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.
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.
Jodi Joseph has spent a decade helping make MASS MoCA hum — she currently leads the museum’s marketing and public relations machine. Jodi volunteers with for State Senator Adams Hinds and spends her spare time riding her bikes on the country roads and mountain trails throughout the region.
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.
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.
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 ‘back yard’! Woo hoo!
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).
MAKING THE SAUSAGE
Destination Williamstown is curated and managed by Kate Abbott, who took over from Sandra Thomas in September 2017.
Kate lives in Williamstown, writing stories and weekly calendars for regional publications and her own media website btwberkshires.com. She has loved the Berkshires since she first saw the sun rise from the slope of Berlin Mountain in her first days as a student at Williams College — and she has covered the region since the summer she graduated and became a cub reporter for the Berkshire Advocate. Kate earned an MFA at the University of New Hampshire and returned to spend almost eight years as editor of Berkshires Week & Shires of Vermont, running a weekly arts and community magazine at the Berkshire Eagle and a weekly column exploring highlights and back roads.
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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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