Mission Commander

This Friday, the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches takes an unprecedented step: The keynote speaker at the 34th Annual Women in Leadership Awards Luncheon is a man.

Captain Mark Kelly

Photo courtesy EWPB

This year, EWPB welcomes Capt. Mark Kelly, decorated American astronaut and husband of former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Since the 2011 assassination attempt that robbed Giffords of facile speech, Kelly has bridged the gap in sharing the couple’s message of patriotism, perseverance, and dedication to work and family.

And so Kelly is a fitting voice for the EWPB’s mission and vision: To empower women to succeed and lead, and to be the voice that inspires integrity, equality and leadership in the workplace and in our community.

The Women in Leadership Awards recognize Palm Beach area women who have sustained outstanding accomplishments and displayed generosity of spirit, commitment to integrity and diversity, and genuine connectedness with others.

Honorary event chair this year? Palm Beach Board of Realtors member Virginia Spencer, general manager of Illustrated Properties since 1998 and a longtime advocate for girls’ and women’s organizations.

The event starts at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 11 at the Kravis Center. For tickets and to see a list of the 2017 Women in Leadership Award nominees, visit the EWPB website. Proceeds benefit the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation.


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Sweet Tea Time

Flagler Mother's Day

Photo courtesy of the Flagler Museum

We know the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum as a celebration of the Gilded Age – that period between the Civil War and World War I, when U.S. population and industry boomed, a handful of men became very rich, and their homes reflected it. Important things were invented: The telephone. The light bulb. Coca-Cola.

And Mother’s Day, in 1914. So, for many years the museum’s Café des Beaux-Arts has hosted a very special Mother’s Day Tea for mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, aunts, and other lovelies. The menu includes finger sandwiches, scones, sweets and the Museum’s own Whitehall Special Blend™ tea.

You may reserve for either of two dates: Saturday, May 13 from 11:30-2:30, and Sunday, May 14, from noon-3 p.m. Tickets include prix fixe tea, museum admission, taxes, gratuity and a corsage for each mother.


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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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Go Green

GreenMarket

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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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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