Gatherings and Events
To attend Social Register gatherings and events you must be either a:
Social Register member,
Invited prospective Social Register member, or
Member of a reciprocal club or association.
Upcoming Gatherings and Events
Please check back for updates:
October 17, 2023 - "Whiskey and Watches", a talk with a foremost expert in luxury watches prior to auction with Hindman Auctions speaks from the Collection of Glen de Vries that encompasses more than 100 watches and 30 top watchmaker manufacturers including F.P. Journe, Richard Mille, A. Lange & Söhne, De Bethune, Patek Philippe, Urwerk, Audemars Piguet, Hublot, Vacheron Constantin, and H. Moser & Cie, displaying de Vries’ passion for science, space, aviation, and speed. Bourbon cocktails. New York City.
November 23, 2023 - "Thanksgiving Dinner at the Sloane Club in London". Please join fellow SR members and Sloane Club members for a traditional Thanksgiving meal from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Aperitifs before at the bar if desired. Join the merriment and fun.
January 17, 2024 - "The Last Ships from Hamburg", Steve Ujifusa, award-winning author and expert on historical shipping events that changed the cultural landscape of the United States. Steve earned a Harvard University degree in history, and a joint master's in historic preservation and real estate development from the University of Pennsylvania. Virtual.
January 27, 2024 – Private VIP tour of The Winter Show before opening to the public, New York City.
March 2 & 3, 2024 - Greenbriar Design weekend, Greenbriar, West Virginia. Stay tuned for itinerary.
Recent Past In-person Events (further below see listings of previous Virtual Events and 2021 in-person events)
September 8, 2023 - "A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur," moves to The Cleveland Museum of Art, its last exhibition in the United States before returning to India. Princess Padmaja Kumair Parmar (see below) attends, along with Christopher Wolf, the CEO of the Social Register.
May 2, 2023 - "A Stylish Evening of Design, Cocktails, and Music," Neo-Traditionalist designers display vignettes showcasing their design sensibilities. The Gallery at 200 Lex provides 50 antique, vintage, and 21st-century dealers on the floor and this particular evening six designers are showcased. Cocktails are served.
April 19, 2023 - The Social Register invites you to a very special evening at the Museum of the City of New York. This exhibition includes photography and video work made over the past several years that creatively documents and interprets the changing cityscape and the disparate responses and experiences of New Yorkers, straddling the stories of the city before, during, and after the pandemic. The photographs in this exhibition invites viewers to see the city they thought they knew through fresh perspectives.
April 10, 2023 - “A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur,” private family tour, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC. The tour will be led by Debra Diamond, curator of the exhibition, assisted by Princess Padmaja Kumari Parmar, who spearheaded the exhibit and joined by SR Chairman Christopher R. Wolf.
With dazzling paintings on paper and cloth—many on public view for the first time— A Splendid Land reveals how artists conveyed emotions, depicted places, celebrated water resources, and fostered personal bonds over some two hundred years in the rapidly changing political and cultural landscapes of early modern South Asia.
March 31 - April 2, 2023 – Social Register joins the National Debutante Cotillion Foundation in celebration of their Jubilee at The Greenbrier, including a Friday evening cocktail followed by dinner, and a white-tie Jubilee Ball Saturday evening, followed by brunch Sunday.
January 28, 2023 – Private VIP tour of The Winter Show before opening to the public, New York City.
November 12, 2022 – Social Register's 135th-anniversary dinner dance at a private club in New York City, honoring Christopher Forbes with the Inaugural Louis Keller Award. All funds benefited the Social Register Foundation. Limited seating.
November 3, 2022 – Social Register cocktail party honoring Christopher Forbes at a private residence in New York City. Kick-off to the dinner dance celebration on November 12, 2022.
October 3, 2022 -- A Social Register event at Sotheby's, "Art as Jewelry as Art." Members toured the exhibit and had the opportunity to try on the unique pieces of 2022 jewelry crafted by legendary artists such as Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, and Louise Nevelson. The tour was led by fellow SR member and curator Tiffany Dubin. Auction of the jewelry on October 6, 2022.
August 20, 2022 -- A cocktail gathering at the University Club in Cincinnati, OH, in-person. By invitation only.
July 14 to July 16, 2022 -- Members were invited to attend the prestigious Hamptons Fine Art Fair Opening Night Vernissage – a private viewing of the Fair before it opened to the public. Fellow SR members at Findlay Galleries generously donated a limited number of GOLD VIP passes ($150 value) to this special event on Bastille Day, July 14th. Continued complimentary access during the three General Admission days Friday—Sunday. The Hamptons Fine Art Fair bills itself as “the most expansive high-caliber selection of important art offered this summer in the nation.”
May 22, 2022 -- A cocktail gathering at the Log Cabin Club in St. Louis, MO with the Chairman of the Social Register, in-person. By invitation only.
May 10, 2022 -- Peter Frankopan, professor of global history at Oxford University and acclaimed author of The Silk Roads and The New Silk Roads invited SR members to a talk on "Greek Civilization's Contribution to the Western World" at St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City with a special gathering for SR members before the event.
April 9, 2022 -- An exclusive private tour of The Winter Show in New York City in the company of world-renowned exhibitors. Social Register members toured the show before it opened to the public. The Winter Show is the leading art, antiques, and design fair in America, featuring 70 of the world’s top experts in the fine and decorative arts. The fair highlights a dynamic mix of works dating from ancient times through the present day and maintains the highest standards of quality in the art market. Each object at the fair is vetted for authenticity, date, and condition by a committee of 150 experts from the United States and Europe.
March 16, 2022 -- In-person talk by Peter Frankopan, professor of global history at Oxford University, on "Greek Civilization’s Contribution to the Western World" in Washington, DC.
Recent Past Virtual Events
May 25, 2023 - "Mount Vernon: The Beguiling Reflection of America’s First President" -- Dr. Susan P. Schoelwer, fellow SR member, Executive Director, Historic Preservation and Collections and Robert H. Smith Senior Curator at George Washington’s Mount Vernon will lead the discussion. In the process of directing the architectural preservation, furnishing, and interpretation of Washington's home, Dr. Schoelwer gained a deeper perspective of Washington. Mount Vernon is often said to be the autobiography that George Washington never wrote.
March 22, 2023 - "The Sistine Chapel You Never Saw" -- Jim Caldwell returns by popular demand for a virtual talk on Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Between 1508 and 1512, Michelangelo created a masterpiece that changed the course of Western art and is regarded as one of the major artistic accomplishments of human civilization. It is the largest painting ever executed by a single artist; the fresco contains over 300 figures, with the Book of Genesis as its inspiration. Jim, artist, architect, teacher and art historian will bring forth the brilliant imagery and the telling of its story in perspectives not seen from 60 feet below.
March 2, 2022 - "Barons of the Sea" -- A virtual talk on his recent book, Steven Ujifusa discussed the clipper ship's evolution, a sweeping history of nineteenth-century American dynasties and the battle for dominance transporting luxury items of tea and opium from China. A recipient of the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence from the Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. Ujifusa has appeared on NPR and CBS Sunday Morning and received his A.B. from Harvard University and his master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
February 9, 2022 - "Who Shot Vincent?" -- A virtual talk by Jim Caldwell, fellow SR member, artist, art historian, and architect. Jim examined Vincent van Gogh the artist, the myth, and his mysterious death and covered over 60 of Van Gogh's paintings.
December 8, 2021 - "Virtual Holiday Concert Featuring The Knights" -- Holiday favorites performed by this renowned group of young classical musicians.
November 17, 2021 - "Virtual Event Opera Lafayette" -- Preeminent American interpreter and producer of 17th to 19th-century opera, Opera Lafayette’s Artistic Director Ryan Brown highlighted three recent productions.
May 5, 2021 – "A Private Live Virtual Tour of Winterthur Presented Exclusively for Social Register Members" -- Winterthur, the premier museum of American decorative arts and childhood home of art collector and horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont, houses 90,000 works of decorative and fine art made or used in America between 1640 and 1860, and 77 acres of historical gardens. The tour included rooms and gardens not generally available to the public. Led by Jeff Goff, Estate Historian at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, and Chris Strand, the Brown Harrington Director of Garden & Estate at Winterthur.
April 22, 2021 – Exclusive Intimate Virtual Celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower. This was a once-in-a-hundred-years celebration gala with our esteemed guest of honor, former British Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH.
March 24, 2021 - "Heavenly Shades of Night, A History of Nocturnes" -- Jim Caldwell, an accomplished artist himself, with more than 450 collections worldwide, spoke about what twilight and night mean to us and how these mediums have been portrayed in art. "It's about an awakened sensibility to what artists throughout history have tried to say; fascinated with depicting night for as long as there has been painting. It is time of dreams and inner reflection."
February 12, 2021 - "Exclusive Virtual Concert with The Knights," performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 8, first movement; Brahms' Violin Concerto with Gil Shaham; and S. Aghaei and C. Jacobson's Ascending Bird with Yo-Yo Ma. The New York Times describes The Knights as "an adventurous young orchestra that has established a strong reputation for polished performances and imaginative programming." The evening was hosted live (virtually) by Eric Jacobsen, artistic director, and conductor, along with celebrated violinist and composer Colin Jacobsen. Audio engineered and sound designed by Grammy Award winner Jody Elff.
January 30, 2021 - "An Exclusive Live Virtual Tour of Four World-Renowned Galleries" -- Along with Helen Allen, Executive Director of The Winter Show as moderator, we explored the Nathan Liverant and Son gallery in Colchester, CT; Jonathan Boos gallery in New York City; Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz gallery in Paris, France; and Spencer Marks gallery in Southhampton, MA. These are four world-renowned experts in their field.
January 13, 2021 - "The Year 1000" -- A fascinating, informative talk by Valerie Hansen, the Stanley Woodward Professor of History at Yale University and author of The New York Times bestseller The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World - and Globalization Began." Dr. Hansen argues that the year 1000 was the world’s first point of major cultural exchange and exploration. The London Sunday Times wrote, “Daring… A smart, broad-ranging survey of the global Middle Ages that is learned, thought-provoking—and perfectly tuned to our times.”
November 18, 2020 - "Meet a Record-Breaking Athlete" -- An introduction to Kim Chambers, one of six people to swim the Ocean Seven, and the only woman to swim from Farallon Islands to San Francisco, considered the most dangerous of all swims. Kim shared her incredible story that captures the world.
October 18, 2020 - "An Evening Celebrating Suzie Zuzek, the Artist Behind Lilly Pulitzer" -- Narrated by Becky Smith, fellow Social Register member, and co-founder of the Suzie Zuzek Project, and Caroline Rennolds Milbank, fashion historian, author, journalist, curator, and appraiser. Private show for Social Register members only.
September 30, 2020 - "An Exclusive Private Tour of the Heart of the U.S. Economy: U.S. Treasury Building" --- Your leadership guides from the Treasury Historical Society hosted the tour including private historical spaces not even shown to VIPs. A Social Register member exclusive.
September 16, 2020 - " New Treasurers from India" -- An evening with the Founder and Director of the Museum of Art and Photography, Bangalore, India - not yet open to the public - exclusively for Social Register Members.
August 19, 2020 - “A Spirited Conversation on the Direction of Fashion and Jewelry for Our Times” -- A panel discussion presented by Hindman Auctions exclusively for Social Register members.
July 29, 2020 – "An Evening with John Singer Sargent and the Scandal of Madame X" -- Presented by SR member and artist Jim Caldwell about the life, career, and work of the expatriate portraitist, John Singer Sargent, and the scandal surrounding his piece "Portrait of Madame X."
July 15, 2020 – "An Evening at Monticello with Thomas Jefferson" -- A Private Live Virtual Tour of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello presented exclusively for Social Register Members.
Previous In-Person Gatherings and Events
New York, NY - Midtown East Art Gallery Tour - October 2021
Southhampton, NY - In-person Tour of LongHouse Reserve - August 2021
New York, NY - A Night at the Opera – Performance of Beethoven’s Leonore – March 2020
Vero Beach, FL – A Cocktail Gathering at a Private Residence - February 2020
New York, NY– The Winter Show Private SR Tour - The Park Avenue Armory - February 2020
New York, NY – Celebrating Autumn and Art - Upper East Side Gallery Tour - October 2019
New York, NY – Friday Frolic - Cocktail Party – The Explorers Club – September 2019
New York, NY – An Expedition to Adventure for Your Young Explorers – The Explorers Club – September 2019
Cincinnati, OH – Black Tie Dinner Dance Celebration – Cincinnati Woman’s Club - June 2019
Chicago, IL – "Aloha Spring!" Cocktail Gathering at a Private Residence in Chicago - May 2019
San Francisco, CA – Festive Cocktail Gathering held at, and sponsored by, Villa Taverna Club - May 2019
San Francisco, CA – Society of Colonial Wars & Social Register Association – University Club - February 2019
New York, NY – The Winter Antiques Show Private SR Tour -The Park Avenue Armory – January 2019
Chicago, IL – Chicago Yacht Club – March 2018
Charleston, SC – Carolina Yacht Club - March 2018
Boston, MA – New England Historic Genealogical Society - October 2018
Chicago, IL – The Casino Club- Duke of Edinburgh Gala - September 2018
Newport, RI – Harbour Court- New York Yacht Club - Yacht Outing - September 2018
Tuxedo Park, NY - Tuxedo Club - Court Tennis Event – September 2018
Philadelphia, PA - The Racquet Club - Court Tennis Event - September 2018
Paris, France – Le Biennale Paris – Impromptu SR Gathering and Party – September 2018
New York, NY - The Racquet and Tennis Club - Court Tennis Event – September 2018
Newport, RI - National Tennis Club - Court Tennis Event – September 2018
McLean, VA - International Tennis Club of Washington - Court Tennis Event – September 2018
Chicago, IL - Racquet Club of Chicago - Court Tennis Event – September 2018
Boston, MA - Tennis and Racquet Club - Court Tennis Event – September 2018
Aiken, SC - Aiken Tennis Club - Court Tennis Event – September 2018
Chicago, IL – Woman’s Athletic Club - April 2017
New York, NY – Doubles Club - October 2017