Parties & Openings
March 16 - Williamstown
WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
Clermont’s Evening in Agra
Amy Krzanik reports from Germantown. As the sweet smell of incense wafted through the evening air, Friends of Clermont supporters mixed and mingled behind the mansion on August 9, taking in the view as the sun set over the Hudson River. The occasion was the historic site’s benefit, “An Evening in Agra,” whose theme was inspired by Livingston descendant Colonel William Linnaeus Gardner, who moved to India at the age of 18 to seek his fortune. There, he married a princess and started a family. Decorations, courtesy of the M(Group), included brightly colored silk hangings, floating orange and yellow flowers, table arrangements and even matching hot pink and orange cups and napkins. Cocktails were provided by Crossroads Pub and Brewery and the evening was catered by Marianne Thorsen and Marianna Morrison, a Hudson-based chef who has appeared on the Food Network’s Throwdown! with Bobby Flay. A successful silent auction allowed guests to wrangle for items such as a night’s stay at The Barlow Hotel, a Modern Farmer gift basket, a tour of the Cooper Hewitt with one of its curators, and many other unique items. Funds raised go toward preservation of the site, as well as the many educational programs — such as the new community garden — offered to Hudson-area students throughout the year. Shown above: Carleen and Richard Baright flank Clermont Executive Director Conrad Hanson.
Michael Moy and Joe Sniado; Kirsten Bates, Anne McGrath and board member Glenda Law.
Graphic artist Soosie Lazenby, metalwork artist Sullivan Walsh, Revlon’s Lucinda Treat and Adelia Geiger.
Photographer Valerie Shaff, with Livingston descendants Jennifer Ryan, Nicholas Kean and Robert Kean; Hilary Huntington and Jane Glucksman.
Clermont Board President Charles Geiger with Board Secretary Jim Joseph; Board member Don Westmore, Susan Karayannides and Adrienne Westmore.
David and Christine Kane of Tivoli; Carey Maloney, Joe MacGillis.
Partygoers enjoy the weather and the views.