On the first Saturday in November 2016, the Whitehall Society presented a cocktail party to celebrate the history and tradition of cocktails in America and kick-off the event season. The Whitehall Society of the Flagler Museum is the next generation of Museum supporters. This engaging group supports the Museum’s mission and educational programming through a variety of innovative activities throughout the year.
Mixing It Up was hosted in Palm Beach’s only Cocoanut Grove. The Grove is adjacent to the South Porch and Flagler Kenan Pavilion. The venue featured a canopy of twinkling lights, shipwrecked décor of wicker lounge furniture, weathered wine barrels, and arrangements of fresh coconuts and tropical flowers. Guests were offered a variety of beach-inspired hors d'oeuvres and treats paired with special recipe cocktails popular during America's Gilded Age.
Shipwreck-Chic was the dress code and many guests came dressed in nautical-themed attire, sandals, and breezy linen suits.
The purpose of the Whitehall Society is to cultivate the support and patronage of a new generation of residents of the Palm Beach area who have an interest in arts and culture, history, architecture, and the preservation of Whitehall. Funds raised by the Whitehall Society support children's education programs.