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Hat Luncheon Held At Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury Gardens held its annual Hat Luncheon on Oct. 2. The event raises funds to support Old Westbury Gardens children’s programs, which are presented throughout the year. Students from many local schools visit Old Westbury Gardens to get a firsthand look at a historical site, and learn about life in a Long Island mansion during the early 20th century, which is especially important for fourth grade students as New York State history is part of the curriculum. A project is in the planning stages of restoring a barn on Orchard Hill and turning it into an education center.

“The gardens are wonderful,” event chairwoman Joan Hope MacNaughton told the audience at the luncheon. “It’s children in bloom. They’re growing through being at this beautiful historical place.”

The theme of this year’s event was an English Manor luncheon. It was fittingly held in the Red Ballroom of the English Manor, Westbury House. Following a tour of the house and lunch, guests listened to a presentation from author Carol McDonald Wallace. She co-wrote To Marry an English Lord, about young American women who traveled to England to marry into English aristocracy, mostly during the late 19th and early 20th century. One of the women she spoke of was Jennie Jerome, who married Lord Randolph Churchill. Their first-born son was Winston Churchill.