Archive for October, 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Indie Shopping

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!


Saturday, October 24, 2009


Campy sci-fi at MASS MoCA! ETHEL, the US’s premier rock-infused, postclassical string quartet, tackles the vintage Mexican science fiction classic La Nave De Los Monstruos (The Monsters’ Ship, 1959) – catch it at MASS MoCA next Friday, October 30th. In the film, the last male on Venus has died and the planet’s regent sends Gamma and Beta — two hot Venusian babes who could teach Captain Kirk a thing or two about amorous interplanetary exploration — on a quest to find men on other worlds. They land, of course, on planet Mexico. ETHEL digs into this fertile ground to create a new original score, which will be performed live to the film. Presented with the Williamstown Film Festival. Porches is a proud sponsor of the Williamstown Film Festival.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Compelling Stories

The nearby Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts offers lectures on some of the most compelling issues of today. Recent speakers include Mariane Pearl, French freelance journalist and widow of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl; Jonathan Kozol, award-winning author in education and urban issues; and U.S. Senator John Kerry, D-Massachusetts.  Here are two events that focus on sustainability and preventing genocide.

Owens Corning Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer Frank O’Brien-Bernini (an MCLA grad) will present a lecture on Thursday, October 22 at 7 p.m. Owens Corning makes building materials and composite systems and solutions – and is known for the Pink Panther branding the company has been doing with its insulation.  O’Brien-Bernini’s contributions to sustainability, as well as his engaging depth and breadth on this subject, have made him a frequent guest speaker at major energy forums, global executive and industry conferences, and a regular media spokesperson on the topics of global sustainability, winning-with-green, and energy efficiency. He has addressed conferences organized by The Economist, Forbes, the American Wind Energy Association and The World Bank. He has also appeared on the Discovery Channel’s Planet Green program.

On November 5th at 7p.m., MCLA welcomes Paul Rusesabagina (pictured above) as a guest lecturer for its Public Policy series. Rusesabagina is the real-life hero of Hotel Rwanda who travels the world with his message of hope, peace, and “never again.”  Over a decade ago, as the country of Rwanda descended into madness, Rusesabagina made a promise to protect the family he loved – and ended up finding the courage to save over 1200 people. Over the course of 100 days, almost one million people were killed in Rwanda. Lauded by many, he is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award, and the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award. Rusesabagina, whose journey from hotel manager to humanitarian has been life-changing has said, “I’ve become a humanitarian and I never thought I would become one. And, as a humanitarian, I wanted to take this message on a wider scale, to raise awareness of what happened in my country so that the international community can help others who suffer now.”



Friday, October 9, 2009

Mother Nature Steals the Show

Autumn’s colorful show is nearing its peak! There is an explosion of color right now – golds and reds in treetops and purple asters below. Here is a snapshot of a pretty scene I spied on my drive to Porches yesterday. Head to the Berkshires for a fabulous foliage getaway!


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Welcome, Sabine!

We welcomed a new member of our staff about a week ago… She is assigned to the Reception area – adding a bit of warmth and whimsy to the scene. Sabine decided to get out of the concrete jungle of New York City and head to the Berkshires for a quiet life in the country. Little did she know that she was going to be a part of the team at Porches! She is warming up to the idea and loves attention, so please save a little petting time on your next trip for this rather regal fluffball!