Jul 28, 2011
A Fly on the Wall at Litchfield's 50 Most Influential People Party
Litchfield Magazine’s 50 Most Influential People of Litchfield County Party was the place to be last Thursday evening. The guest list, comprised of listed people from this year and years past, brought together some of the most active, creative and passionate leaders in the Litchfield community. As a fortunate intern, I had the chance to witness this meeting of the minds, and can now tell you all the details firsthand.
The soiree was held in the picturesque setting of the Arethusa Farm in Litchfield. The dairy farm, owned by two of the men on the 50 Most Influential People list and the creators of Manolo Blahnik, George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis, really embodies the pastoral beauty that comes to mind when you think of Litchfield County. Inside the farm building, guests met in the lobby, where ribbons and banners from Arethusa’s award winning cows lined the walls. After a quick stop at the reception table, guests headed in to the main room, where they interacted with some of the best and brightest living right in their own backyards.
With an exceptional turnout, the room was filled with lively chatter. A table in the center was covered in hors-d’oeuvres from caterer Charlotte Berwind, with various cheeses and olives, and a garden of skewered fruits and veggies. Servers brought around tasty bites like a caprese salad kebab served up on an eye dropper filled with balsamic vinegar and a cold and crunchy watermelon gazpacho shooter.
Once the party was in full swing, our editor and publisher, Geoffrey Morris, gave a speech to the crowded room, welcoming such a diverse and dynamic group under one roof. The guests raised their glasses in support of one another and the environment in Litchfield County that enables all of their individual talents to be recognized and appreciated.
Surprisingly, it was not just the unique group of people that made the night a memorable one, but the unique group of animals too. After socializing in the main room, guests made their way down the hall into the barn that Arethusa Farm’s prize winning cows call home. Upon walking in, I first noticed the painted banner on the wall, reading, “Every cow in this barn is a lady, and will be treated as such.” The quote embodies the way Arethusa farm approaches the dairy industry. The cows were all quite friendly to the interested guests, some with women’s names like Melanie and Veronica, and some more creative names like Stiletto, inspired by their owner’s work in the fashion industry.
Overall, the party was a huge success, thanks to conversation and the company of such a talented group of people. It was a lively, welcoming, and cool place to be, even on a 100 degree July day.