May 23 2011

Lyme Academy College Hosts “A Royal Affair” Scholarship Fund-raiser June 4

Continuing the excitement of The Royal Wedding across “The Pond,” Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts will host a glittering evening on Saturday, June 4, celebrating “A Royal Affair.”  The College will be transformed into a royal castle complete with castle chambers, British-themed regalia and entertainment.  One hundred percent of net proceeds will go to scholarships for the students of Lyme Academy College.

Guests may attend for the full evening, including open bar, hors d’oeuvres, auctions, dinner and dancing (5:30 p.m. to midnight), or for cocktails and auction only (leaving at 8 pm – walk-ins are welcome for cocktails and auction). Roaming entertainment will be on hand for guests’ pleasure.

The auction will be held in The Wardrobe and The Bottlery, in which a wide selection of art will be offered including works by nationally-acclaimed marine artist John Stobart, as well as many significant local artists.  Also on the (silent) auction block will be unique events, wines, theater and sports tickets, jewelry, antique linen, apparel, and a custom-made wine cabinet.  Some of the more fascinating offerings include a canoe outing for two on the scenic Eight Mile River with picnic lunch and wine, Labor Day weekend at a midtown Manhattan apartment for four, and dinner and tour of a stunning private collection of marine art on Mason’s Island.

A new feature of the silent auction is the Buy It Now option.  Guests may either bid conventionally, or elect to stop the bidding by purchasing an item at its “Buy it Now” value. Cocktail-only ticket holders will be able to take their auction winnings home starting at 8 pm when the auction ends. Those staying for the full evening may pick up their items after dinner or the next day.

A royal feast will be served in the exquisitely decorated art studios.  In keeping with the theme, guests will be transported to the Great Hall, Throne Room, Lord’s Chamber, Lady’s Chamber, and The Dungeon.

After dinner, music will fill the air and guests either can continue their conversations in a quiet corner or take to the floor in the Minstrel’s Gallery to dance away the night.

Don’t be surprised to stumble on royal characters from the present (perhaps Kate and Wills will stop by on their honeymoon?) and plenty more from the past.  Henry VIII may crash (with or without one or more of his six wives) and perhaps Good Queen Bess will attend to keep her errant father in check. Renewed interest in George VI could bring him stuttering by or perhaps Queen Victoria will be amused at last!  Even if guests do not arrive in full costume, a tiara here or white gloves there will do the trick. And, of course, royals always look majestic in a smart suit, cocktail dress or Ascot-ready hat.  A dazzling gown, black tie, crown jewels and stiff upper lip are all optional.

Corporate sponsors of the event are Connecticut Light & Power and Yankee Gas - Northeast Utilities Companies, Essex Savings Bank & Essex Financial Services, Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, The Gallery at Firehouse Square, Citizens Bank, Day Pitney LLP, Outthink, LLC, Jean Callan King Interior Design LLP, Smith Insurance Inc., Studio 80+ Sculpture Grounds. The Herb Chambers Companies are the Cuisine Sponsor; INNCOM International, Inc. is the Patrons’ Party Sponsor; Essex Meadows Lifecare Retirement Community is the Entertainment Sponsor; and Webster Bank is the Cocktail Reception Sponsor. 

The College greatly appreciates their generosity and that of the numerous additional sponsors who have donated in-kind goods or services, auction items or financial contributions.

Although the evening is a fun-filled event, it has a serious purpose.  All net proceeds from “A Royal Affair” will benefit scholarships for students.  People are often surprised to learn that over 90 per cent of degree-seeking students at Lyme Academy College receive institutional aid from the College. 

Tickets are available by calling Ann de Selding at 860.434.3571, ext. 117. Tickets for the full evening are $175, and for cocktails and auctions only, $75.  Patron tickets are offered at $300, $500 and $1,000.

For further information, call Ann de Selding at 860.434.3571 ext. 135.

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