2000-10-28 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Before Tess Crowley of Utica Walk reaches 100, her family and friends gathered around her on Sunday to celebrate her 99th year, help blow out the candles on her cake, and wish her happiness and health for the rest of her remaining years, which they hope will be many. Congratulations Aunt Tessie!

Please remember Peter Danzilo in your prayers. He has been ailing and needs your prayers for a speedy recovery.

It is gigantic! It is gorgeous! It is grand! I’m referring to the world’s largest cruise ship sailing out of New York this week, Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas. Godmother, Jackie Jorner Kersee, winner of three Olympic gold medals and one of the world’s best all-around woman athletes, christened the Explorer of the Seas at the naming ceremony Saturday night on board ship. It was all done electronically with a press of a button. The bottle of champagne flew by on the big screen to smash the hull of the ship. No more two or three times to crack the bottle. It is just so hi-tech today. Personally, I think it takes the fun out of it. I always enjoyed the live version of the champagne toss and if it took two or three times it was considered good luck for the ship. Oh well, I guess that’s history.

No longer will prospective passengers say, "Will I have anything to do on board?" This particular ship has rock climbing, an ice-skating rink, a basketball court, a cyber center and whatever else you might think of. If they don’t have what you want I’m sure they will add it. It was a beautiful ceremony, wonderful show and quite a site to see. It’s a very artistic and elegant vessel. She will be sailing to the Caribbean for seven days out of Florida this winter. You might want to book it.

At a dermatology seminar I discovered some revolutionary treatments for hair transplants, facial rejuvenation and secrets to "beauty at any age." You must ask your dermatologist who can rid that deep line between your brows with Botulinum Toxin (Bo-Tox), a food poison injected into the skin that relaxes the muscles causing the elimination of the deep furrows (Of course, you may end up with a wrinkle-free face that has no expression...that mannequin look forever). Yes, it does effectively prevent the progressive worsening of frown and squint lines over the course of time. What amazed me even more is that Bo-Tox is being used successfully in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. It paralyses the muscles and thus quiets the tremors associated with the disease. What a revelation. There is new laser surgery treatment to improve the appearance and self-esteem of children with birthmarks; sunscreen use for children to reduce risk of future skin cancer; treatment to eliminate the physical and emotional scars of teenage acne; treatment for common skin problems from athletic sports and more. There is so much help out there that can be applied without invasive surgery whatever your skin problem is. Seek advice of your dermatologist first.

Is there beauty in architectural abandonment and deterioration? Photographer Christopher R. Obetz certainly thinks so and shows it beautifully in his stunning photographic art works that was introduced at his "Intimate Color" show at Alva restaurant at 36 Park avenue south. Using his eye as his guide and the lens as his canvas he searches for the lost and forgotten and most often overlooked beauty in his life... fragments become monumental. Through a painterly style, his works reach out to understand and glorify each subject to its highest degree. Among the guests were: OZ star, Chuck Zito, Nicole Miller, Cornelia Guest, Felicia Taylor and numerous other celebrities.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is the national chairman of Inner City Games, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping inner city kids with key alliances in both the private and public sectors, especially NYC Housing Authority, NYC Board of Education, St. John’s University and the Cendant Corporation. Their goal is to provide opportunities for our city’s youth to participate in sports, educational, cultural and community enrichment programs. A fundraiser was held at the Lite Club. It is a great spot for young people and they are encouraged to participate each week. Lots of food, music and drinks.

Press luncheon and auction preceding the Gala Ball for saving Venice was held at the National Arts club with an array of beautiful and intrinsic masks. A preview of the evening’s performance of centuries old Italian high forms of art, Carlo Gozzi’s The Serpent Woman was enacted. Dog and Kennel magazine announced that Silvia Sidney’s prized pug pooch Malcolm has been installed since Ms. Sidney’s demise as mascot for the National Arts Club, a first for this illustrious organization. Call Linda Ann of the National Arts Club if you wish to attend this fine function next year. On departure, we received Staud’s Limited Preserves made in Vienna, the home of balls. So good, and so good to know it may also be bought at Dean and Deluca’s retail stores.

Entertaining and can’t cook? Not to worry, Impromptu Gourmet is ready to help you out with chef-designed gourmet dinner kits. Eight of the world’s top chefs launch cook it yourself kits for the home chef, all restaurant quality. David Burke’s filet mignon with bacon and polenta cakes; Jean-Georges’ loin of lamb with black trumpet mushroom crust; Charlie Palmer’s breast of duck with pomegranate molasses glaze; Eric Ripert’s shrimp with bok choy; etc. The tastes were sensational. Kits are priced at $35 to $39 each or $17.50 to $19.50 per person for a gourmet restaurant quality meal, available at Balducci’s, Zabar’s, Grace’s Market Place or overnight website mail or call their toll free number. You too, can be another Kay Salica without the know how.

A feast of food and drink at the Grace Mansion Italian Heritage Month evening presented by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani was a huge gobbling success. New York Opera Singers, Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghin, La Scuola D’Italia Guglielmo Marconi L.R., who sang the American and Italian National Anthem, offered their talents to enhance the evening.

How can I ever be slim again when I attend all these tasting parties? All I can say is, "They are fun...and fattening." Oh well, can’t have everything.

Travel:

Las Vegas... America West non-stop route, Air/ two nights hotel at New York-New York from JFK or Newark, discounts, entertaining and dining $213. Unbelievable price. Don’t stay home, get up and get away. Golden Nugget only $208.

Senior (55 and older) savings on Norwegian Dream April 2. Sixteen day Mediterranean/Transatlantic from Miami thru Straight of Gibraltar, Barcelona, Cannes, Genoa, Italy and Rome from $1,699.

Alaska...Cruise tours June 15 thru August 15 from $1,540 with only $399 air limited time only.

Bahamas...three day, January 19 on Norwegian Sea only $299 out of Miami, Nassau, Great Stirrup Cay and back.

Panama Canal...ms Amsterdam, November 29. Costa Rica to Fort Lauderdale from $1,149.

Seniors (55 and older) seven-day Bahamas New York/New York, May 5, 13, and 20. Ins. $929 freestyle dining.

South America on Royal Caribbean Splendor of the Seas...Miami, Barbados. Ports in Brazil ending in Santos. Brazil $999...15 nights.

Mexican Riviera, December 8 and January 2, Staten dam 10 days $999.

November 13, four day Mexico/ Key West Ins. $279 OV $329 per person.

November 5, seven-day Western Caribbean, Norwegian Sky $699 per person.

January 22 and January 29, four day Bahamas $359 per person.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida $329 for four days/ three nights.

ETM’s Winter breaks and gems from $499 air/land Dublin, London and Paris. Also self-drive/city packages/customized Australia and New Zealand.

Book by October 31, travel between November 1 and 28. London... $129 one way based on round trip.

More travel special UHF Monday to Friday 1 p.m. channels 27 and 35.

Give me a call and away we go!


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