Prince Harry “really fun to be around,” says polo star Nacho Figueras

Polo prince Nacho Figueras and Harry, Prince of Wales, wave to the crowd before a charity polo match to benefit Sentabale, the Prince's African children's charity.(Post photo/Allen Eyestone)
Polo prince Nacho Figueras and Harry, Prince of Wales, wave to the crowd before a May 4 Wellington charity polo match to benefit Sentabale, the Prince’s African children’s charity.(Post photo/Allen Eyestone)

Is this a polo “bromance”?

Leading up to Wednesday’s charity polo match in Wellington, the Prince of England and the Prince of Polo engaged in a week of texting banter about whose team would take home the trophy from the Prince’s Sentabale Royal Salute Polo Cup, said Nacho Figueras, Argentinean polo god and Ralph Lauren model.

Figueras, a Sentabale Ambassador for the Prince’s African children’s charity, paused to speak to the media before the match, which was held May 4 under rain-swollen skies on a sodden private polo field south of Lake Worth Rd.

“He’s really fun,” said Figueras of his royal pal. “We’ve been joking about who’s going to win.  He’s really fun to be around.”

Nacho, who has four children, said he strongly supports Sentabale’s mission of helping children living with HIV and AIDS. He and Prince Harry, who’s on the cover of new People talking about how his life mission is to “make my mother incredibly proud,” visited the the charity’s operation together in the southern African country of Lesotho.

“It’s important to get over the stigma of HIV,” Figueras, 39, said, “and to get behind these kids.  They’re the future of Africa.”

A casually-dressed Harry, wearing a scruffy red beard, showed up a few minutes later escorting Figueras’ wife, photographer Delfina Blaquier.

“Welcome to the Sunshine State,” the ginger-haired Prince, 31,  said, laughing, indicating the gray skies overhead.

Prince Harry and Delfina Blaquier, wife of polo player Nacho Figueras, arrive at the private Valiente Polo Farm in Wellington May 4. (Post photo/Allen Eyestone)
Prince Harry and Delfina Blaquier, wife of polo player Nacho Figueras, arrive at the private Valiente Polo Farm in Wellington May 4. (Post photo/Allen Eyestone)

The Prince, fifth in line to the English throne, seemed to have some royal power over the weather.

As soon as he arrived at the Valiente Polo Farm, where the event was held,  the afternoon torrent trickled to a drizzle, then stopped for the duration of the match. It started up again at the end of the games, as trophies were awarded.

After the Prince’s Sentabale team won the trophy against Figueras’ Royal Salute squad, it was obvious the two men are good friends.

With some good-natured trash talk on the trophy stand, Figueras swiped the gold horse-and-rider out of the Prince’s hands, who grabbed it back.

Nacho Figueras tries to swipe the winner's trophy from Prince Harry. (Post photo/Rich Graulich)
Nacho Figueras tries to swipe the winner’s trophy from Prince Harry. (Post photo/Rich Graulich)

 

Prince Harry and Nacho Figueras shake hands after a polo match as Figueras' wife, Delfina Blanquier, looks on. (Post photo/Rich Graulich)
Prince Harry and Nacho Figueras shake hands after a polo match as Figueras’ wife, Delfina Blanquier, looks on. (Post photo/Rich Graulich)

A Sentabale spokeswoman said the Prince’s charity hoped to raise more than a million dollars from the match, which will go toward sending 1,500 children to the Mamohato Children’s Center, where they are educated about the virus in hopes of ending Africa’s AIDS epidemic.

Speaking to donors afterward, Prince Harry said later this year Sentabale expects to expand its work into Botswana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which Florida beaches made Southern Living’s best beaches list?

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Southern Living magazine combed 2,000 miles of coastline to find the Best Beaches in the South.

None in Palm Beach County made the list but six spots along the Florida coast did, including Bahia Honda State Park in the Keys, Caladesi Island north of Clearwater on the Gulf of Mexico, Naples, Shell Island near Panama City in the Panhandle, South Walton Beach and St. Augustine.

Related: Best beaches in Palm Beach County

 

20 best concerts at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre

Kid Rock, 2015
Kid Rock, 2015

April 26 marks the 20th anniversary of Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, or if we’re getting technical about it:

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SEE PHOTOS OF 20 GREAT ACTS FROM 20 YEARS AT THE AMPHITHEATER.

And here are some that didn’t make the cut:

Velvet Revolver, 2007
Velvet Revolver, 2007
Rush, 2007
Rush, 2007
Lee Ann Womack, 2007
Lee Ann Womack, 2007
Paul Simon, 1997
Paul Simon, 1997
Foo Fighters, 2000
Foo Fighters, 2000
Santana, 2000
Santana, 2000

RIP, Prince: Remembering his glorious 2004 South Florida concert

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From Larry Aydlette: This is the review former Palm Beach Post writer Charles Passy did of Prince‘s April 25, 2004 concert at the now B B & T Center in Sunrise. It was a joyous evening that ended with a stream of purple confetti falling from the rafters as Prince wailed on his guitar in that way only the the greatest can do. For years, I had my piece of purple relic hanging on my office wall. I wish I still did. RIP, Prince. 

Photos, remembrances, coverage: Prince dead at 57

  BY CHARLES PASSY  
    What a difference a decade makes.
When Prince played South Florida sometime in the mid-’90s, he was an artist searching for an identity. It wasn’t just that he had temporarily changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol. It’s that his performance was little more than an evening of unchecked egotism packaged with a few funky songs.
The Prince who played the Office Depot Center Sunday night still had no shortage of swagger, but this time, his personality was fully wedded with his music, a joyous mix of R&B, rock, pop, soul and just about anything he could pull out of his hat – in this case, a red fedora – including snippets of Elvis and Outkast. The result was a heady evening, equal parts concert, worship service and dance party.
Yes, Prince is back. And he’s rediscovered his inner, well, Prince.
Indeed, the first 50 minutes of the near sold-out concert were about the most combustible bit of music-making this reviewer has ever heard, next to a Springsteen show. Prince opened with the lively title cut of his new album, Musicology, but it became immediately apparent that he wasn’t interested in delivering the songs, so much as delivering an improvisational experience.
Dressed in a sharply cut white suit, Prince worked with his band – the aptly titled New Power Generation – so that grooves became virtual rhythm fests. At times, he sang; at other times, he played electric guitar. But oddly enough, he was at his most powerful when he simply occupied the stage, moving his diminutive self to the kinetic pulse of the music. For Prince, the beat will set you free.
And so it continued as he played some of his older, familiar material, including a version of Let’s Go Crazy that had the makings of a wicked global jam. In nearly ever song, an always smiling Prince shared the spotlight withy a member of his group: Saxophonist Candy Dulfer was a special standout, but there wasn’t a bad apple in this bunch.
Then, as the show reached its fever pitch, Prince went the “unplugged” route, brandishing an acoustic guitar and singing – often in a marvelous, unadorned falsetto – revealing versions of songs better known in beefed-up renditions. Little Red Corvette, in particular, took on the crushing texture of a confessional folk tune.
Before the night was over, Prince was back in his full-glory mode. But these days, full glory is fully merited. At one point, Prince teased the ecstatic crowd about being “high on life.” But the stimulant in this case was Prince himself.

Florida’s best waterfront bar? It’s here in Palm Beach County

Guanabana's in Jupiter has earned another top honor. (Post file photo)
Guanabanas in Jupiter has earned another top honor.
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It comes as no surprise to us locals but it’s still nice to be validated.

Guanabanas, Jupiter’s wildly-popular bar and restaurant tucked into a tropical rain forest, has been named Florida’s top waterfront bar by a website called Onlyinyourstate.com.

One of Guanabanas thatched roofs was built around existing trees. (Post file photo)

Citing Guanabanas lush landscaping, laid-back attitude, seafood-centric menu and live music, the website says the tiki-themed outdoor restaurant is “a taste of paradise.”

But we already knew that.

As our tourist season winds down, it’s also far easier to get a table this time of year.

Read:  More of our top picks for waterfront dining in Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

Census statistics: Putting our new 1.4 million population in perspective

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Welcome, newcomers. The Palm Beach Post is reporting that recent Census Bureau estimates place the population of Palm Beach County at 1.4 million people. (1,422,789 to be exact.)

Wondering why roads are so crowded and you can’t get a table at your favorite restaurant?

One-point-four million. That’s a lot of people, or anything, for that matter.

Here are some other things that have recently added up to 1.4 million:

New York City has 1.4 million arrest warrants that have not been served. According to a PBS report, they are “unresolved summonses dating back to the 1980’s. They’re for “quality of life” offenses like loitering, public urination, walking a dog without a leash, or being in a park after dark.”

Showtime’s recent series “Billions” had 1.4 million viewers for its debut episode in January.

About 1.4 million dogs are adopted every year.

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About 1.4 million people attend Mardi Gras every year.

The GOP Republican primary in Illinois drew 1.4 million voters, according to the Associated Press.

The Golden Globes were tweeted about 1.4 million times (that’s a lot of Ricky Gervais jokes.)

About 1.4 million cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Don’t slip on this: 1.4 million shower rugs were recently recalled.

1.4 million people die in India each year because of polluted air.

And speaking of statistics, here’s a disquieting one tweeted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson late last year:

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with these weekend events

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Time to start the St. Patrick’s Day party! There are many events this weekend celebrating the Irish. Here are some of the top ones to hit:

Top seven St. Patrick’s Day events in Palm Beach County

Related: Post picks: Best Irish pubs in Palm Beach County for St. Patrick’s Day

 

 

Which Florida hotel is among the “most stylish new hotels in the South?”

In addition to service and luxury, a great hotel offers an immediate sense of place.  Could The Breakers be anywhere other than in Palm Beach?

Garden & Gun magazine, that beautiful monthly chronicle of what’s new and cool in the The South has come out with a list of new Southern (and OK, Caribbean) hotels that are as stylish as they are dazzling reflections of their locations.

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Making the list is The Thompson, a new hotel on the once-again-fashionable northern end of Miami Beach. The retro beach chic look of the pet-friendly hotel is meant to remind us of the ’50’s, when the neighborhood was the the hang-out of the Rat Pack. There’s even a Carmen Miranda suite.  Michelle Bernstein, the former chef at the Omphoy (now Eau Palm Beach) helms the kitchen at the hotel’s Seagrape restaurant.

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Another hotel on the list has a Palm Beach connection, although it’s located a thousand or so miles south.  The Playa Grande Beach Club on the Dominican Republic’s north shore was designed by Celerie Kemble, who grew up in Palm Beach and whose mother, Mimi McMakin, is the founder of Kemble Interiors. Designed in a colonial style with gingerbread fretwork, copper soaking tubs and a soft pastel palette, the nine bungalows were created to look like they’d been around for decades, Kemble has said.

The list includes other new hotels in the Carolinas, Virginia and Savannah.

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Break 2016: Best South Florida beaches, bars and things to do

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A group of spring breakers hit the sand on Delray Municipal Beach. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

Stock up on sunscreen and dig out the beach towels. Spring break is busting out all over Florida this month. College students from the East Coast and Midwest have begun their annual coastal invasion while Palm Beach County public school students are off from Friday, March 18 until Monday, March 28.

Whether you’re staycationing or visiting, there are plenty of options to fill sunny days (although we Floridians may require wet suits for frigid ocean temperatures still in the low 70s).

Here are the best beaches, waterfront bars and things to do in Palm Beach County for Spring Break 2016:

Spring Break Guide of Palm Beach County

3 celebrities who were Florida beauty pageant contestants

Before they were famous, they were Floridians. And Florida beauty pageants were their first flush with fame.

Here they are….

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Recognize this smiling Miss Florida? It’s Delta Burke, who became famous as Suzanne Sugarbaker on TV’s Designing Women. The Orlando native was Miss Florida 1974 when she was a senior in high school. In this picture, from November 1974,  she was at The Breakers, in Palm Beach, to help present safety awards at a contractors convention.

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Recognize this smiling Miss Miami? It’s Victoria Principal, the actress who became famous as Pamela Ewing on TV’s Dallas. She graduated from high school in Miami in 1968, was Miss Miami in 1969 and soon after left Florida to seek fame as an actress.

4/20/93 - PSL high school Moses Hill gets an autograph from Miss America 93 Leanza Cornett who was at the school speaking about AIDS awarness and prevention. Hill is one of the 'Leadership'. a group of 50 PSL students that co-ordinated the visit. (Barry C. Allen/The Palm Beach Post)

Recognize this smiling Miss America? It’s Leanza Cornett, Miss America 1993, appearing that year at a Port St. Lucie high school to promote AIDS awareness and prevention. She was raised in Jacksonville, became Miss Florida in 1992 and won the national Miss America pageant the following year. She has been a TV show host, and a stage and screen actress.

More celebrity fun from The Palm Beach Post:

Celebs who hang out at Havana restaurant in West Palm Beach.

10 celebrities you didn’t know were born in Florida.