WHAT A SWELLEGANT ELEGANT PARTY IT WAS!
Over 50 Classmates plus husbands and friends joined the party. Many stayed at the Cosmopolitan Club which was headquarters for the reunion.
Marcia Wright invited us into her home for the opening dinner with cocktails, a fabulous view, and a chance to chat and catch up with one another while surrounded by family art and antiques. The New York Committee banded together and provided a yummy dinner with poached salmon, chicken salad and a variety of sides topped off by yummy cookies and enough wine to float a ship!!
Tuesday morning, May 19 some of us went the studio/home of Louise Bourgeois (Elita Taylor and Bill Agee took notice of Ms. Bourgeois’s work before the world began taking notice). Members of the Easton Foundation led us through her home and garden, where she created some of her sculptures. We were among the first people to visit the site. The rest of the group went to the New York Biblical Museum where there was a fabulous exhibit of Donatello’s sculptures. Alas, this gem of a museum has now closed for good.
After scattering in several directions for lunch, we visited the Cooper Hewitt Museum, with a private curator-led tour of their newly refurbished museum. The collections of the Hewitt sisters and their contributions to the arts were emphasized and we learned a lot about the art of design.
If this was not enough, a large number of hearty souls joined Betsy Barlow Rogers for a walk through Central Park. It was fascinating to hear about all the renovations, some ongoing and the reasons behind them. It was so special to see the Park though her eyes and with her infectious enthusiasm.
Then, we returned to the Cosmopolitan Club for cocktails, a delicious dinner and a talk by Betsy, adding to the pleasure of those who walked with her and proving insight for the entire group.
Wednesday, keeping with the gardens art theme, we went to the New York Botanical Garden, for a private tour of the replication of the Frida Kahlo gardens and visited the Library to see some of her paintings. In between, we climbed aboard a tram and had a full tour of the gardens before having a buffet lunch in the delightful Stone Mill which is right on the edge of the Bronx River.
We then returned to the Cosmopolitan Club for cocktails and another delicious dinner with Bill Agee as the speaker. Bill, retired professor or art at Hunter College, is a well-respected authority on contemporary art. His talk was the perfect culmination to our arts focused reunion.
A great time was had by all!!!!!