~ "A Return to Grey Gardens" ~
Cocktail Party for New and Returning Members
Saturday, June 7th, 6-8pm
This events is sold out.
A magical evening at one of East Hampton's most enchanting sites. There will be special guests including Bob Stillman, fresh from his role in "Grey Gardens: The Musical"
Grey Gardens is one of the most colorful homes in American folklore. Since the early 1970s, it has been the subject of many magazine articles, documentaries, books, songs, theater productions, television sitcoms and general cocktail party chatter ever since it was revealed that the house had belonged to two colorful relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
The traditional shingled cottage of 14 rooms, was designed by Joseph Greenleaf Thorpe in 1897 and completed several years later. The grey color of the dunes, the hue of the cement garden walls, and the sea mist gave the garden its color and the house its name.
In 1924 Grey Gardens was purchased by Phelan and Edith Bouvier Beale, aunt and uncle of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The Beales occupied the house for over 50 years.
The film, "Grey Gardens", depicts the plight of the owners as the house fell into disrepair. Jackie Kennedy and her sister, Lee Radziwill, quietly provided funds to stabilize and repair the dilapidated house.
Grey Gardens has been featured several times on the East Hampton Historical Society's House Tours and this year, Frances Hayward, the current occupant of the house, has graciously agreed to host our second annual membership cocktail party.
Member tickets are $85, non-members $125.