Parties & Openings
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Berkshire Museum Tree Fest
Nov. 17 - Lenox
Multicultural BRIDGE Awards
Nov. 15 - Torrington
NWCT Arts Council Awards
A Colonial Thanksgiving with Bidwell House Museum
Fiona Breslin reports from Monterey.
Guests walked a quiet, candlelit path towards the Bidwell House Museum, Saturday, November 24, for the New England heritage landmark’s Colonial Holiday Thanksgiving Fundraising Party. The event was held in the enchanting 1750s parlors of former house resident, Reverend Adonijah Bidwell, with evening proceeds going to benefit the museum and its mission to promote history, research, education, and restoration of colonial life in Western Massachusetts. With no cell service and tons of guests joyfully mingling in the dimly lit, small wooden rooms, it was easy to imagine a little bit of life in the 18th century. There were smiles on the faces of everyone (including museum director Barbara Palmer, pictured above with board president Robert Hoogs, who came dressed for the occasion) as conversation, light hors d’ouevres, refreshments, and upbeat music by local string musican, David Reed, took place. A silent auction featuring gifts such as glass blowing lessons from Hoogs & Crawford, a private yoga session, guitar lessons, and more, were also on display to help further encourage Bidwell House support. The simple and lovely benefit took place just days after Thanksgiving. I felt reminded upon arrival of why I am thankful to live in the beautiful and historic region that we do.
Bidwell House trustee Paula Moats, with Yvette Wing and Dan Wing; Louisa Gilder and Tonio Palmer.
Judith Choate shares a hug with Laura Lawson; Tom Parker, Mimi Parker, and Del Koster.
Bidwell House trustee Chapin Fish, Bill Brockman, and Kevin Fish.
Joe Stearn and Lauria Puntin; Lindsay Greene, Steve Hodgin, and Joanne Larsen.
Kathryn Roberts, trustee Larry Birnbach, and Beverly Hyman; Roman Goik and animator Tristian Goik.
Bidwell House student intern William Palmer with Caroline Palmer, Emma Haskell, and Henrik Palmer.