All the extras that entails

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A leg up at The Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach. Photo: JH.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022. The weather these past two days have been truly Spring-like with temps up to the low-70s midday. Perfect time for a massive snowstorm that shuts down the city on Saturday. Or Thursday. The weather is so un-Northeast that generations have known. I think it really has changed climatically. Mother Nature’s always up to something. For our own good. (Isn’t that what your Mother used to say when you didn’t agree?) Anyway,  yesterday’s hint of Spring was definitely an up-vote.

Nevertheless we can dream, can’t we? That’s what they did over at Doubles for their annual Apres Ski Junior Party. Members Junior Committee Co-Chairs: Ann Hunter Van Kirk, Amy Hutchings, Krissie Darr, Betsy Corbin and Kate Earls helped fill the many tables as 180 members and friends had a good time dressing up by dressing down: ski sweaters, ski pants, ski hats, goggles.

L. to r.: Kate Earls and Amy Hutchings; Alex Verdone, Jordan Townsley, and Avery Toland.

Everything but the snow. But it was inside and there was the Doubles chef and staff who turn out a menu that’s reason enough to join the club. This night everyone enjoyed the Persian Cucumber and Yellow Beet Salad, Chicken Florentine with Wild Mushroom Risotto, and Black Forest Gelato Cake. Finishing up the delish and DJ Michael warming up the room with the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Got a Feeling.” And the evening took off.

Yes, it could be worse. New times but sometimes just like the old.

Elizabeth Belfer, Tara Tunney, Krissie Darr, Sarah Scott, and Brooke Fitzgerald.
L. to r.: Lili Turner and Allen George; Nick Reece and Allie Grace.
Sarah Van Tassel, Charlotte Sethness, Ellie Sethness, Caroline Blake, and Emily Beimfohr.
Lawrence Slocum and Nicholas Delany.
L. to r.: Claire Hardwick and Natalie Quinn; Belle Evans and Jacques Dent.
Mary-Louisa Mellon, Katie Harlow, Adele Bernhard, and Isabel Villalba.
Nicky De Fosset, Monica Ploc, Lauren Soucy, Kristen Lasorsa, and Suzie De Fosset.
Henry Wilson, Adele Bernhard, Nolan Crawford, and Mary-Louise Mellon.
Isabel Villalba and Theodore Frelingheysen.
Patrick Lyons, Avery Toland. Jordan Townsley, Juliana Merola,  Frannie Shellman, Lulu Zeitouneh, Benjamin Rhodes, and Alex Verdone (front)
Michael Dabney, Anina Fraser, Liz Gough, Natalie Dabney, and Powell Fraser.
Janie Kruse Garnett, Lawrence Slocum, and Hilary Kenyon.

Meanwhile half the world has moved to Palm Beach (or Miami). I’m wildly exaggerating of course but there is something wild and exaggerating about that fact that so many have taken up residence full time or often full time over the last two and a half years. It’s a real estate boom and all the extras that entails. Like the restaurant business because people like to get out more than ever. Aside from being good for business, it remains good for the charities that raise their funds at social events.

A couple of weeks ago the Lighthouse Guild, which is the the leading organization dedicated to providing exceptional services that inspire people who are visually impaired to attain their goals, held such an event, “A Visionary Evening” at Club Colette, a dinner dance honoring Jennifer and the Honorable David Fischer, former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco. The Alex Donner Orchestra provided entertainment.

Ambassador David and Jennifer Fischer, with Dr. Calvin Roberts.

Marc Rosen, Founder of the Palm Beach Friends of Lighthouse Guild, thanked committee members and supporters and introduced Dr. Calvin W. Roberts, the President and CEO of Lighthouse Guild and clinical professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College.

In a touching surprise tribute, Dr. Roberts and Tom Quick presented Marc with an award honoring his late wife, Arlene Dahl, who passed away in November 2021. For more than 40 years, Arlene served as International Ambassador at Large for Lighthouse Guild in New York and Palm Beach.

Kathryn Bryan, Marc Rosen, and Susan Gutfreund.

After dinner, Dr. Roberts introduced the Fischers, and highlighted their many accomplishments, and then presented them with the Lighthouse Guild’s Visionary Award. Following this, Tom Quick conducted a live auction.

The evening drew more than 140 guests, and was a record-breaking success. Proceeds from the Dinner and live auction will support Lighthouse Guild’s program and services for people who are blind or visually impaired to live the lives they aspire to.

Beth DeWoody and Tom Quick.

Lighthouse Guild’s podcast series, “On Tech & Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts,” offers information and insights about technological innovations that are tearing down barriers for people who are blind or visually impaired.

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L. to r.: Ambassador John and Terry Rakolta; Sharon Sondes and Geoffrey Thomas.
Pamela Fiori, Bill Beadleston, and Jackie Weld.
L. to r.: Sharon Bush Murray and Bob Murray; Amb Elizabeth Frawley Bagley and Mary Mahoney.
L. to r.: Michael Donnell and Kara Ross; Muffy and Donald Miller.
Margie and Roy Furman and Linda Landis.
L. to r.: Andrea and Dr. Calvin Roberts; Jean Denoyer and Barbara San Damien.
L. to r.: Kathy Bleznak and Felicia Taylor; Yaz and Valentin Hernandez.
L. to r.: Esty and Dan Brodsky; James Borynack and Adolfo Zarulegui.
Betsy Turner,  with Mira and Vincent Ricardel.
L. to r.: Martin and Audrey Gruss; Grace and Chris Meigher.

Art for Arts Sake. The glittering hordes that are now relaxing in PB are the collectors, and the artists, and photographers that have encouraged the marketers of culture. Business is good in that department.  This Thursday evening, March 10th, between 5 and 8 p.m., the Cavalier Gallery (292 South County Road), with Jane Holzer & John Paulson, are hosting a VIP Pre-Show Viewing of Christophe von Hohenberg’s new book of photographs, The White Album of the Hamptons. The exhibit will run through March 17.

Click to order The White Album of the Hamptons.

The Foreword to the book was written by his friend, author Jay McInerney:

Christophe von Hohenberg has made a name for himself as one of the most celebrated photographers of his generation with a body of work exhibiting a distinctive urban sensibility.

He is probably best known for his portraits of New York personalities — of artist, writers, fashionistas, and heiresses and men about town. Since the early eighties, he has created a kind of collective portrait Manhattan’s beau monde; his best known book documented the mourners as Andy Warhol’s memorial in 1987 — a who’s who of fashionable New York. More recently he has turned his eye on the faces and architecture of Mexico City, where he spends part of his year.

This latest book represents a surprising and stunning departure from this body of work, at least stylistically, although there is a certain sense in which it represents an extension of his interest in New York as a subject. The beaches of the Hamptons are the summertime refuge of fashionable New Yorkers — and of a generation of artists from William Merritt Chase to Eric Fischl, who have been attracted to the landscape and the marine-infected light.

Von Hohenberg joins the ranks of those artist with these luminous photographs of the beaches of the Hamptons. The ghostly figures on the sand, silhouetted against the surf and the sky, might be famous New Yorkers, but their individuating characteristics have been bleached away by the sun and the figurative squint of the observer (Although curiously, the dogs seem to have personalities.)

The humans have become anonymous and diminished against the overwhelming backdrop of the ocean. These images are by turns soothing and haunting and yet somehow familiar. Von Hohenberg has discovered a perspective that was in front of us all along, which we couldn’t quite isolate until he presented it to us.

A selection of photographs by Christophe von Hohenberg from his newest book, The White Album of the Hamptons.

Photographs by Capehart (Lighthouse); Jill Nelson/ (Apres Ski).

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