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CULTURE & COCKTAILS
Culture & Cocktails returned to The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach for another season of sparkling conversations with cultural movers and shakers from the worlds of theater, art, music, fashion and more.
William Hayes interviewing Terry Teachout
In February, more than 120 members and guests enjoyed a conversation with Terry Teachout, the celebrated critic, biographer, librettist, playwright, blogger and author of “Sightings,” a column about the arts in America that appears biweekly in the Friday Wall Street Journal. Teachout writes an Arts Journal blog and has written about the arts for many other magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times and National Review. He was interviewed by William Hayes, producing artistic director of Palm Beach Dramaworks. Corby Kaye
Dack Patriarca interviewing Carolyn Rafaelian and Kate Richard
Andrew Kato, producing artistic director/chief executive of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and Rob Steele, president/CEO of Old School Square in Delray Beach, opened the season in November. In December, members and guests enjoyed a fascinating conversation with Dack Patriarca, board president of the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach, and Carolyn Rafaelian, founder, CEO and creative director of Alex and Ani®, who successfully transformed a family tradition of jewelry making into a worldwide lifestyle brand. Kate Richard, Alex and Ani’s vice president of business development, and Beecher Fritzmeier, vice president of design, also joined in the conversation.
Copeland Davis, Kathi Kretzer-Sayler, David Crohan, Rena Blades, Wayne Hosford
Rena Blades and Gilbert C. Maurer
Cultural Council members and guests filled the seats in March for an exciting conversation with Gilbert C. Maurer, director of the Hearst Foundation, who oversaw the award-winning design of the foundation’s new corporate headquarters in Manhattan. A distinguished art collector, Maurer was a creator of the Hearst 8x10 Photography Biennial competition showcasing young photographers.
The 2015/2016 season of Culture & Cocktails concluded in April with a conversation between Kathi Kretzer-Sayler, founder of the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation and 2016 Muse Award recipient for Outstanding Civic Leader. Joining her were three of her extraordinarily talented fellow pianists: David Crohan, who crosses the traditional boundaries between classical and jazz music; Copeland Davis, who hosted an Emmy-nominated special on PBS and was inducted into the International Who’s Who in Music and the Las Vegas Entertainers Hall of Fame; and Wayne Hosford, the awardwinning singer/pianist who has wowed audiences from Lincoln Center to The Colony Hotel’s Royal Room Cabaret. The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation generously sponsors Culture & Cocktails at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. Additional support for the series is provided by The Roe Green Foundation, Roe Green, founder; The Palm Beach Post / Palm Beach Daily News; and PR-BS, a Boca Raton-based public relations firm.