On Saturday evening, environmental/graphic designer David Gibson and comedian Rich Kiamco and threw an engagement party at their Catskills weekend abode, Buddha Barn.
Alas, it was raining like crazy, but about 80 guests mingled about the eclectic rooms and porches of the mid-19th-century Greek Revival house and enjoyed a potluck buffet that featured a fabulous ham, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, and innumerable tasty and colorful summer vegetable salads. My contribution was a big pan of Jamie’s Chicken—oven-braised chicken thighs smothered with garlic cloves, red and yellow cherry tomatoes, and basil leaves. I admit to feeling really flattered when several of the discerning guests praised it.
When the rain let up for a half hour or so, the engagement announcement was made in the exuberant garden, the winner of last years Catskill Harvest Garden Contest. Everyone celebrated the summer, Rich and David’s happy news, and marriage equality in general.
Guests wandered about the pathways through giant cannas, 8-foot hollyhocks, huge masses of daylilies, echinachea, monarda, phlox, sunflowers—most of which Rich grows from seed. David found the stone buddha, below, in Beijing, when he and I were both delegates at the ICOGRADA World Design Congress in Beijing.
When the rain started up again, it was time for the dessert buffet of scrumptious goodies, including a to-die-for red velvet cake, homemade chocolate pudding, and David’s mom’s blueberry-pear pan dowdy—made from, of course, berries from Buddha Barn’s own bushes and fruit from their orchard.