Have fun with Bill Boggs and Jane Rothchild in Palm Beach

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Bill Bogg: We had a great winter here in Palm Beach, and The Dan Palm Beach Papers asked us to share with you some of the recent highlights.

First of all, you should know that my long-suffering girlfriend, Jane Rothchild, and I are “Triangulites” – in other words, we have a house in Springs in East Hampton, a pad in Manhattan and a apartment on the beach in Palm Beach.

Not a morning goes by that we don’t acknowledge our gratitude for our blessed lives, and hardly a day goes by that we don’t get the predictable question, “Which one do you prefer?” Answer: Wherever we are, we like the best.

Much of what we love about living in the Hamptons in the spring, summer and fall flourishes here in Palm Beach in the winter – beautiful beaches, great restaurants, theater productions, concerts, art galleries, and more. art and museums, library events, lectures, chamber music recitals, plus a host of cabaret performances, comedy shows, as well as opera, ballet and Broadway revivals – all within 30 minutes of our apartment.

When I hear people make a gross generalization like, “Oh, I hate Florida, it’s boring. There’s nothing to do,” I’m sure they haven’t spent much time in the Palm Beach area. For months our schedule has been as busy as it could be. Our wardrobes are put to the test here – this neighborhood is one of the most stylish in the country for day and evening wear at restaurants, shows and parties. Gentlemen, leave your loose Hawaiian shirts at home and note that you can’t go wrong wearing white here in the winter.

Leslie Laredo (left) and her husband Jeff Leibowitz (right) with Paul Anka and his friend Michelle after Anka’s show at the Kravis Center
Courtesy of Bill Boggs

Musical entertainment abounds. We appreciated Paul Anka, who was so happy to be back on stage that he didn’t want to leave the stage anymore. Michael Feinstein presented a majestic performance with the Palm Beach Symphony celebrating the music of Sinatra. Christine Andreas enchanted us with a tribute to Edith Piaf. Jazz trumpet sensation Bria Skonberg, singer Deborah Silver and Legends Radio host Bob Merrill presented hot, one-of-a-kind programs, as did Billy Stritch, Marilyn Maye, Ann Hampton Callaway, Tony DeSare, Nicholas Cage, Rob Russell and Clint Holmes. These shows were staged at the nonprofit Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. (Yes, masks and vaccination cards were necessary, but somehow we endured.)

And now, this is Jane.

Jane Rothchild: Phew, we’re busy, but nothing to complain about. A new Filofax (my up-to-date calendar system — give it a try!) is packed with activity. Last night, for example, we were entertained at an elegant dinner party hosted by esteemed Broadway producer Fran Weissler at her Palm Beach home. The evening ended with a spellbinding violin and accordion duo in her living room. The day before, Florida Planned Parenthood had hosted a well-attended luncheon honoring the one and only Gloria Steinem. What an honor to be there and listen to the legend.

I am a member of the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, the Norton Museum of Art, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach, the Boca Raton Museum, and the Miami City Ballet, which performs in Kravis. ALL delivered exciting performances, shows and exhibits. Swan Lake was remarkable. Gypsy at the Wick Theater in Boca, it was like sitting on Broadway. Florida Atlantic University offers three lectures per day. How can one person decide what to do with so many choices? It’s funny how hard it is to leave once the summer heat sets in, but returning to East Hampton and Manhattan is just as appealing. It’s a beautiful life.

Popular Palm Beach entertainer Rob Russell whose family moored his yacht
Popular Palm Beach entertainer Rob Russell, whose family moored his yacht “The Mother Marion” for decades in Sag Harbor, chats with Jean Dolan, founder of the Jazz Society of Palm Beach, at Bricktops Restaurant

Thank you, The Dan Palm Beach Papers for inviting us to share our adventures. Oh, and in case you were wondering, it’s as hard to score reservations at Sant Ambroeus and Le Bilboquet here as it is at Southampton and Sag Harbor.

Bill Boggs is an Emmy-winning television host and author of the satirical novel The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog. Follow Boggs @realbillboggs on Instagram and BillboggsTV on YouTube.

Jane Rothchild is an Emmy-winning former real estate broker, businesswoman, and television producer.

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