The Huntington Historical Society couldn’t have asked for better weather on Thursday, September 8, at their 26th Annual Evening of Wine Under the Stars, honoring Huntington-based Hoffman Grayson Architects. The event, which raised over $55,000 of vital funding for the Huntington Historical Society’s operating budget, was attended by over 500 people and broke records in both attendance and fundraising records.
As the Society’s signature event and premiere fundraiser, they rely on the Evening of Wine Under the Stars each year to provide much needed support. Every year the proceeds from the event go directly to the operating budget, allowing the Society to continue to maintain their museums, present new exhibits, create unique and engaging public programs, and care for and keep accessible to the public their vast Collections and Archives.
The event was held on the grounds of the 1795 Dr. Daniel Kissam House at 434 Park Avenue in Huntington. The grounds, however, had been transformed into an elegant and unique space where guests ate, drank, and danced, not quite under the stars, but outside under the tent ceilings adorned with illuminated gold stars hanging down, and at tables with beautiful centerpieces from Martelli’s Florist and The Funky Flower Shop atop them. The historic barn was overflowing with raffle baskets and silent auction items, all wrapped and beautifully presented, and sure to have had something for everyone! Ladies Drink Free filled the night with their intoxicating music, and guests played a Giant Jenga under a tree, or toured the house museum and the exhibit Wedding Days and Nights. It was a truly a fun, different and wonderful night!
With the wonderful photographs taken throughout the night by ZootShoot Photographers and by our friends at SilvermanAcampora we have some wonderful memories of the entire night. Click the links above and take a look and some amazing fun shared by all in attendance!
All of the food for the evening was donated by Bee-Organics, Black & Blue Seafood Chophouse, Bon Bons Chocolatier, California Pizza Kitchen, Christopher’s, Crew, Fado, Honu Kitchen & Cocktails, IMC Huntington, Jeff’s Surf & Turf, Kerber’s Farm, Mr. Sausage, Reinwald’s Bakery, The Culinary Studio, The Shamrock, TOA Asian Fusion, and XO Wine and Chocolate Bar. Fine wine for the evening was donated by Bottles & Cases and Joanina Wine Shop, and the craft beer was given by Blind Bat Brewery. In addition, coffee was donated by Starbucks.
Hoffman Grayson Architects has earned a reputation for rehabilitation, renovation, and preservation of historic buildings. In the last ten years, the firm has been responsible for some of the most public historic renovations in Huntington— the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport Village, The Paramount in Huntington Village, and of course, they are the architects of the exciting design for the Society’s Trade School Restoration and Archives Expansion project. Executive Director Claudia Fortunato-Napolitano said, “We are truly excited to have recognized a firm with such a unique perspective and understanding of Huntington and Long Island’s history.”
The Huntington Historical Society has spent over 100 years protecting and interpreting more than 350 years of Huntington history; all of which is available at their Genealogy Library, Research Center, and Archives Collection. The Huntington Historical Society maintains five historic buildings and runs several public programs relating to local history, including walking tours, lectures, cemetery tours, trivia nights, tide mill tours, as well as the Apple and Sheep to Shawl Community Festivals. In addition they host educational programs at both our Kissam and Conklin houses, as well as a summer camp for elementary aged children called Passport to the Past where children learn what it was like to live in colonial times. The Huntington Historical Society shares it’s collections with the community by mounting rotating exhibits in the exhibit room at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building, and by loaning items in the collection to other organizations.