Stephanie Ehrlich is Special Projects and Events Producer at Wave Hill.
As the in-house producer of Wave Hill events large and small, I am really looking forward to the upcoming Spring Gala. The Gala Committee, chaired by the ever-stylish Janet Mavec, has dreamed up an event that is sure to inspire. Working with Michelle Rago they’ve devised a tree-inspired design to delight guests and celebrate our phenomenal tree collection. I can’t wait to see it. And I am particularly looking forward to dinner! Prepared by our longtime partner Great Performances, the food is locally sourced where possible and sure to be delicious. The hors d’oeuvres were incredible at the tasting. My favorites: Medjool dates stuffed with walnut pesto and wrapped in bacon; Szechuan seared scallops on red curry rice cake; Corn fritters with spicy red pepper coulis. Yum!
We’re trying something new with attire, too. We’ve asked folks to dress formally, but to wear green or be ‘green’. I’m hoping the ladies wear vintage cocktail dresses. And maybe someone will carry granny’s Whiting & Davis chain mail purse from the 20’s. But that’s just me!
Today, I’m off to the printer to see the invitation ‘on press’ – I love going to the print shop to see the printers mix colors to match our concept (and the PMS color we’ve chosen!). We’ve had a bit of an adventure with this invitation. The idea is to use a tree illustration created by the inimitable Maira Kalman. Kalman painted a joyous map/mural of Wave Hill a few years back; it’s chock-full of happy Wave Hill images like bunnies and children dressed as bees, and our tree collection. It’s on display in the Perkins Visitor Center, where it never fails to cheer me up. We zeroed in on her version of the Copper Beech and have been using it as part of our Year of the Trees logo. For the Gala invitation, the tree stands alone. Since it’s the Copper Beech, we thought it would be fun (and cost-effective) to use one ink color. The color we chose is this deep burgundy. Gorgeous. But, when we saw it on the ‘proof’ (that’s what the printer sends to confirm details) it looked like pure autumn, not spring. Ugghhh… So, in true Wave Hill fashion, lots of folks got involved to make it work, from Scott Canning, Director of Horticulture to Laurel Rimmer, Assistant Director of Public Programs (and a horticulture pro as well). With input from Jennifer McGregor, our Senior Curator, as well as our PR people, we switched gears and chose a lively green. Fingers crossed that it comes out well! Wanna join us?