Parties & Openings
March 16 - Williamstown
WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
Spring Fling At Sandisfield Arts Center
Lisa Green reports from Sandisfield. From a Baptist meeting house to an Orthodox synagogue to the Sandisfield Arts Center, a building tucked away in Sandisfield has served the needs of its community since 1839. On Saturday, April 12, Sandisfieldians celebrated the rehabilitated building’s 175th birthday with the Spring Fling Dinner and Benefit Auction. “We’re proud of where we have come and are committed to the future,” said the Sandisfield Arts Center’s current Co-President Susie Crofut (shown, near right, with friend Kathryn Clarke). Sandisfield is an isolated town with no town center, she continued, but it now buzzes with jazz, folk and classical concerts, literary events and children’s activities. Indeed, many guests seemed proud of the fact that their performing arts center is a hidden gem. A recent improvement—the removal of the rather uncomfortable Baptist benches—allowed for tables to be set up in the performing arts space. After a springlike vegetarian dinner prepared by guest chef Adam Manacher and a heavenly dessert of meringue with strawberries and whipped cream made by Co-President Alice Boyd, the benefit auction began. The many-voiced actor and author Alison Larkin provided laughs as she auctioned off the items, many on offer from the supremely gifted Sandisfield residents, including author Simon Winchester’s English Sherry-Grand Marnier Trifle delivered to one’s home, a voice lesson with international baritone and actor Benjamin Luxon, and jewelry items donated by designers Margo Morrison and Anni Crofut.
Jewelry designer Margo Morrison and Liana Toscanini, a former president of the arts center and development and marketing director at Community Access To The Arts; Erica Fay, who was instrumental in initiating the center’s rehabilitative efforts, and Marcella Smith, a board member.
Sheila Liberman and Allen Liberman of Tolland and Boston, with Connie Canty.
Visiting from Brooklyn, Rennie Alba, New York District Manager for Opici Wine Company, and Nicole Orth; Robert McMahon and Jeanne Randorf of Otis.
June Wink, a board member, with Tansy Chapman from Mendocino, CA; John Grammer and Mary Anne Grammer.
Liana Toscanini and Benjamin Luxon.