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September & October 2008

Porches Firepit Keeps Toes Toasty Year-roundFALL HAS ARRIVED!

The Porches Inn is the perfect place to enjoy this early autumn weather. Not only are the
Berkshires filled with local hiking trails and overlooks for admiring the foliage but Porches' year-round heated outdoor pool and hot tub are perfect for this time of year. The bonfire pit will be sure to keep your toes toasty while you gather with friends and comment on how crazy it is that you can see your breath! Embrace the changing season and check out some of the cool and innovative getaway packages and specials we have to offer... hope to see you soon!
Om La La, an organizer of unique and customized yoga vacations and retreatsand, and The Porches Inn have teamed up to create a wonderful weekend package. Arrive Friday, November 7 and depart Sunday, November 9 while enjoying yoga routines, healthy & hearty meals and local Berkshire activities. Take the weekend to rejuvenate and stretch your body and mind to its full potential. Priced at $500 per person, this package includes 2 nights accommodations, meals and yoga instruction. View the entire itinerary here.

Please register here by October 7th.


Tour the Folly at Field Farm
(413) 458-3135
554 Sloan Road, Williamstown, MA

Saturdays through Oct 11: 12 NOON - 5:00 PM
Explore the intersection of modern architecture, art, and nature on a guided tour. Field Farm has been a center of agriculture since at least 1750. In addition to fields and meadow, the Reservation features a mixed hardwood and pine forest, extensive mixed hedgerows, a shrub swamp, freshwater marshes, wet meadows, two streams, and a small spring-fed pond.

The Clark Art Institute
(413) 458-2303
225 South Street, Williamstown, MA

October 2, 7:00 PM: Japanamerica
Roland Kelts, author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S., will talk about the incredible popularity of Japanese imports like Pokemon, Speed Racer, Transformers and other anime and manga, plus Japanese fashion and food, and how they translate into a new vision of American culture. His discussion will expose what he describes in his book as the "Mobius strip" of intercultural exchange between Japan and the U.S., beginning with the postwar American occupation of Japan, both militarily and culturally. Kelts will explore the explosion of interest in hot conceptual artists like Takashi Murakami, as well as the rise of the broader Asian region in the twenty-first-century American psyche--and how the new Asian identity contains more American DNA than most of us realize.
The Red Lion Inn - Stockbridge, MA

Also check out the new Stone Hill Center, which opened on June 22, 2008 and was designed by Tadao Ando. Located on a wooded hillside, Stone Hill Center houses two new galleries in which the Clark will present exhibitions highlighting its collection as well as works representing periods and cultures not currently shown at the Clark.

Williams College Museum Of Art
(413) 597-2429
Route 2, Williamstown, MA

Through October 5, 2008
The Long Night and the New Day features 24 lithographs by the artist Benton Spruance. The Long Night and the New Day spans Spruance's long career, charting the major shift in his style from the more specific and naturalistic renderings of the Depression era through World War II to his later, more abstracted and evocative work of the 1960s. The exhibition is a celebration of a major gift of these works and approximately 50 more from Sigmund R. Balka, Williams Class of 1956, to the museum.
The Red Lion Inn - Stockbridge, MA
North Adams will celebrate fall with a slew of events during the weekends of September 27 and October 4. From road races to pancake breakfasts, dances to arts & crafts festivals, this two weekend festival will put you in high spirits! The festivities finish off with the 53rd Annual Fall Foliage Parade on Sunday, October 5 at 1:00 PM. Join the crowd and celebrate the advent of the fall foliage season with a parade highlighting the beautiful foliage and honoring sports fans of every age, with a "Salute to Sports Fans."

Visit www.fallfoliageparadecom for the full itinerary of events!


Open Studios will be held in venues throughout the city of North Adams on Saturday and Sunday October 18th and 19th from 10:00am - 6:00pm both days.

At last year's event, over 2000 visitors and residents marveled at, puzzled over, were challenged by and thoroughly enjoyed the work of 100 participating artists. Throngs of patrons walked the downtown streets and rode the historic North Adams trolley. Work will again be displayed at the Eclipse, Beaver and Windsor Mills, the Kolok Gallery; Western Gateway Heritage Stage Park and at downtown storefronts and galleries. For more information go the website or call 413.663.5253.

The Porches Inn
231 River Street
North Adams, Massachusetts 01247