Keep on Walking
By Richard Mineards   |   May 24, 2022

American Riviera Bank in the Upper Village was socially gridlocked when Walk Montecito hosted a sunset soirée for 50 supporters with wine donated by Doug Margerum and food from Rincon Catering. The sole-searching three-year project that is costing around $2,504,000 to complete the eight-and-a-half-mile neighborhood trail, has already raised $1,400,332 with two miles finished. It […]

Joffrey Stuns at the Granada
By Richard Mineards   |   May 24, 2022

Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet mesmerized at the Granada when they performed for two consecutive nights as part of UCSB’s Arts & Lectures program. The magnificent company under Scottish artistic director Ashley Wheater kicked off the first night with Liam Scarlett’s “Vespertine,” originally created for the Norwegian National Ballet in 2015 and premiering with the Joffrey three […]

 

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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. […]

CEC in Chrysalis
By Richard Mineards   |   May 17, 2022

Santa Barbara Historical Museum’s courtyard suffered major social gridlock when the Community Environmental Council hosted its spring fundraiser Metamorphosis: An Emergence with 250 guests raising more than $60,000. The boffo bash, a smaller affair than the organization’s annual Green Gala at The Lark, was co-chaired by board member Carolyn Fitzgerald and executive director Sigrid Wright […]

A Polo Gala
By Richard Mineards   |   May 17, 2022

Santa Barbara Polo Club member Jef and Katie Graham opened the doors of their charming Montecito Ranch home for a gala for the ten-year-old club training center attended by 120 guests, raising more than $50,000. Center president Rhys Williams emceed the sunset soirée with volunteers from the Westmont College and UCSB polo teams. Jeff Scheraga, […]

Rome at the Granada
By Richard Mineards   |   May 17, 2022

Opera Santa Barbara took over the cavernous stage at the Granada for A Night in Rome, a monochromatic themed tribute to the iconic 1960 Oscar-winning Federico Fellini-directed satire comedy-drama film starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg, with a sold-out crowd of 154 guests raising more than $180,000 for the popular organization. The boffo bash, emceed […]

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 […]

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, […]

Doppel Danish
By Richard Mineards   |   May 10, 2022

To UCSB’s Campbell Hall to see the talented Danish String Quartet perform part two of its four-year-old Doppelgänger Project, supported by the college’s Arts & Lectures program, as well as New York’s Carnegie Hall. The project pairs world premieres from four renowned composers with chamber music masterpieces by Schubert, including “Death and the Maiden” and […]

Media Mavens Honored
By Richard Mineards   |   May 10, 2022

Six communication amazons were honored at the newly renovated Cabrillo Pavilion when the local chapter of The Association for Women in Communications held its 14th annual Santa Barbara event emceed by former KEYT-TV anchor and 2012 award recipient Paula Lopez Ochoa. The resilient and courageous sextet of communicators, who played key roles in getting critical […]

An Evening of Dance
By Richard Mineards   |   May 10, 2022

An energized and frenetic program provided a thoroughly entertaining evening when New York-based Ballet Hispánico performed Noche de Oro: A Celebration of 50 Years at the Granada, as part of the popular UCSB Arts & Lectures program. The tony troupe, under artistic director Eduardo Vilaro, performed three very differing works with Arabesque from 1984, an […]

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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