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Parties & Openings

Nov. 11 - Chatham
PS21 Gala

Nov. 4 - Pittsfield
NAACP Awards Dinner

Oct. 29 - G. Barrington
Halloween At L'Atelier

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A Fandango For Nancy Fitzpatrick Courtesy Of IS183

Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. Red Lion Inn owner and Berkshire County philanthropist Nancy Fitzpatrick dispensed a bit of advice to the crowd gathered in her honor at Stonover Farm on Thursday evening, July 7. “You don’t have to do it all at once,” she said. “All you have to do is a little bit each year, and it adds up to a lot.” She was talking mainly about her involvement in starting IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, who threw the gala to honor her and to celebrate its 25th anniversary, but she just as likely could’ve been alluding to her goal of walking across the entire United States, or to life itself. IS18, a nonprofit community art school offering classes for children and adults, has been known to throw some of the most creative and visually lavish parties in the county—and this one didn’t disappoint—but Thursday’s “Fitzpatrick Fandango” was the first to acknowledge the work of one person. But Nancy isn’t just any person, as the packed house of friends, family and fellow board members attested. Guests gladly raised their paddles to bid in the live auction and to give dollar amounts so the school can continue to offer art-making classes to help improve the lives of over 1,000 local schoolchildren each year. In true Berkshire County farm-to-table style, a wonderful dinner of local meats, cheeses, vegetables and fruits was prepared on site by Chef Brian Alberg of Main Street Catering. Here’s three cheers – or, heck, 25 cheers – to Nancy. (Stay tuned for IS183’s big birthday bash in October.)

IS183 board chairman Andy Foster with the guest of honor, and the school’s executive director Hope Sullivan; the animated Yo-Yo Ma with Stonover Farm co-owner Tom Werman.

Former First Lady of Massachusetts Diane Patrick with Kripalu trustees Marcia Feuer and Joan Kopperl; Melissa Bigarel, Jane Iredale and Judy Ney.

Bruno Quinson, Daniel Osman, Hope Sullivan and artist Peggy Rivers; Joyce Bernstein and Larry Rosenthal.

Nancy and her husband, photographer Lincoln Russell [seated], pose with family on the lawn before the festivities.

IS183’s Carrie Wright and her husband, photographer Bill Wright, who wore a safety vest in homage to the one Nancy wears when she “takes a hike”; the school’s ceramics studio manager, Jared Gelormino, with trustee Adrienne Miesmer.

Trustee Tracy Foster, Jonathan Swartz, Sarah Eustis, Anne-Juliette Maurice and Stonover co-owner Suky Werman; Marilyn Hayward, Oliver Curme and Kim Noltemy.

Yuna Asriyan and Deanna McGrath; Roshni Rama and John Snyder pose with the guest of honor.

William Caligari, board vice chair Jennifer Trainer Thompson, Hope Sullivan and Pascale Delfosse.

Carolina Palermo Schulze and Spencer Zahn; painter Stephen Hannock, Nancy and Joan Hunter.

Magician Adam Cardone entertains the crowd; as the sun went down, the cones began to glow inside the barn.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 07/10/16 at 10:35 PM • Permalink