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Cornwall Library - BOOKS & BLOOMS

Parties & Openings

May 19 - Great Barrington
IS183 Camp KitchyKinky

May 18 - Sharon
Trade Secrets

May 17 - North Adams
NBUW Spirit Of Caring Awards

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A Silver Anniversary: CATA Celebrates 25 Years

Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. Twenty-five years is considered to be the “silver anniversary,” and that fact was not lost on the the organizers of Community Access to the Arts (CATA)’s annual gala and performances. Huge silver paper chandeliers, created with help from Crispina ffrench, shone from the ceiling at the cocktail reception at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse on Saturday, May 12. An even larger chandelier took center stage during the evening’s performances. All of the groups CATA supporters have grown to love were represented: dancers from The Moving Company and The People’s Tap Dance Theater, actors from Shakespeare’s Players, jugglers from The Juggling Connection, along with drummers from The CATA Beat, and fan favorite Scott Thomas, whose jokes left the crowd in stitches. A dinner followed, catered by Mezze, and dancing to DJ BFG ended the evening on a high note. Each year, CATA raises one-third of its annual budget at the gala event, allowing it to continue providing arts workshops for 700 people with disabilities in Berkshire and Columbia counties. [Above, Bruce and Amy Humes pose with gala co-chairs Tyler Weld and Janet Elsbach.]

CATA’s Executive Director Margaret Keller with board members Deborah Caiola and Neal Maxymillian; Deb Buccino, Eric Plakun and CATA founder Sandra Newman.

Volunteer Leslie Shatz, board member Sandra Baron, and gala committee members Janet and John Egelhofer; Ward Belcher and Jill Cancellieri of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Alicia Christoff and Mass. State Senator Adam Hinds; Laurence Cohen, board member Ira Grossman, gala committee member Jami Grossman and Linda Mitchell.

Van Shields, Bill Wright, Carrie Wright and Peggy Rivers; Toni Buckley and CATA instructor Wes Buckley.

WAM Theatre’s Kristen van Ginhoven, Vicki Bonnington and gala committee member Yuki Cohen; board members Elaine Radiss and Linda Russell with Louise Cadigan.

Candlelight and colorful projections from Joe Wheaton set the scene for dinner and dancing.

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