Archive for October, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Opening at MASS MoCA

Two outdoor installations opening on October 23rd will knock your socks off! New exhibitions by Federico Diaz and Michael Oatman will challenge your sense of space and proportion in a dizzying fashion…  Diaz created a 50×20 foot sculpture,Geometric Death Frequency-141, from 420,000 black spheres precisely milled and assembled by robotic machines, filling MASS MoCA’s entrance courtyard with a fragmented wave seemingly caught between movement and stasis. Oatman’s The Shining is a 1970s-era ‘satellite’ that has crash-landed at MASS MoCA in the form of a repurposed Airstream trailer – with large parachutes and active solar panels – inspired by an earlier era of pulp aeronauts like Buck Rogers, Tom Swift and Tom Corbett: Space Cadet, as well as the works of Giotto, Jules Verne, NASA, and Chris Marker’s 1962 film La Jetée. You’ll be allowed to climb a staircase and enter into the craft… and that’s where the fun begins! I won’t give it away – go see for yourself!


Friday, October 15, 2010

Feel like getting “dirty?”

Join fellow foodies at this event and meet the farmers who bring so much to our Berkshire tables.  Berkshire Grown will present Getting to Know Berkshire Grown: Celebrate NoCo on Monday, November 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hosted our friends at Mezze Bistro + Bar in their new location at 777 Cold Spring Road (Route 7) in Williamstown, the event will feature talented Berkshire Grown member chefs and dedicated farmers from the Berkshire region and foods grown and crafted right here in the Berkshires. Munch on hors d’oeuvres and drinks featuring local ingredients prepared by Baby Cakes, The Clark Café, Gala Restaurant, Gramercy Bistro, Mezze Bistro + Bar, The Red Lion Inn (our sister property!), Wild Oats Market, Williams College and The Williams Inn.

Farmers and representatives of The Berry Patch, Black Queen Angus Farm, Cricket Creek Farm, East Mountain Farm, Elmartin Farm, Hidden Pasture Farm, Ioka Valley Farm, Mighty Food Farm, Peace Valley Farm, Square Roots Farm and Sweet Brook Farm will be present at the event to talk about their farms and products. The cost to Berkshire Grown members is $25 per person. Non-members can support local farms by joining Berkshire Grown for $40 per person, which will include admission to the evening’s event. Guests should R.S.V.P. by November 1 by calling 413.528.0041.

Hope to see you there!


Monday, October 11, 2010

In the News

Porches was featured in yesterday’s Sunday Boston Globe in an article entitled ”Fussy? No Way.”  We were among nine other amazing properties that are “sleek and sophisticated” with “modern sensibilities.”  We’re proud of our Victorian heritage but pleased that writer Necee Regis recognizes our playful sense of irony!  Woo-hoo!


Monday, October 4, 2010

Of Turnips and Legends

This reprint of an article, The Legend of the Florida Mountain Turnip, by our friend Stanley Brown, sheds some light on a local practice: supplementing income with the sale of home-grown produce. The scenic Mohawk Trail provided extra traffic during the foliage season, perfectly coinciding with the fall harvest. Take it slow along our Berkshire byways and be on the lookout for farm stands along the side of the road. Berkshire Living Magazine published an article, Hi-Way Harvest, on this very subject recently – with a handy list of stands to visit. So, take a toolie, shop the Berkshire harvest and enjoy the scenery!