Eau My! Five Forbes Stars

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Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, at 100 South Ocean Boulevard in Manalapan (pictured above and below), has earned the coveted fifth star from the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide, and the Eau Spa retained the five-star rating it earned last year.

Eau 2Eau Palm Beach joins The Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach as the island’s only five-star hotels. Statewide, only five other hotels can boast the honor: Acqualina Resort & Spa, the Manadarin Oriental, The Setai, and the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, all in Miami; and The Ritz-Carlton in Naples.

The Breakers, with four stars, is the other ranked hotel on the island. Ranked restaurants include the Four Seasons’ Jové Kitchen & Bar and Café Boulud, both with four stars.

According to Forbes Travel Guide, five-star destinations must be outstanding, often iconic properties with virtually flawless service and amazing facilities. Forbes defines four-star recipients as exceptional properties, offering high levels of service and quality of facility to match.


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Philanthropy 101

Philanthropy is a way of life here in Palm Beach, and it starts young. Earlier this year, the Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank launched an exciting opportunity for students to create innovative solutions to social problems – and in this week’s judging, Rosarian Academy students scored big.

Rosarian’s seventh- and eighth-grade “Glocalizers” designed Hexa Village, a temporary homeless shelter crafted from recycled shipping containers. The students’ goal was to provide a safe and sustainable community to support homeless men, women, children and families.

The proposal was such a hit that it earned pledges totaling $18,000 – including $13,000 from a single contest judge. Palm Beach’s Danielle Moore was quoted in the Palm Beach Daily News as telling the students, “I love this program. It’s going to be a monumental task to make this work, but I’m in. I’m all in. I’m going to give you $13,000, and I’m going to mentor you and the rest of the Rosarian group.”

The students worked with The Lord’s Place, a West Palm Beach non-profit that works diligently to break the cycle of homelessness in Palm Beach County. Two other judges pitched in $1,000 apiece, and the proposal earned an additional $3,000 for being selected the overall favorite from among the 35 contest entries.

The Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank is an initiative of the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, and is led by Advisors for Philanthropic Impact, whose members are all Chartered Advisors in Philanthropy (CAP©).


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Art in the Garden, Every Day

When was the last night you visited the Ann Norton Sculpture Gallery?

Maybe it was in December, for the Festival of Trees. Maybe it’s been years. Maybe – don’t even say it – you’ve never been.

Go. Today.

The Gardens Conservancy has been working hard to bring awareness and activity to this tucked-away treasure just over the bridge. Named for famed sculptor Ann Weaver Norton, it’s one of only a handful of locations in the U.S. where an artist’s home, studio and garden have been preserved as one entity.

There’s lots of activity on the property throughout the spring:

  • On April 1, Jack Staub will debut his lush new book, Private Gardens of South Florida, at a cocktail reception hosted by the Conservancy.
  • Through Sunday, May 15, ANSG will host “Art in the Family Tree,” an exhibit featuring diverse works from artists in the Phipps and Guest families (including Susie Phipps Cochran, Rafe Cochran, Hubert Phipps, Michael Phipps and Diana Guest). The eclectic array includes sculptures, paintings and furniture.
  • On May 16, more than 400 Palm Beach County students will visit the property to learn about soil, water, weather, bees, and other elements critical to a healthy garden, and afterward enjoy a healthy lunch provided by Whole Foods.

The rare palm and sculpture gardens, exhibition galleries and artist’s studio are open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annual Gardens Conservancy membership is available at several levels, starting at $500. For information, please visit www.ansg.org or call 561-832-5328.

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Lunch with Jackie O

JackieKennedyHer father insisted upon the importance of social presentation. She was sent to Miss Porter’s, on to Vassar and finally to Paris – an upbringing that cultivated in Jacqueline Bouvier the grace she would come to rely upon as First Lady and beyond.

On Monday, March 21 at 11:30 a.m., the Kravis Center’s Lunch and Learn program presents “Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: The Subtle Staying Power of an American Icon.” Moderated by Lee Wolfe and Steven Caras, the event includes a luncheon catered by The Breakers.

Tickets are $85.


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Capitol Steps “Mock the Vote”

The Steps are back in town.

The Capitol Steps, that is, appearing now at the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse and doing their very best to put the “mock” back in democracy.

a8c9501b-0118-4b93-8511-53d3e6d87205The nation’s best-known political satirists couldn’t have arrived at a better time, fresh off Florida’s presidential primary, or at a better place – Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s back yard.

For more than 25 years, entertainers with the Capitol Steps have been satirizing the nation’s politicians and policy without mercy, but with plenty of mirth. This year’s tour, “Mock the Vote,” pokes fun at a lame-duck president, a Republican Congress, and the resulting flying fur.

Tickets are still available for evening performances and matinees through Sunday, March 27. Visit the Kravis Center box office online to reserve your seats.


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It’s a Boat. It’s a Plane. It’s… What Is It, Exactly?

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Look across the Intracoastal. The boats are here, hundreds of them, for the 31st Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show.

There’ll be superyachts, fishing boats, ski boats, kayaks and inflatable rafts. But the boat we’re most excited to see isn’t really a boat at all. Its inventors, in fact, call it a “twisted union of a marine mammal and a high-performance fighter jet.”

006-seabreacher-jumpcropIt’s the Seabreacher. It dives, swivels and soars from under the water like a breaching Orca (thus the name). It can do barrel rolls, and reach speeds of 25 mph underwater and 50+ on the surface. You can have it styled to look like a dolphin, a shark, or a whale, customized to your exact specifications, starting at $85,000.

Visit the boat show and take a selfie with the Seabreacher, which will be on display at the AquaZone at Meyer Amphitheater. The show schedule: Thursday, March 17: Noon to 7 p.m.; Friday, March 18: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 19: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 20: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $21 for adults and $11 for children 6-15. Visit ShowManagement.com for more information.


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O’Leary. O’Hurley. Oh, My.

Brushes with television greatness here on the island:

Venture capitalist and acerbic Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary (above, left) just wrappedlifeguards an exhibit of his photographs at Arcature Fine Art, 318 Worth Avenue. Photos like Lifeguard, shot in 2013, ask us to look twice (or maybe three times) to make sense of the story… proof that Mr. Wonderful really does have a sense of humor. Sales from the “Irreconcilable Images” collection (read more about it here) will benefit the Perry J. Cohen Foundation.

Exit O’Leary, enter O’Hurley.

Actor John O’Hurley played the eccentric, silky-voiced J. Peterman on Seinfeld. He’s in Palm Beach for a double-header: On Sunday, March 20, he’ll present his one-man show, A Man With Standards, in The Colony’s Royal Room. The next day, he’ll serve as auctioneer as one of President John F. Kennedy’s golf clubs – a wedge, to be specific – is sold to the highest bidder. The club is on display at Golfino, 150 Worth Avenue, through Sunday, March 20. Proceeds from both events will go to the American Cancer Society.

“Lifeguard” © Kevin O’Leary, “Irreconcilable Images”


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Lady Osita

We laughed out loud when we saw the back cover of the Shiny Sheet this morning.

OsitaThe object of our delight? Osita, a miniature Chihuahua owned (and styled) by Brygida Trzaska, executive assistant at Linda R. Olsson, Inc., a Palm Beach Real Estate Guide advertiser. Osita was featured among the furry participants in the 23rd Annual Worth Avenue Pet Parade.

Brygida was aiming for a Lady Gaga look for Osita, and topped it off with a blonde ‘do custom-made by famed wigmaker Ruth Regina. Snuggles, another of Brygida’s Chihuahuas and a former best in show winner, was attired at the other end of the fashion spectrum; she wore Burberry, spectacles and pearls.

Photo by Taylor Jones/The Palm Beach Daily News


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Suit Up, Pup!

Worth Avenue’s 23rd Annual Pet Parade and Contest is dominated, as you’d expect, by dogs. Tiny dogs with top hats. Medium-sized dogs with mohawks. Large dogs wearing Burberry.2eb91a76325d9c406ab97e981990ad78

The competition is both fun and fierce. Which makes it even more hilarious to learn that one of last year’s winners was a pig named Mona Lisa.

That’s right. Not a pug. A pig, a black-and-white porker dressed in a pink tutu. Which makes us wonder what we’ll see this year.

Come out this Saturday, March 12, to watch or to enter your small (up to 15 pounds), medium (16-35 pounds) or large (36 pounds and up) pet. The event takes place in Via Amore. Prizes are awarded in several categories, including Most Adorable, Most Creative, and Most Obedient. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and judging begins at 10.


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Be Mad as a Hatter

10480262_av1When Alice took tea with the Hatter, he could not have been more rude.

We do not, however, expect a repeat of this behavior at the Flagler Museum’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Saturday, March 12, at 10 a.m.

Parents and children will have fun creating festive bonnets and top hats while learning the art of table etiquette. Then, they’ll wear their masterpieces and practice their manners while enjoying a Gilded Age-style tea in the museum’s Café des Beaux-Arts.

Tickets are $30 for members and $45 for the public, and can be reserved at this link. The Flagler Museum is located at One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. Call 561.655.2833 for more information.


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