The first big holiday party of the season, “Stellar Evening,” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, starting at 7 p.m. at the WVSOM Student Center and benefit the Greenbrier Historical Society.
One definition of stellar is “composed of stars” and another is “of extremely high quality; excellent.” Both apply to the wonderful evening planned for the guests. Beginning with drinks and appetizers and accompanied by the sweet sounds of Trio Grande, guests can catch up with each other and bid on a terrific array of silent auction items.
The highlight of the silent auction will be an original lithograph of the Blue Sulphur Springs Resort by Edward Byer. This framed work was originally part of an “Album of Virginia” produced in 1857-8. This is an extremely rare opportunity to acquire an original Beyer lithograph. Donated by John Wade and Ann Bell, this work has been in their possession for many years. Another historically significant offering will be a piece of salt glazed pottery produced and signed by G.N. Fulton. A box of historically themed books will also be available for bid.
Other opportunities in the silent auction will excite the “foodies” who attend Stellar Evening. A dinner for eight at Fairhill, the circa 1795 James Jarrett House, and one at the Old Victorian Inn in Alderson will be offered. A “Swedish” breakfast at Montwell, star of the Annual Membership Meeting, will be offered by the Linquists. A basket of exceptional wines curated by Tom Isaac might make an extraordinary Christmas gift – if the bottles last that long. Dinner out is on everyone’s Christmas wish list. Guests can bid on a collection of gift certificates from the soon to open Humble Tomato; The General Lewis Inn; The Livery; The French Goat; and Food & Friends. Decorating will become easy with an arrangement by Chris Glover of Greenbrier Cut Flowers.
If guests have not yet designed their Christmas cards, they can pose inside the huge picture frame for a special photo. This will create a unique card or facebook post to let all their friends know how they are starting off the season.
Dinner will be served at stations and include delicious desserts. Dancing the night away or just enjoying the music while talking with friends will cap a wonderful evening.
Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Greenbrier Historical Society as it continues to preserve, protect, and present the significant history of our valley.
Margaret Hambrick, president of the board of directors, said, “We hope everyone will join us for this very special evening. It is a great friendly party and all are welcome.”
Tickets are available on line at www.greenbrierhistorical.org or by calling or visiting the North House Museum, 304-645-3398, and must be purchased by Nov. 21.