More at the Club
By Richard Mineards   |   May 17, 2022

Call it the Prince Harry effect! Since it was announced that Queen Elizabeth’s 37-year-old grandson would be playing regularly in the 12-goal matches at the Santa Barbara Polo Club with his old friend Argentinian Ralph Lauren Polo model Nacho Figueras, the club’s telephone has been ringing off the hook and the website deluged with viewers. […]

Angels & Hope
By Richard Mineards   |   May 17, 2022

Michael Behrman, a local doctor, and his wife, Sonia, both foster parents, opened the picturesque gardens of their Hope Ranch home overlooking the Pacific when Angels Foster Care hosted its first Al Fresco lunch in three years with 255 guests raising more than $100,000. “It’s really overwhelming for all of us to be back like […]

 

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Fashion with a Cause
By Richard Mineards   |   May 17, 2022

More than 100 guests were in the pink when the Breast Cancer Resource Center hosted its 14th annual THRIVE fashion show around the rustic lily pond at the Belmond El Encanto raising in excess of $75,000. Breast cancer survivors Lisa Couch, Beverly King Dorsey, Barbara Urbonas, Marietta Jablonka, Judy Blanco, and Melinda Rogers modeled fun […]

SBS hits a Crescendo
By Richard Mineards   |   May 17, 2022

It was a night on the tiles when Dan and Meg Burnham hosted a Crescendo bash for Santa Barbara Symphony supporters at their penthouse aerie above the Granada Theatre to celebrate the orchestra’s Fandango Picante concert under maestro Nir Kabaretti. Violin superstar Anne Akiko Meyers performed music by legendary composer Arturo Marquez during the Mexican […]

Award on the Journey Home
By Richard Mineards   |   May 17, 2022

Carpinteria’s international bestselling children’s author Hal Price and entertainment artist Michael Bayouth have gained national recognition as winners of the inaugural Bedside Reading Book Cover Award for their children’s rhyming verse chapter work, A Heart’s Journey Home. “It has been a magical experience working with such an amazing talent like Michael,” says Price. “We first […]

Weedman on Board
By Richard Mineards   |   May 17, 2022

Santa Barbara-based Camerata Pacifica has appointed Jonathan Weedman to its board. He has more than 30 years of extensive professional experience working in the corporate, nonprofit, and community sectors, and was the sixth executive director for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. From 1996 to 2016 he served as senior Vice President for the […]

Success at the Polo Club
By Richard Mineards   |   May 10, 2022

Santa Barbara Polo Club is now by royal appointment! Prince Harry is going to be playing regularly on the Los Padres team with his good friend, Argentinian Ralph Lauren Polo model Nacho Figueras, in the 12-goal tournament at the lush Carpinteria equestrian facility.  “Prince Harry is an avid polo enthusiast and player, and has played […]

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A Ballet Bash
By Richard Mineards   |   May 10, 2022

It was all tu-tu much when social gridlock reigned at the venerable Lobero when the State Street Ballet closed its season with a gala performance featuring highlights from the company’s repertoire from the past 27 years. The glittering event also paid tribute to philanthropic patrons Sara Miller McCune, Carrie Towbes, Margo Cohen-Feinberg, and Tim Mikel, […]

Honoring Hope
By Richard Mineards   |   May 10, 2022

Munificence reigned supreme when the Santa Barbara Education Foundation held its annual Hope Awards at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum honoring Montecito uber philanthropist Sara Miller McCune and Frank Stevens, who has been involved with the organization for its entire 37-year history. Tributes were paid to the dynamic duo by Barbara Keyani, former executive director […]

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Westmont Professors Say Farewell 
By Richard Mineards   |   May 3, 2022

Montecito is losing two of its musical stalwarts with the retirement of Westmont College professors Michael Shasberger and Grey Brothers. The dynamic duo were fêted at a dinner for 200 guests at Page Hall along with three other members of the faculty retiring, with 142 years of teaching at Westmont collectively between them. Michael, who […]

A Groovy Cause
By Richard Mineards   |   May 3, 2022

Baubles, bangles, beads, and bandanas were de rigueur when Santa Barbara Choral Society hosted a Groovy Gala at the Rockwood Woman’s Club, with 100 Woodstock-garbed guests raising around $50,000. Co-chairs Margo Callis and Debra Stewart gushed: “It’s so wonderful to be back. Music pulls everyone’s soul like nothing else!” Veteran music director JoAnne Wasserman, with […]

Clapping to the Sound of Four Hands
By Richard Mineards   |   May 3, 2022

It was certainly a hands-on performance when Berlin-based piano twosome Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg sharing the keyboard performed the world premiere of 62-year-old Austrian Richard Dunser’s composition derived from the work of Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms with the Santa Barbara Symphony for Romance in a New Key at the Granada. Dunser dedicated his […]

Fun Over Yonder Ridge
By Richard Mineards   |   May 3, 2022

Cowboy hats proliferated when Riviera Ridge School hosted a Western-themed fundraiser with 200 guests raising a hefty $300,000 for school activities and faculty. The boffo Home on the Ridge! bash, co-chaired by Tina Wood and Andrea McFarling, kicked off with a champagne-fueled VIP reception at the home of head of school Christina Broderick, complete with […]

Isabel’s Bella Tune
By Richard Mineards   |   May 3, 2022

It was an evening of decidedly high note when Lebanese-born soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian performed in a Glorious and Free concert at the Lobero, part of CAMA’s – the Community Arts Music Association – Masterseries. The performance of Romani-inspired songs and operetta arias featured works by Dvorak, Brahms, Lehar, Salman, and Yvain sung effortlessly by the […]

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