65th & 3rd Avenue in Manhattan House
There was a reception held here for Meher Baba on 22nd July 1956.
FOR WEEKS, Marion Florsheim and her committee had been planning a dinner for Baba in the Palm Room of Longchamps Restaurant in Manhattan House at 65th and 3rd Avenue. For many people, this reception was the highlight of Baba's visit to New York in 1956.
By 5 P.M. on Sunday, July 22nd, one hundred and thirty-five guests, mostly from the New York area, but some out-of-town lovers as well, assembled in the large Palm Room overlooking the garden at Manhattan House. At the head table, Baba's longstanding disciples Margaret Craske, Enid Corfe, Elizabeth Patterson, John Bass and Darwin Shaw were seated with Baba and the four mandali. Baba wore a pink jacket and white sadra. All rose to greet him when he entered at 5:00 P.M.
Filis Frederick recalled those profound moments:
There was utter silence as all eyes focussed on Baba, radiant as ever and manifestly happy to be with so many of his lovers. As the waiters quietly brought each one a glass of grape juice and placed the bread on the table, one could not help thinking of this new supper with the Beloved as living "holy communion" with him. We all stood and drank a silent toast to him. Baba just touched his lips to his glass. Fortunately, the tables were slanted in his direction so all could see him clearly. No one spoke much to his neighbor; Baba was the main repast.
Courtesy of Lord Meher ; Bhau Kalchuri
pages 4977 to 4985
Meher Baba's address given through Don Stevens
Speech is courtesy of Dennis Schlaen.