autumn 2010
Mt. Greylock

In this issue
TAKE TIME TO PLAY ! mass moca happenings !
a river revival a local feast
williams college museum of art events constable at the clark
A Sweet Suite at The Porches Inn

October Special: FOLIAGE JAUNT !

We're now officially into fall, but that doesn't mean that the fun has to stop! There are museums to visit, mountains to hike, shops and galleries to poke around. Play hooky. Get out of town. Treat yourself to the fresh perspective that travel often inspires. Come to the Berkshires, hunker down at Porches and embrace autumn in its full, blazing glory!

The colors are starting to dazzle and they will only get better from here! October's Foliage Jaunt special features 2 pints of local apple cider, along with a locally-produced apple treat to take home with you! You will enjoy spacious accommodations in a one-bedroom suite and our healthful continental breakfast buffet. From $160 midweek, Sunday-Thursday (based on availability). Please call 413.664.0400 or email us to reserve. To view our packages and specials, please click here.
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Color Forms I at MASS MoCA

Color Forms I
Opening October 2
Virtually from birth when they are issued skull caps to keep their heads warm in the nursery, girls are associated with the color pink and boys with the color blue. In her exhibition at Kidspace at MASS MoCA artist Portia Munson focuses on how the colors pink and blue help to shape and reinforce gender roles. Opening October 2, 2010, and running through February 27, 2011, Color Forms I is the first of a two-part series of exhibitions that explore how color can become form and how it can be connected to social constructions of meaning such as gender. In Color Forms I, Munson uses paintings, photographs, and everyday objects to discuss the mixed messages sent to children about gender and about mass consumption. The sheer mass of collected pink and blue material goods displayed makes plain how children are indoctrinated into the world of materialism and are taught social rules for gender identity from an early age.
Color Forms I is targeted toward third through eighth graders. Students from Greylock, Brayton, and Sullivan schools in North Adams plus students from Florida and Savoy will visit the exhibition during the installation as part of their school curriculum.

Leonard Nimoy: Secret Selves
This sometimes humorous, often profound look at the human quest for self-fulfillment was inspired by Aristophanes' theory that humans were once double-sided creatures with two heads and multiple limbs before Zeus cleaved man in two and left him forever struggling to be whole again. Nimoy's photographs reveal his subjects' other half, recruiting volunteers from the local community (Northampton, MA) with an open call for portrait models willing to be photographed posed and dressed as their true or imagined "secret selves." Through Nimoy's lense, you'll see a cast of characters, from the popular rock star and superman to the more unexpected dog lover and Pan. 

A Conversation with Leonard Nimoy
Thursday, October 21, 2010, 5:00 pm
In this special conversation, Nimoy talks about the making of Secret Selves.
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porches is on river street, after all !
Hoosic River

Restoring the River that Runs through North Adams
Bascom Lodge, Mount Greylock Summit
September 29, 6PM
Judith Grinnell, Chairman of the Hoosic River Revival Coalition, will present details on how the river is being groomed for a comeback. Can a river that has flooded downtown North Adams, and is now flowing in 12' high by 45' wide concrete flood chutes, be modified so it is healthy, accessible, aesthetically pleasing, and still provide flood protection? Inspired by riverfront cities like Providence, RI, and San Antonio, TX, the Hoosic River Revival Coalition is working with engineering/landscaping professionals and consulting with the residents of North Adams to determine how best to address this issue. Judith Grinnell will present a slide show, answer questions, and review the results of the Community Conversation about the Hoosic River, an all-day event which was conducted by consultants and attended by over 80 area residents in June. Free and ppen to the public! Stick around for the prix fixe dinner ($25) to follow at 7. Reservations required for dinner (413-743-1591).
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harvest dinner this saturday
Berkshire Grown pumpkins

Our Local Feast
October 2
Head to Mezze Bistro and Bar for a harvest dinner to benefit Berkshire Grown! Chef Joji Sumi of Mezze Bistro and guest chef Brian Alberg of our sister property, The Red Lion Inn, will prepare the evening meal featuring an all-local menu* of hors d'oeuvres followed by entree selections including: Creamed Hakurei Turnips + Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms on Rye Toast; Delicata Squash Agnolotti with Brown Butter + Sage; Roasted Hidden Pasture Farm Lamb with Brussels Sprout Tops in Romesco Sauce; Tomato Cumin-braised Pork (from Bacon on the Side Farm) served with Wild Hive Farm Soft Polenta + Farm Girl Farm Broccoli Rabe + Tomatoes; for dessert, they'll present Lakeview Orchards Apple Terrine served with Candied Fruit + Caramel Sauce.  * Please note the menu is subject to change based on availability from local farms.

The prix fixe cost is $100 per person with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Berkshire Grown. Each guest will receive a membership to Berkshire Grown, an organization that promotes local foods in support of healthy farms defining the open landscape.

Seating is limited | Call for reservations at 413.458.0123
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special fall events at williams college museum of art
Williams College Museum of Art rotunda
Something for Everyone
The Williams College Museum of Art, just a few minutes from Porches, and all of its events are free and open to the public.

Storytime in the Galleries
Friday, October 1
10:30╨11:15 am
Join us on the first Friday of the month for Storytime in the Galleries! Find the connection between art on view and children╒s stories. No reservations required for families. Preschool classes are encouraged to book a group reservation for a Storytime tour.

Posing Beauty in African American Culture: A Discussion
Thursday, October 21
7:00 pm
Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williams College
Deborah Willis, curator and Chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Robin Kelsey, Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography and Director of Graduate Studies in the History of Art and Architecture Department at Harvard University, and artist Carrie Mae Weems.

The Annual Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art
Artist Michael Rakowitz
Thursday, October 28
7:30 pm
Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williams College
Michael Rakowitz is an American artist of Iraqi descent, whose most recent art projects are defined by his interest in the relationship between Iraq and the West, and themes of cultural dislocation.

Drowned in a Glass of Water: An Installation by Pepłn Osorio
Pepłn Osorio's large-scale multimedia installation enables the museum to link audiences in dialogue and reflection.
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soak up the english landscape right here in the berkshires
The Wheatfield, 1816, by John Constable. Gift of the Manton Foundation in memory of Sir Edwin and Lady Manton. The Clark, Williamstown, MA
Constable at the Clark

Constable Exhibition at the Clark
John Constable's use of sketchy brushstrokes of color and his focus on rural landscape were considered radical in an age when paintings were expected to have a high degree of finish, and historical or religious subjects were in favor. Official recognition came only later in his career, but Constable's innovative approach to landscape painting-working in the open air to capture the changing effects of light and the movement of clouds-earned him many admirers and followers, both amateur and professional. Painters such as Alfred Vickers, Thomas Churchyard, James Gubbins Archer-Burton, and Lionel Constable, son of the artist, imitated his style so closely that their works are often confused with those of the elder Constable. Later, Constable was heralded as a precursor to the Impressionists, who were said to have adopted his practice of open-air painting to create their own innovative style.
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