Friday, June 9, 2017

Anticipating the coming summer

Lining up outside the Guggenheim. 3:30 PM. Photo: JH.
Friday, June 9, 2017. Today is Joan Jakobson’s birthday. I think she’s spending it up in Needham, Massachusetts with her Mother who turns 100 today. Joan’s grandmother’s birthday was also June 9th. She’s a lot more than 100 today, up there in the celestial territories popularly known as Heaven.

The weather yesterday was what we’ve been having for the past several day. Coolish mid- to-low 60s mainly sun-less, and mid-50s at night, with occasional rain predicted but not showing up. We can’t complain. It’s neither too hot nor too cold.

They’re not sitting at home staring at their cells. A busy calendar anticipating the coming summer (and holidays). Wednesday night The Frick Collection hosted their annual Spring Garden Party for Fellows. The theme was “The Triumph of Flora.” Flora who? you might ask. It was an exhibition preview as well as the garden party: Fired by Passion; Masterpieces of the Du Paquier Porcelain from the Sullivan Collection. They had perfect weather and although I don’t have a count, it looked to me like the biggest crowd this party has ever attracted.
Amory McAndrew and Elizabeth Kurpis and Veronica Kennedy and Lauren Demarest triumphant in flora.
Guests in the Fifth Avenue Garden for their annual Spring Garden Party.
The Frick occupies a special place in New York because of its history architecturally, culturally, and the history of the Collection. It has entered the new century in playing an important community role in the culture. Wednesday night was one of those gatherings providing an example — a perfect evening out in a unique environment directly related to the uniqueness of Central Park directly across the avenue.
Du Paquier manufactory
Tankard, 1730–35
Hard-paste porcelain
7 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches
The Frick Collection, gift from the Melinda and Paul Sullivan
Collection, 2016
Photo: Michael Bodycomb
Pursuing passions. Last Sunday Maria Shriver and the Equinox Sports Club presented a “Move For Minds” event to raise funds and awareness for Women’s Brain Health and Alzheimer’s Research. A good crowd came out to join Ms. Shriver including some of her relatives. There were 120 attending and there were 8 events in 8 different cities, and collectively they raised nearly $500,000.
Caroline Kennedy.
John "Jack" Kennedy Schlossberg.
Kathleen Reese, Hoda Kotb, Mary Salamone, Leigh Lytwynec, and Erin B.
Nina does it. Last Thursday, Nina Griscom invited me to a cocktail reception for Teaching Matters, hosted by Sonny Kalsi and Nick Rohatyn and the Teaching Matters Board of Directors at the Rohatyn residence on East 94th Street.

Teaching Matters, which was founded by Nina’s mother Elizabeth Rohatyn in the 1990s, is dedicated to increasing teacher effectiveness, one of the most critical factors in any student’s success.
Nick Rohatyn. Lynette Guastaferro.
The problem is alarming and clear. Education in America is radically unequal. Millions of urban students arrive to school already two years behind. That can set them back for the rest of their lives. Students who have great teachers three years in a row, however, have a leg up in life.

Teaching Matters' services transform how educators work together. In schools with populations of greater than 80% poverty rates, students who were taught by teachers in our program achieved statistically significant and meaningful increases in writing performance and critical thinking skills.

With the youngest and most vulnerable learners in mind, they are growing their early reading program, Early Reading Matters, at a rapid pace. A child is six times more likely to drop out of school when she isn’t reading at level by the third grade.
Ingrid Edelman and Mary Dillow.
Their aim is to get thousands of the littlest New Yorkers on track through Early Reading Matters. In just one year, they’ve reached 375 educators and 9,000 students in 15 schools with the program, and seen a nearly 50% increase in the percentage of 2nd graders reading at or above their expected reading level.

Since its founding, Teaching Matters has partnered with more than half of New York City’s 1,750-plus public schools. During this past year they’ve provided in-depth programming to approximately 1,300 teachers reaching 31,500 students in over 90 schools — the majority of them are in underserved areas.
Liz Santini, Joe Lewis, and Mike Santini.
In schools with populations of greater than 80% poverty rates, students who were taught by teachers in our program achieved statistically significant and meaningful increases in writing performance and critical thinking skills.

Among those attending the reception were: Ed and Cheryl Adler, Colin and Elizabeth Callender, Larry and Dana Creel, Ingrid and Tom Edelman, Maxine Grant, Jeanne Greenberg (Mrs. Nick) Rohatyn, Mary Dillow, Yildiz Ferri, Gary Garrabrant, Stewart Gross, Lynette Guastaferro, Mike and Liz Santini, Fiona Rudin, Olga and George Votis, Jamie Nicholson-Leener, Jeanette Huang, and Nina, of course and many others.
Sarah Pruellage, Anne Prentice, Dana Creel, and Liz Santini.
Sonny Kalsi, Ed Adler, Cheryl Adler, and Ronnie Darling.
Then last Tuesday night, Nina Griscom hosted an opening night reception for her friend painter and sculptress Immi Storrs at the Mark Borghi Fine Art Gallery at 52 East 76th Street (between Park and Madison). Also drew a big crowd, including: Alexandra Penney, Leonel Piraino, Pierre Durand, Sandy Golinkin, Liliana Cavendish , Mary Hilliard, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans , Lauren Dupont , Sharon Hoge, Andrea Glimcher, Cathy Graham, Kirat Young, Dr. Jerry Imber and Cathryn Collins, Laura Nichols, Mark Gilbertson, David Black, Lucia Wong Gordon, Malini Ramani.
Immi Storrs' Three horses.
The artist and her friend Nina. The piece, Five Horses, resided at the White House during the Clinton Administration.
Pierre Durand and Mary Hilliard. Lauren DuPont.
Andrea Glimscher and the artist.
Cathryn Collins and Alexandra Penney.
Kirat Young and Leonel Piraino. Malini Ramani, Indian designer. Nina was wearing one of them at this reception.
Dr. Gerry Imber and the artist.
West Side Story. Last week, the Riverside Park Conservancy and the Joan of Arc Statue Committee held their first-ever social event, "La Fête de Jeanne d'Arc: Celebrate Summer in Joan of Arc Park." The free, family-friendly event coincided with St. Joan's Feast Day and featured live music performed by Via Paris Jazz Band and macarons by Ladurée. The Joan of Arc Statue Committee is raising funds and working to restore the park to its original condition by 2019, the 100th anniversary of its opening. Click here to learn more.
Joan of Arc Statue Committee members James Panero, Lisa Linden, Edward Soloway, Randy Hugill, Trisha Ostergaard, and Aaron Biller
Neighborhood resident Colette Pollitt and her
son, Theo
Joan of Arc Statue Committee member James Panero and Dara Mandle with their children, Lily and Augie
Via Paris jazz band performing live at the event
Celebrating the beginning of summer at Joan of Arc Park
Joan of Arc Statue Committee member James Panero offers macarons from Ladurée
Neighborhood kids, Lily and Augie Panero

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