Whitehall honors Libby Parkinson

| May 25, 2011
Amy Underwood, in from California, with her parents, Libby and Don Parkinson at Whitehall.

Amy Underwood, in from California, with her parents, Libby and Don Parkinson at Whitehall.

Last Friday evening, historic Whitehall was once again filled with people who came to honor Libby Parkinson, who has devoted so much time and energy to the beautification of the estate.

Cocktails were served in the house. The weather cooperated and people enjoyed the gardens. They strolled through, visited with friends and enjoyed their libations.

The Silver Spoon served its signature divine tomato sandwiches, country ham won tons and crab cakes with cocktails. Then everyone adjourned to the big white tent for a dinner of mixed salad with a blue cheese toast and a vichyssoise shooter. The entrée was grilled chicken with orange ginger hollandaise, grilled asparagus and divine roasted potato and olive mélange. Dessert looked good, but I had run out of W.W. points!

Sue Baughman and Joey Seay in the gardens at Whitehall.

Sue Baughman and Joey Seay in the gardens at Whitehall.

Afterward, a wonderful video showed testimonials by people who have worked with Libby on events for the past 30 years. She has supported financially and physically organizations such as KET, The Kentucky Center, the Heuser Hearing & Language Academy, the Kentucky Derby Museum, the Kentucky Opera and many more in addition to Whitehall.

The video included testimonials of people who have worked with her including KET’s charming Michelle Ripley from Lexington, Lindy Street, Sug Schusterman, Stephen Klein and Madeline Abramson. It had a surprise ending enjoyed by all. There was a picture of her little granddaughter in San Francisco whose mother, Amy Underwood, was here for the party, and her two grandsons, who live in Africa with their parents, Megan and John Parkinson. The Parkinsons’ son is stationed there with our government.

Guests who came to honor her were Wendy and David Novak, Carol and Bill Lomicka, Jim Jackson, Barbara and George Partlow, Sug and Dan Schusterman, Jo Ann Gammon,  Mary Webb, Joan Sutcliffe and Noha Abell.

Also on their feet to honor her were Janet Falk, Joey Seay, Sue Baughman, Wayne Jenkins, Mark Eliason, Carol Osborne, Lida Lee Kemp, Ron McMakin, Sandy and Ben Talbott, Laura Frazier and Harry Dennery, Douglas Riddle, Kate and Jack Underwood, Jeanne and David Ferguson and Bonnie and Jerry Boland.


While everyone else went to either their TV or the Derby, we went to New York. Brad had a Broadway Across America partners meeting, and I hadn’t been in years. It was a feast of Broadway theater and museums.

I heartily recommend “Warhorse,” “Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert,” “The Book of Mormon” “Catch Me If You Can” and the revival of “Anything Goes.” Saw ‘em all. “Priscilla” and “Book” will make you laugh till your sides hurt, and it wouldn’t hurt to take a hankie to “Warhorse.”

Alexander McQueen at the Met was peculiar … so-so. It was very theatrical and drawing huge crowds. The Van Cleef and Arpels jewel exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt (take your Smithsonian membership card for free admission) was spectacular, and the Frick was fabulous as usual. Then it was back on the midnight special.

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