Now that the dog days of August are behind us and the summer dust is settling, welcome to September. September is always a busy month, with back to school, the beginning of the fall social season and birthdays, including my own daughter’s, which calls for a birthday party. To avoid some of the craziness, I buy back-to-school gear in August, because preparing for school at the beginning of the month and a party in the middle of the month is more than a mom can bear.
Also happening this month will be the lunar eclipse of the supermoon Sept. 27. A supermoon occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth and appears larger and brighter than usual. The last one occurred in 1984, and the next one will occur in 2023. The supermoon will be visible all over the world, whereas the solar eclipse, which will take place Sept. 13, can only be seen from South Africa.
Just to give you a little lesson in astronomy, the solar eclipse is when the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun. Conversely, the lunar eclipse is when the Earth passes directly between the moon and the sun. This concept shouldn’t seem far-fetched. Remember, the universe is in constant motion; we’re never at a standstill. To learn more, go to space.com, where you can engage in interesting conversations about space.
Over the course of several decades, beginning with man’s first step on the moon, we’ve marched onward and upward through space. Failed missions and spacecraft explosions in which lives were lost couldn’t stop space exploration, bringing us to where we are today. Now that the space probe New Horizons has provided us with photos of Pluto, it can be said that we have finally reached the final frontier. So what’s next? Passage has already been booked for travel to the moon, an abundance of water is believed to be present on one of Jupiter’s moons and the debate rages as to whether Mars should be explored. I only hope that whatever happens, my daughter doesn’t get married and have to move there.
Also in constant motion and moving about is Nadia Fatah. After spending several weeks on the Vineyard, she came back to New York, only to return to the Vineyard for the weekend to attend Jude’s annual Mardi Gras celebration, which goes on for days. Sure to be seen there are Valerie Dargan, Edith Matthews and Sylvia Sandrige. Geoffrey and Peggy Malone traveled to the island after spending the summer in Alaska. They weren’t at the Mardi Gras. Meanwhile, Gina Parker Collins, head of RIISE, the independent school organization for children of color, is ecstatic after having met Angela Davis on Circuit Avenue, and Fatah returned home, only to take off for Paris and Amsterdam. Oh, to live the life of an anthropologist.
Happy birthday to Shirley Scott, Wilhemina Holliday-Hayes, Doloris Coombs, Bert Belasco, Michael Dutton and Tiara Palmer. Condolences to Denise Shaw, whose father recently passed away.
Equestrian lovers everywhere gathered for the 40th annual Grand Finale of the Hampton Classic Horse Show, which signals an end to the Hampton summer social season. There among the festively decorated tables under the main tent were B. Smith (looking gorgeous as usual) and Dan Gabsy, and record mogul Anontio L.A. Reid with wife Erica and children—talk about a happy-looking family. Karen Polle was the winner of the $250,000 Grand Prix. Definitely Google the 2015 Hampton Classic to see photos of the horses seemingly suspended in mid-air as they jump over the barriers. I assure you, it is a sight to behold.
Looking to meet someone new? Let me introduce you to Dorothy Hart Hearst Paley Hirshon. In the days of yore, it was not uncommon for people of means to marry, divorce, and then marry again to someone who was equally rich or even richer; love came second. Dorothy Hart first married Jack Hearst, son of publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst, at age 19. After having moved to New York City and three years of marriage, Hart left Hearst for William Paley, who at that time was only a budding broadcaster but later went on to be head honcho of CBS. That marriage ended, however, when Paley left her for the recently divorced Babe (You’ve all heard of Babe Paley, but that’s another story.) Not feeling too sorrowful about the whole affair, a few years later, Hart married Walter Hirshon, a specialist on the New York Stock Exchange.
Why am I telling you this lurid tale, and what does it mean to me, you want to know? Well, Dorothy, who if you see her portrait, can best be described as one tough broad, was avidly interested in health and education, and was very active philanthropically. In 1947, she joined forces with a Black minister from Harlem, who I’m betting was the late Rev. Dr. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Together, they canvassed New York hospitals on a quest to integrate the then segregated medical staffs. Finally, they persuaded one hospital to integrate its staff. Dare I say it was Harlem Hospital? That started the ball rolling until integration was no longer an issue. Hirshon also started the first day care center in Harlem. Could that be Harlem Dowling? She died in 1995.
Seymour W. James Jr. will be the keynote speaker at the New York County Lawyers’ Association 25th annual Public Service Awards, to be held Thursday, Sept. 17. The award honors lawyers in the public sector who have distinguished themselves as role models, innovators and problem-solvers of complex legal issues. This year’s awardees include Catherine F. Bowman, director of the HIV/LGBTQ Project, Legal Services NYC–Brooklyn Programs; Jennifer Brown, attorney-in-charge of the Southern District of New York Trial Unit, Federal Defenders of New York; Randal S. Jeffrey, director of the General Legal Services Unit, New York Legal Assistance Group; Bonnie B. Jonas, deputy chief of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York; Melissa Mourges, chief of the Forensic Sciences/Cold Case Unit, New York County District Attorney’s Office; and Maria E. Navarro, supervising attorney, Immigration Law Unit, the Legal Aid Society. Now you know them, too.
Until next week … kisses.