The Divine Miss Thing

Bunny JPG.jpgThere are bunnies on Worth Avenue.

Well, one bunny. Miss Thing. A pure white marvel of a creature, with perfect eyeliner and a prime view.

Miss T was visiting Sequin, the high-end costume/contemporary jewelry store (219 Worth) owned by her human, Kim Renk. Every spring, Kim’s bunnies visit the shop to call attention to the dangers of giving rabbits as Easter gifts.

IMG_2544Bringing a rabbit into the family should be a thoughtful action, not a whim. Kate Jenkins, manager of Sequin’s Florida stores, explains: “[A rabbit] is not a toy. A rabbit is a living, breathing thing that needs care.” Many Eastertime bunnies are neglected or abandoned to the wild, where they stand no chance of survival.

Passionate about rabbits, Kim Renk has a half-dozen rescues in her New York City home and a rabbit sanctuary in Rhode Island. The store supports a number of charities, many animal-related, but this time of year the focus is on Luv-A-Bun Rabbit Rescue and the House Rabbit Society.

Since she wears white, Miss Thing could have taken her pick of the store’s enameled bangles (arranged in color groups juuu-u-u-st out of reach of her storefront warren), statement necklaces or semi-precious strands, with price points ranging from $25-$1,000. The company not only operates its own stores, but designs and manufactures pieces for (among others) Lilly Pulitzer, Badgely Mischka, Carolina Herrera Runway, and Vera Bradley.


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Old Guard, New Home

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Photo courtesy of The Palm Beach Daily News

Everybody retires to Palm Beach. Even social clubs.

The Old Guard Society of golfers, established on the island in 1918 and soon to be 100 years old, is moving back… and instead of using a hotel porch as its headquarters, the club will get its own building on Bradley Place.

Clubs like the Old Guard Society were transformative in resort golf culture. They were about far more than just golf; they were about extending the life of privilege to a southern destination so that golf and the associated lifestyle could be lived 12 months of the year. These “clubs within a club” (Pinehurst had one, too) required a certain degree of longevity. A gentleman could not be nominated to the Old Guard fraternity until he’d wintered here for at least four seasons.

Its first “meetings” were held at the old Royal Poinciana Hotel (and by meetings, we mean clusters of golfers gathered on the expansive porch, enjoying one another’s company once they’d signed their scorecards). Once organized, the Old Guard operated out of the clubhouse of The Breakers before moving to West Palm Beach in 1992.

According to The Shiny Sheet, the club now has about 90 members, who meet for lunch, cards and golf (especially in season), as well as outings and monthly dinners with their wives.

Welcome home.


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Palm Beach Book Fest Starts… Now!

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A 2016 Palm Beach Book Festival panel discussion. Photo by Taylor Jones.

Short notice is better than no notice at all.

The Palm Beach Book Festival has been on our calendar for three months, but we forgot to tell YOU about it. Our apologies.

Day One (that’s today) is hosted by Palm Beach Atlantic University, and includes two panels:

  • David Denby and Ed Boland, discussing the question, “Are the classics still relevant in today’s classrooms?”
  • Laurie Hernandez, an Olympian, TV personality, and debut memoir writer on hopes, dreams and being 16.

Day Two is the 9-5 literary big bang, held at CityPlace’s Harriet Himmel Theatre. Click here for a full schedule and complete description, but here are the highlights:

  • 9-10 a.m.: “You Go, Girl!” Panel discussion on the writing of memoir vs. biography, with authors Leslie Bennetts, Geri Hirshey and Dani Shapiro.
  • 10:30-11:15 a.m.: In conversation with New York Times bestselling author Sebastian Junger.
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: “Oprah’s Book Club,” with authors Amor Towles and Joan J. Buck.
  • 1:15-1:45 p.m. In conversation with (Palm Beach resident) James Patterson.
  • 2:30-3:15 p.m.: In conversation with New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Toobin.
  • 3:45-4:30 p.m.: In conversation with movie legend Robert Wagner on his memoir, moderated by co-author Scott Eyman, a local film expert.

You have two hours and 35 minutes to get to PBA for the first panel. Go.


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And Now, Raptis

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Photos courtesy of Raptis Rare Books

For years and years, Palm Beach was a small island with two bookshops.

Now there are three.

But the Classic Bookshop (310 South County Road) and The Palm Beach Book Store (215 Royal Poinciana Way) have little to fear from Raptis Rare Books. Raptis specializes in first editions and important volumes in exceptional condition, serving literary collectors in Palm Beach and around the world.

Raptis celebrated the grand opening of its Worth Avenue shop earlier this year. As its name indicates, it’s not your first choice if you’re looking for a great beach read. This is where you’re going to go if your library won’t be complete without a $16,000 signed copy of Albert Einstein’s biography, an inscribed first edition of Watership Down  ($12,000), or the first English edition of Machiavelli.

Raptis was founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), who also exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs. Hours at the Worth Avenue gallery are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


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Dramaworks: 2017-18

We’re always excited when Palm Beach Dramaworks releases the next year’s schedule. Somehow, this company always manages just the right balance of new work, lesser-known pieces, and classic plays. We saw Driving Miss Daisy 15 years ago during the company’s early years, and still have fond memories of an outstanding show.

Just out, the 2017-2018 lineup, along with show summaries direct from PBD:

  • The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman (Oct. 20-Nov. 19, 2017): At the turn of the century in the Deep South, the ruthless, moneyed Hubbard class poison everything they touch.
  • Billy and Me by Terry Teachout (World Premiere, Dec. 8, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018): Tennessee Williams and William Inge – two great American playwrights, one turbulent friendship.
  • On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson (Feb. 2-March 4, 2018): A retired couple’s solitude in interrupted when their daughter arrives with her fiancé and his son.
  • Edgar & Emily by Joseph McDonough (World Premiere, March 31-April 29, 2018): In this comic fantasia, emerging poet Emily Dickinson is unexpectedly visited by a desperate Edgar Allan Poe.
  • Equus by Peter Shaffer (May 18-June 17, 2018): A psychiatrist attempts to treat a young man who has a troubling obsession with horses.

Subscriptions are on sale now. To learn more, visit the Palm Beach Dramaworks website or call 561-514-4042.


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Pucker Up, Palm Beach

Laura Mercier Palm BeachLaura Mercier describes its Crème Smooth Lip Color thus:

A luxurious lipstick that gives lips the ultimate in colour, texture, and finish. In one smoothing swipe, the crème formula envelops lips in rich colour with a semi-lustrous finish.

The colour that caught our eye? The nude/soft coral “Palm Beach.” Add one to your online shopping bag for $28 direct from Laura Mercier, or try it on at Saks (172 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach).


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Sensory Arts for Autism

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Photo courtesy of the Els Center of Excellence

April is Autism Awareness Month, and no one does more locally for the cause than professional golfer Ernie Els and his family.

This year, the Jupiter-based Els Center of Excellence is eagerly awaiting its new Sensory Arts Garden, which will provide a creative place that can be experienced through touch, sight, hearing, smell, taste and movement.

The focus of this year’s giving campaign, the project will feature special outdoor areas or “garden rooms,” each featuring different plants and textures. The area will be healing and therapeutic for individuals with autism and other sensory processing challenges, because they can interact with nature in their own way and at their own pace.

“Nature offers children and adults with autism spectrum disorder with wonderful opportunities for adventure, exploration and engagement,” says Dr. Marlene Sotelo, director of programs and operations for the Els for Autism Foundation. “When individuals with autism engage with nature, they develop not only a special interest in birds, animals or plants, but also opportunities to develop their social skills.”

To contribute or to learn more about the Sensory Arts Garden, the Els Center or the Els for Autism Foundation, visit the website.


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