New Year’s Eve at the Duke Mansion

The Duke Mansion hosted a New Year’s Eve party, just one part of a kickoff celebrating its 100th anniversary year in 2015.

A great mix of guests of different ages enjoyed dinner, dancing to music from awardwinning lounge DJ That Guy Smitty, a Champagne toast to ring in the new year and a late-evening breakfast.

The mansion’s executive chef, Harrison Booth, was in charge of a multicourse dinner served in a heated, lighted tent on the lawn. One of the hits of the evening was an edible replica of the mansion, created by Wow Factor Cakes. It was so huge it took six servers to carry it, and guests raved that it tasted as good as it looked.

Proceeds from the evening benefit the nonprofit that runs the mansion, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.