Kingston Oscar-winner Chris Cooper and his actress/writer wife, Marianne Leone Cooper, were just two of the VIPs at Plimoth Plantation’s Celestial Celebration gala on Saturday night. The party benefited the restoration of the Mayflower II, a reproduction vessel that was built in England in the mid-1950s to journey across the Atlantic like the original Mayflower. David Thorpe, an original crew member from the 1957 voyage (he was 24 then), traveled from England to Plymouth to be a part of the celebration. His speech got a standing ovation. The Mayflower II, which is open to Plantation visitors, has some A-list supporters. Names on the gala committee list included the Coopers, writer Geraldine Brooks, local animal lover and television personality Jeff Corwin, and Rose Styron. The night’s honorary cochairs were Senator Scott Brown’s wife, Gail Huff, and British Consul General to New England Dr. Phil Budden. Guests were treated to oysters from Island Creek Oyster Co., dinner from Joanne Chang of Flour, and Myers + Chang, and a talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning Nathaniel Philbrick.