PB Illustrated Speaks

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(Photo courtesy of The Silver Fund)

The “Best Twentieth-Century Finds” in all of Palm Beach County? The Silver Fund, on Worth Avenue.

The “Best Cultural Flashback”? The Royal Room at the Colony Hotel.

So says Palm Beach Illustrated magazine, which dedicated its September issue to the PBI Awards – what it deems the best of the best of what our area has to offer.

The Silver Fund gallery, at 330 Worth, trades in exceptional 20th century furniture, decorative art and design. Its comprehensive silver collection features Georg Jensen holloware, but extends to other noted 20th century silver designed by Jean Puiforicat, William Spratling and Antonio Pineda.

Enter the Royal Room, and you’re swept back to the time of the swanky supper club. Big names visit our in-town cabaret: Tommy Tune, Billy Davis Jr. & Marilyn McCoo, and Lainie Kazan. But it’s the atmosphere that makes it an award-winner, everything from stage walls lined with pleated drapes to the little fringed table lamps and moody lighting.

The magazine gave a nod to other hot spots within a stone’s throw of the island:


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Someday, My Prints Will Come

Botanical prints are synonymous with Palm Beach style, and antique prints mingle beautifully in the island’s Mediterranean-inspired homes. Collectors and designers, take note: Through the end of October, the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden’s art gallery has mounted an exhibit of rare antique engravings, lithographs and architectural renderings dating from the 16th through 19th centuries.

The works are displayed in frames of mahogany, burl wood, gold and silver leaf, tortoise shell, and marquetry, handmade by Giovanni Bello of Florence, Italy. Many include hand-painted mats.

Gallery talks will be held on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at noon.

The Ann Norton Sculpture Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free for members; $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; and $7 for children and students.


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The President’s Own

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The Fifth United States Congress, which sat from 1797 to 1799, had a number of brilliant notions (and some rather unfortunate ones). It created the Navy, which has proved most useful. It adopted the Alien and Sedition Acts, which did not. And it established “The President’s Own” – the United States Marine Band, which has become America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization, playing at nearly 500 events a year.

John Philip Sousa was once its director, and today’s performances still include his work – most notably Semper Fidelis, the official march of the Marine Corps.

History lesson over. The exciting part, for us? The Marine Band will be performing at the Kravis Center at 8 p.m. October 13. Tickets? Well, those are free.

Free. Yes. You just have to visit the box office, present a valid driver’s license or ID, and you may have up to four tickets. We got ours earlier this week, and the nice ticket lady gave us this piece of advice: Make sure to be in your seats no later than 7 p.m. It’s open seating, and Dreyfoos Hall will fill quickly.

To learn more, visit the Kravis Center website or call the box office at (561) 832-7469. Summer box office hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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Be Like Iris

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Iris Apfel (photos courtesy of Happy Socks)

Swedish sock-and-underwear purveyor Happy Socks has a new designer – 95-year-old fashion icon and part-time Palm Beach resident Iris Apfel.

Featured in the company’s just-released Local Hero collection, Iris has collaborated on a line characterized by vivid colors, striking geometrics and whimsical creatures.

irshp01-6000-421_1.pngOur faves? We just happen to be a little wild for sheep, so we’d have the Lamb Sock (right). But you can also pick birds, bunnies, plaids or tartans; the company gave Iris free reign, and she delivered.

Local Hero is a partnership between Happy Socks and well-known figures who have made an impression on their community through their work. The designs are exclusive to Happy Socks and available only for a limited time.

Launched in 2008, Happy Socks endeavors to spread happiness by introducing creative, colorful designs to everyday essentials like socks and unders, with rigid quality and craftsmanship standards. “Simply put,” they assert, “there’s a pair of high-quality socks and underwear for every occasion, mindset and style.” We especially like the Happy Socks Code of Conduct, which spells out the brand’s commitment to fair labor practices in all its manufacturing locations.

We can’t seem to find Happy Socks on the island yet, but you can put your hands on a few pair at Nordstrom The Gardens (3111 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens) or order online.

Next trick? Convince Palm Beachers to actually wear socks…


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The Historic Highwaymen

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Isaac Knight (Photo: Center for Creative Education)

The Center for Creative Education in Northwood Village may not be on your radar. But we think it should be.

Case in point: Saturday, October 1 will be devoted to the Highwaymen, the self-taught African-American artists known for the vivid Florida landscapes they painted on Upson board and sold door-to-door and by the roadside (usually for about $25). In the 50 years since its heyday, the genre has generated a cult-like following, and an authentic piece can command $5,000 or more.

The Historic Highwaymen Lecture Day will feature artists Isaac Knight, Roy McLendon Jr. and A.J. Brown. Here’s the schedule for the event, part of the “Collaboration: African Diaspora” exhibit in the center’s gallery:

  • 10-11 a.m.: Meet and greet.
  • 11 a.m.-noon: Highwaymen lecture/presentation.
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch break, a perfect chance to stroll to one of the neighborhood’s emerging bistros.
  • 1-4 p.m.: Artist showcase and art sale.

Advance tickets are $10, and you can purchase them online.

An educational nonprofit, the CCE was created more than 20 years ago to strengthen the presence of the arts in Palm Beach County classrooms. Today, its Teaching Artists work with thousands of children (many of them considered “at-risk”) in classrooms and in after-school programs and at the new center at 425 24th Street. The CCE also provides instruction in dance, music, theater and visual arts for both children and adults.


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A 5K the Palm Beach Way

Imagine every 5K you’ve ever run. Now imagine a 5K the way Palm Beach does a 5K – a boutique race that’s fun and philanthropic, with a lovely bag of swag waiting at the finish line.

ttlogoThat’s the Town of Palm Beach United Way Turkey Trot 5K, the one and only sanctioned run permitted on the island. Proceeds from the Thanksgiving Day event provide holiday meals for thousands of local families in need.

“It’s my most favorite social event of the year,” says Cara Coniglio McClure, a native Palm Beacher who has co-chaired the event since its inception 8 years ago. “You don’t have to be in black tie, and it’s really family-oriented.”

In addition to the Gobble Wobble (for children 8 years old and younger), this year’s event will cater to little ones with face-painting, a temporary tattoo artist, bubbles and kids-only goodie bags.

Another new twist for 2016? An Instagram contest for the best-dressed runner, part of a new costume contest designed to amp up the festivity level. The winner gets a two-night stay at The Breakers. Incentive enough?

From the starting point at Bradley Park, the course loops around the North End and returns to the park via the Lake Trail – 3.1 miles past some of the prettiest scenery and finest homes in all of South Florida.

The event is presented by Livingston Builders and Wally Findlay Gallery. McClure and Lisa Wilkinson, Realtors® with Brown Harris Stevens and frequent advertisers in the Palm Beach Real Estate Guide, are gold-level sponsors. Other sponsors include Guide regulars Hall Real Estate and Christian Angle Real Estate.

The 5K goes off at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24, so participants are asked to make their way to the starting line by 7:15 a.m. Gobble Wobblers should be at the start by 8:10 a.m. Packet pickup is at First Watch Palm Beach, 1703 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22 and Wednesday, Nov. 23.

The town caps the number of runners at 1,300, and McClure says the event sells out every year. So go online and reserve your spot right now.


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A Brew for You

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(Photo: Due South Brewing Co.)

Frankly, we don’t often put Palm Beach and beer in the same sentence. But we’re feeling racy today.

The Land Over The Bridge is home to a number of nationally known and up-and-coming craft breweries. Discover the Palm Beaches makes it easy to tip a few pints with its “Discover Brew Pass.” Buy the pass this month, and you can have a beer at each of the five participating breweries. The bios:

Due South Brewing Co.: A distributing craft beer brewery in Boynton Beach, Due South has an onsite taproom that opens at noon (every day but Monday). Favorites like Caramel Cream Ale are always on tap, but guests might happen upon Due South specialty beers and pilot brews, as well as guest taps from other Florida breweries.

Barrel of Monks: Purveyor of “serious beers… for those who don’t take themselves too seriously,” Barrel of Monks brews Belgian-inspired ales in Boca Raton. The Monks make their beers with European malts and hops with recipes designed to as true to the Belgians as possible, while adding their own twist. The tasting room is open from Tuesday through Saturday.

Twisted Trunk Brewing: Opened in 2015, Twisted Trunk is located in Palm Beach Gardens. The 25-barrel brewhouse churns out their flagship beers, including Lucky Langer Lager German Pilsner, well as a long list of rotating specialties. The taproom features a bar created from 100-year-old elm wood, lounge areas, and views into the brewery.

Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks: South Florida’s first cider-maker, with all the cider made on-site and 11 flavors on tap every day. The taproom, on North Florida Mango Road in West Palm Beach, has a laid-back atmosphere and welcomes both kids and pets.

Tequesta Brewing Co.: Winner of a Silver Medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, Tequesta Brewing Company is an organically certified brewer, with over 40 different specialty beers a year. A longtime local hangout, TBC is growing in reputation as a must-do brewery for visitors looking for uniquely flavored beers.

Cheers!


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Flavor Palm Beach: Tasty!

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Your table is waiting. (Photo: Cafe Boulud)

How to decide?

At Charley’s Crab, there’s a Butternut Squash Salad followed by grilled Chicken Tuscano (with tomato basil relish, green beans, artichoke hearts and lemon beurre blanc), capped off with Chocolate Silk flourless torte.

At Brandon’s at the Tideline? Grilled Vegetable Salad and then Burrata (with tomato, basil and aged balsamic on a baguette).

But finally we settled on Café Boulud, where we savored a light, delectable Gazpacho Andalou, and then for the main, Mushroom Risotto with dandelion greens and parmesan. Dessert? The table ordered one of each: Key Lime Pie with pink grapefruit sorbet, Chocolate Crème Brulee, and Cheesecake with fresh strawberries and lemon sorbet.

WebHow did we get this lucky in the middle of the day, in the middle of Palm Beach’s slowest month? It was thanks for Flavor Palm Beach, a month-long celebration that allows diners to sample multi-course offerings from some of the area’s top restaurants… at a sweet little price. The special prix-fixe menu event runs through the end of September.

Our three-course lunch at Café Boulud ran $25 per person, but lunch at many of the other venues starts at $20. Dinners range from $30 to roughly $45, and often sell out. The good news is that you can look at menus and reserve your table online.

Even more good news: The event benefits the Palm Beach County Food Bank, which receives $1 for each diner when reservations are made online.

Other participating restaurants on the island: Al Fresco, Echo, Graze (at the Four Seasons), Imoto, Jove Kitchen and Bar (at the Four Seasons), Leopard Lounge (at the Chesterfield), Meat Market, PB Catch, Renato’s, Temple Orange (at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa), and The Italian Restaurant (at The Breakers). There are also plenty of stars off the island, so be sure to comb the list and find a new favorite!


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