Garden Party Blooms at the Redwood Library

“And after all the weather was ideal. They could not have had a more perfect day for a garden-party if they had ordered it.”
                                  —  Katherine Mansfield, The Garden Party

Matthew & Debra Hastings, and Linda & John Purdy

The flotilla of hats, bonnets and boaters announced to passing cars and passers-by that the Annual Garden Party of the Redwood Library & Athenaeum  was in full flower.

A large crowd of guests, listening to lovely jazz of the Lois Vaughan Trio floating across the spacious lawn, sipping champagne, and eating finger sandwiches, engaged in conversations about the goings-on in town, and the Redwood Library’s continuing prominence in the intellectual life of Newport, a position it maintains as the oldest lending library in the United States.

Lynne Tungett, Colleen McGrath & Jen Carter

When Chairman of the Board Dr. Garry Fischer welcomed guests late in the proceedings, and praised the work of Executive Director Dr. Benedict Leca, who has brought a new dynamism to the Library, he was joined on the steps by Dr. Leca’s young children Chiara and Gabriel, to the delight of the guests.

And it was a family afternoon, with the Library’s Gretchen Markert’s son in attendance, and Ernst and Nancy Rothe’s son and wife up from New York City. Ruth Buchanan and daughter Bonnie Matheson  spoke animatedly with guests.

Sandra Craig, Exec. Director Benedict Leca & Francesca Craig

Reminiscent of an older, more genteel  Newport, this event is a time-honored celebration.

Seen were George Herrick,  Mary and Doug Riggs, Carolyn DuPont, Jack Jefferies, Lynne Tungett, Deborah Velasco, and Earl McMillen.


                                                           -- L.P.

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Ruth Taylor & Victoria Johnson


Donald Christ & Ann Conner


Lily McCarron, Charlie & Gretchen Markert


The elegant crowd


Rick & Terry Grosvenor


Katrina,  Nancy, Ernst and Whitney Rothe


?, Deanna Cohenny, Steve & Allison Walk with Grenville Craig


Norah Diedrich, Exec Director of the Newport Art Museum, with Douglas Riggs


John & LInda Hagerman


With President of the Redwood Board Dr. Garry Fischer & David Reed


Federico Santi, Mary Riggs & John Gacher


Leslie Reed & Susan Bohan


Deborah Velasco & Bob Chase


Lois Vaughan Jazz Trio performs


Chiara, Leora & Gabriel Leca


Christine Marchese & Suzy Schochet


Maggie Read, Mike Margonis, Suzie Dasilva, Dean Fraioli


Andy Anderson & Barbara Pilling


Jim Chadwick, Patti & Al Lowe & Martie Mifflin Chadwick


Ken & Marilyn Brockway


Nancy Parker Wilson & Diana Slocum


Pierre Merle


Kristine & Bjorn, Allen & George Antone


Dr. Leca and Dr. Fischer welcom Gabriel & Chiara Leca


Marsha Cohen with Bill & Dian Crowe


Terry & Rick Grosvenor with Alexandra & John Brooks


Ladies at table


The check in table


An entrance to The Redwood Library, Chiara Leca on the stairs

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