Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Have you heard? Williams’ Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives is committed to protecting and enhancing the natural and built environment in which we learn, work, and live. They have some really cool programming to go along with it… like: Gender and Food: Production and Consumption. Check out the list of participants: Karen Washington, member of Garden of Happiness, La Familia Verde Garden Coalition; Just Food City Farms Trainer; president of the NYC Community Garden Coalition. Giovanna DiChiro Ph.D., research rssociate in the Environmental Studies Department at Mount Holyoke College, co-editor of the volume Appropriating Technology: Vernacular Science and Social Power and Embodied Ecologies: Science, Politics, and Environmental Justice; co-founder of the Pioneer Valley Community Environmental Justice Coalition. Shannon Hayes Ph.D., author of Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, The Grassfed Gourmet, and The Farmer and the Grill; Co-owner, Sap Bush Hollow Farm, Warnerville, NY. Elizabeth Smith, co-founder of Caretaker Farm in Williamstown who ran the NOFA-organic certified commercial vegetable farm for 16 years. Converted to a CSA in 1990. Lisa MacDougall, farmer/owner of Mighty Food Farm in Pownal, VT.
Porches is offering a 20% discount off the regular rate for any of our rooms for the night of January 13th (based on availability) in conjunction with this program. Please call 413.664.0400 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a guestroom. Kick off the evening with dinner at Mezze in Williamstown; for information and to reserve, call Mezze – 413.458.0123.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
I popped into the Clark the other day to take a look at The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer. I’ve always been a fan of art that incorporates mythology and/or stories from the Bible that are supposed to inspire (or is it scare?) us into doing the right thing. Dürer’s work has all that plus an incredible mastery of the printmaking medium. Dürer’s world was populated by monsters, witches, hybrid animals, and marauding soldiers – and his work shares spiritual and social preoccupations with our own time. In addition to often fantastic images, the artist experimented with another form – ornamental knots, and the examples here are dazzlingly. The Clark gives the visitor a magnifying glass to use while looking at these insanely intricate works, so you won’t miss a thing. Make plans to come see this exhibition!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Did you catch the 12/23 cover story in The Boston Globe’s G magazine about holiday food by Chef Brian Alberg at our sister property, The Red Lion Inn? Check this link out and read all about it. It’s a totally accurate portrait of the man who feeds the masses at The Red Lion Inn – who’s done a few gigs at Porches too. There are a few recipes, too.
If you’d like to try truly locally-grown cuisine but can’t get out of New York City, head to the James Beard Foundation on February 4th for “The Whole Berkshire Hog.” Feast on courses by six of the most interesting chefs working in the Berkshires, paired with wines by Red Lion Sommelier Dan Thomas. Here’s the link for more info and to make a reservation…
Thursday, December 16, 2010
It’s official! The dates for the 2011 Solid Sound Festival are June 24-26 at MASS MoCA! We wish we could tell you otherwise, but we are already sold out. Should there be any cancellations, we will make an announcement in an email blast as the dates get closer, but we’re not betting on it. There is currently some availability at our “sister” property, The Red Lion Inn. Check out this link at our local visitors’ bureau for lodging opportunities. Click here for the link to our local campground and click here for a map of nearby state campgrounds.
Thanks to Jeff Tweedy and the gang for bringing this amazing festival back to the Berkshires!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Our friends in downtown North Adams got together to offer a shopping extravaganza, full of festive events to keep you entertained as you scour the city for everyone on your holiday list! Shop handmade jewelry, fine art, artisan chocolate, unique toys, historic gifts, books, locally made pottery and more… There are a number of restaurants where you can fuel up along the way – click here for a list. HARDWARE at MASS MoCA now features the wares of over Berkshires artisans, a great place to take home truly local gifts for the whole family. Check out Develop North Adams’ website for all the details!
Friday, November 12, 2010
We’re proud of our digs here at Porches. We’re colorful and comfortable and totally not fussy – thanks to Porches co-developer and Red Lion Inn owner Nancy Fitzpatrick. This week, Nancy was profiled in The New York Times’ “Shopping With” column by Tim McKeough and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Nancy and Tim travel through hill and dale in Berkshire County to shop for items to make a comfortable guestroom (photo by Stewart Cairns for The New York Times taken at Thorne in West Stockbridge). Follow this link to read all about it and all the news that fit to print!
Friday, October 22, 2010
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
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
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
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!