Parties & Openings
May 19 - Great Barrington
IS183 Camp KitchyKinky
May 18 - Sharon
May 17 - North Adams
NBUW Spirit Of Caring Awards
Hudson Hall’s Great Gary Gala
Jamie Larson reports from Hudson. This year, Hudson Hall’s annual Proprietors Ball on Saturday, May 5, was whimsically and lovingly dubbed the Great Gary Gala, in honor of the venerable venue’s founding executive director Gary Schiro. Schiro retired at the end of last year after being involved in the restoration of the old Hudson Opera House since the beginning of the project in 1992. Ever the showman, he left on a high note, handing the reins over to Tambra Dillon just after the total completion of those restorations. Last year’s ball was special, as it marked the grand reopening and renaming of the Hall, but this evening, with the drama of the unveiling having subsided, there was a unique joy in the air at Hudson Hall. It was an atmosphere of frivolity and appreciation for all Schiro has done for the building, Hudson, and the future of the local arts community moving forward. [Above, Gary Schiro and Tambra Dillon.]
Founder of the Second Ward Foundation Walter Sudol, artist J.D. Ervin, whose “Every Day People” project will soon be exhibited at Hudson Hall, and Lumberyard audience educator and dramaturg Melanie George.
The packed cocktail hour that kicked off the gala; award-wining local philanthropists Sheldon Evans and Martha McMaster with Hudson Area Library Director Emily Chameides and Hudson 3rd Ward Supervisor Michael Chameides.
George Lythe, Steve Corsun, Joe Ackiewicz, Dianne Hortmann and Kathleen Dooley; artist Judah Catalan, Dianne Townsend and Tony Albino.
Mary Ann Mailman with Judith and Walter Flamendaum.
Chuck Currie, Carol and David Nahon and Vern Bergelin; Stephen and Maureen Hanse, Mary Ellen and Jack Higbee, and Jon and Deidre Meier.
Mary Ann Mailman, Alison Lankenau and Gun Nowak, founder of Face Stockholm; Ellen, Megan and Mathew Phelan.