Thursday, February 3, 2011

Storms passed

A view of the Hudson River from the Boat Basin. 3:30. Photo: JH.
Thursday, February 3, 2011. Storms passed; cold wet and slippery. Just like a northern winter. The icy rain that covered the snow banks left a shiny patina that reflected the yellow street lights.
Sun in Aquarius. Last night Elizabeth Peabody hosted a small birthday dinner (menu by Glorious Foods) at her apartment overlooking the East River for Liz Smith, the Aquarian’s Aquarian. Long the belle of the Broadway beat, savior of literacy, Liz personifies all kinds of encomiums which might sound like a press agent’s hype dream, but are nevertheless true. Within reason of course.

There were ten of us including old friends Rex Reed, Sean Driscoll, Iris Love, Joe Armstrong as well as newer friends – such as Valentina Fratti, Annie Berlin, Bill Stubbs (“Moment of Luxury” via PBS) and this writer.
The birthday girl makes a wish (and thinks about it) and then confirms it last night at Elizabeth Peabody's dinner in her honor.
Old or new, with Liz, friends are friends, and conversation at the dinner table was rife with one guffaw-inducing story after another, mainly about show business characters now, then, and forever.

After decades of reporting on the comings and goings of Society, Broadway, Hollywood, as well as all those actors, authors, artists, and such, there is damned little (or nothing) this famous scribe hasn’t seen or heard or experienced. And, at the end of the day, a lot of it inspires laughter. Happy Birthday Liz; thanks for all the memories, and here’s to many more.
The view from Elizabeth Peabody's apartment overlooking the East River.
Karen LeFrak with her third children's book.
More friends. This past Tuesday night at the Corner Bookstore on 93rd and Madison, Gillian Miniter hosted a book-signing for Karen LeFrak who has just published her third children’s book, Best in Show (illustrated by Andrew Day). Karen, as all her friends in and out of the American Kennel Club know, is a breeder of champion of standard poodles.

The author is very well known in philanthropic and social circles here in New York, Southampton and Palm Beach. The wife of real estate executive Richard LeFrak, mother of two sons (Harrison and James),

Aside from her roles in the community, Karen is a modern Renaissance woman. She is also an accomplished concert pianist and composer. Her two previous books lightly provide a clue to that fact: Jake the Philharmonic Dog and Jake the Ballet Dog. All of her interests are linked by her naturally intense approach to her responsibilities and her creative interests.

All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation and Take the Lead.
Karen LeFrak, Gem, and Gillian Miniter Serena Miniter and Alex Jasienowski
Mikimoto, Karen LeFrak, and Gem
Alesia Radzyminski, Marta Radzyminski, and Karen Klopp
Hudson and Aviva Drescher Amy Fine Collins
Virginia, Sydney, and Ansley Apple
Karen LeFrak, Gayle Perkins Atkins, and Peter Gregory
Kai and Vanessa Trump
Jamee Gregory and Eugenie Niven Goodman Nancy Missett, Susan Fales-Hill, and Gillian Miniter
Susan Rudin and Sylvester Miniter
Lenny Golay and Nick Chase
Also this past Tuesday night, Susan Rockefeller and Dr. Kristian Parker, chairman of the board of Oceana hosted a cocktail reception and reading of the forthcoming book Oceana by author Ted Danson at the home of Susan and her husband David Rockefeller Jr.

Last week Susan Rockefeller also became a member of the Oceana Board of Directors. She has been an active and dedicated environmentalist for a long time and most recently chaired Oceana’s Ocean Council.

The Rockefellers will also host the 2nd annual Christie’s Green Auction: A Bid to Save the Earth, which will be held on March 29th here in New York. Mrs. Rockefeller and Ocean Council member Lois Robbins will also co-host the Hamptons Splash Party, another fundraiser for Oceana this summer on Long Island.
Ted Danson, Susan Rockefeller, Mary Steenburgen, and David Rockefeller
Rory Tahari, Bettina Alonso, and Nathalie Kaplan
Julie Ader and Andy Sharpless Kim Brizzolara and Steve Kilcullen
Richard Gelfond, Peggy Bonapace Gelfond, Andrew Fox, and Caroline Hirsch
Mary Steenburgen, Maxwell Caufield, and Lois Robbins
Timothy Marquand and Kim Brizzolara Samantha Kappagoda and David Mordecai
Marjorie Harris, Michael Loeb, Loeb, and Susan Rockefeller
Jeff Tarrant, Lilly Hartley, and Marc Simon
Frances Wedge and Leaf Wade Helaine and Sid Lerner
Jim Simon, David Rockefeller, and Herbert Bedolfe
Anne Sidamon-Eristoff, Mary Steenburgen, and Simon Sidamon-Eristoff
Almudena Fernandez and Philippe Reynaud Andy Sharpless and Thomas Gimbel
Anthony Martinez, Bettina Alonso, and Laurent Claquin
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