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Magic Al entertaining the under 7 set at Ghosties & Goodies at Doubles.

Last week, Doubles held its two Halloween celebrations starting with Ghosties & Goodies for the under 7 set. Magic Al and Daisy Doodle entertained the little ghosties and non-stop disco dancing followed. They took a short break to enjoy their favorite grilled cheese squares, chicken fingers and baby hot dogs.

The following evening the ‘older set’ returned to Doubles for a Spooktacular Soiree. They dressed to the ‘nines’ while enjoying a delicious salad, chicken belle do boise and a chocolate coated vanilla chocolate chip Halloween favorite dessert.

Those attending included: Carolyn Rowley, Katie Boulud, Jennifer Kinderman, Francesca Bodini, Della Rounick, Nicole Noonan, Anna and Bo Polk, Sophie Eivkink, Lindsay and Russel Grant, Duncan Sahner, Georgina Schaeffer, Georgia Mouzakis, Berge and Thorum Wathne, Susan and Ted Gamble and many, many more.

Sophie Eivkink, Lindsay Grant, Heidi, and Soeske Viergutz
Johnny Mackey, Hadley Schrieber, Justin Kush, Duncan Sahner, and Todd Ostrow
Peter Eliopoulos, Maria Eliopolous, Georgia Mouzakis, Michael Wise, and Paola Rosenshein and friends
Berge Wathne, Thorun Wathne, and Joan Sbarro
L to R.: Ruth Miller; Lisa Boone
L to R.: Kellyanna Polk, Bo Polk, and Anna Polk; Nicole Noonan and Steven Knobel
L to R.: Keyana Marcos; Lucia Hwong Gordon
L to R.: Liora Sternberg, Della Rounick, and Liana Makkos; Jeff and Kate Todd
L to R.: Richard and Melissa Aviles; Duncan Sahner and Sophie Eivkink
L to R.: George Perry and Wendy Carduner; The devil made me do it!

On Wednesday, October 17th, a distinguished group of New York women joined Sherry Baker, President of Marketing and Product Development of European Wax Center, at an exclusive breakfast at The Fashion Institute of Technology to discuss the Pink Tax, the extra amount of money women pay, just for being a woman for everyday products and services.

During the breakfast, Ms. Baker gave a presentation about The Pink Tax and European Wax Center’s #AxThePinkTax™ campaign that launched in April 2018 and continues to gather momentum. Guests were shocked to learn that every year the average woman pays an extra $1,351 just for being a woman! European Wax Center’s #AxThePinkTax™ campaign was created to raise awareness and education about this issue and in turn, ignite change to help level the playing field for women.

Pink Tax breakfast decor

Among the attendees were Ladies Get Paid Founder Claire Wasserman, Chairwoman & Co-Founder of Batallure Beauty Robin Burns-McNeill, Co-Founder of Ash & Ames Jewelry Amy Nobile, Founder & CEO of Covey Club Lesley Jane Seymour, Andrea Greeven Douzet of Empire Global Ventures, Founder of SohoMuse Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin and Blair Voltz Clarke of Voltz Clarke Gallery, among others.

Sherry Baker said, “As a female-centric brand we want give a voice to issues that matter to women. We were delighted to engage with such an enthusiastic group of empowered women who are equally passionate about leveling the play field.”

L to R.: Dr. Valerie Steele, Sherry Baker, and Robin Burns McNeill; Blair Voltz Clarke

Following the breakfast, Dr. Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at FIT, hosted guests on a private tour of the new FIT exhibition PINK: The History of a Punk, Pretty Powerful Color.

The event supported the Fashion Institute of Technology.

For more information about the Pink Tax, visit

Sherry Baker, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, Amy Nobile, and Andrea Greeven Douzet
L to R.: Alexandra Mondalek and Melanie Copple; Christina Davis, Claire Wasserman, and Ashley Louise
Sherry Baker
L to R.: Anne Weigand and Mary Perhach; Lesley Jane Seymour and Francis Webster

Last week, The Knights kicked off their season with a lively cocktail party in the townhouse of Laura and Karl Kraber. An orchestral performance followed at BRIC, which served as a tribute to Leonard Bernstein, with music from Candide and West Side Story, and Walt Whitman, through the bel canto operas that inspired him (including Mozart, Rossini, and Donizetti). The evening also included Manuel De Falla’s operettaMaster Peter’s Puppet Show, based on an excerpt from Don Quixote, where projected animation and live-painting by artist Kevork Mourad helped tell the tale. The evening’s glorious singers were soprano Sharleen Joynt and Awet Andemicael, tenor William Ferguson, and baritone Marcus DeLoach.

Julia Smirnov, Jen Pelwecki, Charley Kashner, and Colin Jacobsen
Joanna and Brian Fisher
Frederick Doner and Michele Oka Doner
Audrey Francis, Colin Jacobsen, David Blasher, and Eric Jacobsen
Joseph Bittker, Deanna Bittker, and Shruti Adhar
Pianist Steve Beck and Soprano Sharleen Joynt

The Knights are dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audience and music. Led by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie and collaboration, we seek to engage with contemporary culture through vibrant performances that honor the classical tradition and our passion for musical discovery. In 2015, TheKnights launched a partnership with BRIC with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. As part of that initiative, The Knights performed with master violinist Gil Shaham on a North American tour, and on Shaham’s Grammy-nominated recording of Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto. This partnership was continued when The Knights’ launched their first Brooklyn Home Season in 2016-17, in residence at BRIC.

For more about The Knights visit:

The Knights Orchestra
L to R.: Colin Jacobsen; Tenor William Ferguson
Soprano Awet Andemicael
Tenor William Ferguson

Photographs by Annie Watt and David DuPuy/; Stephen Smith/ (The Knights)

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