Portraiture as an Historic Presence at Preservation Society Summer Gala

Co-chairs Dory Hamilton Benson, Amy Berkowitz, Dr. Holly Bannister & John Peixinho


Forebears looked down from the walls of the tent, those who shaped Newport's legacy and  history, and were remembered and honored on a Newport evening.

Charlotte Marshall,  Andrea Ahearn & Adrianne Glascock

Entitled “Portraits and Patrons”, the always sold out summer Gala of The Preservation Society of Newport  reached out to, and honored both
its past heroes and present patrons in a beautifully conceived evening at Chateau-sur-Mer.

 

"Portraits and Patrons" celebrated and displayed dozens of paintings taken both from the Preservation Society's collection as well as from the private collections of  individuals long-involved with the Preservation Society and the Newport community.

 

Holt Massey & Sandra Ourosoff Massey admiring the paintings

 

Greeted inside Chateau-sur-Mer by the co-chairs, Dr. Holly M. Bannister, Mrs. Dorrance (Dory) Hamilton Benson, Mrs. Mortimer (Amy) Berkowitz II, and Mr. John M. Peixinho,  guests went on to two mammoth tents gracing the grounds, as guests avoided raindrops, and became their own legacies, as they sat inside a large golden frame for a picture resembling an historic painting.

David Thalmann & Mrs. Edward E.P. (Lynda) Lindh

Inside the adjoining dinner tent, an astounding place lined with actual copies of portraits of many of Newport’s historic figures, the dinner tables were set.  Displayed were portrait copies of Cornelius Vanderbilt II by John Singer Sargent, , Robert Walton Goelet at age 6 a portrait of the Honorable Gearge Peabody Wetmore, owner of Chateau-sur-Mer in his ballroom, and a lively portrait of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in costume, among many others from the collection of the Preservation Society.

 

The restored library in Chateau-sur-Mer

 

After the crowded tent and cordial cocktails, the sumptuous dinner was served in spacious splendor, and there was dancing to the sounds of Bob Hardwick’s Orchestra.

A long tented corridor for guests

Dress was elegant, the guests represented many generations, as friends , benefactors and supporters greeted each other with pleasure, honoring and supporting the work of The Preservation Society.

                                                                
                                                                             -L.P.

 

Funds raised by the event are dedicated to the restoration and maintenance of the Preservation Society's collection of historic house museums, landscapes and decorative arts. For information, go to www.NewportMansions.org

 

Ron Slingerland, Mikki Micarelli,  Bill & Sue Metzger

 

Ruth Buchanan arrives

 

 

 

Molly, Guillaume & Tenley de Ramel

 

A trio in the cocktail tent

 

Posing for a "Gilded Age" portrait

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Crisson, Elizabeth Kahane, Rod O'Hanley & Ms. Roberts


Martha Hunnewell &

 

A dashing crowd in the cocktail tent

 

 

Carol Williams, John Brooks & Angela Moore

 

Ernst & Nancy Roth, Karen Bevan

 

Friends with Elizabthe McMillen, Monty & Richard Burnham

 

Ted & Tara Winston

 

Janet and a bemused Toby Pell

 

The portrait lined dinner tent

 

Beautiful ceiling gobo

 

Lillian & Robert Chapman

 

? Sheldon & Sandra Whitehouse, Vivien Spencer

 

Jim Gaffney, Trudy Coxe, Mary van Pelt & Beverly Little

 

Angela, Chad, Garry & Brooke Fischer

 

 

Genevieve Parker & Dayton Carr

 

William Amber, George McNeely & Nick Bell

 

Charles & Adrienne Scheffne

 

 

Janine  Atamian

 

James Gaffney & Alice Lynch

 

The stunning crowded cocktail tent

 

 

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