 4, 2009
The other day, I took a drive up the hill to the Eclipse Mill to see the new work at River Hill Pottery. The Eclipse Mill is a live/work space for artists in a former textile mill, where over twenty artists reside and make art. River Hill Pottery owners Phil and Gail Sellers founded their studio in 1978, beginning with hand-thrown pieces and eventually designing works that are hand-woven. Their beautifully crafted “baskets” can actually be used as baking dishes and, I’m told, work quite well! The Woodland collection is particularly beautiful. River Hill Pottery also offers smaller, everyday items – coffee mugs, soup mugs, lovely little flower vases that are the best $20 gift around. The next time you’re at Porches, consider visiting this studio and others in our neighborhood – just ask our staff and they’ll point you in the right direction!