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News from The Porches Inn March 2008
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Warm Your Feet By Our Fire... and check out our Sizzling April Specials!
Porches Firepit Keeps Toes Toasty Year-roundIt's early spring -- bulbs are bursting out of the ground while songbirds provide a sweet soundtrack for enjoying the great outdoors! Bring the kids and sing camp songs or bring your pals and kick back around our firepit. Hancock Shaker Village is having a two-week pajama party with Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm and there are plenty of places to hike near Porches. Ask about our Geocaching package: take off into the woods with our GPS unit and embark on your very own scavenger hunt. Buy ANY two-night package and you'll get a third night free (must travel by May 18, 2008)! For those who profess a touch o'luck, try our new Spin the Wheel deal -- you're guaranteed a standard queen-bedded room but you might just get lucky and stay in one of our spacious 2-room suites! The odds are in your favor... 
Porches offers a number of guestrooms with a deep clawfoot tubsOur monthly specials aim to spice up your life,. During April, come to Porches and rejuvenate yourself by taking advantage of our holistic approach to wellness. The TUNE-UP Package offers one private Yoga session at Sunrise or Sunset (you pick) with a certified Yoga Alliance Instructor. To inspire you further on your path, you will receive one welcome Yoga Card Set and two Scented Candles for you to take home. In addition, during your stay we will deliver two tea bags of Yogi Herbal Tea with fresh fruit to your room. Follow your personalized yoga lesson with a revitalizing swim in our balmy year-round outdoor heated pool and a long soak in a hot tub. Porches accommodations include a healthful Continental breakfast for two with freshly-baked breads, cheese, hot & cold cereals, yogurts, hard-boiled eggs, juices and hot beverages for $169 Sunday - Thursday, $199 Friday & Saturday, inclusive. Package available April 1 - 30, 2008 based on availability. Go to porches.com to view all our packages & last-minute deals...
Zydeco Dance Party at MASS MoCA!MASS MoCA Jams with Malkmus, Zydeco & Jazz...
From exhibitions to performance art to dance parties, there's lots going on at MASS MoCA in April. The Jenny Holzer and Anselm Kiefer exhibitions are still on view, but below are a few highlights from the museum's performance schedule (that's C. J. Chenier at right) -- please go to MASS MoCA's website for a complete list of events:
  • Friday, April 4 - Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks - Malmus of the '90s underground indie band Pavement, blows into town with The Jicks
  • Thursday, April 10 - Left Behind in Louisiana/South of Ten: a film about recovery and resilience in the wake of Hurricane Katrina
  • Friday, April 11 - Zydeco Dance Party with C.J. Chenier and his Red Hot Louisana Band - the Boston Globe said that Chenier "attacks the accordion with the tension and drive of James Brown...creating contemporary, turbo-charged dance music"
  • Saturday, April 12 - The Miss Rockaway Armada - Wild theater, mysterious music, shadow puppets, slapstick, & tragedy
  • Saturday, April 26 - Kenny Wollesen & the Himalayas - the percussionist, bandleader and all around wild man is one of the most sought after jazz drummers in the world


Inn Touch Day Spa along the Green RiverWhat a better way to celebrate the Mother's Day than by taking her away for a spa day?! Our Wisk Mom Away package offers overnight accommodations in a deluxe room, dinner for two at a snazzy local restaurant, two mini-facials, and two spa manicures at the luxurious InTouch Day Spa.  What a better way to say, "Thank you"? Priced at $349 Sunday - Thursday May 1-31, 2008 (based on availability)

Main Street
Stage "Red Room"

Every Saturday in April

The Red Room is back! Saturday April 5 at 8 p.m. the doors will open for an hour of life drawing and light refreshments. At 9 p.m the show begins - original skits, live music, poetry, readings and more. The Red Room continues on Saturdays through April with a different show every week. Tickets are $10.

Robert Frost, Years of Triumph

North Adams Library

Thursday, April 10, 2008

After finding recognition in England, Frost returned to the States and settled in nearby South Shaftsbury, VT to raise his family, to tend his orchards, and to continue his writing - producing some of his finest poetry. The beloved poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" was written on a hot June morning in 1922, at his South Shaftsbury homestead! Carole Thompson, Executive Director of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum and President of the Friends of Robert Frost will relate the story of Frost's twenty-year history in southwest Vermont.


WordPlay featuring Derek Mong and Jeffrey McRae

Inkberry & Papyri Books

Saturday, April 12th, 7-9pm

Celebrate National Poetry Month! On the 2nd Saturday of every month, Inkberry and Papyri Books join forces to highlight local and regional writers. The evening, hosted by Gail Burns, begins with featured readers and is followed by open-mic. Derek Mong is the recipient of a Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship from the U. of Wisconsin-Madison and the Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Choice Prize from the Missouri Review. His poetry, prose, and translations appear in The Kenyon Review, PLEIADES, Cream City Review, TriQuarterly, Crazyhorse and elsewhere. Jeffrey McRae has recently published work in Beloit Poetry Journal, Cimarron Review and Rattle. Open mic to follow.

MCLA Patrons of Arts "From the Heart of a Tradition" MCLA's Patrons of the Arts Series


April 11, 2008

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts'  (MCLA) Patrons of the Arts series(Porches is a proud sponsor) will present "From the Heart of a Tradition," an evening of Indian music and dance. The performance features traditional Indian music and dance by Aniruddha Knight, the only grandson of the world-famous performer T. Balasaraswati, and the ninth generation of one of India's most distinguished families of professional musicians and dancers. "This is a rare opportunity to see a practitioner of the ancient forms of Bala Music and Dance," said Jonathan Secor, director of special programs at MCLA. Tickets for general admission are $12. To reserve tickets, call 662-5543. www.mcla.edu/patrons.

Williams College Museum of ArtOf the total number of objects in Williams College Museum of Art's African collection, 20 percent represent East African cultures; the balance is from West Africa. The works include ceremonial vessels and furniture, articles of personal adornment, ritual and helmet masks, fetish figures, dolls, marionettes, agricultural implements, textiles from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and utilitarian objects. The geographic areas represented are encompassed by the current-day nations of Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, Zaire, Nigeria, Cameroon, Liberia, Gabon, Benin, and Kenya.
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
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 - Bloom
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 - New Visions