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Parties & Openings

July 7 – Rhinebeck
Wilderstein Summer Party

July 6 – Stockbridge
Multicultural BRIDGE Gala

July 2 – Williamstown
Dance We Must Opening

Wilderstein Summer Party: Carnival Atmosphere With Purpose

Jamie Larson reports from Rhinebeck. The Wilderstein Historic Site is as beautiful as it is steeped in unique history. Droves of supporters came out to celebrate and raise funds at its Summer Party on Saturday, July 7. The bash had a fun period carnival theme and honored longtime Wilderstein supporters Linda and Ward Stanley [pictured at left]. Wilderstein was home to the Suckley family dating back to 1852. Its final resident was Margaret “Daisy” Suckley, the storied cousin and confidante of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. After her death at the age of 100 in 1991, the arduous but fascinating task of cataloging the materials in the house began. Among many other items, the private correspondences between Suckley and Roosevelt were unearthed. “The real treasure at Wilderstein is the cultural history,” said Ward Stanley. “If you’re interested in the Gilded Age, you have to come here.”

Mike Amsden, Mary Casey, Kevin Casey and Wilderstein Executive Director Greg Sokaris; Jeff and Francoise Antevil, Abigail McMahon and Linda Stanley.

Leigh Bahnatka of Record Storage Solutions, “Penny Peanuts the lion tamer” a.k.a. Dana Paige and Cliff Platt; Gorgeous Wilderstein.

Events committee member Robin Waxenberg, longtime volunteers Duane and Linda Watson, board member and director of the events committee Colleen Bloxham and docent Marion Baldaun. (Wilderstein’s ad hoc curator, Duane Watson and wife Linda have been volunteers at the site for nearly 30 years. They have been integral to the huge task of cataloging the materials at the property which now fill a 60,000 item database.)

Attorneys Avery Gilbert and David Waltzer with Zaya Waltzer, Moses Bendiner and Tina Shaffer; Chuck Olbricht, board member Chuck Hewett, Karin Dalton and board member Brian Dalton.

Natalie Brown, Steve Rikert of Rikert’s Auto Body and Joanne Fredenberg; Joe Gelb, Joyce Gelb, Betsy Sarles, Monique Segarra and Scott-Martin Kosofsky.

Daniel Newsome, Jenifer Udell, Robin Cherry and Chelsea Streifeneder of Body Be Well Pilates

Regina Brown, Hank Brown, Hudson Valley Vintage owner Risa Getman and Kevin McCarty; Sharon Caughlan and board member Caroline Carey.

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Posted by Jamie Larson on 07/09/18 at 12:09 PM • Permalink

Looking Back On A Decade Of Multicultural BRIDGE

Amy Krzanik reports from Stockbridge. In a nation that seems more divided than ever, there are those who don’t just talk about the need for social justice, inclusion and community connections, but walk the walk. Gwendolyn VanSant and the Berkshire County nonprofit organization she co-founded, Multicultural BRIDGE, do the hard work every day, and have been for doing it for a decade. The group celebrated its 10th anniversary on Friday, July 6 on the grounds of Naumkeag in Stockbridge, Mass. BRIDGE, which stands for Berkshire Resources for Integration of Diverse Groups through Education, leads cultural competence programming in schools and institutions to promote equity and to educate on systemic racism and cultural barriers. [Above, Gwendolyn VanSant and gala co-chair, John Bissell, president and CEO of Greylock Federal Credit Union.]

Rev. Sheila Sholes-Ross, Kathleen McCallum and musician Rodney Mashia; Former Pittsfield High School Principal Tracey Benson, who spoke at the event, with Devyn Benson.

Aleta Moncecchi, Bryan House and Deb Leonczyk, all from Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC); Bob Voss, Al Blake and Cheryl Rose.

BRIDGE co-founders Gwendolyn VanSant and Marthe Bourdon with staff member Stephanie Wright; Susan Witt, Dan Neilson, Sara Mugridge and Eden-Renee Hayes.

Youth Alive performers pose with Gwendolyn VanSant and Mass. State Representative Smitty Pignatelli.

Tessa Climo, Maya Hampton VanSant, Julien Melendez and Briggin Scharf; Mass. State Senator Adam Hinds, Ty Allan Jackson, John Bissell and Mass. State Representative Smitty Pignatelli

Jean-Remy Monnay and Kristen van Ginhoven; Courtney Kimball, Michael D. Andelman, Eugenie Sills and Liana Toscanini.


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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 07/08/18 at 06:09 PM • Permalink

Ninety Years Young: Berkshire Theatre Group Celebrates Its Birthday

Amy Krzanik reports from Stockbridge. It’s oddly fitting that a 90th anniversary gala would be held on a 90-degree day, and yet it didn’t dampen the spirits of a sold-out crowd celebrating Berkshire Theatre Group’s birthday at its Stockbridge, Mass. campus. On Sunday, July 1, after cocktails, guests were treated to the opening night performance of Lee Kalcheim’s Coming Back Like a Song! inside the (fully air-conditioned) Fitzpatrick Main Stage. While not technically a musical, the play is jam-packed with full songs and snippets penned by its real-life composer characters: Irving Berlin (David Garrison), Harold Arlen (Philip Hoffman) and Jimmy Van Heusen (David Rasche). A sit-down dinner followed, and included a musical performance by the cast of BTG’s Tarzan, a short film tribute to the Theatre’s history, and a champagne toast. Happy birthday, Berkshire Theatre Group! [Above, playwright Lee Kalcheim and Julia Kalcheim. Photo by Katie Brumfield.]

Sondra Klein and Lenore Rubin; Laurie Cohen, Ellen Moskowitz and Adam Tucker.

Actors David Rasche and Chris Noth with Kate Maguire.

Mass. State Senator Adam Hinds and board president Ruth Blodgett; advisory board member Gene Dellea, Barbara Alibozek, advisory board member Roseann Sturgeon and Bill Sturgeon.

Jenn Smith, Katherine O’Neil, Brooks Sherman, Bonnie Hoskeer-Kirchner and board member Scott Kirchner; Guests enjoyed cocktails outside before the Main Stage performance.

Nancy Kalodner, Nancy Fitzpatrick, Saadia, board member Casey Rothstein Fitzpatrick and Naïma Paani.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 07/03/18 at 09:31 AM • Permalink

It Was A Crowd Scene At ‘Dance We Must’ Opening

Lisa Green reports from Williamstown. Decades after their deaths, Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis can still draw massive audiences, which they did on Monday, July 2 at the reception for “Dance We Must, Treasures of Jacob’s Pillow, 1906-1940.” The exhibit includes more than 350 objects from the Jacob’s Pillow archives dating back to the years Denishawn was choreographing and performing. A collaboration between the Pillow and the Williams College Museum of Art, it features 30 costumes in dialog with film and photos of the early days of modern dance. Guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the museum’s patio where, after remarks by Lisa Dorin, WCMA’s interim director, and Pamela Tatge, director of the Pillow, they were treated to a performance based on Ted Shawn’s “Pierrot in the Dead City,” danced by Adam H. Weinert. Upstairs in the galleries, dancers performed reconstructions of other Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis pieces. “Dance We Must” runs though Nov. 1 and yes, visit you must. [Above, Kim Hugo, communications manager, and Lisa Dorin, interim director.] Related: Costumes Dance Out Of Jacob’s Pillow’s Past At WCMA.

Burcu Gurcay-Morris and David Gurcay-Morris, the museum’s exhibition designer; Andree Heller, development manager for the museum, and Carolina Bruno, a Williams College staff member.

Laurie Miles, Rich Erickson, Jerry Grabel and Valerie Brown.

Rita Bleiberg, Corinne Warner and Mady Miller; Julia Blake and Gregory Shook, director of media relations at Williams College.

David Dashiell and Andrew Groff, community development director for the town of Williamstown; Kathleen Chrisman, Neil Chrisman, and Joan Hunter.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 07/02/18 at 09:35 PM • Permalink

Shakespeare & Company Honors Michael A. Miller

Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. Despite the heat on Saturday, June 30, a sold-out crowd gathered at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass. for its annual fundraising gala. This year’s event saw the highest attendance yet, as supporters and friends came out to honor longtime board member Michael A. Miller [at left with his wife, actress Annette Miller], who has been a steadfast supporter of the Company for the last 25 years. A cocktail hour was followed by a one-night-only performance featuring music from three members of the Silkroad Ensemble (Shaw Pong Liu, Michi Wiancko and Kaoru Watanabe) and Company actors performing short pieces from some of their most memorable roles. Although the event feted Miller, he was quick to mention, in his post-performance address, that it was really a night to honor the 40 years of hard work by the entire Company. The funds raised go toward education opportunities for children and young adults — reaching more than 50,000 students annually — as well as the Shakespeare in the Courts program for adolescent offenders in Berkshire County, actor training and more.

Steve and Shari Ashman with Artistic Director Allyn Burrows; actors Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Deann Halper and Gus Halper.

Hannah and Yehuda Hanani with Elaine Berger; Dennis Krausnick and Tina Packer.

Andrea and Arthur Waldstein with board member Jeff Friedman and Roberta Friedman.

Bill Pinhas, Anne Lees, Managing Director Adam Davis and Jim Lees; Atalanta Siegel, Tamara Hickey and Cloteal L. Horne.

Actors Deaon Griffin-Pressley and Nehassaiu deGannes flank Woody Exley; Michael Miller’s son, Bruce Miller, and his grandchildren, Loren and Joe.

Corinna May in the evening’s performance; Events kicked off with cocktails in the shade outside the Tina Packer Playhouse.

Nehassaiu deGannes in the evening’s performance.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 07/02/18 at 09:18 PM • Permalink

Wildlife Joins A Sensory Evening At MASS MoCA

Lisa Green reports from North Adams. It was a day and evening of openings and high energy at the MASS MoCA campus in North Adams, Mass. on Saturday, June 23. In the afternoon, the Kidspace gallery held an opening reception for “Come to Your Senses,” a program of Sally Taylor’s Consenses project. (Read: “10 Questions for Sally Taylor.”) Later, ROAM: A Xtina Parks Gallery, located in Building 1 of the campus, introduced guests to this new space that illuminates the world of wildlife photography and conservation efforts for the wild animals of Africa. The gallery was founded by wildlife photographer, filmmaker, conservationist and expedition leader Chrystina (Xtina) Geagan Parks, who lives in Williamstown and Botswana. Next, it was time for the highly anticipated concert, “An Evening With Sally Taylor & Friends: Come to Your Senses on Stage,” where the singer-songwriter’s Consenses practice was demonstrated by singers, dancers and projected artwork, followed by a performance of heartfelt songs by all on stage. Finally, a group of supporters, artists and musicians convened in a candle-lit corner of Building 6 for an elegant dinner prepared by the Starr Catering Group. “It seemed as if one out of 10 people on the campus today were artists,” said the museum’s director, Joe Thompson. “And that’s the way it should be.” [Above, ROAM Gallery’s Xtina Gegan Parks in front of her photographs.]

Larry Smallwood, deputy director of MASS MoCA, and Bridget Rogas, director of development; Valerie Paul, who has been part of the gallery since its beginning several years ago, and Midge VanLoan, from California.

Rick Derby, a film producer, director and editor, works with Xtina Parks on her documentary project, with Whit Montgomery, the gallery sales manager.

Nancy Maier, Heidi Schmidt, who created a tea as part of one of the Consenses chains, and Leslie Montalto, a potter; Tony Colton with two of the Consenses contributors, Meghan Hildebrand, an artist, and Elise Paschen, a poet.

Nancy Maier is flanked by Pamela Walker and Crystal Collins, both from Atlanta and involved with Consenses through their organization, ArtsNow; Amanda Tobin, education manager, with Dan Becker and Samantha Becker.

Sally Taylor sings a tune next to her brother, Ben Taylor, in a hat he bought at the MASS MoCA shop.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 06/24/18 at 08:53 PM • Permalink

Kent Memorial Library Grows Its Future On A School Farm

CB Wismar reports from Kent. The Kent Memorial Library held its annual gala and fundraiser, “Growing Our Future,” at the South Kent School Farm on Saturday, June 23. Attendees enjoyed a sumptuous offering of hearty and healthy food prepared by an all-volunteer team under the watchful eye of retired caterer Patsy Stroble. She and her team enjoyed the elegant teaching kitchen installed at the Farm, and the gala patrons reaped the benefits. A virtuoso country trio, The Carlsons, supplied the music, with a laid-back style that seemed the perfect counterpoint to a gentle evening. Library Director Sarah Marshall, her attentive staff, Kent Library Association Co-President Jim Blackketter, his fellow board members and an enthusiastic group of volunteers all ensured that the guests not only had a grand time, but were encouraged to bid on the auction items. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Kent Memorial Library, its programs, lectures, materials and operations. [Above, Jim Blackketter, board co-president, and Jim Norton.]

Bobbie Davis and Gary Davis; Kent School Dean of Students Catherine Mazza and Karren Garrity.

Kent Library Director Sarah Marshall with South Kent School’s headmaster Andy Vadnais.

Master catering volunteer Patsy Stroble in the South Kent School teaching kitchen; Hazel Garrity and Maria Horn.

Gabe Zatlin at the auction table; volunteer Lisa Leonard at the table of books for sale.

The silent auction team stands ready: Kate Zatlin, Susan Forbes, Sue McWhinnie and Jan Zatlin.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 06/24/18 at 11:42 AM • Permalink

Jacob’s Pillow Honors The Past, Funds The Future

Amy Krzanik reports from Becket. With each cultural organization’s opening night, we get one step closer to feeling like it’s truly summertime in our region. The warm weather on Saturday, June 16 helped it feel that way, too, as Jacob’s Pillow Dance kicked off its 2018 season with a gala fundraiser. This year’s event featured a tribute to 2017 Kennedy Center Honoree, and the evening’s honorary chair, Carmen de Lavallade. Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Amanda Smith performed de Lavallade’s “signature solo,” Come Sunday, in her honor. Other performances included a preview of Ephrat Asherie Dance’s Odeon, prior to its world premiere at the Festival next week, and a world premiere choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and featuring the Ballet Program dancers of The School at Jacob’s Pillow. The 12th annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award was presented to choreographer Faye Driscoll and, during cocktail hour, dancers from the Scotland-based Janis Claxton Dance made their U.S. debut with pop-up performances throughout the grounds. A live auction encouraged guests to “Fund the Future” by supporting the Pillow’s vision to become a year-round mecca for dance creation and community involvement by the year 2022. Dinner was catered by The Old Inn on the Green, which will be taking up residence at the Pillow this summer, and an after-party was soundtracked by live music from Paul Loren and his One-Night Only Band. [Above, Jessika Auerbach, board member Jennie Kassanoff, director Pamela Tatge, and Richard and Carol Seltzer.

Alex Kirk, a former board member, with Jenny Joslin and board president Chris Jones; Linda Saul-Sena, Bradley Minnen and Bonnie Saks, MD.

Brandon Sigh, board member Diane B. Patrick, Rhonda Patrick-Sigh and Neil Hagen.

Arthur Tatge, director Pamela Tatge’s uncle, with Stephanie Garry; Diane Pearlman, Bridget Ford Hughes, Gladys Montgomery and Susan Grant Lewin.

Artist Alison Slon, actress Annette Miller, Carmen de Lavallade and Charles Mirotznick.

Christalena Hughmanick, Brandon Williams and Agnessa Lynn, chair of the after-party; Charles Rosen and Duke Dang.

Trustee emeritus Sylvia Pope with Brad Meyer.

Yong Kwok, Ken Schechter, Nancy Brigstocke and Edie Schechter; board member Nancy Kalodner and Dr. Justin Wernick.

Jonathan Swartz, Alicia Christoff, Mass. State Senator Adam Hinds, Vicki Bonnington and David Schecker.

Faye Driscoll and Toni Melaas; Ephrat Asherie and Deborah Adelman.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 06/18/18 at 03:28 PM • Permalink