Setting Sail

By Richard Mineards   |   July 11, 2019
Trish Dixon, Howard Jay Smith, Kate and Brooks Firestone, Gretchen Lieff and Miles Hartfeld with Bear and Star Executive Chef Trenton Shank and Executive Sous Chef Lee Gottheimer (photo by Priscilla)
Polaris trivia contest winners Roberta Griffins (runner up) and Jen Thompson (overall) with First Mate Sarah Chrisman (photo by Priscilla)

After “kinging” as George III in the Village Fourth with Justin Bieber watching, for the seventh consecutive year with Dallas dynamo Charles Ward, Santa Barbara Polo Club promoter as George Washington, in his Mercedes convertible driven by British author Deborah Richards, I dashed off to the harbor to board former Santa Barbara Yacht Club commodore Roger Chrisman‘s 78-ft. cruiser, Polaris II.

The vessel was the perfect locale to watch the colorful pyrotechnics.

Joining in the fireworks and fun, while noshing on fare from the Bear and Star in Los Olivos, were Brooks and Kate Firestone, Bill and Trish Davis, Ken and Elsbeth Clements, Roberta Griffin, Carol Bloom, Caren Rager, Bob and Sandy Urquhart, Jen Thompson, Gretchen Lieff and Miles Hartfeld, and Sarah Chrisman, singing a wonderful rendition of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” on the piano.

Captain Roger Chrisman and his daughter Carolyn Chrisman on a cruise around the harbor (photo by Priscilla)
Polaris First Mate Sarah Chrisman, Carol Bloom, and Captain Roger Chrisman (photo by Priscilla)
Richard Mineards in the royal garments as The King of England George III, and Charles Ward as President George Washington (photo by Priscilla)
Justin Bieber at the Village Fourth parade (photo by Kerri Murray)

On the Market

Montecito comedian Steve Martin has just listed his Beverly Hills guest house, next to his main home, for $2.149 million.

The 1,946 sq.ft. 1957 two story Mediterranean property has four bedrooms and four and half bathrooms, sitting one one acre.

Letting Herself Go

Montecito actress Gwyneth Paltrow is famously particular about her health and fitness, with experts estimating the cost of her beauty regimen to be around $14,000 a month.

But the Oscar winner says her derriere isn’t what it once was after “pigging out on pasta” during a recent sojourn to Italy.

Speaking at her Goop wellness summit in London, the 46-year-old thespian admitted working out with her personal trainer, Tracy Anderson, had given her an unrecognizably pert behind.

“But my butt is not great at the moment. I was just in Italy and pigged out on pasta.”

Gwynnie also admitted she lets herself go occasionally on baguettes, cheese and red wine.

Activewear at Auction

A sweatshirt gifted to the late Princess Diana by Virgin Atlantic tycoon Sir Richard Branson is set to raise more than $5,000 at auction.

Diana was repeatedly photographed in the blue baggy jumper after making it a habit to always wear it to the Harbor Club gym in London’s oh-so trendy Chelsea to annoy paparazzi looking to get a fresh shot of the people’s favorite.

The 90s polyester sweatshirt, featuring Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Lady, is being sold by RR Auctions in Boston, with the monies going to a Malawi charity.


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