Parties & Openings
Feb. 10 – Hudson
BlkQueer Romantics Reception
Feb. 3 – Hudson
Jan. 25 – North Adams
The 50 Card Project Reception
A Tea Party For Two Hundred Plus
Rachel Louchen reports from Washington, CT. The invitation said Two For Two Hundred, but from host Gael Hammer’s estimate, a more accurate title would be Tea For 350. On Saturday, August 8, the 18th annual Tea For Two Hundred, to benefit the Interfaith AIDS Ministry of Greater Danbury and New Milford Visiting Nurse Association, was held in the gardens of Gary Goodwin and Gael Hammer. The nonprofits offer critical support to the community — and the community came out to return the favor. The large grounds comfortably accommodated the 350 guests, all clad in white attire. The various entertainment areas featured live music from Christine Ohlman, a silent auction, dancing, sit-down dining and book signings from Honorary Chair Candace Bushnell and special guest Larry Kramer. In addition to the mandatory white garb, the hat contest was taken very seriously, with large and flamboyant headgear standing out in the sea of white. Above, host Gael Hammer, Claudia Kozma Kaplan, senior vice president at Christian Dior, host Gary Goodwin and Vladimir Kaplan.
Laura Daly was quite appropriately the judge of the hat contest, here with Julie Loughran, the director of development and communications at Connecticut Community Foundation, which was a sponsor, and Jim Daly.
Cindy Tyler and her daughter, Sara Tabasko; Jackie Bunker and Marcy Calovich, administrative assistant at Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse.
Meredith and Kevin Gibson, visiting from New Jersey; eating and drinking by the pool.
Author Lane Smith with his wife, Molly Leach, a book designer, and Gael Hammer.
Washington resident Louise van Tartwijk, who has supported this event for many years, with Raj Dhillon, who was visiting from London; Sarah Jenkins and Matthew Archer.
Author Candace Bushnell signed copies of her books and chatted with guests; Fabian Bryant, Janet Bryant and Niles Bryant.
Just a fraction of the 350 guests mingling on the lawn in Washington.