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Festive Dinners with Friends 2019

"Architectural Preservation: A Window to the Past - A Vision for the Future"

(Woodbury, CT.) Architectural Preservation: A Window to the Past – A Vision for the Future with Honorary Chair Hugh Sullivan of Bennett Sullivan Associates, Inc.: Architects and Planners and local residents who will open their homes on Saturday, June 1st in support of The Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden’s 15th annual “An Evening of Festive Dinners with Friends” which launches the celebration of the 94th 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. Reach back in time for a refined dinner by candlelight in an 18th century homestead; another party features a Neapolitan dinner at a Revolutionary-era Litchfield residence; enjoy a relaxed evening of tapas-style fare and cap off the evening relaxing by an outdoor fireplace under the stars; or join another host for an eclectic, delectable chef’s dinner at their historic Roxbury home where an acclaimed author and his elegant, poetic wife famously entertained notables in all fields of endeavor. 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 Woodbury’s Poet Lauriat, David Bibbey, will be held with items to include; A Dinner for twelve in the Museum prepared and served by celebrity Chef, Tucker Frey and the Glebe House Board Members, along with other unique experiences.

This primary fundraiser is the first of several 2019 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. Major Sponsors of this year’s event include: Bennett Sullivan Associates, Inc., Connecticut Community Foundation, the Gabrielson Family Charitable Fund, Pediment Construction, Inc., and J. Andrew Ward; with support from James S. Bauer DMD: Family Dentistry, Walker Road Vineyards, Watertown Animal Hospital 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, e-mail

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