Lafayette Soiree ‘April in Paris’ next weekend!

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By Lanier Laney

Okay, friends, I want to personally invite you to what I think is one of the most beautiful and truly fun parties in the whole charity event year in Beaufort (which, groan, there are like a million of them now!). The Lafayette Soiree, now in its 44th year, is the original and the best. You need to “stake your flag” in Beaufort’s social scene at this fabulous event. There are only a few more days left to buy your tickets to this lovely garden party at the peak of spring in the Lowcountry. Creative teams have been working for the past three months on what they hope will be the best soiree ever! The party will be held at the spectacular formal boxwood grounds of Alison and Mark Guilloud’s beautiful historic tabby home. Mark Guilloud, along with Bryan and Melanie McCafree, has done a great job building and decorating an 18th century Paris market street storefront that will serve a French-inspired menu from Beaufort’s top chefs from Breakwater, Saltus, Old Bull Tavern and Beaufort Bread Company. There will be oysters on the half shell, steak, and French macaroons, just to name a few of the delicious delicacies. Wonderful Champagne and French wine will be served in addition to two full bars, and don’t miss the great silent auction featuring trips and dinners, and Atlanta’s best show band performing live.

My co-chairs this year on the soiree planning committee include the lovely and super smart Laura Dukes, Terry Sweeney (who’s always up for a good party), and Will Verity. The fun Paula Verity has done a great job as chairperson. All my fellow co-chairs want to invite you to join the festivities. Parking is at the Baptist field on Prince Street, and carriages will take you to the soiree on Washington Street. Tax deductible tickets are available online at www.historicbeaufort.org or call 843-379-3331. Come be a part of this annual fundraiser to support Historic Beaufort Foundation, we would love to see you!