On Sunday, May 31, the Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration & Sailing Society is hosting an Edwardian Great Lawn & Porch Party at the historic Astor family estate Rokeby in Barrytown, and today is the last day for making a reservation to attend this uniquely Hudson Valley event.
The afternoon provides an opportunity to dress like a character from the first season of Downton Abbey (in other words, in the fashion of the Edwardian Era), if you so desire, but whatever period attire you elect to wear, you can stroll the grounds of the two-hundred-year-old mansion, tour the grand hall, the library, the parlor, and the dining room, enjoy picnic fare provided by Bruno's, and imbibe Hudson Valley wine, signature cocktails, and sparkling water.
The event takes place from 3 to 6 in the afternoon, and at 4 o'clock, Halsey Herreshoff, prolific designer of production and custom yachts, will speak about his racing experiences, the America's Cup, and things dear to sailors. The Herreshoff family is known for designing and building high quality yachts, among them the famed Reliance and Westward, the most technologically advanced racing yachts of their time.
The event benefits the Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration & Sailing Society's major project: the ongoing restoration of the historic Hudson River racing sloop Eleanor. Specifically, the proceeds from the event will go toward purchasing the spars for the historic boat, which spent its days sailing on the Hudson between New York City and Albany and will someday do so again. So, before this day is over, click here to make a reservation to attend this very special event.
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This Just In The deadline for making reservations for the Great Lawn & Porch Party has been extended until May 26, but make your reservations today anyway.