Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Beautiful Day at Mass MoCA

Beautiful Day at Mass MoCA
Originally uploaded by stacy's plate.
This past weekend, we took what was probably our last spontaneous semi-long distance day trip. We drove a little over 2 hours to North Adams, MA to Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art).

Before we bought our house and had very little free time on the weekends, we used to go to Mass MoCA about once a year. They don't change the exhibits very often - probably because the museum is so far out of the way. This was the first time we had been there in a couple of years. If you've never been there, I highly recommend it. It's a beautiful drive on Rt. 2 which becomes the Mohawk Trail as it gets further north and west. Even if you don't like contemporary/conceptual art, the museum is worth seeing just for the history and architecture. It's housed in what used to be the Sprague Electric Company, and before that, a printing mill.

From the Mass MoCA website:

"Listed in the National Historic Register, the site's 26 buildings form an elaborate system of interlocking courtyards and passageways rich with historical association. Bridges, viaducts, elevated walkways, and red brick facades lend a distinct architectural ambiance to the complex, which throughout its history has been a place for innovation and fabrication using the most advanced knowledge and technology of the day."

Anyway, we stopped along the way for a picnic by the Cold River (which was all dried up) in the Savoy State Forest, which is right along a windy, hilly portion of Rt. 2, about 15 minutes before North Adams.

The weather was gorgeous and it felt like our last stress-free weekend as the house construction is supposed to start this week and then the race is on until the baby comes in December.

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