Parties & Openings
March 16 - Williamstown
WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
Memorable Parties of 2015
There’s nothing we at RI love more than covering the region’s galas; it’s the perfect opportunity to visit with wonderful old friends, meet interesting new ones, and taste the delicious food and drink produced right here at home. That’s why picking only a handful of parties for our year-end wrap-up is always so difficult. We’d like to thank the residents of this region for being so generous with their time, talent and funding of organizations that improve the quality of life in our area and make residing here a joy. Below is a sampling of the galas, gallery openings, fetes and festivals that make our jobs so fun. (Click here to relive all of 2015’s parties.)
The School Celebrates Its First Anniversary With An El Anatsui Retrospective
Food trucks, cotton candy, curated cocktails, music, a photobooth, and art world scholars and celebs — it sounds like a summertime music festival, and it practically was when Jack Shainman Gallery’s The School marked its first anniversary.
Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market Farm-To-Glass Throwdown
It was an evening of stiff drinks and even stiffer competition at the first-ever Farm-to-Glass Throwdown, held to support the new Downtown Pittsfield Winter Farmers Market.
“Freakshow” Scares Up Funds For Berkshire Theatre Group
A dressed-up Bella’s Bartok and a dressed-down Gypsy Layne entertained strongmen, bearded ladies, sword swallowers, ghosts and other ghouls at the “Freakshow” Halloween event.
From Dusk To Dark: OMI Lights Up The Night
OMI’s “Light Into Night” gala offered a full evening’s entertainment in the form of live performances, a signature autumn cocktail, a sit-down dinner and dance party, customized on-the-spot poetry, and dessert that doubled as architecture.
Twilight In The Garden At Hollister House
An annual cocktail party revealed one of Washington, Connecticut’s hidden gems — a multi-tiered take on Sissinghurst, complete with intimate “rooms,” a reflecting pool, beautiful borders and frog friends.
Slideluck Mixes Art And Community At Stonover Farm
The first-ever Berkshire County Slideluck event, held at Stonover Farm in Lenox, brought friends and food together with art, both live and on film.
Struttin’ With Some Barbecue at The Mount
A large crowd gathered on the terrace and lawns of The Mount as the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival’s “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue” event kicked off the mansion’s summertime “Music After Hours” series.
IS183’s Gala: Versace, Tchotchkes, Mariachi And A Hibachi
Anyone who’s been to one of IS183’s big blowouts won’t find it surprising that its annual fundraiser made our “most memorable” list. Just like last year. And the year before that.
“Think Like A Farmer, Taste Like A Chef” At Katchkie Farm
On a glorious summer evening, guests roamed the fragrant fields of Katchkie Farm, took photos of the llamas, chickens, sunflowers and sunset and, of course, enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a farm-fresh dinner.
Chapter 1: Hudson Children’s Book Festival Fundraiser
The largest children’s book festival in New York State held a pre-festival cocktail party to ensure every child got to take home a book at this year’s annual event.
Barrington Stage Celebrates Its Possible Dreams
A performance of Man of La Mancha was followed by a celebratory dinner and reception as Barrington Stage Company threw a Fiesta Grande.
A Tea Party For Two Hundred Plus
“Tea for Two-Hundred” turned into tea for 350, and we’re not surprised, with guests of honor like Larry Kramer and Candace Bushnell, and a performance by “The Beehive Queen.”
A Gilded Age Summer Soiree At Wilderstein
Guests enjoyed live jazz, lawn games, outdoor sculpture, gardens and a spectacular Hudson River view as they relaxed with parasols, picnic blankets and pillows on the mansion’s lawn.
Berkshire Grown Brunchers Talk Food With Ruth Reichl
Supporters of Berkshire Grown gathered in a shaded garden in Sheffield to hear the award-winning food writer talk shop with Great Barrington cheesemonger Matt Rubiner.
Half Moon at CIA: A Gala Spiced With Songs By Sutton Foster
The very best in food and featured performers marked Half Moon Theatre’s benefit on its campus at the Culinary Institute of America.
Kaatsbaan Celebrates 25 Years As A Dancer’s Dream Retreat
The international performing arts center at the former Tivoli Farm celebrated its anniversary with performances by stars from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet and The Martha Graham Dance Company
The Horticultural Event Of The Season Celebrates Its 15th Year
From famous garden gurus to everyday green thumbs, those who know make sure to get to Sharon, Connecticut each year for the Trade Secrets two-day fundraiser.
Berkshire South Shines From The Top Of The Bryant Building
Makeup demos and hot shaves were provided for guests at Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetic’s new Great Barrington headquarters during Berkshire South’s “Makeup, Martinis & Moustaches” benefit.
White Out On Main Street
Great Barrington’s “Dig and Dine” was so nice, they held it twice, and we were there as white-clad attendees enjoyed a feast on the town’s main thoroughfare.