As I type this, I can hear the gentle chords of Neil Young's Harvest Moon playing in the background filling me up with fond memories of a night that just passed us by. The Harvest Moon Celebration, Garden School Foundation's annual fundraiser, was this last Saturday.
The night took on a life of its own as guests arrived for the evening festivities. We had converted The Barn Studio, GSF's Headquarters, parking lot into a space of beauty and class. Overhead hung hundreds of twinkling lights, flowers and gourds danced between the divine hors d'oeurves from Real Food Daily and Andrew's Cheese Shop.
Chef Gino Campagna set up his cooking station where he created a feast of polenta and sausage followed by the most decadent pumpkin raviolis! The owner of The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories had donated her beautiful son's baking talents to the evening. He had made the most incredible French Macarons that simply melted in your mouth.
Music by Fur Dixon and Steve Werner filled the pathways, making the cool evening warm with western-folk energy. Her voice made everything feel brighter.
The amount of generosity and love for the organization was overwhelming as people stepped into the Barn for the Silent Auction. There was a quiet rush for Karen Haas' handmade jewelry, a not so quiet rush for tickets to Wicked, gorgeous dresses by Rachel Pally were bid on over and over again, and Maureen Selwood's artwork was a dream.
The Live Auction was nothing less than lively! A couple in Tuscany (aka Westwood) called in to make a bid on famed Chef Travis Lett of Gjelina, cooking a private meal for 8 people in their own home. Original artwork by Nancy Goslee Power was actively sought after as was an in-home cooking class with Amelia Saltsman.
The night would not have been possible without the support of our amazing volunteers, friends, and local community! You made the night memorable and we thank you for that.