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Monday, April 23, 2012

Where the Wild Things Are: Foraging Walks in nearby Williamstown, in April & May

Grow your foraging green thumb and check out the Where the Wild Things Are!

On weekends during the months of April and May, Berkshire Farm & Table will presentWhere the Wild Things Are – eight wild food walks in our local landscape lead by experienced and passionate instructors who will focus on responsible harvesting techniques, recipes and the history of foraging in the Berkshires. One of the motivations for undertaking such a series is to present expert voices to the public to educate on ecosystem balance and sustainability.

Check out the schedule of foraging walks in short driving distance of Porches:

Saturday, April 28 (11am – 1pm) — Aimee Gelinas at Stone Hill in Williamstown
Sunday, April 29 (1 – 3pm) — Blanche Derby at Field Farm in Williamstown

Saturday, May 5 (1 – 3pm) — Russ Cohen at Money Brook Trail in Williamstown
Sunday, May 6 (1 – 3pm) — Russ Cohen at Cole Field in Williamstown

Monday, April 2, 2012

MASS MoCA named one of the 50 Coolest Museums by Complex Magazine

Congrats to MASS MoCA for being named to Complex Magazine’s list of the 50 Most Coolest Museums!

“Cool” is, of course, subjective. However, there are certain museums that either have undeniably awesome collections or offer unparalleled experiences. These are the places that made this list. Included are awesome centers of contemporary art, quirky holdings of anthropological items, and one of New England’s overlooked house museums.

To read the article click here.

Monday, January 9, 2012

This is the Remix, (Clark, Remix)

Clark Remix at the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute (in Williamstown, MA) immerses you in a gallery filled with more than 80 paintings, nearly 20 sculptures, and more than 300 decorative arts objects from the Clark’s permanent collection. The exhibition is both a physical reality and a virtual space, featuring a dynamic salon-style installation and two new digital applications that offer exciting ways to engage with the collection.

Tuesday through Sunday, September through June,
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Open daily in July and August

ADMISSION

Free admission now through May 31.

More on Clark Remix: http://www.clarkart.edu/exhibitions/remix/content/exhibition.cfm

Friday, October 21, 2011

Do You Instagram?

We’re having fun with our Instagram account which is an application on the iPhone,  snapping pics of all sorts of things on the Porches property. Read more about Instagram below:

Pick from one of several gorgeous filtered effects or tilt-shift blur to breathe a new life into your mobile photos. Transform everyday moments into works of art you’ll want to share with friends and family.

Share your photos in a simple photo stream with friends to see – and follow your friends’ photos with the click of a single button. Every day you open up Instagram, you’ll see new photos from your closest friends, and creative people from around the world.

If you’re not on Instagram, follow our feed here on Gramfeed and we’ll be doing more with this images soon! Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Live Music in the Berkshires: FreshGrass Festival @ MASS MoCA

FreshGrass: A Festival of Bluegrass + Art @ MASS MoCA
Sept 24 – Sept 25
Courtyard C or Hunter Center
$68 Festival Pass / $48 Sunday only / $38 Saturday only
You’ll find some of the finest pickin’ and grinnin’ anywhere in the country this weekend in North Adams on this weekend as  MASS MoCA presents some of today’s most exciting young bluegrass artists — along with one of the genre’s living legends — in the Hunter Center and Courtyard C plus pop-up performances in the galleries in FreshGrass, their first ever bluegrass festival. Ticket prices include gallery admission.
The festival kicks off on Saturday with a short outdoor acoustic set by Dave Mayfield, during the reception for our new expansion called, The Speed Way, an outdoor extension of the MASS MoCA campus including three new works of art, and 1.5 acres of “asphalt meadow” landscaping. The festival will then pick ups at full speed at 7pm in Courtyard C with Sarah Jarosz then moves indoors to the Hunter Theater at 8:30pm.

Click here to see the full schedule, videos of the performers and more!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hurricane Irene: Travel Updates in Northern Berkshire County

Things are safe and sound at Porches, but our thoughts are with our neighbors and friends in area communities that were impacted by Hurricane Irene. We wanted to inform those coming our way this weekend of road closures. Our beloved Mohawk Trail has experienced significant damage, as well areas in and around North Adams and Northern Berkshire & Franklin County and beyond.  If you are interested in learning more about the local relief effort, click here.

For those traveling in Massachusetts and points North/East: please check Mass Department of Transportation website for road closures and updates. They have also created a Google Map outlining these as well.

For those coming from New York and points West/South (outside of MA) please check New York’s 511NY website. In the map legend, make sure to click on Incidents/Closures as that will show places there is road damage or closures.

Route 2 between Williamstown and Albany is not open (it was a recommended alternate route in the directions below).

Directions from both Boston and NYC: Take 90 to exit 2 in Lee, MA. From there take Route 20 West. It will join with Route 7. Continue into Pittsfield and take a right onto Route 8 North. Follow Route 8 into North Adams. You will come over a bridge that is under construction. Continue until the 3rd stop light and take a left onto River Street. We will be on the right. (From NYC take 87 or the Taconic to get to 90.)

If you have any questions, please contact us at 413-664-0400.

Have a safe and fun Labor Day Weekend.

-SGW

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hit the Road: The Mohawk Trail

Porches is located right near the end of the Mohawk Trail, which was historically a Native American migratory game path, now known as Massachusetts Route 2. Not only has it been recognized as one of the best scenic routes in the country, it’s a nice way to get from A to B without going on an actual “highway.” From the famous Hairpin Turn to the rich Native American history, the Mohawk Trail makes for a great day trip! Here is a map from the Porches to Greenfield (with a couple of cool stops along the trail). Happy Trails!

Here are a few fun links if you’re planning a drive up the trail while you’re at Porches :

  • Here’s a video of cars going up the Hairpin Turn (and here’s another…with over 3,000 views!)
  • driving tours
  • Check out a superbrief history or an in-depth history of the Mohawk Trail. Either way it’s neat to see how it became the “
  • The Learning Channel recognized the Mohawk Trail as a scenic ride in Massachusetts Scenic Drives: Mohawk Trail
  • Itinerary from WikiTravel.com Things to do, see, etc…
  • You can have lunch 1700 feet above sea level at the Golden Eagle, on the Hairpin Turn (great lookout point, complete with coin-operated binoculars.)
  • In National Geographic Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways, the Mohawk Trail is named third in the category Best Fall Foliage.
  • “What right minded retro roadside attraction loving person would dare pass by this wonderful and colorful souvenir shop on Route 2 in Shelburne Falls, MA?” Find out on RetroRoadMap’s blog about The Big Indian Shop Gift Shop on Trail. (Also check out the Flickr page for the Big Indian Shop. It’s a phenomenon!)

Monday, August 22, 2011

See Art More Often: Brill Gallery II

Art in a museum, gallery, school, even outdoor art we’ve seen before. Something we hadn’t seen before – an art gallery that is not only located outside, but is located on the exterior of the building! Ralph Brill opened Brill Gallery II this summer on the outside of the Cariddi Mill on in North Adams and we got a chance to see it. In a recent article from BerkshireOnStage.com, writer Charles Giuliano talks about Brill’s exterior gallery along with his many art projects in the area:

“In addition to the Brill Gallery in the Eclipse Mill you are using large images attached to some of the windows of the Cariddi Mill between North Adams and Williamstown. You are calling it Brill Gallery Two and it is intended to create an awareness of your gallery in the Eclipse Mill. You have mentioned drive by visibility during the season in the hundreds of thousands”

Have you seen the Brill Gallery II while you are making your way to Porches? What’s your favorite piece of outdoor art?

Brill Gallery II
Cariddi Mill Exterior
Route 2, between North Adams and Williamstown
On view 24 hours

- May / Sept “Changing Displays”
Visual art and light shows on exterior of Cariddi Mill.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Pic of the Week: Sabine the Cat Relaxes (& other ways to unwind @ Porches)

Our Feline-in-Residence Sabine (or Bean, as she’s known to the Porches staff) is a quiet presence at the Inn, whether she’s keeping guests company in the lounge area or taking in the sun on the second floor walk way (where she matches the carpet!) We even caught Sabine doing some yoga poses (pictured here is the Downward-facing-Dog, obviously not her favorite). She is the queen of relaxing and we wanted to share with you a few ways to unwind while you’re at Porches:

If you enjoy yoga like Sabine, our Dharma Days package might be right for you! Spend two days practicing yoga at the nearby Frog Lotus Studio and one night in our serene digs. This package aims to rejuvenate your body and soul and includes a total of four yoga classes per package (2 per person or however you’d like to divvy them up!) along with our balanced continental breakfast in the morning.

After a day exploring the Berkshires with the gang, if you’d rather Hunker Down, retire to your guestroom for a movie and an extra large pizza with this package! Choose from our extensive movie library while we order up the pizza (or four subs) along with four sodas; we’ll make popcorn for you too!

If the outdoors are your thing, check out our (heated in the winter!) outdoor pool and hot tub. Those looking to cool off will find an array of museums, galleries, shops and restaurants to explore while you are in town!

What are some of your favorite ways to unwind while traveling? Comment on our Facebook page or Tweet us at @porchesinnmoca!
-SGW

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Downstreet Art Opening this Thursday!

Get Down! Hit the streets of North Adams on July 28, from 6 – 9.

New exibition openings, performance, live music and murals.
Restaurants, shops and bars open late.

DownStreetArt returns this Thursday with six new exhibitions including the work of renowned photographer and artist Carrie Mae Weems, live performances on the street by Mark Steward, Paul Simon’s Guitarist and Bang On A Can All Stars member and his orchestra of homemade instruments and live aerial song cycles by artist C. Ryder Cooley.   Now in it’s fourth year DownStreet Art celebrates the arts community of North Adams.  ”It is great on the last Thursday night of every month to see hundreds of people in downtown North Adams, just like back in the day when payday was the night to go out”, says Jonathan Secor, MCLA’s Director of Special Programs. “And to have contemporary art and performance as the catalyst for those hundreds recognizes a new beginning for the City”. Read more about this Thursday’s schedule of openings, click here.

-SGW