Guests at the annual benefit for the Princeton University Art Museum, “The American Spirit: A Grand Celebration,” on Saturday, February 10, got a firsthand peek at the museum’s upcoming season of American art, showcasing both the richly detailed landscapes of Frederic Edwin Church (through June 10) and the revolutionary and uniquely American era of Pop art (March 24 through August 12), as well as the permanent collection of American art, recently highlighted by the installation of Charles Willson Peale’s iconic image, “George Washington at the Battle of Princeton.”

They were greeted in the museum lobby by the Fife and Drum Corps of the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton. Square glass antique candle lanterns — a la “One If by Land, Two If by Sea” — lined the walkway from the museum to Prospect House, where dinner included Paul Revere’s Tureen: Butternut Squash Bisque with Garnish from Abigail Adams’s Garden and Benjamin Franklin’s Groaning Board: Herb-Roasted Filet of Beef with Yukon Gold Potato Puree, Baby Vegetables, and Merlot Sauce. For dessert, guests washed down their Mount Vernon Syllabub (a traditional British dessert adopted by Colonial Americans and made from rich cream sweetened with sugar and wine) with Smuggled Tea and Star Spangled Coffee.

Among the guests were numerous media notables who reside in and near Princeton, including Newsweek publisher and Skillman resident Greg Osberg, who was there with his wife, Linda; Jennifer Henderson, director of creative projects for Vanity Fair; and newcomer to town Brian Sullivan, whose driver picks him up at 4 a.m. every day and takes him to New York, where he is the anchor for “Morning Call” from 6 to 8 a.m. on Bloomberg TV.

For more information on the museum’s exhibitions, lectures, and family events visit www.princetonartmuseum.org.

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