Rene and I just returned from Key West where he presented his lecture on Addison Mizner’s life and work to the Café Con Libros book club at the Monroe County Public Library. Since he has lectured there before on the Duchess of Windsor, he received a hero’s welcome and a packed room with over 80 people. We are very thankful to Betty Darst who made this all happen in a very short period of time. She wrote us the following afterwards:
“Your program took my breath away. The only word that I could use to describe would be awesome. What a gift you share with others by taking us into the world of Mizner and presenting the personalities that played such a role in these extraordinary homes. I find the book has greater meaning because of your introduction. I am ecstatic that you could touch people with your talent.”
We are now looking towards next week, when Rene will give a shortened version of his Mizner lecture to the Rotary Club of Palm Beach at the Chesterfield Hotel in Palm Beach on Thursday the 12th at Noon.
We have a lot of irons in the fire at the moment. We are in discussion with Pied Piper Travel, a gay organization, which charters large blocks of cabins on cruise ships. They are extremely interested in having Rene present on a Queen Mary 2 Westbound trans Atlantic trip this December.
Additionally, we are working on getting some lectures lined up in Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts this summer, when we are once again settled back in our beloved Provincetown. If anyone has suggestions for venues in New England, which have architecture and American History as their focus, please let us know!