On the evening of August 18th, the Preservation Society of Newport County entertained 530 guests at a memorable dinner dance at The Breakers (1895). The black-tie event in the legendary Vanderbilt “summer cottage” overlooking the ocean in Newport, Rhode Island, was the highlight of A Weekend of Coaching, a triennial event that brings historic coaches and horses from around the country for a four-day “meet” including daily coaching parades throughout the city. The dinner dance was held to honor the drivers, or “whips” as they are referred to in the sport of coaching, who participated in the weekend.
The triennial event brought historic coaches and horses from around the country …
The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island is a non-profit organization accredited by the American Association of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes and decorative arts. Its 11 historic properties—seven of them National Historic Landmarks—span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.
Preservation Society Executive Director Trudy Coxe (left) with Richard and Monty Burnham (Board of Trustees chairman), Helen Burnham Jacobs, and Leora Maltz Leca and Benedict Leca
Anson Waller, Taylor Godbe, Harvey W. Waller and Mary Stokes Waller, Katherine Frick, and Harvey Waller
Kina and Harry Clark, Beverly and Guy Torsillieri, Denice Williams and her son Andrew Williams, and Marlou and John Gregory
Elaine and Kenneth Lindh with Amanda and Walter Eayrs
Left: Lindsey Kelt and Grant Barnhart Right: Brooke Blake, Karl Dimitri, and Ally Grace
Sherri and Jack Grace with Linda and John Galvin
George and Sue Petrovas, Mary and Dan Wiltfang, and Guillaume de Ramel
Lindsey Kelt and Elizabeth Ross
Karen and Stuart Bevan with Pam and Dick Williams
Left: Laurel Howe and Whip Ted Eayrs Right: Renee Dubyk and Allen Tucci
Joseph and Diane Odoerfer with Lillian and Bob Chapman
Marianne Conese, Debbie and Jim Eagan, and Dr. Sandra Whitehouse and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse