Linen Love

Mario Romano

Photos courtesy of Mario Romano Capri, Palm Beach

When you wander into Mario Romano Capri, you’re struck immediately by the serene atmosphere, the Italian linen pieces hanging in careful color groups and accessorized just so. The shop feels exactly as it should – crisp, clean, calm.

With the exception of some subtle stripes, there’s not a pattern to be seen… so comforting for those of us who revel in solids and just can’t seem to manage all the flower prints that are ubiquitous to Palm Beach.

Mario Romano 2The shop features men’s and women’s resort wear and accessories designed by the children of Italian clothier Mario Romano and produced in a tiny family-owned factory in Campania. The facility is a marvel; watch this video to see the design process, which marries state-of-the-art technology with the skill of the region’s finest tailors and seamstresses.

These handcrafted garments would be equally suitable for lunch at the Beach Club or zipping down the Amalfi Coast in a vintage Ferrari convertible. If you need something to throw over your shoulders when you’re out on the water, you can also find handwoven cashmeres in the yummiest of colors: Aster (purple); azzurro (blue); berillo (green); bondy (light blue); Corallo (coral); cricket (light blue); grigio (grey); inchiostro (navy); naturale (white); oxford (dark blue); and zabione (yellow).

We’re especially taken with the sparkly little sandals scattered all about the shop. They’re like works of art, the straps crafted from linen and accented with crystals. So, so, so pretty.

Visit the shop at 306 South County Road, Palm Beach, or go online.


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Coins of the Realm

Caroline Freese

Photo courtesy of Altona

Imagine: You have a crisp linen tunic that needs just the Right Accessory, not too dressy, just a little bohemian, but still an original.

We have a suggestion. Stop by Altona in The Esplanade and pick out one of Caroline Freese’s new necklaces. There are only 50 pieces in the collection, crafted from baroque pearls, jade, mother of pearl, and coins from all over the world ($160-$390).

The only place in the world you can buy one of these necklaces? Palm Beach. Natch.


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Go Green

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Photos courtesy of VisitWPB

You simply cannot let another Saturday go by without a visit to the West Palm Beach GreenMarket.

Cooking Light magazine calls it the best in Florida. Now in its 22nd year, it was the area’s first and is surely the most extensive.

DoughnutsMore than 80 vendors offer local and organic produce, plants, herbs, exotic flowers, baked goods, coffees, teas, olive oils, spices, candy, meat, seafood, cheeses, and artisan housewares.

You can crunch a half-sour pickle, slurp up a messy Cuban sandwich, or grab yourself a “walkaround cone” of apple cider doughnuts (our guilty pleasure). We love to cherry-pick the freshest and most unusual produce and then go home and create our evening meal around it.

The GreenMarket runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays from October through April (this year’s last market is April 22). It’s held on the Waterfront Commons (Flagler Drive & Clematis), and parking is free at both the Banyan and Evernia garages. Coming by boat? You can dock nearby. And don’t leave the dog at home, because it’s pet-friendly.


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Flower Power

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Photos courtesy of Jeff Leatham

For its biennial flower show, the Garden Club of Palm Beach isn’t just bringing in a floral designer as its keynote speaker. The Garden Club of Palm Beach is bringing in the floral designer as its keynote speaker.

Jeff Leatham is the artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris. In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Chevalier de L’Order des Arts et Lettres, the equivalent of a knighthood for contributions to French culture. That’s an astonishing achievement for anyone, but particularly for an American.

Flower show 2017Leatham is the author of Flowers by Jeff Leatham, Flowers by Design, and Jeff Leathan: Visionary Floral Art and Design. He has partnered with Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bulgari, Philip Treacy, Swarovski, Givenchy, Ellie Saab, Burberry, Tiffany & Co., Waterford, and Dom Perignon. His A-list clients include Tina Turner, Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, The Kardashians and Celine Dion, the Dalai Lama, and President and Secretary of State Clinton.

Jeff Leatham is, in other words, a Very Big Deal.

You can hear his lecture at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 in the Four Arts’ Gubelman Auditorium… if there are tickets left. Call (561) 655-7226 to find out.

The weekend-long flower show, this year titled “L’Orangerie,” runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 8 and noon-4 p.m. April 9. Hundreds of entrants will compete for awards in fresh or dried floral arrangement, botanical arts, and photography, among others. The show is open to the public and free of charge. (The wildly popular preview party is Friday night, but it’s by invitation only.)


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Our Fabulous Fountain

It might not be clear which film actually won the Best Picture Oscar, but we’re certain of this: The Addison Mizner Memorial Fountain has been named “Project of the Year” by the Florida Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

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Photo: Palm Beach Daily News

“This is wonderful news for the residents of Palm Beach and a testament to the quality and importance of the work that was done to properly restore the beautiful Mizner Fountain for the next generation to enjoy,” said Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio.

Designed by renowned architect Addison Mizner, the 1929 double-bowl, cast-stone fountain had been scarred by corrosion from the tropical climate, coastal conditions, and scouring from the fountain’s normal water flow. The Town wanted to conserve as much of the original fountain as possible, especially the hippocamps – the four mythical horses of the sea. So the fountain was carefully disassembled and the pieces sent hither and yon for meticulous restoration.

So meticulous, it turns out, that it earned top honors in the Historic Restoration/Preservation category.

In short, our hippocamps rule.


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The Future of the Mind

He’s a physics rock star.

Dr. Michio Kaku will be the featured speaker at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s annual benefit at March 30 at The Breakers.

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Dr. Michio Kaku

Kaku believes that one day we’ll be able to upload the human brain to a computer, neuron for neuron, project thoughts and emotions around the world on a “brain-net,” take a “smart pill” to enhance cognition, send our consciousness across the universe, and push the very limits of immortality.

No doubt he’ll touch on a few of those ideas during the event, titled The Future of the Mind: An Evening with Michio Kaku and the Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind.

“[Dr. Kaku] is a perfect fit for our mission to ‘open every mind to science’ with his work to unlock the secrets of our brain’s potential,” says Lew Crampton, president and CEO of the Science Center. “The timing is perfect, as we begin developing our newest permanent exhibit, A Journey Through the Human Brain. This will be the most advanced exhibition in the world on the topic of brain science.”

Tickets for the benefit are $500, or $5,000 for a table of 10. For more information, visit the Science Center website.


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Brake Light… Bakelite!

 

Jewelry. Champagne. Worth Avenue

Surely we’ve piqued your interest.

You may know Mark Davis’s one-of-a-kind creations – chunky, bold, geometric statement pieces crafted from bakelite and inlaid with gems and precious metals.

Davis has designed not only the jewelry, but the process by which it’s created. If you think he simply melts down the old plastic, you’re wrong. All his bangles, rings and earrings are made in his Brooklyn workshop using a propriety process that involves laminating and joining upcycled bakelite from a variety of sources.

So now, the local connection: In collaboration with Betteridge, 236 Worth Avenue, Davis is holding a trunk show March 23-25. He’ll showcase an extra-special collection during a champagne reception from 2-5 p.m. on Friday, March 24. A portion of the proceeds from that evening’s sales will be donated to the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, which has worked with sick and impoverished people for more than 60 years.

Photos courtesy of Mark Davis


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Society Sings Sondheim

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Have we mentioned the Choral Society of the Palm Beaches?

Since 1962, its mission has been to celebrate and promote “the universal beauty and intrinsic value of the vocal arts… and make choral music accessible and inspiring to all.” Bravo.

This weekend, Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society (5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter) is partnering with the Choral Society to offer a tribute to Broadway giant Stephen Sondheim. Soprano Lisa Vroman is joined by last season’s favorite, Mark Sanders, in a look at the musical legacy that includes favorites from Into The WoodsSweeney ToddCompanyFollies, and many more. Performances are Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 19 at 4:30 p.m.

Already have plans this weekend? Then mark your calendar for April 29-30, when the Choral Society performs Mozart’s glorious and final masterpiece, Requiem.

All performances are at FAU’s Jupiter campus Lifelong Learning Society, 5353 Parkside Drive. Tickets are available online.


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Bridge 2.0

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The Goliath groupers, apparently, love the old Flagler Memorial Bridge.

While the new four-lane bridge is inching toward completion (not nearly quickly enough, we note in a grumbling sort of tone), work crews render the old concrete span into pieces. Barges haul the slabs out to a 35-foot depth and dump them into the Atlantic, forming an artificial reef. The first section is in place, and the fish are already starting to find it.

If someone hasn’t already named it Bridge Reef, they should.

Artificial reefs like this provide fresh habitats for marine life. The Sun-Sentinel reports that by the end of the bridge demolition, more than 22,000 tons of material will create near-shore reef environments from Jupiter to Boca Raton. These structures create more habitats for young fish to grow and mature before they head out into deeper waters.

The 30-foot lengths are stacked atop one another, which creates the kinds of nooks and crannies fish love. The rough surfaces encourage the buildup of algae, sea fans, sponges and coral. Project managers expect to see not only schools of bait fish, but snapper, angelfish, and nurse sharks.

What a nice encore for the 75-year-old bridge. Bravo!


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Our New Ballpark

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Palm Beach has another professional baseball stadium and two more teams doing their spring workouts right in our backyard. That makes four, total: The St. Louis Cardinals and the Florida Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, and now the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals in their inaugural spring training season in the brand-spanking-new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

The new 160-acre park is about a 15-minute drive north and west, nestled just north of 45th Street between Military and Haverhill. Like all new sports facilities, the amenities are just as crucial as the athletes. The park offers:

  • Six premium suites with air conditioning, flat-panel TVs, refrigerators, devoted hostesses and private restrooms.
  • Two party decks, each of which can accommodate more than 100 people. There’s a full-service bar, a food & drink rail overlooking the field and an array of patio furniture.
  • The Left Field Bar, which offers craft beers, frozen drinks and other game-day thirst-quenchers.
  • Multi-purpose fields that can accommodate not only baseball but softball, football, lacrosse, soccer and rugby. Because the two pro teams will use the facility only during spring training, it will become available for tournaments, camps and college teams.

Spring training runs through March 29, and single-game tickets are available by calling 877-935-5668 or by visiting the website.


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