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August 22 - W. Stockbridge
Panorama Opens At Six Depot
August 21 - G. Barrington
Makeup, Martinis & Moustaches

August 15 - Monterey
Hats Off To Bidwell House

Hats Off To The 25th Anniversary Of The Bidwell House

Barbara Palmer reports from Monterey. Spectacular hats were part of the fun at the celebration and fundraising party for the 1700s Bidwell House Museum in Monterey on Saturday, August 15. More than 250 guests enjoyed the beautiful view of the Southern Berkshires from the party tent in the “Stone House” field, listening to the Easy Ridin’ Papas and tasting the fabulous creations of chef Kate Baldwin. The party honored the legacy of Joyce and Lew Scheffey and raised nearly $40,000 for the museum’s operating funds. Actor and part-time Monterey resident Marshall Messer, above left with Playwright Marsha Norman and Designer Michael Keith, served as auctioneer.

Honoree Joyce Scheffey; Kathleen Grasz and Gail Natoli.

Host Mark Sena with Cathy Deely; Rob Hoogs, president of the Bidwell Board of Directors with Jill Cancellieri, director of philanthropic services at Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Diane Austin, vice president of student affairs at Lasell College, sporting a fabulous hat; Jane and Martin Schwartz.

Susan Popper, Pastor Liz Goodman of the Monterey Church, Dr. Jesse Goodman, Marc Roberts and Malinka Jackson.

Lynda and Shannon Mulvey with Mary Paul Yates; Lisa Bell and Ellen Fletcher.

Benefit Committee Members Delight Dodyk, Maggie Barkin and Christine Goldfinger; Elise Abrams and Linda Saul-Sena.

Dr. Justin Wernick, Landscape Designer Karen Shreefter, Nancy Kalodner and Jennifer Hersch; Elise Hartman and Honey Sharp.

Kathryn Roberts, Susan Popper and Peter Murklett of New England Modern; Architect Chris Blair and Doug McTavish.

The hosts; Linda, Aliza, Gabrielle and Mark Sena.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 08/24/15 at 08:32 PM • Permalink

‘Panorama’ Makes For A Real Scene At Six Depot

Amy Krzanik reports from West Stockbridge. Every event at No. Six Depot Café draws an enthusiastic crowd, and the opening reception for the art exhibit Panorama on Saturday, August 22 was no different. Guest curators Sue and Phil Knoll and many of the 20 artists featured in the show chatted with gallerists, art lovers and friends over wine and coffee in the café’s gallery space. The Knolls, themselves artists, hand-picked an impressive array of work that includes paintings, works on paper, fiber art and sculpture. The show will be up until October 1 and can be seen during business hours. In photo above, co-curators Sue and Phil Knoll with exhibiting artist Audrey Stone.

Musician Robby Baier, Cynthia Atwood, an artist featured in the show, and artist Carol Gingles; Exhibiting artists Matt Tiernan and Sean Greene.

Artists Danny Goodwin and Deborah Zlotsky; Sarah Horne, whose work can be seen on the wall above-right, Vicky Cooper and Vlada.

Mark Olshansky poses with his abstract needlepoint work; Filmmaker David Grubin and artist Joan Grubin, whose work can be seen currently in the exquisite exhibition at LABspace in Hillsdale, NY.

Artists Ashley Garrett and Brian Wood; Geoffrey Young and Mileta Roe pose in front of his work.

The opening reception drew a crowd. Even a dog stopped by to congratulate the artists.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 08/23/15 at 12:41 PM • Permalink

Berkshire South Shines From The Top Of The Bryant Building

Rachel Louchen reports from Great Barrington. It’s rare to report from a building high above downtown Great Barrington, but the newly renovated Jane Iredale Headquarters makes it possible. On Friday, August 21, Jane Iredale hosted a fundraising party called Makeup, Martinis & Moustaches to a benefit Berkshire South Regional Community Center at her company’s new headquarters in the Bryant Building on Church Street. The cosmetics company moved into the former school in the spring, after a major renovation and modern revamp by Allegrone Construction. Guests enjoyed tours of the building, specialty cocktails, food from Mezze Catering and makeup demonstrations; male guests were treated to hot shaves by Sims Barber Shop. The first-time event was a departure for Berkshire South, which usually holds fundraisers on site at the Center, but the response for the change of location was positive, as close to 120 guests attended. Many of them were longtime loyal supporters of Berkshire South, some were fans of the makeup company and many others were excited at the opportunity to explore the new building and check out the balcony, which has a front-row seat to the Housatonic River and mountains beyond. Above, consultant Eddie Sporn, therapist Dee Dee Acquisto, Jane Iredale and Berkshire South executive director Jenise Lucey.

Board member Sharon Harrison, Iredale Mineral Cosmetics chief operating officer Bob Montgomery and Caren Mercer.

Ellen House, an executive assistant at Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, with Ann Miller, who is vice president of human resources and administration; As a former teacher and student, respectively, Ruth McCormick and Anne Andrews were excited to see the renovated school-turned-offices.

Berkshire South board member Rita Kasky, Bill Cohn and Paul and Linda Merschdorf, former Berkshire residents visiting from San Francisco; Jane Iredale product training coordinator Christine Savolis and Karen Sayers, community health worker at Berkshire South.

Architect Grigori Fateyev and Jim Culliton of Allegrone Construction worked on the Bryant Building, here with Jim’s wife, musician Mary Verdi.

Omnipresent philanthropist and board member Barbara Manring with husband Roger Manring and Jerry Soechting of the Berkshire Sings program at Berkshire South; financial advisor Matt Chester with and Kassi Lai of Allegrone Construction.

Dr. Gordon Josephson and Rita Kasky admire the view from the balcony; Founding member of Berkshire South Joan Kopperl with Cris Raymond, a longtime supporter.

Lucy Prashker, Jennnifer Bianco, Audrey Basbas and Caren Mercer.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 08/21/15 at 10:21 PM • Permalink

Hudson Library Supporters Raise Money To Raise The New Roof

Lisa Green reports from Hudson. “Who knew library people could have this much fun?” quipped Bob Rasner, surveying the guests kicking up their heels at a good old-fashioned barn dance. This was shortly after they had proved their commitment to the still-under-construction Hudson Area Library at the Raise the Roof celebration on Saturday, August 15. Eager to get to the food (catered by Cristobal Morales of Memorable Cuisine) and dancing, the guests quickly lifted their paddles at the live auction, raising more than $16,000, proceeds of which will go to computers, chairs and comfy pillow seating for the children’s area of the library. Silent auction items added to the coffer. Then, it was time to gather in the “dancing barn” at the home of Ken Kraus and Anna d’Onofrio for a quick refresher course on square dance basics, and do-si-do to a professional caller and the Kitchen Kaylie Band. [Above, Event co-chair Tessy Keller, who owns TK Home and Garden in Hudson, and Theresa Parsons, co-chair of the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library.]

Bob Rasner and Marie Rasner, owners of Elijah Slocum and The INN at 240 (and who worked on the event); Caroline Jenks, Christine Boeke, silent auction chair and owner of Westcott House B&B, with antiques dealer Tom Swope.

Lubbie Harper III from NYC and Steve Swanson, who lives in Stockport; Jack Callaghan and Lydia Smith.

Gwen Gould, Melanie Mintz and Norman Mintz, and Anna d’Onofrio, an artist.

The directors of the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, Lisa Dolan and Jennifer Clark; James Chaplin, a senior at Hudson High School, represented the younger generation that uses the library, with PR pro Betsy Miller.

Grilling the veggies in plain view; Book conservator Jeff Rigby, Allan Chapin, owner of Cafe Le Perche, and Charles Simon.

Anna Rachminov of Stone Bridge Farm, which supplied the hard cider for the evening, Carol Peckham and Michael Grisham.

Whooping it up to the hollerin’ of the caller, Anne Banks.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 08/16/15 at 12:10 PM • Permalink

Kent Presents: An Ideas Conference About ‘What Comes Next’

Lisa Green reports from Kent. Being present at a heady assemblage of the most high-powered laureates (Nobel and otherwise) in one setting over the course of one weekend is an extraordinary experience, and for that some 300 attendees had Ben and Donna Rosen to thank. Their vision, to create an ideas festival called Kent Presents, came to fruition August 13-15 on the grounds of Kent School. The nearly 40 sessions covered a spectrum of ideas — on national affairs, science, technology, the arts, health and medicine, humanities and other topics — and involved 72 speakers, panelists and moderators. Who was there? Among them, Henry Kissinger, Mia Farrow, Paul Krugman, Christopher Buckley, Richard Maltby and Soledad O’Brien. The conference kicked off with two plenary sessions, the first featuring former Ambassador William Burns, who was interviewed by David Sanger of The New York Times, followed by another session in which a dozen speakers offered teasers and invitations to their own sessions the next two days. Not only did Kent Presents offer a rare opportunity to explore ideas and meet with an unprecedented group of presenters, the charitable organization will support organizations that will assist low and moderate-income individuals and families in Kent and nearby communities. [Above, Donna Rosen, New Orleans gallerist and trustee of The Whitney Museum, welcomes the attendees, with Ben Rosen, venture capitalist and former chairman of Compaq Computer Corporation. Standing behind him is Frank Delaney, author and broadcaster, who, with great wit and flair, introduced the afternoon’s speakers.]

Painter Nicole Charbonnet from New Orleans, and Jean Vanderbilt; Harold Rosen from California, Deborah Castleman and Arthur Einstein, Jr. from Stuart, Fla.

Francis Naumann, a Marcel Duchamp scholar and art dealer, who was to present “Duchamp and Picasso: Two Men and A Bicyle” during the conference, with Amy Cappellazzo, founder and principal of Art Agency Partners and formerly of Christie’s, who was to participate in “Big Blur: Museums, Galleries, Auction Houses,” and Marie Keller; Ben Rosen and Robert Corman of Manhattan.

Tim Williamson, co-founder and CEO of The Idea Village, Jenny Williamson, Donna Rosen and Elizabeth Goodyear, all hailing from New Orleans.

Bernadette Murray and Brian Raskovic from Amenia, and MC Roberts and Eric Roberts, who live in Millerton; Jane Klein and Dick Schell, headmaster of Kent School.

From Western Connecticut State University, Jane Gates, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Rob Schlesinger, vice president for institutional advancement; Chuck Klein and Frank Delaney, a Kent resident.

Donald Miller and Muffy Miller from Palm Beach flank James Barron and Jeannette Barron of South Kent.

Litchfield resident Tim Walch, AnnDickinson, Ryan Phelan, Richard Purington and Stewart Brand, publisher of the original Whole Earth Catalog, who was to speak on “Demystifying Energy;” The post-plenary session reception with a view.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 08/14/15 at 05:02 PM • Permalink

Volunteers In Medicine Does Bourbon Street

Rachel Louchen reports from Great Barrington. Ski Butternut was transformed into a Mardi Gras party for more than 200 doctors, nurses, professional healthcare providers and supporters who attended the annual gala for Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Berkshires on Thursday, August 13. The ski lodge was outfitted a la the festivities of Bourbon Street for the gala, which is a critical fundraiser for the truly deserving organization that provides free medical, dental, mental health and optometry services. The party always brings out a crowd and grows yearly says gala committee member Jane Salamon (at left, with board trustee emeritus Steven Picheny). “This year is bursting at the seams — we sold 226 tickets compared to last year’s 182.” Pleased with the fundraising efforts, partiers celebrated with New Orleans-style live music, a sit-down dinner, dancing, masks and, of course, lots of beads.

Former board member Dr. Paul Smilow, board treasurer Jessie Schoonmaker and board chair Arthur Peisner.

Mental health volunteer Carolina Rosenstein and Linda Olson, who volunteers her time at the front desk; board member Marion Simon with friend, Claflin Hall.

Event volunteer Jane Bernstein and Meredith O’Connor; Dr. Ellen Rowntree is board vice president, here with event co-chair Nancy Bernstein.

Egremont residents Harvey Ganot and Bonita Ganot, who is a gala committee member; Franni Rothman volunteered her decorating skills to transform Butternut into a Mardi Gras party, here with Jane Salamon.

Catherine Sands with her husband, Jeff Bliss, who is the development director at VIM, and Darren O’Brien, who provided lighting and audio services for the event.

Board member Turbi Smilow, whose husband was a founding member of VIM, with Doug Miskin and Wendy Jenkins; Realtor Nancy Kalodner, supporter Betsey McKearnan and Norman Rockwell Museum Director and CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt.

Camp Eisner nurse Lisa Moldowsky came out to support her fellow nurses, here with Danny O’Dell (whose wife is a nurse); architect Martha Montgomery, who will be working on the expansion of VIM headquarters, David Haust, and Realtor Suzanne Crerar.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 08/14/15 at 02:23 PM • Permalink

Olana: Icebergs in August

Jamie Larson reports from Hudson. This year’s annual summer fundraising party for the Olana Historic Site, titled “Icebergs in August,” was yet another example of the uniquely modern style — yet historically reverent ethos — of programming crafted by the hardworking Olana Partnership and staff. To accompany the unequaled views from the home of Hudson River School painting master Frederic Church, the event, which featured a silent auction and huge iceberg ice sculpture, was themed after a single painting. “The Icebergs” by Church was painted after a trip by boat to Newfoundland, 52 years before the Titanic sunk in the same waters. The painting itself was lost in England for 116 years, only to reappear in 1979 when it was sold at Sotheby’s for $2.5 million, the largest amount every paid for a painting by an American artist at the time. The event, sponsored by a group of donors including presenting sponsor Stair Auctioneers and Appraisers, offered guests bites and beverages from several prominent chefs including Brian Alberg of The Red Lion Inn and the recently opened Eat on North; Dan Smith, chef and owner of John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant; Devon Gilroy, chef at The Corner at Hotel Tivoli and others. There were also, given the evening’s nautical theme, unlimited oysters from Other Brother Darryl’s. It was a beautiful evening held in support of one of our region’s most beautiful places, but it was the extra effort put into the details that set this party apart. (Pictured above: Joseph Caldwell III, former Olana Partnership president Sara Griffin, NYS Assemblymember Didi Barrett and J. Caldwell.)

Iceberg Stair and Jones
Daryl Lee, Chris Warnassch, Alex Wright, Erik Piecuch; presenting sponsor Colin Stair with Partnership trustee and event co-chair Chris Jones.

Kevin Chun, Church descendents Sandy and Sky Blackiston, Olana curator Evelyn Trebilcock and Church’s great-great-granddaughter, Isabel Livingston.

Olana Landscape Curator Mark Prezorski, Sheldon Evans, Martha McMasters and Owen Davidson; the talented craftspeople responsible for replicating some of Olana’s period-appropriate curtains: Mitchell Motsinger and Christin Ripley, and Lynn Davis Studio manager Rebecca Johnson.

Iceberg vip tent
Lloyd Marks, Michael Tavano, Carolyn Zweben and Paul Zweben; a view of the VIP tent from the main house.

Iceberg Iceberg Ice sculpture
Party guests couldn’t help but take many pictures of the iceberg created by Sean Taylor of Capitol City Carvers.

Self proclaimed “Olana fanatic” Dorothy Heyl with husband and independent candidate for Hudson Common Council President Tom DePietro; Anne Miller, Stuart Breslow, Rick Sharp, Mark Prezorski and event designer Albert Simmons IV.

Icberg party boom

Inside the tent, a massive shipwrecked mast, mimicking the one featured in Church’s iconic painting, hung above the guests; Hannah Lawrence and Seth Anderson.

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Posted by Jamie Larson on 08/10/15 at 08:35 AM • Permalink

Two To Tanglewood: The Gala And Business Partners Night

Lisa Green reports from Lenox, Part I. Every Tanglewood gala is a special event, but this year’s fundraising fête on Saturday, August 8 bestowed honors to one of the music festival’s jewels, the Tanglewood Music Center (TMC), which this season celebrates its 75th year nurturing young musicians. Guests came from Boston and beyond for the many-splendored evening, which began with a cocktail reception, followed by a gala dinner catered by Boston Gourmet, a concert of enormous proportions (Mahler Symphony No. 8 with orchestra, soloists and three choruses) and a dessert reception for Gold and Silver Benefactors. TMC’s history seemed to come alive in the Hawthorne Tent; life-sized archival photos from its rich past encircled the guests and reminded them of the activities as well as the musicians and conductors — they themselves larger-than-life — who made the world-famous institute what it is today. [Above, former Governor Deval Patrick, Mary Jeka, gala committee members David Smith and Ranny Cooper, and Diane Patrick.]

From Otis and Concord, Dan Schrager and Ellen Gaies; Alice Stephens of Stockbridge and Manhattan with Adrian Applebaum of Saratoga Springs.

David Glodt and Marita Glodt, who is president of Barrington Stage Company’s board of directors, with Sydelle Blatt and Lee Blatt, the theater’s benefactors; Richard Dix and Greg Bulger, gala committee members, with Megan DiBattista and Matthew DiBattista, a former fellow of the TMC vocal program.

Dyan Goodwin and Dora Lewin, representing Bank of America.

Ana Julia Jatar of El Planeta, Boston’s Latino daily news, with Lilliana Bachrach, a gala committee member; David McSweeney, a new media consultant, and Betsy Burleigh.

Janet Eason, who recently joined Main Street Hospitality Group as its vice president of marketing, and Bob Eason; Bobbi Litt, Rick Litt and Martha Volpe.

The lovely ladies who greeted the guests: Emily Fritz-Endres, Kathleen Pendleton and Katie Cushing.

Leslie Antoniel of the BSO’s development office, with Jonathan Halpern and Ronnie Halpern; Carol Burack and Dan Burack, the former owners of Cranwell Resort and Spa, with Robert Baum and Elena Baum, gala committee members.

Lisbeth Tarlow, Carol Grossman and Stephen Kay; Brett Johnson flanked by C.C. Cave and Peter Rothstein, choristers performing in the evening’s Mahler Symphony No. 8.

Honoring Tanglewood Music Center’s 75th anniversary, the tent was lined with life-size reproductions of photos from TMC’s past.

Lisa Green reports from Lenox, Part 2. Seranak estate, the historic summer home of Tanglewood founder and legendary BSO Music Director Serge Koussevitzky, is now a supper club with privileges going to high-level donors. But on Monday, August 10, the property, sitting high atop a hill a quarter mile from Tanglewood, welcomed a special contingent for the Tanglewood Business Partners Night. These were deserving guests; Tanglewood business partners raised more than a half million dollars this year, 111 percent over their financial goal, due in part to the addition of many new businesses. After the cocktail reception, guests retreated to a tent where they became an audience to the New Fromm Players, an ensemble drawn from recent Tanglewood Music Center alumni, who played selections by von Weber and Mendelssohn, accompanied by the sounds of wind and thunder. The rain held out, though, so the hors d’oeuvres segment of the evening proceeded without interruption, and the view of the Stockbridge Bowl continued to enthrall even during dusk. [Above, Mary Jane White and Nancy Fitzpatrick, co-chairs of the Tanglewood Business Committee, with Kim Noltemy, the BSO’s chief marketing and communications officer.]

Emery Sheer of Sheer & Company and Jill Sheer, a violinist in Miami; Tom Hoadley and Stephanie Hoadley, owner of Hoadley Gallery in Lenox, with Fran Fowler of Shear Design.

Attorney Zick Rubin and Carol Rubin with Lynn Turiel and Bernie Turiel, a lawyer; Debbie Rockoff and Michele Gazit from The Gateways Inn.

Paul Lindenmaier and Margaret Lindenmaier from Berkshire Country Day School.

Phil McAvoy, representing Country Curtains and Laurence Oberwager, director of Tanglewood Business Partners; Ken Fowler, Margery Steinberg, a Tanglewood overseer, Marcia Mandel and Charles Mandel of Optical Care Associates.

Frieda Pilson and Neal Pilson of Pilson Communications; Attorney Jeff Cook from Cohen, Kinne, Valicenti and Cook with Mark Volpe, managing director of the BSO.

Chris Ciolfi of Evolution Towers & Site Services and Joanie Ciolfi, an artist, enhance the view.

The Purple Plume’s Judie Culver, June Roy Martin of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, Barbara Osborne of Ashmere Realty, and Victoria Ross of Stone House Properties; Kathrynne Gogel, Ken Gogel of Gogel & Gogel, a law firm, and Mary Mullen.

Seranak’s terrace was open for cocktails al fresco with a stunning view over Stockbridge Bowl.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 08/09/15 at 10:25 AM • Permalink