It’s another Hedgehog Highlight: An exciting event at the de Young Museum, in Golden Gate Park, today. Diane B. Wilsey, President of the Board of Trustees of the Fine Arts Museums, SF, announced that Dr. Colin Bailey will be the new Director of the FAMSF which includes the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum, in Lincoln Park, and the de Young. Dr. Bailey is currently Deputy Director & Chief Curator of The Frick Collection, New York City. Mrs. Wilsey stressed that the Board sought someone who was an outstanding leader for the museums and a respected scholar. His specialty is 18th and 19th century French art. The announcement was welcomed by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who also addressed the museum staff, press, and enough camera and tech crews for a space shuttle launch. An Englishman, Dr. Bailey earned his doctorate in art history at Oxford University. Mrs. Wilsey promised that Dr. Bailey would work closely with the community and be “fun.” The late John Buchanan, the well loved previous director was approachable and fun, she noted, and his successor will carry on that tradition.
The Lively Foundation presented The Gold Rush! at Westwood School, Santa Clara, March 15, and College Park School, San Mateo, March 8. Our presentation has narration made from letters written in the mining fields, music that was popular in the era, dances, and projections of archival photographs & engravings. It’s entertaining and painlessly educational. A longer version, for the general public, had its premiere as part of San Francisco’s official celebration of the Gold Rush’s 150th anniversary, 1999, in the Veterans’ Building, SF Civic Center. At College Park school we performed for the whole school, about 300 students plus parents and teachers, and at Westwood, we performed for the 4th & 5th grades, about 100 students. Here are some pictures with audience members, after the shows.
Intelligent, charming, and so good looking! that’s the way to describe Lively Foundation friends. Here are: Barbara Baxter & EJ Thiele; Robert Nilsen; Paul Armel, Dr. Carol Achtman, Nienke Lels-Hohmann; Anne Garvey, Leslie Friedman, Godfrey Watson, Dr. Kate Lorig; Jeannie Watson, Leslie Friedman, Godfrey Watson; Leslie Friedman & Vicky Kwoh Ching.
The Lively Foundation’s annual New Year’s luncheon/banquet was tremendous fun. Ming’s Restaurant, Palo Alto, created the most delicious food. It was beautiful to look at, good to eat, and as Vicky Kwoh Ching explained to us, the menu was designed to bring us good luck. Amazing. Here are some pictures from a wonderful event. Thanks to all the Lively friends who attended. Thanks to Ming’s. Please support our supporters: Ming’s, 1700 Embarcadero, Palo Alto; Kiehl’s Stanford Shopping Center; Guittard Chocolate; The Milk Pail, California St. Mountain View.
Steve Rasmussen the owner of The Milk Pail Market, 2585 California St., Mountain View, has offered a 10 lb. slab of Guittard French Vanilla Chocolate for Lively to auction. Calling all chocolate lovers! Did you miss the chance to meet us at Ming’s today? Were you outbid for the chocolate items? Now’s your chance!!! Enter a bid for Chocolate Heaven. Help Lively present its educational programs for Bay Area schools. Eat the world’s best chocolate. We’re waiting to hear from you!
Today’s Lively luncheon/banquet at Ming’s Restaurant, Palo Alto, was a huge success. Vicky Kwoh Ching, the brilliant and beautiful owner of Ming’s, not only planned the menu but also attended the lunch. She demonstrated the Chinese characters for words significant in the dishes chosen for their importance for good luck in the New Year. Everyone was fascinated by her presentation. The food was exquisite. A lobster dish with disc shaped pasta was especially amazing. It was presented in a way that made it look like a dragon floating on the sea. The silent auction brought wonderful gifts to the bidders and generous donations to Lively. Thank you to all who supported us by donating items to the auction. Kiehl’s finest lotions and potions, Stanford Shopping Center & the world; Guittard Chocolate; Rigolo Cafe, San Francisco, and others. We could not have this great event without Ming’s itself. Support Lively supporters!