Black & White Gala at the Dwight-Derby House

Gala Event Group

The Friends of the Dwight-Derby House celebrated 15 years since its purchase, by the town of Medfield, with a Gala last Saturday evening, May 19. The black and white details set the tone for a very elegant evening. Flowers adorned every door way, lanterns lit the front walk and the front posts were furnished with lights and black and white bows. A white tent was suspended over the new terrace and back lawn. The tables were dressed with double layers of black and white linens, white dishes and flatware. The centerpieces were illuminated with candles set in a bed of rounded pebbles which set the mood.


Virginia Townsend Derby Jordon

Nearly a 100 people attended this memorable event. There were several noteworthy people, including Mike Sullivan (Town Administrator), Mark Fisher (Selectmen), Dr. Stagg Jr. and Virginia Townsend Derby Jordon (descendant of the Derbys)

Virginia drove nine hours to attend this event. Mike and Terry Taylor graciously hosted her for the night at there home. Thank you Mike and Terry!

The evening began with hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails and transitioned into a full buffet dinner with a carving station of filet mignon furnished by the Meat House in Walpole. The meal ended with a selection of deserts including chocolate covered strawberries.

I gave a brief presentation to honor the people who made the Dwight-Derby House possible.

Virginia Townsend Derby spoke to the attendees about how grateful she was that the town of Medfield has an interest in restoring and preserving the Dwight-Derby House history. She captivated the audience with her grace and style and she had totally won everyone over by the end of her speech.

Dancing was enjoyed by all on the new terrace which was perfectly complemented by the DJ’s selection of music.

This evening would not have been possible without the help of many. A big thank you goes to Geralyn Warren for organizing this exquisite event with such close attention to every detail, to Colleen Sullivan for her stunning photos, to Jim Snyder from Park and Recreation for his assistance with the grounds, to the Medfield DPW for hauling the debris to the dump, to Jo Ellen Collins Secretary (FDDH), to Linda Kiley (FDDH) board member, to Tim Sullivan (FDDH) board member, to Jack Downing Treasure (FDDH), to David Temple, President Medfield Historical Society, to Sarah Johnson of Rae’s Fresh as Sunshine of Walpole for her ability to adjust to any situation and to Larry Benesi of Today’s Butler for making the house shine.

Thank you all for making this night a magical one.

Cheryl O’Malley
Friends of the Dwight-Derby House