June 30, 2012 marked the first annual Farm to Table Dinner. The inaugural benefit event showcased the Manor and formal garden, which is in the first stages of restoration, and raised crucial funds for the organization.
Guests enjoyed entering through the path in the garden known as “The Lady Walk.” After checking in near Alice’s Gazebo, they continued through the dinner tent erected on the restored lawn adjacent to the garden (also the site of the most recent archaeological dig). The house was open for guests to tour and out on the grounds underneath the historic cooper beech tree musicians played accordion, fiddle, and guitar.
Farmer Steve Eaton announced the dinner hour by sounding a conch shell and guests were offered a choice of grilled Hudson Valley lamb or risotto with Sylvester Manor vegetables.
Thank you to everyone who helped make the event a success. A new Shelter Island tradition has begun, and we can’t wait to welcome guests back to the Manor for this annual benefit again in 2013.
2012 Event Photos, Courtesy of Beverly Waltz