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Festive Dinners with Friends

Woodbury, CT - Engage the Past – Enlighten the Future with Honorary Chairs David & M.Douglas Bibbey and seven local residents who will open their homes on Saturday, May 19th in support of The Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden’s 14th annual “An Evening of Festive Dinners with Friends” which launches the celebration of the 93rd Anniversary of the Glebe House Museum.

Wine, champagne, fine food and great conversation will flow freely at these intimate dinner parties. Each host will present a memorable dining experience and the opportunity to see a special home and its grounds. Some of this year’s venues are historic homes with stories worth hearing; others are architecturally significant or have particularly inspiring gardens or views. Event chairpersons Melinda Belcher, Carter Booth and Sun Williams, have selected each home for their unique charm to create a delightful spring evening.

Dine on a hilltop in Woodbury and enjoy a 5 course gourmet meal with special guest Chef Anne McClelland; another party features an evening of “perfect pairings” of wine and gourmet food and relaxing by an outdoor fireplace under the stars; or join another host for creative cuisine at her casual country home on one of Woodbury’s most scenic roads. These are just a few of the experiences that await Festive Dinner Guests.

More detailed descriptions of the dinner parties and their locations accompany ticket purchases so that guests may register preferences. This is a great opportunity to have a relaxed good time with wonderful people and support this historic and cultural treasure at the same time.

The dinners will be preceded by an elegant cocktail party in the Gertrude Jekyll Garden at The Glebe House Museum. Specially chosen hors d’oeuvres will be served. A live auction, led by Honorary Chair David Bibbey, will be held with items to include; A Dinner for twelve in the Museum prepared and served by Glebe House Board Members, along with other unique experiences.

This primary fundraiser is the first of several 2018 events designed to inform and broaden support for this Revolutionary-era historic house museum and garden, which is also the birthplace of the American Episcopal Church. Sponsors of this year’s event include: Bennett Sullivan Associates, Inc., Connecticut Community Foundation, Gabrielson Family Fund, Pediment Construction, Inc., Schwenke Auctioneers, Waypoint Spirits Distillery and the Board of Directors of the Seabury Society for the Preservation of the Glebe House Inc.

Invitations are being mailed to museum members and friends, and others on request. Tickets are $150 per person. Proceeds from this gala event help to maintain and preserve The Glebe House Museum and Gertrude Jekyll Garden, a non-profit educational institution that offers programs and events throughout the year for children, students, and adults. With the exception of the director, the museum and garden are exclusively maintained by the unpaid efforts of people who are committed to preserving this national landmark and one of Woodbury’s most important historic sites. For an invitation or further information about “An Evening of Festive Dinners with Friends,” contact the museum at 203-263-2855 or e-mail

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