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Palm Beach Social Diary: Mizner makeovers + Snowbirds at Wakohadatchee

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With few Addison Mizner-designed houses remaining in Palm Beach in some semblance of their original condition, this week I took advantage of the opportunity to visit Villa dei Fiori  (Addison Mizner, 1921) where its possible restoration/renovation was the subject of an imaginative presentation by interior designer Campion Platt and landscape de... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary: Closing the Palm Beach season, season finale: Civic Association celebration + Neiman Marcus Luncheon

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Is there any better way to close a Palm Beach season than with a champagne brunch and a fashion show lunch? This past week the Palm Beach Civic Association (PBCA) and Neiman Marcus-Worth Avenue hosted their seasonal farewells. Following the Civic Association’s annual meeting presided by Chairman Bob Wright, the 300 residents and guests gath... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary The Asphalt Jungle: Building History at Palm Beach

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Palm Beach’s patchwork network of roadways and eclectic ensembles of architectural styles were determined as much by episodic residential developments dividing estates into subdivisions as formulated by periodic trends, storms, lawsuits and politics. Beginning with Henry Flagler‘s “Pay-no-matter-the-price!” acquisition of a... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary, Kenneth Noland at Palm Beach + Buccan kicks off PB Food & Wine fest + Holidays at Palm Beach

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Since opening a gallery in Midtown Palm Beach as a showcase for the works of her late husband, the renowned Color  Field artist Kenneth Noland, and his circle of 20th century painters and sculptors, Paige Rense Noland, editor emeritus of Architectural Digest, may have discovered the same resolve and pleasure that Mary Sanford, Alice DeLamar ... 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 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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