Going Loco for the Coconuts

The Coconuts

New Year's Eve in Palm Beach, the Coconuts, celebrated its 80th ringing-in of the new year, looking dashing in white dinner jackets — greeting their guests to the Kenan Pavilion at the Flagler Museum at their annual invitation-only bash.

Harold Paull , John Mashek, and Jay Maddock

Neal Smith and his orchestra played and did the countdown to the midnight champagne toast.


Tory and Reg Stambaugh

Dede and Laddy Merck

Kathy and Alan Bleznak

Scott Moses and Jan Owens

Neal Smith

Dede Merck and Steven Stolman

Richard and Jackie Cowell with Richard Cowell Jr.

Carl and Sabrina Forsyth with Malcolm Pray

Rodney and Peggy Dillard

Marc Rosen and Arlene Dahl

Tina and Rick Grow

Alex and Nicole Fanjul with William Surtees

Sam and Mary Boykin with Robert Wildrick

Pamela and William Surtees

Jacquie and Jack Liggett

Peter and Jane Elebash

Sally Phillips, Bob Leidy, and Pat Cook

Pamela Kasper and Robert Wildrick

Michael Reiter and Janet Pleasants

Gerry Goldsmith and Susan Polan

Alex and Renate Dreyfoos

Andrew and Alex Quinn with Blakely Page

Jon and Eleanor Ylvisaker with Chris Meigher

Joanne and Harold Paull

Julia and David Koch

Michele and Howard Kessler

Michel de Bourbon Parme and Christina deCaraman

Bob Leidy and David Ober

New York enjoyed unseasonably warm temperatures over the weekend, but the weather was downright blissful on Sunday for Opening Day of the International Polo Club Palm Beach. A nearly perfect blue sky and 80-degree weather combined with one of the sport’s brightest stars—the prince of polo, Adolfo Cambiaso—drew a record crowd of 6,349 spectators to the season opener in Wellington, Florida.

The Aregentinian Cambiaso, who, at 31, has been known generally as the world’s number-one polo player for nearly fourteen years. He scored a game-high 10  goals while guiding his team, New Bridge La Dolfina, to its eleventh victory at International Polo Club. He and teammate Matias Magrini dominated the Stanford Field and led their team over rival Pony Express, 16-9, in the opening of the Club’s Joe Barry Memorial Cup.

Cambiaso first made headlines when, at the age of 17, he was the youngest player ever to achieve a 10-goal handicap. Today he continues to ride unbeatably high as the world’s greatest polo player.

The winning New Bridge La Dolfina polo team led by captain Adolfo Cambiaso of Argentina, third from left, the top-ranked player in the world. The team defeated the Pony Express team Sunday, January 14 in the opening match at the International Polo Club in Wellington, Florida.

Men’s Vogue recently described him as “the Woods, the Federer, and the Maradona of the international blue-blood set,” with a “superhuman mix of bravado, improvisation, and almost impossible skill that marks only the most extraordinary athletes.” As if such young success weren’t enviable enough, Cambiaso leads a model life that includes photogenic good looks, a model wife, the South American supermodel María Vázquez, and two beautiful children, Mia and Adolfito. It also includes overseeing a vast estate-cum-breeding stable, La Dolfina, outside Buenos Aires, and a clothing line of the same name.

Sunday’s festivities kicked-off  with a brunch held under the tent. New York’s Adam Brecht, an ardent polo fan and athlete, who has even played with such greats as Marcos Di Paola, in Argentina, hosted a table that included fellow New Yorker Daniel Cappello; native Floridian and editor of Aventura, Mavian Arocha; and poet Nicholas Adeline, of Montreal.

Touring the grounds after brunch, the group met up with professional 3-goal polo player Michael Matz, and enjoyed a pre-match talk with Cambiaso and members of his team, as well as a preview of the horses playing that day.

In other opening-day games on Sunday, Julio Arellano scored seven goals, leading team Skeeterville over Privilege / Gracida International 12-11. Team Audi topped last year’s Joe Barry Memorial Cup runner-up Lechuza Caracas 11-6.

The International Polo Club Palm Beach was founded by John and Carroll Goodman in 2003. The Barry Cup, which goes until January 28th, is named after the American polo legend Joe Barry, who died in 2002 at the age of 58. Barry was born and raised in Texas, achieved a 9-goal rating, and dominated polo in the United States during the 1960s and 70s. He won six U.S. Open championships, three Gold Cups, three Silver Cups, as well as the Coronation and Camacho Cup trophies. Barry has been hailed as one of the greatest No. 4s in polo history, and was elected to the Polo Hall of Fame in 1999.

Daniel Cappello, professional three-goal polo player Michael Matz, Aventura's Mavian Arocha, and Nicolas Adeline

Daniel Cappello and Adolfo Cambiaso, the world's #1 polo player

Mares before the opening match of the season

Susan Early and Paola Bianchi

Intense competition as New Bride La Dolfina faces Pony Express in the opening match

Holly Healy and Tracy Kruse

Spectators at the opening match of the season

The Park Avenue Holiday Lighting began in 1945, at the end of World War II when Mrs. Stephen C. Clark and some of her friends who had also lost sons and daughters in the war, installed lighted trees along Park Avenue as a memorial not only to their children, but to those from throughout the city who had given their lives.

These trees were first lighted on Dec. 17, 1945, dedicated to the memory of those who had died in all of our country's wars. They later became known as the Park Avenue Memorial Trees.

During her lifetime, Mrs. Clark underwrote a large portion of their cost. Eventually their support was by donation from a larger base of generous donors, although Mrs. Clark continued to cover any deficit until her death in the late 1960s.

Thereafter, the old Park Avenue Association (discontinued in 1982) collected donations from those anxious to maintain the tradition. In 1981, the Park Avenue Malls Planting Project and Mary (Mrs. Albert D.) Lasker continued the effort, under the name of Park Avenue Holiday Lighting.

The cherry and hawthorn trees growing on the avenue were strung with lights beginning in 1982 as a celebration of Hanukkah. In more recent years, the memorial has expanded to involve and celebrate all faiths, while furthering the cause of peace and invoking reverence for those who have sacrificed their lives.

On the first Sunday in December, many New Yorkers of all ages go to Park Avenue and 91st Street to see performances by the Children's Choir of the Brick Church and the US Army Band. The musical program closes with "Taps", played by a single trumpet.

Jack, Elizabeth, and Patsy Olive

Paul Lewison, Robert Keller, and Wendy Lewison

Ann Rapp and Patricia Burnham

Barbara and Richard Raynor

Monte and Mame Hackett

Paul and Daisy Soros

Irving and Anna Straus

Jay Gunter and Tom Scheerer

Joyce and Spencer Turgen

Bill and Harriet Delsener

Claire and Bob Casale

Lois and Ron Ziegler

Lisa and Jim Fuld

Robert and Irwin Schneiderman

Mrs. and Mr. David Platt with Mr. and Mrs. James Baer

Clifton Maloney and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

Judy Steckler and Karl De Boer

Commissioner Bill Castro

Michael Young and Nadia Hosni

Dick and Priscilla Schmeelk with Julia Winpenny

Isabel Carden, Camilla Hellman, and Bob Redmond

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 64th annual Golden Globes was held last week at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. The Golden Globes is a non-profit which has been able to donate more than $6.5 million in the last 12 years to entertainment-related charities and funding for scholarships and other programs for future film and television professionals. The 2006 donation was more than $1 million.

Clint and Dina Eastwood

Heidi Klum and Rebecca Romijn

Sean Combs and Patrick Dempsey

America Ferrera

Teri Hatcher and Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Jamie Foxx

Mischa Barton

Mary J. Blige

Rebecca Gayheart

Cameron Diaz

Hilary Swank

Alyssa Milano

Amber Valetta

Louise and Buzz Aldrin

Common and Talib Kweli


Nicollette Sheridan and Michael Bolton

Milla Jovovich

Rosanna and Patricia Arquette

Sharon Stone

Yunjin Kim and Josh Holloway

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Minnillo and Stacy Kiebler

Sean Combs

Sasha and Steven Spielberg

Photographs by Lucien Capehart (Coconuts); David Heischrek (Polo); ©Patrick McMullan (Golden Globes).


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