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June 27 - New Lebanon
Side By Side Opening

June 27 - Pittsfield
Berkshire Museum Wine Dinner

June 20 - Lenox
Gina Hyams' Book Launch

‘Side By Side’ Opens At Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon

Amy Krzanik reports from New Lebanon. An intimate gathering of Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon trustees, supporters and staff members attended an exclusive reception as the site’s newest exhibition was unveiled in the Wash House ironing room. Side By Side: Shaker and Modern Design, curated by Jeff Daly, displays 19th-century Shaker furniture alongside modern equivalents to show how the simple and direct forms of Shaker craftsmanship has inspired modern makers, most notably furniture designers of the “Danish modern” era. Guests chatted inside the Wash House and gift shop and outside underneath a tent to keep out of the drizzle and snacked on savory appetizers from local gem, Blueberry Hill Market Café. Dinner in local homes followed the reception. Side By Side will be on display until October 12, and another new exhibit, The Small World of Shaker: Miniature Furniture, Books & Dolls is set to open on July 19. Shown above, photographer Michael Floman, Michael Carter, trustee Paul Cassidy and Museum President David Stocks.


Museum trustee Rae Gilson with Betsy Gitter, board president of the New Lebanon Library; Gregory Hickok, Barbara De Buono and David Farren.


Thea Bennett, David Pearce and John Broome; Ramon Lee, tour guide at the Museum and PhD student in Anthropology at SUNY Albany, with Museum Coordinator Wyatt Erchak.


Bruce Reid and Laura Williams Reid, granddaughter of the Museum’s founder, John S. Williams, Sr.; Harvey Susnick and Frank Sanchis of the World Monuments Fund.


Two chairs sit side by side, the one on the left a Shaker example and the one on the right a modern design taking inspiration from the former.


The Granary

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 06/29/15 at 10:10 AM • Permalink

A Toast To Berkshire Museum’s Wine Gala

Rachel Louchen reports from Pittsfield. Everyone could feel like a sommelier at the Berkshire Museum’s biannual wine gala and auction on Saturday, June 27, with its huge selection of fine and vintage wines available for purchase via some vigorous bidding action (yes, there were paddles). The auction has turned into a popular event, bringing together wine collectors for a great cause; this year’s proceeds benefited the museum’s educational programs, which provide 16,000 experiences a year to students from nearly 60 schools. The festivities began on the previous Thursday with food and, of course, wine at Hotel on North and a dinner at Wheatleigh on Friday. Saturday night was the main event, with a special reception and silent auction prior to the live auction and celebratory wine dinner catered by Chef Peter Platt of Old Inn on the Green in New Marlborough. If a glass of red wine a day really is heart healthy, after three evenings devoted to vino, guests and attendees are definitely in good shape. Above, gala committee members George Elvin and arborist Jim Koneazny of Peerless Tree Expert Co.


Wine & Spirits magazine editor and publisher Josh Greene with Jim Nejaime, one of the gala’s chairs.


Longtime museum supporter Reba Evenchik with Michael and Cheryl Zaccaro; gala committee member Renee Erenburg with her friend, Tricia Roger.


Southfield residents Colleen and Sharon Koneazny support the museum; gala committee members Jeffrey Weber and Carol Rabin.


Contributor Claudia Perles, Laura Perreault and John Perreault, Executive Director of Berkshire Humane Society.


Stockbridge residents and event sponsors Lynn and Ken Stark; committee members Sandy and Isanne Fisher.


Diane Eshleman of Stockbridge (and London) with Cindy McCollum, also from Stockbridge; Hill Engineer’s John Kelly, with his wife, Ellen Kelly.


Committee members Marianna Poutasse and Eric Korenman, who is also a trustee.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 06/27/15 at 09:54 PM • Permalink

First Columbians Honors Architects

First Columbians House of HistoryJamie Larson reports from Kinderhook. Our region’s notable architects and their work to protect, restore and add to our rich architectural history was honored Saturday, June 13 by the Columbia County Historical Society. The posh gala, called First Columbians, was held on the grounds of the Vanderpoel House of History, a great example of the heritage architects work so hard to restore while also designing the future. The event showcased the work of BarlisWedlick Architects, James Dixon Architect PC, Kate Johns and James Joseph of Hottenroth + Joseph. Set during a perfect, bright late spring afternoon, the First Columbians soiree seemed to celebrate the beauty of the season as much as that of the manmade structure on display.


Kinderhook Building Inspector Glen Smith, Bill Stratton and Sheila Cramer; Tom and Susan Nickerson, Gerry and Neal Smith and CCHS Treasurer Susan Sharp.


Columbia County Historical Society President Jim Guidera, former president Russell Pomeranz and Scott Franzel.


Nathan Kernan and Thomas Whitridge; Kailey Castellano, Kinderderhook Wine and Liquors owner Jill Castellano and German Delgado.


Jim Dixon with Lesley and Mathew Herzberg; CCHS Trustee Nicholas Haylett, Former CCHS President Susan Tripp and David Tripp.


Louise Kelly, CCHS Trustee Roderic Blackburn and Peter Kelly.


Robert Culver, Trustee Anne Schomaker and Andrew Goetz; guests catch some shade under the tent.

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Posted by Jamie Larson on 06/22/15 at 11:20 AM • Permalink

Jacob’s Pillow Gala Opening 2015

Amy Krzanik reports from Becket. The spirits of Pillow founder Ted Shawn and dancer Ruth St. Denis seem always to be present at Jacob’s Pillow’s season opening galas, as dancers from all over the world perform for a rapt crowd in the theater named after the festival’s creator. This year, on Saturday, June 20, gala guests were treated to cocktails in the newly renovated Blake’s Barn, where a debut photography exhibit was on display. A performance followed, featuring pupils from The School in a world premiere by BalletX founder Matthew Neenan, and performances by New York City Ballet’s Sara Mearns and Russell Janzen, Martha Graham Dance Company and American Ballet Theatre’s Daniil Simkin, as well as the presentation of the 2015 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award to choreographer Liz Gerring. After a meal by The Old Inn on The Green, dancers, board members, Pillow staff and guests “got down” on the dance floor thanks to music by DJ BFG. Pictured above: The Pillow’s director of preservation, Norton Owen, who was honored for his 40 years of service to the festival’s dance archives, with Michael Flamini.


Choreographer Liz Gerring with her daughter, Nicole Radke, and gala co-chair and Pillow board member, RI’s Mark Williams; Amber Ju, Taryn Leavitt, Charles Oliver and Renata Celichowska.


Don Quinn Kelley and Sandra Burton of the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival, which runs through August 22 and includes events at the Pillow; Mark Haldeman and James Aguiar.


Dr. Roselle Chartock and Dr. Alan Chartock with Murray Ralph; soloist Russell Janzen and principal dancer Sarah Mearns of the New York City Ballet.


Cathy Deely, Amanda Sackey, Tom Patti, who is the creator of each year’s beautiful glass-blown Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, and Marilyn Patti.


Dr. Justin Wernick and Pillow board member Nancy Kalodner; Kathleen Chrisman and Laird White.


Adriana Robertson and Susan Bernhardt of Kripalu in Lenox; Norm Appel, Susie Friedman, Naomi Gordon and Roger Gordon.


Kirk Radke, Leslie Nelson and Michael Wainwright.


Cute couple Tricia and Brian Killeen; Ho’o Hee and Manuela Jimenez pose in front of Blake’s Barn.


Before the performance, guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres as tasty as they were creative; the purple-hued scene inside the tent where dinner was served.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 06/22/15 at 09:13 AM • Permalink

‘The Tanglewood Picnic’ Launches As Tanglewood’s Season Starts

Lisa Green reports from Lenox. The night before, Tanglewood opened its gates so the first audiences of the season could take in the Sheryl Crow concert. But on Saturday, June 20, Gina Hyams debuted her self-published book, “The Tanglewood Picnic: Music and Outdoor Feasts in the Berkshires,” a pictorial love letter to the eight-decade tradition of picnicking on the lawn at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home. Friends and book contributors partied (with help from the Country Curtains Tanglewood Picnic Whiskey Sour punch, a recipe in the book, mixed up by Hyams’ husband Dave Barrett) at host MacKimmie Co. Many people bought the book in multiples — it makes a great gift — which the author, above, happily signed. Now that the book’s out, let the picnicking begin!


Sheffield residents George Reeves, who crafts leather goods, and Lisa Paris with Jasper, who’s visiting from NYC; Jonathan Swartz, Shakespeare & Company’s Ariel Bock and The Mahaiwe’s Karin Watkins.


Jeff Blaugrund, daughter Irit, whose picture is in the book, Sarah Aroeste Blaugrund and Gina Hyams.


Artist Joanie Ciolfi, whose work is currently on exhibit at the Berkshire Museum, and Lesley Ann Beck, the museum’s director of communications (and a copy editor of the book); MacKimmie Co.‘s owners Doris and Vytas Barsauskas with Dave Barrett, bartender for the day.


Fran Heller of Spencertown, who contributed the Summer Sweet Corn Pudding recipe, page 35, with her sister Marlene Eichholz of Great Barrington, and Michelle Clarkin, chief advancement office at the Norman Rockwell Museum.


David Schnarz and Vicki Bonnington bought 10 books with the approval of Miss Belle; Some lucky person won the gift basket filled with goodies from Lenox merchants.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 06/21/15 at 09:51 AM • Permalink

Chamber Music Encounters Another Season

Patricia Boissevain reports from Great Barrington. Close Encounters With Music (CEWM), a Berkshires-born chamber music series now in its 23rd season, gave its annual gala concert on Saturday evening, June 13 at The Mahaiwe, Once again, internationally renowned cellist and Close Encounters Artistic Director and Founder Yehuda Hanani (at right, with CEWM Board President Marcie Setlow) presented an illuminating concert themed “Invitation to the Dance,” which married the magic of dance and music in a performance that included the David Parsons Dancers. Afterwards, Close Encounters’ many supporters celebrated another year of exceptional music making at the annual end-of-season gala reception, held for the first time at the Wyantenuck County Club in Great Barrington.


George Anne Rousseau, Jean Rosseau, Jeannine Schoeffer and Peter Schoeffer; John Cross and Penny Hudnut.


Susan Hillel, Pavel Hillel, Carrie Chen and Stanley Cohen; Neil Chrisman, Kathleen Chrisman and Parsons Dance Artisitic Director/Founder David Parsons.


Pianist David Aladashvili, David Parsons dancer Sarah Braverman, PS21 President/Founder (and CEWM board member)  Judith Grunberg, David Parsons and dancer Miguel Quinones.


Front row: Elayne Cohen, Kim Thomas and Beatrice Cohen; back row:  CEWM Director of Marketing and Public Relations Pamela Dreyfus Smith, Timothy Sergay, Jennifer Nixon and Bella Meyer; Adrienne Cavender and Lisa Miesner.


Laird and Reid White; Yehuda Hanani with Bella Hristova, violinist and recipient of the Young Concert Artists award.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 06/17/15 at 04:58 PM • Permalink

Barrington Stage Celebrates Its Possible Dreams

Lisa Green reports from Pittsfield. Last year, Barrington Stage Company celebrated its 20th season, and this year it marks ten years since its move from Sheffield to Pittsfield, turning what some may have deemed impossible into an astonishingly successful venture. With Don Quixote-like spirit, the company’s season opened with “Man of La Mancha,” which served as part one of the June 13th Fiesta Grande gala (preceded with a proclamation read by Pittsfield’s mayor Dan Bianchi deeming it Barrington Stage Day). Guests then followed the red footsteps painted on the sidewalk to the Boys and Girls Club of Pittsfield for a Spanish-themed reception, silent auction and dinner, catered by MAX Ultimate. Above: Artistic Director Julianne Boyd is flanked by Sydelle Blatt and Lee Blatt, patrons who made the purchase of the second stage possible.


“Man of La Mancha” cast members Lyonel Reneau and Chris Ramirez with Matthew Krob, a musical theatre apprentice; Tom Buckley of The Greylock Marketing Group, Joe Scoco, Michelle Denyes and Raya Buckley.


Mary Ann Quinson, Barrington Stage Company’s board chair, with Joshua Taylor, Madeline Hooper and Ian Hooper.


Arlene Schiff of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and Gary Schiff of T.D. Wealth Management; Kathleen Jaffe and Al Jaffe, a former vice president of ESPN.


Brian Prather, set designer and an associate artist for Barrington Stage, Erin Keller and playwright Mark St. Germain; Philip Oppenheimer and Mary Oppenheimer.


State Senator Ben Downing and his wife, Micaelah Morrill, Fiesta Grande’s honorary chairs.


Herman Rotenberg and Gayle Rotenberg, owners of Unusual Wedding Rings and More; David Glodt and Marita Glodt, president of the board of directors.


Susie Hirschfield and Joan Toder; real estate agents Nancy Kalodner of Benchmark Real Estate and Kim Wilder of Barnbrook Realty.


Merry band of Pittsfield residents: Lauren Mangiardi, Michael Cummings, Lisa Cummings, Lucy Krzysztof, Mark Krzysztof, Victoria Cummings, Ray Parrott and Jennifer Parrott.


Gala Chair Debra Miersma and painter Michael Rousseau; novelist and translator Hester Velmans with Joel Millonzi and Kate Millonzi.


Artistic Director Julianne Boyd introduces the principal cast members: Jeff McCarthy (Cervantes/Don Quixote), Felicia Boswell (Aldonza/Dulcenea), Tom Alan Robbins (Sancho Panza) and Todd Horman (Padre); Flamenco artists set the scene at the reception.


Greeting the guests at the gala: a straw Don Quixote created by Michael Melle.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 06/15/15 at 10:52 AM • Permalink

‘Van Gogh And Nature’ Opens At The Clark

Amy Krzanik reports from Williamstown. On the main floor, the sublimity of the Clark Art Institute’s reflecting pools and, beyond them, the Berkshires’ rolling hills enticed guests onto the Fernández Terrace to sip cocktails, chat with friends and enjoy the views. Downstairs, scenes of Holland, Provence, Arles, Paris, Auvers and Saint-Rémy, as seen through the eyes of one of the most famous painters to have ever lived, took center stage as the Museum opened Van Gogh and Nature on June 13. The exhibit features nearly 50 paintings and drawings from 30 museums and private collections around the world. The New York Times calls the show a “low-key big deal,” and guests seemed smitten with the array of works chosen. The Clark’s own Café Seven catered, with French fare like croque-monsieur and frozen raspberry mille-feuille or Napoleons getting top billing and making clear why the Wall Street Journal namechecked the café in a recent restaurant roundup. Van Gogh and Nature will be on display at the Clark until September 13. Above, Eric and Stacy Cochran pose with the Clark’s director, Michael Conforti.


David Rynes and Adrienne Rynes with Victoria Elliot and Dr. Marvin McMillen; Jessica Ludwig and Min Jung Kim.


Bennington College professor Paul Voice and Heather Kennon; Lew and Margy Steinberg with Carol and Bob Braun.


Sara Deveaux, Christy Abel, Edward Faison and George Faison; two of the exhibit’s co-curators, Chris Stolwijk and Sjraar van Heugten, flank Met Museum curator Susan Alyson Stein.


Paul and Cindy Poulin with Barb McLucas, Jacqueline Galusha and Jim Galusha.


Julia Conforti, Brian Boucher and Jodi Joseph; Peter Cramer and Jack Waters of Le Petit Versailles.


Noel Gish, Kathy Curren and Susan Conklin; Stephanie Boshart, Amanda Powers and Anne Roecklein of the Clark, with Derek Parker of MASS MoCA.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 06/14/15 at 01:18 PM • Permalink