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Ferro's Restaurant had a blast of an opening with tastings from the chef, a buffet and pass-arounds. Chosen entertained on the piano and the clarinet player was sensational... there's nothing like live music. Liza Minnelli, Robert De Niro and other celebrities were expected, but were no shows. Everyone had a great time anyway. It was a jam-packed, great evening! Ferro's is in the Kimberly Hotel on East 50 Street in Manhattan.
South Africa outdid itself with a tradeshow for the travel agents at sit down dinner, ($300 a plate) on the Roof of the St. Regis.
South Africa is a gorgeous country with big, beautiful animals you don't see in a Zoo. It's expensive, but I have great packages, and it's well worth it.
I produced a TV show in South Africa with Orient Express Hotels and you couldn't have had a more luxurious way to see it. You can see the show at Janet's Studio "J" on Rockaway Beach Blvd.
She will run it for you.
Not only does she do designs on nails, pedicures, makeovers, but she now has a jewelry line of limited edition stones from all over the world in jade, onyx, amethyst, pinks and more.
It didn't rain, it didn't pour, IT SHOWERED ON AMY MARTIN, and what a bridal shower it was.
IT WAS THE BEST!
Not only was the house filled with the nicest group of a 120 friends hosted by Mary Keating in her home, it was also a real fun crowd. They danced their shoes off keeping the beat of DJ Christine's danceable music choices; decorations were gorgeous. Mary Lou Hudson made a wishing well that was more than you could wish for; invites, favors, centerpieces were all done by hand by Maid of Honor, Mary Beth Beracaqua (we all went home with adorable pink daisy coaster "flip flops"). Culinary delights were abundant; a spread the finest restaurant couldn't match.
Jimmy Corcoran was the master mixologist that made for such a merry crowd. Chris Mattis, the groom-to-be, along with the bride-to-be's parents, Ellen and Jack Martin, were on hand. Guests, Jeanette and Tom Lynch of Oceanside were proud to announce David James Lynch, who made his debut on earth on August 29 to join 3-year-old sisters, Grace and Ryan Casey.
Grandmother, Elizabeth Holstrom Pierce, Jessie and Paul Rudolph were anxious to tell me Brian and Kerry Rudolph have a new son Rudolph. Janet and Jim Corcoran have a new granddaughter, Karla Janet Corcoran, thanks to parents, Cindy and Jimmy Corcoran. Also present, John Carberry (Voice of the People), Kelly Deacy, and Gert and Andy Hendry, (61 years on September 22), still teaching after 32 years. Ed Deacy, Ann Suzanne, one of Mayor Bloomberg's pilots, Adam Torfin and more were also there. A good time was had by all. May these fun times carry through Amy and Chris's married years.
There was another Shower that day on September 16, pouring out of Kennedy's for Maura Sabatos and about 50 or 60 of her friends. Mother, Winnie Sabatos and sister, Catherine Sabatos were in the parking lot raving about Kennedy's and what a great time they had. They don't mind coming to Kennedy's from Brooklyn. The have such a beautiful view and the food is so good.
After an informative chat with my corner bachelors at Kennedy's Restaurant, I ran into Nicholas Farina, who had been confirmed earlier in the day. His mother and father, Lisa and Thomas Farina, and Sponsor, Denise Wolhfert and cousin, Susan Piluso, who came from Italy for the occasion, were there. As I said, "They come from all over to celebrate at Kennedy's"
I had another delicious dinner there Saturday night with my favorite couple, Helen and Peter (famous Bridge Columnist) Danzilo. After dinner the bar was rockin' with live music featuring The Carib Sound of Exodus. They have live music every Saturday night and on Sunday afternoons.
I decided to make the 5 o'clock mass and happened upon the wedding of Tara McIntyre and Brian Murphy (Oh, the bride looked beautiful). Pete Duggan was the best man and Joanne and Maureen McIntyre (sisters) were the maids of honor. Emily,
Patrick and Katie McLaughlin were the flower girls. They raved about John Henly, the bagpiper.
Union Square held its annual Harvest in the Square Gala tasting event, which is marvelous for gourmet diners and everyone out there. All the best chefs and restaurants surrounding Union Square participated. I interviewed Star Chef/ Owner of Fleur de Lei Restaurant on WNYX TV and he has a fine restaurant in Union Square serving fantastic dishes. Keep in mind and try to attend Harvest in the Square next year. It is fun to sip and slurp on the finest foods and best wines under the tent at Union Square.
Another guest I interviewed on WNYX-TV, Allan Fink, President of Zestra, had great news for women. They have finally come out with asexual arousal topical oil for women. It is not ingested so it won't interfere with other medications. What a breakthrough this is for women. It takes two to three minutes to work after it is applied. When I told my corner bachelors, they cried out, "IT TAKES THAT LONG???" Every little bit helps, ladies.
At the Javits Center, Wire Magazine brought the Future to New York. It was unbelievable. Robotic limbs that enabled people to walk without thinking just like normal limbs. Hug shirts to enable to hug your grandchild while miles away. Light frame material that if left in the sun for an hour, generates light (no electricity bill). And, platform shoes for the "working girl" to keep her protected with sirens and police alerts in the platforms. Although, she could be in more danger if she falls off the platforms. More and more, very interesting things we can look forward to in our future days.
I leave you with a chuckle....I caught the David Letterman Show last week and he was going through his Top Ten on how people are coping with Global Warming.......I did get a few chuckles through the list, but when he came to number ten he said, "How does Jim McGreevey cope with Global Warming?"............." He goes home with Ben and Jerry." I got a hearty laugh out of that. Hope you do, too. To each his own.
TRAVEL: Eastern and Western Mediterranean 7 nts. $799, Oct 23 & Oct 20; Thanksgiving Greek Isle/Croatia $799 Nov 6, 13 &.20 .7 nt. Carib. Ins. $499; OV, $599; all on Costa Cruises.
"And Away We Go!!!