It says here that gilded palm trees will rustle under a sky-blue heaven at the Swan Ball at the Cheekwood Mansion in Nashville on June 11. Mrs. Jeffrey Buntin and her co-chairman, Mrs. E. Randall Henderson Jr., have envisioned an evening of high theater for this, Nashville's biggest benefit, and they are not just whistling Dixie, if you will forgive the old southern cliche. Sheltered by literally acres of specially woven ivory voile, the ball's 800 guests will glide across a black and white tiled dance floor while angels handpainted on a frescoed ceiling fly overhead. It's an idea whose time has come, wouldn't you say?
This year, James Wolfensohn, the investment banker who is chairman of the Kennedy Center in Washington, will receive the Swan Award for his outstanding contribution to the arts, and, after dinner, platinum-selling vocalist Lorrie Morgan will appear in concert. Everybody who is anybody in Nashville and points north, east and west will be there. After all, the Swan Ball, founded 32 years ago by Mrs. Guilford (Jane) Dudley, is one of the most perennially successful charity balls in the country, north, south, east or west.
You can start getting ready right now for the big -- that's big as in several thousand guests -- Chanel luncheon and fashion show set for June 6 at Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center. This marks the first time a benefit for New York Hospital will be held under a 23,000-square-foot tent, and the ladies on the committee plan to fill it up. The trompe l'oeil Musee du Louvre background created by Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld for his Paris runway show in March will be re-created for the New York show and, along with special elements from the Paris decor, will be flown over for the June event. Renee Belfer, Pauline Boardman, Elizabeth Graber and Liz Mezzacappa are co-chairmen of the luncheon, and Iris Cantor and Ruth Stanton are the honorary chairmen. Get out your little summer Chanels.