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Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival
July 16-August 1, 2009

North Adams explodes with music from now through Saturday, August 1, as the fellows and faculty of the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival use every available space on the MASS MoCA campus and throughout the community to create and perform new music. Join in the fun daily (except Sundays) with gallery recitals at 1:30 and 4:30pm, treat your kids to instrument-making art classes in Kidspace or a morning of musical learning at Kids Can Too, meet Steve Reich on a special weekend devoted to the master of minimalism, and savor the raucous excitement of the Marathon on August 1.
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Papyri Store
Papyri Books

45 Eagle Street
North Adams, MA

Enjoy Wordplay in Papyri's new space as local authors read from their published works. Stay for the great refreshments and open mic afterwards!

On August 8, Brian Donelson - author of The Coming of the Train: The Hoosic Tunnel & Wilmington and Deerfield River Railroads and The Industries They Served, Volume I - 1870-1910.

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Superman the Movie
Free Films for the Whole Family Under the Stars - Get There Early for Sunday@Six !

Starting at 5pm each of the next three Sundays, the streets of downtown Williamstown will be transformed into a balloon- studded festival with something for every family member.  There are art walks, artisans selling their wares, face-painting, caricatures, non-profits sharing information, extended merchant hours for shopping convenience and a variety of food options.   Take it all in while listening to local performers who strum, sing and play toe tapping tunes. Follow this with a FREE outdoor film presented by
Images Cinema in Williamstown also on the next fhree Sundays...
The films are presented on Chapin Lawn of Williams College, right off Rt. 2, near the top of Spring Street. Admittance is free and open to all. In case of rain, the movies will screen at Images Cinema, 50 Spring Street, Williamstown
Sunday, July 19: THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987)

Sunday, July 26: CHARADE (1963)

Sunday, August 2: SUPERMAN (1978)

Click here to go to Sundays@Six's website

Click here to go to Images' website


Light Wells at The Porches InnPorches' design certainly sets it apart from other hotels - now you can learn how the design was developed by listening in on a fun and informal conversation between hotelier Nancy Fitzpatrick and architect Ann McCallum. Porches' Architecture Lecture package features an iPOD tour (iPODs provided) for two around the property, stopping to view various elements of design and decor.  This package also includes a copy of the book about Porches (Porches: Art and Renewal on River Street), overnight accommodations and our healthful continental breakfast buffet. From $220 Sunday - Thursday.

July's Vintage Suite special has proved to be quite a popular offer - and why wouldn't it be?! It's simple and provides all the basics needed for a relaxing stay in the Berkshires: overnight accommodations in one of our spacious suites, a bottle of wine, and our healthful continental breakfast the next day for just $175 Sunday through Thursday and for $220 on Saturday and Sunday (based on availability). Please call us at 413.664.0400 or email us to take advantage of this offer, whichs ends on July 31st!

To check other rates, specials, packages, and availability please go to our website

We've gathered a selection of cultural activities for you to explore...

Performing Arts:
62 Center for Theatre and Dance at Williams College
Aston Magna Foundation for Music and Humanities, Inc.
Berkshire Bach Society
Berkshire Choral Festival
Barrington Stage Company

Berkshire Theatre Festival
The Colonial
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Lion's Den pub
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Shakespeare & Company
Papyri Books

Visual Arts/Historic Sites:
Downstreet Art Logo
Berkshire Art Gallery in Great Barrington
Berkshire Galleries Map (PDF)
Berkshire Museum
Chesterwood - Lincoln monument sculptor Daniel Chesterwood - Lincoln monument sculptor Daniel Chester French's home/studio
Herman Melville's Arrowhead
Norman Rockwell Museum
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
The Emporium Gallery in Great Barrington
Lichtenstein Center of the Arts
The Mount
Ventfort Hall
Downstreet Art- North Adams Galleries and Instillations
Williamstown Film Festival
Chapin Library of Rare Books & Manuscripts
The Colonel John Ashley House
Mission House Museum and Gardens
Stockbridge Library
Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio
North Adams Museum of History and Science/The North Adams Historical Society, Inc.
Williams College Museum of Arts
Ferrins Gallery