Sian, Lesley, and JH visit the wonderfully British potter Roy Hamilton at his Bryant Park apartment. According to Roy, "One of the reasons I keep working is that I'm still so thrilled that people actually like what I do."
ART SET Artists at Work: Augustus Mayhew visits the Rauschenberg Residency on Captiva.
LIZ SMITH: How Hollywood Helped Defeat Polio ... Diane Keaton Steps In For the Eternally Modest (Or Something) Woody Allen ... What Would Jesus Think About Obamacare — Honest, this Question Has Been Asked!
SOCIAL DIARY The holiday time is moving in. You can see it along the avenues and in the apartment windows in the neighborhood; even at Michael's Wednesday lunch; plus a two-fer evening this past Tuesday for Hillary.
Museum of Arts and Design's annual Visionaries! Awards; New-York Historical Society's History Makers Gala; Fountain Gallery's "Mad About Art"; The Neuberger Museum of Art celebrated its Ruby Anniversary; A book party for Liv Tyler's "Modern Manners: Tips to Take You to the Top."
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Ann Richards Awash in Gifts ... New Yorkers = Good Sports? ... Garbo Talks! ...Thanksgiving Corrections … Vidal On "Inventing a Nation" ... Show Business ... The Fabulous Baranski Girls ... Miley Cyrus As Role Model.
SOCIAL DIARY Memories of Maureen and Billy Dudley; the two obits of the Earl and Countess of Dudley, who died two years apart on the same day, November 16th.
SOCIAL HISTORY No Holds Barred. Blair Sabol does her Autumn in New York trip, goes all the way on the hair with Alexis and Manabu, finally gets the bag of her dreams at ArtBag, and loves the Plaza Athenee Hotel for all the right reasons.
Delia von Neuschatz visits the studio of shoe designer Sarah Flint ("Designer of shoes that are 'comme il faut'"), and entrepreneur with her own line of women's shoes.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Michael Jackson Memorabilia Goes On The Block ... Rockettes Still Wow In Christmas Show ... The BBC's "Top Gear" — Next Guest, The Pope? ... NYC's Barbetta Restaurant Out For Repairs.
SOCIAL DIARY A late autumn cold and sunny-grey day in New York, and the trip Bill Bryson takes me on in his book "One Summer, America 1927" -- plus Citymeals 27th Annual women's lunch attended by scores of prominent New York women and men.
PARTY PICTURES Sixth Annual Holiday House NYC Opening Night Gala; 19th Annual Family Hanukkah Party at The Jewish Museum; Sixth Annual Holiday House NYC Opening Night Gala; ArtWorks held its first ever live art event; Cowgirls & Indians Junior Party at Doubles; A book party for "Fabulous Moments About Town" to benefit the ASPCA.
John Foreman reflects on the difference between "merely good" and "very good" when Big Old Houses visits Stonehurst in Waltham, Massachusetts.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Thanksgiving Stuffin' — Kim, Kanye and MM ... Gaga and Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... The Eternally Shirtless Justin Bieber ... Elizabeth Taylor ... Mark Wahlberg ... Sinead O' Connor ... Happy Holidays! (So Far).
SOCIAL DIARY Thanksgiving weekend brings back a lot of memories for all of us; and the ASPCA Humane Awards the week before offers us hope for our memories.
PARTY PICTURES Teachers College, Columbia University's 125th Anniversary Celebration Gala; Winter Antiques Show Committee and East Side House Settlement's inaugural Expert Eye Evening; The Thurgood Marshall College Fund's Awards Gala in Washington, DC; Annual Benefit Luncheon & Fashion Show for Breast Cancer Alliance; NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund's 27th Annual National Equal Justice Award Dinner.
ACROSS THE WORLD
Washington Social Diary. Carol Joynt considers the social season just passed in our nation's capital, and who does it best.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Hollywood Will Pay Anything To Be "Eaten Last" By Bette Midler ... Lindsay Lohan's Lovely Yams (No, I Really Mean Yams!) ... Britney Spears Can't Sing "Aida" But She Is Back in Her Own The Groove ... Manhattan Glamour — Where Has It Gone?
SOCIAL DIARY Thanksgiving Day in New York. Watching the preparation for the Macy's Day Parade; two dinners -- one with a large family at home, and another at Cipriani's; plus a look at the end-of-the-day Fifth Avenue.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: T'was the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn't sleep / I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep ...
SOCIAL DIARY Raining heavily and cold in New York on the day before Thanksgiving. Today's diary is on the history of one of the city's greatest mansions, the Charles M. Schwab Riverside House, completed in 1906 and razed 42 years later to be replaced by an entire block of an apartment building.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: "THANKSGIVING IS indeed the nearest thing we have to a national liturgy. From sea to shining sea, it calls forth a grand harmony of groaning boards ...."
SOCIAL DIARY Cold day in New York at the beginning of Thanksgiving week, warmed by Tiffany & Company's annual Holiday Luncheon at the store; plus last night's AD100 celebration hosted by Margaret Russell at the Four Seasons restaurant; and last week's luncheon for Japanese contemporary artist Mariko Mori at Michael's.
"Big Old Houses" visits a great Colonial Revival mansion in Farmington, CT., where John Foreman wonders how else, other than writing this column, he would ever meet so many interesting people.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: "Hey Kitty, Kitty" — Miley Cyrus Purrs through The American Music Awards ... Allison Janney's Brilliant "Masters of Sex" Performance ... The History of Debutantes ... How the Internet Has Changed Our Language.
SOCIAL DIARY Cold autumn weekend with a snow shower, plus Thursday night's La Mama DIY Season Gala honoring Michael Feingold and Patsy Tarr and the 2wice Arts Foundation with performances by among others, Sting.
PARTY PICTURES The Museum of the City of New York presented Stephen Sondheim with its Louis Auchincloss Prize; American Museum of Natural History's 2013 Museum Gala; 16th Annual Food Allergy Ball benefiting Food Allergy Research & Education.
ACROSS THE WORLD
Washington Social Diary. Carol Joynt attends the American Ingenuity Awards: Where Washington and Genius Come Together; plus if you are in Washington over Thanksgiving.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Jennifer Lawrence on "Letterman" — Strictly from "Hunger" ... The Unmistakable Voice of Fred Astaire ... New and Unusual on Broadway — "The Commons of Pensacola" ... For an Intimate French Experience, Come to Veau d'Or ...