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Parties & Openings

March 16 – Pittsfield
The Heartbeats For Autism

March 9 – Pittsfield
Pittsfield Education Foundation

March 3 – New Lebanon
Culinary Crossroads Tea

The Heartbeats For Autism Raises Funds And Awareness

Amy Krzanik reports from Pittsfield. Before the Berkshire Autism Initiative and its partners “light it up blue” for Autism Awareness Month in April, they lit it up green for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner-dance at Berkshire Hills Country Club on Friday, March 16. “Heartbeats for Autism” featured a buffet dinner, a silent auction and the evening’s entertainment, The Heartbeats, an 11-piece dance band from Philadelphia who donated their time for the cause. Proceeds from the event benefit Autism Connections’ programs and support for people with autism and their families in Berkshire County. As autism rates rise — from approximately 1 in 150 children in 2000 to 1 in 68 children in 2012 — Autism Connections helps families, schools, professionals and organizations understand autism and fosters inclusion in the community. [Above, Chris Tracy with Berkshire Autism Initiative chairperson Robin MacPherson.]

From Autism Connections: Katie Drumm, director Karen Serra, Liz Flaherty and Joanne Lucey; from Hillcrest Educational Centers: Roxanne Malloy, Tom Leonardo, Yvette Stoddard and Jon Kellogg.

Margo and Tom Mazzeo, Jen Astore, Glenn Sime, and Kellie and Glenn Houle.

Robyn and Brian Staubach; Elizabeth Deegan, Carol Kondel and Sarah and Taylor Williams.

Tony Cutillo, Sarah Voisin, Erin Mucci and Mike Mucci.

Volunteers from the Berkshire Autism Initiative: Pam Sandler, Megan Sherman, chairperson Robin MacPherson, Sharon Chapman and Nancy Salvatore.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 03/18/18 at 08:56 PM • Permalink

Pittsfield Education Foundation Gives Lessons In Wine Tasting

Lisa Green reports from Pittsfield. Rarely do we cover an occasion where guests arrive…and keep streaming in right through the event. On Friday, March 9, the number of supporters at a wine tasting benefitting the Pittsfield Education Foundation at the Berkshire Hills County Club exceeded the organizers’ expectations. But it validated the community’s support of the new organization’s mission: to improve the achievement and success of the children and teachers in the Pittsfield Public Schools. Local educators, their families and friends, as well as several city officials, roamed the room, wine glasses in hand, where representatives from George’s Liquor Store offered tastings of wines and craft beers. Silent auction tables provided further evidence of support from Pittsfield businesses. “We want to ignite the passion for teaching and learning,” Kimberlee Chappell one of the founding members, remarked to the guests. [Above, Chappell, flanked by fellow founders Julie Pellerin and Elizabeth Trapani.]

Morningside Community School’s Kim Pemble and Crosby’s Dayle Bowler; Katherine Yon, chair of the Pittsfield School Committee, and John Pariseau.

PEF supporters Laura Farkas, Noel Henebury from Hotel on North, and Jesse Tobin McCauley, graphic designer for Main Street Hospitality.

Heidi Riello and Tony Riello, who works at Herberg Middle School; Mauricio Herrera and Christine Pellerin.

Teachers Erin Bassi from Capeless Elementary School and Karen Pearce from Conte Community School.

Michelle Curletti, who is a manager at the Department of Children & Families, with Michael DiCicco, who works at General Dynamics; Flying Cloud Institute’s Ruth Dinerman and Maria Rundle.

Mayra Hayes and Paula Furlano; Lauren Clark and Karen O’Neill, both of Capeless Elementary.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 03/13/18 at 10:21 AM • Permalink

New Lebanon’s Bicentennial Kicks Off With A Cookbook

Lisa Green reports from New Lebanon. A few years ago, we offered 10 Things To Love About New Lebanon, New York, and this year, all those things will be included in the “greatest hits” during the town’s bicentennial celebration. The celebratory events launched on Saturday, March 3 with a reception at the Town Hall, followed by a “tea” at the New Lebanon library to introduce the town’s official cookbook, “Culinary Crossroads.” The book contains vintage photographs from Steve Hawkins, a local photographer who worked for The Berkshire Eagle for many years, as well as stories and recipes from the diverse population of New Lebanon. It was as if the cookbook came to life at the tea, with its contributors bringing in some of the featured recipes. Cakes, cookies and other foods were displayed beside Hawkins’ (and others’) photos reflecting what life was like in New Lebanon’s past. The town’s anniversary celebration, known as NL200, will span eight months. [Above: Helen Burton, a library board member, with Gregg Carroll, who worked on the book’s graphics, and Sharon Koomler, a recipe contributor.]

“Culinary Crossroads” is based not only on recipes from New Lebanon residents but on their neighborly conversations and activities; Joanne Amlaw and Hugh Black.

Shawna Fitzsimmons, operations manager at Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon, with Rae Gilson, a board member of the Shaker organization.

Pat Macias, who was on the cookbook committee, stands ready to sell cookbooks; A cake, whose recipe is included in the book, sits in front of an historical photo of Tilden Pharmaceuticals employees.

Linda Hursa, owner of Angel’s Trumpet Flowers & Gifts, with Deb Gordon and Mike Hursa; Ted Salem, who writes press releases for the New Lebanon library, Paul Rix and Gary Millett.

The “Culinary Crossroads” committee.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 03/05/18 at 09:50 AM • Permalink

The Junior Leagues Gives Us A Taste Of The Berkshires

Amy Krzanik reports from Dalton. A fine crowd turned out to The Stationery Factory on Thursday, Feb. 22 to help the Junior League of Berkshire County (JLBC) celebrate its 10th Annual Taste of the Berkshires and its 85th anniversary. Guests enjoyed everything from soups, stews and salads to eggplant parmigiana, with plenty of dessert items to round out the meal. Local restaurateurs and catering companies included Gala Steakhouse, KJ Nosh Catering, Mazzeo’s Ristorante, Patrick’s Pub, Flavours of Malaysia, Ye Olde Forge, Cafe Namaste, Simply Sweet, Starbucks, Sarah’s Cheesecakes, Big Elm Brewing, Ayelada, and two businesses making their Taste debut: The Pita Bite and Tyler and Pine. All proceeds from the event benefit the Junior League’s community programs. Past projects have focused on literacy, women and children’s safety, substance abuse issues, mentoring, ending sex-trafficking and more. The next JLBC event is a screening of Half the Sky at the Berkshire Athenaeum on Monday, March 5. 

The Junior League’s fundraising chair, Shela Hidalgo, with its president, Mia Albano, and vice president, Rebecca Beron; Junior League sustaining members Susan Frisch Lehrer and Abbie von Schlegell flank member Leah Reed.

Hugh Koh, Sabrina Tan and Lee Tan from Flavours of Malaysia; Mark Ouillette and Gwen Davis.

Melissa and Brian Rathbun with Bryan and Megan Patton

Phil Kampe and Maria Kampe; Amie Birch, Barbara Larocque and Tracey Green.

Dan Shandor and Jes Shandor, a Junior League member and past president, with Candace Wall and Michael Wall; Andrea Hartcorn and Stef Quetti represented Tyler and Pine, a bakery opening soon in Pittsfield.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 02/25/18 at 11:15 AM • Permalink

With ‘BlkQueer Romantics,’ The Tenth Magazine Makes Its Hudson Debut

Amy Krzanik reports from Hudson. Hudson Hall’s first exhibition of its 2018 season, The BlkQueer Romantics, is a collaboration with the creative team behind the magazine The Tenth, which recently relocated to Hudson. The biannual publication, which takes its name from the W.E.B DuBois essay “The Talented Tenth,” documents the history, culture, ideas and aesthetics of the black LGBTQ community.” The exhibition, The BlkQueer Romantics, takes its name from the most recent edition of the magazine (its fifth since launching in 2015) and both celebrate the landscape and architecture of the Hudson River Valley, featuring photo spreads taken at Hudson’s Dr. Oliver Bronson House and The Vanderbilt Mansion at Hyde Park, “places where many African American artists and entertainers escaped to at the turn of the 19th century.” The exhibit’s opening reception, on Saturday, Feb. 10, was attended by many of the issue’s featured writers and models. The BlkQueer Romantics is on view until March 18.  [Pictured above: Steven Lowe, Bruce Robinson, a model featured in The Tenth’s most recent issue, and the magazine’s co-founder Khary Septh]

Aaliyah Barnes, Jaleel Green and Salim Chagui-Sanchez; musician Katie Harkin with The Tenth’s managing editor, Kyle Banks, and Basil the puppy.

Writer Jonathan Lerner and Tambra Dillon, Hudson Hall’s executive director; DeWayne Powell and artist Reggie Madison.

Jamie Hollins and artist Simeon Amstutz; Nathan Ha Levy with Gary Linnen.

Clarence Klugh, Cameron Leel and Khary Septh; Shanae Johnson and Marcus Brock.

Kate Hewett with Ricardo Johnson; Anthony Wash Rosado and Oscar Diaz.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 02/11/18 at 06:37 PM • Permalink

It Was An Honor At Winter Blast 2018

Jamie Larson reports from Hudson. The Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation of Columbia Memorial Health held its annual Winter Blast Saturday, Feb. 3 at Club Helsinki. And a blast it was. Always a crowded “who’s who” of the region’s leaders in business and philanthropy, the event routinely raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for the foundation. Last year the event also included presenting the Clara Kellner Award for Public Service. This year’s award went to two well-deserving familiar faces, Sheldon Evans and Martha McMaster. Their decades of philanthropy and ongoing commitment to local organizations is almost legendary. Supporting and sitting on the boards of many arts and civic organizations over the years, their names have become synonymous with selfless community investment and care. Happy to present them their honor were President and CEO of Columbia Memorial Health Jay P. Cahalan and Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation Chairwoman Patti Matheney (shown above).

NY 19th District Congressional Candidate Gareth Rhodes, Shaker Museum Board Chairman Paul Cassidy and Hudson Mayor Rick Rector; Optimus Architecture’s architect Dan Gallagher and Courtney Gallagher with Linda Souers and Optimus Principal David Souers.

Event honorees Sheldon Evans and Martha McMaster, John and Denise Dunne, and Aven Kerr.

From the event’s presenting sponsor, Clark Patterson Lee, Scott Cottingham and Bill Vanslike, flanking CMH’s John Hall; Perfect Ten Hudson Founder and Chairwoman Paula Forman, Ed Beaty and Tommy Ngo.

Anne Brusie, Ginsberg’s Foods VP of Operations John Brusie, Hudson Area Library Director Emily Chameides, Hudson 3rd Ward Supervisor Michael Chameides, MetzWood Insurance Manager Derick LaTorre and Heather LaTorre.

Dan and Bryanne Scali, Rhonda Makoske and John Roberts; First Fuel and Propane’s Rich Coon, Pine Haven’s Elizabeth Groat and Bowers & Del Peral’s Morgan Bowers.

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Posted by Jamie Larson on 02/06/18 at 09:17 AM • Permalink

Mail With A Message: ‘The 50 Card Project’

Amy Krzanik reports from North Adams. “While sometimes I want to separate my art from my politics, the impossibility of that grows every day,” states MCLA visual arts professor Melanie Mowinski. Her 50 Card Project, which opened with a reception at MCLA’s Gallery 51 on Thursday, Jan. 25, began on inauguration day of last year. Every week for 50 weeks, Mowinski has printed a new postcard in a limited edition of 100, using vintage letterpress type, linoleum blocks and other printing forms. She’s sent each new card to 15–20 Washington D.C. officials, including the president and vice president, the attorney general, the Senate and House majority and minority leaders, and others. Each week’s quotation was inspired by events happening at the time, as well as by Mowinski’s goal of keeping herself and others energized for the long road ahead. During week five, Scott Pruitt was confirmed as the head of the EPA and she printed a card with the Native American proverb “When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.” Mowinski says the project is “about being positive, yet at the same time a little subversive.”

Melanie Mowinski and Gallery 51 curator Arthur De Bow; Mowinski’s husband, Doug Molin, with one of her former students, Isaac Wood.

Adazae Shepherd-Edwards, Erica Barreto and Chris Handschuh; Michelle Daly, director of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, with MCLA music professor Christine Condaris.

Amanda Romanelli, an intern who helped print pieces for the show, with MCLA student Zach Benjamin; writer Seth Brown with artists Sara Farrell Okamura and Hideyo Okamura.

William Archer, Alvin Ouellet and Jose Duran; Kristen Parker and the reception’s youngest (and sleepiest) attendee.

MCLA professors Anne Goodwin and Anna Jaysane-Darr; The complete set of cards is available for purchase.

Quote from basketball coach John Wooden and actress and activist Laverne Cox.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 01/28/18 at 08:08 PM • Permalink

New Art, Old Building At Berkshire Money Management

Amy Krzanik reports from Dalton. With more than 80 arresting works of art displayed throughout a stunning c.1898 mansion, it’s no wonder hundreds of people attended Berkshire Money Management’s one-night-only exhibition, “New Art in an Old Building,” on Friday, Jan. 19. To celebrate its new home at the former Crane & Co. Model Farm, BMM had chosen works by 22 local, living artists, many of whom attended the reception, to be featured in an exhibit that doubled as a housewarming party. The company’s new offices (former bedrooms), meeting room and wood-paneled music room played host to paintings, photographs and sculpture, as well as living art, acrobats and string music from The Rosamund Trio. Above, BMM founder and owner Allen Harris poses with artist Joe Goodwin in front of one of his paintings.

Artist Scott Taylor with BMM Vice President Scott Little and his wife Julie Little; sculptor William Casper and Cheryl Casper.

Noah Kimball, artist Edward Pelkey, Mia Pelkey (in front), Jennifer Kimball and Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer.

Ken Singer, president and CEO of Berkshire County Arc, with sculptor Andrew DeVries in front of his sculpture, The Juggler; artist Grier Horner and Susan Phillips pose with one of his paintings.

Artists Sandra Houseman and John Houseman; Zack Marcotte, a financial advisor at BMM, with Donna Quallen.

BMM founder and owner Allen Harris with Kate Teutsch, John Krol and Hans Teutsch.

Stan Spencer and Jan Charbonneau; an interesting creature silently greeted guests upon their arrival.

Living artworks mingled with guests throughout the evening.

William Casper’s Here I Come; Edward Pelkey’s Science 8/11.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 01/21/18 at 04:11 PM • Permalink