The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on September 13, 1981 · 30
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The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts · 30

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Sunday, September 13, 1981
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30 "BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE SEPTEMBER 13. 1981 Ritz celebrates Grand Ballroom opening By Kathryn Tolbert Globe Staff . Benny Goodman and Boston's Ritz Carlton arjepjd friends. He packed the Ritz Carlton Roof in the swing music days of the late '30s and early '40s, and was a personal friend and confidant of the late Edward Wyner, the hotel's first owner. -It was only fitting, then, to celebrate the opening of a Grand Ballroom in the hotel's long-pla'nhed addition with a Goodman evening. .About 140 guests paid $1000 each for cock-taitep!dinner, dancing, overnight accommoda-tiohs'and a buffet breakfast. From each ticket, $900, is being contributed to the Boys Clubs of Arrierjca in honor of its 75th anniversary. . The fund-raiser was Boston's first social event' of the fall season, and general manager James Bennett said he was pleased to have the two eyents coincide. "We envision that the ballroom will be used mostly by local people," he said. "We are not in the group or convention market." ,Qeprge W. Blakeley Jr., president of the Ritz' Cartt'on and also a national director of the Boys Clubs of America, offered the Grand Ballroom opening as a fund-raiser: i I "For a phenomenon like the Ritz to make that kind of statement of support will attract all kinds of attention," said David Wynn. of New York City, director of programs for Boys Clubs of America. "What's happening here is more than the dollars." f. Cocktail hour was followed by a four-course -meal served in the ballroom and featuring salmon and halibut mousse with lobster sauce and a veal filet. After dinner, guests listened to mm Mr. and Mrs. Mark Cliff of Milton climb a spiral staircase at reception. , the Goodman concert, then danced until early morning to music by Peter Duchin, son of a big band leader of the 1930s, Eddie Duchin. Goodman, 72, sat at a small table on the mezzanine, his clarinet beside him. to dine shortly before opening the night's program of music with "Lady Be Good," by George Gershwin. I guess we ve come full circle," he said. played here to open the roof garden in 1936." Goodman played a half dozen songs then invited people onto the dance floor with a rendition of "If I Had You," followed by the "Jersey Bounce." Some guests remarked on the comparatively small size of the ballroom, which could seat up. to 250 guests. But others said it was characteristic of the Ritz. "It's small and intimate." said Thorn Egan of Gloucester, director of marketing for the Ritz. The ballroom is the centerpiece of the $20 million addition to the Ritz Carlton. It has a mezzanine and winding staircase, crystal chandeliers, red carpeting with Persian designs, padded walls to absorb sound and a portable dance floor. The 18-story addition to the Ritz Carlton, planned since the early '60s, includes eight floors of condominium apartments that are not yet completed, 80 guest rooms, two diningreception rooms with capacities to seat 60 persons each, a conference room suitable for meetings of boards of directors, and the Grand Ballroom overlooking the Public Garden. The condominiums are expected to be ready for occupancy by year's end. The 52 apartments, ranging from one bedroom to duplexes, have all been sold at prices from $240,000 to more than $500,000, according to hotel officials. Built on the former site of the Engineers Club at the corner of Commonwealth avenue and Arlington steet, the addition at first was opposed by Back Bay residents and others who said it would block the evening sun and cast a shadow over the Garden. It took the owners, the Boston real estate firm of Cabot, Cabrjt & Forbes. ' nearly seven years to gain community approvals and municipal permits for construction, which began in 1979. The Carlton House wing was designed to resemble, and complement, the main Ritz Carlton building that was opened on May 18, 1927. It is decorated with wallpaper that is only faintly visible, simple moulding, tie-back drapes, settees and other touches Bennett described as the "residential look." The entryway is paved in marble, which, along with the brass railings and winding staircases, echo the style of the original hotel. The Ritz went to great pains to make the addition similar to the original building - as far as adding white threads to the hall carpeting to make it the same shade as the older more worn rug. : . From Lane Bryant just for you. Our opulent lame tunic dress is all shimmer and shine a real Sparkling tunic with puffy shoulder interest. Blackcopper acetatemylar. Slip-dress with pleated , flounce, black polyester. 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It's a bright idea for any occasion. All weights given are total. Illustrations enlarged to show detail. Fine Jewelry Root One Boston, and Burlington and Chestnut Hill. 1. Antique jade ring with diamond cluster $495 21. 2. Filigree ring, set with ruby and diamonds : $450 22. 3. Silver and 14K yellow gold bumblebee pin. 23. set with approx. .20 ct. of diamonds $750 24. 4. 14K yellow gold ring set with diamonds $450 25. 5. Dinner ring, set with .80 ct. of diamonds $950 6. Ring, set with 13 ct. of diamonOs $450 26. 7. 14K yellow gold ring, set with diamonds $495 27. 8. Ring, set with clusters of opals $110 28. Filigree ring, set with sapphire and diamonds $295 29. Amethyst ring, set with .36 ct. of diamonds $1600 30. Ruby ring, set with .50 ct. of diamonds $895 31. Pin, set with 3.75 ct. of diamonds $1 750 32. Diamond ring, 1,21 ct $1500 33. Ring, set with sapphire 34. and approx 25 ct. of diamonds $750 35. 15. Ring, set with sapphire and diamonds $375 36. 16. 14K gold ring, set with pearl $495 37. 17. 14K white gold earrings 38. . set with 1 .02 ct. of diamonds $1 250 39. 18. Enamel earstuds, set with 13 ct. of diamonds $525 40. 19. 14K yellow gold bracelet. et with sapphire 41. and approx. .20 ct. of diamonds $695 20. Earrings, set with two rubies and two diamonds $350 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Stick pin, set with .27 ct. of diamonds $325 Horseshoe stickpin, set with .15 ct. of diamonds ... $195 Ruby pendant, set with .80 ct. of diamonds $1250 Brilliant-cut diamond solitaire ring. 1.46 ct. $2750 Ring, set with sapphires and .20 ct. of diamonds $375 Brilliant-cut diamond solitaire ring. 1.14 ct '. $1650 Brilliant-cut diamond solitaire ring. .60 ct $950 Diamond ring, .88 ct. $1500 Ring, set with 1.35 ct. of diamonds $3500 Diamond solitaire ring. .90 ct $2150 Brilliant-cut diamond solitaire ring. 1 13 ct $4200 14K gold ring, set with 1 ct. diamond $1500 Diamond solitaire ring. .34 ct $995 Filigree ring, set with diamond and sapphires $225 Ring, set with .80 ct. of diamonds $2250 Diamond ring, set with 2.60 ct. of diamonds $2300 Amethyst ring, set with four diamonds $395 Diamond ring, 2.75 ct $2900 14K yellow gold ring, set with aquamarine $1200 Diamond ring, 1.30 ct $995 Platinum bracelet, set with 6.50 ct. of diamonds . . . $9000 we have exactly what you want TCvORROW MONDAY ALL RLENE STORES OPEN THE USUAL HOURS BOSTuN Q-30 TO 8 30. 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