2014-07-25 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Red Carpet Fashion Entering Blarney Castle
By Dorothy Dunne

It was an eye popping scene. Who would have thought the Blarney attracted people of such high style fashion? Not that the Blarney isn’t a nice clean bar and restaurant, run very well by owner, Fran Jamin. And, thankfully it survived Sandy, but to see a crowd so elegantly attired was most unusual.

Dianne McNoble told me they were all gathered for a pre-cocktail, bus pick-up to the wedding of Kerry Herchenroder and Andrew Mucccigrrosso at the Fort Hamilton Army base. The bride is the daughter of Patricia, a sister of Diane’s husband, Thomas. Peter Duggan gave a rousing speech before they left. Best wishes for many happy years together. Congratulations to John Andariese, admitted to the Basketball Hall of Fame . He was an NBC-TV and radio sports snnouncer from 1975 to 2012 and has won 30 Grammy Awards. He continues to work on Madison Square Garden’s cable network and other places. Judy, his ex-wife, living on Newport Walk, is the mother of their three girls: Julie, Emily and Ginny. She is a retired nurse and now teaches at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC. Judy and John have three grandchildren.

Nice to see Bruce Angle, who survived Sandy with Build It Back and some grants. He spoke about happy trips I sent him on with his brother, Walter. Good luck to you, both.

Lorie Billies from Kildare Walk was so happy that her mom, Audrey Manning is finally back in Breezy after months and months of postponements. Her home was burnt to the ground and she is now in a Modular home built on the incinerated grounds. She has been living with her daughter Pat, a school teacher, in Sayville, L.I. who will spend the summer with her. Mardi Gras was celebrated on the lot last year and brought many to tears.

Condolences go out to the family of Terry Williams, who passed away at 77. Terry was well-known and revered in the community where he worked in construction for more than 40 years.

Patty Crowley celebrated her 50+ birthday July19. Congratulations! Her brother, Donald Ritter, has his Surf Shop well stocked and is back in business again.

In the picture shown I am at the Thayer Hotel at my Ladycliff College reunion luncheon with classmate of mine, Ursula Langley Cahill, class of “49 who also graduated with me from St. Angela Hall Academy in Brooklyn. The College has been taken over by West Point. My first husband, Lt. Kenneth Tackus is buried there on the grounds. He was the class of ’50 that was wiped out in the Korean War. Someday I will join him. It is so beautiful there and it was so good to see my colleagues who survived so successfully.

Tasted my way thru the Fancy Food Show, hosted by Chef Dominique Ansel and attended the “sofi’s”, also known as the Specialty Food Awards. Just a few of the outstanding winners: Gluten-free Lobster Mac & Cheese from the Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co;, Fromagerie Belle Chevre’s Goat Cheese Cheesecake, and Silk Road Soda’s Cucumber Mint.

If you’ve got the money, go luxury. I’m talking about Bahia Beach Resort and Golf Club, which is a Saint Regis Resort in Puerto Rico.

Lush tropical landscapes with butler service and seaside fairways, it is so gorgeous from the video I watched at the Sea Fire Grille at 148 East 48th Street. I had the best lunch I have had in years there. Highly, highly recommend it. Ted Pryor is the Executive Chef. Thank you, Grace Grillo and Mark from Bahia Resort.

A vacation that’s a treat instead of a treatment. Pack your bags and away we go!

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