It’s official. Say adieu to summer and hello to fall. Although we still have Indian summer to look forward to, and for me it’s not fall until the leaves turn orange, red and gold and the smell of fall is in the air. Wouldn’t you agree?

Congratulations to the family of Valerie Lancaster Beal and Bernard Beal of New York, whose daughter Erica married John Barnhardt, son of Diana S. and Michael J. Barnhardt of Lake Hallie, Wis. The bride’s father, who is a Baptist minister at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards in North Garden, Va., where the wedding took place, officiated the wedding. Erica, a graduate of Georgetown University, is vice principal for the fifth and sixth grades of Will Academy, and John, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, with a master’s degree in teaching secondary education from American University, is principal of Northeast Academy. Both middle schools are located in the Washington, D.C., area and are part of the KIPP network of charter schools. The happy couple met in 2013 in Houston while participating in a KIPP training program for future school leaders. It just proves that when you pursue your dream, love is sure to follow.

When not attending to his religious duties, Bernard Beal is chairman of Blaylock Beal Van, an investment banking firm in New York. Valerie Beal is a financial consultant and a trustee of the City University of New York. The groom’s mother retired from the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wis. His father retired as a first sergeant in the Army Reserve, stationed in Ellsworth, Wis., and was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for service in Iraq. He later retired as the maintenance manager in the Public Works Department of the city of Eau Claire. Traveling to D.C. from N.Y. to attend the wedding with their families were sisters Thelma and Janice Dye, who are long-time friends of the Beals. Janice’s daughter Ashley, a classmate of Erica and now in residence at a local New York City hospital, was a bridesmaid.

Do you ever turn to the AM dial on your radio? Well, maybe you should. Talk radio stations AM 570 and AM 970 have some very interesting programming, such as “The Mission” and “The Answer,” respectively, that explore many of today’s issues with intelligent conversations and thought-provoking commentaries.

To celebrate the success of the programs and a rise in listenership, the stations hosted a client cruise aboard the Atlantis Yacht on what can only be described as a picture-perfect night around the tip of Manhattan. Cocktails, appetizers and a full dinner and dessert were served while the Jerimiah Crowley trio provided musical entertainment. Two of the stations’ hosts, John Gambling (“Rambling With Gambling”) and Joe Piscopo, were on board to greet guests and entertain. Piscopo led the guests in a karaoke sing-along of Frank Sinatra tunes. And who doesn’t like Sinatra? Well, whether you like him or not, when he starts to sing “That’s Life” and “New York, New York,” I’m sure you can relate.

On the heels of the cruise was Macy’s, which presented Fashion’s Front Row, a benefit fashion show to close out fashion week, held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. All proceeds from the evening’s event were given in support of Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS and the Council of Fashion Designers of America ( There to make the awards was Terry J. Lundgren, Macy’s CEO and chairman. Accepting the awards were Tom Viola, executive director of Broadway Cares, and Diane Von Furstenberg, president of the CFDA. Making appearances were designer Tommy Hilfiger and singer Thalia Sodi, who has a clothing line at Macy’s.

Among those in the audience was Martha Stewart. Fashion partners, whose designs were featured on the runway, were Heidi by Heidi Klum, Hello Kitty, whose young models performed an awesome dance routine to show off the line’s versatility, Impulse, I.N.C. International Concepts, Jessica Simpson, Levi’s, Ryan Seacrest Distinction and Sean John, whose models drew screams of amazement from the audience. Performances were by Nate Ruess and Jason Derulo. The show is scheduled for broadcast on E!. Check your guide for date and time.

Based on the Fourth of July fireworks and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you know by now that when Macy’s does something, they do it big, and the after-party was no exception. Held on the main floor at the Memorial Door section of the department store, the event featured DJ Biz Markie, delicious hors ‘d oeuvres, imported cheese, a gourmet buffet and champagne flowing from the rafters. A good night for a great cause.

It is with sadness that I extend condolences to the family of Earl Edmund Arrington, who peacefully passed away at his home in Sag Harbor, Long Island, Sept. 9, after battling Parkinson’s disease for many years. Born May 25, 1933, in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Gladys and Reginald Arrington Sr., Earl was the youngest of two sons. He had been a lifelong resident of Canarsie. He served in the United States Army in Korea from 1953 to 1955 and was honorably discharged. He married his longtime love, Virginia, and they were blessed with two daughters, Angelique and Michelle. He was a successful real estate broker in both Brooklyn and Sag Harbor for more than 55 years. He was a member of the Comus Club and the Guardsmen.

Earl is survived by his wife, daughters, sons-in-law Milton Johnson and Colin Walter, granddaughter Marissa Walter, sister-in-law Elaine Williams, a host of nephews, nieces and cousins and “many, many friends of all ages and all walks of life.” Always a friendly man with a smile that lights up a room, I remember him approaching my husband just after we had been married and giving him the “don’t mess up” speech that dads of the bride give to the new groom, with all of the sternness he could muster. My own dad had passed away before my marriage, so I thought that was touching of Earl to fill in. He will always be remembered as one of the old guard. RIP.

Happy birthday, Nina “Nina Pooh” DeWees. We haven’t heard from you in a while; please resurface.

Until next week … kisses.