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Hancock Shaker Village Supper Is A Farm-Fresh Experience
Lisa Green reports from Pittsfield. It’s one thing for guests at a fundraiser to listen to a trustee talk about finances. But when the cows in the pasture move over to a spot where even they can hear the spiel, you know you have a good pitch. On Saturday, August 9, approximately 160 guests (and bovines) gathered at Hancock Shaker Village for a farm-to-table supper to benefit the living history museum. Cocktails in the Shaker garden and a silent auction preview allowed guests the opportunity to watch tradecraft demonstrations by artisans and meet some of the farm’s baby animals. A family-style locavore supper, prepared by HSV’s Chef Michael Roller, featured many ingredients right from the farm, including an HSV herb vinaigrette and HSV sautéed beets. Proceeds raised from the live and silent auctions will help fund the ongoing preservation of the historic buildings, specifically to renew the exteriors and increase accessibility. Shown above, Gala Co-chairs Mary Rentz and Michael Zaccaro.
Curator Lesley Herzberg with Tracy Goodnow, gala committee member and newest board trustee; Artist Peggy Rivers, Dan Feld, a trustee, and Ann Berman Feld.
Marilyn Walter and Ron Walter, outgoing chairman of the board; Trustees Sharon Gamsin and Darin Johnson.
Visiting from New York: Greg Keffer, an architect, Nick Sizemore of Lacoste, and Adam MacLean, a freelance lifestyle consultant.
CEO Linda Steigleder with Richard Ackerman; Gary Corr, board treasurer, and Phil Sherman.
Director of Marketing and Communications, Shawn Hartley Hancock, and Dan Bianchi, mayor of Pittsfield; Trustee Michael Zaccaro is greeted by friendly goats handled by volunteer Rebecca van der Meulen.
Trustee Michael Zak and Lesley Herzberg enjoy a cocktail in the garden; Peter Rentz and Kathy Quattrochi, both members of the gala committee, enjoy a moment in the sun.
Bill Mangiardi, director of farm and facilities, introduces a month-old calf to guests.