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Amtrak Empire Service between Albany, Hudson or Rhinecliff, NY and Penn Station, NYC.

Amtrak 449 Lake Shore Limited between Pittsfield and South Station, Boston.

Bard Bus and Shuttle  On select summer weekends, Bard offers round-trip bus service from Manhattan’s Lincoln Center directly to the Fisher Center, exclusively for performance ticket holders: $30 round-trip. Reservations are required. Box dinners can be ordered in advance for $10. Bard also offers shuttle service from and to the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station for select performances: $10 each way.

Mega-bus between Albany and Ridgewood, N.J. and Penn Station, NYC.

Metro-North Railroad between Wassaic, Dover Plains, or Poughkeepsie, NY and Harlem (125th Street)  or Grand Central Station, NYC.

Peter Pan Bus Lines  Boston/Albany route serving Albany, Great Barrington, *Lee, Lenox, *Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Williamstown, and Boston South Station and Boston Logan Airport  (*greater frequency, better fares). NYC/Williamstown route serving Williamstown, Lee, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, MA, or Canaan, CT and Port Authority Bus Terminal, NYC.

Roosevelt Ride Free Shuttle  Free round-trip shuttle service daily (summer through October) from the Poughkeepsie train station to Hyde Park, Val-Kil, the Vanderbilt Mansion, Top Cottage, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum so Metro-North train passengers can tour historic sites without a car. For reservations and tour info, call the Wallace Visitor Center: 845-229-5320.

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RI Selects: A Midwinter Staycation - A Night in North Adams

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A room with a fireplace at Porches in North Adams

“Creative collaboration” has become a mantra in the Berkshires, and the special “Get-a-Waypoint” package that the Porches Inn has put together for Saturday, February 6, is a culinary-and-cultural sampler. The genesis was the Berkshire Fringe Festival’s winter residency at MASS MoCA, which culminates on Saturday night with a work-in-progress performance of The Waypoint by playwright by Iris Dauterman. The story of a pregnant woman who’s unsure about her capabilities of being a mother and her soon-to-be-born baby who is unsure about wanting to make his way to earth, the play is in the magical realism tradition, which inspired Brian Alberg, the executive chef at the Red Lion Inn, to create a special pre-theater dinner.

“Brian loves to come up to Porches from time to time and prepare a special meal,” explains Carol Bosco Baumann of the Red Lion. “He played around with The Waypoint‘s themes of rebirth and transformation to create a five-course menu.” The meal begins with a “BLT,” which is a soup of house-cured bacon, wilted organic arugula & smoked tomatoes, and it ends with PB&J, which is a peanut butter ice cream and shortbread cookie sandwich with concord grape whipped cream.  “We serve the meal family style so you can meet new people who are also interested in the arts,” says Bauman. “When you return to Porches after the performance, you’ll know people who you can discuss it with over breakfast if you like.” And remember to pack your bathing suit. Porches keeps its outdoor pool and hot tub open 365 days a year.

Get-a-Waypoint Package
$250 for two.
North Adams, MA; 413.664.0400

Performance only:
The Waypoint at MASS MoCA
February 6; 8 p.m.

Related posts:
The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA, May 5, 2009
Twenty Questions for MASS MoCA Director Joe Thompson, May 20, 2009
Jarvis Rockwell - The Son Also Rises, May 5, 2009
Friend of the Fringe Come Together, July 29, 2009
Jack’s Hot Dog Stand, November 22, 2009

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