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Ten Minutes With Christine Baranski



Christine Baranski has won Tonys, Emmys, and now stars on CBS’s “The Good Wife,” but would like to be known as auction chair of the Housatonic Valley Association, a position held for 20 years by Diane von Furstenberg. “HVA does so much to protect our land and educate kids and adults about the beauty around us,” she says. The auction takes place November 21 at Washington’s town hall (hvatoday.org).

How does an event in a small town hall in northwest Connecticut get such an A-list of celebrities and auction items?
You have people living in this beautiful part of the world to get away from it all. And they want to see the natural beauty preserved and will do what they can. Oscar de la Renta is involved, Travel + Leisure editor Nancy Novogrod, French Culinary Institute founder Dorothy Hamilton, actress Julianna Margulies.

And on a fall Sunday afternoon—in a somewhat low-key event. Is there anything else like it?
There really isn’t. It’s a fun event. And it’s for everyone in the community. Barry Diller and Oscar with people from the community who care deeply about where they live. It’s right before Thanksgiving. People dress up, or come in their country-like clothes. I wear heels, because people think of me as a high-heels kind of person. This is bigger than all of us.

Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg has put her stamp on the event. Is she a hard act to follow?
Oh, my God, yes. DVF is now a fashion empire and a driving personality. She has done her part, and I find it daunting, but she won’t go away, even though she is passing on the title.

What are the challenges to keep it going, to avoid it getting stale?
You always fear a donation burnout, but that hasn’t really happened. I’m not sure we’ll ever go back to the days of the Nineties. But people really look forward to it, and want it to get ever better. There are fabulous prizes and trips—safaris, Oscar’s place in the Dominican Republic, dinners.

Are you going to bid on anything?
Well, I’m a hard-working actress, you know, but I do have a hiatus so I might raise my paddle for a little trip.

How much of a difference does this auction make?
It makes a huge difference. It is crucial—HVA covers a huge area.

How much of your self is in the Diane Lockhart character on “The Good Wife”?
There is a lot of her in me. She is hard working and fought a long time to get where she is in life. I love that she is this liberal character. This is a really important, fabulous role. She is a terrific example of a very successful woman over 50. She’s not some horrible woman who’s just drinking and obsessing about clothes and men, which is what so many female characters are these days.

How did you end up in New Preston?
Well, my husband inherited his childhood home in Bethlehem, where he’s lived since 1949. He came here as a child with his brother and mother. We had our wedding party there, and just love it. Raised our kids there. We just moved to New Preston ten years ago—when a friend told me about a great house on Lake Waramaug.

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Oliver Wolcott Library
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Gunn Memorial Library
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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 860-567-8030
Contact Name: Tricia Messenger
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Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St.
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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 860-567-8030
Contact Name: Tricia Messenger
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Cost: Free

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Gunn Memorial Library
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Cost: Free for members; $5 non-members

Where:
Litchfield History Museum
7 South Street
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Litchfield Historical Society
Telephone: 860-567-4501
Contact Name: Megan Olver
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Cost: FREE

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Jacob's Pillow Dance
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Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St.
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Cost: Tickets start at $45

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Cost: Tickets start at $25

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Sponsor: Jacob's Pillow Dance
Telephone: 413-243-0745
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Cost: Free

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Rd.
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Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: Sharon Morrissey
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Cost: FREE

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Jacob's Pillow Dance
358 George Carter Road
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Sponsor: Jacob's Pillow Dance
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Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Washington, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: Margaret Ferguson
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Cost: Tickets start at $45

Where:
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358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA  01223
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Sponsor: Jacob's Pillow Dance
Telephone: 413-243-0745
Website »

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Cost: Tickets start at $25

Where:
Jacob's Pillow Dance
358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA  01223
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Sponsor: Jacob's Pillow Dance
Telephone: 413-243-0745
Website »

More information

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Cost: Free

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Rd.
Washington, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: Sharon Morrissey
Website »

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Cost: $29 - $79

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Cost: FREE

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Waterbury, CT  06705
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Sponsor: OLLI@UConn
Telephone: 203-236-9925
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Cost: FREE

Where:
Jacob's Pillow Dance
358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA  01223
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Sponsor: Jacob's Pillow Dance
Telephone: 413-243-0745
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Cost: FREE

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Jacob's Pillow Dance
358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA  01223
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Sponsor: Jacob's Pillow Dance
Telephone: 413-243-0745
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Cost: Tickets start at $45

Where:
Jacob's Pillow Dance
358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA  01223
View map »


Sponsor: Jacob's Pillow Dance
Telephone: 413-243-0745
Website »

More information

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Cost: Tickets start at $25

Where:
Jacob's Pillow Dance
358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA  01223
View map »


Sponsor: Jacob's Pillow Dance
Telephone: 413-243-0745
Website »

More information

Harvey Yaverbaum’s Photographic exhibit opens July 16th in Stairwell Gallery – Reception July 16  3-5pm Olio, A First Public Showing Olio is an exhibit of many of Harvey...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Rd.
Washington, CT  06793
View map »


Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: Sharon Morrissey
Website »

More information

Put on a happy face! Army-bound rock star Conrad Birdie's farewell appearance in Sweet Apple, Ohio is the talk of the town. But it's a teenage crisis for new "steadies" Hugo and...

Cost: $29 - $79

Where:
The Goodspeed
6 Main St
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Cost: $0 - $30.00

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Cost: FREE

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Jacob's Pillow Dance
358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA  01223
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Cost: free

Where:
Loft Gallery
10 Main Street
New Preston, CT  06777
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Sponsor: Loft Gallery
Telephone: 860-868-9003
Contact Name: Susan Newbury
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Cost: FREE

Where:
Jacob's Pillow Dance
358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA  01223
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Sponsor: Jacob's Pillow Dance
Telephone: 413-243-0745
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Closing the Ted Shawn Theatre season, Pacific Northwest Ballet returns to Jacob‘s Pillow in a program showcasing the company‘s technical precision and ―light, radiant, musical...

Cost: Tickets start at $45

Where:
Jacob's Pillow Dance
358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA  01223
View map »


Sponsor: Jacob's Pillow Dance
Telephone: 413-243-0745
Website »

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Cost: Tickets $50-150

Where:
Jacob's Pillow Dance
358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA  01223
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Sponsor: Jacob's Pillow Dance
Telephone: 413-243-0745
Website »

More information

August 24-28, Wednesday-Saturday at 8:15pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:15pm Doris Duke Theatre ​ Born in Burkina Faso and based in Brooklyn, dancer and choreographer Souleymane ―Solo‖ Badolo...

Cost: Tickets start at $25

Where:
Jacob's Pillow Dance
358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA  01223
View map »


Sponsor: Jacob's Pillow Dance
Telephone: 413-243-0745
Website »

More information

Harvey Yaverbaum’s Photographic exhibit opens July 16th in Stairwell Gallery – Reception July 16  3-5pm Olio, A First Public Showing Olio is an exhibit of many of Harvey...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Rd.
Washington, CT  06793
View map »


Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: Sharon Morrissey
Website »

More information

Put on a happy face! Army-bound rock star Conrad Birdie's farewell appearance in Sweet Apple, Ohio is the talk of the town. But it's a teenage crisis for new "steadies" Hugo and...

Cost: $29 - $79

Where:
The Goodspeed
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