Monday, April 13, 2009

Tiptoe Through The Tulips

Seersucker, strappy sandals, sunroofs and sneezing.

Spring has finally arrived, and that means its time to seize the moment and soak up the season. Toenails freshly painted and highlights revived, this is my favorite time of year (though autumn comes in at a close second) because it allows me to get reacquainted with the great outdoors and think about my own seasonal rebirth.

The return of sunshine and warmer temperatures gives way to time on my favorite patios and in my favorite parks - including Cincinnati's stunning Ault Park in Hyde Park/Mt. Lookout.

I strolled through this park a couple weeks ago, but this coming Saturday evening will be my first chance to really savor the beauty of spring's embrace.

The Junior League of Cincinnati is throwing its annual Aultimate Affair event in Ault Park Pavilion (7 to 11:30 p.m.) - it's an occasion to enjoy dinner-by-the-bite from the city's best restaurants, cocktails and wine overlooking the stunning gardens, and of course live music from Leroy Ellington and the E-Funk Band (yes, I used Junior League and Funk in the same, run-on sentence).

This ain't your mama's fundraiser.

While the League has been around since the sands of time, it's not the same organization it used to be - built on a foundation of pearls, twinsets and ivory gloves.

These days, the League is a vital organization dedicated to supporting initiatives for the advancement of women and children in Greater Cincinnati. Members receive special training preparing them to serve as skilled board members and resourceful volunteers for organizations around the Tri-State. I, for one, have had the privilege of volunteering at a battered woman's shelter, local orphanages, and other worthy opportunities around town.

The Aultimate Affair will help the Junior League of Cincinnati stay committed to these endeavors and make other vital investments in the community.

Tickets are $75 at the door - hope to see you there!

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