Design New England

A Feast at Casey Farm

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Donald Scott Bell and Susan Schaub of Theo & Isabella Design Group check out the herb plantings at Casey Farm’s August “Feast in the Field,” a farm-to-table fundraiser to support the farm owned and operated by Historic New England.

By Jill Connors

Historic New England is dedicated to preserving historically significant culture, art, and architecture throughout the region, and its “Feast in the Field” fundraiser at the circa 1750 Casey Farm this August was a delightful way to evoke that history. More than 100 guests, some of whom came from as far away as Essex, Massachusetts, and Villanova, Pennsylvania, gathered around two long harvest tables set amid the growing fields of the Saunderstown, Rhode Island, farm — one of four Historic New England properties in the state.

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Tables set amid the fields of herbs and flowers at the farm are set for the more than 100 guests in attendance.

The menu, crafted by West Bay Gourmet of Narragansett, Rhode Island, include produce grown at Casey Farm, as well as beef raised by Historic New England’s Watson Farm in nearby Jamestown, Rhode Island. Beverages were provided by Narragansett Brewing Company, Newport Vineyards, and Thomas Tew Rum. The local band Saddle Up the Chicken supplied the evening’s entertainment.

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From left: Vicky L. Kruckeberg, executive director, Dedham Historical Society, with Design New England editor Gail Ravgiala and DNE contributing editor Jill Connors.

A retinue of design aficionados was in attendance at the farm-to-table feast, showing the strengthening ties of the Ogden Codman Design Group, a Historic New England membership group that connects design professionals — and also funds an interior decorative project at an HNA site. The next event for the Ogden Codman Design Group is Codman Cocktails, Thursday, September 4, 6-8 p.m. at the Boston Design Center, 1 Design Center Place, Boston.

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Art History professor Tripp Evans; physician Peter Karczmar; and Providence Journal executive Ed Cabral.

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This was the first time the farm and HNE staged a “Feast in the Field” event. We hope its success ($25,000 was raised to support the farm and its programs) prompts them to plan many more. In the meantime, day-to-day activities continue at the farm. Among them are the Coastal Growers Market held every Saturday morning through October 25. The market is a great way to stroll the farm and select the pasture-fed meats, locally raised shellfish, and fresh produce that can help you create your own enchanted gathering on a summer’s eve.

For more information about supporting Historic New England, Casey Farm, and Ogden Codman Design group contact [email protected] or call 617-994-5951.

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Andrew Spindler-Roesle, owner of Andrew Spindler Antiques, in Essex, Massachusetts.

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Lanterns and candles set in canning jars gave the tables a romantic glow as the sunset and guests were called to the table.

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