It did my heart good to see tears of joy on bedridden Claire Ashton’s cheeks when she was wheeled into the room adjacent to her bedroom to see her fine linen covering a dining table with her good silver and best china and glassware set up for Thanksgiving Day shared with a few of her close friends.
"It is the happiest I have been in years," she said.
Those words brought happiness to us all. Claire is getting better and stronger each day. Hopefully, she will be able to walk again soon. But she is very thankful for the progress she has made so far.
Joe Kilbride spent Thanksgiving with his brother Bill from Long Island and all his family, including cousins, and had a great time followed by a whirlwind weekend painting the big town at the Marriott Marquis, including tickets to a Broadway show with his Madison avenue high school pal. That’s the way to do it, Joe.
Congratulations to George Ferguson who slimmed down to 210 pounds. According to John Rudy, George feels much better for it. Don’t put it on too quickly, George. The holiday feasts can be tempting.
December birthdays: Caryn Crowley, December 18; Carolann Sizemore and Al Martin, December 25; James Matuozzi, December 27. If you wish to be listed just leave your name on my answering machine.
Alter Rosary Society at the Silver Gull Club, December 5 after the 11:30 mass at St. Thomas More Church.
Since this is the Christmas season, a thought to remember: It is the giving and forgiving that makes life worth the living. Christmas is not only the season for giving but also for forgiving. It is the time to open our hearts to the ones we love.
Remember Dorothy Parker and her famous quips? "Men don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses." Her favorite spot was the Algonquin Hotel where she lunched daily, surrounded by male authors and producers. The Algonquin has been renovated and is still a great spot for lunch, cocktails, dinner and entertainment.
A reception and dinner was held there Monday evening to launch Ronald Compton’s new book "Stillpoint—Dance Photographs." It is a stunning, passionate study of the transitory beauty of dance, sponsored by the Atlantic Monthly Magazine and Aperture Foundation. Aperture is associated with major institutions as well as photography publications. The dinner was followed by a lively panel discussion. It was an enjoyable evening.
Planning your wedding? Check out the brand new Claudia Hanlin’s Wedding Library at 50 East 81 street where you will find reference to all your wedding needs. It is light, airy and cozy, situated in an elegant townhouse where brides can view the portfolios representing the most talented, creative and hard to find suppliers.
Slam Slam is a new boutique that has opened at East 74 street featuring beautiful pieces of jewelry which are glass encased for viewing. The pieces are quite unique and exquisite. It’s a great place to browse when you are in the city for that special gift for your favorite person.
A reception and dinner fund-raiser for N.O.W. Legal Defense and Education was held at the Grand Hyatt and honored industry leaders for their commitment to women in the workplace. N.O.W., a marvelous organization to enhance equality for women, has been in existence since 1979. Anna Quindlen, Newsweek columnist and famed novelist, was the Master of Ceremonies. Four equal opportunity awards were received by Lodewijk de Vink, CEO of Warner-Lambert Co., Stephen L. Hammerman, Vice Chairman of the Board for Merrill Lynch and Co., and Christina Johnson, Vice Chairman and CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue. Young and Rubican’s CEO, Peter Georfesen, was honored with the Muriel Fox Award for Communications Leadership Toward a Just Society. Over 700 guests attended. Pictures will be forthcoming in a future issue.
New Year’s in Hawaii. Deal of the century. $349 for a two-day trip leaving L.A. or San Francisco the morning of December 31 and returning New Year’s Eve at the Outrigger or Sheraton in Waikiki. Second package offers eight-day program, departing California New Year’s Eve morning. Seven nights. Ohana Hotel, Waikiki, returning January 7 including Lei greeting and transfers . . . $499.
Spain . . . Discover Madrid and Barcelona. Package $499. Roundtrip air and three nights accommodations with daily breakfasts. Costa Del Sol from $599. Discover Lisbon includes fourth night free and all of above.
Cancun . . . Air/Land six nights. Only $395 at Holiday Inn.
London . . . four nights Air/Land from $559 with breakfast. Travel January 11 through February 24.
Paris . . . four nights Air/Land, breakfasts. From $774 for travel January 11 to February 24.
Check VHF Channels 27 and 35 Monday through Friday, 8:50 a.m., for more travel specials.
Give me a call and away we go.