There were real concerns Hurricane Florence would crash Saturday’s Wolf Trap Ball, but the night was clear, balmy and completely dry — an ironic end to the 2018 season.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t mention and thank our most special guest this season: the rain,” Wolf Trap President Arvind Manocha told the crowd. “In honor of this celebration of Great Britain, our theme this season was weather, and we made very special arrangements to feature the rain as often as we possibly could — almost every concert.”
The Burberry print-inspired umbrellas hanging from the rafters served as a nod to British performers who graced the stage this year, to the ball’s across-the-pond theme and to weathering (pun intended) the challenges of an outdoor concert venue.
None of it dampened the spirits of the 900 guests — including British Ambassador Kim Darroch, former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe (D), Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) and other members of Northern Virginia’s political, business and cultural elite — who raised a record $1.6 million for the performing arts center. Guests went home with a goody bag that included Walkers shortbread, but no umbrella. Seems like a missed opportunity, if you ask us.
Correction: The original version of this story referred to the umbrellas’ print as Burberry, per the organizers. However, they were not made by the brand. The story has been updated.