2002-05-18 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Busy, busy week. Hope you all had a happy Mother's Day. Mine finished off at the TriBecA Film Festival, which was a great success in the revival of the Ground Zero area in New York City. So many, many movies and just how many can you see? Over the weekend, millions of people gathered around the festivities along Greenwich near the Tribeca Grill site. Universal Studios Theatres were at the downtown Embassy Suites Hotel showing a good number of the films we will see this year. I caught the Roger (the Dodger) feature and found it quite compelling, though not heavy by any means. The dialogue was intriguing, the acting and directing superb about a rogue of an uncle, a bon vivant, womanizer whose young nephew (16), green from the cow pasture comes into town to learn from his uncle the ways of capturing the attention and conquering young women to satisfy his sexual appetite. It was a witty and, as it turned out, harmless (well, almost) adventure. A movie you will enjoy. Directing is up for an academy award.

The Accessory show and the Modo Show were at the Javits Center and the Piers and I wandered through the aisles of both to catch glimpses of the new fashion trends. The blouses are feminine, sexy, sheer and off the shoulder, and many to go well to dress up jeans and pants. Exquisite jewelry and oh, such pretty hats. One hat company that finally came up with a true hat size to fit all. The hat was even a snug fit on my head, which always needs a smaller size. And, you should see the adorable reading, magnifying, half lens glasses that fold up and fit into a tube or a tiny case to carry in a small or tiny bag. If you caught my TV segments, you saw me wearing them. They are made by Sacs and are now available in stores. You can e-mail them at ralph@ saxoptical.com. You, most certainly, will want to have a pair.

Irving Fields, pianist and composer, who wrote Ms Golden Girl for my Golden Girl Pageant that I also used for my theme song for my twice weekly Time Warner Cable TV program, "The Dorothy Dunne Show" was at Cipriani's for the Rainforest Alliance Fundraiser to honor Gibson Guitars Corporation and its CEO Henry Juszkiewicz for the commitment to manufacture eco-friendly instruments. Mexican Minister of Environment Victor Lichtinger, was also honored. It was a beautiful evening and when I said adieu to Irving Fields and his sweet, darling wife, Ruth, I knew our good bye would not be for long. Irving is now appearing Thursday to Sunday at the Park Lane Hotel where you can see him and hear his piano music from 9:30 PM and also on Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 11AM to 3PM. Stop in and see and hear him play as only Irving Fields can.

Though not really a wine connoisseur, I was, however, invited to be a judge at the International Italian Organic Wines at the Marirott Marquis this past week. How could I turn that down? Nine thirty in the morning I started with little in my stomach (hic), but I thought I held up pretty well, (hic), until lunch, which was just lovely and, you guessed it, was also accompanied by the finest wines. The following night an evening Gala Awards Dinner was held to present the "Best of the Judges' choosing. Top Gold winner in Sparkling wines. Asti "DiMichela" and Agricola Torelli Mrio;White wines, Soave Superiore "Pieve Vecchia" DOC 2000 and Azienda Agricola Fasci Gino; Red wines, Barbara D'Asti Superiore "Rouve" DOC 1999 and Fratelli Rovero S.S.; Dessert wines Moscato D'Asti "San Gro'd " DOC 2001 and Agricola Torelli Marlo. This International Organic Wine Expo was under the auspices of the Honorable Giorgio Radicati General of Italy In new York and with the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, the Italy America Chamber of Commerce West in collaboration with the Italian Wines and Food Institute.

JOB, "Just One Break," a wonderful organization that helps people with disabilities to obtain jobs, held their annual awards luncheon at the Grand Hyatt. Maurice DuBois, WNBC's "Today in New York" co-anchor hosted the event, as he did last year. Emily Duncon from Hewlett Packard addressed the audience and gave some of the advantages of hiring people with disabilities and how rewarding it was for her company alone. Top awards were given to: Jessica Galli, 2002 Role Model of the Year, para-olympics Silver Medalist and 2002 Role Model of the Year, Tom Wittaker who climbed Mount Everest, both achieving amazing feats and even more so with their handicaps. Super model, Ami Mullins who lost both her legs and still walks the runway today was there to give her support for this very worthwhile organization. Pick up a copy of Art Berg's new book with foreword by Tony Robbins, "The Impossible Takes a Little Longer". Living with purpose and passion. If you wish to hire a person with a disability by all means contact JOB at: 212- 785- 7300. Or e-mail jobs@justonebreak.com.

TRAVEL:

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Check more travel specials on UHF Chs. 26, 35(HSN) and 39 Mon. to Fri. e-mail dorothydunne@yahoo.com.

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