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Over Cocktails Patrons And Benefactors Discuss Landscape Pleasures

Originally Posted: June 16, 2009

Edward Callaghan

Debbie Bancroft, Nicole Miller and Etta Froio attend cocktail party held at home of Mica Ertegun on Saturday, June 13. Photos by John Wegorzewski

Southampton - Longtime Parrish Art Museum benefactor and Past Chairman of Landscape Pleasures, Mica Ertegun once again opened her magnificent Halsey Neck estate, Boatman House, for an early evening cocktail reception for the Parrish Art Museum's benefactors and patrons, as well as a number of past chairmen of the annual two-day horticultural event which this year featured a symposium with renowned landscape historian Linda Tankard, acclaimed landscape architect Dan Pearson and a special conversation on "Color" with famed interior designer Charlotte Moss and the irrepressible Isaac Mizrahi.

Mica Ertegun hosted the cocktail party at her home. A past chairperson, she is a longtime Parrish Art Museum supporter.

Boatman House is truly one of the most beautiful homes on the East End. The baronial rooms are sumptuously but comfortably decorated and rare works of art fill the walls of each room. Several of the sitting rooms and the library look down over the sweeping lawns to the serenity of Taylor Creek. The home which Mrs. Ertegun designed and spent years lovingly furnishing has been featured in numerous books and prestige magazines so it is always a thrill to be a "legal peeping tom" as event co-chair Moss would say, and marvel over Mrs. Ertegun's exquisite taste.

For over two decades, she enjoyed a thriving partnership as an interior designer with longtime friend and fellow Southamptonite the late Chessy Rayner. MAC II as their company was called designed numerous residences worldwide for members of the social set to which the principals belong. The duo did not limit their work to the residential category; they designed banks, shops, model apartments and counted such prestigious clients as Trade Development Bank in Geneva, Banco Safra in both Brazil and Luxembourg, The Republic National Bank, Astoria Studios, Warner Communications and New York's renowned Carlyle Hotel.

Barbara Toll, Mildred Brinn, and Jane Abrams enjoy the evening.

Mrs. Ertegun, along with her late husband legendary music impresario Ahmet, the founder of Atlantic Records and nurturer of some of the 20th century's greatest musical talents, has been a prominent supporter of the Parrish Art Museum for decades, opening her gardens and home for numerous fundraising activities such as Saturday evening's event. Helping her in the hosting duties were Landscape Pleasure co-chairs Leslie Rose Close, Lillian Cohen, Gale Drukier and Charlotte Moss.

While guests mingled alongside the enormous pool or chatted in the library, Mrs. Ertegun's white coated staff passed lovely hors d'oeuvres - light as a cloud spinach parmigiana soufflés, tiny hearts of tomato and melt in your mouth cheese puffs. As many of the guests had been to the Color Symposium featuring landscape historian Judith Tankard, landscape architect Dan Pearson and a light-hearted conversation with famed interior designer Charlotte Moss and the amazingly versatile Isaac Mizrahi earlier that day, much conversation was spent on retelling Isaac's hilarious tales of his inspirations.

Diana and Paul Frank enjoy the grounds of the Ertegun property.

Guests included Zita Davisson and architecture historian Gary Lawrance author of "House of the Hamptons" who were eagerly anticipating the garden tour of several fabled estates. Gary in particular was "dying to see the pink and white garden of the Currey's" (Mr. and Mrs. Brownlee Currey). Debbie and Nicole Miller both dressed in what else - Nicole Miller - continued the conversation of color in our lives. Nearby Jan Abrams and her friend Barbara Toll were showing their "colors" and displaying their jeweled accessories. Abrams, complimented on her colorful be-jeweled cuff said, "I bought it in India while Barbara and I were shopping" to which Barbara laughed and said "I spot things and point them out to my friends and let them buy".

Among the crowd were patron Jill Frankel and her daughter Katy, Mica's niece Layla Ertegun, daughter of Ahmet's brother Neshui Ertegun, fashion guru Linda Wachner Gillis MacGill Addison, Etta Froio, William and Pamela Steifel, Elliott Stringham, Parrish curator Alicia Longwell, executive director Terrie Sultan and scores more colorfully clad gardening enthusiasts.


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