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Resort Life, Chapter XXXIII: August – December 1967 Down East + Palm Beach + Naples + Virgin Islands

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By 1967, Brooke Astor had already made a name for herself.  Following her short-lived five-and-one-half year marriage to Vincent Astor, and his ensuing death in 1959, she spent the next more than four decades dispensing as much as $200 million.  As head of the Astor Foundation, she became New York’s most generous godmother. Having transforme... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary Remaking History: Paris Singer & the Everglades Club, 1918-1932

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No matter how thorough Palm Beach’s past was documented, filtering fact from fiction can prove a daunting task to anyone interested in exploring the resort’s hybrid genre of reality. Time and again, social historians must rely on revised memoirs, third wives, feuds, after-dinner speakers, hearsay, and deadline items dashed off by Cholly Knicke... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary Garden Club of Palm Beach preview party + Landmarks denies Episcopal church app + When Lillys bloomed

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The Garden Club of Palm Beach hosted a cocktail party preview for its biennial exhibition “From the Ground Up,” a Garden Club of America flower show, welcoming more than 250 guests to the Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery at The Society of the Four Arts. This year’s event introduced several new awards including the William G. Pann... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social History

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Our Palm Beach members want quick action and thrills, roulette and hazard. Card games are not thrilling.” –The Beach Club, Palm Beach, 1913. “ … Go to Palm Beach, which is not exclusive, but merry, sumptuous and expensive and where there is a chance to meet many prominent men in the gambling rooms …” –Advice […]... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary Fashion + Real Estate = Palm Beach + South Beach

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With more Palm Beach streets than ever detoured by construction vehicles and cement trucks, Worth Avenue was blocked off to showcase an array of velvet-roped Lamborghinis for Thursday night’s exuberant Fashion’s Night Out. And while handbags, high-heels, cupcakes, and art fairs are now primetime cultural pastimes, you might think Real E... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary Wildlife: Art admirers + Ferrari fanatics + Jet nuts + Social Lions

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At first glance you wouldn’t imagine a convention center, an airplane hangar, and a hotel ballroom could make for profound occasions. Nonetheless, during this past week  several of the area’s spacious venues were the scenes for significant events — ArtPalmBeach’s happening at the PBC Convention Center, Jet Aviation’s La Bella Machina... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary Civic Virtue

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Every year when Palm Beach becomes the ultimate destination for the ominum gatherum socialitum to revel within the seasonal spin of black-tie balls and gilded pleasures, it is easy to overlook the just as many whose social life revolves around the pursuit of civic concerns and local issues. As much as the goings-on at exclusive clubs and [&hellip... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary Autumn on Palm Beach

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Palm Beach’s uneventful storm season has passed as the resort’s social-and-sport playlists get underway. The King Library’s annual benefit at the Four Arts attracted several hundred patrons. The Palm Beach Civic Association might not be holding its “Welcome Home Party” until November 30 but the group recently hosted it... READ MORE
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Philadelphia in Palm Beach, Part I

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We are taking today off to continue to optimize the back end of the new site. In the meantime, please enjoy Part 1 of Augustus Mayhew’s series on Philadelphian Ellen Glendinning (first published on these pages in 2011), who kept an extensive diary where she recorded and photographed the life around her family and friends; a chronological scrapboo... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary $59 million Palm Beach estate sale to benefit Columbia University

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Although Columbia University will probably not confer an honorary doctorate to the real estate agent that sells its Palm Beach Midtown $59 million property, the fortunate broker might instead reap a $1+ million commission check. With CU’s scholarship program the designated beneficiary from the sale of the late John Kluge’s Palm Beach enclave,... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary Hearts, Flowers & True Love: A Palm Beach Wedding Diary

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Palm Beach divorces make for breathless headlines, their every detail etched into the public record by vigilant court stenographers. The town’s weddings don’t attract the same spotlight. By the time some land on Palm Beach, taking that first quick-step around an Ocean Boulevard ballroom, their white-dress-walk-down–the-aisle may be but a hazy... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary

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Finally at long last the temperature in Palm Beach is seasonally warm, 70 degrees or more … and all I can say is whoopee! In fact it is just perfect down here, clear, sunny, and toasty warm with no humidity. Let me tell you, we are all thrilled not to be shoveling snow up north! Well, Palm […]... READ MORE

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