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News from The Porches Inn May 2008
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Warm Your Feet By Our Fire... and check out our Sizzling May Specials!
Porches Firepit Keeps Toes Toasty Year-roundSpring has sprung! Spend the day admiring all the greenery on one of many nearby hikes and trails and then get cozy by our bonfire pit or lounge by our heated-outdoor pool. Ask about our Geocaching package: take off into the woods with our GPS unit and embark on your very own scavenger hunt. 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...

Go to www.porches.com
Porches offers a number of guestrooms with a deep clawfoot tubs

Get the best of both worlds by exploring the artistic and natural beauty of the Berkshires.  For the cultural enthusiast in you, the Inside Out Package comes with two tickets to MASS MoCA, the largest contemporary art center in the US.  Your adventurous side will love exploring the wilderness of the Berkshires prepared with a Berkshire trail book, two Powerbars, two pieces of fruit, and two bottles of Berkshire spring water.  After your fulfilling day, the best treat awaits: indulging yourself in a super-comfortable deluxe room at Porches. 

From May 1 - 15, priced at $261 Sunday - Thursday, $319 Friday & Saturday.
From May 16 - 31, priced at $319 Sunday - Thursday, $369 Friday & Saturday.

*** Package available May 1 - 31, 2008 with a two night minimum ***

 Go to porches.com to view all our packages & last-minute deals...

Berkshire Botanical Garden and MASS MoCA Collaborate on Cultivate-Works of Art for the Garden

For the first time in its nearly 75-year history, the Berkshire Botanical will unveil brand new works of art created exclusively for the garden space. As a result of collaboration with MASS MoCA, Cultivate, a new garden-wide exhibition, opens to the public on Saturday, June 7, at Berkshire Botanical Garden. Cultivate serves as a companion to the new show Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape, opening at MASS MoCA May 25.

Visitors to both exhibitions can expect to see a compelling portrayal of the landscape. While the artists at MASS MoCA present a more intense look at the declining landscape, the artists creating works for the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Cultivate will take a nurturing approach to nature and attempt to open our eyes to the symbiotic relationship we have with the land and see the world in a new way.


Inn Touch Day Spa along the Green RiverWhat 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.  It's a wonderful way to say, "Thank you!" Priced at $349 Sunday - Thursday May 1-31, 2008 (based on availability)


Inkberry & Papyri Books

This monthly event features David McLaughlin, the author of The Unfolding History of the Berkshires. McLaughlin will discuss how he worked with scores of residents and local experts to uncover revealing facts, insider tips and captivating stories, and how the bookıs unique format evolved. He will also illustrate his commentary by projecting images and timeline segments from the book. McLaughlin is a widely published author who was born in Boston, grew up in Montague, and visited the Berkshires regularly as a young man. Open mic to follow. Gail Burns of Williamstown will host the event for Inkberry.

After the reading, there will be a brief intermission, followed by the popular WordPlay open mic. Refreshments will be available, and admission is free and open to the public. For additional information regarding Inkberry or these readings, contact Inkberry by phone at (413) 664-0775 or visit www.inkberry.org.

Williamstown Artists Exhibit at NA Public Library

Paintings by Williamstown artists Carole Ott and Barbara Joseph will be exhibited at the North Adams Public Library throughout the month of May. The artworks may be viewed any time the library is open: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 8, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 5, and Saturdays from 9 to 1. The library is located at 74 Church St. in North Adams, right at the top of Main St.


May 24, 2008

UNO (the United Neighborhood Organization) in North Adams is holding their annual Spring Fling on Saturday, May 24 from 9:00 - 3:00 PM at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 515 Curran Highway. The Spring Fling is a huge flea market held both indoors and out and the event is rain or shine. The Fling includes a tag and craft sale, hand made jewelry, bake sales, Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle, a free raffle and face painting for children. There will be a variety of delicious foods available for lunch. Money raised from the Spring Fling will be used for children's programs in the UNO neighborhood. For more information, call Shirley Davis at 413.663.5516.


Julie Mehretu: City Sitings brings together 12 of the artist's monumental paintings. Mehretu's compelling canvases re-envision urban experience and rewrite narratives of exclusion, reconciling divergent histories through her expansive, dynamic compositions. Inspired by community, history and the built environment, Mehretu's paintings engage viewers in her vision of metropolitan landscape. This exhibition runs from April 19 - July 27, 2008 and is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts in collaboration with Julie Mehretu.  Support has been provided through generous grants from the Joyce Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Williams College Museum of Art
15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Ste 2
(413) 597-2429

The Art of World War II
Opening Sunday, May 11

A new exhibition of various WWII Propaganda Broadsides created by artists to promote various American, Nazi and Japanese messages. This is a prelude to a new museum of WWII Art to be located in the Northern Berkshires. Exhibit opens Sunday May 11. BRILL GALLERY, Eclipse Mill - Studio 109, North Adams, Fridays - Sundays 12 - 6PM and by appointment.
Visit the Gallery'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 - Leonard Freed
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 - Ed Carson