Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Palm Beach Social Diary

Palm Beach, few beach goers with the weather we are having.
By HILARY GEARY ROSS

Well, after the coldest winter on record we have had a few beach days down here in PB, but I can count them on one hand. It sure ain’t the tropics; in fact today it is 66 degrees and raining! Anyway, not to worry as we still are havin’ fun!!

Last weekend, first thing Friday morning I dashed over to the Brazilian Court to Parker Ladd’s author series as my witty pal Jane Stanton Hitchcock was the featured writer along with Gillian Gill. Gillian has just written Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, and Rivals and Jane has penned a real page turner, Mortal Friends, that is a must buy! The two were thoroughly entertaining as breakfast speakers.
Parker Ladd and Jane Stanton Hitchcock discussing her book Mortal Friend at the Brazilian Court.
Authors Jane Stanton Hitchcock and Gillian Gill.
That night brought the Winston Churchill Foundation dinner and a big crowd turned out to support this foundation that provides scholarships for Americans to study at Cambridge University. The venue was the ever chic Club Colette and what a festive soirée it was! We sipped Pouilly-Fuisse, Louis Latour 2008, Chateau de la Chaize and Pol Roger champagne while dining on delicious goujonette, rack of lamb and baked Alaska. Then we danced away to the  famed musician Peter Duchin’s fabulous tunes. No one can play the piano like the very talented Mr. Duchin, so the dance floor was jammed.
Mary Davidson and Jeanne Pearman.
Jane Stanton Hitchcock and Howard Kessler.
Carol McFadden and Billy Rayner.
Kathy Rayner and Wilbur Ross.
Baron Clifford Klenk and Joanne de Guardiola.
Harry Benson and Kate Khosrovani.
Gigi Benson, Susan LLoyd, and John Loring.
Peter Duchin.
Next day, after power walking, tennis and more we popped into former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s surprise dinner party at Café Centro; and he was truly surprised! His beautiful wife Mila and the kids told him they were going out for a quiet b-day celebration en famille. So SURPRISE as about seventy or so were there to toast him including all of their family.

Mila looked dazzling as always in Serge and Real top and Ralph Lauren pants. We started with classic Marghertia and Con Salsicca e Cipolla pizzas plus a choice of entrées: grilled salmon or penne al vodka or chicken piccatta and yummy chocolate molten cake.
Mila and Brian Mulroney.
Among the lucky guests were John Damgard and Britty Cudlip, David and Julia Koch, Marie and Raymond Floyd, Jacky Desmarais, Lauren and John Veronis, my husband Wilbur Ross, Leonard and Evelyn Lauder, our houseguest Carol McFadden, Chris and Grace Meigher, Henry and  Marie Jose Kravis, Raysa and Alfy Fanjul, Joanne and Robert de Guardiola, Steve Schwarzman, Barbara Black, Hillie Mahoney, Annette and Joe  Allen, Sam and Anita Michaels, Howard and Michele Kessler, Diana and Llwyd Ecclestone, Kate Ford, Frank Chopin, Jill and David Gilmour, Hashem and Kate Khosrovani, Stanley and Gay Gaines, Damon and Liz Mezzacappa, Nicky and Ira Harris, famed tennis star Chrissie Evert, Pat Cook and Bob Nederlander, Sam and Anita Michaels, Joanne and Roberto de Guardiola, Livio Borghese and more.
The surprise Mulroney party at Cafe Centro.
Chrissie Evert, Dr. Augustin J. "Gus" Schwartz III, and Hillile Mahoney.
The two Mulroney sons.
Jacky Desmarais.
Brian Mulroney and Chrissie Evert. Leonard Lauder and Caroline Mulroney Lapham.
Julia Koch, Dr. Augustin J. "Gus" Schwartz III, and Hillie Mahoney.
Diana Ecclestone, Damon Mezzacappa, and Marie Josee Kravis.
Dan Ponton. Hashem Khosravani and Tommy Quick.
Tommy Quick, Kate Ford (who took these terrific pics), and Cynthia Boardman.
Next stop was Karen and Richard LeFrak’s terrific big fun dinner at Mar-a-Lago.

Karen and Richard LeFrak.
Karen looked beautiful in strapless black Oscar de La Renta and Richard was his debonair self in a navy blue blazer and Hermes tie as they greeted pals outside by the glamorous pool next to the Intra Coastal Waterway.

After sipping icy vintage champagne under the stars, we headed into the dining room to find two long narrow tables, covered in glowing pale green silk with tall centerpieces filled with lush spring flowers in pale soft colors, all ravishingly pretty.

We dined sumptuously on fresh pea soup, with a choice of lamb chop or salmon for main course and heavenly cake and ice cream for dessert. 

Among the guests were Donald and Melania Trump, Bill and Donna Acquavella, Jamie Niven, John Mashek, Alfred and Judy Taubman, Jessie and Rand Araskog, Felicia Taylor, Arianna and Dixon Boardman, John Loring, Harry and Gigi Benson, Anne and John Pyne, Audrey and Martin Gruss, Cameron and Annie MacRae, Timmy and Susan Mortimer, Joanne and Roberto de Guardiola, Jane and George Bunn, Candy and Bill Hamm, Somers and Jonathan Farkas and more.
Arriana Boardman and Bill Acquavella.
Jamie Niven and Carol Mack.
Donald Trump toasting Karen and Richard LeFrak.
Joanne de Guardiola, Mai Harrison, and Carol McFadden.
P.S. Have to mention the week before we headed over to Paris to the fabulous Lalanne show at the Museum of Decorative Arts where we found fellow Palm Beachers Christine Schwarzman plus Alfred and Judy Taubman.
Palm Beachers Wilbur Ross and Christine Schwarzman. Palm Beachers Judy and Alfred Taubman.