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News from The Porches Inn March 2008
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Year-round heated outdoor pool at Porches
You may be wistfully looking at this photo of folks enjoying our pool on a sunny summer day, but take heart!! Our pool is heated and open year-round, and with a radiant-heated patio and hot tub to boot, think of the fun you'll have pretending it's summer! Our staff will gladly build a bonfire in our fire pit, so grab some brew, chill it in a snowbank and bring your friends!  Go to porches.com to view packages & last-minute deals...


in touch scenic2With the muddy fields that early spring brings, you could take a spa treatment in your own backyard! But why risk catching a cold or sustaining bodily harm (never mind the "ick" factor) when you could come to Porches and wrap yourself in luxury? The March Mudness Package offers overnight accommodations in a standard room, two tickets to MASS MoCA and, of course, one Moor Mud Body wrap at nearby In Touch Spa.  The rub detoxifies, revitalizes and refreshes the body while helping the skin regain suppleness and elasticity. There is an array of additional treatments available for purchase at In Touch Spa so indulge in your mode of rejuvenation, then retreat to your room where hot chocolate and cookies will be delivered to your door. $219 Sunday - Thursday, $239 Friday & Saturday (inclusive, based on availability). Please call 413.664.0400 to reserve.

Northern Berkshire Creative ArtsThe beginning of spring doesn't only bring uplifting energy and blossoms - the change in season also sparks an overload of activity and we have a few ideas to nurture the right side of your brain... 
Have you ever wanted to tap dance?
Northern Berkshire Creative Arts (NBCA) is holding a Rhythm Tap Dance workshop with live music on Saturday March 1, 1 pm to 4 pm Tuition: $40; Ages 10 and up. The focus will be on the foundational grooves and structures of American vernacular musical forms of Blues, Jazz and Funk, and some Latin and Bossa Nova spice.
The NBCA, partnering with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), will present a seminar on Thursday, March 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the NBCA.  The event is free and open to the public with pre-registration. John MacDonald, a practicing artist and certified creativity coach, will explain the nature of the creative process and how to recognize, understand, and manage those persistent blocks to creativity in his lecture, "The Creative Process."
Some shoes are provided. Please let NBCA know your shoe size. All levels and interests of tap dance are welcome.
The NBCA is located at 115 State Street, Bldg. 1, Heritage State Park. To register call 663-8338 or go to
the NBCA website for more

hiker at greylock
Although Mount Greylock's roads are under repair until the 2009 season, the trails and visitor's center are still open to the public, so strap on your boots and get dirty as you hike Massachusetts' highest point.  Measuring 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock offers dramatic landscape views of up to 90 miles away!

Not quite prepared to ruck through the muck? Jiminy Peak has 43 trails open for skiing and boarding including 18 lighted for night skiing. Drop into the Hendricks Summit Lodge in between runs to warm yourself, grab a bite to eat or indulge in a pint.
Williams College Museum of Art's Model American Men exhibitionHEROES & ICONS 
Opening March 1, the Williams College Museum of Art presents Model American Men, an exhibition that explores representations of male role models and conceptions of masculinity in American culture from 1850 to 1950. Examining the environment that shaped
manhood and masculinity from the Civil War to the end of World War II, Model American Men depicts the everyday man to the national hero. The exhibited works raise awareness about the cultural expectations and attitudes surrounding these American "models."
Williams College Museum of Art
15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Ste 2
(413) 597-2429
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Frederic Remington shaped America's vision of the West with illustrations, sculpture, and painting. Remington Looking West brings together the Clark's iconic works by the artist with those from public and private collections to explore how he came to this vision and how it evolved throughout his career. Also included in the exhibition are photographs, drawings, and scrapbooks from his personal collection that allow you to "look over Remington's
shoulder" and understand his working process. On view through through May 4 only!
The Clark Art Institute
225 South Street, Williamstown
(413) 458-2303
Visit the Clark's website

"Trick Pony" at MASS MoCAFrom exhibitions to performance art to dance parties, there's lots going on at MASS MoCA in March. The Jenny Holzer and Anselm Kiefer exhibitions are still on view, but below are a few highlights from the museum's performance schedule -- please go to MASS MoCA's website for a complete list of events:

  • March 8 - aerialist theater & renegade ballet by Chelsea Bacon & Sally Rousse
  • March 14 - Everything's Cool, a "toxic comedic" film about Global Warming
  • March 15 - King Corn, part of the Working Films non-fiction forum
  • March 27 - John Waters narrates the film Plagues and Pleasures of the Salton Sea
In the Galleries
There are more and more galleries cropping up in the Berkshires... check out the following in Porches' neighborhood to see what's on the minds of artists in our area...
Gallery 51, 51 Main St, North Adams - Preternatural Selection
Brill Gallery, Eclipse Mill (studio 109), North Adams - John Isherwood
Eclipse Mill, 243 Union St (Rte. 2), North Adams - various artists
Kolok Gallery, 121 Union St 1E, North Adams - Joshua Field
Gallery 37, 37 Spring St, Williamstown - various artists
The Harrison Gallery, 39 Spring St, Williamstown - Communities of Creation