The most beautiful and heavenly dinner parties have been given in your honor for 27 years by The Charter Collectors of the J.B. Speed Art Museum, including the latest one on Saturday, Nov. 20.
I’m writing this thank you note to them from you and me for the millions of dollars the Collectors have contributed to give us the permanent joy of rare art.
About 80 of the 136 current Charter Collectors were on hand for the glamorous black tie dinner at 7 p.m. at the museum.
After cocktails, the Collectors went into the gold theater where Ruth Cloudman presented two paintings for voting:
Jean-honore Fragonard (French, 1732-1806), painted “The Watering Place (L’abreuvoir), about 1763-1765. Oil on canvas. Price: $1.1 million.
And, the winning painting was by Alfred Sisley (French, 1839-1899) “Hilly Path, Ville d’Avray” (Chemin montant a ville d’Avray), 1879. Oil on canvas. Price: $1.2 million.
Centerpieces were fall flowers by Margaret Kulp, who also did, the huge arrangement in the foyer with, J.D. Myles.
The Ray Johnson Trio played during the dinner catered by Kathy Cary of Lilly’s.
The menu included: Kentucky Bibb lettuce salad with figs, capriole sophia cheese, almonds and champagne vinaigrette; beef tenderloin filet; bourbon smoked shiitake mushrooms; roasted fingerling potatoes; veal jus; and for dessert, apple tart with caramel sauce.
Much animated conversation, good company – candlelight and wine!
Charming Speed Musuem director Charles Venable and Martin Webb were wonderful hosts. The attendees were beautifully dressed guests including: Dr. Charles and Lisa Barr; Mary Louise Barr; Charles and Elise Brown; Owsley Brown II and Christy; Dick and Elizabeth Clay; Ruth Cloudman; James and Helen Lee Fugitte; George Gibbs III and Betty; Connie Goodman; Joe Sterling Grimes, Jr. and Joan; Spencer Harper Jr. and Carol; and sons Spencer Harper III and Grafton Harper; Dr. Lawrence F. Jelsma; Don and Peachy Kohler; Bob and Margaret Kulp; Cooper and Sally Lilly; Carolyn McBride; Ron and Debra Murphy; J.D. and Mary Helen Myles; Al and Jamie Paradis; David and Lois Ratterman; Ted and Jackie Rosky.
Also were, Drs. Thomas Roth and Ann Pinski Roth; Susie Jane Schaaf; Bussy and Laurie Short; Hugh and Debsy Shwab; David and Gail Slater; John S. Speed of the Speed Museum family; Maynard and Nancy Stetten; Mary Clay Stites; Dr. Gordon Strauss and Dr. Catherine Newton; Dr. B. Preston Thomas and Margy; Jim and Bonnie Thornton; Susan Treitz Jr. and her son Jesse Lebus; Gerald and Betsy Tyrrell; Jim and Libby Voyles; Todd and Megan Walz; Nancy Watkins; Sandy and Mary Wilson.
And Yours Truly!
Category: The Social Side
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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.