The Foundry will always be one of the most stunning spaces within city limits, but the Secret Summer takes it to another level to transform the venue for their events. Secret Summer as a seasonal occasion has become something to look forward to every year, so when word spread that the group would be creating a winter answer to the summer staple, we knew we had to be there. Aquarius definitely delivered on what we were anticipating.
The weather was pretty temperate for January and guests were guided across the cobblestone exterior by candlelit lanterns to the party entrance. Upon entering, guests were greeted to a room with hundreds of white balloons and the musical stylings of DJ Ryan Vandal. Photo Booth checkpoints were located throughout the space to commemorate the unique experiences.
The second room featured Brugal Rum and Herradura Tequila cocktail tables with signature drinks, complete with a cocktail cart. Jacto Jewelry rounded out the trifecta of this room with jewelry made from sustainable fish parts.
The main room, which hosted most of the action, had two floors of tables with the likes of Spring 44 Distilling spirits, Hendricks Gin, Blue Point Brewery, bites from Australis and Blue Point oysters, and to end on a sweet note, there was My/Mo Mochi ice cream. Sri was on hand to offer a “Conscious Reading” to let guests know what answers they needed to know in their life right now. She was pretty spot on and gave great positive affirmations.
From the second floor, Hochstadter’s “Slow & Low overlooked the main floor along with DJ Kieren Taylor, whose tunes flooded through the cocktail rooms. Jannika Viljanen of Art of All Kind, created personalized poems for those that sat at her table and even burned the edges for authenticity.
Highlights of Aquarius were definitely the performances. The Aquarius Aerialist and Burlesque were impressive with their acrobatics and the High & Mighty Brass Band, playing TLC and Ginuwine really stole the show!
The surprise and delight of the night though was walking past the fire pit into a separate building that presented a Brugal 1888 tasting and sweets that complimented the spirit from Farm & Fork. There were even chocolate shot glasses to taste the rum from! Considering it is aged on average five to fourteen years, the tasting was really a treat.
The Secret Summer team did not disappoint with this event and we hope that this will be yet another annual event they implement. Until then, we’ll see you in the summer!
– Stephanie Carino
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Photos by Elisa Kim and Ethan Covey for Secret Summer, and by Socially Superlative