Parties & Openings
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The Heartbeats For Autism
March 9 – Pittsfield
Pittsfield Education Foundation
March 3 – New Lebanon
Culinary Crossroads Tea
New Lebanon’s Bicentennial Kicks Off With A Cookbook
Lisa Green reports from New Lebanon. A few years ago, we offered 10 Things To Love About New Lebanon, New York, and this year, all those things will be included in the “greatest hits” during the town’s bicentennial celebration. The celebratory events launched on Saturday, March 3 with a reception at the Town Hall, followed by a “tea” at the New Lebanon library to introduce the town’s official cookbook, “Culinary Crossroads.” The book contains vintage photographs from Steve Hawkins, a local photographer who worked for The Berkshire Eagle for many years, as well as stories and recipes from the diverse population of New Lebanon. It was as if the cookbook came to life at the tea, with its contributors bringing in some of the featured recipes. Cakes, cookies and other foods were displayed beside Hawkins’ (and others’) photos reflecting what life was like in New Lebanon’s past. The town’s anniversary celebration, known as NL200, will span eight months. [Above: Helen Burton, a library board member, with Gregg Carroll, who worked on the book’s graphics, and Sharon Koomler, a recipe contributor.]
“Culinary Crossroads” is based not only on recipes from New Lebanon residents but on their neighborly conversations and activities; Joanne Amlaw and Hugh Black.
Shawna Fitzsimmons, operations manager at Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon, with Rae Gilson, a board member of the Shaker organization.
Pat Macias, who was on the cookbook committee, stands ready to sell cookbooks; A cake, whose recipe is included in the book, sits in front of an historical photo of Tilden Pharmaceuticals employees.
Linda Hursa, owner of Angel’s Trumpet Flowers & Gifts, with Deb Gordon and Mike Hursa; Ted Salem, who writes press releases for the New Lebanon library, Paul Rix and Gary Millett.
The “Culinary Crossroads” committee.