Last night,our town played host to three major parties.

The Eisenhower World Affairs Institute sponsored a celebratory dinner at the State Department marking the 30th anniversary of the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Cultural Affairs Program. The program provides academic, artistic and professional exchanges between the two nations. The hosts were Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Charles Z. Wick, director of the U.S. Information Agency. More than 25 Soviet government and community leaders were invited, including the Soviet minister of culture, Vasily G. Zakharov. Among the guests expected were author Norman Mailer, painter Jamie Wyeth and jazz pianist Dave Brubeck and their wives, and Dwight Eisenhower's biographer (and grandson) David Eisenhower and his wife Julie Nixon Eisenhower.

At the Mayflower Hotel there was a roast of William Winpisinger, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The master of ceremonies was Jim Hightower, the Texas agriculture commissioner. Roasters lined up for the event included Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), Sen. Howard M. Metzenbaum (D-Ohio), Pamela Harriman and Second City comedian Aaron Freeman. .

And at the East Building of the National Gallery of Art, the Congressional Arts Caucus sponsored a reception for 300 people. The evening was in honor of the opening of the new exhibit "The Human Figure in Early Greek Art." Heading the guest list were Melina Mercouri, the Greek minister of culture; Robert Duemling, director of the National Building Museum; and Christina Orr-Cahall, director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

The exhibit opens to the public on Sunday.

The Royal Watch Down Under

The prince and princess of Wales arrived in Melbourne yesterday to the delight of a welcoming crowd of thousands. (The royal couple had joined the mass celebrations of Australia's bicentennial in Sydney's harbor the day before, which was the focus of their 10-day visit.)

As the Melbourners cheered them, Prince Charles and Princess Diana were treated to performances by acrobats and contortionists. Aussie Patricia Minchington kissed the prince and told reporters the kiss rated a 10:

"... His skin is lovely," said Minchington. "She {Diana} is mad if she divorces him. I will take her place."

Pat Travers' Visit

Rocker Pat Travers, of "Boom, Boom, Out Go the Lights" fame, stopped by Chadsey's Saloon downtown Sunday night. He and a friend drank rum and Coke and chatted for a few hours.