Warm thanks to those who made our Westport Historical Society's 26th annual Holiday House Tour and Twilight Soiree a financial success. On Sunday, Dec. 2, nearly 500 toured five very different, very festive homes, plus Adams Academy. Another 125 finished the day at Twilight Soiree, tasting Fountainhead wines, munching scrumptious hors d'oeuvres and bidding at silent auction.

First, abundant gratitude to the homeowners/artists who graciously opened their homes -- and unique to this year's tour and soiree -- art collections and studios: Elise Black and Barry Himmel, Ed Gerber, Jeanine Esposito and Frederic Chiu, Roe and Chuck Halper, Beverly and Bob Ellsley and Rebecca Ellsley, and the Ross Family. Designers and stylists include Beverly Ellsley, Terrain, Geiger's, ArtisticDesignSolution.com, Charles/The Flower Basket, Izzo's and Susan Wynkoop.

Tour house captains greeted and guided visitors -- Joan Beer, Ed Gerber, Mindy Wolkstein, Deborah Kulback, Dorothy Packer and Mary Wells Vickery and about 80 docent volunteers, including teams from Weichert Realtors and The Westport Woman's Club.

Thanks to annual Sponsors: BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Weichert Realtors, Berchem Moses & Devlin, Betty R. & Ralph Sheffer Foundation and the Janet & Fred Plotkin/Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation and to Event Sponsors: Resnick Investment Advisors, U.S. Trust, Brown's Monument Works, Cohen & Wolf, Fountainhead Wines, CtC&G, Architect Howard Lathrop, Venture Photography, Harding Funeral Home, Attorney George P. Judd, Miriam Luck and Dee Cohen-Coldwell Banker and Atlantic Residential Mortgage.

Toiling behind the scenes were Joni Andrews, Jane Sherman, Lorraine Feliciano, Dianne Wildman, John Hartwell, Leigh Gage, Peter Jennings, Dutch Wynkoop, Jack Baney, Eugene DeNeutte, Paul Hefferan, JD Frawley, Joann Lindwall, Narvin Anand, Casey Goss, Nancy Sherter, Athena Bradley, Miggs Burroughs, Larry Untermeyer, Sue Kirby, Margaret LeBedis, Pat Porio, Beth DeVoll, Barbara Brauner, Mimi Burroughs, Totney Benson, Rick Benson, Phil Johnson, Jay Dirnberger, Sarah Menchaca, Kristan Peters-Hamlin, Kathy Ross and Judy Michaelis. Without you, this event simply would not have happened.

Pianist Irwin Lebish, and caterers -- The Spotted Horse, Garelick & Herbs, Da Pietro's, Dunville's, Roly Poly, Matsu Sushi, Joe's Pizza, Katie's Kitchen, Stiles Farm Market, Aux Delices, Great Cakes, Bill & Katie Chase, and Bahama Bob/Robert Vadas -- made the evening savory and satisfying, along with Auction donors: Tiffany, Mitchell's, J. Pocker, Susan and Dutch Wynkoop, Intensity, Lux Wine Bar, Patagonia, Tarry Lodge, Faces Beautiful, Fat Cat Pie Co./Fountainhead, Earth Animal, Pane e Bene Restaurant, New Canaan Wine, Greens Farms Spirit, Sam Sloat, Diane James, JMcLaughlin, Aristex, Farrow & Ball, AJ's Market, Capel Rugs, Simon Pearce, Judith Connors, Millie Rae's, Castle Wine, Venture Photography, Ed Gerber, Clinical Skincare, Centro, Lillian August, Silver of Westport, Nails & More, Calico Corners, Bradford Renaissance Portraits and Miggs Burroughs.

Finally, to all who bought tickets, toured, made merry at Twilight Soiree, and bought auction items, you are the best! Thanks to you, our WHS collections, exhibits and programs are open for all to enjoy. Stay in touch at www.westporthistory.org.

Susan Gold

Susan Walton Wynkoop

Dorothy E. Curran

Westport Historical Society