Thursday, May 4, 2017

My First Hat Luncheon

By Pierre Crosby

This was my first time attending
the annual Central Park Conservancy's Women's Committee's Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon, better known as "The Hat Luncheon." My expectations for the thirty-fifth rendition of the event were for a festive, joyful and eye-catching experience in an animated atmosphere. These expectations were certainly met as I witnessed some 1,300 charismatic guests dressed in bright colors, unique dresses and extravagant hats descending the steps through the Vanderbilt Gates on Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets.

My eyes raced to survey the scene, taking in all the outfits, constantly raising my camera to catch candid moments. I weaved my way through the crowd, mingling with friends and guests, enjoying the beautiful afternoon in the Park reflecting on one of the main reasons I loved growing up and living in New York City: Central Park!

As the event unfolded, guests slowly found their tables in the massive tent set up for the lunch, as countless black-tied waiters moved swiftly to serve them. I wandered around the tables observing the different combinations of outfits, hats and friends, eventually making my way back out through the Vanderbilt gates to walk home through the park.