Thursday, September 26, 2013

Garden Parties and Opening Nights

Lynne Wheat and her daughter Olivia hosted a luncheon and fashion show in her garden to benefit the Greenwich YWCA.
The Metropolitan Opera began its season on Monday Night when it opened with a new production of Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin," an opera based on the novel by Pushkin. This production starred the Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien and Anna Netrebko as Tatiana, who falls in love with Onegin. Operning nights at the Met have been traditionally a glamorous affair for more than a century, and Monday was no exception.
The crowd in the plaza on opening night
Peter Gelb and Keri-Lynn Wilson
Brooke Shields
Kasia Beczala and Piotr Beczala
James Conlon and Jennifer Conlon
Sophie Sumner
Marina Abramovic and Klaus Biesenbach
Dori Cooperman and Inga Rubenstein
Alexis Welch and Amar'e Stoudemire
Margarita Levieva
Rachel Roy
Kelly Rutherford
Patti Smith
Bryan Batt and Patricia Clarkson
Mary Alice Stephenson and Charles Schwartz
Austin Scarlett
Amy Sacco
Julie Henderson
Leigh Remi
Julie Koch and David Koch
Prabal Gurung and Diane Kruger
Barry Diller
Leonard Lauder and Linda Johnson
Tarra Bandet
Mischa Barton
Jill Hennessy
Giovanna Randall and Julie Macklowe
Patrick Stewart and Sunny Ozell
David Cohen and Dana Delany
Katie Lee and Beth Ostrosky Stern
Grant Hill and Tamia Hill
Hope Dworacdork and Robert Smith
Gillian Miniter
Isabel Leonard
Amy Ryan
Marta Domingo and Placido Domingo
Heather Graham
On Saturday, September 21st, not-for-profit art museum, sculpture garden, and art education organization LongHouse Reserve honored the careful craft and selfless service of two prominent horticultural leaders at its biennial Landscape Awards Ceremony.

Gardening buffs and enthusiasts alike flocked to the art preserve’s luscious sixteen acre East End property in East Hampton to celebrate the accomplishments and gentle generosity of gardening legends Fergus Garrett and Warren Price. Known as the Great Dixter’s “Gentle Keeper,” Fergus Garrett has been Head Gardener at Great Dixter, the historic East Sussex manor house, since 1992.

Horticultural activist and stalwart New York City civil servant Warrie Price is the Founder of the Battery Park Conservancy in lower Manhattan.
Matko Tomicic and Vincent Covello
Fergus Garrett and Warrie Price
The LongHouse Reserve Landscape Awards were presented at a special afternoon luncheon on the Reserve’s sprawling grounds where guests mingled with Martha Stewart, LongHouse Reserve’s Founder Jack Lenor Larsen, President Dianne B., Executive Director Matko Tomicic, and Peter Olsen, Antonia Adzio, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens’ Kendell Cronstrom and Alejandro Saralegui, Dennis Schrader, Tony Piazza, Marlene Hess and Jim Zirin, Guild Hall’s Ruth Appelhoff, Hilda Longinotti, Vincent Covello, Marshall Watson, Edwina von Gal, Alex Feleppa, and Cindy Willis.
Elizabeth Lear
Marshall Watson and Peter Olsen
Central Park Conservancy Director and public garden designer Lynden Miller presented Fergus Garrett with his award, and Chair of Scenic Hudson’s Board of Directors, Corporate Practice Co-Head at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, and active Hudson Valley preservationist Fred Rich presented Warrie Price with her award.

Saturday afternoon’s event was hosted by Marge Sullivan, Charles Savage, and LongHouse’s Garden Committee Chair Elizabeth Lear. Honorary Chairs included Bill Thomas of Chanticleer Garden, Paul Redman of Longwood Gardens, William Noble of The Garden Conservancy, Paul Meyer of Morris Arboretum at the University Of Pennsylvania, Claire Sawyers of Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College, Claudia Bonn and Scott Canning of Wave Hill, Scot Medbury of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, and Todd Forest of the New York Botanical Garden.
Scot Medbury, Antonia Adzio, Todd Forrest, and Bill Thomas
The luncheon guests
The luncheon was preceded by a morning lecture at the elegant Hoie Hall at St. Luke's Church. The talk entitled, “Great Dixter: Past, Present and Future with Fergus Garrett,” was presented by the honoree and provided a true insider’s perspective on what it was like to work closely with British horticultural celebrity the late Christopher Lloyd. Fergus Garrett offered his insights into the precision and care necessary to uphold the excellence and innovation of a national horticultural treasure like the garden at Great Dixter. In the garden, of the garden, and for the garden, the event was a blooming success.
Alejandro Saralegui and Edwina von Gal
Kendell Cronstrom
Ruth Appelhof, Nina Gillman, and Dianne B.
Lindsey Taylro and Dennis Schrader
Martha Stewart and Jack Lenor Larsen
In celebration of New York Fashion Week, host Kathryn Chenault along with Fashion Designer B Michael, Mark-Anthony Edwards, and Jean Shafiroff hosted a book party for Cameron Silver, author of Decades, in a private residence with arrivals including Tony Winner Cicely Tyson, Jill Bright, Nicole Fischelis, Regis & Joy Philbin, Arianna Huffington, Debra Lee, Sandra Parks, Deborah Roberts, NY1's Cheryl Wills & husband John Singleton, Melissa Berkelhammer, Audrey Meyer, Marva Smalls, Debra Martine Audrey Bernard, Chase, Yaz & Valentin Hernandez, Amelia Cogunlesi, Ike Ude, Kathryn Chenault, Jean Shafiroff, B Michael, Mark-Anthony Edwards, Cameron Silver, Thelma Golden and more.
Mark Anthony Edwards, Jean Shafiroff, B. Michael, Kathryn Chenault, and Cameron Silver
Amelia Cogunlesi, Pamela Newkirk, Kara Counsil, Joan Hornig, and Chloe Worden
Thelma Golden, Cicely Tyson, and Marva Smalls
Amsale Aberra and Sandra Cornwell
Jessica Betts, Gail Ahye, Lois Betts, and Tanya Williams
B. Michael, Kathryn Chenault, and Arianna Huffington
Henni and John Kessler
Joy Philbin, Regis Philbin, and Audrey Meyer
Andi Bernstein, Lois Betts, and Liz Robbins
Karen Phillips, Young Huh, and Jill Bright
Zachary Barker and Byron Bradshaw
Diane Thompson, Lydia Carlston, and Audrey Bernard
Amelia Cogunlesi and Debra Martin Chase
Valentin and Yaz Hernandez
Liz Robbins, Cicely Tyson, and Deborah Roberts
Pamela Newkirk and Mark Anthony Edwards
Anne Marie MacFarlane and Paul MacFarlane
The Boston Symphony Orchestra celebrated the opening of its 2013-14 season with a VIP party in Symphony Hall, Boston on Thursday, September 19, 2013. The program featured Tony award-winning singer and actress Audra McDonald, violinist Augustin Hadelich, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra.

Symphony Hall was transformed for the evening into a dining and dance hall decorated to evoke the style of the art deco of the "Great Gatsby" era, designed by Rafanelli Events. Dinner was supervised by chef Lydia Shire, and guests included singer James Taylor and his wife, BSO trustee Kim Taylor, singer Livingston Taylor and his girlfriend Gail Arnold, who is director Steven Spielberg's private chef, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his wife, BSO overseer Jill Hornor, Continental Cablevision founder Amos Hostetter Jr. and his wife Barbara, BSO life trustee Ray and Maria Stata, and event co-chairs Bill and Alli Achmeyer.
Violinist Augustin Hadelich and BSO Associate Conductor Marcelo Lehninger.
Audra McDonald sings with the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra led by Eric Stern.
James Taylor, BSO Overseer Jill Hornor, Kim Taylor, Mark Volpe, and Yo-Yo Ma.
BSO Life Trustee Ray Stata and Maria Stata.
Robert and Gill Gallery with Bill and Marie Teuber.
James Taylor with brother Livingston Taylor.
BSO Associate Conductor Marcelo Lehninger and BSO Trustee George Berhakis.
Event Co-Chairs Bill and Alli Achmeyer with Amos and Barbara Hostetter.
BSO Principal Timpinist Tim Genis and wife BSO Assistant Principal Viola Cathy Basrak.
BSO Overseer Kim Taylor and James Taylor with Captain Roslyn Burbank and Commander Dan Burbank.
BSO Managing Director Mark Volpe with Audra McDonald.
Lynne Wheat and her daughter Olivia hosted a beautiful luncheon and fashion show in Lynne's gorgeous garden in Greenwich to benefit the Greenwich YWCA. Fashionable women from the community were the models. Alease Fisher showed her clothes and Daria De Koning paired each outfit with jewelry from her latest collection. In attendance were YWCA board chair Aundrea Amine, YWCA President Adrianne Singer, Mary Pedersen, Susan Bevan, Mary Jo Riddle, Rosemary Ferrer, Bonnie Levison, Emma Pennington, Laura Roosevelt, Sharon Phillips, Patricia Toogood, Heather Jervis and many more.
Olivia Wheat and Daria de Koning
Patricia Toogood and Heather Jervis
Sonia Hedvat and Samantha Knapp
Emma Pennington, Lynne Wheat, and Adriann Singer
Mairead O'Sullivan, Myrna Haft, and Sharon Phillips
Tiffany Burnette, Lynne Wheat, and Patty Murphy
Adriann Singer with a friend
Elizabeth Galt and Heather Jervis
Alease Fisher Tallman
Charlotte Minor, Mary Pedersen, Lynne Wheat, Suzanne Frank, and Rosemary Ferrer
Daniel Lust, Paige Pedersen, and Rebecca Kirhoffer
Audrey Charlson, Linda Avgerinos, and Westy Leconey
Regina Olmstead and Lisa Fischer
Kathryn Austin
Liz Lee
Debbie Brennemen and Daria de Koning
Dancia Rose
Anne Rohrbach, Daniel Lust, and Matthew Vahidi
Karen Misisca and Bonnie Levison
Hilary Haroche, Tiffany Burnette, and Carmina Roth
Laura Roosevelt, Hilary Karst, and Patiricia Toogood
Aundrea Amine, Mary Jo Riddle, and Maris Pascal
Sharon Phillips and Beth Greene
On Sunday, September 22nd South South News hosted the 2013 South South Awards during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The evening honored governments, organizations, and individuals who have made significant contributions to the South South cooperation and sustainable development.

Ambassador John Ashe
, President of the United Nations General Assembly, greeted more than 700 guests including Ambassador and Head of South South News Francis Lorenzo, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Baldwin Spencer, Naomi Campbell, the Prime Minister of Fiji Frank Bainimarama and His Holiness Gyalwang Drupka.

Now in its third year, the South South Awards honored former South Africa President Nelson Mandela and his wife Madame Graca Machel for their Humanitarian Achievements. Daughter Zindzi Mandela and daughter in law Josina Machel accepted on their behalf.
Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Baldwin Spencer, with Hedy Klineman
Unik Ernest and Naomi Campbell
Hosted by Miss USA Erin Brady, the awards recognized Performer and Composer David Paich of Toto with a Lifetime Achievement Award while the "Princess of Africa" Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Grammy nominated duo Les Nubians performed during the ceremony.

Other guests included football and basketball players Plaxico Burress and Morris Peterson, Sibylle Eschapasse, President of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla Miranda, Elaine Sargeant, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Baharain Khalifa bin Saliman Al Khalifa, Dr. Christine Borelli, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Catherine Malandrino, Christopher Pape, Nicole Noonan, Unik Ernest, Sharon Bush, James Fairchild, Fahad Ghaffar, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, and Hedy Klineman.
Nicole Noonan and Steven Knobel
His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa
Josina Machel, Naomi Campbell, Zindzi Mandela, and Yvonne Chaka Chaka
Cassandra Seidenfeld
Erin Brady, Miss USA 2013
Catherine Malandrino
Consuelo Vanderbilt Constin
Sharon Bush

Photographs by Patrick McMullan; IOSSC (South South Awards); Elaine UbiƱa (Greenwich)