Tag archives: party

A Birnam Birthday
By Richard Mineards   |   November 8, 2022

Social gridlock reigned at the Birnam Wood Club when real estate investor and inventor Ray Winn, 88, hosted a birthday bash for his partner of 34 years Peter Kavoian, who was celebrating the 16th anniversary of his half century, and Peter’s mother Anna who is 92. The tony twosome, who split their time between their […]

Short Cuts
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 25, 2022

On Saturday, October 22, the downtown library’s Make SB Celebration brings three out-of-town rock bands – Pancho & the Wizards (San Luis Obispo), Jacklen Ro (Los Angeles), and Outwest (Ventura) – in a concert event that marks the closing of its speculative-inspired art show “Through Many Windows: A World Reimagined”… The Latin rock band Mezcal […]

Ready Set Confetti
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   October 25, 2022

A new, locally-owned retail store has opened in Coast Village Walk, next to Blenders in the Grass. Montecito mom Emma Morton-Smith owns the new business, which offers an array of modern party décor and gifts from various on-trend brands.  Located in the former location of PLNT PWRD MRKT, Montecito first “meat-less” market, which closed in […]

Bon Anniversaire Mineards
By Richard Mineards   |   August 2, 2022

It wasn’t quite the exotic Moroccan city of Marrakech where I had been scheduled to celebrate the 19th anniversary of my half century, but our rarefied enclave’s newest eatery Local on Coast Village Road served as a suitable replacement locale to celebrate. I joined good friends, animal activist Gretchen Lieff and her fiancée Miles Hartfeld, […]

Solstice Shines on Parade
By Joanne Calitri   |   July 5, 2022

To bring some Shine into the summer, the Santa Barbara Solstice Parade returned on June 25 with that theme, and a new route up Santa Barbara Street. Perhaps it should have been on this historic road all along. An estimated over 100,000 attendees paid homage to the sun, and yes, ‘60s hippies crawled out of […]

Block Party Revival 
By Joanne Calitri   |   May 10, 2022

Spring has sprung, bringing with it the revival of our town’s neighborhood block parties. Recent Montecito town gatherings were the Holiday Tree decorating on San Ysidro Lane in December, and the last block party in April 2019 before the lockdowns. Both events were spawned by members from the Montecito Association, whose love of our town […]

Super Bash
By Richard Mineards   |   March 1, 2022

Montecito sports fan were out in force when retired technology executive Howard Cannon, who splits his time between our Eden by the Beach and his home in Memphis, Tennessee, threw his fifth annual Super Bowl bash at his George Washington Smith estate. “It is nice to be back to near normal,” enthused Howard. “It was […]

A Can’t-Miss Christmas Party
By Nick Masuda   |   November 30, 2021

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” And Zooey Deschanel hasn’t stopped doing so ever since her musical introduction to the world in the holiday cult classic, Elf. As a 21-year-old at the time, Deschanel feels fortunate to have identified the script as one that was timeless — […]

Quite the Sendoff
By Richard Mineards   |   September 28, 2021

Montecito music man Peter Clark, who moved to more heavenly pastures at 87, was remembered in suitable style by his widow Gloria Clark on what would have been their fifth wedding anniversary at the Montecito Club. The iconic English-born pianist rose to fame in the 1950s appearing on Australia’s Amateur Hour at 17 and appearing […]

Birthdaze
By Lynda Millner   |   August 19, 2021

“Such a nice party. I can’t believe it. Such a nice party, I hate to leave it.” — T.S. Eliot, The Cocktail Party In trying to find an adjective to complement a recent birthday party I went to, I found the world “éclat.” It means a “dazzling display.” Perfect! Linda Rosso’s table for 19 of […]

Party like it’s 2020
By Megan Waldrep   |   June 11, 2020

Though you can’t hug your friends and extended family, doesn’t mean you can’t dance with them. Just ask sisters-in-law Vicky Harbison and Jill Dyruff who co-celebrated birthdays on May 16. (Vicky’s is the 16th while Jill’s is the 17th.) Thanks to Vicky’s daughter Sarah, a socially-distanced tailgate dinner was arranged in her grandmother’s driveway on […]

Tiara Ball 2020
By Lynda Millner   |   March 12, 2020

The Cottage Health folks call it the “party of the year” and the Tiara Ball was certainly one of the most elegant. Tiaras and tuxes abounded. Formal is fun! It could have been a scene in a movie. There was no silent or live auction in sight thanks to the generous support of its patrons. […]

Super Party
By Richard Mineards   |   February 13, 2020

Animal activist Gretchen Lieff and fiancée Miles Hartfeld opened the doors of their charming Arcady home for a Super Bowl LIV bash. As guests noshed on comestibles by caterer Elena Wagner, Miles mixed lemon drop martinis as the Kansas City Chiefs clobbered the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Miami on a Fox TV show watched […]

Noël at the Nesbitts’
By Richard Mineards   |   January 2, 2020

Summerland was turned into a winter wonderland with real snow when polo playing hotel magnate Pat Nesbitt and his wife, Ursula, threw a spectacular holiday bash for 200 guests at Bella Vista, their sprawling polo ranch. The bustling beano, catered once again by the Biltmore, featured ballerinas from Los Angeles dancing to the Nutcracker, eight […]

The Steedman Silver
By Lynda Millner   |   December 19, 2019

The “Christmas at the Casa” gala this year was all about silver. Silver cloths on all the tables with greens sprayed silver and lighted cabinets on display filled with pieces of silver George Steedman had made in the ‘30s and ‘40s. He’s known to have made about one hundred pieces between 1927 and 1940, when […]

Rosewood Miramar’s Holiday Spectacular
By Richard Mineards   |   December 5, 2019

Rosewood Miramar Hotel owner Rick Caruso sure knows how to throw one helluva party! The billionaire mall magnate pulled out all the stops to turn his luxury property into a winter wonderland with his inaugural lighting of the ritzy hostelry’s 60-foot white fir tree on the Great Lawn, which had been trucked in from Mt. […]

Guys and Ghouls
By Richard Mineards   |   October 24, 2019

Gloria Clark, wife of Aussie musician Peter Clark, hosted a Halloween-birthday bash at Tydes at the Coral Casino. The sunset soirée feted three locals who were celebrating birthdays – Condor Express owner Hiroko Benko, TV host Joyce Shaar and realtor Diana MacFarlane – with other guests including Arlene Larsen and Ginni Dreier. Magic Castle emcee […]

Oniracom’s Onifest 2019 Hits High Note
By Joanne Calitri   |   October 3, 2019

Santa Barbara based business Oniracom’s Jacob Tell, John Lucchetti, Sean Campos, and Mike Wald gave a huge thank you party for their clients and extended a warm open invitation to our town. The event, appropriately named “Onifest 2019,” featured top recording musicians and multi-mediums of art curated by one of Montecito’s favorite artists, Matthew McAvene. […]

Blissful Casa Dorinda
By Lynda Millner   |   September 12, 2019

It was time once again for Casa Dorinda to give its party of the year – their Summer Soirée. Residents and friends were all invited to come and see what this luxurious estate is like. They might like to live at this premiere life care community where private medical care meets a culturally rich environment […]

Westward Hoedown!
By Richard Mineards   |   September 6, 2019

Dynamic duo Ray Winn and Peter Kavoian certainly know how to throw a party! As the tony twosome, who normally host a must-attend Christmas bash at their opulent Birnam Wood manse, will be away this Yuletide, they threw a Hillbilly Hoedown bash, designed by Jonathan Alburger, complete with hay bales, Victorian underwear hanging from the […]