Enjoy the longer days and Mount Vernon’s newly blooming gardens during this evening reception. Take a leisurely stroll through the historic area while enjoying a menu of hors d’oeuvres curated by Michelin-starred chef and owner of Masseria in Washington DC Nicholas Stefanelli. The hors d'oeuvres will be paired with wines made by AldenAlli, a California winery on the Sonoma Coast. Dan Kosta, co-founder of AldenAlli, will be on site and mingling with guests throughout the evening.
Listen to General Washington, a patron of the arts, reminisce as select readings from Cato, his favorite play, are read by costumed characters. Following the performance, visit with friends and enjoy drinks and colonial music as the sun sets. As a popular play in the 18th century, General Washington had Cato performed for his men in the spring of 1778 after a hard winter at Valley Forge, defying a congressional ban on theatrical productions to entertain and inspire his officers and troops.
The dress code is garden chic.