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The “Radioactive Bodega” Pre-Party

Rural Intelligence Parties and OpeningsThe IS 183 Art School of the Berkshires annual costume ball has become a cult even that attracts more than 400 partygoers of all ages.  The theme of the party is always playful—Sushi-a-Go-Go in 2007, Rock the Opera in 2008, the Hair Ball in 2009—and is open to a wide variety of interpretations.  But this year’s theme, Radioactive Bodega, has even some of the most creative minds around stumped.  Some people associate “radioactive” with movies like Mad Max and Blade Runner, while others think immediately of Three Mile Island. As for “bodega,” if you’ve ever lived in New York City, a bodega evokes brightly colored cans of Cafe Bustelo, mouse traps and shelves of patron saint candles. To help guests figure out what to wear to the party on March 6 in Pittsfield, IS 183 supporters held a fashion show at the Lenox Athenaeum on January 31 to share costume ideas; you can find more inspiration at the Radioactive Bodega website.

Photographs courtesy of Kevin Sprague.
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The ever-inventive and wacky David Schecker & Vicki Bonnington.

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Caity Delphia and Evan Moriarty model their high-concept outfits.
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The group all plan to attend the silent auction fine art preview party on February 12 at the Brick House Pub in Housatonic, though they may not be in costume.

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