GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT, September 19th- Over 100 people attended the high goal ‘Winston S. Churchill International Polo Cup’– which is sanctioned by the United States Polo Association and is played annually at The Greenwich Polo Club-Conyers Farm. The match is conducted jointly by the New York Churchillians and The Churchill Centre, with proceeds going to the Centre in support of it’s programs that promote the life and leadership lessons of Sir Winston Churchill.
As Churchill scholars are aware, and many if not most admirers know- Sir Winston was a championship polo player while serving in India in the late 1890’s, and he once famously said ” a polo handicap is a passport to the world”. Churchill played spirited polo until he retired at age 52– and was riding horses until age 76! This ‘Cup’ was thusly named in honor of Sir Winstons’ famous love of polo, all equine sports and the affection he displayed for animals- large and small.
As Honorary Event Chair Randolph Churchill, great grandson of Sir Winston, and guests looked on, ‘Team Churchill’ played ‘Emerging Traders’ in a spirited and highly competitive match that ‘see- sawed’ back and forth–with the lead alternately changing numerous times. Ultimately, Emerging Traders overcame Team Churchill.
Final Score : Traders 9 – Team Churchill 8.
Randolph Churchill presented all awards including the beautiful Baccarat crafted ‘Winston S. Churchill International Polo Cup’ trophy to the Victors’.
It was a magnificent day, and we wish to thank our donors and sponsors for making this event possibile: -Marcus & Molly Frost -Kristen Kelly Fisher -Bertil & Elizabeth Lundqvist -Gregg Bermann -Tina Santi Flaherty -The ’21’ Club -Davidoff Cigars / Winston Churchill Collection
Things happen quickly when you are with a Churchill. Randolph Churchill, the great grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, zipped into New York on a Friday and vanished just as quickly on a Sunday. Invited to the “Big Apple” to present the Winston Churchill International Polo Cup on Sunday, September 19th, which was organized by the New York Churchillians of which I am a member, he was a man on a mission.
As everyone was eager to welcome Randolph to New York, I offered to give a small luncheon party in his honor at my home the day before the polo match. As I live in the Penthouse of my building which is located on Fifth Avenue, I thought that Randolph would enjoy the terrace views of the dramatic Manhattan skyline, the tree top glory of Central Park as well as the majesty of the Metropolitan Museum, which is two short blocks away from my home. Our building also has an interesting provenance as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis moved to 1040 Fifth Avenue after her time in the White House and lived here the final thirty years of her life, which led me to write a book about her. Her husband, President John Kennedy, was known to be a great fan of Sir Winston Churchill and conferred on him an honorary citizenship of the United States in 1963.
It was a beautiful, sunny New York day, with clear blue skies and quite warm — as it can be in September — a perfect day for a luncheon.
Never having entertained a Churchill before, I wondered what set of china would best reflect the Churchill legacy. Suddenly I remembered that as a young boy and into manhood, Sir Winston was a passionate butterfly collector. An avid lepidopterist, it was a hobby he returned to over and over throughout his adventurous life. I also happen to love butterflies and have a china collection in a Butterfly Garden pattern. Voila! Out I pulled the china along with a dozen frosted butterfly figurines in green, yellow, amber, blue and clear, which I spread the length of the dining table. Remembering that Clementine, later the Baroness Spencer, Churchill had a rose garden at Chartwell, I filled three of my antique Irish silver potato bowls with masses of red roses and placed them on the table as well. To remind Randolph of his homeland, I used my collection of English antique George IV silver water goblets.
My next challenge was to determine what to serve. Knowing that Randolph’s famous great grandfather, Sir Winston, had a prodigious appetite, I figured that Randolph was probably a chip off the old block. I decided the only answer was to serve extra large portions of everything including puffy crab cake appetizers, copious portions of Veal Roma with fresh garden vegetables and two large scoops of pistachio and coconut ice cream laced with dark chocolate sauce and home-baked chocolate chip cookies. We enjoyed our meal with ample glasses of Pol Roger champagne served in crystal flutes of the St. Louis pattern.
Laurence Geller, the British-born president of the Churchill Centre in Washington, and vice-chairman of the American Friends of The Churchill Museum, asked me to write a recollection of some of my conversations with Emery Reves. “It should be about his association with Winston Churchill,” he told me, “and would be published in Chartwell Bulletin’s online edition.”
“My friendship with Emery Reves became firm and longstanding, when he realized that I admired him for his ideas about how to secure world peace, not because of his close association with Winston Churchill,” I wrote.
I recalled that during one of our extended conversations, Emery confessed that it hurt him, and he had always resented it when journalists interviewing him, or people at dinner parties, asked questions mostly about his relationship with Churchill, and just coincidentally about his seminal work, “The Anatomy of Peace.”
“Although I have always considered Churchill one of the giants of history, I resented to be seen as his appendix. I have lived in his shadow for too long,” Reves said to me.
I never did press Emery for details of his relationship with Churchill, but having been a born story-teller, during the many years of our friendship, he often volunteered to tell me about episodes involving Churchill.
At one time we were talking about how he had recruited contributors to his international newspaper syndicate, such statesmen’s as Lord Cecil, Austen Chamberlain and many others. I asked Reves, how did he manage to sign up Churchill?
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, September 20, 2010 – Craig Horn, North Carolina Churchillians, Ken Childs, Bernard Baruch Chapter (South Carolina), co-chairmen of the 27th International Churchill Conference, March 24-26, 2011, in Charleston, SC, and Judy Kambestad, Churchillians of Southern California, and Conference Manager, met with Greg Wilsbacher, Curator, Newsfilm Collections, Moving Image Research Collection (MIRC), and staff at the University of South Carolina to preview the first pass at editing newsreels. Judy Kambestad had edited nine hours of film, most of it ‘historic’ or unedited and unseen outtakes, down to two hours. Footage includes Churchill speaking on India in 1931. 1942 includes a speech to workers with Clementine and Mary Churchill in Yorkshire; arriving home by plane from Russia and the Far East; later trip in Moscow; and in Dover with General Smuts. 1943 includes Casablanca; partial speech to U.S. Congress; North Africa; Canada; Mary Churchill (The Lady Soames, LG, DBE) at Ft Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA visiting WACs base; Honorary Degree at Harvard; Tehran; watching paratroopers; and Mary Churchill, Second Subaltern, British Auxiliary Territorial Service, christening a US bomber with Coca Cola. In 1944 Churchill, Clementine and Mary watch a ‘buzz’ bomb demonstration. Portions of the one-hour silent outtakes of unseen D-Day Normandy landings by the Canadian and British armed forces will be used at the end of the DVD.
It was decided at this meeting to edit the film to 45 minutes for the gift DVD for conference registrants, and a 30-minute DVD for classroom use. Select footage of all the newsreels will be shown during the conference, including both silent and Movietone Newsreels as shown in theaters made from the silent footage. This historic footage is drawn from USC’s Fox Movietone News Collection, which includes rarely or never before seen materials from newsreel and armed forces cameramen. The gift DVD, done in Ken Burns’ style with narration, subtitles, and music, will never be sold. There will be a conference edition only for registrants. USC/MIRC maintains the copyrights and is partnering with the Churchill Centre to produce this DVD.
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