Dear Friends of Untermyer Gardens:
What is it about June? Are we masochists?
For our third annual gala and for the third time, the weather prognosis on the day of the gala was dire. There were no fewer than three waves of rainfall during the day. The sun came out after the second one, but Mother Nature decided to play some more, and she unleashed a third one around 5:00. With the gala starting at 6:00, the rain stopped at 5:58. The sun came out, the humidity level dropped, and a gentle breeze wafted in from the Hudson River.
In fact, the evening was spectacular. After much socializing and enjoying delicious food, the crowd moved on to the amphitheater. A few brief speeches were followed by the arrival of our honoree, Barbara Israel, to Wagner's Sailors' Song from The Flying Dutchman. A specially installed water feature accompanied her approach.
Our past Honoree Marian Heiskell, now 96, agreed to serve as Barbara's caddy. She appeared from stage left in full caddy regalia, including a golf bag, and handed Barbara her gloves and club,
We believe that Untermyer Gardens are designed to take your breath away, and we plan our galas in the same spirit. Please come to see this magnificence soon.
Stephen F. Byrns