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February 22 - Pittsfield
BIFF Academy Awards

February 19 - Pittsfield
10x10 Real Art Party

February 14 - Pittsfield
Fantastic February Frolic

And The Oscar Goes To…BIFF!

Rachel Louchen reports from Pittsfield. Berkshire residents were offered the red carpet treatment, not unlike the celebrities at the Dolby Theater, when the Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) hosted an Academy Awards party at the Beacon Cinema on Sunday, February 22. Guests dressed to impress on the red carpet, stopped to pose for professional photos and then enjoyed the live telecast on the big screen from the theater’s very comfortable seats. They also had the opportunity to fill out ballots predicting the evening’s big winners for a chance at a gift basket (they were divided between Birdman and Boyhood for Best Picture). The party was the final event of Pittsfield’s 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, a 10-day event featuring a diverse mix of live performances, the visual arts, dance, theater, film, fashion and more. It also helped whet the appetite for film lovers until the BIFF festival returns for its 10th year this May. Above, BIFF Executive Assistant Lauren Ferin with Mark Tomasi, Creative Manager at Berkshire Bank and Kelley Vickery, Director of BIFF.

Volunteer Jennet Cook, BIFF Business Development Manager Sophia Romèu, longtime volunteer Paul Gniadek and Vicky Smith.

Realtor Gladys Montgomery and painter Winnie Walsh; BIFF sponsor Annie Selke and Mark Dove.

Sponsors and innkeepers Tom Werman and Suky Werman of Stonover Farm in Lenox; Painter Joanie Ciolfi and Christopher Ciolfi.

Interior Designer Karen Beckwith and photographer Scott Barrow.

Howie Arkans, who teaches “Tuesday at the Movies” at OLLI, with wife Sue Arkans; Elaine Silberstein and Shirley Yohalem.

Lanesboro residents Jane Stevens and Lilia Roberts; Painter Colleen Surprise Jones and Mark Tomasi.

Chris Donovan, visiting from Providence, with Noel Henebury, Assistant to the Managing Director at Barrington Stage, and painter Michael Rousseau.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 02/23/15 at 09:10 AM • Permalink

10x10 Real Art Party

Amy Krzanik reports from Pittsfield. Making a list and checking it twice usually applies only to Santa Claus when he’s trying to find out who’s been naughty or nice. But on Thursday night, February 19, an entire roomful of people were doing this—taking pens to a list of 99 donated 10”x10” artworks on display in the Crane Room of the Berkshire Museum in order to choose their favorites. The Real Art Party (RAP), sponsored by the Museum, the Berkshire Art Association (BAA) and the Storefront Artist Project, is part of Pittsfield’s 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, and it allowed supporters to enter a raffle to win a piece of art for only $25. As numbers were called, winners raced around the room to snag their favorite painting, photograph or collage from the wall. Guests enjoyed local artisanal beers from Big Elm Brewery and wines from the city’s own Balderdash Cellars. No entrant went home empty handed, and all pieces were claimed by the end of the evening. The party proceeds benefit Berkshire art students through BAA field trip grants and fellowships. Shown left, Sean McLaughlin, contributing artist Melissa Matsuki Lillie and Danielle Steinmann, vice president of the Berkshire Art Association.

Berkshire Museum board member Ethan Klepetar, contributing artist Jayme Kurland and the Museum’s executive director, Van Shields; BAA board member Michael Vincent Bushy, writer Darcie Sosa and Matt Chester.

Contributing artist Diane Firtell, Stefanie Weber, Cecilia Hirsch and her daughter, Celina Savage; Lucie Castaldo, contributing artist and the associate program director at IS183, with Dina Noto, manager of Sienna Gallery in Lenox.

Jessica Cote and contributing artist Michael King; Kim Morris, Matt Albert and Shiobbean Lemme.

Berkshire Art Association vice president Danielle Steinmann with board members Jennibeth Gomez, photographer Susan Geller and painter Scott Taylor.

Nina Garlington, Berkshire Museum’s Director of Development with Kim Donoughe and James Campagna; Berkshire Museum board president Bill Hines and Berkshire Magazine’s Jen Hines.

Artists Jayme Kurland, Amber Doyle and Rebecca Weinman; Bonnie Hoskeer-Kirchner, Kelly Conant and Jerry Hughes.

Raffle winners pose in the Berkshire Museum’s Crane Room with their chosen works of art.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 02/22/15 at 01:36 PM • Permalink

Shire City Sanctuary Throws A Fantastic February Frolic

Amy Krzanik reports from Pittsfield. As part of this year’s 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, Shire City Sanctuary held a February Frolic event on Valentine’s Day, February 14. The Berkshire Historical Society’s “revealing” lingerie parade of 10 women in 10 outfits from 10 eras kicked off the evening’s festivities. The historical fashion show, designed by Joan Degusto and staged by BHS’s Director of Communications J. Peter Bergman, coincides with the Historical Society’s latest exhibit at Arrowhead – Close to the Skin: A Revealing Look at Lingerie – on display through May 3. The show was followed by dinner downstairs, and, later on, a dance party with DJ BFG. Above, model and Arrohead farm manager Kristen Laney, emcee Joan Degusto and model Fianna Toolan.

Fashion show escorts Frederick Dery and Rick Martel flank Lynn Casella; Models Margaret Poutasse, Nicole Lipiec and Lesley Ann Beck.

Bill and Rose Ann Sturgeon with Matthew and Kristen Behnke; Anna Claire Korenman, Marianna Poutasse and Jen Glockner.

Shire City Sanctuary owners Chris Swindlehurst and Crispina ffrench and their children with J. Peter Bergman and Cate Crowley.

Models Lesley Ann Beck, Jana Laiz, and MA State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier; Nancy Tunnicliffe shows off undergarments fashionable during the 1910s.

Heart-shaped cookies for the crowd; Dyann Arduini, escorted by J. Peter Bergman, models circa 1810 undergarments including pantalets, petticoat and corset.

Later on in the evening, Shire City Sanctuary was decked out for a dance party.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 02/16/15 at 12:06 PM • Permalink

A Jazzed-Up Bach (And Sweets) Benefit Classics On Hudson

Lisa Green reports from Hudson. For jazz and Bach lovers, what could be sweeter on Valentine’s Day than pianist-composer Dan Tepfer’s Goldberg Variations/Variations? The work, which pairs his performance of Bach’s masterpiece with improvised variations of his own, was a special concert to benefit Classics on Hudson held the evening of Saturday, February 14 at the Hudson Opera House. Led by Co-Artistic Directors Helena Baillie and Gwen Gould, the inaugural 2014–2015 Classics on Hudson season is presented in association with the Opera House, and showcases celebrated artists performing music from treasured classics to the present day. A rapt audience seemed barely to breathe throughout Tepfer’s interpretation of each of the 30 Goldberg variations followed by his improvisations of each. After a standing ovation, he offered a Valentine’s Day “surprise: a gift of song delivered by Joanna Wallfisch, who is releasing a CD next month. At the reception, audience members chatted with the artists and raved about the extraordinary handmade marshmallow bars topped with a salted and spicy dark chocolate. Above, Dan Tepfer and Joanna Wallfisch.

Classics on Hudson Co-Artistic Director Gwenn Gould and The Reverand Eileen Weglarz of Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson; Christine Boeke, innkeeper of Westcott House B&B; Ginna Moore and Fayal Greene, a board member of the Hudson Opera House.

Suzanne Nance, an opera singer from Chicago, Carolyn Mix  and Darcie Doniger (far right) of 2 Note Botanical Perfumery, Matt Mervis and Robi Mervis of Great Barrington.

Coming from the east end of Long Island were Amanda Barney and Jillian Orr, who plays ukelele, clarinet and saxaphone; Virginia Martin and Richard Collens, both board members of Classics on Hudson.

DeWayne Powell of Halstead Property, TK Home & Garden’s owners Tessy Keller and Jay Neuschatz.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 02/15/15 at 09:58 AM • Permalink

Literary Libations: Author Tim Federle Helps The Hudson Area Library Raise Funds

Amy Krzanik reports from Hudson. Tim Federle, whose big debut came onstage at the 2000 Super Bowl where he performed as a backup dancer for Christina Aguilera, never imagined he would go on to become a celebrated author. But the Broadway star-turned-writer is now penning his third cocktail book for adults, as well as his third children’s book. He told tales on these topics and others for the crowd at Cafe Le Perche this past Thursday, February 5 at Literary Libations, a fundraiser for the Hudson Area Library. Supporters were able to sample cocktails such as “Eeny, Martini, Miny, Mo,” “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margarita?” and “Ring Around the Rosé” from Federle’s two mixology books—Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist and Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist. Spotty Dog owner Kelley Drahushuk was on hand to sell the two tomes, which Federle signed for guests. Twenty percent of the proceeds from book and drink sales went to support the Campaign for the new Hudson Area Library. Above, the author is flanked by friends Brian Hill and Neil Bartram.

Cafe Le Perche’s chef and general manager, Robert Pecorino, with Spotty Dog Books & Ale owner Kelley Drahushuk; Election Commissioner Virginia Martin with Tracy Huling, whose fantastic hat came from local shop Lili and Loo.

Joan Castle and Marlene Marshall; Carlo DeVito of the Hudson-Chatham Winery is flanked by Michael and Jill Castellano.

Lisa Dolan, Miranda Barry and Virginia Martin; Mark Orton with the Library’s Director, Emily Chameides.

Gayl DePriest and Caroline Cleinman; Two orders of “Ring Around the Rosé,” a cocktail from Hickory Daiquiri Dock made with wine, elderflower liqueur and Prosecco.

Library board president emeritus Janet Schnitzer, with Friends of the Library board vice president Toni Koweek, Richard Koweek, Martha Lane, Bob Lucke and Virginia Martin

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 02/08/15 at 10:32 PM • Permalink

Salisbury Skis, Jumps And Has A Ball

Rachel Louchen reports from Lakeville. The annual Salisbury Winter Sports Association’s (SWSA) Jumpfest returned for its 89th year with an event-packed weekend that attracted huge crowds of spectators from far and near. They come to watch athletes who themselves make the hike to our region to lift off a high ramp and soar in the sky. On Saturday, February 7, the Lakeville Hose Co. Annex hosted the Jumpfest annual Snow Ball featuring the music of Blue Oyster Cult founding member Joe Bouchard (who appeared with his band Treetop), as well as local favorites The Nice Ones. The bands played rocking covers from Led Zeppelin and their own original tunes as guests danced, sipped on spirits and participated in the silent auction and raffle, all of which benefitted SWSA, a non-profit organization. The crowd was a mix of excited youngsters, parents and skiers relaxing post-jump; all were happy to enjoy a rare indoor event. At left, organizer and SWSA director John Sullivan with Treetop manager Bob Sparks.

Former jumper Mark Lavasseur came from Worcester to attend the day’s events, with Robin Fischer and Jeff Thirst, also a former ski jumper, of Whiting, Vermont; Camilo Torress and Carly Puzacke of Cedar Crest Farm in Pine Plains.

Berkshire School student Gabby Armstrong, from Lake Placid, hosted her hometown’s jump team which included Cat Quaintance; Sean VanDeusen with The Nice One’s drummer Tyler Beaujon.

The Nice Ones: Dillon Halas, Pat Surdam, Tyler Beaujon and Sam McGarrity.

Canaan residents Dave and Robin Beaujon; SWSA board members Lisa Sheble and Kathy Trahan with volunteer Doug Richardson.

Falls Village resident Clarissa Blouch with Joanna Rooney and Emma McGaritty; Susan Casassa and Treetop singer Joan Schroder.

Lindsay Knauer and jumper Chris Jones, who came from Burlington, Vermont for the fest, with Caitrin Rooney and her husband, Alex Harney.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 02/08/15 at 05:23 PM • Permalink

On A Mild Night, Columbia Memorial Health Has A Winter Blast

Lisa Green reports from Hudson. It may have been the fifth such event, but on Saturday, February 7, supporters of the Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation seemed as delighted to be at this Winter Blast as they were for all the years prior. Held once again in the warm and welcoming Helsinki Hudson, the event celebrated and raised funds for the Foundation, which provides its communities with safe, high-quality, comprehensive health care. More than 200 supporters, whose ranks included board members, physicians and sponsors, enjoyed cocktails, dinner and entertainment provided by The Glen David Andrews Band. The event raised $108,000, thanks in part to the fabulous silent auction items that included a New Orleans food and jazz vacation for two, and a framed Bruce Springsteen record album autographed by the artist himself. Pictured at left: Patti Matheney, chair of the Foundation Board of Directors; board member Aven Kerr; Jay Cahalan, Columbia Memorial Health’s president and CEO; and Mary Gail Biebel, chair of the Board of Trustees.

Karen Winch and Sue Kneller; Don MacCormack of The Bank of Greene County, an event sponsor, with Lynn Dykeman, a teacher in the Hudson County School District.

Alan Lillyquist, William Pelgrin, a board member, and Barbara Johnson, the Foundation coordinator; Christine Altomar, Al Burgazoli of A-O-W Associates, a sponsor, and Mary Gerlach of First Niagara Bank.

Vincent Mackowski, Laura Schechter, an author who has a home in Chatham; Lexa Hillyer, also an author; and Charles Grantham.

Shirley Gresseau, M.D., Jabari Gamerel, Anna-Maria Assevero, M.D.; Caroline Eromo and Ersno Eromo, M.D., director of the Spine Institute, and Patrick Roberts of Optimus Architecture, who designed the Spine Institute building.

Nina Dolan, Jodi Hills, and Don Hills of Hudson Financial LLC, a sponsor; Attorney Javid Afzali of presenting sponsor Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna, and Mara Afzali.

Betsy Jacks of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site; Betsy Scott and Purcell Palmer; Jenna Houston, a certified nurse midwife, Chief Medical Officer Lawrence Perl, M.D.; Brigid Fonda and Louis DiGiovanni, M.D.

The three Ts: Trish Rost, Tara Buffa, an ad executive at the Register-Star, and Tani Quinion.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 02/08/15 at 10:31 AM • Permalink

The NE Community Center Holds Its First CSA Fair And Potluck

Sarah Ellen Rindsberg reports from Millerton. Heirloom tomatoes, garlic scapes and beets were just some of the mouth-watering foods brought to the table at the first ever CSA Fair and Potluck at the North East Community Center on January 28. The event was an opportunity for residents to meet local farmers, learn more about CSA (community supported agriculture) and find out what nearby farms are planting for the 2015 growing season. “Our intention was to discover what each farm’s CSA offers,” said Piper Broderick, who came with a friend to evaluate shares. Farmers relished the opportunity to discuss their wares with potential customers. Julie Kunz of Herondale Farm highlighted another benefit of the event, the chance to “see other farmers and share marketing tips.” Chaseholm, Hawk Dance, Herondale, Ten Barn, Olde Forge, Full Circus and MX Morningstar farms were all on hand to explain their offerings. Some offer a choice of greens, others, full and half shares of vegetables, meats, dairy items, fruits and other goods. Above, NECC Executive Director Jenny Hansell, Betsey McCall, Director of Farm and Food Programs/Jr. High Clubs at NECC, and Carol Sadlon, co-proprietor of The Moviehouse.

Christine Pizzuti and Kevin Ferry of Olde Forge Farms; Diane Creed of Hawk Dance Farm, with Kate Shanley and Piper Broderick.

Taryn Cocheo, Andrew, Ella, Charlotte and Samantha of No. 9 Restaurant & Inn; Jerry Peele and his daughter-in-law, Julie Kunz, of Herondale Farm with Sam Busselle.

Pod containing dried beans which will be planted next season.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 02/01/15 at 09:02 PM • Permalink