News - november 2009
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In this issue
peace / comfort FREaky funk & more @massmoca !
goings on at the clark on top of mt greylock
on this day in historyIn the Galleries
peace and quiet / comfort and value
Guestroom with Porch at The Porches Inn

Cozy Rooms, Majestic Views and Good Old-Fashioned Tonics
The forecast for the next ten days includes sunshine and moderate temps - pack your favorite sweater, some sturdy boots and head to Porches for a thrifty autumnal escape! The treetops are a mix of ochre and rust with enough fallen foliage to make for sunny trails with sweeping views of the Berkshire hills. Our guestrooms are outfitted to help you pause from your busy life - and just kick back and refuel.

Consider taking a good old-fashioned tonic - tune up your body and soul before seasonal celebrations ensue... Ask about our packages featuring spa treatments, massage and yoga. Our state-of-the-art fitness center and year-round heated outdoor pool will help you relax and repose prior to holiday madness. Wind down the evening with a nightcap by our roaring bonfire. We cook up a new special each month and offer last-minute specials for flexible/spontaneous travelers, so visit our website often!

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freaky funk & MORE @Mass moca !
Medeski, Martin & Wood

Standing Room Only !
On Thursday, November 12th at 8pm, the legendary jazz/funk trio returns to MASS MoCA in North Adams with a full head of steam, having just released Radiolarians III, the third installment of its 2009 3-album, 3-tour project Viva La Evolution. Last time they were here with what Mojo magazine calls their "freaky funk, free interludes, amazing group chemistry and chops that slacken the jaw," they sold out in a blizzard. Will Hermes of the Village Voice says, "Medeski, Martin, & Wood are the leaders of this new school [of jazz], if anyone is-working the groove, probing the cosmos, and avoiding jazz-lite clichés." Check out their MySpace page here.

November marks the one-year anniversary of MASS MoCA's monumental exhibition Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective. This exhibit has garnered rave reviews and is not to be missed! Click here to see all the exhibitions on view now - some ending in the next couple of weeks
... so visit us soon!

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goings on at the clark art institute
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Rome, Free Family Day and a New Acquisition
Embark on a Roman holiday at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute during a free, fun-filled family day celebrating the exhibition Steps off the Beaten Path: Nineteenth Century Photographs of Rome and its Environs. From noon to 4 pm on Sunday, November 8, participate in activities that focus on Rome and the exhibition. Learn to photograph architecture, try jousting, make an amulet or mosaic frame, organize family photos into a scrapbook, and discover Rome in the Clark's collection. All activities and admission are free!

While at the Clark, be sure to view an important new acquisition: Théodore Rousseau's "Farm in Les Landes" (pictured above).  This painting is considered to be one of the finest examples of the Barbizon School and dates from the 1840s and 50s. According to a recent article in The New York Times, there is renewed interest among museums in the Barbizon School - according to Senior Curator Richard Rand, this work is "the perfect link between" the Clark's British landscape and renowned Impressionist landscape collections.

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on top of mount greylock...
Fall Snow on Mount Greylock

...before it's covered in snow !
Bascom Lodge at the top of Mount Greylock offers the last two of its Wednesday evening programs on October 28th and November 4th.  These free events are followed by a reasonably priced (and delicious!) prix fixe dinner served family-stylel On the 28th, join Ignacio Long & Tomás Murmis for an evening of Argentinean music followed by the dinner. November 4th, Healing Winds, a local Native American Educational and Cultural organization will host a Native American Evening with a film screening and discussion. The film will be followed a dinner consisting of a garlic and oregano buffalo roast and a traditional northeast regional menu of 3 sisters, squash, corn and beans, Indian corn chowder. Dinner is $25.95 per person - please
call for dinner reservations: 413-743-1591.

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on this day in history...
Chapin Library's Articles of Confederation, 1777 (detail)

November 15, 1777
Williams College's Chapin Library documents civilization, in the broadest sense of that word - people, places, events, and ideas - through rare books, manuscripts, and other materials, in all subjects and periods of history. The Library has one of the finest collections of rare books and manuscripts at any American college or university. Due to a renovation, there are no exhibitions on site, but check out the Library's collection of the Founding Documents of the United States on temporary display at the Williams College Museum of Art. Prior to the Constitutional Convention in 1787, the US Constitution had a forerunner: The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, the first formal constitution of the United States. Approved by the Continental Congress on November 15, 1777, the new nation was organized as a federal union of independent states with authority vested in a single body, the Congress of Confederation. There was no executive branch and no provision for a federal judiciary except for certain cases of court-martial. The Articles of Confederation are the most sumptuously printed major American document of the 18th century, and of the nine extant copies none is more perfectly preserved than that in the Williams College shrine of the Founding Documents.

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In the Galleries
Eclipse Mill - North Adams, MA

If you missed last weekend's Open Studios event, fret not...
Now on view at the Eclipse Mill through November 15th: Eclipse Annual! The annual group exhibition of Eclipse Mill artist residents runs in concert with North Adams Open Studios. This exhibition opened a week prior to the Open Studios weekend and will run through mid-November. The full range of Eclipse artists will be included from painting and sculpture to crafts, photography and works on paper.

MASS MoCA's neighbor Storey Press recently published a book by Berkshire artist Crispina ffrench (fabric/apparel): The Sweater Chop Shop - Sewing One-of-a-Kind Creations from Recycled Sweaters. Crispina's patchwork coverlets, made from recycled sheets and other found fabrics, adorn beds at Porches and sister property The Red Lion Inn. Check out Crispina's website for retail information.

Click the link below for a list of galleries in the area...

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