Following a two-year hiatus, more than 300 guests gathered at the Redwood Library & Athenaeum for its annual gala on July 8. The black-tie dinner celebrating the Redwood’s 275th anniversary was chaired by Sherri Grace, Belinda Kielland and Elizabeth Leatherman.
Guests viewed silent auctions items in the newly restored Rovensky Room and visited the two exhibitions currently on show, “Treasures of the Redwood” and “Harry Benson: Persons of Interest,” as cocktails were served. When dinner concluded, vocalist Chris Norton presented a serenade of American songbook classics. The festive evening continued with high-spirited dancing to Chris Norton and his band.
Just a few days later, on July 13, a sell-out crowd of 600 gathered on the Redwood grounds to hear legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward deliver the John J. Slocum Memorial lecture. The keynote address was a highlight of the Redwood’s 275th anniversary celebration.
His talk included details on how he investigated some of his most memorable stories, with insights on presidents from Nixon to Trump, and the importance of journalism today. After his remarks, he stayed on to answer numerous questions. The rapt audience heard serious and humorous tales, rising to a standing ovation as Woodward concluded.
Photos by David Hansen