2000-01-15 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Folks are still mentioning festivity fun over the millennium. Eleanor and John McNamee chose to drive to New Hampshire for a two-day stay at the Sheraton Hotel and had a great time. They enjoyed the accommodations, meals and a Gala New Year’s Eve dinner dance. They would do it again and highly recommend it to others.

Bob Zelkek raved about the wonderful time at the Catholic Club with live music and a feast for the festive occasion catered by Ludwig. He and all the others there thoroughly enjoyed it.

Helene and Peter Danzilo are leaving for their winter home in Las Vegas this week. Tom Connors and I shared a farewell dinner with them Saturday night at Kennedy’s on the Bay. They are such an interesting couple with all their stories of the showbiz world and their experiences with some of the nation’s top performers. Helene, nee Scandora, is from the family that owned one of the biggest and best nightclubs in Brooklyn—the Elegante on Ocean Parkway. I am sure some of you remember it. Her brother was a top-booking agent for entertainers who are still in the limelight today. And no wonder Peter Danzilo is such a good cook. He has owned several very successful restaurants in Brooklyn. Thus they have many tales that draw upon a plethora of worldliness. Hope they have a fun and healthy time in Vegas. However, we look forward to their return, as do the butterflies, to flight upon us again in the spring. (Helene wrote a beautiful poem about butterflies in spring. She should submit it to The Wave).

Attended the screening of "Girl Interrupted" and found it an emotional and compelling movie. Winona Ryder did a superb acting job as did Angelina Jolie who may be up for Best Supporting Actress. The movie is a Golden Globe nominee. It is about a young girl from a wealthy family who overdoses on aspirin and is advised by her psychiatrist to enter an upscale sanitarium where she realizes her sanity is not as severely damaged as those around her. You get drawn into the life and lives of the mentally impaired, their antics and finally the survival and release of some. Whoopie Goldberg’s talent shines again as the nurse. Most of you, I am sure, will enjoy it.

Jeffrey Tobin, staff writer for the New Yorker, legal analyst for ABC television and author of "The Run of His Life, The People vs. O.J. Simpson" and other best sellers, launched his new book "A Vast Conspiracy, The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President" at Le Patroon restaurant on East 50 street. Stanaslaus was among the many distinguished guests.

Le Cirque, at the New York Palace, was the site of Nelson DeMille’s reception, sponsored by Warner Books, to introduce his new novel "The Lion’s Game" that is sure to become another best seller. The book is about an alleged Libyan terrorist, known as "The Lion," who is defecting to the West. Nelson DeMille is the author of nine other acclaimed novels, including The New York Times bestsellers "Plum Island," "Spencerville" and "The General’s Daughter."

New play on Broadway opens January 13 . . . "Wrong Mountain" by David Hirson, starring Ron Rifkin and Daniel Davis at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.

Calling all talented kids five to twenty-five who sing, dance, rap, step or act to audition at Beach Channel High School on Saturday, January 22 at 1 p.m. for the All Star Talent Show Network, one of the nation’s largest and most successful youth programs. Be there and be seen.

Travel:

London . . . only $99 one way with round-trip ticket. Plus $25 per night a room in London. Must be booked by January 26 for travel in January and February. $124 one way for March travel.

Miami . . . $65 until March 31 at Dezerland Surfside Beach Suite Resort.

New York . . . Empire Hotel $159 per room, per night.

Churchill Suites, East 46 street between 2 and 3 avenues, $149 for one bedroom apartments with terraces.

Bentley Hotel, 500 East 62 street, $125. Free breakfast.

Ameritana Hotel, 230 West 54 street, $125 per night.

Ellington Hotel, West 111 street, $99. Free breakfast.

Holland America Westerdam . . . January 29 to February 5 $649 Easter Caribbean. February 12, 19, 26 $799.

MexiCruises including air $399. Introductory offer, four nights $499 and seven nights $599.

Monday to Friday tune into WNYX-TV Channels 27 and 35 at 8:50 a.m. for more of my travel specials.

Give me a call and away we go!

 

 

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