Shakespeare’s Shrew (By the Sea)

Every year, we tell ourselves we’re going to see Shakespeare on the beach, and every year something happens and we miss it.

ShakespeareThis year, we vow it will be different. Because this year, Shakespeare by the Sea is doing an updated version of The Taming of the Shrew. We love Will’s original, and can’t wait to see how the troupe transforms it.

Take a short ride along the beachfront to the Seabreeze Amphitheatre in Jupiter’s Carlin Park for the open-air performances, scheduled this year for July 7-10 and July 14-17. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., with showtime at 8. Bring a beach chair and a picnic, or graze the food trucks.

It’s a free event, though a $5 donation is suggested. For more information, visit the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival website or call 561-966-7099.


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Welcome Back, Norton. It’s Good to See You.

 

The Norton’s back!

Well, almost. The Norton Museum of Art closed its doors at the end of May so it could make progress on its major construction project, a $100,000 expansion that will take at least two more years and emerge looking like the architectural rendering above.

And in a lovely “pardon our dust” gesture, museum admission will be free from the July 5 reopening through December of 2018.

When the doors open again next Tuesday, expect one of the highlights to be the installation of Giverny: Journal of an Unseen Garden by Brooklyn’s Mark Fox.

Fox spent months living and working on the Giverny grounds. Hoping to capture the landscape in a new and fresh way, he experimented with underwater photography in Monet’s favorite lily pond.

The resulting videos mark shifts of light and season much as Monet did with his brush. Fox notes that while his works expose unseen elements of the garden, they retain an “oddly familiar” and almost impressionistic quality. The exhibit will be on display through October.

Other summer programming includes the Art After Dark series, the weekend Family Studio, and the Curator’s Conversation. Visit the website for more information, or call 561-832-5196.


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4th on Flagler: The City Celebrates

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It’s time for the fireworks.

If you want to be among the 100,000 people at this year’s 4th on Flagler festival, you can enjoy classic American food and craft brews while strolling along the West Palm waterfront and listening to live music. Here are some highlights:

  • A Military Honor Ceremony recognizing all the branches of the armed services and their affiliated organizations.
  • A performance of patriotic American classics by the Bobby Rodriguez Orchestra.
  • Unfurling of a three-story American flag on the side of the Esplanade Grande building.
  • Honoring of the 2016 Hometown Hero.
  • Additional live music by Quick Fix, Jason K & Signal Fire, The Rua, Liddy Clark, and County Line Road. Read more about each band online.
  • DJ Dance Party from 5-10 p.m. in Post Park.

Want to stay on the island? You’ll still have a fabulous view of the fireworks. Make your way to the north or middle bridges, or somewhere along the Lake Trail, to watch as the 18-minute display lights up the Intracoastal.

The Independence Day celebration starts a couple days early, with the BBQ, Brews & Blues party in historic Northwest (three blocks north of Clematis on Rosemary). Nibble on pulled pork while blues plays in the background at this family-friendly event. The party goes from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, July 2.


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It’s Summer. Stay the Night!

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A deluxe king room at The Chesterfield.

Visit now, and you’ll have all this Palm Beach prettiness to yourself. Through the fall, nearly all of the island’s hotel properties are running room and spa specials like these:

  • The Chesterfield treats Florida residents to year-round discounts and complimentary continental breakfast. Through December 4, its “Pride Package,” starting at $176 per night, includes room or suite, English breakfast served in your room, two welcome drinks, a romantic dinner for two, with wine, in the The Leopard Lounge.
  • Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa offers a Florida resident rate starting at $199/night, or a third night free on oceanfront reservations. In Eau Spa, enjoy reduced rates (Sundays through Thursdays through September 30) on a number of treatment packages. The Queen of Hearts, a body scrub, massage and facial accompanied by Champagne and sweets? Yes, please.
  • The Brazilian Court extends its Worth Avenue Friends & Family rate of $169/night.
  • At Four Seasons Palm Beach, receive up to $200 in resort credits or a complimentary fourth night with every three consecutive paid nights (maximum stay 20 nights).
  • Palm Beach Historic Inn offers a 20.16% room discount, or discounts on parking or pet fees.
  • Through October 31, guests at The Breakers enjoy a free full breakfast buffet, as well as unlimited golf (with cart fee), tennis, fitness center access and group fitness classes. The Breakers’ shops are also offering a variety of summer gifts and discounts with purchase at its Lilly Pulitzer boutique and also at Match, Mix, Polo Ralph Lauren and the Signature Shop.

And if you’re near Worth Avenue from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesdays, look for pre-happy hour shopping discounts and a glass of wine or champagne from the following merchants: J. McLaughlin; Calypso St. Barth; Kate Spade; ESCADA; Roberta Roller Rabbit; Marley’s Palm Beach Collection; Sherry Fraankel’s Melangerie; Tamara Comolli; Via Capri 34; Shari’s Place; Kiosk Palm Beach; Golfino; and St. John.

Hear of any other great summertime deals? Let us know and we’ll pass them along.


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Eat, Drink and Be Very … Palm Beach

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Your beachfront table is ready… at Eau’s Breeze Ocean Kitchen.

It’s time to eat.

You can dine well on the island at any time of year. But summertime on Palm Beach lets us dine well starting at about $7 per course, which is very friendly indeed.

Here’s a look at some of this summer’s dining opportunities:

  • From June 1-July 31, you can enjoy a three-course prix fixe lunch ($20.16) at BICE, Taboo, Brandon’s (Tideline Hotel), Café Boulud, the Leopard Lounge (The Chesterfield Hotel) and Pizza al Fresco.
  • Visit Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa for a three-course lunch ($28) at the new Breeze Ocean Kitchen. Among its fresh, flavorful offerings, a recent menu included Crispy Key West Rock Shrimp as a starter, followed by Mahi Mahi Tacos and Coconut Sorbet for dessert.
  • Trevini offers a three-course “Power Lunch” ($20) from 11:30-2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Through October 30, Chez L’Epicier offers a $30, three-course prix fixe dinner ($30) menu with three to five items in each category. We’d have the Tomato and Mango Bruschetta, followed by Linguini Primavera with Arrabiata Sauce and finishing with a Rose Water Pavlova with Mixed Berries. If the fixed menu is not for you, dine early (from 5-6 p.m.) and receive 50% off all entrees.
  • At The Breakers, choose from a variety of specially priced dining options, including a three-course dinner ($40) at Echo or a three-course Sunday brunch ($45) at Flagler Steakhouse.

Don’t see your favorite restaurant? Give them a call. We’d bet they have something special and summery to tell you about.


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Trivia Tuesday: Mizner’s Monkey

 

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Which of the following is NOT true of Johnnie Brown, Addison Mizner’s ever-present spider monkey companion?

  1. Trivia Tuesday logo JPGWhile always the favorite, Johnnie shared Mizner’s affections with two other monkeys – Deuteronomy and Ethel.
  2. Johnnie Brown ran for mayor of Palm Beach. He got votes, but not enough to win.
  3. His final resting place is one of only two marked graves on the island.
  4. He wore a hand-stitched, silk-lined sombrero.
  5. He had a longstanding feud with a silent-film actress.
  6. While still a very young monkey, he learned to make Mizner’s favorite cocktail, a Bee’s Knees (gin, lemon juice and simple syrup, combined with ice in a cocktail shaker).

Mizner, the architect who shaped Palm Beach’s iconic style, lived a famously eccentric lifestyle surrounded by a menagerie that included three monkeys, parrots, macaws, raccoons and an anteater. He never left his Via Mizner home without Johnnie Brown camped on his shoulder. Legend says the sombrero-wearing monkey ran (unsuccessfully) for mayor and bedeviled actress Marie Dressler, one of Mizner’s business partners. Johnnie is buried in Via Mizner, just beside Rose and Morton Sachs’ beloved Scottish Terrier, Laddie.

So far as we know, Johnnie Brown never learned to mix a drink. The detail in our photo comes from the handmade wallpaper, created by acclaimed textile designer Wook Kim, in the Club Lounge at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. This bit of whimsy is, indeed, a tribute to Johnnie and one of his spider-monkey drinking buddies.


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Lake Worth Lagoon: It’s Worth a Shot

We walk beside it, wait for its bridges, maybe let the grandkids dangle a fishing pole in it. If you’ve shot a special photograph of Lake Worth Lagoon, now’s your chance to show it to the world.

Sponsored by the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Management, the 2nd Annual Lake Worth Lagoon Photo Contest is open until July 15. The competition is designed to create awareness of (and affection for) the 20-mile stretch of estuary located off the island’s western shore.

Photos must have been shot on or in Lake Worth Lagoon, and submissions may include these images: landscapes, underwater, plants, wildlife, man-made objects, people interacting with nature, sunrises, or activities such as boating, fishing, birding or snorkeling. A total of 16 winning entries will be selected in two groups, one for adults and the other for children younger than 16.

Winning photographs will be published in the 2017 Lake Worth Lagoon calendar, which will be available at the LagoonFest celebration Nov. 12 along the West Palm Beach waterfront. For contest rules, submission guidelines and other information, please visit the LagoonFest website.


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A Kitchen Throwdown

Iron Chef. Knife Fights. And now, Chef vs Chef.

Hosted by Max’s Harvest in Delray Beach, the weekly culinary throwdown pits 16 of South Florida’s finest chefs against one another in a series of weekly eliminations.

cafe-boulud-james-strine-wins-chef-vs-chef-photo-courtesy-maxs-harvestBeginning tonight (Wednesday, June 15) at 9 p.m., the series continues for nearly four months. The one chef left standing then has the right to face off against the defending champion, Café Boulud executive sous chef James Strine (right).

Adam Brown, from The Cooper in Palm Beach Gardens, is among the eight chefs returning to the competition. Newcomers include Kevin Darr, from City Cellar; Jordan Lerman, from Jardin; and Clayton Carnes, from Cholo Soy.

The competition gets under way tonight, when the brackets will be drawn (think NCAA March Madness meets the Food Network). Live cooking rounds begin next Wednesday, June 22, at 9:30 p.m. There’s a $5 cover charge; food and beverages will also be available for purchase during the event, which drew dozens of spectators last year.

Proceeds will benefit Delray Beach’s Milagro Center, a non-profit agency that works to enrich disadvantaged children’s lives through arts education, academic enrichment, values and mentoring.


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Today’s Turtle Tuesday

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It’s nesting season for our beloved sea turtles. Palm Beach’s Turtle Tuesday beach cleanups assure the mama turtles and their babies don’t get hung up on refuse as they make their way to and from the sea.

Held the second Tuesday of each month (starting tonight!) from June through October, the cleanups run from 5-7 p.m. and all are invited to participate. Supplies will be provided by the town, and refreshments by the Worth Avenue Association.

Meet at the corner of Caribbean Road and North Ocean Way in Palm Beach.


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Nick’s Perfect Palm Beach Day

Nick.jpgHow fun! A new feature on the blog, dedicated to the pursuit of The Perfect Palm Beach Day, as imagined by island insiders, local celebrities and noteworthy neighbors.

Perfect Day logo JPGAnd because the idea came from our friend Nick Gold, public relations director at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, we thought we’d let him go first. So, Nick, what’s your idea of The Perfect Palm Beach Day?

  • Start with a walk or run along the Lake Trail, followed by breakfast at Surfside Diner (on South County Road).
  • Next, stroll south for some shopping along Worth Avenue.
  • Hop in your Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead for the lovely ride along the beach, on your way to lunch at Eau’s new open-air waterfront bistro, Breeze Ocean Kitchen.
  • Shoot a quick round of golf at the Palm Beach Par Three, and then quench your thirst on the balcony at Al Fresco.
  • Finally, zip over the bridge for dinner and to catch a movie at CityPlace.

What about you? What’s your Perfect Palm Beach Day?


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