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Memorable Parties of 2014

There’s nothing we at RI love more than covering the region’s galas; it’s the perfect opportunity to visit with wonderful old friends, meet interesting new ones, and taste the delicious food and drink produced right here in our region. That’s why picking only a handful of parties for our year-end wrap-up is always so difficult. We’d like to thank the residents of the RI region for being so generous with their time, talent and funding of organizations that improve the quality of life in our area and make residing here a joy. Below is a sampling of the galas, gallery openings, fetes and festivals that make our jobs so fun. (Click here to relive all of 2014’s parties.)

Clermont’s Evening in Agra
Saris, bindis and brightly colored tapestries transformed Clermont’s idyllic grounds into an Indian-inspired soiree.

Northwest CT Arts Council Cultivates Art In The Garden
Live music and on-site art making marked the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council’s third-annual garden party.

Berkshire International Film Festival’s 10th Season Takes Flight
It was haute couture in the hangar, as BIFF laid down the red carpet at the Great Barrington Airport to celebrate its 10th season.

Tanglewood Gala Celebrates Andris Nelsons’ Arrival
The Boston Symphony Orchestra welcomed new music director Andris Nelsons with fine food and fireworks.

A Ver-million Turnout For IS183’s Annual Gala
An IS183 bash is the only local party where you can find a Teletubby dancing with someone wearing a giant papier mâché head.

A Farm-To-Table Dinner Seeds The Sylvia Center
A summer day at Katchkie Farm raised funds that allows children to tour the farm, harvest their own food, and possibly even hold a live chicken.

Barrington Stage Company Celebrates 20 Remarkable Seasons
Proving you can go home again, actors, musical theater writers and others from BSC’s past returned to take part in the company’s retrospective and celebration.

A Tango Diary At Six Depot
Photographer Sabine Vollmer von Falken’s opening reception got guests dancing in the Depot.

Jacob’s Pillow Opening Night Delights
A sold-out crowd at the Pillow’s 2014 season opener were treated to memorable performances from Carmen de Lavallade, Trey McIntyre Project, The Hong Kong Ballet and others.

Party In The Hamlet For Wassaic Project
This year’s Seeing The Sky was a seven-story, one-of-a-kind art project set against Wassaic’s beautiful backdrop.

Barnraising Begins At A Brunch For The GB Fairgrounds
Respected names in the cuisine game showed their support for the Farigrounds’ big cowshed renovation.

The FarmOn! Foundation Celebrates Its Fourth Amongst Friends
The Friends of the Farmer Hootenanny!, complete with sundae bar, was a locavore’s dream come true.

The Clark Art Institute Gala: A Truly Grand Re-Opening
The wait was worth it, as The Clark reopened with an inspiring new look and 700 guests to help celebrate.

Cuisine And Camaraderie Mark A Successful Alzheimer’s Benefit
A guest list full of refined and respected palates, including Ruth Reichl, Paula Wolfert and Dana Cowin, dined in support Alzheimer’s research.

MASS MoCA’s NYC Supporters Help The Museum Celebrate 15 Years
Big-name artists, gallery owners and Museum supporters and friends from around the world helped raise funds for MoCA’s exhibitions, performances and educational programs.

An Evening In The Afternoon Garden At Naumkeag
After a painstaking restoration, Fletcher Steele’s famous “Afternoon Garden” was the perfect site for a garden party.

Berkshire Theatre Group & The Mount Throw Masquerade Balls
The night after Halloween saw plenty of ghouls and goblins (and Waldo) making the spooky scene in Pittsfield and Lenox.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 12/15/14 at 01:57 PM • Permalink

A Dazzling Evening For Berkshire United Way

Rachel Louchen reports from Lenox. Blantyre, the prestigious Gilded Age mansion-turned-luxury-hotel resort is opulent year round, but during the holidays the property manages to surpass its own standards, decorated to the nines with lights and wreaths from nearly every mantel. It was an ideal location for Be Dazzled, a special fundraiser on Sunday, December 7 to celebrate the 90th year of Berkshire United Way (BUW), the nonprofit that supports programs for employment, education, and emergency preparation. It also honored laudable community members Dr. Elizabeth Neale, founder of School Leader’s Network; Dr. Mary K. Grant, president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Michael Tweed-Kent, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics, all of whom have helped BUW to create opportunities for students and employees. The event saw a large turnout; many of the guests were coworkers and friends happy to see the honorees recognized, and also excited to visit Blantyre. A huge highlight of the evening, which included live piano players, small plates by executive chef Arnaud Cotar and mystery boxes filled with prizes, was that the property was open, so guests were free to explore, wander upstairs, peek into the guest suites and marvel at each ornately decorated, one-of-a-kind room. Above, Jonah Sykes, Coordinator of Marketing and Communications at BUW and Colin Sykes.

Blantyre owner Ann Fitzpatrick Brown with her son, Alex Brown, Deanna McGrath and Tim Butterworth.

Tim Kiely and Steve Rogers of The Pittsfield Co-op with Meagan Rogers; Minerva Campbell and Minerva Wasserman.

Cindy Brown, Interim President at MCLA and Maura Delaney, Associate Professor of English at Berkshire Community College; Arlene Schiff, Gary Schiff and Jerry Burke, President of Hillcrest Educational Centers.

Monty Mitchell, Beth Mitchell of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and June Roy-Martin, who sits on the board of directors for Berkshire United Way; Devan Gardner of Greylock Federal Credit Union with Ursula Allen, technical manager at General Dynamics.

Kathy Tisdale, David Tisdale and Larry Hazzard.

Susanne King and Michelle Gillett; Mary Berkshire and Rod Berkshire of Specialty Minerals.

Doug Munson and Dottie Munson of Chicago Albumen Works and Joan Andrews; Carlo Zaffanella and Joan DiMartino of General Dynamics.

Kim Mathews, Chris Mathews, owner of Onyx Specialty Papers, Inc., and Lori Gazzillo of Berkshire Bank; Brooke Bencivenga and Sergio Bencivenga of Blue Q.

Fred Drake, Mary Ann Drake, Andy Mick and Laurie Mick.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 12/07/14 at 08:48 PM • Permalink

Berkshire Creative’s Guests Sparkle At Ventfort Hall

Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. If pressed to use only one phrase to describe Berkshire Creative’s Sparkle! holiday party on December 4th, I would employ “dressed to the nines.” It’s a description that could be used to compliment both the guests at the event and the festively decked-out Ventfort Hall mansion which served as venue. Some of the region’s most talented residents got gussied up to enjoy hors d’oeuvres from nAtURAlly Catering and The Red Lion Inn, as well as mustachioed mini cupcakes and a glittering gold layer cake from Madeleine’s Patisserie. The crowd sipped Gilded Gimlets, a vintage cocktail made with Fire Cider and Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ Greylock Gin, as they perused silent auction items that included handmade jewelry, pottery and art, as well as private museum tours, a bookbinding workshop and a portrait sitting. The Lucky Five Jazz Band, an incredibly tight yet soulfully swinging Berkshires-based group, inspired more than a few fancy moves on the dance floor. Proceeds from the evening support Berkshire Creative’s mission to advance creativity in order to strengthen economic success and quality of life in the Berkshires. Pictured above: Van Shields, executive director of the Berkshire Museum and Berkshire Creative board president, with Berkshire Creative managing director Julia Dixon.

Artist Jarvis Rockwell and artist and art teacher Nova Rockwell with Christine Condaris Chair of the Fine & Performing Arts Department at MCLA; Megan Whilden, Downtown Pittsfield Inc. board member Valerie Whaling and John Toole, a 1Berkshire board member.

Jody Christopherson and Michael Niederman, both of the New York Theatre Review; Kara Thornton, Brian Butterworth of The Red Lion Inn, Norman Rockwell Museum director Laurie Norton Moffatt and daughter Leigh Moffatt.

Maria Mingalone of the Berkshire Museum, photographer Bill Wright, Carrie Wright and artist Peggy Rivers; Realtor Barney Stein and researcher Mindy Miraglia.

Berkshire Visitors Bureau president Lauri Klefos with Katherine Lockridge; Tonio Palmer, performer Heather Fisch and photographer Lisa Vollmer.

RI editor Lisa Green with Marsha Rose McDermott, a private event coordinator at Ventfort Hall, and Michael Vincent Bushy; Nial DeMena of Manna Molecular Science with Ariana Brawley, program coordinator at Jacob’s Pillow Dance.

The Lucky Five, left to right: Jonathan Talbott, Don Mikkelsen, Matt Downing and Kip Beacco.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 12/07/14 at 08:25 PM • Permalink

A Winter Songfest At Bard Celebrates The Future Of Music

Lisa Green reports from Annandale-on-Hudson. Anyone in attendance at the Bard College Conservatory of Music’s “A Winter Songfest” on Sunday, December 7 will tell you that the future of vocal arts is secure. The graduate students, consummate professionals all, presented a program of festive songs and ensembles to benefit the Scholarship Fund of the Conservatory. Following the concert, guests who had made an additional contribution were invited to a post-concert reception on the stage in the Sosnoff Theater. There, they mingled with the performers, faculty members and Dawn Upshaw, the world-renowned soprano who is the artistic director of the Graduate Vocal Arts Program at Bard (she has also recently been appointed as head of the Vocal Arts Program at the Tanglewood Music Center, and received the 2014 Best Classical Vocal Solo Grammy award). Above, Dawn Upshaw with tenor Matthew Slipp and bass Andrew Munn.

John Winkler and Mary Jean Winkler of Millbrook flank Kathy De Las Heras of Salt Point; Soprano Adanya Dunn, who performed Joni Mitchell’s “A River,” with Lizabeth Malanga, mezzo soprano.

Gonzalo De Las Heras, chair of the advisory board of the Conservatory, Kelly Newberry, a mezzo soprano, and Robert Martin, director of the Conservatory.

Pianist Kayo Iwama, asssociate director of the Graduate Vocal Arts program, and Stephen Kaye, editor and publisher of The Millbrook Independent; Cellist Stanley Moore, Odile Chilton, professor of French, and Bruce Chilton of the school’s Institute of Advanced Theology.

The Thorne family came out for the kid-friendly concert, which included the chorus of the Mill Road Elementary School. Eliza Thorne and Felicitas Thorne with Matilda Thorne and Estella Thorne; Jill Wertheim and Patricia Stensrub, both of Clinton Corners, meet Raymond Sokolov, food journalist and former food editor of The New York Times.

Barbara Jean Weyant, a supporter of the Vocal Arts Program, and soprano Sarah Tuttle.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 12/07/14 at 08:24 PM • Permalink

Pleasure Before Business At Tanglewood Business Partners Holiday Gathering

Lisa Green reports from Lenox. There are many benefits to becoming a Tanglewood Business Partner (TBP), not the least of them attending the holiday gathering on Monday, December 1 at Eastover Resort and Retreat. The muddy drive (leftover from the Thanksgiving snowfall) and chilly temps were a far cry from the usual Tanglewood conditions, but inside the recently transfigured Eastover, it was as warm as a picnic on the lawn. Tanglewood is the single most important catalyst to the region’s tourism industry, and the Tanglewood Business Partners support the music festival and its integral role in the life and economy of the Berkshires. Business owners mingled with representatives of the BSO and enjoyed drinks and appetizers courtesy of Eastover. Shown above: Yingxing Wang, Eastover co-owner and manager; Kim Noltemy, BSO chief marketing and communications manager; and Nancy Fitzpatrick, owner of the Red Lion Inn and co-chair of Tanglewood Business Partners.

Chin Lee and Sabrina Tan, owners of Flavours of Malaysia in Pittsfield; Vincent Razzano, manager of the Stop & Shop on Dan Fox Drive in Pittsfield, and Phil Halpern of Brook Farm Inn.

The banking and real estate professionals network: Joe Lotano of NBT Bank, Barbara Osborne of Ashmere Realty, Lori Gazzillo of Berkshire Bank, and Tim Kiely of The Pittsfield Coop.

Watercolorist Marge Bride and PR man Ed Bride; Attorney Giovanna Fessenden, Real Estate Broker Mary Jane White, owner of Cohen & White Associates and co-chair of Tanglewood Business Partners, and Nadine Atalla of Cafe Lucia.

Katherine Lockridge, owner of Classical Tents & Party Goods and Shelly Williams, owner of Haven Cafe and Bakery; Attorney Catherine Chester and Matt Chester, financial advisor with The Sherman Investment Group.

Jim Lucia of Cafe Lucia, Alyson Bristol, the BSO’s director of corporate partnerships, Elise Abrams of Elise Abrams Antiques, and Nadine Atalla.

Gallerist Stephanie Hoadley with artist Kris Galli; Main Street Hospitality Group’s Sarah Eustis and designer Hilary Rush of Church Street Trading Company.

Louis Allegrone of the Allegrone Companies, Hillery Maxymillian of Maxymillian Technologies, Inc., and Giovanna Fessenden; Brenda Sanderson of Garden Blossoms Florist and Alan Gold, DDS.

Renee Rotta, longtime Tanglewood volunteer and now the Tanglewood Business Partners marketing coordinator, and TBP’s Allegra Murray.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 12/01/14 at 08:31 PM • Permalink

Crowds Travel To Stair Galleries For Hermes Mallea’s ‘Escape’

Lisa Green reports from Hudson. It was a perfect antidote to the weekend after the Thanksgiving snowstorm: a booksigning for Hermes Mallea’s second outrageously beautiful book, Escape: The Heyday of Caribbean Glamour. On Saturday, November 29, the Stair Galleries enhanced its already magnificently adorned walls (filled with works from the December 6 Modern and Contemporary Fine and Decorative Arts auction) with Escape and its photos of the warm-weather destinations, lavish, tropical beach parties and costume balls at fairy-tale private estates. A line of well wishers (many of them artists) waited for the author’s inscription on their copy (provided by Hudson City Books) while others enjoyed nibbles and wine. At left, Marilyn Bethany, one of Rural Intelligence’s founding editors, shares a laugh with the author. Mallea is an architect and partner of M(Group), a design firm based in New York, and has a home in Columbia County.

Marianne Thorsen with John Danzer of Munder-Skiles, which designs and produes quality garden furniture; Philip Kesinger and Katrina Stair.

Muffie Cunningham, Stair Galleries’ director, and Carey Maloney, RI‘s The Wandering Eye blogger; the artist Frank Faulkner and Hermes Mallea.

Brendan Kelly and Conrad Hanson, both of Friends of Clermont; Glenda Law, John Sare and Benjamin Krevolin.

Writer and expert craftsman Graham Blackburn and Andrea Bindereif; President and Founder Colin Stair with RI‘s owner/publisher Mark Williams.

Rural Intelligence co-founders Dan Shaw and Marilyn Bethany; Stair Galleries’ Jessanna Britton and Erika Clark, who is the event coordinator.

Photographer Shannon Greer and artist Charlotta Janssen, owners of The Hudson Milliner Guesthouse and Inn.

Lisa Thomas, Stair’s fine art specialist and Sara Griffen, president of The Olana Partnership; Nicole Keegan of Pilates Hudson, and James Corbett.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 11/30/14 at 10:55 AM • Permalink

The re:TREE Exhibit Pops Up In Kinderhook

Amy Krzanik reports from Kinderhook. As has plagued many downtown areas across the region, the loss of trees due to age, disease, salt and severe weather had become a problem in Kinderhook’s business district. Replacing them is costly, but has been no deterrent to the generous residents of this small village. As part of the fundraising for the venture, Renee Shur, Director of Economic Development for Kinderhook, has brought together 40 tree-themed works by 26 regional artists selected by Carrie Haddad of Hudson’s Carrie Haddad Gallery in an exhibition called re:TREE. The exhibit, located at 3 Broad Street on the village green, opened with a packed reception on Saturday evening, November 29. A portion of the sales will be donated by the participating artists to the Kinderhook Tree Fund. The exhibit will be up for the next two weekends from Noon-4 p.m., and from 5:30-8:30 p.m. during the town’s popular Candlelight Night on December 12 when the entire village will be lit up and special programs will be on throughout the business district. Above, participating photographer Daniel Region and Sue Chiafullo.

Painter Susan Colgan, photographer Ken Tannenbaum and Renee Shur; Gallery director Linden Scheff and gallerist Carrie Haddad of the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson.

Artist Jack Millard displays one of his beautiful paintings; Josef Asteinza, Kiki Spensieri, Scott Kilgour and Randy Bourscheidt.

Photographer Karen Halverson, actor Stephen Lang, Tina Lang and Cathy Boyd.

Artists Fern Apfel and Andrew Pellettieri; Cecelia Sinclair, photographer Patrick Harbron and Frances Heaney, who is the new president of the Columbia County Council on the Arts.

Guenter Bochem, Eva Bochem-Shur and Mike Tully; Photographer Denise B. Chandler and encaustic artist Maria Kolodziej-Zincio.

Nicholas Haylett, David and Anna Martin, and Vesna Grossjohann.

Kinderhook residents Loyita Woods and Robert S. Woods; Cynthia Mulvaney, CCCA executive director, with artist Tim Ebneth and his husband, Nick Calderazzo.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 11/29/14 at 11:16 PM • Permalink

Monet | Kelly Opens At The Clark

Amy Krzanik reports from Williamstown. A large crowd packed the atrium and gallery of the recently redesigned Clark Art Institute on Saturday night, November 22 for the unveiling of the new exhibit Monet | Kelly. The exhibition focuses on the role Claude Monet’s motifs and the sites that inspired his paintings (most notably Belle-Île and Giverny) have played in the work of artist Ellsworth Kelly. Kelly, who helped choose the pieces featured in the exhibit and still creates out of his studio over the border in Spencertown, NY, was on hand to chat with well-wishers. The exhibit runs through February 15, 2015. Above: The artist himself, Ellsworth Kelly, and yours truly.

Ryan Fitzgerald, the Clark’s David Breslin, Warren Seubel and Emily Blanchard; The Clark’s Mattie Kelley and preparator Tim Johnson.

Tara Fracalossi and Thomas Lail; Joan and Chris Jones with Sara Loughman, exhibitions manager at the Williams College Museum of Art.

Joel Wolk with Ron and Iris Maitland; Architect Dean Maltz and Carol Gregg, owner of Red Egg Furniture.

Gintare Everett, Sarah Lees, who helped curate the exhibit and is now at Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum of Art, Licia Conforti, Clark Art Director Michael Conforti and Laure Lowry.

KK Zutter with Jeannene Booher; Michael and Marty Keating flank the artist.

Bill Bowden, “Jid” Sprague and Frank Oakley; Peter Hansen and Petra Krauledat.

Mark Zotto and Michael Wolfman; Ivan Rosa, a professor of architecture at City College of New York, and Pam Jacobs.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 11/23/14 at 05:20 PM • Permalink