The full harvest moon rising over the bay at the end of this month brings fall tidings for the Warren Heritage Foundation, which hosts its annual gala on September 30. An evening filled with lively libations, mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres, and littlenecks by the boatload, the 9th annual Harvest Moon Gala celebrates the work of the foundation with opportunities to engage with members of the community and view historic photos in an exhibit illuminating Warren’s distant and recent past.
“Every year we celebrate a different location in Warren and this year we’re celebrating Historic Touisset Point. We will be distributing a keepsake booklet about Touisset history at the gala,” shares foundation vice president Julie Blount. Taking place at the Touisset Point Community Club, which was founded in 1919, the gala harkens back to its harvest moon name by offering a feast of local spoils. Appetizers catered by celebrity chef Eli Dunn include Jonah Crab Fritters infused with dill and mascarpone; crispy braised Bitterballen meatballs with autumn spices and apple slaw; and chef Eli’s famous Clam Cakes & Chowder, just to name a few.
Additional savory snacks will be served from Warren-based specialty pasta shop Prica Farina, and Luther Blount’s South American cayuga dugout canoe will come ashore filled with fresh oysters and littlenecks. Along with beer and wine, master mixologist Katie Dickson brings a smattering of creative cocktails, along with a special zero-proof toddy mocktail. Autumnal dining is set against the sounds of jazz standards performed by the Paper Moon Jazz Band, and don’t miss the chance to bid on baskets filled with art, jewelry, and surprises during the silent auction.
Proceeds benefit the Warren Heritage Foundation’s ongoing work. “Over the past 10 years, we have dispersed more than $120,000 in matching grants to preserve the architectural gems that make Warren special,” says Blount. “We have also initiated an endowment at the Rhode Island Foundation dedicated to our mission, which we hope to increase over time to ensure the continuity of our town’s historical fabric.” Tickets for the Harvest Moon Gala: Celebrating Historic Touisset Point are $75 and available for purchase online at WarrenHeritageFoundationRI.org
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