Location, Location, Location

updated 11/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

Central Park Pocahontas Premiere
The real Pocahontas would have been left songless by the scene just around the river bend. On the 13-acre Great Lawn of New York City's famed greensward, a crowd of 100,000—1,000 times the population of Jamestown settlement in 1607—amiably picnicked last June 10 before Disney's 33rd animated feature was shown on four enormous screens.

The American Museum of Natural History Lost World Party
Talk about a blast from the past. Some 450 guests, including Martha Stewart, Calvin Trillin and Diane von Furstenberg, gathered on Sept. 21 under the menacing, 50-foot-tall bones of a 150-million-year-old barosaurus in the New York City museum's rotunda to help launch Michael Crichton's sequel to his blockbuster Jurassic Park. While many nibbled poached shrimp and smoked salmon, the guest of honor was distinctly uncomfortable as a cocktail-circuit celebrity. "I'm so tall that I can't hear people too well," the 6'9" Crichton confessed in the echoing hall. "And I like to sit down after a while."

Metropolitan Museum of Art Founders' Fete
Only Egyptian and Roman dignitaries were allowed in the Temple of Dendur (above) in 15 B.C. The crowd that came to the temple's current site on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue for the museum's 125th-anniversary fund-raiser on April 10, A.D. 1995, was nearly as elite. Wall Street dealmaker Henry R. Kravis, Vogue editor Anna Win-tour and others went on a mock scavenger hunt for artifacts and then repaired to the Petrie European Sculpture Court and the museum restaurant (left), where they were joined by another 1,000 celebrants.

Buckingham Palace Garden Party
"Nothing much happens," says Anglican Bishop David Halsey, "but it happens in a most exquisite way." Three afternoons each July, to honor "people from all walks of life," as the Palace puts it, some 8,000 mailmen, surgeons, stationmasters and the like are given tea and egg-and-cress sandwiches on the vast lawn, while the band of the Coldstream Guards plays selections from London musicals. A lucky preselected few have a moment or two with the royal family. "It's the English middle class on parade," says one guest of the July 13 spectacle. "At least it keeps the millinery trade in business."

Beverly Hills Hotel Reopening Bash
When the pink palace on Sunset Boulevard reopened after a 2½-year, $100 million renovation on June 3, it wasn't the only venerable edifice on display. Golden oldies Ricardo Montalban, Mickey Rooney and Milton Berle were among some 75 stars who toasted the home of the Polo Lounge. Said actor Joe Mantegna as he strolled by the pool: "It's what the Statue of Liberty is to New York. It's what makes Hollywood Hollywood."

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