Thursday, November 03, 2005

photograph courtesy Tiffany & Co.
Hulaween #2. The Divine Bette Midler co-celebrated her 60th birthday with the 10th Anniversary of the New York Restoration Project - a group that she founded to clean and green NYC -The festivities took place during the annual "Hulaween" (she is from Hawaii) fundraiser for NYRP at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. At the gala, Sting and Trudie Styler were honored for their environmental work, Sir Elton John performed and Martin Short served as auctioneer for the "live" celebrity auction lots. Miss Midler is the founding icon of the Restoration Project and her latest achievement is The Family Garden, sponsored by the Tiffany & Co Foundation, it's the transformation of a forlorn tract of land on 114th Street to the north of Jefferson Park into an alluring garden. Seen here with her at the opening ceremony are Robert De Niro, who cut the ribbon with a gigantic pair of sissors, Glen Close who recited the poem Spring by Gertrude Jekyll and Tiffany's design director, John Loring - THE JACK of all trades that are esthetic - who landscaped the garden and designed it's furniture. Mr. Loring took his inspiration from the Thomas Jefferson Park which is just across the street. He has created a beautiful garden by replicating the Jefferson head that is on the nickel on the backs of the steel chairs and has reproduced some of the landscape of Monticello. It is really worth a visit.
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