Joyce M. Johnson

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens hosted its black-tie gala event at the historic estate Friday evening with this year’s theme, “The Enchanted Garden.”

The benefit captured the beauty of the garden for the 500 guests who attended the 18th annual Midsummer’s Night celebration, with Jim Urban serving as the butler welcoming attendees at the door. Holly and Steve Wilt co-chaired the fundraiser.

“We come here all the time with our kids,” said Ruby Eapen, who enjoyed the water cascading on the patio with her husband, Dr. Babu Eapen.

“This is one of the grandest events of the season and we can entertain like the Seiberlings did at their home in the 1920s,” said Gailmarie Fort, vice president of outreach.

“I like to bring my granddaughter to the butterfly garden here,” said Kim Bellissimo of Canton, who attended with husband Jon.

Guests had the chance to bid in the auction for dinner in the Manor House for 20 people. Mingling and chatting were Steve and Jeannine Marks, Steve and Cherie Schechter and Jon Fiume and Mark Munoz.

Munoz said, “This is the house of all houses and the best part is when you drive up to it.”

“The last time we brought friends from out of town to visit they compared it to the home in Downton Abbey,” said Kathleen Sinclair, who attended with husband Ken.

Medina residents Dave and Tracy Crandall saw the grounds for the first time. Barry and Maggie Hollis joined friends Tom and Anita Gedelian.

“We love it here and this is one of the highlights of the year for us,” Anita said.