Luminous in Litchfield

Last month, John and I had the pleasure of hosting a benefit dinner for the Gunn Memorial Library and Museum in Washington, CT, part of the annual Library Luminaries gala.  Attendees began their evening at a cocktail fete on the Library grounds, then filtered out to one of 14 private homes to dine and enjoy conversation with a Luminary from the literary and cultural realm. This year’s marquis roster of Luminaries included Academy Award-winning director James Ivory, ballet maestros Heather Watts and Damian Woetzel, Sotheby’s Leslie Keno, and SNL‘s inimitable lead vocalist Christine Ohlman.

We were thrilled to welcome film and television writer/producer and author (and my brother-in-law) Rob Long as our guest Luminary.  Rob began his writing career on the iconic show Cheers, and his newest project is the upcoming  TBS comedy “Sullivan and Son” and two feature films.  Rob happens to be an exceptional cook with a passion for Southern food. He did double duty as chef de cuisine delighting us with a four course meal including shrimp and grits and grilled peaches with rosemary cream.  The dinner was as sumptuous to look at as it was to eat.  I snapped a few details before the guests arrived:

Guest of Honor – and chef extraordinaire – Rob Long

Thank you to Rob, our brilliant Luminary.  And, congratulations to all the hosts and organizers for delivering another sparkling night for the Library.


Images by Susan Bednar Long

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