Watching Garden Grow at Huntington

Times Staff Writer

Chicken salad and papaya will be served Saturday on the loggia of the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery for American Art for trustees, overseers and fellows of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. After all, it’s spring, and everyone wants the perfect view of the spring-blooming Shakespeare garden, redesigned and replanted a year-and-a-half ago. Now, the Huntington knows how to plant a garden!

Kathy Wilson tells us the garden has new signs featuring Shakespearean quotations. For example, by the roses, expect to see “I have seen roses damask’d, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks. . . " (Sonnet CXXX).

There have been more than 250 acceptances: the John W. Austins Jr., the F. Templeton Galbraiths, Dr. and Mrs. John J. Estrada, Louis and Marie Jones, Dr. and Mrs. John R. F. Penido, Lloyd E. Rigler, Dr. and Mrs. Charles F. Sharp Jr. and the Hugh A. Langfords.

The Green and White Select, the corporate support group for the Angeles Girl Scout Council, is revving for its fourth annual Green and White Select Dinner on May 12 in the California Ballroom of the Bonaventure. We’re informed by chairman Susan M. Fernau (the hotel’s director of public relations) that Tova Borgnine will receive the Grace Award; and Richard G. Eils, Thrifty Corp. president, will be given the Good Scout Salute Award. Security Pacific’s George F. Moody is honorary dinner chairman, and Margie Eddy-Forbes heads the dinner.


Best wishes are going to actress Pat Crowley (“Dynasty”) and television producer Andy Friendly. The handsome and popular couple were married in a family ceremony at the Regency Club.

Fiftieth birthdays are always exciting. Chadwick School’s 50th will see 500 dining on Cornish hens and dancing to New Yorker Mike Carney’s music Friday evening at the Torrance Marriott. Alumni, faculty, parents and friends will celebrate.

Hillsides’ 17-acre campus in Pasadena will be transformed into the scene of an Elizabethan Festival on Saturday evening for the first major fund-raiser for Hillsides Home for Children, a residential treatment center for abused and abandoned children. It’s to be a rollicking Renaissance affair, says Sylvia Bartlett, chairman. She’s planning “musik, sumptuous feasting and good tymes.” Abetting are Sally Boyle, Herb and Shirley Botsford, Don and Sally Clark, Peggy Ebright, Beth Gertmenian, Donna Harrison, Kay Malloy, Jeanette Mamakos, Margaret Campbell, Nancy Payne, Mary Ann Rush, Patsy Spitta, Doris Ann Williams and Rosemary Whitney. Wizards, jugglers, dancers will abound.

The 200 Associates headed by Dolores Hope (that’s Mrs. Bob) have no meetings, no offices, no committees. They just give $200 annually to support babies born and unborn. On May 13, they join for High Tea at the Hancock Park home of the Frank Vodhanels.


At the end of June, Dr. Sherman M. Mellinkoff steps down after 24 years as dean of the UCLA School of Medicine. The woman behind the man--June Mellinkoff, his wife--will be spotlighted Tuesday at Le Bel Age Hotel by the UCLA Medical Faculty Wives. Guests are supposed to be entertained by a skit, which cleverly rewrites the deanship years, with Mrs. Mellinkoff as dean and her husband as “the bulwark of strength, who backed her all the way.” Scene I is a “Chocolate Dependency Clinic.” (June is a chocoholic.) Actress Audrey Trotter Fred is directing. Luncheon guests will include Judith Murphy, Jean Stone, Virginia Ramo, Mrs. William Longmire, Mrs. Charles Speroni, Mrs. Leonard Straus, Mrs. Donald MacKisson, Mrs. James Pollak, Eleanor Wasson. Denise Friedman is president of the Wives.

The Foundation for the Joffrey Ballet board of directors hosts an invitation-only champagne reception following the opening night performance of “Romeo and Juliet” Wednesday. Joffrey Dinners . . . Act II hosts and guest celebrities will join Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino for the dessert buffet.

Catch-up: Kaholyn McKissick organized the traveling dinner party so that 70 friends of the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra could support the orchestra’s debut at UCLA’s Royce Hall. In the crowd: Mrs. Homer Crotty, Peggy Phelps, Betye and Gene Burton, the Malcolm Glovers, Gladys Jones, Dr. and Mrs. Eldridge Lasell. The orchestra’s next concert is May 13 at Ambassador Auditorium, and the party circuit is buzzing again. . . .

With Actress Lindsay Wagner at the helm, Holy Family Services’ Adoption Guild took over the Sheraton Premiere for its 13th benefit gala Monte Carlo evening. Dancing and dining, bidding and viewing the Somper Fur collection were David and Dottie Broderick, J. J. and Susan Coneys, John and Yvonne Everson, Thomas and Claire Henning, Mark and Tillie Newgard, George and Marino Plato, Michael and Linda Ryan, James and Pat Tierney, Tom and Lynne Roberto and John and Kim Leonetti, just a few.


Everything’s coming up violets for “A Day of Mothers and Violets” on May 10 in the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire. The Philoptohos Society of St. Sophia Cathedral will honor Mother of the Year Mrs. Mike L. Pappas for her devotion to the society. Bonwit (known for its violets) will present the fashions, visually stunning, agree luncheon co-chairmen Mrs. William Oldknow and Mrs. John T. Pappas. President Mrs. George Gialketsis will direct proceeds to the UCLA Department of Pediatrics and the St. Sophia charities. Assisting are Mrs. James Camperos, Mrs. Collin Cooper, Mrs. Paul Peratis, Mrs. Andrew Evangelatos and Mrs. Anthony Mastor.

Toni Webb and Midge Clark booked in their own sneak preview of the Beverly Hills Country Club the other eve with a cocktail do. The Southland’s newest social facility is rising out of the site of the old Westside Tennis Club at Motor and Manning and is scheduled to open in late fall. It’s been about half a century since Errol Flynn, Charlie Chaplin, Constance Bennett, Helen Wills Moody and Charles Boyer claimed the spot as a favorite playground. But, no light touch-up could remove 50 years of wrinkles from this long-neglected “grand dame.” So the architect firm of Genzler and Associates has new renderings of spacious dining areas, terraces, courts and spas--part of the Knight Development Corp. (headed by President Gene Axelrod) $10-million face lift. The board of governors already includes Axelrod, Bruce C. Blickensderfer, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, David and Leila Carpenter, Midge Clark, Norman Cousins, Robert A. Finkelstein, Lawrence Gordon, B. Donald Grant, Armand Hammer, Fred L. Hartley, Catherine Hearst, Charles T. Manatt, Jimmy Murphy, Martina Navratilova, Leonard Pennario, Tom Selleck, Tina Sinatra, Dr. Norman Topping, John V. Tunny, Mrs. John Van de Kamp, Toni Webb, UCLA Chancellor Charles E. Young. Now, that’s an ecletic coterie.

Judge Joan Dempsey Klein will be the honoree at the Haven Hills Annual Community Service Award banquet Friday. She’s the first woman to hold the position of presiding justice of the California Court of Appeal. She will be honored, says Marilyn York, chairman of fund-raising for the shelter for battered women and their families, for her many philanthropies. The party is at the new Warner Center Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills. Many of the judiciary will be there; Bullock’s presents the fashion show. Judge Klein spearheaded innovations such as the first alcoholic detoxification center and a traffic “bail by mail” program. She’s married to attorney Conrad Lee Klein, and they have five children, three of whom are interested in law careers.

A big day Thursday for CARES, the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center Auxiliary. It will announce its 9th annual nurse of the year, its 11th annual woman in medicine, its 10th annual CARES volunteer of the year. According to Catherine M. D’Emilio, CARES will also reveal proceeds from its 1986 California National Horse Show were $65,000--to be used for child-care centers.


The Seeley Deer Gown Collection of reproductions of the inaugural gowns of United States First Ladies will capture and rapture the attention of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge (Los Angeles County Chapter) members at the spring membership luncheon Wednesday at the Beverly Hilton. Terry Keeshan will commentate. Joann Koll is program chairman. Bobbie Burgess, president, will introduce students recently returned from the Valley Forge youth leadership seminar. Joyce Moffatt, Trish Guarino, Cecille Shellenberger, Polly Mair will be modeling.

Katy Britton, star of Ted Turner’s “Safe at Home,” chairs the hair and fashion show benefiting the Children of the Night shelter at NightScene, 140 S. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Luke O’Connor is benefit coordinator. He’ll review his “summer hair art.”

Young Artists United, the new organization of artists and industry professionals committed to encouraging youth to be socially responsible, hold what they hope with be an annual picnic today. Supporting the cause are Rosanna Arquette, Bruce Berman, Laura Dern, Anthony Edwards, Jason Gedrick, Monique Moss, Judd Nelson, Daniel Sladek (president). They’re aiming at issues such as teen suicide, drug abuse, eating disorders, sex education and staying in school.



Martha (Mrs. Edmund Schnieders Jr.) is chairman of the 35th annual Dinty Moore Dinner Dance on Saturday in the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire. Proceeds aid the planned $4.5-million Independent Living Care Facility on the campus of St. John of God Nursing Hospital. . . .

More than 3,000 are expected for the Buckley School annual County Fair on the Sherman Oaks campus today. Mrs. Ronald Papell is fair chairman. Chili’s Restaurant of Northridge will provide tacos and chili all day. Steve Edwards hosts the talent contest with judges Robert Lamm of the rock group Chicago; Ivan Reitman, director of “Ghostbusters,” and Gary Smith of Smith-Hemion Productions. Mrs. Jerry Garrett is Parents’ Assn. president. . . .

Ernestine Avery’s gardens will be trimmed and elegant for the Junior League Garden Club luncheon and bazaar May 6 at her home in Pasadena. Petrie Wilson, Ann Sonne and Mrs. Richard E. Lowe are all involved. . . .

The Los Angeles Pops Orchestra and the Sonoma Valley Vintners Assn. are joining to taste Sonoma Valley wines Tuesday evening in Santa Monica. Southmark Pacific Corp., owner and developer of Colorado Place, is co-host. . . .


The Friday Morning Club marks 95 years with a brunch today at the Beverly Hilton. Mrs. Jack Chertok, president, is welcoming guests. . . .

Ida Cowan heads the luncheon for Aides for Gateways on May 3 in the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton. Comedian Dave Barry will entertain as well as singer Arlene Simone. Arranging details are co-presidents Ruth Rotblatt and Rose Mend.

Past Tense:

Honorary chairman Tom Kennedy, Vicki Lawrence, Joe Campanella, Buddy Rogers, Melody Thomas, Patrick Wayne and Jack Narz turned out to make Providence High School’s 12th annual B.A.S.H. Dinner Auction on Saturday at Sheraton Universal quite special. Nicholas A. Tulli launched the auction including the 1986 Mercedes-Benz 190-E.