Fab Hats & Spring Colors in Park

May 8, 2002, 12:00 AM EDT

Central Park Conservancy's Frederick Law Olmsted awards luncheon Central Park Conservatory Garden Wednesday, 05.01.02, 11:15 AM to 2 PM
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The Women's Committee for the Central Park Conservancy couldn't have gotten more perfect weather for its annual Frederick Law Olmsted awards. The sun was brilliant, and a cool breeze blew through the Conservatory Garden, where a giant tent from Stamford Tent and Party Rental hosted 1,150 park supporters at the conservancy's biggest annual event of the year (and one of our Top 100 Events).

Tables were decorated with voluptuous, pastel-colored centerpieces with roses, peonies, lilac, tulips, viburnum and ivy set in tin watering cans by Andrew Pascoe Flowers. The lunch was catered by Abigail Kirsch, who preset an eye-catching green chilled minted pea soup for the almost entirely female guest list, who appeared in their best spring-colored finery and hats, the traditional attire for the 20-year-old event. The rest of the lunch consisted of mahogany-glazed salmon with gingered wild basmati rice, and for dessert, miniature sweets in the shape of hats.

Musicians from the Central Park Brass played in front of the “Three Maidens Dancing” statue in the Conservatory Garden, where guests marveled at the bed of purple, red and pink tulips in full bloom. Headed up by director of the Women's Committee Claude Barilleaux, this year's event raised more than $2 million for the conservancy through ticket sales and corporate sponsorships.

--Suzanne Ito

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