Friday, March 30, 2012

Easter is Coming!

Celebrate Easter at the 6' House Pub, take some of the stress of having to cook for the family and let the great 6' House Pub staff make this special holiday fun and relaxing for the whole family.

Easter Dinner 

Served from 11:30 AM-9:30 PM 

Traditional Baked Ham 
with brown sugar pineapple glaze, 
mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, & asparagus 

Prime Rib au Jus, 
Baked Potato, and asparagus 

Taking reservations at 413-458-1896

Billsville House Concerts

I recently found a neat addition to Williamstown's music scene that I'm sure guests at the 1896 House Inn will enjoy after having a great meal at the 6" House Pub.

I came across Billsville House Concerts while checking out some of the Berkshire's local events listings. But what did I find? No location set? This peaked my interest and had a lovely back and forth with one of the organizers of the concerts. The idea being that not advertising the space in advance keeps lots of people  from showing up unexpectedly as the events are generally held at small venues.

This weekend Cuddle Magic - Saturday, March 31st
The shows this year have been uniformly excellent - ask anyone who has been what a treat it is to see this kind of talent in a small space. Don't miss another chance to see hand selected, hand crafted music at what is quickly becoming "The Berkshires Non-Premier, Non-Cultural, Non-Institution". You saw what we did there right? We put it in quotes - thus is it made so.

Billsville House Concerts present Cuddle Magic, a self described "avant pop" collective whose multi-instrumental talents include vocals, guitar, percussion, keyboards, horns, violin and whatever else they might find lying around. The band includes folks with New England Conservatory training who have recently toured with The David Wax Museum and Anais Mitchell.

About Cuddle Magic:
Cuddle Magic is a band and songwriting collective from Brooklyn and Philadelphia that performs lush, playful songs with wide-ranging instrumentation including strings, percussion, vibraphone, trumpet, clarinet, keyboards, guitars, and many voices. Cuddle Magic balances folk timbres with surprising atonal harmonies, pop song-craft with Steve Reich-inspired rhythmic complexity, and direct emotional lyrics with dense wordplay. Conservatory-trained, yet folk musicians by temperament, the members of Cuddle Magic have collaborated with a diverse range of artists, including Beyonce, the David Wax Museum, Larkin Grimm, Mike & Ruthy (formerly of the Mammals), new music toy-piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen, the progressive string band Joy Kills Sorrow, guitarist and composer Fred Frith, and legendary “third-stream” pianist Ran Blake. Members of Cuddle Magic can also be seen performing with Anais Mitchell, Railbird, Baby States, Ronald Reagan, Bird Fly Yellow, Margaret Glaspy, The People’s Champs, Girls Guns and Glory, Lake Street Dive, Petal Shield, Split Red, Yapp!, The Superpowers Horns, and many, many others.

From the Billsville House website:
“Billsville” is our nickname for Williamstown. We’re in our first year of a house concert series – stay tuned for updates and bookings.

We book artists who we want to see and make them a deal that’s hard to turn down. A great spot to play in a great part of the county, a fine helping of our vegetarian cooking, a place to stay for the night – and 100% of the proceeds. It’s a deal that make sense to everyone involved. As a fan, you’ll get to see talented and passionate musicians without the distraction of bar noises or disinterested patrons. Plus, you’ll know that all of your money is going right back to the musicians.

As a musician – you’ll know that people are here to see you play and revel in the community spirit that a house concert offers.

After you make your reservations we’ll send you the exact time and location information a few days before the shows. In the meantime, if you have questions, send us an email.

Visit their website at and check out their fan page at  

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Check out Chunky Move at Mass MoCA this weekend!

This coming weekend while you are visiting the 1896 House, check out the fantastic shows by Chunky Move at MASS MoCA. Have dinner Saturday night at the 6' House Pub before the show or catch lunch before the show on Sunday. Less then 15 minutes from the Inn, get directions at

Combine your visit with a spin through the MASS MoCA galleries Special combo ticket Chunky Move + galleries just $32. Galleries open 11 - 7:30on Saturday and 11 - 5 on Sunday with lots of great art  

Australia’s leading contemporary dance company, Chunky Move, presents their newest work Connected, a collaboration of choreographer Gideon Obarzanek and visual artist Reuben Margolin who is known for large kinetic sculptures that move and morph. In Connected, the airborne sculpture made of wood, recycled plastic, paper, and steel is built in front of us as the dance unfolds, and has been described by dance critic Deborah Jowitt as “the most compelling presence onstage.”

On their last US tour under the direction of company founder and longtime artistic director Gideon Obarzanek, Chunky Move, Australia’s “biggest and most successful contemporary dance export” (Edinburgh International Festival) comes to MASS MoCA.

In 2008 Chunky Move received Best Dance Work for Glow and Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production for Mortal Engine at the Live Performance Australia Helpmann Awards. In 2009, Mortal Engine received an Honorary Mention in the Prix Ars Electronica awards in the Hybrid Arts category.

Buy tickets online (show only)  $39 premium / $29 orchestra / $25 mezzanine at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, 87 Marshall Street. 413-662-2111 or call the Box Office at 413 664 4481.

Check out their website at:

Friday, March 9, 2012

March Farm Foods & Finds Special

Stay 2 midweek nights and receive 3 $10 Gift Certificates ($30) to spend at our local farm produce & gift shops.  Your farm adventure will take you to 3 active working farms:

Ioka Valley Farm,

Cricket Creek Farm,

You will witness live animals and the products derived from them, fresh foods being grown & harvested, and farm stores where you may purchase locally grown maple products, artisanal cheeses, breads & baked goods, dairy products, honey, alpaca clothing & products, and many other items.

Ioka Valley Farm has been named one of the 1000 best attractions in Massachusetts. The Great Places initiative celebrates what is unique about the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, its communities, and its people. It aims to boost visitation to Massachusetts as well as give local residents the opportunity to visit known and unknown historic sites, cultural venues, and natural landscapes. 

Check out their history page  for some background about this family farm.

Sweet Brook Farm is located in South Williamstown and is home to the Phelps family — Pete, Beth, Sarah, and Dan.  They built a new house and barn on a portion of the old Norris Phelps  farm (Pete’s dad) in 2005 – 2007.  Norris Phelps’ grandfather, Cassius Phelps, started Sweet Brook Farm long ago.  The Phelps’ dreamed of this homestead for 20 years before finally making their dream become a reality.

After the house and barn were constructed, the first alpacas took up residence in the barn in the fall of 2007.  Research on what type of livestock to raise led to the discovery of alpacas which were not used as meat animals but for their beautiful, soft fleece, docile nature, and manageable size and upkeep.

Cricket Creek Farm is one of the oldest active dairy farms in the region. In 2001, the Phelps family put Cricket Creek Farm up for sale, and the Sabot family, concerned about the development of the largest farm in Williamstown, explored options for protecting the land. By 2002 the purchase was complete and work was started on a plan for moving forward. Since much of the land was in Agricultural Protection, it had to be maintained as a working farm. After visiting Shelburne Farms in Northern Vermont, a decision was made to continue with dairy farming, add cheese making and an educational component.

Check out their history page for some background about this family farm.

Make your reservations now to take advantage of this special.