FRONT PAGES | The Royal Wedding

The cover of today’s edition of The Times.

So, as you might have heard, there was a little wedding at Westminster Abbey Friday. Prince William of Wales, newly styled as the Duchess of Cambridge, took Catherine Middleton, a commoner, as his wife.

Here’s a little selection of how today’s newspapers played the story-book wedding:

SKIING | Gone skijoring outside Saranac Lake

SkijoringYour writer and his hound, Kennedy, give skijoring a go a few miles from Saranac Lake on Sunday morning.

It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. And in all the years I lived in the Adirondacks, I never gave it a go.

Skijoring, in which a nordic skier is pulled by a dog or horse, is not something I ever thought my hound, Kennedy, could handle. While he is a very fast runner, he’s led by his nose and he only weighs 35 pounds. But on Sunday, during a visit to Camp Mary, aka Mount Van Hann, a property outside Saranac Lake owned by our dear friends Molly and Steve Hann, we gave it a try.

Ken was up for the challenge.

Despite initially trying to play with Lola, the Hann’s English Setter, he eventually got the concept, if not the practice. That nose distracted him quite a few times. He was, after all, at home in his native Adirondacks and he loves to dive into deep snow piles.

By the time Steve yielded the harness to me, though, Ken had basically hit a stride, albeit a slow one as he was tiring out — 45 minutes of dashing around with a snowshoed Mrs. F. diminished his strength.

As you can see in the gallery below, the Hanns have developed a nice little network of loops. Steve, ever the man for a project, has purchased a 1979 SkiDoo Alpine and built a groomer. They’ve got a kilometer and a half of trail in total, all cleared and well marked.

Take a look:

SCENE | Saints v. Yale at the Whale

Saint goalie Matt Weninger turns back a Yale shot during a recent game at Ingalls Rink.

A recent Saturday night was spent in the company of some of our dearest Laurentian friends. A good group of us headed up I-95 to New Haven, where our Skating Saints were squaring off against the Bulldogs of Yale at Ingalls Rink.

Better known as the Whale for its striking and very unique appearance, Ingalls Rink was designed by Eero Saarinen and was constructed between 1953 and 1958. Like our own Appleton Arena, the Whale has a unique timber roof, whose curves are supported by a central concrete arch. The building was recently renovated and was sparkling on Saturday night. Particularly impressive were the distinctive banners, whose diagonal stripes were highlighted by the shields of each ECAC team. The game was less impressive; the Saints dropped a 4-1 decision to the Bulldogs, the No. 1 team in college hockey.

Prior to the game, St. Lawrence hosted a very nice dinner at the New Haven Lawn Club. In addition to cocktails and a decent buffet spread, the Alumni Association’s executive council sponsored a silent auction. I’m told it raised nearly $1,300.

Here’s a photo gallery:

SCENE | The University Glee Club’s 233rd Members’ Concert

UGCThe University Glee Club performs last Saturday evening at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

We spent last Saturday night in town, attending the University Glee Club’s 233rd Members’ Concert at Lincoln Center. The show, which featured our own Will Briganti in the bass section, was held at the Starr Theatre in Alice Tully Hall.

It was a terrific taste of Old New York — indeed, the UGC was founded in 1894. Its repertoire was pleasantly varred — from “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” to “Ain’a That Good News.” College songs are an important part of UGC tradition, too. The Whiffenpoofs of Yale were on hand for a portion of the show, and at the concert’s conclusion, “Bright College Years” was delivered. Old Yalies in the audience all stood.

Before the show, we dined at Shun Lee West, the West Side institution. Surprisingly good cocktails and better-than-average Chinese fare. Afterward, we decamped to P.J. Clarke’s western satellite.

Looking forward to the next show in May.

Shun Lee West
43 West 65th Street
New York
(212) 595-8895

GALLERY | 50 years after: The Kennedy inauguration

President John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural address.

President John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural address.

Fifty years ago today, John F. Kennedy, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts who won the White House by the smallest popular-vote margin in history, was inaugurated as the 35th president of the United States.

The event, which included a reading from memory of “The Gift Outright” by Robert Frost and a delivery of the Star-Spangled Banner by Marian Anderson, is perhaps the best-remembered inauguration in American history. Kennedy’s 14-minute speech, in which he charged Americans to answer their nation’s call to service, sits near the top of a list of spectacular American orations. Kennedy said:

… Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty. …

As Todd S. Purdum writes in Vanity Fair this month, the day sent a “tidal wave of glamour, promise, and high spirits” across Washington and the nation. No inauguration, before or since, could be argued to be as glamorous or filled with optimism as Kennedy’s.

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has assembled a terrific website that gathers together materials related to the dawn of the Thousand Days. And, to boot, they’ve digitized the bulk of their Kennedy Administration archive.

Here’s a collection of LIFE photos from the inauguration:

SCENE | The New York Junior League’s 39th annual Golden Tree

Mrs. F. and Cara Brugnoli, co-chairs of the New York Junior League’s 39th annual Golden Tree holiday shopping fair.

The better part of my weekend was spent at the East 80th Street headquarters of the venerable New York Junior League. Mrs. F., her co-chair, Cara Brugnoli, and a crack corps of other Junior Leaguers were hosting the 39th annual Golden Tree holiday shopping fair.

The event, which ran from Thursday, Dec. 2 through Saturday, Dec. 4, was expected to raise nearly $80,000 for the League’s host of outreach efforts across the city. Nearly 70 restaurants, retailers and individuals contirbuted silent auction items, wine, gift certificates, holiday wreaths and door prizes. Among the 56 vendors who participated were J. McLaughlin, Lilly Pulitzer, Magaschoni, The Linen Shop of New Canaan, Jack Rogers and C.K. Bradley, which delivered one of its final trunk shows. Owner Camilla Bradley is in the process of setting up a line of skiwear.

Crowds packed the League’s headquarters on Thursday and Friday night. Live music filtered through the four floors of The Astor House and Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Zyr Vodka and Harpoon beers were all available for tastings.

Mrs. F. released this statement:

“The 39th annual New York Junior Leauge Golden Tree Holiday Shopping event was a huge success as always! We had a wonderful mix of old and new vendors from which to purchase your holiday gifts. The evening events were full of holiday cheer, and on Friday, we were thrilled to honor the League’s anniversary volunteers and community partners for their dedication to improving the New York City community. Saturday, the League was filled with lots children enjoying a visit with Santa, participating in various craft projects, being entertained by Little Maestros and Rockin’ with Andy, and helping their parents shop! Twenty designers and vendors created masterful wreaths which were auctioned off in a Silent Auction throughout the event. We are so thankful to everyone who helped plan the event, volunteered throughout the three days, and came to shop with the NYJL. Next year, we will be celebrating 40 years of Golden Tree — it is sure to be even more fantastic than this year!”

Here’s a little gallery of passable Droid photos from the event:

LIVES | Elaine Kaufman, Old New York institution, 1929-2010

ElaineRobin Leach and Elaine Kaufman, 1980s. Image courtesy of the LIFE archive.

Last night, the place to be was Elaine’s.

My in-laws were in town and they were good sports — they agreed to wander down to the famous Upper East Side watering hole after a late, light supper. We were among the hundreds who descended on the place to mourn Elaine Kaufman, who died yesterday at 81.

Born in the Bronx in 1929 and raised in Queens and Washington Heights, Kaufman opened her restaurant in 1963. The former Austro-Hungarian restaurant became the salon and clubhouse of the city’s media and literary elites. John Lindsay, Jackie Kennedy, Woody Allen, George Plimpton, Bill Buckley, Gay Talese and scores of other Old New York players were all regulars.

PostToday’s New York Post.

Predictably, the city’s media are in a dither about Elaine’s passing. This morning’s Post is chock full of tribute coverage, though that’s hardly a surprise as editor Col Allan is a regular. New York magazine has a piece online — and the Times is on the case as well.

Another Old New York institution we’ll never forget.

SCENE | The Milligans are wed in Manhattan

MilligansMr. and Mrs. Sean R. Milligan, minutes after their marriage on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Church of the Incarnation in Murray Hill.

We spent the better part of last weekend in Manhattan celebrating the marriage of very dear friends.

Molly McLaughlin was wed to Sean Milligan at the Church of the Incarnation in Murray Hill by the Rev. J. Douglas Ousley, the church’s rector. The Rev. Donald S. McPhail, a close friend of the bride’s family and past rector of St. Peter’s-by-the-Sea Church in Bay Shore, New York, took part in the ceremony.

Molly and Sean, not surprisingly, are very good St. Lawrence friends.

I had the privilege of serving as an usher and Mrs. F. was in charge of getting the male members of the wedding party set with their boutonnières — something Molly had done for us when we got married.

Church of the Incarnation is a Victorian marvel and was the perfect site for this wedding. There was an undeniable majesty to the service that was amplified by beautiful stained glass, sculpture and architecture.

A fabulous reception followed at the New York Athletic Club. As I remarked in a toast I gave to the bride and groom, it was deeply appropriate that the room we celebrated in faced north, out past the lights of our resilient city, toward the place where the Milligan romance was born.

Here’s a gallery of photos from the weekend, which includes a few shots from the Friday night reception hosted by the groom’s father, Charlie, at The Water Club.

SCENE | The Furnarys are wed in Stowe

FurnarysMr. and Mrs. Timothy P. Furnary, minutes after marrying Saturday afternoon in Stowe, Vt.

A wonderful pair of very close friends exchanged vows to one another on a meadow just below Mount Mansfield last Saturday afternoon.

Lindsey Wetmiller was wed to Timothy Furnary by the Rev. Susan Cooke Kittredge in a lovely ceremony at Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vt. Mrs. F. and I were both in the wedding party and I had the privilege of standing up as Tim’s best man.

Countless Laurentians were in attendance and another member of the wedding party who went to St. Lawrence had the good sense to hang one of our scarlet-and-brown flags above the bar. We used another, larger flag that belongs to me, for the St. Lawrence magazine photo. My flag has been present at nearly a dozen Laurentian weddings and I hope it gets use at dozens more.

Stowe was chosen because the bride grew up in Vermont and the groom learned to ski in the Green Mountain state.

The whole weekend, though — from the Friday welcome reception thrown Friday night by the groom’s parents at the Stowe Mountain Lodge, to the fantastic groomsmen’s lunch we had at Norma’s, Topnotch’s swell restaurant, to the morning-after brunch at the iconic Shed restaurant — was a hoot. We had a terrific time.

A great many thanks to Mark and Melody Wetmiller, parents of the bride, for being such gracious hosts.

The Furnarys are honeymooning in Italy, visiting Rome and the Amalfi coast among other destinations. They’ll reside in New York.

Here’s a gallery, with thanks to contributor Will Briganti for manning my lense during and just after the ceremony.

SCENE | A wedding in Tucson

MaxandKristinMr. and Mrs. Maxwell E. Eaton III, center, and their attendants, Alexander Eaton and Mrs. F., after they signed their marriage license a few weeks ago in Tucson.

Let’s put it this way: If you decide to throw your wedding in the courtyard of a 150-year-old adobe building in Tucson, you’ve pretty much guaranteed a memorable situation.

Our dear friends, Max and Kristin, delivered on that guarantee. Their wedding a few weeks ago in Tucson was remarkable in every way. The setting was like something out of a romantic comedy. I kept looking over my shoulder to see if Reese Witherspoon or Julia Roberts had crashed the thing. The Eatons selected Old Town Artisans, a block in El Presidio, the oldest section of Tucson. The place is what it sounds like: a collection of art galleries in connected adobe buildings that’s anchor by a restaurant. And, for good measure, there’s a charming bar.

A healthy gaggle of Laurentians made their ways west and turned the charming Hotel Congress, home to four separate bars, all of which serve terrific cocktails, into a glorified Dean-Eaton.

More on Tucson TK, but for now, here’s a long-overdue gallery of the festivities and those who took part in them:

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