On a dazzlingly beautiful day, August 3, I had the great pleasure of my first visit to the Madison Beach Club, right on the water of Long Island Sound in Madison, Connecticut. The view across the water made it very hard to even think about going inside for my book talk. Instead, we all first shared a delicious lunch on the terrace overlooking the view. What a treat. I am grateful to Jane Rapport for inviting me to discover this special place. I was surprised and delighted to see my friend, Mimi Merton, who came from Essex having already heard my talk once before at an earlier event. Now that’s true friendship! And it was an added pleasure to re-connect with Susan Geisenheimer and Liz Ardolino who had recently visited Brush Hill and sat with me at lunch.
Jane Rapport, seen here in her beautiful flowery dress, greeted me when I arrived and helped me sell my book. Here I am with Sara Greenwood Toner, Barbara Bradbury-Pape and Jane after the talk. My thanks to Barbara who originally suggested me to Jane as a speaker. I knew Barbara from her important leadership role at the historic Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden in Bethlehem very near Brush Hill. It was a great pleasure to meet Jane and Sara and to discover this enchanting place on the Connecticut shore.