Birth Week started off with a bang from dear friend and artist Thordis Adalsteinsdottir and Cafe Drake HRV is eternally grateful for the gift of a portrait of our self and Lady Arabella.
Below: Table settings set the mood and tone for dinner and the entire evening. We chose vaguely Indian flair for a Friday late supper, preceded by cocktails in the garden, of Goan gazpacho, pork vindaloo, raita, rice, dhokla, sabzi saag with pine nuts and paneer, chana dal in a tamarind-mint sauce, hari chutney and smoked onion relish.
And then the gang arrived Friday night, from NYC, Brewster, NY and Ann Arbor, MI!
THE UNVEILING OF THE NEW PORTRAIT:
A picnic in the Hudson Highlands of Poet's Walk Park in Rhinebeck was made perfect by the company gathered and crystal blue September skies. (Below: Jen Ruske, Ben Terziani, Amee Simmons-Spondike and Susan McKeever-Duys) A simple al fresco menu consisted of cold, sliced meatloaf with mustard, pickles and gold cherry tomatoes, farro salad with roasted veggies, cheese and snacks.
After the picnic a scenic drive to Amenia brought us to Wethersfield Gardens, where we toured the carriage house and its collection of vintage sleighs and carriages (mutual wonder was expressed by all - who knew carriages could be so interesting and so chic?!) followed by a tour of the mansion and vast, meandering gardens.
Back to Cafe Drake HRV and naps for all before the requisite cocktail hour in the garden. Pulled together and restored by a touch of rest and strong gin drinks, the party headed for more drinks at The Beekman Arms (America's oldest inn, for real) before a lavish meal at farm-to-table heaven, The Local. Espresso back at home, a 1973 thriller starring Liz Taylor and Laurence Harvey and then bedtime. Sunday didn't see us sleeping in though - the group hiked the river trails behind Cafe Drake HRV before brunch and antique browsing in Saugerties.