WHAT: A Toast to Ragdale celebrates the grand reopening of the Ragdale House with ragtime music, roaring 20’s décor, an exquisite dinner, dancing and the first opportunity to tour the recently restored Ragdale House. Following a year-long, $3.2 million renovation, the Ragdale House, the Arts and Craft summer residence of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, has been painstakingly restored to its 1926 splendor. The black tie and flapper set are invited to kick up their heels at this fun-filled party under a handsome outdoor canopy to benefit The Ragdale Foundation. Corporate sponsors of the event are: Bulley & Andrews, LLC, Rosborough Partners and Johnson Lasky Architects.
WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 2012
5:30pm VIP Preview
6:30pm Cocktails, Dinner, Dancing and Open House
WHERE: The Ragdale Foundation
1260 N. Green Bay Road, Lake Forest
WHY: A Toast to Ragdale benefits the Ragdale Foundation, a non-profit artist residency, that has provided artists with time and space to pursue their creative work in an uninterrupted environment for over 30 years. All the proceeds support the Ragdale operation and residencies of writers, visual artists, composers and interdisciplinary artists. With the renovation of The Ragdale House, over 200 artists/year can be accommodated in 2-4 week residencies for many years to come.
HOW: The Toast to Ragdale benefit committee, co-chaired by president, Phoebe Turner and Jeanna Park, joined forces with Steven Valenti of All Things Party to create this memorable evening.
ADMISSION: $275/person VIP Ticket*
For reservations and tickets, contact 847/234-1063 or www.ragdale.org
PARKING: *Valet parking included with VIP ticket.
Off-site parking with shuttle provided.
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Ragdale is a non-profit artist residency program, located in Arts and Crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw’s Lake Forest country estate. Built in 1897, the Ragdale House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1976, Shaw’s granddaughter Alice Judson Hayes transformed the family’s summer home into an artists-in-residence program. Today Ragdale hosts up to 200 artists, writers, and composers each year, making it one of the largest interdisciplinary artists’ communities in the country. Noted past residents include: Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveller’s Wife), Heidi Durrow (The Girl Who Fell from the Sky), Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here), and Nancy Horan (Loving Frank: A Novel). For more information, www.ragdale.org