Summer Treks and Arts Flashes

Seasonal meanderings, a bachelor no more, and news from the Diplomatic Reception Rooms.


Curator Marcee Craighill (center) greets her predecessor, Gail Serfaty, at a recent Diplomatic Reception Rooms dinner.

Curator (center) greets her predecessor, , at a recent Diplomatic Reception Rooms dinner.

says this was “The Year of the Fish” after angling for trout in Montana with husband Bill before heading to Alaska for more. … JoAnn and summered at home, preoccupied with visiting grandkids and John’s appointment as a National Endowment for the Arts trustee. After an escape to Nantucket, they relaxed at Ireland’s super-chic Ritz-Carlton spa, the Ireland Tower Court, an hour from Dublin. … Monica and topped the summer with their annual barbecue at “Rutledge,” their Middleburg estate, where beautiful Monica presided in a huge picture hat. “Fifty of the 500 guests were kids,” birthday boy Hermen said proudly. There were kiddie games galore, and EVERYONE got a prize. … George and winged it to Sao Paolo, Brazil, as Trish’s play, Surviving Grace, is touring Latin America. … Mike and had a marathon summer, after first hosting a cocktail party in their art-filled Georgetown home honoring National Museum of Women in the Arts gala co-chairs and . Then it was Dark Harbor, Maine and Nantucket followed by Greece to visit Carol and Climis Lascaris. That foursome, joined by and , left from Nice for a Seabourn cruise of the Italian Riviera, ending in Rome before the Connors headed to California. … Gertrude d’Amecourt went off to the Vermont retreat of , who recently hosted the elegant and indomitable Gertie’s 98th birthday celebration. It fell on the night of a major storm, with no electricity and non-working traffic lights, yet 200 of the guests made it anyway. Lolo lit many birthday cakes’ worth of candles, and everyone partied on.

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