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Valerie Urry, Stephanie & Lincoln Chafee, Christie

Smith in front of Land's End

The lovely lawn of Land’s End, the home of Joe and Victoria Mele, was the setting for a “scrumptious” high tea to benefit The Potter League’s programs and building fund recently, and it was many old friends and generations of families greeting each other, including the Pells, the Butlers, Oatsie Charles, Helen Winslow, Frolic Weymouth, David Ford and David, Jr., and Dorrance (Dodo) and Anne Hamilton. The Pell youngsters were exuberant with their mother, artist Christina Pell Randall, at a large center table.

 

Patty & Mary Spigel with State Senator

Teresa Paiva Weed

Tea sandwiches, champagne, desserts, and truly creative hats were the order of the afternoon, and the original owner of Land’s End, author Edith Wharton, would’ve felt right at home with the gentility of it all.

 

Outrageous hats, including those of prize winners Judy McLennan and the animal skin worn throughout by intrepid Claude Newton, elicited comments, as guitarist David Enstone strummed at the edge of the tent. New York fashion designer Mary McFadden, fresh from the previous evening’s Art Museum Gala, made an appearance in her signature flowing clothing, and spoke quietly with Oatsie Charles, this year’s honorary chairman.

 

Sheila Reilly

In a sweet speech, Mrs. Charles lauded the work of The Potter League, and spoke about her dog Fusspot, now gone, as “the heart that beat at my feet.”

Outgoing Board chairman Sheila Reilly told the crowd that “the time is now” to give to the League, and announced the winners of the three fabulous raffle prizes. Executive Director of the Potter League Christie Smith and Pat Heller, Director of Development, worked ceaselessly with other volunteers, delivering trays of delectable treats. Hugh D. (Yusha) Auchincloss III  sauntered down the road just as people were leaving, greeting Nuala and Dallas Pell.
 

Jane Moore with Alison Vareika

Elizabeth (Betty Boop) Blake with Nuala Pell

Jimmy Coleman with honoree Oatsie Charles

Young Evan, Ella & Sophie Butler with

hostess Victoria Mele

Jana and Don Jagoe with Carol Hodges

 

Winkle Kelly in her chapeau

 

Ann Conner & Jan Gordon

 

Stephanie McLennan

 

Judy McLennan in her winning bonnet

 

Bettie Pardee chats with Genii Pell

 

Christie Smith, Executive Director of The Potter League, with Diane and Duncan  Johnson

 

Ridgely Beck & Christina Pell Randall

 

Pat Flynn & Katie Ushre, caparisoned in pastels

 

Claude & Gail Newton -- he won a hat prize, too

 

Friend and perennial style-setter Jean diBona

 

Teddy Aspegren & Robert Bailey

 

Edith McBean & Rod O'Hanley

 

David Enstone strumming favorite tunes

 

Jim Moore & Pat Heller, of Potter League

 

Allen & Mona Beitchman

 

Linda Naiss, Annamarie  Ringheim & Peggy Hunter

 

The dapper Paul Eddy

 

Holly Bannister & Linda Purdy

 

Edith McBean & the trés chic Kimberly Skeen-Jones

 

 Guests in their summer hats

 

Jonna Chewning having fun

 

Sharon & Philip Pelletier enjoying tea

 

Richard Nelson & James Michael

 

David Thalmann, with his signature trousers, chats with hostess Victoria Mele

 

Diane & Robert Beaver, David Ford, Sr., David Ford, Jr.

 

Rod O'Hanley with fashion designer MaryMcFadden

 

Helen Winslow in a summer frock

 

Sarah Gewirz & Victoria Mele

 

Deb Elliott in a fabulous hat!

 

Last year's winner Scott Winkler  brokering tickets

 

Mary McFadden & Oatsie Charles speaking privately

 

"The time is now!"

 

Happy van Beuren, Frolic Weymouth &

Anne Hamilton

 

Dorrance (Dodo Hamilton) in deep discussion

 

The spacious tent at tea time

 

Tea cakes, anyone?

 

 

 

  
 


 

 

 

 

 

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