San Francisco Social Diary: 2016 Festival Napa Valley, Part II

The 2016 Festival Napa Valley is coming up in July, celebrating music, performance, food, and wine, at stunning venues.

2016 FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY: THE ELEVENTH SEASON, PART 2

Festival Napa Valley, one of America’s premiere summer destination events, will offer a dazzling roster of cultural and culinary attractions from July 15-24, 2016, its eleventh year. Eminent classical, opera, jazz, and dance artists will perform, and intimate food and wine affairs will be hosted by the region’s top vintners.

Over the years, the Festival has introduced me, along with other visitors, to many artists, local vintners, and wineries that aren’t on the tourist route maps, which has given me an insider’s view of the California wine country lifestyle. If you want to share this experience, have a terrific time, and meet the locals, this is the way to go. Put it on your calendar for this year (and next, as well!).

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San Francisco Social Diary: 2016 Festival Napa Valley

The 2016 Festival Napa Valley is coming up in July, celebrating music, performance, food, and wine, at stunning venues such as Opus One winery, seen here.

2016 FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY: THE ELEVENTH SEASON, PART 1

Napa Valley – Festival Napa Valley, one of America’s premiere summer destination events, is presenting its eleventh season July 15-24, 2016. The glorious ten-day fete features a dazzling roster of exclusive engagements by preeminent classical, opera, jazz, and dance artists paired with intimate food and wine affairs hosted by the region’s top vintners.

Among this year’s star-studded lineup are Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth, jazz legend Sergio Mendes, classical violinist Sarah Chang, award-winning conductor Carlo Ponti (son of actress Sophia Loren, who will be in attendance), and the San Francisco Ballet.

Visit festivalnapavalley.org to see all of this season’s performers and venues.

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San Francisco Social Diary: The California Pacific Medical Center 2020 Gala

The CPMC gala was held on the Embarcadero’s Pier 35, a former dock that’s now a bustling hub of museums, restaurants, and office space.

CPMC 2020 GALA SPONSORED BY CHANEL

There had been a lot of buzz about the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) 2020 Gala sponsored by luxury fashion house Chanel, so I was eager to go. It lived up to expectations and raised more than $2.5 million dollars for CPMC medical programs, which notably include clinical trials for food allergies.

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San Francisco Social Diary: The San Francisco Ballet & FOG Design + Art Fair

The San Francisco Ballet Opening Gala kicked off the winter 2016 social season with a dazzling selection of performances.

SAN FRANCISCO BALLET 2016 OPENING NIGHT GALA KICKED OFF THE 83RD REPERTORY SEASON

The San Francisco Ballet’s 2016 Opening Night Gala performance brought its theme, “Provocative,” to life! Balletomanes filled the War Memorial Opera House to see the company deemed “a national treasure” by the The New York Times.

This year’s chairs included Auxiliary Gala Chair Jennifer Brandenburg, Gala Dinner Chair Christine Leong Connors, and Décor Chair Rhonda Mahendroo, as well as Honorary Chairs Barbro and Bernard Osher.

The Gala was the first event of the current season, which includes three acclaimed full-length productions as well as a wide variety of world premieres and works by choreographers such as Jerome Robbins and Christopher Wheeldon. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the prestigious SF Ballet Orchestra, considered one of the best ballet orchestras in the country.

Members of the SF Ballet Gala committee.

More members of the SF Ballet Gala committee.

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San Francisco Social Diary: Burning Man

At the annual Burning Man festival, a weeklong communal artistic and musical event, tens of thousands of creative types and free spirits create a temporary, magical “city” in the remote Nevada Desert.

Black Rock, Nev. – During the week leading up to Labor Day, almost 70,000 revelers will gather in the Black Rock desert in Nevada, 110 miles north of Reno, to experience the annual Burning Man Festival, an elaborate and colorful art spectacle like no other in the world. The festival takes its name from the ritual burning of a wooden effigy known as the “Man,” an ancient and primal ritual.

Massive crowds gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert annually to celebrate the Burning Man festival of art, music, pageantry and community.

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San Francisco Social Diary: Opera Guild Fashion Night and a Hilton Birthday

During San Francisco’s spring social season, I enjoyed an Erdem fashion show held at the new San Francisco Cruise Terminal, and attended a glamorous dinner party with friends that showed off the city’s Old World charm.

My New York friends are always asking what goes on in San Francisco. Plenty! There are meet-ups with friends, lots of parties, and so much live entertainment it’s hard to make a choice. Here’s a report on some of the events I enjoyed on my last trip.

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD FASHION NIGHT WITH ERDEM

This spring, droves of San Francisco fashionistas gussied up to view the latest collection from celebrated British designer Erdem Moralioglu at his first-ever runway presentation here.

Saks Fifth Avenue sponsored the event, co-chaired by Claire Fluhr and Anne Marie Massocca under the leadership of new Guild President Charlot Malin. It benefited the San Francisco Opera Guild’s music education programs, which reach more than 50,000 students in nearly 200 schools throughout Northern California.

Fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu with Opera Guild President Charlot Malin.

Opera Guild co-chairs Anne Marie Massocca and Claire Fluhr, with Opera Director David Gockley.

Huifen Chan with Saks GM Robert Arnold-Kraft, who sponsored the evening.

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San Francisco Social Diary: 51st Annual San Francisco Debutante Ball

At this spring’s 51st annual San Francisco Debutante Ball, 24 young ladies made their debut before friends and family.

SAN FRANCISCO’S 51ST ANNUAL DEBUTANTE BALL

Twenty-four stunning young women made their bows at the 51st annual San Francisco Debutante Ball on Saturday, June 20. They crossed the threshold to adulthood at the Westin St. Francis in front of a crowd of 650 family, friends, and community members.

Hailey Elizabeth Cusack, Thomas James Polite, Katarina Lina Churich, and Peter James Campana.

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San Francisco Social Diary: Second Annual FOG Design+Art Fair Another Winner

The FOG Design+Art Fair Preview Gala was one of the city’s most vibrant events and a great sendoff for the modernist Fair’s second annual showing.

SECOND ANNUAL FOG DESIGN+ART FAIR ANOTHER WINNER

Kickoff Gala One of the Year’s Best Parties

San Francisco—The Old Guard of San Francisco and the young Tech Crowd mixed it up at the preview gala for the FOG Design+Art Fair 2015. It was one of the city’s most vibrant events and a great sendoff for the second annual Fair, a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art.

Already a destination for local and international collections, the Fair showcases dozens of prominent 20th-century and contemporary art and design dealers. Its attractions include dynamic exhibits, custom installations, lectures, and discussions with art and design leaders.

Interior Designer and Steering Committee member Douglas Durkin noted that the Fair reflects the spirit of San Francisco’s progressive community. “We are building FOG Design+Art Fair to be the West Coast destination for contemporary design and art,” he said.

The 2015 FOG Design+Art Fair Preview Gala offered patrons a special preview of exhibits and an exclusive buying opportunity before the Fair was open to the public.

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San Francisco Social Diary: SF Opera Guild Presents “A Paris Holiday”

At this year’s annual San Francisco Opera Guild holiday dinner, the War Memorial Opera House stage was turned into a glamorous, intimate dinner party.

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD PRESENTS A PARIS HOLIDAY, DINNER ON THE OPERA HOUSE STAGE HONORING DIANE B. WILSEY

A PERFECTLY ORCHESTRATED EVENING!

Charity committees everywhere try to come up with fresh, unique event ideas. The San Francisco Opera Guild managed to score a bull’s-eye with its annual black-tie party in December, A Paris Holiday, which revived the tradition of dinner on the War Memorial Opera House stage.

The evening also honored arts supporter and philanthropist Diane “Dede” Wilsey, whom Honorary Chair and SF Opera Director David Gockley called “an advocate for the arts and a role model in our cherishedcommunity.” He called fundraising “an extreme sport” and dubbed her “an athlete of Olympian caliber,” adding, “She’s San Francisco’s secret weapon!”

The Opera Guild holiday dinner closed the fall opera season and concluded the Guild’s 75th anniversary year at the War Memorial Opera House.

Gregory and Charlot Malin, who was recently appointed President of the San Francisco Opera Guild.

Opera Board President Keith Geeslin, honoree Dede Wilsey, and Opera Director David Gockley.

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San Francisco Social Diary: Autumn Events

Among the many social activities I enjoy in and around the San Francisco area is the Quail Motorsports Gathering in Carmel Valley.

SAN FRANCISCO SOCIAL DIARY

My New York friends are always asking what goes on in San Francisco. Plenty! Especially wonderful is the proximity of so much natural beauty, like the ocean and wine country—the background for a couple of very special events I recently attended.

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