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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
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Palm Beach Social History: Casa Apava: Architectural Flashback

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With past and present presidential links garnering much of the Palm Beach limelight, it may be fitting to recount the work of the youngest son of President James Garfield, architect Abram Garfield, who designed Casa Apava. Although today it is best known for its Billionaire’s Row location, impressive measurements and astronomical price, the seclu... READ MORE
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Romanesque Revival: Addison Mizner’s Riverside Baptist Church

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Addison Mizner’s influential style continues to shape Palm Beach and Boca Raton’s architectural ambiance. And yet, what some consider Mizner’s magnum opus, his only religious building, remains far-removed from this protective limelight. One of 16 churches and more than 2,000 contributing buildings comprising Jacksonville’s Riverside Histori... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary: Uncommon Lives

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Uncommon Lives: David & Gertrude! Emily! Charles! Gertie! George & LaLa! Palm Beach’s seasonal social cha-cha-cha may be drawing to a close but apparently islanders will still need to adjust their calendar and logistics for the comings-and-goings of POTUS45, especially those living within the perimeter termed “the zone.” L... READ MORE
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America First: Howard Major at Palm Beach

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America First: Howard Major at Palm Beach Architect Howard Major was Palm Beach’s leading advocate for an American-based classical building style during the post-WW I boom when Spanish and Italian reproductions became commonplace. Foreshadowing today’s “America First” populist sentiment, Major believed a mix of Old World styles should never... READ MORE
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Aristocratic Artist: Albert Herter at Palm Beach

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Aristocratic Artist: Albert Herter at Palm Beach “Well, Albert Herter simply has no right to exist. To begin with, he was born to wealth and social position; he is handsome and attractive in manner, and he has exceptional talent. You see, his career knocks the props from under those accepted saws about the impetus of […]... READ MORE
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Washington Social Diary: From Georgetown To Old Town

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It’s a New York Social Diary tradition each year for this column to feature the festive holiday decorations of the homes in Georgetown, the capital’s well-preserved historic neighborhood that was founded in 1751 and once served as a port. The residential area is one of the prettiest places to stroll during the holidays. This year we add [... READ MORE
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Resort Life, Chapter XXXVIII: January 1970 – December 1970 Palm Beach + Boca Grande + Down East + Brittany + Ireland

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On New Year’s Day 1970, maestro Leopold Stokowski was visiting Palm Beach. Soviet ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin was due for a vacation at The Breakers. Dina Merrill and Cliff Robertson were put up at Mar-a-Lago. Alvin and Lilly Fuller were ensconced in their new Chinese-style house with a ten-tier pagoda by the pool.  During the holidays... READ MORE
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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 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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