2015-03-26 / Mainsheet

Revelers Say Goodbye to Winter with a Flourish

Photos by Matthew Cohen


James Langston, Bernadette Heydt, Andrea Pietrangeli and Kristen Coates James Langston, Bernadette Heydt, Andrea Pietrangeli and Kristen Coates The Newport Art Museum’s galleries were creatively transformed last month for “A Midwinter White Party” in the historic John N.A. Griswold House. Guests dressed in their finest "winter whites," danced and dined in the ice lounge and bar and enjoyed a bit of winter in what all agree has been a grueling season. An “igloo” photo booth created by local artist James Langston captured the energy of the revelers’ fun. But the creativity didn’t end there; a variety of games were played; including rolling dice for a chance to win a 2015 Mini Cooper.

The 200 partygoers helped raise $15,000 to benefit the museum's education, exhibitions and historic preservation efforts.

The event was hosted by Kristen Coates and Chris Wyllie, chairs of the Contemporaries Committee. The resounding success is also attributed to two dozen othercommittee members and sponsorships by a wide range of local businesses. "The Midwinter White Party is sure to become a trademark of the Newport winter social scene," said Rebecca Bertrand, the director of development.


Performers on roller skates entertained the crowd. Performers on roller skates entertained the crowd. If your organization has an upcoming gala fundraiser and would like event coverage in advance or would like to have post-event exposure with photographs, call Newport This Week at 847-7766, x 105 or email news@newportthisweek.net.



Charlene Carpenzano, Sherry Italiano and Peggy Curtis Charlene Carpenzano, Sherry Italiano and Peggy Curtis

Event committee co-chair Kristen Coates Event committee co-chair Kristen Coates

Winter party dancers Winter party dancers

Sky and Molly Sabin Sky and Molly Sabin

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