Scott Shuman, Jim Taylor, Tim Murphy and John Pierce engaged in a full on assault on Manhattan over the first ten days of May. The weather was spectacular with everything in bloom and mostly blue skies with perfect temperatures.
The visits were book-ended by the Annual Trout Unlimited Spring Dinner on May 2nd at the beautiful Boathouse in Central Park where Scott volunteered his auctioneer magic raising thousands of dollars for TU projects while auctioning off some amazing national and international trips. The other bookend was what has become the Annual Hall and Hall/Open Fences/Holland and Holland Event at the venerable Holland and Holland Gun Room in midtown on May 9th.
We had nearly 100 RSVPs and, if everyone had shown up, we would have been in pretty tight quarters! Our featured guest was Sam Byrne of Cross Harbor Capital who led the group that bought the Yellowstone Club out of bankruptcy. He spoke eloquently and humbly about his love of southwestern Montana, the strong bonds that YC has formed with organizations like Hall and Hall and our next speaker – the Yellowstone Park Foundation – and the extraordinary reception they have received under their new management with sales exceeding $300 Million already in 2013. At this pace they hope to reach capacity in 6 to 7 years.
Karen Kress, the executive director of the Yellowstone Park Foundation, talked about the philanthropic work they are doing in the Park which lies literally 20 miles south of the Yellowstone Club and the opportunities for major donors to have a behind the scenes look at what is going on in the Park. The surprise of the evening was a well received presentation by the Holland and Holland crew on the evolution of the gun featuring some beautiful antique shotguns some over 150 years old.
The Hall and Hall team spoke briefly about the ranch real estate market and made themselves available privately to chat with interested invitees. The drawing for the door prizes which included a guided fishing weekend, an autographed set of celebrated photographer Tom Murphy’s work The Seasons of Yellowstone, and a weekend for two at the Yellowstone Club was another of the evening’s highlights. Since you had to be present to win, there were a number of disappointed people who left early or did not attend. All in all it was a lovely evening which was enjoyed by all who were in attendance. Again, thank you to Holland and Holland and Open Fences.