Supporting Creative Learning.


Gala 2011

Thanks to our donors, sponsors, volunteers, and everyone who joined in the fun Saturday night, RSF’s third annual Spring Celebration was a huge success.

Be sure to check out the photos from Kathy Cassens Photography.

Auction Items
Be sure to check out a sampling of our auction items below!
Please support our sponsors whose generosity helps make RSF’s programs possible.

Joseph T. Kirchhoff Thomas Thompson Trust

Monique Segarra & Christopher Lipscomb; Systems Flow, Inc.

Steve Jenkins & Kathy Malaga; Sterling Manor Financial, LLC

100.1 WDST
Culinary Institute of America
Health Quest System
Randi & Lyle Wienick
Grasmere Farm
M&O Sanitation

Miriam and Eric Goldstone
Elizabeth Halpern Design; Modern Print Craft
Hansen Electric, Inc.
Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley
Hudson Valley Urology
Old Mill Wine & Spirits
Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County
Dana & Darin Page
Rhinebeck Grand Rental
St. Francis Hospital
Vivian and Lulu, Inc.

Spring Celebration Steering Committee:
Martha Tobias
Sharon and Jim Coughlan
Randi and Lyle Wienick

Marybeth and Tom Cale
Sarah and Charles Derbyshire
Vicki Haak
Ali Hammoud
Kyla and Clifford Hart
Emily Kinser
Dana and Darin Page

Dave Ping
Richard Prouse
Kiki Steele
Elizabeth Spinzia and Jim Stevenson
Annette and Tom Vaccaro
Kristin and Tom Voorhis

Auction Items

Food & Wine
Muy Bueno
Say Ole! while you whip up some Mexican treats with this basket of goodies from Isela Hernandez. Items include makings for hot chocolate, a tortilla roller and warmer, other kitchen goodies and a hand-woven Chiapas table runner. Value $250.

All You Need is Naan
A mini-trip to the subcontinent is a saute away when stirring up Indian meals with Maya Kaimal’s delicious sauces. Rich and spicy sauces such as tikka masala, Kashmiri sauce, Madras curry, Indian ketchup, as well as Maya’s mouthwatering cookbook Curried Favors plus 4 cotton napkins. Value $100.

Pieces of Pie
Blue ribbons at the Dutchess County Fair baking competition are high praise indeed. Lottchen Shivers has taken home the coveted award for her fantastic pies, but the real prize is being able to take one home! Here you can order up 2 of her pies, along with the cookbook Sugar Baby by Gesine Bullock-Prado. (Pies require 48 hours notice and must be ordered within 3 months). Value $80.

Let Us Eat Cake
Local baker extraordinaire, Lisa Rosenthal, takes cake making to a new level of deliciousness. Choose 3 cakes from her vast dessert repertoire and they will be made to order. Also includes the baking book United Cakes of America by Warren Penn. (Cakes require 48 hours notice and must be used within 3 months of purchase). Value $90.

New Orleans native Ryan Viator lets the good times roll with an authentic Cajun cooking lesson and dinner in your home. Gators not included. Value $300.

Joe and Jenn Dalu invite 2 lucky romantics for dinner at Le Petit Bistro. Savor the restaurant’s elegant French cuisine or sample dishes from the delicious daily specials. Value $200.

You can rock the casbah right here in Rhinebeck at a pool party and Lebanese BBQ for 10 at the gracious home of Jen and Ali Hammoud. Traditional dishes and drinks are provided set against the stunning vistas. Value $500.

Chef Tim Callahan (of Libby McKee fame) brings the party on home! Tim will plan, shop for, and prepare a fabulous buffet dinner for 10 people in your home. Value $300.

It may be hard to decide which restaurant to choose from with a gift certificate for dinner for 4 at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. Value $220.

New to the local restaurant scene, O’Leary’s is a warm and inviting restaurant which serves up fresh, delicious American food. Gift certificate $50.

Tavern Time
Enjoy a burger at the bar with some friends (or with the ghost of George Washington) or savor an elegant meal at Rhinebeck’s most historic landmark, The Beekman Arms. A $50 gift certificate.

Basket of Cheer
Just add sandwiches, and this al fresco lunch party is ready to go. Five bottles of assorted wine, plates and napkins come nestled in a pretty white wicker basket. Value $50.

Wine Flight
This trio of wines would be a great way to host a simple wine tasting of bold, full-bodied reds: Don Nicanor-Bodegas Nieto Senetiner Malbec 2008; Tenuta La Lumia Torreforte Nero d’Avola di Sicilia 2000; and Domaine la Roquete Chateauneuf du Pape 2005. Value $80.

Fine Art & Books
“Wallkill River Scene”
Local painter Rosemary Hanson beautifully captures our beautiful Dutchess county in this rural landscape. Value $400.

“Someone is Home”
Don Draper knows a thing about hobo symbols (watch Mad Men episode #8 ) and this serigraph by Chrissy Livesey takes the art form to a whole new level.14″ x 18″. Value $275.

“Cows at Twilight”
Artist and painter Jim Stevenson finds inspiration in the red cattle at the Creed Ankony farm in Rhinecliff. 10″ x 24″ oil painting. Value $600

Beauty Queen
Jacqueline Rusca has created a stunning “Diva Crown” when you want to be queen for a day! This handmade one-of-a-kind piece depicts famous divas from the early 1900’s, such as Mata Hari. Images are pressed between glass and soldered and the piece is studded with vintage charms, glass beads and pearls. Value $300.

Health & Beauty
A Real Fixer-Upper
Local healer Anne Ballantine offers an acupuncture consultation and treatment session. She offers services such as facial renewal acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, Gua Sha, Zen Shiatsu, Chinese herbal formulas, herbal medicine, smoking cessation and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Value $70.

Working Out
Pilates can tone, energize and center any tired body. Three 1/2 hour private sessions will make you feel good and on the right track towards a healthy spring excercise regimen. Classes are held at the IXL gym in Rhinebeck with pilates instructor. Value $105.

Makes Perfect Scents
Put on the polish and shine by dipping into this bucket overflowing with aromatherapy and beauty products from Bath & Bodyworks. Bath bubbles, lotions, body washes and body scents are great way to say Happy Mother’s Day! Value $100.

The Art of Millinery
Local couture hat makers Vivian & LuLu have created this special confection just for the most famous of races. Cascading feathers and clusters of flowers adorn a wide brim hat that is perfect for keeping the sun’s rays off your mint julep! Value $100.

Get out of busy downtown Rhinebeck for a “Rest and Relaxation” weekend at Omega Institute — the perfect place to unwind and find your inner serenity. Value $688.

Get in shape for the summer using 2 sets of family gym and pool passes at Bard’s Stevenson Gym. Value $160 each.

Writing on the Wall
Getting into college these days may take a little ingenuity, and a little help from Marybeth Cale. She can help navigate through the process with a full array of services and workshops that cover everything from the basics of college admissions to the maze of financial aid planning. Good for a 2-hour one-on-one session or workshop registration fees. Value $170.

Rabbit-filled hats, card tricks, reappearing coins — a magic show is a classic event at kids birthday parties. Magician Scott Brod entertains with his 45-minute magic show and balloon animals to any event. Ages 4-11. Value $250.

Spinning Your Web Image
Need to boost your web presence or generate more sales? Andigo New Media can help put a new spin on an old site using a content management strategy and developing online communications tools. Sounds complicated? Not really with Andrew Schulkind’s 15 years of web development experience. 90 min consultation. Value $500.

Grease Up Your Tennis Elbow
A one-hour private lesson at the Rhinebeck Tennis Club with pro Bob Myerson plus a 1-hour mid-week indoor court session will give you the court advantage for the upcoming tennis season. Value $140.

The game of squash is fast-paced, exciting and an excellent workout. Besides, your sneakers squeak! Former NYC MSRA “B” champion and Bard Stevenson Cup holder Andrew Schulkind offers 2 one-hour squash lessons tailored to your needs (can be provided incognito — your opponents won’t know what hit ’em!) Value $130.

A Tasteful Palette
Color consultant Melissa Cohen can transform a bland home into a visual feast of tones and hues. Her fresh vision will help you make the right color choices considering environmental factors, light, furnishings and of course personal taste. A 1-hour consultation will help define goals and hopes for the new look, and an initial color palette can be selected. Value $130.

Say Cheese!
Photographer Kathy Cassens has wonderfully captured many of our local sporting and performance events, as well as wonderful portraits. A 1-hour photoshoot of you or your child/children and an 8 x 10 copy of your portrait. Value $150.

Adventures & Outings
Big Fish
Sharks and Jellies and Rays, Oh My! The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT is home to a stunnung array of marine life, as well as interactive exhibits and shows, an Imax Theater, seals, otters and even meerkats. Four admission vouchers, to be used before May 31st. Value $50.

Voyage Discovery
Ithaca Sciencenter is a multi-generational sceince discovery center everything from tidepools to technology or backyard science to eco-studies. A yearlong membership for a family of four to the museum in Ithaca, with discounts and admission to 325 more science museums nationwide. Value $70.

Summer in the Rockies is never as beautiful. A luxury cabin in Duck Creek Utah (40 minutes from Zion National Park or Bryce Canyon) is available for one week (7 nights). The 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom cabin sleeps 12. You can also enjoy a gourmet kitchen, fireplace, pool table, wrap around deck with grill and much more amidst the breathtaking views of Strawberry Valley. Available anytime until Spring 2012. Value $2,140.

Taste of the Hudson Valley
Imagine more than 50 of the region’s best chefs under one roof. Does it get better? Yes, when you get to sample their delicious cooking to your heart’s content! Using local ingredients, produce and talent, these reknowned chefs dazzle diners with their culinary skills and knowledge of wines. The event, which benefits Saint Francis Hospital, takes place November 6. 2 tickets. Value $400.

Jungle Fever
The beautiful country of Costa Rica is a lush, tropical rainforest getaway. A very special vacation is yours at Cloudbridge, a reforestation project in a remote cloudforest on one of Central America’s highest mountains. At the private nature reserve you can hike, relax, read, study flora and fauna (particularly local wild orchids). Stay in a rustic house nestled in the rainforest with views, and verandas. 2 to 4 people. Value $1,000.

Slam dunk your way into 2 courtside seats to an upcoming NY Knicks game next season at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Value $330.

You can be wearing away the greens on the links at Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston. Four 9-hole golf passes will get your swing into shape. Value $150.

Get away to it all for the perfect West Village weekend. Value $500.

Stella!! Stella!!
Kingston’s own alternative theater, the Stella May Theatre, showcases unique and local talents and performances. An Art Patron membership admits you to 2 tickets to any event, a one-quarter page ad in their program, and 10% off another show or space rental. music, poetry productions throughout the year. Value $100.

Saturday Morning Tunes
The local productions at the Rhinebeck Performing Arts Center are a delightful way to introduce kids to the wonder of live theater. The Saturday morning series is fun for kids and families. Here are 2 sets of four tickets for the upcoming performance season. Value $72.

Green Goddess
Garden Woes? Landscape designer Sheila Maloney comes to the rescue with an assortment of plants, just right for your own garden conditions. An array of 9 – 12 herbaceous plants (perrenials, grasses, or ferns) will thrive whether your spot is sunny or shady. Plants are to be delivered and placed (planting not included.) Value $120-200.

Hook, Line and Sinker
Father’s Day is coming up, and for once you can have the perfect gift! From Hudson Valley Angler in Red Hook, a $25 gift certificate, dry flies, lures and spoons will get him on his way towards reeling in the big one. Value $75.

A pair of supermodel chic sunglasses from Rhinebeck Eye Care will have you looking cool and hot! Value $250.