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July 15 – Kinderhook
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July 15 – Richmond
Berkshire HorseWorks Derby

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The Sylvia Center Celebrates 10 Farm-To-Table Years

Lisa Green reports from Kinderhook. Attendees of the annual farm-to-table dinner in the fields of Katchkie Farm always know there will be a tsunami of new, wonderfully unique foods served at the event that benefits The Sylvia Center’s programs for children in Columbia County. On Saturday, July 15, around 300 guests celebrated The Sylvia Center’s 10th anniversary with hors d’oeuvres that included smoked trout zucchini cups and forest mushroom mousse cornets; table “snacks” such as yellow beet hummus and fermented grape leaves with goat cheese; and a dinner buffet including leg of lamb, wild hives and spelt berry salad, and spinach and roast garlic pomme puree. And while the food (prepared and served by Great Performances, owned by The Sylvia Center’s and farm’s Liz Neumark) may have been the most interactive part of the evening, the mission of The Sylvia Center — to engage Columbia County’s youth in every step of the story of food from seed to plate — was front and center. Girls in the program charmed guests into smelling and tasting herbs from the teaching garden; within minutes, donations offered met the auction goal of $30,000; and the field that supplies produce for the program spread out before the tented tables in all its glory. [Above, New York State Representative Didi Barrett presents founder Liz Neumark with a citation in appreciation of The Sylvia Center’s decade of service.]


Madeleine Fischer, program coordinator, and Kristen Jovanelly, garden educator and manager, with Joey Ramos, a pulmonary and critical care physician; Elvira Tapler, Michael Tapler and Judy Fishman, a dinner co-chair.


Krystle Watler, who finds The Sylvia Center to be a “meaingful program,” and Ronald Davis, attend their second farm-to-table event.


Despina Leandrou, Michael Laudati and Geoffrey Firth; Mitchell Khosrova and Elaine Khosrova with dinner co-chairs Tanu Kumar and Jacob Israelow.


Joey Ramos, Howard Pulchin of APCO Worldwide and a new board member, and board member and dinner co-chair Debbie Gardner.


Students of The Sylvia Center show their berry-picking skills to a guest; Brandon Grossof FOODMatch, a supporter of The Sylvia Center, and Laura Gross.


Interior designer Amie Weitzman, a sponsor, and Betsy Jacobs, a dinner co-chair.


Nico Miller, board members Dodi Meyer and Chaim Wachsberger, and Fred Buell; board member Courtney Archer and Minkie English.


Gail Cannold, Charles Biblowit, Julie Biblowit, Michael Biblowit, Robert Siegel and Corinne Epstein.


Kyle Schanzer and Lucy Schanzer, an artist, who live in Brooklyn; mother-daughter attendees Leigh Ollman and Joanne Ollman, who have a home in Ghent.


Epitome of pastoral: a field at Katchkie Farm.


Dinner committee members and Chatham homeowners Bill Schreiber and Dara Schreiber; a dinner scene at sundown.


David Adler, Liz Neumark, Max Gomez and Wendy Dessy.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 07/17/17 at 02:19 PM • Permalink

The Berkshire HorseWorks Derby Wins The Blue Ribbon

Amy Krzanik reports from Richmond. Hats off to the folks who planned a fun summer gala where, as you can see below, most guests had their hats on. Berkshire HorseWorks, located at the Berkshire Equestrian Center, threw a fundraising derby-themed shindig on Saturday, July 15, complete with mint juleps, cucumber dill tea sandwiches, chocolate pecan pie and other Kentucky-fried favorites. Only In My Dreams Events, Soma Catering and music duo Hotshot Hillbillies helped to pull it off. Funds raised in a fast-paced live auction will go to fund the nonprofit’s equine-assisted psychotherapy and life skill development programs for those facing mental health and behavioral challenges. Some of the more than 400 Berkshire County neighbors HorseWorks has helped in its 3-plus years of existence include veterans, those on the autism spectrum, soon-to-be-released inmates, young girls recovering from trauma, and many others. [Above, a peek into the barn where dinner was served.]


Liana Toscanini of Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires and Barbara Schulman of Berkshire Property Agents; Berkshire HorseWorks founder Hayley Sumner with Alex Hodge, Isabelle Hodge and Carole Schulze.


Board member Barbara Newman, Kathleen Triem, Cindy and Jeff Caminiti and Peter Franck; Richard Wise and Rebekah Wise.


Jason Cuyler, Chelsey Ciolkowski, Cynthia Segui and Mark Massaro.


Jan Healey, Emily Mure and floral designer Evelyn Garstang; Mike Zippel and Oskar Hallig of Only In My Dreams Events flank the auction’s “Vanna White,” Aaron Johnson.


Barbara Schulman, Carrie Herrington and Keira Ritter; Mark Farrell and Terri See, creator of Mighty No Bitey.


Guests were invited to create, or add plumage to, their sun hats; table settings included fresh flower bouquets, blue ribbons and toy horses.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 07/17/17 at 09:48 AM • Permalink

WAM Benefits Soldier On Women’s Program Under The Stars

Rachel Louchen reports from Richmond. Despite a stormy sky, WAM Theatre’s benefit cocktail party, Stars In The Orchard, was a successful (and sold out) event that not only served as a major fundraiser for the organization but provided a sneak peek of WAM’s upcoming fall production. Held again at Hilltop Orchards on Wednesday, July 12, the event featured wine made on-site by Furnace Brook Winery, live music, and silent and paddle auctions to help fund WAM events and education, especially Girls Ensemble, who performed an excerpt from their original piece, What’s That Sound? Since its inception, WAM Theatre has donated more than $30,000 to 11 nonprofit organizations. This year’s beneficiary, the Solider On Women’s Program, which provides services to female veterans, will receive 25 percent of the box office proceeds from The Last Wife, premiering this October at Shakespeare & Company. [Above, WAM executive director Kristen van Ginhoven, Wendy Healey, senior vice president at Lee Bank, and Kelly Galvin, director of The Last Wife.]


Rick Bowers, Kim Stauffer, who starred in WAM’s production of Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight this past spring, and Lia Russell-Self, associate producer.


Mary Jo Carpenter, Adriana Brown and Martin and Truus van Ginhoven, parents of Kristen; Volunteer coordinator Dawn Martin and Linda Gillespie.


Maggie Mitts, an intern at Chesterwood and Marybeth Mitts of Williams College; Sarah McNair and Randal Fippinger, producing director at ‘62 Center for Theatre & Dance.


Philanthropy and outreach coordinator Gwendolyn Tunnicliffe, Arwen Lowbridge, and Dorothy Mack.


Event coordinator Oskar Hallig and Meghan McGrath; Arthur and Millicent Blum.


Board member Victoria May and Nick Webb, founding board president; Tina Bartini of Lee Bank and Cathy Terwedow.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 07/12/17 at 07:40 PM • Permalink

Supporters Are The First To Meet “The Founders Of Kent”

Lisa Green reports from Kent. “In the early 1700s, the northwest corner of the colony of Connecticut was often described as a ‘howling wilderness,’” one learns on a tour of the Seven Hearths Museum in Kent, Conn. The building was built in 1751 by one of the early founders of Kent, and on Saturday, July 8, the Kent Historical Society’s most generous members and supporters attended a preview party for the new exhibit, “The Founders of Kent: Starting from Scratch on the Connecticut Frontier.” The history is fascinating and complex and almost bursts out of the walls of the colonial house that served as fur trading post, general store, inn, and, finally, the private residence of artist George Laurence Nelson (whose stunning paintings hang in the museum). “There’s a lot of reading to be done in this exhibit” among the artifacts, sloping stairways and period furniture, said KHS’s curator Marge Smith. But anyone who’s interested in the how and why of the earliest settlers of northwest Connecticut will find it a thought-provoking and worthwhile visit. The exhibit runs on weekends through the end of October. [Above: Mike Everett, KHS board president with board member Deb Chabrian and Ed Martinez greet guests at the cocktail reception.]

Bruce Whipple, treasurer of the board of the historical society and board member Roger Gonzales; Melissa Cherniske, secretary of the board, and Carol Franken.


Brian Thomas, executive director of the Kent Historical Society, in front of the Seven Hearths Museum.


Mark Peterson, a carpenter who worked on the restoration of the Seven Hearths building, and Heather Blue Forstmann, who is secretary of the board of the Warren Historical Society; KHS members Ruth O’Meara and Karina O’Meara.


Jeffrey Morgan, Tom Sebring and John Favreau.


Curator Marge Smith explains a bit of Kent history to Guy Peterson; A family tree shows that many of the founding families’ descendants still live in town.


Curator Marge Smith stands in the room that was recently discovered to have been a fur trading post.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 07/09/17 at 09:25 AM • Permalink

The Way They Were In World War I, On View At Wilderstein

Rachel Louchen reports from Rhinebeck. The theme of Wilderstein Historic Site’s summer celebration this year was World War I, a global event that the historic Gilded Age mansion was not only around for, but survived, as did the family who lived there. On Saturday, July 8, the former home of the Suckley family — and famous daughter Margaret “Daisy” Suckley, a cousin of Franklin D. Roosevelt — held its annual benefit fundraiser on the grounds of the stunning mansion with sweeping, long-range views of the Hudson River. The theme tied in with a special exhibition that showcases the war through the eyes of the Suckley family, who were directly affected by it: they lost their eldest son Henry when he was volunteering as an ambulance driver in Albania, another brother served in France with the Red Cross, and Daisy herself served as a nurse’s aide. Photographs, diaries, medals and uniforms give a glimpse of what life was like in 1917. More than 225 people attended the benefit for the beloved institution, which is maintained thanks to generous contributors and a dedicated staff and volunteers. Music, cocktails, picnic fare and a large silent auction are staples of the party, but this year also included some contemporary art. Large outdoor sculptures created by Hudson Valley artists were scattered throughout the lawn, set against the backdrop of Wilderstein’s 1852 facade. The exhibit is on display until Oct. 29. [Above, Liz Hambley Wilson, the closest living relative of Daisy Suckley, John Wilson, and Executive Director Greg Sokaris.]


John and Kathy Iaccino pose in front of their classic 1911 Ford Model T with Steven and Ellen Hubbert.


Gary Moyle and Wilderstein board president Lyell Dampeer; Tory McKenzie, Brooke Stevens, and board member Caroline Carey.


Chelsea Streifeneder owner of Body Be Well Pilates and Steven Rikert, owner of Rikert’s Autobody in Rhinebeck; Huck Hill, owner/broker of H.H. Hill Realty Services, Mickey Haggerty and Suzanne Kelly.


Roger Tully, Cathy Johnson-Tully, Sharon Coughlan, Jim Coughlan and Alyson Kogon.


Loretta Higgins and Diane Eynon; artist Rowan Willigan and Kurt Schmidlein.


Linda and Joseph Greene scored the best seat on the lawn; Annie Marvin, John Marvin, and Mary Casey.


Dana Page with husband, Darin, dressed to the Gilded Age nines; Richard Kortright and Jerry Bereika.


Claudia Rosti, volunteer Donna Warren and host committee member Sally Hallenbeck.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 07/08/17 at 08:54 PM • Permalink

Shakespeare & Company’s Ruby Gala

Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. Bright garnet gowns, crimson lips and fingertips, and deep scarlet dress ties were de rigueur at Shakespeare & Company on Saturday, July 1, as the non-profit theater celebrated its 40th or “ruby” anniversary. Party guests sipped Ruby Drop cocktails – a mixture of vodka, triple sec, lemonade, fresh raspberries and love – and munched hors d’oeuvres before settling in for a surprise-filled show in the Tina Packer Playhouse. Sweet Honey in the Rock serenaded the crowd, and Company actors performed pop-up (sometimes literally) soliloquies from some of the Bard’s best-loved plays. Actor David Joseph led a live auction to close the show, but it’s Shakespeare & Co., and the show is never really over here. As guests filed out of the theater, they came upon a man, a woman and a horse in the Rose Meadow below. It was artistic director Allyn Burrows, who performed a scene from Henry V, alongside Kat Whitney and horse Ali. As Burrows exited and horse and rider galloped away, a new scene from Romeo and Juliet took its place. Dinner, dancing and more pop-up performances rounded out the magical evening. Here’s to 40 more! [Above, Tina Packer and her son, actor Jason Asprey, flank Casey McShain.]


Margy and Lew Steinberg with trustee Claudia Perles; Reggie Life, director of God of Carnage, with Natalie Johnsonius Neubert, director of development, and artistic director Allyn Burrows.


Board chair Ken Werner and Rhea Werner of the advisory board with Janet Lee and Martha Rosen; actor Actor Josh McCabe and Yuki Cohen.


Actors David Adkins and Tommy Schrider; Mass. state senator Adam Hinds with Kristen van Ginhoven and Nick Webb.


Guests walk down the path to dinner in the tent; Kat Whitney plays the Queen of France atop Ali.


Cathy Monoxelos and Steve Bader; S&Co. actors and teachers Dara Silverman and Douglas Seldin flank Carol Seldin of the advisory board.


Mass. state representative Smitty Pignatelli and Nancy Kalodner; Burrows performs a monologue as attendees leave the Playhouse and head to dinner.


Party guests passed under saber arches along the winding path.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 07/02/17 at 05:42 PM • Permalink

Food, Farm, School…Hawthorne Valley Association Does It All

Rachel Louchen reports from Ghent. The threat and eventual arrival of a torrential downpour didn’t put a damper on spirits for Hawthorne Valley Association’s Declaration of Interdependence field-to-table dinner. On Saturday, July 1, the third annual event benefited the education, research, and cultural programming produced by the association’s roughly 12 initiatives (Farmscape Ecology Program, Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, and Free Columbia, to name a few). The “field-to-table” promise rang true: the food was provided by the Hawthorne Valley farm, which has been producing organic and biodynamic food since 1972, and which provides products that are sold at the farm store located across the street. Farmer/philosopher Fred Kirschenmann [above, with the association’s Rachel Schneider] was honored for his longtime work advocating for organic farming. The event also included a silent auction, live music, and a sturdy tent sheltering all of the well-fed guests.


Farmers Phyllis Van Amburgh and Paul Van Amburgh of Dharma Lea Farm, Kevin Irby, who works at Armonia LLC, one of the event’s sponsors, and Steffen Schneider, director of farm operations.


Hawthrone Valley farm store manager Jeremy Laurange and director of retail manager Dana Wagner; director of marketing and communications Heather Gibbons and Michael Frosch, school director at Hawthrone Valley Waldorf School.


Hillsdale residents David Revede and Jeremy Dodd; board member Christina Lowery, CEO of Girl Rising, and Lauren Haberland.


Hawthorne Valley Center for Social Justice co-director Gary Lamb, Waldorf School teacher Janene Ping and Linda Frosch.


Justin Goldman, branch manager at Bank of Greene County and Andrea Girolamo; Lauren Wolff and Katie Smith-Cashen, owner of Farm at Miller’s Crossing in Hudson.


Mackenze McAleer and Dana Bezerra; Hawthorne Valley Association’s executive director Martin Ping and Scott Sylvester, who has three children attending the Waldorf school.


Alex Strompf, farm store operations manager Chandra Strompf, Daniele Do and Sam Sutton.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 07/01/17 at 09:05 PM • Permalink

Summer School: Jack Shainman’s Kinderhook Gallery Opens New Exhibit

Amy Krzanik reports from Kinderhook. The School | Jack Shainman Gallery opened its 2017 summer exhibit, The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness, on Saturday, June 24 with a celebration that has, in 4 short years, come to be one of the most eagerly awaited events of the season. Local artists and visitors from the city (where Shainman’s Chelsea gallery has opened a related show) got to know each other over signature cocktails, food from Simons Catering and desserts by Eat.Sip.Smile. A special performance of PATIENT(CE) by Company SBB and jazz ensemble Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber took place under shade trees while viewers enjoyed the sunshine. A third exhibit, If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard, up now at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, focuses on pieces from the collection of the Shainman Gallery’s late co-founder. All three are diverse, crossing time periods, cultures and countries, and encompassing sculpture, murals, photography, 3D work and more.


Artist and sheep farmer Dan Devine with Ruth Adams, director of Art Omi in Ghent; Aiko Tanaka, Priscilla Torres and Jasmin Hernandez.


Ian Berry, director of the Tang Museum at Skidmore, with Jack Shainman gallery director Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, Jack Shainman, and choreographer Stephen Petronio.


Warren Suss, Nat Chase and Tamsen Greene, senior director at the gallery; Laura Loving and Stella with Elena Filimonova and Sasha.



You’ll know you’ve arrived at The School when you see the large red sculpture on the front lawn.


Molly Gottschalk with Olivia Smith of Magenta Plains Gallery; Lars, a filmmaker, and producer Irene Francis with Ronald Shaw.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 06/27/17 at 08:37 AM • Permalink