New Williams Inn Appoints Leadership Team

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Left, Kevin Hurley has been appointed as the general manager of the new Williams Inn, and Kevin DeMarco as the inn's executive chef. Inset: Darcy Lyle has been named the inn's director of sales.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Waterford Hotel Group has announced three appointments at The Williams Inn. Kevin Hurley has been appointed as the inn's general manager, Kevin DeMarco as the inn's executive chef and Darcy Lyle as the inn's director of sales.

The new Williams Inn, located at the corner of Latham and Spring streets in Williamstown, will open on Aug. 15. Owned by Williams College, the inn will replace the current Williams Inn, which will continue to operate through July 31.

Inspired by the architecture of local area farms, the new 58,000-square-foot inn is built of stone and wood, with interior design that is reminiscent of a contemporary New England farmhouse. The inn will feature 64 guest rooms, a fitness center, a full-service restaurant and bar, and a combined 3,200-square-foot meeting and event space that includes a 2,800-square-foot ballroom and an additional 400-square-foot space directly adjacent to the ballroom. Event space reservations are being accepted starting Sept. 1.

The property’s exterior features a 3,500-square-foot greenspace that can be tented for outdoor functions.

The inn will house a 62-seat restaurant, The Barn, featuring a menu filled with locally sourced American classics. The Barn will offer patrons breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as two private dining spaces. During prime weather months, outdoor seating will be available on the rear of the property.

With more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality, Hurley has dedicated his career to the hospitality industry by taking on various roles at several hotels and resorts in the United States in addition to his native Canada. Prior to joining The Williams Inn, Hurley worked as an assistant general manager at the Kimpton
Taconic Hotel located in Manchester, Vt. Additionally, he has held posts at Omni Hotels and Resorts, the storied Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Mass., and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Hurley completed his undergraduate studies at Bishops University in Sherbrook, Quebec and later went on to earn a master certificate in hospitality management from Cornell University. He lives in Greenwich, N.Y., with his wife Amanda and sons William and Louis-Edmond.

A graduate of the famed Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., DeMarco has honed his culinary skills up and down the East Coast over the past 13 years. He joins The Williams Inn team from the Newport Restaurant Group, Newport, R.I. His last post was as chef tournant at the historic and celebrated Castle Hill Inn, a Relais & Châteaux property. DeMarco also worked at Grande's Bella Cucina in Palm Beach, Fla., and Public Kitchen & Bar in Providence, R.I. DeMarco is a SWE certified specialist of wine and spirits.

Lyle brings a wealth of knowledge to The Williams Inn with 28 years of experience in the hospitality and sales industry. Prior to joining The Williams Inn, Lyle worked in sales at the Clark Art Institute. Additionally, she has held positions in operations and sales at numerous hotels throughout the upstate New York region, as well as the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association. Lyle attended Herkimer Community College, where she received a degree in tourist facilities and management promotion. While in school, she interned with
Disney, where she found her passion for the hospitality and tourism industry. Lyle resides
with her husband Allen and daughter Samantha in Hoosick Falls, N.Y.


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Williams College Cancels Commencement, Reunion Weekend

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College President Maud Mandel on Friday sent a community-wide email announcing that school's commencement and reunion weekend weekend will not take place as scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Seniors, while I am heartbroken that graduation cannot happen in the conventional way at the conventional time, I am determined that you will have your moment," Mandel wrote. "Rather than deciding for you what that should look like, my colleagues and I want to start by asking you."
Mandel announced that members of the Class of 2020 will receive a survey seeking their ideas about alternative ways to celebrate their graduation from the liberal arts college.
Traditionally, commencement exercises are followed one week later by the reunion weekend, which invites back alumni from across generations with particular efforts to bring back members marking signficant class anniversaries — fifth, 10th, 15th, etc.
"My heart goes out especially to the class of 1970, whose own senior spring term was canceled due to protests over the bombing of Cambodia, and who are now having their 50th reunion disrupted by a global pandemic," Mandel said. "I promise that we will find other ways to celebrate these milestone anniversaries, which are so important to alumni and college alike."
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