Thank you to all the 230 friends, patrons and preservationists who joined us for Ayr Mount’s 200th Anniversary Benefit Dinner on Saturday, May 2nd. The weather was perfection as the guests started arriving at 5 pm to the notes of a kilted bagpiper. Everyone walked through the house at the start and throughout the evening, then headed out to the terrace for cocktails. Dinner was held under a large white tent that had a view of the rolling green landscape and pond.
It was a moonlit night to remember. Dick Jenrette welcomed and thanked everyone for coming, toasted William Kirkland’s efforts for building Ayr Mount in 1815, and recognized Bill and Schatzie Crowther for their dedicated stewardship of Ayr Mount. He closed by singing Carolina Moon Keep Shining as the moon was rising over Ayr Mount.
Carolina moon keep shining
shining on the one who waits for me
Carolina moon I’m pining
Pining for the place I long to be…. Ayr Mount.
To cap the evening, Betty Eidener read “Like A Book of Illumination,” a poem about Ayr Mount written by her husband, Elon G. Eidenier. Click here to read.
We look forward to seeing you all for more programs throughout this year to honor Ayr Mount’s Bicentennial.