Naumkeag Garden Party
A National Historic Landmak Celebrates
By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 27, 2018
One of my favorite events of the year, The Garden Party at Naumkeag, takes place this Saturday at Naumkeag, a Trustees property located a few minutes from the center of Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
The Garden Party celebrates the splendor, history and beauty of the home and gardens at Naumkeag. It is one of several Berkshire properties that are registered as a National Historic Landmark site.
With sweeping views and majestic scenery, the 4-7pm, July 28th, late afternoon event attracts all that have been inspired by the 130 year property, the Choate family estate.
The Choate family cottage was designed by McKim, Mead & White. The thirty-four (34) room house is open to the public, contains original furniture, artwork and ceramics that were collected by John Hodges Choate (1832-1917) from all parts of the world. Mr. Choate served in England from 1899-1905, as Ambassador to the Court of St. James.
Naumkeag has gone through an extensive four and a half million dollar project to return the entire landscape to its original bucolic beauty.
The annual Garden Party is a way to participate in the upkeep of Naumkeag. The party lakes place on the property. Host Committee members for this event include Yo-Yo Ma and wife, Jill Hornor, along with Suzette and Robert Alsop, They are part of the thity-eight person committee, floored by Co-Chairs, Hillary Somers Deely and Cecilia deG Kittredge.
Support for this year’s Gala will go towards engagement and stewardship at Naumkeag.
The line-up for the days catered event with libations and music begins at 4pm and concludes at 7pm. From 5-6pm, guided tours of the house take place, 6pm, remarks at the Tree Peony Terrace and music from the jazz ensemble, Berkshire serenade, takes place from 4-7pm.
Tickets range from $75 (under 40) to $150 and above and can be purchased from: www.trustees.org/gardenparty
Naumkeag is located at 5 Prospect Hill Road in Stockbridge.