Bucolic “Sakonnet Summer” Celebration for Aquidneck Land Trust


On the beautiful grounds of the Pennfield School, near the Paddock, supporters and admirers of Aquidneck Land Trust and its conservation works gathered for a lively and lovely evening celebration.

When cornhole is being played outside the dinner tent , and horses are somewhere nearby, you know it’s a fine and rustic place. And when an award-winning student from the school plays classic violin solos at dinner, it is a rarefied  event.

A raffle of dinner for four at La Vasco sold many tickets, and the live and silent auctions (de rigeur in Newport) elicited spirited bidding.

Congressman David Cicilline attended, and was lost in the crowd. Executive  Director of ALT Chuck Allott was greeting guests., as was the Directort of Pennfield School, Rob Kelly.
 

Leith Adams, Robe Kelly & Mrs. Kelly


Since 1990, ALT has permanently conserved over 2,418 important open space acres. Of Aquidneck Island’s near 25,000 acres, only a little over 2,000 strategic open space acres are left to conserve before time runs out. The Aquidneck Land Trust has completed more than 65 conservation projects on Aquidneck Island, permanently protecting over 2,418 acres of irreplaceable open space.
 

Sondra & Roger King

As guests moved to the tent and more delicious appetizers, Mr. Allott introduced Pennfield student Thomas Vrankar,  who serenaded guests with two classical pieces, showing his virtuosity.  The menu reflected ALT’s mission, with “From the Land” and “From the Sea’ dinner, to “Make your own Fresh Berry Shortcake" for dessert  before the band began for dancing.
It was a Sakonnet Summer, indeed!

                                                                —Linda Phillips

For information on ongoing work of the Aquidneck Land Trust, go to www.ailt.org

Happy van Beuren & Steve Seiter

 

Peter Dickison, Tiffany Peay & Rebecca Rex

 

The Raw bar was scrumptious

 

Tom Hockaday, Wendy Harvey & Bill Martin

 

Jerry Bitting & Jonathan Pardee conversing

 

Lilly Dick, and newly elected State Senator Dawn Euer

 

Bill Wilson with Sarah & Bernard Gewirz

 

Mary Joan Seiter & former Mayor David Gordon

 

Caroline Considine with Patricia Peterson

 

Bill Martin, Pamela Chapman & Tom Hockaday

 

Diane & Joseph Odoerfer, Debbey & Steven Pires

 

Trumpeter Doug Woolverton

 

John & Suzanna Laramee

 

Representative Lauren Carson & Jane Timken

 

 

Kathleen Holus & Ben Hohl played cornhole

 

Sandra & Granville Craig,  Linda Sawyer, John Harris  & Kristin McMannis

 

Chan Lyell & Linda McGoldrick

 

Bettie Bearden Pardee, Lilly Dick & Chuck Allott

 

Jan Eckhart, Frank & Kate Spinella, Kelly Coen

 

 

The silent auction table

 

A winning bid?

 

Mike Zani. Nancy Wilson, Conley  Zanis & Bill Wilson, of Greenvale Vineyard

 

The crowded tent, pre-dinner

 

Celebrating a recent conservation victory

 

The crowded dinner tent

 

Chuck Allott speaks about ALT's work and successes

 

Violinst & Pennfield student Thomas Vrankar performs

 

Outside, looking in

 

The live auction delineated

 

JoAnn Morency & Lisa Buck with Torre Peterson (c)

 

Peterson

The glorious evening setting at Pennfield's Paddock

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