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TAKE TIME TO PLAY !shiny white bodysuits !
last chance to see eye to eye !SEE ART MORE OFTEN
eat | watch locallysultry acoustic folk
Mount Greylock in the Spring

Spring is on its way...
This is a great time of year to visit the Berkshires - the mountains are still open for skiing, but if ou prefer the peace and solitude of a hike in the woods, March is a great time of year as bird activity has increased and the sun shines brightly on trails. The are plenty of artful, indoor activities too (see below)! No matter how you spend your day, join us in our lobby for apres-fun hot chocolate, freshly baked cookies and an array of libations.  Keep in mind that our heated outdoor pool is a toasty 84 degrees, plus we have a hot tub and sauna to steam winter's cold away! Porches is offering great rates for flexible travelers - please click here to check rates and availability. Read on about super-value specials that celebrate the coming of spring...

Maple Madness
Sure, basketball is big this time of year. But here in New England, there's competition - the first harvest of the year - maple syrup! We're mighty proud that we can kick the year off with such a sweet celebration, with trees tapped right here in the Berkshires. We're offering a Maple Madness special - a super sweet deal on our one bedroom suites: an overnight Sunday through Thursday for just $140 or for $180 on Friday and Saturday (plus taxes), including a locally made maple treat! Don't forget: our healthful continental breakfast is included the next day!

Add a Night for $69
Extend your getaway with this simple, thrifty offer... Join us for a Saturday night stay and add Friday or Sunday night at just $69 plus tax. The fine print: blackout dates apply; guest must stay two nights in order to take advantage of this offer; offered now through March 31st for $69 and for $89 in April.

Need a place to do some business?
Whether you come here for a company retreat, a conference, or an executive "think tank," we strive to make your visit a relaxing, productive and memorable one. Porches offers a number of amenities to enhance your time with us, including free WiFi, A/V equipment, a business "nook" available 24/7, several function rooms and much more. To learn more about bringing a group to Porches, please click here or email us.
thrifty travel specials
bshiny white bodysuits !
Tragedy - Metal Tribute to the BeeGees

Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees

Saturday, March 26, 2011, 8:00 pm

Behold: the Tri State Area's #1 heavy metal tribute to the Bee Gees. Tragedy executes headbanging paeans to classics like Stayin' Alive and How Deep Is Your Love with astonishing musical precision, lecherous stage antics, and shiny white bodysuits, transcending the milieu of the common tribute band to arrive at something, dare we say it, sublime. Come with tight pants and an open mind.


Memery: Imitation, Memory, and Internet Culture

Opening April 3rd, Memery presents the work of nine artists who mine the Internet for inspiration - YouTube videos, pictures from Flickr or Tumblr, website logos, social networking sites, webchat programs, graphics software - for their raw material. Some appropriate and reconfigure existing content; others translate intangible data into physical objects; others assemble elements into archives or catalogs. This multi-media exhibition marks the debut of new works by Penelope Umbrico and Mark Callahan, and features new installations in continuing series by Oliver Laric and Martijn Hendriks. Other artists include: AIDS-3D, John Michael Boling, Constant Dullaart, Brian Kane, and Rob Matthews.

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cLast chance to see EYE TO EYE!

Eye to Eye: European Portraits 1450-1850 only through March 27th!

A well-conceived and well-executed portrait can reach across the centuries and provide us with a direct human connection with the past. No matter how remote in time or place, or how famous or little-known the sitters or artists might be, portraits retain the power to enthrall.

Among the themes of western art, portraiture is perhaps the most engaging.


The thirty paintings and one sculpture exhibited here trace the various modes of European portraiture from the late fifteenth to the early nineteenth century. The exhibition includes a range of portrait types, from informal head studies to idealized representations of historical figures, from official paintings intended for public display to private images of family members and friends. This variety demonstrates the range of functions a portrait might embrace: capturing a likeness for posterity, evoking character, memorializing a public persona, conjuring a historical figure, or standing in for an absent loved one. In each case, a portrait's special magic derives from the fact that it brings us eye to eye with a beautiful, mysterious, or fascinating face from long ago.


Opera at the Clark - the MET live in HD!

Throughout the year, the Clark screens live broadcasts of performances at the Metropolitan Opera... next up is Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor on March 19, 2011. Check out the entire season here.

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The Williams College Museum of Art just completed a reinstallation of its galleries - make sure to carve out a bit of time during your next visit to check out the new installations:


Reflections on a Museum  Over the past two years, the curatorial and education staff at the Williams College Museum of Art and art department faculty have been re-examining the museum's collection and re-thinking what it means to present works of art in a museum on a liberal arts campus. Reflections on a Museum, the thought-provoking results of these far-reaching conversations, will go on view during the spring semester. Featuring some 400 works from the collection-from old favorites to rarely seen works- Reflections on a Museum is conceived as a series of eight open-ended exhibition propositions, taking "the museum" as its subject. Each exhibition raises questions about the function and meaning of art across time and cultures and the role of museums in shaping understandings of art.


Who Can Dance? Performing Gender in African Masquerades

Who Can Dance? focuses on West and Central African art from the museum's collection to explore the ways that gender ideals are expressed in traditional African masquerade performances. The aesthetics of the mask reflect ideals of masculinity and femininity. For example, the smooth black surfaces of the Sande helmet mask represent feminine beauty of young Mende women while the ferocious visage of the Mgbedike headdress expresses the masculine bravery of Igbo warriors. Some Gelede masks represent Yoruba women, but are actually danced by men who dress like women and employ movements that mimic feminine attributes-thereby consciously playing with gender roles. The objects and masquerade performances discussed in this exhibition put into practice the theoretical claim that gender is "performed" through gestures, clothing, and actions. 

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eeat | watch locally

March Maple Dinner to Benefit Berkshire Grown  

On Monday, March 14, celebrate the first harvest of spring with Brian J. Alberg, Executive Chef at our sister property, The Red Lion Inn, and his fellow Berkshire chefs as they present tantalizing hors d'oeuvres and a five-course dinner at the Gala Restaurant & Bar in Williamstown. Click here to read all about it - make a reservation soon as the event is quickly selling out!  


Farm Film Fest at Images Cinema

Sunday, March 13, 1-4pm   |   Films about Food and Community

Economics of Happiness

'The Economics of Happiness' features a chorus of voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change. The documentary describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance - and, far from the old institutions of power, they're starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm - an economics of localization.

Know Your Food: Shorts Program

Six films about getting to know your food better.  

Click here to read more about the festival. 


International Family Film Series

The 3rd Saturday of every month - now thru May @ Images Cinema, this series showcases films that the whole family will enjoy. Click here to read more about it.  

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fsultry acoustic folk at MCLA

MCLA Presents! Dala

Co-presented with Railway Cafe

Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

MCLA Gallery 51

Find out why Dala, an acoustic-folk duo from Ontario, have been called the biggest rising stars on the pop folk circuit. Their sultry vocal harmonies are guaranteed to give you chills and are sure to remind you of American folk rock duo the Indigo Girls. Members Sheila and Amanda blend their angelic voices with considerable talent on guitar and piano to create a unique brand of acoustic pop.  


Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala have come a long way in a short time. The two best friends, who met in their high school music class and wrote their first song together in 2002, have since performed at Toronto's legendary Massey Hall a total of seven times. Darlings of the Canadian music scene, Dala are now poised to bring their fresh brand of acoustic pop music to the world.


Drawing upon influences like The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Dala write songs that are both catchy and insightful. Amanda's ethereal soprano voice blends seamlessly with Sheila's velvety alto, creating the lush harmonies that have become their trademark.

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