Here comes Santa Clause only a week away. You could hear the children laugh with glee and see them on their annual Christmas fire engine ride through Breezy Point. That is always a sure sign Santa’s on his way. . . . And last minute shopping is a breeze at the local shops.
Martin Luther King III was on hand at the Seagram’s building for the launching of a new book called "Shared Dreams" (Martin Luther King, jr. and the Jewish Community) written by Rabbi Mark Schneier, president of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. "Shared Dreams" is prefaced by Martin Luther King III and brings to life the impressive, surprising and long neglected history of Dr. Martin Luther King, jr.’s efforts in support of the Jewish Community of Israel and the plight of the Soviet Jews. It is a story that sheds new light on the commitment and relationship between the Jewish and African-American communities as they struggled together to fight for justice and civil rights for our nation. It is a book well worth your time to read.
At the University Club, Abrams Books (publishers of beautiful cocktail table books and "Books for Young Readers") celebrated their 50 anniversary in the publishing business with a gala cocktail party this past week, where they hosted the elite intelligencia of the city. It was a beautiful affair with interesting people.
Mikimoto, creators of exquisite fine jewelry and accessories on Fifth avenue, celebrated being selected as one of the artists to pay homage to the creative spirit and legacy of Walt Disney’s Fantasia 2000. Mikimoto’s master designer, Lili Chu, created the dazzling necklace and earring ensemble modeled at their champagne cocktail party that evening. It is so gorgeous and so dazzling you cannot look at it too long before your eyes blink from the sparkle. It is only $840,000. I ordered two just in case one is ripped off. I just hate wearing fakes.
Last night was the premier of a fabulous movie "Snow Falling on Cedars" from the best seller. It is a Kennedy/Marshall, Scot Hicks Film put out by Universal Studios, starring Ethan Hawke, James Cromwell, Richard Jenkins and Youki Kudoi. The photography was magnificent--so real it was close to seeing IMAX without taking you over the edge. The music, though eerie in spots yet appropriate for the fog and storm on the water, changed softly to violins that enhanced the emotions. It is a very beautiful, tender, moving love story of the struggle between the Japanese and Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Need I say the acting was absolutely superb? The elderly counselor (James Cromwell) at the trial was outstanding. So many people involved in this movie, which was done with such perfection, must have been deeply dedicated. Do not miss this film. As the young kids say today, "It’s Awesome!" I loved everything about it.
The Jewish Museum located at Fifth avenue is featuring Berlin Metropolis: Jews and the new culture, until April 23.
The Rockaway Museum and Crafts at The Wave building is open on Saturday and Sunday of this weekend. Catch the Playland exhibit and get a glimpse of what’s coming next.
Club Med . . . pick your week and Club Med will pick the beach and village one week prior to departure. You can stay for as low as $799 per adult. It includes round-trip air, all meals, seven nights accommodations, beer and wine with lunch and dinner, sports, entertainment and facilities for kids.
Mexican Cruises . . . three and four days, $399 and $499. Seven-day cruise only $599.
Greek Island Cruise . . . three-day honeymoon special $675 per couple throughout 2000.
London . . . hotel and car packages from $493 per person.
Paris . . . $570.
Companions fly free when a Florida package is booked for six nights or more at one of nine resorts.
Cruise the Yangtze for four nights with air from USA from $1,459.
Mexican Riviera seven nights Rhapsody of the Seas. January 2 through January 30. $599 includes port charges from L.A.
New York/Rome last minute bookings from $599 round-trip air on Alitalia, lodging, hotel taxes and daily breakfast and travel bag.
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Correction: The gallery exhibiting Chagall’s paintings at the Peninsula Hotel that was mentioned in last week’s column is the Schaer and Wildhotz Gallery.