The change of season: New Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor book and Mar-a-Lago premier coming up

Summer is coming to an end, and we are looking ahead at a busy lecture season in South Florida.

A quick look back at the summer. We presented our first trial of the brand-new Mar-a-Lago lecture in Provincetown. We filled the room for this one-off event, and we received a lot of positive feedback and accolades for the show. The official premiere in Palm Beach will be on December 3rd as the first presentation of the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews’ series “Sunday Conversations With…” It will be held in the community room of the renovated Wells Fargo Private Bank on Royal Palm Way in Palm Beach.

IMG_5950 Mar-a-Lago trial at Seashore Point

We also just finished two updated Duchess of Windsor lectures. The first was in the largest social venue of Provincetown: The Paramount Theater at the Crown & Anchor. An appreciative audience welcomed René, and we thank Rick Murray for booking us.

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Duchess of Windsor lecture at Paramount, Crown & Anchor

Just two weeks later we returned for the third time to the Redwood Library in Newport, RI. Two years ago, we started there with the Mizner lecture, while last year was Normandie. So, it was time for the Duchess lecture this year. Once again, we had a sold-out event, and Carolyn Dupont was a wonderful hostess.

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Duchess of Windsor at Redwood Library in Newport, RI

We are now looking forward to our November lecture line up. On November 2nd, we open our season with another Duchess lecture at the Woodfield Country club in Boca Raton.

Our goal is to have the updated second edition Noblesse Oblige book available for sale at this venue. We have worked hard on the updated version. It took rewriting, reediting, and a lot of updated design features. It will have photographs on almost every page, and we are proud of how it is turning out. We will keep you posted on when it officially will be available.

IMG_5961 The new Duchess of Windsor book, second edition

On November 8th, we return for the third time to the Boca Raton Resort and Club. We will present with Barbara Chase three lectures this season, and we start with the Addison Mizner lecture. Always a wonderful audience and a warm welcome, we look forward to this event.

The third presentation this­­ November is a private event for the St. George’s Society at the Chesterfield Hotel in Palm Beach. This occasion was only recently added to our list of events. Because of this group’s focus on British culture, we are developing a specially designed version of our lecture about The History of Transatlantic Travel. On this occasion, we will focus solely on the history of British Dominance on this industry. Between the wars was the epitome of luxury travel, made famous by the RMS Queen Mary and her only rival, the French lines’ SS Normandie.

We hope to see many of you during any of our events this coming Winter season.

Written by Robert Versteeg, partner at Silvin Books LLC.

Mar-a-Lago lecture a success at first try-out; new life for the Duchess of Windsor

It’s been a while since my last blog post. The summer is our time to focus on new projects.

The first of these projects was to create a totally new presentation which fits with our brand, entitled: “Mar-a-Lago, a place where dreams come true-From Post to Trump.” We had our first try-out of the lecture at a local venue in Provincetown, which was very well-received. The “champagne-flowing event” at The Residences of Seashore Point confirmed the presentation’s format and cadence works perfectly. Many thanks to Sheila McGuiness for all she does.


Therefore, we are very enthusiastic and honored to have been booked by the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews to have our Palm Beach inauguration of the Mar-a-Lago lecture. It coincides with the Fellowship’s 25th anniversary, and René will be the first in a series of “Sunday Conversations” held on December 3rd at 4 PM. The special event will be held in the community room of the newly renovated Wells Fargo Private Bank at 255 S County Road in Palm Beach. Special thanks go to Councilwoman Maggie Zeidman, Chairman Skip Randolph, Executive Director Sherri Gilbert and Enid Pollak. Admission is free for Fellowship members, $12 for non-members, and series passes for all 4 “conversations” are available for $40. RSVPs requested by calling 561-833-6150. Check out all Fellowship events on their webpage here.

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We are eagerly looking forward to our upcoming trip to Abu Dhabi, where we plan to present the Mar-a-Lago lecture at a high-level venue in the exquisite Emirate, which René has frequented for over 30 years. Details to follow.

The Mar-a-lago lecture will be presented four times this coming winter season around Palm Beach County. Check out the locations, dates and times on our events page (here).

Besides the Mar-a-Lago project, new life has been injected into René’s long-standing Duchess topic. First, we have been booked here in Provincetown at one of the premier performance venues: The Paramount Theater at the Crown & Anchor complex. The splendid Paramount theater is outfitted with a full bar, which gives performances a casual, almost cabaret feeling. The event will be on Friday, August 25 at 7 PM. Special thanks to Rick Murray, Crown & Anchor owner and the man responsible for bringing a new level of nationally recognized, high quality performers to Provincetown.

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This will be followed by our third appearance at the prestigious Redwood Library in Newport, Rhode Island on September 6th, at 5:30 PM. A number of our Palm Beach friends summer in Newport, and we hope to enjoy their company for a Duchess of Windsor lecture.

Finally, we felt it was time to republish the Windsor book with many more pictures and personal anecdotes. The new and more accurate sub-title is: Noblesse Oblige, the Duchess of Windsor as I knew her: “An Intimate Look At Their Controversial Lives.”

IMG_5961The potential new cover of the 2nd edition

We hope that, if you enjoyed the first printing, you may consider adding this updated and more mature edition to your library.

Summer is not over yet, and we certainly don’t want to leave Cape Cod, but we are also looking forward to our return to our friends in sunny (and hot) Florida.

Written by Robert Versteeg, partner at Silvin Books & Productions.