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!