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PHOTOS: Friends of the Dwight-Derby House Celebrate 15 Years of Saving Historic Home

The Friends of the Dwight-Derby House celebrated their 15th anniversary of saving the historic landmark with a Black and White Gala.

The Friends of the Dwight-Derby House celebrated their 15th anniversary of the town’s purchase of the historic landmark on Frairy Street – effectively saving the home from demolition – with a Black and White Gala this past Saturday night.

Close to 100 guests visited the 17th-century home and were encouraged to take a tour of the house and see the restoration progress that has been done over the past 15 years. 

Everyone gathered under a large white tent in the back yard of the house for an evening of dinner and dancing and even the house got dressed up. The touches of black and white could be seen in both the front of the house and in the backyard. Black and White bows were hung on the granite posts, lights were strung from post to post and lanterns lined the walkway to the front door. The guests, as well as the tables and chairs all donned black and white.

"Geralyn Warren did an amazing job organizing this beautiful event," said Cheryl O’Malley, president of the Friends of the Dwight-Derby House, Inc. "She came up with the idea of holding a Black and White Gala to celebrate this anniversary. Everyone who attended seemed pleased with the setting. Many people commented that the property looked picturesque … it was an elegant affair and a stellar night. The black and white details were noticed throughout and the food was delicious.”

O’Malley was thrilled with the caterer, Sarah Johnson of Rae’s Fresh as
Sunshine
of Walpole

“She was a delight to work with … she went above and beyond my expectations and she did much more than just the catering,” O'Malley said.

In reference to the condition of the property O'Malley added, "I also want to thank Jim Snyder of for mulching the property and mowing the lawn just before the tent went up. Timing was everything. Also the Medfield DPW who took truckloads of debris to the dump. We could not have accomplished this without them."

O’Malley was delighted that this event was successful and the people of Medfield are still supportive of this house saying, “the house originally had 16 spaces which needed work and now only two rooms remain untouched. The proceeds from this event will support the restoration and preservation of these remaining two rooms including the installation of a working kitchen.”

For more information about the Friends of the Dwight-Derby House, Inc. www.dwightderbyhouse.org.

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