Speaking of Horses…

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You’re packing to come south for Season, and you have a place for everything except the horse. What to do?

The brains behind the Staller app have it all figured out. Download the app, and search for boarding facilities by city, dates, discipline, and equestrian event.

Bringing your three beauties to Wellington in March? Staller gives you 19 options, ranging in price from $450 to $4,260 for the month. The app also generates a locator map, so you can research a stall that’s convenient to the location of your event.

Local property owners can also list equine accommodations through Staller, which was developed by a pair of Wellington horse-lovers and is generally specific to the Palm Beach area, with a handful of more far-flung locations.


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Palm Beach Masters

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Palm Beach + horses = polo, yes?

Usually… but not always. From Feb. 2-5, Deeridge Farms in Wellington will host the Palm Beach Masters CSI3*-W, a world-class show jumping event.

The primary focus will be on riders hoping to qualify for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals in March, but there will be additional classes for both junior and amateur riders as well. We imagine the Masters, set for the second straight year on Deeridge’s 300 acres, will be spectacular.

“We completely re-did our grass field and the drainage system with the idea being that if we were to get another 4 inches of rain, like we did last year the night before the competition, we would still be able to use the grass ring,” said Charlie Jacobs, president of the Palm Beach Masters, alongside brother Louis. “We also expanded the all-weather footing arena so it’s almost double the size of what it was last year.”

VIP tables for six ($10,000) are available in the Taylor Harris Club, which features ringside dining, preferred parking and VIP access. General access on Feb 2-3 is complimentary; on the weekend, the charge is a nominal $20 per car for parking, with no additional tickets needed.

Visit the Palm Beach Masters website for the complete schedule of events.


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Trivia Tuesday: Red Bugs

Trivia Tuesday 24Jan.pngAbout 100 years ago, Palm Beach was introduced to the “Red Bug.” What was it?

  1. The brilliant Red Lily Beetle, which could be found on the underside of coconut palm fronds. Not a native insect, the beetle arrived on a steamer of fresh produce from Central America and wasn’t eradicated for decades.
  2. Sunburn. The northerners who patronized the first Palm Beach resorts often failed to protect their oh-so-fair skin from the southern sun. When ladies were unable to appear at dinner or tea because of sunburn, they sent their regrets by saying they’d “caught a touch of the Red Bug.”
  3. The Briggs & Stratton Flyer. Getting around the island by “wheelchair” (wicker conveyances powered by hotel employees) was dull. Enter the Red Bug, a little go-cart that let brave motoring enthusiasts zip around at 20-25 mph.
  4. Sweetened palm fruit, a local delicacy. Sold in the lobby of the Royal Poinciana Hotel, the red seeds were a particular (and particularly odd) part of the courting ritual of the young wealthies. Apparently, buying a cone of seeds and presenting them to a young woman’s mother was the island way for a man to declare himself a suitor.

Answer: 3. From 1919-1921, the little “Red Bugs” were all the rage. Selling for about $190, they were an odd little marriage of a low buckboard and early automobile. The Red Bug had a 1- or 2-horsepower engine and a brake… on one wheel. Not only did the swells motor along the trails from hotel to club and back again, they decorated them and staged parades and races.


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And the Nominees Are…

carbonell-2017Patrons of regional theater know Palm Beach County offers an exceptional selection of independent productions. The Carbonell Award nominations are out, and the judges agree.

Me and My Girl, from Maltz Jupiter Theater, and 1776, by Palm Beach Dramaworks, combined for 16 of the 100 nominations issued this week. The Maltz led all other theaters with 18 nominations in total; its production of Frost/Nixon also contributed heavily. (That’s one we’re sorry to have missed.)

The West Boca Theatre Company and the fledgling Theatre Lab (based at Florida Atlantic University) were recognized among the nominations for Best New Work. Click here for a complete list of nominees.

The Carbonell Awards recognize excellence and innovation in regional theater in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The winners will be revealed at a ceremony on Monday, April 3, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.

Tickets won’t be on sale until March 13, so mark your calendar. When that Monday rolls around, you can purchase tickets at the Broward Center’s website or by calling the box office at (954) 462-0222.


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A Woman’s Journey

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On Thursday, Jan. 26, you can hear firsthand about the latest in women’s health – medicine, treatment and wellness – in Johns Hopkins’ A Woman’s Journey conference at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

Keynote speakers will include Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill and cancer researcher Saraswati Sukumar. Johns Hopkins faculty members and physicians will present eight seminars; the hard part will be choosing which ones to attend. The titles (read full descriptions here):

  • Heart Throb: New Facts About Managing Cholesterol
  • The Wisdom of Aging
  • Bedtime Stories
  • Top Five Things to Know About Your Brain
  • Cancer Screenings in the 21st Century
  • Chronobiology
  • Serving Up Power Foods on Meatless Mondays
  • Cutting Edge: Top Discoveries in Medicine in 2016

Tickets for the 9 a.m.-2 p.m. event are $150 and include breakfast, lunch and the two sessions of your choice. For $2,500, take a premium table for 10; you’ll get reserved seating for both meals and a Johns Hopkins faculty member will join your table for lunch.


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Parks and Recreation

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Palm Beach has always made its parks and public spaces a priority. We love to take a few moments in the little garden grotto along South County Road (near Worth Avenue), and we have many happy memories of picnics in Bradley Park.

So it’s curious that we drive by the Seaview Recreation Center and, well, barely notice it’s there. The Town of Palm Beach is working to change that, and here’s a sneak peek at the plans and the prototype of the new building (one story instead of two, after pushback from the community, which also included a mandate to retain all the current green space).

It’s expected this will be a major improvement on the current facility; the assessment is that it “has the look and feel of a 1970’s vintage recreation center and certainly does not reflect the image and feel of Palm Beach.”

Ouch.

Recommendations for the new building include:

  • Continued emphasis on youth team sports, with future focus on camps, clinics, individual sports and adventure sports.
  • Maintain the level of adult sports offered.
  • Increase fitness/wellness programs.
  • Maintain current levels of education and cultural arts programming.
  • Continue providing after-school youth programming.
  • Increase active adult programming.
  • Emphasize adult programs in yoga, Pilates, personal fitness and cooking.
  • Emphasize youth programs in soccer, tennis, art and swimming.

Stay tuned.


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Which Way to the Beach?

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You’re in town and (of course) you want to go to the beach. But unless you’re parked right near the clock tower and can walk right across Ocean Boulevard and out onto the sand, how are you going to find the nearest legal beach access point?

It’s a problem, especially in the North End. Last fall, Palm Beach real estate attorney Guy Rabideau created a solution. His firm’s website is home to an innovative Beach Access locator tool. Enter any address on the island, and the tool returns the closest legal access point, whether public or private. Most of the oceanfront gates are privately owned, but some allow public use and Rabideau’s nifty online tool lets you know which ones.

The search tool took more than a year to complete and test. “To my knowledge, nobody has ever attempted something like this,” Rabideau told The Shiny Sheet. “There are so many ambiguities out there regarding beach access.”

The search tool is also a valuable resource for potential home buyers, who unfortunately can’t presume that properties near the beach have easy access to the beach.


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Women in the Window

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Photo courtesy of Women in the Window International

Palm Beach hosts hundreds of benefits every Season. We can’t hope to spotlight every one, but here’s a cause we find especially moving – Women in the Window International, a faith-based mission working to equip female leaders and end the cycle of oppression and abuse in the 10/40 Window and beyond.

Working with ministry partners in Africa, Asia, America and the Middle East, WiW employs five training strategies to influence the lives of oppressed women and girls:

  • Heart (spiritual formation),
  • Hands (economic empowerment)
  • Head (leadership)
  • Health (“wholistic” care)
  • Advocacy (human rights activity)

The group’s Third Annual Spring Luncheon will be held on Valentine’s Day (Tuesday, Feb. 14) at The Beach Club (755 North County Road, Palm Beach). A silent auction begins at 11 a.m., followed by the luncheon at noon.

The event will feature Salima Kateb, a women’s ministry leader in North Africa, who will share the hopes held by women in the Arab world, where life is anything but secure. Executive Director Kim Kerr will provide an overview of Women in the Window International’s groundbreaking work.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the involvement of the Palm Beach community for most of this decade,” Kerr says. “As a result, we’ve seen countless women’s lives changed in some of the most desperate situations in the world.”

Click here to reserve individual seats ($100) or a table for 10 ($1,000); please reserve by Tuesday, Feb. 7. For more information or to donate, visit the website, email Hannah Cahill, or call 561-249-5377.


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Open Dialogue

We really must applaud the Coudert Institute’s non-partisan, non-ideological mission – introducing delicate topics for open discussion among reasonable people with diverse opinions.

How refreshing.

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“We are not a one-philosophy institute. At a time when most policy groups and think tanks share preconceived agendas and seek mainly to document already arrived-at conclusions, we welcome open dialogue and diverse opinions as the best way to reach thoughtful conclusions,” says founder and Palm Beach resident Dale Coudert. “This approach, in turn, helps our members make more meaningful contributions locally, nationally and globally.”

Events run throughout Season in Palm Beach hotels, clubs and private homes. Annual membership starts at $2,000 per person ($1,250 for those under 40).

The remainder of the 2017 schedule:

  • “The Global Threat Assessment” with Chad D. Jenkins, an FBI special agent and former Army Ranger and Bronze Star winner. January 16 at The Brazilian Court Hotel, Palm Beach; $125 for non-members; no charge for members, but please RSVP.
  • “Fighting for Our Democracy: Fair Courts, Money in Politics, Voting & Justice” with Matthew Menendez and Michael Waldman, representing the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. January 25 at The Colony Hotel; $125 for non-members; no charge for members, but please RSVP.
  • “Mapping the Arab-Israeli Conflicts” with Dr. Ralph Nurnberger, who will review how borders and boundaries have changed over time. February 9 at The Colony Hotel; $125 for non-members; no charge for members, but please RSVP.
  • “The Art of Meditation and Staying Calm” with Lama Migmar, Buddhist chaplain at Harvard University. This session will include lunch, talk, and meditation. February 11 at a private club; no charge for members, $125 for non-members.
  • Dark Athena: The Making of a Novel” with author Arthur Houghton, who served as curator of the J. Paul Getty Museum when it was rocked by thefts that forever changed the world of antiquities. These scandals formed the genesis of his recent thriller, Dark Athena. February 19 at a private residence; members only, guests $150.
  • “Worlds in Time” with Lewis Lapham, writer and former editor of Harper’s magazine. February 22 at a private club; no charge for members, $125 for non-members.
  • “Rethinking Nuclear Policy” with Jonathan Granoff, executive director of the Global Security Institute, a non-profit organization working on an international level to prevent nuclear proliferation. March 8 at The Brazilian Court; No charge for members, $125 for non-members.
  • “Cabaret” featuring Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano. April 2 at a private club; no charge for members, non-members $175.

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Risk? Not Here.

ARCH_NEWLOGO_MI_4CHome prices in Florida are not only stable, but a major national indicator reports only a 3 percent risk of decline, 1 percentage point ahead of the national average as reported in the Winter 2017 Arch MI Risk Index.

This is promising news for Florida real estate investors (if not so great for the renters and Millennials who will be hardest hit as housing becomes less affordable). That’s not really an issue here on the island of Palm Beach, where real property is so often not just “home” but part of the owner’s portfolio.

The Arch MI report predicts more demand than supply, continuing a trend in recent years both nationwide and here in Palm Beach. With low volatility and an annual home price increase of 9.6 percent in the third quarter of 2016, Florida is among the country’s leaders in home price gains, and the strongest performer in the Southeast.

As of this writing, our publisher (the Palm Beach Board of Realtors) has 119 new listings for 2017, and many of these are advertised in the Palm Beach Real Estate Guide. Browse here.


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