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Spencertown Academy Revels

On January 19, Spencertown Academy, the venerable Columbia County arts center, held it’s 20th annual mid-winter movable feast; this year’s theme, Food, Glorious Food.  A cocktail reception at the Academy was a tasty preamble to the dinner parties that followed at fourteen nearby private homes.  Matt Rubiner of Rubiners Cheesemongers & Grocers in Great Barrington wielded the knife at a remarkable spread (Neals Yard cheddar; oh my), and Let’s Eat, a volunteer quartet of Academy stalwarts, all coincidentally male, turned out tray after tray of sublime appetizers—mini lobster rolls, guacamole-filled taco cones, tiny B.L.T.s.  For all appearances, the 135 attendees could have snacked all night, snacked all night, and still have begged for more.  Wrong musical; apt nonetheless.

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Let’s Eat, the Academy’s own Order of the Hors D’oeuvres: (front) Steven Cohen,
Jerry Berger, Allan Davidson & Michael Chesloff with (back) Jack Shear

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Anne Cipkowski, novelist Wesley Brown & playwright Liz Diggs; Academy president Kate Cohen & children’s book author and illustrator Emily McCully

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Michael Collier & Theatre Development Fund board member Steve Benedict; Barrett & Steve Atkins, Michele Steckler & Academy v.p. Cathy Grier

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Jack Krauskopf, restaurateurs Linda Gatter & Max Dannis; Jo-Anne Bilotti, Seth Rapport, Richard Bilotti

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Bookstore owners Bob & Kaarin Lemstrom-Sheedy flank Deborah Lans; Jim Winters with Chatham Wines & Liquors’s owner Karen Kaczmar

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Writers Peter Biskind & Betsy Hess; Jack Weiner & the multi-faceted Judy Grunberg

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Matt Rubiner of Rubiners in Great Barrington mans the cheese table.

 

 

 

 

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