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Asian Laughter: Magic at the LongHouse Reserve Annual Benefit

Submitted by on July 21, 2009 – 8:08 amNo Comment
Angkor Dance Troupe

Angkor Dance Troupe

If you were hallucinating men in Chinese robes with invisible chirping birds, beautiful ornate dolls come to life, lily pads you could surf on, red wine glasses spinning through the air, and Edward Albee in a colorful head band, it wasn’t the drugs it was just “Asian Laughter” at the LongHouse Reserve’s annual benefit honoring textile weaving queen Carol Cassidy.Longhouse 1

Parasols of bright hues and giant lit orbs adorned the already stunning gardens in their full summer glory.  The Angkor Dance Troupe transported guests to ancient Cambodia entertaining along with Korean drummer Vongku Park, fire juggler Keith Leaf, and monkey-dressed acrobats who had more moves than Michael Jackson.

Jack Lenor Larsen

Jack Lenor Larsen

Asian exotica were everywhere.  Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum and Zen Green Tea Liqueur mixed with white cranberry juice and lime graced the bars, and boxes of noodles and Thai and Vietnamese fare from Taste lined the buffets.

Honoree Carol Cassidy

Honoree Carol Cassidy with her silk scarves

American weaver Carol Cassidy, founder of Lao Textiles who works with rural artistans in many parts of the developing world including training land mine victims in Cambodia, presented her beautiful silk scarves to those who bid at the live auction to benefit the LongHouse Education Program.  Founder Jack Lenor Larsen, himself the king of textiles, spoke of the union of art and nature, art and the garden, art and cuisine, and even art and the perfect mid-summer weather.Longhouse 3

The silent auction is always a treasure trove and this year included everything from a Charles Eames cowhide chair to works by Roy Lichtenstein to up and coming artists like Michael Rosch and Grant Haffner who had a patron come up to him and tell him she’d bid on him last year and lost and it would not happen again.  The artists were also peering at the bid sheets, seeing who had the honor of Edward Albee bidding on their work.  I loved the auction item of a room designed by Jamie Drake.  It could be a powder room or a boudoir niche.  I’d love to just have a “boudoir niche” let alone have it decorated by Jamie Drake.Longhouse 4

Magic was certainly in the air with nature the most intoxicating thing of all.

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