Regatta Gala

The Met Gala was held last night with all the famous and near famous decked out in noteworthy style for a good cause. The annual event raises funds for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in NYC. Held as a red carpet event, the Met Gala kicks off the opening of the annual Costume Exhibit. A kind of fashion meets funding. Past themes include Superheroes, Ballet Russes, Punk, Alexander McQueen, Schiaparelli and Prada. This year’s theme is “China: Through the Looking Glass,” which runs May 7 through August 16.

Then again there is the Regatta Gala, you know the one originating not by NYC’s Central Park like the Met, but by NBC’s Central Perk. “Regatta Gala” is actually an urban term first used November 12, 1998 on the seventh episode, fifth season of Friends, “The One Where Ross Moves In.” Put off by a last minute party invitation from new neighbor Danny (George Newbern), Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) makes up previous plans as to not seem too eager, playing it stealth and hard to get instead. Reaching for a reason, something, anything more impressive than Danny’s housewarming party, Rachel blurts out “uh gala.” When Danny further asks, “What’s the gala for,” she fumbles and says “It’s a uh, Regatta Gala.”

But you have to give it to Rachel for at least knowing how early regatta times can be.

Monica (Courtney Cox): Can’t you just say it starts later?

Rachel: What? What kind of Regatta Gala starts at night?!

Monica: The fake kind!


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