Parties & Openings
March 16 - Williamstown
WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
Homefield Preview Party at Ventfort Hall Gilded Age Museum
Bess Hochstein reports from Lenox.
“Designer Dad” blogger and author Stephen Saint-Onge was the celebrity host of Homefield: Bringing Design Home, a Saturday home furnishings, fashion, art, and antiques market held under a tent behind Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. The market kicked off with a preview party on Friday, August 10, to support Community Health Programs (CHP) in its various Family Services initiatives to help at-risk children with developmental delays and disabilities through nutrition, play, and educational therapies. Guests were greeted at the door by CHP CEO Bryan Ayars and his wife, Barrie (above), who served on the event committee, before being handed a glass of champagne in the mansion’s elegant interior. Saint-Onge said Ventfort Hall reminded him of Downton Abbey, but it was also a little bit Upstairs/Downstairs as anyone who wanted to shop had to tear herself away from the Silent Auction display (not to mention the delectable spread prepared by Michael Ballon of Castle Street Café) and descend a stairway from the terrace, and then another to the lower-level lawn to reach the vendor tent. Most attendees found it well worth the trip, given the fabulous array of goods at hand.
Jesse Suphan and Ruth Dinerman of CHP checked in the guests, including Paula and Eric Ungewitten.
Event host and interior designer Stephen Saint-Onge with committee member Pat Navarino of Renaissance Art School; Timbercraft Homes proprietor Mark Rosengren with singer Wanda Houston, who performed later that evening.
Antiques dealer Alex Sarbib of Le Trianon with fitness trainer Antoine Alston; Berkshire Co-op Market general manager Art Ames, a member of the CHP board, with Heather Flemming of Berkshire Playwrights Lab.
The Auro Quartet performed as guests arrived.
Barbara Manring, Saiid Daemi, and Pilates instructor Annie Rye; Diana Blumethal and painter Gillian Seidl.