2001-07-21 / Columnists

On The Beach… with Beverly Baxter

As the summer really heats up, if you are looking for something really exciting and interesting to do, then you must go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and see the exhibit, Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years. The exhibit showcases the essence of this most remarkable woman's influence on a time in our country's history known as Camelot.

As you walk through the exhibit, you will see nearly 80 iconic fashions from the one of a kind couture creations that became known as the "Jackie look". Although Kennedy much preferred the Haute Couture of French designers, she had to choose an American designer who would express a new American look, a style that would reflect a new generation of America.

Together with designer Oleg Cassini, they created some of the most memorable clothes in fashion history.
The clothes all had a simple clean line and expressed a youthful and timeless elegance.

From the moment she stood at the Inauguration as her husband took his oath of office, Jacqueline Kennedy set herself apart from other first ladies before her. Gone were the stuffy fur coats. Instead, the young Mrs. Kennedy chose a simple wool coat with mink trim and mink muffler.

The exhibit shows other signature fashion items of Kennedys, such as her three strand pearls and the Halston designed pill box hats that set the millinery industry into a spin!

You must rent the audiotape that gives great insight into why Kennedy chose certain clothes for particular state dinners as well as the designs she wore abroad. She was extremely deliberate and meticulous in her approach to fashion. She was artful in her understanding that fashion, like Art, has the power to express and reflect the essence of a station. You will hear certain designers talk about their collaboration with her.

There are her letters, penned in her own hand, that show how determined
she could be on issues that were profoundly important to her such as a letter to Mayor Beame urging the restoration of Grand Central Station.

There are also her directives on the White House Restoration Project and her emphasis on details such as certain fabrics, china, and furnishings. The project was not just a wistful pastime of a young first lady, but rather, the orchestration of a theme that would define our nation. The exhibit runs through July 29, Kennedy's birthday.
There are really so many great outdoor activities to do all around our peninsula. Why not go water or jet skiing around Jamaica Bay! The Sea Breeze Marina on the bay rents jet skis by the 1/2 or full hour and longer. There is nothing like speeding across the water with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair. It's so healthy!
If you are an equestrian lover, then you must head over to the Jamaica Bay Riding Academy. Horses are such beautiful animals and fun to ride; but you have to be careful not to get a horse that tends to lie down!
If you love Irish music, then Kennedy's is the place to be on Wednesday nights all summer long. The band, Garvogue plays many favorites by the Fury’s and other artists. Dine on a wonderful dinner in the dining room and then head for the bar where all the action is! You'll have a lot of fun.
Liz Sulik, President of the Chamber of Commerce, told me that the Arm Wrestling Contest went off really well last weekend on the Boardwalk. It was a very clever idea!
Barbara Morris of West Realty is getting ready for her sixth annual Sand Castle Contest, which will be held on July 29. So head down to the beach and have fun in the sand! I wish her husband Dennis Morris well as he undergoes surgery this week.
You don't have to really know someone well in order to assess that they're a good and decent person; that is why I extend my sincere get well wishes to Stephen McCormack and Wish him a belated happy Birthday.
Bon Voyage to Teresa and Anne as they embark on a cruise to beautiful
Bermuda!
  See you...On the Beach!


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