Thursday, July 17, 2014


DINNER on the terrace—the first step in the march of events

   Society Leaders Are Barkers and "Freaks" in Benefit at Marshall Field Estate. 


   Mr. Field and W. R. Stewart Act as Waiters—Proceeds Aid Long Island Biological Society.

July 16, 1932

Special to The New York Times. HUNTINGTON, L. I., July 16.—Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Field were hosts tonight at "Caumsett", their estate at Lloyds Neck, Cold Spring Harbor, at one of the largest and most brilliant benefit entertainments given on the North Shore in many seasons. The large sum realized from the subscription will go to the Long Island Biological Society of Cold Spring Harbor. The guests numbered more than 1,200.

A few of those who attended came on their yachts and moored off private piers or at the New York Yacht Club in Morgan Memorial Park.

Dinner, which was arranged for the sunset hour, was at tables of different sizes set on the green terrace around a dancing platform illuminated with colored lanterns. The long driveway from the entrance, almost a mile away, to the terrace in front of the mansion was also illuminated. The waters of Cold Spring Harbor provided the setting.

Mrs, Field had about fifty guests at her table and Mr. Field served as head waiter, with William Rhinelander Stewart assisting. At Mrs. Field's table were: George Gersawrn. Mrs. Huntington Marshall, Harrison Williams, Mrs. Geraldyn L. Redmond, Fred Astaire, Conde Nast, Mrs. Payne Whitney, Mrs. Baldwin Brown, Mrs. Baldwin Preston. Jack Kennedy, Mrs. Clifford Hodman, Miss Eleanor Barry, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice B. (Lefty) Flynn, Mr. and Mrs. Courtland Barnes. Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Astor. Mr. and Mrs. Fulton Cutting, Mr. and Mrs. G. MacCulloch Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Norman, Mr. and Mrs. Averell Clarke, Mr. and Mrs. James Warburg, Mr. and Mrs. Ogden Phipps. Mr. and Mrs. James Gwathmey, Winston Guest.

Other Dinner Hostesses.

Other hostesses at tables were: Mrs. Paul Hammond, Mrs. Junius S. Morgan, Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt, Mrs. Parker Corning, Mrs. Richard F. Hoyt, Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Mrs. Walter Jennings, Mrs. Herbert Lee Pratt, Mrs. Harold Irving Pratt, Mrs. Robert Livingston Clarkson, Mrs. J. Henry Alexandre, Mrs. J. Gordon Douglas, Miss Neysa McMein, Mrs. Franklin B. Lord, Mrs. Charles G. Cushing, Mrs. Woodward Babcock, Mrs. Beekman Hoppin, Mrs. Robert Livingston Stevens, Mrs. Robert C. Winmill, Mrs. Henry Rogers Winthrop, Mrs. Henry C. Taylor, Mrs. Harold E. Talbott and Mrs. Joseph B. Davis.

After dinner the guests wandered through the circus. Up and down the midway were members of society disguised as barkers and vendors of amusement and wares. Vincent Astor was in charge of the china-breaking booth, which proved one of the most popular of the attractions. Hundreds of plates, cups and saucers were broken by the skillful patrons.

The freak show, in charge of Mrs. Joseph E. Davis, was one of the centres of amusement in the midway. In it were Mrs. Ralph Isham and her twin sister, Mrs. Malcolm Meacham; also Mrs. Baldwin Browne and her twin sister, Mrs. Baldwin Prescott, the former Misses Priscilla and Phyllis Baldwin.

Singing Cigarette Girls.

Mrs. Frederick McLoughlin, the former Irene Castle, who was to have danced with Clifford Webb on the cabaret program, directed by Mrs. Field, injured her foot while swimming off the Field estate yesterday and could not appear.

Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney and Mrs. John Whitney, in the costumes of Egyptian girls, strolled about the grounds singing and selling cigarettes from trays suspended from their shoulders.

Miss McMein and George Abbott directed a living picture show, in which their models were prominent in society. They represented famous works of art, ancient and modern.

In the cabaret show, which was continuous, the Boswell sisters, accompanied by Mrs. James Warburg and Mrs. Norman Bradford, sang, and Ramona, through the courtesy of Paul Whiteman, appeared as surprise star.

A well-known Harlem orchestra provided dance music all evening. Miss Eleanor Barry, Mrs. Alexandre and Miss McMein assisted Mrs. Field in the arrangements. 

Click HERE to see the invitation to this party. HERE to read ALL about the event.

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