Thursday, August 18, 2016

Happy Birthday Richard

Elke Visits for RC's Birthday
August 14th. The day little Dick Cramer was born 84 years ago in Appleton, Wisconsin. Subsequent to that, the boy grew up in Neenah, Wisconsin, living on a 14-acre plot of land with a few cows, chickens, cats and a dog. The young boy built a seat around an apple tree in the yard. He played in the nearby swamp with his brother, Ed.

Dick Cramer attended the Lakeview Country Day School and then Neenah High. By his own admission, he did nothing in high school except play ping pong with his friend Buckles Byer. When he was a senior, a new art teacher told him to go to art school. The young man had found his calling.

We had a lovely party for Richard, as we now call him. My friend, Elke Kuhn, was visiting us in Orient, New York, making the party even more festive.

Elke at Beall and Bell in Greenport, NY.
Beall and Bell has an expertly edited collection
of antiques, furniture and art.
Gladiolas from the
Surrey Lane Farm Stand in
 Guests toast Richard.
Left to right:
Chris Wedge, Elke, Jack Wedge 
and Jeanne Markel.
David Markel
Balloons in the Crepe Myrtle.
My birthday drawing for Richard.
 The cake makes an entrance.
 The delectable cake from the Blue Duck Bakery.
Richard wished to be 48 instead of 84.
 Jack made some drawings for Richard.
 A drawing of Polly, Sarah Wedge's dog.
Jeanne drew this self-portrait for Richard.
She really captured the polka-dot dress to perfection.
David gave Richard some puzzles, including
this one of quirky animals.
Two cards from Richard's daughter, Dianna,
and son-in-law, Michael.
I see an animal theme developing.
Elke and I had fun antiquing.
Here is Elke with a find from North Fork Found in Peconic.
Adding to her flower-pin collection,
Elke bought the red and white pin and
the green flower at the
Old Orchard Farm Store in Orient.
 Elke and I indulged in some green-tea pie
from Four & Twenty Blackbirds.
It was all about the texture, and not
about the taste.
 At Beall and Bell, Greenport.
 Gaga for gingham in the sunroom
of our rented house in Orient.

Thank you, Elke, for your photos.
We so enjoyed your visit.

À Bientot!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Lazy Girl at the Summer Soiree

Historical not Hysterical 
The Oysterponds Historical Society's Old Schoolhouse needs a new roof. So a persuasive auctioneer raised $25,000 to pay for it from the generous crowd at the Summer Soirée last Saturday evening.

Richard and I attended the swellegant party which was held in Poquatuck Park, a broad swath of lawn which gives on to the Peconic Bay in Orient, New York. A white tent had been pitched with white pennants fluttering in the wind.
 My sister, Jeanne Markel, and me.
My Pucci blouse is a gift from The Stylecrone,
Judith Boyd.
The pants are vintage via the
Manhattan Vintage Show.
 Linda Fargo, Senior VP of Fashion and
Store Presentation at the Bergdorf Goodman department store, NYC
 As party-goers peruse the auction items,
I am standing with artist, Barbara Bloom.
 A huge hit with Richard,
the raw bar.
 Little Neck clams.

 Left to right:
 Mary Morgan, Angela Meredith Jones, chair of the benefit,
 and Maggie Hoag.
 Jeanne savoring a local rosé.
Jeanne's dress is
Nico by Nicholson and Nicholson.
 Frank, sartorially perfect on
a summer evening.
 Love this dramatic green and black dress
on Sarah Burnes.
Michael and Alison Ventura.
Love Alison's floral frock.
A sweet couple shared our table.
When I asked this gent for his picture,
he said to hurry up.
 Artist, Sarah Prescott.
 Janet Markarian and Barbara Friedman.
Douglas and friend.
E.J. Camp and Christine Churchill
I thought this necklace was quite something.
Study in blues and baby in pink.
Fabulous Diane von Furstenberg dress
and the lady is stunning as well.
Love her color-block sweater and the striped dress.
Toby Barrister and friend.
Richard and artist, Lisa Yuskavage.
Lisa was his student at Tyler School of Art 32 years ago.
Birds of a feather...
Ekta in Trina Turk and me in Pucci.
Ekta bought the birdhouse fascinator
that I made for the auction in collaboration
with Elizabeth Gordon.
Elizabeth Gordon wearing the fascinator.
Carolina Zapf, founder of baby cz, in a
spangled dress.
Deep-red Dahlias and

See The Stylecrone's fabulous blog here.

À Bientôt!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Lazy Girl Returns

For the Birdhouses...
and a Summer Soirée
Lazy girl has managed to rouse herself from her Victorian fainting couch. She and her significant otherness, Monsieur Richard, have decamped to the east end of Long Island and are now in residence in the village of Orient, New York.

As it happens each year, the Oysterponds Historical Society is having its summer benefit and auction on August 6. (Yes, Lazy Girl will cover it.) This year it's called The Summer Soirée. The invitation was designed by my sister, Jeanne Markel.
"Picking Strawberries at East Marion," c.1900

The OHS was created to preserve historical significance in Orient and East Marion. They maintain six historical sites in Orient and a large collection of objects and documents, which are exhibited in their Old Schoolhouse museum building. They also hold events and and learning programs for kids.

This year's auction's theme is birdhouses. When Orient resident, Elizabeth Gordon, was asked to create a birdhouse, she thought, "If I am going to create a birdhouse, I will want to wear it." Elizabeth was familiar with my millinery work, and she contacted me to help her realize her idea. She sent me a charming sketch of what she had in mind: a birdhouse perched on a fascinator in an orchard of cherry blossoms. 
Lovely Elizabeth wearing the birdhouse fascinator.
Here is her description.

"This whimsical headpiece was inspired by summer, 
the newly installed OHS Village House hat exhibition 
and Philip Treacy's work for Alexander McQueen."
 Birdhouses created by artists for the auction
are displayed in the Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Pie Shop.

Birdhouses in the pie shop.
 Birdhouse by Lars Westvind
"Painted in the style of the many murals I did
in the East Village in the mid 1980's."
 "Tweet Tweet" by Gulsen Calik
Collage deconstructed from a piano
exercise book.
 "Bird Boat House... because sometimes birds
need to rest on the sea."
 by EJ Camp,
photographer of celebrity portraits and
fine art landscape.
"Feather Your Nest" by Linda Fargo,
Director of Women's Fashion and Presentation,
Bergdorf Goodman department store, NYC
"It was fun while it lasted. Icarus"
by Linda Fargo
"Glass Shards" by Amy Worth
"Rust in Bloom" by Sarah Prescott

Birdhouse for an arty bird:
"Model for the Oysterponds Historical Society
Collections Storage Building"
by Richard Gluckman
Architect of internationally recognized
museums, galleries and residences.
Birdhouse Fascinator by Carol Markel
in collaboration with Elizabeth Gordon.
Mannequin by Carol Markel
The Actual Pies!
Toby Bannister, proprietor of
Four & Twenty Blackbirds in Orient.
Carol in the Pie Shop.
Richard in the mirror.
Lazy Girl bids you 
a sweet summer of Rose of Sharon, bikes,
birdhouses and pie.

À Bientôt!