Yesterday was a lovely evening at the Rowing Hall of Fame at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut. Around 75 people had gathered to celebrate the memory of dear Hart Perry, who passed away on 3 February, 2011. It was not only a tribute to Hart, but also a fund-raising party and silent auction in his name for rowing history, the National Rowing Hall of Fame, and rowing exhibits. Many of the items had belonged to Hart, but there were also some rare posters by artist Thomas Kudzma, who created brilliant art work between the 1960s and the 1980s. While I am writing this I am not sure how much the silent auction brought in, but it seemed most of the rowing objects that were up for auction had bids, and I walked home with a beautiful print under my arm. While all the bids for the objects closed at 8 p.m., the bids for Hart’s old dinghy run until 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Here is a photographic cavalcade from the wonderful evening: