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by R. Couri Hay Photographed by Tony Ingrao, Margaret Russell, Randy Kemper== Kips Bay Boy And Girls Club Presidents Dinner== Mandarin Oriental New York, NYC== April 16, 2013== ©Patrick Mcmullan== photo-Sylvain Gaboury/ ==
Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway’s grandaughter Mariel Hemingway, whose new memoir, Out Came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family, has the cognoscenti talking. “People need to know, you’re not alone. If you’re Ernest Hemingway’s family, or if you’re middle America, it’s the same story,” Mariel said. The actress, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Woody Allen’s Manhattan, will be honored at the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) Fall Luncheon and Seminar on November 10. Mariel, who lost seven members of her family to suicide, including her grandfather and sister Margaux, will also be the keynote speaker. Brooke Shields, Terry Bradshaw, Lorraine Bracco, Jay McInerney and Deborah Norville have all spoken at this lunch. This year’s topic is “Alcoholism and Depression: Dual Diagnosis, Dual Treatment” and will feature Dr. Charles O’Brien, who is an authority on treating depression and addiction concurrently in order to achieve optimal results. The organization’s Arts Committee includes Robert Wilson, Tony Ingrao, Randy Kemper, Campion Platt, Scott Snyder, Geoffrey Bradfield, Mario Buatta, Anne Eisenhower, Harry Benson, Susan Cheever, Eric Javits and Ralph Rucci.

White Tea

To kick off the event, HDRF founder Audrey Gruss invited pals to a White Tea at her home, “Fairwind,” in Southampton. Among the swans gliding through the lush garden designed by the inimitable Edwina von Gal were Dana Hammond, Susan Mortimer, Carol Mack, Serena Boardman, Mai Hallingby and composer Karen LeFrak who was talking about the opening of the New York Philhamonic, which featured pianist Lang Lang playing Beethoven’s 7th under the baton of conductor Alan Gilbert. The all-white garden featured hydrangeas, a reflecting pool surrounded by dogwood trees, a green apple orchard and a white birch allée. It’s the only way, really. Tiny cucumber sandwiches and delicate pastel-colored macarons were served on snowy linen-covered tables festoned with lilies of the valley. Also in the mix were Margo Nederlander, Lise Evans, Francesca Nye, Louise Blouin and Kim Heirston. Over sips of white tea, which is only harvested once a year and was originally saved for emperors and nobility in the Far East, Audrey explained how good nutrition, exercise and sleep creates a balanced mind/body state that will help ward off depression.

The Temple Of Promise

The National Arts Club and its Fine Arts Committee, headed by Dianne Bernhard, which last year presented shows by Charles James, Salvador Dalí, Goya, and the Kabakovs opened the season with “Enduring

Brilliance,” the 43rd exhibition of the Pastel Society of America. On October 26, a solo show by avant-garde lighting artist Bentley Meeker, who has shown everywhere from the Whitney to the Southampton Arts Center, will present “186,282.” Meeker, who has illuminated both the White House and the Temple of Promise at Burning Man this past September, will show 24 light frames under chandeliers made of hand-blown marijuana pipes titled “Bongoliers 1, 2 and 3.” I can wait if you can.

Toast to Taittinger

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, president of Taittinger, the oldest Champagne house in France, said, “Champagne is a symbol of love, success, celebration and enthusiasm. We should not avoid its magic; this is the soul of Champagne.” He and interior designer Juan Pablo Molyneux will honored by the French Heritage Society (FHS) at the Pierre on November 18. The evening will be held under the High Patronage of His Excellency Gérard Araud, the French Ambassador to the US; François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United Nations; and Bertrand Lortholary, Consul General of France in New York. This year’s Gala Chairs are Cece Black, Deborah Royce, Ann Van Ness, Ursula Lowerre, Kazie Metzger, Jean Doyen de Montaillou and Jean Shafiroff, who hosted the kickoff in her Park Avenue home. FHS Board chair Elizabeth Stribling said, “Proceeds from the gala will create grants to restore French architectural gems in both America and France.”

Safari Round Up

The 40th annual Hampton Classic opened with the ASPCA Adoption and Animal-Welfare Day where dogs, cats, ponies and horses were offered to loving families. “This is about saving the lives of ‘steeds in need,’” said animal advocate Jill Rappaport. On hand were Equine-Welfare ambassadors Georgina Bloomberg, Hayley Barnhill, Brianne Goutal, Jennifer Gates and Stacia Madden. Competing in the Hunter Classes was Jerry Seinfeld’s daughter Sasha and Billy Joel’s daughter Alexa Ray. Today Show host Matt Lauer’s daughter, Romy, rode in the children’s equitation division . . . . . Race-horse owner Sheila Rosenblum was in the winner’s circle with her mare La Verdad in Saratoga to accept a $200,000 purse. Sheila’s horse has a perfect 4-0 record this year and is a Breeders’ Cup contender for the October 31 race in Kentucky. Bergdorf Goodman heiress Vivien Malloy and Sheila have also bought two yearlings to groom for the track. . . . Ralph Lauren model and musician Morgan O’Connor voluteenered with Sailing Heals, a non-profit that takes out cancer patients and their caregivers for a spirit-lifting day on the water during Nantucket Race Week. Morgan, who is represented by New York Models, crewed on Wild Horses during the Opera House Cup, which was sponsored by Panerai, the Italian watchmaker. . . . Vintner David Noto hosted his Altaneve Prosecco’s Mini Regatta at the Central Park boat pond. The race toasted Harboring Hearts, whose gala honored Constance Milstein and Dr. Hiroo Takayama. Listening to crooner Cole Rumbough, whose grandmother is Dina Merrill, were Elaine Sargent, Cassandra

, stem cell guru Dr. Christopher Calapai and a newly engaged Julie Hayek. . . . Chess-in-the-Schools empowers underserved students in NYC by using chess as a learning tool. They held their first event in the Hamptons at the home of Kathy Prounis and Othon Prounis. Guests included Sharon Bush, George Farias, Alison Mazzola and interior designer Alex Papachristidis. . . . Lucia Hwong Gordon chaired a benefit for Have a Heart Community Trust at Stitch, Rose Dios’s chic clothing boutique in Southampton, which showcases the designs of Regina Kravitz. . . . LongHouse Reserve, the museum and sculpture garden founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, held its benefit On Gossamer Wings, which honored sculptor Kiki Smith. Guests included Robert Wilson, Inga Maren Otto, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Cindy Sherman, Agnes Gund, Richard Meier, Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas, Zoe and Janna Bullock and April Gornik and Eric Fischl.


Who Runs ABT? Girls!

ABT kicks off fall season

On The Avenue

Our Night at the Opera

Celebrating Marc Chagall, who is not a Marx Brother


All’s Fair at TEFAF Opening

The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering raised funds as a glamorous art fair returned to New York.

by Debbie BancroftPhotographed by Griffin Lipson and Hunter Abrams/