The Coquettes Senior Dance Troupe performed a Charleston choreographed by Mary Mazzetta July 20 for Retired Coquette Dancer Betty Schranck's 100th birthday party. (Photo courtesy of Donna Wegner) Read more about the Coquettes HERE.
(PRESS RELEASE)_(West Palm Beach, FL – July 19, 2019) Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden will be hosting four fun and horticulturally informative programs and events in August and September. Visitors to Mounts will also want to experience the amazing eco-exhibition, CUTTING CORNERS: A Stickwork Exhibit, which will be on display throughout 2019..
Make Your Own Fairy Garden
Saturday, August 10 – 10 am to 11:30 am
$15 for Mounts members; $25 for adult non-members and $20 for children non-members (ages 5-12) – fees includes supplies
Presenter: Nancy Byrne, Master Gardner
The whimsical and sustainable way to use a “perfectly broken pot” to bring a miniature garden to life. The class begins with a guided, inspirational tour to discover a fairy garden at Mounts Botanical. Once participant have their creative juices flowing, they’ll continue by selecting a plant, learning how to take care of it, and exploring different design ideas to assist in choosing items from the Creation Table. Soil, two plants, repurposed pots, and fairy garden accessories are provided.
Orchids Around the World
Tuesday, August 20 – 10 am to 11:30 am
Mounts Exhibit Hall
$10 for Mounts members; $15 for non-members
Presenter: Bill Thoms, Renowned Orchid Grower, Orchid Hunter, and International Speaker
Join this orchid expert extraordinaire for a visual tour documenting several travelogues of orchids growing in the wild in various places around the world. This presentation explores the culture or orchids and brings to light his adventures in Ecuador, Brazil, Borneo and the Philippines. It will be presented with a bit of humor, to help growers understand how the plants work. Beginning growers will get with lots of advice on fixing problems and more advanced growers will benefit from the wealth of information for them, too. Whether one has a thousand orchids or none at all, he/she will get tips on to make them, or any plant, grow and bloom better,
Exotic Plants & Orchids Sale
+ Saturday, September 21 – 9 am to 4 pm
+ Sunday, September 22 – 9 am to 3 pm
Throughout the Garden
FREE for Mounts members; $10 for non-members
This annual event is made for the shade. Visitors will stroll through the Garden and enjoy an amazing selection of orchids and exotic plants from more than 25 vendors. The area’s premier plant vendors will be selling begonias, bromeliads, orchids, ferns, hoyas, aroids, and more. Magnificent tabletop arrangements will be offered in a silent auction to benefit the Mounts horticulture scholarship program with Palm Beach State College.
Fabulous Crotons of Florida
Saturday, September 28 – 10 am to 11:30 am
$45 for Mounts members; $55 for non-members
Presenter: Mark Peters, Peters Crotons & Cordylines
Learn about the fascinating global migration of Codiaeum (scientific name for the Croton) to the Western Hemisphere and South Florida gardens. This class will cover care and culture of the plants as well as suggestions for its use in the landscape. It will conclude with a demonstration of air layering which is a simple and useful propagation technique for any woody shrub.
To register for any of the events and workshops at The Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County, go online at www.mounts.org/events/ call 561.233.1757. Program registration includes Garden admission. Events at Mounts are accessible to people with disabilities.
All classes, workshops, and some special programs require pre-registration. Wall-ins are not accepted. Online registration closes at 4 pm on the day before the class date.
Mounts educational programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
Also at Mounts Through 2019
A Stickwork Exhibition
Daily – 10 am to 4 pm
Mounts The Great Lawn
FREE for members; $10 for nonmembers; $5 for children ages 5-12
This awe-inspiring new eco-exhibition is part of the Garden’s 40th Anniversary Ruby Jubilee celebration and runs through June. Located in the Great Lawn area of the Garden, this interactive, environmental exhibit features an original, massive, stickwork sculpture designed by internationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty and created on site through a “community build” by 106 volunteers utilizing 30,000 pounds of willow. The exhibition invites visitors to wander through, admire, and become part of a living art experience.
Note: Tickets are available for purchase at www.mounts.org or at the Garden’s main gate. To schedule a group tour, call 561-233-1757.
Mounts Botanical Garden is open daily (except Palm Beach County recognized holidays) from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, please call 561.233.1757 or visit www.mounts.org.
What better way to spend a random Tuesday than join some friends and hop on the Brightline for a "care free- car free" ride to Miami, and then on via Lyft to explore a new Happy Hour destination in Downtown/Brickell. This time we landed at American Social. The popular Miami eatery has a great location adjacent to the Miami River, where couches and tables under wide umbrellas await.
Their Happy Hour runs from 4-8 pm, and besides half-off beers and cocktails, they offer a nice selection of bar bites and munchies at good prices. We tried the Avocado Toast ($5) and Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon ($3). Yum! And the service was great as well.
While you enjoy your food and drinks, you can watch the boats go up and down the river. On this occasion, besides the usual yachts that ply Miami waters, we were a little startled to see a full-fledged tanker going by ever-so-slowly. We weren't entirely sure how it made it under the bridge.
If you're looking for a great place to chill, American Social will put you in a sociable mood. Give it a try!
(PRESS RELEASE)_(Lake Worth Beach, FL – July 17, 2019) Dave Lawrence, President & CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County today announced the 2019-2020 season of the popular series CULTURE & COCKTAILS. For the 15th season in a row, from November 2019 through April 2020, five fascinating conversations will be held at The Colony Hotel’s Coral Ballroom, located at 155 Hammon Avenue in Palm Beach.
New Faces, Favorite Places
A Conversation with Cultural Executives
+ Elliot Bostwick Davis, Director & CEO of the Norton Museum of Art. She joined the Norton in March after spending the past 18 years as chair of the Art of the Americas department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
+ Erin Manning, Executive Director of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. She came to the Whitehall mansion in 2016 from the Historical Society of Princeton in New Jersey, where she served nine years as executive director.
+ Dr. Philip Rylands, President & CEO of the Society of the Four Arts. He assumes this position in September after serving as a founding director and, most recently, as Director Emeritus of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy.
Interviewed by Dave Lawrence, President & CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County
(PRESS RELEASE)_West Palm Beach, Fla. – On Thursday, July 11, celebrate National Mojito Day with a festive, olé-inspired sip from City Cellar Wine Bar and Grill in Rosemary Square.
The perfect potion for summer quaffing, a traditional mojito is fashioned with rum, muddled mint, sugar, lime juice, and soda water.
Garden-to-glass lovers will swoon for City Cellar’s homage, the Dragonberry Strawberry Mojito ($10). Crafted by Shawn Powell, the restaurant’s beverage manager and mixologist, the boozy blockbuster pops with strawberry purée, fresh mint, Bacardi Dragonberry, and a twist of lime poured over ice and crowned with club soda.
Dragonberry Strawberry Mojito
2.5 oz. Bacardi Dragonberry Rum
1 oz. Real Strawberry Purée
8 fresh mint leaves
3 lime wedges
½ oz. simple syrup
1 strawberry (garnish)
Directions: In a shaker glass, muddle mint leaves and lime wedges. Add rum, strawberry purée, and simple syrup. Shake briskly then pour mixture over ice into a pint glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with a fresh strawberry.
City Cellar is located at 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, Florida. For more information or reservations, call (561) 366-0071 or visit citycellarwpb.com.
(PRESS RELEASE)_(West Palm Beach, FL – July 8, 2019) “If nominations for the first couple of Palm Beach County music were held, vocalist Jill Switzer and multi-instrumentalist Rich Switzer would be near the top of the list of candidates,” raved Florida Weekly.
Fans of the deliciously delightful co-hosts of The Morning Lounge on Legends 100.3 FM, now have a great opportunity to enjoy them live when they present JILL & RICH In Concert, August 3 & 4, as part of the popular Palm Beach Dramaworks Sounds of Summer Series.
The dynamic duo—along with some special surprise guests—will pay tribute in word and song to some of their favorite Great American Songbook artists, including a centennial celebration of the legendary Nat King Cole.
The performances in The Don & Ann Brown Theatre at Palm Beach Dramaworks, located at 201 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach, are scheduled for:
+ Saturday, August 3 at 8 pm
+ Sunday, August 4 at 2 pm
The cost to attend is only $35. Tickets are available by calling the Palm Beach Dramaworks box office at 561-514-4042 or online at www.palmbeachdramaworks.org.
About Jill & Rich:
The married co-hosts of The Morning Lounge on Legends 100.3 FM, daily from 6 to 10 am, have both had sterling musical careers. Jill has headlined at Birdland in NYC, locally at The Colony’s Royal Room and with the Palm Beach Pops. She released the CD By Special Request, and is the author of The Diva Next Door: How to Be a Singing Star Wherever You Are. Rich is a gifted pianist/composer, who has been entertaining audiences in South Florida for the past 32 years. His four CDs of melodic piano instrumentals have made a significant mark musically, beginning with his debut release, Quiet Storm. He’s also an honorary Board member of The Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook.
(PRESS RELEASE)_West Palm Beach, Fla. – Ladies and gentlemen, start your appetites. On National Fried Chicken Day, Saturday, July 6, celebrate your gastronomic right to pollo perfection.
Head to City Cellar in Rosemary Square for lunch, where executive chef Rolando Anoceto will be serving up a Southern-style chicken sandwich ($16.50) soaked in buttermilk and double-dredged for extra crispiness. The architecturally stacked stunner is loaded with pickles, gem lettuce, and a tangy 3-mustard honey sauce. Feeling quaffy? Pair your meal with a selection from the restaurant’s wine list, which recently received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
Flap your wings over to the new American Craft Aleworks at the eastern end of Clematis Street. The new gastropub and brewery is the perfect dinner spot where beer aficionados can tuck into a foamy craft brew and ale-brined crispy chicken sandwich ($13) topped with lettuce, onion, tomato, smoked jalapeno aioli, and served with hand-cut fries.
City Cellar is located at 700 S. Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach. For more information, visit citycellarwpb.com or call (561) 366-0071.
American Craft Aleworks is located at 200 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. For more information, visit americancraftaleworks.com or call (561) 425-5799.
(LAKE PARK NEWS)_Here in Lake Park, we envision every child having the best learning opportunities available, beginning with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom. That's why every year, The Town of Lake Park hosts the Back To School Extravaganza!
This event provides backpacks, school supplies, haircuts/styles, access to important health information, entertainment, food, face painting and more - ALL FOR FREE!
We hope to serve every student who attends, but we depend on financial support from businesses and organizations like yours. If you want to do your part, please contact the Special Events Dept. at (561) 840-0160. Every little bit helps!
Salsa and Cha-Cha Dancing with Grigol Kranz
When: Saturday, July 6 and July 20
Who: Ages 15+
Time: 3–4 p.m. (Salsa); 4-5 p.m. (Cha-Cha)
Cost: Members, $5; Non-Members, $8
Lace-up and hit the dance floor with champion ballroom dancer, Grigol Kranz. Learn the art of salsa and cha-cha dancing in a fun and social environment. All levels are welcome. Comfortable shoes and clothing required.
For more information, call (561) 968-9622 or visit ymcapalmbeaches.org. YMCA of the Palm Beaches is located at 2085 South Congress Avenue, West Palm Beach.
(NORTH PALM NEWS)_From Communications Manager Ed Cunningham: "Village fireworks show set for Thursday night at the golf course The Annual Village Fireworks show returns to the Country Club for the Fourth of July! The event includes live music, family fun games and food.
More details here.
Exploring what to see and do in North Palm Beach and the South Florida area. Your hosts are Pam and Gerry Barker.
Listen to Chapter One of "Panama Palmer"