Thursday, August 27, 2015

Westfield News Arts Beat 8/27/15

Westfield News Arts Beat 8/27/15. ART's Waitress is Broadway-bound. Cry Havoc at Shakespeare and Company, and more.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PRIME Magazine / September Feature

My September PRIME Magazine feature. Ten Shows You Can't Miss This Fall.

Media Release / Kurn Hattin Musicians Come to Springfield, MA

Dateline: August 25, 2015
Mark G. Auerbach


Kurn Hattin Homes Musicians Perform in Greater Springfield, MA

The Kurn Hattin Homes for Children musicians, finalists in WGBY’s Public Television series Together In Song, will give two free performances in Greater Springfield, MA.

Baystate Health D’Amour Center for Cancer Care
3360 Main Street, Springfield, MA
Friday, September 25 at 10:00AM
Note: Performance will take place in the main lobby area.

Eastern States Exposition (The Big E)
1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA
Friday, September 25 at 5:00PM
Note: Performance is free with paid admission to the Big E.

Under the direction of Grammy Award finalist Lisa Bianconi, the Kurn Hattin  Homes musicians perform regularly at venues throughout New England. They have appeared for the last three seasons on Public Television’s Together in Song series on WGBY. They’ve accompanied Natalie MacMaster on her Cape Breton Christmas Tour, performed with the Windham Orchestras, and at choral and jazz invitationals.

According to Bianconi, the Kurn Hattin musicians have performed at The Big E for 40 years. The musicians are performing at the D’Amour Center for Cancer Care to thank Baystate Health for providing last minute rehearsal space and a dinner, when the musicians came to Springfield to tape the final performance at Together in Song. 

About: Baystate Health D’Amour Center for Cancer Care

Based in western Massachusetts, Baystate Health is a not-for-profit  health care organization serving over 750,000 people. It has been named among the top 15 integrated health systems in the U.S. Services include an academic medical center, community hospitals, medical practices, homecare and hospice and much more. Baystate Health has a total of 998 beds across six facilities: Baystate Medical Center, the region’s level 1 trauma and referral center, in Springfield; Baystate Children’s Hospital, also in Springfield; Baystate Franklin Medical Center, in Greenfield; Baystate Noble Hospital, in Westfield; Baystate Wing Hospital, in Palmer; and Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, in Ware. Baystate Health is nationally recognized for its training programs and has over 300 residents and fellows in training. For details:

When the Baystate Regional Cancer Program’s D’Amour Center for Cancer Care opened in 2004, it was one of the first cancer programs to build a free-standing facility and develop processes totally focused around patients and their needs. As a service of Baystate Medical Center, a team of over 100 people, including cancer survivors, community cancer support activists, doctors and clinical staff, administrators, and community members, put their hearts and souls into designing the optimal patient experience.

About Eastern States Exposition (The Big E)

The Big E is the fifth largest Fair in North America and the largest Fair in the Northeast. Close to 1.5 million people visit The Big E, in West Springfield, Mass., to enjoy concerts, fabulous Fair foods including The Big E Cream Puff and Éclair as well as the Craz-E Burger, the unique Avenue of States, Storrowton Village Museum, a Mardi Gras parade, circus, horse shows, animals, rides and more during New England’s most colorful season. Visit for information on the 2015 event taking place Sept. 18 to Oct. 4, and interact with the Fair on social media.

For over 120 years, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children has provided a safe home and quality education for boys and girls, ages 5-15, whose families are experiencing a time of personal or financial need. Kurn Hattin Homes transforms the lives of children and their families forever. For more information, visit


Monday, August 24, 2015

Media Release: Kurn Hattin Homes Appoints New Principal

Dateline: August 24, 2015
Jaimie Scanlon

Mark G. Auerbach


Westminster, Vermont—Kurn Hattin Homes for Children is pleased to announce the appointment of Noah D. Noyes, M. Ed to the position of school principal.

Following an extensive search process involving a committee of highly-respected faculty, staff, and administrators; Mr. Noyes, a native of Hyde Park, Vermont, emerged as the outstanding choice to lead Kurn Hattin's academic department. His tenure became effective July 1, 2015.

Noyes is a third-generation Vermont educator and brings a decade of public school administrative and teaching experience to the job, as well as a passion for serving young children in need. 

Prior to joining the Kurn Hattin staff, he held the position of principal at Danville School in Danville, Vermont, serving some 350 students in grades PK-12. His classroom teaching experience includes the positions of grade 5/6 teacher at Waterville School in Waterville, Vermont, and Grades 7-12 Science teacher atLamoille Union Middle/High School in Hyde Park, Vermont. Mr. Noyes received his Master of Education from Upper Valley Educator Institute and holds a Bachelor of Science from St. Lawrence University. In addition, he has served as a member and chairperson of the school board of Hyde Park, Vermont, a volunteer coach for the Vermont Elite Nordic Ski Team, and a volunteer staff member and fundraiser for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, Vermont's only camp for pediatric cancer patients

Kurn Hattin Homes' Executive Director, Connie Sanderson, said of the appointment, "We are thrilled to welcome Noah Noyes to the Kurn Hattin family. Noah is a compassionate, committed educator who brings valuable skills and expertise and values our philosophy of putting the children's needs first.”

In his new role, Noyes says he plans to build on the strong foundation of success already in place at Kurn Hattin, emphasizing hands-on, personalized learning experiences for each child, and expanding the integration of technological resources into the teaching and learning process."

"On a personal level, I look forward to deepening positive professional relationships with the staff here and to becoming a part of all facets of the Kurn Hattin community,” Noyes commented, “It's so apparent that this is a special place, a caring place, and that Kurn Hattin is an organization that does very important work for a deserving population."

For over 120 years, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children has provided a safe home and quality education for boys and girls, ages 5-15, whose families are experiencing a time of personal or financial need. Kurn Hattin Homes transforms the lives of children and their families forever. For more information, visit


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Westfield News Arts Beat 8/20/15

My Westfield News Arts Beat 8/20/15. Mary Poppins at Berkshire Theatre Group, and last chance for On The Town in New York.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Friday, August 7, 2015

Take Magazine Feature: Opera North

My feature on New Hampshire's Opera North for Take Magazine. A fun feature because new producer Evans Haile and I had worked together at Miami Opera, and Evan Pappas was the first person I'd interviewed for a piece in Show Music Magazine. Evan P. and I have become good friends since.

Westfield News Arts Beat 8/07/15

My Westfield News Arts Beat column for 8/07/15. WAM Fresh Takes, Laramie Project coming to Connecticut Repertory, Patrick Tobin does Sinatra, and more.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Media Release: Kurn Hattin's Kim Fine Recertified as CFRE

Dateline: August 6, 2015

Mark G. Auerbach
Public Relations


Westminster, Vermont--Kim Fine, Director of Development and Public Relations at Kurn Hattin Homes in Westminster, Vermont, has been recertified by CFRE International as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Fine joins over 5,300 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation.

A West Chesterfield, NH resident who grew up in Northampton, MA, Fine joined Kurn Hattin Homes in 2002 as a Development Officer, and has been Director of Development and Public Relations since 2013. After graduating from Greenfield (MA) Community College, she received a B.A. in Education and Counseling from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT. She is a long-time volunteer for Strolling of the Heifers, a charitable organization that supports farmers and agriculture throughout New England and a former Board member and Philanthropy Day Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Northern New England.

Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights. For information on CFRE International:

For over 120 years, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children has provided a safe home and quality education for boys and girls, ages 5-15, whose families are experiencing a time of personal or financial need. Kurn Hattin Homes transforms the lives of children and their families forever. For more information, visit


My Succeeding in Small Business Profile: The Capitol Steps' Elaina Newport

My profile of The Capitol Steps co-founder Elaina Newport for Succeeding in Small Business.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Pioneer Valley Radio Interview: Patrick Berry

Friend and colleague Patrick Berry, Westfield News Group President, featured on Pioneer Valley Radio.

Westfield News Arts Beat 8/06/15

My Westfield News Arts Beat column for 8/06/15. Jessie Mueller stars in Waitress at ART in Cambridge; Evan Pappas directs West Side Story at Opera North, and more.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015