Westover Lawn Party

30th Annual Westover Lawn Party

June 6, 2020, 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 2019 Booklet(PDF)

Photos from the 2018 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:

Atlantic Union Bank
Colonial Pipeline Company
Dominion Due Diligence
Estes Express Lines
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Smithfield Foods
Spherient Advisors

Thanks to the following table sponsors:

AdvanSix • Jenny Andrews & Everett Taylor • Cindy & Bill Barnett • Jim & Susan Buzzard • Capital Results • Tom & TJ Cardwell • Davenport and Company • Rob & Andrea Erda • Fred & Muschi Fisher • Rich & Danna Flaherty • Granville, LLC • Lawrence and Freddie Gray • Harris Williams • Harris, Hardy & Johnstone, P.C. • J.W. Enochs, Inc. • Kaufman & Canoles • Roger & Louise Kirby • Gaylon and Melissa Layfield • Alastair Macdonald • Ty and Wanda Murray • Party Perfect • ReMax Commonwealth • Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville Real Estate • SunTrust Bank • John and Tommy Thompson • Thompson McMullan • Troutman Sanders

Thanks also to:

Copy Cat Printing • Wilson Enochs • J & W Seafood, Inc. • Bob Oller • Party Perfect • Republic National Distributing Company

Westover Lawn Party Committee

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

A Selection of 2019 Live Auction Items

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 2020 and by mutual consent of the donor and the bidder.

Donated by Randy Boyd

Evening to Remeber

Enjoy a leisurely excursion for 8 along the Capital Trail. You will be riding comfortable, chic Priority Bicycles fitted with Nantucket Bike Baskets provided by Basket & Bike. Petal to exquisite Evelynton Plantation and eplore the grounds or relax in one of the multiple hammocks before you and up to 4 additional guests gather under ancient oak trees for Al Fresco dining.

Donated by John and Jeanine Hinson, John and Kathy Wurdeman, Anne Poarch


You’ll definitely want to bid on this beautiful 17” Amethyst Bead Strand with a sterling silver magnetic clasp. This necklace would be a great gift for that special someone in your life.

Donated by the Precious Gem

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

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Tasting and Tour for 14

Grab your friends and plan to visit Hardywood West
Creek. Enjoy a tour and tasting at their new facility and
enjoy 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

Farm to Table

Win this package or split it with friends, and take home an astonishing whole side of beef (minus bones) from a happy, grass-fed and finished Black Angus steer raised on Beechwood Farms pasture in Goochland County, VA. This will be custom processed for you by Buffalo Creek.

Donated by Matt Gottwald

Week Stay in Costa Rica

Make plans for a special getaway with this one week Saturday to Saturday stay in Guanacoste, Costa Rica. Enjoy your stay in a two bedroom condo with king size beds. Condo has a full kitchen, internet, washing machine and dryer and is located 500 yards from the Pacific Ocean. Two pools are on property and there are many restaurants and activities, including horseback riding, fishing and zip lining all within a short drive. Trip is good for one year from the date of the auction. You will need to fly to Liberia, Costa Rica, rent a car and the resort is about 1 1/2 hours away.

Donated by Paul Kessler

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 & More

Stay at Cibolo Creek Ranch

Trip valid from June 2, 2019 to June 2, 2020 (Sunday – Thursday) upon mutual consent between the donor and the bidder. Taxes, alcoholic beverages and transportation not included. Subject to reservations.

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

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

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

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

Beautiful Blue Topaz Set

Treat that special someone in your life with this beautiful sterling silver and 18kt yellow gold blue topaz and diamond necklace, earring and ring set. This set features fantasy cut Sky blue topaz gemstones and retails for $2,700.

Donated by Cowardin’s Jewelers

James River East, Richmond

East, Richmond
This beautiful Bob Oller 40” x 20” vector painting will look amazing in your home or office. This is the first piece in a series on Richmond with a view of mid morning looking South East along the James, just above the lower falls along Browns Island and the City. Value $1,200.

the City. Value $1,200.
Donated by Bob Oller – boboller.com

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 north of Scottsville, VA. On day 1, we will paddle 4 to 6 miles to Horseshoe Flats Campground, eat dinner and camp out under the stars. Day 2 we will paddle another 5 to 7 miles. It’s a great trip for families and friends. All food, tents and canoes are included and you may bring your fishing poles. You may invite up to 10 of your friends on this voyage.

Donated by James River Association

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, 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. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. Trip best taken from August 1 – October 1

Donated by James River Association

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@thejamesriver.org

Thank you to our 2019 Silent Auction Donors:

Carlton Abbott • Altria • Amir Rugs Exchange • Aroma Bakery • Lynn Barbini • bbgb tales for kids • Berkeley Plantation • Bookbinders • Bottoms Up Pizza • Bartholomew and Spencer Broadbent • Dr. James A. Burden • Can Can Brassiere • Chadwick and Sons  Orchids • Children’s Museum of Richmond • The Club at Viniterra • Color Me Mine • Conch Republic • Craddock Terry Hotel • Cul’s Courthouse Grille • David Elsea • Edgewood Plantation • Firebirds Wood Fired Grill • Fred & Muschi Fisher • Antoinette Freeman • G Force • Gilt and Ash • Hondos Only Prime • Hoover & Strong • Hope and Glory Inn • Hoskins Creek Furniture Company • Howler Brothers • Hundley’s Horse Drawn Carriage • Indian Fields Tavern • J. McLaughlin • James River Association Board of Directors  • Kathy Corbet Interiors • Kendra Scott • Kingsmill Jewelers • Alison Kent • Holly Kidwell Interiors • Kuba Kuba • L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools • Legend Brewing Company • Libbie Market • Lily Pulitzer • Melito’s Restaurant • Mellow Mushroom • Michael Skin Care • John Morgan • Dr. Joseph Niamtu III • Dianne Nordt • Bob Oller • Orvis • Passages Adventure Camp • Penelope • Peter Blair • Gardner Phillips • Richmond Flying Squirrels • The Richmond Symphony • RVA Paddlesports • Sassy Bee • Shagbark • Shirley Plantation • Smithfield Station • Smithfield Foods • The Cheesecake Factory • The Galley • Total Wine & More • Tweed • Two Rivers Country Club • The Tyler Family • Upper Shirley Vineyards • Virginia Fishing Adventures • Virginia Opera • Waterstone

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

Bid Sheet Sponsor (1 opportunity): $1,000

  • Name listed very visibly on JRA bid cards which will be given out as people enter the event
    and then used to bid at the live auction and on silent auction items
  • Acknowledgement in Auction Book and name listed on the JRA website
  • 6 tickets

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@thejamesriver.org.