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August 9 - Germantown
Clermont's Night In Agra

August 9 - Pittsfield
Hancock Shaker Village Gala

August 8 - Norfolk
Norfolk Artists & Friends

Hancock Shaker Village Supper Is A Farm-Fresh Experience

Lisa Green reports from Pittsfield. It’s one thing for guests at a fundraiser to listen to a trustee talk about finances. But when the cows in the pasture move over to a spot where even they can hear the spiel, you know you have a good pitch.  On Saturday, August 9, approximately 160 guests (and bovines) gathered at Hancock Shaker Village for a farm-to-table supper to benefit the living history museum. Cocktails in the Shaker garden and a silent auction preview allowed guests the opportunity to watch tradecraft demonstrations by artisans and meet some of the farm’s baby animals. A family-style locavore supper, prepared by HSV’s Chef Michael Roller, featured many ingredients right from the farm, including an HSV herb vinaigrette and HSV sautéed beets. Proceeds raised from the live and silent auctions will help fund the ongoing preservation of the historic buildings, specifically to renew the exteriors and increase accessibility. Shown above, Gala Co-chairs Mary Rentz and Michael Zaccaro.


Curator Lesley Herzberg with Tracy Goodnow, gala committee member and newest board trustee; Artist Peggy Rivers, Dan Feld, a trustee, and Ann Berman Feld.


Marilyn Walter and Ron Walter, outgoing chairman of the board; Trustees Sharon Gamsin and Darin Johnson.


Visiting from New York: Greg Keffer, an architect, Nick Sizemore of Lacoste, and Adam MacLean, a freelance lifestyle consultant.


CEO Linda Steigleder with Richard Ackerman; Gary Corr, board treasurer, and Phil Sherman.


Director of Marketing and Communications, Shawn Hartley Hancock, and Dan Bianchi, mayor of Pittsfield; Trustee Michael Zaccaro is greeted by friendly goats handled by volunteer Rebecca van der Meulen.


Trustee Michael Zak and Lesley Herzberg enjoy a cocktail in the garden; Peter Rentz and Kathy Quattrochi, both members of the gala committee, enjoy a moment in the sun.


Bill Mangiardi, director of farm and facilities, introduces a month-old calf to guests.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 08/10/14 at 02:31 PM • Permalink

Clermont’s Evening in Agra

Amy Krzanik reports from Germantown. As the sweet smell of incense wafted through the evening air, Friends of Clermont supporters mixed and mingled behind the mansion on August 9, taking in the view as the sun set over the Hudson River. The occasion was the historic site’s benefit, “An Evening in Agra,” whose theme was inspired by Livingston descendant Colonel William Linnaeus Gardner, who moved to India at the age of 18 to seek his fortune. There, he married a princess and started a family. Decorations, courtesy of the M(Group), included brightly colored silk hangings, floating orange and yellow flowers, table arrangements and even matching hot pink and orange cups and napkins. Cocktails were provided by Crossroads Pub and Brewery and the evening was catered by Marianne Thorsen and Marianna Morrison, a Hudson-based chef who has appeared on the Food Network’s Throwdown! with Bobby Flay. A successful silent auction allowed guests to wrangle for items such as a night’s stay at The Barlow Hotel, a Modern Farmer gift basket, a tour of the Cooper Hewitt with one of its curators, and many other unique items. Funds raised go toward preservation of the site, as well as the many educational programs — such as the new community garden — offered to Hudson-area students throughout the year. Shown above: Carleen and Richard Baright flank Clermont Executive Director Conrad Hanson.


Delphine Murphy, Joe Versace, Pamela Murphy and Scott Frankel; Pamela Morin and Navin Sharma.


Board member Chelsea Streifeneder and Shannon Streifeneder, sisters and owners of Body Be Well Pilates; Robin Gottlieb, RI contributor Carey Maloney and Julie Seymour.


Michael Moy and Joe Sniado; Kirsten Bates, Anne McGrath and board member Glenda Law.


Graphic artist Soosie Lazenby, metalwork artist Sullivan Walsh, Revlon’s Lucinda Treat and Adelia Geiger.


Photographer Valerie Shaff, with Livingston descendants Jennifer Ryan, Nicholas Kean and Robert Kean; Hilary Huntington and Jane Glucksman.


Clermont Board President Charles Geiger with Board Secretary Jim Joseph; Board member Don Westmore, Susan Karayannides and Adrienne Westmore.


Sullivan Walsh, Francine Hunter McGivern of CR10 Arts, and Daniel Rothbart; Karen and Rich Streifeneder.


Purcell Palmer, Charles Rosen of Harrison Travel, Lisa Fox Martin, board chair of The Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and Duke Dang of Dancers Responding to AIDS (DRA).


Board members Julie Seymour and Hermes Mallea; Patricia Rode, a speech language pathologist, with Brendan Kelly and Anne DiGiovanna.


Architect Chip Bohl, with Clermont’s Board Vice President Mary Ellen Ross and Vern Bergelin; Steve Mosto with Monique Segarra, a professor at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy.


David and Christine Kane of Tivoli; Carey Maloney, Joe MacGillis and Robert Belding.


Partygoers enjoy the weather and the views.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 08/10/14 at 12:52 PM • Permalink

Norfolk Artists & Friends Show Exhibits The Town’s Talent

Lisa Green reports from Norfolk. The number of artists per capita in Norfolk, CT appears to be inordinately high as evidenced by the Norfolk Artists & Friends Art Show opening and reception on Friday, August 8. Twenty-four professional artists living and working in and around Norfolk presented their work in the Battell Stoeckel Gallery, a former carriage house and stables that sits among the verdant landscape of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate. All manner of visual art was represented, including painting, drawing, printing, sculpture, photography and jewelry. Twenty-five percent of the artists’ sales will go to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival’s Music Shed Restoration Fund in appreciation to the Festival for providing space for the annual art show. Shown above, Pat Barnett and artist Ruthann Olsson, founder of Norfolk Artists & Friends.


Buzz Peacock and artist Babs Perkins; Janet Marks, a jewelry designer, exhibits her collection.


Sisters Deirdre DiCara and Cara Blazier are some of the “friends” in the organization; Elizabeth Goizueta, an art curator, Roberto Goizueta, a professor of theology at Boston College, and Nina Rosenblum, a producer/director of documentary films at Daedalus Productions, Inc.


Fay O’Meara, one of the exhibit’s artists, with Fran Keeping.


Madeline Falk, known for her animal portraits, branches out with her small landscapes, and talks to Linda Riiska; Tom Curran, who is in the auction and antiques business, admires Laura Lasker’s work.

 
Anita Holmes and Peter Coffeen share wall space; Tom Hlas and Harvey Kimmelman are on hand to discuss their paintings with guests.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 08/09/14 at 09:23 AM • Permalink

Bidwell House Museum Celebrates Art In The Open

Lisa Green reports from Monterey. Wherever one turned, hats and paintings came into view at The Bidwell House Museum’s annual fundraiser on Saturday, August 2. For a theme, the organization went back in time to when the former Berkshire Summer School of Art, now private property, was part of the Bidwell House Museum property during the height of the Arts and Crafts and Plein Air movements. Taking a cue from its past, Bidwell’s summer art party was an opportunity for guests to observe artists working en plein air. They enjoyed cocktails while taking in the expansive view from the Carrington Hall porch, and the atmosphere was even more enhanced with the jazz music provided by the “Plein Air Trio.” Guests also bid on and took home artistic works. Funds raised will go to support the historic 1750s homestead, all programs, and the 192 acres of grounds. Above, Executive Director Barbara Palmer and volunteer Kristin von Korff welcome guests to the party.


Alice Berke, Carol Landess and Alfred Landess have fun switching nametags; Tim Lovett, owner of Berkshire Property Agents, with Stephen Moore, editor of the Monterey News.


Christine Goldfinger, a member of the Bidwell House Museum board of directors, shows off some of the paintings she worked on during the week; Lindsay Crampton, Shaun Opperman and Amanda Staples.


Tommie Hutto-Blake, Anna Rogovoy, Mark Pascoli and Al Blake.


David Fedo, Academic Vice President Emeritus of Curry College and Susan Fedo were visiting from Boston; Bill Mathiesen of Berkshire Film and Video and Wendy Jensen, a basketmaker, enjoy the view from the porch.


Tristian Goik sketches during the live auction; Eileen Mahoney and Nicole McManmon served on the gala committee.


    A view of the view.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 08/03/14 at 01:07 PM • Permalink

Berkshire Fringe RetroSpectacle Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

Amy Krzanik reports from Pittsfield.The Berkshire Fringe is celebrating its 10th anniversary… how the hell did that happen???” Fringe co-founder Sara Katzoff asked the crowd of supporters at Shire City Sanctuary on August 2nd. My best guess for an answer to that question is a decade of hard work, some very dedicated people, and a great eye for up-and-coming talent. The group’s opening night party, RetroSpectacle, doubled as an introduction to the organization’s new location at the Sanctuary, a former church with soaring ceiling, stained glass and other awe-inspiring details still in place. The venue provided space enough for an open bar sponsored by Domaney’s Liquors, appetizers from Naturally Catering, Madeleine’s, Dottie’s and others, silent auction tables, and a performance area that later transformed itself into a dance floor. Guests were treated to live music from May V. Oskan (solo and with her new band, The Asteroid Project), and short performances from The Wardrobe Ensemble and Under The Table Theatre. The two theater troupes, plus a few more, are performing now through August 18 at the Fringe. Above: David Schecker and Vicki Bonnington are dressed as spectacle-ularly as always.


Jesse Meadows, Emily Greenslade and Helena Middleton of The Wardrobe Ensemble surround Joy Gess, second from left; Fringe supporters Amy Brentano and Amy Hilliard.


Stockbridge Library director Katie O’Neil and attorney Catherine Chester; Allen Dimacali, Tyler Fereira and Sixten West-Woodhaven showed up to support their friend, Fringe co-founder Timothy Ryan Olson.


Gary Carthon, Alexandra Asklipious, Fringe co-founder Sara Katzoff and Ray Jacoub, an attorney and the evening’s DJ.


Morgan Haneman, Heather Haneman and Cassity Warnecke; Enrico Spada, the man behind Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park, with Adam Sugarman and Emma Dweck of Kickwheel Ensemble.


Karen Beaumont and Hilary Somers Deely in her retro spectacles; Dr. Jay Wise, Danielle and Jerry Sargent, and Nicole Maisonneuve.


Sarah Petersiel, Josh Matthews and Matt Chapman of Brooklyn’s Under The Table Theatre pose with Fringe co-founder Timothy Ryan Olson, third from left.


MCLA’s Laura Standley poses with former Fringe interns Vernisa Allen (who came all the way from Florida for the occasion) and Jacquelyn Gianetti; Fringe favorite May V. Oskan performed with her new band, The Asteroid Project, featuring Nina Violet on violin.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 08/03/14 at 11:52 AM • Permalink

Beavers, A Bonfire And Becky At Berkshire Sanctuaries

Mary Garnish Bauman reports from Lenox. Photos by Susan Geller. There were many alliterations at the silent auction table, as Berkshire Sanctuaries attempted to introduce its new director, Becky Cushing, to party attendees. Brava with Becky, Boating with Becky, and Beer with Becky were just a few of the 100 auction items offered at the Butterflies, Beavers & Bonfire Gala on July 26. This year marked the sixth fundraiser, and 85th anniversary, of Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Event founders Mary and Alan Bauman coined the phrase “bonfire chic attire,” hinting at the outdoorsy but elegant nature of the event. Food trucks circled the picnic area, and included Kathy and Gabe Lloyd of How We Roll (who coordinated the night’s catering), Lakota Bar-B-Q and Grampie’s Dog House. The Chocolate Springs truck provided a cold chocolate shot, as well as its signature treats. Live jazz courtesy of Jeff Link, Charlie Tokarz and their bandmates filled the air as guests lined up at the bar provided by Kelly’s Package Store of Dalton. Partygoers danced around a roaring bonfire and drummed with Jim Weber and his samba group, Berkshire Bateria, as the evening came to a close. Becky was introduced by Gail Yeo, the Central/West Regional director of Mass Audubon, who touched upon ways their education programs benefit area schools. Camp counselors and trail guides, Hannah Sherman and Betsy Baczek, presented a 16-year-old snapping turtle named Oliver that they use as a teaching aid with campers. The funds raised are used to support Pleasant Valley, Canoe Meadows, and Lime Kiln Farm sanctuaries. Pictured above: Gail Yeo with Amy Steele, advisory board president, and Becky Cushing, newly appointed Berkshire Sanctuaries director.


Heather Pelle Rose and Kevin Sprague of Studio Two; Tammy and Brian Arseneau, Michelle Arseneau and husband Justin Allen.


Artist Peggy Rivers is flanked by her son, Elliot Shields and her husband, Van Shields; Waiting to place an order at the How We Roll food truck are Janice Lee and Bill Talbot, owner of Asia Barong.


Danielle Mullen was the guest of Kim Winger, who won tickets for the gala at the Berkshire Museum auction on June 21; Photographer (and silent auction donor) Ogden Gigli is flanked by Catherine Brumley and Rosemary Larkin.


Ernie Jordan of Grampie’s Dog House hot dog food cart; Education program volunteers Jake Raser, RBC financial advisor Brooks Sherman (former volunteer), Nicole Lipiec (an Albany attorney), Hannah Sherman and Betsy Baczek.


Rene Laubach, newly retired after almost 30 years as Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries director, with long-time advisory board member Dennis Arseneau; Jim Weber (in blue cap) leads the Berkshire Bateria by the bonfire.


Betsy Baczek holds Oliver, a 16-year-old snapping turtle; Alan Bauman, co-founder of CompuWorks, with wife Mary Garnish Bauman of Garnish Design.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 07/28/14 at 05:25 PM • Permalink

An Evening In The Afternoon Garden At Naumkeag

Amy Krzanik reports from Stockbridge. There can never be too many garden parties – it’s the perfect opportunity to stockpile sights, smells and sunshine to help us make it through the long winter. Naumkeag’s garden party on July 26 definitely will be one to remember fondly while snowbound. The national historic landmark celebrated the restoration of landscape designer Fletcher Steele and former inhabitant Mabel Choate’s Afternoon Garden with bites from SoMa Catering that were as tasty as they were artful. Cocktails included a “Mabel’s Martini” by Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and the Allen Livermore Trio provided jazz as guests strolled the stunning gardens. A performance by Berkshire Pulse dancers, under the direction of Bettina Montano, helped dedicate the refurbished Afternoon Garden, one of Steele’s most famous designs. Shown above: Host committee member Elizabeth Hamilton with Lauren LeBlanc, board member Paul LeBlanc and Joanna Ballantine, regional director of the Trustees of Reservations.


Gail and Gilbert Ahye; Brian Renaud, Daniel Dempsey and Somchai Piraban.


Naomi and Ernest von Simson with Jane Ryan; Leah Letourneau and Michael Gove of Northampton, MA grab seats to take in the view.


Bob Barker, host committee member Marilyn Dee, Pat and Philip Kennedy-Grant and Madelyn English on the top lawn.


Raymond and Kelly Casella of Casella Design; Joe Lewis, Donna Hassler, director at Chesterwood, and Mark Wilson, the statewide curator & cultural resources manager for the Trustees.


Host committee member Margaret Pontasse with Gigi Wilmers and Jane Hart; Dennis Palmer and Sasha Piatczyc.


Mary Boone Wellington, Carolina Schulze (seated) and Elizabeth Goldfeder.


Sarah and Bronly Boyd; Engagement Manager Dyan Wiley with Stacey Carver and Allen Harris of Berkshire Money Management.


Margot Towl, host committee member, with Tony and Suzanne Balestro; Carrie Wilkens and Will Regan.


Berkshire Pulse dancers helped dedicate the garden with their performance.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 07/27/14 at 07:31 PM • Permalink

A Summer Wind Breezes Through Fête des Fleurs

Lisa Green reports from Stockbridge. As if on cue, the breezes blew gently at the Berkshire Botanical Garden‘s Fete des Fleurs on Saturday, July 26, where kites on mobiles (some provided by students at IS183 Art School of the Berkshires) twirled beneath the tent. This year’s theme, Summer Wind, complemented the Garden’s current exhibit, “Windswept: The garden that celebrates the beauty of the wind.” The cocktail party was the perfect opportunity for Matt Larkin, chairman of the board, to introduce the new executive director, Michael Beck, and to thank honored guests Herb and Jeannene Coyne, who are among the longest supporters of the Garden. One item was auctioned: dinner for eight prepared by Chef Peter Platt of The Old Inn on the Green, which was awarded to the highest bidder at $2,700. Hats off to the organization, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary year. Above, Michael Beck and Matt Larkin.


Gloria McMahon and Ed McMahon, who is retired from the board; Wendy Linscott, a current board member, with Jean Rousseau, the winning bidder of the evening’s auction.


Props for their props: Pauline Archer Willis and Anthony Archer Willis came accessorized for the windswept occasion.


Brian Monteleone of Albany and Lorayne Seibert; Herbert Coyne, the honored guest, with Michael Conforti, director of The Clark Art Institute.


Lee Abraham and Katherine Abraham, art and antiques dealers Joy Flint and Charles Flint, and board member Jo Dare Mitchell; Lori Rose of Stone House Properties, newlyweds Jim Hatch and Kathi Hatch, and Connie Eagan.


The BBG’s Marketing and Communications Manager Brian Cruey, who is also RI’s garden contributor, with Matt King, Lainie Grant and Beau Buffier.


KK Zutter, the newest member of the BBG board, shows off the garden hat she created; Best friends Malinka Jackson and Nancy Kalodner, owner of Benchmark Real Estate.


John Spellman, Bob Mitchell and Genya Hopkins; Leo Nesbit and artist Cookie Coyne, with Danielle Pablo, a motion designer and animator, and Bill Mayott, a currency dealer, both from New York.


Mike Dolan and Maura Bergen of New York, with Daniel Vincent and Stephen Borboroglu of Sheffield.


Board member Jeannene Booher and Genya Hopkins; Musicians Joe Rose and Paul Green.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 07/27/14 at 09:42 AM • Permalink