Westover Lawn Party


28th Annual Westover Lawn Party

June 2, 2018, 2 to 6 pm.

The Annual Westover Lawn Party is a signature event held each summer at Westover Plantation in Charles City, VA. This event, our largest fundraiser, centers on family and educational activities, live entertainment, great food and both a silent and live auction. Sponsorship is available at all levels with proceeds from the event going to support the James River Association.

Westover 2017 Auction Booklet (PDF)

Photos from the 2017 event by Marv Sowers and Amy Bram-Sowers. If you are interested in purchasing prints from the event, contact Amy at pearsaab@yahoo.com.

Westover Lawn Party Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:


Special thanks to the following sponsors:

Dominion Due Diligence
Estes Express Lines
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Smithfield Foods
Union Bank & Trust

Thanks also to:

Battlefield Press
Commonwealth Event Company
Little Fish Designs

Westover Lawn Party Committee

Jenny Andrews • Wilson Enochs • Andrea Erda • Muschi Fisher
Danna Flaherty • Sydney Gottwald • Jeanine Hinson • Anne Innes
Sterling Nichols • Ian Patrick • Sarah Ruffin

Live Auction Items

Game Dinner for 12 on the Banks of the James

Ever imagine how those pheasants at Downton Abbey would taste? How about quail, ducks or dove? How about that perfect cut of venison?

From cocktails on the banks of the James River, a candlelight dinner in the Boyd’s beautiful home and wines skillfully paired to each course, you and your friends have all the ingredients for a perfect evening.

Donated by Julie & Randy Boyd, Anne & Tom Innes, Total Wine and More

WhoDunit? A Murder Mystery Dinner

10 friends will spend a delightful evening at historic Westover Plantation, enjoying the mysterious aura of this 18th century home and trying to determine Whodunit?!

Costumes optional, but highly recommended. A delicious seated dinner will be prepared by White House Catering, complete with wonderful dinner wine.

Donated by Andrea and Rob Erda, Lawrence and Freddie Gray and White House Catering

Candlelight Dinner For 10 at Dogham

You and your guests will meet at Dogham Farm in Charles City County where hosts will prepare and serve a 5-course dinner featuring game and produce from the fields and forests of Westover, Dogham, and other local plantations.

Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by the fire in the library; or stroll the formal garden while the sun sets. Either way, you will experience an elegant candlelight dinner in a colonial setting that has been enjoyed by guests for over 300 years.

Donated by the Fisher, Mitchell and Archer families

Sherwood Forest Dinner for 12

Take a step back in time as you and your guests drive into Sherwood Forest, the former home of President John Tyler, built c. 1720. Sherwood Forest is considered one of the most complete plantation yards left in America, dating from c. 1680. Imagine having cocktails in the beautiful drawing room, followed by a fabulous candlelit dinner in the historic dining room. Your four course dinner will be prepared by William and Kay Tyler and members of JRA’s staff. You will leave with wonderful memories of a very special occasion. Subject to availability.

Donated by the Tyler Family

Picnic Supper on Dover Lake

Bring your swim trunks and up to 30 friends to enjoy a summer’s eve on Dover Lake. The Dover Lake house is a community amenity for the residents of Sabot Hill in Manakin-Sabot. It can be yours for the evening, courtesy of Anna and Scott Reed. Beer, wine, burgers and other grill fare provided. Canoeing, fishing, swimming and other activities available for the adventurous. Available for all ages who can swim.

Donated by Anna and Scott Reed

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Tasting and Tour for 14

Brewery in Richmond for a tour and tasting of their latest craft beer with the brewery’s founders. Hardywood produces a range of traditional European ales and lagers, as well as a host of innovative new styles with American, Virginian, and specifically, Richmond, influences. They work hard to serve as a steward in environmental preservation – 100% of the brewery’s electricity comes from sustainable energy sources (solar, bio-mass and wind power) via the Dominion Green Power program. The evening will also include delicious hors d’oeuvres courtesy of White House Catering.

Donated by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and White House Catering

Sturgeon Watching Trip

Keep your eyes peeled on this exciting adventure to track and find the legendary and mysterious sturgeon that plie the James River! Join Jamie Brunkow, JRA’s Lower James Riverkeeper, aboard the James RiverKeeper skiff as he uses sturgeon tracking sonar to locate the “Fish that Saved Jamestown.” During the trip, Jamie will share the history and lore of sturgeon on the James as well as the current science and restoration efforts to bring this remarkable fish back to prominence on the river. This package includes a tasting of sturgeon filets, paired with fitting wines.

Donated by James River Association

Stay at Cibolo Creek Ranch

Nestled peacefully in the Chinati Mountains, a true West Texas experience awaits at Cíbolo Creek Ranch. Established in 1857, this Big Bend property is equal parts resort lodging and remote getaway.

It may be only a short drive from the nearby cities of Marfa, Alpine, Marathon and more, but we think you’ll agree – it feels worlds away.

Donated by John Poindexter

Wine and Oysters: A Match Made in Heaven

A fantastic opportunity to learn more about the oysters we love to eat and the wine we love to drink. Up to 20 individuals will enjoy a feast of a variety of oysters from the Chesapeake Region and the East Coast as well as a wine tasting featuring Chateau Ste. Michelle wines. JRA’s very own CEO Bill Street will be on hand to serve the wine and oysters.

Donated by James River Association

Cocktails on the James

Enjoy a one of a kind experience with 20 of your closest friends as you set sail from Jordan Point Yacht Haven on the James River Association’s 40-foot cruising catamaran and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while aboard.

Enjoy a river cruise, then set your sights on Westover Plantation where you and your party will disembark to tour the house and grounds.

Donated by the James River Association, Rob and Andrea Erda and White House Catering

Rockin Eco Tour

Experience the James River as never before with tunes on board the Tippsycanoe pontoon boat with the Tylers at Lions Den. Beverages and lunch included for 12. Mutual date based on availability.

Donated by William and Kay Tyler

Spring Gobbler Hunting for 2

Anyone who has not enjoyed a plantation breakfast put on by Randy Boyd is certainly missing something. The fact that this package also includes the gobbler hunt of a lifetime for an individual or pair makes this auction item a must-have.

Dates are subject to availability in the spring of 2018 and by mutual consent of the donor and the bidder.

Donated by Randy Boyd

Woods Hole Getaway

Be sure to bid on this week’s stay at a family home, tucked away from the crowds and bustle of downtown Woods Hole, yet close enough to be in the midst of it all in less than a 3 minute walk. Spacious living room with high ceiling, open dining area, fully equipped kitchen, deck with gorgeous views of harbor and pond–ideal for sunset gatherings.  Enjoy quaint Woods Hole town with its famous Oceanographic Institute and Aquarium, fun shops and restaurants with great food. Available one week in June or July, 2017

Donated by the Fisher Family

Go Hog Wild

Fill your freezer with one half Beechwood Farms pasture-raised hog, Gloucester Old Spot breed pork raised with love in Goochland. Look forward to your very own bacon, chops, sausages, ribs and other specialty cuts of your choice. Custom processed for you by T&E meats.

Donated by Matt Gottwald

Overnight camping and Paddle

Are you ready for the overnight camping trip of your life?  Join Nat Draper, JRA’s Education Manager, for this fun and exciting trip. The float will start at The Hardware River public boat launch. We will then paddle 8.16 miles to New Canton where we will set up camp on Elk Island.  The next morning we will paddle the remaining 8.79 miles to Cartersville. Bidder would be able to bring up to 10 people on this voyage. All food is included and fishing poles are allowed.

Donated by James River Association

Get Ready for the Big Apple!

Whisk yourself away for a 3-night stay in New York City at the West 57th Street Club, a Hilton Resort hotel club. This Club hotel is set in a stunning location in midtown Manhattan, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of cosmopolitan life. Visit nearby Bergdorfs, The Plaza, the Russian Tea room and other New York City Landmarks or enjoy a stroll through neighboring Central Park. The Club’s accommodations provide a tranquil haven of relaxation, with many rooms offering panoramic views of the city.

Donated by Jenny Andrews

Silent Auction Donors

If you are interested in donating an item for the Westover Lawn Party’s Live or Silent auction please contact Sherrie Tribble at stribble@jrava.org.

Thank you to our 2017 Silent Auction Donors:

The 1708 House • Altria • Amir Rugs Exchange • Andrew Carney Photography • Basket & Bike • Berkeley Plantation • Bob Oller • Bottoms Up Pizza • Cabell Gorman • Chadwick and Sons Orchids • Cliff Bruce Studio • Craddock Terry Hotel • Cul’s Courthouse Grille • David Elsea • Dr. Baxter Perkinson • Dr. Joseph Niamtu III • Drew Miller • Edgewood Plantation • Fall Line Farms, LLC • Glenna Jean Bedding • Hi Ho Silver • Hondos Only Prime • Hoover and Strong • Hot House Yoga • Howler Brothers • Jim Hundley • JMc Laughlin • JRA Board Members • Kate Ackerly • Kathy Corbet Interiors • Kuba Kuba • Kuba Kuba Dos • L.L. Bean • Legend Brewery Company • Marie Antoinette Custom Interiors • Marsden Williams • Maymont Foundation • Michael Skin Care • Peak Experiences • Peter Blair • Republic National Distributing Company • Richmond Flying Squirrels • Richmond Symphony • Ronnies BBQ • RVA Paddlesports • Science Museum • Shirley Plantation • Smithfield Foods • The Daily Scrub • The Galley • The Tyler Family • Tides Inn • Total Wine and More • TrueTimber Tree Services • Tweed • Two Rivers Country Club • Upper Shirley Vineyards • Virginia Fishing Adventures • Virginia Opera • Willow Oaks Country Club

Event Photos

Sponsorship and Donation Opportunities

Please join us as a sponsor!

Tent Sponsor: $5,000 (4 opportunities)

  • Signage on large tent
  • One Corporate Table: 10 tickets with JRA party favors and table signage
  • Acknowledgement in Auction Book, including ½ page advertisement
  • Name mentioned on all JRA publications and website highlighting the Westover Lawn Party
  • Special recognition gift honoring sponsorship

Sturgeon Sponsor:  $2,500 (multiple opportunities)

  • Signage in prominent place at event
  • One Corporate Table: 10 tickets with JRA party favors and table signage
  • Acknowledgement in Auction Book, including 1/4 page advertisement
  • Name mentioned on all JRA publications and website highlighting the Westover Lawn Party

Table Sponsor: $1,000 (multiple opportunities)

  • Corporate or family table, including 10 tickets
  • JRA party favors and table signage
  • Acknowledgement in Auction Book

Eagle Sponsor: $500 (multiple opportunities)

  • Signage at the event
  • 4 tickets
  • Acknowledgement in Auction Book

Advertising Sponsor: $250

  • ¼ page ad in Auction Booklet

For more information or questions concerning sponsorship opportunities please contact Sherrie Tribble at stribble@jrava.org.

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