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The Socially Set

by Hilda M. Morrill

Peabody Essex Museum director Dan Monroe and Catherine Wygant Monroe smile for the


(Photo by Roger Farrington)

Former Lt. Governor Kerry Healey and Sean Healey at the “Black and White Ball.” (Photo by Roger Farrington)

Dr. Matthew Gold and “Black and White Ball” committee member Philio Cushing enjoy the


(Photo by Roger Farrington)

The Peabody Essex Mu- seum hosted its annual fundraising gala in the spirit of Truman Capote’s “Party of the Century.”

The Peabody’s soiree was themed “The Black and White Ball,” and guests were encouraged to don creative black-and-white attire and party masks for the festive event. All enjoyed cocktails, dinner and dancing to the music of Joey Scott and the Connection. The co-chairs were Robin Falzone and Robin Kramer.

All proceeds were desig- nated to help fund PEM’s edu- cation initiatives, school outreach programs and spe- cial exhibitions. For infor- mation about the Museum and its upcoming exhibi- tions and events, visit www.pem.org.

....... Noted Boston fashion designer Denise Hajjar will host her “2010 Fall Fashion Show” on Tuesday, Septem- ber 28 in the Oval Room of The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel beginning at 6 p.m. As part of “Boston Fashion Week,” Denise will be show- ing her new fall collection of day and evening wear.

The event will benefit Dress for Success Boston, whose mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by

providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools they need to thrive in work and in life.

Admission to the show is complimentary, but guests are asked to bring a dona- tion of business-appropriate accessories for Dress for Success clients, such as handbags, scarves, shoes and jewelry.

For more infor about Dress for Success Boston, please call 617-779-2177 or visit www.dressforsuccess.org. For information about Denise Hajjar fashions and events, visit www.denisehajjar.com.

....... Sam Hunt is one of New England’s top chefs. For- merly of Cambridge’s West Side Lounge, Hunt spent two years cooking with celebrity restaurateur Barbara Lynch (No. 9 Park, B. & G. Oysters and The Butcher Shop) and is now the Executive Chef at Indigo Bistro in Hamilton.

On Thursday, October 14, Sam will be tantalizing taste- buds with a full-course “Farm Meal” in the 1793 car- riage house at Gore Place Mansion. Many of the ingre- dients will come straight from the estate’s farm.

Across the country, eat- ing food that is locally pro- duced and in season is a growing trend. Self described

“locavores” seek out fine food which is locally produced and artistically prepared. Top chefs are leading the charge and where good chefs go, “foodies” follow.

According to Chef Hunt, “What excites me the most about cooking is when I have the opportunity to work directly with small inde- pendent farms like the one at The Gore Place. I find that farm managers like Scott (Clarke of Gore Place) put just as much time and effort into growing as I do cooking.”

“The Farm Dinner” begins at 7 p.m. Capacity is limited to 40 guests. The deadline for reservations is October 4. For ticket prices and more information, please call 781-894-2798.

Gore Place is located at 52 Gore Street, just off Route 20 (Main Street) near the Waltham/Watertown line. For more information, visit the museum’s Web site at www.goreplace.org.

  • ……

    . Worth repeating: The

second annual “Boston Book Festival” will take place on October 16 in various loca- tions around Copley Square. Festival Founder and Direc- tor Deborah Z. Porter has announced a partial list of authors confirmed to appear at this year’s event, includ- ing Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel Laureates, children’s

locations, will be announced after Labor Day. All daytime events will be free.

We are told that the inau- gural festival, held in Octo- ber of 2009, “was an un- equivocal success.” Organiz- ers estimate that 12,000 people attended the presen- tations, panel discussions, workshops, music perfor- mances and street fair, most of which were free. The event featured 90 authors and presenters, including some of the biggest names in the literary world, 40 out- door exhibitors, 30 indoor events, children’s activities, and live music. Internation- ally-known fiction and non- fiction writers, scholars, critics and commentators spoke to packed houses at historic Boston locations.

....... Looking ahead: Opera America, the national ser- vice organization for opera, is pleased to announce that “Opera Conference 2011” will be held from May 7-11 in Boston.

Boston Lyric Opera and Opera Boston will serve as lead hosts, joined by 25 other Boston-area institutions. This news comes on the heels of the most success- ful Opera Conference in his- tory, Opera Conference 2010, held last month in Los Angeles.

Anticipated highlights of “Opera Conference 2011” include performances of Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Boston Lyric Opera, Donizetti’s “Maria Padilla” by Opera Boston, a tour of the M.I.T. Media Lab, the Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase, the New Works Sampler in the American Repertory Theater Under- ground Cabaret and Co- Production Speed Dating.

A series of seminars will provide broad perspective and specific leadership training in the areas of audience de- velopment, fundraising, gov- ernance and artistic plan- ning. Capitalizing on the unique educational and cul- tural resources of Boston, Opera Conference 2011 will also feature special sessions on musical entrepreneur- ship and Baroque perfor- mance practice.

Opera Conference 2011 Participating Organizations include Boston Lyric Opera,





Boston Boston

Conservatory, Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Uni- versity College of Fine Arts, Guerilla Opera, New England Conservatory, American Repertory Theater, Arts Bos-

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Musica Vesuviana Festival


and writers




writers, fiction, poetry.

Come and Learn Music in Italy San Marco di Castellabate, Salerno, Italy June 23-July 7, 2011

A place where young American vocalists and instrumentalists can make music and immerse themselves in Italy’s rich artistic culture. Musica Vesuviana offers an international summer music program for students of high school age. The camp takes place at the Fondazione Passarelli. Musica Vesuviana´s curriculum includes an eclectic mix of American and Italian music styles, taught by American and native master teachers.

Visit our website at www.musicavesuvianafestival.com. If interested please contact us at info@musicavesuvianafestival.com or call us at 339-707-3593

Among those mentioned by Ms. Porter are: Bill Bryson, A.M Homes, Gish Jen, Jeff Kinney, Dennis Lehane, Joyce Carol Oates, Amartya Sen, Stacy Schiff, Joseph Stiglitz, Isabel Wilkerson, Edward O. Wilson and Kevin Young.

A complete list of authors, as well as author bios, will be available later in the summer at www.bostonbook fest.org. The complete pro- gram of events, including times and Copley Square

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