Scotch Party at Lippitt House
If you’re a fan of the Victorian Era, with its ornate woodwork and elaborate finishes, Lippitt House is the place for you. It’s a 30-room Renaissance Revival villa, built in the 1860s for textile heir Henry Lippitt. All these years later, it’s just as glittering as ever – one of the best-preserved Victorian interiors in America. And if you really want to step back into Providence’s Golden Age, Preserve RI’s Christmas Scotch Party is the perfect time.
Expect a pre-dinner cocktail party type atmosphere. A host of whiskies and fine wines are featured and artisan hors d’oeuvres are passed as you mingle and stroll through the opulent environs. The evening benefits Preserve Rhode Island, the organization that currently maintains the house after over 100 years of Lippett family ownership (and puts the house to many good uses while telling the story of Providence’s immigrant community as well as the industrial Gilded Age elite.)
Scotch Party tickets are $100 each, and the party runs only from 6-8 pm, so don’t be fashionably late. (The house is located near the Brown University campus, just up the hill from downtown, so there are plenty of dinner options after – Mill’s Tavern, which has a pleasant wood-paneled ambiance and great food, might be an appropriate nearby choice for a romantic date.) Because of the Lippett House’s wider mission, there aren’t a lot of chances to view the house if you miss the Scotch Party – although there is a kid-friendly Christmas celebration on December 14.