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Washington Social Diary – Katherine And David Bradley: A Cut Above

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When I look back over the archives of three years of writing the Washington Social Diary there are two names that stand out: Katherine Brittain Bradley and David G. Bradley. Not only have I written a lot of stories that centered on one or another of their cocktail and dinner parties, but with each story there’s a […]... READ MORE
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Washington Social Diary’s countryside getaway – Blackberry Farm: Sleep Away Camp for Rich People

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Oh, to be a lottery winner, Goldman-Sachs executive or newly rich! I would peel off a wad of fresh green and jet back to the even greener hills of Tennessee and the pastoral fields at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains. I would be pampered, but with a veneer of roughing it: good food, […]... READ MORE
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Washington Social Diary: The White Out

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The Washington blizzard of last weekend was dense and intense, and even beautiful, but the white out of the last 24 hours was brutal and a challenge even for those skilled in winter weather extremes. This was not a storm made of only fat flakes falling heavily from the sky. It had the heavy snowfall […]... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary: Another Look at Lost Palm Beach

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“We were so young and gay then and we thought we had all the money in the world. It will be sad if the great houses vanish and the Mizner period becomes only a memory and part of Palm Beach’s past rather than its present.” — Billie Burke Despite the heart-felt sentiment, many of the Mizner […]... READ MORE
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Washington Social Diary – GEORGETOWN’S HOLIDAY SPIRIT

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Georgetown is Washington’s most talked about neighborhood for many reasons. Its historic past, the beautiful 18th and 19th century homes, a buzz factor as the city’s social hub, and the fact it is the capital’s most walkable neighborhood. The residents embrace the spirit of all the holidays, but especially the Christmas season when, regardles... READ MORE
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Washington Social Diary: Dinner With Mrs. Post In Absentia

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The news was surprising, but at a formal dinner at Hillwood Museum the other night the guests were told it was the first such event there since Marjorie Merriweather Post died in 1973 and bequeathed the estate to the public as a museum. That’s the reason the organizers of the dinner, her grand-daughter, Ellen MacNeille Charles, and John Pete... READ MORE
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Envisioning Palm Beach: The Addison Mizner Collection at The Society of the Four Arts

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Architect Addison Mizner’s extensive library, volumes that span three centuries, and his design diaries — scrapbooks filled with sketches, watercolors, photographs and ephemera — are noteworthy aspects of the decorative arts collections at The Society of the Four Arts, reflecting Mizner’s influential status as a professional architect and... READ MORE
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Washington Social Diary Remembering Old Iron Pants

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It was 1970. I was a rogue teenager working a “cub” job in the Washington Bureau of United Press International. I preferred to work in a newsroom to being in school. Journalism was all I wanted to do or be.  One evening, home from work, I dug into the new issue of Look Magazine. I bought it […]... READ MORE
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Garden Grandeur endures at Casa Phippsberger

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In Palm Beach, where escapist landscapes borrowed from English rose gardens, French parterres, Spanish cloisters and Tuscan courtyards amplify the surreal allure of streets lined with imported architectural facades, Casa Phippsberger’s tropical splendor is a welcome relief, a six-acre sanctuary inspired by the barrier island’s own natural histo... READ MORE

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