May’s Special Days at Boscobel

Lectures, tours and teas

This May is full of delightful and delicious happenings at Boscobel. From an exclusive tour of Boscobel House lead by a distinguished curator from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, to one of the most scenic and elegant Mother’s Day events ever, to a fabulous food and wine tasting event in a meadow overlooking the Hudson River.

View of Boscobel’s Rose Garden in early spring from the west side terrace

Saturday May 5, 2-4 p.m. All The Rage!, A Duncan Phyfe Lecture and Tour at Boscobel with Peter M. Kenny of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Register now for this exclusive Boscobel House Tour given by Peter M. Kenny, the Ruth Bigelow Wriston Curator of American Decorative Arts and Administrator at The American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Kenny will begin with a talk about Duncan Phyfe and the recent Met exhibition then lead a select group of guests through Boscobel House for a special focus on its extensive collection of Duncan Phyfe furnishings. Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854) was known during his lifetime as the “United States Rage,” and to this day remains America’s best-known cabinetmaker. Establishing his reputation as a purveyor of luxury by designing high-quality furniture for New York’s moneyed elite — such as States Dyckman — Phyfe would come to count among his clients some of the nation’s wealthiest and most storied families. Space limited. $75 per person, includes lecture and tour.

Sunday May 13, 3-5 p.m., Mother’s Day Cream Tea on the Terrace catered by Fresh Company. Why not treat your mum to something really memorable this year. Spend quality time together and experience a traditional British cream tea, provided by Fresh Company catering, in the magnificent setting of Boscobel House & Gardens. Tea will be served on the side terraces of Boscobel House, overlooking its sweeping lawns, gardens and, of course, the Hudson River and its Highlands. Afternoon tea will include: home-made scones; clotted cream; lemon curd; raspberry jam; cucumber sandwiches and Damann Freres Tea. Paid reservations required. (If inclement weather, Tea will be held in the Gallery.) Space limited. $40 per person

 Sunday, May 20, 1-4pm, Taste of Boscobel 2012, Exclusive Food & Wine Tasting. Fancy yourself a connoisseur of fine food & drink? Or are you seeking the perfect caterer for your upcoming wedding or other special event? Come to Boscobel’s first annual food and wine sampling affair, bringing together some of the finest caterers, restaurants, bakeries, wineries and vineyards located in the Hudson Valley and beyond. This tented event — tent generously donated by Events Unlimited of Saugerties, New York — will take place in Boscobel’s bucolic West Meadow overlooking the Hudson River and promises a delicious afternoon for all. Advance ticket purchase requested. $30 per person Food & Wine Sampler, $20 per person Food-Only Sampler (designated drivers, teens, etc.). Free for children 12 and under. All tickets Include free grounds admission. Participants (so far): B&L Catering, Block Factory Tamales & Catering, Bridge Creek Catering, East Fishkill Provisions, Fresh Company Catering, Holbert’s Catering, In Thyme Catered Events, Legends Wines-Featuring Ivana Trump Blue Champagne, Main Course Catering, Oliver Kita Catering, Stone Ridge Orchard, Breezy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill, The Winery at St. George, Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery.

For more information and to make reservations, visit or call 845-265-3638.
Photo courtesy of Boscobel

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