June 2010 On the Town

1-4. The Greene County Council on the Arts celebrated their 22nd Annual Beaux Arts Ball with an evening of art, dancing, and fine food at Hunter Mountain on March 27. The fund-raising event, which included a silent auction, gathered together more than 220 guests, and helped to raise more than $32,000 in support of arts in Greene County.
1. Author, illustrator, community activist, and arts supporter Hudson Talbott (left) was honored with the GCCA’s Distinguished Service Award. Presented annually at the ball, the award recognizes those with a commitment to the quality of cultural life in Greene County. Talbott is joined by Lisa Fox Martin, chairwoman of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and Dick May
2. Dr. Robert and Sarah Schneider share a smile at the ball
3. Members of the Windham Chamber Music Festival, including Robert Manno and Magdalena Golczewski, attended the evening in support of the arts in Greene County
4. Other guests at the gala included (from left) Tadmiri Venkatesh, Barbara Ruskin, Frances Sparks, and Michel Goldberg
5. Ann Curry (left), news anchor and correspondent for The Today Show and Dateline, joins Ruth Gruber and Stephen Apkon, executive director of the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. Curry interviewed Gruber after a screening of Ahead of Time, a film based on Gruber’s life as a foreign correspondent, photojournalist, author, and humanitarian for more than 70 years. The film debuted as part of the Center’s Westchester Jewish Film Festival
6. Acclaimed violinist Pinchas Zukerman and pianist Angela Cheng entertained a nearly sold-out audience at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. Following the March 14 recital, about 50 classical music devotees attended a post-concert event with the musicians. Among the guests at the champagne reception were, from left to right: Walter Shmerler, ArtsWestchester Executive Director Janet Langsam, Hannah Shmerler, and Joe Schneider

1. Lucky seven: At the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce’s third annual Casino Night, Mindi Haynes of Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni, and Weddell rakes in her winnings
2. Stoutridge Vineyard hosted a spring Frock Swap, which allowed patrons to pair wine tastings with shopping. Marist College students Jennifer Gonzalez (left) and Pauline Pacheco were among the many swappers who turned out for the day. Unclaimed items were donated to the Grace Smith House women’s shelter in Poughkeepsie
3. The kickoff event for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, a two-week dining promotion featuring 141 participating restaurants in seven counties, was held in February. The occasion attracted chefs, food purveyors, and tourism industry professionals from all over the Valley. Pictured are Susan and Jerry Crocker of Back Yard Bistro in Montgomery
4. Nearly a year after its creation, Orange County Executive Ed Diana officially celebrates the opening of the Mary B. Diana Softball Field by throwing out the first pitch at a SUNY Orange Community College doubleheader in April. The on-campus field is named in honor of Diana’s aunt, a longtime professor and coach at the college
5. On behalf of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, cofounder Cathy Varunok (left) and Executive Director Pari Forood accept the 2010 Spirit of Community Award from the Westchester nonprofit Support Connection, during the group’s April gala at the Colonial Terrace in Cortlandt Manor
6. Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Charles S. North and board member Alexandra Laubacker attend the annual Cosimo DiBrizzi Celebrity Servers dinner at Cosimo’s Trattoria and Bar in Poughkeepsie. Proceeds from the event support the memorial scholarship of the same name, which provides financial assistance to students pursuing an education at the Culinary Institute of America
7. At Hawthorne Fine Art in Manhattan, more than 100 guests viewed an exhibition of Hudson River School artists while celebrating the ongoing work of Valley environmental organization Scenic Hudson. Spotted at the party: Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan, who is flanked by Susan Livingston (left) and Sara Griffen, president of the Olana Partnership

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