HOME   CALENDAR OF EVENTS    AD RATES   33133 STORE   TREE PROTECTION

Sailboat Bay

NOW IN OUR 12th YEAR! The only place for Coconut Grove, FL News, Views & Opinions

Friday, January 20, 2017

Chocolate Festival at Fairchild for the weekend

Indulge in artisanal chocolate and sweet treats at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s 11th Annual International Chocolate Festival. Celebrate Fairchild’s sweetest event throughout 83 acres of tropical paradise with artisan chocolatiers, interactive chocolate making displays, sweet samples, and cooking demonstrations. The three-day festival runs from Friday, January 20 – Sunday, January 22, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm each day.

After sampling delightful treats from dozens of acclaimed chocolatiers, learn how chocolate is produced from the seeds of the cacao plant (Theobroma cacao), an ancient crop from Central and South America. Take a ChocoWalk and stop by the interactive Living History of Cacao and Chocolate Tent to learn from horticulturists, scientists, and chefs about the rich and fascinating history of cacao, this year featuring the chocolate harvesting and production methods of Ecuador. Be sure to visit the Rainforest and Tropical Fruit Pavilion to see how real cacao pods grow on trees. For ultimate relaxation, get pampered at the one-of-a-kind ChocoSpa, or experience the latest fitness craze by joining us at the Allee and Overlook for our Pure Barre Popup Class. 

Wrap up your visit by taking home your very own cacao tree or Oncidium “Sharry Baby” chocolate-scented orchid. 

The International Chocolate Festival is sponsored by United States Department of Agriculture, Pacari, Johnson & Wales University, Kind and Pure Barre.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. Admission to the festival is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. Eco-discounts and military discounts are available. 

For more info, please call 305-667-1651 or visit www.fairchildgarden.org/chocolate

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

Village Council meets Friday night

The Coconut Grove Village Council meets Friday, January 20 at City Hall at 6 pm.

On the agenda:

Treasury & Budget Update (764.82)
Police / Net Office Report  

Discussion Items
2017 Election Resolution
Frankie Shannon Rolle / Platform 3750

Playhouse Garage
Tree Ordinance

Old Business
CGVC Housing Summit (Jan 21, 2017)
D & O Insurance
NCD Review

City Hall is located at 3500 Pan American Drive.

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

2017 Arts Festival poster unveiled at party

It was like old home week at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival poster party. For a good many years, I seemed to be on every committee in town and at Thursday night's event, so many familiar, friendly faces showed up, some I had not seen for a long time. As was the case in 2011, this year's Arts Festival poster is by prolific Florida artist Guy Harvey, known for his fish images. This is the 2017 poster for the Coconut Grove Arts Festival which runs February 18 through 20, this year.


The event always starts with a live shot on the Channel 6 news, here Roxy Vargas, reporter, does the count down on live tv for the poster unveiling, which always takes place at the Sonesta Coconut Grove. Mayor Tomas Regalado and Commissioner Ken Russell were both part of the fun.
Ken Drodvillo with Guy Harvey in front of the poster.
Lorna Owens and Lisa Remeny, local artist.
Tony Albelo (yes, that Tony) and Javi Zayas of Swarm event agency; Chef Paulette Bilsky and Chef Alvin Bergolla.
The Barnacle group: Alyn Pruett, Katrina Boler, Louis Del Borrello, Teresa Sorrentino.
Police Commander Mike Gonzalez flanked by his wife, Mercedes at left and Peggy Quattro.
Monty Trainer, president of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and Lilliana Dones, president of the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce.
Richard Issa and Marshall Steingold.

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

New gym taking Gardner's Market location

Social media has been buzzing about the Crossfit gym relocating to the former Gardner's Market at 3117 Bird Avenue.

Noticed activity in there a couple of weeks ago. There is no opening date, things are still under reconstruction. There is lots of room and they plan on having a boxing area, lifting area and spinning classes.

A Run Club and a Kids Program on the back patio are planned.

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

Food Truck Thursday?



I see that Ms. Cheezious will be at Mercy Hospital for lunch today, January 19, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. I'm going are you?

It's interesting to note that Ms. Cheezious was at Vizcaya the other night and Mercy today, are they moving closer into the Center Grove? I miss Food Truck Friday. Remember that?


YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

Youth Empowerment Summit

The 3rd Annual Youth Empowerment Summit is January 28 from 3 to 6 pm at Peacock Park. Coconut Grove Youth are stepping up to the plate and leading the conversation stations this year to better serve and relate to their peers. 

The conversation stations featured will be:
Welcome to My House – This station will encourage youth to be empower themselves with information about home ownership and weigh out the pros and cons of renting and owning, mortgages, loans and budgets.

The Youth Empowerment Summit is designed to educate, movitate and celebrate the youth of today to become leaders of tomorrow.

OMW Lead by Mya Wright, Ransom Everglades student, this station will feature live convo about Mya’s unique and inspiring journey as she plans for college next year. 

WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK- Edward Leonard will lead this conversation and share details about his strategies to employment and career planning. Resume building will be a key focus here. 

Formation – This station led by Terrence Hudnell will provide other youth the opportunity to share their own personal experiences and how that has shaped their lives and their outlook. They will discuss how their community has helped form their view of the world. This station will give the opportunity for youth to create and take home a special gift. 

All Youth Middle and High School participants will receive Community Service Hours. 

If you would like to register a group or students please visit http://goldenandgoldengat.wixsite.com/yes2017

If you would like to volunteer or contribute, please call 305 993 8570

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

Comedy Festival is this Saturday

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Coconut Grove Comedy Festival is Saturday, January 21. The shows benefit the St. Stephen's AIDS Ministry. Cost is $25 per person online in advance and $35 at the door, also $65 for early bird foursome.The event is put on by Comic Cure, which "uses the unifying power of laughter to engage the community and develop promising, local talent." They produce live comedic events showcasing this talent to raise awareness, funds and volunteers for local charities. 

The shows are at 7 and 9 pm.

On the program:

7:00 PM Show
Host: Mary Smith
Feature: Ben Zieper (Winner of the 2015 & 2016 Brickell Comedy Festival, 2015 Wynwood Comedy Festival)
Headliner: Freddy Stebbins (2016 Miami NewTimes Best Comedian)
Additional Performers (alpha order):
Amy Isherwood
Annette Gallagher
Cal Verduchi
Carlos Fernandez
Javi Carrion
Julie Baez
Khalil Phillips
Larry A
Luis Diaz
Marc Huppman
PauL P
Regina Castañeda
Shana Manuel

9:00 PM Show
Host: Alex Morizio 
Feature: Cristian Munarriz (Winner of the 2016 Latin American Comedy Festival, Brickell Comedy Festival, Coral Gables Comedy Festival)
Headliner: Jamal Hattar (Comedy Central)
Additional Performers (alpha order):
Ben Evans
Danette Rodriguez
Danny New
Desiree Cendan
Fasil Malik
Gabe Spain
Hanz Rivero
Jen Hellman
Jessica Fernandez
Jhovany Diaz
Joey Albano
Lindsay Glazer
See No Evil
Sherrani Glass
Tim Kirby

Get tickets here.

St. Stephen's is at 2750 McFarlane Road.


For info, Email Ben@ComicCure.com or call 786-564-2291.

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Vizcaya seeking volunteer guides

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is seeking volunteers to lead guided interactive tours for its visitors. An information reception for anyone interested in becoming a Volunteer Guide is taking place on Thursday, February 9, at 6:00 pm, in the Courtyard of the Main House.

The Volunteer Guides Program has been in place nearly as long as Vizcaya has served as a public museum. It began in 1954 as an independent volunteer group and is currently among the most sophisticated docent training programs in the county, offering an extensive 30-hour certification covering learning theory and local history as well as a mentoring component partnering newcomers with veteran guides.

RSVP is required by February 6. RSVPs can be submitted online via Eventbrite. You can also download the Volunteer Guide application form and submit it by the given deadline via email to volunteerguides@vizcaya.org or by fax to 305-285-2004. 

Now is an exciting time to become a Guide as Vizcaya celebrates its Centennial. For more information, please contact Guiding Programs Manager at mark.osterman@vizcaya.org

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

They're resisting Trump as president

On Sunday, 126 activists met at St. Stephens's Church to plan "The Trump Resistance." Many people can't get used to the idea of having Donald Trump as president.

They call themselves "Progressive Miami" and this was their third meeting. District Commissioner, Ken Russell was the keynote speaker. Here he is shown, addressing the group. The group's spokesman, Glenn Terry, said. "Most voters did not choose Trump to lead the country, we are a small part of that group. We plan to be a thorn in his side for the next four years."


Already the group has organized e-mail campaigns and congressional office visits. This Saturday half of them will be at  the Women's March on Washington in our nation's capitol.

The others will be attending the "sister march" here in Bayfront Park downtown, called the "South Florida Women's Rally." Both events are free and open to the public. Their Facebook pages can give you needed information.


For more details on the Grove-based Progressive Miami group, contact Glenn Terry at bettermiami1@yahoo.com. Their next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 31, 6 pm at St. Stephens Church (2750 McFarlane Road).

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Gardens of Moonlight at Vizcaya

Vizcaya recently hosted the Gardens by Moonlight,  which offered guests the rare opportunity of exploring the historic Vizcaya Village at night. This one of the first to come which celebrates Vizcaya's centennial, the perfect opportunity to reflect on the rich past of this National Historic Landmark and its unique role in South Florida's history. 

Guests ventured into an unseen portions of the estate-the historic Vizcaya Village- which is a natural extension of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, located across South Miami Avenue from the Main House and Gardens. Referred to as the Farm Village, also, a large area of that side of South Miami Avenue was where the house got it's food and produce.

The historic Village was part of the original 1916 estate, and consisted of more than a dozen buildings with the intent of making Vizcaya virtually self-sufficient. This idea evoked the spirit of European country villas while, on a practical level, compensating for the limited services and merchandise available in early twentieth-century Miami. The Village included staff quarters, an automobile garage, workshops and an array of barns.

Vizcaya's 100-year anniversary coincides with the development of an ambitious Master Plan, which will breathe new life into the Vizcaya as a South Florida asset. This plan outlines a strategic approach, expanding Vizcaya's programmatic potential for locals and visitors and relating its full history through the restoration of land and historic buildings at the Vizcaya Village.

Guests enjoyed live musical entertainment by The Wilson Slayers, FUN, Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling Strings Band, and Three Sheets to the Wind band. They also experience installations from the Lost Village exhibit. Part of Vizcaya's Contemporary Arts Program (CAP), Lost Village retells the untold stories of this space through works by local artists, which include: Gaby Suarez, Bill Burke, Jacek Kolasinski, Donna Torres, Robert Chambers, Mette Tommerup, David Almeida, Sterling Rook, Michelle Barros, Camilla Canchon, Alex Narus, Michael Gray, Guido Mena and Karol Contreras. 

Food was available for purchase from local food trucks, including Ms. Cheezious, BC Tacos, and others.






Photos by Manny Hernandez

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

Appealing in the name of the NCD-3 Code

The City Commission will be hearing the appeal of the Historic Environmental Preservation Board (HEP) on Thursday, January 26, regarding the splitting of the property at 3701 Park Avenue into two single family sites.

For over 100 years, the site has been the location of one house. It was built for the Pollard family and owned and occupied by them for over 40 years.

According to the Save the Grove group, "The ancillary accommodation, attached to the 4 car garage, was originally occupied by a driver, Percival, and from 1946 by the widow of Mr. Pollard, as the second generation of Pollards occupied the primary home. From 1956 to 1997 the home was occupied by the Graves family and from 1997 to 2002 by the Kingsbury family. In 2002 the house was bought by Roger Treese who retained the property until it was purchased by the development company in 2015. The house and ancillary building is constructed of Dade County Pine, noted for its resistance to termites and other superior properties as a building material . By most accounts the buildings are in good shape with the possible exception of the ancillary  building’s  sleeping porch. Here's an article on Dade County Pine called "The Wood That Would Be Steel."

"After designating the Primary and Accessory building as Historic, HEP approved a waiver to divide the single family site into two single family sites, waive the lot width requirements for a large lot, demolish Mrs. Pollard senior’s cottage with attached garage, and reduce several setback requirements. The sleeping porch of the primary home is also to be removed. Neighbors appealed the waiver. The appeal will be heard on January 26 by the City Commissioners." 

Also from Save the Grove: "There have been two new warrant applications in Coconut Grove to divide single family building sites into multiple building sites. We believe that approving them would be a violation of the NCD code which requires that warrant applications be reviewed according to the intent of the appropriate transect. Since the NCD-3 code has a very clear intent which precludes destroying the diversity of lot sizes, splitting of single family sites regardless of the number of component lots making up a single site, canopy, and lush landscaping; it cannot be construed that placing sub-divisions derived from single family sites where very large houses are being built in our neighborhood is allowed.  In any case, threats to the integrity of our Neighborhood Conservation District neighborhood continue to emerge, and while good progress has occurred, we continue to have serious threats with which to contend."

Save the Grove's mission is to protect the nature and character of Coconut Grove’s low density, tree canopied neighborhood. We seek to accomplish this through advocating for thoughtful enforcement of our Neighborhood Conservation District, NCD code and to enhance that code by reasonable requirements for green space and lot to building ratios.

Please be aware of posted notices and notices sent to your house, Please share them with Save the Grove by emailing a copy to savethegrove16@gmail.com. Please send them asap, as there is only certain number of days to appeal.

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Last surviving Cocaine Cowboy to speak at Rotary

Mickey Munday
The guest speaker at this week's Coconut Grove Rotary luncheon is Mickey Munday, actor, writer and the "last surviving Cocaine Cowboy" from the Rakontur documentary, Cocaine Cowboy. The luncheon is on Thursday, January 19 at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club (2990 South Bayshore Drive) at 12:15 pm. The cost for lunch is $20.

Mickey is an American former drug trafficker and former associate of Colombia's Medellin Cartel during the growth phase in cocaine trafficking, 1975–1985. Internationally renowned for his abilities to circumvent law enforcement's efforts to capture and arrest him by boat or airplane during Miami's cocaine epidemic, Munday was often referred to as the "MacGyver" of cocaine smugglers.  

First Luther Campbell and now Mickey Munday, the Rotary Club is getting edgy these days.

Mickey was born and raised in Miami. His father, George "Sunny" Munday was a professional football player, who played four sesons in the NFL (with the New York Giants and Cleveland Indians).  When Mickey was 13 years old, his father put him to work at the family-owned concrete business, M Block. There he learned how to manufacture and design concrete ventilation, benches, tables, fences, and stepping stones.  

The sudden death of a close friend, in 1978, left Mickey responsible for removing unwanted contraband from his friend's warehouse before the man's grieving parents found it. Having thought it was only 2-10 pounds of marijuana, Mickey was shocked to discover 2,000 pounds of marijuana inside a locked room. After clearing out the room, Mickey gave the pot to a friend, who sold it and gave Mickey $165,000 from the sale. After careful consideration and extensive planning, Mickey purchased his first plane, a 680 Aero Commander and began transporting marijuana from South America to the US, devising methods of avoiding unwanted attention from law enforcement agencies along the way. In 1980, Max Mermelstein an American associate of the Medellin Cartel was introduced to Jon Roberts, who was in need of a direct supplier of cocaine into the United States. Mickey introduced Roberts to Rafael "Rafa" Cardona Salazar, a high-ranking member of the Medellin Cartel and Pablo Escobar's American connection.

Max Mermelstein was arrested in 1985 by Miami Police as a multi-kilo dealer, and was implicated by a California trafficker who gave information to the DEA in exchange for a lighter sentence. Mermelstein turned state's witness against the Medellin Cartel after his arrest and provided information that led to the subsequent raids on Mickey's properties on September 20, 1986. Mickey, a step ahead of law enforcement, had held agents at bay by opening the gas tank of a cocaine-laden plane and pointing a flare gun at several 55-gallon gasoline drums nearby. Federal agents were noted as saying it was a standoff, and Mickey escaped fleeing into the Florida swamps.  Mickey managed to elude capture for several years until he was arrested in Richmond, Virginia.  He was sentenced to 10 years in a federal correction facility and was released in December, 1999.  

Mickey now makes his living as an actor, writer, speaker and storyteller. He also works occasionally as a resource for SOUTHCOM (US Military's Southern Command)'s research partnership with FIU.  In that capacity, he has twice been invited to speak to members of such crime-fighting agencies as the DEA, the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Coast Guard, police, and armed forces, to share information helpful to counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism strategies.

Please join the luncheon. RSVP at coconutgroverotaryclub@gmail.com.

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Historic designation for Village West?

I had asked Commissioner Ken Russell, what he could do to help those that are struggling in Village West. He sent me this response today.

The biggest change has been the incredible amount of community interest and political will to fight displacement and create housing options.

When I first came into office, much of Coconut Grove seemed very concerned with cleaning up the crime and poverty that was present on Grand Ave. While that is very important and must be addressed, the narrative has shifted with a stronger empathy for the families that live in the area and their wish to continue living in the area. Prior to this, any form of development, gentrification, and cleanup may have been acceptable. I have worked very hard to stand with the residents and give a voice to their concerns. Anyone who has been attending city commission over the past few months has seen that Village West has found a voice of its own. Residents and advocacy groups have been coming to hold us accountable, introduce new ideas, and weigh in on our votes and expenditures. This is the type of presence that I will need to convince fellow Commissioners to vote in favor of the big initiatives that we introduce. When I asked the Commission to agree to $3 million to negotiate purchase of the trolley garage, I received unanimous support. When I allocated $300,000 to create an emergency rehousing fund for the over 100 residents facing eviction on Grand Avenue, every Commissioner agreed. They have even agreed with me in directing the City Manager to examine government owned properties in the West Grove that could be developed for affordable housing, including the former site of the municipal incinerator “Old Smokey” that is our current fire college.

The six blocks on Grand Avenue are still for sale and are not being maintained properly. I have initiated a law suit by the City to force these owners to bring the properties up to code or assist in the relocation of the residents. The conditions are deplorable. The City has stepped up its enforcement of violations but the condition of some of the buildings is beyond repair.

Historic designation of the Coconut Grove Village West is one of my intentions. While there are not enough remaining historic homes to warrant a historic district under our current definition, I will be introducing legislation to allow for new types of historic designation that will preserve and protect the remaining wood frame and shotgun homes and tell the story of a very culturally significant neighborhood.

These changes don’t happen overnight. I know that there is much frustration amongst residents that more has not happened up to now. This month begins my second year in office. Now that we’ve identified the issues and generated awareness and support, I look forward to 2017 and things to come.

Kind Regards,


Ken Russell
City of Miami Commissioner
District 2


YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

Lobster for lunch at The Spillover

My friend kept reminding me about the $20 Lobster Special at The Spillover, so we finally went. I hadn't been for awhile so it was nice to go back. We sat outside, it didn't hurt that the weather was 75 and sunny. The lobster special is on Tuesdays, where anything lobster-related on the menu is $20. We each chose the full lobster, it comes with corn, for a veggie substitution, the cost is $2 more. I got the Brussel sprouts. I've been having a lot of Brussel sprout dishes lately, they seem to be featured all over. Recently I had a delicious dish at The Eating House in Coral Gables, the restaurant by Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, who is part of Glass and Vine, here in Coconut Grove and some place on Biscyane Blvd., I can't remember the name of the place, but all three of these locations - The Spillover, The Eating House and the place on Biscayne, make delicious Brussel sprout dishes.

At The Spillover, we got  cheesecake, which we shared for dessert and coffee. The cheesecake is called Mama Louise's Cheesecake. It's $8.00.

Other items from the lobster menu include lobster mac and cheese, lobster cobb salad, lobster Reuben, lobster BLT tacos, and probably more things that are specials for the day. These items are usually $25 per dish.


YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Re-dressing up the booths

Six years ago, Grove artist Eileen Seitz dressed up the black information booths around the village by painting them in that flowery way that she has. It was the fall of 2010 when she started her project, you can see some of that here and here.

What I loved about it at the time was that as Eileen painted, she visited with passers by, friends, tourists, everyone. It was a nice community thing and it changed those ugly black boxes into something beautiful. It must be a nice feeling to see your work in the center of town every time you drive or walk by.

Well, Eileen is at it again. She is touching up the paint, starting with the booth in front of CocoWalk, the direct sun has faded some of it and it will be brought back to its brilliance by the original artist, which is really a great thing. She sanded it down earlier in the week and it was washed down Wednesday and now it's ready for new paint.

Stop by, say hello, learn about Eileen's process.


Photos courtesy Eileen Seitz

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

Beaux Arts Festival starts the local winter art scene

The local winter arts season starts this weekend with the beautiful Beaux Arts Festival of Art, which is back on Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15. It's right across the road, at the University of Miami. Then next month, our two favorites, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and the St. Stephen's Arts Fair take over Coconut Grove from February 18-20, 2017.

The Beaux Arts Festival benefits the Lowe Art Museum on campus. Itl runs from 10 am to 5 pm each day. This is the area's oldest juried art show. Along with the art there is lots of food, drink and character.


 It winds around the lake, it's free to enter and there is free parking. The entrance is in front of the Lowe Art Museum at Stanford Drive off of Ponce de Leon Blvd. 

Beaux Arts was started in 1953 by 50 founding members under the direction of Anne Atkinson, then Assistant Director of the newly built Joe and Emily Lowe Art Gallery. The purpose of the group was to provide improvements, equipment and financial assistance to the Lowe Gallery, renamed Lowe Art Museum in 1968.


Today, the 125 Beaux Arts volunteers and 300 plus associate members work together throughout the year to execute events and to make a difference in the community through many special programs.

During the past 65 years, Beaux Arts has raised over $6 million, which places the organization in the highest donor category for the University of Miami, The Gables Society.  

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Start the year with BINGO at Woman's Club

The Woman's Club of Coconut Grove is holding their first BINGO night on Thursday, January 19, doors open at 6:30 pm.

Admission is $5 for adults and there is no admission free for children under 12. Cards are $1 each with a minimum of five games.

Free snacks are available and great prizes. The last game is $1000 cash prize with full BINGO card of 46 numbers.

The club is at 2985 South Bayshore Drive, for info: 305-446-2909.

This event has become fundraising staple for our club, but also it is great to see the community come together; grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren, all together having fun and family time.

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

MCA Academy open house this week

The MCA Academy has been holding an Open House January 9 to 13.

Find out more about MCA's exiting curriculum and student centered learning. Group tours are from 10:30 am to 11:30 pm daily and private tours 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and other times  by appointment. see more at mcaacademy.com.  

Call 305-442-2283 for appointments and information.

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

Trump resistance group meets Sunday

The Grove-based Trump resistance group, "Progressive Miami" will be having a meeting on Sunday, January 15, at 6 pm. It will be held at St. Stephens Church, 2750 Macfarlane Road.   

This is one of 400 gatherings nationwide sponsored by MoveOn on the same day. The group will be discussing ways to resist the President-elect's threats to the Affordable Care Act, the environment, and immigration.

Free parking in the church's lot. For more information contact 
Glenn Terry at bettermiami1@yahoo.com.

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

TEDx Coconut Grove tickets available now

TEDx is back in Coconut Grove on Friday, March 17 at the Lewis Family Auditorium at Ransom Everglades. The event called "Escape," features 11 speakers from 2 to 7:30 pm.

Cost is $50 for adults, $10 for students.

The mission of TEDx is to "engage our community in a discussion of ideas, to expand perspectives and to make a philanthropic impact."

TEDx is a bit different in the usual TED talks in that it is locally based and the speakers are locally known individuals.

For a list of speakers and their bios, please visit https://www.tedxcoconutgrove.org you can also purchase tickets there.

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

Vizcaya opens 100 year old village to public

On Wednesday, January 11, Vizcaya will host the Gardens by Moonlight event, which will offer guests the rare opportunity to explore the historic Vizcaya Village at night. This event is one of the first that celebrates Vizcaya's centennial, the perfect opportunity to reflect on the rich past of this National Historic Landmark and its unique role in South Florida's history. For one-night only, the community will be invited to venture into an unseen portion of the estate-the historic Vizcaya Village- which is a natural extension of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, located across South Miami Avenue from the Main House and Gardens.
The historic Village was part of the original 1916 estate, and consisted of more than a dozen buildings with the intent of making Vizcaya virtually self-sufficient. This idea evoked the spirit of European country villas while, on a practical level, compensating for the limited services and merchandise available in early twentieth-century Miami. The Village included staff quarters, an automobile garage, workshops and an array of barns.

Gardens by Moonlight will mark one of the first times that Vizcaya Village is open to the public, and will set the stage for many more community events to come during Vizcaya's centennial year. Vizcaya's 100-year anniversary coincides with the development of an ambitious Master Plan, which will breathe new life into the Vizcaya as a South Florida asset. This plan outlines a strategic approach, expanding Vizcaya's programmatic potential for locals and visitors and relating its full history through the restoration of land and historic buildings at the Vizcaya Village.

From 6:00 to 9:00 pm, the public is invited to experience the Village as it showcases a little-known aspect of Vizcaya's history. As they discover this hidden site, guests will also enjoy live musical entertainment by The Wilson Slayers, FUN, Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling Strings Band, and Three Sheets to the Wind band. They will also experience installations from the Lost Village exhibit. Part of Vizcaya's Contemporary Arts Program (CAP), Lost Village retells the untold stories of this space through works by local artists, which include: Gaby Suarez, Bill Burke, Jacek Kolasinski, Donna Torres, Robert Chambers, Mette Tommerup, David Almeida, Sterling Rook, Michelle Barros, Camilla Canchon, Alex Narus, Michael Gray, Guido Mena and Karol Contreras. Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks, including Ms. Cheezious, BC Tacos, and others.

To purchase tickets to the Vizcaya Village edition of Gardens by Moonlight on January 11, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. please visit Eventbrite. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for Vizcaya Members, and $6 for children ages 6-12. Children age 5 and under are admitted for free. Please note that you must be on site by 8:00 p.m. to be admitted to the program. Refunds for late arrivals will not be given.

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Shakespeare in the Park is this weekend

Shakespeare Miami and The Barnacle Historic State Park will present William Shakespeare’s masterpiece, The Merchant of Venice with three free shows on Friday, January 13 and Saturday, January 14 at 8 pm, and Sunday, January 15 at 6 pm.  

Featuring a full professional cast of actors, period costumes and original music, this production brings Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, betrayal and hate to life. In order to help his friend Bassanio win a wealthy beauty, Antonio, the Merchant of Venice, strikes a bargain with Shylock, using a pound of Antonio’s own flesh as guarantee for the contract.The bargain goes terribly wrong and Antonio battles for his life in Shakespeare’s famous courtroom scene.  

Starring Seth Trucks as Shylock, Thiana Berrick as Portia, Daniel Capo as Bassanio, and Brent Gill as Antonio. Directed by Colleen Stovall.  Original music by Christian Cook. Sets by Louis Silva. 

No tickets are required. Just show up!

Bring a blanket or a low-profile lawn chair. A limited number of pre-set chairs will be available on a first come, first served basis for $3 per chair. Pack a picnic. Limited snacks and beverages will be available on site.

For more information on dates, times and locations, the public may visit: www.shakespearemiami.com

The Barnacle Historic State Park is located at 3485 Main Highway in Coconut Grove.



YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.