Support for the Hollywood Bowl comes in more ways than money: It comes from purchasing tickets, from attending concerts and taking friends to picnics, from talking up the music, the ambiance. Hollywood Bowl Patronesses are excellent at all. For years, they've hosted their Patroness party as the prelude to the Bowl opening.
Sunday evening, about 360 were in fine form, mingling on the lawn at Ragnar and Mollie Qvale's Mary Pickford home in Fremont Place for an evening garden party as the sun went down. It was the fanfare before the Bowl's traditional opening gala Tuesday evening when lots of the city will ascend and descend with picnic hampers--caviar and cheeses, the pastas and flambes. That evening, Hollywood Bowl Volunteers headed by Sharon McNalley and opening-night chairman Meredith Porter plan pre-concert activities, including the parade of "Balloons by Treb." And 100 hosts and hostesses from city schools will distribute 18,000 pieces of See's candy during the "Picnic in the Park" festivities before conductor Lawrence Foster and flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal team up with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Beethoven, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bernstein and Previn.
Patroness president Mrs. Warren Williamson paid tribute to Sir Charles Groves and Lady Hilary Groves at the garden party. Each summer Patronesses salute famous musicians: The affable Sir Charles was in the spotlight for myriad reasons, but most particularly because he is artistic director of the L.A. Philharmonic Institute, which culled 100 young instrumentalists and conductors (ages 16-25) from 2,000 nationwide applicants for the institute at Cal State Northridge and the Bowl. During the six-week session the students work with Philharmonic members, soloists and conductors. They will perform three Sunday-night concerts at the Bowl, as well as one this Saturday evening, playing with the Philharmonic with Sir Charles conducting. They'll also do concerts at Royce Hall and chamber concerts at the Getty Museum, the University of Judaism and Cal State Northridge.
It was a silk dress sort of party, with people such as Marge and Allen Barnum of Temecula arranging their box for opening night, and James and Dorothy Meyler in town from Temecula, too. A Pasadena crowd came over with the Williamsons--Sis and Lou Jones, Jean Higgins. Bobbie and Kennedy Galpin chatted with Ernest Fleischmann, artistic director of the Philharmonic, just back from Washington lobbying to keep tax deductions for charitable donors but dismal about the turn of politics in new tax changes.
Sidney Adair joined Beverly at the reservations table with Missy Crahan and Lorna Gentile. And the cocktail hour was pleasant among the roses and citrus trees for a crowd including Janice and Bob Carpenter, David and Norma McIntyre, Sally and Bob Brant, Mrs. Madsen Peeler, Glen and Martha Mitchel, the Robert Meylers, the Howard Martins, the John Mortons, the Marmaduke Mortons, Nancy and Frank Payne, Gerald and Carol Patterson, the Harold Ramsers, the Robert Snoddys, Romus and Ann Soucek, the Malcolm Stuarts, Beverly and John Tarr, Elayne and Tom Techentin, Alexander and Oliver Varga, John Welborne and Chrissy Brant, who lives but a skip and a hop away and might have climbed the wall for the party, she thought.
They all sat down to luscious lamb chops by Rococo (the same firm that catered the County Museum of Art's Russian Impressionist opening last week), then dessert with crumbled macaroons under peaches and ice cream. Enjoying were new members Carlotta Keeley, Mrs. George M. Cox and Mrs. Clifford Lord, as well as John and Mary Ann Heidt, Dorothy and Bud Kemps, the David Ludwicks, Fern McAlister, the Norman Williamsons, Miss Ruth Chandler Williamson (home from medical school in Puerto Rico) escorted by Ronald Jernigan, the William Armisteads, Dr. and Mrs. Charles Witt, the Alex Atanasoffs, John and Patsy Austin, Alice Avery, Mrs. William Clayton, Ed and Wendy Borcherdt (he wearing a President Reagan tie clasp), the Charles Bergesches (he arranged the flowers for the party), Nancy Dinsmore, the Carl Dumboltons, the Paul Erskines, David Gill Evans, the Terrill Gloeges, the Bradford Halls and the David Browns.