SAVANNAH, GEORGIA - When the Telfair Museum, under the leadership of its director, Lisa Grove, decides to throw a party, Savannah rocks.This annual, themed, white-tie gala turns into a social marathon lasting eight hours, if you complete all segments of the event.

Who better to be the Honorary Chair of the evening than the current Spanish Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Ramon Gil-Casares, who graced the formal part of the proceedings with his august presence? Under the gracious leadership of Chairman of the gala, Cindy Edwards, an organizing team created an extravaganza that topped all previous efforts. Bob Jepson, Dale Critz, Jr. and Cathy Solomons put together an amazing live auction, which raised around $300,000 for the museum’s educational programs.

From left to right: Joe Edwards; Guillermo Corral, Spanish Cultura Attaché; Cindy Edwards, Co-Chair of the Telfair Ball; Alice Jepson, Co-Chair of the Telfair Ball; Ramon Gil-Casares, Spanish Ambassador to the US; and Robert Jepson. Photo courtesy of Kim Branagan of South Magazine.

Can we talk Spanish food? Grilled octopus braised with cork and red wine, a Tapas plate including Tortilla Española, Corazón de Pescado, Flan con Torijas and a series of after-dinner delicacies involving a serious quantity of sugar.

To give a sense of the attention to detail in evidence, the valet parking staff were dressed as toreadors.

Following dinner, a fresh intake of the beautiful and young of Savannah joined the "grown-ups" for what is called "The Telfair Bash," at which one may dance the night away to a multi-decibel live band, or so I have been reliably informed.

¡Que noche tan bella!

From left to right: Paula Fogarty, Editor of South magazine; Alice Jepson; Ramon Gil-Casares; and Cindy Edwards. Photo courtesy of Kim Branagan of South Magazine.