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Special Event

Swirl: An Evening of Art and Wine

July 11 2024 Tour Times Beginning at 5:30 to 7:15PM
Price: $160 for members; $175 for Non Members
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Immerse yourself at Grounds For Sculpture and engage all five senses: sight, touch, smell, taste, and sound.

Imagine… You arrive at Grounds For Sculpture, are greeted with a cold glass of sparkling wine, and then meet your tour guide for the evening.  When your tour begins, you’ll venture outdoors, strolling the grounds after hours as the sun begins to set. Over the course of the evening, you’ll be introduced to five sculptures, and taste five premium food and wine pairings curated by the chef and sommelier at Rat’s Restaurant. Each distinct pairing is evocative of one of the five senses…sight, touch, taste, smell, and sound. Let the swirling begin…

At each stop, you’ll begin your sensory journey by savoring an elevated hors d’oeuvre matched with a special wine selection, learning from knowledgeable wine experts. Next, you’ll turn to hear more about the sculpture from one of GFS’s expert docents. Even if you’ve been to GFS before, you’ll discover something new. The tour groups at Swirl are capped at 30 people, ensuring an intimate gathering, free of wait lines, where you’ll have time to mingle and delight in the tour pairings at each sculpture.

Finally, after the final pairing, you might want to step inside for a bit to cool off in the air-conditioned Domestic Arts Building gallery to bid on exquisite wine-related items in our Silent Auction. And, NEW this year, ALL the wines from the evening will be available to purchase by the glass right there at the Peacock Café, so you can enjoy your favorite all over again. Sip on another glass while you explore our new exhibition, Slow Motion. Should you wish to conclude your evening at Rat’s with dinner, a night cap, or dessert, our volunteers will guide you in the right direction. (We recommend making reservations in advance, if possible.)

All funds raised from this event will support GFS’s impressive sculpture collection, sprawling gardens, and dynamic public programming. With your help we can deliver life-affirming access to art, education, and wellness experiences for as many people as possible.

Each Swirl date will feature a different selection of sculptures and pairings amongst our lush gardens. Savor the offerings at one or enjoy both! The next Swirl date comes up soon on September 6th.

NOTE: This event will be hosted rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather, attendees will be formally notified, and this fundraiser would take place on Thursday, July 18th, 2024.

All sales are final. Tickets are non-refundable.

Program accessibility information available.


Swirl is supported, in part, by Stark & Stark Inc., PC. Additional support provided by Donna M. Murray SA Fox & Roach Realtor Geoscape Solar, PSE&G, and TD Bank.

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