Development is hard to escape these days, even in the tradition-laden town of Palm Beach, Fla. But starting this weekend, city residents will have a chance to see how things used to be around Florida — a very long time ago.
The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach will unveil its new Pan’s Garden on Hibiscus Avenue on Friday. The botanical garden is devoted entirely to native Florida plants and features Florida upland and wetland areas with plants shown in their correct natural associations. The centerpiece of the garden is the 1890 Pan of Rohallion by the 19th-century sculptor Frederick MacMonies. The statue will be unveiled by Lydia Mann at a cocktail reception Friday afternoon. Guests expected to attend the reception include Pauline and Dixon Boardman, Alyne Massey, Hillie and David Mahoney, Virginia and Frederick Melhado, Jean Tailer and Betsy and Michael Kaiser.
Things are shaking again in L.A., thanks to Sean MacPherson and Jon Sidel. The irrepressible duo — who own Swingers, Smalls, The Olive and Jones — are opening a new bar, this time further downtown in L.A., on Dec. 6. Meanwhile, the hot invitation these days is to the Friday-night dinners given by the store Goat Cadeau on Edinburgh and Third Street. Agents, artists and actors like Diane Keaton, Tom Hulce and Kristi Swanson have all been mixing in a salon environment over a four-course meal.