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feeling spontaneous ? this weekend only !
small works show at the eclipse mill SEE ART MORE OFTEN
art for the new economy get your irish on
feeling spontaneous ?
Guestroom with Porch at The Porches Inn

Treat Yourself !
Rejuvenate before and during the holiday season with a quick break at Porches for some R-n-R. Bring your bathing suit - our heated outdoor pool and hot tub are open year-round and are surrounded by a radiant-heated deck - after a few laps, head from the pool into Building 7 to finish off your routine with a steamy sauna. Then, stop by our honor bar and grab a nightcap before retiring to your room. If you're traveling for the holidays, consider a stop at Porches to break up your trip. We're offering some pretty thrifty rates this time of year - to check rates and availability, please follow this link.

this weekend only !
Hardware at MASS MoCA

Berkshire-made Gifts and Special Discounts at MASS MoCA !
Shop for holiday gifts all weekend at MASS MoCA's Hardware.  Gift a bit of the Berkshires -- you'll find hundreds of one-of-a-kind gifts at this special contemporary craft marketplace. With two full days of locally produced goods, you're sure to find something for everyone on your shopping list. Through Sunday November 22.

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small works show at the eclipse mill
Eclipse Mill - North Adams, MA

Holiday Show by Mill Artists
And there are even more options for buying that perfect holiday gift, made here in the Berkshires. Explore this year's selections of fine crafts and fine art at the Eclipse Mill Gallery's Holiday Small Works show. Shop without the mall crowds, and find that truly one-of-a-kind creation. The show offers art that will grace your walls, decorate your tables, adorn your body, keep you warm, and feed your mind. There will also be a silent auction for two sculptures created by local artist Dan Field.  Curated by Isabella Raven. On view through December 20. The Eclipse Mill is just minutes from Porches!

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SEE ART MORE OFTEN at mass moca

Meet the Artist...
On December 12, between 4 - 6PM, meet artist Iñigo Manglano Ovalle, and get your first look at his new exhibition, Gravity is a Force to Be Reckoned With, in the football field-sized Building 5 gallery. Enjoy light refreshments at the opening reception for MASS MoCA's newest exhibition. The installation is based upon Mies van der Rohe's uncompleted project, The 50x50 House (1951). In it, a square structure, open to view on all four sides through glass walls has been constructed at approximately half scale and inverted, the ceiling of the original becoming the sculpture's floor, the floor becoming the ceiling, and all interior elements such as Mies-designed furniture and partition walls installed upside down. Gravity will seem held at bay.

...then Participate in Zoom!
You may be surprised at the start of Zoom when ZviDance artistic director Zvi Gotheiner asks you to not only leave your cell phones on but to actually encourages you to text and take photos during the performance. Cell phones are a crucial part of the piece which will use dance, music, and video projection to explore the evolving landscape of virtual communities. The piece will premiere in New York in April, but you can get a sneak preview and assist in Zoom's creative development during this special showing in North Adams. 8PM, December 12.

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art for the new economy
99 cents and up

99¢ & up
In these dire times of shrinking bank accounts, government bail-outs, and increasingly abstract concepts of value, there is an ever-growing need for creative survival and re-inventions of "worth." For your consideration, MCLA's Gallery 51 is offering a selection of small, affordable works: in a sense these objects are "priceless," but with a price tag somewhere between "99 cents" and "up." Go to the opening reception on December 3rd (5-7PM) and get "first dibs" on all the good stuff! Through January 3, 2010.

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get your irish on
A Celtic Christmas

The Clark Offers Irish Holiday Merriment
Long before Riverdance, ordinary Irish men and women in hobnailed boots knocked sparks off the flagstone floors with jigs, reels and hornpipes, and the rafters rang with the fiery music of the fiddle, bodhran, tin whistle, and the mesmerizing uilleann pipes. Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas lovingly recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a farmhouse in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleanntain in the west of Ireland, when neighbors gather around the fire to grace the long wintry night with the laughter of their stories, the joy of their music, and dances they always said they were much too old for.  "A Celtic Christmas" features Grammy-award winning guitarist William Coulter, traditional sean-nos singer and harpist Sile Denvir from Connemara Gaeltacht in the west of Ireland, world-champion level Irish dancer Katie Linnane on Irish fiddle, and world-champion level Irish dancer Brian Bigley on uilleann pipes, whistles, and flute. December 4, 2009. $28 (members and children $25). Call 413 458 0524 for tickets or follow the link below...

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