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Mahaiwe Tent

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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Berkshire Museum Goes On Safari With 2014 Festival of Trees

Amy Krzanik reports from Pittsfield. This year’s Festival of Trees at the Berkshire Museum opened with, well, not a bang, exactly… more of an extremely loud kookaburra soliciting attention from the guests. That’s because this year’s preview party doubled as an opening reception for the Museum’s Lions & Tigers & Bears exhibit, and many live animals were on hand to help celebrate. The Creature Teachers from Littleton, Mass. brought some furry, scaly and feathered friends, including the attention-loving kookaburra, a banana-scarfing kinkajou, a preening umbrella cockatoo and other well-behaved beasts. Museum supporters wore their animal-print best to coincide with the “On Safari” theme of the 2014 Festival as they wandered through the twinkling upstairs galleries enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres. The Festival of Trees and Lions & Tigers & Bears: Through the Lens with National Geographic exhibits will be on display through January 4, 2015. Above, Pam Knisley, Berkshire Museum Curatorial Assistant Kendra Knisley and Kyle Wilson pose in front of a Kodiak bear.

Tim Kiely of The Pittsfield Co-op Bank and Vicky May of Greylock Federal Credit Union; Michele Hotchkin of Berkshire Shenanigans, with Melisa Krzysztof-Davis and Joe Pickett.

Daryl Corbett of Mad Macs with Joe and Anne Apkin; Berkshire United Way‘s Jonah Sykes and Colin Sykes who works for the City of Pittsfield.

Peter Garlington, John Krenicki, Berkshire Museum’s Board Vice President Donna Krenicki, the Museum’s Executive Director Van Shields and Peggy Rivers.

Sally Evans, Mike Chefetz and Museum board member Nancy Edman Feldman; Gwen Davis and Mark Ouillette, who were enjoying their 18th Festival of Trees.

Michael Vincent Bushy and Berkshire Creative‘s Julia Dixon; Molari co-workers Bernadette Webb, Nicole Lewis, Raya Brower and Liz Goclowski pose in front of their tree.

Tim Burdick and Berkshire United Way Board Chair Brenda Burdick with Berkshire United Way President & CEO Kris Hazzard and Larry Hazzard.

Jesse Tague, a Berkshire Music School student, performed for the crowd; Berkshire Magazines Anastasia Stanmeyer and Peggy Rivers.

County Ambulance paramedic Robert van Bramer and Erin Roark; Tiffany Roberts and her daughter, Ariana, make a pretty picture.

Pittsfield High School‘s trees are going on safari and trying to blend in with the animals.

Andrew Boino of Dana Bixby Architects and Maureen White of Barnbrook Realty; Barbara and Tom Patton flank BCC professor Colleen Quinn.

Lisa Ostellino and daughters Kate and Julia, pose in the Guardian Life sponsored safari jeep; Gail Shaw and Jodi Briggs pose with a baby bear.

The Creature Teachers brought Walter the American alligator and a six-banded armadillo named Doug, among other critters, to meet the crowd.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 11/17/14 at 12:05 PM • Permalink