SOCIAL DIARY Beautiful Thursday in New York, a visit with Anthony Haden-Guest and his exhibition of art at Swifty's; the Michael's lunch with the guests' new webisode; and the opening night of Art Southampton.
HOUSE Sian, Lesley, and JH visit with designer John Douglas Eason, who admits it was a long haul: "It's taken me a long time to really feel comfortable in this business."
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: A "Timely" Lunch ... Chris Meigher's New Venture ... Charles Busch, Vaudeville Veteran ... Bill O'Reilly's Latest.
PARTY PICTURES LongHouse Reserve's "WHITE HOT + BLUE 2" Benefit; The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation's 5th Annual Unconditional Love Gala; The 2014 Hampton Designer Showhouse Gala Preview Cocktail Party.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Mick Jagger Energizes "A Most Wanted Man" Premiere ... Hot Stuff Coming to Broadway: "It's Only a Play" and "A Delicate Balance" — Plan in Advance!
SOCIAL DIARY A nice sunny only slightly humid day in New York; a Maurice Prendergast painting of the local park; a pre-birthday dinner with a friend where we met one of the most famous names in America. And a look at some of the parties filling the social calendar last weekend in the Hamptons.
PARTY PICTURES Acria hosts Cocktails at Sunset; Cocktail reception for the New York Stem Cell Foundation's annual summer benefit; Bridgehampton Polo Club's opening day at Two Trees Farm; Opening night of "Clever Little Lies" at Guild Hall.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Jo Nesbo's latest page-turner, "The Son" ... Elaine Stritch — The Great Fantasy Dinner Guest!
HOUSE John Foreman unearths more treasure on his trek across the Midwest.
TRAVEL London Social Diary. Sharon, Countess Sondes makes her annual trip to London with her man, Geoffrey Thomas, wines, dines, and goes to Royal Ascot too.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Marlo Triumphs. "Sex Tape" Flaccid ... Ann-Margret Still Sizzles ... Patti LuPone Signs On ... Art Garfunkel Returns Home ... "True Blood" Gets a Healthy Last-Season Transfusion.
SOCIAL DIARY Beautiful weekend in New York. Catching up on events: the 20th Anniversary celebration for the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and all the memories of past lives that were evoked.
PARTY PICTURES "Ladies Who Lunch For A "Cure" benefitting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation; AFIPO honors Hans Zimmer in Los Angeles; Komen Greater NYC Young Professionals Pink Rocks the Rock; Inner-City Scholarship Fund's 14th annual Project YESS Reception; 3rd Annual Edeyo Gives Hope Ball.
ACROSS THE WORLD Washington Social Diary. Carol Joynt speculates on a rumor about a piece of property (the Mellon estate in Upperville) and who the billionaire might be, and why that's dish; plus the lady celebrates her birthday all week ending on a yacht "Celebration" with good friends, good weather, good food.
LIZ SMITH: Remakes, Re-Boots, A Lack of Imagination — But The Money Keeps Rolling In! ... Mother/Daughter Memoirs ... The Last Words of Elaine Stritch — Exactly What You'd Expect!
SOCIAL DIARY Sad news came from Michigan that the great Elaine Stritch had taken her final bow; and Maria Janis reminded of another departure of a great -- Lorin Maazel -- with a couple of private photes of the maestro and his friend, Maria's husband Byron Janis.
SOCIAL HISTORY Social History. Augustus Mayhew follows up his "Resort Life, the Ellen Glendinning Ordway Archive" with a "Debutante's Diary, Part I, 1919-1920." The beginning of modern times in American society, seen through the eyes of Miss Glendinning herself.
HOUSE A look back at Sian, Lesley, and JH's interview with photographer Pieter Estersohn (from 2008) where they fell in love with his Gramercy Park-meets-Paris-Bohemian apartment and his son Elio.
LIZ SMITH: Elaine Stritch — A Great Life Force Passes On. (But She's Raising The Roof Someplace Else, Right Now!)
SOCIAL DIARY Nice summer day after the rain; the New York lunch scene at Michael's, all deals hatching great, small and good. Keeping up with keeping up.
PARTY PICTURES The launch of All Star Code (ASC) at the Lewis Estate in East Hampton; The 17th Annual Mashomack International Polo Challenge; Island Moving Company's "Nuit Blanche" in Newport; Broadway Barks' 16th annual star-studded dog and cat adoption event.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Melissa McCarthy and Me — Was I Too Mean?! ... Womanly Passions — and Betrayals — Dominate Anne Somerset's Bio of a British Queen ... Hating Celebrities ... Disdaining Beauty. (Oh, Really?)
SOCIAL DIARY A very rainy day and night yesterday in New York. An interesting lunch with Bonnie Strauss at Michael's, followed by a dinner with old friends at Sette Mezzo which was bustling; and a great obit from the Telegraph of London of the Duchess of Roxburghe.
GUEST DIARY I had dinner last week with Jesse Kornbluth of Headbutler.com. When I arrived he was waiting patiently deep into a new novel that he could barely tear himself away from called "Filth." Here is his review.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: "The Last Magazine" — Brilliant, Horrifying, Hilarious, Deeply Disturbing ... Maureen O' Hara Dazzles on Turner Classic Movies ... George W. Bush's Texas Retreat.
SOCIAL DIARY Remembering Nick Simunek. Last Thursday, Fred Anderson celebrated a Big Day at Arena with hundreds of friends; also a birthday dinner at Haven's Kitchen for Mark Epstein; plus Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation's kick-off for this coming Saturday's gala.
HOUSE John Foreman visits an Old Kentucky Home, instead of just singing about one.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Tuesday's Tossed Salad: Anthony Bourdain ... Paul Theroux ... Cameron Diaz ... Madonna.