Jay Soiree co-chairs Kelly Bakshi, Angie Nadler, Kingsley Carson Rooney, and Kathryn Schnaars threw a superlative party in celebration of the Jay Heritage Center’s 25th Anniversary October 21. They illuminated the landmark Jay Estate with vibrant new friends, ideas, and thousands of twinkling lights from portico to pediment.

During the cocktail hour, over 400 celebrants mingled in the 1838 home and marveled at new acquisitions, from 18th-century engravings of New York harbor to silver monogrammed cups. Next, everyone stepped into a crystal tent in the meadow, where they dined, danced, and popped confetti cannons in recognition of the treasure that has been preserved in our town.

Numerous descendants of John Jay also joined the festivities and marked the occasion with a historic donation of original paintings, photos, and antiques from the Jay, Pierrepont, and Constable families of Rye, Brooklyn, and Connecticut.

Photos by Pedro Garcia Photography