On Friday, December 5th, a historic retreat for American literati and intelligentsia arose from hibernation to introduce itself to a new generation of creative class citizens in New York's Hudson Valley—for one special night. Jointly coordinated by Houlihan Lawrence and HudsonLifestyle.com, the event, All Is Bright, brought a remarkable community collaboration, drawing guests from Beacon to Brooklyn and beyond to partake in the holiday-spirited evening benefiting a worthy cause.
A locavore-minded silent auction was the highlight of the event, showcasing the immense generosity of artisans, foodists, makers and other small businesses from our Hudson Valley communities. All proceeds benefited the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie.
Monte's Local Kitchen served a delectable preview of their new farm-to-table eatery, descended from the same restauranteur dynasty as Montauk's Gurney's and the eponymous Monte's of Carroll Street—a neighborhood staple in Gowanus, Brooklyn since 1906.
Nixie Sparrow, the dynamic duo behind a buzzing Beacon DIY space hosting adult craft workshops, guided guests in making "wish boxes," which then decorated the trees outside.
Zoey, a white mare from Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, quickly proved the celebrity of the evening. Photographer Caitlinn Mahar-Daniels was on hand for the most popular photo op of the evening, featuring a frame built by LaGrange brokerage manager Charles Vetter.
Poughkeepsie's Crazy Feet Trio set the mood with fireside jazz in the living room...
...and into the auction gallery. This vintage camp backpack came from Escape Brooklyn, a popular website exploring weekend adventures north of the city run by a Crown Heights couple (who also curate The Brew & Compass shop).
The intimate nature of the event made the property's rich history tangible. Patrons joined a centuries-old legacy of guests to enjoy Troutbeck hospitality, which counts Sinclair Lewis, Ernest Hemingway, Lewis Mumford and President Theodore Roosevelt among its ranks. Joel Elias Springarn, Troutbeck's longtime owner, was the first Jewish professor at Columbia University and considered among the five greatest minds of his time, co-founding NAACP with Harvard colleague W.E.B. DuBois within the home's walls.
Watermarked photography by Caitlinn Mahar-Daniels