A love story with three main characters: Frank, Melba and Palm Springs.
On the cusp of the Roaring Twenties, a high-spirited California heiress ran off from Stanford University with a World War I hero from Joplin, Missouri. Their elopement made headlines, but the bigger story came later, after they abandoned Beverly Hills for a run-down guest ranch near the dusty young village of Palm Springs.
Party of Three tells how Melba and Frank Bennett transformed Deep Well Guest Ranch into a family-style retreat for America’s wealthiest families and Hollywood’s most beloved stars. From the 1930s to the 1960s, the Bennetts became ringleaders of Palm Springs’ marquee civic and social events.
Join Us at The McCallum Adobe
Opportunity to meet the author Betsy Lumbye. Enjoy some tasty treats and talk with Betsy about the book. Also there will be a special surprise for those attending.
Betsy Lumbye is a California-based writer and editor who worked three decades at newspapers around the United States, retiring as executive editor of The Fresno Bee. She is the author of Party of Three: The Bennetts and Palm Springs; Beyond Luck: The Improbable Rise of the Berry Fortune Across a Western Century, and The Joy of Building: My Life in Business, Community Affairs and Philanthropy (with William M. Lyles III).
Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: The McCallum Adobe
221 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Hosted by: The Palm Springs Historical Society
Even today the Helen Rose Collection shines as bright as the stars who wore them.
The crowd cheered, as these vintage dresses teased the audience with the glamorous Hollywood era. Oh! Ah! Whispers of wanting that dress were echoed throughout the tent. Even the models couldn't help but smile, gleaming as they strutted down the cat walk in costumes of cinema past, playfully showing them off.
These delicate designs showcase the creative genius of Helen Rose who knew clothes had to move with a woman. Each one unique, crafted with so much thought and detail. Conscious of how light reflects she used creative color combinations and luxurious fabrics.
Evident by the reaction you know The House of Helen Rose would be a hit today.
The Palm Springs Historical Society proudly preserves and protects this precious Helen Rose Collection thanks to the support of its members. Thank you members! The show was presented by Donna J. Macmillan and KHA Architects.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Hollywood Party - Nobody Sleeps Tonight
The night started with a special treat at reception. The stunning Nelda Links also displayed her own Helen Rose dresses in the lounge. Guest were enamored by Nelda's beauty and generous spirit as she answered questions and gave selfie after selfie. It was easy to imagine Nelda in the gowns enjoying the social scene of the day.
Seductive gowns end the evening. The finale transitioned to red-carpet and wedding dress designer Gustavo Cadile who dresses stars like Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angelica Huston, Reese Witherspoon, and Kim Kardashian.
Gustavo interweaves Italian artistry with Argentinian imagery to create uniquely beautiful gowns and cocktail dresses. The beat of the music flowed seamlessly with Cadile's creations. The show full of colorful dresses ended with a sexy sheer white wedding gown that revealed the bride to the groom before the honeymoon, evoking grins, applause and an ovation.
It was a lovely desert evening, surrounded by mountains and moonlight, as Yve entertained with beautiful melodies laced with moments of whimsy. Her swings had the crowd swaying to the beats, singing along. Her humor had us laughing to the punchline in perfect harmony. Smiling to the sounds of jazz and Yve's sweet voice floating in the fragrant air, tummies were satisfied as the Chefs at Smoke Tree Ranch always deliver a delicious meal.
Monday, March 18, 2019
Where is Marilyn now?
Sadly, the statue will remain in storage until the downtown Park is complete, perhaps some time next year. The new park – a 50,000-square-foot rectangle – is planned for an area in front of the Palm Springs Art Museum in the downtown redevelopment.
In 2018, the statue was displayed at Latham Park in Stamford, Connecticut as part of a large public art exhibition honoring the works of Seward Johnson.Monday, April 1, 2014
The 26 foot tall, 34,000 pound sculpture was disassembled. Tuesday morning the crane loaded the four pieces plus base onto two flat bed trucks headed to Hamilton, New Jersey.
After 22 months in Palm Springs the Seward Johnson statue took a 7 day trip across country making at least 10 city stops along the way for "I Saw Marilyn!" photo ops. She headed to the Grounds for Sculpture, in Hamilton, N.J. for a May 4 - July 2015 retrospective on the life and work of Johnson, who turned 84 in 2015.