On The Avenue

Somewhere, Over the Hudson

by Michael Gross Photographed by Erik Christian
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Held on a perfect Fall evening in the brick-walled forecourt, the historic house museum, and on the great lawn of Boscobel House and Gardens overlooking the Hudson River in Garrison, New York, Saturday’s Bow Tie Ball celebrated the President of the historic museum’s Board of Directors, the cultural philanthropy legend Barnabas McHenry. Few private citizens have had a greater impact on Hudson River Valley nature, art, history, and preservation than McHenry, who is also a Palisades Interstate Parks Commissioner and the founding Chair of the Hudson River Valley Greenway. He has been a trustee and champion of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center, the New York Zoological Society, the American Museum of Natural History, Scenic Hudson, Open Space Institute, and American Conservation Association, among many others.

The Bow Tie Ball overlooked a stunning and expansive view of the Hudson River, which provided Instagramable moments for many guests over cocktails. Alex Reese, proprietor of Obercreek Farm in nearby Wappinger’s Falls, played Master of Ceremonies with gusto, leading the guests, including his wife Alison Spear and holders of great Hudson Valley family names like Rockefeller, Osborn, Heckscher, Goelet, and Roosevelt, into the house for a tour of its impeccable Federal-era rooms after cocktails, and then on to a big white tent on the lawn for dinner and dancing.  Governor George Pataki delivered the keynote, encouraging all guests to carry on McHenry’s legacy of conversation. Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III gave a video salute to McHenry.  Swing music filled the tent as partygoers danced after dinner to the timeless tunes of The Big Band Sound.  

As Boscobel undertakes a master site plan revision with esteemed landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand, and its outreach and programs serve a growing and increasingly diverse audience, proceeds from the Bow Tie Ball will go toward revitalizing Boscobel’s gardens for the local and international community. 



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