Scoopy’s Notebook, May 17, 2012
Tea, sympathy — and diamonds!!! Tea and Sympathy, the English-themed restaurant on Greenwich Ave., will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II on Sat. June 2, with a real diamond hunt, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in Seravalli Playground, on Hudson St. between Horatio and Gansevoort Sts. Proceeds from the event from the sale of $100 tickets will go to the Dustin Keller Foundation, which supports local programs for children and youth. The event, expected to draw hundreds of participants, will involve teams looking for clues leading to 10 diamonds with a total value of $25,000, donated by the jeweler Yves Ringler. As part of the event, Reebok will donate 200 basketballs, T-shirts and track bags. Tickets are available online at cityhunt.org/jubilee. For more information, phone Nicky Perry at Tea and Sympathy, 212-989-9735 or 646-235-3898. Updates will be forthcoming on Twitter @TeaAndSympathy or on Facebook at facebook.com/TeaAndSympathyNYC .
Talkin’ baseball: Congratulations to Lucas Mann, whose first book, “Class A,” published by Pantheon, is slated to come out next spring. Mann, who interned with The Villager a few summers ago, went on to get his M.F.A. at the University of Iowa. The former Greenwich Village Little League pitcher spent time with a minor league baseball team out there, and his new book is about the team and the town they play in. Mann won’t be the first former Villager intern to make headlines. As former Villager Editor Reed Ide once related to us, Obama senior advisor David Axelrod put in his time toiling next to Scoopy back in the day.
Correction: The B.J. Westman obituary in The Villager of May 10 neglected to say that his beloved niece, Deborah Caudle, of Forest Hills, survives. The sentence about his friend Jack Sydow surviving was also in error. Sydow died in 2010. B.J. Westman died in a Beth Israel Hospital luxury suite with hospice care, said his friend Susan Quist.