The setting changed, but Party in the Park remained the same powerhouse affair, raising $752,000 Wednesday for the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. Organizers moved the annual luncheon from the Fenway to Pinebank in Jamaica Plain this year, plunking down an enormous white tent, which housed nearly 800 guests, between two trees overlooking Jamaica Pond.
Attendees sported their finest spring attire. Mayor Marty Walsh arrived fashionably late with girlfriend Lorrie Higgins. Dressed in a pink jacquard dress from Ann Taylor and carrying a white Michael Kors satchel, Higgins said the increasing number of events she attends is keeping her credit card busy. “It gets expensive,” she confided.
Having the right dress to wear to Party in the Park is of secondary concern. It’s really about the perfect hat. Rebecca Seidenberg, wife of Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, wore a pair of giant red cherries affixed to a headband from designer Piers Atkinson. “I thought it’d be playful and fun,” said Seidenberg.
Local milliner Marie Galvin’s wares were in heavy rotation. Event co-chair Lynn Dale looked smashing in an abstract fuchsia tulle number, while first-timer Pramila Yadav, a Beth Israel ob-gyn, wore a white floral style.
Feathers, it seemed, were the order of the day. Doss Alexander, director of client services for Christian Dior, flew up from New York to support the event in a bespoke straw hat with a feather tucked into its gray band. But there was a tie for top honors between Laura Baldini of Boston (whose Alan Bilzerian look was a mixed plumage of white, red, orange and brown) and Lori Lutton of Topsfield in American Indian-style headpiece she found on Etsy.
The lively crowd, which nibbled on an asparagus and fiddlehead salad, and a chicken roulade from The Catered Affair, starting sipping wine well before noon, which worked out well for those appealing for funds. ... One night before the Party in the Park, locals gathered for the 6th Annual Greenway Gala for the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway. The night’s co-chairs were Gil Menna of Goodwin Procter LLP, and Alan Rottenberg, director at Goulston & Storrs.Mark Shanahan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MarkAShanahan. Meredith Goldstein can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @MeredithGoldste.