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IS183 Gala Goes Buckaroo Bollywood For Benefit

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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Interlaken Estate (formerly the Desisto School) on Route 183 will be transformed into a Texan Taj Mahal for IS183 Art School of the Berkshires' annual gala the Buckaroo Bollywood Ball on Saturday, March 31.

This auction, dinner and dance party benefit is designed to inspire guests to participate in a mash-up of John Wayne westerns and Bollywood extravaganzas.

The ball begins at 6 p.m. with a feast curated by Brian Alberg, head honcho of the kitchen at The Red Lion Inn, and caterer Kate Baldwin.

Guests can bid on silent auction items, including artwork, fine-dining opportunities, hotel escapes, handmade home furnishings, rejuvenating bodywork, and exclusive experiences. The evening will also feature a live auction with works by Gregory Crewdson. All funds raised by the live auction will help bring IS183's Learning Through Arts program to more public schools in Berkshire County.

Patrons and partygoers will blend culture and couture with swing skirts and saris, dhotis and dungarees, chaps and cholis, bangles and bandanas, bindis and bandoliers, and sandals and spurs. Those needing fashion inspiration can visit for costume ideas.

Partygoers can join in the fun at three levels. At the $300 level, Rootin’ Tootin’ Guru patrons will be recognized at the event, online and in print, and will receive a gift certificate for an IS183 class plus invitation to a post-gala thank-you cocktail party, along with a ticket to the dinner and dance party. At $150 per person, Buckin’ Brahmin dinner guests can chow down at the banquet then kick up their heels at the dance party. Pistol-Packin’ Pandits arrive at 9 p.m. when the dance party kicks in; their $50 ticket lets them belly up to the saloon for beer and wine, and enjoy desserts donated by Chocolate Springs.

Seating at the dinner is limited; the deadline for purchasing Rootin’ Tootin’ Guru and Buckin’ Brahmin tickets is March 16. Tickets at all levels can be purchased at or call 413-298-5252, Ext. 100.
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