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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.
|MASS MOCA IS THE HAPPENING PLACE TO BE for the whole family|
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.
|porches is on river street, after all !|
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).
|harvest dinner this saturday |
Our Local Feast
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
|special fall events at williams college museum of art|
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
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
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
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.
|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 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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