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Parties & Openings

July 14 - Tivoli
Tivoli Artists' Gala

July 14 - Kinderhook
Sylvia Center Dinner

July 14 - Red Hook
Bard SummerScape Gala

Summerscape Gala: A Celebration, A View, And Patti Smith, Too

Jamie Larson reports from Annandale-on-Hudson. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College is world class and its SummerScape seasonal offerings are some of the best and most fun of the whole year. So what better time to celebrate and support the wonderful institution than the SummerScape Gala on Saturday, July 14 hosted at the historic Montgomery Place mansion. The event also honored artists, neighbors, owners of the Hotel Tivoli and “creators of beauty in the world,” Helen and Brice Marden [at left, photo by Susan Magnano]. If that doesn’t sound like enough of a high-end happening, the evening featured a dinner by Twisted Soul, a live auction and a performance by none other than Patti Smith with Lenny Kaye.

Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye (Photo by Susan Magnano); producers Caleb Hammons and Nunally Kersh with Thaddeus Strassberger, director of the Anton Rubinstein opera “Demon,” running through Aug. 5 at SummerScape.

Actress, director, president and founder of Stockade Works and co-founder of Storyhorse Documentary Theater Mary Stuart Masterson with actor, director, writer and co-founder of Storyhorse Jeremy Davidson, director Allen Coulter and deputy director/senior scientist for the Natural Resources Defense Council Kim Knowlton.

Bard Music Festival Associate Director Raissa St. Pierrel, Huck Hill, Carlos Gonzalez and Kathy Stewart; Gary Newman, Tom Sellar and Anthony Napoli, with the artistic director for theater and dance at the Fisher Center, Gideon Lester.

Stefano Ferrari, Margret Hartigan, Mark McIntyre; Mark McDonald, Helen Bodian, Dwayne Resnik, Harris Lydon and Kate Lydon.

The elegant and historic Montgomery Place was a regal setting for the affair.

Schandra Singh, Vance Trimble, Rachel Mauro and Littal Melrik; a spectacular view of the Hudson River from the lawn of Montgomery Place.

Jim Friedlich, artist Melisa Stern and Bard Classics Professor James Romm; Susan and Rodger Kennedy.


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Posted by Jamie Larson on 07/15/18 at 10:04 PM • Permalink

It’s Field To Table At The Sylvia Center’s 11th Annual Dinner

Amy Krzanik reports from Kinderhook. Is it a passion for doing good? The urge to teach children important life skills? Is it the amazing food? The verdant rural locale? Yes. It’s all of these reasons and more that keep supporters returning each year to The Sylvia Center’s farm-to-table feast at Katchkie Farm in Kinderhook, New York. Saturday, July 14th’s fundraising event, the non-profit’s 11th, saw its largest crowd to date. More than 350 people gathered in the gardens and fields to sip cocktails, and then in an enormous tent to dine on a field-fresh meal catered by Great Performances. The founder of Great Performances, Liz Neumark, purchased Katchkie Farm in order to grow her own organic produce to supply the business. She later launched The Sylvia Center in New York City and Columbia County as an extension of both. The Center teaches kids what fresh food is, how it’s grown, and how they can use it to create healthy meals for themselves and those they love. You can see, and make, for yourself the same recipes the kids are learning to love in our Recipes Section.

Steven Beispel, Tom Lovett, Ina Saltz and Dr. Cathy Shin; Anita and Jonathan Adelsberg.

Sylvia Center board members Trudy Gottesman, Debbie Gardner and Courtney Archer-Buckmire with its executive director, Jennifer John.

Jackie Manzer and Jesse Rushworth from New York City; Birgitta and Philip Sherman with Roby Whitlock.

Jason Smith and Shaina Marron with Joe Poutre and Joe Herwich, whose daughters participate in Sylvia Center programs.

Victor Jimenez, Steven Fordyce, Andrew Craven and Joerel Ramos; Christina Pulles and Justin Levine.

Paul Freeman, Amy Griesemer, Tracey Freeman, Liz Neumark, Mike Bucci and Matt Griesemer.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 07/15/18 at 06:33 PM • Permalink

At Rokeby Estate, Tivoli Artists Gallery Celebrates 25 Years

Lisa Green reports from Red Hook. Any arts organization that can sustain itself for a quarter of a century can be deemed a success, so the Tivoli Artists Gallery had an excellent reason to go all out at its Twilight Soiree on Saturday, July 14. The canvas surrounding the celebration was a work of art in itself. Rokeby Estate, that historical mansion of the Astor and Aldrich families (and rich in eccentricities), provided a spacious patio for a silent auction and a field for Papa’s Best Batch BBQ to set down its food truck. The mansion’s dining room offered a musical visit to Rokeby’s past, and was graced with an appearance by the Ghost of Rokeby. The art gallery received a proclamation honoring its contribution to the arts in Tivoli from New York State Senator Sue Serino, a sentiment seconded by Tivoli’s mayor Joel Griffith, who reiterated how important the gallery is to Tivoli and how it contributes to the village’s status as an arts and culture destination. [Above, Rokeby Estate.]

Dana Matthews, Diane Young, Jim Lewis and Anne Reed; Michael Rhodes, artistic director, and Andrea Rhodes, producing director, of Tangent Theatre Tivoli, with Claudia Cooley, director of the Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce.

Performer and writer Cait Johnson with Rokeby’s resident, Ania Aldrich, an artist.

Mary Carroll with Susan Fowler-Gallagher, a photographer, and one of the original members of the Tivoli Artists Gallery; Tivoli mayor Joel Griffith, with Pamela Tucker; both are artists.

Posing in front of the money view are artists Maria Kolodziej-Zincio and Julia Aneshansley, who coordinated the silent auction.

Linda Marston-Reid, executive director of Arts Mid-Hudson, congratulates artists on the 25-year success of the gallery; HOUSE Hudson Valley Realty was a major sponsor of the event, and its principals were there: Conrad Hanson, Marcella Schumann, Dana Matthews and James Male.

Ania Aldrich talks about the Astor china from Paris in the mansion dining room; The Ghost of Rokeby (Caitlin Quinn) dances to ballads sung by Cait Johnson, accompanied by Joe Tobin.

Caprice Rouge performs Balkan, gypsy and klezmer tunes on the spacious porch.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 07/15/18 at 02:22 PM • Permalink

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