Cinnamon Lakeside goes Hollywood

By Nedra Wickremesinghe

The new General Manager of Cinnamon Lakeside, Denis Gruhier invited the hotel's loyal patrons, business leaders, socialites and members of the media to a grand Hollywood-style party at the Ballroom, last week. The invitation was for a 'premiere', and the dress-code 'Formal' hinted of things to come, as in real Oscar style the guests walked the red carpet to the Ballroom.

Receiving each guest at the door with impeccable courtesy, Gruhier saw that they were well entertained. The Ballroom was gaily decorated in swathes of gold and off white and special pink and amber glowing lighting effects to enhance the mood. Right in the centre was a circular bar that took the shape of a film reel, and of course, there was champagne and wine flowing. With plenty of gourmet food on offer and food stations at all corners, the adjoining rooms too were filled with delicacies, carveries, and desserts. There was show-time too, with a cabaret by Natasha Rathnayake, followed by jazz music to ensure guests had some delightful entertainment.

Royal sing along with Rukshan and The Experiments

On January 3, 1961, a group of five-year-olds were admitted to Grade 1 at Royal Primary School, Colombo. Eight years later in 1969, they qualified to be admitted to the senior school, Royal College. This fraternity of Royalists, fondly known as 69ers celebrate this milestone of friendship that spans half a century and have had numerous events to commemorate this event.

Their next celebration will take the form of a "sing along" led by their very own 69er, Rukshan Perera, who needs no introduction to lovers of music. He will be backed by Sohan & the Experiments while the ever-green Vijaya Corea will be the compere for the evening. Interestingly both Vijaya and Sohan are from Royal's erstwhile sporting opponent camp S. Thomas's but in the true Roy-Tho spirit they have teamed up to give all a fantastic rendition of a genre of ever lasting favourites in English, Sinhala and Tamil, which have been carefully selected by Rukshan. The sing along is on November 12 at the Galadari Hotel from 7.30 p.m. The Royal 69ers have decided to invite their teachers and their spouses to join the fun, hosting them at the event.

Gala evening of double celebrations

It was a double celebration for members of the Zonta Club 1 of Colombo as they met last Sunday at the Ballroom of the Colombo Hilton to toast Zonta International Day- and their founder President Ms Mano Muthu Krishna Candappa who had turned 90 earlier in the week.

Totally unaware, Ms Candappa was taken by surprise as midway through the evening, the lights went out and the stage lit up to reveal a beautiful portrait of herself. As the birthday cake was brought in, ablaze with candles, the Soul Sounds sang happy birthday and a fellow member and friend Mano Ramanthan proposed a toast to the pioneer who had launched the Zonta movement in this country, all of 45 years ago.

Zonta takes on marriage!

Boardroom, Bedroom, Elbowroom, goes the subtext of the Zonta International Day Forum organised by the Zonta Club II at the Galle Face Hotel on November 9 at 5.30 p.m. on the subject, Marriage - An Equal Partnership! Is it Desirable? Possible? Or not even ethno-biologically feasible?

This Zonta International Day Forum will feature five well-known personalities airing their views on this subject with audience participation and then fellowship with cheese and wine.

Prominent economist and parliamentarian Harsha de Silva, Ashok Ferrey the writer, Linda Speldewinde of the Academy of Design, Professor of Law Sharya Scharenguivel and Gamini Saparamadu, Chairman of Kent Holdings will be the panelists sharing their views and stirring up a hornets nest perhaps!!

The Forum will look at questions such as:

  • Can a relationship ever be equal - isn't there always a dominant partner?
  • Women are emotional while men are logical;Women are nurturing; Men domineering. So what chance of equality ever?
  • Who decides? On money, children, in-laws, holidays, car, house, domestics, quarrels.
  • How does the law provide safeguards or justice or protection . . . to either party or for balance in a marriage.
  • Career women multitask- carry too much of the load at some personal sacrifice.. while men just focus on careers and appetites!

High spirits at Kandy High street party

It was a wet and windy Saturday night but that didn't dampen the spirits of the girls from Kandy, young and not so young, as the Kandy High School Street Party got into full swing at the Park Street Mews last weekend.

The fundraiser organised by the OGA (Colombo branch) was in aid of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children.

Red Bull flair in Colombo

Celebrated Red Bull bartenders Kiko and Tom made a second visit to Sri Lanka after their sucessful debut at the IIFA after parties last year.

Kiko who has been appointed ambassador of the World Flair Association (WFA) has been nominated bartender of the year by the Portugal Night Awards. This former European Champion has performed at various parties including at the MTV music awards.

London-based Tom has been a part of over 100 competitions; half of which he's won. He is now the co owner of Creative Bartending School, and Co-Founder of the World Flair Association. He has been UK flair champion seven times.

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