(PRESS RELEASE)_WEST PALM BEACH – 'Tis the season to toast and be merry. If you'd rather welcome in the New Year a little toasted (heck, you deserve it!), then enjoy a boozy Eggnog Martini ($14) from your friends at City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill.
The Square's (formerly Rosemary Square) favorite hotspot for all-thing's-merrymaking, City Cellar's holiday sipper is loaded with nutmeg, condensed milk, vanilla extract, and rich, dark rum with a cinnamon rim. Cheers, indeed!
City Cellar is closed on Christmas Day.
City Cellar is located at 700 S. Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach. For information or reservations, please call (561) 366-0071 or visit citycellarwpb.com.
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI (November 30, 2021) -- This holiday season, Brightline, the only provider of modern, eco-friendly, intercity rail in America, will be spreading holiday cheer through a series of festive holiday happenings taking place throughout the month of December. Brightline will transform MiamiCentral station into a winter wonderland with its first-ever “ice” skating rink available to riders and those attending THE POLAR EXPRESS™, a holiday bazaar, family activities, and holiday-inspired cocktails and treats at Brightline’s new bar Mary Mary.
MIAMI CENTRAL’S WINTER WONDERLAND
This December, Brightline will transform MiamiCentral into a winter wonderland with a special opportunity for South Floridians to strap on ice skates and enjoy a pop-up “ice” skating rink in the center of the station. Access to the rink will be available to those with a Brightline train ticket, or a ticket on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Rink operating hours are Dec. 13 - 17, 3 - 8 p.m., and Dec. 11, 12, and 18 - 30 (closed on Christmas), 12 - 8 p.m.
THE POLAR EXPRESS™
Simultaneously, in partnership with Rail Events Productions, Brightline is thrilled to celebrate the return of the immersive family-oriented experience, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, at MiamiCentral presented by Walkers Shortbread. The adventure of this holiday classic comes to life when the festive Brightline train departs for a journey led by a cast of talented actors. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of this story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a one-hour trip to meet and interact with Santa. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride operates Dec. 11 through Dec. 30, departing from Brightline’s MiamiCentral Station. Seats are available to book now at miamithepolarexpressride.com. Guests are encouraged to book early as this beloved holiday tradition is expected to sell out.
WINTER BREAK ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
Brightline’s MiamiCentral station will also feature a holiday pop-up to keep kiddos occupied during school break which includes a themed photo booth, perfect for family photos, and a holiday card making station where children can write letters to Santa. Free, fun family activities during the pop-up will also include festive face painting, balloon twisting and glitter tattoos. The multi-station pop-up will take place December 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, and 30, from 12 - 5 p.m.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR AND MAKER’S MARKET
Head to The Bazaar at Citizens at MiamiCentral to celebrate the season and shop for holiday gifts from local vendors while enjoying a DJ spinning seasonal tunes. The Bazaar will be activated from Dec. 11-12, 12 - 10 p.m. On December 18-19, Brightline will also activate a “Maker’s Market” of local businesses that includes a selection of women’s designer and menswear, swimwear, jewelry and accessories, home decor, beauty and activewear boutiques for holiday shopping.
Getting to the station to enjoy all December’s action has never been easier with the launch of Brightline+. Brightline riders will now get to experience this new and first-of-its-kind branded, door-to-door booking service, which will include a Brightline-branded mobility fleet. The electric mobility fleet is Brightline’s investment to provide travelers in South Florida a door-to-door solution to travel by train, powered by Brightline’s new app and supported by the fleet.
For the most up to date schedule of holiday happenings at Brightine, visit www.gobrightline.com.
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI (November 30, 2021) – On National GivingTuesday, Brightline, the only provider of modern, eco-friendly, intercity rail in America, presented 211 with a donation of $43,000 to be distributed across the organization’s Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach/Treasure Coast chapters. The donation was presented to 211 by Brightline’s President Patrick Goddard at the Fort Lauderdale Brightline station. Through their collaborative partnership, Brightline and 211 aim to continue to work together on activations providing resources for mental health awareness.
211 is a free, anonymous, and confidential service that offers listening support, suicide prevention, and connections to mental health in addition to a variety of other services that are available to help residents in the community. This generous donation will directly support 211’s 24/7 information, referral and crisis helpline.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Palm Beach County – Programs that help address the local region’s issues around equal access to our judicial system and workforce development will be able to scale, helping even more people through a multi-year grant from Bank of America. The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County and Student ACES (ACE = athletics, community and education) have been named 2021 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders® awardees for their work in the Palm Beach County community addressing these issues.
As a Neighborhood Builder, each organization receives a $200,000 grant over two years, comprehensive leadership training for the executive director and an emerging leader on topics ranging from increasing financial sustainability, human capital management and strategic storytelling, joins a network of peer organizations across the U.S. and gets the opportunity to access capital to expand their impact. The program continues to be the nation’s largest investment in nonprofit leadership development.
(PRESS RELEASE)_BOCA RATON, FL November 29, 2021– An exciting new restaurant, Corvina Seafood Grill, featuring a renowned chef, an array of unique culinary creations, and stunning interior and exterior spaces, will open in bustling downtown Boca Raton this Friday, December 3. The 235-seat restaurant was created by industry veterans Dean Carras and Patrick Marino, along with operating partners David Wizenberg and renowned Washington, D.C. Executive Chef Jeff Tunks.
Corvina Seafood Grill boasts both panoramic indoor and open-air seating for 235 guests and a private dining room that seats up to 32 guests. The exquisite, Atlantic Ocean inspired interior will feature a colorful saltwater aquarium and a number of eye-catching touches.
A seafood lovers’ dream, the menu will feature a myriad of dishes including fresh, locally sourced, daily catch, briny oysters on the half shell, sushi rolls, and vertically spectacular seafood towers, as well as an array of fine steaks, poultry and health-conscious menu items.
The expansive indoor/outdoor bar will serve craft cocktails and shareable small plates. Its unique “9 for $9” Happy Hour menu consists of imaginative edibles like Rock Shrimp Nachos, Tito’s Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters, and Crispy Smashed Potatoes Patatas Bravas with a spicy smoked paprika sauce.
Chef Tunks, well known in the metropolitan D.C. culinary scene, has earned a list of accolades that include Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s Chef of the Year and Washingtonian magazine’s Restaurateur of the Year. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Chef Tunks and Mr. Wizenberg have owned and operated some of the most iconic restaurants in the Washington, DC metro area.
“Throughout my career, I’ve worked with some of the nation’s top restaurants, and Chef Tunks and David Wizenberg are among the best restaurateurs I’ve known. Together we have developed this exciting new concept which I’m excited to debut in my hometown of Boca Raton,” said Dean Carras.
“I got to know Boca Raton and the people here when I served as a visiting chef at Boca Bacchanal,” said Chef Tunks. “The expansion of high-profile culinary offerings in Boca Raton heightened our interest in the region and we know that we wanted to be a part of it.”
Eduardo Pagan, long-time operations manager with Passion Foods Hospitality and its anchor brand, PassionFish, will lead the day-to-day operations as General Manager at Corvina.
Corvina Seafood Grill is located at 110 Plaza Real South, Boca Raton. For more information, visit CorvinaBocaRaton.com, or @CorvinaBocaRaton on Facebook and Instagram.
(PRESS RELEASE)_JUPITER, FL (November 2, 2021) The Town of Jupiter Art Committee is welcoming art back to the community with the return of its annual gallery exhibitions starting this December. Re-launching the return is a celebration of the town with the exhibition: “Jupiter Through Your Eyes.” The public showcase runs December 3 – February 4, 2022 at the Town of Jupiter Community Center Art Gallery. An opening reception with light bites and beverages takes place December 3 from 6 pm to 8 pm, and is open to everyone.
The mix of two and three-dimensional mediums of art focus on the artists’ interpretations of Jupiter. The Art Committee accepts applications from all artists, with preference given to local resident artists. Paintings, photography, jewelry and more will be on display daily at the Jupiter Community Center located at 200 Military Trail in Jupiter. Public hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 9 pm, and Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm.
“Jupiter Through Your Eyes” is the first of three, planned exhibitions at the Community Center Gallery. The other scheduled events are the February – April 22 “With Love” exhibition and an April – May exhibition with title TBA.
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(PRESS RELEASE)_Get ready for the holidays in Riviera Beach. There are tons of fun for the entire family.
Discover the fun at the Riviera Beach’s fourth annual Winter Wonderland at the Marina on December 3 from 5pm-9pm, December 4, 11, and 18 from 6pm-8pm at the Riviera Beach Marina Village. This is a fun filled free holiday event for all ages with holiday lights, snow, free photos with Santa, train rides for kids, and live nightly entertainment. A 9-hole putt putt course and holiday ice skating rink are added to the fun for a $5 per person charge.
We are celebrating all the holidays in Riviera Beach and this event will encompass that. It has something for everyone from the Christmas Tree, to the Menorah, and to the Kinara. Riviera Beach wants to make sure all are welcome. Our live entertainment schedule consists of the below:
Friday, December 3 – Lighting of the Tree, DJ Torre Washington, Faith’s Place, and Motown Magic
Saturday, December 4 – DJ Torre Washington, Faith’s Place, and Singin’ with Susan (Musical Director Congregation B’nai Israel)
Saturday, December 11 – DJ Torre Washington, Faith’s Place and Paris Ballet & Dance (Performing the Nutcracker.
The Queen Book Without Much Queen
By Riley Eaton
Special to North Palm Beach Life
Queen In Cornwall is a 289-page nonfiction novel written by Rupert White about legendary rock group Queen and their relationship with Cornwall, England.
Starting in the 1950s and spanning into the early 1970s, the book covers the events of a single year in each chapter.
Though this book does contain Queen content, much of the book is heavily focused on Queen’s drummer, Roger Taylor, because Taylor grew up in Cornwall.
Besides emphasis on Taylor’s budding musical talent in his early years, there is also abundant information about the Cornwall city of Truro, what life was like for Cornwall’s teenagers in the 1960s, the state of music and how it was accessed in this secluded area of England, as well as how local bands fared in Cornwall.
As intriguing as these subjects sound, the sheer volume of this content is baffling. Non-Queen related information dominates more than half of the book. For reference, out of 289 pages, Freddie Mercury and Brian May are not formally introduced into the narrative until pages 157-158, and John Deacon is not introduced until page 245.
This setup may feel disappointing or unrewarding for someone expecting a Queen-heavy book.
Much of the book is phrased in a meandering, first-person style because it is composed of quotes from interviews of people who grew up and made music with Roger Taylor. The interviews give decent information about Truro, Cornwall, and bands Taylor played in during his youth, but the nature of this tell-all style can prove troublesome. White included portions of text where interviewees stray from the subject and tell anecdotes about people and events that happened around Roger Taylor rather than about Roger Taylor.
On the upside, one can learn a lot about Cornwall and Truro from this book -- the information about Truro and the music climate of 1960s Cornwall has its moments of fascinating insight.
Queen In Cornwall is also a trove of photographs not so commonly encountered. The pages are filled with pictures of 1960s Truro, Roger Taylor in his youth, his teenage band, The Reaction, Queen’s predecessor band, Smile, Queen in their early years and original gig advertisements for The Reaction, Smile, and early Queen.
The roughly 133 pages near the end of the book are more Queen-centric, and it is a relieving and delightful climax after so much focus on Cornwall. This part contains fantastic stories of interactions between Queen’s members and surrounding parties that toured with them, and “backstory” information such as how they met, what they studied in college before joining Queen, and so on.
In sum, Queen In Cornwall requires patience to reach the heart of the story if one is reading with the expectation of getting a heavy fill of Queen content. However, it is sure to entertain if one does not mind learning about Cornwall, and its plethora of Queen, Cornwall, and Roger Taylor photographs is sure to be of value and interest.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Elisabetta's and Louie Bossi's will feature a special New Year's Eve family style menu for groups of 12 or more. Beverages included are a luxury bar package, soft drinks, coffee and tea. Guests can celebrate for three hours. The special dinner is $175 per person ++.
Appetizers included are meatballs with San Marzano sauce and a selection of house-made salumi and imported cheeses. Guests can choose one salad--either the classic Caesar or Insalata Misticanza. Guests can select one pizza (margherita or pepperoni) or pasta (radiatore, rigatoni bolognese, pacherri or pazzesco) and two proteins (pesce del giorno, ribeye or NY strip or polletto). Also included are two side dishes for the table (rapini, roasted broccoli, Aglio Olio E Pepperoncini, fingerling potatoes or market vegetables).
$14 cocktails and shots are not included in the luxury bar package.
Elisabetta's is located at 32 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach and 185 Banyan Boulevard, West Palm Beach. Louie Bossi's is located at 1032 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale and 100 East Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton.
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(PRESS RELEASE)_SOUTH FLORIDA – On November 12, a glamorous constellation of animal lovers, celebrities, and seven brave canines convened for the 2021 American Humane Hero Dog Awards® Gala at Eau Palm Beach Resort in Manalapan, Florida, to celebrate the nation’s top dogs.
The winner of the 2021 American Humane Hero Dog Awards was Boone, a 4-year-old beagle who survived heartbreaking cruelty as a puppy resulting in the loss of his back legs. His sweet nature and non-stop enthusiasm for life never quits, and Boone’s story of resilience makes him a perfect fit for his new profession as a therapy dog. Boone, a true hero, inspires those around him every day to overcome the obstacles life throws in their path.
Following Boone’s crowning as America's Top Hero Dog, guests danced the night away to the music of singer Cande Rivers.
The 11th annual Hero Dog Awards, sponsored by the internationally renowned philanthropist Lois Pope, were hosted by American Humane CEO and president Dr. Robin Ganzert alongside American television personality, Carson Kressley. The program also featured appearances by film and television star Vivica A. Fox, Grammy-winning musical headliner Lisa Loeb, country star Naomi Judd, USMC Colonel Scott Campbell (Ret.), Rear Admiral Tom Kearney (Ret.), distinguished veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker and Zoetis’ EVP and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael McFarland.
The real shining stars of the evening, however, were the seven 2021 Hero Dog Awards finalists: Deputy Chance, Sobee, Boone, Henna, K-9 Hansel, Little Man, and Staff Sergeant Summer.
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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