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Cider Mash Bash at Chesterwood

Rural Intelligence Parties and Openings Cultural correspondent Bess J.M. Hochstein reports from Stockbridge: Lenox has its Apple Squeeze, and now Stockbridge has its Cider Mash Bash — at least that’s plan of the stewards of Daniel Chester French’s historic home, studio and gardens, who introduced Chesterwood’s First Annual Cider Mash Bash on Saturday, September 25. Guests were requested to dress casually for the dinner and dance party in a tent on one of the property’s fields, but many could not resist donning their finery to catch the sunset over the hills, which was followed swiftly by the rising of a bright, nearly full moon. The evening’s entertainment began with the Housatonic Philharmonic, whose bluegrass stylings accompanied a buffet BBQ dinner by Mad Jack’s of Pittsfield, perfectly complemented by seasonal craft beers from the established Barrington Brewery and a newcomer, Pittsfield’s nascent Wandering Star Brewing Company; by Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ special cocktail, the Cider Smash; or — of course — by apple cider and French-style cidre from Hilltop Orchards and Furnace Brook Winery. Then the bluesy B.T.U.s took the stage as sweets from Cakewalk Bakery and Chocolate Springs appeared on the buffet table for the second shift of guests, who arrived for desserts and dancing.

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Curatorial assistant Anne Cathcart and artist Judith Shea, who returned to Chesterwood as sculptor-in-residence after having done a residency in 1989; Kimberly Rawson and attorney Lori Robbins of the Lenox firm Heller & Robbins.
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Event co-chair Carol Bosco Baumann and Mark Baumann volunteered to tend the bar; Event co-chair and Advisory Board chair Sarah la Cour, director of conservation and planning at W.D.Cowls, Inc., with arts management consultant Rena Zurofsky

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Bonnie Kurtz of the Chatham marketing firm Kurtz Collective with Donna Hassler, director of Chesterwood and Barry Goodinson, director of development for the National Trust of Historic Preservation.

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Steven Pederson and Lauryn Franzoni, co-producer of The Wharton Salon and executive director of ExecuNet; Margaret Hornick and Chesterwood Emeritus board member Jeannene Booher.

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BOLA Granola creator Michele Miller with furniture maker Peter Murkett; architectural designer Tyler Weld and Chris Weld, of Berkshire Mountain Distillers, who created a signature cocktail for the event.
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Berkshire Creative’s Helena Fruscio with Andrew Altsman and Pam Malumphy.

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