Berkshire Museum Whale of a Gala
John Kelly, Ellen Kelly, Jeff Noble, and Brenda Noble at Berkshire Museum's Whale of a Gala, held at Arrowhead in Pittsfield on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2021. Photo: Greg Nesbit Photography

Berkshire Museum’s Whale of a Gala held beneath the stars at Arrowhead

The gala, along with a dinner in honor of Suzanne Nash, raised more than $200,000 in support of education and culture at the Museum, with a focus on its new Mobile Museum Unit (MoMU) project.

Berkshire Museum Executive Director Jeff Rodgers, Robin McGraw, and Museum Board President Ethan Klepetar. Photo: Greg Nesbit Photography

PITTSFIELD — The Berkshire Museum’s Whale of a Gala set sail Friday night, Aug. 20 at Arrowhead, the former estate of author Herman Melville and current home of the Berkshire County Historical Society. Nearly 200 guests attended the outdoor celebration featuring shanty band Sharks Come Cruisin’, a bucking shark, and photobooth fun with Berkshire Mirror Moments.

Together with the Benefactor Dinner in honor of Suzanne Nash, held earlier this month, the Whale of a Gala raised more than $200,000 in support of education and culture at the Berkshire Museum, with a focus on the museum’s innovative new Mobile Museum Unit (MoMU) project which will create new programming opportunities at the museum and throughout the community.

Catering was provided by Brennan’s Catering & Events, with cocktails and dance-enhancers by Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Bright Ideas Brewing, and SPIRITED Wines. A raw bar was provided by Mazzeo’s Meat and Seafood. The evening’s sailcloth tent was courtesy of Classical Tents and Party Goods, and A/V by Encore Audio.

Honorary Whale of a Gala co-chairs Caitlin and Gary Pemble with Shela Levante and and Jayme Kurland. Photo: Greg Nesbit Photography
George Elvin, Benefactor Dinner Honoree Suzanne Nash, Berkshire Museum Trustee Vice President Missy Scarafoni, Helen Febbo, and Al Febbo. Photo: Greg Nesbit Photography
Senator Adam Hinds with Don and Ann Morrison. Photo: Greg Nesbit Photography
Hailey Wilson, Meg Cook, Allison Brigham, and Lindsay Bleau from Lee Bank. Photo: Greg Nesbit Photography
JJ Filiault and Mackenzie Haig. Photo: Greg Nesbit Photography
Seth Nash chats with Ben Hillman (in hat). Photo: Greg Nesbit Photography
Berkshire Museum Trustee Evan Hickok rides the mechanical shark. Photo: Greg Nesbit Photography
Executive Director Jeff Rodgers addresses partygoers about the museum’s new Mobile Museum Unit (MoMU) program. Photo: Greg Nesbit Photography