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News from The Porches Inn June 2008
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Year-round heated outdoor pool at PorchesWhether you are looking for a quick getaway or a longer vacation, The Porches Inn has just the thing for you... Our long list of fun packages vary from a Geocaching scavenger hunt to a visit to MASS MoCA. Take advantage of the coming summer months and spend the early sunlit hours hiking one of many nearby hills or trails then enjoy peak or twilight hours by our heated outdoor pool and hot tub! If you are looking to extend your time with Mother Nature, the bonfire pit is always available for evening camp fires. So take a peak at what Porches has to offer and book your time away!

Click here for more info on getaways...
Treat Dad to our June lodging special... Dad Day Runaway!
Porches Firepit Keeps Toes Toasty Year-roundBring out the true outdoorsman in your Pop and spend the day exploring mountainous trails or racing in the streets with two mountain bikes, included in this fabulous package. Following your excursion, head to the firepit back at Porches where chips & cold beer will be sweating your arrival! Package includes overnight accommodations, two bikes for the day and and all bonfire items. Priced from $210, Sunday - Thursday through August 29.

Other last minute specials include our new Spin the Wheel deal -- you're guaranteed a standard queen-bedded room at a great rate 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

North Adams, MA plays host to the seventh annual Northern Berkshire Food Festival on Sunday, June 22, 2008, from 12:00 - 4:00 PM on Main Street. The event features the cuisine of up to 20 of the top restaurants in Northern Berkshire County, along with micro-brewed beer and wine tasting, an eclectic mix of live music from Tom Corrigan and his band, and drawings for gift certificates from participating eateries.

The north and south sides of Main Street will be closed to motor vehicle traffic and large festival tents will be erected to shade vendors and patrons. Food tickets are $.50 each and will be sold from two kiosks located at the entrances of the festival tents. Each restaurant will prepare up to three entrée samples with prices ranging generally from $1.00 - $4.00 dollars. The day's fare will satisfy the traditional as well as the adventurous palate. Menus and participating restaurants change from year to year, but there will be over 50 entrée samples from which to choose at the festival.

For more information, please contact the Mayor's Office of Tourism at 6 West Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247 at 413 664-6180 or tourism@northadams-ma.gov

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 Garden has unveiled brand new works of art created exclusively for their bucolic site. 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, which opened at MASS MoCA on 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.


Eclipse Mill Gallery

1st floor, Eclipse Mill Artist Lofts
243 Union St. (Route 2)
North Adams, MA
Through June 27, 2008
"Off the Wall: Art of the Eclipse in the Third Dimension," will showcase three-dimensional works by artists of Eclipse Mill, June 27-July 27 in Eclipse Mill Gallery. Curated by Eclipse Mill artists Brian Jewett and Brian Handspicker, the exhibition will include a variety of fine art, sculpture and crafts including wall reliefs as well as objects on pedestals. Many of the pieces will explore notions of vessels and containers. The opening reception will be held Friday, June 27, 6-8 pm. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 5:00 PM.

Participating artists include:
Sharon Carson - papier-mâché vessels
Gail & Phil Sellers - pottery baskets
Maureen Meyer - fashion / fabric / collage
George Aitken - wooden boxes
Jane Herman - felt
Beth Davis - fabric math bowls, vases, boxes, purses, quilts
Brian Jewett - sculpture, lamps
Brian D. Handspicker - furniture
Erin Ko - cat furniture
Cindy Lewis - paper

MCLA Gallery 51
51 Main St
North Adams, MA
Through June 22, 2008
An array of Williamstown artist Jessica Park's paintings, drawings, early creations, as well as photographs which chronicle her life, will be the focus of MCLA Gallery 51's next exhibition, to run May 28 through June 22. "The Art and Life of Jessica Park"  is free and open to the public. The opening also serveed to launch a book by MCLA students, "Exploring Nirvana: The Art of Jessica Park," which highlights Park's career as an artist as well as her lifelong struggle to overcome the developmental disorder of autism. The Gallery is open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about the exhibition, call 413-664-8718

Click here for the Northern Berkshire Gallery Guide.


The Clark Art Institute
(413) 458-2303
225 South Street
Williamstown, MA
Through July 6
Framing Colonial Albany highlights the findings of a yearlong conservation project exploring itinerant painter Thomas McIlworth, his painting Jeremias Van Rensselaer, and its elaborate frame. In addition to showcasing the conservation efforts, the Lenett project uncovers curious similarities with the frame belonging to a Thomas Gainsborough work, and the international connection of a Scottish artist painting members of a prominent Dutch family on British canvas in colonial America. Framing Colonial Albany is currently on view at The Clark.
June 7, 14:
Drawing the human figure is the most fundamental of all art techniques and often the most rewarding. Whether you need to refresh your skills or have never drawn the human figure from observation of a live model, this class will open your eyes to the possibilities of figure drawing. Intended for all levels of skill, students will also explore work in the Clark. Basic supplies provided. For beginner and intermediate levels. Register by calling Northern Berkshire Creative Arts at 413-663-8338 or online at www.nbcreativearts.org. Held 10 am to 12 pm.
Williams College Museum Of Art
(413) 597-2429
Route 2, Williamstown, MA
Unchained Legacies
Through June 29, 2008
This exhibition highlights two new contemporary art acquisitions by the museum: Stowage (1997) by Willie Cole and Absolut Power (2003) by Hank Willis Thomas. Both works visually quote the diagram of the Brooks Slave ship (1808)-evidence of the organization of human cargo during transport from Africa, or what has become known as the "Middle Passage." The exhibition, a collaboration with Chapin Rare Book Library (Williams College), provides a historical context for the contemporary use of this infamous image.

Colonial Theatre
The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing
Sat, Jun 14th '08
8PM A: $35 B: $25

The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour is co-produced by Richard Gere Productions and the Drepung Loseling Institute. The performance features multiphonic singing, in which Drepung Loseling monks simultaneously intone three notes of a chord. The monks utilize traditional instruments, including ten-foot-long dung-chen horns, drums, bells, cymbals and gyaling trumpets. Rich brocade costumes and masked dances add to the exotic splendor.

Click here to go to the Colonial's website.

Main Street Stage
Main Street Stage has announced the return of The Red Room, Saturday, June 14th. Doors open at 8:00 PM for life drawing (mode
l and art materials supplied), mingling and light refreshment. At 9:00, follow the host into the theatre for a one hour variety show-a different show every week that features local musicians, writers, dancers, magicians and more. The Red Room will run Saturdays in June and Mondays in July and August. The Red Room is a deal; $10.00 a person gets you refreshments, drawing and a show. Contact Kelli 413-664-7745 for more information visit the website, www.mainstreetstage.org. The Red Room contains adult themes and language.

Red Room dates for this summer are June 14, 21, 28; July 7, 14, 21, 28; and August 4, 11, 18, 25. Look out for announcements of theme nights (including summer camp night on the 7th of July). Also, if you are interested in having your act in The Red Room, please contact Wendy at: wendabette@gmail.com.
Main Street Stage is a non-profit local theatre company committed to theatre that delves into the human condition with pluck and mettle.  The company strives to create a community that fosters young artists and nurtures an atmosphere where artistic impulses are respected, coaxed and acted upon.

Interested in the fusion of visual and musical arts? Check out these concerts at MASS MoCA, from family-friendly to powerful vocals!

North Adams, MA

Father Goose
Saturday, June 7, 2008, 11:00 am
Pavilion or Club B-10
Jamaican-born Rankin Don Father Goose laces contagious rhythm and enthusiasm into his shows to get young and old grooving. You'll find music that blends folktale, Reggae, rap, calypso, pop and traditional children's styles into a rollicking stew. Ticket required for every child and adult in attendance.
$5 per person
Marta Topferova
Saturday, June 21, 2008, 8:00 pm
Pavilion or Club B-10
A smoky voiced Czech with a thing for traditional Cuban songs, the classically trained Topferova brings an artful, sultry edge to the sounds of her adoptive musical home. This multi-lingual multi-instrumentalist and her band will make for perfect outdoor listening as the longest day of the year fades to evening.
"Don't let the name fool you, the husky-voiced Topferova is a top-flight singer who offers a mellow and sensual take on the South American folk music tradition.'' - Village Voice
$14 in advance/$18 day of show
Lickety Split serves dinner, snacks, and ice cream before and during shows or visit Café Latino on the MASS MoCA campus. There are also many great restaurants in North Adams that are within walking distance of the campus.