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Social Circuit

A look at the social events, galas, functions and fund-raisers in the area.

Artist Andrew Wyeth talks with Toni Weymouth (left), daughter-in-law of the evening's honoree, and paintings conservator Joyce Hill Stoner.
Artist Andrew Wyeth talks with Toni Weymouth (left), daughter-in-law of the evening's honoree, and paintings conservator Joyce Hill Stoner.Read more

Plus ça change

With his cousin Ruth Lord, the daughter of Winterthur Museum founder Henry Francis du Pont, at his side, George A. "Frolic" Weymouth arrived in high style to the party in his honor at Winterthur - at the reins of one of his antique horse-drawn carriages. On Saturday night, Weymouth received the museum's Henry Francis du Pont Award for his work as a founder and board chairman of both the Brandywine River Museum and the Brandywine Conservancy, which protects 40,000 acres in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Among the 280 partygoers were artist Andrew Wyeth, who was retro-chic in a Nehru jacket and Teva sandals with socks, former Delaware Gov. Pete du Pont and his wife, Elise, and former Whitney Museum of Art director emeritus Tom Armstrong. What's old is new again. Guests danced the night away to music by the Lester Lanin Orchestra.

Flowers on the water

Marilyn Sifford and Bob Butera hosted the 19th annual Azalea Garden Party Thursday night in a new spot this year - on the deck of the new Water Works Restaurant and Lounge overlooking the Schuylkill. More than 300 guests, sporting lovely garden hats and boaters, enjoyed cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a view of the four-acre garden ablaze with pink, violet and white azaleas. The youngest partygoers at the family affair were entertained by stilt-walkers, a magician and a face-painter. The site, under the green thumb of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, has been tended by the Friends of the Azalea Garden since 1990. Proceeds from the party will support year-round pruning, planting and nurturing of the garden.

For the children

Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), a children's advocacy organization, marked its 25th anniversary at a benefit gala on May 7 at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building. The evening, cochaired by Carole Haas Gravagno and Bernard Watson, drew 350 guests and featured performances by the St. Francis de Sales Elementary School Choir and the Point Breeze Art Center Dancers. Also whipped up for the occasion was the 128-page PCCY cookbook Now We're Cooking, filled with recipes from restaurants all over the city, including Lacroix, Fork, Nan, World Cafe Live, the Palm, and Umbria. The event raised $150,000 for PCCY, which is leading the charge to create a 21-member youth commission in Philadelphia - Ballot Issue No. 3 in today's primary.

Rhinestone cowboy

Carson Kressley, of Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, looking hip in his tuxedo jacket, jeans and rhinestone-studded silver boots, whooped it up Friday night at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair's second annual Black Tie and Boots Ball. Kressley, an equestrian himself, will compete in this year's Devon Horse Show (May 24-June 3) as an exhibitor in the Saddlebred classes. Spotted among the 400 guests was music legend Chubby Checker, who was there with his wife, Catharina. Guests dined and danced to the Tim Gillis Band under an enormous tent at the Horse Show Grounds in Devon. The benefit raised $50,000 for the Devon Horse Show Foundation.