VISIT FLORIDA has released preliminary 2015 international visitor estimates for Florida's top ten origin countries. Canada continues to be the top international country for travel to Florida, with more than 3.9 million visitors. The U.K. ranked second overall and first among overseas visitors to Florida, with 1.7 million visitors. Brazil, Argentina and Colombia round out the top five international countries for visitation to Florida.
Find out more about our visitors from VISIT FLORIDA Research.
Pam's Posthaste...A quick take!
A rainy Thursday evening.
West Palm Beach
Art after Dark-held every Thursday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Whether at the zoo or a museum, this team always know how to make their guests feel welcome. Thank you, Devin and team!
Featured art by: van Gogh, Degas.
Featured live music by: My Uncle's Friends (that is the name of the accordion and mandolin playing duo). Their music added a special touch to the lobby, then later while we were dining. This should be a regular feature.
Dinner: The Cafe (tucked inside the museum). We opted for Quiche Lorraine, with a side-salad. Dessert was a too-rich chocolate and whipped cream confection. Service was slow, but they were busy and it gave us an opportunity to chat and sip our libations.
The thrill: Vincent! The Poplars at Saint-Remy, 1889. Simply standing a few feet away from the stunning artistic work of a troubled genius, van Gogh.
Summary: Experience Art After Dark, because an art museum should be enjoyed by everyone!
The van Gogh piece will be at the Norton Museum until April 17.
Enjoy the music of My Uncle's Friends ...
Update: Due to inclement weather, the Underwater and Flashlight egg hunts have been canceled.
The North Palm Beach Recreation Department offers 3 different Egg Hunts for children of all ages. "Each hunt is age specific and we request that parents abide by our age restrictions for the various hunts. "
Underwater Egg Hunt
March 25 @ 6:00 pm
This hunt is held at the NPB Pool. Children should be very good swimmer in order to participate in this hunt. Recommended ages are 7 yrs and up. Children will dive to the bottom of the pool to pick up colored "eggs". Certain eggs will be marked and should be turned in for a prize! Children should wear swim suits, goggles, and bring mesh bag to collect eggs. Mask/snorkel are not permitted. No pre-registration required.
Flashlight Egg Hunt
March 25 @ 8:15 pm (approx.- dark)
The Flashlight Egg Hunt is for youth 8 -13 years of age. This is not for younger children! They get run over! Saturday morning egg hunt is for younger children. Needed for this hunt are a basket to collect eggs, a flashlight with good batteries and quick feet! No pre-registration required. This will be held at Anchorage Park.
Traditional Egg Hunt
March 26 @ 9:00 am
We will hold a traditional egg hunt for children up to age 7 at Anchorage Park on Saturday morning. Children will need to bring a basket, sharp eyes and fast feet! Parents can accompany children under the age of 4 yrs. Children 5 - 7 are on their own! The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photos.
Looking for Easter dining options? Singer Island’s oceanfront restaurant --3800 Ocean -- is offering three of them on Easter Sunday, March 27:
The Easter Morning Breakfast Buffet (8-10:30 a.m.) includes seafood, smoothie, omelet and pastry stations, as well as traditional breakfast options such as Belgian Waffle with fresh berry compote and whipped cream, Guava & Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast, and Eggs Benedict. Breakfast is $28 for adults and $16 for children under 12.
The Easter Grand Brunch Buffet (12-3 pm) will offer a more extensive array of selections, including the raw bar with Shrimp with Horseradish Cocktail and Tuna Tartar Coronets with wasabi cream; soups, salads, and a selection of cheeses; Grilled Salmon with a persillade butter, Lasagna Bolognese with Parmigiano Reggiano and fresh mozzarella, Lobster Mac and Cheese, a chef carving station with Roast Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus, Turkey Breast with pan gravy and cranberry-pear compote, and Spiral Cut Sugar Cured Ham; and a chef’s selection table of seasonal desserts. Brunch is $65 for adults and $18 for children under 12.
The Easter Dinner Prixe Fixe (5-10 pm) will include seafood and Italian dishes. Some of the first course selections include Yellowfin Tuna Crudo with eggplant caponata, lemon oil, garlic chips and micro basil; Shrimp Bruschetta with tomato, olives, capers, white wine, and grilled country; and Truffle Artichoke Bisque accompanied by beignets and truffle cream. Entrée choices include Maine Lobster and Truffle Risotto with asparagus, artichokes, and tomatoes; Pomegranate Glazed Grilled Chicken complete with golden raisin cous cous, lemon thyme jus, and toasted pine nut haricot vert; and the vegetarian Jumbo Housemade Ricotta Raviolo with wild mushroom, arugula and sundried tomato. A holiday dessert and pastry table will offer a selection of festive treats prepared by the resort’s on-site pastry chef. The dinner menu is $65 for adults and $18 for children under 12.
For reservations call 561-340-1795. For more on the resort, visit our 3800 page.
From the Northern Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce:
"The 28th edition of Art Fest by the Sea in Juno Beach -- a celebration of art, food and community
"Juno Beach's annual art festival returns on March 12th & 13th. Co-produced by the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and Howard Alan Events, the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Art Fest by the Sea stretches along the oceanfront along A1A and has become a springtime tradition for residents and snowbirds alike.
"This FREE two-day esteemed community art festival showcases the talents of more than 250 artists displaying a wide range of works from life-size sculptures, to photography, and jewelry. There are all sorts of opportunities to appreciate - and purchase - art during this weekend of visual inspiration. Click here for a full list of our 2016 artists!"
For more information: Art Fest by the Sea website.
Bad news for all of us who participate in the day-long, two-line traffic jam that is the parking lot around the Northlake Chick Fil A. The uber-popular chicken eatery is CLOSED until mid-April for renovations, according to the signage posted there. Holy No. 5 8-Count Nuggets, what will we do?? Get the latest update on their Facebook page.
Exploring what to see and do in North Palm Beach and the South Florida area. Your hosts are Pam and Gerry Barker.
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Listen to Chapter One of "Panama Palmer"