It was a super tremendous talented, cultural evening celebrating 25 years of "Live From Lincoln Center" hosted by Beverly Sills and Placido Domingo. I felt as if I was handed a bouquet of great musical talent to tuck inside my memory bank and savor for the rest of my life. It was an absolutely spectacular star-studded event to raise funds for the performing arts. The ultra sophisticated crowd arrived in their beautiful designer clothes ready to enjoy music by the Hardwick Trio, the special tribute by John Goberman, Television Executive Producer, with "Giant Screen" highlights from the Emmy Awards featuring major artists. The "Live" performers were Wynton Marsalis, who makes his trumpet talk and Itzhak Perlman, who performed so brilliantly on screen as well as his "Live" performance ; on screen: Renee Fleming, Sam Ramey, Mstislav Rostropovich (I just recently enjoyed his cello concert at the Philharmonie in Cologne, Germany), Marilyn Horn, Luciano Pavarotti . 19 year old Helen Huang who made her debut at eight years of age in the Philadelphia Orchestra, has performed all over the world and has many a record album to her credit, graced the stage and made the piano dance; amazing Jessica Norman on screen and in person and more. We also got screen glimpses of Isabella Rossellini, Hugh Downs, Dick Cavett, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Candace Bergen, Marshall Rose and a list of the most prominent artists who appeared in the Lincoln Center program (some of you, I am sure, have seen these television shows). This event was Co-Chaired by: Muffie Potter Aston and Joseph Perella (Morgan Stanley), Thomas a Renyl (The Bank of New York) and Daisy M. Soros; Honorary Co-Chairmen Irene Diamond, Robert H. Bernmoche (Met Life), Sandra Priest Rose, Thomas H. Lee and Ann Tenenbaum . Honorees: Kenneth I, Chenult ( American Express Co,) and Lillian Vernon.
A memorable evening, indeed. If you are interested in contributing your time, your money or your talent give them a call.
Famous society photographer Patrick McMullen, whose work can be seen in this month's issue of New York Magazine, opened his photography showing of New York Characters at the Stuben Gallery at 61 Street and Madison Ave. this past week. If you are in town, by all means, stop by and see what a great photographer he is. You will surely enjoy his photos of celebrated characters at some of the best events in town. The show is on until May 27, and is open to the public.
If you can't get enough photos there visit the New York Historical Society for the viewing of The Tumultuous Fifties (a view from the New York Times Photo Archives). May 7 to August 14. On May 21 to Sept. 15 Me, Myself and Infrastructure commemorating the 150 anniversary of American Society of Civil Engineers. While there check out American Revolution Project & Presidential Manuscripts.
All of Rockaway, I am sure, is excited about the forthcoming plans for the latest middle income housing , all inclusive community plans for the wasteland in Arverne, written about so well in Beverly Baxter's column two weeks ago. We are all for it Beverly, but if you can get them to save some space for a Resort Casino Hotel we will really have it made. Our city politicians are a milimeter away from casino consent and have even designated the Rockaways as the best site for it, and have said. "They don't need to be Indian Owners." (Kevin Boyle, please note, I am not receiving any monetary rewards for that mention. Nor have I ever. And, I am sure, Beverly isn't either). Our columnists are not as "self-serving" as one reader wrote in about one of us). I, for one, have never received any monetary compensation. Far from "self serving", I should think. However, to get back to the main subject .we have been hyped up on so many prospective projects for that "vacant for-too-long land", it is hard to believe a good project will really come though. I guess we will believe it when we see it. Hopefully, this one will pan out. and, hopefully, with a Hotel/Casino. Just think of the jobs and the amount of people a hotel and a casino will pull in to really revitalize Rockaway. They would have to give us ferry service then, The Breezy Point Golden Agers (55 and up) are doing exciting things according to President, Renee Lacey: This past April 23 horses were picked out for the day at the races at the parish Hall on May 7; a bus trip is planned to South Hampton with lunch at the well known John Duck's Restaurant and a visit to the Pollack Museum for $60, all inclusive. For $38 you can join them on a bus trip to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens with lunch on May 9. Renne Lacey will fill you in on all the particulars. Just so many can fit on the bus, so give her a call ASAP.
You can also stop into Kennedy's for more info on the Giant Stadium bus event and the annual Buckley to Kennedy run.
Make Mother's Day a day she will never forget .and send her to the Mexican Riviera at the Ceiba Del Mar Hotel and Spa $100 spa credit, cont. breakfast , fruit basket. Complimentary use of bicycles, tennis courts, cardiovascular machines and weight training equipment, RT Air, surprise gift, taxes and gratuities. .$740 valid until Dec. 20. Mother-Daughter Renaissance pkg.
Super Sale 7 day Western New Yeear's Cruise Dec. 29 ms Maasdam from $999 p.p. dbl. 7 day Western on Veendam Dec. 28 New year's cruise; 8 day Mexican cruise for Christmas on Ryndam, Decd. 21 from $1,139; 16 day So. Carib. On Noordam $1,939. Orient Line is offering cruise from Barcelona to Venice a 50% off second guest. Departing Oct. 12 for 7 day cruise , one night hotel stay in Barcelona, half day sightseeing tour; sightseeing tour in Venice and Capt's cocktail party and all meals and entertainment on board ship Fourth of July Sail in the "Last Frontier" of Alaska starting from June 29 to July 4th including July 4th, 7 dys from $1099. Sale ends Fri., Apr. 26, 2002. Cunard, QE2 Fly FREE from $2,199 12 days Scandinavia. QE2's May 12 sailing & 18th crossings from $999 Jamaica air/land 5* Sunset Beach all inclusive from $499 (3) nts./(4) days. Renaissance Grand Resort (very beautiful as seen on my "Travels in Style" show. 5 all inclusive $556 based on Mon. to Thursday departures ..Save 50% on Coronia's Taste of Spain from $1049 Plus RT Air from $499. June 30 for 8 days.
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