fall foliage 2009
 Foliage along a pond

In this issue
keeping the whole package fit ! meet our new staff
fall foliage report mass moca happenings
Massachusetts poetry FESTIVAL In the Galleries
keeping fit
Luxurious Bedding at The Porches Inn

The Whole Package
Travel is good for the body and soul - whether you're climbing Massachusetts' highest peak, Mount Greylock, or taking a little extra time in the morning to luxuriate in Porches' comfy beds. If exploring Mother Nature is not your 'thing,' save some time to work out in our state-of-the-art fitness center (follow this link for our amenities, along with photos...) or swim in our heated outdoor pool with a balmy temp of 85 degrees! If you're looking for a more mellow experience, try our Dharma Days package featuring yoga classes at a great studio just up the street from Porches.

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meet the newest member of our staff !

Sabine the Cat
This frisky feline made the trek all the way from New York City to "work" as our Lobby Ambassador here at Porches. Inspired by our sister property, The Red Lion Inn, and its beloved cat Simon, we decided to add a little warm and fuzzy feeling to our Reception building. Sabine is getting used to the idea and, we're finding, is quite affectionate and playful. The next time you're at Porches, pop in to the Reception building in the afternoon for some hot cider - we have comfy chairs by the fireplace and plenty of stuff to read - and do your blood pressure a favor and lavish some attention on Sabine!

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fall foliage and outdoor fun
Field with Foliage

Nature's Art
The colors this year are spectacular and will continue to be for a few more weeks. Here are a few places for you to consider exploring...
Appalachian Trail
Hancock Shaker Village
Mohawk Trail State Forest in North Adams
Monument Mountain - Heading to up from CT or NY? Break up the trip with a hike here!
Mount Greylock
Natural Bridge State Park
October Mountain - Check this out if you're coming from the Mass. Pike!
Trustees of Reservations
Western Gateway Heritage State Park

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mass moca happenings
Ain't That Good News at MASS MoCA

Here's what's going on across the street over the next few weeks...

10/17: Dr. Dog with Winterpills - Dr. Dog filters the gamut of American popular music into its own idiosyncratic brand of blue-eyed, dilated-pupil soul. Porches has a few rooms left this weekend...
Through 10/31: Last chance to see the exhibition Simon Starling: The Nanjing Particles !
10/31: Halloween Gallery Quest - for kids 6-12 and their parents, if you'd like to do something different on this traditional day of spooky fun...
11/7: Ain't That Good News - a raucous vaudevillian cabaret, full of roaring music and impassioned characters.

Plus, there are six other exhibitions and three installations to check out...

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poetry festival - start your weekend early !
Mass Poetry Festival

From our friends at Inkberry...
The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, now in its second year, will start on Thursday, October 15th, with seven simultaneous opening events throughout Massachusetts. The Berkshire launch, a panel discussion and readings by local poets, will take place in the drawing room of The Mount, Edith Wharton's elegant estate and gardens. he Berkshire County kick-off event will feature a panel of local publishers discussing how they decide what to publish, moderated by Michelle Gillett. The panel includes: Jeffrey Levine, Tupelo Press; Barry Sternlieb, Mad River Press; Vivian Dorsel, upstreet magazine/Ledgetop Publishing; and Hannah Fries, Orion Magazine. The panel discussion will be followed by a reading by eight local poets: Aaron Beatty, Patty Crane, Abbot Cutler, Hannah Fries, Leslie Harrison, Mary Koncel, Jennifer Militello and Lisken Van Pelt Dus.
The event is free (reservations are recommended) and takes place on Thursday, October 15th from 5:30pm - 7:00pm. A book-signing and reception will follow in Edith Wharton's dining room.

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In the Galleries
Harrison Gallery exhibit

Follow the selection of links below for galleries with new shows...

North Adams Open Studios - two days only!
Harrison Gallery
MCLA's Gallery 51
Ferrin Gallery

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