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This weekend, the Great Barrington Rotary Club is hosting its Pumpkin Fest at Catamount Mountain Resort in Hillsdale, New York.

The Agricultural Stewardship Association will present its 18th Annual Landscapes for Landsake Art Sale & Exhibition October 12–14. 

The event is a fundraiser to support local farmland conservation, and the art show features artists whose work is inspired by the region's working landscapes. It takes place in the historic barn at Maple Ridge in the hamlet of Coila, just west of the Village of Cambridge.

This year's Landscapes for Landsake features the work of Virginia McNeice (1936-2019).

Teri Ptacek is Executive Director of the Agricultural Stewardship Association and she joins us for the preview this morning along with Leah McClosky, the curator of Landscapes for Landsake.

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Roberta McCulloch-Dews is the Director of Administrative Services in the office of Pittsfield, Massachusetts Mayor Linda Tyer. She’s also a volunteer with Rites of Passage Empowerment – or ROPE – a mentoring program created in 2010 by Youth Alive, the Women of Color Giving Circle, and the Pittsfield School Department. Ahead of ROPE’s October 5th fundraising concert Common Ground II – a celebration of jazz and Jewish music – McCulloch-Dews sat down with WAMC to talk about the mentoring effort. 

Glorious Strings will bring three internationally acclaimed Stradivari Society violinists together for a one-night-only performance at Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, New York on October 6. Augustin Hadelich, Tim Fain, and Francisco Fullana will be joined on stage by Grammy-nominated pianist Robert Koenig.

The concert has been organized to support the Preservation League of New York State’s mission of promoting historic preservation across the state.

We welcome Preservation League of New York State President Jay DiLorenzo.

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute is a fine arts center in Utica, New York dedicated to serving diverse audiences by advancing the appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of the arts.

The art institute aims to promote interest and participation in the arts and stimulate artistic self-expression and personal creativity. MWPAI continues to assume a leadership and advocacy role for the arts in Utica, NY.

Founded in 1919, the institute is celebrating its 100th Anniversary and to tell us more we welcome Institute President and CEO Anna D'Ambrosio.

The Food Pantries for the Capital District is a coalition of 64 food pantries in Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties. They provide funding, delivery, coordination of services and food drives, and education and training to their member food pantries.

Their fundraiser, the Harvest Evening Celebration, will be happening next Thursday October 3rd at Franklin Plaza in Troy, NY.

We are joined by Natasha Pernicka, Executive Director for The Food Pantries for the Capital District and Chef Kizzy Williams from Allie B’s Cozy Kitchen.

The Third Annual Shaker Your Plate Celebration at the Shaker Heritage Society is happening on Thursday September 26th.

The annual event is a celebration of the site of America’s first Shaker Settlement, and its purpose is threefold: to raise funds to protect the Shaker National Historic District from the threat of development, to celebrate the Church Family Site as a community center, and to honor our ever-growing corps of volunteers and supporters who see the potential of this site and lead the effort to preserve our local history.

The 1915 Shaker Heritage Barn will be the setting for a lovely evening with great food and a cooking demonstration from Sunhee’s Farm and Kitchen, artisan demonstrations, music and a silent auction.

We welcome Shaker Heritage Society of Albany, New York Executive Director Johanna Batman.

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The Jajja’s Kids program is a collaboration between Jajja’s Kids, Inc. in the United States and Jajja’s Kids–Africa based in Kampala, Uganda. Together, they provide support for twenty children and the staff of six who care for them. The ultimate goal is for Jajja’s Kids–Africa to become a self-sustaining program offering former street children a chance to succeed in life.

The USA component of Jajja’s Kids, Inc. is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization in upstate New York. Jajja’s Kids 8th Annual Fundraiser will take place this Sunday, September 22 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Revolution Hall in Troy, New York. The theme of this year's fall fundraiser is "Under One Sky" – based on the song written by Ruth Pelham.

We are joined by Jajja’s Kids, Inc. President Diane Reiner and Jajja’s Kids–Africa Program Director Ronnie Sseruyange.

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The Berkshire Playwright’s Lab Annual Gala will take place on Friday, June 7 at 6:30pm at the Wyantenuck Country Club in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

The fundraising event will include a silent auction and a one-night-only performance of a new work by Rick Dresser featuring Tony Shalhoub.

Tony Shalhoub won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in “The Band's Visit.” It was his fourth Tony nomination. In 2018 he was also nominated for an Emmy for Supporting Actor in a Comedy, and won the SAG award in that category, for his role in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” He had previously won three Emmy's and a Golden Globe for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his Role in “Monk.”

Founded in September 2014, the Berkshire Community Diaper Project collects diaper donations and monetary donations for the purchase of diapers for families in need throughout Berkshire County.

This morning we discuss CHAIR-ity, a unique initiative involving local high schools, artists, and craftsmen featuring Adirondack Chairs, designed and painted by a variety of Berkshire residents, to be sold via a silent auction on Memorial Day at the First Congregational Church in Lee, Massachusetts - with an online auction to follow for unsold pieces.

To find out more we welcome Marie Rudden, Founder and Board Chair of the Berkshire Community Diaper Project.

Today, Comfort Food Community is launching their 6th annual "Give Hunger the Boot" campaign. The community-wide campaign will raise funds in support of the non-profit organization based in Greenwich. All proceeds will directly benefit CFC’s program offering including: the Greenwich and Cossayuna Food Pantries, the Yes! Backpack Program in partnership with Greenwich Central School, the Greenwich Community Garden and the Fresh Food Collective.

On Sunday, June 2, the Annual CFC Classic Car Show will be held at the Greenwich VFW from 12-4 p.m.

Proceeds from both events will go directly to Comfort Food Community. We are joined by Devin Bulger, Executive Director of Comfort Food Community and Amanda Willetts, Classic Car Show Event Manager.

The Albany Damien Center’s mission is to enhance the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS in an affirming environment and to reduce new infections in the communities we serve in the upstate New York region.

Tomorrow, The Albany Damien Center will host their AIDS Walk & Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Washington Park Lakehouse in Albany, New York.

The AIDS Walk & Festival is a community event and fundraiser to increase awareness about HIV/AIDS and raise money to help people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.

Executive Director of The Albany Damien Center Perry Junjulas joins us to tell us more.

Founded in 2001, the Vassar Haiti Project engages students in a life-changing, experiential education in global citizenship, promotes Haitian art, and fosters sustainable development in Haiti. In addition to the purchase and sale of original Haitian art, VHP’s contributions are guided by six initiatives: education, healthcare, reforestation, clean water access, women’s empowerment, and art.

The Vassar Haiti Project’s 7th annual Art and Soul gala fundraiser will be held on Thursday, April 25, at the Vassar College Alumnae House.

This year, the Vassar Haiti Project honors Robert M. Morgenthau and Lucinda Franks for their extraordinary achievements in the fields of international social justice and literature.

We welcome Vassar Haiti Project Co-founders Andrew and Lila Meade along with Lucinda Franks.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation has been serving a unique, and vital, role in helping strengthen and empower children battling critical illnesses since 1980.

The original wish-granters Kay and Tommy Austin will be special guests at the Make-A-Wish Northeast New York Gala on March 23 at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs, New York. The event will focus on the mission of the local organization, with Wish Kids and families in attendance to share their stories, and the Austins will represent Wish Granters, the volunteers vital to turning wishes into actual experiences.

We are joined by Tommy Austin and CEO of Make-A-Wish Northeast New York, William C. Trigg, III.

Vessels for Change is a collaborative art project to support Berkshire Immigrant Center. In October, over 60 Berkshire area artists joined their creative forces to make 100 hand-painted ceramic mugs in support of the Berkshire Immigrant Center.

The project culminates in a celebration at Bright Ideas Brewing on the MASS MoCA campus in North Adams, Massachusetts on Wednesday, November 14 at 6 p.m. 

We are joined by Director Berkshire Immigrant Center Brooke Mead, ceramic artist/potter and Vessels for Change organizer Stephanie Boyd, and artist, and Vessels for Change volunteer Laura Christensen.

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The Arts Center of the Capital Region is partnering with YWCA of the Greater Capital Region for their 4th Annual “Brava!”, a fundraiser seeking to provide new bras to women and girls that live at YWCA-GCR and those in need in the Greater Capital Region at no cost.

The event will feature writers from around the region and beyond who will read jury-selected poems and essays or perform songs and monologues on the subject of brassieres in their lives. The pieces will touch on the subject from many viewpoints and range from poignant to hilarious.

We welcome Marion Roach Smith, writer and co-creator of Brava! and Daquetta Jones, Executive Director of the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region.

Basilica Hudson’s biennial Pioneering People fundraiser celebrates groundbreaking artists across a range of disciplines by hosting and honoring a one-of-a-kind person in their raw industrial church. This year’s event – taking place Saturday, October 27 - will celebrate the achievements and legacy of musician, songwriter, actor, performer and cultural force Courtney Love.

Through conversations, readings, video, and performance, the evening’s program will shine a light on all of the ways that Love has influenced culture and inspired women and marginalized people for almost three decades.

Since 1963, Vanguard has been a fundraising and support group for the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Vanguard’s members usher at concerts, provide homes for visiting artists, help the ASO staff with office work and children’s programs, prepare food for musicians, and much more.

On Monday, August 27 Vanguard will host the Vanguard Tournament Fundraiser at Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland, New York. This fundraiser will help the Albany Symphony Orchestra provide music education programs for schools, children and families throughout the Capital Region.

ASO Board of Directors Chair Jerry Golub, Golf Tournament Chair Ramon Rodriguez, and ASO Director of Education and Community Engagement Sophie Moss join us now to tell us about the fundraiser and the ASO’s music education programs.

The Hoosick Blooms Garden and Farm Tour offers a personal introduction to the beautiful and bountiful countryside of the Hoosick, NY region while benefiting the CiviCure fund to renovate the historic Wood Block Building on Main Street in Hoosick Falls.

This Saturday, July 21 from 9-4 p.m. six private, diverse gardens and farms will welcome visitors on a driving tour and a demonstration as well as presentation by featured artist and botanical illustrator Wendy Hollender, which will be held at the unique Historic Barns of Nipmoose. A boxed lunch option prepared by Brown's Brewing Company's Walloomsac Taproom and served at the Nipmoose Barns will complete this rural community celebration.

CiviCure President Barbara Sussman joins us this morning along with event co-chairs Kelly Brown and Marianne Zwicklbauer.

The Phoenicia Playhouse’s second annual Starry Starry Night Fundraiser event will take place on May 27. The event is a fundraiser for the renovation and reinvention of the 1887 playhouse.

The fundraiser this Memorial Day features five stars from Daytime Drama. Many of the cast and writers are Emmy Award winners from "Guiding Light" and have a great following to this day.

To tell us more we welcome Bruce Barry – he received 2 Daytime Emmy Awards for Best Direction and the Director’s Guild of America Award. He was the senior director of the daytime drama Guiding Light for 27 years. He also directed "Captain Kangaroo" before that.

Robert Newman is a two-time Daytime Emmy nominee and we also welcome Daytime Emmy award winning actress Ellen Parker back to the program.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place. Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Today we learn about Berkshire Food Project’s Empty Bowl fundraising event which takes place this year on Friday, May 4 with seatings at 5:30 PM and 7 PM inside the First Congregational Church on Main Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Executive Director of Berkshire Food Project Kim McMann, and owner of Jackie Sedlock Pottery Jackie Sedlock join us.

This Saturday, April 28, Linda Lavin and Steve Bakunas will present "Portrait Of An Artist" at 5 p.m. in a benefit performance for the Spencertown Academy Arts Center.

The event features Lavin and Bakunas in a 90-minute intimate evening during which she answers questions about her life and career, posed by her husband, while he paints her portrait on stage. An evening of warmth, romance, humor and nostalgia, the couple has previously performed the program at venues around the country.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks will be holding their annual Bowl For Kids' Sake fundraiser this month at Kingpin's Alley Family Fun Center in South Glens Falls, New York.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Board Member Leah Everhart joins us. 

What do Susan B. Anthony, Alexander Graham Bell, Emily Dickinson, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, Leonard Nimoy, Elizabeth Taylor, Sylvia Plath, Dr. Seuss, Sojourner Truth and Kurt Vonnegut all have in common? They have all impacted the historical fabric of the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts!

The Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, Mass. will present “The Valley Letters Project: Live on Stage,” a new series celebrating the art of letter writing and its connection to the region’s history. The evening will feature letters by historic people of note connected to the Western Massachusetts/Pioneer Valley region read aloud by contemporary people of note who are currently impacting the Western Massachusetts and the Pioneer Valley landscape.

The event, taking place on Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m., is a fundraiser for The Academy of Music Theatre.

Here to tell us more are Academy of Music Theatre's Development and Marketing Manager Emily Curro, and the Artistic Director of Eggtooth Productions and Academy of Music Theatre Board Member, Linda McInerney.

On November 3rd, The YWCA of the Greater Capital Region and The Arts Center of the Capital Region will present the 3rd Annual BraVa! Fundraiser. The event will showcase local artists reading poems, songs, monologues and essays on the topic of bras in their lives. Last year’s event featured twelve talented writers from around the Capital Region whose pieces touched on the subject of bras from many viewpoints which ranged from the poignant to the hilarious. More than 500 bras were collected last year and were provided to those in need at the YWCA and throughout the greater capital region.

BraVa! was founded by author, editor and educator, Marian Roach Smith. She joins us today along with Daquetta Jones, the executive director of the YWCA

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial FoundationProviding a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

President and CEO of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, Todd Cramer, joins us now to tell us about the organization’s Animal Care Center and upcoming Paws in the Park fundraiser.  

It is the 27th Anniversary of the Agricultural Stewardship Association and on October 7th, ASA will present their 16th Annual Landscapes for Landsake Art Sale & Exhibition.

The event is a fundraiser to support local farmland conservation, the show features thirty-one artists whose work is inspired by the region's working landscapes. It takes place in the historic barn at Maple Ridge in the hamlet of Coila, just west of the Village of Cambridge.

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Begun by Diane Reiner of Latham, Jajja’s Kids houses, feeds, schools, and nurtures nineteen former street children in Uganda and serves as a community center for children and families in the surrounding area. Its program director is Ronnie Sseruyange, also a former street child, who lives in Kampala, Uganda. 

Currently, Jajja’s Kids has outgrown the house they rent in Kampala. Their numbers have increased and as the children have gotten older, their needs have changed. Thus, the time has come to take a much needed leap toward establishing a permanent residence.

On Sunday, September 24th, Jajja’s Kids is hosting a Gala at Revolution Hall in Troy to launch a fundraising campaign to purchase land in or near Kampala. The funds will be used to begin the process of building a home and developing a small farm to provide food for the children and staff as well as being a source of income to support Jajja’s Kids operations. 

The Shaker Heritage Society in Albany, NY is a non-profit organization that offers award-winning educational programming about the Shakers, their innovative spirit and their influence on American culture. The Society is actively concerned with preserving the integrity of the Watervliet Shaker National Historic District, site of America’s first Shaker settlement.

The Shaker Heritage Society will host a 40th Anniversary Celebration -- “Shaker Your Plate” on September 21st.

Here to tell us about that and more we welcome Starlyn D'Angelo, Executive Director of Shaker Heritage Society and board member and Chair of our Development Committee, Pilar Arthur Snead. 

For Goodness Bake is an annual Beacon bake sale dedicated to raising funds and awareness for charitable organizations within the Hudson Valley. Now in its fifth year, For Goodness Bake has previously raised thousanda for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, Green Teen Beacon and the Kids R Kids Feeding Program.

Taking place from 10:00 - 4:00 PM on August 5 at Catalyst Gallery in Beacon, this year’s For Goodness Bake will be raising funds and awareness for the Beacon Rec After School Program Tuition Assistance Fund, a new educational presence in the community.

We are joined by: Kristen Pratt and Tara Tornello, co-founders of For Goodness Bake, and Nate Smith, Assistant Director of Beacon Rec Dept and Head of Beacon After School program.

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