Parties & Openings
March 9 – Pittsfield
Pittsfield Education Foundation
March 3 – New Lebanon
Culinary Crossroads Tea
Feb. 22 – Dalton
Taste Of The Berkshires
New Milford Barn Quilt Trail Kicks Off At The Silo
Lisa Green reports from New Milford. One of the things we most love about covering events is bearing witness to (and yes, being embraced by) the warmth and enthusiasm of the communities in the RI region. On Sunday, Sept. 24, that “we’re all in this together” spirit filled The Silo’s handsome, restored barn at Hunt Hill Farm. The brunch, catered by Bonni Manning, honored the farmers, artists, volunteers, boards and commissions who banded together to make Connecticut’s first barn quilt trail a reality. Now, eight giant painted quilt panels adorn eight barns, with each design reflecting the history of the farm and the town’s agricultural past. New Milford Mayor Dave Gronbach presented certificates of appreciation to the many participants, praising the project as the perfect intersection of art, landscape and community. In a fitting cap to the event, Rachel Carley, an expert on barns in Connecticut, spoke about the styles of the eight host barns on the New Milford Barn Quilt Trail. [Above, the Quilt Trail committee: Suzanne Von Holt, chair, with Julie Bailey and Susan Bailey (no relation), whose barn bears the first of the quilts to be hung.]
Elizabeth Schrang of the Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust, which sponsored a quilt at Smirsky Farm, with her mother, Maridith Schrang; Rob Burkhart, president of the New Milford Trust for Historic Preservation, and Lorraine Ryan, an artist who is creating a series of paintings of the barns.
The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm created a quilt pattern that reflects its agricultural and cultural history: Skitch Henderson, founder of the New York Pops orchestra, long-time musical director of the NBC Orchestra and radio and television personality, and his wife Ruth, a writer, chef and entrepreneur, fell in love with the property and purchased it in 1968. Building by building, they converted the two farms into a much-beloved cooking school, art gallery, museum and kitchen store.