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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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Speed Sisters Race To Lime Rock Park And The Falls Village Inn

Lisa Green reports from Falls Village. It would seem that women who drive race cars need no excuse to show up at a track, but on Monday, March 3, there was a very good reason, indeed, to gather at Lime Rock Park. Marah Zahalka, the “fastest woman in Palestine,” was at the motor sports facility with Canadian filmmaker Amber Fares, who was filming the 22-year-old Zahalka (driving for the first time in snow) for some extended footage of a feature-length documentary. The film, Speed Sisters, features the first all-women motor racing team in Palestine and documents the five women competing against men and one another in monthly autocross races in the West Bank city of Jericho. The event was spearheaded by Stephanie Economu, (shown, left, with Amber Fares), founder of Gearhead Girls Racing. The spectators later made their way to the Falls Village Inn, which hosted a reception for the crowd, many of whom were members of Lime Rock Park’s Drivers Club. Fares, who recently gave a presentation about the documentary at TedX in Barcelona, said Speed Sisters received a development grant from Sundance. She is hopeful the film will be presented at the Sundance Festival next year.

Jill Raney, whose company, Brim Light Caps, made the headwear for the occasion, Susan Sweetapple, The Falls Village Inn’s co-owner/innkeeper, and Walter Irvine, who handles sales and business development at Lime Rock Park. Driving enthusiasts included Jeanette Veitenheimer, executive administrator for The Drivers Club, Carole Halvorsen, who received the most improved driver award after just a year on the course, and Lindsay Carroll.

Walter Hergt, a freelance photographer, and Colin Chambers, the inn’s co-owner.

Stephanie Economu auctions off the caps, which have LED lights concealed under the brim (helpful for seeing up close); Mike Briskie of Paddockscene, a motor racing website which helped publicize this event, and Clara Lubansky.

Marah Zahalka gives a thumbs up at the tee shirt given to her by event organizers. Zahalka was a featured presenter at TedX Teen in New York just days before.

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