2016-08-11 / Mainsheet

Jazz in the Gardens Inspires Donor Support


Miki Ohlsen and her son, Wilkes Carr Miki Ohlsen and her son, Wilkes Carr Island Moving Company’s Nuit Blanche moved for the first time to the gardens of The Elms on July 8. The evening’s theme drew its inspiration from the Paris Jazz Age, when jazz icons such as Josephine Baker and Django Reinhardt entertained in chic clubs, rubbing shoulders with Hemingway, Houdini, Gertrude Stein and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

More than 300 people enjoyed pop-up performances in the mansion, on the grounds and in the Sunken Garden. Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen choreographed performances that were in harmony with the historic setting and the Jazz Age-themed décor designed by Cindi and Marc Rapoza. Musicians from the Larry Brown Swinglane Orchestra, elegant ballroom dancers, visual artists, and actors from the Marley Bridges Theatre Company entertained guests as they toured the grounds.

Committee chair and board member Barbara Caldwell and her committee worked with Russell Morin Catering & Events and the staff of the Preservation Society to produce a surprising and lively evening.


Rob and Karen Rawson Rob and Karen Rawson Auctioneer Emlen Drayton charmed more than $30,000 out of the crowd in the Fund the Future auction, and the evening garnered nearly $125,000 to support Island Moving Co.’s diverse and far-reaching educational programs.

Photos by Andrea Hansen

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