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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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Berkshire Museum’s Tree Fest Goes West

Amy Krzanik reports from Pittsfield. Cowboy hat and bandana? Check. Plaid shirt and jeans? Check. Faux leather and fringe? Check. All of the accoutrements necessary for a Wild West fest were present and accounted for on guests of Berkshire Museum’s 2015 Festival of Trees opening reception on Friday, Nov. 13. This year’s “Westward Ho Ho Ho!” themed display took inspiration from American West, the Museum’s dual exhibition made up of National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West and Go West, curated holdings of the Museum. A large crowd of supporters “grazed” on sliders and other chuck wagon favorites from Firefly as they took in the trees decorated by local business sponsors. Twinkling cacti, a tee-pee with a Christmas tree hidden inside, fake roaring campfires, historical ephemera and even a bison skeleton were sprinkled throughout the second-floor galleries. Andy Wrba and Friends supplied the lively ho-down music for what was a spirited community celebration the city looks forward to every year. Party proceeds benefit the Museum’s education programs. All three exhibits run through early January of 2016. Pictured above, Shela Hidalgo, Berkshire Museum trustee Ethan Klepetar, Jonathan Butler and Michelle Butler.

Ruth Blodgett and Pittsfield mayor-elect Linda Tyer; Chris and Aimee Knysh, Melodie Sinopoli and Hans and Kate Teutsch of Digital First Media.

Matthew Chester of major sponsor RBC Wealth Management, Kameron Spaulding and Anna Shippee; Tony Dunne and Julia Dixon.

Berkshire Museum’s executive director Van Shields with Ed Moran, Lisa Ostellino and Barb Patton who helped Pittsfield High School students decorate a tree and the lobby of the Museum.

Colleen Quinn and Ben Garver, photo editor of The Berkshire Eagle; Rob Dwyer and Whitney Smith.

Michael Vincent Bushy and Jen Gomez; Ellen Broderick, John Kelly and Julianne Maxwell of Hill Engineers, who is a major sponsor of the exhibit.

Shela Hidalgo, Jonah Sykes, Darcie Sosa, James Campagna, the Museum’s communications assistant Kimberley Donoughe, Colin Sykes and Carly Gaherty.

Kevin Blue and Pia Norton; Jan Werner, Bonnie Hoskeer Kirchner and Laurie Werner.

Pick your portrait: at the exhibit, guests can pose for a photo on a horse-drawn wagon or with Snoopy next to a roaring fire.

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