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Monthly Archives: October 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Happy Halloween My Dearest BetteHeads! And anyone else that drops by! I know this doesn't sound Halloweenie, but thank you all for your support through all my trials and tribulations. It's a testament to ya'lls good character and shows that Bette has the best fans in the world. I just wanted to say "Thank You" Love, Mister D
New York Observer
Bette Midlerâ€™s Hulaween Party Brings Out the (Undead) Stars; Makes Trees Grow on Money
ByÂ Drew Grant
October 31, 2011
We felt woefully under-dressed as we stepped into the 2nd floor foyer of the Waldorf-Astoria, the entrance toÂ Bette Midlerâ€˜s Hulaween party. The theme was DÃa de los Muertos â€“ the Mexican Day of the Dead â€“ and although we felt like zombies after occupying Wall Street earlier that Friday evening, we werenâ€™t decked out in any apparel that suited the $1,000-a-plate dinner.
Martha Stewart, eschewing the nightâ€™s theme, decided instead to dress as what the party was raising money for, the New York Restoration Project. (The event raised $1.9 million to create and restore public parks and community gardens in the city.) Wearing butterfly extensions that actually looked like giant monarchs, Ms. Stewart batted her lashes in the direction ofÂ Robert Diamond, her set decorator who won the nightâ€™s costume contest with his green-beaded Emperor of the Butterflies ensembles. The mask itself took him 52 hours to bead, he told reporters; a skill he picked up French fashion designerÂ Thierry Mugler.
Kim Kardashian looks â€˜miserableâ€™ without NBA hubby Kris Humphries at Halloween party
Boo Hoo! Reality star wears mask of tragedy at Halloween bash without her b-baller spouse
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, October 31 2011, 12:55 PM
Midler, who told us she dressed as the â€œBavarian Bride of the Dead,â€ joined Wonder onstage to perform â€œI Just Called to Say I Love You.â€ She returned to the stage for Wonderâ€™s final song, â€œSuperstitionâ€ and danced onstage.
Tiny hands wrapped around the green bars at the gate, as expectant children absorbed in silence the scene unfolding at the 103rd Street Community Garden in East Harlem. â€œItâ€™s O.K.,â€ said the nice, blond guy some of them had come to know. â€œYou can come in.â€
He didnâ€™t need to say it twice. With shrieks of excitement, a pack of five or six kids burst into the garden and hurried to the playground. Soon, more would follow.
â€œWelcome to the open garden,â€ Christopher Gallup, representative of the New York Restoration Project, told the members of the 103rd Street garden group. â€œOur construction guys are done.â€
Owned by the New York Restoration Project, a non-profit organization that reclaims and restores cityâ€™s parks and open spaces, the garden recently underwent extensive renovations.
Although the ribbon-cutting took place weeks ago, workers had been finishing up a few details. Rain had prevented them from painting the lines on the basketball court, for instance. â€œThey had to wait for a nice day,â€ Gallup explained.
Handing over the keys to garden coordinator Robert Cruz, Gallup said it was now up to residents to determine fall hours. â€œYou guys have the control going forward,â€ he said.
It was a lower-wattage event than when Bette Midler, dressed in a bright green trench coat and wielding a large pair of gardening shears, cut the inaugural ribbon last month during the opening ceremony amidst cheering and laughter from an expectant crowd. â€œAn event I never thought I would live to see,â€ an amused Midler, founder of the New York Restoration Project, said as she snipped.
It had been 12 years since the project took over the plot on East 103rd Street and Park Avenue. â€œIt was under a cloud and had been under a cloud for a lot of years,â€ Midler explained, referring to a lien on the property that delayed renovation plans.
During the celebration, screaming kids of all ages went up and down the green and purple slides and climbed monkey bars in the new playground under their parentsâ€™ watchful eyes, as grownups praised the gardenâ€™s new look.
â€œItâ€™s gorgeous!â€ resident Ana Rodriguez, 63, said in Spanish. â€œThey redid it completely.â€
The new garden, divided into four spaces, provides a refurbished basketball court, planting beds for flowers and vegetables, the playground and open space for public gatherings and events.
Local resident Lili Ramirez, 47, said the newly-renovated space brought life to the neighborhood and allowed both children and adults to socialize. â€œWe make friends, too,â€ she said in Spanish.
Complying with New York Restorationâ€™s vision of â€œcreating sustainable landscapes,â€ the construction crew also built a new irrigation system, bathroom facilities, drinking fountain and on-site composting barrels, project manager Jared Vazales said.
â€œFrom what it was to where it is now, it took a lot of planning, a lot of thinking, and itâ€™s here,â€ said Cruz. â€œWhen I first saw it, it looked like it had been neglected.â€
Founded in 1995, the New York Restoration Project has played an important role in the cityâ€™s greening.
In 1999, when Mayor Rudolph Giuliani decided to auction off 114 community gardens citywide, many environmental organizations, private and corporate foundations and city residents came to their rescue. Working with the Trust for Public Land, the Project helped raise over $3 million and took title to 52 of those garden spaces, including the one on 103rd Street.
The Walt Disney Company Foundation provided a $300,000 grant to renovate the space, said Colleen Russell Criste, New York Restoration Project vice president of external affairs.
Teaming up with the landscape architecture firm SCAPE, the project met with community members in March to present the initial designs. Local residents submitted their suggestions, â€œeven kids!â€ said Criste.
Though itâ€™s officially open until Thanksgiving, Cruz says the group will keep the garden open â€œpossibly into the winter,â€ arguing that it would be the ideal place for children to play when it snows. â€œThey can run around without running into the street.â€
Midler called the garden â€œa testament to the hard work, the vision and the determinationâ€ of the neighborhood, the organization and its partners. â€œUse it in good health!â€
Mister D: Boy did they get everything wrong on Bette’s little update!
Today is Halloween and what better way to celebrate than watching the seminal â€™90s film Hocus Pocus?!
Starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters, three centuries-old witches who suck the youth out of unsuspecting children who are brought back to life on Halloween, the film is always played around this time of year.
This got Celebuzz thinking, besides some obvious stars (such as SJP), what is the cast (like Ernie, er, Ice) up to these days?
Real-estate developer Douglas Durst arrived as a tree, Stevie Wonder — who later performed — was a skeleton pirate. Leyla Ertegun, a psychotherapist and daughter of the late music producer Nesuhi Ertegun, was a quadruple suicide. Her costume included syringe, knife, rope and bottle of pills.
Book Of Shadows: â€œCome Little Childrenâ€ (words by Bette Midler written for the movie Hocus Pocus) Sung by someone else and not from the movie. Its a fuller version than the movie and is set to wiccan/pagan images.
Earlier this year I was trying to find who wrote the poem (lyrics), I asked the local librarian and they looked it up to see that Bette Midler wrote the song or poem.
Come Little Children
by Bette Midler
I’ll Take Thee Away, Into A Land
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Mary Russell will be on NBC at 10:30 tomorrow morning on the Kathy Lee and Hoda Kotbe…She’ll be handling one of the wolves on the show…not talking, just holding….so check your local listings and watch! Congrats, Mary!