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.
Susan Briggs Executive Director for the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce and a Board Member for Williamstown Community Chest.
Adam Cameron Adam is an entrepreneur, born and raised in Williamstown. In his former roles, he advanced the many facets of academia through online learning and managed social media outreach for several publishing firms and learning institutions around the globe. In his free time, Adam enjoys exploring the many spectacular nature trails, delicious eateries, and cultural events Williamstown has to offer.
Merritt Colaizzi Director of Advancement, Miss Hall’s School. 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.
Amanda Bell Goldmakher has only one issue with her native Williamstown that it set a ridiculously high standard of combined cultural riches, natural beauty and charm that nowhere else she tried living could rival. After nearly a decade working in the arts in New York City, Boston and D.C., Amanda was delighted that marrying a local professor provided a handy excuse to come full circle and move home. Amanda works in the education department at the Clark Art Institute and loves helping people connect with art in the region. She’s an unapologetic extrovert, a dessert aficionado and a theater-lover. She enjoys crafting, doing voices and hanging art and admits she feels a bit uneasy when there aren’t mountains nearby.
Gil Haylon is founder and CEO of Blank Canvas Tours, which delivers high-service, high-touch vacations in the most culturally-rich destinations in the world (with a focus on the Berkshires!). Gil is a graduate of Colby College and previously worked as a journalist and as a marketing executive in the Boston area. He moved to Williamstown in 2017 to start Blank Canvas Tours. He also serves on the Marketing and Membership Committee at Taconic Golf Club.
Andrée Heller Currently Development Manager at the Williams College Museum of Art, Andrée previously managed a number of cultural development projects in North Adams, MA. A graduate of Williams College in Art History, Andrée is passionate about all things purple and gold. When not enjoying the cultural riches of the Berkshires, she also enjoys being active skiing, mountain biking, and playing hockey.
Kate Hyde Assistant Director of the 50th Reunion Program at Williams and Williams College alumna.
Leslie Morgenthal Co-founder luxury optical group: Morgenthal Frederics, New York. Treasurer and board member 6 years: Images Cinema, Williamstown. Affordable Housing Committee 3 years: Pownal, VT. Board member present: Echo Hill Outdoor School Worton, MD. Photographer and ceramic artist.
Shannon O’Brien 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.
Carol Stegeman: After retiring from a career in public communications for non-profits, she and her husband decided to spend the next chapter of their lives in a college town and chose Williamstown, the perfect mix of art, culture, natural beauty and, above all, people. Carol served on local boards the Art Conservation Center, the Rural Lands Foundation and the Elementary School Endowment Fund before she decided to be involved in the creation the D|W website to pass on her enthusiasm for the area. She shares her seasonal Berkshire landscape and garden photographs on the D|W website and regularly posts her images on Instagram and Facebook.
Alice Wilson Retired Director of the 25th Reunion Program in the Development Office at Williams College. Past: VP of Media/PR for Brandon Advertising and Marketing (Myrtle Beach, SC) and CMF&Z Advertising (Des Moines, Iowa).
Emeritus Board Members:
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.
Barbara McLucas Retired HR and IT Exec, Mobil Oil Corporation. Former Vice Chair, currently Board member Williamstown Theatre Festival; Past: Board member, Childcare of the Berkshires; Williamstown Historical Commission; President, South Williamstown Community Association; Board member, Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity.
Katie Schmidt re-located to the area after 25 years in the UK. She is a cheerleader and passionate about the organizations she loves and thinks D|W is the biz! She concurrently champions and is a board member of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, MASS MoCA, Williamstown Art Conservation Center and the Bennington Museum; all in her own ‘backyard’! Woo hoo!
Alicia Maher currently serves as the Editor for Destination Williamstown. She has lived in Williamstown since 2012 and is thrilled to share information to the resident community and visitors alike about the beautiful Northern Berkshires. You can reach her via email: email@example.com
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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.
We would also like to acknowledge the contributions of Joe Low, Jeffrey Thomas, Joe Bergeron, and Susan Brown in the creation of this site.
Destination Williamstown would not be possible without annual support from Williams College, the Town of Williamstown, the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce and generous contributions from individual community members.
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