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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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Brandywine Living of Litchfield and the Town of Litchfield Social Services Department are partnering to help local seniors in need during the month of July by sponsoring a Stuff-A-Bus donation...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Living of Litchfield
19 Consitution Way
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Taste the best of Connecticut’s wineries. Sample locally produced specialty foods. Enjoy live music. Browse for handicrafts. And more. It’s all happening at the Connecticut Wine...

Cost: $35

Where:
Goshen Fairgrounds
116 Old Middle Street
Goshen, CT
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"Tartuffe" tells the story of prude Orgon who comes to his senses after meeting Tartuffe, an opportunist and a swindler. It is one of Moliere's most masterful and popular plays.

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Sherman Playhouse
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The 49th annual Village Fair Days is a two day event featuring live entertainment, food, local craft and artisan vendors and bingo. Free admission

Cost: Free

Where:
New Milford Town Green
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Telephone: 860 354 6080
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Cost: Free

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Oliver Wolcott Library
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Cost: Free

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Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Rd.
Washington, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
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Cost: $29 - $79

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The Goodspeed
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Acclaimed for her vivid use of color as well as the energy and spirit of her images, Anne Marie Foran captures both the qualities of realism and abstraction in her works. Whether they are...

Cost: Free

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The Silo Gallery at Hunt Hill Farm
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Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Living of Litchfield
19 Consitution Way
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Website »

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"Tartuffe" tells the story of prude Orgon who comes to his senses after meeting Tartuffe, an opportunist and a swindler. It is one of Moliere's most masterful and popular plays.

Where:
Sherman Playhouse
5 Route 39 North
Sherman, CT
View map »


Website »

More information

This Tony award- winning story based off of Mark Twain's classic 1884 novel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", comes to Litchfield this summer. The musical features bluegrass and...

Where:
Sharon Playhouse
49 America Rd
Sharon, CT
View map »


Telephone: 860 364 7469
Website »

More information

The 49th annual Village Fair Days is a two day event featuring live entertainment, food, local craft and artisan vendors and bingo. Free admission

Cost: Free

Where:
New Milford Town Green
, CT


Telephone: 860 354 6080
Website »

More information

Wendy Costa has been an avid photographer since inheriting her father’s Argus C3 rangefinder camera in high school. In graduate school at the University of Michigan, she studied with Joanne...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St.
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 860-567-8030
Contact Name: Tricia Messenger
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Enjoy online learning and engaging discussion at the Oliver Wolcott Library with the Monday Scholars! Monday Scholars combines the best of online learning with face-to-face classroom discussion!...

Cost: Free

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Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St.
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
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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
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Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
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Brandywine Living of Litchfield and the Town of Litchfield Social Services Department are partnering to help local seniors in need during the month of July by sponsoring a Stuff-A-Bus donation...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Living of Litchfield
19 Consitution Way
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Forty years after two friends brought the joy and excitement of the 1970s running boom to their hometown of Litchfield, the Litchfield Hills Road Race continues to challenge and delight world-class...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St.
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 860-567-8030
Contact Name: Tricia Messenger
Website »

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"Tartuffe" tells the story of prude Orgon who comes to his senses after meeting Tartuffe, an opportunist and a swindler. It is one of Moliere's most masterful and popular plays.

Where:
Sherman Playhouse
5 Route 39 North
Sherman, CT
View map »


Website »

More information

This Tony award- winning story based off of Mark Twain's classic 1884 novel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", comes to Litchfield this summer. The musical features bluegrass and...

Where:
Sharon Playhouse
49 America Rd
Sharon, CT
View map »


Telephone: 860 364 7469
Website »

More information

Wendy Costa has been an avid photographer since inheriting her father’s Argus C3 rangefinder camera in high school. In graduate school at the University of Michigan, she studied with Joanne...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St.
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 860-567-8030
Contact Name: Tricia Messenger
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 »

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Brandywine Living of Litchfield and the Town of Litchfield Social Services Department are partnering to help local seniors in need during the month of July by sponsoring a Stuff-A-Bus donation...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Living of Litchfield
19 Consitution Way
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Website »

More information

"Tartuffe" tells the story of prude Orgon who comes to his senses after meeting Tartuffe, an opportunist and a swindler. It is one of Moliere's most masterful and popular plays.

Where:
Sherman Playhouse
5 Route 39 North
Sherman, CT
View map »


Website »

More information

This Tony award- winning story based off of Mark Twain's classic 1884 novel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", comes to Litchfield this summer. The musical features bluegrass and...

Where:
Sharon Playhouse
49 America Rd
Sharon, CT
View map »


Telephone: 860 364 7469
Website »

More information

Wendy Costa has been an avid photographer since inheriting her father’s Argus C3 rangefinder camera in high school. In graduate school at the University of Michigan, she studied with Joanne...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St.
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 860-567-8030
Contact Name: Tricia Messenger
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
East Haddam, CT  06423
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Brandywine Living of Litchfield and the Town of Litchfield Social Services Department are partnering to help local seniors in need during the month of July by sponsoring a Stuff-A-Bus donation...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Living of Litchfield
19 Consitution Way
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Website »

More information

"Tartuffe" tells the story of prude Orgon who comes to his senses after meeting Tartuffe, an opportunist and a swindler. It is one of Moliere's most masterful and popular plays.

Where:
Sherman Playhouse
5 Route 39 North
Sherman, CT
View map »


Website »

More information

This Tony award- winning story based off of Mark Twain's classic 1884 novel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", comes to Litchfield this summer. The musical features bluegrass and...

Where:
Sharon Playhouse
49 America Rd
Sharon, CT
View map »


Telephone: 860 364 7469
Website »

More information

Wendy Costa has been an avid photographer since inheriting her father’s Argus C3 rangefinder camera in high school. In graduate school at the University of Michigan, she studied with Joanne...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St.
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 860-567-8030
Contact Name: Tricia Messenger
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
East Haddam, CT  06423
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Brandywine Living of Litchfield and the Town of Litchfield Social Services Department are partnering to help local seniors in need during the month of July by sponsoring a Stuff-A-Bus donation...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Living of Litchfield
19 Consitution Way
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Website »

More information

Nutmeg's Summer Dance Festival 2016 Presented by: Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory

Cost: $33

Where:
The Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT  06790
View map »


Website »

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"Tartuffe" tells the story of prude Orgon who comes to his senses after meeting Tartuffe, an opportunist and a swindler. It is one of Moliere's most masterful and popular plays.

Where:
Sherman Playhouse
5 Route 39 North
Sherman, CT
View map »


Website »

More information

This Tony award- winning story based off of Mark Twain's classic 1884 novel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", comes to Litchfield this summer. The musical features bluegrass and...

Where:
Sharon Playhouse
49 America Rd
Sharon, CT
View map »


Telephone: 860 364 7469
Website »

More information

Wendy Costa has been an avid photographer since inheriting her father’s Argus C3 rangefinder camera in high school. In graduate school at the University of Michigan, she studied with Joanne...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St.
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 860-567-8030
Contact Name: Tricia Messenger
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
East Haddam, CT  06423
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Brandywine Living of Litchfield and the Town of Litchfield Social Services Department are partnering to help local seniors in need during the month of July by sponsoring a Stuff-A-Bus donation...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine Living of Litchfield
19 Consitution Way
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Website »

More information

Join Chef/Instructor Daniel Rosati owner of the award winning Italian cooking school La Villa Cucina for a taste of Italy! Daniel will showcase our NEW American Muscle Grill and together we will...

Cost: $100 per person

Where:
The Silo
44 Upland Road
New Milford, CT  06776
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Sponsor: The Silo
Telephone: 860-355-0300
Contact Name: Sandy Daniels
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Summer & Lobster in Connecticut, a perfect pairing and a perfect evening! Join Chef/Instructor Daniel Rosati as we discover the secrets of lobster cookery. Bring a bib (you’ll need...

Cost: $105 per person

Where:
The Silo
44 Upland Road
New Milford, CT  06776
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Sponsor: The Silo
Telephone: 860-355-0300
Contact Name: Sandy Daniels
Website »

More information

Nutmeg's Summer Dance Festival 2016 Presented by: Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory

Cost: $33

Where:
The Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT  06790
View map »


Website »

More information

"Tartuffe" tells the story of prude Orgon who comes to his senses after meeting Tartuffe, an opportunist and a swindler. It is one of Moliere's most masterful and popular plays.

Where:
Sherman Playhouse
5 Route 39 North
Sherman, CT
View map »


Website »

More information

This Tony award- winning story based off of Mark Twain's classic 1884 novel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", comes to Litchfield this summer. The musical features bluegrass and...

Where:
Sharon Playhouse
49 America Rd
Sharon, CT
View map »


Telephone: 860 364 7469
Website »

More information

Wendy Costa has been an avid photographer since inheriting her father’s Argus C3 rangefinder camera in high school. In graduate school at the University of Michigan, she studied with Joanne...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St.
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 860-567-8030
Contact Name: Tricia Messenger
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

Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! TONY winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once On This...

Cost: $18-$26

Where:
The Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT  06790
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Website »

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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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