INSIDE LINE: News & Gossip

» What you missed while you were at the Shore: In early August, Radnor Hunt members and neighboring residents bemoaned a local judge’s ruling that enabled M. Night Shyamalan to retain an “unsightly” fence surrounding his Willistown property. Meanwhile, some Ellis Athletic Center members and SAP America employees were lucky enough to catch glimpses of Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg and other key players in Shyamalan’s upcoming film, The Happening. Though no filming is taking place on-site, the director is using Ellis Preserve for pre-production work. Wahlberg was even spotted one afternoon playing hoops at EAC with some local kids.

» And anyway, who needs the Shore when you’ve got Newport, R.I.? A Main Line contingency that included Matt, Anne, Dorrance and Sam Hamilton of Bryn Mawr, Brian Vogt of Haverford, Whitman and Lynne Ball of Exton and Brian and Pamela Owens of Paoli spent an August weekend hobnobbing at Newport’s famed Breakers and Marble House for the William K. Vanderbilt Jr. Concours d’Elegance. The ultimate in blue-blood fun, the weekend featured a Tour d’Elegance along the scenic roads of Portsmouth, Middletown and Newport. The “show field” of more than 140 classic, antique and competition cars on the lawn of Chateau-sur-Mer and the Breakers included a 1957 Chevy co-owned by Matt Hamilton that is famous for its run in the La Carrera Panamericana distance race.

» We could’ve predicted this one: Former Main Line Today research assistant and 2003 Agnes Irwin graduate Laurie Hugill is shaking things up on The Fashionista Diaries, a new reality series on SoapNet that airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. (and several times during the week). Hugill first appeared on the show in mid-August to replace a fashion assistant who’d been fired. Surely Hugill is hoping to stay—especially now that ABC is picking up the show.

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