Happy 90th birthday to Anne Payne

| April 27, 2011
Easter bunnies from Bob Richardsons.

Easter bunnies from Bob Richardsons.

Easter morning early I opened the front door for the Sunday paper.

The Easter bunny had come!

He left grass, jelly beans and chocolate eggs. One basket had a blue Mr. Bunny and the pink one had a chocolate Mrs. Bunny!

Here’s what the card read:

Hippity Hoppity – who
Is awesome and wonderful too?
Do you suppose this cute bunny knows?
Of course!
It’s sweet little both of you!
Happy Easter! xoxo

We’d love to come to your 90th birthday party on April 29th, Anne!

Love, Mary Anne and Bob (Richardson)

Dr. Henry Fairleigh shown with Anne Payne on his 90th birthday party at the Pendennis Club in 2009.Dr. Henry Fairleigh, shown here with Anne on his own 90th birthday party at the Pendennis Club in 2009, had to send his regrets.

“I can’t come to your birthday party on April 29th as we are going to the wedding of Kate & Will (Prince William and Kate Middleton) in Westminster Abbey that day,” he said.

The Fairleighs have had a flat in London for many years, entertaining Louisvillians as well as prominent British and international guests.

I hope Henry will give The Social Side an interview when they come home.

My own birthday present to Anne was lunch at the River Valley Club on Easter where she saw old friends like Rick Powell, fabulous stylist who has done her hair for years.

“Happy Birthday, Magnolia,” he grinned. I loved seeing his wife Mona Tate, daughter of my old friends Monda and Armin Willig, neighbors for years on River Bluff Road.

River Valley staff who cooked for me while watching The Masters golf tournament in the card room downstairs are, from left, Crystal Wood, chef Mark Wilson, Jeffrey Meenach and pastry chef Robbin Hill.

River Valley staff who cooked for me while watching The Masters golf tournament in the card room downstairs are, from left, Crystal Wood, chef Mark Wilson, Jeffrey Meenach and pastry chef Robbin Hill.

The Easter menu was heavenly – lovely salad with Bibb lettuce, feta cheese and strawberries; baby lamb chops, slender green beans with chopped organic tomatoes, potatoes au gratin with fresh mushrooms, desserts of strawberry rhubarb tart with whipped cream, coconut cream pie with Macadamia nut crust. Chefs Jeffrey Meenach, Jeremy Harrell and Mark Wilson are magic.

I missed seeing waiter Chris Snow, off that day, but senior waiter Charles Whitfield greeted me.

John Lenihan came by with his youngest daughter. His mother, Rose, chartered a plane for Mother Theresa (now a saint) to fly her when a terrorist threatened her after receiving a high honor from Bellarmine College.

“Rosie” boarded the plane incognito, forbidding anyone to tell Mother Theresa, who sent her nun to Rose during the flight.

“I feel your devout presence,” Mother Theresa told her, having her own photographer take their picture together. John has that photograph in his library, and it’s a prized possession.

Anne Moselle Brown Payne born on April 29, 1921, shown here with her French mother Marie Rose Galibois and Texas father Benjamin Franklin Brown. They were introduced by Field Marshal Foch, who described her father as “the finest young man I’ve ever known.

Anne Moselle Brown Payne born on April 29, 1921, shown here with her French mother Marie Rose Galibois and Texas father Benjamin Franklin Brown. They were introduced by Field Marshal Foch, who described her father as “the finest young man I’ve ever known.

About the 90th Birthday Party

Coming home for Anne’s 90th birthday party at her lovely home on Poplar Crest Road in Indian Hills are her daughter “Anne T.” Payne, an attorney in Lakeland, Fla., and her grandaughter Corinne Neary, (“Cory”) a brilliant New Yorker with the Brooklyn Library.

Handling all the guest lists and details is lovely Theresa Hutchins.

The invitation shows “Baby Anne” with her parents Benjamin Franklin Brown from Texas and her mother from France.

Anne speaks fluent French.

On the back of the invitation is a picture of Anne with her charming dog Cindy who has long eyelashes and mascara around her soulful eyes.

“I feel I’ve left someone out,” Anne told me. “Tell your readers to call 502.494.5200 to RSVP if I have forgotten to invite them!”

“And no presents,” she added, “just their presence.”

Date: April 29th, 2011
Time: 4 to 8 p.m.
Where: 2514 Poplar Crest Road
Contact: theresahutchins@att.net

See you there – it’ll be fun!

photos by LUCIE BLODGETT | contributing photographer

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Lucie Blodgett
Always out and about at happenings around town, Lucie Blodgett has been writing a weekly column for The Voice-Tribune for more than two decades.

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