It’s impossible to imagine a more magnificent setting, and when you throw in sumptuous outdoor decor, superb food and drink and a sunset straight out of a Maxfield Parrish painting, it’s no wonder that the 50th anniversary celebration for World’s End in Hingham, hosted by the Trustees, was such an enchanted evening.
The knoll looking back at the Boston skyline was decorated with lanterns, fairy lights and sailcloth strung between the trees, and a bluegrass band did respectable covers of pop songs, while everyone milled about, marveling at the scene.
Prominent among the throng: honoree Tom O’Donnell, co-chairs Debbie and Phil Edmundson and Martha and Michael Gangemi, trustee and uber-preservationist Lillie Johnson and her gorgeous daughter Beth, the criminally good-looking Jeff and Nicole Bellows, banking bigwig Christopher Oddleifson of Rockland Trust, South Shore Conservatory head honcha Kathy Czerny, investment gurus Peter Coffin and Ted Ladd, Sam Wakeman Jr. (whose father led the campaign to preserve the property) with his sisters Judy Ferenbach and Susan Davis, hale and hearty real estate developer Marc Beaulieu, and one joker who boarded the shuttle bus that brought guests from the parking lot to the party and said to the driver, “57th and Lexington, please.”
Dinner was delicious, and guests enjoyed a fireworks display over the Boston skyline during the speaking portion, while anyone who stayed late enough was treated to a jaw-dropping moonrise.
“How many people do you think have lost their virginity here?” one guest wondered aloud.
But the evening’s funniest remark was: “Do you hunt?”
“Only for my car keys.” ◆
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