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2017 “The Year in Pictures”

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Taking a page (or cover) from the venerable Life magazine, whose title I have co-opted above, I’m going to look back via Instagram at some memorable moments of 2017. If you follow PrivateNewport on this social app you might see some favorites. It is also exciting because we are about to hit a major milestone — 20,000 followers! A number that seemed stratospheric, and near impossible to me when I started three years ago.

My heartfelt thanks go to this community of friends, many of them virtual, who have helped bring Private Newport to this point in its young career. My goal is to meet as many of you as possible and extend my appreciation in person. Until then, warmest wishes for a glorious New Year…may all your dreams come true.

Photo Credit: Nicholas Mele Photography

And as we head into 2018, let us take a page from Iris Apfel’s book. At 96, she is still going strong, with her live show on the  Home Shopping Network, photo shoots for sundry products, travels to foreign destinations and a vibrant interest in any and everything that’s “happen’. ” With that inspiration, my goal for the New Year? Embrace all the endless possibilities available to each and every one of us!! How about you?

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

4 thoughts on “2017 “The Year in Pictures”

  1. Great Photos. I have lived in the area my whole life and Newport has been a frequent destination since early childhood by car or boat.

    Thank you


  2. Dearest Bettie:
    You have provided all of your 20,000 viewers with exceedingly talented dialogue, gorgeous photos to inspire, and a commitment to impart your best thoughts and images. We anticipate with glee your stimulating blogs to gain knowledge from these and in many cases to use your gifted and skillful ideas for our own. A huge thanks for your devotion to us as we bring in a New Year.
    Your loyal friend,
    Linda Purdy

    1. Dearest Linda, What a lovely way to start the New Year! I am very touched and appreciative of your kind words…as you know, this was all very new to me three years ago and support of friends and followers will continue to mean a great deal.
      Here’s to endless possibilities in blogging and life in general.Keep enjoying these bon mots, xo

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