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Over one thousand young Philadelphia area professionals stormed the annual Red Cross Red Ball, one of the year's best Young Friends parties, on March 2nd at the Union League. This fete is done on a grand scale – from the 30 or so restaurants that provide the food, to the band, CTO, an eleven member sound system. There was the usual dancing and cavorting, but with an especially keyed up level of interesting tension since about three-quarters of the guests were attractive, single and had been enjoying the open bars and Lucy's Hatshop shots.
 
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia hosted a Black-tie, 75th Birthday Celebration on March 30th at the Rittenhouse Hotel to honor one of the towering musical figures of our time cellist, Mstislav "Slava" Rostropovich. After cocktails in the Cassatt Lounge guests sauntered upstairs for dinner and dancing in the ballroom. Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix prepared an authentic Russian feast, including caviar for all. Then, on April 2nd, Rostropovich, his fingers flying deftly over the cello strings, performed with the Chamber Orchestra at the Kimmel Center to a nearly full house. Ignat Solzhenitsyn, the Chamber Orchestra's principal conductor as well as an accomplished pianist in his own right, and Slava have had a very close friendship all of Solzhenitsyn's life, so the concert was ended with a special song that the two played, unaccompanied.
 
The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art held their Annual Black-tie Gala on Saturday, February 2nd, in the grand hall at the Museum – always one of the most beautiful venues in the city. One of our favorites, The Elastic Wasteband, rocked the twenty and thirty-something crowd from start to finish. Mother Grey Goose provided miniature martinis and itsy-bitsy, pink, Cosmopolitans - both a big hit with the throngs. Museum officials swooped down on the party around eleven o'clock, cutting off the liquid supply (them's the rules) so those in the know and all who weren't quite done that early headed for the Rotunda at The Ritz on Broad Street. Cigar smoke swirled blue above our heads and champagne and cognac were passed around as the night aged gracefully.
 
We caught the grand opening of Trust, a 6,000 square foot, retro-hip restaurant in the seemingly unlikely neighborhood of 13th and Sansom. If you're into the restaurant scene then you've heard of Goldman Properties, the company that injected Miami with a pure shot of adrenaline and cool. Guillermo Pernot, Esquire Magazine's "1999 Chef of the Year," is at the helm as Executive Chef. Principal designer and General Manager is Gary Farmer, creator and owner of Miami's famed restaurant institution, The Strand. Watch this area in Philadelphia – it's going to explode in a similar fashion.
 
The barefoot guy running up the stairs of the Chamounix Mansion to his bunk didn't seem to notice or care that there was a party going on to celebrate the building's 200th anniversary. The birthday took place on February 23rd. He was a guest at the Mansion – a historic hostel. It wasn't always a place for backpackers and adventurous travelers though. The Plumstead family used it as a seasonal retreat at the turn of the century (1802, that is) and from there it was used variously as another family's home, a restaurant, boarding house, clubhouse and picnic site until 1964 when a group searching for a youth hostel rescued and refurbished it.
 
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