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Cole Holladay, founder of the National Museum of Women in the Arts with the Gold Medal of Honor for Art, was honored the other night at the National Arts Club at Gramercy Park South in NYC.
The National Art Club was founded in 1898 by Charles deKay, critic for the National Times. Since 1905 The National Arts Club has been located in the historic Tilden Mansion in NYC's only private park. Tilden hired Calvert Vaux, one of the designers of Central Park, to Victorianize the façade with sandstone; bay windows, Gothic ornamentation and Italian wood carvers created the ornate fireplace. I could go on and on but it is a beautiful mansion, a designated New York Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. It was the first private club to admit women on a full and equal basis at its inception. Members have included three Presidents: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The Jewelry Show was in town over the weekend and diamonds galore in all shapes and sizes. What impressed me most was the cluster of small diamonds that look like one solitaire but is a quarter of the price. Believe me you can't tell.
Napa Valley had a wine tasting and I found their Pinot Noirs outstanding.
The Kidney Foundation held their fundraiser at Tourneau, New York.
Guastavino's Restaurant was filled to capacity with quests to Grab, Graze and Groove, all to raise funds for mentoring to award winners such as Tom Cruise for his program H.E.L.P., Tom Brokaw, Phil Ramone, Rev. Dr. Wilson Gonde, Kathleen Kelly and Rubin Smith. There was also entertainment by music impresario, Quincy Jones, Geoff Biosi and a special presentation by HBO. Roz Abrams emceed the evening that introduced an exciting new partnership between HBO and MENTOR to bring the power of mentoring to millions of America's youth.
A belated, belated Happy Birthday to Caryn Crowley Fata on December 18. Sorry about that, Caryn, but hope you enjoyed yourself and maybe a bigger and better one next year.
Maybe some of you caught my Dorothy Dunne Show where I featured Casey Bush, founder of Headwear Information Bureau on Manhattan Cable on Channel 56 at 9 a.m., 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., with some of the fashionable hats of the seasons. Well, she recently passed away and they had a very moving memorial service for her at the United Nations Church. I had never been to one of those before and it was quite impressive.
While I am at it I would like to mention a correction on my WNYX TV channels (UHF). They are seen from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. Friday night till Sunday morning and if anyone would like a TV interview by me I will be glad to give them one. Channels 26, 32 and 35 can be seen as well on the internet: www. firstname.lastname@example.org. Check it out, but The Wave does a good job on covering that themselves.
I was in attendance at the beautiful Martin Luther King Jr. 23rd Annual Holiday Celebration, "Living the Dream" reception and dinner. Ayawn Hirsi received the International Brotherhood Award. Her family arranged her marriage to a man in Canada. She was flown to Germany for her air link, but took a train to the Netherlands and joined their Parliament. She made a film, "Submission," about women in Islamic cultures, which was seen on Dutch TV. It created so much controversy it caused death threats on her life. Hirsi is now in Washington, D.C. working on relationships between West and Islamic women's rights.
A Life Achievement Award was given to the Mighty Sparrow, Dr. Slinger Fromcisco, unrivaled Calypso King of the World. He has audiences across the globe and at 72, he still can belt it out and step to the music. The cast of the Broadway show "The Color Purple" performed some of their acts at the event. It was a very pleasant evening, indeed. You should try to make it next year.
Love you all. Till next time.
Haven't seen my Kennedy's corner bachelors in awhile, so I don't have much local news for you. I do know Helene and Peter Danzilo are still stepping out. They joined Ernie and wife, Betty, for dinner one night and had a super entertaining one where Ernie got up and played the piano while Betty sang. It was a very musical evening.
Keep well, happy and busy.