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May 24 - Schodack Landing
CLC's Country Barbecue

May 23 - Stockbridge
Chesterwood Opening Party

May 17 - Kinderhook
The School's First Anniversary

CLC Country Barbecue Brings Together Food, People And Land

Lisa Green reports from Schodack Landing, NY. “One farmer feeds you and 154 of your friends each day,” proclaimed a sign at the Columbia Land Conservancy’s 25th annual Country Barbecue. Reason enough to celebrate the CLC’s extensive and innovative work in support of agriculture in Columbia County and surrounding areas. On Sunday, May 24, on the expansive grounds of Dutch Hollow Farm, the event fulfilled part of the organization’s mission to strengthen the connections between people and the land. There were local farms exhibiting (and sampling) their products; sheep-shearing demonstrations, cattle mooing in the barn, and farm tours of the third-generation, 3,000-acre dairy farm on conserved land. And there was food, of course: pulled pork sandwiches, local hot dogs and beef burgers and sides, ingredients courtesy of area farms. Being a fundraising event, there had to be raffle items, but here they included a John Deere pedal tractor and a farm stay glamping weekend at Letterbox Farm. The Columbia Land Conservancy strives to be dynamic force in sustaining a strong and vibrant rural community where agriculture plays a central role in the economy, and judging by the enthusiastic mien of those at the event, the CLC is doing a very good job, indeed. Above, Barbara Reisman, trustee, and Mark Levy, chair of the CLC’s board of trustees.

Peter Paden, executive director of the Columbia Land Conservancy, and Lowell Johnston; Austerlitz residents Sarah Allen and Analisa Allen.


The sunglasses squad: Copywriter Michele Karas, Jennifer Baum, Ber Murphy, a photographer, and Charles Baum.


Carson Glover and Dale Saylor of North Chatham and owners of Hollymount Ltd.; Rick McCarthy, Betsy Jacks, executive director of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Jean Hamilton of Flower Blossom Farm in Ghent.


Graphic designer Ellen Lynch with Michele Steckler of Fly Loft Group; Host Committee members Keith Kanaga, Aryn Kanaga and Katherine Kanaga.


Jill Castellano, who owns Kinderhook Wine & Spirits in Valatie and Michael Castellano, principal broker at Gilcrest Properties.


Melissa Skoda and her son Alexander Skoda from Triple Creek Dairy Farms, representing Hudson Valley Fresh, a dairy farmer cooperative; Susan Cathers and David Cathers of Old Chatham.


Dairy princess ambassador and her sidekick; Ralph Hartzell assures the crowd that the yoke is not too heavy for his two-ton oxen.


Alex Volkheimer and Brett Sykes, who is an intern at the Columbia Land Conservancy


Amy Barr, Julie Fenster and Jami Rubin; sheep peeking out of the pen before their turn at the sheep-shearing demonstration.


Host committee members Colton Brown and Natasha Brown; the man of the hour: host Paul Chittenden, owner of Dutch Hollow Farm (and a herd of 1,400 cattle), who was chopping alfalfa until just before the event started.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 05/25/15 at 11:33 AM • Permalink

Chesterwood’s Season Opening Celebration

Amy Krzanik reports from Stockbridge. Chesterwood held its season opening party and fundraiser on May 23, giving guests the chance to tour sculptor Daniel Chester French’s former studio as well as this year’s Boston Sculptors Gallery site-specific exhibit installed throughout the grounds. Before enjoying dinner catered by Peter Platt of The Old Inn on the Green, supporters were treated to a performance by Berkshire Pulse dancers who, under the tutelage of Tom Masters, performed in the guises of former Chesterwood guests Isadora Duncan, Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis. While last year’s gala celebrated the reopening of French’s diligently rehabbed studio, this year’s festivities will contribute to repairs crucial to the preservation of the main residence. Above, Chesterwood’s director, Donna Hassler, with Tony Knerr and Carole Hyatt.


Susan and Michael Michaud with Suzanne Crerar and David Haust; sculptor-in-residence Roberley Bell with Kimberly Rawson.


Marco Greenberg and Stacey Nelkin; artist Helga S. Orthofer, Nancy Fitzpatrick and Patty Ellis.


Jim Culliton of Allegrone, a gala sponsor, and singer Mary Verdi with Diana and Sorin Fiscu.


Morgan Russell, Margot Stamas and Jeremy Siegel; Dave Cornellier and Katie Soules Cornellier of gala sponsor Stone House Properties.


Berkshire Pulse dancers Katelyn Shannon, Jake Smerechniak and Celeste Harshbarger; Dinner was served in the tent behind the main residence on Chesterwood’s lush grounds.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 05/25/15 at 09:36 AM • Permalink

The School Celebrates Its First Anniversary With An El Anatsui Retrospective

Amy Krzanik reports from Kinderhook. Local food trucks, cotton candy, curated cocktails, music, art world scholars and celebs, a photobooth — it sounds like a summertime music festival, and it practically was. As Jack Shainman Gallery: The School marked its first anniversary, guests from near and far flocked to Kinderhook to help the gallerist celebrate and to view the space’s newest exhibition, El Anatsui: Five Decades. A retrospective of the Ghanaian artist’s oeuvre — from small wooden sculptures to large-scale wall and floor pieces comprised of bottle caps, fabric, metal and wood — the exhibit spanned all three floors of the 30,000-square-foot gallery and the individual pieces served as the perfect backdrops for the creative crowd’s group photos and selfies. Outside, large tents provided shade for revelers as they enjoyed cool drinks and snacks from The Flammerie, Cue BBQ, How We Roll, Lekker and others. Happy anniversary, Mr. Shainman, and here’s to many more. Above, Jack Shainman with Jane and Peter Jacobs.


Shainman Gallery intern Amina Smith with Jordan Martin; Julia Elsas and Ellen Elsas.


Art scholar Susan Vogel, who has published a book and directed a film about El Anatsui, and Ken Prewitt; Farmer Mike Kokas, jeweler Gabriella Kiss, designer Peter Superti and Mary Vaughn Williams.


Jia Jia Fei, Antwaun Sargent and Diya Vij; Emma Ramos and Craig Newman.


Chad Farmer, Kayla Wilson (holding Hunter), Kelli Farmer and Jody Samascott pose in front of Adinkra Sasa.


Visitors take in Peak Project, created from tin and copper wire; the sunny scene outside included local food trucks.


Tiled Flower Garden (floor front) was exhibited in the main gallery space, along with Stressed World (wall left) and Blema (wall, right).

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 05/18/15 at 02:39 PM • Permalink

Ready, Willing And Able: CATA Parties And Performs

Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. Community Access to the Arts (CATA), much like the world in general, doesn’t need you to be perfect, it just needs you to participate. Newcomers learn quickly that audiences who attend CATA’s annual performances aren’t shy about their participation, either. The crowd of supporters at Saturday evening’s gala at Shakespeare & Company openly shared the joy beaming off of the performers, and they were more than ready to clap along to the music, cheer for the “contestants” and shout out answers when asked to finish quotes from Shakespeare. Ready, Willing & Able, this year’s performance theme, was exhibited through song, dance, juggling, drama and stand-up comedy. An after-party included cocktails from Berkshire Mountain Distillers, dinner by Firefly, dancing to music from JTD Productions and tent projections by Joe Wheaton. Above, CATA executive director Margaret Keller is flanked by Howard and Shirley Shapiro.


Billy Himmelrich, CATA board president John Whalan, and gala co-chair Dave Hosokawa; Roger Manring, gala committee member Elaine Silberstein and artist Sue Connell.


Jeff Diamond, Diane Pearlman and filmmaker Ben Hillman; Trisha Killeen, gala committee member Robin Ban and board member Maria Cleary.


Gala committee member Reggie Cooper, Madeline Phelps and David Phelps; Gwendolyn VanSant with MA State Representative Smitty Pignatelli.


Pittsfield Community Connection’s Adam Hinds and Jessika Trancik; gala committee member Mitch Nash with Vicki Bonnington and David Schecker.


Steffen Hyder, Marie-Louise McHugh, board member Ron Gallagher and Katharine Millonzi.


Gala committee member Janet Elsbach with Howard Lieberman and Carolyn Lieberman; CATA board member Liz Williams with Michael Wainwright and gala co-chair Bev Hosokawa.


CATA volunteers Sandy Van and Linda Russell flank CATA studio manager Anamyn Turowski; board member Ben Silberstein, Jonathan Swartz and board member Matt Mandel.


Kate Whalan, board president John Whalan, Johnathan McFarland and Joe Cacaci; Josie Lane, Linda Febles and Jerry Burke.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 05/18/15 at 12:58 PM • Permalink

The Horticultural Event Of The Season Celebrates Its 15th Year

Rachel Louchen reports from Sharon. From the moment you pull onto Hosier Road in Sharon and join the hundreds of cars packing the field across from Lion Rock Farm, you know you’re in the right place at the right time. The reason for this large gathering? Trade Secrets. Now in its 15th year, the famous rare plants and antique show brings interior and exterior decorators, landscape designers, gardeners and those with a “good eye” from all over the east coast. Nearly 50 vendors spread out at generous host Elaine LaRoche’s farm for the two-day garden event that raises money for  Women’s Support Services (WSS) of the Northwest Corner of Connecticut, which provide free aid to women who have been on the receiving end of violence from someone they know. It’s a can’t miss weekend for many of the attendees, most notable of whom was the affable Martha Stewart. Many have been attending since the very first Trade Secrets in 2000. Above, Anne Fredericks and Patty Fili-Krushel.


Lee Buttala, Lindsey Taylor and gardener Tony Bielaczyc.


The one and only Martha Stewart; Molly and Christopher DeOrsay of Mansfield, Massachusetts.


Pergola Home’s Sarah Handelman, owner David Whitman, and Cliff Kye.


Volunteers Annika Elwell of Cornwall and Sophia Marcus from Amenia helped guests transfer their very large plant purchases; Mary Ann Tucker and Dana Gould from Greenwich.


Robyn Bartomioli, Jackie Osnato and Noreen Driscoll of Sweethaven Farm in Salisbury.


Hammertown proprietor Joan Osofsky stands in front of her tent wth Carol Kalikow; Passports’ Jennifer McCarthy and Chris Baetz.


Anne Milliken and Seth Milliken of Salisbury always attend Trade Secrets, with Eliza Milliken and Zack Sadow.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 05/16/15 at 08:55 PM • Permalink

Construct’s MayFest Honors Ernest Schnesel

Amy Krzanik reports from Great Barrington. Guests spilled out of the packed Wyantenuck Country Club and onto the front veranda on Monday, May 11 as Construct’s annual MayFest fundraising gala honored the memory of longtime supporter Ernest Schnesel. The evening’s theme, “The House That Ernie Built,” represents Construct’s strategy for housing all members of the community. Ernest and his wife, Anne, were the lead underwriters for “Warm Up the Winter,” a benefit concert to help community members with winter heating costs, as well as many other of the non-profit’s initiatives over the 32 years the couple has lived in the area. The balmy evening’s gala attendees had their choice of food, drink and dessert from 25 area purveyors, including Prairie Whale, Castle Street Café, Aroma, Catherine’s Chocolates, Glass Bottom Brewery and many others. Funds from the gala go to support Construct’s work in the community. Above, Gala co-chair Nick Arienti with Fran Arienti.


Author Stefanie Samek, musician Richard Waldburger and author Gayle Moskowitz; April Burch, Buzzie McGraw and Dan Alden.


Steve Mack and freelance stylist Elaine Mack with Howard Chezar and Purely Patricia; Catherine Shearn Chester and Matthew Chester.


The Schnesel Family, with honorary chairperson Anne Schnesel in blue jacket third from right, gathered together for a family photo.


Doone Marshall, Lori Rose and Sheila Thunfors; Patricia Elsbach with Luiza Trabka and Ananda Timpane of the Railroad Street Youth Project.


Pleasant & Main served up crepes for the guests; Wyantenuck’s main building was packed with supporters.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 05/11/15 at 11:49 PM • Permalink

Sandisfield Gala Celebrates ‘An Extraordinary Community’

Lisa Green reports from Sandisfield. The auction action at the second annual Sandisfield Arts Center spring dinner and benefit on Saturday, May 9 proved that, if nothing else, the Sandisfield community is a tight-knit and supportive one. When State Representative. Smitty Pignatelli was unable to make his auctioneering commitment, Mary Anne Grammer and Ben Luxon stepped up to do the honors. When they occasionally missed a guest’s bid during the raucous activity, others called it out so the arts center would gain as much financial support as possible. When a bidding war ensued over a service or sponsorship, the bidders agreed among themselves that they both would contribute and share the winnings.  “This is an extraordinary little community,” said the stentorian-voiced Luxon. In a twist on the old silent auction, the gala committee decided to offer a pop-up shop prior to the dinner (catered by Chef Adam Manacher) selling items such as books by local authors, ceramics and jewelry by local artists and even an apple cake, all proceeds going to benefit programs and events at this small-but mighty hidden community gem.  Above, Alice Boyd, past president now running for Sandisfield Board of Selectmen, and current president Marcella Smith.


Liana Toscanini manages the pop-up shop during the cocktail reception; June Wink, an internationally known potter, in front of her work for sale.


Susie Crofut, former co-president of the arts center, and Mary Anne Grammer, who coordinated the auction.


Patrick Barrett, a town selectman and Ellen Croibier; Paul Van Sickle and Jim Barrett.


Sandy Parisky with Sheila Liberman of Boston and Tolland; Chapin Fish of Wm. Brockman Real Estate and Kevin Fish, co-owners of Farm & Home in Great Barrington.


Jewelry designer Margo Morrison and caterer Patricia Hubbard, who made the flourless chocolate cake for dessert.


Mary Anne Grammer and famed baritone and actor Benjamin Luxon entreat the guests to bid in an entertaining auction; The circa 1892 Sandisfield Arts Center building tucked away in the woods.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 05/10/15 at 11:49 AM • Permalink

Night Of 1,000 Tulips And Guests for GBRSS

Rachel Louchen reports from Lenox. After years of requests from parents to have a big fundraising event like many other schools in the region, the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School held its first annual spring gala on Saturday, May 9. Dubbed Tulipalooza, those flowers (donated by Ariella Chezar) and more greeted guests as they walked to the hay barn at Stonover Farm, which was outfitted with chandeliers spotlighting an impressive spread catered by Marianna Morrison. Local band Quiet In The Head performed as guests arrived and enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while they perused the auction goods which included a big hot ticket item — a week stay in Barcelona. Dancing closed the evening with music by DJ Tayo Kaufman. Support for the new event, which raised money to benefit school programs, was predominately parents, with faculty and some alumni, but they all added up to a sizable crowd, making a second spring gala a guarantee. Above, Tom Sternal, vice president of the school’s board and Jenna Lamond, development and event coordinator.


Nursery teacher Jo Valens and kindergarden teacher Laura Lin; First grade teacher Pamela Giles and music teacher Sigrid Mitchell.


Steiner parents Mike Bissaillon and Gary Casarsa; Great Barrington resident Amy Humes and Christina Casarsa.


Kari Harendorf, Kirstin Morgan, Jessica Oakley, Anne Novick and David Logan, all of whom have children at the Steiner School.


Shiva and Bob Lucido; therapist Seth Morrison and third-grade teacher Rebecca Morrison.


Iovan and Chrissy DeRis; Honey Sharp with her husband, David Lippman, whose mother, Betty Krainis, founded the school in 1971.


Austin Banach with first grade teacher Veronica Horowitz; Faculty administrator Michael Junkins and farm and garden teacher Hadley Milliken.


Fifth grade teacher Victoria Cartier, parent Hanna Bail and parent/alumni Christopher Lee.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 05/09/15 at 10:34 PM • Permalink