Sometimes, a night comes along which is 250 years in the making. Starting in 1776 with the first printing of the Connecticut Courant – a paper which supercedes the United States in age, and which printed the Declaration of Independence. Today, October 29th, is actually the official anniversary – so Happy Birthday to this publication! A paper which boasted its first female Publisher withing three lifecycles of ownership and continues that tradition with Nancy Meyer to this day. I’m talking of my place of work, the Hartford Courant, and the black tie gala at the equally magical Bushnell which took place last Friday eve.
Shining stars and a red carpet. Such dreamy things
The event was the official celebration of 250 years of continuous operation for the Hartford Courant, which is admittedly a pretty big deal.
There were publishers old and new present:
Including the lovely Nancy Meyer. Pictured with a gorgeous set of coworkers!
Ballerinas dressed by the ladies of Trashion Fashion in newspaper gowns:
Prepping with Amy in the dressing room!
So pretty – and Nina Salazar’s tights are fab too
And heck yeah, a newspaper bustier designed just for me!
Blo of West Hartford styled all the models’ hair – as well as my own:
Just fab as always, thanks!
And the ladies were onsite to assist guests with newspaper accessories – also designed by the Trashion Team:
Here is Penelope modeling her very own newspaper headband, because of course she needed one too
There was a cocktail hour featuring delicious Onyx Moonshine cocktails – a fitting libation for a historical event!
Such a pretty bar set up!
Sharing #onyxmoments with the lovely Rachael Forker
Cartoonist Bob Englehart was on hand sketching caricatures of guests:
And at the seated dinner, some very fortunate guests dined on the stage
Photo courtesy of Alex Syphers for CTNow
We ate in a nearby atrium, which features my favorite Chihuly glass sculpture:
Love it – the fact that it’s red and just fit in with the decor was a happy coincidence. And I didn’t capture a picture (the horror!) but the feast provided by the Max Catering Group was simply delightful – Head Chef Scott Miller pulled off a spectacular spread, and on his birthday no less! Thanks Scott.
After dinner, there were speeches galore:
Including remarks from Dannel Malloy, fetchingly dressed in a Vineyard Vines tie specifically designed for the Courant!
So preppy and awesome
And at the end of the evening, a dance floor arose on the Bushnell stage – which was probably the coolest part of the entire evening:
Seeing Michael was out of town, I lucked out on a very special dance partner – Amanda Reese (married to Josh Reese, CEO of Camp Courant)
Girl can twirl
Speaking of Camp Courant – the entire gala was a fundraiser for Camp Courant, and over $90,000 was raised for the charity. Hurrah! Here’s to history.
Speaking of history… the next morning Penelope and I headed over to the Design Source of CT together for a very special preview of the Posh Sale. I attended a posh sale several years back and wrote about it here (actually – I wrote about it for http://www.ct.com before it rebranded and I have no idea why the article is on the Sun Sentinel now except that it’s our sister company – huh). I thoroughly enjoyed the first one I attended and I am really looking forward to this upcoming incarnation, November 7-9th. It’s also a charity event, to benefit the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Textile Society, and that means, well, vintage clothes galore:
Also: vintage cabbage patch dolls
Posing in an oversized hat for the “papparazzi” aka fellow bloggers Carolyn and Kerri (left to right)
Shoes of every style and stripe imaginable – male and female!
Don Draper hats, very hot
Vintage Lilly Pulitzer. No one else is allowed to buy this
Teeny vintage baby coats (too small for P, alas)
A whole rack of J Crew (glorious)
Sturdy and classically tailored wool suits
Soft, buttery houndstooth coats
Cool throwback jumpsuits. Not my size but if it was, I would definitely swap out the buttons and wear this.
Truly something for every fashionista (or fashion guy) of any shape, size, or persuasion can be had at this sale. Plus, you’re shopping for a good cause so it’s basically charity work. Hurrah! Mark your calendars – I hope to see you there xo