David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

16 October 2009

Rainy and cold autumn day and night

Last night was Arts, Culture & History Night for me in New York. Early evening I went down to the Park Avenue Armory where the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) was hosting its 21st Annual Preview Party. I got there about 6:30 and there was a big crowd assembling. It was a great place to get in out of the weather.

This is always a snazzy affair. It occupies most of the Armory’s ground floor with the booths of treasures. For the preview night there are buffets along the corridors of booths, as well as an area in the rear of the building to sit down and have something to eat. All kinds of glorious eats from Glorious Foods. The dress is glamorous. The pearls come out; the brooches. It looks like the Hollywood version of a New York Upper East Side evening. They expected about a thousand so the corridors of fancy were busy.

There is a lot of meet and greet because many friends support SMSKCC. The committeewomen get on their phones (and cells) and beat the drum.

I was headed elsewhere so I tried to get quick look with the digital. This is a Haughton Fair, produced by Anna and Brian Haughton of London. Mr. Haughton also takes a big booth -- where I photographed him with Betty Sherrill of McMillen.

This is the perfect weekend (rain forecast) to take in the show at the Armory.

Beautiful things – art, antiques, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, silver, textiles books – to see, to freshen up the mind if not your library or dining room or study. Out of the rain and into the Sun.

Chris Leasure and Alison Minton