Metromedia founder and chairman John Kluge and his beautiful wife, Patricia, are throwing the kind of country house party the English are famous for. Money is, of course, no problem. In May, Kluge sold his Metromedia television and radio empire to Australian press lord Rupert Murdoch for $2 billion.
The Kluges' house, Albemarle, is deep in the Virginia countryside, and by party time the foliage should be turning those marvelous shades of gold and russet. The weekend will begin with a black-tie dinner-dance in honor of ex-King Constantine of Greece and his Queen Anne-Marie. And then the royal couple and the Kluges' other friends will be treated to a picnic on the golf course, to a harvest barbecue and cabaret in Albemarle's Cattle Pavilion (dress: country-Western) and finally to a farewell Sunday brunch. It's all being designed to make everyone feel rich and pampered.
Dr. and Mrs. Armand Hammer (Kluge is on the Occidental board) are just two of the guests who'll be flying in from all over for the house party. A fortnight or so later, the Hammers will be in Washington greeting another royal pair, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, who'll be feted grandly during their three-day stay in the capital as royal patrons for the "Treasure Houses of Britain" exhibition at the National Gallery.
From Washington the Prince and Princess of Wales, accompanied by Armand and Florence Hammer, will fly to Palm Beach where the night before their arrival Lord and Lady Romsey (he's the grandson of the late Lord Mountbatten) will have officially opened the show of the Hammers' collection of Old Masters at the Norton Gallery. In Palm Beach the royal pair will help Hammer raise money for the Armand Hammer United World College. Prince Charles will compete in a polo match at the Palm Beach Polo Club, the Princess of Wales will present the winning team with the Princess Diana trophy, and later that evening the royals will lead off the dancing after dinner at the Breakers.
The Philadelphia String Quartet Foundation is staging a "Tribute to India" on Saturday night at the historic Embassy Theatre and Hotel. It's a celebration of the "Festival of India," a cultural event that has taken Washington and New York by storm. First Lady Nancy Reagan is the honorary chairman, and among the patrons are Gov. George Deukmejian and Mayor Tom Bradley.
The evening will include a concert by the Philadelphia String Quartet and classical Indian musicians and dancers. Earlier at the reception, guests will get a chance to taste Indian delights and sip champagne. More champagne will be served during the intermission.
Norma Foster, president of the foundation's board, is chairing the "Tribute to India," which will benefit the Prime Minister's Relief Fund of India, Californians for Drug Free Youth and the Philadelphia String Quartet Foundation Scholarship Fund. Besides the governor and the mayor the patrons also include Deb Mukharji, consul general of India; Niranjan Desai, minister of culture at the Embassy of India, and Supervisors Edmund D. Edelman, Pete F. Schabarum, Deane Dana, Kenneth Hahn and Michael D. Antonovich.
Mehli Mehta, director-conductor of the American Youth Symphony, KFAC's Carl Princi and Bikram Choudhury are just a few serving on the foundation's board of advisers. And on the honorary Indian Committee for the evening are chairman Dr. Amarjit S. Marwah, Dr. M. P. Khemka, Kirpal Singh, Inder Singh (he's chairman of the Federation of Indian Assns.), Air India's Vijay J. Cassyhyap, Mrs. Gulshan Kohli of the India Tourism Office, Dr. Syed M. Alvi and Ranjan Guha, president of the Indo-U.S. Business Assn.
For this evening formal Indian attire or traditional black tie will be fine.
The Social Scramble: Oscar Koppens, president of the Brazil-California Trade Assn., was discussing his group's upcoming gala honoring a man and woman of distinction (names later) as he lunched on sand dabs at Le St. Germain. The May gala at the Beverly Wilshire will be the local association's first awards dinner, but in New York the Brazil-California Trade Assn. has been
doling out achievement awards for the past eight years.
The Southwest Museum hosts its first benefit dinner on Saturday and follows that up with the opening on Oct. 15 of its latest permanent installation, "The People of California Hall," with its collection of California Indian art and artifacts.
Although Harry and Marilyn Lewis' Hamlet Gardens in Westwood won't be completed until perhaps the middle of next month, Marilyn is already looking forward to the opening-night party. "I'll wait two weeks after the doors open," she was telling Contessa Cohn and Jack Lowrance the other day as she showed them through the premises. This latest in the Hamburger Hamlet chain isn't like any other you've ever seen, Marilyn promises.