Photo Credit: Brad Bahner
In the song “The Ladies Who Lunch,” Stephen Sondheim included the lyric “Does anyone still wear a hat?” The answer is a resounding yes, as evidenced by Party in the Park. Considered one of the marquee social events of the spring, it raises money for the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and attracts all the Ladies Who Lunch, who wore elaborate headgear and gathered under a sumptuously decorated tent at Pinebank Promontory overlooking Jamaica Pond.
Spotted in the air-kissing frenzy: queen bees Julie Hume Gordon and Ellie Chu, one-woman Mardi Gras Laura Baldini, brunette stunner Jeannette Hsu-McSweeney, Cambridge doyenne RoAnn Costin, fashion plate extraordinaire Karen Rotenberg, the achingly lovely Cassandra Henderson, Our Lady of Chanel Mary Nobile-King, Our Lady of the Ritz Barbara Lootz, BSO babe Kim Noltemy, Mayor Marty Walsh and former Bay State first lady Kitty Dukakis, whose husband Mike pointed out, “This is the second time Kitty’s ever worn a fancy hat. The first time was in 1976 to greet Queen Elizabeth. And today she’s wearing the same hat.”
The Champagne flowed like it ought to, the food was scrumptious, and the whole affair was pretty much flawless. The afternoon’s best exchange: “Who was that?”
“I’m not sure, but I think I’m godfather to one of her children.”