"What is a folly? An ornamental structure—oftentimes strange, fantastical, or whimsical—built for just one purpose: pleasure." So reads the description on the Royal Oak Foundation's website of the oft-overlooked, ever-pleasing structures that lend their name to its annual benefit gala. Caleb Anderson, for one, loves the descriptor. "The fun thing about follies is that they’re purely ornamental and are obviously just for show, so they’re really fun and happy," he says. We've gotten on the topic of follies by way of the Royal Oak Foundation, an American not-for-profit that supports the work of England's National Trust in maintaining and preserving historic structures. Next week the organization hosts its second annual Follies benefit, and Anderson, an avid supporter of the group and co-chair of the gala's host committee, will design the event.
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