Sunday, May 27, 2001

Social Scene

Lunch in the Taft garden or cavort with kids at zoo

        Early in June, Taft Museum of Art docents will create wild and wonderful table art at a Day in the Garden. Speaking of wild, also next month the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will rachet up excitement for youngsters and their families at “Kids Zoofari.”

        • Taft docents and their guests will become ladies who linger at surreal lunches at the sixth annual Day in the Garden 10:30 a.m. June 7 in the museum garden, downtown.

        The format: Hosts invite 10 guests, devise themes and develop them through table decor and menu items. In lieu of admission, guests contribute items for a silent auction.

        A sample of themes:

        For “Cock-A-Doodle-Do” the guests of Kathy Guess will be served on rooster plates and tablecloths anchored with a moss rooster. Caterer, Dennis Ferry; floral designer, Scott Atkinson of Ivy on the Park.

        For “Dutch Treat,” Abby Schwartz and Judy Kuhlman will take their guests into a still life painted in Delft blue and white and framed with tulips, chocolate, brass and a Turkish carpet. Caterer, Elegant Fare.

        For “Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend,” inspired by the movie, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, B.J. Foreman will layer rhinestone ice over glitter and distribute Marilyn Monroe-like lace fans to her guests. Caterer, Elegant Fare.

        “Lazy Daze Down South” will be a dreamy reminisence by New Orleans native Carole Rigaud. The focus will be a green antique urn weeping with magnolias, gardenias and Spanish moss and framed by lattice and magnolia-designed plates and green and pink slip-covered chairs topped with straw hats and fresh blooms. Caterer, A La Carte; florist, Scott Skinner.

        Event co-chairwomen are Linda Fath and Georgia Lippold.

        Proceeds will benefit museum educational outreach programs. Information: 241-0343.

        • “Kids Zoofari,” a family friendly foray into the wilds of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, will be 6-9 p.m. Friday.

        Highlights: dinner, snacks and drinks; animal acts featuring stars of the zoo's Cat Ambassador program, Elephant & Man and Wings of Wonder; performances by the Venture Dancers, the Over-the-Rhine Steel Drum Band and Gymboree, and demonstrations by the Cincinnati Fire Division's Safety House.

        Action: camel, train and tram rides; the premiere of Make it Happen, a Nickelodeon-style game show; a dash through an obstacle course from Chris Dawes Personal Training, and a scavenger hunt.

        Kids can cap the evening marching in a parade alongside Madcap Puppet Theatre's 13-foot menagerie and take home T-shirts and party favors.

        Cost: $25 (ages 13 and up) $20 (ages 2-12). Registration: after 5 p.m. Information: 559-7740.

Orchestra fashion show

               Show-stoppers in skinny knits will strut on both sides of the catwalk during Saks Fifth Avenue's presentation of the St. John fall collection at a luncheon and fashion matinee for the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra (CCO). The benefit will begin with an 11 a.m. reception June 5 at the Omni Netherland Plaza's Hall of Mirrors, downtown.

        Guests will dine on poached salmon and fashions, then reassemble across the street at Saks for champagne and dessert.

        Co-chairwomen are Joanie Lotts and Marsha Belonsky.

        Cost: $50, $75 patrons. Reservations: 723-1182. Deadline: Thursday. )

        Ten percent of St. John sales that day will be donated to CCO.

Violin recital, roast
               Have “Fun with Dick and Nadja” at a salon resonating with fine music and finely tuned repartee for the Linton Chamber Music Series June 9 at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Robert Werner Recital Hall.

        The soiree will begin with a 7 p.m. recital featuring world-renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

        During the interlude, music lovers can sip champagne and enjoy savories from Jeff Thomas Catering.

        At 8:45 p.m. friends will roast Richard Waller, Linton founding artistic director and former Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra principal clarinetist. Mark Perzel of WGUC-FM (90.9) will emcee.

        Cost: $125. Reservations: 381-6868. Deadline: June 6.

Golf great at benefit
               Golf legend Arnold Palmer will be the sizzle served with the steak at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati's 11th annual Steak and Burger Dinner 5 p.m. June 5 at the Manor House, 7440 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason.

        Mr. Palmer will address an audience that will include two club members and eight adults at each table. According to tradition, steaks will be served to the youngsters and burgers to adults.

        Cost: $125. Corporate tables: $1,000, $1,800 and $3,200. Reservations: 421-8909. Deadline: Friday.

        Proceeds will benefit club programs in Covington, Newport, Over-the-Rhine, Avondale and Price Hill.



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