Festival 2018 Party Preview!
Below is a sneak peek at some of our fabulous dinner and cocktail parties
that will be available for your selection at this year's Festival of Trees,
Saturday, November 24. Parties are sold per seat and sell out fast!
Don't miss your chance to purchase a seat to enjoy an unforgettable evening.
All proceeds from Festival support the Oliver Wolcott Library.
For more information contact Christine Kelly, 860-567-8030, email@example.com.
Scottish Dinner for Eight at the Hamilton's
Dinner for 8 Guests
Date: A wintry Saturday evening January through March by mutual arrangement
Imagine you are in Bonnie Scotland, the Land of Poetry and Song, as your hosts extend a Highland welcome. Be waited on by a 'kilted Scot, sporting a sporran and dirk an a.' Nae porridge or stovies here! Instead, expect to enjoy a selection of malt whiskies before dinner, then sample traditional Scottish fare... perhaps Cock-a-leekie soup or Cullen Skink, followed by game pate and wild Salmon from the rivers Tay or Tweed. You will have nae room for Black Bun!
So lads and lassies, if the mood strikes you, don your tartan and join us for a "richt guid nicht!"
Hosts: Trudie and Norrie Hamilton
Sun and Fun ~ Latin Party in Florida
Saturday, February 23rd 5:30pm to 7:30pm ~ Cocktails for 40 Guests
For those who travel to Florida to run from the frigid temps of New England, a sizzling party awaits you! Plan to join fellow escapees for a Latin themed evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and live music at the home of Kevin & Elizabeth Daniels in the Port Royal area of Naples, Florida.
Enjoy the Daniel's hospitality in their winter getaway that boasts gracious indoor and outdoor living spaces. Sample the spicy or savory favorites that reflect the diversity of "Latin" cuisine. Sip on Caipirinhas under the stars while listening to the tunes from a Latin Grammy Award winning band.
A unique opportunity to meet new friends, or reconnect with a old in a very special setting. Claim your place at what will be a spirited evening of live music, great food, and fun!
Snowbirds supporting the OWL, fabulous!!!
Hosts: Kevin and Elizabeth Daniels
Asian 'Flavored' History, the Tallmadge legacy continues to spice our lives!
Saturday, March 9th, 2019 5:00-8:00 pm ~ Cocktails for 50 Guests
Just when you thought you knew the place of Benjamin Tallmadge in history! Discover more at the celebrated home of this Revolutionary War hero. An historian will be present to speak of Benjamin's post war trade with the East importing spices, artwork, and tea as a wealthy local businessman.
Enjoy the continuing fruits of this early shipping merchant's success on his trading ship, the "Trident" at an Asian inspired cocktail party! This party will feature an open bar and Chinese specialties for its tempting array of hors d'oeuvres! Think of savory bite-size dumplings, egg rolls, crab Rangoon, wontons, ribs and more! Roam thru history with your friends as you imagine our noted forefathers (+mothers) socializing in this very same spot!
Old and new blend - time, food, friends - in this unique opportunity. A new vision of an illustrious Litchfield resident! A great cocktail party all on its own!!! Don't miss this.
Host: Teno West
Olympic Potential? CURLING CALLS!
Saturday, March 23, 2019 1:00pm to 5:00 pm ~ Cocktails for 40 Guests
Hockey players and homemakers unite in this sport of brooms on the ice!
Admit that it captivated you to watch this Olympic sport, or confess that you dismissed it as 'no prowess needed'. Here is your chance to put the debate to rest!
A Curling party - your opportunity to party and participate all at one fabulous event.
No equipment needed, just show up at Norfolk's fabulous indoor Curling Club! Relax after play in the newly rebuilt facility. When not playing, enjoy the warm room with fireplace while you watch your fellow guests thru large windows overlooking the action. A unique opportunity to learn and experience the demands of an Olympic sport.
A bountiful lunch will be served buffet style as you await your turn on the ice. The flexible "lunch" is designed to meet your time needs yet indulge and gratify your palate with a luscious selection of savory traditionals and vegetarian options followed by a special dessert!
Once off the ice, head to the bar to toast your team and the losers!
A unique activity-based party that allows any of us to learn a new and growing sport that can be played at many levels, all fun!
Yes, real men can sweep!!!
Hosts: Kay Carroll and Mark Harran and Shannon and Jonathan Zwick
Celebrate Spring at Oliva's on Main
Friday, March 29, 2019 at 6:00pm ~ Dinner for 36 Guests
Enjoy the unhurried experience of Mediterranean dining in the intimate setting of Oliva's, a Litchfield County Favorite — reserved for your pleasure by our generous hosts!
Plated hors d'oeuvres will begin your dining delights. Your choice of red or white wine will be served attentively from beginning to end. Dinner itself will feature your selection of Oliva's signature Moroccan chicken - with fruit and pomegranate sauce, seared salmon over roasted fennel, or roasted lamb shank cooked to perfection.
After finishing your entree, a decadent dessert prepared specially for this evening, will be presented by the gifted Chef Riad.
This offering is all about the fabulous food for which Oliva's is so well known and loved! Share a singular dining delight with your friends, old and new, in celebration of the long awaited spring. Help yourself to this amazing dinner while helping OWL! Perfect!!!
Hosts: Nancy & Pat Boland, Lois & Marc Shafir
Surf's Up: Dancing on the Beach
Saturday, March 30, 7:30-11:00pm ~ 75-100 Guests
"Surf's Up Party: Dancing on the Beach"
Do you like pina coladas, or getting caught in the rain? Leave the winter chill behind, and let's twist again like we did last summer. Throw on your suit, Hawaiian shirt or favorite sundress, grab your towel and surfboard and head south of the border to South Farms to hang ten at the beach dance party with the wildest band of beach boys and reggae women this side of paradise. The rum and tequila will be flowing and the surf rock will be cranking. It's an endless summer, and there's no better way to enjoy yourself while supporting your favorite local library. WARNING: there's no lifeguard on duty, so dance the night away at your own risk of having the time of your life. Cowabunga!
Hosts: Sarah & Nat Worden, Courtney Hagen & Michael Wilson, Jenny & Matt Terzian, Sarah & Jay Bolton, Cate & Brendan O'Dwyer
Pursue the Clue Two
Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 5:00 pm ~ Dinner for 24 Guests
So you have watched the shows, and always anticipate the criminals' moves. You could do that job easily!! Well here is your chance to once again show your sleuthing skills at a game party made just for you!
Join the rage that has fans all around the country pitting their abilities against the clock. 24 guests in groups of six will be challenged to solve various crimes within a timeframe. Work together or, if 'elementary', simply solve it on your own!
After the game, which is professionally arranged and played in Torrington, you will be treated to dinner at the beloved Venetian Restaurant! Recount your exploits, explain your strategy, or just enjoy the drinks and Italian dishes in the company of friends.
A delightful twist on the usual party get together. Demanding dilemma, delicious dinner, delightful company. What could be more fun??
Host: Lucie Kleinhans
Living by Design, Edward Durell Stone in Litchfield
Saturday, May 4, 2019 5-7 PM ~ Cocktails for 36 Guests
Join hosts Joanie and John Morosani and special guest Hicks Stone, the architect's son, for an in-depth look at the details of the house Stone designed for the Morosani family from 1948 to 1952. Hicks Stone, an expert on his father's work, and John Morosani, who grew up in the house, will color the evening with their unique perspective on this architectural genius, along with anecdotes of the building of this specific house. Guests will also be able to stroll the gardens which were designed by noted landscape architect Thomas Church, and can visit the iconic Laurel Ridge Foundation daffodils which should be in full bloom.
A full bar and ample finger foods and savories will make this party a delight on its own! Expect to sample a little of John's delicious grass fed beef. Beautiful art of all varieties-natural, structural, culinary, and fine will interweave to provide a memorable gathering for their fortunate guests.
Hosts: Joanie and John Morosani
A Chilean Themed Dinner to Feed the Body and Soul
Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 5:30pm ~ Dinner for 24 Guests
"I like on the table, when we're speaking, the light of a bottle of intelligent wine."
— Pablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda, 1971 Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature, welcomes you to this Chilean themed evening! Sip on a Pisco Sour or Austral beer while browsing collections of artisanal works by indigenous craftspeople from various regions of this 2600 mile long country!
Savor a five course meal representing the broad array of Chilean gastronomy. Explore a selection of wines of Chile, now considered the source of some of the finest vineyards in the world.
Thrill to interludes of readings by famous Chileans, Neruda and Isabel Allende followed by a brief commentary by Charles Darwin on the biodiversity found atop La Campana. Before the evening concludes, you may be surprised by the appearance of one of South America's most beloved Señoras. You must be there to see! Please join us for this evening of fun and exploration of multi faceted Chile!
Hosts: Janet Duchaine & Jonathan Fauver, Laura Lasker & Tom Curran, Mary & Peter Tavino
'Artistic advisers' Frank Fontana and Andrew Becker
Cooking Class with Frank
We know him as the "Party Maker." Just having Frank Fontana and Andrew Becker in the mix makes an evening sparkle, but this will be the ultimate experience.
An accomplished host and capable chef, Frank will lead a group of guests (now friends for sure) through the steps that lead to his personal favorite dishes! You know how much fun this will be! Join in the process and feast on the results in the comfort of their gracious home.
Two separate evenings available to 20 lucky guests. Same menu each night!
Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 6:00pm ~ Dinner For 10 Guests
Friday, May 24, 2019 at 6:00 pm ~ Dinner For 10 Guests
Hosts: Frank Fontana and Andrew Becker
You spoke. We listened.
In response to reaction from our community and in fairness to those who attend the Festival, the Board has adopted a policy that specifically prohibits any Festival attendee from signing up in the name of another person for any Festival dinner/lunch/party that is offered as part of the Silent Auction.
If you are unable to attend Festival but would like to attend one of the parties being sold, then we do offer one other alternative. If you purchase a ticket, and notify Christine Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, November 20 of your interest in any parties, we will assign a volunteer who will add your name to the party/parties after the first 20 minutes of Festival have passed. There is no guarantee that you will be able to attend the party, as it is possible that one of your choices has immediately sold out. However, the volunteer will make every effort to add your name after the first 20 minutes.
Beginning on Sunday, November 30th, if a party or event has not sold out, then anyone may purchase a seat, and are encouraged to do so.
We thank you for your understanding and recognizing that the Board’s decision was based on the overwhelming comments we received from those who attend the Festival and requested a fair and equitable policy on the issue.