Palm Springs: A Society Round-up

by Pamela Price June 28, 2013


By Pamela Price

When the heat is on in the Desert, the snowbirds fly away. It’s no accident our seasonal friends depart for Oregon, Washington, Illinois, Minnesota, Canada, Israel and Paris, among other destinations, as the temperature rises.

Barbara Paget returned to Chicago to continue her philanthropic project promoting Cancer Survivors Beauty and Support Day (CSBSD). She was honored by a May 7 proclamation in the Congressional Record introduced by U.S. Rep. Bradley S. Schneider (D-Ill.) in Washington, D.C., at the first session of the 113th Congress.

Another Chicago snowbird, Lillian Krako, joined her pals for a flight to Chicago aboard her friend’s private jet, enjoying lox, bagels and a game of canasta enroute. Timmy Woods, the Desert’s talented handbag designer, flew to the Philippines to create her next line of inspired accessories hand-carved from Acacia wood.

Claudine Real, of Keller Williams Realty, left for her daughter’s Paris wedding.

Before the masses jetted off, Jean Carrus made sure to entertain friends at her Rancho Mirage residence in honor of Ed Gubman, president of Jewish Family Service of the Desert, for his birthday. A performance by Lesley Gore (she just finished her second successful season with The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies) opened a floodgate of midcentury memories for guests. Lesley, known for her 1960s hits “It’s My Party” and “You Don’t Own Me,” is Jean’s niece.

Despite fewer residents, the Palm Springs party scene is far from over. This year marks the city’s 75th anniversary. Thanks to Jerry Weintraub, Palm Springs resident and producer of HBO Films’ long-awaited television drama “Behind the Candelabra,” starring Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas as Liberace, the film screened in the Desert May 25 (the day before it aired on HBO) in the Primrose Ballroom at the Palm Springs Convention Center with free admission for all.

Mayor Steve Pougnet was out of town for the event, so Ginny Foat, Palm Springs City Councilwoman, thanked Weintraub for his longtime contributions to the city.

It’s summer, and while the exodus from the Desert continues, the welcome mat is out for anyone who’d like to visit. According to Barbara Wisbey, a local social maven, “It’s still those balmy desert nights luring visitors from around the world to our perpetual party oasis.”


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