When better than Presidents’ Day weekend in South Florida … 80+ degree weather, offshore winds, rain, endless traffic jams, delays on the Middle Bridge, I-95 gridlock at all hours, helicopters hovering, motorcycle motorcades, sheriff cars at every intersection, and 45 having a night out from the Old Post House for a fundraiser in the North End at Monsorrel hosted by Nelson and Claudia Peltz.
Despite the challenges, this year’s Everglades Foundation gathering appeared sold out. In just a few minutes I met guests from Dallas, New Jersey, Naples, Denver, Dublin, and Miami, as ready to donate as rock along with Pitbull + Friends … while not as jaw dropping as Cardi B or Tyler the Creator, PB is a hybrid entertainer with a touch of Calle Ocho plus a dash of South Beach, and the Pitbullettes were Vegas-ready.
Before motoring to The Breakers, I stopped in at Taglialatella Gallery on Worth Avenue. Interior designer Geoffrey Bradfield was book signing (A 21st Century Palace Asia) and introducing his longtime associate Roric Tobin as a full partner, having recast their signature brand as B & T Global, to an SRO crowd of supporters and clients. A longtime associate designer with Bradfield’s firm, Tobin now shares equal amperage in the spotlight with Bradfield, focusing on their international roster of clients from Hollywood to Jerusalem to Mumbai.
At Friday afternoon’s Four Arts reception, I was talking about the weather with Jane Rylands, a recent South Florida émigré, who indicated it wasn’t the climate she expected. As for many years, she and her husband Philip Rylands, Ph.D., the new president and CEO of The Four Arts, have lived in Venice where he was director of the Collezione Peggy Guggenheim. 80+ degrees in February? Rain and wind in February? Welcome to the New South Florida calendar when the actual seasonal weather may be in May or October.
February 15, 2020 – 7 pm
2020 Everglades Foundation Benefit
Established in 1993 by the late George Barley and Paul Tudor Jones II, the Everglades Foundation focuses on influencing policies at state and national levels to restore the Everglades ecosystem and preserve Florida’s iconic wetlands. Headed by Carlos de la Cruz, Jr., chairman of the board, with Ellin Goetz and Joseph Z. Duke III, vice-chairs Among the Palm Beachers on the foundation’s board are Diana Barrett, Gary Lickle, Jimmy Buffett, Nancy Marshall, and Paul Tudor Jones II.
A few more moments with Pitbull … “Worldwide.”
February 15, 2020 6:00 pm
B&T Global: Geoffrey Bradfield and Roric Tobin
313 Worth Avenue
February 14, 2020 – Member’s Reception
For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design
Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery
The Society of the Four Arts
The Four Arts recently welcomed its members for a reception marking the open of its latest exhibition For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design. Organized by the American Federation of Arts and the National Academy of Design, the show’s 100 artworks include an artist member’s portrait as well as an artist’s work donated to the collection. The representative exhibition clearly shows what separates American 19th and 20th century artists from their European counterparts.
Vive la France!
The French Heritage Society recently hosted its seasonal convergence at Club Colette. While I resist almost every urge to be modern, and however enjoyable the smoked salmon and tuxedo tartufo at Club Colette, I am reminded that the Monte Carlo-engineered roulette wheel wasn’t the only thing French at Bradley’s Beach Club. Even then, Palm Beachers loved everything French and for decades the chef de cuisine at Bradley’s casino was unrivaled. Bradley’s chef Jean Broca was believed the best toque west of Maxim’s.
February 12, 2020 – 7:00 pm
2020 French Heritage Society
Gala Dinner at Club Colette
215 Peruvian Avenue – Palm Beach
The French Heritage Society’s annual gala benefits its mission to preserve French architectural and cultural heritage in the US and France by raising funds for restoration, preservation and cultural grants, ensuring that the treasures of the shared French architectural and cultural heritage survive to inspire future generations. FHS made a recent donation of $2.6 million to aid in the restoration of Notre Dame.
And then a look at another genre of seasonal gathering, flocks of snowbirds sweeping through the sky. In search of the crested caracara, a few weeks ago I ventured in the early morning hours traveling overland for two hours to the 6,000-acre Overstreet Ranch in Kenansville. Named in honor of Henry Flagler’s third marriage to Mary Lily Kenan, this small whistle stop never quite became as notable as its namesake. Although I failed to spot the elusive caracara, I discovered one of Florida’s largest congregation of American bald eagles, albeit, soaring far beyond my modest camera lens range. Then again in the early morning hours, this past week I trekked to Wakohadatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach to capture the spectacular supermoon lighting up the sky at sunrise.
13270 Jog Road
Snowbirds & the Supermoon …
Up in the wild blue …
On Florida’s Birding Trail …
Joe Overstreet Landing
4900 Joe Overstreet Road
Photography by AUGUSTUS MAYHEW.