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Daffodils and wine tasting at the Jay house

This year the Little Garden Club of Rye’s Daffodil Show was held in the Jay Mansion on April 20 and paired with a New York state wine tasting. Triumphing over a late snowfall that blanketed Tete a Tetes and Ice Follies, garden club members persevered and created a show that was better than ever attracting class entries from as far away as Pennsylvania. Winning entries were selected by judges from the American Daffodil Society.

From left, Cynthia McClintock, Suzanne Clary andDede Montgomery. Photos courtesy Cutty McGill

Everyone loved the expanded location and the new effort to raise funds for the Jay Meadow. Yellow was the hue of choice starting with a sharp yellow classic 1970 911 Porsche parked out in front of the portico; upon entering the house, many took in a sunny array of ribbon and medal winning daffodils from tazzettas to miniatures. All enjoyed music provided by Patrick Corcoran’s jazz ensemble together with sips of varietals served by Wine at Five‘s Bruno Peixoto. Fox Caterers provided tasty bites.

As stewards of a New York state park, hosting programs that promote New York history and culture are important to us. Jay Heritage Center enjoyed working with Cai Palmer from Wine at Five to make an appropriate selection of varietals. Guests sipped the following wines from New York state vitners: Eminence Road Farm Winery, Pinot Gris  and Pinot Noir (Finger Lakes); Channing Daughters, Chardonnay ‘Scuttlehole’ (The Hamptons); Barry Family Cellars, Rose of Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes); Fjord, Cabernet Franc (Hudson Valley).

“These are all wines from some of the farms I’ve personally enjoyed, visited and worked at,” Peixoto said. “These are also growers and winemakers that focus on sustainable practices and believe in making wine in the most artisanal way possible.”

More than 100 people attended the Daffodil Party co-chaired by Chris Duncan, Liz Garrett and Suzanne Clary.

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