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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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Janet Sobel: Revisiting the Drip Opening Reception: Saturday April 23 from 4 to 7PM Exhibition Dates: April 23 - May 30 James Barron Art / Kent is pleased to announce an exhibition of works...

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Cost: Free

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Cost: Free admission

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Litchfield History Museum
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Sponsor: Litchfield Historical Society
Telephone: 860-567-4501
Contact Name: Megan Olver
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Janet Sobel: Revisiting the Drip Opening Reception: Saturday April 23 from 4 to 7PM Exhibition Dates: April 23 - May 30 James Barron Art / Kent is pleased to announce an exhibition of works...

Cost: Free

Where:
James Barron Art
4 Fulling Lane
Kent , CT  06757
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Cost: Free admission

Where:
Litchfield History Museum
7 South Street
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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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James Barron Art
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Kent , CT  06757
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Cost: Free for members; $5 non-members

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Litchfield History Museum
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Sponsor: Litchfield Historical Society
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Presented by: WTCAE Young Actors Series Presents

Cost: $12.50

Where:
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
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Telephone: (860) 489-7180
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Cost: Free admission

Where:
Litchfield History Museum
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Sponsor: Litchfield Historical Society
Telephone: 860-567-4501
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Cost: Admission Free

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Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio
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Cost: $2 admission/children under 12 free

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Cost: $27.00

Where:
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
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Telephone: (860) 489-7180
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Presented by: WTCAE Young Actors Series Presents

Cost: $12.50

Where:
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT  06790
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Telephone: (860) 489-7180
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Sponsor: US Trust Private Wealth Management, The Connecticut Community Foundation
Contact Name: Pamela McCann
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Cost: Free admission

Where:
Litchfield History Museum
7 South Street
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Litchfield Historical Society
Telephone: 860-567-4501
Contact Name: Megan Olver
Website »

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Janet Sobel: Revisiting the Drip Opening Reception: Saturday April 23 from 4 to 7PM Exhibition Dates: April 23 - May 30 James Barron Art / Kent is pleased to announce an exhibition of works...

Cost: Free

Where:
James Barron Art
4 Fulling Lane
Kent , CT  06757
View map »


Contact Name: James Barron
Website »

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Show will run from April 29- June 12th. On Saturday, May 21st at 2:00 pm, Gallery 25 will host a free Art Talk entitled “Weir’d You Go?” by Angie Shearstone. The artist will...

Cost: Admission Free

Where:
Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio
25 Church Street
New Milford, CT  06776
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