Rural Intelligence: The Online Magazine for Eastern New York, Western Connecticut and the Southern Berkshires
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
 
Search Archives:
Newsletters Signup
Close it

RI Archives: Parties

View all past Party articles.


Dr Jay Wise

Hudson Valley River Ramble

ACNENY

RBC

Classical Tents

Robin Hood Radio

Benchmark Real Estate

Hudson Opera House

Jacobs Pillow

Berkshire Money Mangement

Hudson LIbrary

NMCC

Parties & Openings


August 9 - Germantown
Clermont's Night In Agra

August 9 - Pittsfield
Hancock Shaker Village Gala

August 8 - Norfolk
Norfolk Artists & Friends

[See more Parties articles]

Hancock Shaker Village’s 50th Anniversary Gala

Rural Intelligence Parties and OpeningsFifty years ago, a few visionary people saw the “For Sale” sign on the corner of Routes 20 and 41 on the Hancock/Pittsfield border and decided that the old Shaker village might be worth saving. That 1,000 acres could be purchased for $125,000 in the era of urban renewal makes the story all the more remarkable, according to Hancock Shaker Village president Ellen Spear (left with Peter Hansen, who wore a Senegalese caftan to the gala on August 6.) Over a half a century, Hancock Shaker Village has restored many of its beautiful buildings, including the iconic round stone barn that has become an emblem of the Berkshires. On Saturday night, Hancock Shaker Village celebrated half a century as an outdoor museum with a multifaceted gala that began with the opening of Simple Gifts: Contemporary Artists Celebrate the Shaker Legacy, an exhibition that will be on view (and sale) through October 15 when the work is auctioned by Sotheby’s. Everyone then gathered in the stone barn for Shaker readings and songs by Tina Packer of Shakespeare & Company and the Cantilena Chamber Choir. Afterwards, there was dinner and dancing in an enormous tent followed by fireworks that rocked the community known as the City of Peace.

Rural Intelligence Parties and Openings Rural Intelligence Parties and Openings
Jaime Berg of the Winthrop Estate with her father, Gil Asher; sculptor Henry Richardson with Sarah Stranahan of the New Economy Council.
 
Rural Intelligence Parties and Openings
Hancock Shaker Village educator Danielle Steinmann with artist Eric Drury.
 
Rural Intelligence Parties and Openings Rural Intelligence Parties and Openings
Chesterwood executive director Donna Hassler with Massachusetts Cultural Council executive director Anita Walker; Berkshire Creative director Helena Fruscio with Andrew Altsman and Hancock Shaker Village CEO and president Ellen Spear.
 
Rural Intelligence Parties and Openings Rural Intelligence Parties and Openings
David Schecker & Vicki Bonnington in a vintage hat; Anne McLaughlin and Bruce Finn, general manager of the Red Lion Inn.
 
Rural Intelligence Parties and Openings
A table in the gala tent.
 
Rural Intelligence Parties and Openings Rural Intelligence Parties and Openings
Nat & Betsy Bohrer; Bruce Freeman & David Rosso
 
Rural Intelligence Parties and Openings
Carol & Buzz Gray who helped design the tent’s decor.
 
Rural Intelligence Parties and Openings Rural Intelligence Parties and Openings
Artists Jennifer Riley and Kelly Wilson who have work in the exhibition Simple Gifts: Contemporary Artists Celebrate Hancock Shaker Village’s 50th Anniversary; Peter Rentz, chairman of the HSV board Mary Rentz, and Nancy Goessel.
 
Rural Intelligence Parties and Openings Rural Intelligence Parties and Openings
Gala chair Elyse Etling of the new Pronto cooking school in Lenox with Ann Jon of Sculpture Now in Lee; the after-dinner fireworks display.

(0) Comments

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.

Posted by Dan Shaw on 08/12/10 at 03:46 AM • Permalink