Jack Lenor Larsen’s
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Jack Lenor Larsen,
Marcia Young, Chris Moronghiello and Gerit Quely
Sabine Dietrich Hindra
Jack Lenor Larsen’s celebrated his birthday Saturday night at Longhouse Reserve. Said the 91-years-young master weaver, “extreme old age is much better than it’s cracked up to be.” The evening began with cocktails followed by a unique “Botanical Shakespeare Concert” featuring period instruments and songs sighting the flowers, herbs, and tress in Elizabethan poems. The performance was made possible through the great generosity of John Githens, in memory of his late wife, the remarkable and much missed artist Ingeborg Ten Haeff. Jack remembered her fondly and pointed guests to “a great tree in her memory that grows in the Park.”
Diner followed inside LongHouse with paella and lobsters. A spectacular chocolate birthday cake, decorated with fruits and flowers by curator Wendy Van Deusen, crowned the evening. Pianist Paolo Bartolani played an impromptu concert after the meal.
Guests included Judy Auchincoloss, Paolo Bartolani, Board Chair Dianne Benson,
Katja Goldman, Helen Harrison, Arthur Hochstei, Susan Wood Richardson, Michael Sonnenfeldt, Lee Skolnick and JoAnn Secor, and Executive Director Matko Tomicic.