Saturday, November 29, 2014


The most singular name associated with this century’s Palm Beach history is that of architect Addison Mizner.  Immediate pictures come to mind upon mention of his name, of fabulous buildings he built in the area for the Palm Beach elite.  Mizner led a colorful personal life and became the prolific “go to man” for designing and decorating grand palaces in the 1920’s, some of which are visible as you drive along the famed coastline of Palm Beach and amidst its streets, though others have been torn down.

In keeping with their mission to collect, preserve and share the history of Palm Beach County, the non-profit Historical Society of Palm Beach County includes a program in their Distinguished Lecture Series about the world-famous, talented, colorful architect, whose influence over the appearance of Palm Beach was enormous, and continues to be imitated to this day.  

Members of the Historical Society (admitted for free) and non-members ($20 admission fee) are welcome at 7 pm on December 10th at The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, 300 North Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach.  Head to the 3rd Floor Courtroom inside the historic 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse where the Museum is housed.  You can stay afterwards for the reception and book signing.  Free parking is available directly across the street of the north side of the Courthouse.  Entry is at the southeast corner of 4th Street and Dixie, across from the WPB Fire Rescue Station, from 6 pm on.  For further information call 561-832-4164.

Author Richard Silvin, born in Switzerland, former health care corporate executive, began to write non-fiction books when he retired.  Silvin, who is a Landmarks Preservation Commission member, will give a lecture about “Villa Mizner, The House That Changed Palm Beach”, which was Mizner’s own house, and people of note in Palm Beach, in those times, mentioning others who lived in the house after Mizner passed away in 1933.  Other non-fiction books he wrote include, “Noblesse Oblige: The Duchess of Windsor as I Knew Her,” “I Survived Swiss Boarding Schools,” and “Walking the Rainbow.”

The Historical Society has archives with almost 2MM photographic images, maps, newspapers, journals, periodicals, architectural drawings and research files regarding events and people who shaped Palm Beach County.  They offer educational programs to schools about Palm Beach’s history which goes back 12,000 years.

Monday, November 24, 2014


You are in for a treat with a dazzling insider’s view of Palm Beach’s high profile citizens of this exclusive enclave from the early 1970’s to current times, “Palm Beach People”.   Photos taken by Harry Benson CBE of royalty, captains of industry, movie stars, wealthy family members in residence, families of famed politicians and others of note are compiled and written up by Hilary Geary Ross, providing a grand tour of private oases in exclusive Palm Beach settings, often with glimpses of exquisite architecture of note.

A book signing will be held on Friday, November 28th from 6-8 pm at the Foundation’s Library.  Cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.  Please RSVP (561-832-0731).  Cocktail attire requested.

Mrs. Ross, part of the NYC, Palm Beach and Southampton social circuit throughout her life, has homes in each location and has chronicled social activities worldwide as Society Editor for Quest and Q magazines.  Featured in Town and Country, W, Architectural Digest and other media, she is privileged to unique views and friendships in the area.  Ross is a member of the Preservation Board. 

Noted as the most published photographer in Life Magazine before it closed, Scottish born photojournalist Harry Benson CBE produces photographs today for major magazines.  He has had 40 one-man exhibitions worldwide and written 17 books and was named Commander of Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in 2009.  This talented team has produced a book that you will enjoy reading, a great cocktail table presentation to read and reread, a follow-up to their first project, “New York, New York”, featuring an inside look at homes and portraits of NYC’s movers and shakers.  Both will be signing. 

Friday, November 14, 2014


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Saturday, November 8, 2014


Homeland Security developed the federal REAL ID ACT OF 2005 for the issuance of state-issued drivers licenses and identification cards.  After 2016, those under age  50  will need the new star on your drivers license for access to federal buildings and commercial airline flights (though 2 forms of ID suffice for airlines).  For those over 50, the date is 2017.  The purposes of this change are to reduce fraud and to fight terrorism.

This process cannot be done online.  You must appear in person at a service center ( and have with you proof of date of birth, social security number and residential address.