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Out and About

Central Park Conservancy Annual Spring Luncheon

Spring signifies it's time for the Central Park Conservancy Hat Luncheon.

Season's Best

The Broadway Cares Easter Bonnet Competition, Tartan Week's Scottish fashion show, and Women in Communications MATRIX Awards are three of my favorite spring events. This year, see how they all outdid themselves.

Borough Bonanza

A major city museum is getting an extensive overhaul. We visited the amazing construction site recently near the giant globe in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Venturing Far Afield—A Visit to Azerbaijan

Lying along the Caspian Sea, next door to Iran, Azerbaijan is one of the new oil rick former Soviet republics stepping into the modern age. Spent a few days exploring the ancient "land of fire."

Tourist in the City

Sometimes discoveries can be made right around the corner. Two historic New York hotels offer comfortable accommodations for visiting offbeat neighborhoods that are worth exploring. And a new seafood restaurant is also worth a detour.

By the Sea; By the Sea; By the NYC Sea

As the Rockaway peninsula recovers from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, neighbors and visitors are invited to programs at a temporary beachside community center.

Singular Meal

Gourmands and nostalgia buffs are counting the days until a one-time only dining experience.

Easter Parade

Three big bonnet events of the year!

Olio Odds and Ends

Back from a trip overseas, I eased back home sampling a few events taking place around town and managed to catch the latest in table settings, floral creations, light fixtures and woodworking.

Palm Beach Gadabout

Escaping the Northeast snowstorms, we spent a week in Palm Beach where, along with sunny days, there was art, literature and music to keep us amused.

Fashion Forward

After New York's Fashion Week winds up, fashion specialists take a deep breath for just a few days until big fashion and accessory shows set up by ENK and BJI fill the Javits Convention Center with wares to tempt store buyers.

Barking Ballet

Children and their parents enjoyed a new ballet written by local composer Karen Lefrak and set in Central Park.

Houseware "Oscars"

Just a month before the Oscars were handed out in Hollywood and weeks before the mammoth housewares show during the first week of March in Chicago, HomeWorld Magazine held a luncheon ceremony to present the 2013 Housewares Design Awards. Products in 13 categories were named outstanding. I picked my favorites ahead of time but the judges agreed with me on only one count.

Fine Arts in Florida

There wasn't any snow, but Palm Beach was so chilly last week that New Englanders who came down south were reminded what they were missing back home. Still, the incredible Jewelry, Art, & Antiques Show kept them warm inside.

Your Fairs Lady

People who made a New Year’s resolution to augment their collections of art and antiques had the chance to attend a series of fairs held every January. The fairs gave dealers a chance to show off precious paintings and decorative arts. I had a chance to stop by several of them. Here are some highlights I found among all the booths, if you missed the shows this year, mark your calendars for attendance in 2014

What's Up-On Gallery Walls

Treat yourself to experiencing the emotions evoked by these outstanding shows.
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