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Frances Allen’s Desert Roundup—Desert’s ‘Mini Social Scene’ Kicks Off

Tim Radigan (left) hosted a “Spring Fling” party in his Desert Hot Springs home where he welcomed the Courier’s Frances Allen and “jeweler to the stars” Kevin Parker. Photo by Pat Krause

Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – 12:32 AM

It used to be that all that glimmered came from the performers on stage, but not any more. There was plenty enough to go around as fans and performers ushered in the new season’s rock ‘n’ roll attire for the two weekend back-to-back concerts in what has grown into the largest outdoor rock to concert in the country, officially known as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival held at the Empire Polo Field in Indio.

More than 100,000 fans daily attended the two-weekend event of some 170 bands and artists. However, if there was a queen, it would surely be Beyoncé, who headlined the two closing evenings showing why she’s already amassed 22 Grammys.

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One season ends, another begins. That’s the social cycle of life in the desert. No more mailboxes stuffed with multiple invitations, privacy is restored.

Yet, social events do go on during the desert heat. But, the purpose of the invitations is social … no non-profit solicitation cards allowed.

Take Tim Radigan for an example. The quiet and low-key property mogul is fast becoming “Mr. Desert Hot Springs.” 

He started off our “mini social scene” with a “Spring Fling” at his manse. The evening’s dinner was gourmet-catered and featured multiple floral displays that carried out a bubblegum-pink and forest green color scheme. Adding to the fun was the appearance of Joe Gandelman and his friends, (an extensive bunch of hand puppets).

Among those present were banker Michael Smith, hospital administrator Carl Gilmore,jeweler to the stars Kevin Parker,  and visiting from Newport Beach, Margaret Kott.



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