HEARST CASTLE Enchanted Evening


"Hearst, The Collector" was the theme of the annual 2009 Enchanted Evening at Hearst Castle presented by the

Friends of Hearst Castle

.  The host of Public Television's

California Gold

, Huell Howser was the affable emcee for the evening.

To reflect the glittering, magical, heyday of Mr. Hearst's reign of unrivaled entertaining, we recreated this evocative era of indulgence.  Our desire was to achieve the sense of intrigue, flair and worldly vision of Mr. Hearst; his home, his collections and his spirited hospitality. 

It was a warm September evening with our palm frond chandeliers twisting in the breeze like a fan, seemingly cooling the guests all dressed in their fabulous finery.  I must confess that I couldn't resist dipping my toe in the Neptune pool...it was a very sweet ending to an always incredible experience.

The impressive artistry of professionals included:


Tom Meinhold Photography


Maegen Loring Catering


Doug Fleenor Design


Usonia Jazz Band