Coaching Ball a Gilded Age Evening at The Breakers

 

In the evening, the wrought iron gates at the entrance to The Breakers,

Cornelius Vanderbilt's iconic Newport mansion, each of which weighs about five thousand pounds, opened to admit five hundred fifty  guests from the U.S. and United Kingdom,  who arrived in black-tie attire for an evening of dinner and dancing. Guests disembarked from their modern-day coaches at the porte cochere and were greeted in the foyer by the evening’s hostesses, Mrs. David B. (Pamela) Ford, Mrs. Mark (Leslie) Hull, Mrs. David J. (Beverly) Little, Mrs. Brian (Pamela) Ross Owens, and Mrs. Guy F.C. (Mary) Van Pelt.

 

In the great room, guests greeted each other warmly and admired the splendor of their surroundings. While sampling hors d’oeuvres  some attendees took up dancing in the music room, and others gathered in the main hall and in the loggia. Outside, a tent was set for dining (chilled summer corn velouté with lobster medallions and filet mignon were two of the evening’s offerings), and soaring bouquet centerpieces and trees strewn with lights that cast a pattern of gnarled branches onto the canopied roof added an enchanted feel.

 

Co-chairs Leslie Hull, Mary Van Pelt, Pamela Owens, Pamela Ford & Beverly Little

The elegant event, which is hosted by the Preservation Society of Newport County to honor the “whips” visiting Newport, is a great favorite, and it caps off a weekend that features Coach and Four demonstrations and parades through the city and a bevy of private dinner parties.

 

After dining, the guests retired to the music room for dancing.

 

Seen were: Bill Cunningham, the famed photographer of The New York Times, Tinsley Mortimer, Topsy Taylor, Trudy Coxe,  George Jacobs, Jody Saarmaa, Captain and Mrs. Nicholas Brown, Alice and Jim Ross, Patricia Estes, Ellen Barnes, John and Elizabeth Brooks, Meredith Wood-Prince, Wynn Laffey and Michael Sullivan.


                                                  -- Written and photographed by Ali Gainor

 

 

Exquisite table settings

 

 

Floral arrangements & spectacular lighting

 
 
 

 

Trudy Coxe & Philip Pelletier

 

Gary & Mary Garabedian with Carol & Tom Simjian

 

William & Cynthia Cagney, Kenneth & Renee Bitting, Leigh Lombardi & Patrick McGeeney

 

Patricia & Leo Orsi

 

 

Ellen Barnes, Barbara Caldwell, John & Elizabeth Brooks

 

Anne Nitze

 

Alysa Boyle with cucumber rounds with curried cream cheese & peppers

 

Edward Ankudavich & Rosemary Ponzo 

 

Rosemary Ponzo

 

Melyora & Kendrik deKoning and Michelle & Steve Sullivan

 

Brenda Nienhouse

 

Bob Hardwick of the Bob Hardwick Orchestra

 

Dancing in the Music Room

 

 

Jane & Peter Elebash

 

Captain & Mrs. Nicholas Brown

 

Andrea Carneiro

 

Topsy Taylor & John Peixinho 

 

Pandy & Luke McDonough

 

 

Tully Ross, Spencer Anton, Elizabeth Ross, Harling Ross & Neva Little

 

Patricia Estes

 

Peter Harris, Kate Hamilton & Peter Kiernan

 

 

Jennifer Royall & Meredith Wood-Prince

 

Alice & Jim Ross

 

John Paul Primiano & Kristina Ugent

 

Wynn Laffey & Michael Sullivan

 

Robert Belcome & India Belcome

 

Catching up with Bill Cunningham

 

 

John Brown (Coachman of England) & Rich O’Donnell

 

Bill Bailey, John Kleinheinz & Roger Kass

 

Linda Hickox

 

Pebs Brown, Penny Hunt & Babs Robinson

 

Gregory & Kimberly Dryer with Jae & John French

 

Nonie Madden, Paul Madden & Anapaula Watson

 

 

Bonnie Weber, Nancy Parker Wilson, Leslie Grosvenor

 

Kristina Ugent, John Paul Primiano & friend

 

Dinner is served!

 

Monique Coleman & Isabelle Lirakis

 

Finley Ohrstrom

 

Kaleta Blaffer & Gordon Hieldleston

 

Tracy Hagney

 

 

The Breakers Grand Hall

 

  To purchase a high-res print of an image, contact Linda (a) NewportSeen.com  All images copyrighted.

 

 

  
 


 

 

 

 

 

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