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CONTENTS T he F ield & C ounTry issue 84
LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE LAND
Entrance into the Millbrook community
relies on a mutual love of the land and keen engagement in its country pursuits. We spent the day visiting the organizations that are integral to the oversight and stewardship of the rich landscape. WriTTen phoTographed
ARTS & CULTURE REAWAKENED IN THE CITY
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WOMEN WHO SHOOT WITH STYLE
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significant sector in the UK shooting market—and they shoot in style. Ladies-only shooting clubs have barely kept pace with the demand, and all the big gunmakers have been rushing to make guns specifically tailored for the female form. by JonaThan young
AUTUMN IN CHARLESTON
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FALL AT FINDLAY
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YOUNG & THE GUEST LIST
Recalling a professional experience with Truman Capote.
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Our columnist shares a story about photographing Andy Warhol in The Factory.
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Clockwise, from bottom left: Quest’s Elizabeth Meigher and grateful pub with Karen Klopp in Millbrook; Nikki Field; Findlay Gallery’s Fred Clark with his daughter, Anne Clark, and father-in-law, James Borynack; Sarah Johnson in Charleston; Jonathan Young and his furry pal, Betsy; Millbrook, also known as “The Museum in the Streets.”
I WRITE THIS FROM my secluded office cabin Up North in the Adirondacks, where we’re experiencing a welcomed spate of Indian Summer weather—often at odds with the region’s temperate zone during this most glorious season of year. Due to the abundance of summer rains, the striking autumn colors are yet to appear, but the haunting cry of mating loons and cooling lake temperatures provide a quiet introduction to fall. And to personal reflection, especially as to how our pandemic fears lead us to better appreciate and embrace the sanctuary of the simpler, outdoor lifestyle, e.g. the pure magic of a crisp autumn day! Not surprisingly, Quest’s October Issue applauds this subtle migration to the “country life,” where we also salute the abundance of women who have become more prominent as our pathfinders, leading us ever deeper into the culture, sports, and enriching enjoyment of the “field.” With the expert guidance and access of our talented contributing editor Karen Klopp, Quest ventured some 200 miles south of the Adirondacks, down through the meandering Hudson Valley to the quaint village of Millbrook, New York. Nestled in Dutchess County, with farms and houses that date back into the late 1700s, this chic and sporty community revolves around the love of the land and the inherent continuity of its pastoral heritage. Quest taps into the soul of this near colonial way of life, where conservation and preservation are the credo of its townspeople. The three capable and stunning women who grace this issue’s cover are The Masters of the prestigious and highly regarded Millbrook Hunt—the first time in The Hunt’s distinguished 131-year history that all three Masters are women ... most deservedly so! With the enthusiastic assistance of deputy editor Elizabeth Meigher and photographer-at-large Julie Skarratt, our cover also story salutes the generous charitable commitments made by so many of the local land owners, including their respect for one another. Further into this autumnal issue, Quest welcomes contributor Jonathan Young to our pages, and his brilliant pictorial essay on the phenomenal growth of female “guns” who shoot game throughout the United Kingdom. Jonathan was the celebrated editor-in-chief of The Field magazine, perhaps the most revered media staple of English sporting life. His learned eloquence and leadership brought education and enjoyment to so many who
favor the life outdoors—full of sportsmanship, beloved dogs and upland birds. Quest next travels south and into Charleston, South Carolina, where contributor Sarah Johnson regales us with her firsthand account of growing up and then returning to this fabled “Holy City,” and now with her own family. And don’t miss senior editor Brooke Kelly’s comprehensive profile of real estate maven Nikki Field, a superstar Sothebys broker who continues to dominate the property markets while still maintaining her poise as wife, mother, manager, and consummate lady. Finally, the “Fall at Findlay” feature on page 120 celebrates this blue chip gallery’s Manhattan line-up, which includes exhibitions by two renowned expressionist painters, John Ferren and Jack Wright. As I reluctantly prepare to exit my favorite lake and mountains, I’m ever more convinced that Thoreau had it right: there exists a solemn truth in country life, with its profoundly plain appeal to the senses. Moreover, there’s a refreshing lack of “cancel culture” and unnecessary woke behavior. We tend to laugh more in the country, which is indeed God’s therapy. And we use the now-dreaded term “contagious” in a far different context. As Dickens once summed it up: “There is nothing so irresistibly contagious as good humor.” Amen! u
Chris Meigher ON THE COVER: Three female Masters of the Millbrook Hunt, from left: Parker Gentry, Lelee Brandt, and Fernanda Kellogg (in her own fields). Photographed by Julie Skarratt for Karen Klopp’s “Love Affair with the Land” (page 84).
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NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY A MONTH OF Sundays, my mother used to refer to those fortunate ones—such as her school children—who had the summertime off from school and such commitments. These past almost two years have been like that for many of us—grownups and schoolchildren and not—enduring the
fates and fears of a virus in our midst. But now, as we enter autumn in hopeful preparation for the New Year coming up, we naturally anticipate the new days coming. In the meantime, while wait to see what gives, there’s a new documentary out about Truman Capote aptly called The
Capote Tapes by Ebs Burrough getting high praise from the media critics (I haven’t spoken to anyone who has actually seen it). One of the reviews I read included a variety of descriptions—all negative—including “candied tarantula, seductive freak, naughty little kid, and sleazy wicked bit of work.”
I didn’t know Mr. Capote although I had one memorable professional experience with him at the end of his life. None of the above descriptions would fit my experience of him although by that time (the early ’80s) he was, it turned out, on his last legs and well aware of it. He had a very memorable
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presence. He had made a big impression, as he did with millions, with his writing talent — and later, in learning of his childhood background in which he was abandoned very early by both parents—his late state of being described a child’s great loss very very sadly, and it remains with me to this day. Truman Capote died 37 years ago. At the time of his death, the man whom Norman Mailer said “wrote the best sentences of any one of (his) generation,” had been on a long decline of notoriety, alcoholism, and drug use. The Beautiful People, the Society dowagers and the jet set who sought him out and coddled him for decades; who had vied for his company and an invitation to his Party of the Cen26 QUEST
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tury—the famous Black and White Ball—had long turned away from and ostracized him. Even worse, his talent that had taken him to all the great heights he could have dreamed of (without actually becoming a movie star)—magazine covers, talk show guesting, movie cameos, and financial riches—had finally eluded and maybe even escaped him. He had had a good ride, it was true, even a great one, but his ending obscured his glory and indeed, decimated, albeit briefly, his great and unusual popularity. I was first aware of Capote as a teenager when his novel Breakfast at Tiffany’s was first published. Its fame grew with
the movie with Audrey Hepburn, which spoke to a whole generation of even non-readers idealizing grown up life in the big city. Then, in the mid1960s came “In Cold Blood.” It was first serialized in four parts in the New Yorker. The first sentence: “The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call ‘out there.’” A terrible murder of an upstanding, plain and simple, milk-fed family by two aimless, screwed up thugs from the underside of the same America. In Cold Blood was the most exciting, most horrifying, most compelling read of the moment and the intense public inter-
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est that it created lifted Truman Capote’s image into the stratosphere. He became one of those public characters who seemed to be blessed with wit, wisdom, glamour, and more than a touch of the offbeat. I saw him for the first time interviewed on the David Susskind Show, a local Sunday night talk show here in New York. The persona that later became a kind of mid20th century Palm Springs version of Oscar Wilde was a fairly goodlooking, youthful, professorial-looking, maybe advertising executive-ish man in a grey flannel suit, Brooks Brothers buttondown shirt and tie. He had blonde hair, a large head with a high smooth brow and a very blondish face. And there was a bit of the sashay as he sauntered onto the set and
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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A took his seat. Despite the conventional style of dress, there was already something quite far-out (although not quite in-your-face) about him, at least for those pre-Liberation times. And then, of course, there was the voice, which on first hearing, came as a shock. It was an almost-whiny squeak, a drawling, dentalized ootsie-fruitsie, lips-pursed, tongue slipping sibilance. Like some hipped up Baby Huey. No one in public life talked like that. Or sounded like that. Or would have wanted to. No one would have dared, it was so outrageously effeminate. So out there. And with all the markings of a serious put-on. That night there were four of us watching Susskind— two young couples. He was,
it seemed, frou-frou, intelligent, slightly acerbic, but not really, and definitely the fun guest. However, listening to Capote’s utterings on Susskind this night, the women started to laugh at the sound of his voice. And as he continued answering Susskind’s questions in that voice, their laughter turned into uncontrollable hysterics, as if it were an intended joke. Despite the distracting timbre and mannered-ness of his voice that seemed almost something of a joke, he was listened to very carefully, and taken very seriously; far more seriously than he deserved to be on certain matters. Suskind asked him
about Jackie Kennedy (still yet to marry to Onassis). Taking a deep breath, looking up at the ceiling, then languidly looking around himself, as if to see who was listening, finally, he might say: “Waaaaal, all right, if you really want to know about Jackie,” and her name rolled quietly off his tongue. Then he’d let out a few pearls of dish. Although not really all that pearly. He was never a man of bon mots, or seemingly a man of letters. He seemed more a gadfly; a freak gadfly who could write up a storm. Aside from his books, he now resembled, on screen, another television character of the 1960—comedian Jonathan
Winters’ character, Maude Frickert, a cantankerously funny old drag queen. Soon thereafter, he was one of the most talked about men in America, lionized and worshipped by the press and the television interviewers who took his every word (mainly gossip) as gospel. He was, as well, adored by his readers/ fans while envied by many of his peers for his brilliant success. He was also a genius—it was often said and written—at publicizing himself. Although it was never discussed (as far as I know) in his interviews, he was also one of the first openly gay celebrities. This was also quite an accomplishment for the times. Although they were “a-changin'.” There were others whose sexuality came into question (Liber-
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ace, for example, who always denied it right up to his dying day). Capote matter-factly let it be known to anyone who wanted to know, that his longtime companion was a man named Jack Dunphy—a man who had been married when Capote met him, and who had left his wife for him, and remained his partner for the rest of his life. Then in 1966 came the party, The Black and White Ball. Ostensibly for Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, although no one paid much attention to that fact. Exercising his “genius” for PR, Capote titillated the public and his legions of friends and acquaintances with so much advance notice that by the night of the event, practically the whole country knew what was going on at The Plaza. The following morning, the New York 30 QUEST
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Times published the guest list; and the celebrity magazines oohed and ahhed over it for months. Now he glorified by, and glorying in it all. Of course, after the incredible success of In Cold Blood, and the ballyhoo of the Black and White Ball, the insatiable maw of the star-making machinery wanted to know what was next. How was he going to top himself? What would the book be? And who would star in the movie? In 1975, he published two short stories in Esquire magazine: “Mojave” and “La Cote Basque 1965.” By now he was known more as a social gad-
fly as the writer’s output had dwindled to a memory and not much more. “La Cote Basque,” however, was reported to be a “chapter” in his upcoming novel Answered Prayers, which chronicled the conversations at various tables in the once socially fashionable restaurant, caused a sensation, and the subsequent suicide of a socialite. A n n Woodward, a long-time-ago showgirl who married the blueblood heir to a banking fortune, had shot her husband to death in their house in Locust Valley, Long Island 20 years before in 1955. At the time, it was reported that Mrs. Woodward mistook her husband for a prowler who had broken into
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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A version of the story was true, Ann Woodward did indeed kill herself with an overdose after having read the galleys of his story. (One of her sons killed himself prior to her death, and her surviving son killed himself several years ago, jumping from a window in his Upper East Side apartment.) So Capote now, in the opinion of some people, had blood on his hands. Another incident in the “La Cote Basque” featured a restaurant full of well known women such as Jackie Onassis, Lee Radziwill, Slim Keith, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Carol Marcus Matthau, gossiping about each other. The storyteller recounts a thinly disguised William Paley—well known to be a womanizer— having a fling with a thinly disguised Marie Harriman (first wife of Averell Harriman) in
his hotel apartment bedroom where after she leaves, he discovers she’d bloodied the sheets with her menstrual cycle. Mortified with embarrassment, the media tycoon clumsily tries to clean them himself to avoid anyone knowing about her presence, including his wife, a thinly-disguised Babe Paley. The Paleys were, up to that moment, Truman Capote’s most famously referred to “Best Friends.” The knife of betrayal cut both ways. Capote’s sensational story ended his relationship not only with the Paleys but many of their famous social friends. He was a pariah overnight, although his celebrity
social life became more famous through his “friendships” with Andy Warhol, Halston, Liza Minnelli, and the whole “Studio 54 crowd.” His drug-taking and his drinking became more prominent as well. By 1980, he published Music for Chameleons, a collection of short stories and writings, including the “Mojave” chapter, which was originally said to be part of the still anticipated novel Answered Prayers. One of the stories in the new collection was “Handcarved Coffins,” a grisly murder case, purported to have actually occurred in some unnamed western state. Lester Persky, the
film producer, had bought the rights for $500,000. By this time, Truman Capote was something of a broken man, even in the eyes of the feasting celebrity media. There were incidents of drunkenness during his television appearances, including one where he was so incoherent he had to be removed from the show. There was continued self-promotion about this novel-in-progress Answered Prayers although no hard evidence of it. That same year, 1980, I was living in Los Angeles, where I’d moved to from New York to change my life and become a “professional writer.” I got a job with Lester Persky, as his “West Coast assistant.” Lester and his producing partner Dick Bright had arranged financing on several successful films, including the now
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classic Shampoo, and he had bought a house in Bel Air in order to have a bi-coastal presence in the movie colony. Lester was a short, mustachioed, dynamic, often oft-putting man, sometimes charming—within my earshot but never to me—somewhat loud (when he wanted to be), a man who cultivated friendships with authors and artists and socialites. CZ Guest, her daughter Cornelia Guest, “Bubbles,” the Vicountess Rothermere, and Truman Capote (as well as the whole Studio 54 gang) were among his frequent acquaintances. Off-stage, away from the socializing, Lester exercised no charm and as an employer, no social friendship. He was not quite a screamer, in a world full of them, although he was barely courteous with me, usually gruff and abrupt, at times condescending and supercilious. Because there was 34 QUEST
very little to do, working for him was a drag. A much needed salary and a drag. However, in the course of what turned out to be my brief encounter as Lester’s employee, one morning in September, he informed me that “Mr. Truman Capote” would be coming to LA for a few days and that I was to pick up the author Friday afternoon at LAX and take him to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where he would be staying. Life in this movie producer’s office where everything was either “in development” or “in turnaround,” and not in production was deadly dull, so the prospect of meeting Capote was exciting even if only to satisfy curiosity: What was he re-
ally like? Friday morning a light drizzle covered the sweeping view of the city that could usually be seen from the terrace of Lester’s house. I couldn’t help wondering if the writer were still coming. The poolman was knocking at the back door. He needed to see Mr. Persky to show him something. “In this weather?” Lester whined over the intercom from his bedroom. A few moments later, Lester, wrapped in a Burberry, leather slippers flapping against his milk white stocking-less heels, scurried out to the poolside. “This better be interesting,” he warned the poolman. The poolman lifted the lid off
the filter, exposing a bloated, floating carcass of a drowned rat—muddy brown and about eight inches in length, excluding the tail. Lester grimaced and recoiled. “Is this someone’s idea of a joke?” “He musta come for a drink, fall in, and drown,” the poolman said. “But what was he doing here for a drink in the first place, in the middle of Bel Air, California?” “Probably because it’s the closest water…” “You mean they live around here?!” Lester was incensed. “Oh sure, these hills are full of ’em. You can even see them in the trees sometimes,” the poolman laughed at the thought. “You mean they will always come for a drink in my pool?” Lester asked in exasperation. “Unless you ‘sterminate.’”
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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A “Exterminate what? West Los Angeles?” Lester was furious. “Well you better get it out of here,” he ordered sharply and turned and trundled back into the warm dry house. “I’ve got Truman Capote coming this weekend and I don’t want any rats in my pool. I hope this isn’t some kind of omen,” he said to nobody in particular, with almost a lighthearted irony in his voice. That afternoon before leaving for lunch, Lester gave me my final instruction for the airport: “Keep an eye on him. You never know what shape he’s going to be in,” he warned. “And for God sakes, don’t let him drink!” More than 14 years had passed since I had seen the “Tiny Terror” as Aileen Meh-
le writing as “Suzy” had nicknamed him in his palmier days. Now as I was watching the arriving passengers at LAX move through the long airport corridor, I had to strain to spot the little man in the crowd. It seemed as if the arrivals had all streamed through and I was wondering if he’d missed his flight, when I saw the top of his head covered by a casual narrow brimmed hat, drifting slowly along at the tail end of the crowd. He seemed to be almost clinging to the wall, moving with a slight tentativeness, like a brave, but lost child traveling without chaperone in a strange city. Most of
the crowd had swept by him, leaving him behind, like dust in the road. I approached him and introduced myself. He paused, looking blankly up at me for a moment, as if in the midst of a trance, and then said: “oh … Lester,” with a wan smile of reverie. Then we continued on to the baggage claim. “You’ll have to ex-cuse me …” He said very slowly dragging out each syllable, “but I’ve been up for shehven-dee-too-ahh-whirrs...” His usual tinny tenor was weaker from sniffling and wheezing, but he painstakingly repeated himself: he had been up for 72
hours in New Orleans shooting a photo session for People magazine “with two dozen of theee moss-bee-yu-ti-ful-hmmm-dragqueens-you-have-everseeeeeen.” He repeated his story; from the baggage claim to the parking lot, to the car. His breath reeked of booze but he seemed rather dazed than drunk. In the car, on our way, he recalled the drag queens again. “And my d-d-deah, they didn’t wear one stt-itch, compared to me,” and then he suddenly guffawed, a remarkable, rolling, guttural laughter a couple of octaves below his famous speaking voice, with an energy in sharp contrast to his dazed comportment. As we rolled down the freeway to Beverly Hills, Truman talked. It was all stream
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of consciousness of the little man seated next to me looking out the window. He gossiped some in what seemed like an effort to impress me with his insider knowledge. The story he told (which I had heard him tell before on television) about Barbara Hutton’s scandalous cousin Jimmy Donahue, I knew to be false. He moved from that to Dick Cavett whom Capote felt had baited and then goaded him on his show about Capote’s well known sex life. He repeated the on-camera put-downs that he responded with. They provoked more guffaws and giddiness in that alternating baritone. None of it was really for my benefit. He was on automatic pilot. Until he started talking about his family. His father, whom he had rarely seen in his life, and who was then still 38 QUEST
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alive, had had, he said, six wives. “All much younger and all much richer.” (This fact, I later learned, was not true.) He was “a real charmer; a real charmer,” he reiterated and laughed again in that same disarmingly macho resonance. “Yes he was; fooled my mother one hundred and fifteen percent.” “Someday, if I ever finish Answered Prayers, he continued, dreamily gazing out at the Santa Monica Mountains up ahead, “I’m going to tell the story of my father.” It was clear that for Truman, then in his mid-50s, his father, also still alive and in his late 80s, remained, as if eternally, the image of a young, handsome, vital man, just as the son,
the teller of the story, remained a small child, a delicate, even frail boy possessed by his reminiscence. From the subject of his father he moved on to his maiden aunts in Alabama, with whom he was left by his mother after his parents divorced when he was four. One of them, Cousin Souk, a spinster in her 60s, became his parent, playmate, and spiritual guardian. Another cousin, whom he described as one of the two or three richest people in southern Alabama, “during the Depression,” had a whip. “And when one of her tenant farmers was late with his rent, even if by so little as a day, she would call him to
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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A on the door, and as we passed, following the assistant manager to Truman’s room, he cracked, “Waaal, we’re obviously on the alcoholics floor...” Once in the room, Truman said to the assistant manager, “Where’s the Stolichnaya?” Oh, on its way. “Waaal, you better hurry up!” he said as he went into the bathroom, not closing the door, as the assistant manager and I stood side by side on the edge of the room. There was silence for a moment from the bathroom, and then a loud: “ssshhhhhhhmmmmmffffff...” The sound of cocaine being inhaled. And then again. And then again. Each louder than the last. The assistant manager and I con-
tinued standing there like two deaf mutes, obviously well aware of the circumstances. Moments later, we were released from service and gone from the man’s room. Saturday morning, I later learned, Truman met with Lester and then returned to the Beverly Wilshire. Two days later, a Monday, when he didn’t respond to his phone calls, he was found unshaven and half-conscious, aswirl in sheets soiled by incontinence and surrounded by empty Stolichnaya bottles. The night before, after a visitor had left him, Truman got into his odyssey of coke, booze, and pills. He had never left the mattress until he was discovered by Lester and a friend the following afternoon. The little man/
boy all by himself. Lester, now the caretaking friend, with the help of a friend, cleaned Truman up and removed him and his belongings to the house in Bel Air. Up at the house, the listless man sat in the living room while his bed was being made up upstairs. Downs? Why downs?” Lester was demanding to know like an impatient and confounded father. Silence from Truman. “Don’t you know you can’t write when you’re stoned because it gets you all riled up and you can’t write when you’re riled up?” Continued silence. “Don’t you realize you have this great talent and that you have to finish Answered
Prayers? You have money, you have friends, you have houses, apartments; you’re world famous!” Lester tried to reason with his silent exhausted friend. Finally, after more admonishments, more light reproaching, like the words of a wiser, older brother, the patient was taken upstairs to rest. Just before the end of the day, Lester came into the office. “We’ve got to do something to help Truman. We ought to try and find someone for him,” looking at me with a directness and a silence that indicated that I was the “someone” he had in mind. “It would have to be a man who was younger,” he added, making things clearer; “Irish maybe… glasses, like a profes-
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On the fourth day of his convalescence, he was looking and feeling better. He had been anxious to return to New York, and that afternoon, accompanied by Lester, he was leaving. Watching their limousine roll down the driveway onto Bel Air Road, I was left with the nagging paternal questions which Truman probably elicited many times in others: what would happen when he got home? Would there be someone there? Or would he be alone and unable to cope with his addictions? I later learned that he did attempt to help himself. Signing himself into hospitals. He fought on. There were periods of temperance, but all too brief, and punctuated by relapses. In January 1984, he was in Los Angeles again, staying with his friend Joanne Carson (the second wife of Johnny, not to be confused with the third wife, Joanna). He checked into Cedar Sinai in West Hollywood, diagnosed with phlebitis, which had also caused a clot on his lung. Treated and released, he returned to New York feeling for the first time in his life that he had a health problem over which he had no control. The doctors had made it clear that
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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A all those years of hard living, drugs and booze, stress and pain, had caught up. He was not terminally ill, but he was a dying man. In mid-August of that year, he made plans to return to California on the 23rd, the day after his friend Jack Dunphy’s birthday. Truman, who visited Los Angeles two or three times a year—and had once owned a house in Palm Springs—always stayed with Mrs. Carson for about a month each time. She had set aside a bedroom and sitting room, which were “his.” He kept clothes, belongings and objets there; it was his home in California. A few days before his arrival, he called saying that he wished to come earlier, two days be-
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Guy and Mary Van Pelt
Belinda Kielland and Walter Glennon
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21 Museum of Arts and Design 2 Columbus Circle, NYC
Welcoming new Nanette L. Laitman Director TIM RODGERS
Celebrating the MUSEUM’S 65TH ANNIVERSARY
WILLIAM SOFIELD HOST
MACHINE DAZZLE 5PM
Conversation with TIM RODGERS and WILLIAM SOFIELD the Theater at MAD 6PM
7th Floor: Luminaries Lounge with DJ TIMO WEILAND 6th Floor: COCKTAILS with the ARTIST STUDIO ARTISTS Galleries: LIVE MUSIC 7:30PM
Dinner at ROBERT Special performance by
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Gillian Hearst, Georgina Bloomberg and Lara Meiland-Shaw
Ulla Parker and Marina Dobreva
Kathy Prounis and Muffie Potter Aston
Audrey Gruss and Jamee Gregory
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Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, Larry Rivers, and Jamie Wyeth at The Factory, 1977.
IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY I FIRST MET Andy Warhol when I came to New York in 1964 with the Beatles. He was making one of his underground films, and I photographed some of his entourage at the Chelsea Hotel. I hadn’t run into him in quite some time when Bianca Jagger suggested we have lunch at The Factory, Warhol’s studio, which was as infamous as the artist himself. We were joined by fellow artists Jamie Wyeth and Larry Rivers. Mostly the conversation was about politics—Jimmy Carter had just become president. Warhol had his tape recorder on and spoke in a whisper, which meant everyone had to lean forward to hear him. He was controlling the conversation, but in a pleasant way. He was snapping photographs as well, documenting the day for his magazine, Interview. Warhol was fascinated to learn that I knew and had photographed the eccentric but fascinating chess champion Bobby Fischer and said he would love to meet him. Personally I think Warhol would have had as much of a chance of getting Queen Elizabeth to The Factory as he would have had getting Fischer there, as Bobby was the most reclusive person I had ever met, but I truly liked Fischer and respected his talent. Some years later I photographed Andy again with his doubleportrait of Pia Zadora in the background. I told him an amusing story, which I had failed to mention when I photographed him in 1977 with Bianca. When Gerald Ford became president in 1974, I was commissioned to photograph the new president for LIFE magazine, and sometime later Vogue asked me to send over a Ford photograph for their next issue. I waited for the issue to arrive, and was I surprised when I opened the issue and found my photograph completely splashed with paint by Warhol—without my knowledge or permission. Warhol asked if I had been paid. I told him yes, but not as much as you… and we laughed. u 58 QUEST
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GSTAAD—Good manners aside, what I miss nowadays is a new, intelligent, fine-acted movie. Never have I seen so much garbage as there is on TV today: sci-fi crap, superhero rubbish, dystopian garbage, and junk stories about ugly, solipsistic youths revolting against overbearing parents. Director Jimmy Toback blames the subject matter for the lousy content, one that needs to boost racial and gender diversity. I think lack of talent is the culprit. Using the f-word nonstop is a given in any Hollywood production, with constant violence added on for a perfectly lousy and unwatchable 60 QUEST
film. When one thinks back to such great movies as The Best Years of Our Lives, Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, All About Eve, Great Expectations, The Third Man, Rebecca, and the films of Raymond Chandler’s books, there is hardly any violence and absolutely no swear words. There is great tension, terrific repartee in the dialogue, and wonderful acting. Today’s screen characters are less believable than Tom and Jerry, and are identified by the formulaic, fatuous language of PC: Everything is evidence of racism and white supremacy and antiblackness. Novels, needless to say, are not getting
any better either, but then I stopped reading fiction after Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Maugham, Greene, Waugh, Mailer, Shaw, and Jones, and now only stick to history. Long ago Aristotle wrote that the ability to delight in fine characters and noble actions is the most important of habits. Fitzgerald & Co.’s characters hardly live up to Aristotle’s standards, but the writing is so good one forgets their lack of noble actions. The same applies to Papa’s heroes, all of them flawed, all of them a delight to read about. The great exception is Larry Darrell, Maugham’s
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protagonist in The Razor’s Edge. Larry is just about perfect. As one who gives in easily to temptation, I can now blame my weaknesses on the inadequate ideals set by my literary heroes. Most of them are incurable romantics, lechers, and hopeless drunks. Finally I have an excuse. Incidentally, the prologue of Julia Carter’s recently published Sunlight and Shadows (about writers in the Riviera) is among the finest I’ve read about that once fabulous piece of real estate. The piece on Maugham is perfect. The great man struggled mostly with his sexuality, not with the existence of the Almighty. Many writers deny God, even devout Catholics like Waugh and Greene. Well, they don’t exactly deny him, but they show public piety corrupting private faith. What I discover as I grow older is that some very, very smart people believe in God. Even Charles Darwin believed in God. Many scientists—physics is accommodating to God—great intellectuals, Albert Einstein, and poor little me are all in awe, especially as one nears the end. As they say, there are no atheists in foxholes. Unexpectedly, many modernist poets were believers, Auden and Eliot, Yeats and Wallace Stevens. Chesterton and Belloc were true believers and wonderful men, and
I couldn’t give a flying you-know-what if they are at present out of favor. Those against God are the smelly, bearded types like Nietzsche (whom Richard Wagner said went nuts because of too much masturbation), Shaw, Freud, and Picasso, and freaks like Foucault, Lacan, and Lyotard. Dawkins and Hitchens made hay with their anti-God campaigns, contending that Western society would be better off if we could eradicate from it the last vestiges of Christianity. I say society would be better off if both men had been born donkeys, helping to carry overweight tourists up steep Santorini island steps. What these otherwise smart but foolish and ignorant people seem to forget is that Christianity not only created equality among men, it also shaped the West. True Christians believe that God places infinite value on every human life. Christian salvation is an individual matter and has nothing to do with tribe, family, or wealth. The know-nothings who have tried to connect Christianity with slavery in that dump that America has turned into can’t even get their facts right. Slavery pre-dated Christianity by many centuries. The late Sir David Barclay and I talked a lot about Christianity and our Lord Jesus. Mind you, there are worse
things than ignorance, although right now only Biden comes to mind. And speaking of calamities, three weeks ago, on Aug. 11, a terrible thing happened: I turned 85. I am not about to turn aging into a moral project, but what pisses me off is the big lie I was told sixty or even seventy years ago: that if I reached a ripe old age the rage to live would calm down and an inner peace would settle within me. It’s as big a lie as socialism, or the one that says we’re all created equal. (Hemingway is the same as the bearded maniac who blows up women and children?) The urge to chase beautiful women never goes away, so keep that in mind, you young whippersnappers. What does suffer is the performance, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The words also tend to come slowly, but as far as throwing in the towel is concerned, the best sportswriter in America, Phil Mushnick, said he’d rather expire than retire, and that goes for me, too, but then it’s not up to me. In the meantime, daily training, hard-contact karate against younger opponents, and lots of drinking and smoking and partying will do. Why change a winning game? u For more Taki, visit takimag.com. OCTOBER 2021 61
Fresh Finds BY E L I Z A B E T H M E I G H E R
“LISTEN! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!” —Humbert Wolfe Understated elegance that’s sure to turn heads.
Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Day-Date in
yellow gold. At its launch in 1956,
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of style. $418 at
Shop Rolex at Wempe: 700 Fifth
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Equestrian chic is always a winner. Ralph Lauren’s Calfskin Welington Crossbody Bag in classic RL Gold is handcrafted in Italy and features a neatly polished stirrup buckle. $1,350 at ralphlauren.com.
Elizabeth Gage’s Blue-green Tourmaline and Diamond Tapered Templar Ring in 18k yellow gold, decorated with eight gold myrtle-leaf motifs— the myrtle leaf symbolizes fidelity—is a bold and unique piece of fine art on any finger. $17,160 at elizabeth-gage.com.
The Sensual Cocoon BY KIM pendant will sparkle on the outside while its interior “cocoon” compartment will safeguard any keepsake you choose to store inside of it. 18K rose gold, 195 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling 5.22 cts on a 90 cm figaro chain. $25,475 at wempe.com. Be chic in the shade sporting J.McLaughlin’s Chiara Polarized Sunglasses in Tortoise. $138 at jmclaughlin.com. Fall flowers. A bellshaped mini dress in rosey autumn tones from Oscar de la
Renta’s Fall 2021
collection. Swing by the store at 772 Madison Ave. or visit oscardelarenta.com.
including Hope’s signature fragrance, Hope Sport, and Hope Night. All profits go to Depression Reserch. $200 at hopefragrances.com.
Founder Sacha Lichine has said, “In the Esclans Valley angels whisper. If you drink this wine, you might hear them.” Château d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé 2020. For more information visit esclans.com or pick up a bottle at your nearest distributor.
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Dazzling diamonds. Fred Leighton 1950s Platinum Diamond Clip Earrings, $19,500
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all while staying at charming island staple,
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Sequin Gown in head-to-toe sequins, $4,990. Visit the
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Cinch in a pinch. Complete any look with polished structure in this corset-style Obi belt from Loewe. Crafted from nappa leather, the belt ties at the back with leather straps. $990 at bergdorfgoodman.com.
Founded by Brazilian mother and entrepreneur Priscila Zoullas, every OIYA purchase feeds a child for a day. The Gold Link Necklace, $92, shopoiya.com.
These snappy patent leather boots will carry you into the next season and beyond. Roger Vivier’s Très Vivier Metal Buckle Boots, $1,875. Visit the store at 750 Madison Ave or browse rogervivier.com.
Braman BMW West Palm Beach runs the gamut when it comes to everything you need to know about buying a new or pre-owned car, truck, or SUV. Stop by the dealership at 2901 Okeechobee Blvd., or browse bramanbmwwpb.com where you can pick up a Logo Pocket Umbrella ($23) to store in your new ride!
Retro 70s glam has made a comeback (did it ever really leave?). Strut your stuff in Zimmermann’s Tempo Shearling Jacket, $2,650, and Tempo Wide Leg Pant, $750, at zimmermannwear.com.
“Curse you, Red Baron!” Stubbs & Wootton’s Flying Ace slipper (available for both Men and Women) from the Peanuts collection with original illustrations by Charles M. Schulz. $550 at stubbsandwootton.com.
The Queen’s Gambit sparked a surge of renewed interest in chess! Young and old across the nation are playing (and some are even dressing up for the occasion). Asprey
Eliza B custom belts. Choose your colors,
Hanover Chess Case in black English saddle
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MANHATTAN MATTERS B Y B R O O K E K E L LY NEW YORK HAS had a challenging real estate journey during the past 18 months, but the stunningly quick rebound of our beloved city is joyously welcomed. With real estate sales back in full force in the Big Apple and COVID bargains behind us, top producer Nikki Field looks back on her journey navigating the Manhattan real estate through the worst of the pandemic, discusses the current state of the market, and also sheds light on the fearless female leaders in residential real estate. Brooke Kelly: Tell me about the state of the New York market. Nikki Field: NEW YORK IS BACK! Our journey began with fear and anxiety, then sadness and heroism, and followed by an unexpected zealous embracement of all things New York. As I captained our real estate team through these unchartered waters, one unwavering indicator was constant…hope. In March 2020, we found ourselves pivoting from the day-to-day sales routines to first caring for our families and each other in our Team family while reaching out to our extended “client” families. So many of them were on the move and needed our extensive network connections to place their families into immediate and secure new environments. Our team marketing messages during those early months were dedicated to the first responders, wishing them safety and recognizing their extraordinary heroism. As the worst of the pandemic moved out of New York, our message became “Mask Up and Come Back to the City.” Slowly and safely the city and the frozen real estate market opened and rebuilt. Quite surprisingly and beyond every analyst’s prediction, the residential market moved forward with speed. Today we are currently beyond the COVIDdiscount period and back to 2019 comps, sales velocity, and market parallels. Manhattan is indeed Rising Again.
From above: Nikki Field of The Field Team, Sotheby’s International Realty; The Field Team’s “New York is Rising Again” marketing campaign.
BK: As a leader in the industry, what are you thinking about these days? NF: Now that we hopefully have the worst of this global pandemic behind us, I recently have been pondering the longevity, success and dominance of women in residential real estate. Historically this has been a female dominated
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arena but the industry has always had strong male participation. Legends like Edward Lee Cave, Kirk Henkels, and Fredrick Warburg Peters have been iconic male leaders, but the profession has always been a welcoming haven for smart, fearless, unintimated, professional women. Frankly, there are far greater numbers of female industry leaders that have paved the route for women to excel in residential real estate. Trailblazers such as Alice Mason; banker turned celebrity agent, Sharon Baum; ground-breaker, Leila Stone; and socialite agent, Patricia Paterson (my own mentor and role model) were all masters of sales. And then arrived the new wave of uber-successful women, the caliber of Serena Boardman, Paula DelNunzio, Carrie Chiang, and a good number of other brilliant women who continue to out-
perform most men in the Manhattan market. Residential real estate, unlike most other wealth advisor segments, has and continues to be, a welcoming and productive arena for high-achieving, life-balancing, fierce women. I think others in the industry might benefit from recognizing the limitless opportunities and the natural and advantageous qualifications that women exhibit in guiding others to finding and securing homes. Look for our new campaign to recognize and herald these women of excellence—past, current, and future: “SHE SELLS.” We will be heralding the history and success of Women in Manhattan Real Estate. u For more information, please visit nikkifield.com. OCTOBER 2021 67
KIAWAH RIVER STABLES WELCOME TO KIAWAH River Stables, a bespoke waterfront equestrian estate nestled on Johns Island. Located only 16 miles from Downtown Charleston, South Carolina and only a 10-minute drive to Charleston Executive Airport, this property envelops Lowcountry style of living while still maintaining close proximity to everything the city has to offer! Originally operated as a popular stables and equestrian training facility on over 60 acres of land, Kiawah River Stables has been extensively renovated and includes an addition of a world-class covered arena. The property has been divided into two main listings. The first listing is comprised of over 42.8 acres and a 20-stall stable, topped by a posh three-bedroom, two-anda-half bath, 1,720 square-foot apartment, which is offered completely furnished. The estate grounds include a newly 68 QUEST
built covered riding arena, numerous paddocks, internal road network, grand trees, and groomed fields. Kiawah River Stables offers spectacular river frontage with a deepwater dock and a lift and floating dock. List Price: $4,500,000 The second listing consists of over 18 acres of beautiful vacant land with frontage on the Chaplin Creek branch of the Kiawah River and has a deepwater dock permit. Build a waterfront retreat with sweeping views of the Kiawah River, with plenty of room for equestrian facilities or other agricultural uses on the inland parcels. List Price: $1,395,000 The owner is open to packaging the entire estate or dividing it into smaller parcels. u For more information on Kiawah River Stables, call 843.727.6460 or visit handsomeproperties.com.
Clockwise from top left: The 20-stall stable; the stable is topped by a luxurious three-bedroom apartment; an aerial view of the property at Kiawah River Stables at 3561 Legareville Road; the Kiawah River Stables boasts expansive river frontage with a deepwater dock and a lift and floating dock. Opposite page: The main house at Kiawah River Stables.
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ONE BIG POLO FAMILY B Y B R O O K E K E L LY ORIGINALLY A training game for cavalry units in Central Asia, Polo is one of the world’s oldest known team sports, with a storied history dating back to the 6th century. Known as the “sport of kings,” it is a favorite among the British Royal family and other aristocratic followers including Winston Churchill, who referred to a polo handicap as a “passport to the world.” Polo’s royal presence began with King George V, who was the first member of the House of Windsor to play, and remains strong today—Queen Elizabeth II has been an adoring fan throughout her life OCTOBER 2021 71
La Dolfina polo team, with Adolfo Cambiaso, faces off against polo team Ellerstina, with Facundo Pieres at the 2015 Argentine Open Championship final in Palermo, Buenos Aires. CO U RTE S Y O F A S S O U L I N E ; A L I N E CO Q U E LLE
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and her late husband, Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, was an extraordinary player. Beyond the royal family, polo has strong roots in high society, with the Hamptons and Palm Beach serving as the settings for prominent club memberships and prestigious tournaments. All this has certainly given the sport a highbrow stereotype, but Assouline’s book delves deeper into the sport’s heritage and peels back this stereotype to reveal a more diverse following. “I see polo as a sport that connects a groom from Argentina to the Queen of England—and the total opposite of elitist,” says Nacho Figueras, who introduces the tome alongside photos taken by Parisian photographer Aline Coquelle. Born in Argentina, Figueras—captain of the Blackwatch Polo Team—is now one of the most famous players of all time and has earned himself a 6-goal handicap. In Argentina, Polo is more of a lifestyle than just a sport, and the country is host to the world’s three best international tournaments, known as the Triple Crown: Tortugas, Hurlingham, and the Palermo Open. In Polo Heritage, Figueras recalls his early days when he began playing polo at Monteverde-family estancia when he was just nine years old. It was here that he began to understand that horses are the most important part of the sport. “They are why we stay awake for hours when one is not feeling
well or when a mare is about to give birth. We know how they move, what they eat, how much they need to be ridden the day before a game at their best…we care about them greatly, and they are the only reason we can all enjoy this sport as much as we do,” explains Figueras. D’Artagnan Giercke, who founded the Genghis Khan Polo Club in Mongolia, sees people’s love for horses, coupled with the adrenaline of playing, as what attracts diverse communities from all across the globe to the sport. “[Polo] combines multiple complexities into a single event. Man, horse, and teammates must work together to yield the best results. It has become a lifestyle.” From Barbados to Pakistan, Polo Heritage opens readers’ eyes to these special communities across the world. It’s one big polo family. ◆ Game of polo at court in Mughal Empire, India, 18th Century. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Polo mallets, boots, helmets, knee pads, gloves, glasses, and Polo Cups; Her Late Highness Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur, more commonly known as Ayesha to her friends, is clad in a traditional chiffon sari, with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy during the latter’s visit to Jaipur in 1962; the 1st edition of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Governor’s Island, New York, 2009; Cortina Snow Polo, Italy; vintage poster for an exhibition polo match in Jaipur, 1965. OCTOBER 2021 75
OPAL HOUSE at Booth Hill is one of the finest properties in Litchfield County. Sited on 31.49± acres, with magnificent 20 mile views and enjoying complete privacy. You arrive at a private entrance flanked by a serene pond, cross a charming bridge, and proceed up a long drive to the estate, which
includes a beautiful Georgian Colonial style main house set on sweeping lawns with mature trees and enhanced by spectacular professionally planned gardens. Two guest cottages (perfect for a home office), a Har-Tru tennis court, 25' x 50' heated gunite swimming pool, several garages housing six car bays, and two
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Clockwise from above: The back patio overlooking the sweeping lawns; the home’s entryway; the kitchen with chef’s features; a rear view of the home’s exterior; the living room. Opposite page, counterclockwise from above: A front view of Opal House at Booth Hill; the dining room; one of the home’s four bedrooms; the heated gunite swimming pool.
storage barns complete the property’s amenities. The 12-room house, totally renovated in 1995, is designed for family comfort and entertaining and features classical architectural detailing, six fireplaces, a massive living room with a 12' window seat looking out to the gardens and views, and French doors leading to the flanking stone terraces and gardens. The open gourmet country kitchen, family room, and breakfast area feature a large sitting area with fireplace, Viking Range, Subzero fridge, granite
countertops, and other chef’s features. There are four bedrooms, all with full baths en suite. The master features numerous closets and 10' ceilings. There is a large playroom, easily converted to an exercise room, with full bathroom in the finished basement. A generator completely services the main house and guest cottages. u For more information, call 860.868.7313, email email@example.com, or visit klemmrealestate.com.
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Q: What does the Palm Beach market look like right now? Is it still as hot as it was in 2020? A: The Palm Beach market is still very active and property values continue to increase at all price points. We currently have more buyers than homes for sale, which is causing an unprecedented demand in available inventory. Many deals are happening with off-market properties, which makes our jobs more challenging and exciting. Q: How is West Palm Beach evolving as an increasing number of banks and firms like Goldman Sachs settle in the area? A: The areas in and around downtown West Palm Beach are going through an impressive resurgence. New luxury developments, both residential and commercial, are helping to make this area a hot market for a range of potential buyers. Prices in the historic neighborhoods just south of downtown and along Flagler Drive have soared to record numbers. We think downtown West Palm Beach and the surrounding neighborhoods are starting to offer the perfect mix of an urban and coastal lifestyle. Q: What kind of properties are selling? A: Overall everything is selling, both on and off the is-
land. Single family homes are still at the height of the demand with buyers gravitating toward finished properties that require little renovations. With the limits on current inventory we’re also seeing strong sales in condominiums, and single family homes that need updating or are being purchased for land value. Q: What is one piece of advice you would offer to our readers? A: If you have the capital to invest, now is the time to seriously consider Palm Beach real estate. Many investors are buying properties, turning them around, and placing them back on the market. The returns we’re seeing from recent transactions are jumping 20, 30, and 40 percent. It’s an unprecedented time for Palm Beach real estate and we’re excited to be at the forefront of the market.
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from fine dining to local pubs and everything in-between open every year. I’m constantly looking for new wonderful places to take my family and Charleston certainly has options! One of our favorite places to bring the family is Pacific Box and Crate. The area is a small mixed-use development with an interior green space. There are several businesses, a brewery, a sushi shop, a frose stand, and coming soon is a much anticipated Tex-Mex restaurant. Q: Anything else you’d like to share? A: Having moved from the Northeast, I know how daunting moving to a new city can be. But with the endless options in the Charleston area—from century-old historic homes to beachfront condos—I’m certain there is something here in Charleston for everyone!
Q: What are the popular residential neighborhoods? A: Downtown Charleston is, of course, a fabulous place to live, but the surrounding suburbs have just as much to offer! Mount Pleasant, located between the hustle and bustle of Downtown Charleston and the laid back vibes of the area beaches, is a great spot for all with its own amazing restaurants, shopping, and fun seasonal events. Q: Have there been any exciting new openings? A: Charleston is now considered one of the South’s top destinations for the culinary scene. New restaurants
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Q: What does the Palm Beach market look like right now? Is it still as hot as it was throughout 2020? A: The Palm Beach market is still going strong. With less than 30 houses currently on the market as we enter the busy season, we suspect the market will continue to be just as strong as last year, if not stronger. Q: How is West Palm Beach evolving as an increasing number of banks and firms like Goldman Sachs settle in the area? A: We are starting to see the two communities of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach merging for the first time. As values continue to increase on the island along with the influx of new companies settling across the bridge, the West Palm Beach market is quickly becoming a new hotspot. Q: Are there any highly anticipated openings this year on the island? A: The much anticipated Carriage House will be opening this season and we’re all excited to see the new club.
Q: What kind of properties are selling in Palm Beach right now? A: All listings in Palm Beach are popular, but the homes with new construction that are move-in ready sell the quickest. Sellers should invest time and money into improving their homes because buyers don’t want to do the work. Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? A: Since our inventory is so limited due to the strong market, we are always looking for new opportunities. If you have a property and are thinking about selling, this could be an optimal time to get in touch with us. We are happy to help! ◆
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On November 1st, the Palm Beach Symphony will host a cocktail reception to kick off its season, by invitation only. Performances will take place at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit palmbeachsymphony.org.
Throughout the month, visitors can experience the famous roasted sweet corn, the maze park, wagon rides, pumpkin picking, apple picking, a bakery, and much more at Hanks Pumpkintown in Water Mill. For more information, visit hankspumpkintown.com.
The Regional Hospice of Western, Connecticut will host its 10th Annual Memorial Golf Classic at the Salem Golf Club in North Salem, New York. The event will raise funds to provide free, unreimbursed care and invaluable services for patients as they approach the end of their lives. For more information or to register, visit makingthebestofeveryday.
Art Foray, an art-inspired scavenger hunt across East Hampton’s LongHouse Reserve will take place through October 9th. Art foragers will follow clues, including a map of the grounds and photos of the artworks, to discover pieces of original art hidden across LongHouse Reserve. For a chance to win the artwork, participants are invited to photograph their discoveries and post their findings on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #longhouseartforay or email their findings to info@ longhouse.org. Winners will be selected by a random drawing on October 9th at 4 p.m. and will be notified by LongHouse Reserve. Winning artwork can be collected during open hours. For more information, visit longhouse.org. 82 QUEST
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org or contact Regional Hospice’s philanthropy department at 203.702.9128 or ckoveleski@ regionalhospicect.org.
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The Pro Bono Partnership will hold its virtual gala. The Pro Bono Partnership is a nationally recognized provider of pro bono legal services to nonprofits
serving the disadvantaged and strengthening communities in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. The Partnership collaborates with in-house legal departments and law firms to deliver critical legal help, which nonprofits need to function. For more information, visit probonopartner.org. TRAIN KEEPS A ROLLING
Cure PSP will host a hybrid film debut and cocktail reception for Train Keeps a Rolling at City Winery New York. The film honors the life of the worldrenowned guitarist Jeff Golub and his wife, Audrey Stafford. The evening will raise to support Cure PSP’s mission of care, consciousness, and cure of prime of life neurodegenerative diseases in memory of Jeff. For more information, visit psp.org.
Throughout the month, visitors can experience wagon rides, pumpkin picking, and more at Hanks Pumpkintown in Water Mill. For more information, visit hankspumpkintown.com.
The Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a luncheon with State Attorney Dave Aronberg at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach. For more information, call 561.329.3625.
place at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. The season will be a rebirth for live orchestral music as we celebrate great masterworks with renowned artists and the great musicians of the orchestra. For more information on Palm Beach Symphony, visit palmbeachsymphony.org.
On October 21st, the Museum of Arts and Design will hold its annual MAD Ball to celebrate the museum. For more information, visit madmuseum.org.
The Palm Beach Symphony will host a cocktail reception, by private invitation only. For more information on Palm Beach Symphony, visit palmbeachsymphony.org.
The American Cancer Society will host its Mothers of the Year Awards Luncheon, which unites women who are invested in their communities’ health and women’s roles in scientific breakthroughs. For more information, visit cancer.org.
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American Ballet Theatre (ABT) will kick off its first New York Fall Season since 2019, which will run through October 31st. ABT’s Fall 2021 Season at the David H. Koch Theater will feature the World Premiere of ZigZag by Jessica Lang, the stage premieres of Bernstein in a Bubble by Alexei Ratmansky, and Touché by Christopher Rudd, and ABT masterworks Pillar of Fire and Some Assembly Required. For more information, visit abt.org.
The Museum of Arts and Design will hold its annual MAD Ball to celebrate the museum, which will feature live musical performances, activities with the artists in residence, gallery access, an online auction, and more. For more information, madmuseum.org.
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The Palm Beach Symphony will host a cocktail reception to kick off its season, by invitation only. Performances will take
The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) will hold its virtual Courage in Journalism Awards. The 2021 Courage Award winners represent a remarkable group of tenacious journalists. Katsiaryna Andreyeva and Darya Chultsova are Belarusian television reporters sentenced to prison for broadcasting live a protest that turned violent. The team at Khabar Lahariya focus on rural reporting through a feminist lens and are India’s only major digital news outlet run by women from marginalized communities. Vanessa Charlot is a veteran and an independent, Haitian-American photojournalist who has been reporting on the frontlines of civil unrest. Paola Ugaz is an award-winning journalist from Peru who has investigated allegations of abuse. For more information and to support the organization, visit iwmf.org.
ArchCare, the healthcare ministry of the Archdiocese of New York, will hold its 2021 gala at New York City’s Gotham Hall, which promises to be an exciting evening. His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will serve as the honorary chairman, and Rosanna Scotto, co-host of FOX5’s Good Day New York, will serve as the host for the evening. The program will also feature remarks from the world-renowned physician and diplomat, Deborah Birx, MD, whose long career has focused on clinical and basic immunology, infectious disease, pandemic preparedness, vaccine research, and global health. For more information and to buy tickets, visit archcare.org.
On October 20th, American Ballet Theatre (ABT) will kick off its first New York Fall Season since 2019, which will run through October 31st. For more information, visit abt.org. OCTOBER 2021 83
Wethersfield stewards Bernadette Murray, Tara Shaffer, Carolina Kim, Marion de Vogel, Willem de Vogel, and Jacqueline Stahl Thorne holding her son, Blake Thorne.
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LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE LAND WELCOME TO MILLBROOK, where the rolling hills wind down shaded lanes bordered by miles of crisp fencing of bucolic pastures and equine brethren run free and fast. Entrance to this sportive enclave relies on a mutual love of the land and keen engagement in its country pursuits. Here, traffic slows patiently for essential farm equipment and horse trailers of all sizes and shapes. The pace of life revolves around the cycles of nature and the outdoors—on horseback or on foot—and the community supports the organizations that are integral to the oversight and stewardship of the rich landscape. The area is known as Millbrook, a titular state of mind encompassing Pine Plains, Stanfordville, Amenia, Millerton, and Gallatin—contiguous hamlets and towns at the center of vast tracts of protected parcels.
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Wethersfield Estate and gardens, originally owned by Chauncey Devereux Stillman, is now a historic museum. Below: Nancy Needham Hathaway, a member of Wethersfield Foundation’s board of directors; Toshi Yano, Wethersfield’s director of Horticulture. Opposite page, clockwise from left: Carolina Kim and Bernadette Murray with Carolina’s Bernedoodle, Buddy; Willem and Marion de Vogel enjoy Wethersfield’s lush greenery; Jacqueline Stahl Thorne and Blake Thorne take a stroll through the gardens.
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Wethersfield Estate and Gardens could be considered one of Dutchess County’s hidden gems. Its bucolic splendor made it the perfect getaway for early 20th century industrialist, Chauncy Devereux Stillman, who happened upon the region to experience the Millbrook Hunt and decided to stay. In 1937, Stillman purchased a dairy farm on which he built a comfortable mansion that he named Wethersfield after his early ancestors. Eventually, Stillman’s real estate holdings grew to over 1,000 rolling acres with 12 ponds and 20 miles of carriage trails and stunning sunsets. Today, Friends of Wethersfield gather in the Italianate Gardens, on grounds that have come to include walking and riding trails, a Georgian Main House Museum, and a complex of historic barns. The Friends was formed in 2017 to raise funds and cultivate Stillman’s vision—an extraordinary treasure that has continued to abound over a period of 50 years.
The Millbrook Hunt was founded in 1890 and is considered one of the finest in the country. Led by three women Masters of the Hunt (a rare occurrence), who each possess the keenest of equestrian skills and stamina, as well as intimate knowledge of the pack as they summon the hounds by name. If riding is not your sport, there is a lively group following on foot through the extraordinary and changing landscapes, equipped with wellies and walking sticks. It is a brilliant spectacle to witness a column of horse and riders winding their way through golden cornfields and colorful hedgerow. This ancient sport bestows the utmost respect for the land and its owners, creating a partnership of preserving the country way of life. 88 QUEST
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The Millbrook Hunt held its 114th Opening Meet at Wethersfield, where its original owner, Chauncey Stillman, was drawn to foxhunting; three female Masters of the Hunt, from left: Parker Gentry, Lelee Brandt, and Fernanda Kellogg (in her own fields). Opposite page, clockwise from top: Parker Gentry sitting tall; Fernanda Kellog atop her noble steed; Lelee Brandt looking snappy in her foxhunting attire.
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Ellen Peterson, Jean Phifer, Beth Ledy, Deborah Krulewitch, and Laura Palmer seated together at Innisfree Gardens. Opposite page: Patrons John and Kathleen Dunagan admire the lily pond they are graciously restoring.
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INNISFREE Innisfree Garden has a reputation as one of the “top 10 gardens in the world”—a utopian vision just 90 miles from New York City! Its patrons, Walter and Marion Beck, along with preeminent landscape architect Lester Collins, created a marvel of form and design influenced by Japanese and Chinese principles, a radical departure for the prevailing designs of the time. A path meanders around a central lake revealing “cup” gardens, whose rims present a seamless kaleidoscope of delightful verdant vignettes in 360 degree splendor. It is meticulously landscaped to reveal simplicity and spontaneity. Tinkling waterfalls, surprising sprays of mist, ruins from the past, sculptural rock, and the most ingenious placement of stone are all choreographed for surprise and delight.
Conservation is key to preserving the open space lifestyle. Through voluntary land transactions with private landowners, Dutchess Land Conservancy has protected over 40,000 acres in the area. Through their extensive education and outreach, the organization touches on a broad band of the citizenry with a message of “a healthy economy and a healthy environment go hand-in-hand.” During COVID, many young families were attracted to the area with its beneficial offerings of clean air, complete farm-to-table nourishment, and natural outdoor lifestyle. This philosophy along with reverence for the land is passed down through generations. 00 QUEST
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Feeding time at Rocky Reef Farm with Helen Cook. Opposite page, clockwise from above: Barbara Tober and her late husband, Donald, sponsored a Four-in-Hand weekend; grazing horses dot the landscape; the Tober’s iconic Yellow Frame Farm, host to countless fundraisers.
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The barns at Rocky Reef Farm. This page, insets, clockwise from top left: Tim Bontecou and Rebecca Seaman at the helm of the Dutchess Land Conservancy; Everett and Helen Cook have preserved over 4,000 acres; Karen Klopp enjoying a fall day. Opposite page, insets, clockwise from top left: Longtime supporter Dede Rosenfeld with her Golden Retriever, Button; horses dot the landscape; John and Terry Regan with Becky Thornton, executive director of the Dutchess Land
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Clockwise from above: Caroline Merison, Susie Clarke, Linda Wolcott, Perrin Martin, and Tim Taft (kneeling) with Brittany Spaniel, Rocky; Perrin and Rocky; Susie looking lovely
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and ready for a round of sporting clays.
Shooting is an integral ingredient in the daube of country sport and most popular on the menu of outdoor adventures. “Safety first,” the mantra in all of the clubs in the area, is taken quite seriously, enabling a safe and exciting experience. For young accolades, the exercise imprints correct protocol, careful discipline and intense focus—three valuable life lessons in navigating today’s information cacophony. From novice to advanced, young to not so, peering down the barrel sharpens your senses and compels you to be in the moment—mindful, to use a fashionable phrase. Our dearest conservation hero, Teddy Roosevelt, often says it best: “A good shot must necessarily be a good man since the essence of good marksmanship is self-control and self-control is the essential quality of a good man.” 00 9 6 QUEST
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From top: Davis and Bruce Colley; Shane and Conor Finemore; Ian and Philip Mactaggart; Adam, John, and Jake Klopp; young revelers at the 22nd International Polo Challenge.
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MASHOMACK POLO It is a family affair at the Mashomack Polo Club, where fathers, sons, and daughters all mount for fierce and friendly matches continuing in the tradition which began in the last generation by Oakleigh B. Thorne and Eric Rosenfeld. Multigenerational fans and friends turn out on the sidelines from June through September for tailgating extraordinaire. The Mashomack International Polo Challenge held in June is the kick-off to the summer social season and this year’s post-COVID event brought out a muster of millennials eager to celebrate a day in the idyllic countryside. As a sponsor, Quest magazine has contributed to the Preservation of Mashomack Barns and the New York State Troopers Fund, two organizations that support the quality of life in the area. u APRIL 2020
ART & CULTURE REAWAKENED IN THE CITY B Y B R O O K E K E L LY
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
Petrie Court. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: The Great Hall; gallery view, Delight, part of “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion;” Veil Flag by Sterling Ruby; gallery view, Assurance. 98 QUEST
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From above: Exterior view of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Met’s
AFTER A CHALLENGING year and a half, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has proudly resumed its in-person programs— including talks, tours, and family activities—which will be available throughout the fall for vaccinated visitors. “During the months of closure and since our reopening last August, we have ensured that The Met is able to provide the most ambitious, interesting, and diverse programming possible no matter how many visitors come to our galleries. And throughout this time, we have also continuously worked to prepare an upcoming array of art, performances, and activities that reflect the Museum’s tireless dedication to presenting innovative and thought-provoking ways to connect with art,” says Marina Kellen French, director of the museum. One of The Met’s most anticipated events in October is the inaugural Metfest, an all-day block party with live music and unique performances that take place on the iconic steps, inside the galleries, and in the David H. Koch Plaza. The museum is also celebrating its new exhibitions, including the recently opened “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” a two-part exploration of fashion in the United States, as well as “Surrealism Beyond Borders,” opening later this month.
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MUSEUM OF MODERN ART / moma.org Known for its celebration of creativity, openness, tolerance, and generosity through modern and contemporary art, MoMA and MoMA PS1 have returned to operating at full capacity, with all galleries and exhibitions open to vaccinated visitors at timed entry slots. The newest exhibition to open at MoMA, “Adam Pendleton: Who is Queen?,” is a floor-to-ceiling installation that explores the relationship between Blackness, abstraction, and avant-garde. Pendleton addresses the influence that mass movements, such as Occupy and Black Lives Matter, could have on the exhibition as a form and challenges the traditional role of a museum as a repository for fixed history through his use of multiple voices and historical political references. The installation will be on view from September 2021 through January 2022. The MoMa PS1 location also looks forward to opening the fifth edition of “Greater New York” later this month, which will feature the work of 47 artists living and working in the New York City area. From above: Exterior view of the MoMA, blade stair atrium, 53rd Street; curatorial team for “Greater New York 2021” (Serubiri Moses, Ruba Katrib, Kate Fowle, and Inés Katzenstein). Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Neelon Crawford, In Mirror Cube, by Louis Jaffé, 1966; Adam Pendleton; installation view of “Automania;” installation view of “Liquid Reality;” Halas and Batchelor, film still from “Automania 2000.”
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MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN madmuseum.org The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is a champion of contemporary and historic artists who apply the highest level of ingenuity and innovation in art, design, and craft. To safely reopen and ensure the safety of its staff and visitors, the museum is currently operating at 50% capacity and utilizing timed entry slots to ensure safe social distancing. Currently on display at MAD is “Craft Front & Center,” which features 70 iconic and lesser-known works that highlight the importance and cultural significance of craft as a category in the art world. After decades of rejection and a reputation as a lesser form of art than painting and sculpture, craft is now front and center in art galleries and museums and widely recognized for its expressive potential and historical importance. This exhibition explores a variety of themes—from craft as a handmade object in the home to a stimulator of important conversations surrounding race, gender, and sexuality. Another exhibition, “Tabernacles for Trying Times,” explores themes of craft, feminism, and queer activism through the abstract and colorful works of painter Carrie Moyer and sculptor Sheila Pepe, a couple who has broken homophobic and sexist barriers over decades. Also on display is Beth Lipman’s must-see “Collective Elegy,” which makes powerful statements on mortality, identity, and excess using glass, metal, clay, video, and photographs. In addition to viewing these exhibitions and the other art on offer at MAD, you can also register for MAD Ball 2021 on October 21st, which will celebrate the museum’s 65th anniversary and feature live musical performances, dinner, activities with Artist Studio residents, gallery access, and more. From above: Installation view of “Craft Front & Center;” Michele Cohen, MAD’s chairman of the board. Opposite page, clockwise from above: Installation view of Beth Lipman’s “Collective Elegy;” Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe at work at Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy; Patti Warashina, Pitter-Podder, 1967; a view of the Museum of Arts and Design. 102 QUEST
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Museo del Barrio was founded over 50 years ago in East Harlem by artist and educator Raphael Montañez Ortiz, who recognized that mainstream museums largely ignored Latino artists. Since opening its doors, El Museo has committed itself to promoting Latino culture and urging visitors of all backgrounds to discover a diverse artistic landscape through its collections and exhibitions. In March 2021—exactly one year after shuttering due to the pandemic—El Museo presented “Estamos Bien – La Trienal 20/21,” its first national large-scale survey of Latinx contemporary art, featuring more than 40 artists from across the United States and Puerto Rico. The initiative ran through late September and the museum is now temporarily closed, but preparations are underway for two exciting new exhibitions opening in mid-November: “Popular Painters & Other Visionaries” and “The New York Puerto Rican Experience.”
Clockwise from above: Exterior view of El Museo del Barrio; curatorial team of “Estamos Bien;” opening weekend of “Estamos Bien.”
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The Frick Collection houses masterpieces of Western painting, sculpture, and decorative art in its 16 permanent galleries at the magnificent mansion at 1 East 70th Street, built by Henry Clay Frick in 1913. But as the historic building undergoes renovations, the Frick has relocated five blocks north to the Met Breuer at 945 Madison Avenue. Visiting this temporary home, known as “Frick Madison,” is an exciting opportunity to see the legendary collection in a new setting for the first time in the museum’s history. Breaking with the Frick’s usual presentation style, Frick Madison displays works chronologically and by region, and also features gallery spaces dedicated exclusively to works by individual artists, including Vermeer, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, and Whistler. To help navigate the new space, the Frick Collection has also recently published an illustrated catalogue on Frick Madison with a forward by Roxanne Gray. ◆ Clockwise from top right: Exterior of Frick Madison; installation view of Porcelain Room at Frick Madison; installation view at Frick Madison of Veronese’s Choice Between Virtue and Vice (left), Wisdom and Strength (right), and Francesco da Sangallo’s St. John Baptizing (center); Fragonard’s Progress of Love.
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Serena Cross (née Williams) about to drop a high, driven bird.
LITTLE’S APPARENTLY CHANGED in British driven gamebird shooting since Queen Victoria sat on the throne. Many of us still use guns made in her reign. Our shooting suits are built to a 100-year-old pattern. And we still bellow fruity oaths at labradors that have deserted us to chase rabbits. But appearances can be deceptive. Amongst those tweed-encrusted figures you will increasingly spot some wearing a dash of cashmere or silk, for the chaps have been joined by the ladies. Our Annies have finally got their guns. Women participants now comprise a significant sector in the UK shooting market, with ladies-only shooting clubs—such as The Shotgun and Chelsea Bun Club and Country Girls UK—barely keeping pace with the demand for clay pigeon and gamebird shoots. Gunmakers have not been slow to cater for this trend, with all the big makers—such as Beretta, Browning, Blaser, Perazzi, and Zoli—rushing to make guns specifically tailored for the female form. And as with all change, there have been trailblazers, ladies who’ve been shooting since girlhood. Rosie Whitaker, a lethally accurate grouse shot, was taught by her father, Sir Joe Nickerson, a titan in the British shooting scene who had the enthusiasm and wherewithal to shoot six days a week.
This page, counterclockwise from top right: “Hunting Party, Grouse Season, Ayrshire,” 1936; a lady photographed at Holland & Holland Shooting Grounds; Kaylie Bloxham. Opposite page, from above: Sally Prendergast, shooting, with daughter Katie, loading; the Duchess of Cambridge during
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“I shot my first bird—a pheasant—when I was nine,” says Rosie, “with a single-barrelled .410. My father wanted me to learn to make the first shot count and not rely on a second barrel. I then progressed to a 28-bore when I was 14 and that’s when I realized, ‘Wow, I really can shoot!’” Today, she uses a pair of made-tomeasure Spanish 20-bores, a present for her 18th birthday, and very, very few grouse get past her. Serena Cross (née Williams) also uses a pair of Spanish 20-bores, usually on the family shoot at the ancestral home, Caerhays Castle, a fairytale confection overlooking a Cornish cove. “I ‘acquired’ them from Dad when I was 13 and somehow forgot to give them back…” she admits. Serena regularly shoots 30 to 40 days, everything from the grouse and high pheasants to woodpigeon and rabbits, though her favorite gamebird is undoubtedly the woodcock. Her prowess is such that she balances working on her new brand for lady shooters, Phoenix Sporting, with a role as brand ambassador for James Purdey & Sons, the world-famous London gunmaker. Serena thinks that “most of the women who shoot really well are tomboys. We’re stylish but we can get down and on without making a fuss or wishing to have attention drawn to us because we’re women.” Her views are echoed by Nicole Escue Brocklebank-Fowler, who likes to shoot with other women so long as they are “kick-ass girls doing it seriously and not smothered in pink.” Born in Washington, D.C., she’s lived in the UK for 20 years and is currently the director of real estate for the Bank of Montreal. Taught by her father to plink cans in the backyard, she took up gameshooting properly in 2003 and, like many women, attended the women’s shooting course at the Holland & Holland Shooting Grounds, London. Like very many women, she favors Beretta 20-bores though hers have had their stocks fitted to her measurements. OCTOBER 2021 109
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Jonathan Young was Editor of The Field, 1991-2020, and now owns Young and Game Media Ltd.
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Sally Prendergast, a farmer’s wife and owner of the Side-by-Side country lifestyle shop, also uses specially-adapted Beretta 20-bores and doesn’t expect—or want—men to make a fuss about her sex. “I don’t want people thinking of me as a ‘lady’ Gun,” she says. “I just want to be treated as another sportsman in the field.” That said, you would not mistake Sally for a man. She always dresses beautifully and “loves the Purdey range for ladies, especially their culottes.” Culottes are also the first choice for the elegant Kaylie Bloxham, keen shot and founder of Bloxham PR, and for Rosie Whitaker, who’s especially fond of those by Miller and Drake, which she teams with “proper, silk-lined leather shooting gloves, a Musto shooting coat with good cartridge pockets and a baker-boy style shooting cap.” Warmth, stye, and functionality also determine the wardrobes for Serena Cross and Nicole Escue Brocklebank-Fowler. Serena likes her clothes “to fit like a second skin, so lots of silk and cashmere under a Purdey Field coat,” while Nicole’s “tweeds from Holland & Holland and Purdey’s are always worn with an Hermes scarf and masses of cashmere.” All of which brightens up the usual sludgy colors of the British shooting scene as more women take up the gun, a trend that’s only set to grow according to Claire Sadler, vice-chair of the the UK’s largest shooting organization, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, who points to the recent surge of women applying for shotgun ownership. Her views are mirrored by Tania Coxon, who founded The Country Girls just 10 months ago and has found “demand just completely mad, with every clay and gameshooting day we arrange selling out almost immediately.” As a result, most men in the UK are likely to be sharing their shooting days with women in the future, as many of us do now. And that’s only good for our sport. But the boys had better keep up, because the ladies have normally been trained very well. If you miss your bird, the chances are they won’t… ◆
Tania Coxon during a hunt. Opposite page, from above: Rosie Whitaker; Nicole Escue Brocklebank-Fowler; HM The Queen (center) at a shooting party in 1958 at Meigle, Perthshire, with Lord Elphinstone
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THE COUNTESS OF LUCAN is one of Britain’s keenest and most accurate lady shots. Born Anne-Sofie Foghsgaard in Copenhagen, Denmark, Fie (as she’s known to close friends) was brought up shooting by her father, Lars Foghsgaard, an entrepreneur who had three estates, one in Denmark, two in Scotland, and who told her “If you want to shoot, great - but either get good or drop it.” Fie, who admits she is “very, very competitive,” was then studying at the Courtauld Institute, London, and so went to be expertly coached by Chris Bird, senior instructor at the nearby Holland & Holland Shooting Grounds, and continues to take regular lessons there. She uses a pair of 12-bore over-and-unders—“the right choice if you want to be as good as you can get”—and her network of shooting friends soon encouraged her to start Fie’s Club, providing shooting days for an international clientele. She married George Bingham, the 8th Earl Lucan (whose forebear, the 3rd Earl, was involved in the Charge of the Light Brigade) in 2016, though they’d met when she was 25 “at a Viking party in the Dorchester hotel.” “George doesn’t shoot,” says Fie, “as it’s not his thing. He prefers sailing, and once did it solo from the UK to North Africa. And I’m thrilled about that! I don’t want to share my shooting with him and if you’re a couple and you need two places you get fewer invitations.” Four years ago she founded Lucan Fashion, as she was “frustrated by the lack of women’s clothing for my lifestyle. I need clothes that I could wear shooting then dash back and go onto Annabel’s nightclub without changing.” Since then her range of clothing, styled to transition effortlessly from country to town, has expanded significantly and is now stocked at Harrods. “It’s all made in London,” says Fie, “and is genuinely luxurious and made from sustainable materials, such as Harris and Donegal tweeds. It’s also made to look fabulous but fully functional. The Castlebar coat, for example, works brilliantly as a shooting coat but would also look perfect worn to a party.” The Countess of Lucan now has two children, Lady Daphne (aged 5) and Lord Bingham (1) and looking after them and her business has slightly reduced her shooting days. Yet somehow she still manages 20 to 25 days shooting per season.
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MEETING THE EXPLOSIVE COUNTESS
This spread: The Countess of Lucan in her own-brand clothing, together with her
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husband, The Earl of Lucan.
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AUTUMN IN CHARLESTON BY SARAH JOHNSON
FALL IN CHARLESTON is where you get the pleasant summer weather you never got to enjoy during the actual summer. The oppressively hot and humid weather gives way to temperatures in the mid-70s, making it the best time of year to spend time outdoors as a family. I consider myself very lucky to call Charleston home. I grew up here and recently moved back to raise my family after 10 years living in New York City. Much has changed since I was a child, but the best parts of the Holy City have remained untouched. Charleston is a beautiful city, and thanks to certain travel magazines that proclaim we have the best city in America, many tourists come to visit. My husband and I joke that living downtown is like living in a fishbowl. I mean that quite literally. I often find myself staring directly at someone who is standing on their tiptoes peering into our windows. When we first moved in and left our front door unlocked—a bad habit from living in a doorman building—we would routinely find tourists letting themselves in for a self-guided tour. The tourists aren’t all bad; Charleston wouldn’t have the amazing food scene we do without them, but it’s definitely one of the most noticeable changes to the way of life here. We dine out at least three times a week and in the fall you can usually find us sitting outside at Chez Nous, where the food is fantastic and you would be hard-pressed to find a more charming setting. I highly recommend a cocktail at the Gin Joint or Babas before your meal, and a bite at Chubby Fish. If you go to the Ordinary, someone in my family will be there. We also love Oak on Sundays. Clockwise from above: A carriage tour on Church Street in the South of Broad area; the Chubby Fish restaurant; cocktails at the Lowlife Bar on Folly Beach. Opposite page: Broad Street at sunset. OCTOBER 2021 115
Those of us who live here don’t spend our free time on horse and buggy tours or eating whatever it is they serve at Hyman’s Seafood. There is much to do in and about the city, and in the fall, in particular, our activities are often outdoors. We spend more time on the beaches in the fall than in the summer, and they are far less crowded, which is an added bonus. Most weekends you can find us at either Sullivan’s Island or Folly Beach, a decision based on the quality of the waves. My husband is the surfer in the family, and hurricane season brings about the best opportunities for some decent waves on the South Carolina Coast. Henry and I happily swim at either beach, but Folly and its one-of-a-kind, low-key weird vibe, has grown on me! Nothing is more fun than heading to the Lowlife Bar or Chico Feo after a morning in the water. I find Sullivan’s to be a much more beautiful and more manicured beach, and The Co-Op has some of the best breakfast food in town. After a morning at the beach with family, we love to meet friends at one of the many local breweries in the afternoon. The whole family, including the dog, loves to listen to music, play Jenga, and run around outside—it’s a good escape from the crowds on King street. We spend most of the weekend staying away from the parts of Charleston everyone else wants to see. Charleston is one of the best boating cities in America due to its expansive waterways and unique geography. We try to take advantage of all the local waterways have to offer. Personally, I love going for a cocktail cruise at twilight, but our son is partial to kayaking with the dolphins and fishing for small sharks. When we aren’t on the water or at the beach, walking around downtown is an activity that never gets old. Every time I go for a walk, I will notice something new that I never recognized before. 00 QUEST
Clockwise from above: Kayaking in Charleston; the beach at Sullivan’s Island; “The Battery” to locals but known as White Point Gardens on the Peninsula of Charleston. Opposite page, counterclockwise from top left: Fishing in Charleston Harbor; Chico Feo, a fun and funky outdoor restaurant on Folly Beach; Sullivan’s Island.
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A stroll on Meeting Street in the South of Broad area. Opposite page, clockwise from above: Middleton Place; Drayton Hall; riding a bike at Palmetto Bluff.
This city has an endless amount of beauty to share, and that is one thing that I don’t tire of. The history and beauty are great for kids too. We love to visit The Pirate House on Church Street and imagine the underground tunnel that was rumored to take the pirates to the waterfront undetected. Climbing the cannons on the battery or strolling through the Gibbes museum on a rainy day are other family favorites. As someone who got quite used to city life, one of the best parts of living in Charleston is its walkability. In addition to being able to walk to dinner, we also drive a golf cart around town as our primary form of transportation. It is one of my favorite features of our city (that golf carts are so common), and it makes going out for a quick bite or picking up groceries more fun. Sometimes the best way to appreciate where you live is to leave. We love escaping up to our country house a few times in the fall, either with just our family or a group of friends for a house party. Even when I was young, going out to the country for the weekend was an integral part of the social and family scene. My dad has always said timing is everything in life. We felt pretty fantastic about the timing of our move to Charleston and the sale of our New York apartment, about a year and a half before the pandemic. If you walk into any bar, restaurant, or coffee shop, you immediately hear “well, we just moved here.” Our home in Charleston is one of the highlights of living here. Working on our home, which was built in 1751, has made me appreciate how important everyone’s role is in ensuring that Charleston retains its charm. ◆ OCTOBER 2021 00
IN ITS NEW SPACE at 32 East 57th Street (the former Pace Gallery location), Findlay Galleries has an exciting schedule of exhibitions for the season. In addition to works by living artists, the fall line-up features exhibitions of work by artists whose estates are represented by Findlay Galleries, including important Abstract Expressionist John Ferren and Lucid Arts painter Jack Wright. 120 QUEST
“Jack Wright 2021” John (Jack) C. Wright was part of a movement of abstract painters that galvanized around Gordon Onslow Ford in the Bay Area in the 1950s. Sometimes referred to as the Lucid Arts movement, these painters sought to express to the viewer aspects of inner worlds—those relating to the subconscious.
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This spread, clockwise from top left: Previewing the “From Paris to Springs” exhibition, featuring works by John Ferren; a view of “Jack Wright 2021;” Jack Wright, Sacred Vessel, 1974; a view of “Jack Wright 2021” inside Findlay Galleries.
A view of “From Paris to Springs.” Opposite page:
In pursuit of this heady goal, Wright’s work took on a pointillistic quality, in which the artist’s very personal mark making—in the form of dots and dashes—swirl and coalesce forming waves, figures, and other elusive imagery. Perhaps evoking an almost remembered dream. The resulting works are at once a macro and a micro study of the immediate and the infinite. Findlay Galleries has represented the estate of Jack Wright since 2014. Findlay Galleries also represents the estates of fellow Lucid Arts painter Fritz Rauh, Bay Area figurative painter Frank Lobdell, Leonard Edmondson, and exhibits the work of Gordon Onslow Ford. John Ferren, “From Paris to Springs” John Ferren was one of the founders of the Abstract Expressionist movement, and in many ways the movement’s own Renaissance man. Findlay’s October exhibition focuses on the work from the 1950s and 1960s, which was a period of change in the Abstract Expressionist movement, when the avant-garde had all but become the establishment. Ferren understood this 122 QUEST
better than most of his contemporaries and his position was that the spontaneity of action painting had ironically become academic. His answer to this doldrum was an collection of works that came to be known as the “Vase Paintings,” many of which are in the current exhibition. The return of the representational in Ferren’s work was controversial at the time, even leading Elaine de Kooning to accuse Ferren of betrayal. Artist and historian Irving Sandler disagreed and considered the work a step forward, describing it as “an attempt to synthesize a classical ideal with a romantic quest. The struggle to maintain equilibrium is compelling.” Ferren’s paintings of the 1950s and 1960s were true to the foundation of the movement: evoking a mindset rather than a style. In the artist’s words, “it wasn’t a style; it wasn’t a way of working; it was an attitude toward art and the artist and his place in society.” In addition to the Ferren estate, Findlay Galleries represents the estates of other abstract painters that were either part of, or tangential to, the New York School including: Leonard Nelson, Byron Browne, Ward Jackson, Simeon Braguin, and Robert Richenburg. u
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John Ferren, The Fall, 1948.
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THE YOUNG & THE GUEST LIST BY BROOKE KELLY
Billie Eilish wearing Oscar de la Renta.
Clockwise from top left: A$AP Rocky in a cape by ERL and Rihanna in Balenciaga; Kendall Jenner in Givenchy; Kaia Gerber wearing Dior; Iman in a look designed by Dolce & Gabbana and
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Harris Reed; Justin and Hailey Bieber.
THE MET GALA AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART WHILE THE Met Gala typically takes place on the first Monday of May, this year’s ball fittingly was held during New York Fashion Week after being postponed due to the pandemic. As always, celebrities—from Rihanna to Kendall Jenner—dressed to impress on the red carpet. The event’s theme celebrated “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” the Met’s latest exhibition to open to the public. Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka, and Amanda Gorman co-chaired the special evening. OCTOBER 2021 125
IN LATE AUGUST, Cartier celebrated the launch of an immersive installation that showcased the new Clash [Un]limited collection in West Hollywood, with limited-edition pieces of jewelry that rebel against Cartier’s classics. The evening offered guests a private viewing of the exhibition, a musical performance by Finneas, and dinner by Michelin-starred chef Curtis Stone.
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Kathy Hilton and Nicky Hilton Rothschild Finneas
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WELL/BEINGS HOSTS FULL CIRCLE BENEFIT IN BRIDGEHAMPTON
DURING THE FINAL weeks of summer, Well/Beings hosted a benefit at Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club in support of its current fundraising campaign: Save the Mangroves, Save the Ocean. The evening featured a vegan dinner for more than 200 attendees, sustainable wine from Out East, live music by Tierra del Fuego, and an auction. Later on, guests were invited to a beachside afterparty sponsored by Saks, which included an open bar, small bites, and a bonfire with s’mores. u
Marcelo Claure, Jeff Sine, and Pierpaolo Barbieri Hassan Pierre, Kick Kennedy, and Peter Thomas Roth
Amanda Hearst Rønning and Joachim Rønning
Samira Sine, Jordan Engard and Breanna Schultz
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From left: Dr. Samantha Boardman’s new book, Everyday Vitality; Dr. Samantha Boardman.
DOCTOR’S ORDER DR. SAMANTHA BOARDMAN recently released Everyday Vitality, her first solo book, which examines the notion of improving one’s mental health. The Harvard, Cornell, and Penn-trained Boardman could not have chosen a more timely topic to address, with the isolation and stress of the pandemic, and the very recent focus—especially in the sports world—on how to cope and actually thrive in an increasingly mad world. Boardman advises and enlightens readers, explaining in a logical and simple way some topics that are generally perceived as complex and mysterious. “Depression tends to be episodic. It comes and it goes. ‘Snapping out of’ a depressive episode is neither a fair, nor realistic expectation.” The poet Robert Lowell’s letter to a friend captures the transitory nature of the illness: “I have been thinking much about you all summer, and how we have gone through the same trouble, visiting the bottom of the world. I have wanted to stretch out a hand, and tell you that I have been there too, and how it all lightens and life swims back.” 128 QUEST
Research shows that well-being isn’t only in your head—it is in your actions, your interactions, your contributions and connections with others. Individual well-being is an oxymoron and happiness doesn’t only come from within, it also comes from “with.” As the old saying goes, every day may not be good but there is some good in every day. The key is to be deliberate about finding and cultivating uplifts—the counterpart to everyday annoyances and frustrations. For me, the most reliable way to turn a tough day around isn’t to focus on myself. It is to do something for someone else. Money in excess can be problematic, but the lack of financial stability is far more concerning when it comes to mental health. The never-ending pursuit of material goods leaves people feeling unfulfilled. Contrary to what many believe, more money, a faster car, a brand new dress, and a bigger house might give a fleeting boost but it won’t last. As Art Buchwald, the late humorist, once said: “the best things in life aren’t things.”—Robert Janjigian
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Like the scion of a once-great dynasty, Quest is the last magazine devoted to Society with a capital S, covering the socially prominent in N...
Published on Sep 30, 2021
Like the scion of a once-great dynasty, Quest is the last magazine devoted to Society with a capital S, covering the socially prominent in N...