Archive for December, 2009

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Friday Night Lights

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

Extended Hours at MASS MoCA

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?!


Monday, December 21, 2009

Ringing in the New Year

If you’re thinking of getting away to ring in the New Year, we still have availability – AND, our friends over at Mezze just sent us this totally tempting prix fixe menu for New Year’s Eve. Lobster Ceviche with spicy popcorn, yuzu, mint + avocado; Egg & Toast featuring a five-minute farm egg, brioche toast, local veal sausage + mornay sauce; Steamed Striped Bass with carrot puree, apple + radish salad; and Northeast Family Farm Roasted Ribeye with celeriac pave + roasted bone marrow; topped off with a Meyer Lemon + Chocolate Tart for dessert! Mezze is serving their special New Year’s menu from 5 to 9 pm for $58 per person. Please call us to reserve a getaway for New Year’s and we’ll call Mezze to reserve a table for you!


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hit the Slopes!

Great news! Jiminy Peak has opened the entire mountain to skiing and snowboarding! After a few flurries here and there plus snowmaking, there’s a nice base to play on. Consider our Ski-n-Stay package, which includes overnight accommodations and two lift tickets to Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort and our hearty and healthful continental breakfast buffet; the package is available both midweek and weekends. Click here to check availability on the Select a Room Inclusive Package tab. Apres ski, we’ll treat you to freshly baked cookies and hot chocolate - liquids for “spiking” your beverage are available at our microbar!


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Free Admission at the Clark

From now through May, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown is offering free admission! Be sure to catch Steps Off the Beaten Path and Crow and Raven: Baskin, Hughes, Manet, Poe before they end in early January! On December 12 from 10 am to 12 pm, there will be a special Start with Art program at the Clark. This session, entitled “Light and Dark,” allows parents to explore the collection with their preschoolers. Family-friendly gallery guides and age-appropriate painting talks will also be offered. From 11 am to 12 pm, there will be various art projects the children can participate in. This event is free and no registration is needed. Art-appropriate clothing is recommended – don’t say we didn’t warn you!


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Niagara Falls at Williams College

When making your plans to visit MASS MoCA and the Clark, don’t forget to include the Williams College Museum of Art in the mix! Check out A Strong Impression: William Morris Hunt’s Niagara before it closes at the end of next month. The exhibition examines both the artistic and cultural context in which the picture was produced through paintings, drawings, photographs, films, rare books, and souvenirs. Get a glimpse of the process this artist employed to interpret one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.