Showtime! Inside the Royal Room at The Colony Hotel

 

If you’re in the mood for dinner and a show or an evening at a first-rate hotel, there is an array of options in the town of Palm Beach. But there’s only one place where you can enjoy fine dining, exquisite accommodations and world-class cabaret all under the same roof.

That place is The Colony Hotel.

The Colony Hotel’s Royal Room has been hailed as one of the best spots on the planet for cabaret, a distinction it’s held for 14 years. The Royal Room continues to broaden its stellar reputation for entertainment with an uncanny ability to coax the very best headliners from Broadway and top nightspots in Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Manhattan.

Coming into vogue in the late 1800s, cabaret combines music with a theatrical twist. More…


Written by the Sun: Lilly Pulitzer Releases the Spring 2014 Collection

 

The late Lilly Pulitzer, who died at 81 in April of last year, represented the very essence of Palm Beach – sunlight, sweet-smelling flowers, tropical ocean breezes and bare feet. A suntanned, exotic beauty, she was dedicated to the outdoors, a love of animals, healthy living and being a strong, independent businesswoman.

In the early 1960s, Lilly began a fashion kingdom that revolutionized the fashion world with her colorful designs in bright print dresses, which she said were made to cover up the constant juice stains on the clothes she wore while manning her popular fruit-juice stand in Palm Beach.

People like Jackie Kennedy along with various socialites began to fall in love with and purchase the shift dresses in Lilly colors of bright yellow, lime green, hot pink, teal and flaming Chinese red. More…


Delightful Destinations

 

Imagine yourself on a luxury train whipping by the picturesque hills of the Scotland countryside. Not your cup of tea? How about heading out to lunch on a sunny day in downtown Naples?

PBG Lifestyle has assembled a list of decadent vacations that spoil you either right here in our backyard or immersed in a completely different culture. Take a look at some of these dreamy, delightful destinations.

The Colony Palm Beach | 155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach
(561) 655-5430
| www.thecolonypalmbeach.com

Step into The Colony Hotel and you’ll be transported back to old Palm Beach.

“We have 90 rooms that definitely have the feel of old Palm Beach with all the contemporary services of the new Palm Beach,” said Marta Weinstein, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing. “Our guest rooms take you back in time.” More…


Travel Bulgaria: Birthplace of Spartacus

 

Long before Bulgaria received its name, this land area bordering the Black Sea between Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia and Greece was known as Thrace. Its people were the Thracians and they started recording history around 3500 BC. The artwork – especially that which was produced in gold – is considered by archeologists to be the oldest in the world, dating back some 6,500 years.

Not only does Bulgaria have some of the oldest pieces of gold artwork, it also ranks third in the world for the number of cultural sites after Greece and Italy. Bulgaria is said to have fostered the world’s first writing system. This claim is based on the engraved stones known as the Gradeshnitsa tablets based on the location where they are kept. Gradeshnitsa Monastery, also known as St. Ioan, is located in the northwest corner of the country. These tablets were found in 1969 and are examples of late Neolithic proto-writing known as “Old European Script.” The tablets were dated to around 500 BC. Stephen Guide, a Bulgarian-American of the Institute of Transcendental Analysis, claimed that he had deciphered the tablets. However, I along with many others haven’t heard or read the transcript. More…

Dr. Civin - Palm Beach Gardens Cosmetic Dentist

West Palm Beach has spawned its own Sybil and its name is Flagler Drive. One need only stroll down Banyan, Clematis, Evernia or Datura to the waterfront and what was heretofore the Marathon of the Palm Beaches, the Komen Race for the Cure, Irish Fest, SunFest or Fourth on Flagler, was in recent days the 29th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, adding yet another persona to the Intracoastal Waterway. Events and festivities transformed the waterfront boulevard as easily as ice and parquet were exchanged in the old Boston Garden for the Bruins and the Celtics. Flagler’s transformation etches the waterline of changing seasons and reminds us that when more than the customary number of super yachts is berthed in our backyard, spring has arrived and the oppressive scorched winds of summer that occasionally lick our heels, will soon be omnipresent. More…


When I went to France – which is strange to imagine considering I’m 22 and have been there twice – I stayed in rinky-dink hotels that were affordable and accommodating to high schoolers. But if and when I go back, I would stay at the Domaine de la Baume.

Located in Tourtour, a Provencal village 90 minutes from Cannes (can you say “film festival?”), Domaine de la Baume is the newest property in the MAISONS & HOTELS Sibuet collection of boutique hotels. It officially opens for its second season April 18 with a new spa and new rooms. The hotel, which was originally the home of the artist Bernard Buffet, houses 22 rooms (including four suites) on 99 acres. Gardens, ponds, a chapel, an olive grove and waterfalls surround it. More…


spamalot

by Michelle Kaplan

Those who like to laugh a lot should plan to check out Monty Python’s Spamalot, the ridiculous, hilarious musical calamity based on the cult classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail now brought to the stage on April 10-27 at the Lake Worth Playhouse in downtown Lake Worth.

The Tony Award-winning show pokes fun of the Arthurian legend with a few twists, like people who enjoy singing about not being dead.

“It’s lovingly stolen from Monty Python’s Holy Grail; for everyone who loved the movie, they will have a great time seeing it live,” said Jodie Dixon-Mears, artistic director of the Lake Worth Playhouse and director of Spamalot. “We have flying cows and killer rabbits, and yes the Black Knight does get dismembered.”

There’s really something for everyone, like Vegas showgirls, a throng of naughty-talking Frenchmen and of course, no Broadway show could survive Broadway without a diva; in this case, it’s the Lady of the Lake.

Only Monty Python’s Eric Idle could dream up or, um, rip off his own film by creating a play that’s a Broadway phenomenon when it originally opened in 2005, earning 14 Tony nominations and winning three Tony awards, including Best Musical of the 2004-2005 season.

Dixon-Mears also said to look out for the local talent farmed from Jupiter to Ft. Lauderdale who will amaze with great acting, singing and dancing.

Seen by more than 2 million pairs of eyes over the course of more than 1,500 performances, the play has raked in more than $175 million and become a fan favorite. Now it has been carried off Broadway and plunked right down here, at a theater near you.

“It is not going to solve world peace but it will give you two hours of fun,” Dixon-Mears said.

The Lake Worth Playhouse is located at 713 Lake Ave. in downtown Lake Worth. Evening and matinee performances will run April 10-27 at 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets prices range from $26 to $30; valet parking is available for $5.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.lakeworthplayhouse.org or call (561) 296-9382.


Everyone and their mother-in-law joined Jenks Productions, Inc. as they hosted one of the largest bridal shows in South Florida. Their slogan, “Here Comes the Show Every Bride Needs,” was ideal for the fourth annual South Florida Bridal Show Expo.

This event, held March 23at the South Florida Fairgrounds, gathered numerous attendees residing throughout the coast from Vero Beach to Miami. There, guests were provided with information from all aspects to consider when planning a wedding. Guests met with DJs, bands, makeup artists, event planners, videographers, photographers, florists and many, many more vendors that want to be a part of your special day.

The whimsical excitement of getting engaged is one thing, but the planning process is another, and this is why Jenks Productions went at great lengths to put on an event filled with excitement and entertainment. The overwhelmed brides-to-be at the door were able to enjoy the beautiful décor, listen to live music and watch a bridal fashion show as they planned the most important day of their lives. More…


bunny

by Michelle Kaplan

You can be sure every bunny will be having a good time rolling, tossing and hunting for Easter eggs during the Flagler Easter Egg Hunt & Egg Roll at the Flagler Museum on April 19 at 10 a.m.

The museum’s lawns will be laden with 7,000 eggs to hunt down and capture – enough to make any hen green with envy. Other activities scheduled for the fun-filled, family-friendly event include Easter-themed craft projects, face painting and bean bag toss games. Kids will also be fully entertained watching balloons sculpted into creatures both great and small to take home.

Separate hunts will take place, splitting the kids up into two age categories. Children 4 years old and under will meet at the Southeast Lawn while those 5 years old and up will meet on the South Lawn. There will be special prizes in store for the kid, in each category, to find the illusive golden egg.

After the hunt, children can stick around for even more eggcitement.

“After the Egg Hunts, children are invited to play the Gilded Age game of egg rolling,” said David Carson, public affairs director at the Flagler Museum. “Egg rolling began on the South Lawn of the White House when President Rutherford B. Hayes welcomed children to the first White House Easter Egg Roll in 1878. Special prizes will be awarded to the game winners.”

Children are encouraged to bring their own Easter baskets. Wooden egg-rolling spoons will be provided, and the museum will even give out commemorative Flagler Museum eggs for all participants after the hunt.

Lest we forget the rascally rabbit himself – the Easter Bunny will be on hand for selfies.

“This event is great fun for families and kids,” Carson said.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for children, with free admission for Sustaining Level and above members and their children and grandchildren. Free admission for Adult Individual, Family and Life level members. However, ticket purchases will be required for children and grandchildren. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.flaglermuseum.us or call (561) 655-2833.