For the first time in almost a year, a small group of people swapped loungewear for gauzy garden attire and ventured out to The Ringling for the Wine & Roses dinner to benefit the museum. The dinner was set outdoors in Mable Ringling’s Rose Garden, the very first time Ringling has held a dinner there. It was a beautiful evening—balmy, with a perfect sunset and an almost-full moon. A masked Lyric Wallenda of the Wallenda family and Cirque Vertigo, glittering in a hot pink costume, swung from a chandelier suspended in the trees and poured champagne for entering guests—all masked, of course (except when photos were taken). Guests made their way to 20 tables generously spread out around the perimeter of the garden. Twinkling lights were strung from the gazebo where acoustic guitarist Dean Johanesen performed. The event was catered by Culinary Creations by Metz (so good to see caterers again!) and the pretty rose floral arrangements were created by Flowers by Fudgie. It was a quiet and gentle night, with only four people to a table—80 guests in all. Everyone was glad to be out after a long, long time—even if they were still wearing masks and just waving at one another from their tables—to support a good cause.   

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