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Bachelors to Dress to Suit the Fanciful

February 06, 1986|MARY LOU LOPER | Times Staff Writer

Now that invitations are being received for the 81st Anniversary Bachelors Ball, guests by the hundreds are contriving as to what they'll wear for the "fancy dress" (costume) gala Feb. 21 at the Beverly Hilton.

"Fanciful, inventive, elegant, imaginative, colorful costumes are the order of the evening," the invitations say. "The following are not appropriate costumes: T-shirts, blue jeans and comparable attire. Similarly, neither evening dress (white tie and tails) nor dinner dress (black tie) is appropriate."

It all needs to stick together because, as always, there will be dancing until 4 a.m. Although chairman John Howard Welborne won't divulge the ball theme, he can't keep a secret that Michael Carney's Orchestra will fly in from New York for the occasion.

Charles Rodney Wilger (of Westwood's Wilger Co.), The Bachelors president, is a cohort in plotting the anticipated surprises.

Engraved bids announce this year's patronesses: Mmes. Freeman Rogers Brant, George Crossman Brock, George Velore Caldwell, Henry Owen Eversole Jr., Stephen Everett Griffith, Anthony Eshman Liebig and William French Smith. They'll all help the bachelor group receive guests, a tradition that derives from the first ball in 1906, when a group of young men decided to collaborate to reciprocate for friends' hospitality extended throughout the year.

Attending the ball as the newest members will be Joseph Daniel Bergin, John Matthew Eichler, Benjamin Durward Howes IV, Henry Van Dyke Johns III, Albert Carl Rasmussen III, Bart Hofert Scott and James Donald Stuart Jr.

Katherine Gabel becomes the sixth president of Pacific Oaks College today at the Neighborhood Church in Pasadena, and many presidents of other Southland colleges will attend. Jill Ker Conway, past president of Smith College, will speak on behalf of the academic community.

After the inaugural, the new president will be greeted at the nearby college campus, and later in the evening Hannah and Russel Kully and the trustees of Pacific Oaks will honor her at a dinner at the Kullys.

Among those attending will be trustee chairman Eaton W. Ballard, and trustees Olin Barrett, Jean Fleming, Jane Treister, Georgie Van de Kamp, Joseph Wyatt, Asenath Young, Docia Zavitkovsky, Dorothy Martin, Lisa Clement and Everett B. Clary.

Gabel is the former dean of Smith College School for Social Work. The college, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, is noted for its degree courses in human development and its pioneering work in the education of young children.

The Joffrey Dinners last year--dozens of them on the same evening--were a raging success. Now, a high tea at the Regency Club in Westwood on Friday announces "The Joffrey Dinners . . . Act II." Mrs. Dimitri T. Skouras, chairman, hosts the tea. Special guests will be Gerald Arpino, associate director; Dr. Robert R. Hesse, executive director, and directors of the Foundation for the Joffrey Ballet Inc.

The preview of the Bill Blass spring collection today at I. Magnin's Los Angeles benefits the American Heart Assn. Tickets are but $25 for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, the show and a chance on the Blass-designed Lincoln Mark VII LCS to be given away at the ninth annual Heart Ball on Friday evening. Reservations: (213) 385-4231.

It didn't take the selection committee long to name Paige Rense recipient of the Muses Woman of the Year. She's the editor of Architectural Digest and Bon Appetit and will be honored Wednesday when Muses and guests lunch at the Space Museum.

Mrs. Robert A. Chumbook headed the selection committee, assisted by Mmes. J. Howard Edgerton, John M. Heidt, William N. Klove, Charles Mair, Vera O'Larry, Alfred H. Roebuck and Rodney F. Williams, as well as Muses' chairman, Mrs. John Marten.

Mrs. Robert G. Holmes is luncheon chairman.

La Toques' grand chef and proprietor Ken Frank steps out Monday evening, taking his choicest recipes to the historic Pompeian Room of Doheny Mansion of Chester Place.

There, on a room-length mirror-top table reflecting the Tiffany glass dome of the mansion, now the downtown campus of Mount St. Mary's, he'll discuss cuisine and produce a four-course contemporary French dinner--smoked duck breast, Dover sole filled with salmon mousse and lobster, roasted beef tenderloin with crepes, passion fruit souffle--for an elite 40, some of the New Mount Associates, whose annual membership is a minimum $1,000.

Frank is obliging at the request of David McIntyre. John Sullivan of Korn-Ferry International is chairman of the Associates. Sister Magdalen Coughlin, college president, will be there, too.

Hearts and flowers are burgeoning: Valentine season.

Carol and Warner Henry open their home Feb. 15 for the "My Heart Belongs to Club 100" cocktail buffet for the Music Center support group . . .

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