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Celebrating the New Year: Private Newport Style

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Thrilled to be Newport Life Magazine’s inaugural blogger for their new #MyNewportLife blog series, Shout Out Sunday. Enjoy this reminiscence of New Year’s Eve weekend 2016/2017!


New Year’s Eve is probably the most enduring tradition of our years in Newport — dear friends come up from New York City for the two and a half days and we spend the evening at Bouchard’s Restaurant — as we have for nineteen years. Our friends arrive late the afternoon of the 31st, laden with amusing gifts and the latest designer olive oil offerings; we pop the cork and settle in for a long catch up by the fire (before a quick nap). Two dear Newport friends also added their notes to the evening this year…Orest Zaklynsky delivered cocktail salmon that he caught and smoked in Iceland; and Steve Grimes, a musician, made a disc of “cuvees” (a blend of his favorite classics) and shared them with us.

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Come nine o’clock, we’re out the door for Bouchard’s, in black tie (which adds another festive note) and join our table guests — Paula and Michael Murray, and Angela and Garry Fischer. Other plans throughout the year may change and other tablemates but our New Year’s Eve plans are steadfast!

Bouchard’s has a six-course dinner, with paired wines, that is just too delicious to ever prompt us to consider an alternative (although if memory serves me, we did host a millennium party at home that year). Invitations and temptations have come our way, but Newport is such a civilized place to spend this important evening — saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming the new.

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Having this tradition also helps lessen the letdown after Christmas…but this seemed a particularly “happy” end-of-the-year with more opportunities to be with friends from all different sets in town. New Year’s Day itself also carries some long-standing traditions. My friend and I head to the Clarke Cooke House for a very late brunch (I’m always reminded that this Newport favorite has the longest and most creative list of “Eggs Benedict” offerings), departing as the sun wanes in the western sky — making for a wonderful shot like this.

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Then we meet up with our husbands who have been at the annual lunch at their men’s club. Six-thirty pm and we’re in the car headed to the comfy home of Elizabeth and Earl McMillen, Southerners who provide their brand of a good luck New Year’s menu…cheese grits and southern ham, collards and black-eyed peas, biscuits and deviled eggs…which make for a lot of smiling faces.

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And we’re not finished yet; the next day dawns on another tradition that has moved from the first to the second of January…a long lunch at Nannette and George Herrick’s who make a year round tradition of wonderful weekend and holiday lunches…which always start with a first course of oysters from the raw bar.

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Of course, what’s New Year’s Eve, and the lead up, without the bubbles – and lots of them. My thoughtful intern gave me this carrying case to include one bottle of Veuve Clicquot; love the travel notes all over it which seem timely as I head off to Europe mid-January. Happy New Year!

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Hope there are some inspirations here for your next New Years Eve celebration!

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