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 The Porches Inn Decked Out for the Holidays
Over the River and Through the Woods... 
This is a great time of year to visit - it's a little more quiet around here, but only slightly so... there's a lot of great art to look at, ski areas are making snow (Jiminy Peak is fully operational!), and the footlights at our theaters are lit for holiday performances.
If you haven't heard, the Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings retrospective at MASS MoCA is garnering fantastic reviews - be one of the first to see the exhibition and be sure the catch the ABCs of Sol LeWitt exhibit at the Williams College Museum of Art too -- a great "primer" for the MASS MoCA installation.
Take an affordable pre-holiday break or make plans for a winter trip to Porches - our heated outdoor pool and hot tub are ready for apres-ski (or apres-Sol) relaxation... and we have hot cider and cookies awaiting you in our lobby. Whether you're looking for a thrifty package or just a deal on the room rate (which ALWAYS includes our healthful continental breakfast), there are great deals to be had - please visit our website for more information.

MOCA HardwareShop HARDWARE Holiday Party
Thursday, December 11, 2008, 5:00 pm
MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

HARDWARE: The MASS MoCA Store brings an original and inspired array of merchandise to MASS MoCA every day of the year.

Are you a spontaneous traveler? This holiday shopping season, for one night only (5-9 PM), HARDWARE invites local artisans and craftspeople to fill the lobby with fabulous gifts. It's what we wish we could bring to the store every single day-if only we had more room! Don't miss this opportunity to find something for everyone on your holiday list (jewelry, textiles, toys)-while supporting local producers-and MASS MoCA. Fun food and drinks flow all night (cash bar), with prizes every hour.

MASS MoCA members receive 20% discount on all HARDWARE purchases at this event.

Galleries open until 8:00 p.m. Be one of the first 50 to RSVP or call 413.664.4481 x8140 and receive a free gift upon arrival. Can't commit in advance? Don't hesitate come - and bring your friend.
Loco for LeWitt Weekend!

Carless NYC-based travellers, fear not! We'll get you from Grand Central Station to The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA, where you'll among the first to see MASS MoCA's new Sol LeWitt installation over three weekends in December. 
Here's how it works: You (with or without a companion) take the 4:38PM Metronorth train to Wassaic where MASS MoCA has arranged for a van to pick you up and bring you to walkable North Adams.  You'll enjoy two nights deluxe accommodations at Porches, which includes our healthful continental breakfast, along with two days of admission to MASS MoCA, the US's largest contemporary art museum.  The van will take you from Porches to Wassaic, where you'll take the 4:24PM train back to Grand Central Station. 
The price is $450 (inclusive) based on double occupancy (single rate: $375). The reservation must be made 7 business days prior to travel so that Porches' staff may mail you the rail tickets; within 7 days, an additional $11.70 charge will be applied to your bill so that the tickets may be sent via overnight courier. We're only offering this package December 19-20 and space is limited to 12 people each weekend (note: package may be postponed or cancelled if we do not reach adequate van capacity). Reserve online or call 413.664.0400.
Thanks to those of you who have been asking us about our Artisan Dinner Series... we are in the process of scheduling dates in January and February and will let you know about those in a few weeks. In the meantime, please consider joining us at The Red Lion Inn for an artisan dinner featuring locally raised beef (and other menu ingredients!) on Friday, January 16th - a great way to kick off the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend! Dinner is $50 per person and starts at 6PM - there will be a discussion about buying locally and community sustainability. Break up your trip to Porches with a fabulous dinner at The Red Lion Inn. Please call 413.298.1690 for more information and to make a reservation - seating is limited.
Be among the first to see this groundbreaking exhibition!

In a major collaboration among three
  institutions, Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective opened at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), in North Adams, Massachusetts, on November 16, 2008. The landmark installation comprises forty years of work by  Sol LeWitt, one of the most influential contemporary artists of the last half century. Glowing reviews appeared in both the Boston Globe and New York Times and Time magazine recently named this exhibition as one of the top ten in 2008!

Conceived by the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, in collaboration with the artist before his death in April 2007, the project has been undertaken by the Gallery, MASS MoCA, and the Williams College Museum of Art. The installation remains on view for twenty-five years, occupying a 27,000-square-foot historic mill building in the heart of MASS MoCA's campus.
Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective consists of one hundred works-covering nearly an acre of wall surface-that LeWitt created from 1968 to 2007. The works in the retrospective are on loan from numerous private and public collections worldwide.

1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams MA
Click here to download a podcast of the audio tour prior to your visit.
LAVA: we become
MASS MoCA , Hunter Center
Saturday, December 13, 2008, 8:00 pm; $13
Toshi Reagon provides an original score for a new work from this Brooklyn-based dance company, known for pushing the limits of dance and the female form by incorporating theater, music, acrobatics, wrestling, trapeze, and contact improv. we become is about neighborhoods and the delicate balance of harmony, revolution, separatism, and integration. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle says, "Satisfying, magical, human, this ocean of women will pull you in."  Go early and enjoy the opening reception of MASS MoCA's newest exhibition, Simon Starling's The Nanjing Particles in Building 5. For more information, click here

Sunday, December 14, 2008
Potter Brothers invites you to come to Jiminy Peak to try new skis, snowboards, and helmets from top manufacturers. Reps from the companies will be on hand to answer your questions, too. When you try before you buy, you get the best gear for your style. Demos are available to all skiers and snowboarders with ID or credit card for deposit. For more info, please call (413)738-5500
Only through January 04, 2009!
Clark Art Institute; (413) 458-2303; 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA  
Drawn to Drama features Italian Old Master drawings by a wide range of artists. Through telling juxtapositions focusing on such concepts as expression, gesture, and motion, the exhibition reveals the ways in which these artists used the human body for visual storytelling. Visitors are invited to explore the creative solutions that artists devised to meet the narrative challenges of depicting miraculous, visionary, heavenly, and obscure imagery.


Inkberry's mission is to promote the literary arts in the Berkshires with events and community partnerships that celebrate writing and reading. Inkberry's Wordplay series features established writers from around the country, creating a venue where the public can talk with these writers about their craft, and to promote up-and-coming writers from our own region whose work may not yet have found a wide audience. These two readings take place at Papyri Books, the series co-presenter and an excellent indie bookstore in North Adams.
- On December 13, Jennifer Trainer Thompson will read selections from her book The Joy of Family Traditions: A Season-by-Season Companion to 400 Celebrations and Activities, a season-by-season journey through the year that presents family-oriented holidays, holy days, milestone events, curious customs, and once in a lifetime occasions. The reading will be followed by open-mike.
- On January 10, poet Robert Ronnow will read from his newest book titled New and Selected Poems, 1975-2005, in addition to other selections. Ronnow has previously published two poetry collections, has served as executive director of several non-profit social service and environmental organizations, and has also been a forest worker in the western and northeastern U.S. He plays jazz trumpet. He lived in New York City for twenty years before relocating to the Berkshires. He currently resides in Williamstown with his wife and two sons.
After a brief intermission, Ronnow's reading will be followed by an open-mike. 
Studio Series
January 16 , 17; 7:30 PM; David Evans Morris '96
The free Studio Series is a new opportunity for the Williams theatre community to bare their creativity on an intimate scale in a raw space-and you get to watch! The Studio Series is open to all individuals or groups to showcase their latest work. Come support these risk takers as they develop and explore new ideas for the stage. 
THE BOX - Music by Living Composers
January 9, 2009, 8:00 PM, CenterStage, Free
THE BOX series presents the debut of I/O new music ensemble--composers, Williams faculty, and guest artists dedicated performing the most cutting-edge music being written today. I/O will serve as the "house band" for the BOX series in addition to its performances in other venues during the year which also include significant works written in the last 100 years. Its inaugural concert, "objects may be closer than they appear" features Entrelacs by Yan Maresz, Red Shift by Lois V Vierk, Billie by Jacob ter Veldhuis, Sept crimes de l'amour Georges Aperghis, and COLLIDING OBJECTS: Interactions for Piano and Percussion by David Kechley
The Limon Dance Company
January 24; 8:00 PM; MainStage; $10
The Limon Dance Company will revive Rooms (1955), Anna Sokolow's seminal masterwork about urban alienation. The reconstruction of this groundbreaking piece, including a new version of Kenyon Hopkins' jazz score performed here by the Williams Jazz Ensemble, epitomizes the spirit of the company on the 100th anniversary of Limon's birth. Founded in 1946 by the pioneering dancer and choreographer Jose Limon (1908-1972, b. Culiacan, Mexico), Limon is a company steeped in history and has had a tremendous impact on the development of modern dance in the 20th century.
Dance Winter Study Showing: "Bodies in Motion: Introduction to Dance Composition"
Hosted by Dance Program guest artist Erica Dankmeyer '91
January 28; Adams Memorial Theatre; Free
This workshop to create dance choreography will focus on unlocking students' individual creativity through improvisation, characterization, imagery, collaboration, and explorations of space. The program also studies the work and methodology of master dance makers from diverse forms of dance through film viewings and readings.
Click here to go to the '62 Center's website. 
MCLA Presents!
4th Annual MCLA Blues & Funk Festival featuring...Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentleman, Maya Azucena, Unfulfilled Desires and the MCLA Jazz Band.
Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7, 2009; 7:30 p.m.
MCLA's Church Street Center
It's not too early to plan ahead... Get ready to raise the roof off the Church Street Center as MCLA celebrates the best in the Funk and Blues, both the old and the new.  This ever-popular event is back featuring New Orleans funk legends Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, and a fresh upstart singer who has been taking the R&B world by storm, Maya Azucena.  The first six guests who make a reservation to stay with us both Friday, February 6, and Saturday, February 7, receive free tickets to the concert (Porches is a sponsor of the MCLA Presents! series). All others will enjoy discounted tickets by showing your Porches room key at the show! This offer is based on availability and double occupancy.

Are you an art buff? Check out this comprehensive site which includes Northern & Southern Berkshire Art Gallery Guides to map out your top picks before you begin your trek. The Berkshires are filled with galleries tucked into side streets and these guides makes sure that you don't miss a thing!

American RealistThe Harrison Gallery will present a show of five realist artists -  Hale Johnson, John MacDonald, Nick Patten, Evan Wilson and Kim Denise now through December 24. The philosophy of The Harrison Gallery is to honor the spirit of art in all of us, and the collection therefore offers a range of affordability with the same discrimination for the beauty and value of the objects. Perhaps you'll find that special holiday gift you've been looking for...
Harrison Gallery -  (413) 458-1700 - 39 Spring Street - Williamstown, MA
The Porches Inn
231 River Street
North Adams, Massachusetts 01247