"The Lilac Party" at Willowood
There is nothing more enjoyable than the intoxicating fragrance of lilacs in bloom at the Willowwood Arboretum.
Each year on the third Sunday in May - this year on Sunday, May 19, 2013, the Willowwood Foundation hosts its annual fundraiser: the "Lilac Party" - their 18th Party!
It was a tradition each Spring when the Lilacs bloomed that hosts Hal Tubbs and Ben Blackburn held their 'Lilac Party' under the trees. Great food and drink and always lots of convivial friends in their Sunday Best mingled and enjoyed their afternoon and visited the Spring Gardens at this very special place.
Today's Lilac Party combines the best of all worlds: lilacs in bloom (if Mother Nature agrees!), great Artisan Spring wines at a tasting bar, a cheese table and lots of tantalizing tidbits to tempt while you peruse and place your bids on the highly contested unusual plants and horticultural offerings in the Silent Auction.
And the Tubbs House is open for touring - a rare event! Take a minute and check out the open hearth fireplace in the dining room or the Asian pieces in the Parlor collected by the Tubbs brothers. The greenhouse is always open and filled with colorful house plants - perhaps you might even see the famed "Meyer Lemon" tree. But do look for the incredible Moravian tiles affixed to the walls and sometimes hidden by plantings.
"The Ten" of Somerset Hills offers a cappella music. This renown group - also a tradition at the "Lilac Party" - features a mixed repertoire including rollicking chanteys, glees and spirituals, a variety of sacred and secular songs as well as selections from shows and popular music. Some of their more unusual arrangements have been done by members of The Ten, while others are by groups such as England’s King’s Singers. A cappella four-part harmony predominates, but it is not unusual for the group to sing in six parts, with an occasional piece accompanied on piano or guitar. Make sure you get a seat - their two shows are always filled to the brim.
Don't worry about the weather - The Ten perform inside the Stone Barn. There is a large tent for mingling so the party is held "Rain or Shine". No worries about about dressing for the weather either - wellies are common if the grounds are a bit muddy and the dress code is "garden party" with down jackets if we need them!
Time: 4 – 7 pm. Reservations Required.
Ticket Cost - $75 per person. $100 for day of event guests.
Tented event – held Rain or Shine.
For more information, please call 908-234-1815.
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