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South Florida Social Diary: Indian Summer @ Palm Beach & Miami

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During this past week the only more astronomical phenomena than the area’s high 80s-low 90s temperatures were Palm Beach County’s annual property tax assessments that arrived in the mail, especially Palm Beachers. Those with tax bills in excess of $500,000 probably took time to reflect on the barrier island’s pivotal milestones that elevated ... READ MORE
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San Francisco Opera Celebrates its 96th Season

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The San Francisco Opera opened its 2018–19 season with its annual weekend of celebratory affairs, including two sold-out galas—Opera Ball 2018: ¡Viva La Noche!and the BRAVO! CLUB Opening Night Gala, one of the grandest and most opulent events in the city. Opera aficionados enjoyed a double bill of Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and R... READ MORE
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13th Annual Festival Napa Valley, Part II — The Galas

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13TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY OPENING WEEKEND 2018 Part II – THE GALAS Festival Napa Valley recently “uncorked” its 13th season. I made my annual pilgrimage, one of a delighted 10,000 attendees who enjoyed wine, food, and cultural events over ten days at different venues throughout the Valley’s Wine Country. Continuing my coverage of... READ MORE
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SAN FRANCISCO MOMA MODERN BALL 2018

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SAN FRANCISCO MOMA MODERN BALL 2018 RAISES $4 MILLION The biannual Modern Ball at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)—always high on my must-attend list—was once again a spectacular event, this year raising $4 million for education and exhibition programs, including free admission for all visitors under age 18. Some 2,000 reveler-suppor... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary: April on Palm Beach

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This morning’s wave break had a slight curl, the water was bliss, and shorebirds were increasingly scarce. April’s humidity suggests Palm Beach’s seasonal hiatus is well underway, its charitable convergence and social marathon more measured. The resort’s fabled settings are being struck and Bentleys garaged, ballrooms and dining rooms darke... READ MORE
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Treasures of China’s Heritage: Part 5, Fujian and Shanxi

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Treasures of China’s Heritage: Touring with the Global Heritage Fund Fifth of a Seven-Part Series Fujian and Shanxi In anticipation of a return to China, I’ve been revisiting my past travels to the country. Some of my best memories of the “Middle Kingdom” include my nine-day tour of historically significant sites with the Palo Alto-based [&... READ MORE
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Flower Power: Garden Parties at Palm Beach

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The Palm Beach calendar is entering its seasonal lull as bridge foursomes go their separate directions and golfers tee off for Northern climes. Amid the final flurry of luncheons, teas and galas, two of the area’s most notable green thumbs, The Garden Club of Palm Beach and The Gentlemen of the Garden, celebrated milestones. GCPB […]... READ MORE
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Sarasota Social Diary: The Botanical Gardens and the Ringling

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When Jane Holzer, or Baby Jane Holzer, as she is widely known, saw preparations for the exhibit: “Warhol: Flowers in the Factory” at Sarasota’s Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, she gave it the ultimate blessing after seeing the plans and enjoying a dinner capped with a Warhol-inspired banana split. “Andy would have loved it,” she told [&hel... READ MORE
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Horse Power: Red Hills International Horse Trials

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The 20th Anniversary Red Hills International Horse Trials, a top-ranked Eventing competition, was held at the sublime 670-acre Elinor Klapp Phipps Park in Tallahassee. Red Hills offers a refreshing close-up of riders and their horses, far from the tame refinements found at Wellington’s Winter Equestrian Festival. My first Eventing and always a de... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary

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Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney exhibition opens at Norton Museum of Art Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s historical prominence is most often defined by her dynastic lineage and philanthropy, particularly as founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art, rather than her proficient skills, aesthetic and accomplishments as a noteworthy 20th century sculpt... READ MORE