‘Dancing by the River’ funds a great cause

| August 31, 2011
Lucie Blodgett with friends at last year’s Dancing by the River.

Lucie Blodgett with friends at last year’s Dancing by the River.

Surrounded by the majesty of the Ohio River, under a canopy of stars and moonlight, River Fields will hold its annual Dancing by the River on Friday, Sept. 9.

If you believe in land preservation and river conservation, join River Fields in a beautiful tent in a “river field” at River Road and Lime Kiln Lane. This delightful and fun evening includes cocktails, dinner, dessert, live and silent auctions and dancing.

The gala begins with hors d’oeuvres at 7 p.m. and a buffet dinner at 8 p.m. A live auction and elegant “Dessert by Helen” begins about 9 p.m., followed by dancing until midnight to the Rob Nickerson Band.

Stevens & Stevens will cater the event, featuring foods from local farms, including tomatoes from Gettelfinger Farms, free-range chicken, grass-fed beef and all produce comes from farms within 250 miles of Louisville. Much of the 2,200 acres preserved by River Fields is farmland.

Outstanding live auction highlights include a stay at The House of Mirador Cruz de la Rauda, which has a historic address in the Albayzín neighborhood of Granada, Spain. This part “cave house,” typical of the Arab Quarter in Granada, is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, along with the fabled Alhambra Palace. This exciting package is for three nights in the three-bedroom rental, which includes a loft that sleeps up to six guests.

A fabulous auction item that is a little closer to home: is a week in a beautiful four-bedroom, four-bathroom cottage in popular Leland, Mich. On a bluff overlooking the lake featuring magnificent views of the Leland Harbor, the Manitou Islands and spectacular sunsets, this cottage has a gourmet kitchen, a terrace with a fire pit on the bluff and two working fireplaces. A seven-minute walk takes you to the center of the historic fishing village with restaurants, art galleries and shops.

Guests danced the night away at last year’s Dancing by the River.

Guests danced the night away at last year’s Dancing by the River.

Also on offer is fine French Burgundy wine. The mixed-case of Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru bottled in 2005 by Bernard Morey comes from a limited supply sent to the United States. The 2005 vintage was rated a 93 percent by The Wine Spectator. Another rare treat available to a lucky bidder is one bottle of 1982 Chateau Margaux.

Silent auction items donated by well-known local artists who believe in conservation and preservation include a painting by Laurie Doctor, calligraphy by Steven Skaggs, sculpture by Mary Dennis Kannapell, a discarded-quilt painting by Denise Furnish, a painting by Rodney Hatfield, a print by Brian Jones, and works by Teri Dryden and Keith Auerbach. Stylish necklaces by Sara Simpson Designs are always in-demand auction items, as are the elegant evening purses donated by H.J. Redmon.

River Fields’ longtime sponsors are Brown-Forman Corp., Stites and Harbison LLC and Commonwealth Bank & Trust. Brown-Forman exclusively supports land conservation and educational programs.

Inez Segell and Ann Wells are event co-chairs of their stellar committee: Janice Blythe, Marea Clark, Lee Cory, Kelli Dawson, Laurie Doctor, Arnita Gadson, Louise Farnsley Gardner, Mary Celeste Lerman, Kathy Melvin, Jane Ramsey, Bea Rosenberg, Peggy Mudd, Amelia Runyon, Rosalind Streeter, Jane Townsend, Michael Weber and me. The Social Side has written about Dancing by the River every year from day one, so they made me an honorary committee member! I am looking forward to sitting at Inez Segell’s table full of sunflowers.

Honorary hosts and hostesses will greet guests as they arrive: Dr. Keith Auerbach, Dr. Sy Auerbach, Charles and Lisa Barr, Betsy Bennet and Bruce Hart, Deana and John Booker, Nina and Preston Claytor, Ulla Marie and Allen Dodd, Shaun and Foster Duncan, Dr. Robert Ellis, Louise Farnsley Gardner, Mary Moss Greenebaum, Mary and Bob Griffith, Sandy Gulick, David Klein and Jill Mangold, Dr. and Mrs. Allan Lansing, Jessica Loving and Sheryl Snyder,and Dough and Preston Stough.

Tickets for dinner and dancing are $200 per person; dancing and dessert, beginning at 9 p.m., are $75 per person. Contact River Fields at 502.583.3060 or at rosalindstreeter@riverfields.org. Reservations close Sept. 6.

The event funds River Fields’ mission to save the natural, historical and cultural resources of the Ohio River from Westport to West Point, Ky. The largest and oldest river conservancy along the 981-mile Ohio River, River Fields has protected, preserved, and enhanced the natural and cultural resources of our land and water for more than 50 years.

River Fields has more than 2,100 members from 104 zip codes and owns land or holds conservation easements on 34 properties, totaling more than 2,200 acres – most of which is preserved forever. It is one of the nation’s few land trusts tackling regional advocacy work and land conservation.

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Lucie Blodgett
Always out and about at happenings around town, Lucie Blodgett has been writing a weekly column for The Voice-Tribune for more than two decades.

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