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Villagers Step Out For Parrish Spring Fling

Originally Posted: May 04, 2009

Colin M. Graham

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Event co-chair Nancy Hardy on stage with Todd Barrie Music thanked guests for their patronage before informing the crowd that the winners of the silent auction would be announced at 10 p.m. Photos by Colin M. Graham

Southampton - Over 400 area residents turned out for the Parrish Art Museum's annual Spring Fling, dubbed Spring Swing this year as partygoers danced the night away to the Big Band inspired tunes of Todd Barrie Music, enjoyed hors d'oeuvres provided by Sant Ambroeus, bid on silent auction items and vied to win a raffle for two dinner tickets for their Midsummer Party.

Nancy Hardy talks with Michael Feder, winner of the photograph "Curious Dog" taken by Hannah Levy while in Morocco.

"This is the big kick-off for the Parrish's summer season," said Nancy Hardy, who co-chaired the event with Susan Davis. "It's really grown to be a huge event with over 400 people attending this year."

In addition to ushering in the summer season for the Parrish, the Spring Swing also raises money for children's educational programs at the museum. "Last year we raised $150,000 for our children's programs and it's not like we have huge ticket prices either."

Part of the success of the event may be attributed to the 93 items donated for the silent auction that night. Ranging from gift certificates for local businesses, to dinners, golf outings, luxury apparel and art; such as a series of photographs by Hannah Levy from a trip she took to Morocco, there was something for everyone in attendance.

In addition to the silent auction, the museum raffled off two tickets to the Parrish's main fund raising event of the year, the Midsummer Party honoring Dorothy Lichtenstein, which were won by Gillis Addison.

"This year we've just had a fantastic evening," said Nina Madison, deputy director of Special Events and Membership. "The band was great, the food was great and there is a really good vibe. People seem to be in a great mood tonight and everybody looks really happy," she said at the end of the evening as she and the rest of the special events staff collected the proceeds from the auction.

Partygoers danced the night away to the Big Band musical stylings of Todd Barrie Music and enjoyed food catered by Sant Ambroeus in Southampton.

While the final tally for the funds raised Saturday evening have not yet been finalized, it's hard not to believe with the number of guests in attendance and the amount of items offered in the silent auction that The Parrish will have any trouble surpassing last year's mark.

"We're really happy there is such a large group of people willing to support the museum," Madison noted. "We're really lucky."

At this year's Spring Swing event at the Parrish Art Museum, over 400 people showed up to lend their support to the museum and raise funds for their children's educational programs.


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Guest (CAL) from NEW HAMPSHIRE says::
May 13, 2009 7:18 pm

Guest (Nancy) from Southampton says::
Would like to have seen Lisa Marie McWilliams mentioned in the picture with Nancy Hardy and Michael Feder! Otherwise, great event, see you next year!
May 8, 2009 7:39 pm

Guest (Hannah Levy) from Southampton says::
This years 'Spring Swing' was great fun! Lots of people, delicious food (thanks Sant Ambroeus!), and an overall great atmosphere. Many thank you's to the Parrish Art Museum and all that attended for making it such a great event this year! P.S. - On May 23rd there will be a gallery opening at the Mosquito Hawk Gallery (24 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island) that will exhibit the rest of my photographs from my trip to Morocco, as well as the works of many other very talented photographers. There will be drumming, dancing, and Moroccan food. Everyone stop by for a good time and a chance to see (and purchase!) great, original art.
May 4, 2009 9:50 pm


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