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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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A New Face For An Inspiring Space At Chesterwood

Amy Krzanik reports from Stockbridge. It doesn’t take much convincing when you’re invited to enjoy a cocktail on the piazza of Daniel Chester French’s studio, overlooking the lush gardens of his former summer estate. As Chesterwood celebrated the reopening of French’s refurbished studio at a gala on Friday, May 23, guests jovially enjoyed the views while bidding on silent auction items that included three framed photographs shot at Chesterwood by Annie Leibovitz for her book Pilgrimage. The studio, closed since 2012, has undergone a painstakingly historically accurate renovation, with special detail paid to its facade. Berkshire Pulse dancers, dressed in all white, performed a piece inspired by their research on Daniel Chester French’s only child, Margaret French Cresson, also a sculptor, who ceded Chesterwood and its collections to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Dinner was held in French’s studio and Michael Ballon of Castle Street Café prepared the evening’s menu using dinner notes from Mrs. Mary French as a guide. The menu included Taft Farms asparagus aspic, tournedos of beef with Madeira sauce, and mixed berry trifle with crème anglaise and raspberry sauce. Read the related RI article about the restoration project: The Rock Star of Stockbridge: Daniel Chester French. Above, sculptors Laura and Rick Brown with the Executive Director at Massachusetts Cultural Council, Anita Walker, and Chesterwood Director Donna Hassler.

Richard and Carol Seltzer with Sheila Thunfors, Chair of the Advisory Committee; Kate and Andrew Wilsey.

Kim and Rich Bradway; Terry and Jane Shea with David McCarthy, George Manley and Chesterwood board member Maureen Raab.

Philip Heller, Judith and Jeffrey Cook, and Barbara and Peter Seideman.

Lou Allegrone, Susan Allegrone, Sarah Voisin and Anthony Allegrone; Nancy Fitzpatrick and Anastasia Stanmeyer.

Katie Soules Cornellier and Dave Cornellier; Architect Ashley Wilson, Gerry Blache, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds at Chesterwood, and the lovely Colleen Blache.

The refurbished studio, meticulously set for dinner.

Louis Allegrone, Stacy Allegrone and Mike Sadlow; Event planner Amy Rudnick and Bettina Montano, founder of Berkshire Pulse.

Cindi Malinick, Rena Zurofsky, Estevan Rael-Galvez, Cinda Jones and Maureen Raab.

Dr. Jay Wise and Terry Wise; Hans and Kate Morris with Terry and Jane Shea.

Berkshire Pulse dancers perform on the Chesterwood lawn before dancing around the fountain.

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