Parties & Openings
June 16 - Becket
Jacob's Pillow Opening Gala
June 14 - Lenox
Lenox Library Gala
June 9 - Hillsdale
Roe-Jan Party In The Park
Wassaic Project Hits the Five-Year Mark
Fiona Breslin reports from Wassaic.
On most nights, all you can hear in this quiet hamlet of Wasssaic is the Metro-North train whistling by. But over the weekend of August 3 - 5, the joint was jumping with energy and music as more than 100 young artists from around the world, plus more than 25 bands, dancers, and other creatives joined visitors and locals to participate in the Wassiac Project’s 5th annual summer festival, the largest to date. The festival featured a thrilling mixture of art, films, workshops, lectures, and performances, as well as fresh eats, artisan brews, and other locavore food. Guests stayed late or camped out for Saturday night’s closing concert overlooking the mountains. In the midst of the stimulating array of activities, there was still the opportunity to meet participating artists (including Wassaic Project co-directors Eve Biddle, Jeff Barnett-Winsby, and music program director Scott Anderson, pictured above) and interact on a personal level, fulfilling the festival’s mission for artists from varying disciplines to cross paths. As evening set in, attendees near the entrance could hear the familiar sound of an approaching train, a reminder that the magic of Wassaic Project was taking place not in a far-off land but, rather, in our own neck of the woods.
Kate Osborn and Stina Poutinen; Nora Clancy, Annie Powers, and Legacy Russell.
The Lantern Inn woodfire pizza crew.
Linda Lauro-Lazin with resident artist Emma Alshawaf and Qian Zhang; Christine Lee, musician Peter Segerstrom, and Adam Delehanty.
The festival website asked attendees to leave the dogs at home, but nobody seemed to mind when many of man’s best friends showed up; Laura Nesson plays dominoes in The Maxon Mills.
Wassiac Project co-director Bowie Barnett-Zunino with daughter Gilvey; artists Katherine Behar, Amanda Tiller, Karen Flatow, and Mollie Roth.
Julian Harrison, Marble Valley Farm’s Mike Dyer, Terrence Hubbard, and Rebecca Manski; Eddie Burch with Dara Barr, whose cup reads ‘Everything you do is beautiful and perfect.’
Before sunset, the scene at Wassaic Project and bucolic hills beyond.