Re: Tennis bracelet origins
PICNICKING AT MAYMONT, RABBLE-ROUSING AT WILTON
May 19, 1987
A falcon from the Wildlife Center of Virginia exchanged glares with children at Maymont Park's "Adopt-A-Living-Thing" Relatives Picnic Saturday afternoon. The Richmond Concert Band and crowds of children didn't seem to bother it.
On the side of the barn nearby, a paper eagle with talons big enough to pick up a truant teen-ager was getting dressed one paper feather at a time, each bought with a donation toward a future exhibit of birds of prey. Storytellers, mask-making, animal exhibits and a bring-your-own picnic completed the festivities.
"This has become an annual rite at Maymont," said Stephen Slipek, the Maymont Foundation's director of development. "Adopt-A-Living-Thing" began in 1980 as a way to raise money to maintain the animals.
David Smock, 5, adopted a Canada goose and named it Eddie. He made a mask of feathers, bangles and beads, called it a bear, and put it on to search for Eddie. Karen Bruner, 7, still hadn't seen or heard her screech owl. Ellie Shaffer, 7, picnicking on a quilt in the shade with her family, said she had wanted a rabbit one Easter but settled for adopting a cottontail.
"I've always liked rabbits," she said. "So I kept on adopting the same thing and will keep on adopting it."
ROUSING THE RABBLE . . . Under a yellow tent in the lower garden of Wilton Museum House, members of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia in Richmond, accompanied by their husbands and representatives of the tourism industry, snacked on artichoke fritters and rabbit pate with cognac.
Up by the house, a New Jersey Continental linesman stood at attention, guarding the Marquis de Lafayette, who was inside preparing to whip the British at Yorktown.
Or was he?
A Virginia militiaman ran up the steps from the yellow tent toward the house, followed by some of the crowd.
"Let him make an appearance!" demanded the militiaman.
"Hear! Hear!" the townspeople and militia cried.
Suddenly the dames and their husbands and guests had become militia members, merchants and townspeople in a living history presentation. William Balderson, the New Jersey soldier in a fine blue uniform, held off Dick Cheatham, as the 18th century militiaman leading the 20th century crowd up the brick steps.
Living History Associates staged the unexpected rabble-rousing as part of a soiree honoring both Gen. Lafayette's sojourn at Wilton in May 1781 and National Museum Day, which was yesterday.
It capped several days of activities, including the breaking of ground Wednesday for a dependency to house meeting rooms and the society's annual meeting at Alexandria. The dependency will be as exact a copy as possible of an 18th century outbuilding that still stood in the 1930s, when the Dames moved Wilton upstream from its original site, Joanne Williams, president, explained.
WHERE'S MILES . . . "Is Miles coming?"
Miles -- Miles Davis, but nobody had to mention the last name -- was still playing in the Mosque auditorium when people started trickling into the ballroom for the Richmond Jazz Society's party after the concert.
They wore Izod shirts and double-breasted blazers, cocktail dresses and shorts with T-shirts, dreadlocks and long, straight, blond hair.
They were still trying to decompress.
"Everybody is worn out," said B.J. Brown, who organized the party. "They played for two hours non-stop. I'm tired and I didn't blow a note."
"I was in tears. It was wonderful. It was as if he was from another universe," Charity McDonald added.
Miles skipped the party, but some of his band members were there. Alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett autographed Bob Walker's program. Lead bass Foley (just Foley) signed ticket stubs. Garrett, who's been with Miles for eight years, called the crowd "reserved." A few started dancing, not all with partners, but with music like that, the feet just couldn't stand still.
TIEBREAKER TO HAWAII . . . The party for cystic fibrosis wasn't over until Saturday afternoon. That's when Richard Sharp, president of Circuit City Stores, knew for sure he'd bought a winner at the black-tie auction and dinner-dance at the Richmond Marriott Hotel the night before.
Sharp was high bidder for a gift package that included a summer wardrobe, a Seiko watch, dinner at La Petite France, a weekend at the Marriott and Tom Magner, tennis director for Lakeside Country Club, and Claud Crosby, his partner in Saturday's pro-am tennis tournament.
The Magner-Crosby team beat Chris Blair and Jeff Lovejoy in a tiebreaker, winning for Sharp the grand prize, a trip to Hawaii.
"It's the biggest success in Virginia chapter history for any event," said Jayna Eller, executive director of the Virginia Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation yesterday after she'd tallied up the proceeds -- $62,465 after expenses. "It's going to go a long way toward finding a control for CF. We've just found the gene."
Sharp also played in the tournament, with pro Hugh Hill, last year's winner and a cystic fibrosis patient. The most expensive gift was a diamond bracelet, like the one made popular by Chris Evert, bought for $4,500 by Dr. David Draper, the cystic fibrosis clinic director at Medical College of Virginia and an amateur player in the tourney.
THEY'LL NEVER FORGET . . . Caroline and David Silek, Children of the Confederacy, stood in the back of the Confederate Memorial Chapel and took turns pulling the bell cord to open the 100th anniversary dedication of the chapel.
The 80 guests, many wearing the ribbons, pins and ancestor bars of the daughters, sons and children of the Confederacy, sang Gen. Robert E. Lee's favorite hymn, "How Firm a Foundation." Samuel J.T. Moore stood between Confederate and Virginia flags and told the history of the chapel behind the Virginia Museum.
Its Carpenter Gothic style makes it an architectural gem, he said. Ulysses S. Grant donated $500 toward its construction, and women held bazaars to raise money. It was dedicated May 8, 1887. In 1960, Moore was honorary chairman of a committee to restore the chapel.
"Don't let it go. Keep it up," Moore said. "We rededicate it to you, the Children of the Confederacy."
HONORED . . . The 1987 Richmond graduates of Randolph-Macon Woman's College will be honored guests at spring buffet Thursday at the home of Mrs. A. McDaniel Rucker Jr., sponsored by the college's Richmond alumnae group. Mrs. John F. Newsome III is chairman of arrangements. The graduates are Susan Cain, Elizabeth Kay, Harriette Kent, Susan Le Hew, Susan Patterson, Dana Puryear, Ann Scott, Nancy Smith, Mary Woods and Uraivan Willoughby.
ELECTED . . . By the Richmond Academy of Medicine Auxiliary: Mrs. Donald G. Seitz, president; Mrs. William L. Harp, president-elect; Mrs. John M. Daniel III, Mrs. Joseph V. Battista Jr. and Mrs. John M. O'Bannon III, vice presidents; Mrs. John E. Caughdrille, Mrs. L. Michael Breeden and Mrs. Frederic P. Moore, secretaries; and Mrs. Edward E. Haddock and Mrs. Edward M. Saylor, treasurer and assistant treasurer.