Poinsettias, Crystal and Christmas Cheer at The Breakers

Co Chairs Susan Ross, Elizabeth Leatherman & Kathy Irving

Like fine wine, the

Holiday Dinner Dance of the Preservation Society  just gets better with age. Poinsettias and crystal, gorgeous gowns, tuxedoes and a kilt adorned guests at the Breakers for the annual Holiday dinner dance, one of the loveliest events of the year, and becoming almost familial.


And the Christmas "family" is itself becoming quite numerous: The Preservation Society of Newport County entertained 240 guests this year. The all-blonde (dare we say bombshells?) co-chairs of the dinner dance were Mrs. Pierre duPont (Kathy) Irving, Mrs. Donald O. (Susan) Ross, and Mrs. William L. (Elizabeth) Leatherman, who graciously greeted arriving guests at the door.


The Great  Hall of The Breakers festooned

Cocktails were served on the loggia and in the Music Room of the historic Vanderbilt house. Dinner, prepared by Russell Morin Fine Catering, was served in the Great Hall, amid festive holiday decorations.


The menu included Butternut Squash Bisque; Colorado Lamb Chops with Lemon Fennel Confit, Parsley Potatoes and Baby Beta Carrots with Grand Marnier Butter; Flight of Artisan Cheeses with a Petite Sale of Boston Bibb and Hearts of Palm with Shallot-Herb Verjus; and a dessert Tasting Plate of Red Velvet Cupcake with Butter cream Frosting, Gingerbread Verrine with Cognac Custard, Cranberry Mousse with Sugared Cranberry and Classic Buche de Noel. A feast fit for a king, or a Vanderbilt.


The "Ladies of Lila" Robin Nicholson, Melanie Delman,

Chelsea McWillie & Geer Messinger

Following dinner, guests danced with gusto and some imagination to the music of the Mac Chrupcala Orchestra Seen were Victoria Mele, former Senatorial candidate Barry Hinckley, David and Lynda Lindh, Pierre Dupont Irving, Donald O. Ross, in his ancestral clan kilt, John and Jae French, Martha Hunnewell, Pauline Metcalf, and the elegantly clad CEO Trudy Coxe.

The Breakers itself was constructed for just such events as these:
a 70-room Italian Renaissance-style palazzo, it was designed by architect

Richard Morris Hunt and completed in 1895 for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, President and Chairman of the New York Central Railroad. Its interiors include rich marbles and gilded rooms, a 50-foot high Great Hall, mosaic tile floors and ceilings, and open-air terraces with magnificent ocean views. The spaces resounded with music and pleasurable conversation.


Lewis & Trudy Keen

Funds raised by the Christmas Dinner Dance are dedicated to the restoration and maintenance of the Preservation Society's collection of historic house museums, landscapes and decorative arts.

                                                                       -- Linda Phillips

The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island is a non-profit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes and decorative arts. Its 11 historic properties—seven of them National Historic Landmarks—span more than 250 years of America’s architectural and social development. For more information, please visit




Rosemary Ponzo

Ned & Christine Capozzi

Sarah Rivard & husband

Ernst & Nancy Rothe with Stuart & Karen Bevan

Toby & Janet Pell, Donald O. Ross

Lee & Lee DiPietro

Barry Hinckley & Ms. Moreland

Eugene Roberts, Emese Woop, Lynn Roberts & Anne Roberts

Benjamin Herring, Cara, Sarah & Naisby Herring

Alice Dickinson & Kaity Ryan

Beverly Little, David Ford & Lynda Lindh

Karen & Mark Otterson, Lillian & Robert Chapman

 Gladys Szapary & Eugene Roberts

Pauline Metcalf & William Shumate

Patricia & Torre Peterson

Teryn Weintz, Jane Moore, Ilana Katz & Susan Ruf

Cynthia Sinclair with Richard Casper & Elizabeth Carr

Patricia Mascali with friend

Jessica Hagen, Richard Crisson & Jae French

David Lindh & Nanette Herrick

Pierre Irving, Mary Kozik & William Wood Prince

Trudy Coxe with John & Elizabeth Brooks

Holly Bannister, Rod O'Hanley & Victoria Mele

Bill Leatherman & Pieter Taselaar

Diana Sylvaria with Nina Taselaar & Doug Newhouse

Don & Maia Farish (He is President of Roger Williams

University) with Bud & Karen McGinnis

Pre dinner chat on the porch

Martha Hunnewell & Frank Ray

Barbara & Michael Caldwell

The Mac Chrupcala Orchestra playing for dancing

Cutting the proverbial rug

Mohamad & Dorienne Farzan with Jennifer Booth

Muhammad Farzan & daughter Antonia

Kathy Irving with son Duncan Woodard & daughter -in-law

Liz Woodard

The dinner was elegant, inclluding Colorado lamb chops with lemon

fennel confit, a dessert tasting & classic Buche de Noel


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