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 44 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,” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
This year's Members’ Only Reception will be held Thursday, May 8th, 2020 at 6:00 PM at St. Andrew's Church Parish Hall. The reception will be RSVP, 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
President & Treasurer
Margaret M. Murray
Visit the Art Forum’s website at NewBerlinArtForum.org
for more information about our 2019-2020 Performing Art Series or call 607-847-6862
Community Spotlight - 2019-20
Kelly Banks Cakes
73 West Street, New Berlin, NY 13411
For its 45th season, the New Berlin Art Forum has chosen to honor Kelly Banks Cakes and owner Kelly Banks. This locally-owned bakery features gourmet, made-from-scratch amazing cakes, cookies, pastries, brownies, and more. Kelly says, “If you can dream it, I can make it.”
Kelly is a 1997 graduate from Walton High School and had thought about majoring in animation. Her parents encouraged her to pursue higher education in a field that she enjoyed. In 1997 she met and worked at Elena’s Sweet Indulgence in Oneonta where she worked scooping up and baking cookies, making pate choux, and anything needed. There, Elena acted as her mentor and Kelly learned how to set up and run a successful business. Kelly loved to bake, and decided to pursue her passion. She enrolled at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and is a 2000 graduate of the 21-month Pastry Chef program.
After college she moved to Allentown, PA where she worked as a Pastry Chef for a Caterer and then a Cake Decorator for a Bakery. After having her first child is 2005, she decided to stay home which turned into her own business. The rest is history.
Her husband Brian and she painstakingly converted a carriage house on their property and worked in various stages as time allowed. This phase of business development had various hurdles to overcome be it building inspections or equipment installations, but with time and patience the couple Cakes opened its new location May 20, 2017. Kelly and her family have lived in New Berlin for 12 years.
The Banks family had many hardships and challenges beside starting a business. They lost their young son Owen Robert "Bubba" Banks. Together they started the Owen Banks Memorial Fund in 2009, raising money for local charities and scholarships. Helping others through LOVE is the fund’s mission statement.
Six years ago, Kelly attended a “Live with Kelly and Michael Show with Michael Strahan. As she waited to get through security, she chatted with a security guard and showed him pictures of her cakes and goodies. He suggested she make Michael a treat and return to the show. She thought, “Just do IT!” and she returned to another show with cake in hand. That was the start of a close friendship with Michael. On his Good Morning America show, he featured Kelly’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies and on-line sales of these items just took off. She has some amazing flavors and adds items often. Kelly does not ship her cakes. She delivers and sets them up at various events.
Kelly Banks Cakes was recently featured on Good Morning America/GMA Day.
“I have had the pleasure of making many cakes for NY Giants players and their families including Michael Strahan, Odell Beckham Jr., Carl Banks, Lawrence Taylor, Rueben Randle, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jay Bromley, Brandon Jacobs, Corey Webster, Antrel Rolle, Stephen Baker, Rodney Hampton & Lewis Tillman. I've also made cakes for Mike Tyson, Ridick Bowe, Doc Gooden, and Darryl Strawberry.”
“At Kelly Banks Cakes, we are focused on providing you with services of the highest levels of customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet your expectations. Everything is CUSTOM made from the best ingredients! We don't only want it to look amazing, but taste amazing as well. With a variety of flavors and fillings to choose from, we’re sure you’ll be happy working with us.
Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us. We hope to see you again! Check back later for new updates to our website. There’s much more to come.”
Kelly and Michael Strahan on GMA
Open House May 20, 2017