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It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas

November 02, 1986|MARY LOU LOPER | Times Staff Writer

Red and green invitations are flocking in--'tis the season.

Christmas wreath sales and boutiques are in abundance. For instance, the John Haakes of San Marino are lending their home for the Christmas Idea House Boutique and Nut Sale on Saturday for the Guild of the Pasadena Day Nursery. Reservations are necessary until noon, plus a $15 donation. Associates preview it all Friday evening. The traditional tree skirt, designed by Dyan Bevin and needlepointed by guild members, has a holiday geese theme. Valued at $3,000, it heads the raffle prizes. . . . The Della Robbia Guild of Childrens Hospital hosts an invitational holiday fashion show and luncheon Friday in Hancock Park touting Laura Ashley (from the Beverly Center) fashions and home furnishings. . . . The Gift Shop of the Hospital of the Good Samaritan has opted for green for its annual Christmas Preview and Luncheon on Nov. 11 and 12, heralding the fact that the gift shop at 616 S. Witmer St. is almost ready for holiday sales. Luncheon, by reservation, (213) 977-2090, is a remarkable $7, according to Rusty Chandler, president of the auxiliary. . . . The Richstone Family Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse is selling cards, ornaments, soup recipes, goodie baskets, stuffed animals at its third annual holiday boutique Nov. 15 and 16 at 1220 Via Zumaya in Palos Verdes. . . . And Jane Baker and Jo Massimini will turn the St. Joseph Medical Center Auditorium into a Holiday Fair on Nov. 13 with the public invited to shop in their country store and Santa's Pantry. That fair opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m. Go for continental breakfast, lunch or even supper. Santa's promised, too.

'Tis the season, also, for the University of Judaism's Eternal Light Dinner Dance honoring Milton Whitebook. That's Nov. 16 in the Crystal Room of the Beverly Hills Hotel. Red Buttons will provide the humor. First, however, co-chairmen George Konheim and Harvey L. Silbert will host cocktails Monday evening at the Bistro to finalize party details for Whitebook, prominent in the building of the university.

Seldom, in Los Angeles, were there so many plaids--kilts, place cards, bows, ties, skirts, bags. No one came in plaid hair, but the total effort was definitely Scottish, leading Los Angeles' wonderfully pleasant and friendly John Currie, the new music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, to quip: "I'm trying very hard to be a Californian, and they're trying to make me more a Scot than I ever was!" He added: "I've been to two ball games--I love to go to ball games, and I'm getting into football." He also added, of his new five-year commitment, that he's planning to devote "105% of my time" to the chorale.

Nevertheless, "A Calling of the Pipes" was unabashedly Scottish, from the moment Currie and his wife, Anne, were piped in, accompanied by the British Consul Gen. and Mrs. Donald F. Ballentyne, all the way through to the menu--consomme of wild game, Stilton cheese, sherry trifle. Even the entertainment was a Scottish salute. Gerard and Sarah Jones played "Music for Clarsach" on antique instruments. Members of the chorale sang "Afton Water" ("Nice tune," said Currie), and Betty Kehmeier read "For All That" with her Scottish lilt. Highland dancer Bruce Farrar performed with piper Harry Farrar.

When it was time to dance, Rob Maguire, with wife, Susie, was nearly first on the dance floor: He never left it in his black Prince Charlie jacket, kilt and white stockings and patent shoes, Susie bare-stockinged toward party's end.

During the auction, it was absolutely nip and tuck between Barbara Schneider and Paul Erskine (said Georgie Erskine: "Paul's wearing dress trousers from Scotland. He's descended from the Lord Erskine, who was the Earl of Mar and was Mary Queen of Scots' godfather and was with her when she was beheaded") over who would get the week in the Nantucket cottage that Al and Harriet Koch had donated. Finally, Koch agreed to donate the cottage an additional week; now both couples can vacation at Nantucket.

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