Parties & Openings
April 22 – E. Chatham
Habitat For Humanity Brunch
April 14 – Pittsfield
Susan Merrill Exhibit Opening
April 7 – Ghent
Ghent Playhouse Gala
Here We Grow: The 2017 Hancock Shaker Village Gala
Amy Krzanik reports from Pittsfield. The theme of Hancock Shaker Village’s 2017 gala, “Here We Grow,” turned out to be wonderfully appropriate, as it was the most well-attended in the non-profit’s history. Held on Saturday, July 29, the event commenced with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the gardens, followed by a three-course dinner prepared on-site by Chef Brian Alberg and his crew using ingredients from HSV and neighboring farms. A short live auction conducted by the ever-charming Robin McGraw featured trips, tours and one-of-a-kind items. Last year’s gala co-host, Darin Johnson, led the evening’s Cause within the Cause auction, which this year will support restoration of the iconic 1826 Round Stone Barn. To say guests were generous would be an understatement, as paddles were enthusiastically raised for each dollar amount announced. Following dessert, supporters filtered down into the Round Stone Barn for an after-party already in progress. Berkshire Shenanigans had transformed the barn and surrounding lawn into a tropical paradise, complete with tiki torches, colorful cocktails, and food from Lucia’s Latin Kitchen, with 2-person sandboxes, ping-pong tables and other games sprinkled throughout. Entertainment came in the form of samba rhythms from Berkshire Bateria drummers, tunes from DJ J-Wolf and belly dancing by the ladies of Heart-Shaped Box. [Shown left, Hancock Shaker Village Executive Director Jennifer Trainer Thompson with Peggy Rivers and Cheryl Zaccaro.]
Lauren Piotrowski, manager of HSV’s gardens and CSA, with Mass. State Rep. Tricia Farley Bouvier, HSV farm employee Chloe Geffken and Billy Mangiardi, director of the Village’s farm and facilities; former Mass. governor Deval Patrick, Diane B. Patrick and Annie Selke.
Donald Fawcett of Tyringham with Renny Gleeson and Pam Lloyd of West Stockbridge and Portland, Oregon; Bruce Evanchick, Mass. State Senator Adam Hinds and Cheryl and Michael Zaccaro, a trustee.
Joy and Chet Douglass with Wayne Prouty, whose father is an HSV trustee; Vicki and Ron Weiner.
Guests converse over cocktails before the sit-down dinner; Tucker and Cindy Welch with Chris Magee of Richmond, Mass.
Chris Weld, a gala committee member, with the evening’s auctioneer, Robin McGraw; The 1910 Barn hosted dinner.
John and Danielle Mullen and Dennis and Susie Gibbons of Berkshire Roots; Berkshire Shenanigans outdid themselves again, this time with a tiki-themed after-party complete with light-up bar.