Parties & Openings
February 22 - Pittsfield
BIFF Academy Awards
February 19 - Pittsfield
10x10 Real Art Party
February 14 - Pittsfield
Fantastic February Frolic
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.
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
Michael Collier & Theatre Development Fund board member Steve Benedict; Barrett & Steve Atkins, Michele Steckler & Academy v.p. Cathy Grier
Bookstore owners Bob & Kaarin Lemstrom-Sheedy flank Deborah Lans; Jim Winters with Chatham Wines & Liquors’s owner Karen Kaczmar
Matt Rubiner of Rubiners in Great Barrington mans the cheese table.