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Letter: Supporting the arts

Something special happened in Greenfield recently. The Double Take Fringe Theater Festival welcomed over 650 audience members to bustle about the streets to see eight different shows in eight different venues on Oct. 18 and 19. Our audiences learned about the talent, hard work, and generosity of the local theater companies and artists who created terrific and entertaining theater just for the festival. And they were surely aware of the dozens of smiling volunteers who showed them to their seats and guided them to the next show. But there is a group of people who made the Festival happen that our audiences never got to meet so I’d like to introduce them.

Ed Wierzbowski, who owns the Pushkin Gallery and Artsblock, worked tirelessly and generously to allow us to create in his spaces. He is a patron of the arts in Greenfield and we would never have been able to do it without him. Thank you, Ed.

Equally generous are Jim and Maggie Zaccaro, Jack Golden and Artie Ackerman who also offered their spaces without question.

And now for something really exciting. Thanks to John Whitney, Ed Jarvis, Mark Snow, John Waite and others, we were able to share the magnificent First National Bank with audiences. The bank is a spectacular space and we are so thankful for the generosity and oversight of these open-hearted public servants.

And most important, our investors who made it possible to cover the expenses of the festival. A huge thank you to Teddy Bear Pools, Cohn and Company Real Estate, and to Margo Jones Architects for investing in the arts in Franklin County.

And also, we are grateful to the staff of The Recorder for covering the event with a big spread so that audiences knew that it was going on.

We live in a great community that really works together to make this a wonderful place in which to live and play.

Thank you all.

LINDA MCINERNEY,

artistic director,

Old Deerfield Productions

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