Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Things to do on New Year's Eve at the 1896 House

If you are staying in-house check out our New Year's Menu for a great New Year's Eve dinner and then get in some night skiing and enjoy Jiminy Peak's New Year's Eve Celebration. (Jiminy Peak is approximately 20 minutes from the 1896 House)

Get in some skiing before the torchlight parade which starts at 10:00 PM, followed by fireworks.

Ski Area Hours, New Year's Eve (12/31) 8:30 AM to 10:00 PM

For the New Year check out the 1896 House's ski and stay packages at

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Have Fun Shopping and Save!

Even if you are not going to be able to spend Christmas at the 1896 House Inn, come visit us mid week and take advantage of the after Christmas sales in the area. Especially big is the Lee Outlet, (less then 45 minutes away) After Holiday Sale. The sale goes from December 26, 2011 through January 2, 2012.

Extended hours the day after Christmas of 7:00 am to 9:00 pm and 9:00 am to 9:00 pm December 27-December 30, the outlets will have savings of 25-65% off everyday prices.

Exit 2 on Route 20 East in Lee, Massachusetts. For more information visit or call 413-243-8186.

While your visiting the Berkshires, Use BerkShares and Save on Shopping and help support the local Berkshire businesses at the same time! Save 5% on any or all of your shopping in the Berkshires by using our local currency BerkShares. It’s fun, it's unique, it supports our local economy and you can only find it in the Berkshires! To find out where you can purchase BerkShares and to see a full list of Berkshire businesses accepting this local currency, visit

Have a fun day shopping and then  return to the '6 House Pub! and enjoy a delicious dinner in our cozy tavern!

What a time to visit Williamstown! Make a reservation at for the 1896 House Inn or call 413-458-1896 or Toll Free:  888-999-1896

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, is under an hour from the 1896 House Inn and a great place to visit if you are looking for things to do outside of Williamstown while staying at the 1896 House. The World Famous Vermont Country Store and the Manchester Designer Outlets are local to Hildene as well as antique shops and art galleries, including the Manchester Hot Glass Works which has some absolutely beautiful glass works (perfect for Christmas Gifts)

From December 1 through January 2 the house will be decorated and staged as though it were Christmas Eve, 1912, one of the years Robert, Mary and family spent the holidays at their Vermont retreat. From the candlelit windows, winterberries and greenery that greet guests at the port cochere to the center hall yuletide floral arrangement, bursts of evergreen fastened with burgundy satin ribbon and a Christmas tree replete with Victorian ornaments, a sense that the family is preparing for Christmas morning has been created. Greeting cards, stockings hung on the mantle, wrapped parcels and even the menu for Christmas dinner portend of wonderful things to come on Christmas day. During regular hours, 9:30 to 4:30, interpreters and staff are on hand to answer questions about Hildene’s history and its famous residents.

His father was born in a log cabin and called from the humblest rank in life to preside over our nation during the most momentous period of its history. One generation later, Robert Todd Lincoln, the only child of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood, became Chairman of the Pullman Company, the largest manufacturing corporation at the turn of the 20th century. He built his Georgian Revival mansion in 1905 in the scenic village of Manchester. It became home to only Lincoln descendants until 1975, longer than any other Lincoln residence. It is the Great American Story.

You should allow approximately 3 to 4 hours for your visit.

House Visits
Your visit includes a brief video in the Welcome Center, a self-guided tour of the Lincoln home, listening to the 1,000-pipe Aeolian organ and access to the Hoyt Formal Garden. You'll also want to visit the Cutting and Kitchen Gardens, the observatory, Hildene Farm, and the exhibits. Guided Tours are offered at noon each summer day, by appointment at other times and on occasion when docents are available.

Hours and Rates
Open Daily 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Begin at the Welcome Center
Tickets: $16/Adults - $5/Youth - Children under 6 & Members/Free
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas (December 24, 25) and Easter
Please Note: ONLY service dogs are allowed on property.
Mid-December to Mid-March
Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing Weather Permitting
9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Information courtest of the Hildene Website

Check out their Facebook Page

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Williamstown Holiday Walk 2011

The Holiday Walk runs from December 2-4, 2011

While your here, check out our special packages including a Lunch with Santa and Christmas Tree Adventure Packages

A fun selection of activities at the Holiday Walk Weekend includes a Reindog parade, Tree lighting. Horse drawn wagon rides, Story telling, a craft fair and so much more!!

Then return to the '6 House Pub! and enjoy a delicious dinner in our cozy tavern!

The Holiday Walk is put together by the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce & Holiday Walk Committee

Check out some photos of past year's Reindog parade!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

2011 Christmas Tree Adventure Packages

What a family oriented tradition for the Holidays!   
Come to the country, stay together in a comfortable cozy room and take a wagon ride through the fields to cut your own fresh Christmas Tree!

If you come Dec 2-3, have a pancake breakfast or lunch with Santa (extra) at the Tree Farm.   The kids will LOVE it!

Then visit another farm that features live Alpacas and a farm store. Unique Alpaca and maple products make great and thoughtful gifts!  Shop in town during our Holiday Walk or hit the Outlet Malls!  

We are centered between the Lee Outlet
Mall and the Manchester Outlets,
45 minutes in each direction!

Our fun "Holiday Walk" in Williamstown Dec 2, 3 & 4 has lots of
Holiday cheer, events, entertainment & shopping for the whole family!   
 for a schedule of events.

Then return to the '6 House Pub! and enjoy a delicious dinner in our cozy tavern!

$229 ~Two Night Package Includes:
Two night stay in any room with 2 beds
Full Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning
Free Cut Your Own Christmas Tree (up to 8'),
(or a $45 Gift Card to the Alpaca Store)
$25 Gift card to the '6 House Pub!

*$ 229/per room includes all taxes & gratuity
*2 Adults and up to 2 Children under 10
$10 extra for Children over 10

$149~ One Night Package includes:
 One night stay in any room with 2 beds
Full Hot Breakfast Buffet
Free Cut Your Own Christmas Tree (up to 8'),
(or a $45 Gift Card to the Alpaca Store)

$25 Gift Card to the '6 House Pub!
 *$149/per room includes all taxes & gratuity

Holiday Vacation Special
Stay any 5 consecutive nights during the Holiday Vacation Week (Dec. 23-Jan. 1)
and save 15% off your room rate!  (Valid Dec 23-Jan 1)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sleigh Ride & Supper" Package, a new package at the 1896 House

Take some time out of your busy Berkshire itinerary, bundle up and take a 45 minute scenic ride through an alpaca farm with a team of Belgian Horses. The view is gorgeous with a spectacular scene of Mt. Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts!  You will come to a cozy cabin in the woods where you will be treated to hot chocolate! When you return to the Inn, you will enjoy a delightful winter supper at the 6 House Pub!  Package includes a Sleigh Ride for 2, hot chocolate, and a $35 Gift Card to the Pub.

Add $60 to Room or Luxury Suite Rate.
Children Add $7 each

Make a reservation at or call 413-458-1896 or Toll Free:  888-999-1896

What a time to visit Williamstown, stay at the 1896 House Inn and eat yummy food at the 6' House Pub

Thanksgiving Special

Although our Pub is closed Thanksgiving Day, we invite you to the Williams Inn for their famous
Thanksgiving Buffet!

Over 100 delectable items!

Add $75 to your 1896 House Inn room
or Suite Rate /double occupancy
Kids under 10 add $18.00 each
Kids under 5-Free
includes tax & gratuity.

Make a reservation at or call 413-458-1896 or Toll Free:  888-999-1896

What a time to visit Williamstown, stay at the 1896 House Inn and eat yummy food at the 6' House Pub

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Guthrie Family Rides Again

At the The Colonial Theatre (less then 40 minutes from the 1896 House)
111 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Please click here for directions from the 1896 House to the Colonial Theatre

Saturday, November 19 8 pm

For over four decades, Arlo Guthrie has toured the world winning a broad and dedicated following. In addition to being an accomplished musician, Guthrie is a natural-born storyteller whose hilarious tales and timeless anecdotes are woven seamlessly into his performances.

There is a good chance that Arlo will sing Alice's Restaurant, which has become a Thanksgiving day tradition,  being played by radio stations across the country on Thanksgiving. Check out Alice's Restaurant on Youtube at

The Motorcycle Song, Arlo Guthrie

Friday, November 4, 2011

Now is the time to start thinking about skiing!

Many of the downhill Ski areas offer snow tubing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing parks and areas.
Several of the resorts are aiming to open up in Mid November! So dig out your goggles and your gloves, the ski season is just around the corner!

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort‎ (about 20 minutes from the 1896 House)
37 Corey Road
Hancock, MA 01237
(413) 738-5500
  • Elevation: 2380 feet
  • Vertical rise: 1150 feet
  • Number of acres: 170
  • Number of trails: 45
  • Number of lifts: 9
  • One six-passenger high-speed summit lift, the Berkshire Express
  • Two quad chair lifts, Widow White’s Quad and Whitetail Quad
  • Three triple chair lifts, the Novice, Summit and Cricket Triples
  • One double chairlift, the Grand Slam Double
  • Two surface lifts
  • Special Mountain Features
  • The Mountain Coaster! Jiminy's Coaster was the first in the Northeast and only the second in the country when it was installed. Operates daily during the summer months and 1 pm - 7 pm Weekends and Holidays througout the winter season. (Please note this is a change from the time listed on the 10/11 trail map)
  • Three Terrain Parks, with various hits and rails for skiers and snowboarders, 1 glade trail, 2 mogul runs.
  • Longest run: Left Bank, 2 miles
  • Average annual snowfall: 100 inches
  • Snowmaking: 96% snowmaking coverage, 350 tower and other guns.

Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area‎  (about 40 minutes from the 1896 House)  Cross Country Skiing
1463 Plank Road
Petersburgh, NY 12138-5631
(518) 283-3652
  • 35km groomed trails
  • 15km ungroomed trails for snowshoeing & skiing
  • 4km lighted trails for night skiing
  • 20km skating trails
  • PSIA lessons offered daily
  • Complete ski rentals
  • Special group programs available
  • Complete retail shop

Prospect Mountain Ski Area‎ (about 35 minutes from the 1896 House)  Cross Country Skiing
204 Prospect Access
Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 442-2575
  • 30+ kilometers of trails.

Berkshire East Ski Area‎   (about 45 minutes from the 1896 House) Downhill Skiing+
66 South River Road
Charlemont, MA 01339
(413) 339-6617
  • Base Elevation: 660 ft (201 m)
  • Summit Elevation: 1,840 ft (561 m)
  • Vertical Drop: 1,180 ft (360 m)
  • Skiable Area: 400 acres (162 ha)
  • Annual Snowfall: 110 in (279 cm)
  • Snowmaking: 100 %
  • Number of Lifts: 6
  • Uphill Lift Capacity: 6,200 per hour
  • Types of Lifts: 2 Surface Lifts, 1 Double Chair, 2 Triple Chairs, 1 Quad
  • Number of Trails: 45 Longest Run: 13,200 ft (4,023 m)
  • Trail Ratings (Trail ratings indicate the relative difficulty of the runs within a given ski area and are not meant to be used for comparison between ski areas.)
  • Easiest Easiest: 30 %
  • More Difficult: 35 %
  • Most Difficult: 35 %
  • Alpine Skiing: Yes
  • Snowboarding: Yes
  • Restricted Areas: No
  • Heli-Skiing: No
  • Leash Required: Yes
  • Snowcat Skiing: No
  • Night Skiing Trails: 18
  • Terrain Park: Yes
  • Cross Country: No
  • Snowboard Elements: Yes
  • Half Pipe: No
  • Snow Tubing: Yes
  • Snowshoe Trails: No
  • Expected Opening Date: mid-December 2011
  • Expected Closing Date: end-March 2012

Mount Snow Resort  (about an hour and 10 minutes from the 1896 House) Downhill Skiing+
89 Pisgah Road, West Dover, VT
(802) 464-8501 ‎
November 19
Tentative Opening Day!

  • Mountain Areas: Main Mountain, North Face, Sunbrook, Carinthia
  • Total Acreage: 467
  • Base Elevation: 1,900’
  • Summit Elevation: 3,600’
  • Vertical Drop: 1,700’
  • Total Lifts: 20
  • Tree Terrain Acreage: Available on all four mountain faces.
  • Ability Level: 15% green circle, 70% blue square, 15% black diamond
  • Hours of Operation: 9am – 4pm midweek; 8am – 4pm weekends/holidays
  • Snowmaking Coverage: 80%
  • Terrain Parks: 100-acre Carinthia – 10 terrain parks, including 2 pipes
  • Average Annual Snowfall (since 1977): 156”
  • 2008-09 Snowfall: 173”
  • Lift capacity: 30,370 people per hour
  • Total Lifts: 20
  • Six Passenger Bubble Chairs: 1
  • High-speed Quads: 3
  • Fixed Quad: 1
  • Triples: 6
  • Doubles: 4
  • Rope Tow: 1
  • Magic Carpets: 4

Bousquet Ski Area‎   (about 45 minutes from the 1896 House) Downhill Skiing+
101 Dan Fox Drive
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 442-8316

  • 23 (Including 1 Glade)
  • Lifts
  • 3 Double Lifts, 2 Carpet Lifts
  • The Mountain
  • 750 Vertical Feet, 200 Acres on Yokun Ridge
  • Snowmaking
  • 85% Coverage
  • Terrain Parks
  • Bousquet will have 3 Terrain Parks for the 2010-2011 Season. The main park will be on Harris. A beginner park will be located on Lower Beeline and a small rail park will be located on Russell.

Notchview Reservation‎  (about 45 minutes from the 1896 House)  Cross Country Skiing
83 Old Route 9
Windsor, MA 01270
(413) 684-0148

With more than 3,000 acres of rolling terrain, Notchview offers an idyllic escape for winter sport enthusiasts, especially cross-country skiers looking for a brisk outing. Seventeen kilometers of trails are groomed and track-set for classical cross-country skiing; eight kilometers are groomed for skate skiing. A separate trail system is groomed for “skijoring,” or skiing with dogs. You can also go off track and explore the backcountry, or snowshoe alongside the ski trails.

Nordic Skiing: 40 kilometers (25 miles) of cross-country ski trails:

By Type:
  • classic skiing groomed: 16km
  • skate skiing ungroomed: 11 km
  • ungroomed trails: 11 km
  • dog loop: 2 km
  • snowshoers: alongside any ski trails
  • By Skill Level:
  • 7 beginner trails: 11 km
  • 11 intermediate trails: 18 km
  • 7 expert trails: 11 km

 Check out some of our ski packages at 
*prices subject to change

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Come stay this weekend and catch a plane and flick!

Some terrific packages at the 1896 House to take advantage of this coming weekend.
Take advantage of the nice fall weather and catch some lovely foliage while it lasts.

“Flick & Feast" Package
During the slower season, sometimes it's just nice to relax! Take your date to dinner and a movie! Enjoy top foreign and independent films at our local "Images" movie house, then stretch the evening with a casual meal in our "so cozy" tavern!   For current showings, visit .Includes 2 tickets, a glass of house wine or a pint of microbrew for each of you & a $35 Pub Gift Card.

Playing this coming weekend: The Rum Diary, play Friday, 10/28 – Thursday, 11/3

A new film based on the book by Hunter S. Thompson
Starring: Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Richard Jenkins
Paul Kemp is a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean. Paul is challenged on many levels as he tries to carve out a more secure niche for himself amidst a group of lost souls all bent on self-destruction. Based on the book by Hunter S. Thompson.

Flight & Picnic Package
Here’s your chance to get a panoramic aerial view of the beautiful Berkshires!  Take a 20-30 minute scenic flight with your licensed & experienced pilot over the many steeples of North Adams, Mass MoCA, the gorgeous Williams College campus, Mt. Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts, and over the quarry in Adams.  From the air, select the perfect spot to enjoy the picnic that the ‘6 House Pub has packed for you!  Then, motor along to that hideaway location!  Just gorgeous during foliage time!
Includes flight and picnic:
2 Wraps:  Select tuna salad, turkey club wrap,
roast beef with horseradish each day
2 pickles & 2 bags of potato chips
2 Chocolate Brownies
2 Granny Smith Apples
2 Bottles of Spring Water

$109 for 2 people.
$149 for 3 people.
Includes tax and gratuity.
Add bottle of house wine or 2 cans of beer  
 $10 additional

Make a reservation at or call 413-458-1896 or Toll Free:  888-999-1896

What a time to visit Williamstown, stay at the 1896 House Inn and eat yummy food at the 6' House Pub

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Old Hopkins Observatory & Mehlin Museum of Astronomy

Visiting the 1896 Inn in the next month and half is a great time to take advantage of visiting the local Planetarium. Late Fall and early winter weather conditions make for perfect atmospheric conditions for star and planet viewing. Grab an early dinner at the 6"House Pub or visit the Bar after the Planetarium shop for an even nightcap.

The Hopkins Observatory is the oldest existing observatory in the United States and houses the earliest Alvan Clark telescope.  In 1834, Prof. Albert Hopkins went to England, with the permission of the trustees of the college, to search for astronomical apparatus.  On his return, he enlisted some of his students to build a permanent observatory, which they constructed by hand from 1836 to 1838.  That building is now the planetarium.  It was originally located in the center of the quad but was moved to the far end in 1908 and to its present location in 1961.  Some of the original equipment from the 1834 trip to England still survives in this building.

Milham Planetarium Fall Schedule
Fridays at 7:30pm through Dec. 9
Reservations: 413-597-2188 or

Astronomy students at the college will host free shows for the public on the following Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m.: November 4, 11, 18; and December 2, 9.  Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005.

The Zeiss Skymaster is capable of demonstrating phenomena including: retrograde motions of the planets, phases of the moon, the varying temperatures/colors of stars, locations of neighboring galaxies, the mythological figures and zodiacal signs ascribed to constellations, the Southern Hemisphere’s sky, comets, artificial satellites, and much more.

Fall ’11 shows will be hosted by Williams College students Pushpanjali Giri ’14, Matthew Hosek ’12, Soraya Membreno ’12, and Muzhou Lu ’13.  Jay Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy, is director of the Hopkins Observatory.

*Photo courtesy of Williams College

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fall Foliage In Williamstown!

The Berkshires are scheduled to reach peak foliage colors this coming weekend of Oct. 14 – 16, 2011.

What a time to visit Williamstown, stay at the 1896 House Inn and eat yummy food at the 6' House Pub. Sit outside by the firepit and drink a cocktail or a hot mulled cider.

Take a Hike!

Fall foliage views atop Mount Greylock, No better place to view the splendor of fall in the Berkshires than from the top of Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusets.

Or Take a Scenic Drive!
Williamstown, Mohawk Trail and Savoy State Forest Loop --- (55 miles)

■ Starting at Williamstown, proceed east on Route 2 into and through North Adams. Natural Bridge State Park is located east of North Adams off Route 2 and 8. This bridge of white marble was created by the waters of Hudson Brook.
■ East of North Adams, Route 2 is also named the Mohawk Trail, used by Native Americans of the Five Nations to pass between the Connecticut and Hudson valleys. At the Hairpin Turn, the trail rises sharply to the Western Summit. There is an observation point to view the mountains of southern Vermont and northwestern Massachusetts.
■ Continuing on Route 2 / Mohawk Trail, the next stop is Whitcomb Summit, the top of the trail, with an elevation of 2,173 feet.
■ Further along, the trail crosses a bridge and turns sharply to the left. Another road leads to the right. Here the visitor has a choice of three routes:
■ The first is to continue along the Mohawk Trail to Charlemont, Shelburne Falls, and Greenfield.
■ The second is to retrace the route back to North Adams.
■ The third is to turn into Savoy Mountain State Forest for a visit to Tannery Falls. To reach the falls, pass through Drury on Route 2, then turn right on Black Brook Road, right on Adams Road, and left on Bannis Road into Savoy Center.
■ From Savoy Center, proceed west on Route 116 to Adams. Pass throughAdams and head northbound on Route 8 to North Adams.
■ Also, East Road, which runs parallel to Route 8, gives a commanding view of Greylock Mountain, towering over Adams, a charming Victorian town with an elegantly restored Main Street.
■ Turn west on Route 2 when leaving North Adams and return to Williamstown

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A little history of the inn and Williamstown, MA

About the 1896 House Inn

The 1896 House was built in 1896 as a milking barn, complete with bull pen, and was turned into a famous restaurant in 1939 and enjoyed an unparalleled reputation for excellence for approximately 40 years. The draw was so great that a lodging facility was built in 1951 to accommodate the patrons. Soon additional guest rooms were added.

Sometime in the 1970's, the lodging portion and restaurant were sold separately and began operating separately.

In 1985, ownership of the 16 guest rooms was transferred to Sue Morelle & Denise Richer from Rhode Island. They began what was to be a 17 year acquisition and renovation period. Upon completion of the original lodging structure, “Brookside”, a second lodging facility across the street became part of the “1896” family and was completely transformed and named “Pondside”. 

In 1995, The 1986 House Barn housing a restaurant was purchased and underwent a total structural and cosmetic rebirth, thereby remarrying the original properties and creating a complex of three buildings on 17 acres with brooks, ponds, and gardens. One actually passes through the 1896 House property when traveling to Williamstown via Route 7, the scenic corridor to it’s south.

In 2000, six new luxury “Barnside Suites” were constructed in the former banquet hall where Williamstown Theatre Festival held its famous Cabaret.  It is here in 1987 that Christopher Reeve first lay eyes on Dana Morosini and fell in love! They entertained in this beautiful space for a couple of seasons!  The Suites are grand, gracious, and as romantic as found anywhere. A full candlelight breakfast is included.

In 2005, the previous restaurant was re-claimed by the owners of The 1896 House and transformed into an unusual, upscale and now very popular Pub. Because the locals have always referred to the 1896 House Barn as either "The "6 House" or "The '96 House", the new Pub was dubbed "The '6 House Pub".

About Williamstown, MA

Originally called West Hoosac, the area was first settled in 1749. Fort West Hoosac, a blockhouse and stockade, was built in 1756. The town was incorporated in 1765 as Williamstown after Ephraim Williams, who was killed in the French and Indian War. He bequeathed a significant sum to the town on the condition that it were named after him and started a free school. In 1791, the school opened, becoming Williams College in 1793. A college town, it is home to Williams College, the Clark Art Institute and the Tony-awarded Williamstown Theatre Festival, which runs every July and August.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Check out the Wonderful Blog Post from a Guest!

The Wonderful Williamstown 1896 House Inn and Country Lodgings
From Linda, who writes the Distracted Wandered Blog. 

A couple of weeks ago, my oldest daughter Amanda and I took a mini-break to head up to Vermont so that I could take pictures of covered bridges and she could visit her friend Darci who is attending Bennington College in Southern Vermont. I thought it would also be the ideal time to find someplace nice to stay in the Berkshires so after a little bit of searching on the Internet, I found The 1896 House Inn and Country Lodgings in Williamstown, a small town tucked away in the northwest corner of Massachusetts.

Read the rest of the blog and check out her terrific photos at

Monday, October 3, 2011

Critic's tour of treasures meanders in the hills

A recent article from the Boston Globe Travel section highlighting the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, (only minutes away from the 1896 House Inn)

Critic's tour of treasures meanders in the hills

From Williamstown to Stockbridge, museums display art for every taste

all it the Mohawk art trail.
Every two or three months, as part of my job as the Globe’s art critic, I drive out Route 2 headed for North Adams and Williamstown, two towns that, although just five minutes apart, couldn’t be more different in character but share a role as cornerstones in a part of the state rich with cultural treasures.
My destination in the former industrial center of North Adams is the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, which occupies a campus that used to be Sprague Electric Co. headquarters, and before that, the Arnold Print Works factory, one of the world’s leading producers of printed textiles.
When Sprague closed its North Adams operation in 1985, the local economy had the stuffing knocked out of it. Art - and a museum director called Thomas Krens - came to the rescue.
Krens, as many people know, later became an aggressively expansionist director of the Guggenheim Museum, where he was responsible, among other things, for reviving the languishing Spanish industrial town of Bilbao with a spectacular, Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim outpost. Back in the 1980s, he was still director of the Williams College Museum of Art.
Seeing North Adams’s plight, and hunting around for a flexible space suited to the showing of large scale contemporary art, he backed a town proposal to convert the old Sprague campus on Marshall Street into what is now Mass MoCA, which has since become one of the most dynamic contemporary art museums in the country.
Read the rest of the article at  ( free access with registration)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Berkshires ~ An Antiquers Paradise

Visiting New England has a great write up on why check out the Berkshires

For those that want to just poke around locally using the 1896 House as a base here are 3 great local antique spots in Williamstown to go check out.

The Library Antiques (5 minutes by car)
The Library Antiques offers a variety of antiques and lifestyle accessories including furniture, lighting, jewelry, art, rare books, and more.
70 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA
413-458-3436  and 800-294-4798
OPEN Daily from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm, Sunday 11am - 5pm

Saddleback Antiques (1.5 minutes by car, about 20 minutes to walk to)
Offering a large inventory including Civil War; Western; Folk Art; furniture; books; stoneware, farm tools and much more!
1396 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, MA 01267
OPEN Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday noon - 5pm

Collectors Warehouse (1 minute by car, 11 minutes to walk to)
A shop every kind of collector will enjoy
723 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, MA
413-458-9686 ‎
OPEN Daily from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm  (hours may change please call)

Here are a few sites that list multiple antique shops in the Berkshire area for those that want to get in a full day of antique shopping: