MayFest 2015 ~ Monday May 11

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Monday, May 11th at 5:30pm –
Wyantenuck County Club, 46 Sheffield Road,
Great Barrington, MA

Tickets to MayFest: $75 (call or visit Construct’s offices to purchase)

Also available: “Buy a Brick”  in honor of Ernest Schnesel*

*$20 Bricks available to purchase via Paypal account on this website:
“The House That Ernie Built”,
or by calling 413.528.1985, or mailing your donation with your brick name to:

The House That Ernie Built”
41 Mahaiwe Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Donation card for “The House That Ernie Built”


This year’s MayFest, pays tribute to Ernie Schnesel who had been a longtime friend of Construct.  Ernest Schnesel was a strong leader with a generous heart. He believed in hard work, clear thinking, frank talk, and the importance of balance in our community. He understood the need for affordable housing. As a result, Ernest and his wife, Anne, enthusiastically supported the work of Construct in the Berkshires where they have lived since 1983.

They were the lead underwriters for “Warm Up the Winter,” a benefit concert produced by Rabbi Deborah Zecher to help Construct make sure everyone in our community had heat for the winter. Ernest was key in honoring Jack and Priscilla Stern with Priscilla’s Room, a building at Construct where residents gather for counseling, life skills classes and community conversations. His kind, compassionate spirit of giving enriched countless lives and for that we at Construct, like so many, are deeply grateful.

Please join us in honoring Ernest with the “The House That Ernie Built,” a strategy for housing our community.

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Aegean Breeze
Aroma Bar and Grill
Berkshire Mountain Distillers
Bistro Box
Café Adam
Castle Street Café
Catherine’s Chocolate
Chez Nous Bistro
Domaney’s Liquors and Fine Wines
Gedney Farm
Glass Bottom Brewery
Great Barrington Bagel and Deli
Helsinki on Hudson
Ian Dick Wine Distributor
The Old Mill
Pleasant and Main
Prairie Whale
PS Italian Bistro and Charcuterie
Rawson Brook Farm
Rubiners Cheesemongers and Grocers
SoCo Creamery
Stagecoach Tavern
The Hungry Hen
The Marketplace Kitchen
Wyantenuck Country Club


Honorary MayFest Committee

Anne Schnesel, Honorary Chairperson


Nick Arienti and Paul Moritz, Co-Chairs

Gene Dellea
Jane and Seymour Glaser
Barbara and Roger Manring
Caren Mercer and Mark Rosengren
Casey M. Rothstein-Fitzpatrick
Elaine and Ben Silberstein
Lauren Smith
Kelley Vickery
Edith and Loet Velmans
Shirley and Ira Yohalem

Thank you to our underwriters ~

Dream Builders:

Berkshire Bank Foundation
Black Thumb Farms
S.A. Johnson Family Fund
Sara and Richard Koffman
Elaine and Bernie Roberts
Anne Schnesel
Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation
Webb Lydon Wealth Management-RBC Wealth Management
Dream Catchers:
Guardian Life Insurance
Charitable Foundation
Carol and George Minkoff


Aquatic Designs
Barrington Foundation
Black Rock Foundation
Peter Cherneff and Hester Velmans
Patricia and Peter Elsbach
Kathy and Barry Karson
Laura and John Katz
Shari and Ken Keats and Family
Jodi and Howard Klein and Family
Frann Lefkowitz and Family
Elaine and Stephen Mack
Barbara and Roger Manring
Steve and Helice Picheny
Charles and Carol Smoler
Wm. Pitt, Sotheby’s
Elizabeth and Gene Rosenberg
Caren Mercer and Mark Rosengren
Susan Rothchild and Don Freedman
Marcia and Lewis Ripps
Suzanne and Burton Rubin
Elaine & Ben Silberstein
Mary Ann and Arthur Siskind
Salisbury Bank and Trust
Stonehouse Properties
Robin Weiser and Peter Bodnar
Shirley and Ira Yohalem
Christ Episcopal and Trinity Lutheran, Sheffield
Grace Church, Great Barrington
St. Paul’s Episcopal, Stockbridge

If you are interested in becoming an underwriter, or have further questions, please contact Lisa Henriques at Construct at 413-528-1985 or by email at

Download MayFest 2015 invitation here