Downton Abbey Vintage Party In Santa Monica A Royal Success

Friday, 10 May 2013, 9:00:00 AM

Beverly Cohn

Jeannie Kasen, with her daughter Liberty, sip one of the pre-prohibition cocktails last Friday night at the Fairmont.
Photo by Bev Cohn
Jeannie Kasen, with her daughter Liberty, sip one of the pre-prohibition cocktails last Friday night at the Fairmont.

With the toe-tapping 1920s music of Richard Halpern and

his band filling the air of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel’s luscious outdoor

setting, smiling guests arrived attired in their finest vintage clothing last

Friday night – women in wonderful flapper dresses wearing hats or bejeweled

head bands and men in their afternoon tuxedoes.

This fundraising soiree honored the cast of the very

successful television series “Downton Abbey” with the evening’s proceeds

earmarked for Big Brothers Big Sisters which pairs adult volunteers with

children ranging from ages six to 18. 

This glittering event was held as part of Santa Monica’s

BritWeek, which offered everything British, including dance and musical

festivities that took place on the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica

Place. 

Perhaps the biggest treat was the performance of the

“The Beatles’ Abbey Road Complete—And More” performed by legendary musicians

from the 60s, including host Peter Asher who played a selection of Peter

& Gordon hits, Denny Laine, co-founder of the “Moody Blues” and

“Wings,” and Terry Sylvester of the “Hollies.”

From gardening tips, to cooking, to genealogy, let’s

give our beautiful city by the sea a big “Hip, Hip, Hooray” for hosting this

most fun celebration of British culture. 

And now, it’s off to Ye Olde King’s Head for fish and

chips.

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