Summer season is moving steadily along! We hope everyone is having as great a time as we are!
Three summer presentations behind us, three more to go! The season is bookended by our Berkshires lectures. We did the updated and renewed Duchess of Windsor lecture, rechristened to Noblesse Oblige, the Duchess of Windsor as I knew her (yes, the same as the book) at Ventfort Hall in Lenox, MA on June 12th. In this new version René reveals untold details about the Windsors, and several of their friends’ infamous and dramatic lives. This includes the contentious custody suit for “Little” Gloria Vanderbilt; the brutal, unsolved death of Sir Harry Oakes; William Woodward’s death at the hand of his infamous wife, Ann; and how Maître Blum, the sole executor of the duchess’ estate, abused the dying duchess.
René at Ventfort Hall in Lenox, MA
A packed room and warm welcome awaited us at Ventfort Hall. Before the lecture, our gracious host, Thomas Hayes, toured us through Edith Wharton’s magnificent and brilliantly renovated estate: The Mount, right next door to the Seven Hills Inn, the wonderful guesthouse we stayed at. We look forward to returning on September 4thto present the Mar-a-Lago lecture, which also has a new title: The History of Mar-a-Lago, from cereal heiress to winter white house.
Just this week we did our third presentation of the summer. It was the Mar-a-Lagolecture right here in Provincetown at the largest entertainment venue: The Crown & Anchor’s Paramount Theater. We were proud to be in the same space as where stars like Linda Eder, Lucy Arnaz, Bruce Vilanch and Randy Rainbow also perform. A big thank you to Rick Murray.
Between all these presentations we have not been sitting still. Our biggest project has been to rewrite René’s first book: I Survived Swiss Boarding Schools. The new sub-title (All that glitters is not gold) more accurately reflects the updated book’s contents. For decades, René has had the dream to have this book about his childhood transformed into a visual presentation. Publishing the updated and re-written Second Edition will be the first step in this direction. We are also working on an accompanying lecture, presented along with scores of period pictures and delivered in René’s inimitable story-telling fashion.
Additionally, I have been working with a local (Palm Beach) author to format their soon to be published new book.
The new cover of “I survived Swiss Boarding Schools, all that glitters is not gold”
Check out the extensive list of presentations for this upcoming season in South Florida. We hope to see many of you at venues like the Kravis Center and the Four Arts, of at a country club, like The Polo Club of Boca Raton or Addison Reserve in Delray. www.rrsilvin.com/site/events/
Have a wonderful rest of the summer!!
Written by Robert Versteeg, partner at Silvin Books & Productions.