Lauds Hunt Hill's 'My Hidden Ireland' event
To the Editor:
What a wonder it was -- Irish author, novelist and extraordinary storyteller Frank Delaney's 30-minute one-man performance -- delivering utterly memorable tales of "My Hidden Ireland!" last Friday, March 8 at Hunt Hill Farm.
At the event, held to benefit Hunt Hill's cultural and culinary programs for families and children, Pierce Campbell of the Kerry Boys entertained guests with haunting Irish songs.
The songs' origins were recounted by Frank with relish, with his signature humor and with a joyful love of his country of birth.
Ellen McCourt, our graceful honorary chair of the event in honor of upcoming St. Patrick's Day, introduced Frank.
One-hundred and twelve ticketholders at the soldout event feasted on North Atlantic smoked salmon, braised lamb stew, Irish seafood coddie, potato and caramelized onion colcannon and homemade raisin soda bread pudding with Bailey's Irish Cream-infused whipped cream.
The three-course dinner, inspired by Frank's wife Diane Meier, the New York and Kent-based marketing consultant, was produced by Bill Cosgrove -- chef and Irishman himself -- at Nancy Conant's New Milford Upper Crust Restaurant.
Hunt Hill Farm's board joins me in thanking event chairwoman Julie Bailey.
We also thanks Silo Store manager Kim Prange; Chip Delaney and John Payne of New Milford-based Classic Liquors, a first-time partner with Hunt Hill Farm Trust, who generously provided wines and a sampling of fine Irish whiskeys; volunteers Bob Coppola, Nancy Fyfield, Kate Harrison, Norma Hart, Patrick McNamara, Ray O'Brien, Ellie Rittman, Anne Waldman and board member Paula Walsh.
Special thanks go, too, to Nancy Conant for being so much more than just our catering partner, and to Sandy and Jack Daniels for creative set-up and photography.
Hunt Hill Farm Trust