This has been the summer of old school fabulous summer parties. The summer began with Natural Lands Trust’s Stardust 2015 at Stroud Preserve and last Saturday it was capped off by the simply brilliant Brandywine in White at Chadds Peak Farm.
Until this summer I thought the time of gracious and beautiful and FUN summer parties were the stuff memories of the past were made of. Not so! Brandywine in White was so sublimely civilized, we can’t wait for next year!
Brandywine in White reminds me of summer picnic dinners in England and Europe. It was just so lovely.
A bunch of us purchased a table and a service table for our food and libations. As opposed to Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia, at Brandywine in White you rent your table and chairs and you can also rent service tables. The tables come with white chairs and the tables have plain white tablecloths. The guests bring additional white everything and food and wine. In the true en blanc tradition, guests wear all white, but at Brandwine in White you saw more ladylike and beautiful summer hats versus citified high fashion fascinators. I have to be honest I preferred the summer hats.
Guests traveled down an dirt road/driveway off the main road and as the trees parted to our right were beautiful fields and tables and people all in white. We were greeted at the entrance and checked in, and were pointed in the direction of a second event hostess who provided us with our table location.
The tables were set up like a giant rectangle, but there was space in between each table for people to be able to move with ease. Down the center were white poles supporting clear white lights all over the party area.
We set up next to a wonderful group of people and ended up trading some of our cheeses from iGourmet.com for some of their goodies including mushroom pinwheels. We served some luscious white wines and delightful French Rosé Wines with our picnic supper.
We knew know on other than our table and we soon met many people we enjoyed so much. Brandywine in White guests floated from table to table visiting, snapping photos, and checking out the other white themed tablescapes. We were “vintage en blanc“.
We are already planning ahead to next year!
Brandywine in White was amazing and they gave donations after expenses to the Sunday Breakfast Mission in Wilmington which really needs a hand up right now.
You see that lovely young woman? Her name was Alison Parker and this morning she and her cameraman Adam Ward were shot and killed near Roanoke, Virginia in a place called Moneta. She was 24 and was a graduate of James Madison University and he was 27 and a graduate of Virginia Tech. They were with Virgina CBS affiliate WDBJ7. They were killed in the middle of a live shot interview it looks like.
This story is so horrific and I like many others didn’t know either Ms. Parker or Mr. Ward. For me personally it hits home because I have friends who are reporters and cameramen as well as newspaper reporters and newspaper photographers . I thought of them all immediately as this news broke. You think of them covering the news, not becoming the news and victims of violence.
And even more horrible? It has been disclosed that the shooter was a former reporter, one of their own, who for a while put what he did on video on Twitter! They are reporting he is being chased through Virginia and other media reports say he may have committed suicide.
Web Staff, WDBJ7, email@example.com
POSTED: 07:27 AM EDT Aug 26, 2015 UPDATED: 10:56 AM EDT Aug 26, 2015
Virginia TV reporter, photographer killed in shooting during live interview
By Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN
Updated 11:05 AM ET, Wed August 26, 2015
Sources: WDBJ shooting suspect is former reporter Bryce Williams
Updated: Aug 26, 2015 11:34 AM EDT
By NBC12 NewsroomCONNECT
This county is on full tilt crazy again. You can click on the links above to read about this horrific event. But before everyone goes into another endless gun control debate, remember what just happened here yesterday at the Chester County Courthouse, which made national news.
Yesterday a guy named Curtis Smith of Coatesville went crazy with a knife inside our county courthouse, hurting people. He was shot and killed by Sheriff’s department personnel. As e dust began to settle we learned this guy had been arrested in Washington DC for scaling a wall of the White House.
A Chester County sheriff’s deputy with a hand injury is taken from the lobby of the Chester County Courthouse following a shooting Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in West Chester, Pa. The Daily Local News of West Chester reports that the shooting involved a member of the Chester County sheriff’s office and a man who apparently tried to enter the courthouse. (Pete Bannan/Daily Local News via AP) (Associated Press)
By Associated Press August 25 at 5:58 PM
POSTED: 08/25/15, 12:31 PM EDT | UPDATED: 2 HRS AGO
Last updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 1:06 AM
But seriously, this country is such a country of unpleasant extremes these days. When did we become a nation of violence?
Sad day again for this country. We need to dial back the violence.