Palm Beach winding down with Kravis, Mar-a-Lago lectures, and Town Council elections

The Palm Beach season is just beginning to slowly wind down and we have successfully completed a total of nineteen presentations this season.

On March 1 we returned to the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion for a sold-out Duchess of Windsor presentation. Over 300 people attended, and some people even had to be turned away. Keena Gumbinner was our gracious hostess once again, and because of the program’s success, we will return for the 5th time to Kravis’ ArtSmart series next season with the Mar-a-Lago lecture. A big thank you also goes to Lee Bell.

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The following week we repeated the same presentation at the South County Civic Center for the Boca Raton chapter of the Brandeis National Committee. We truly enjoyed Sheila Gettelson’s hospitality.

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What followed was a full day experience with the Boca Raton Museum of Art’s Collectors’ Forum. Under the leadership of Tammy Morgenstern, some 35 people came in a bus from Boca Raton for a Palm Beach experience. After they saw a house in Manalapan, we toured them through a Palm Beach mansion named Del Sueno – Portuguese for Sweet Dreams. It is an ocean front home created by architect John Volk. We then moved over to Pizza Al Fresco in Via Mizner, where the group had lunch, and René presented his Life and Work of Addison Mizner lecture. The audience received an impromptu invitation to tour Villa Mizner as the owners unexpectedly dropped by to hear the presentation! The group then finished their day with a tour through the Mizner designed mansion Villa dei Fiori, owned by Dale Coudert. We had a great time with the group and met some fascinating people.

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René at Pizza Al Fresco

Our last lecture of the season was our third appearance for this year at the Boca Raton Resort and Club (our 5th lecture there in total). Once again, we presented the Mar-a-Lago from Post to Trump lecture to a sold-out room. We are working with Barbara Chase, our always gracious hostess, to return with a brand-new lecture next season. Additionally, in attendance was Leia Moses-Levine of the Bellaggio Club House, with whom we are also in negotiations about returning there next season.

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René presenting at the Boca Raton Resort & Club

The only event left this season here in Palm Beach is our involvement with the West Palm Beach Library Foundation’s Food for Thought event. This annual charity gala will be held at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street, on April 14 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. It is an elegant dinner party, featuring notable authors and personalities, each of whom will lead a lively discussion at their table with 8 guests. You can still sign up. Follow this link for more information.

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Between all of this, we were very involved in the election for a new Town Council member here in Palm Beach. It was a race between two candidates for the open seat, and in the end Lew Crampton, whom we supported from the beginning, prevailed. We wish him good luck in this new position. Lew filled Richard Kleid’s seat, who retired as the Council President. Tragically, his lovely wife, Rhoda, passed away the night of Dick’s retirement party. Palm Beach has lost a marvelous lady and we will mourn and miss her for a very long time.

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Richard Kleid and PB Mayor Gail Coniglio

Happily, the remarkable Dani Moore has replaced Dick Kleid as Town Council President and another friend, Maggie Zeidman, was elected Council President Pro Tem.

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The preparation for our trip to Provincetown on Cape Cod, will soon go into full gear. Our summer will be punctuated with several trips: two lectures in the Birkshires, and one in Nantucket (something I have been working towards for 4 years!) as well as René’s monthly trips back to Palm Beach for his Landmarks Preservation Commission meetings; a position he holds very dear.

Don’t forget to write a review about the new and improved Noblesse Oblige, the Duchess of Windsor as I knew her on Amazon. Here is the link to the page. Thank you.

Have a great spring!!

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

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