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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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December 2016

Nutmeg Technologies in partnership with local businesses will be collecting canned goods and dry goods throughout the months of November and December with all items to benefit South Windsor Food...

Cost: free

Where:
Nutmeg Technologies
279 Nutmeg Road South
South Windsor, CT  06074
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Sponsor: Nutmeg Technologies
Telephone: 860-257-5643
Contact Name: Faith Zeller
Website »

More information

Prime Finds “Home for the Holidays,” last year’s enormously popular pop-up shop benefiting Prime Time House, will open once again in Bantam. The store, featuring donated items for...

Cost: Free after Grand Opening, which is $20.

Where:
725 Bantam Road (Rte 202)
Next door to Sportsmen's
Bantam, CT
View map »


Sponsor: Prime Time House, Inc.
Telephone: (860) 307-1734.
Contact Name: Kathi Weinstein
Website »

More information

The Loft Gallery at The Smithy Store will host an opening reception for Connecticut artists, Ecka Blaire Faulds and Peter Wnek, on Saturday, November 19 from 4-6 pm. The reception is free and...

Cost: free

Where:
Loft Gallery
10 Main Street
Washington
New Preston, CT  06777
View map »


Sponsor: The Smithy Store
Telephone: 860-868-9003
Contact Name: Susan Newbury
Website »

More information

Fine Line Art Gallery is excited to host their annual holiday art and fine craft show, Miniature Masterpieces, featuring small works of art that include miniature paintings, photographs, jewelry,...

Cost: Admission Free

Where:
Fine Line Art Gallery
319 Main Street South
Woodbury, CT  06798
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Sponsor: Fine Line Art Gallery
Telephone: 203-266-0110
Contact Name: Mally DeSomma
Website »

More information

Elizabeth Wolff’s family is steeped in the arts. Her father, Guy, is a world-class potter; her mother, Erica, is a “Jack of all trades” - from knitter to viol musician; her...

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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Nutmeg Technologies in partnership with local businesses will be collecting canned goods and dry goods throughout the months of November and December with all items to benefit South Windsor Food...

Cost: free

Where:
Nutmeg Technologies
279 Nutmeg Road South
South Windsor, CT  06074
View map »


Sponsor: Nutmeg Technologies
Telephone: 860-257-5643
Contact Name: Faith Zeller
Website »

More information

Prime Finds “Home for the Holidays,” last year’s enormously popular pop-up shop benefiting Prime Time House, will open once again in Bantam. The store, featuring donated items for...

Cost: Free after Grand Opening, which is $20.

Where:
725 Bantam Road (Rte 202)
Next door to Sportsmen's
Bantam, CT
View map »


Sponsor: Prime Time House, Inc.
Telephone: (860) 307-1734.
Contact Name: Kathi Weinstein
Website »

More information

The Loft Gallery at The Smithy Store will host an opening reception for Connecticut artists, Ecka Blaire Faulds and Peter Wnek, on Saturday, November 19 from 4-6 pm. The reception is free and...

Cost: free

Where:
Loft Gallery
10 Main Street
Washington
New Preston, CT  06777
View map »


Sponsor: The Smithy Store
Telephone: 860-868-9003
Contact Name: Susan Newbury
Website »

More information

Elizabeth Wolff’s family is steeped in the arts. Her father, Guy, is a world-class potter; her mother, Erica, is a “Jack of all trades” - from knitter to viol musician; her...

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

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

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

Show More...
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Nutmeg Technologies in partnership with local businesses will be collecting canned goods and dry goods throughout the months of November and December with all items to benefit South Windsor Food...

Cost: free

Where:
Nutmeg Technologies
279 Nutmeg Road South
South Windsor, CT  06074
View map »


Sponsor: Nutmeg Technologies
Telephone: 860-257-5643
Contact Name: Faith Zeller
Website »

More information

Prime Finds “Home for the Holidays,” last year’s enormously popular pop-up shop benefiting Prime Time House, will open once again in Bantam. The store, featuring donated items for...

Cost: Free after Grand Opening, which is $20.

Where:
725 Bantam Road (Rte 202)
Next door to Sportsmen's
Bantam, CT
View map »


Sponsor: Prime Time House, Inc.
Telephone: (860) 307-1734.
Contact Name: Kathi Weinstein
Website »

More information

The Loft Gallery at The Smithy Store will host an opening reception for Connecticut artists, Ecka Blaire Faulds and Peter Wnek, on Saturday, November 19 from 4-6 pm. The reception is free and...

Cost: free

Where:
Loft Gallery
10 Main Street
Washington
New Preston, CT  06777
View map »


Sponsor: The Smithy Store
Telephone: 860-868-9003
Contact Name: Susan Newbury
Website »

More information

Elizabeth Wolff’s family is steeped in the arts. Her father, Guy, is a world-class potter; her mother, Erica, is a “Jack of all trades” - from knitter to viol musician; her...

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

Show More...
Show Less...

Nutmeg Technologies in partnership with local businesses will be collecting canned goods and dry goods throughout the months of November and December with all items to benefit South Windsor Food...

Cost: free

Where:
Nutmeg Technologies
279 Nutmeg Road South
South Windsor, CT  06074
View map »


Sponsor: Nutmeg Technologies
Telephone: 860-257-5643
Contact Name: Faith Zeller
Website »

More information

Prime Finds “Home for the Holidays,” last year’s enormously popular pop-up shop benefiting Prime Time House, will open once again in Bantam. The store, featuring donated items for...

Cost: Free after Grand Opening, which is $20.

Where:
725 Bantam Road (Rte 202)
Next door to Sportsmen's
Bantam, CT
View map »


Sponsor: Prime Time House, Inc.
Telephone: (860) 307-1734.
Contact Name: Kathi Weinstein
Website »

More information

The Loft Gallery at The Smithy Store will host an opening reception for Connecticut artists, Ecka Blaire Faulds and Peter Wnek, on Saturday, November 19 from 4-6 pm. The reception is free and...

Cost: free

Where:
Loft Gallery
10 Main Street
Washington
New Preston, CT  06777
View map »


Sponsor: The Smithy Store
Telephone: 860-868-9003
Contact Name: Susan Newbury
Website »

More information

Elizabeth Wolff’s family is steeped in the arts. Her father, Guy, is a world-class potter; her mother, Erica, is a “Jack of all trades” - from knitter to viol musician; her...

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

Tom Brokaw wrote that The American St. Nick is, “One more memorable and inspiring story from the greatest generation...It will touch your heart and make you proud.”   The American St. Nick...

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

Show More...
Show Less...

Nutmeg Technologies in partnership with local businesses will be collecting canned goods and dry goods throughout the months of November and December with all items to benefit South Windsor Food...

Cost: free

Where:
Nutmeg Technologies
279 Nutmeg Road South
South Windsor, CT  06074
View map »


Sponsor: Nutmeg Technologies
Telephone: 860-257-5643
Contact Name: Faith Zeller
Website »

More information

Prime Finds “Home for the Holidays,” last year’s enormously popular pop-up shop benefiting Prime Time House, will open once again in Bantam. The store, featuring donated items for...

Cost: Free after Grand Opening, which is $20.

Where:
725 Bantam Road (Rte 202)
Next door to Sportsmen's
Bantam, CT
View map »


Sponsor: Prime Time House, Inc.
Telephone: (860) 307-1734.
Contact Name: Kathi Weinstein
Website »

More information

The Loft Gallery at The Smithy Store will host an opening reception for Connecticut artists, Ecka Blaire Faulds and Peter Wnek, on Saturday, November 19 from 4-6 pm. The reception is free and...

Cost: free

Where:
Loft Gallery
10 Main Street
Washington
New Preston, CT  06777
View map »


Sponsor: The Smithy Store
Telephone: 860-868-9003
Contact Name: Susan Newbury
Website »

More information

Fine Line Art Gallery is excited to host their annual holiday art and fine craft show, Miniature Masterpieces, featuring small works of art that include miniature paintings, photographs, jewelry,...

Cost: Admission Free

Where:
Fine Line Art Gallery
319 Main Street South
Woodbury, CT  06798
View map »


Sponsor: Fine Line Art Gallery
Telephone: 203-266-0110
Contact Name: Mally DeSomma
Website »

More information

Elizabeth Wolff’s family is steeped in the arts. Her father, Guy, is a world-class potter; her mother, Erica, is a “Jack of all trades” - from knitter to viol musician; her...

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

Show More...
Show Less...

Nutmeg Technologies in partnership with local businesses will be collecting canned goods and dry goods throughout the months of November and December with all items to benefit South Windsor Food...

Cost: free

Where:
Nutmeg Technologies
279 Nutmeg Road South
South Windsor, CT  06074
View map »


Sponsor: Nutmeg Technologies
Telephone: 860-257-5643
Contact Name: Faith Zeller
Website »

More information

Prime Finds “Home for the Holidays,” last year’s enormously popular pop-up shop benefiting Prime Time House, will open once again in Bantam. The store, featuring donated items for...

Cost: Free after Grand Opening, which is $20.

Where:
725 Bantam Road (Rte 202)
Next door to Sportsmen's
Bantam, CT
View map »


Sponsor: Prime Time House, Inc.
Telephone: (860) 307-1734.
Contact Name: Kathi Weinstein
Website »

More information

The Loft Gallery at The Smithy Store will host an opening reception for Connecticut artists, Ecka Blaire Faulds and Peter Wnek, on Saturday, November 19 from 4-6 pm. The reception is free and...

Cost: free

Where:
Loft Gallery
10 Main Street
Washington
New Preston, CT  06777
View map »


Sponsor: The Smithy Store
Telephone: 860-868-9003
Contact Name: Susan Newbury
Website »

More information

Fine Line Art Gallery is excited to host their annual holiday art and fine craft show, Miniature Masterpieces, featuring small works of art that include miniature paintings, photographs, jewelry,...

Cost: Admission Free

Where:
Fine Line Art Gallery
319 Main Street South
Woodbury, CT  06798
View map »


Sponsor: Fine Line Art Gallery
Telephone: 203-266-0110
Contact Name: Mally DeSomma
Website »

More information

Elizabeth Wolff’s family is steeped in the arts. Her father, Guy, is a world-class potter; her mother, Erica, is a “Jack of all trades” - from knitter to viol musician; her...

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

Show More...
Show Less...

Nutmeg Technologies in partnership with local businesses will be collecting canned goods and dry goods throughout the months of November and December with all items to benefit South Windsor Food...

Cost: free

Where:
Nutmeg Technologies
279 Nutmeg Road South
South Windsor, CT  06074
View map »


Sponsor: Nutmeg Technologies
Telephone: 860-257-5643
Contact Name: Faith Zeller
Website »

More information

Prime Finds “Home for the Holidays,” last year’s enormously popular pop-up shop benefiting Prime Time House, will open once again in Bantam. The store, featuring donated items for...

Cost: Free after Grand Opening, which is $20.

Where:
725 Bantam Road (Rte 202)
Next door to Sportsmen's
Bantam, CT
View map »


Sponsor: Prime Time House, Inc.
Telephone: (860) 307-1734.
Contact Name: Kathi Weinstein
Website »

More information

The Smithy Store will host a Local Maker’s Market on the 2nd floor Loft Gallery of the store. This special holiday market will coincide with the New Preston Winter Stroll, where the...

Cost: free

Where:
The Smithy Store
10 Main Street
New Preston, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: The Smithy Store
Telephone: 860-868-9003
Contact Name: Susan Newbury
Website »

More information

Join Haight-Brown Vineyard for The World's Best Cheeses with a Wine, Cheese and Chocolate paring classes @ 3:00 pm. $35 per person. It's educational, fun and lots of yummy wine and food....

Cost: $35

Where:
Haight-Brown Vineyard
29 Chestnut Hill Rd
Litchfield, CT
View map »


Website »

More information

The Loft Gallery at The Smithy Store will host an opening reception for Connecticut artists, Ecka Blaire Faulds and Peter Wnek, on Saturday, November 19 from 4-6 pm. The reception is free and...

Cost: free

Where:
Loft Gallery
10 Main Street
Washington
New Preston, CT  06777
View map »


Sponsor: The Smithy Store
Telephone: 860-868-9003
Contact Name: Susan Newbury
Website »

More information

Fine Line Art Gallery is excited to host their annual holiday art and fine craft show, Miniature Masterpieces, featuring small works of art that include miniature paintings, photographs, jewelry,...

Cost: Admission Free

Where:
Fine Line Art Gallery
319 Main Street South
Woodbury, CT  06798
View map »


Sponsor: Fine Line Art Gallery
Telephone: 203-266-0110
Contact Name: Mally DeSomma
Website »

More information

Elizabeth Wolff’s family is steeped in the arts. Her father, Guy, is a world-class potter; her mother, Erica, is a “Jack of all trades” - from knitter to viol musician; her...

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

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