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Aug. 22 - Great Barrington
Berkshire Baby Box

Aug. 20 - Great Barrington
Modern Treasure Chests

Aug. 18 - Great Barrington
Berkshire South Honors A Hero

Bowling For Berkshire Baby Box In Great Barrington

Lisa Green reports from Great Barrington. Back in the day, there was a TV show called Bowling For Dollars, but on Monday, August 22, a group of people gathered at the Cove Bowling Alley to bowl for Berkshire Baby Box. A new nonprofit engineered by South Egremont resident Hinda Bodinger, the organization provides expectant moms in the Berkshires with a baby shower in a box and a safe sleeping space for their newborns. Berkshire Baby Box is also partnering with local agencies to distribute the filled boxes during monthly parenting workshops in Berkshire County. At the event, teams of bowlers took time out between their turns to place their raffle tickets into a plethora of donated items, services and silent auction offerings. “I love this project and am moved beyond words by the community support and how many services there are out there for those in need,” said Bodinger, president of Berkshire Baby Box. [Above, Bodinger with State Representative Smitty Pignatelli.]

Bruce Moore and Michael Alper, co-founders of Red House Design and Architecture;
the tiniest bowler, Isabella, with her mom Danielle Melino, a teacher at Mount Everett High School.

Sue Weintraub, a board member of the Literacy Network of South Berkshire, and Jay Weintraub of Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires.

Team spirit: Katrina Curtiss, Tina Chase, Rich Chase and Todd DiMario, a personal trainer at Soules Sports & Fitness and Berkshire South; Trena Heinrich, David State, Sandy Van and Carol Noble.

Hinda Bodinger beside a Berkshire Baby Box filled with what new mothers will find inside: a waterproof mattress, fitted sheets, books, bath toys and more.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 08/22/16 at 09:07 PM • Permalink

A Bevy Of Exquisite Boxes Appears At McTeigue & McClelland

Amy Krzanik reports from Great Barrington. The Saturday, Aug. 20 opening reception for Modern Treasure Chests, an exhibition of jewelry boxes by master artisans that is now on view at McTeigue & McClelland, also served as a reunion for the artists. All of the featured makers are friends of the jewelry atelier’s co-owner Tim McClelland, having been students along with him, or former faculty, at Boston University’s Program in Artisanry (PIA) or Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). McClelland was eager to see what his cohort was fashioning these days, and so sent out a request for handcrafted jewelry boxes. The responses are uniquely varied, intricately fashioned works of art that do double duty as vessels for fine jewels like the ones found in the shop. The treasure chests will be in place during normal business hours until Saturday, Sept. 24. [Above, the inside of artist Tom Loeser’s sculptural jewelry boxes.]

The shop’s co-owner, Tim McClelland, and exhibiting artist Rosanne Somerson, president of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD); Walter McTeigue, the jewelry atelier’s co-owner, with Bruce Beeken and Mark Del Guidice, whose work is featured in the show.

Artists with work in the show include Michael Hurwitz, James Schriber, Timothy Philbrick, Mitch Ryerson and John Everdell.

Beck Oakley, Trix Oakley and Susan Everdell; Blake Ferrara and Talia King.

Inside Jay Stanger’s furniture-sized jewelry box is even more eye-popping color.

Artist Tommy Simpson with Michael Anderson, Jane Vern and Karen LaFleur; Mark Del Guidice, his jewelry box, and McTeigue & McClelland general manager John Reynolds.

Outside, Tom Loeser’s jewelry boxes appear as sculpture, but double as storage.

Entries by Tommy Simpson and Jay Stanger.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 08/21/16 at 08:24 PM • Permalink

A Local Hero Is Unmasked At Berkshire South’s Annual Gala

Rachel Louchen reports from Great Barrington. Robin McGraw is a familiar face in the Rural Intelligence Parties section because he sits on the boards of Volunteers in Medicine, Berkshire Health Systems and Hospice Care in the Berkshires, and is a longtime supporter of Hancock Shaker Village, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Berkshire Museum. On Thursday, Aug. 18, Berkshire South rewarded him with a party of his own, honoring his dedicated work to Berkshire charities and organizations over the years. The annual gala, titled “Celebrating A Hero,” selects a member of the community whose work and dedication inspire all to help make the Berkshires a better place to live — something McGraw has been doing practically since he arrived in the Berkshires by way of attending Berkshire School as a child. The lobby of Berkshire South was filled to the max with friends, fellow board members and residents of the community who’ve witnessed first-hand all the charitable contributions that Robin, as well as his wife, equally notable philanthropist Buzz McGraw have given to their community. [Above, Robin McGraw flanked by his daughter, Annie and a previous recipient of Berkshire South’s gala, Barbara Manring.]

Kathy Kelly and Bert Gamberdella; Bobbie Glass and Lisa Marchi, director of development and communications at Berkshire South.

McGraw family members Rob and Andrea Hayes; Perry Weber, Maggie Buchwald and Stacey Gillis Weber.

Robin’s daughters, Maddie and Annie and his wife, Buzz McGraw, really get a kick out of his cardboard cutout in the lobby.

Berkshire South executive director Jenise Lucey and Ethel Patterson, board chair; Volunteers in Medicine board members Nancy Mills and Alice Lustig came to support Robin for all the work he has done for their organization.

Colin Smith, Lucia Mulder, Head of Berkshire School Pieter Mulder and Jennifer Gaenzle Smith; Gene Dellea and Cheryl Raifstanger.

Claudia Perles and Christine Flasher; Mark Rosengren and Caren Mercer.

Dr. Adrian Elliot, Crispin Tresp, Mary Tresp and Kay Cuthbertson.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 08/19/16 at 10:58 AM • Permalink

Hancock Shaker Village Undergoes A Revival

Amy Krzanik reports from Pittsfield. It was a hoedown scheduled on what turned out to be one of the steamiest (and later, summer-stormiest) of the year, but that didn’t stop supporters from flocking to Hancock Shaker Village’s Summer Revival on Saturday, Aug. 20. Much of the credit for the fantastic turnout goes to this year’s gala co-chairs, Darin Johnson and Greg Keffer, who more than doubled 2015’s attendance. Guests nibbled on artisanal cheeses and charcuterie in the Shaker Gardens, and feasted on a farm-to-table meal prepared on site by Fire Roasted Catering. Dessert — adorably decorated mini cupcakes and delicious banana pudding — was provided by NYC’s Magnolia Bakery. A silent auction featuring trips, dining experiences and Shaker collectibles led into a live auction which offered private dinners prepared by popular local chefs David Wurth and Brian Alberg. Money raised will go to support the Village’s daily operations and educational programming, while the “cause-within-a-cause” part of the live auction will fund the restoration of the Shaker Brick Dwelling, considered an architectural icon, and other historic buildings. A special musical performance by The Lonely Heartstring Band out of Boston, Mass. capped off the successful evening event. [Above, HSV trustee and gala co-chair Darin Johnson, Kathy Cain, HSV president and CEO Linda Steigleder and gala co-chair Greg Keffer.]

Richard Chandler, Ken Schwartz and Marc Hacker; Danielle Cohen and Matt Cohen.

HSV board member Tracy Goodnow with friends Ginny Anderson and Jeff Belmont; Ben Boyd, Kevin Blanchette, Carlos Saavedra, Justin Leibolt and Vincent Metallo.

Matt Eastwood, Adrian Pollack, Stephen Viksjo, David Roady, Daniel Strassburger and Gabriel Beaton.

Keith Scott with Tessa Edick of FarmOn! Foundation; a group of guests pose with a friendly calf from the farm.

Overseer Elaine Christopher, board vice-chair Mary Rentz, Krista Mangiardi, the Village’s program registrar and gifts officer, and Kelly and Dave Milligan of Balance Rock Investment Group, who are underwriting this summer’s exhibit, Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite.

The Lonely Heartstring Band, from Boston, Mass., entertains the crowd under the tent.

The 1826 Round Stone Barn glows in the blue twilight of the evening.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 08/15/16 at 09:15 AM • Permalink

Tea For Two Hundred In 100 Degrees

Rachel Louchen reports from Washington. You could hardly find a better venue for a garden party than charming Washington with its renovated farmhouses and rolling pastures — the entire town oozes New England charm, even as the heat index hit 108 degrees. On Saturday, August 13, the 19th annual Tea For Two Hundred party, to benefit the Interfaith AIDS Ministry of Greater Danbury and Gunn Historical Museum, was held, as always, at the of home Gary Goodwin and Gael Hammer (above left with his daughter, Evie). While years past have brought out hundreds of guests, the soaring temperature kept the attendance lower but no less spirited, as people were still decked out in the customary all-white ensembles and oversized hats, aided this year by matching paper fans. The beautiful grounds had enough room to hold several tents for a silent auction, live music by “The Beehive Queen” Christine Ohlman and many stations to refill the mandatory glass of iced tea.

Gunn Museum director Louise Van Tartwijk and former board president Barbara Kohn.

Laura Daly, who very appropiately judged the hat contest with Carolyn Setlow and Zemma White; Robert Fisher, museum council member Nick Solley, Suzie Haines and Aubrey Haines.

Major hat contest contenders Jeannette Mahoney, Jackie Mahoney and Linda Leidel .

Melody Levey, happily attending her third Two For Two Hundred event with Shelley Lowell, a first-timer; Lucy Clementi, executive director of Interfaith AIDS Ministry of Greater Danbury and Claudio Lameira.

Claire Fisher and Adam Falis; Vladimir Kaplan, Carola Cherief and Dan Neumann.

Douglas Garfinkel, Dominic DiMattia, Danilo Silvia and John Ripley, a 15-year attendee.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 08/14/16 at 07:42 PM • Permalink

The Hudson Library Holds A Swingin’ Sock Hop

Amy Krzanik reports from Hudson. Things were really cookin’ at the Raise The Roof Sock Hop, a benefit for the new Hudson Area Library, on Saturday evening, August 6. Around 150 supporters “made the scene” in their best ‘50s duds at the home of artists Ken Kraus and Anna d’Onofrio. The second-annual gala saw DJ T-Bone spinning platters for the crowd as they sipped cocktails from Fairview Wines & Spirits and Chatham Brewing, enjoyed tastings from Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and sampled cheeses, olives and other snacks from a decadent spread courtesy of Olde Hudson. During dinner — catered by Memorable Cuisine and featuring delectable desserts by Café Le Perche — the evening’s volunteer auctioneer, Bob Rasner, employed appropriate literary quotes and a personal story of a childhood crush on his town’s children’s room librarian, to encourage guests to raise their paddles. The “Call for the Cause” live auction collected funds not to raise to the roof — that milestone was recently and happily achieved — but to furnish the new venue, which has never been more popular, with a self-checkout scanner ($5,000), an HD projector ($6,000) and screen ($1,000), and 45 more chairs for patrons. [Pictured above, Ken Kraus, Susan Fingar, Mark Fingar, Anna D’Onofrio and Carsten Otto.]

Lynda Ackerman and the Library’s new program director, Brenda Shufelt; Bob Rasner with son-in-law Mike Clulow and daughter Amy Rasner Clulow.

Elizabeth Wirick, gala co-chair Christine Boeke, Caroline Jenks and Greg Urra; board member Gwen Gould and Library board president David Murphy.

Major donors Alan and Ellen Goldner coordinated their outfits with their grandsons, Itai and Asaf, who were visiting from Israel.

Olde Hudson’s Dena Moran with Sue Makkoo and Rainer Facklam; Alex Contreras and Andy Goldsborough.

NY State Assemblymember Didi Barrett and district director Erica Kane; author Hudson Talbott, board member Miranda Barry, Paula Forman, founder of Perfect Ten After School and Nora Peck.

Sam Chapin and Laura Miller, director of Perfect Ten After School, strike a pose.

Linda Gui and Clare Zierhut, AnimalKind board members, with Gene Parseghian; Michael Colberg and Elizabth Moore.

Views from inside the tent and inside the barn.

Whose shoes? Can you guess which duo above sported these fantastic kicks?; Delicious fresh fruit tarts from Hudson’s Cafe Le Perche.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 08/08/16 at 10:17 AM • Permalink

“SoHo Sins” At The School Explores An Illicit NY Art Scene

Jamie Larson reports from Kinderhook. Crime and culture, art and mayhem describe the focus and backdrop of the posh gathering Saturday, Aug. 6 at Jack Shainman Gallery: The School. The event, celebrating the release of SoHo Sins, the first novel by Richard Vine, managing editor of Art in America,  included, along with a lecture and signing, a lovely reception among The School’s exhibits in the front hall. The novel explores the dark and illicit underbelly of the New York art scene. Of course, we assume Manhattan’s best known dealers, curators, collectors and artist, some of whom were in attendance Saturday, don’t take part in such unseemly affairs — in the city or in the Rural Intelligence region. The evening was brought together by local unconventional arts publicist Katharine T. Carter and Jack Shainman, above.

Managing Editor of Art in America and author of SoHo Sins, Richard Vine poses with his freshman novel; Richard Roth, jeweler Jan Michaels and Hudson Gallery owner Carrie Haddad.

New York City gallery owner Elga Wimmer and Claire Feldman; Columbia County Historical Society Executive Director Lori Yarotsky, Randall Schmit and Maret Halinen.

Alice Axfeld-Storm, Siena College professor of creative arts Dr. Mahmood Karimi Hakak and the worldly J. Thalia Cunningham, a doctor and author (among other things).

At right: artist Katarina Spitzer, Denola Perreten and Eddie Spitzer.

The packed house inside The School’s front hall gallery; Cathy Farrell and Rick Cunningham in rapt conversation.

Marinka Gerkman and Ginny Westervelt; Shainman’s The School which was, not so long ago, an elementary school.

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Posted by Jamie Larson on 08/07/16 at 11:08 PM • Permalink

Farm-To-Table With Purpose in Roxbury

Rachel Louchen reports from Roxbury. Farm-to-table dinners are fairly regular occurrences in our region, but Litchfield County’s Sustainable Healthy Communities (SHC) annual Farmer’s Table dinner served an important cause: the farmer. On Saturday, August 6, Toplands Farm was host to the annual dinner, which benefits the farmers directly, explained committee member Cynthia Oneglia [at left with fellow committee member Eileen Liwin].“The dinner benefits the farmer by supporting programming over the winter and helps the initiative throughout the year.” Said initiative of SHC is to promote sustainable agriculture, local food, and active healthy lifestyles in the communities of Northwest Connecticut. Other SHC programs include the Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Market, implementing student-maintained gardens at local schools and the current development of the food hub. The annual dinner has taken place at other farms throughout the county previously and this year’s location, a 650-acre farm that produces meat and eggs, is also notable for its huge collection of antique tractors, some over 100 years old.

Steven Lander and writer Constance Leisure; Kimbra Lien, Ed Dina and Nikki Hine, who works at Toplands Farm.

Bill and Lesley King, farmers/owners of Back 40 Farm in Washington, with Julie Bailey of the event committee.

Joan Burgess and Anna Gill; Tim Armbruster, who helps restore the collection of antique tractors, and his wife, Kelly Armbruster, who grew up on the farm, where her father, Ken Murphy, is the farm manager.

Peggy Capozzi and Donald Capozzi with their cousin, Nonie Diebold, owner of Toplands Farm and host of the dinner with her husband, Dudley Diebold.

Restaurateur Philippe Bernard, owner of Saju Bistro, Osteria al Doge and Osteria Laguna, with Mike McGill and committee member Pucci McGill; committee member Tim Walch and Nick Sedelnik.

Sally Taylor and Michael Maddalena; Ed Cady, Jr., Julie Cady and farmer Rick Distel of Hedgelawn Farm in Washington.

Ben and Stephanie Paletsky of South Farms in Morris with Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 08/07/16 at 04:58 PM • Permalink