Archive for May, 2010

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.


Monday, May 17, 2010

The Williamstown Theatre Festival has quite the line up this season, beginning with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Director Jessica Stone is at the helm of this hilarious, zany classic with an accomplished cast. The WTF is presenting a concurrent performance of It’s Jewdy’s Show: My Life as a Sitcom. Building on the success of her show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, funny-woman Judy Gold returns to the stage in this hilarious look at her amazing life through the lens of the classic sitcoms of her youth. Tickets go on sale May 29th for the entire season, so start making plans if theater’s your thing.  Treat yourself to an early-in-the-season performance and head to the Berkshires before the summer crowds!


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.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Purely Personal

Here’s a terrific new show opening at MASS MoCA at the end of this month: Petah Coyne: Everything That Rises Must Converge. Her sculptures convey the tension between opposites and is described as seeming “Victorian in its combination of an overloaded refinement with a distinctly decadent and morbid undercurrent.” Having an interest in history and the Victorian era here at Porches, we’re looking forward to seeing how this artist takes her personal experience and puts it out there to enrich and engage our lives.


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!