Williamstown, the northernmost town in the Berkshires, is, according to the New York Times, “one of the loveliest communities in New England.” Home to Williams College, the Clark Art Institute, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and access to the Appalachian Trail and Mt. Greylock, Massachusetts’ highest peak, the town is unique in its concentration of extraordinary art, theater, ideas, and nature. Neighboring North Adams, Bennington, Pittsfield, Lenox, and Lee expand the boundaries of this vibrant, four-seasons cultural and outdoors destination.
Williamstown’s engaged intellectual community centers around the world-renowned college that consistently occupies a top spot in rankings of the best liberal arts colleges. The town’s cultural saturation runs deep, from historic homes, to family-owned farms, five outstanding libraries, and one of the few remaining single-screen, independent movie theaters still in operation.
Visitors from all over the globe travel to Williamstown to experience the Clark’s exceptional collections in an intimate setting, groundbreaking special exhibitions, and striking architecture by Pritzker prize winner Tadao Ando. The Williams College Museum of Art attracts those interested in modern, contemporary, American, and world art. The Williamstown Theater Festival presents Tony award-winning summer theater, featuring celebrated designers, composers, directors, choreographers, and actors on two stages at the state-of-the-art ’62 Center at Williams. Nearby, the remarkable MASS MoCA exposes visitors to bold visual and performing arts. Well within reach are Jiminy Peak, the largest ski/snowboard resort in southern New England, historic Bennington Vermont, Barrington Stage, the Berkshire Museum, Hancock Shaker Village, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Tanglewood – all located in a setting of great natural beauty.
Larry Cherkis Retired Partner, Wachtell, Lipton Rosen & Katz. Board member, Williamstown Theater Festival. Past: President, Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity; member, Williamstown Rent Control Board.
Merritt Colaizzi Director of Development, Clark Art Institute. Board of Trustees, Pine Cobble School. Organizer of BarNTone Concerts. Past: Board member, Berkshire Leadership Program, Northern Berkshire United Way, Images Cinema.
David Edge Graphic Designer and Musician. Past: Art Director/Senior Designer, Williams College; Graphic Design and Production Manager, Clark Art Institute.
Joe Finnegan Partner and Co-founder, CFP Partners, LLC. Board President, Pine Cobble School; Board President, Williamstown Film Festival, Vice Chairman, Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Kathleen Igoe Writer and Editor, Overland; member, Williamstown Elementary School Endowment Fund, Mt. Greylock Regional High School Council. Past: member, Williamstown Youth Center Fundraising Committee.
Jodi Joseph spent four years as Director of Retail Operations at MASS MoCA after working for fifteen years in the specialty gift industry. She is currently Communications Director at MASS MoCA and volunteers for Democratic State Senate nominee Adam Hinds crafting the candidate’s campaign messaging. She has served on the board at Bart Charter School in Adams.
Barbara McLucas Retired HR and IT Exec, Mobil Oil Corporation. Vice Chair, Williamstown Theatre Festival; Board member, Childcare of the Berkshires; Williamstown Historical Commission. Past: President, South Williamstown Community Association; Board member, Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity; Holiday Walk Committee.
Shannon O’Brien She currently works at Williams as an assistant editor and social media strategist. Her first career was as a photojournalist working for several newspapers before earning her master’s degree in nonfiction writing. Prior to coming to Williams, Shannon worked as a writer and photographer for the University of Illinois Springfield, started their Instagram account and contributed regularly to their social media platforms.
Wendy Skavlem Environmental Emergency Management/Homeland Security Consultant; Board Member/Executive Committee, Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation; Board Member, Mt. Greylock Fund for Sustaining Educational Excellence; Williamstown Holiday Walk Committee; Williamstown Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization. Past: Board Member, Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA).
Carol Stegeman Landscape photographer and retired Director of Public Information & Publications, St. Andrew’s School. Board Member and Friends Circle Chairman, Williamstown Art Conservation Center. Past: Board Member Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, Williamstown Elementary School Endowment Fund.
Katie Schmidt re-located to the area after 25 years in the UK. Board member, Villa Dorado Resort; Volunteer, ABC Greylock; Committee member, CfR (Casting for Recovery) Vermont/New Hampshire. Past: Governor, Nower Lodge School; Development Advisor/Board member, St John’s School, Leatherhead; Trustee, St Faith’s Trust, Mickleham; Board member, Seven Gates Farm Corporation.
MAKING THE SAUSAGE
Destination Williamstown is curated and managed by Sandra Thomas. Sandra was the Executive Director of Images Cinema for 12 years and is a driving force in the North County community. She has been active in organizing Sundays at Six, the Holiday Walk, the North Adams Farmers Market, and Hoosac Harvest among other favorite local institutions. Before coming to the Berkshires, Sandra was the Production Director of iEAR presents!, the professional performing arts series at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Prior to that she was a non-profit management and technology consultant and the Interim Director of the New York State Alliance for Arts Education.
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WE ARE GRATEFUL
Enormous thanks are owed to the many generous individuals and institutions that stepped up to help fund and build this project. It is truly a community effort. We greatly appreciate the many talents we have been afforded, especially the art and images graciously provided by local institutions and photographers including David Edge, Leslie Reed Evans, Art Evans, Michael Glier, Kim Hugo, Chris Jones, Chris Law, Joyce Lazarus, Steve Sheppard, Suzanne Silitich, Carol Stegeman, Ed Scofield, and Nicholas Whitman. Our collaborators at Winstanley Partners worked tirelessly to bring the site to life, enhancing our original concept.
We would also like to acknowledge the contributions of Jeffrey Thomas, Joe Bergeron, and Susan Brown in the creation of this site. And none of this would have been possible without the unflagging encouragement of our friend and colleague Joe Low who passed away in June 2014. Thank you, Joe.
This project has been supported by a grant from the Fund for Williamstown of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
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