If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.
“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”
Showing off Daphne’s spotted collar, Joyce commented, “She is a Greek Goddess masquerading as a Dalmatian.”
Then he showed off his rhinestone rings that he made and laughed, “And I’m Elton John.”
“The purpose of the masquerade is that it is fanciful. This house is built in a fanciful style and looks like it is 400 years old, but it’s not. The gardens here pretend to be English gardens, but they are on Long Island so there are all of these themes of wanting or wishing to be someone you are not; that’s why it is nice to wear a mask. You can be who ever you want to be.”
Just then the Raciborski family arrived. There was Ania from Locust Valley sporting angel wings, looking very much like a Victoria’s Secret model. Glen Cove Raciborskis Greg and Catherine were dressed as Mozart and a peacock.
“We love coming here every year because it is a wonderful way to spend the evening strolling around the gardens and the mansion,” said Catherine, waving her peacock fan and showing off her gems. “Tonight I am a peacock because I wanted to be the belle of the ball, and my husband is Mozart—but some people think he is George Washington.”
Barbara Mayer-Roberts of Mill Neck chose this event to celebrate her 75th birthday, alongside her husband Stewart, in a cowboy hat.
As champagne corks popped, guests mingled around the buffet table adorned with flowers. Silver chaffing dishes were filled with shrimp, crab legs and every type of hors d’oeuvre. Guests sat down at tables decorated with hot pink and zebra cloths, a nod to their new exhibit.
Jessica Vandenburg from California and Glen Cove resident Grace Acati, originally from Mexico, have nourished a friendship at the gardens. Vandenburg, an artist, was painting there one day when Acati came by. They struck up a conversation and have been best friends ever since.
“This is fabulous. I love the outdoors and the architecture,” Acati said.
Next to the loggia was an outdoor tent complete with a dance floor, a DJ and a band. They heated up the night with great music and a saxophone player coaxed everyone on to the dance floor.
Wiping the sweat from his brow, Maurice Jauredui of Locust Valley, celebrating his 47th birthday, concluded, “This party is always a rocking good time!”
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00
Sea Cliff author Margaret Gay Malone is one of 11 authors whose short stories have been selected for publication in the Tuscany Press Anthology in 2015.
The story, Jimmy’s Gift, centers around a boy whose generosity and selflessness put him in danger on a brutally cold and snowy day. Malone says it is based on a true story after reading a blurb in Reader’s Digest a few years ago about a 12-year-old boy who walked through the snow to help deliver food baskets to those in need; and it turned out that his family’s name was also on the list of those in need of help in the community.
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
Members of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and their families will be treated to a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 25, an event that has become an annual tradition for local families.
This will be the 14th year that Andrea Correale, the president of Elegant Affairs Caterers, has donated this festive dinner, which in the past has served more 250 adults and children with a full turkey with all the trimmings followed by the always-fun ice cream bar.
I can’t even believe it’s been 14 years,” says Correale. “And so many of the same people come back year after year.”
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove High School girls basketball team was invited to participate in the prestigious KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament that will be held in Orlando, FL, this December. The tournament brings to the court teams from all over the United States that would otherwise not be competing. It is held in the finest professional and amateur athletic venues around the nation with teams seeded into brackets that will provide an appropriate level of competition.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The North Shore Women’s Cross Country Team won the Nassau County Class I Championship for the eighth consecutive year. They will be competing in the State Qualifier Competition at Bethpage State Park this month.