Peeping Leaves from a New Perspective: Your Guide to a Fabulous Fall Weekend in the Northern Berkshires

By Julia Leonardos

Bags of apples straight from the orchard line your pantry. Your stoop is overrun with decorative gourds and festive hay bales. You’ve swapped your shorts and t-shirts for cardigans and lacquered leather boots. You spent the last three hours bushwhacking your way out of a corn maze, your house smells like the Yankee Candle store and Starbucks had a baby, and the Monday Night Football theme song echoes constantly throughout your hallways. That’s right, folks, fall is upon us: nature’s final, fiery burst of beauty before crisp air turns frigid and brilliant trees become barren.

Fall is a pretty big deal out here in the northern Berkshires and so is the weekend that lands closest to the date of October 12. Some call it Columbus Day Weekend, but I’ll refer to it as most Berkshire locals do: the peak of leaf-peeping season. Yes, it is this weekend that the leaf peepers pack up their cars and head to the Berkshires from all directions to see the leaves at their most vivid. And we welcome you, leaf peepers, with open arms, warm hearts, and plenty of picture-perfect landscapes for you to Instagram, no filter required.


After a while, though, staring at trees can get a little boring. We get it — you might get hungry, decide to do some activities, or feel a sudden, overwhelming urge to stare at something else (maybe some art?) for a few hours. That’s where we come in. MASS MoCA and a bevy of other northern Berkshire institutions are here for you if (and when) you decide you want to peep some leaves from a new perspective this weekend. Here’s our guide for the upcoming fall weekend, designed to enhance your leaf peeping with art, events, food, and merriment…


Day 1: Friday, October 10
Arrive at the Porches Inn in North Adams, MA, after work, then, head to Public for dinner and drinks. By 8pm, be at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center for The Source, Beth Morrison Projects’ latest music-theater work-in-progress. It’s all about Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning’s decision to leak the most classified material ever released to the public, and the worldwide media hysteria that ensued. The Source premieres at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on October 22, so this is an exclusive chance to be a part of the process and see the show before it premieres.


Day 2: Saturday, October 11

View the Radical Words, Make it New, and Raw Color exhibitions at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown before they come down. In the evening, head back to MASS MoCA for the opening reception of Lee Boroson’s Plastic Fantastic, in Building 5, our largest gallery space (yes, that’s the gallery where Xu Bing’s Phoenix was) at 5pm. You can make reservations for the reception here. Next up, just a few steps away in Building 10, is guitar hero Gary Lucas, who is playing his original live score to the 1935 Chinese cinematic touchstone The Goddess (for only the second time in North America!) up in Club B-10, starting at 8pm. That leaves you plenty of time to chow down on some burritos/sandwiches/ice cream at Lickety Split in between the opening and the show.

Day 3: Sunday, October 12
In the morning, dive into the 900-acre Berkshire wood for some up-close and personal leaf-peeping at Ramblewild forest adventure park. You can zipline, swing, climb, and slide from tree to tree on one of their many forest trails. If you’re like me and you want to have both of your feet on solid ground as often as humanly possible, you can also (free of charge) take a meditative walk in the forest as you watch the other members of your party jump from tree to tree above you.


In the afternoon, head to the MASS MoCA galleries to relax and rejuvenate by taking in all of our exhibitions at your own pace. As you head home, look out your car window and admire the rolling Berkshire mountain range that has inspired so many literary greats, and Instagram a couple photos so your friends know that you did, in fact, take in some foliage during your fall weekend in the northern Berkshires.



Posted October 9, 2014 by MASS MoCA
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Spreading the Love on FREE DAY with Red Baraat!

On January 29, MASS MoCA was crawling with 2,639 patrons on FREE DAY!

After Free Day we had the Bhangra Funk Dance Party with Red Baraat.

We talked to the band and they were beyond pleased with our energetic audience.

Thanks to everyone who made this possible!

Also! Don’t forget to check out the photo booth pictures of the day. They can be viewed at these links…

Click on thumbnails to view the full-size image!

Thank you to the lovely, Danelle Cheney, for the photos!!

Posted January 31, 2011 by MASS MoCA
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Lickety Split menu for Reggae Soul Dance Party

Our friends at Lickety Split have put together a great themed menu (see below) for the Reggae Soul Dance Party on Saturday, September 4. Plan on coming early to wander through the galleries (open until 8 PM) and grab a bite to eat before the show from LS.

Lickety Split Reggae Soul Dance Party Menu:

Jamaican Plate: Jerk Chicken Kabobs with Grilled Pineapple:

Chicken and Pineapple Kabob, Peas, Rice, and Howlin’ Hot Papaya Cole Slaw.

Vegetable Curry:

Vegetable Curry, Peas, Rice, and Howlin’ Hot Papaya Cole Slaw

Jamaican Wrap:

Jerk Chicken in a Flour Wrap, Lettuce, Peppers, Onions, and a Cilantro Cream Sauce

Served with Sweet Potato Chips

Grilled Chicken Quesadilla

Howlin’ Hot Chicken Papaya Coleslaw

Posted September 1, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
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Dinner before the Chocolate Drops


Lickety Split Dinner Menu for May 29.
Dinner available during the Petah Coyne Opening and before the Carolina Chocolate Drops concert.

Soup of the Day…$5.50. Made fresh daily.

Greek Salad…$7.50.

Romaine lettuce with grape tomatoes, cucumbers, Kalamata olives, pepperoncini, feta cheese and onions with oregano vinaigrette.

Berkshire Cobb Salad…$8.50. Grilled marinated chicken breast served with sliced avocado, sliced egg, crumbled bacon, grape tomatoes, and Berkshire Blue cheese over romaine lettuce with a simple mustard vinaigrette.

Our Homemade Quiche with a Small Greek Salad…$7.95. What some have considered the Berkshires Best slice of quiche with a small version of our Greek salad.

Grilled Chicken Quesadilla…$8.50. Grilled chicken, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, and avocado in flour wrap and grilled on our panini press and served with chips, salsa, guacamole and sour cream.

Cheese Quesadilla…$6.50. Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, in flour wrap and grilled on our panini press served with chips, salsa, guacamole and sour cream.

Thin Crust Pizza…$8.50

Lickety Split also offers a full line of non-alcoholic beverages and a wide selection of sweets! Featuring Herrell’s Ice Cream made here at MASS MoCA.

Posted May 20, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
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Eat your greens!


Lickety Split in the MASS MoCA lobby is making it easier for you to eat your greens with two new salads on their menu:

  • Spinach Salad featuring Popeye spinach, Berkshire Blue Cheese, Caramelized Walnuts and Granny Smith Apples
  • Mediterranean Salad with Tomatoes, cucumbers, Greek olives, hummus, artichoke hearts, and feta cheese

If you’re in the mood for a sandwich they’ve introduced a new Build Your Own Sandwich option for $6.95.

They’ve also got two new signature sandwiches:  turkey, brie & avocado and chicken cordon bleu with chicken, ham, melted swiss, and mustard.

As Rachael Ray (who — trivia alert! — visited MASS MoCA and did a story on us in 1999 when she was just a cub reporter for an Albany TV station)  would say yum-o!

Posted January 15, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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New website for Lickety Split


Our dear friends Tom and Cathy Ralys who run Lickety Split in the MASS MoCA lobby now have a website!  You can check their cafe and catering menus (they offer excellent, very affordable catering options) and learn more about them and about Herrell’s ice cream.  Check it out.

Posted June 24, 2009 by MASS MoCA
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