Ochre Court, Newport, the setting for Newport Hospital’s 2012 summer benefit, Under the Tuscan Sky.

- In perfect weather on the night of July 12, Newport Hospital supporters gathered on the sweeping lawns and under a massive white tent at Ochre Court, Ogden Goelet’s magnificent 1892 “cottage,” designed by Richard Morris Hunt, the second largest such edifice in Newport – Yes, the Vanderbilt’s The Breakers is considerably larger.  Goelet spent $4.5 million in 1890’s money to create this French-style masterpiece, gifted in 1947 by his descendants to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Rhode Island, who handed it to the Religious Sisters of Mercy, who founded a small school that has now grown into Salve Regina University.

Dede Wilsey and David Thalmann.

Last week the Bob Hardwick Sound, led by its eponymous pianist, provided splendid music and the enthusiastic crowd, a fine mixture of summer and year-round denizens of Newport, danced the night away and raised $105,000 to provide up-to-date monitors for the hospital, which were a very welcome enhancement to the hospital’s equipment.

The high bidder on a Dragon Red Vespa, Edith McBean.

It was fun to see Ochre Court serving such a terrific function, allowing us to participate in an event that evoked the very purpose that Ogden Goelet must have had in mind 120 years ago.