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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Families Stay & Play at Porches!

Bringing your family to Porches? Check out all that the Berkshires have to offer for families of all ages. Check out our blog for sample itineraries (indoors and outdoors) to inspire your trip!

Enjoy Art More Often: Museums and More in the Berkshires!

Day 1: Start your day off with a healthful breakfast at Porches and then make your way across the street to Kidspace @ MASS MoCA (open from 10 – 4) Check out the exhibit that’s running this summer!

Color Forms II: The Basic Utensils features works by artists Soyeon Cho and Lisa Hoke whose hallmark is making beautiful, complex and colorful installations out of inexpensive everyday materials, primarily plastic food utensils, boxes, paper cups and plates, and cardboard containers.”

After exploring the galleries, have lunch at MASS MoCA’s in house café Lickety Split, and enjoy their selection of sandwiches, soups and quiches, and don’t forget about their ice cream!

A post lunch-rest may be needed, but if you’re eager to keep your afternoon going, head south to Pittsfield to the Berkshire Museum. Their latest exhibit will be a delight future scientists and kids of all ages!

“Geckos: Tails to Toepads provides an up-close chance to view 14 different species of geckos in lush, naturalistic habitats that let you visit a gecko’s realm. A host of interactive stations offer the full gecko experience: get a first-hand look at gecko night vision, hear the many different voices of geckos, and try to spot as many camouflaged geckos as you can.”

If your group still as some energy to spend, why not an evening of bowling! Mount Greylock Bowl is less than 10 minutes away and a family of four can bowl for less than $20 (under 30 with shoe rental).

Or…

Head back to Porches for an evening in, order some pizza from one of our local eateries and check out a movie from our Blu-Ray/DVD library. What a day!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Play Hooky

Here are a few reasons to play hooky this month! Huckleberry Delsignore: New Concepts in Crochet at The Berkshire Museum through June 21st – inspired by geometry, geodesic domes, rocks, zomes, platonic solids and Lou Reed, this artist creates small spaces to sit inside and ponder. The Harrison Gallery has a show of American Realist paintings running the entire month of June – above, we’re sharing an example of the work – this one by Hale Johnson. If you’d rather grab a beer and watch a ball game, the North Adams SteepleCats is a collegiate summer baseball team that brings the best college baseball players from across the country to play summer baseball right here in North Adams - here’s the schedule of games for your consideration…

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Elevated Events

Our friends at Bascom Lodge on top of Mount Greylock have some fun stuff planned… The lodge is just a short, but bea-U-tiful drive from Porches – you’ll be at an altitude of of 3,491 feet with views 60 to 90 miles around. Bascom Lodge offers music (Rakish Paddy, anyone?), art (collagist Karen Arp-Sandel is the Creative Resident for June), and intellectual pursuits in general. Not to mention, they offer a pretty spiffy dining experience! Follow this link for the schedule…

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Triple Header

Before the summer crowds get here (and, don’t get us wrong, we love our summer crowds!), c’mon up to Porches for an art-filled getaway. MASS MoCA has three temporary exhibitions on view that are amazing. Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More Highly has been up since last fall. She’s known for large-scale canvases and raucous installations that employ a vibrant palette and exuberant gestures merging painting, sculpture, and architecture. Grosse opens up a new path for painting while rearranging conventions, hierarchy, and our very habits of seeing.  Nari Ward’s dramatic sculptural installations are composed of material systematically collected from the neighborhoods where he lives and works or is personally connected to. By revealing the complex emotional registers inherent within everyday found objects, Ward’s work examines issues of race, poverty, and consumer culture and the inherent meaning and gravity we place upon objects from the discarded to the treasured. Nari Ward: Sub Mirage Lignum is his new installation encompassing the entire second floor of Building 4.  Memery: Imitation, Memory, and Internet Culture shows the work of nine artists in the show mine the Internet – drawing on YouTube videos, pictures from Flickr or Tumblr, website logos, social networking sites, and webchat programs – examines the connections between memes (a form or concept that spreads via the Web) and memory in online culture.

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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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