Former Sec. of State Madeleine Albright stops for lunch at West Palm diner Howley’s

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (right) with server Shannon O'Neil at Howley's Restaurant in October.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (right) with server Shannon O’Neil at Howley’s Restaurant in October.

The well-known slogan of classic West Palm Beach eatery Howley’s is “Cooked in Sight, Must Be Right.” Last month, there certainly was something special in sight, among the high layer cakes and sweet potato fries: Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stopped by for lunch with friends on October 22, to the delight of staff and restaurant patrons.

“People recognized her. She was walking through the restaurant and people thanked her for her work,” recalls server Katie Swift, who was working the lunch shift that Albright visited and observed that “she was a very sweet lady. She said hello to everyone and was very nice.”

Swift said that Albright, in town to campaign for then-Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, wasn’t doing any politicking at the restaurant but was “just eating with friends. She was awesome. She stopped and talked to people who wanted to talk to her. We enjoyed having her.”

 

 

National Black Cat Day: Places to cross paths with a lucky kitty of your own

Pepper, a former Palm Beach submitted by Pal, Beach Post Pet of the Week, submitted by Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control
Pepper, a former Palm Beach submitted by Palm Beach Post Pet of the Week, submitted by Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control

Did you know that black cats are the least likely kitties to be adopted from shelters, perhaps because of their unfair reputation for being bad luck? (One of my favorite all-time felines, Cusack Joan Streeter (1992-2005), was a darker-hued lass and one of your sweeter beings to ever completely hog a queen bed). Dispel that myth by celebrating today’s National Black Cat Day, honoring the coolness of coal-colored kitties everywhere. You can look up interesting facts on black cats, like the fact that they’re actually considered lucky in some cultures, or visit Meow Mix’s Cat Giffer where you can turn photos of your feline friends of any color into Web-ready images.

Max, a black cat from Ft. Pierce's All Pets Rescue
Max, a black cat from Ft. Pierce’s All Pets Rescue

But the most important thing you can do is go to the local shelter of your choice and bring one of those hard-to-place honeys home with you.   (The Palm Beach Post’s Pet of the Week column always has some good ideas, too)

 

Okeechobee Music Festival 2017: Music line-up just announced!

 

 

 

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Well, that’s interesting!

The Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival, following up its sold-out inaugural year of rocking, camping and yoga-ing near the lake, announces a winning line-up for its 2017 version, which hits the beach March 2-5.  Acts include Solange, who just did “Saturday Night Live,” Bassnectar, Usher & The Roots, Kings of Leon, The Lumineers, Usher & The Roots, Flume, Wiz Khalifa, Pretty Lights, Rae Sremmurd, Young The Giant, Porter Robinson (Live), Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, and more.

A limited quantity of both 3-day and 4-day Early Bird festival tickets as well as Early Bird VIP packages are on sale now at  OkeechobeeFest.com. Early Bird 3 day GA price is $229, Early Bird 4 day GA price is $249, and Early Bird Eternal Sunshine VIP price is $599.

 

Singer Darius Rucker Retweets photo of 3-year-old Halloween version

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There was no real science behind why I choose to dress my three-year-old son Brooks as country and pop icon of laidbackness Darius Rucker. Brooks just started learning to play guitar, has taken a shine to Rucker’s style, and Rucker is part of a series of cute brown-skinned guitar-playing men that my son could play with a few accessories and a swirl of creative eyeliner. Also, I just thought it was funny.

You know who else thought it was funny? The actual Darius Rucker, or whoever runs his Twitter. The former Hootie and the Blowfish lead singer and now mega country star Retweeted my post about Brooks and his costume, and so far it’s been Retweeted about 17 times and liked more than 150 times. It’s sweet as a parent, particularly an adoptive mom who was not allowed to even post photos or his name online for more than two years after Brooks came to live here. Next year, he’ll want to pick his own costume. I hope that maybe he’s going to pick Mr. Rucker again. A lot of material to cover, you know.

More on Halloween costumes here.