President’s Day Weekend marks the halfway point of Palm Beach’s “Season”, which is the period between Christmas and Easter. Dating back to the time when Henry Flagler resided in Palm Beach, the weekend before George Washington’s birthday (February 22nd) has always been the peak of the Palm Beach Season.  Mr. Flagler was patriotic and decided to honor the first president’s birthday with a ball at the Royal Poinciana Hotel.  That ball became the most popular event of the season…and so later, when the US Congress decided to use that date to honor the birthdays of all presidents, the tradition continued in Palm Beach.   The weather is perfect this year (79 degrees and sunny skies!) and there are many cultural events, charity balls, sporting events and private parties, offering something to do for everybody. The largest event currently is the 9th Annual Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show.  The show, which features the collections of more than 180 renowned international dealers, attracts tens of thousands of private collectors, museum curators, investors and interior designers who are eager to search for treasures and purchase some of the most unique and coveted fine art, jewelry and antiques in the world.

A highlight of this year’s show will be the “Hope Designer Showcase,” curated by AD100 interior designer Scott Snyder. The exhibit will feature five room vignettes created by Snyder and other top interior designers, including Geoffrey Bradfield, Jim Aman +John Meeks, Bruce Bierman and Campion Platt. The designers will utilize fine art, furniture and decorative accessories from exhibitors in the show to create beautiful spaces that exemplify how antiques integrate into today’s lifestyles.

The 9th Annual Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show runs through February 21st at the Palm Beach County Convention Center located at 650 Okeechobee Boulevard. There will be a private preview party tonight, February 17th. Hours of the show are Saturday, February 18, Sunday, February 19 and Monday, February 20 from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Tuesday, February 21 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 daily and $25 for a 4-day pass. However, we do have some passes here at Grandview Gardens, so if you want to go, drop by for a pass.