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Multicultural BRIDGE Awards
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NWCT Arts Council Awards
A Pleasant (Valley) Evening of Crickets, Critters & Cocktails Fires Up Support for Mass Audubon
Cultural correspondent Bess J.M. Hochstein reports from Lenox.
The annual fundraiser for Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries, Crickets, Critters & Cocktails, boasts a winning formula. Take one beautiful evening on a lushly verdant property – in this case, July 30 at Pleasant Valley – decorate with colorful banners and crittery kites from Barong Imports (for sale, with half the proceeds going to Mass Audubon); stage a silent auction with surprisingly affordable items; ply guests with frosty drinks and fresh-grilled food; boost the festive quotient with swinging jazz by Lurid Details; and finish the evening with a bonfire and a drum circle. “Drum circle?,” you say, thinking you might instead beat a hasty retreat. With drumming facilitator Otha Day setting the rhythm, most guests opted in, grabbing a seat on a fireside bench and a bongo, tambourine, or other percussive instrument to bang the drum loudly late into the night.
Gentle prices and environmentally oriented lots, such as guided canoe trips and bird-watching adventures, kept the silent auction bidding lively.
Studio 2’s Heather Rose and Kathleen Drohan, associate director of public relations at Tanglewood; Mayme Stansfield, a fashion assistant at Lucky magazine, with her stepmother, nonprofit consultant Cathy Deely.