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July 21 - Pittsfield
Empty Stein Fundraiser

July 20 - Lenox
BFMC Brunch at Tanglewood

July 19 - Kinderhook
Sylvia Center Dinner

Alchemy Initiative Leaves No Stein Empty At Arrowhead

Amy Krzanik reports from Pittsfield. Alchemy Initiative sure knows how to pick a party spot, as evidenced by the choice of venues for its annual Empty Stein fundraiser. Last year, the Inn at Richmond hosted, and this year Herman Melville’s Arrowhead had the honors on Monday, July 21. Alchemy board members greeted guests and led them to tables laden with colorful steins, each with a beer ticket inside. The difficult part wasn’t drinking libations provided by Big Elm, Wandering Star and three homebrewers, or eating a fine spread of appetizers and On A Roll eggrolls, but in having to decide on only one mug out of the 100 on display. Local potters Daniel Bellow, Stephanie Boyd, Ray Bub, Lorimer Burns, Ben C. Evans and Michael McCarthy, as well as the artists mentioned below, created unique steins to commemorate the occasion. The evening also included a performance by Satellite Shine (with Wes Buckley on guitar and Jason Schultheis on drums). Proceeds from the fundraiser support Alchemy’s year-round workshops, Handmade Holiday Festival and management of the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market. Pictured above, standing: Stacy Strain and Patricia Boissevain; seated: Jennet Cook and her mother Janet Cook.


Sara Katzoff and Peter Wise, co-founders of The Berkshire Fringe; Rachel Parzick, Eamonn Barry and Chris Vecchia.


Stan and Jan Spencer with Jenny Benson and George Whaling; Megan Whilden and Berkshire Museum’s Lesley Beck.


Alchemy Initiative board members: North Adams city planner Mackenzie Greer, director Jess Conzo, potter Sandra Thomas and Alison Basdekis.


Musician Wes Buckley with Jim Toner; Nina Garlington, Alison Turk, Jennifer Starr and Peter Garlington, Design Director at Interprint.


Danielle Hammell and Jeff Mason with Lyn Mason and Ron Mason; Aurora Cooper and Jen Jaehnig of Big Elm Brewing.


Brett Larmon and Wandering Star owner Chris Post; Chris and farm manager Kristen Laney with daughter Nora in front of the new chicken coop at Arrowhead’s CSA farm.


Just a few of the steins guests were able to choose from. Pictured are steins by Amrita Lash (far left), Jackie Sedlock, Michael Boroniec, whose work will be on display at Lauren Clark Fine Art starting July 26, and Sandra Thomas.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 07/22/14 at 09:31 AM • Permalink

Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative Holds A Posh Picnic

Rachel Louchen reports from Lenox. It is a truth universally acknowledged; Berkshire residents love brunch and Tanglewood, and Sunday the Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative (BFMC) combined both, to raise money for its educational initiatives. The BFMC recognizes the abundance of creative residents living in our region and creates work, education and production opportunities in the film industry, in the hopes that a younger generation will establish long-term roots in Western Massachusetts. The brunch was hosted by actors and Great Barrington residents Jayne Atkinson and Michael Gill. Guests enjoyed their meals as the Lawn at Tanglewood became flooded with attendees for that afternoon’s performance of the Boston Symphony Orchestra featuring Joshua Bell. And as if a delicious meal at a beautiful location wasn’t enough, brunch attendees got Shed seating for the BSO performance —  a most perfect dessert. Above, Advisory Board member and Williamstown Theatre Festival Trustee Joe Finnegan, Executive Director Diane Pearlman and Advisory Board member and Images Cinema Executive Director Sandra Thomas.


Board member Karen Zink with her husband, Rich Zink and daughter, Lauren Zink, and BIFF board advisor Barbara Newman.


Val Whalening and John Toole; Graphic designers Curtis Bohner and Kari Giordani.


BFMC supporters Lani and Tom Tyrell; Kate Baldwin provided the picnic-perfect spread, with help from sister Amy Butterworth.


Brunch hosts Michael Gill and Jayne Atkinson pose on the picturesque Tanglewood lawn.


CATA Program and Artistic Director Dawn Lane with Nancy Kalodner, realtor extraordinaire; Peggy Daniel and Dr. Matt Mandel, co-medical director for VIM Berkshires.


Volunteer Nanci McConnell and chair of event committee Holly Hunter; Volunteers Nicole Cote and Benjamin Hunter made brunch staples like Bloody Marys and mimosas.


BMFC board president William Beautyman with film buffs Jack and Lorraine Rubin.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 07/21/14 at 09:43 AM • Permalink

A Farm-To-Table Dinner Seeds The Sylvia Center

Lisa Green reports from Kinderhook. It’s pure brilliance for The Sylvia Center to hold its annual farm-to-table benefit dinner right at Katchkie Farm. On Saturday, July 19, approximately 330 supporters got a taste of the center’s mission: to inspire children to eat well through hands-on learning experiences on the farm. The party was hosted by Liz Neumark’s Great Performances catering company, which owns Katchkie Farm and The Sylvia Center. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres prepared at the Tartinery Station and strolled about the fields planted with fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers. At long tables under a tent, they feasted on items made from Hudson Valley products. A live auction offered jam and pickle sessions for six with master chefs, and the silent auction featured Dutch-inspired wheelbarrow benches, each festooned with its own decorative details. Funds will help bring students to Katchkie Farm to participate in The Sylvia Center’s programs both in Columbia County and New York City. Many of the kids have never seen food growing, and at their day at the farm, they can hold a chicken, take a tasting tour, harvest produce and work with the chefs — activities many of the adults at the tables agreed they’d love to do, too. Shown above, Anna Hammond, executive director of The Sylvia Center, Actor Bill Irwin, Linda Abbey of Great Performances, and Bob Mihalik and Les Newman of Botanica Floral and Event Design.


Tanu Kumar, Lindsay Clinton, Wall Street Journal columnist Ralph Gardner, Jacob Israelow, founder of Dirt Capital Partners, and Michael Glynn, a real estate developer from Brooklyn; Nell Wachsberger and Mike Coleman.


Liz Neumark, the founding force of the farm and center, which began with Great Performances, the evening’s catering company, and her husband, Chaim Wachsberger.


Alaina Sparks of Westchester County, who volunteers with Katchkie Farm, and Lisa Laudico and Anthony Laudico of Westport; WABC-TV News Reporter Dave Evans and Wade Laing.


Tom Whitridge of Ink, Inc., Timothy Van Dam, Tim Husband, Ron Wagner and Nathan Kernan.


“Farmer Bob” Walker, who has transformed the Katchkie land into a year-round organic farm, and Kristy King; Susan Ball and John Brigham.


Alan Fishman, chair of BAM‘s Board of Trustees, Gary Stefanick, a chiropractor, Rob Arango, director of client development at The Plaza, and Judith R. Fishman, who is on the board of the Mark Morris Dance Group.


Martha Roth, a midwife from Nyack, and her son, Santos Irwin; Perfect Ten students and Hudson residents Damaris Shakespeare, Markiah Gordon and Destiny Collins, with Laura Miller, director of The Perfect Ten After School, Inc.


Cookbook author and culinary educator Alexandra Leaf, who runs choclate tours in NYC, and Debbie Gardner, a board member of The Sylvia Center and dinner co-chair.


Claude Levy-Carrick watches his sister Hannah Levy-Carrick power up the blender by pedaling the bicycle as Nina Simmons, chef instructor at The Sylvia Center, encourages her to go for speed; Claude and Hannah enjoy the smoothie fruits of their labor.


Erminia Rivera and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez of New York’s 7th Congressional District sit on one of the wheelbarrow benches up for auction; Ami, Howard and Lindsay Kaplan.


The sylvan setting under the tent.

Related story: Eat, Plant and Learn to Love Good Food at Katchie Farm

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Posted by Lisa Green on 07/20/14 at 03:21 PM • Permalink

Northwest CT Arts Council Cultivates Art In The Garden

Rachel Louchen reports from Harwinton. The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is a non-profit dedicated to promoting arts and culture in the 25-town region, so it was fitting that its annual party featured artists painting on site and numerous musical performances on grounds that are themselves a work of art. On Saturday, July 12, the Council hosted the third annual Garden Party at Victoria Elliot and Dr. Marvin McMillen’s home garden with its carefully cultivated flora and fauna as well as fountains, sculptures and intricate shrubbery. Surrounded by all this creative inspiration, local plein air painters used the beauty of the gardens to create their own interpretation of the environment, much to the enjoyment of guests watching the artists at work. There were also multiple musical performances located throughout the garden, hors d’oeuvres served and a tented area where guests were encouraged to purchase artwork. The popular event proved successful again this year, with the strong turnout of supporters and artistic members of the community proving how important the arts in our region are. Above, Executive Director Amy Wynn with Event Coordinator Jessica Morozowich.


The fountain was just one of the eye-catching displays on the lush property.


State Representative Roberta Willis and Bill Willis; Torrington High School art teacher Victor Leger interprets the scenery.


Renowned dulcimer player Thomasina Levy performed; Sabrina Beck and John Beck of Harwinton.


Nancy Winter, volunteer Rob Fuoco and Ann Mazeau were thrilled to support the Council; The Council’s Manager of Membership and Outreach, Debbie Freund, with volunteer Mary Ann Pangilinan.


Barbara Rodenback and hostess Victoria Elliot showed off their classic garden party style.


Torrington Savings Bank co-workers came out to support the cause: Wendy Healey, Vicki Mercier and Doreen Hoffman; Collette Hurst was the lone artist working with pastels while sketching the garden.


Gary Goodwin with realtor Gael Hammer of Klemm Real Estate; Litchfield Jazz Festival Founder/Executive Director Vita Muir and Joyful Noise member Anne Voglewede.


Artist Jim Laurino; Arts Council Board Chair Vanessa Giannasi and Tom Giannasi.


Guests were treated to an a capella performance by Joyful Noise choir.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 07/14/14 at 01:06 PM • Permalink

Stonover Farm IS183 Benefit Art Show

Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. No one needs an excuse to visit the picturesque grounds of Stonover Farm, to sit by the pond and watch the ducks, or to visit with Tom and Suky Werman. But on Thursday, July 10, there was a fantastic excuse to stop by the Lenox B&B for a glass of wine, as IS183 Art School of the Berkshires opened its summer benefit show—Landscapes, Farmscapes, Cityscapes, Mindscapes—in Stonover’s Barn Gallery. Curated by Suky Werman herself, the exhibit features new work by Maggie Mailer, Katherine Bowling, Mike Glier and Cynthia Wick, as well as works on paper by Lisa Breslow, photography by Fran Forman, Karen Halverson, Rob MacInnis and Paul Mutimear, and collages by Mike Metzger and Nancy Rubens. The exhibition will run through September 1, and can be viewed by appointment. A portion of the proceeds from sales will benefit IS183. Above: Hope Sullivan, executive director of IS183, and daughter Elke enjoy the summer evening.


Stonover’s Suky Werman, gallerist Leslie Ferrin and Amy Butterworth of IS183; Danielle Steinmann and artist Maggie Mailer, whose paintings appear in the show.


Jesse Metzger and her father, Mike Metzger, an artist in the show; Blue Q’s Seth Nash, Cynthia Wick, one of the artists in the exhibition, and “Sandy” Sanderson, the opening’s token Canadian.


Marcia Stamell, Arthur Yanoff, Elfi Six and Carol Mailer; Karen Halverson, whose work hangs in the current show, and Ellen Metzger.


Beth Rose and Will Schillinger; Painter Lucy MacGillis and Piero Lanzanó.


Realtor Tim Lovett, photographer Scott Barrow and Scott Edward Cole, owner of the Monterey General Store; Vicki Bonnington and Lauren Joy, an IS183 board member.


Cookiehead creator Lisa Newman with Cathy Deely; Leslie Ferrin and Martina Caruso of new North Adams gallery space Independent Art Projects.


Danielle Steinmann and photographer Gregory Cherin; Architect Kristine Sprague with Nancy Kalodner.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 07/13/14 at 09:03 PM • Permalink

Tanglewood Gala Celebrates Andris Nelsons’ Arrival

Lisa Green reports from Lenox. The silvered roses that graced the tables at the Tanglewood Gala on Saturday, July 12 represented the commitment between new BSO music director Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. (The rose is a token of betrothal in the opera Der Rosenkavalier, a portion of which was performed that evening.) Although he was scheduled to start his directorship last year, an injury in Europe forced Nelsons to delay his arrival until this season, which only added to the anticipation of his long-awaited presence. On a sublime summer evening, orchestra supporters gathered under tents decorated in a rose-inspired theme, and enjoyed a dinner featuring Julia Child’s “most exciting meal of her life,” Sole Meuniere, in recognition of what would have been the famous chef’s 100th birthday. After the concert (standing ovation, of course, followed by fireworks), guests returned to the dessert tent beside the newly reopened Highwood Manor House, where the conductor was formally introduced and spoke of his appreciation for Tanglewood and its supporters. Above, Gala Chairs Jane Mayer and Dr. Robert B. Mayer, in an annual tradition, gathered their family for the gala: Rachel Judlowe, Mike Judlowe, Doug Drachman and Erica Mayer.


Joe Hearne, BSO double bassist and Jane Brett, a Life Trustee Elect; Dieuwke Fiedler and Peter Fiedler, who is on BSO’s Board of Overseers, and Deborah Stiles.


Nancy Edman Feldman and Jacqueline Togut, both of whom were on the Gala Committee, with author and activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin.


Filmmaker Mary Murphy, Ray Murphy and Pam Murphy; Diane Brown and Richard Brown.


David Glodt, Shirley Marks, Marita Glodt, who is president of the board of directors for Barrington Stage Company, Sydell Blatt and Lee Blatt of the eponymous performing arts center in Pittsfield.


Stephen Hayes, Rick Dildine, Shakespeare & Co.‘s incoming executive editor, and Sarah Hancock, Shakespeare & Co.‘s board chair; David McCadden and Gero Schliess.


Jill Hornor, a member of the BSO’s Board of Overseers, with Yo-Yo Ma.


Folk and blues musician John Sagner (a.k.a. Cooker John), Judy Beardsall, Bea Bloch and Alan Sagner; Donald Peck, Laurie Peck, Peter Andersen and Sue Andersen.


Gala Chair Dr. Robert J. Mayer presents Maestro Andris Nelsons with a silver rose, symbol borrowed from the evening’s selection of Der Rosenkavalier signifying the conductor’s “betrothal” to the BSO family; Board of Overseers member Alexandra Fuchs and Gideon Argov.


Maestro Andris Nelsons. Photo by Marco Borggreve.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 07/13/14 at 11:51 AM • Permalink

Barrington Stage Company Celebrates 20 Remarkable Seasons

Lisa Green reports from Pittsfield. It was like old home week at Barrington Stage’s 20 Seasons Celebration on Monday, July 7, as actors, musical theater writers and others from the theater’s past returned to take part in the performed retrospective. Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Board Chair Mary Ann Quinson recounted the theater’s history from its start at Mt. Everett High School in Sheffield. Actors from past shows delivered a musical review from many of Barrington Stage’s outstandingly successful productions, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which went on to garner two Tony Awards on Broadway, and last season’s stellar On the Town, which is headed for the Great White Way. While the performers were competing with the noisy cloudburst that seemed to hover over the building, BSC staff accomplished the Herculean feat of moving the party setup from tents across the street into the adjacent Elks Club. (If the company — felled by an epic storm during its first season — could run a box office from a pay phone, what’s a little rain during a party?) At the reception, guests mingled with actors, actors caught up with each other and all danced to tunes provided by The Wanda Houston Band. [Photo, above: Actor Mark H. Dold, Tony Award-winning director John Rando, Kiss Me, Kate’s Elizabeth Stanley and Julianne Boyd.]


Former Pittsfield mayor Jimmy Ruberto and Christine Condaris chat with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick; A family parties together: Dawn Kerrigan, Samantha Kerrigan and their aunt, Barbara Alibozek.


Board Chair Mary Ann Quinson, Actors Debra Jo Rupp and Mark H. Dold, and Lighting Designer Scott Pinkney.


Sharon Siegel and Bobbi Cohn toast BSC; Artist Joe Goodwin and Mary Spina.


John Blaylock, June Guertin, Bill Finn, composer/lyricist and artistic producer of BSC’s Musical Theatre Lab, Rachel Sheinkin, who won a Tony Award (best book) for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Arthur Salvadore.


Lauren Marcus and Joe Iconis, musical theater writer and performer who appeared over the weekend at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret; The ladies of the 2005 Follies production: Donna McKechnie and Kim Crosby.


BSC’s Music Director Darren R. Cohen and David Topchik, who co-wrote the book and lyrics for the 2003 production The Game.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 07/08/14 at 10:03 AM • Permalink

PS21 Presents A Stylish Fashion InTENTsive

Rachel Louchen reports from Chatham. High up on a mountain underneath a giant tent, PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century presented the first-ever Fashion InTENTsive, a fundraising event on Saturday, July 5 to support its summer programs. The evening showcased clothing from PS 21’s own Rewraps, located on Main Street, which resells used clothing to benefit the organization. With the help of longtime volunteers and friends of the not-for-profit, numerous locals appeared as models and performers. Now in its ninth year, PS21 has a full season of diverse events planned for the summer, including the popular Movie Tuesdays underneath the stars, and live music and dance classes, which have been drawing a diverse turnout. Alan Chartock, Director of WAMC radio, who is a longtime friend of founder Judy Grunberg (seen above with Johnna Murray, Rewraps Manager and event advisor) served as auctioneer. Valatie resident Amy Freinberg-Trufas was the fashion segments director and taught the local novice volunteers how to do their little turn on the catwalk.


Volunteers Wendy Power and massage therapist Brin Quell manned the entrance; site manager Sam Reilly with concessions manager Anna Acciani.

Judy Grunberg with music segments director Uel Wade; auctioneer Alan Chartock and singer Sally-Jane Heit.


Chatham residents and PS21 charter members Arthur Fredericks and Jane Fredericks; volunteers Kate Gulliver of Austerlitz with Kathy Marin of Chatham.


Strutting on the catwalk. Photo credit: Barbara Reina


Bill Camp provided set and light design while singer Zachary Pearson performed; Sally-Jane Heit who performed, with Johanna Murray.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 07/07/14 at 03:26 PM • Permalink