Thursday, July 29, 2010
Apparently, it is estimated to cost $2 million. Quite a fee for a couple who have spent virtually their entire lives in public service. Well, whatever.
About the rehearsal dinner:
[It] is reportedly taking place at the nearby Grasmere, a 525-acre estate boasting a Federal-period manor house with formal gardens, stucco guest cottages and a large stone barn complex.
About 20 years ago, I was at a wedding at the estate. Back then, it was owned by 6 couples who I believe had bought it for a steal in the 60s. They didn't spend much on it, but kept it as a kind of hobby. Eventually, they sold it, I believe in the 90s. Now, I am sure it has been fixed up.
What I remember about the place was the "natural air conditioning." The wedding was on a very hot day (in June, if memory serves). It was held outside and everyone was sweating profusely. After several hours, I walked into the manor house and was granted instant relief. I was amazed that the large house was air conditioned.
But it turned out that it wasn't. I guess there is a way to build your house, with the right placement of windows and trees, and who knows what, so that it stays naturally cool. Amazing. Really, quite amazing.