According Christopher Dobbs, the Director of the Connecticut River Museum, the museum’s September 20 “Fall Ball” will be the hottest place in the entire Western Hemisphere.
This year’s annual gala starts at 6 p.m. on September 20 at the museum, and it has a colorful Brazilian theme. According to Dobbs, “the event provides critical financial support that allows us to maintain the museum’s historic assets and our educational programs.” The museum served over 20,000 visitors last year through museum visits, programs, and school and youth services.
Dobbs said that the museum fills an important role, “celebrating and exploring the history, culture and nature of New England’s most influential and majestic waterway.” According to Dobbs, revenue from this night specifically goes towards supporting “underserved school children, exhibits, and maintaining our three historic buildings, waterfront, and operation.”
This year, the museum event looks at the sizzling food and dance of Brazil. The title for this year’s program is “Fall Ball – Rio on the River”, and it will be hosted by WFSB’s Scot Haney. According to the museum, “The evening of fabulous Brazilian fare begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres,” followed by a seated gourmet dinner by Catering by Selene. There will also be “dancing to the music of Brad & Brain and a fabulous auction of luxury travel experiences, original works of art and collectibles.”
There will also be a silent auction at the gala. Auctioned items include: Four Trophy Club Passes 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay Tocama, WA; a Fishers Island Club Golf Outing; a Colonial Dinner at Bushnell Farm; a SVX5000 Generator; a Five Night Getaway on Nantucket Island; and many other items.
The sponsors for Fall Ball 2014 are: Essex Wellness Center, Connecticut Rental Center, Reynolds’ Garage & Marine, Whelen Engineering Company, Inc., Marcum LLP, Sullivan Lawn Services, Tower Laboratories, A.J. Shea Construction , Bogaert Construction Co., Brewer Yacht Yards, C. Sherman Johnson Co., Caulfield & Ridgway, Inc., Clark Group, The Cooper Companies, Essex Savings Bank/Essex Financial Services, Guest Services, Inc., J. N. Mehler, CFP, LLC, Rings End, Siris/Coombs Architects.
Preliminary Event on Sept. 18
Special patron and sponsor level ticket holders start at $300 and are invited to attend the Patron Party on September 18 at the “historic” Bushnell Farm, which is located at 1445 Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook. “Step back in time at the beautiful colonial site while enjoying an evening of cocktails and appetizers. Limited to 100 people,” the museum’s press release noted.
Tickets to Fall Ball are $150 and can be purchased online at ctrivermuseum.org, or by calling the Connecticut River Museum at 860-767-8269.