David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

1 May 2014

Celebrate Spring

Last Wednesday evening (April 23rd) at Scully & Scully they celebrated Park Avenue’s colorful tulips and the arrival of spring.  Each year, Michael Scully, President of the luxury gift and fine furniture store, hosts what has become known as “The Tulip Party” to celebrate the work of The Fund for Park Avenue and those who contribute to it.  All of the planting and maintenance that takes place on the Park Avenue malls is made possible by contributions The Fund receives from the community.

Michael Scully and Barbara McLaughlin, The Fund President, welcomed guests as they arrived. The evening featured Park Avenue author, Holly Peterson, signing her just published second novel, The Idea of Him.

A special highlight was a first taste of palate-pleasing Black River Caviar. The caviar received a top “Green” rating from the Marine Conservation Institute.  So, no wonder people were reaching for more.

In keeping with tradition, there were five creative tabletops using selections from Scully & Scully’s extraordinary collection. The themes ranged from Mary Davidson’s sophisticated celebration of caviar to Kamie Lightburn and Mary Van Pelt’s tables, a  salute to spring flowers.  Team Swifty’s “East India” tea table was complete with two and a half foot tall silver schooner.  Holly Peterson’s   table set for the main characters in her novel.  Music from Alex Donner filled the room and guests left with a tulip cookie party favor from Eleni’s cookies.

Among the guests were:  Muffie Potter Aston, Pat & Stephen Attoe, Nancy Baker, Suzy Bancroft, Leslie Banker, Sydney Biddle Barrows, Kristina Baynes-Reid, Charles Bergman, Friederike & Jeremy Biggs, Annie Black, Geoffrey Bradfield, Cornelia Bregman, Le Merle Brinkley, Sharon Bush, Blaine & Robert Caravaggi, Wendy Carduner, Elizabeth Coleman, Alyce Faye Cleese, Mary Davidson, Vaughn Dorrian, Anne Embry, Mary Espy, Somers Farkas, Pat De John & Stephen Farrell, Jamie Figg, Maria & Ken Fischel, Carla & David Friedman, Virginia Gilbert, Mark Gilbertson, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Ginsberg, Martha Vietor Glass, Jane Goldman, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Lynne Greenberg, Mayme & Monte Hackett, Kirk Henckels, Melanie Holland, Roy Kean, Eleanora Kennedy, Michèle Gerber Klein, Mary Klyonaga & Michael DiGiacomo, Karen Klopp, Earl Kramer, Kamie Lightburn, Francine & Richard LeFrak, Karen Chase & Lawrence Leighton, Stuart Levy, Jenny Lyden, Jack Lynch, Hillie Mahoney, Mary Matthews, Christy McGraw, Judia Nlack, Kate O’Neill, Martha LcLanahan, Kevin McLaughlin, Alison Minton, Melissa & Chappy Morris, Eliza Nordeman, Victoria Ostrowski, Elizabeth Peabody, Mary Van Pelt, Ann Rapp, Nina Richter, Christina Rose, Anna Safir, Georgina Schaeffer, Marcia Schaeffer, Pam & AJ Schwegel, Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Scott, Dennis Scully, Lisa & Bob Semple, Jean Shafiroff, Barbara Sloan, Ronald D. Spencer, Jennifer Taylor, Roric Tobin, Karen & Clay Tomkins, Jane Wyeth.

The Fund for Park Avenue relies on contributions from the community to plant, light and maintain the trees and flowers on the Park Avenue Malls from 54th to 86th Streets.  Each year over 60,000 tulips bloom along the Park Avenue malls. This year’s variety is Darwin hybrid Gudoshnik. 

Directors, The Fund for ParkAvenue: Ronald D. Spencer, Esq. (Chairman); Mary Davidson; Eugenie Niven Goodman; Derek L. Limbocker; George B. Moore; Judith T. Steckler; Margaret M. Ternes; Ron Wendt; Ex OfficioMitchell Silver (Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation).   President: Barbara McLaughlin; Executive Director: Jo-Ann M. Polise.

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