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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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May 2016

Kathy McCarver Root and her gallery, KMR Arts, proudly present the gallery’s newest exhibition, “Room”, paintings by Michele Mirisola. The exhibition will open with a...

Cost: Free to the public

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Rd, #1
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: KMR Arts
Telephone: 860-868-7533
Contact Name: Kathy McCarver Root
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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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Contact Name: James Barron
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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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Sponsor: Gallery 25 Creative Arts Studio
Telephone: 860-355-6009
Contact Name: Diane Dubriel
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Jocelyn Regenbogen has been painting watercolors for the past twenty years. Her interest in the medium began with a series of six lessons with the accomplished Frank Federico at his Goshen studio....

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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Jocelyn Regenbogen has been painting watercolors for the past twenty years. Her interest in the medium began with a series of six lessons with the accomplished Frank Federico at his Goshen studio....

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 »

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Kathy McCarver Root and her gallery, KMR Arts, proudly present the gallery’s newest exhibition, “Room”, paintings by Michele Mirisola. The exhibition will open with a...

Cost: Free to the public

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Rd, #1
Washington Depot, CT  06794
View map »


Sponsor: KMR Arts
Telephone: 860-868-7533
Contact Name: Kathy McCarver Root
Website »

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Nationally acclaimed fiber artist, Missy Stevens, a long time Washington, CT resident, showcases her artistic ingenuity in the recently produced documentary, Missy Stevens, The Spirit and Technique...

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
Website »

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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

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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By popular demand Ruth Jaffe returns to lead a conversational Spanish group for all.  The 4-part series will take place on Mondays at 2:00pm on May 9, May 23, June 13 and June 27, 2016. ...

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
Website »

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In a world turned upside down, a rag-tag group relies on humor, song and dance to try to build a new life. But can show tunes and music hall merriment revive the human spirit? On the highway of...

Cost: $49-$54

Where:
The Terris Theatre
33 N Main St
Chester, CT  06422
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Sponsor: Goodspeed Musicals

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Jocelyn Regenbogen has been painting watercolors for the past twenty years. Her interest in the medium began with a series of six lessons with the accomplished Frank Federico at his Goshen studio....

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

Kathy McCarver Root and her gallery, KMR Arts, proudly present the gallery’s newest exhibition, “Room”, paintings by Michele Mirisola. The exhibition will open with a...

Cost: Free to the public

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Rd, #1
Washington Depot, CT  06794
View map »


Sponsor: KMR Arts
Telephone: 860-868-7533
Contact Name: Kathy McCarver Root
Website »

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Weatherby & Associates, PC in Bloomfield, one of Connecticut’s leading Estate Planning firms, is presenting a free learning workshop. This workshop covers frequently asked questions...

Cost: free

Where:
Weatherby & Associates
693 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 200
Bloomfield, CT  06002
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Sponsor: Weatherby & Associates
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Nationally acclaimed fiber artist, Missy Stevens, a long time Washington, CT resident, showcases her artistic ingenuity in the recently produced documentary, Missy Stevens, The Spirit and Technique...

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
Website »

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With Gardens at First Light, Stacy Bass offers a rare and privileged glimpse of a range of stunning private gardens in the Northeast. Her work showcases a variety of  garden types, from those...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St.
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Litchfield Garden Club
Telephone: 860-567-8030
Contact Name: Tricia Messenger
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Sports and recreation are universal experiences. Whether we make it to the big leagues or never leave our backyards, these activities play important roles in our lives. They help us form...

Cost: Free admission

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
Website »

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In a world turned upside down, a rag-tag group relies on humor, song and dance to try to build a new life. But can show tunes and music hall merriment revive the human spirit? On the highway of...

Cost: $49-$54

Where:
The Terris Theatre
33 N Main St
Chester, CT  06422
View map »


Sponsor: Goodspeed Musicals

More information

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Kathy McCarver Root and her gallery, KMR Arts, proudly present the gallery’s newest exhibition, “Room”, paintings by Michele Mirisola. The exhibition will open with a...

Cost: Free to the public

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Rd, #1
Washington Depot, CT  06794
View map »


Sponsor: KMR Arts
Telephone: 860-868-7533
Contact Name: Kathy McCarver Root
Website »

More information

Nationally acclaimed fiber artist, Missy Stevens, a long time Washington, CT resident, showcases her artistic ingenuity in the recently produced documentary, Missy Stevens, The Spirit and Technique...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

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


Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: Margaret Ferguson
Website »

More information

Jocelyn Regenbogen has been painting watercolors for the past twenty years. Her interest in the medium began with a series of six lessons with the accomplished Frank Federico at his Goshen studio....

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

Sports and recreation are universal experiences. Whether we make it to the big leagues or never leave our backyards, these activities play important roles in our lives. They help us form...

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 »

More information

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 »

More information

In a world turned upside down, a rag-tag group relies on humor, song and dance to try to build a new life. But can show tunes and music hall merriment revive the human spirit? On the highway of...

Cost: $49-$54

Where:
The Terris Theatre
33 N Main St
Chester, CT  06422
View map »


Sponsor: Goodspeed Musicals

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Kathy McCarver Root and her gallery, KMR Arts, proudly present the gallery’s newest exhibition, “Room”, paintings by Michele Mirisola. The exhibition will open with a...

Cost: Free to the public

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Rd, #1
Washington Depot, CT  06794
View map »


Sponsor: KMR Arts
Telephone: 860-868-7533
Contact Name: Kathy McCarver Root
Website »

More information

Nationally acclaimed fiber artist, Missy Stevens, a long time Washington, CT resident, showcases her artistic ingenuity in the recently produced documentary, Missy Stevens, The Spirit and Technique...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

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


Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: Margaret Ferguson
Website »

More information

Jocelyn Regenbogen has been painting watercolors for the past twenty years. Her interest in the medium began with a series of six lessons with the accomplished Frank Federico at his Goshen studio....

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

Sports and recreation are universal experiences. Whether we make it to the big leagues or never leave our backyards, these activities play important roles in our lives. They help us form...

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 »

More information

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 »

More information

In a world turned upside down, a rag-tag group relies on humor, song and dance to try to build a new life. But can show tunes and music hall merriment revive the human spirit? On the highway of...

Cost: $49-$54

Where:
The Terris Theatre
33 N Main St
Chester, CT  06422
View map »


Sponsor: Goodspeed Musicals

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Kathy McCarver Root and her gallery, KMR Arts, proudly present the gallery’s newest exhibition, “Room”, paintings by Michele Mirisola. The exhibition will open with a...

Cost: Free to the public

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Rd, #1
Washington Depot, CT  06794
View map »


Sponsor: KMR Arts
Telephone: 860-868-7533
Contact Name: Kathy McCarver Root
Website »

More information

Nationally acclaimed fiber artist, Missy Stevens, a long time Washington, CT resident, showcases her artistic ingenuity in the recently produced documentary, Missy Stevens, The Spirit and Technique...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

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


Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: Margaret Ferguson
Website »

More information

Youths 16 and under admitted free (General Admission) with at least one accompanying Adult The SCCA Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) has long been a favorite of Lime Rock Park fans, so after a...

Where:
Lime Rock Park
60 White Hollow Road
Lakeview, CT
View map »


Website »

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Jocelyn Regenbogen has been painting watercolors for the past twenty years. Her interest in the medium began with a series of six lessons with the accomplished Frank Federico at his Goshen studio....

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

Sports and recreation are universal experiences. Whether we make it to the big leagues or never leave our backyards, these activities play important roles in our lives. They help us form...

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 »

More information

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 »

More information

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
View map »


Sponsor: Gallery 25 Creative Arts Studio
Telephone: 860-355-6009
Contact Name: Diane Dubriel
Website »

More information

In a world turned upside down, a rag-tag group relies on humor, song and dance to try to build a new life. But can show tunes and music hall merriment revive the human spirit? On the highway of...

Cost: $49-$54

Where:
The Terris Theatre
33 N Main St
Chester, CT  06422
View map »


Sponsor: Goodspeed Musicals

More information

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A weekend of races and music. Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, and trail races. Music from at least 10 groups, including Grammy nominee Matisyahu. Advance registration for races...

Cost: $35 dollars and up, kids 10 and under free admission to music

Where:
Ski Butternut Mountain
380 State Road
Great Barrington, MA
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Website »

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The Loft Gallery will open a new exhibit, VISTA, featuring paintings by Litchfield artist, ELLA CRAMPTON-KNOX, and photography by BANTAM resident, EMILY KENNEDY on Saturday, May 28.  This...

Cost: free

Where:
Loft gallery at The Smithy
10 Main Street
New Preston, CT  06777
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Sponsor: The Smithy
Telephone: 860-868-9003
Contact Name: Susan Newbury
Website »

More information

Kathy McCarver Root and her gallery, KMR Arts, proudly present the gallery’s newest exhibition, “Room”, paintings by Michele Mirisola. The exhibition will open with a...

Cost: Free to the public

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Rd, #1
Washington Depot, CT  06794
View map »


Sponsor: KMR Arts
Telephone: 860-868-7533
Contact Name: Kathy McCarver Root
Website »

More information

Nationally acclaimed fiber artist, Missy Stevens, a long time Washington, CT resident, showcases her artistic ingenuity in the recently produced documentary, Missy Stevens, The Spirit and Technique...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

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


Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: Margaret Ferguson
Website »

More information

Jocelyn Regenbogen has been painting watercolors for the past twenty years. Her interest in the medium began with a series of six lessons with the accomplished Frank Federico at his Goshen studio....

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

Youths 16 and under admitted free (General Admission) with at least one accompanying Adult The SCCA Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) has long been a favorite of Lime Rock Park fans, so after a...

Where:
Lime Rock Park
60 White Hollow Road
Lakeview, CT
View map »


Website »

More information

The Stairwell Gallery at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT announces the opening of a special show of botanical watercolors by international award-winning artist Betsy Rogers-Knox.  ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Washington, CT  0693
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Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: Gunn Circulation Desk
Website »

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Sports and recreation are universal experiences. Whether we make it to the big leagues or never leave our backyards, these activities play important roles in our lives. They help us form...

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 »

More information

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 »

More information

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
View map »


Sponsor: Gallery 25 Creative Arts Studio
Telephone: 860-355-6009
Contact Name: Diane Dubriel
Website »

More information

Following the international success of Shadowland, Pilobolus brings you Shadowlands 2: The Next Adventure. Driven by a varied indie rock score, along with original songs written and performed by...

Cost: Starts at $15

Where:
Warner Theatre
68 Main st
Torrington, CT  06790
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Telephone: 860-489-7180
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