Summer Fun ! - August 2011
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There's still time for a summer getaway !Fart for all ages @ kidspace
downstreet art gallery rounduppaint the outdoors @ the clark !
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aThere's still time for a summer getaway !
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August's special - free upgrade when available !
Try your luck with your reservation this August... Reserve a room Sunday through Thursday and we'll give you a free upgrade if a suite is available! Our commodious one-bedroom suites include a bedroom, sitting area and private bath with jacuzzi. You might just get lucky and end up in one of our super-spacious two-bedroom suites! Please call or email us to take advantage of this special today. Offer based on availability; blackout dates apply. To reserve, please call 413.664.0400, email Porches or reserve online!

Get Outdoors with our Geocaching Escape
Be part of the global cybersport called geocaching with The Porches Inn's Geocaching package. Armed with a global positioning satellite (GPS), a trail map, two bottles of water and two "to-go" packages of Bola Granola, you'll take off through the hills and into the woods scavenging for hidden stashes left by other participants of this hi-tech sport (check out current caches here). This package features overnight accommodations, our healthful continental breakfast and instruction in and use of a GPS device for the day. Available from $210 Sunday-Thursday now through October 10, 2011.Check rates and availability anytime.
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bart for all ages @ kidspace !
Kidspace @ MASS MoCA
Open 11 - 4 daily, except Tuesdays
Kidspace: Color Forms II: The Basic Utensils
Color Forms II: The Basic Utensils features works by artists Soyeon Cho and Lisa Hoke whose hallmark is making beautiful, complex and colorful installations out of inexpensive everyday materials, primarily plastic food utensils, boxes, paper cups and plates, and cardboard containers. Cho uses found objects to create sculptures that often reference nature such as flowers and bird aviaries. Hoke uses massive quantities of disposable packaging and disposable products to form bold, ambitious, abstract patterned sculptures and three-dimensional collages and assemblages.
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cSee Art more often: Downstreet art gallery roundup

DownstreetArt Gallery Roundup

Come see what's new in the DownStreetArt summer galleries! Here is a selection of new shows that opened last week in Downtown North Adams.

July 28 / Aug 21, "We are the Music Makers" by Erin Ko @ Gallery 51
An exploration of old dreams and new nightmares, the transition from the ancient to the futuristic, the evolution of humankind as it trips through the Red King's dream. Through a variety of tech-infused mediums, Ko fuses various traditions and mythologies with science fiction as a means of looking at contemporary culture's state of being caught somewhere between the two.

July 28 / Sept 25, "Slow Fade to Black" by Carrie Mae Weems
Co-present with the Williams College Museum of Art, Carrie Mae Weems' takes a critical look at the historical drama staging, presenting several interlocking narratives works that play across the historical divide. Whether deadly serious or tongue in cheek, this project explores the slippery slope of memory as it poetically considers the great debates of the 60's amongst the likes of Marlon Brando, James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, and the extraordinary females performers, dance and singers from Josephine Baker to Dorothy Dandridge Abbey Lincoln who's voices both entertained us and provided the backdrop to our very lives.

July 28 / Aug 21, "A Social Geography of Hair: Performing Gender and Identity in Contemporary Art " curated by Izabel Galliera @ Sheer Madness Gallery
The exhibition aims to map and provoke dialogue on the socially potent use of hair as an artistic and communicative medium for both conveying and transgressing accepted notions of beauty, individuality, gender and cultural identity. The exhibition features a diverse body of works in various media, including drawings, paintings, photographs, performance and video by a younger generation of artists, including Aisha Cousins, Las Hermanas Iglesias, So Yoon Lym and Jonathan Vaughan.

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dpaint outdoors @ the clark !

Landscape Painting Class @ The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
Monday, August 8, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

This five-week landscape painting class will take inspiration from the Pissarro's People exhibition. Participants will work outside on the Clark grounds, taking in different vistas each week.

This class is best suited for adults and teenagers age 16 and up. Participants are welcome to work in acrylic or watercolor if preferred. The five-week class: $125 members ($150 nonmembers) Drop-ins are welcome and will be provided with watercolor materials: $30/members ($40/session nonmembers) To register, please call 413 458 0524. Classes meet in the Picnic Tent. Materials list will be provided to participants upon registration.
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ehiking boots required - Outdoor family fun !

Up Close: Plant & Tree Identification Hike @ Notchview in Windsor, MA
August 6, 2011 10AM - 1PM

Join naturalist Aimee Gelinas to see what's growing at Notchview. If you usually whiz by this property's scenery on cross-country skis, this is a chance to stop and see what you're missing!
Rendezvous at the Folly @ Field Farm, Williamstown, MA
August 13, 2011
Adult $5; Child (age 12 and under)

Explore the intersection of modern architecture, art, and nature inside a sculptural "puzzle" of a building set next to a beaver pond. Enjoy views of Mount Greylock from the sculpture garden and along four miles of gentle trails. The Folly is open alternating Saturdays this summer, on June 18, July 2, 16 & 30, August 13 & 27, and September 10.

See Nature Untouched @ Mountain Meadow Preserve, Williamstown, MA
Open Year-Round
Entrance is located on Mason Street, in Williamstown

Explore this scenic trail from Massachusetts to Vermont - just a mile to the Green Mountain State! - along which you can gaze across a serene meadow, peek through a forested ridge, and enjoy mountain vistas. Follow the property's four miles of trails and gather your own special memories: of watching a butterfly light on a wildflower or catching the cry of a red-tailed hawk as it soars overhead. Straddling the Massachusetts/Vermont border, this inviting mix of forest and field, wetland and wildflower meadow, draws both novice hikers and serious naturalists.
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