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BUMP At Basilica Hudson

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Jacob's Pillow Finale

August 21 - G. Barrington
VIM Carnival Gala

VIM Celebrates Its Big 10 Under The Big Top

Patricia Boissevain reports from Great Barrington. A big tent, colorful banners, a roaming juggler and flashing rings on everyone’s finger could only mean one thing in our area: the 10th Anniversary Carnival Gala fundraiser for Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Berkshires hosted by Ski Butternut on Thursday, August 21. Guests had their Tarot cards read, were delighted by the antics of a mime, and charmed by a friendly man on stilts, but the main event of the evening was a dazzling live auction (as well as the fabulous food).  The organization’s mission is to provide access to quality healthcare for income-qualified, uninsured and underinsured residents of the Berkshire region in a respectful and caring manner through its free clinic. VIM Berkshires is a volunteer-based community organization of more than 140 local healthcare professionals and laypersons who are supported by a small paid office staff.  Pictured above, co-chairs Hildi Black and Nancy Bernstein flank Elaine Roberts.

Board/Trustee Member, Director of Communications, and VIM Nutritionist, Nancy Fernandez Mills and Jane Bernstein; Sally Haver, Dr. Walter Scott, VIM physician, and Rhonna Foodman.

Sunny Schwartz and Molly Sheriff, Gala Committee member for the entire eight years; Dental Care Coordinator Margot Rockefeller, helps Henry the Juggler prepare for his entrance.

Executive Vice President of Salisbury Bank, Richard Aldrich, Phyllis Webb, who is owner of the Magic Flute in Sheffield, Massachusetts State Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli, and Meredith Tiedemann, vice president and trust officer of Salisbury Bank.

Laura Lawson, Judith Choate, and Catherine Mandel, co-chair of 10th Anniversary Carnival Gala; Gala Committee and Underwriter, Clara Londoner, in her carnival finery, with Nancy Bernstein.

Chris Eyers Yerling of Mimelot kept everyone on their toes; The lovely Tarot Card reader, Tina Sotis, is also a fabulous local painter and graphic artist.

Trustee Jane Salamon chats with Elaine Roberts and Judith Bainberg; The lively bartender for the evening, Justin Smith, cordially serving in his carnival head gear.

Co-Founder, Board Member, and Committee Member, Marion Simon, and Jill Cancellieri, director of philanthropic services with Berkshere Taconic Community Foundation, show off their flashy rings.

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Posted by Patricia Boissevain on 08/24/14 at 10:49 PM • Permalink

Jacob’s Pillow Bids A Fun Farewell To The Season

Amy Krzanik reports from Becket. Even if you’re not a professional dancer, the Jacob’s Pillow finale party is the place to get loose and let your hair down. Following a performance by either LeeSaar The Company in the Doris Duke Theatre or the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in the Ted Shawn Theatre, guests to the wrap-up event on August 23 were treated to hot chocolate, coffee and an ample array of desserts provided by Chocolate Springs, Six Depot, Haven, The Dream Away, and Becket Bakehouse. Dancers joined guests under the tent post-performance to mingle and sip cocktails such as the special themed Finale Fizz. Down in the Bakalar Studio, DJ BFG found the crowd needed no convincing to turn the entire studio space into one wild dance floor, and folks of all ages and abilities joined together in a fun farewell to another stellar season. Shown left, the party scene inside the Bakalar Studio.

Aspen Santa Fe dancers Peter Franc and Emily Proctor with Delphina Parenti of LeeSaar; George Manley, Janine Strong and Chocolate Springs owner Josh Needleman.

David Smith, board chair Mark Leavitt, board member Ranny Cooper, Ann Hicks and Weston Hicks; Liz Richards and Alison Hart, the Pillow’s senior manager of individual gifts.

LeeSaar dancer Candice Schnurr and Offer Ben-Arie; Cathy Deely, board member Mark Williams and Connie Chin, the Pillow’s general manager.

Aspen Santa Fe dancers Craig Black, Corwin Barnette and Paul Busch; Mark Sayre, Sara Ross, Jason Zellmer and Gareth Ross.

Board president Christopher Jones, Gillian Goreman, Laura Paige Kyber, program coordinator, and Kristin Gregory, development coordinator; Pillow interns Gaige Koontz, Grace Wilson and Trinity Bobo.

Judy Myers, Tobey Mintz and Beth Brody; Betty Scott and Sandy Hart.

Barbara Frum, Alex Josephson, Rachel Cooper and Mike Mendelson; Maura Keefe and Mark Witteveen flank Pillow intern Francesca Hocker.

Phil and Hilary Deely with their son, Pip Deely; Mark Fisher, Florence Wolff Nicholas, Luciano Valles and Eleanor Blake.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 08/24/14 at 09:57 PM • Permalink

A Whale Of A Reception At Basilica Hudson

Lisa Green reports from Hudson. The BUMP exhibit at Basilica Hudson promised whale bones you can touch, and there they were, suspended at eye level and just daring you to set them in motion. The exhibit opened with a reception on Saturday, August 23, and while guests early on stood on the periphery as if afraid to touch, they were encouraged by the creators, Dan and Frank DenDanto, to enter the galaxy of gently swaying skeleton parts culled from three different whales. Melissa Auf der Maur, Basilica’s owner and creative director, opened a presentation that added dimension to the exhibit’s significance. Speakers included Nick Zachos of the Hudson Sloop Club, who talked about the organization’s goal of bringing the Hudson River back into the daily lives of the community; Ina Guilzon, an educator from the Columbia County Historical Society, who spoke about Hudson’s history as a whaling port; and the DenDanto brothers, who recounted the genesis of BUMP. Shown above, Dan DenDanto, the whale biologist, and Frank DenDanto, the set and lighting designer, flank the scull of a minke whale.

Basilica Hudson’s co-founder and creative director, Melissa Auf der Maur, with daughter, River; Photographer Andi State, Masha Schmidt, an acupuncturist with the Hudson Wellness Collective, and her daughter, Isa Schmidt.

David William Voorhees, an historian of the Dutch in America, and Nancy Barber Stone of New York and Hudson; Donna Barrett, who teaches belly dancing at the Hudson Valley Academy of Performing Arts, and Bill Barrett, a Film Columbia Festival board member.

Seth Zimmerman of New York and Nora Segar of New Haven; Ina Guilzon, a museum teacher, and Diane Shewchuk, executive director and curator of the Columbia County Historical Society.

Up close and personal with the whale bones.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 08/24/14 at 10:30 AM • Permalink

B.I.T.S. Gala

Amy Krzanik reports from Old Chatham. Set under tents in a field on Little Brook Farm, with a breathtaking view of the surrounding hills, the fourth annual B.I.T.S. gala, held on Saturday, August 16, brought out a crowd of equestrian lovers. The farm, owned and operated by Lynn Cross, is one of the oldest and largest equine rescues in the northeast and is home to 68 horses, 70 cats and a handful of other beloved animals. B.I.T.S, or Balanced Innovative Teaching Strategies, was created at the farm to provide educational, vocational, and therapeutic programs to humans through interaction with rescued and rehabilitated horses. Over 2,000 individuals participate in the program annually, including children with disabilities, college interns, local school-age students on field trips, summer camp participants and law enforcement who attend seminars on how to recognize animal abuse. The evening’s festivities included an array of unique and delicious appetizers provided by Spice of Life Catering, silent and live auctions full of horse-themed goodies, and guest speakers who lauded Lynn Cross and the important work she’s doing for both animals and humans. Pictured above, Little Brook Farm owner and B.I.T.S. founder and executive director Lynn Cross with gala chairperson JoAnne Cayot.

New York State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin with Karen Vrabel and the evening’s auctioneer, Andrew Rumpelt; Ellen Pierce, an 11-year volunteer at the Farm, with Summer Brennan, Lynn Cross’ daughter and the Farm’s principal horse trainer and riding instructor.

Clicker trainer Bob Viviano with Jim Bashford; Author J.R. Anderson (second from left), with New York State Humane Association members Sondra Woodvine, Susan C. McDonough and Pat Valusek.

Volunteers Gabby (far left), her sister Anna (second from left) and Tori (far right) pose with the Farm’s summer camp kids.

Bob Bradford and Laura Wright of Good Hope Farms, with Steve Rubenstein and Jeanne Rothman of Little Falls Farm, and James Wright, a volunteer firefighter; Caitlin and Gus Stewart, owners of Rancho Relaxo in New Jersey, which was inspired by the work being done at Little Brook Farm.

Howland Murphy and Julie Bohan; Volunteer Lexie Monson, with Marianne Pelletier, who donates her horse trailer and truck for the Farm’s use, and Diane Kurylo of Breezy Hill Stables.

The guest of honor, Fritz the miniature pony, who has an important job as a “Safe Horse Ambassador.”

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 08/17/14 at 11:46 AM • Permalink

Saturday In The Garden For The Susan B. Anthony Project

Lisa Green reports from Litchfield. Marigolds came to life, giant elephant skeletons lurked in the garden and dancers pivoted through the air while clinging to a gyroscope at the garden party hosted by Anthea Disney and Peter Howe on Saturday, August 16. The occasion was the annual fundraiser for the Susan B. Anthony Project, whose mission is to promote safety, healing and growth for all survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. The marigolds and other shape-shifting creatures were actually dancers from MOMIX, the wildly imaginative dance company that has over the years donated 11 performances to the Project. Each year, the Susan B. Anthony Project, based in Torrington, CT, provides counseling, shelter and support services to 2,500 survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. State and federal funding provides only 40 percent of the annual budget, so events such as this one help to make ends meet, explained Executive Director Barbara Spiegel, at right in photo above with Gina Deveaux, director of development.

Judith McElhone, executive director of Five Points Gallery in Torrington, Emily Dalton, a member of the Susan B. Anthony Project’s advisory council, and Nanette Falkenberg, vice president of its board of directors; Greg Bachmann, a sponsor of the event, with Brian Simerson.

Moses Pendleton, founder and artistic director of MOMIX, engages in witty repartee with Virginia Reynolds and Robert Reynolds of Washington, CT (where MOMIX is based); Connecticut’s First Lady, Cathy Malloy, and Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

Matt Giordano and Sara Santora, from Bantam, CT, attended in connection with MOMIX.

Rita Citrin and Kay Sheehan of New York are friends of the host, Anthea Disney; Susan Kendall, Tom Kendall and Deborah Foord.

MOMIX marigolds danced on the lawn.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 08/16/14 at 09:47 PM • Permalink

Hancock Shaker Village Supper Is A Farm-Fresh Experience

Lisa Green reports from Pittsfield. It’s one thing for guests at a fundraiser to listen to a trustee talk about finances. But when the cows in the pasture move over to a spot where even they can hear the spiel, you know you have a good pitch.  On Saturday, August 9, approximately 160 guests (and bovines) gathered at Hancock Shaker Village for a farm-to-table supper to benefit the living history museum. Cocktails in the Shaker garden and a silent auction preview allowed guests the opportunity to watch tradecraft demonstrations by artisans and meet some of the farm’s baby animals. A family-style locavore supper, prepared by HSV’s Chef Michael Roller, featured many ingredients right from the farm, including an HSV herb vinaigrette and HSV sautéed beets. Proceeds raised from the live and silent auctions will help fund the ongoing preservation of the historic buildings, specifically to renew the exteriors and increase accessibility. Shown above, Gala Co-chairs Mary Rentz and Michael Zaccaro.

Curator Lesley Herzberg with Tracy Goodnow, gala committee member and newest board trustee; Artist Peggy Rivers, Dan Feld, a trustee, and Ann Berman Feld.

Marilyn Walter and Ron Walter, outgoing chairman of the board; Trustees Sharon Gamsin and Darin Johnson.

Visiting from New York: Greg Keffer, an architect, Nick Sizemore of Lacoste, and Adam MacLean, a freelance lifestyle consultant.

CEO Linda Steigleder with Richard Ackerman; Gary Corr, board treasurer, and Phil Sherman.

Director of Marketing and Communications, Shawn Hartley Hancock, and Dan Bianchi, mayor of Pittsfield; Trustee Michael Zaccaro is greeted by friendly goats handled by volunteer Rebecca van der Meulen.

Trustee Michael Zak and Lesley Herzberg enjoy a cocktail in the garden; Peter Rentz and Kathy Quattrochi, both members of the gala committee, enjoy a moment in the sun.

Bill Mangiardi, director of farm and facilities, introduces a month-old calf to guests.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 08/10/14 at 02:31 PM • Permalink

Millerton Brunches On For The North East Community Center

Rachel Louchen reports from Millerton. Perfect weather, live music, great food… it’s no wonder the event saw such a good turnout. But of course, when the North East Community Center is involved, the tight-knit community of Millerton always shows up to give its support. So the excellent turnout for NECC’s fourth annual Chef & Farmer Brunch on Sunday, August 10 came as no surprise. Moved this year to Railroad Plaza in the heart of the town, the event saw many familiar faces who have attended in years past, as well as returning vendors like No. 9 Restaurant, John Andrews Restaurant and Copake Country Club, along with new supporters like Jacuterie and Chef’s Consortium. The Giving Tree returned this year to help sponsor and support NECC’s important food and social service programs for families, such as Share the Bounty Fresh Food Pantry, community cooking classes and a community garden. Above, NECC Executive Director Jenny Hansell with board member Bill McGinn

Herondale Farm’s Memoree Joelle with Little Gates & Co. Wine Merchants manager Melissa Davis; Director of Food Access Programs and coordinator for NECC Betsy McCall with Kristen Panzer, chair of NECC’s board.

Millerton residents Joel Ernst and Victoria Ernst; Hannah Peters and Emma Brinson doled out the required brunch beverage from Irving Farm Coffee Roasters.

Malka Fenyvesi came out with her brother, Director Shamu Sadeh of Adamah in Falls Village, and Brooke Lehman of The Watershed Center.

Sean Kennedy and Greta Murphy of Salisbury; The Moviehouse owners Robert Sadlon and Carol Sadlon.

Susan Bang, partner at Bang + Collins Public Relations, which worked on publicity for the event, with board member Christine Bates; NECC volunteers Haunna Sniffer and Brandon Hobbs.

Realtor John Panzer, Chris Panzer and Paul Harney, vice president of Harney & Sons Fine Teas.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 08/10/14 at 02:30 PM • Permalink

Clermont’s Evening in Agra

Amy Krzanik reports from Germantown. As the sweet smell of incense wafted through the evening air, Friends of Clermont supporters mixed and mingled behind the mansion on August 9, taking in the view as the sun set over the Hudson River. The occasion was the historic site’s benefit, “An Evening in Agra,” whose theme was inspired by Livingston descendant Colonel William Linnaeus Gardner, who moved to India at the age of 18 to seek his fortune. There, he married a princess and started a family. Decorations, courtesy of the M(Group), included brightly colored silk hangings, floating orange and yellow flowers, table arrangements and even matching hot pink and orange cups and napkins. Cocktails were provided by Crossroads Pub and Brewery and the evening was catered by Marianne Thorsen and Marianna Morrison, a Hudson-based chef who has appeared on the Food Network’s Throwdown! with Bobby Flay. A successful silent auction allowed guests to wrangle for items such as a night’s stay at The Barlow Hotel, a Modern Farmer gift basket, a tour of the Cooper Hewitt with one of its curators, and many other unique items. Funds raised go toward preservation of the site, as well as the many educational programs — such as the new community garden — offered to Hudson-area students throughout the year. Shown above: Carleen and Richard Baright flank Clermont Executive Director Conrad Hanson.

Delphine Murphy, Joe Versace, Pamela Murphy and Scott Frankel; Pamela Morin and Navin Sharma.

Board member Chelsea Streifeneder and Shannon Streifeneder, sisters and owners of Body Be Well Pilates; Robin Gottlieb, RI contributor Carey Maloney and Julie Seymour.

Michael Moy and Joe Sniado; Kirsten Bates, Anne McGrath and board member Glenda Law.

Graphic artist Soosie Lazenby, metalwork artist Sullivan Walsh, Revlon’s Lucinda Treat and Adelia Geiger.

Photographer Valerie Shaff, with Livingston descendants Jennifer Ryan, Nicholas Kean and Robert Kean; Hilary Huntington and Jane Glucksman.

Clermont Board President Charles Geiger with Board Secretary Jim Joseph; Board member Don Westmore, Susan Karayannides and Adrienne Westmore.

Sullivan Walsh, Francine Hunter McGivern of CR10 Arts, and Daniel Rothbart; Karen and Rich Streifeneder.

Purcell Palmer, Charles Rosen of Harrison Travel, Lisa Fox Martin, board chair of The Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and Duke Dang of Dancers Responding to AIDS (DRA).

Board members Julie Seymour and Hermes Mallea; Patricia Rode, a speech language pathologist, with Brendan Kelly and Anne DiGiovanna.

Architect Chip Bohl, with Clermont’s Board Vice President Mary Ellen Ross and Vern Bergelin; Steve Mosto with Monique Segarra, a professor at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy.

David and Christine Kane of Tivoli; Carey Maloney, Joe MacGillis and Robert Belding.

Partygoers enjoy the weather and the views.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 08/10/14 at 12:52 PM • Permalink