Photo Journal: June 2015
Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 3:47PM

Lenz Spring Wine Dinner with Chef Noah Schwartz -- Lenz Winery, Peconic NY.  7.6.15

Spring Vegetable Arancini, Lenz 2013 Blanc de Noir, and the gorgeous place setting on the terrace (replete with peonies from Latham's Farm stand in Orient!) 

Jerold (Tasting Room Manager), Chef Noah and Dee Dee (Event Coordinator extraordinaire) above.  First 2 courses below. I didn't snap a picture of the beef -- let's just blame it on the wine and the enthralling conversation. A really lovely and intimate wine dinner at The Lenz Winery!

Sophie's 95th Birthday Party. Poquatuck Hall, Orient, NY   7.21.15

A birthday cake worthy of 95 years. The cake/cupcakes took almost 5 days to complete and were definitely a family affair. Barbara baked the cakes and made many batches of icing. Michelle made the buttercream flowers and decorated the cake. Melissa iced and assembled 50 cupcakes.

The peonies center-pieces came from Windsor Flowers in Manhatten. Just gourgeous! 

Road Trip to Washington DC! It was a rainy weekend, but the Smithsonian Museums kept us busy.

The National Zoo. Tian Tian (above) and Mei Xiang (below) in the Giant Panda House. Mei gave birth to a male cub (Bei Bei) the end of August.  

The Museum of Natural History. The elephant in the main rotunda is awesome.....

but nothing trumps the most famous diamond in the world.

The National Air and Space Museum was crowded, but the kids didn't seem to mind. If only school could be this interesting and fun.

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