Spring is here, and parties are popping up

| April 6, 2011
Tom and Margaret Thornton, who is the head of Summit Academy and one of its founders.

Tom and Margaret Thornton, who is the head of Summit Academy and one of its founders.

The Summit Academy’s Board of Trustees hosted a Casino Royal at Standard Country Club. There was Monte Carlo-style gambling, silent and live auctions, cocktails and a divine dinner buffet.

The crowd included Vee Hughes, Susan Hooks, Susannah and Bryan Stevenson, Tom and Sally Herndon and his sister, Deborah Herndon. Deborah in an artist and donated the most spectacular, haunting, memorable photographs of Southern France and Spain. They truly were fabulous. If only I had more wall space, I would have bought them all.

Board chair David Strite and his wife, Lisa, were there as were Chris and Kelly Bird, Lydia and David Hess, Jeanny and Sean Segin, Lane Penner, Chris Rabeneck, Greg Burton, Todd and Elizabeth Metcalf, Jill Meckle,  Janna Hinson, Abbe Pedersen, Lucy Waldrop, Joanne Powell and Fred Sabo.

Jenny and Victor Gomez at the Summit Monte Carlo Gala.

Jenny and Victor Gomez at the Summit Monte Carlo Gala.

Leslie Gagnon was the gala and auction chair. For the auction, art teacher Jeanne Freibert designed a fabulous game table and chairs, which was painted by members of the school’s art club. Barry Osburn was a great auctioneer.

Charlie and Rosemary Middleton, a founder of the school, was there with their daughter, Grey, who graduated from the school and is now a teacher.


This year “Good Morning America” Weather Anchor Sam Champion will be the guest speaker for the 55th annual Derby Festival They’re Off! Luncheon. It will be held on Friday, April 15, and Harry Dennery is the chair.

Champion will address more than 1,800 guests at this grand community tradition, which begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House East.

Champion is a grad of Eastern Kentucky University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcast news while interning at WKYT-TV in Lexington. He joined ABCvNews in 2006 where he has covered weather and environmental stories, including the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year.

Tickets are $608 for a table of 8 or $76 each.


Ghyslain Chocolatier has just opened a French provincial bistro in a renovated carriage house at 725 E. Market St. Oh my! They are beyond fabulous. They have shops in Union City, Richmond, and Zionsville, Ind., and now they are here.

They will serve gelato, French pastries and chocolates, a full menu of soup, salads, sandwiches and breakfast items and a variety of beverages including coffee, beer and wine. The restaurant will seat 53 inside and 48 outside and will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. (There goes Weight watchers. They have a chicken curry panini!)

Ghyslain Maurais is certified in French pastry, chocolate décor, candy making and bread making, and the Quebec native has served as the head chef for the Quebec Delegation in New York and London.

He is married to a New Albany girl, and that is why he is here. He has painted chocolates! He frequently sells out. You MUST try his candy.


The Kentucky Derby Museum Gala will be Friday, April 29, in a new and better location. The big white tent will be in front of the refurbished museum. Cocktails are at 7, dinner at 8:30 and dancing at 10.

Beautiful and delightful Kathy Cox is the chair this year, and she has done a fabulous job in changing the venue. Linda McGinity-Jackson is her co-chair and in charge of corporate tables.

The dinner will be catered by The Silver Spoon.

Libby Rush is designing the museum ball this yea,r which will honor the 2010 Kentucky Derby winning team: Super Saver, WinStar Farm, Calvin Borel and Todd Pletcher.

The ball should be beautiful with spectacular chandeliers, new chairs and wonderful centerpieces. For reservations, call 502.637.1111.

John Shaw Woo, Dr. Shiao Woo and Carole Jones Clay and Ken Clay at the Actors Theatre Gala.

John Shaw Woo, Dr. Shiao Woo and Carole Jones Clay and Ken Clay at the Actors Theatre Gala.


Last weekend, Actors Theatre, as a part of its Humana Festival of New American Plays, honored the late Sandy Speer, who managed the business of the Louisville arts institution for 41 years. Preceding a performance of a series of 10-minute plays, outgoing Artistic Director Marc Masterson, previous Artistic Director Jon Jory and Speer’s nephew actor Noah Wylie made remarks about his long and successful career with ATL.

The audience, which was populated with members of the American Theatre Critics Association in town for the festival, responded with thunderous applause.

photos by CARLA SUE BROECKER | contributing photographer

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