The amazing Decorative Arts Society gathered yet again to welcome the talented landscape historian and author Allyson Hayward to Newport Beach.
The erudite Hayward jetted in from her East Coast headquarters to be hosted by Lynda and Peter Shea at a cocktail and dinner party in their shingle-style waterfront residence on Beacon Bay. The sunset affair attracted dedicated Arts Society patrons, including Sandra and Don Ayres, Hyla and Richard Bertea, Cecelia and Bruce Nott, and Board Chairwoman Elana Donovan welcoming the crowd.
Carole Steele, Brenda Eastman, Carolyn Garrett, Mary Anna Jeppe, Bonnie McClellan and Sharon Henwood, all on hand to make the evening a warm welcome for Hayward, chatted with guests sharing facts and history on America's most renown private gardens.
Catering for the upbeat reception was handled by the superb kitchen known simply as Fork, Knife & Spoon Catering.
The following day Hayward addressed the society and their guests at a sold-out lecture in Fashion Island at Edwards Big Newport Cinemas. This was the final presentation for the Decorative Arts Society's 2010-11 series of six programs. Funds collected during the season will be distributed among four charitable groups: Casa Teresa, Laura's House, Mariposa and Women Helping Women.