Maggie McRae, the Dewey Hall Manager, is an Alexander Technique Teacher, musician, dance caller, and event organizer based in Egremont, MA. She grew up on a small farm near Sanford, NC and attended Brevard College, where she got her BA in Music. After completing her degree, Maggie lived in Trondheim, Norway, working as an au pair and learning Norwegian fiddle tunes and traditional dances. Upon her return to the US, Maggie moved to the Boston area to become an Alexander Technique Teacher. She completed her 3 year Alexander Technique Teacher certification program in December 2017 and moved to the Berkshires. Maggie is currently a member of the Lenox Contra Committee and an organizer of TapRoot Sessions, a traditional music and dance series, which is a collaboration with Beth Carlson. Maggie also works part time at Blue Rider Stables. As the manager of Dewey Hall, Maggie looks forward to continuing to bring new life, energy, and activity into Dewey Hall with the help of the local community!
Michael Siktberg (Rentals Manager) moved to Sheffield in 2020 with his wife Ruby (and their three cats!). Before that he spent 20 years in New York City, where he worked as a musician and actor. Besides having performed for theatres all across the country, Michael is a popular children’s entertainer and pre school music teacher. He is a graduate of the American Music and Dramatic Academy and a member of the Actors Equity Association. Michael is thrilled to be joining the team at Dewey Memorial Hall, and relishes in the endless possibilities for bringing music, art, fellowship, and love to Sheffield and the greater Berkshire community.
Clara Stickney grew up in the woods of Southern Maine in a family of musicians. She performs as a fiddler and lever harpist around New England and beyond and offers music lessons on the piano, fiddle, and lever harp to children and adults. She is also an avid flower gardener and botanical artist (check her out on Instagram @Berkshireflowerwoman). She moved to the Berkshires in 2021 and started working as the Dewey Hall Office Fairy in 2023.
Patricia Strauch (Bookkeeper) was born and raised in Allendale, NJ. Patty and her singer-songwriter husband, Bruce Mandel, (proud “crazy-cat-parents” to Wolfie and BB), now reside at the top of a mountain in Otis, where their closest neighbors are the herons, moose, and beavers that frequent their pond, along with the occasional visit from a bald eagle. After retiring from a corporate legal career at Merck, Patty became involved in many of the region’s extensive music and other cultural venues; as a performer, organizer, and volunteer. She now enjoys using her organizational skills to assist nonprofits with streamlining office and financial procedures, both as the Treasurer at her church, and as the Bookkeeper at Dewey Memorial Hall. Patty is proud to be a member of the team at Dewey Hall working together to promote “good and kindly feelings”.
Beth Carlson is a partner in Silo Media, a design firm specializing in graphics, website and video production. She is a founding board member of the Clinton Church Restoration project and producer of TapRoot Sessions, a traditional music series. As a community activist, Beth was a key player in the effort to save the historic Searles School in Great Barrington. A natural and inspired organizer, she has produced a myriad of events, including Construct’s Warm up the Winter, many Dewey Hall events, as well as many community fundraisers.
Brian Kantor has been performing, recording & teaching music since the late 90s. He has been an active touring musician for nearly two decades, playing with Fruit Bats, Nina Persson (The Cardigans), Blue Man Group, Vetiver, Lauren Ambrose & The Leisure Class amongst many others. In addition to his extensive performance history, Brian is passionate about music education. He founded and runs The Soundry Music Studio, a private lesson music studio in South Egremont, MA and also works as an assistant teacher in the EC at the Berkshire Waldorf School. In his free time, you can find Brian at home in Sheffield, MA with his lovely wife, daughter and his many LP records!
Fred Frayer has a B.A. in Music from Colby College and a Masters in Arts Administration from Drexel University. He spent eight years working for major nonprofits in Philadelphia including the Walnut Street Theatre and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. He recently retired from Verizon where he had been a computer programmer/analyst since 1990. Fred is an avid acoustic musician, playing mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and guitar. He played in local Philadelphia area bands over the past 35 years, and his latest group, Auld String Theory, released a CD on Amazon in 2016. In 2020, Fred moved to Great Barrington with his wife Heidi.
Ken Terry is a healthcare journalist and author who has written three books on healthcare reform. A former editor at Medical Economics, he has also written for such publications as InformationWeek, cio.com, Fierce Healthcare, WebMD and Medscape Medical News. Before he covered healthcare, he wrote about the music industry for Billboard and Variety. Besides serving on the Dewey Hall board, he has been active in the Sheffield Land Trust. He enjoys hiking and biking and attending concerts with his wife, fellow board member Lisa Lucas.
Lisa Lucas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She’s been a therapist for 20 years working in community mental health and has extensive experience in adoption and foster care. Lisa currently provides telehealth counseling for Calm and Sense Therapy, and works with teens, adults, and seniors, dealing with depression and anxiety issues. Lisa lives with her husband, Ken Terry, who is also a Dewey Hall board member. She is a recent NJ transplant to Sheffield. Biking, hiking, music, art, and dance are her favorite pastimes. She is also an active volunteer with Left Field, Sheffield Democratic Committee, and of course, Dewey Hall.
Priscilla Cote is a Registered Nurse of a 60 yr Professional career in varied aspects from hospital, Residential Special Needs, Volunteering at local VIM free clinic serving under-insured population and most recently College Health at SimonsRock college. She moved to the Berkshires, first living in Great Barrington then moving to Sheffield in 1965. Priscilla became involved with Dewey Hall in the 1980's and it still remains a very special interest to this day. She served as Chairman of the Sheffield Board of Health for 7yrs and is currently Clerk for the Sheffield Historical Commission.
Ruby Littman graduated from Mount Holyoke with a BA in English & French Literature, briefly attended the Culinary Institute of America, and has worked in the energy commodities industry for 19 years. She also completed the Atlantic Acting School Conservatory program in 2016. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she spent several years in Switzerland and many more in NYC before moving to the Berkshires, which is the best decision she has made yet. In her free time she fosters kittens for Berkshire Humane Society; acts, sings, and dances when opportunities arise; sits on the board of the Sheffield Farmers Market, rides her horse Luna, and enjoys relaxing at home in Sheffield with her wonderful husband and their three cats.
Wenonah Webster is the principal and creative director of her family’s business, Webster Landscape. Before joining Webster, Wenonah had her own landscape design business in Columbia county for 15 years. Prior to focusing on landscape design she spent 20 years working closely with first Pamela Read Hardcastle and then Ariella Chezar producing large weddings and events locally and abroad. She appeared on Martha Stewart in 2005 demonstrating how to build terrariums after Martha saw her terrariums in an installation in Hudson, NY. Wenonah returned to the area full time in 2011, making the Berkshires her permanent home to raise a family. Since moving back to Sheffield and taking over the family business she has been inspired, as a business owner, to be an active member of the community.