Internist Dr. Anne Lansing came from Asheville, N.C., to attend her 40th Louisville Collegiate School reunion in Louisville this weekend. She stayed with her parents, Dr. Allan and Donna Lansing.
Donna’s sister, Marilyn Eeerman, a retired psychiatric nurse, came from Hot Springs, Ark., for the occasion.
A lovely summer dinner party was given for them by artist, great cook and Flower Power owner Ellen Timmons at her charming home on Tiffany Lane. Floral designer Ellen decorated the tables with zinnias, roses, daisies and hydrangeas, combined with charming dolls and souvenirs. A metal lightening bug with a candle on his back set an example for the zillions of live fireflies blinking on and off in the garden.
Twilight pre-dinner cocktails on the porch, complemented by cheeses, fresh cherries and artichokes, were served as cicadas chirped.
Ellen, who also is an accomplished chef, prepared grapefruit and cucumber salad with sweet French dressing, fabulous shrimp fettuccine and strawberry-rhubarb pie from James Beard’s recipe, topped with vanilla ice cream. Yummy!
The candlelit dinner with rose wine was the stage for an evening of conversation, including strong opinions about you name it. It was an evening of great fun and companionship.
Ellen looked lovely in a blue pantsuit that matched her turquoise scarab necklace from Egypt. I’m so happy to be a longtime friend of Ellen, who is a living doll and a great joy to all of us.
Also in attendance were Brenda Light and charming Barney Barnett and his beautiful wife, Jill, who still talks about her stay with her grandmother in Wales as a child evacuated from wartime London. She recalls riding with the troops “melting in their wool uniforms.”
Suntanned Beaver McMahan, dazzling in white shirt, trousers and tennis shoes, chauffeured me in his new car.
Back at the gorgeous Lansing home, which overlooks the Ohio River, Allan and Donna’s sons and daughters – Peter, Mark, Anne and Michelle – and their families had a ball by their lovely pool.
Anne attended a whirlwind of parties for Collegiate’s Class of 1971, including two given by classmate Kathy Cary, owner of Lilly’s Restaurant. A highlight of Anne’s reunion activities was a phone conversation with “Miss” Kussrow (Nancy) now-retired headmistress who presided over much of the Class of 1971’s time at Collegiate.
Classmate Jane Blodgett came from Washington State and visited her father Dr. William Blodgett and her sister, Kate Blodgett, Kate’s daughter, Josie Welch, and Josie’s father, Jameson Welch.
Actor’s Choice, in conjunction with Bunbury Theatre, will present Peter Shaffer’s Tony Award-winning play “Equus,” at Bunbury Theatre in The Henry Clay, 604 S. Third St.
Dates are July 28-30 and Aug. 3-6 at 7:30 p.m.; and July 31 and Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.
The play tells the story of a 17-year-old English boy (Drew Cash) who has performed violent acts because of his pathological fascination with horses. A child psychiatrist (Roger Fristoe) attempts to unravel the mystery of Alan’s tortured soul while confronting his own demons.
Tickets are $21 for adults and $18 for students/seniors. They are available only by calling 502.583.8222. Early reservations are suggested. The play is for mature audiences only.
Category: The Social Side
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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.