Blizzards and gusting winds did not deter avid Americana enthusiasts from joining us at the Baker House for receptions filled with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and friends (new and old) during Americana Week 2014.
We began the week by welcoming Winterthur, MESDA and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for an Americana Week “kick-off” reception on January 21, 2014. We hosted tours for the Directors of the Dumbarton House located in Washington, D.C. and benefactors from the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts on January 23rd and 25th, respectively. We ended the week with a celebration organized by the Decorative Arts Trust as they wished Executive Director Penny Hunt a heartfelt “happy retirement” on January 25, 2014.
The snow came down in droves on the day of the reception jointly hosted by Winterthur, MESDA and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation – but to our joyful surprise, we still welcomed over 60 guests to the Baker House who came by foot, stop-and-go taxi trips, and even hitchhiked rides! It was an extremely enjoyable and memorable night, and a great way to welcome supporters from near and far for an events-filled week in New York City.
We then welcomed Directors of Dumbarton House and benefactors from the Peabody Essex Museum for tours of the Baker House. “Fresh Take, Making Connections at the Peabody Essex Museum” was on view as the loan exhibition at this year’s Winter Antiques Show. This exhibit, which was referred to by the organizers as a “microcosm of the PEM experience,” coincided with the Peabody Essex Museum’s 215th Anniversary in 2014. Read more about this exhibition here.