We thought these days would last forever, but forever came today. It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. So they lyrics go, and how true. Most recently, we lost another soldier. Thomas Barrett Stanley (Barry) died June 14, 2018, at the age of 77. Loving father to Candace, Erica and Alison, he lived and worked as the proprietor of Stanley Architects, in Brooklyn, N.Y. The viewing for Barry was held Thursday morning, June 28, followed by the funeral and celebration of Barry’s life at Emmanuel Baptist Church. A graveside service and a reception were held immediately after. The family requested that donations can be made to either The Brooklyn Oldtimers Foundation, Inc., 234 Fenimore Street, Brooklyn, NY 11225 (www.brooklynoldtimersfoundation.org), or to Fort Greene Council Inc., 966 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (www.fortgreenecouncil.org). Barry played an active role in both of these organization, where his presence will continue to live on.
Run&Shoot Filmworks says if you can’t make it to Martha’s Vineyard this summer for the annual film festival, join the crew in Silver Spring, Md. at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. From June 28 through July 1, the Color of Conversation, a series of films by and about people of color will take place. Presenting a fascinating line-up, many of the shows conclude with a panel discussion, which is always enlightening as the struggle continues while we try to figure things out.
Having thought it out very clearly, Chipotle Mexican Grill, the fast-food Mexican restaurant chain is now officially part of the Uptown scene. The franchise held its grand opening at its new location, 74 W. 125th St., with all of the usual fanfare. If you have never had the Chipotle experience, you are in for a treat. The menu offers a variety of combinations of beans, rice, salad, chicken, pulled pork and other sundries. You choose your bowl from the mouth-watering display behind the counter, while servers give heaping helpings, making it a true culinary delight. I was a constant at the various locations around town, especially after learning that the beverage selection includes Margaritas. I haven’t had a bad one yet!
Corporate sponsors Empire BlueCross BlueShield HealthPlus, Acqua Panna, S. Pellegrino, Perrier, Dante NYC, Fever Tree, Campari, Aperol Spritz, Peroni, Bluemercury and WelleCo., with special thanks to Paul Wilmot Communications, pulled out all of the stops to ensure guests attending the 18th annual Midsummer Night Drinks benefiting God’s Love We Deliver had a wonderful evening under the stars on the night of the summer solstice. As you all know, and if you don’t, God’s Love We Deliver is right up there with the Fresh Air Fund in that it provides the New York metropolitan area with an essential of life: free meals delivered with love to those most in need. The organization’s activities included funding meals for one year for a person living with HIV/AIDS or meals for a mother living with breast cancer and her children for six months. David Ludwigson, vice president and chief development officer at God’s Love We Deliver thanked guests, stating, “We can always be there for all those in the New York City metropolitan area who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.”
There among the crowd watching the summer sun sink slowly in the west from the Water Mill home where the event was held was Pete Webb.
Meanwhile, a little farther along Route 27, the Women Artists: Reshaping the Conversation event was held at Nick & Toni’s East Hampton restaurant. Owner Toni Ross greeted the packed house exclaiming, “It just gets better with time!” You might remember that her infamous husband, Nick, was killed in a car crash a couple of years ago after leaving the restaurant one late night. On a side note, driving in the Hamptons is treacherous. If it’s not the deer that dart out across the road, it’s a madcap driver totally oblivious and extremely rude to other drivers on the road.
Getting back to the summer talk series, on the panel were Alyson Shotz, Judith Hudson, Sara Rahbar and Pernilla Holmes. These woman artists told how they had to use more than their paintbrush to make their mark in the art world. There to represent were E.T. and Auldlyn Williams of Sag Harbor, two avid art collectors. The next conversations will take place Aug. 11 and Aug. 25 at LongHouse Reserve. The series, which is free and open to the public, is dedicated to the memory of Elaine de Kooning. For reservations contact Jack Meyer at 212-271-4283 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear are the key takeaways from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s State of the Union Address, delivered Jan. 6, 1941, as the four fundamental freedoms that people “everywhere in the world” should be able to enjoy. They are also on the pillars that line the Four Freedoms Park, located at the tip of Roosevelt Island. Roosevelt Island was also the local of Sunset Garden Party, the purpose of which I am not quite clear. I only know that Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, daughter of the late Robert Kennedy, was there—a name at least I know. The park itself is a beautiful, thought-provoking oasis in the middle of the East River. Easily accessible by the F train, ferry or tram from 59th Street and Second Avenue, the park makes for a good day trip.
It didn’t escape me that Father’s Day is another celebratory occasion that marks the month of June. Did you know that is wasn’t until 1966 that President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day? Six years later, it was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed the bill into law in 1972, basically as a companion to Mother’s Day. In some Latin American countries, Father’s Day is observed March 19 as the feast day of Saint Joseph, who is referred to as Nutritor Domini, or “Nourisher of the Lord,” father of Jesus. This winds up the month of June. Next stop, the Fourth of July.
Until next week … kisses.