SALEM — The House of the Seven Gables holds its biggest party of the year on Sunday, September 18, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Old friends and new are cordially invited to attend The Gables’ major fundraiser — Taste of The Gables. Proceeds enable the The House of The Seven Gables Settlement Association’s dual mission — to provide support to the community’s immigrant families and to preserve The Gables’ National Historic Landmark District.
New this year is an opportunity to view many of the silent and live auction items in advance of the event. Check the Bidding for Good website from August 30 to September 16. Visit https://www.biddingforgood.com/7Gables from a computer or https://bforg.com/7Gables from a mobile device to view items.
Taste of The Gables is held at The Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem, Massachusetts. Some parking is available. For information about tickets and reservations, please visit www.7gables.org or call 978-744-0991, ext. 126.
“Taste of The Gables is an unforgettable evening of camaraderie and fun,” says Executive Director Kara McLaughlin. “Our guests are always thrilled with the vast array of delicious offerings from our local chefs and vendors. There’s music, a spectacular live auction with a celebrity auctioneer, a silent auction and more — all set amid The Gables’ beautiful seaside gardens with our very special ocean view. We are grateful to the tremendous support our community provides our Settlement Association work. This night celebrates The Gables’ long tradition of engagement with our neighbors and our community at large.”
Karen Barter, Director of Development, says that Taste of The Gables is always one of the most memorable events in The Gables’ busy year. “The tastings are fabulous,” she says. “No one goes home hungry from a Taste of The Gables evening! Finz’s raw bar and Woodman’s incredible seafood display are legend by now. Tim Hopkins’ gourmet specialties and the Hawthorne Hotel’s gorgeous, mouthwatering plates make the evening special. Harbor Sweets puts out an impressive table of handmade chocolates, and Café Avellino serves superlative Italian delicacies! Wine vendors come with lots to sample, too. All are invited to this night of food, fun and philanthropy.”
The year 2016 marks a year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of Caroline Emmerton’s birth. The Gables has shone a bright spotlight on her remarkable, prescient vision as Gables’ founder, her philanthropy and her legacy of contributing to the community. Emmerton purchased the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion and opened it to the public as The House of the Seven Gables in 1910. She used proceeds from ticket sales to fund Settlement work for immigrant families. Educational programs and social services helped newly arrived immigrants settle into their new surroundings. Today’s programs support the current needs of the region’s immigrant community by bolstering the education of at-risk students, helping children and adults develop literacy skills, learn English, achieve citizenship and reach for higher education goals.
In honor of Caroline Emmerton’s 150th birthday, Cake Ann, a bakery near Cackle’s Corner in Gloucester, will create a special birthday cake for Taste of The Gables.
“Thank you to everyone who makes this event so great!” says Barter. “We are very grateful to our sponsors, volunteers, committee, staff and the many chefs, vendors and donors!” Barter reminds guests to hang onto their Program Book, which lists information about each of the talented vendors. “The book makes a great shopping guide,” she says.
About The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association
The mission of the House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association is to preserve its National Historic Landmark and leverage its power as an icon of American culture to engage diverse audiences and provide education opportunities for the local immigrant community. For more information visit www.7gables.org.