Trivia Tuesday: Mad as a Hatter

It’s Mad Hatter Day! Did you know in the 8th century, hat-making included a process called “carroting”, which included a chemical that made the hatters crazy mad? What chemical poisoned some of these ancient milliners?

  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Arsenic
  • Chlorine

If you chose mercury, you know your hat history! Thank goodness, hat-making (and wearing) are safe these days. So don your favorite Palm Beach fabulous beach hat and show your style!

Palm Beach Season Begins!

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.

Trivia Tuesday: Pumpkin Pie & Cotton Candy Skies

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?

  • 81
  • 75
  • 84
  • 72

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!

Trivia Tuesday: Iconic Worth Avenue

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?

  1. 1904
  2. 1913
  3. 1918
  4. 1922

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!

Trivia Tuesday: An 'A' for Effort

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?

  1. 75,000
  2. 310,000
  3. 104,000
  4. 197,000

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:

Trivia Tuesday: State Symbols Q4

Identify the State Stone:

  1. Sandstone
  2. Agatized coral
  3. Chert (Flint Rock)
  4. Coquina

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.

Just What the Doctor Ordered

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.