How do you celebrate Tiffany’s connection to Lafayette?
With a double dip of Molly-Polly Strawberry Chunker, of course.
In March, the Tiffany at Lafayette exhibits opened at the Williams Center Gallery and Skillman Library, celebrating Louis Comfort Tiffany’s nearly 150-year-old connection with the College. The exhibits, featuring spectacular troves of some of the most priceless and iconic treasures Tiffany ever made and accompanying catalog, was produced by Michiko Okaya, director of Lafayette art galleries and art collections, and Diane Shaw, director of special collections and College archivist.
The ice cream came courtesy of Brooks Minnick of Bank Street Creamery in Easton. Turns out strawberries are part of the College’s Tiffany story that began in 1886 when the world-renowned designer was courting his future bride, Louise Wakeman Knox, the daughter of Lafayette’s seventh president.
That summer the couple took a two-week, pre-wedding boat ride on the Delaware & Lehigh Canal from Philadelphia to Mauch Chunk, now known as Jim Thorpe, Pa.
Traveling from Raubsville to Easton on June 21, the group stopped for strawberries and green peas before getting off to visit Louise’s father.
The outing inspired Minnick’s use of strawberries in the ice cream, which was served to students free of charge on the last day of class in May.