Annual Event Brings Crowds, Sun, and Sailing
By Sigrid Toye   |   September 19, 2023

On the first weekend after Labor Day, the Santa Barbara Yacht Club (SBYC) members gathered for the 19th year to raise funds in support of VNA Health’s mission of caring with compassion. The Charity Regatta took place on Saturday, September 9, 2023, celebrating both VNA’s 121st year history of compassionate caring as well as the […]

A Purr-fect Evening
By Richard Mineards   |   September 19, 2023

Santa Barbara Humane, founded in 1887 and the fourth-oldest animal welfare organization in the United States, went to the doge when it held its first-ever gala An Evening in Venice at the Hilton, attracting 267 guests and raising more than $250,000. The beastly bash, designed by local party planner Rebecca Gigandet and chaired by Susan […]


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By Richard Mineards   |   September 19, 2023

Veteran maestro Nir Kabaretti, who has conducted the Santa Barbara Symphony for 18 years, took center stage at the Lobero when promoting the orchestra’s 71st season for more than 600 guests, who quaffed champagne and noshed on canapés on the Lovelace Esplanade outside the theater beforehand. The new season, which kicks off at the Granada […]

Rocking with Hearts Aligned
By Richard Mineards   |   September 19, 2023

Hearts Aligned, a new charity which supports low-income families with critically ill children, held a fundraiser hosted by the Red Piano on State Street, attracting nearly 100 guests and raising around $10,000. Vivian Solodkin, founder and executive director, acted as emcee for the Rock Your Heart Out bash with the Tearaways, a group combining the […]

Summer of La Lieff
By Richard Mineards   |   September 19, 2023

Animal activist and winemaker Gretchen Lieff threw an end of summer bash at her La Lieff winery in the Funk Zone for 50 guests. “It has been a wonderful summer,” says Gretchen. “We hosted events for Planned Parenthood, the Wildlife Care Network, C.A.R.E.4Paws, the Adopt-a-Pet program, UCSB Arts & Lectures, and the Teddy Bear Cancer […]

Coronal Correspondence 
By Richard Mineards   |   September 19, 2023

Having got to know King Charles III in the ‘70s when I would see him every weekend at the Guards Polo Club, a short drive from Windsor Castle, when I covered the Royal Family for the U.K.’s Daily Mirror, I wrote a lengthy letter to him at his London home, Clarence House, reminiscing about such […]

Remembering Paul
By Richard Mineards   |   September 19, 2023

It has been almost 10 years since Santa Barbara’s Paul Walker died in a tragic car accident, but the pain of his passing still impacts his younger actor brother Cody just days before what would have been his 50th birthday. The Fast & Furious star died in 2013 aged 40 after a Porsche he was […]

  • ShelterBox USA: An Evening to Experience
    By Paul Vercammen   |   September 19, 2023

    More than 200 do-gooders from all over America took part in a spectacular sunset and heartwarming stories at the ShelterBox USA Evening to Experience benefit on Thursday, September 7. Attendees at the UC investments campus, the former QAD campus, heard how ShelterBox is currently providing emergency shelter and vital humanitarian aid in some of the […]

    A Chukk’ing Good Time
    By Richard Mineards   |   September 12, 2023

    Social gridlock reigned at the Santa Barbara Polo Club when it hosted the 114-year-old NetJets Pacific Coast Open with more than 3,000 spectators watching the hotly contested match, with both teams attempting to gain a hat trick. Farmers & Merchants Bank, which won the trophy in 2017 and 2019 under captain Dan Walker, was up […]


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    By Richard Mineards   |   September 12, 2023

    A bevy of bibliophiles descended on Tecolote, the upper village literary gem, when retired corporate attorney David Gersh hosted a launch bash for his latest art mystery, All’s Fair, featuring Jonathan Benjamin Franklin. It is one of eight books that Montecito resident David, a Harvard Law School graduate, has written. His last tome, published in […]

    Art in the Cabana
    By Richard Mineards   |   September 12, 2023

    Funk Zone dynamic interior design duo Steve and Caroline Thompson held a double celebration at Cabana Home when they celebrated the opening of the new West Coast boutique of the historic wallpaper and furniture maker Thibaut and a new exhibition of art works by Chris Trueman, presented by Los Angeles dealer Edward Cella. Thibaut, which […]

    This Book Speaks Volumes
    By Richard Mineards   |   September 12, 2023

    Oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau, 85, and his partner Nancy Marr met in Maui in 1985, living there for 11 years before moving to our Eden by the Beach in 1992. “I lived with my family on the island for 22 years and have many friends who have been devastated by the Lahaina Fire,” says Nan. To […]

    More Help to Maui
    By Richard Mineards   |   September 12, 2023

    In other Maui news, former TV talk-show titan Oprah Winfrey, 69, has teamed up with actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, 51, in committing $10 million to make direct payments to the Hawaiian island of Maui devastated by wildfires. The People’s Fund of Maui will give $1,200 to adults not being able to return to their […]

    Lotusland: LotusFest’s Return Launches 30th Anniversary Lotusland Forever Campaign
    By Steven Libowitz   |   September 12, 2023

    Cue the fanfare! LotusFest is coming back to Lotusland, the spectacular public gardens nestled in the Cold Spring neighborhood of Montecito. The Saturday, September 16, afternoon affair represents the post-pandemic return of the event, which provides an opportunity to enjoy a treasured wine-and-beer affair ensconced in the lush green lawns surrounded by a wonderland of […]