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1. Photo for the Town Talk column of Aug. 22, 2015. Malcolm Parry/Vancouver SunMalcolm ParryMALLETS AND FORETHOUGHT: Southlands Riding Club’s polo field can never expand to regulation size. But the recent Pacific Polo Cup event has grown since club VP and Telus executive Kimberley St. Pierre founded it in 2014. With club president Brooke Saunders’ backing, she retained Craig Stowe and Nadia Iadisernia, who imparted some of their Luxury and Supercar Weekend’s gloss. Six vehicles from sponsor Land Rover overlooked the field as Holborn Holdings’ team edged fellow sponsor Heineken’s in the final match. Gery Warner, son Dylan and other hard charging players were applauded by such Southlands stalwarts as Patrick Oswald, whose brother Michael managed the royal stud farms and was the late Queen Mother’s racing manager.

KEY ELEMENTS: Upping the Pacific Polo Cup’s chic count, David Hawksworth’s restaurant catered a tented luncheon where Veuve Clicqot champagne cascaded and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra composer in residence Trevor Hoffmann played a Steinway grand piano. Not tunes from the My Little Pony TV series where he’s a music producer, but plenty from his multi genre repertoire and own compositions. Hoffmann has several music video credits, lately with girlfriend Bobo Zhao, who directed and filmed the documentary Afrinese about Chinese cultural and economic involvement in six African nations.

GLOWING ON: Shannon Bosa Yacoub used to be pregnant when she and husband Emad opened restaurants in the Glowbal Group’s chain. Had that not changed, the couple might have a dozen children today. As for family, Emad’s Cairo resident siblings joined 2,500 hungry, thirsty invitees at Wednesday’s opening of the latest Glowbal eatery, a six room giant in downtown’s oddly named Telus Garden complex. It offers “stripped down North American cuisine from across the continent.” Complementing that claim, Shannon’s dress featured porthole like cut outs that, while avoiding strategic zones, made it clear that it and shoes constituted her entire ensemble.

STRAIGHT A: As Pacific Polo Cup ponies galloped around, Kevin England corralled 45 elderly horses on adjacent Macdonald Street. They resided under the hood of his mint 1931 Ford Model A cabriolet. England also owns a genuine Horseless Carriage, which is what Sears Roebuck called the $395 vehicle in its 1910 mail order catalogue.

SECOND ENCORE: After 53 years in a century old building, Hy’s Encore is getting a makeover. It follows $2 million worth of electrical and mechanical work done in 2013. When completed in a month to Elaine Thorsell’s design, the 98 seat downstairs room and bar will look as it once did to those ordering cheese toast and 18 ounce New York steaks. But a straightened staircase will access a 78 seat room with la carte service and a big window overlooking Hornby Street. The faux stone facade will give way to original brickwork. A drapery style logo will move to the north wall.

It’s called the Encore because late founder Hy Aisenstat’s first venture beyond home base Calgary occupied the Davie off Denman Sands hotel in 1960. Sons Neil and John Aisenstat and partner Rob Macdonald also own Hy’s restaurants in Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Whistler, and Gotham in Vancouver. When his original joint burned down,
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Hy, who was Jewish, wisecracked to investigators that the cause “was either a tri light on the second floor or an Israelite in the basement.”

RAW MEET: A debut exhibition by the RAW organization’s “natural born artists” filled Seymour Street’s Club 560 recently. Along with largely little known independents, Lace Embrace founder Melanie Talkington’s minuet style fashion show echoed her recent historic corset exhibition in the Louvre museum.

More trenchant was New Zealand born Carolyn Bruce who you might expect to see setting out apple pies or pavlovas. She’ll participate in the Brilliant! fundraising concert for St. Paul’s Hospital Sept. 26, then Art World Expo in Toronto Oct. 2.

THE NEW WHITE: Next Tuesday’s chi chi Diner en Blanc likely spurred a same night event where participants will wear only black and know beforehand where they’ll eat.

SOUGHT BY ORT: Founded to help educate Russian Jews in 1880, the 60 nation World ORT organization will honour Michael Geller here Sept. 1. Architect, urban planner and former NPA city council candidate Geller once watched Concord Pacific Developments chief Terry Hui donate $35,000 to United Way. “We Jews and the Chinese are very similar,” he said. “But if Terry were Jewish, he’d say: ‘Here’s my $35,000. Malcolm, how much are you good for? Herschie, how much are you good for? And he’d have another $400,000.”

Known for stan dup shtick, Geller sometimes inadvertently plays straight man. Introducing his successor as president CEO of Burnaby’s UniverCity development, he said: “Do you know Gordon Harris? He’s the guy who .”

” . fixed all your mistakes,” Harris interjected, grinning.

DOWN PARRYSCOPE: After 51 years, Penguin Meat Supply trucks still provoke smiles while waddling by.

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Daphne Bramham: Federal ministers, retailers and others pledge to reduce single use plasticsTen days ago, microplastics researcher Peter Ross filtered one cubic metre of water scooped from Vancouver.

Daphne Bramham: Another thing we don’t need? Plastic, single use coffee podsIn 1998,
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