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Palm Beach Al Fresco

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Spring is in the air. When better to stroll the North Ocean Boulevard to view Gardner Hale’s Wall of the Winds at Villa Flora or unwind with an exhilarating Sunday Brunch catamaran cruise, albeit windy, on the Intracoastal Waterway with the dolphins and the jet skis. “The first frescoes painted on the façade of the […]... READ MORE
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Palm Beach: Now/Then – Night/Day

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However unearthly Palm Beach may appear from the mainland — how high the hedges, how thick the walls — last week’s SRO Town Council meeting might have been anywhere, attracting hours of debate about, what else, ” … noise, parking and traffic.” Islanders took time away from bridge tables, trunk shows and organizing shoe c... READ MORE
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DeWoody’s Bunker Art Space opens season

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With Art Basel’s aesthetic convergence set to open next week, where better than Palm Beach to stage a New Wave Art Weekend themed around inclusivity and immigration with lectures and exhibitions on both the East Side and the West Side, capped on Sunday afternoon by the opening of Beth Rudin DeWoody’s The Bunker Art Space […]... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary: Palm Beach Collectors & Collectibles

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In the beginning, Palm Beach’s winter hotel colony was photographed sitting in wheel chairs along the Jungle Trail, standing next to alligators, or posing in front of one of the island’s enormous trees. New York, Newport and London’s best-known photographers followed them to the remote barrier island where automobiles were banned until about ... READ MORE
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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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The Gilded Cage: Tragedy at Palm Beach

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“Men who club women and drag them by their hair,” were simply “clumsy, old-fashioned and unchic,” declared society referee Igor Cassini in his August 1949 syndicated column Cavemen in the Blue Book. Reflecting on the post-WW II era’s tolerance for domestic assault, the article’s perspective on “slaphappy lovebirds” and “the little... READ MORE
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The Coconuts! A Palm Beach Party History: 1920-2018

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“There is to be a Tropical Ball given by a group of young men styling themselves The Cocoanuts at the Country Club tonight …” — The Palm Beach Post, February 18, 1920, page seven. On December 31, 1991 at The Breakers Golf Club several Coconuts offered conflicting timelines when a local reporter asked them to […]... READ MORE
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Higher Ground: Tall Timbers revives Livingstons’ Florida plantation

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In 1958 prominent New York architect-turned-naturalist Henry L. Beadel repurposed his 2,400-acre Tall Timbers hunting plantation into an ecological preserve to conduct conservation studies on the estate’s vegetation and wildlife. Sixty years later, Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy is Florida and Georgia’s largest regional la... 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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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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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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