About New Berlin Art Forum

A Message from the New Berlin Art Forum President

Thank you to all our current and past members who have helped shape the New Berlin Art Forum into the successful organization it is today. It is hard to believe that it has been 43 years since our humble beginnings. In that time we have offered a variety of programs in an effort to broaden the artistic and cultural appreciation of our community. Thomas Merton is quoted as saying “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” It is the New Berlin Art Forum’s hope that attending our performances allows you to escape your hectic life even if only for a little while and find yourself recharged and ready to tackle the world once again. “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul,” Johan Wolfgang von Goethe.

This year's Members’ Only Reception will be held Thursday, May 10th, 2018 at 6:00 PM at St. Andrew's Church Parish Hall so mark your calendars now. We thank you for supporting the New Berlin Art Forum and our goal to bring a variety of quality performances to our community. We hope you enjoy the upcoming performances.

Lynn Flaig, President & Treasurer

Board of Directors

Lynn Flaig
President & Treasurer

Inky Nielsen
Vice President

Carlotta Iannello

Renie Brown
Annie Gibson
Marilyn King
Carol Sacks
Mary Schneider
Sue Walker

Margaret M. Murray
Independent Consultant

Visit the Art Forum’s website at NewBerlinArtForum.org for more information about our 2017-2018 Performing Art Series or call 607-847-6862

Community Spotlight - 2017 - 2018

Rustic Ridge Winery
2805 State Hwy 80, Burlington Flats, NY 13315
(607) 965-0626

For this 43rd season, the New Berlin Art Forum has chosen to honor Rustic Ridge Winery and the company’s founders, Rick and Laura Bennett. Located on the Bennett Family Farm owned and operated by the Bennett family for the last 60 years, Rustic Ridge Winery opened in November 2010 and has prided itself on serving outstanding wines and friendly, country-style service.

Rick describes the inspiration for the Rustic Ridge Winery as “a hobby out of control.” After planting over 1000 native grape vines in 2004, it was apparent that the local fluctuation in climate and weather conditions created an environment in which the vineyard yield became unreliable. After which the Bennetts began working closely with a small, well-established winery in the Seneca Lake area of New York’s Finger Lakes Wine Region. Rustic Ridge Winery offers a diverse selection of award-winning New York State produced and bottled wines. Rick brought his recipes to the winemaker, and the association blossomed.

Rustic Ridge Winery has been a valued supporter of the New Berlin Art Forum providing wonderful wine baskets for our organization’s raffles, as well as supporting our annual Program Guide through its advertisement. This is but one example of the Bennetts community generosity. Rustic Ridge has hosted many local benefits. One such is an annual fundraiser for the Citron Stars and Stripes Program for the Veteran’s Home in Utica, NY. This year a Cornhole Tournament was hosted on August 5th where over 100 people participated. That evening the Acme Acoustic Band entertained the participants playing Blues, Folk, Country, and Rock ‘n Roll Music. The proceeds are given to local Gold Star Families.

This past spring, the winery hosted a Vineyard Stroll raising $2500.00 in one afternoon for Relay for Life.. Rustic Ridge Winery has sponsored monthly events many featuring local musicians. An event pavilion was constructed in the spring of 2017, where the Bennetts also offer this venue for reunions, weddings, showers, anniversary, graduation, or family parties. The winery is also a member of the Cooperstown Beverage Trail, a New York State Cuisine Trail. Noted primarily for Riesling, there are 20 different wines to choose from, so no matter your preference, at Rustic Ridge Winery you will definitely find a splendid variety to enjoy.

Rustic Ridge Winery also offers locally-produced products such as jams and jellies, maple syrup, honey, along with clothing and wine accessories. The winery is opened all year long, 7 days a week from 11 am to 6 pm.

The New Berlin Art Forum is grateful for the Bennetts ongoing support. Please stop by Rustic Ridge Winery and join us in support of this generous local business.


Frank & Rosario

Rick Bennett in the new pavilion