Masked partygoers at this year’s Wickedly Elegant Jay Soirée dared to go out in frightful weather on October 27th — their treat? It was an evening of hauntingly fun entertainments benefiting the non-profit Jay Heritage Center (JHC) in Rye, NY. Clairvoyants, crystal readers, airbrush tattoo artists, sharply dressed guys and elegant ghouls got into the “spirit” producing a decidedly excellent time. And it was all to support JHC’s efforts to continue reanimating its historic 23-acre campus.
In the spirit of the season, guests slaked their thirst with blood orange martinis served out of crystal skulls. The guests intrepidly explored the faux cobwebbed corners of the 1838 Jay Mansion. Amazing pumpkin carvings, including a portrait of John Jay made by Brooklyn artist Hugh McMahon, illuminated the hallways. Some guests channeled their inner Dark Shadows, and arrived in smoking jackets, while others stuck to sleek black capes and bewitching gowns.
Everyone sunk their teeth into a tantalizing dinner provided by Scarborough Fair Caterers before hitting the dance floor to the live strains of the Clara Jordan Band. All cloaking aside, proceeds of the evening will allow JHC to increase its offerings of free STEAM oriented school experiences and educational programs in American History, Architecture, Social Justice and Environmental Stewardship to thousands of underserved students in the New York, Westchester and Fairfield County communities. Good job. Well done.