In early May, Mike and I had the opportunity to attend a new (to us) event at Colonial Williamsburg, Mr. Jefferson’s Palace Garden Party. This was an evening reception held on the grounds of the Governor’s Palace. We started with mingling and hors d’oeuvres, followed by some dancing and entertainments in the garden. Then we were treated to a concert by Betty Buckley, whose credits include originating Martha Jefferson in 1776 and Grizabella in Cats on Broadway. The evening ended with a fireworks show.
While we were waiting for the doors to open, we watched a procession of carriages pull up to the Governor’s Palace gates. Mike went over to take photos, and was lucky enough to get a picture of Betty Buckley (in the green waistcoat and sunglasses) as she arrived.
The spring flowers were in full bloom! We were worried it would be oppressively hot in the garden, as it had climbed up to around 90 degrees F during the day, but once the sun started setting it cooled off quickly to a pleasant temperature.
I hadn’t realized that Jenny-Rose, her sister, and mother were attending the party as well. It was good to see them!
Jenny-Rose’s mother was drafted to be the maypole in a skit by The Chownings.
Jenny-Rose’s hair was fabulous!
Mike gave me his cell phone to hold while he was taking a photo of Governor Jefferson. This is the face I make when I see a phone notification informing me that the Boston Bruins are already down two goals in a playoff game. *Sigh*
I got to meet Jennifer for the first time. I love her silk suit!
We had a lovely time! All of our photos are here.