For us, Palm Beach Season begins not with the galas and fundraisers, but with the seasonal re-opening of one of our favorite cultural gems! The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is reopening today to our delight. An early Spring closing forced by the pandemic means many of us have been craving the art, sculpture, programming and respite offered by the gardens for longer than usual. This urban oasis of peace and tranquility offers two-acres of largely shaded meandering paths that make you feel like you are visiting old Florida.
What’s black and white and read together? It’s the “Read Together Palm Beach County” 2020 book selection, The Nickel Boys. The author, Colson Whitehead, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction twice in four years, in 2016 for The Underground Railroad and again in 2020 for this selection.
Happy Autumn! The Autumnal Equinox signifies the first day of fall. Did you know that all across the earth today will receive an equal amount of daylight and darkness? Exactly how "cold" does Palm Beach get in September? Can you guess our average low temperature?
Overnight lows in Palm Beach average right around 75 degrees, while daytime averages hover just below 90. Alright, alright, we may not have pumpkin pie weather, but we do have cotton candy skies!
Iconic Worth Avenue in Palm Beach is synonymous with luxury. Many designer brands have gained their fame thanks to this upscale shopping district. Do you know the year of its inception?
If you selected #3, it’s time to treat yourself to a shopping trip! The street was named in 1913, but Paris Singer and Addison Mizner didn’t begin construction on the first building until 1918. By the 1920s, its reputation for high-quality merchandise and luxury brands was established. And the rest is "worth-y" history!
New Yorkers have always loved Palm Beach. From the time of Henry Flagler, the society pilgrimage between the Hamptons and Palm Beach has been as sure as the seasons. On this special day etched in our collective memory, we wanted to reflect on that special bond with New York.
It’s Back-to-School time around the country and the Palm Beaches are no exception. Can you guess how many children attend public school in our county?
If you selected #4, you get an ‘A’ for more than effort! (Actually more than 197,000 students attend the district’s public schools along with the non-district Charter Schools) A few more numbers according to the School District of Palm Beach County website:
Identify the State Stone:
- Agatized coral
- Chert (Flint Rock)
The State Stone is #2, agatized coral. Designated in 1979, it is caused when silica in the ocean hardens and replaces parts of the coral with a quartz called chalcedony. By the way, this process takes about 20-30 million years. Interested in rock hunting? You will find it around Tampa Bay, the Econfina River and the Withlacoochee/Suwanee river beds.
Fall is in the air! Can you feel it? No - well let’s pretend. And what better way to pretend than a visit to the cider mill. Wait! We don’t have too many of those in South Florida. But we have the next best thing, the Ale Trail of the Palm Beaches.
From Jupiter south down the I-95 corridor to Boca Raton, you can stop in one or a few of these microbreweries for a cold ale, wine, mead or yes, a hard cider! Many offer live music, art and food via kitchen or local food trucks. And you may be able to be pick up a 6-pack for carryout too.
Choose the State Saltwater Fish:
The Florida State Saltwater Fish is #2 Sailfish. Designated in 1975, it is one of the fastest fish in the ocean and averages 6-7 feet long. Special note: Ernest Hemingway caught a 9’1” sailfish off Key West in 1934.
Megalops_atlanticus Tarpon © Citron / CC BY-SA 3.0
Live from the Broward Center, it’s the Carbonell Awards! Wait, that didn’t happen. For the first time ever, the Carbonell Awards ceremony was held virtually. The awards ceremony, recognizing excellence in South Florida regional theater for performances in 2019, was streamed from the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ YouTube channel.