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.


For a full schedule of lectures, concerts and events at The Rewood Library, go to www. RedwoodLibrary.org

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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