Saturday, February 9, 2008

Palm Beach Social Diary

The scene at Jackie and Rod Drake's Palm Beach home.
By Hilary Geary

Jackie Weld Drake
Another blissful weekend in Palm Beach with picture perfect weather, no clouds and about 80 degrees! Let me tell you it is kinda like paradise down here, in fact, maybe it is.

Once again, there was so much going on between the Boys Club of New York with the Asprey fashion show at Mar-A-Lago to the Vernissage opening of the International Fine Art and Antique Fair plus dinner, to Paige Rense’s book signing cocktail party at Polo benefiting The Preservation Foundation, and much more.

Everybody turned up to toast Paige and snap up her new dazzler of a beautiful book Private Views, Inside the World’s Greatest Homes. The next day we headed over to the Society of the 4 Arts to hear her and her panel of big time, very talented decorators along with writer Nancy Collins talk about the amazing spaces they have created.

Juan Pablo Molyneux kicked off the lecture with photographs of the extraordinary houses he has designed, then came the brilliant  Mica Ertegun, followed by Mariette Gomez, Scott Snyder, and Joanne de Guardiola.
Dinner set for 20 at Jackie and Rod's.
Speaking of the 4 Arts campus lectures on Valentine’s Day, Jackie Weld Drake will chat about "The Golden Age of Illustration" and about her 20th century American Illustration art collection. Speaking of the adorable Jackie, she and her husband Rod hosted a very glam seated dinner for about 20 at their light filled cheerful casa. Jackie, looking very chic in leopard spots as she greeted us at the door and meticulously introduced everyone as all good hostesses should especially when there are British guests such as Princess Michael of Kent and Mark Law of the famed Partridge Antique store. Among the guests were Howard and Karen Clark, Don and Muffy Miller, Jessie and Rand Araskog, Mario Buatta, John Mashek, Virginia Coleman, Sharon Hoge, Wilbur Ross, Audrey and Marty Gruss, Ellen and Ian Graham, Candy and Bill Hamm and more.
Hilary Geary Ross and Princess Michael of Kent
Karen Clark and Sharon Hoge
Catherine Cahill and Ian Graham
Princess Michael of Kent and Muffy Miller
Audrey Gruss and Mark Law
John Mashek, Virginia Coleman, and Mario Buatta
Due to the popularity of the reality series "Project Runway," everyone is talking about the Parsons School of Design (much of the show takes place in a classroom of the Parsons Fashion Center on New York's Seventh Avenue.) For more than half a century, Parsons School of Design has produced many of America's leading designers in fashion, communications, interior, furniture and industrial design along with the fine arts of drawing, painting, sculpture, film and beyond. Their alumni list reads like a Who's Who of those who have shaped the visual landscape of our lives- from Jasper Johns and Norman Rockwell to Norman Norell to Mario Buatta and Angelo Donghia to Donna Karan, Isaac Mizrahi, Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs.

Later on this month, Parsons will be celebrating the opening of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center on lower Fifth Avenue, made possible by a $7 million dollar gift from the media, hospitality and pro-sports mogul (and Ambassador to CARE). There, Parsons will have a spectacular state-of-the-art facility housing galleries, archives, event spaces and a design store.

James Borynack, of the Wally Findlay Gallery and graduate of Parsons, Class of '67 hosted an alumni cocktail reception at his Palm Beach outpost. Parsons grads are everywhere. In Palm Beach at the Wally Findlay were Associate Dean Lydia Matthews, Iris and Carl Apfel, Frannie Scaife, Jennifer Garrigues, Steven Stolman (class of 1980,) Regina and Rainier Greeven, Leslie Slatkin and Cristina and Desmond Keogh.
Lydia Matthews and James Borynack
Sheridan Snyder and Teru Ardleigh
Rodney Dillard, Rainer and Regina Greeven, James Borynack, and Peggy Dillard
Meryl Reynolds and Snow Piccollo
Patrick Flynn and Deborah Pollack
Lauren and Amanda Schumacher
Hugh and Sarah Bate
Carl and Iris Apfel with Steven Stolman
John Hayden, Gail Bernheim, and Juan Pretel
Desmond Keogh and Christina Keogh
Graham Watkins and David Albenda
The Junior League of the Palm Beaches Celebrated Volunteerism and the 10th Anniversary of the Woman Volunteer of the Year with a spectacular cocktail party at The Beach Club in Palm Beach.

They honored past Woman Volunteer of the Year winners and nominees Betty Bell, Julia Dattolo, Pamela Goodman and Gale Howden, who was also the chairwoman of the first Woman Volunteer of the Year luncheon; along with Robin Azqueta, Kelly Hopkins, Helene Lorentzen, Talbott Maxey, Nicole Munder, Binkie Orthwein and Betsy Turner who were recognized by the Junior League as this year's honored volunteers.

The cocktail party was a huge success raising over $60,000 for the Junior League's 2007-2008 Community Projects -- 4U2 Discover, Done in a Day, Ear and Eye Alert, the Historical Society of Palm Beach County Docent  Program, the Nelle Smith Residence and the Girls Advocacy Project (GAP). The Junior League of the Palm Beaches contributed nearly $70,000 and more than1,650 volunteer hours to its Community Projects during the 2006 - 2007 League season.
The scene at The Beach Club.
Celebrating Volunteerism committee was Shelly Albright, Carolyn Broadhead, Kristen Cashel, Emily Gehring, Katy Kern, Jennifer Lazzara, Brooke McKernan, Heather Neville, Emily Perrotto, Kelly Ring, Rebecca Seelig, and Ellen Vaughan.  The Sustainer Committee was Sharron Broadhead, Gale Howden,  Wendy Isil Kulunas, Lisa Lettenmaier, Crissy Poorman, Lynne Reynolds, Mary Reynolds, Patricia Ring, Bonnie Siegfried, Susan Teaford and Bonnie Weaver. For the second year in a row Kathryn C. Vecellio served as the Honorary Chair.

Since its inception in 1941, the Junior League of the Palm Beaches has donated nearly $3 million to specific community projects and in the past ten years has invested more than 327,000 league volunteer hours.
Cathy Orrico and Deborah Koepper
Kelly and Kevin Ring
Katie and Leo Vecellio
Taylor Collins, Carolyn Broadhead, and Beau Raich
Christine Strawbridge with Chris and Binkie Orthwein
Megan Kossove and Sandy Boutros
Katie Vecellio and Carolyn Broadhead
Kristen and Collin Cashel
Lee Sadrian, Jim House, and Cary Jackson
Kit and Bill Pannill with Talbott Maxey
Ryan and Nicole Munder
Geoffrey and Lucy Webster
Patrick and Lily Holt Dillion
Collin and Kristen Cashel, James and Susan Broadhead, Carolyn Broadhead, and Jeff Broadhead
Susan and Tommy Mayes
Robin Azqueta and Kendall Wheeler
Courtney Crawford and Jodi Chapin
Laura Coburn and Marty Hester
Carolyn Broadhead, David Lambert, and Susan and Mark Morgan
Carolyn Broadhead, Esther LaBovick, Courtney Crawford, and Jodi Chapin
Photographs by Lucien Capehart

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