So, the Palm Beach season is officially over for us in regard to Silvin Books’ business. Last week we finished our final event with René being a table host at the Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach for the annual charity event “Food for thought.” After cocktails and some speeches by the West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, and state representative Lois Frankel, we moved on to our dining tables, where René hosted 8 guests and spoke about his experiences with the Duchess of Windsor. Many thanks to Rebecca Weiss and Natalie Alvarez for including us in this event.
Rene with Carole Gigliotti and as table host at the Mandel Library
Now looking forward we have some exciting plans in the pipeline. This summer we have 6 presentations lined up, including two in the Berkshires and one in Nantucket, as well as one done by me (Robert) about my dissertation topic: LGBT elder discrimination in health care. We will also return to the Paramount Theater at the Crown & Anchor, which is Provincetown’s largest performance venue. Rick Murray the talented proprietor invited us back to present our Mar-a-Lago lecture. Here is a preview of the proposed promotional poster.
In between these presentations, we are also considering creating a brand-new lecture (we are sifting through a myriad of lecture topics), as well as René writing a new book. Additionally, we are considering revamping the Duchess of Windsor lecture. The plans for all these ideas are slowly coming together, and we will keep you informed about the progress.
Season 2018/2019 is gearing up to be pretty spectacular! We will start with a return to Thomasville, Georgia, where we are hosted by the lovely Theresa Brown to revisit the Duchess of Windsor lecture.
Some of the highlights of next season include a presentation of the updated Duchess lecture at the Dixon Education Building of the Society of the Four Arts right here in Palm Beach, courtesy of Molly Charland.
René at the Polo Club
We will also return to the Boca Raton Polo Club. We had about 350 attendees this past season there for the Duchess lecture, so this time we are invited for an evening engagement with the Normandie lecture, for which they expect up to 700 people! We look forward to working with the fabulous team, led by Kathy Kelly.
René at Kravis’ Cohen Pavilion
Finally, we are also very honored to have been asked to return to the Kravis Center. We will present the Mar-a-Lago lecture there on March 22, 2019 BUT not in the Cohen Pavilion. After this last season’s success, René will now be performing in the Rinker Playhouse! A big thank you to Keena Gumbinner and Lee Bell.
Lastly, as many of you know, we have been very involved in pending deportation case of the wonderful Javier Gonzalez. After René helped Javier present himself to the Palm Beach Town Council, his case got a lot of attention in the paper, and the online petition went from about 38,000 signatures to now nearing 100,000. Because of these efforts, Javier has now received a stay of deportation, giving him the chance to a hearing with a specially appointed agent. We continue to aim for a positive outcome, but continued support is very much needed and welcome. Sign the petition here.
We can’t wait to see you all in the new season and showcase our new presentations and books. Enjoy the summer!!!
Written by Robert Versteeg, partner at Silvin Books & Productions.