2018-08-02 / Mainsheet

Summer Spotlight on Redwood Gala


Angela and Garry Fischer 
Photos by Nick Mele Angela and Garry Fischer Photos by Nick Mele The Redwood Library and Athenaeum hosted its annual gala on July 14 honoring Angela and Garry Fischer, longtime friends and supporters of the oldest community library still in its original building. More than 375 guests gathered on the front lawn for dinner and dancing to the Chris Norton Orchestra. The high-energy evening was hailed the “most successful ever” by the Redwood organizers.

On July 18, the venue was the site of another sold-out event when internationally renowned political satirist P.J. O’Rourke visited the Redwood and delivered a lively address called “The Humorist in Un-humorous Times.”

The enthusiastic crowd of 400 frequently interrupted his talk with applause and laughter and the Q-and-A session revealed his clever insights with quick, witty responses. The library frequently hosts acclaimed speakers, and in the past has featured novelist and Rhode Island native Ann Hood as well as Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough.


Carla Thompson and Kim Darden Carla Thompson and Kim Darden The Redwood Library's Special Collections Department is dedicated to collecting, preserving, promoting and providing access to unique and rare books and materials related to Newport history. The Redwood Library was founded as an institute of learning for "the good of mankind" in 1747.



Elizabeth Leatherman, Jackie Egan, Elizabeth McMillen Elizabeth Leatherman, Jackie Egan, Elizabeth McMillen

Daniel Prentiss and Allison deHorsey Daniel Prentiss and Allison deHorsey

Janet Pell and Daniel Benson Janet Pell and Daniel Benson

Band leader Chris Norton on the dancefloor with guests Band leader Chris Norton on the dancefloor with guests

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