As summer unfolds over our valleys and hills with a joyful riot of color, Close Encounters With Music provides an opportunity to interact with nature and sculpture and enjoy music and dance performances, beautiful vistas, a sumptuous cocktail reception, and an exciting auction.

The Summer Solstice Celebration and Auction will take place on the estate of Stanley Cohen, on a bucolic hilltop of Copake, NY- bordering MA and with stunning views of three states. Cohen, at one time the attorney for Alexander Calder and a collector of major art works, joined the board of Close Encounters With Music in 2016 and immediately hosted a Zen Tea Party together with Carrie Chen, owner of Casana T House in Hillsdale, that was attended by close to 200 guests.

Dancers from the Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute, a Lion Dance and Martial Arts troupe located in Manhattan's Chinatown, will perform traditional Chinese Dragon and Lion dances. The Institute, dedicated to preserving and promulgating Chinese culture and folk art through education and presentation, has had appearances at Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, MTV, Caesars Boardwalk Regency, Town Hall (NYC), American Museum of Natural History, Gracie Mansion, the Bermuda Festival and Lincoln Center.

Scheduled to optimize viewing the beauty of sunset as the dancers thread their way across the hills in a dramatic traditional Dragon Dance, the Solstice party takes place between 4 and 7 PM. The Auction to benefit Close Encounters With Music's programs will include sought-after products, popular restaurant and store gift cards, luxury services, fine art and craft objects, tickets to an assortment of performance venues and more.

If you would like to donate to our auction please contact: Pamela Smith at cewmusic@aol.com or


Michael Wise, presiding auctioneer

US OPEN - 2 court-side seats in the newly renovated ARMSTRONG stadium.

Shakespeare & Company - 2 flex passes

Barrington Stage - 4 tickets

Mahaiwe PAC - 2 Season Subscriptions to the 2018 Opera Season.

6 months membership to Cranwell Spa.

A Tea Ceremony with food for 8 at Casana Tea House, Hillsdale, NY.

Dinner for 2 at Old Inn on the Green, New Marlboro, MA.

Framed Antique Beduin Needlepoint.

Bracelet by Joane Cornell Fine Jewelry (Glint in Chatham).

Signed artwork by: Paul Chaleff, ceramic sculptor.

Signed and framed Photographs by Kenro and Yumiko Izu and Nathanial Lieberman.

Framed signed drawing by Ed Smith, sculptor.

Small signed brass sculpture by Zak Zaikine.

A bag of very natural colored cosmetics, gift card and make over at Jane Iredale on Main Street in GB.

Gift Certificates from: Home Chef in Hillsdale, Ward's Nursery, Bizen, Old Mill Restaurant, Chatham Bookstore, Chatham Wine and Liquor, Guido's.

A private tour of the Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio for 2 this season guided by Anna Zaffanella. Plus, receive a copy of the catalog of a Williams College Museum of Art exhibit dedicated to George Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen. Also included is a CD of Suzy singing mezzo-soprano and an exclusive visit to the Guest House (this building is not open to the public!), where the two guests will find light refreshments and possibly director Mr. Kinney Frelinghuysen who may be at the museum on the chosen day--if so, he will personally greet the two guests.

A Salon style recital in your living room given by Metropolitan soprano Danielle Talamantes and baritone Kerry Wilkerson.

A Hans Heuberger original watercolor used for the cover of a CEWM Playbill.

An artwork by R.O. Blechman.

Two Werner Pfeiffer serigraphs in limited edition of 55 copies. Each is 22" x 30" in size.

Two packages from expert acupuncturist Peter Goldberg:  One consultation and treatment each.

A set of 5 Autographed books by Allan Appel: The Book of Norman, The Hebrew Tutor of Bel Air, Club Revelation, the Rabbi of Casino Boulevard, and a rare copy of an early book, Vengeance Valley, (the world's only serious Jewish western).

4 Passes to the full 10 day Berkshire High Peaks Festival.

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Pamela Smith at cewmusic@aol.com or 800.843.0778.

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