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July 26 - Lenox
Berkshire Film & Media's Posh Picnic

July 25 - Stockbridge
Naumkeag's Summer Cocktail Party

July 25 - Kinderhook
Katchkie Farm's Benefit Dinner

July 25 - Washington
Hollister House's Garden Party

BFMC’s Posh Picnic Packs A Punch

Laura Gratz reports from Lenox. The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) held its second annual “Posh Picnic” on the lawn at Tanglewood this past Sunday, July 26th. Tanglewood sponsored and catered the lively event, where guests were treated to a sumptuous gourmet picnic in individual picnic baskets and dined at tables decorated by Joyce’s Event Design. The Picnic featured make-your-own Bloody Marys with Ice Glen Vodka from Berkshire Mountain Distillers. Afterwards, guests enjoyed an all-Mozart concert in the Shed. Honorary co-chairs Gordon and Carole Hyatt and BFMC’s executive director Diane Pearlman welcomed a group of 90+ festively attired picnic-goers this year. BFMC is a non-profit organization serving as an economic engine for the film and media industry in western Massachusetts by creating educational, workforce and production opportunities in the area. This year’s Posh Picnic raised money for a feasibility study to assess the viability of creating a film institute in the Berkshires. Above, Diane Pearlman with television producer/writer Gordon Hyatt and author/career counselor Carole Hyatt. Photos by Joseph Cisneros.


Event planner Amy Rudnick, State Representative Smitty Pignatelli, director/animator Ben Hillman and Linda Schoenthaler, a financial planner; MCLA Interim President Cindy Brown, Berkshire Community College department chair Maura Delaney and BCC Dean of Humanities Thomas J. Curley.


Posh pals: Academy Award-winning filmmaker Cynthia Wade, BFMC Education Committee member Hope Fitzgerald, Diane Pearlman and creative strategist and BFMC board member Barbara Newman; Vicki Bonnington and David Schecker looked dandy at the picnic.


Visual effects pioneer and BFMC board member Douglas Trumbull, realtor Nancy Kalodner and producer Julia Hobart Trumbull; posh planners extraordinaire: Holly Hunter of Joyce’s Event Design, Canyon Ranch’s Nanci McConnell and BFMC administrative director Laura Gratz.


Museum consultant Rena Zurofsky, Flying Cloud’s Jane Burke, Shakespeare & Company’s Jennie Jadow and David Jadow; Gordon, Carole and Diane with members of Carole’s “Mission Getting to Next” seminar (including several military generals) who were guests at the picnic.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 07/27/15 at 02:35 PM • Permalink

Twilight In The Garden At Hollister House

Amy Krzanik reports from Washington, CT. The annual Twilight in the Garden cocktail party at Hollister House, which occurred this year on Saturday evening, July 25, allows guests the opportunity to wander the property during one of its most magical moments. The garden, an interpretation of a classic English garden, was inspired by Sissinghurst in the UK, but incorporates a more informal, euphoric planting style. Begun in 1979 by George Schoellkopf and Ron Johnson, the garden is comprised of different “rooms,” created by using multiple levels, stone walls, hedges and other borders. Guests enjoyed cocktails on the Main Lawn and snacks on the Upper Lawn, where frogs came out to greet the visitors. Hollister House Garden is open on Saturdays through September. Visit the website for information about the upcoming Garden Study Weekend, which includes a symposium, plant sale, cocktail party and more. Above, guests enjoy the Gray Garden on the upper level.


Hollister House’s executive director Pamela Moffett and founder George Schoellkopf; Humphry and Paula Rolleston with Amel Derragui and Michael Friedl of the Austrian Trade Commission in NYC.


Betsy Manning, a founding board member, with Garden volunteers Dwight Keeney and Ambler Cantey; Jonathan Tait and Caroline Johnson.


Monica Neumann, general manager of the Mayflower Grace, with Rod Pleasants, Gülengül Öncel, Patrick Gallagher of Rome, Italy, Jessica Pleasants Öncel and architect Okan Öncel.


Gael Hammer with Leslie Middlebrook Moore; Jack Barker, Marvin and Norma Prince and Paul Egee enjoy the calm of the reflecting pool in the Walled Garden.


Bruce and Johanna Haan of Sharon, CT pose near the Crabapple Walk; Iris Lord of Woodbury and Pamela Hicks of Goshen by the water.


Jim Shehan, Amy Nadeau, Mara Ford and John and Stephanie McDonald of Woodbury.


The reflecting pool in the Walled Garden; guests enjoy cocktails on the Main Lawn.


Through a stone doorway lush with vines, a peek into the Walled Garden and beyond.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 07/26/15 at 06:55 PM • Permalink

‘Think Like A Farmer, Taste Like A Chef’ At Katchkie Farm

Lisa Green reports from Kinderhook. “You don’t have to like it, but you do have to try it” is the rule when school kids are introduced to new foods at The Sylvia Center. That wasn’t a problem for the 350 supporters who gathered at the farm for its eighth annual Farm-to-Table Dinner, hosted by Great Performances in the fields of Katchkie Farm. On a glorious summer evening, guests roamed the fragrant garden, took photos of the llamas, chickens, sunflowers and sunset and, of course, enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner under the tent right across from the fields highlighted the connection between farm and table. Guests silently bid on individually designed wheelbarrow benches and in a live auction for — yes — a pig, or jam and pickling sessions. The Sylvia Center engages youth in every step of the story of food, from seed to plate, working with students in New York and bringing local school kids to the farm, where they work in the garden and learn culinary skills. Proceeds from the evening’s event will help with the goal of bringing 2,000 young people to the farm this year. Above, Marvin Israelow and Dorian Goldman, event sponsors; Liz Neumark, the founding force of the farm and center, and CEO of Great Performances; and Renee Iacone and Steve Clearman, sponsors.


Koethi Zan and Stephen Metcalf, both on the dinner committee, with Allison Whiting; Amy Faxon and Roger Faxon of NYC.


Camille Massey, Lucia Massey and Gillie Holme.


Kara Stevens, Edouard Brimbeuf, Cleo Berliner, Ella Viscardi, David Berliner, a dinner committee member, and Nina Freedman, who is on The Sylvia Center’s board of directors; Shelley Levine and Larry Schwartz of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.


Chris Sansbury and Hallie Ziesmer of Old Chatham; Wall Street Journal columnist Ralph Gardner with Lucien Rees-Roberts, an interior designer, and Debbie Gardner, both dinner co-chairs, and Anna Hammond, executive director of The Sylvia Center.


Sebastian Beckwith, whose company, In Pursuit of Tea, donated the iced tea, and Joyce Huang, the center’s finance director and business manager.


Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and Jean Hanff Korelitz, whose novel Admission was the basis for the Tiny Fey film, and who donated the opportunity to name a character in her upcoming novel; Leanne Bell and Gwen Beal of Connecticut.


Heather Kowalski and Curt Gobrecht of Lover’s Leap Farm, who donated one of their heritage pigs for the auction; Patricia Coughlin and Lise Suino of Kinderhook and NYC.


Anna So and Shaun So, supporters of The Sylvia Center, and their daughter.


Manifestation of farm to table; Cody Anderson and Jessica Anderson, who live in Chatham Center.


Timothy Husband and Nicholas Haylett, who are both on the dinner committee, with Despina Leandrou, Nathan Kernan and Thomas Whitridge of Ink, Inc.; Students learn a lot in Farmer Bob Walker’s fields.


Farm Education Director and Garden Manager Julie Cerny tells guests about the sensory tour that introduces young people to the garden.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 07/26/15 at 11:33 AM • Permalink

Afternoon Delight At Naumkeag

Rachel Louchen reports from Stockbridge. Floral frocks, sun hats and linen suits — Berkshires residents really know how to do a garden party justice. On Saturday, July 25, Naumkeag hosted its annual afternoon garden party, which raised proceeds for ongoing garden restoration work at the National Historic Landmark. Guests were greeted by a cloudless blue sky and incredible mountain views as they enjoyed bellinis by Spirited, SoMa Catering’s hors d’oeuvres and sweets from Chocolate Springs. The beautiful location was enhanced by live jazz next to the Chinese gardens and Berkshire Pulse dancers performed on the expansive lawns. Guests took advantage of the favorable weather to wander around the one-of-a-kind gardens, white birches, sculptures and the famous blue steps (four flights of stairs with a series of fountain pools). Was the big turnout for the annual event really because people wanted to support the historic site or did everyone just want to see one of the best views in the Berkshires? Above, Joe McNay and host committee member Paula Moats.


Alberto Goldberger visiting from New York, Matthew King and husband Brian Cruey, who is the site’s new General Manager, and Jennifer Kinsman.


Jay Rhind and Chantal Rhind of Stockbridge; Karen O’Donnell and Peter Sheffer of Richmond flank Jim Chapman, visiting the Berkshires from Colorado.


Helga Kaiser, Sheila Thunfors of Stonehouse Properties and Ernest Von Simson; Kathrine Abraham and Lee Abraham.


Director of Leadership and Giving Denise Trapani with the Trustees of Reservations President and CEO Barbara Erickson and Tyler Weld.


Jocelyn Forbush, Chief of Operations and Programs with the Trustees, is flanked by Rebecca and John Schreiber; Trustee member Alexandra Glover and Peter Puciloski.


Peter Gasparrini with Nina Jung of Tanglewood; Naumkeag supporters Ben and Christine Strong of Great Barrington.


Danielle Steinmann, Vanya Tulenko and Michael Rodriguez, all of the Trustees of Reservations; Michael Coppinger and Sarah Voisin are currently restoring the Chinese gardens at Naumkeag through their work at Allegrone.


Trustee members Beth and Bruce Gamble and the best backdrop on a perfect summer afternoon.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 07/25/15 at 10:28 PM • Permalink

What A Marvelous Night For A Barn Dance At Pleasant Valley

Mary Garnish Bauman reports from Lenox. A barn dance in the Berkshires — that’s what Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary decided to do for its 7th annual fundraiser on July 18, welcoming 100 guests to celebrate “An Evening in the Woods.” The center of the action this year was Pleasant Valley’s historic barn, where the band Spare Parts, featuring noted fiddler George Wilson, inspired dancers to take to the floor. Caller Paul Rosenberg instructed in contra-dancing and other barn-appropriate styles. Before all the high-stepping and whirling about, guests enjoyed delicious tacos and flautas from local eatery Baja Charlie’s, libations from Kelly’s Package Store and ice cream from SoCo Creamery while bidding on silent auction items. Giant butterfly kites, colorful flags and wooden sculptures from Asia Barong adorned the tents. Robert Harrison, event sponsor and former board member, welcomed guests, and Berkshire Sanctuaries director Becky Cushing (above right, with Candice Ferrell) expressed gratitude for the generosity of the community in supporting Mass Audubon’s regional education programs for people of all ages. Gary Clayton, acting president for Mass Audubon statewide, elucidated the importance of the Berkshire Sanctuaries in a statewide context – and then kicked off the celebration. Photos by Susan Geller.


Butch Ptak and Janice Cullen, formerly of Mass Audubon; Guests take a seat at the picnic tables.


Jesse and Patty Spector; Jim and Kathi Hatch with intern Jessie Griffin.


Pleasant Valley Advisory Committee member Michael Kaplan, David Lotto and Kevin Ploss; Victoria Nast, Bill Talbot and architect Robert Harrison, one of the event sponsors.


Alyce, Emma and Luke Caplan; Robert Harrison and his wife, Sharon Harrison, lead the dance pack.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 07/20/15 at 04:06 PM • Permalink

Dish + Dine Brings Ceramics Experts To Ferrin Contemporary

Amy Krzanik reports from North Adams. If you’ve ever watched an episode of Antiques Roadshow, you may have recognized a couple of familiar faces at Independent Art Projects (IAP) on Sunday, July 19. Specialists, collectors and Roadshow appraisers Suzanne Perrault and David Rago were joined by the show’s consulting producer, Daniel Farrell, for the panel discussion “Clay Is Hot! Good Better Best.” The trio answered questions regarding collecting ceramics, pottery and porcelain from 1900 to the present, including the importance of provenance, connoisseurship and values. The event was part of gallerist Leslie Ferrin’s programming for Ferrin Contemporary’s current IAP ceramics exhibit, Glazed & Diffused. Kelly’s Package Store supplied seven different rosés for guests to sample and compare post-lecture. The dinner that followed, catered by Gramercy Bistro, stayed on-theme by featuring chicken, vegetables and sticky rice brushed with a variety of glazes. Dessert, inspired by Jae Yong Kim’s Donut Madness, consisted of ricotta fritters with an aperol diffusion. Glazed & Diffused will be on view at IAP, located on the MASS MoCA campus, until August 16.


Leslie Ferrin with Alex Gilbert and Patrick Parrish; Ceramic artist Alexandra Jelleberg with Meg Wendy and Guy Geslin.


Elenor Wilson, editor of The Studio Potter, with Donald Clark of The Marks Project, ceramic artist and teacher Michael Boroniec and photographer John Polak; Panelists Suzanne Perrault and David Rago.


Guy McLain, director of the Wood Museum of Springfield History, Ruth Kjaer, an artist from Easthampton, Mass., and panelist Dan Farrell; Collectors Melinda Sanders and Mark Shifman flank Glazed & Diffused artist Linda Sormin.


Ceramic artist Michael McCarthy supplied all of the dinnerware for the event, from mugs and dishes to water pitchers and vases. The flowers are from the gardens surrounding Ferrin Contemporary’s Cummington location.


Guests discuss art in front of Robert Silverman’s Tirana (inspired by Rana); Ferrin Contemporary artist-in-residence Roberto Lugo with Ashley Lugo and Theodore. Lugo’s solo show, Ghetto Garniture: Wu Tang Worcester will be on view at IAP beginning August 22.


Saul Ingram, Laurie Norton Moffatt and Sonya Bekkerman; Glazed & Diffused artist Jae Yong Kim in front of his work, Donut Madness.


Photo and video artist Jen Morris, ceramic artist and teacher Michael McCarthy and B-HIP intern Danielle Eddy.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 07/20/15 at 10:21 AM • Permalink

Slideluck Mixes Art And Community At Stonover Farm

Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. Suky Werman, co-owner of Stonover Farm Bed and Breakfast and a board member of IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, curates an amazing benefit art show for the School in her Barn Gallery each summer. She boasts an impeccable eye for art, but isn’t one to rest on her laurels, and so kicked it up a notch for this year’s exhibit by adding a Slideluck event to the opening reception. Guests to the July 16th shindig enjoyed a community potluck upstairs in the barn, an art show downstairs and a slide show presentation viewed from blankets on the lawn once the sun set. Brooklyn Brewery and Souverain wine supplied the beverages. The exhibit, featuring the work of more than 20 artists, includes photography, paintings, ceramics and textiles. Read RI’s article about Slideluck and its creator, Casey Kelbaugh. Above, IS183 board chairman Andy Foster with former IS183 artist-in-residence Malik Sajad and executive director Hope Sullivan.


Stonover Farm’s Tom Werman is flanked by Renee and Steve Erenburg; exhibiting artist Rob MacInnis and the show’s curator, Stonover Farm’s Suky Werman.


Artist Terry Wise and herbalist Margot Wise; Photographer Bill Wright, IS183 marketing associate Carrie Wright and Nathan Hanford.


Attendees begin to gather on the lawn and set out picnic blankets before the slide show.


Exhibiting painter Kris Galli, IS183 associate program director Lucie Castaldo, photographer Edward Acker, Malik Sajad, Hope Sullivan and exhibiting painter Maggie Mailer.


Exhibiting ceramic artist Alexandra Jelleberg and Melissa Post of Ferrin Contemporary; Adam Hinds and Danielle Steinmann.


Slideluck creator Casey Kelbaugh with its global coordinator, Jen Plaskowitz; guests enjoy the generous potluck supper inside the barn.


Early view of the picnic area from inside the barn.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 07/19/15 at 02:45 PM • Permalink

Hancock Shaker Village Goes Back To Its Roots

Lisa Green reports from Pittsfield. Hancock Shaker Village celebrated its 55th anniversary with a gala themed “Back to Our Roots.” And, indeed, the theme was carried out through the dinner, which was prepared over open fire by Fire Roasted Catering of Great Barrington, with nearly all of the food coming directly from Hancock Shaker Village’s own farm. The hors d’oeuvres and cocktail hour gave guests a chance to bid on silent auction items and then dinner began with a Shaker grace sung by Cindy Dickinson, director of education, and Lesley Herzberg, curator. But the real action happened during the live auction and the “cause within a cause,” which was to raise money for much-needed improvements to the educational Discovery Barn. Although the auction activity was lighthearted, it was serious business that paid off: Darin Johnson, a trustee, announced after a quick tally that the evening’s goal of $50,000 was surpassed by $3,000. Above: Darin Johnson, Dan Cain, chairman of the Trustees, and Linda Steigleder, president and CEO.


John Fawcett with Marilyn Walters and Ron Walters, Board of Trustees vice chair; Robin Lazarow and Jeanne Kangas, who have a house in West Stockbridge.


Board of Trustees member Dan Feld and Ann Feld; Michael Christopher and Elaine Christopher, who is a volunteer with the quilting friends at HSV.


Posing for a beautiful family portrait: Robin Fernsell, Jack Quattrochi, Joanne Quattrochi and their mother/grandmother, Kathryn Quattrochi.


Jay Galarneau from Fire Roasted Catering stirs the foraged mushroom and farro risotto in the 200-year-old caudron; Lee Blatt, Sydelle Blatt, Randy Nelson and Cynthia Nelson.


Greg Keffer, an architect with Rockwell Group, Meagan Ball, who is a summer intern at Old Sturbridge Village; Darin Johnson, Cheryl Zaccaro and Michael Zaccaro, a member of the board of trustees.


Richard Seltzer and Carol Seltzer, gala benefactors; Eric Prouty, a collector of Shaker goods, and Shawn Hartley Hancock, HSV director of marketing and communications.


Noah Hanft and Dora Hanft, gala benefactors; Elissa Haskins-Vaughan, director of development, and Dan Cain.


The most picturesque vista for roasting chickens you’ll ever see.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 07/19/15 at 09:46 AM • Permalink