Parties & Openings
March 16 - Williamstown
WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
Roe-Jan Community Parties For The Public Library
Lisa Green reports from West Copake. The Roeliff Jansen Community Library is clearly a cherished institution, and on Saturday, May 31, about 250 library enthusiasts found their way to Camp Pontiac for the Fifth Annual Celebration. There was a lot to celebrate, according to Board of Trustees President Pat Placona (in photo left, flanked by board members Ann Marie Farrell and Jen Jamieson). Since 2009, when the library moved to its new building, library programs have increased by 998 percent, library visits are up 279 percent, and website visits up 314 percent. To keep the library thriving and accessible to all who need it, guests bid on an extraordinarily large collection of silent and live auction items and enjoyed food generously supplied by more than 30 area food and beverage vendors, all while being serenaded by the Mike Schiffer Trio.
Jim Lapenn and Dick Barton man the soft drinks and wine table; Cathy Redlich and Marjorie Corbett were members of the auction committee.
Cecele Karaus with Dona Kahn, a board member and attorney who specializes in family mediation; Ron Bixby, a member of the Board of Trustees, with Alanne Baerson and Sandy Reisman.
Dennis Adamson and Ben Boyd, Copake weekenders from the Upper West Side.
Chef Michael Chesloff serves shao mai; Vicki Sander, a singer, and Cheryl Jones, a trustee, discuss music programs at the library.
Linda Levitt worked on decorations for the event, with Barbara Smith; Roger Mooney, who was chair of the celebration committee, with Katherine Martucci of Ancram.
Julie Cohen, a member of the celebration committee, and Scot Cohen of Scot Cohen Realty.
Peter Krane and Christine Parker; Phyllis Fink and Barbara Lewis, both of whom were on the food committee.
Donald Steele and Rob Horwitz of Ancramdale; Shirley Bresler, who worked on the auctions, and Barbara Greenberg, who sold raffle tickets.