The terrace was transformed from its stark contemporary landscape into
a magical European topiary garden replete with living statues. It was all
created by sponsors Mikimoto Jewelry Co. and House Beautiful Magazine to
celebrate the success of co-chairs Rypinski and Marshall in creating what
promises to be the evening of quintessential holiday glamour on the
This year, the Candelight Concert, known for both its culinary and
entertainment razzle-dazzle, will be fronted by the legendary Harry
Belafonte. Once again, the Four Seasons Hotel will cater dinner on the
stage of Segerstrom Hall, followed by holiday music provided by the
Pacific Chorale, not to mention a nightcap reception and dancing till
dawn in Founders Hall.
On Thursday evening, despite a fall chill, the best-dressed local
crowd turned out to support the Center. Mingling in the garden, the
elegantly attired Suki McCardle with husband Randy McCardle joined
friends Cerise and Laurence Feeley with their beautiful daughter Eden and
her fiance, James Arthur Rock, set to be wed over the Thanksgiving
Patti Edwards stayed warm in her loden green wool suit trimmed with
dyed green fur at the shawl-style collar. Husband Jim Edwards was upbeat,
talking life, politics and the latest on his theater business with
colleagues and friends, including Robert Follman, sans wife Carole, who
was busy working on their new home in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
"We've been going there for years," shared Bob, adding, "It has to be
the wildest city on Earth."
Follman circled the party with his daughter Robin Follman, well known
to Orange County audiences for her exemplary operatic performances in
Fortune tellers, palm readers and Tarot card interpreters delighted
the crowd. No one came away unhappy with their predictions.
Center fund-raiser and raconteur Terry Jones, attending the party with
his pretty blond bride, Judy, kept asking if the palm reader advised that
the subject was coming into a great fortune.
Why? Well, the Center is building a multimillion-dollar project. Why