Twinkle, Twinkle

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Images courtesy of Graff Diamonds

In February, we featured Graff Diamonds’ Worth Avenue store on our cover. We thought we’d show you what’s inside

  • Beaded Sapphire Tassel Necklace: More than 600 carats of sapphires and 44 carats of diamonds in a double-stranded statement piece capped with a 7.01 carat emerald cut sapphire.
  • Infinity Earrings: Inspired by the night sky and incorporating diamonds and precious gemstones of various sizes, as if brilliant sparks shed by a falling star.
  • Diamond Dragonfly Brooch: 76 carats of white and yellow diamonds, configured with such life that one expects the dragonfly to take wing.

Visit the Palm Beach store at 221 Worth Avenue. Graff has store locations worldwide, including Geneva, London, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Tokyo.


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Save the Jaguars. (No, Palm Beach. The Other Kind.)

5K. As in, “Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.”

Big catsAs in, the Palm Beach Zoo’s Big Cat Race Series, to raise funds to help sustain the dwindling populations of jaguars, panthers and now, tigers. With fewer than 250 Malayan tigers left in the wild, proceeds from the May 20 Stacey Konwiser Memorial 5K will help support the zoo’s partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society at Endau Rompin National Park in Malaysia.

The starting gun goes off at precisely 7:30 a.m., and the course takes runners directly past the habitat where the zoo’s two tigers live.

Registration includes zoo admission and three half-price discount coupons for friends and family members to cheer for you and explore the zoo for the day.

Visit the event site to learn more about registration, prizes and packet pickup.


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The Great Give

Philanthropy doesn’t end just because Season does. On May 17, you can make a real difference without ever donning a ball gown or getting out your tuxedo.

Great GiveThat’s the day of The Great Give, a 24-hour online giving event designed to raise money for 415  nonprofits all across Palm Beach and Martin counties. It’s a chance for charitable organizations to gain exposure to new donors, and for people in our region to raise money for local projects serving local people.

Every gift can be earmarked for one (or more) of the participating non-profits, and will be multiplied with funding from a bonus pool raised by the United Way of Palm Beach County. There are clever hourly prizes awarded throughout the day, including:

  • 3 a.m. Witching Hour: Awarded to the non-profit with the most unique donors by 3 a.m.
  • 9 a.m. Green Hour: Awarded to the environmental organization with the most unique donors during the hour.
  • 6 & 7 p.m. Happy Hour: Cash prize awarded randomly.

Donations can be made through The Great Give website or by calling 1-844-GIVE-DAY from midnight to midnight on Wednesday, May 17.


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Bike Palm Beach

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The Palm Beach Lake Trail runs about 6 miles along the Intracoastal.

May is National Bike Month.

When you have the oceanfront and the Lake Trail, there’s really no reason not to celebrate. Frankly, we can’t think of a nicer way to start the day than to hop on a cruiser and tool down to some nice little breakfast spot before the day starts to heat up. Or if you’re not into early mornings, take a picnic to Bradley Park and follow with an evening ride along the lake to watch the sun set.

What’s that? Your wheels need a little TLC? Palm Beach has two shops ready to care for the bicycle you already have or put you on a new one:

If you more bikes than you know what to do with, consider donating one or two to Jack the Bike Man, at 2406 Florida Avenue in West Palm Beach, who repairs and rehabs used bikes for underprivileged children and adults.


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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

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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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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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