News - August 2009
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don't let anyone tell you that summer is over !
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Feed Your Inner Child
Autumn doesn't start until September 22nd. We still have a few weeks left, so if you feel that all the rain in the northeast has washed away your summer, do not despair! Although nothing about this year has been typical, we can usually count on sunny, warm days and crisp nights in September. In our last e-blast, we mentioned our September "FORT" special, a spacious 1-bedroom suite and a delivery of milk and freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies and cold glasses of milk to your room at your request for $175 midweek and $220 on weekends (based on availability). Come stay at Porches and play in the Berkshires - splashing around in our heated outdoor pool is the perfect way to end the day! Scroll down for a few ideas on what to do in our neck of the woods...

See Foliage from Above
Take to the skies by plane and see the beauty of the Berkshires from above with Porches' Fly Into Fall package! A 25-minute flight for two will take you over Williams College, Williamstown, North Adams, and Mount Greylock, the tallest in Massachusetts. Available Sunday through Thursday, the package is priced from $240 for two including the flight, overnight accommodations in a Deluxe room and our continental breakfast the next morning. Price includes tax and gratuities; available through October (based on availability; blackout dates apply).

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Detail of Japanese Screen at the Clark Art Institute

Clark Exhibition Traces Nature's Inspiration in Japanese Art
Through the Seasons: Japanese Art in Nature
On view through October 18, 2009
Seasonal change and depictions of the natural world have formed a core in the repertoire of Japanese artists throughout the ages. This exhibition brings together screens and scrolls from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries and displays them with contemporary ceramics, each work emphasizing the inspirational role of nature in Japanese art. Drawn from both public institutions and private collections, many of these works have never before been exhibited.

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final weeks of simon starling's "nanjing particles" at mass moca
Simon Starling "The Nanjing Particles"

Local Stories/Global Narratives
Simon Starling has become known for his poetic investigations of the labor, material, and processes associated with both art and industry. In many of his works, Starling engages directly with the conditions of the exhibition site, collapsing local stories onto global narratives. In his work for MASS MoCA, Starling addresses the museum's former life as a factory in a once-bustling industrial town as well as its current incarnation as a space of culture and leisure in a postindustrial era. The artist links a contemporary economic reality: the outsourcing of manufacturing, including the fabrication of the artist's own sculptures, to cheap Chinese labor-to one of its historical precedents: the importation of a group of Chinese workers to North Adams to break a factory strike in 1870. The suite of works in The Nanjing Particles illustrates the profound relationship between image-making-whether framed as documentary photographs or elements of a contemporary art work-and the economic and political agendas of a given time. The artist added additional elements to the work this summer, which makes this show worth another look if you have already seen it. On view through October 31.

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north adams open studios - october 17th & 18th
North Adams Open Studios 2009

Artists Take Over North Adams!
Artists open their studios, galleries open their doors and a variety of artists display their works throughout the downtown area, utilizing storefronts and co-op spaces... this is a weekend steeped in art. There are over 44 artists signed up so far and the number is expected to increase to about 100 - this is a great opportunity to see (and invest in) the work of up-and-coming and established artists alike. The event takes place on Saturday & Sunday, October 17 & 18, from 10AM - 6PM. Don't wait to make your reservation at Porches because we always sell out this weekend!

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Biking and foliage in the Berkshires

You Don't Have to Lug Your Gear
If you like to bike or paddle but don't want the hassle of loading up your gear, Porches' staff can help you find the equipment you need to explore the Berkshires' hills, dales and waterways in between. Our neighbors at Berkshire Outfitters can help - rent equipment and carry it on your vehicle or have the gear dropped off. Zoar Outdoor offers outdoor adventures for all ages and abilities, including a new 3-hour-long tree-based zip line canopy tour offering an intimate view of the forest canopy. Our website offers additional suggestions for outdoor recreation...

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break up the trip a little
Chef Alberg and Locally Grown Cuisine

Keeping It Local
If your travels to Porches bring you near Stockbridge, make a stop at The Red Lion Inn for a bite, from casual to elegant fare. Brian J. Alberg, our James Beard House-honored Executive Chef, is very active in the local farm-to-table movement - he sources a huge percentage of menu ingredients locally, raises his own pigs, gives motorcycles tours of Berkshire farmland and offers a Sustainable Foods menu (all local ingredients) on Sunday and Monday evenings. Porches is a 50-minute drive from the Red Lion - stop in and "refuel" yourself before the last leg of your trip and sample the cuisine of one of the Berkshires' most talented chefs.

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