Scene around town

Wally the Green Monster and Kelli Pedroia read to children at Fenway. Wally the Green Monster and Kelli Pedroia read to children at Fenway. (Regan Communications)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / June 30, 2010

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The green monster known as Wally joined Dustin Pedroia’s wife, Kelli, at Fenway yesterday to read to kids as part of a promotion for ReadBoston and Dunkin’ Donuts. . . . After their press conference yesterday, newest Bruins Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton checked out the B’s youth hockey clinic at Puopolo Park in the North End. . . . Tampa Ray Evan Longoria lunched alone at Charley’s on Newbury yesterday, chowing down on a French dip sandwich with fries, salad, and iced tea. He was at Sonsie the night before with teammates Carl Crawford and Matt Garza, while Sox owner John Henry, wife Linda Pizzuti, and Sox chairman Tom Werner were eating at a table nearby.

Celtics cruise
The almost-NBA champs went on a sunset cruise with a few of their most ardent fans last night. Glen “Big Baby’’ Davis, Kendrick Perkins, and Brian Scalabrine hit the high seas with former C’s Cedric Maxwell and Dana Barros as part of a fund-raiser for the Shamrock Foundation. Fans paid $150 per person for the privilege of spending some time with the big men on the Spirit of Boston.

Katie channels Jackie
With the prosthetic baby bump and the ’60s bob, Katie Holmes is a reasonable facsimile of Jacqueline Kennedy. The actress is playing the former first lady in the History Channel miniseries “The Kennedys,’’ which is filming now in Ontario.

Much needed surprise
Because it’s a tough time for the celebrated singer, Carly Simon’s boyfriend arranged a surprise 65th birthday party for her the other day. Simon’s significant other, surgeon Richard Koehler, threw a party for the “You’re So Vain’’ singer on a boat in Martha’s Vineyard, and a few dozen friends and family members were there. (Guests included William Styron’s widow, Rose, and Larry David’s ex, Laurie, who brought along her beau, Bart Thorpe.) If Simon isn’t all smiles these days, it’s understandable. Her name recently surfaced in the fraud probe of Kenneth I. Starr, the money manager whose celebrity clients included Caroline Kennedy, Martin Scorsese, and Uma Thurman. Simon says she lost more than $15 million to Starr, who’s being held without bail, accused of running a Bernie Madoff-like scheme. “I don’t like to admit how little I knew about anything financial,’’ Simon told the New York Observer. Comparing the charming alleged con artist to Jay Gatsby, Simon said “[Starr] is nothing like an F. Scott Fitzgerald story. F. Scott Fitzgerald stories always had class, and where they [expletive] up, they did so by bathing in the fountain of the Plaza Hotel. They did not steal people’s money.’’

Night on the Towne
The opening of Towne Stove and Spirits, Patrick Lyons’s latest venture with chefs Lydia Shire and Jasper White, attracted a slew of notables the other night. VIPs at the event, which was a fund-raiser for the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, included Jim Rooney of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Celts CEO and MEEI chairman Wyc Grousbeck and wife Corinne, BoSox brass John Henry and Tom Werner, Sox limited partner David Ginsberg, developer Steve Karp, investor Joe O’Donnell, SunLife’s Terry Mullen, hockey Hall of Famer Cam Neely and wife Paulina, WCVB’s Kelly Tuthill, party planner Bryan Rafanelli, club owner Ed Kane, Tiffany and J.B. Dowd,’s Lisa Pierpont, AG Martha Coakley and husband Tom O’Connor, MEEI CEO John Fernandez, Dr. Lucy Young and husband Dr. Henning Gaissert, Dr. Daniel Deschler, Bryan Koop of Boston Properties, developer Jeremy Sclar, Spark Capital’s Todd Dagres, Bill Helman of Greylock Management Corp., the BRA’s Harry Collings, and developer Arthur Winn and wife, Alicia. Located at the Hynes, Towne is set to open in late July. Lyons will be around for that, but he is bound for Europe in the fall. The co-owner of Sonsie, Scampo, Summer Shack, and assorted other restaurants told us he and his wife, Kristina, and their two children are moving to Rome for a year. Why? “Why not?’’ he said.

The bachelorette
Count us among those the skeptics who didn’t believe Newton’s own John Krasinski would make it down the aisle with British actress Emily Blunt. (You know how things go in Hollywood.) Well, looks like we were wrong again. Blunt had her bachelorette party at LA’s Trousdale Lounge, and guests included Amy Adams. According to, the gals took over a table in the back room, enjoyed cocktails, and “danced the night away.’’ The night before, Blunt and Krasinski dined with friends at Chateau Marmont.

Made in the SHADE
Everything in moderation, especially the sun. That’s the word from Shonda Schilling, a melanoma survivor and wife of former Sox ace Curt Schilling. Shonda was at Kings in Dedham yesterday to kick off her SHADE Foundation’s Limit the Sun, Not the Fun program, which encourages kids and families to beat the heat by playing indoors. Kids can bowl for free — with a paying adult — at the Kings in Dedham and Boston between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

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