June is bustin’ out all over …

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Central Park with El Dorado in the background. 1:00 PM. Photo: JH.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019. “March went out like a lion,” goes the Oscar Hammerstein II lyric, “a-whippin’ up the waters in the bay.”

Then April cried,
And stepped aside,
And along came pretty little May.
May was full of promises,
But she didn’t keep ‘em quick enough for some,
And a lot of doubting Thomases
Was predicting that the Summer’d never come.

But it’s comin’ by gum,
You can feel it come.
You can feel in your heart
You see it in the ground,
You can see it in the trees,
You can smell it in the breeze …

June is bustin’ out all over …

I was about to write about yesterday’s weather and the winter storm Sunday night and Monday morning, when those beautiful lyrics (along with Richard Rodgers’ beautiful melody from the musical “Carousel”) popped into my head, and I couldn’t resist finishing the intro. I mentioned it to JH who was born more than two decades after it opened on Broadway and he replied that he can almost hear the music.

Yesterday, the lion was still roarin’, of course. And it was cold (in the 30s), and the forecast is more of that for the rest of the week. Although … Sunday night we set our clocks ahead, which is, for a lot of us, the sign of warmer, fair weather coming our way soon.

I will admit that looking out at the snowstorm from inside a warm room is energizing, even though by yesterday morning the Sun had melted most of it down to wet streets and pavement. However, Mother Nature may have more roarin’ plans for us before the April showers.\

In the meantime, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) over on Columbus Circle held a kick-off party last week for their annual, highly successful LOOT: MAD About Jewelry at Kay Unger’s remarkable SoHo residence. The soirée sparked inspiration for the upcoming annual exhibition and sale, which features designs from 55 emerging and acclaimed international jewelry artists, which will be held this year from April 8th through 13th.

Chris Scoates addresses the guests

Ms. Unger introduced Chris Scoates, the Museum’s recently appointed Director. Trustees Marsy Mittlemann and Joan Hornig thanked everyone for their support while LOOT curator Bryna Pomp explained the exhibition, highlighting the new work and artists that will be on display.

Trustees Michele Cohen, Lewis Kruger, Angela Sun and Barbara Tober all were there with guests including Claudia Barbara Aronow, Bonnie Bernstein, Laurel Fairworth, Pamela Glassman, Boo Grace, Lauren Lawrence, Jennifer Olshin, Annette Vas and Maria Celis Wirth. Artist, sculptor and jewelry designer Adria de Haume MAD LOOT’s 2019 co-honoree was in attendance.

Vicky Spanos, Kay Unger, and Melissa Medina

Now in its 19th edition, LOOT has become known as the ultimate pop-up shop for contemporary artist-made jewelry, where collectors and jewelry enthusiasts have the rare opportunity to meet and acquire pieces from some of the most innovative creators in the field.

LOOT is the long-standing commitment of the Museum of Arts and Design to present jewelry as an art form. MAD is the only American museum to possess a gallery dedicated to the display of both contemporary jewelry exhibits as well as its own collection of contemporary and modern studio and art jewelry. The opening Benefit is on Monday, April 8 from 4:30-8pm, with the Benefit Dinner at 7:30pm. Proceeds from the week’s sales benefit the Museum’s exhibitions and education programs.

The show continues: Tuesday, April 9th –10am to 6pm; Wednesday, April 10th — 10am to 6pm; Thursday, April 11th — 10am to 9pm; Friday, April 12th — 10am to 6pm; and Saturday, April 13th from 10am to 6pm.
 (entrance with Museum admission). To purchase Benefit tickets click here.

Joan Hornig, Chris Scoates, and Barbara Tober
Carman Darie, Kay Unger, and Annette Vass
Jill Ryan and Bryna Pomp
Owen Duffy, Marsy Mittlemann, and Pam Workman
LaVon Kellner and Michele Cohen
Laura Kruger, Lewis Kruger, and Pam Levine
Bryna Pomp, Madeline Haberman, and Bonnie Bernstein
Marika Bender, Justin Conner, and Diana Chacon
Boo Grace
Sharon Hoge, LaVon Kellner, Terry Skoda, and Adria de Haume
Jennifer Weiss and Adria de Haume
Yasmina Benazzou and Amane Zerradi
Chris Scoates, Caroline Blackman, and Rebekka Grossman
Michael Sarg and Tatiana Hambro
Marsy Mittlemann and Ruth Ehrlich
Monika Wuttke, Caroline Blackman, Jennifer Luloff, and Tina Livanos
Michele Cohen, Joan Hornig, and Marsy Mittlemann

Also last week down in the sunny Caribbean island of Montego Bay, Jamaica, H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent, Anne Ford, Barbara Uzielli, Caroline St. George were among those arriving in more than 100 private jets to attend Josef Forstmayr’s annual Sugar Cane Ball, at Round Hill. The ball benefits The Hanover Charities for Children of Jamaica.

The black tie and neon ball was held on the beach at Round Hill under a full moon over the Caribbean where Jamaican dancers, a fabulous menu, and the 500 guests danced until dawn.

Among those attending were the Chairman of the Sugar Cane Ball Natalia, Countess von PajecsevicjhRickie and Thomas Lloyd. Rickie is the White House Social Secretary; Chairman of Round Hill, Glenn Creamer and his wife Mary; John DeRemegesDaisy Soros, Lauren and David  Lauren, Ricky and Ralph Lauren, Senator Jill and Alex Vogel  of Virginia, Anne Ford, Barbara UzielliLarry  Leeds, Pat  and  Edward Falkenberg, Penny  Pritzker, Ashley Leeds Harlan, Chris Harlan, Nazee  and Roddy Klotz, Dr. David and Molly Helfet, Jim Mitchell, Bryan Huffman, Darrell McCollum, Sharp WamboldLady Annabel Portsmouth, Meager Hearst,
Adam and Manna Barton, Nan Brennikmeyr, Judah and
Marie Chantal Klausner, Alex  Bergguren, Ali Wambold and Monica Gerard.

Alex Berggruen
James and Jennier Carter, David Deckelbaum, Lise Murphy, and Ashley Sands
Laurie and Jay Mandelbaum with David and Lauren Bush Lauren
L to R.: White House Social Secretary Anna Cristina “Rickie” Niceta Lloyd, with her husband Thomas; Judith Klausner with his wife Marie-Chantal
Jennifer Flanigan, Jeremiah Knight, Michele Rollins, and Michelle Park
Lucy Salm, Paul Geerinckx, Nan Brenninkmeyer, and Francoise Geerinckx,
L to R.: Chairman of Round Hill Hotel and Villas Glenn Creamer, with his wife Mary Jane; Ed and Patricia Falkenberg, Meryl and Chris Mahan with their children and grandchildren
Michael Lynch, Susan Baker, Daisy Soros, Noel Lateef, and Elisabeth Muhr
Caroline St. George with Chairman of the Sugar Cane Ball, Natalia, Countess Pejacsevich, among friends
L to R.: Nazee and Roddy Klotz with Caron Chung; Caroline St. George with Natalia, Countess von Pajecsevicjh
Godfrey and Odette Meyer with Round Hill’s managing director Josef Forstmayr
L to R.: Senator JIll Vogel and her husband Alex; Chris Crane and his wife, Liz
Roddy and Nazee Klotz with Molly and David Helfet, Spencer and Calla Fleischer, Mark Rosenthal, and Lisa Roumell
L to R.: Gordon Gill and his wife, Wendy; Albert J. Dwoskin
Michael Watts, Maria Watts, Jon Maschmeyer, and Erika Maschmeyer

And down in Palm Beach, John Castle hosted a big birthday party for his wife Marianne. Their sons, William and wife Tracey with their children, Charlotte and James, along with John Sherman and his wife Rosie and their children, Calista and John Carter were all there to celebrate.

The birthday kiss brigade: Bill Castle, Charlotte Castle, and Tracy Castle plant one on Mrs. Castle before blowing out her birthday candles.
John Castle with June Racine and Cynthia Satterwhite.
Marianne and John K. Castle with Bill, Tracy, Charlotte, James, John Carter, Calista, Rosie, and Johnny

Photographs by Annie Watt (MAD)

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