Business Briefs: Annie Selke adds inn, retail store; CHP hires nurse practitioner; artist-in-residence, pop-up performances at Red Lion Inn; estate planning seminar; new teacher for GBRSS

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By Friday, Jun 16 Trade and Commerce
Annie Selke will open the inn 33 Main in Lenox in August, which will highlight her company's brands.

Annie Selke adds inn, retail store

Annie Selke and Bob White, chief operating officer.

Annie Selke and Bob White, chief operating officer.

Lenox — Annie Selke, the Berkshires-based design visionary behind the nationally recognized brands Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert, has expanded her brand’s empire with the soon-to-open eight-room luxury inn 33 Main, as well as a 720-square foot retail store at 36 Main St.

Slated to open in August, 33 Main will house eight ensuite rooms featuring shopable stays: Each Annie Selke item in 33 Main will be available for purchase through menu cards located in the rooms. The pop-up store is reflective of all things Annie and showcases bedding, rugs, jewelry, tabletop, storage, decorative items, art and more. Though small in square footage, the store has a digitally enhanced design concept where shoppers can utilize high-tech capabilities including television monitors and iPads to shop the full Annie Selke collection.

–E.E.

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CHP names nurse practitioner to Barrington OB-GYN

Molly Rivest

Molly Rivest

Great Barrington — Molly Rivest, DNP, FNP, has joined Community Health Programs’ Barrington OB/GYN as a nurse practitioner specializing in obstetrics and gynecology care.

Rivest most recently worked as a primary care provider at UMass Memorial-Hahnemann Family Health Center in Worcester, specializing in women’s and adolescent health. She has been an associate professor at the UMass Graduate School of Nursing in North Worcester and a research coordinator at UMass Medical School in Worcester. As a captain in the U.S. Air Force, she was a research physicist, and received awards including a National Defense Service Medial and Global War on Terrorism Services Medal. Rivest has extensive experiences as a military sexual trauma educator.

She earned her M.S. in nursing at UMass Graduate School of Nursing and her undergraduate degree in physics and engineering at Smith College in Northampton. In addition to military commendations, Rivest received the Chancellor’s Award for her UMass academics and community work along with other scholarship awards. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.

–E.E.

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Red Lion Inn to host summer artist-in-residence, pop-up performances

The Good Foot Dance Company.

The Good Foot Dance Company.

Stockbridge — Fashion illustrator and longtime Berkshires visitor Ryan McMenamy will capture the spirit of the Red Lion Inn through weekly summer sketch sessions that will be open to public viewing. The inn also will host three pop-up performances in partnership with several Berkshires arts organizations.

A graduate of the Parsons School of Design in New York City, McMenamy has built a reputation in the world of fashion with clients such as Calvin Klein, Bergdorf Goodman and H&M. He will sketch various aspects of the property and a selection of those sketches will find a permanent home at the inn for future guests to enjoy. Before the end of his residence on Labor Day, the inn will hold a show of his original artwork.

The inn’s porch will be transformed into a summer stage for three pop-up performances, each lasting roughly 15-20 minutes. Berkshire Theater Group performers will offer scenes from the Tony Award-winning musical “The Million Dollar Quartet” on Friday, June 23, at noon and 1 p.m. Actors from Shakespeare & Company in Lenox will bring to life scenes from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Friday, July 14, at 5 and 6 p.m. High-energy tap dancers from Good Foot Dance Company will take a break from performing at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket to entertain audiences at the inn on Tuesday, July 25, at 5 and 6 p.m.

–E.E.

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Salisbury Bank to offer seminar on estate planning

Diane Blick

Diane Blick

Salisbury, Conn. — On Wednesday, June 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Noble Horizons, Salisbury Bank will offer a seminar on estate planning. Seminar attendees will be provided with an overview of estate planning that will include conservatorship, healthcare power of attorney, wills and living wills. The seminar will also touch on the probate process and end with a brief discussion on Medicare fraud.

Presenting the seminar will be Judge Diane Blick, who has served as a probate judge for over 10 years and has managed and administered more than 9,000 family matters. As her “Judge on Wheels” nickname suggests, Blick travels throughout Connecticut to accommodate local families in her multiple-town probate district while maintaining offices in Litchfield, Kent and North Canaan. Also presenting will be Amanda Halle, a Medicare fraud specialist is employed by the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging.

Reservations for the free seminar are suggested but not required. To reserve a space, contact Kevin Norton by phone at (860) 453-3497 or email knorton@salisburybank.com and type “Legacy” in the subject line.

–E.E.

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Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School announces new teacher

Jennifer Green

Jennifer Green

Great Barrington — Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School will welcome Jennifer Green as its sixth-grade class teacher for the 2017-2018 school year.

Green earned her Master of Education degree from Bank Street Graduate School of Education in New York City and also holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Prior to her current teaching position at Berkshire Country Day School in Stockbridge, Green collaborated with a team of educators, board members and parents to plan and implement the opening of the Gateway School in New York City, where she taught core academic subjects to children ages 7–15 with learning differences. While at the school, Green served as teacher support for new staff of the Gateway School of Mumbai, India, for which she organized and led professional development workshops for new teachers. In addition to her classroom experience, Green will augment her training this summer with sixth-grade Waldorf curriculum preparation at Sunbridge Institute in Chestnut Ridge, New York, and will continue studies with mentor Stephen Bloomquist, master teacher from the Waldorf School of Lexington, member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America’s leadership council and professor emeritus at Antioch University in Keene, New Hampshire.

–E.E.


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