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Parties & Openings

Sept. 9 – Dalton
BNRC 50th Birthday Celebration

Sept. 2 – Claverack
Columbia-Greene Garden Party

Sept. 1 – Hudson
Drinks On The Waterfront

Community Celebrates BNRC’s Half Century Of Landkeeping

Lisa Green reports from Dalton. “Landkeeping is for all of us.” So says the Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s website, and for 50 years, this organization has valiantly worked with landowners who want to donate land, it has scouted for new acquisitions, and planned, built and maintained trails — all so that we have easy access to the Berkshires’ natural world. On Saturday, Sept. 9, Tim Crane opened up his Holiday Brook Farm for a day of hayrides, guided walks, presentations, archery lessons, fishing clinics, food and music to celebrate and honor the work of the last 50 years. BNRC has big plans going forward as it embarks on the High Road project, which will create a system of linked trails that covers the entirety of Berkshire County. [Above, Sarah Hudson, whose brother Barclay Hudson donated Steadman Pond in Monterey, Mass. to the BNRC, with Tad Ames, BNRC’s outgoing president.]

Holiday Brook Farm’s pond was the perfect spot for a fishing clinic and fishing derby.

Jim Lamme, Wendy Linscott, a Council board member and Narain Schroeder, who is the director of land conservation at the BNRC; Roxanne Gawthrop, who runs development and donor relations, with Tom Curtin, a Council board member.

Mackenzie Greer, conservation and stewardship associate, chats with George Wislocki, who was founding president of the Council 50 years ago.

Joel Lerner, who was director of the Massachusetts Division of Conservation Services, and Gige Darey, former chair of the Massachusetts Fish & Wildlife Board, and “one of the nation’s great conservationsts,” said Lerner; David McGowan, executive director of the Williamstown Rural Land Foundation, and Nicole Pyser, stewardship coordinator at the BNRC.

Tad Ames and Holiday Farm owner and BNRC board chair Tim Crane with Jonas and Betsy Dovydenas.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 09/10/17 at 06:50 PM • Permalink

James Ivory Hosts The 2017 Columbia-Greene Garden Party

Amy Krzanik reports from Claverack. The Alliance for Positive Health’s annual Columbia–Greene Garden Party is always a well-attended event and the cause is one that many hold close to their hearts. An added draw is that the APH (formerly the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York) holds the fundraiser at a different, magical property each year. This year, more than 400 guests were able to tour the home and grounds of famed film director James Ivory on Saturday, Sept. 2. Simons Catering created fanciful hors d’oeuvres, Kelly Mittleman & Friends played their hearts out, and the silent auction, another of the event’s big draws, featured hand-chosen pieces of art, furniture, fashion, personal care packages, dinners and overnight stays.

Brian Flynn, New York State Assemblymember Didi Barrett and Kris Kohler; Lindsay Pennington, Anthony Slayter-Ralph and Priscilla Woolworth.

Keith Lee with Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan and former mayor of Altamount James Gaughan; Robin Horowitz and Dale Stewart of Halstead Property with Cricket Coleman.

Artist Stephen King, host James Ivory and gala committee member Peter Bevacqua.

Mary Jane Bendon Couch, APH president, with Bill Faragon, APH executive director; Dave King, Frank Tartaglione, Maria Manhattan and Merry DePhillips.

Stephen Sipperly, board members Dominic Carota and Victor Mendolia, and Matt Lynch; Elizabeth Homitzky, Kurt Parde and Claire Parde, executive director of the Columbia County Community Healthcare Consortium.

Craig Chorney, John Boone and Chris Lockwood.

Alex Contreras, Lisa Briscoe and Andy Goldsborough; Christine Boeke, Suzanne Frye of NYC and Barbara Challan of Hudson.

Charles Rosen with Joseph Sniado and Michael Moy of Joe’s Garage in Catskill, and Duke Dang; Jane Duffstein, Charles Edwards and Michael Myers.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 09/04/17 at 09:54 PM • Permalink

Drinks At the Waterfront With Historic Hudson

Jamie Larson reports from Hudson. An empty lot beside an abandoned warehouse, surrounded by barbed wire and next to railroad tracks, might seem like a strange locale for a posh party. But this is Hudson, New York, and that’s exactly what took place on Friday, Sept. 1. Historic Hudson held its Drinks on the Waterfront event at the old Dunn Warehouse to benefit the organization and to think big about the future of the highly visible historic site on the Hudson River. There was additional reason to celebrate; the city recently won a $10 million economic development grant for the riverfront district, which means plans to revitalize the building could become a reality sooner than later. The weather was perfect, as was the food provided by Talbott & Arding and the unique Eastern European wines from Hudson Wine Merchants. The party, produced by Katharine Millonzi, also was used to promote the equally unique upcoming Historic Hudson chamber music series. [Above, executive director of the Columbia County Historical Society Lori Yarotsky and executive director of Historic Hudson Lisa Weilbacker.)

Lacy Clarke, Historic Hudson intern Lucie Huston and realtor Dina Palin of Houlihan Lawrence, Scenic Hudson land project manager Abdiel Lopez Torres and Isabel Ramirez.

Photographer Annie Leibovitz with daughters Susan and Samuelle. Photo by Kelly Thompson.

Principal at Hudson Praxis Damara Rose (she is currently undertaking a feasibility study about turning Dunn into a Hudson River museum and science center), Chandra Glick, and photographer Antony Nagelmann holding Indigo Nagelmann; NY State Assemblymember Didi Barrett, Historic Hudson vice president Dorthy Heyl, candidate for Hudson 1st Ward Alderman Rob Bujan and Kathy Bujan.

President and executive producer at Hoff Productions Michael Hoff, Julia Ritchie, Shari Brink, Judy Kramer, Win Jackson and principal broker at Historic Hudson Homes Paul Trantanella; Kathryn and Bernadette Fitzgerald with Laurie Fenlason.

Linda and Bill Livanos, Glenda Ruby, author of the new book A Murderous Summer at Bard, and Ros Delay.

Morag Hann, Michael Arkin and Colin Stair of Stair Galleries, who sponsored the event; Historic Hudson president Alan Neumann invites attendees to dream big about the future of the site. 

Olana landscape curator Mark Prezorski, Hudson 3rd Ward Alderman and candidate for 3rd Ward Supervisor John Friedman, and designer Mitchell Motsinger; Eric Tucker and Susannah Millonzi wearing Francis Tucker.

Zachary Hill, Rhodes Adler, Annick de Bellefeuille and Historic Hudson president Alan Neumann.

Historic Hudson volunteer photographers Jackie O’Neill and Kelly Thompson; Suzanne Frye, Nancy Westbrook and Barbara Challan.

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Posted by Jamie Larson on 09/03/17 at 05:02 PM • Permalink

Berkshire Grown Eats (And Contemplates) Farm-To-Table

Lisa Green reports from Sheffield. Barbara Zheutlin, executive director of Berkshire Grown, leads me to the menu posted at the entrance of the brunch on Sunday, Aug. 27, catered by The Old Inn on the Green and The Southfield Store. “Read, and prioritize,” she advises. “Peter Platt has outdone himself.” And indeed he has, providing a home-grown feast under the shade trees at the home of Hester Velmans and Peter Cherneff, with food and drink supplied by local farmers and beverage makers. It all just underscored the purpose of the event: Berkshire Grown’s championing of the local food economy in the Berkshires, and whetted the guests’ appetites for the after-brunch conversation, “Food, Farming and our Future.” Although one of the speakers, columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman was unable to make the event due to a family emergency, Dan Barber held the audience’s attention with his views on where the farm-to-table movement is heading. “We’re just beginning,” said the author, chef and co-owner of Blue Hill New York and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. “For farm-to-table 2.0 we need to look beyond what is passive or easy, and develop hyper-regional cuisines.” While his talk left guests wanting more, each was rewarded on the way out with a copy of Letters to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming and Our Future, compiled by the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. [Above: The two men of the hour(s): Chef Peter Platt and Dan Barber.]

Ellen House, who is assistant to cosmetics company owner Jane Iredale, and Geoffrey House; Doug McTavish and Linda Saul-Sena.

Steve Sagarin of the Berkshire Waldorf High School, Janis Martinson, advancement director at The Mahaiwe, Chris Weld, owner of Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Berkshire Grown’s Barbara Zheutlin, and Tyler Weld.

The farmers and other vendors who contributed to the brunch; Anna Oliver, Stephan Klein, Bonnie Rosenberg and Susan Bubenas.

Blue Q graphic designer Silka Glanzman, Susan Engel, a professor at Williams College, and Emily Bronson of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Jewelry designer Dai Ban, Robin Ban, Jessica Velmans and artist Jorge Silveira.

Restaurateur Mark Firth, owner of Prairie Whale, joins the sausage-grilling team Hope Millham, Jake Levin  of Jacuterie, Brian Heck, and Sean Stanton of Blue Hill Farm.

Guests head to the barn to hear Dan Barber’s talk.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 08/28/17 at 09:47 AM • Permalink

Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon Gala 2017

Amy Krzanik reports from New Lebanon. Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon’s annual summer benefit gala, held this year on Saturday, Aug. 19, began with a cocktail hour in and around the Vault of the impressive Great Stone Barn. Guests moved to the tent for dinner, which was prepared by The Farmer’s Wife located in Ancramdale and Millbrook, New York. The evening’s highlight was a performance by the gala’s guests of honor, actress Frances McDormand and actress/singer Suzzy Roche [shown left]. The two performed an excerpt from The Wooster Group’s Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation, which was introduced by The Wooster Group’s current and founding member Kate Valk. Dolores Meissner of Meissner’s Auctions led a live auction, where supporters participated in a friendly battle for trips, nights out on the town, finely made Shaker reproduction side tables and other items. Coffee, camaraderie and desserts from Manhattan’s Magnolia Bakery rounded out the evening’s events. Early Shaker Spirituals will return to The Performing Garage in SoHo for a limited engagement this December. [Above photo of Frances McDormand and Suzzy Roche by John Mulligan.]

Chair of the board Paul Cassidy with Lisa Malone Jackson, the site’s director of advancement, and her husband Jeffrey Jackson; Patricia Crown and Tracy Kelly.

Jed Englund and Alyce Englund, a curator at The Met; architect John James, Jill and Rufus Jones of the James Weldon Johnson Foundation, and board member Rae Gilson.

Daniel Schmeder, Zoe McFarland and Gavin McFarland; chair emeritus Jeff Daly with Dennis Corrado.

Julia Todoli, Roni Horn and Vernon Evenson; Chris Thompson and David Landauer.

Jeffrey Peabody, Jennifer Dowly and Guy Walker of The Re Institute; Arlin Wasserman with Dan and Nina Worth.

Auctioneer Dolores Meissner and Lacy Schutz, the site’s executive director; Nancy Kyle, Michael Hursa, Max Gitter and Linda Hursa, who created bouquets for the dinner tables.

Jerry Grant, the Museum’s director of collections and research, with Toby Bilanow and Stephen McNabb; Shaker scholar Sharon Koomler, Stephanie Aeder and Rae Gilson.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 08/21/17 at 04:24 PM • Permalink

The National Committee Keeps The Mount Close To Its Heart

Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. After a visit to The Mount, you’d be forgiven for thinking that summer evenings were created specifically for sipping cocktails on the mansion’s terrace, which overlooks former owner Edith Wharton’s breathtaking gardens. On Tuesday, Aug. 15, on just such an evening, members of The National Committee gathered on the terrace of the mansion for a Summer Soirée. The Committee, The Mount’s annual giving society, is comprised of individuals who make a gift of $1,000 or more. Established in 2012, the group includes board members as well as fans of The Mount who live too far away to serve on the board but want to show their appreciation for the site and the work the non-profit does to preserve it. Most of the guests pictured below are members of the Committee and The Mount holds a special place in their hearts.

Editor Pat Peters, retired U.S. district judge Jose Gonzalez and trustee Mary Copeland; Susan Wissler, executive director of The Mount, with photographer Jonas Dovydenas.

Judith Joyce and Linda Zukowski; Roger and Naomi Gordon, a trustee, with Jane Roy.

Carron Haight, Tom Thaler and Sarah Tyler.

Don Temples, The Mount’s director of development, with writers Natalie Pope Boyce and Mary Pope Osborne; Alan Price and Irene Goldman-Price, who is the board’s vice chair.

Hermine Drezner with Carol and Richard Seltzer, a board member; Enid Michelman, Jonas Dovydenas, trustee Cris Raymond and George Raymond.

Trustees Virginia Giddens and Lila Berle with James Giddens and Mary Copeland, also a trustee.

Judith Katz, Betsy Dovydenas and Alice Wislocki; Leslie and Tim Curtis, National Committee members from Connecticut.

Stephen Peters, trustee Kate Wharton and Alan Price; Sherry Kasper, Dan Kasper, chair of The Mount’s board, and Linda Fawley, a National Committee member from Boston.

Susan Wissler and board members past and present thank the National Committee members for all that they do to support and promote The Mount.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 08/15/17 at 08:40 PM • Permalink

IS183 Sends Director Hope Sullivan Off On Her Next Adventure

Amy Krzanik reports from Stockbridge. If you’ve ever taken a class at IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, visited its home base at Citizens’ Hall in Stockbridge, Mass. or attended one of the non-profit’s over-the-top (in the very best way) galas, you’ve met Hope Sullivan. The organization’s longtime director was most likely there to greet you with a smile and make you feel welcome. But Sullivan is now moving on, ready to begin a new job as the executive director at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center Foundation in Stowe, VT. Friends, colleagues, IS183 instructors and board members, and others in the community gathered at Citizens’ Hall on Sunday, Aug. 6 to send her off and wish her well on her next artistic adventure. Nancy Kalodner, an IS183 founding board member, read a statement expressing the gratitude many feel toward Sullivan, who has been at the helm of the 25-year-old organization for the last 12 years, and has expanded its programming and led the non-profit out of debt. Sullivan herself thanked the school’s board members and other supporters for their dedication and generosity throughout the years. Good luck, Hope, and we’ll miss you.

Program director Lucie Castaldo, who will serve as interim executive director, with Hope Sullivan; board chairman Andy Foster with ceramics student Nadine Atalla of Cafe Lucia and board member Aine Ungar.

Noel Henebury of Hotel on North with Vicki Bonnington, Andrea Sholler and Berkshire Athenaeum director Alex Reczkowski.

Gallerist Leslie Ferrin, artist Rebecca Weinman and Danielle Steinmann; Mary Nash with David Schecker.

Shirley Shapiro and former board member Jana Purdy; Diane Firtell and Marilyn Orner Cromwell, who both teach at IS183, with Cecilia Hirsch, the school’s student programs coordinator.

Partygoers raise their glasses in a “cheers” to Hope.

IS183’s marketing coordinator Carrie Wright and photographer Bill Wright flank Pilot; Peter Long, IS183’s registrar and office manager, with Leigh Rosenfeld.

Ceramics studio manager Jared Gelormino with Leslie Ferrin; artist Keith Emerling with potter and teacher Margie Skaggs and ceramicist Marcie Kammel.

This cheesecake, which was as delicious as it was beautiful, was created by Chocolate Springs in Lenox, Mass.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 08/14/17 at 11:33 AM • Permalink

Tea For 200 Celebrates Its China Anniversary

Rachel Louchen reports from Washington Depot. On Saturday, August 12, Tea for 200 reached a huge milestone, commemorating its 20th annual year, which might mean it’s been tea for 4,000 at this point. Held for the last two decades in the gardens of Gary Goodwin and Gael Hammer’s home, the party is a favorite among locals of Litchfield County and sees a huge turnout summer after summer. Tea for 200 has raised nearly a million dollars for local organizations since its inception, with proceeds from this year benefiting the Interfaith AIDS Ministry of Greater Danbury and Gunn Historical Museum. The honored nonprofits may change, but a constant remains the all-white dress code, extravagant hat contest, silent auction, live music by “The Beehive Queen” Christine Ohlman, and the surrounding beauty of Washington Depot. [Above, Gary Goodwin, Evie Hammer, Gael Hammer and Jason Moskowitz].

Andrew Clementi, Lucy Clementi, executive director of Interfaith AIDS Ministry of Greater Danbury, Janet Olsen Ryan, pantry coordinator and board member Dolores Grygog.

Travis Lipinski and Tom Gilbert; Marise Jung, Chad Dutcher and Susan Benedetti from Stickley Audi & Co, one of the event’s sponsors.

Milliner Laura Daly, writer/activist and Connecticut resident Larry Kramer and Tim Daly; part-time Washington residents Pablo Vallecilla and Doug Doucette.

Darcie Congrove and Patti Orzano flank event sponsor Rick Distel and Kevin Comer.

Faithful Tea for 200 attendees Eileen Smyth, Gary Smith and Marilyn Matern-Bratz; Lynne Dedo and realtor Victoria Elliot show off their submissions for the hat contest.

Neighbors Roberta Connolly and Steven Fuchs, a trustee at Gunn Memorial as well as an event sponsor; Cathy Denult and Sandy Brink attend every year.

Niles Bryant, Janet Bryant and Sarah Bryant.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 08/13/17 at 06:11 PM • Permalink