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Friday, May 6, 2011

Albert Cummings – special – TONIGHT !

Feel like being spontaneous? Let us help you! Come stay the night and enjoy two tickets to local blues legend Albert Cummings at Mass MoCA this Friday on us! For $222 (tax included), enjoy one overnight in a Deluxe Standard guestroom as well as two tickets to the Cummings show as well as Porches’ healthful continental breakfast (upgrades available at additional cost). Add Saturday to this package in any Deluxe Room or One Bedroom Suite for $180 plus tax! Packages also available with Mass MoCA gallery admissions, call or email us reservations@porches.com for details.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Multifaceted Gem

The Williams College Museum of Art just finished a two-year project of reinstalling their collection, resulting in eight exhibitions that explore the idea of “museum” as subject.  Take a look at this link to see what they’ve cooked up! Don’t Fence U.S. In: Crossing Boundaries in American Art expresses the power of boundaries–making, breaking, crossing, drawing, and erasing them–and the cultural, sociological, and geographical boundaries that are drawn and redrawn through the various historical phases of our political state of the Union. The breadth of the collection is impressive and the exhibitions thoughtful and thought-provoking. Don’t miss!

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Summer Lovin’

Yeah, it’s cold, but our bulbs are busting out of the ground so we know that Spring is here and, with that, Summer isn’t too far behind! Check out our summer packages – Museum Mania and Geocaching are now a part of the regular mix. We’ll be adding more fun ideas to our packages page in the coming weeks, but keep an eye out for specials too! We keep those kind of last-minute, for you spontaneous types! See you soon…

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Combo Platter

Chautauqua! happens at MASS MoCA on Saturday, April 9th. Consider this: a young, rabble-rousing theater group distills an historic intellectual gathering into a a sly exploration of the relationship between High Culture and the Mass Mind. These folks are eccentric and proud of it! The performance is a combination of lecture, debate, scientific demonstration and tales of explorers with more traditional forms of entertainment dance, dramatic recital, feats of strength, and joke telling. Sounds outrageous? It is. Don’t miss it – check out our Chautauqua special, complete with a chance to get $25 off your reservation!

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Higher Power

Mount Greylock is the highest peak in the state of Massachusetts. It’s not a four-thousand-footer like in the Adirondacks or Presidential Range, but it’s a beauty any time of year. This vintage postcard shows the mountaintop and monument under a moonlit sky – a pretty romantic spot, isn’t it? Check out this page of activities that include year-round fun for the whole family. You’ll find information on varying types of terrain to explore, whether your interested in birds or a rigorous hike. If the weather isn’t promising for your visit, plan a visit to the Western Gateway Heritage State Park.  Their spring programs include Trains Gone Wild! and Spring Equinox Astronomy Sky Theatre | Is Earth Life Unique? - click here for more details.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Bollywood Brass

There’s nothing like a little Bollywood funk to warm your bones on a brisk January day!  Check out this dance party at MASS MoCA this coming Saturday: Bhangra Funk Dance Party with Red Baraat. Melding the infectious North Indian rhythm Bhangra with brass funk, Red Baraat is one of the most explosive and joyful live bands you will ever experience. Comprised of dhol (a double-sided, barrel-shaped North Indian drum slung over one shoulder), drumset, percussion, sousaphone, and 5 horns, this NYC-based group plays fresh originals and Bollywood classics with an unstoppable energy that whips audiences into an ecstatic frenzy everywhere they play. We still have rooms available this weekend!

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Food + Gender

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 reservations@porches.com to reserve a guestroom. Kick off the evening with dinner at Mezze in Williamstown; for information and to reserve, call Mezze – 413.458.0123.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Strange & Wonderful

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!

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Home-grown Berkshire Cuisine – Boston & NYC

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…

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Solid Sound Festival

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!

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