Flavor Palm Beach Set for September

March 18, 2011

Palm Beach Restaurant GuideWEST PALM BEACH – Flavor Palm Beach, the fourth annual restaurant month for Palm Beach County, is set for Fall 2011.

For the entire month of September, the areas finest restaurants including Cafe Boulud, Ruth’s Chris, Renato’s, Charley’s Crab, Talay Thai, iii Forks and other Palm Beach County eateries will offer special three-course, price-fixed menus at $20 for lunch and $30 or $35 for dinner.

The dining showcase kicks off Friday, Aug. 26 with a party for food enthusiasts on the Great Lawn – the centerpiece of Downtown West Palm Beach’s spectacular Waterfront, proceeds will benefit the Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

In addition to an assortment of culinary delights, Flavor Palm Beach’s kick-off will offer live entertainment by The String Theory Band, dance performances from Palm Beach Atlantic University, strolling painted models and a light show.

The party is $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Sponsors include the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Beluga Vodka, Golden Bear Realty, Convention and Visitors Bureau, 97.9 WRMF and American Express.

For info on Flavor Palm Beach, a complete list of participating restaurants, or to make reservations, see

Washington Oaks Named to National Register

November 23, 2009

FLAGLER – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Washington Oaks Gardens State Park was recently listed on the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places. The designation includes the homes, gardens and groves of Louise P. and Owen D. Young and is only the second Historic place to be listed in Flagler County.

“Florida’s state parks protect a number of federal and state designated historic landmarks, demonstrating our commitment to preserving Florida’s heritage,” said Florida State Parks Director, Mike Bullock in a press release.

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is the 39th Florida state park to receive designation on the National Register of Historic Places. In order to be on the list, a property must pass the National Register criteria. This criteria includes age, integrity and historical significance and is coordinated through State Historic Preservation Offices.

General Joseph Hernandez, a Floridian of Minorcan descent, purchased the land that now comprises the park in 1818 and named it “Bella Vista,” meaning “beautiful view” in Spanish. Hernandez was a militia general who commanded troops in north Florida during the Second Seminole War. On his many land holdings, Hernandez raised cotton, sugar and crops to feed his family and staff.

Much of what remains in the park today was left by Mr. Owen D. Young and his wife Louise, who bought the property in 1936 as a winter retreat. Mr. Young helped found Radio Corporation of America and became Chairman of the Board of the General Electric Company in 1922. Mrs. Young donated the property to the state of Florida in 1964 following the death of Mr. Young.

Today’s visitors to Washington Oaks Gardens State Park can enjoy hiking and biking, nature trails, wildlife viewing, beaches, fishing and interpretive exhibits in addition to the park’s gardens.

The National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. The national program, authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, coordinates and supports public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America’s historic and archeological resources. To learn more about the National Register of Historic Places, visit

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Miami’s Storied Hialeah Racetrack Reopens

November 19, 2009

Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944.

HIALEAH – The storied Miami Jockey Club racetrack, one of the great landmarks of the Roaring Twenties, will reopen November 28.

Hundreds of workers are preparing the racetrack for opening day. Read more

Deering Estate Hosts Guest Composers

August 8, 2009

MIAMI – The Deering Estate at Cutler hosts the Living Artist Concert Series. This concert series combines ensemble performances with lectures, visual art exhibits, environmental awareness and interpretive programs, while acquainting residents and visitors with the best of South Florida’s artistic spirit. Concerts are held in the historic Stone House Ballroom. On Oct. 16 the Piano Series “Florida Triad” will feature guest composer Tania Leon and pianist, Jose R. Lopez, in a collaborative historic journey linking music and history from Spain, Cuba, and the United States with South Florida. On Nov. 13 the Chamber Music Series, “Tribute,” will feature the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble and music by Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, A. Copeland, E. Korngold and Composer in Residence Judith Shatin. Visit .

Great Florida Icons: Ximenez-Fatio Caracava Cross

April 28, 2009

ST. AUGUSTINE – One of the best known historic houses in St. Augustine is the Ximenez-Fatio, built starting in 1798. The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America‘s state chapter bought the house in 1939, and together with the National Park Service, the state, Carnegie Foundation and other groups, helped begin St. Augustine’s historic preservation programs.

One of the most extraordinary items found on the site is the Caravaca Cross, which is believed to have become popular in the 17th century to celebrate the end of the plague. In July of 2002, archaelogists found the cross in a trash pit. Named for a hillside town in southeastern Spain, it was found with other artifacts from around 1650, which dates it from early Spanish occupation and made it a candidate for one of the great early icons of Florida.

Leslee Keys, executive director of the Ximenez-Fatio House, told the local papers at the time that the cross was found on the “10th dig on the property. We didn’t expect to find anything that unusual,” Keys said. “The greatest value to all of us is that it’s so rare and so early.” She said the cross predates the Castillo de San Marcos which was begun in 1672 and the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine begun in 1793.

Contact: Ximenez-Fatio House, 20 Aviles Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084, 904-829-3575; if you like the cross you can Order a replica online

Better Angels Songwriting in Key West

April 28, 2009

KEY WEST – The Better Angels Key West Songwriters Festival will take place from April 28, 2009 through May 3, 2009. The 14th annual event, sponsored in-part by BMI and FURY Key West, will feature more than 130 performing songwriters in over 30 shows.

In connection with the festival, a limited edition CD will be sold to benefit the Nashville-based Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation. The proceeds will be used by the Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation to support educational programs and to foster opportunities for young, aspiring songwriters.

The limited edition CD is a collection of eclectic songs by multi-hit, performing songwriters. The CD features Desmond Myers and Kelsey Mula, alumni of Heart & Soul’s Noise! Camp, which is an annual two-week summer camp held at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, that aims to give students a first-hand look into the music industry. The CD also features several current number-one hit singles including:

  • Kylie Sackley and Gary Burr — Nothin’ Bout Love Makes Sense — as
    made famous by LeAnn Rimes
  • Jamey Johnson — In Color
  • Tim Nichols — That’d Be Alright — as made famous by Alan Jackson
  • Bob Dipiero — Till You Love Me — as made famous by Reba McEntire
  • David Lee and David Turnbull — Lucky Man — as made famous by Montgomery Gentry.

Only 1,000 copies of the CD will be sold at the festival. The cost will be $20 per CD, while supplies last, and all proceeds will go towards the Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation. Any remaining quantities of the CD will be available for purchase on the Heart & Soul Foundation’s website,, beginning May 5, 2009.

“We are deeply honored to be the first-ever charity partner for the Better Angels Key West Songwriters Festival,” said Bob Cauley, President of the Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation. “This is a unique event that, like our limited edition CD, highlights the talents of songwriters. The CD, which will be available at the festival, features hit songs audiences know, sung by the songwriters themselves. We are excited to be working with Better Angels Music and to be a part of the Key West Songwriters Festival. Our foundation also looks forward to giving back to the Key West community with a surprise on the stage of the Big Show on Saturday night.”

Stephen P. Villa, Chief Executive Officer of Muzak and member of the Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation Board of Directors, said, “The Key West Songwriters Festival is an opportunity for Muzak and our Heart & Soul Foundation to celebrate songwriters and their music. It is also the perfect venue to increase awareness about the importance of music education. In our 75th year of operation, Muzak is dedicated to continuing the success of the Heart & Soul Foundation in order to give back to the communities we serve and to advance the foundation’s mission of redefining and supporting music education.”

About Muzak Heart and Soul

Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to redefining and supporting music education. Heart and Soul helps students channel their passion for music into real world opportunities by providing educational programs on all aspects of the music business. Established in 1998 by Muzak, a leading provider of business, music, and other sensory branding services that believes in the power of music education to change and better lives, the foundation grants over $100,000 annually to school music programs around the country.

About Muzak

Muzak creates experiences that reach more than 100 million people daily. Some of the biggest brands in business work with Muzak to enhance their brand image. More than 80 core music programs and an endless variety of custom programs are distributed through a national network of sales and service locations, from Muzak’s library of approximately 2.5 million tracks. For more information, visit

Lilly Store Opens In P.B. Gardens

April 23, 2009

Selvedge Yard Lilly PulitzerPALM BEACH GARDENS – A new Lilly Pulitzer store opened in Palm Beach Gardens at The Gardens mall. The Gardens, on PGA Boulevard, is also home to a new Macy’s eatery by Todd English called Figs.

The April opening was featured on the trendsetting website The Selvedge Yard; they snapped a photo of Lilly in a story on the opening entitled Pink-a-palooza. The store opened April 17, 2009; it is the second company owned store in Palm Beach County.

Lilly Pulitzer, the company, was born in Palm Beach, started by Lilly Pulitzer. She ran a citrus stand in Palm Beach, and legend says that she came up with the bright prints to hide juice stains.

The company gained fame when Jackie Kennedy wore her famous shifts.

Other elements of the “Palm Beach” style include Bonnano and Jack Rogers sandals.

Visit their website at

Women’s Polo Cup in Miami Beach

April 18, 2009

MIAMI BEACH – The first ever South Beach Women’s Polo Cup will take place on the sand, between 20th and 22nd streets, behind The Setai on Thursday, April 30th. The popularity of beach Polo has taken on a new face with the introduction of the First Annual South Beach Women’s Polo Cup in Miami Beach. Eight teams comprised of some of the most talented women polo players will be descending on the sands of South Beach in the first such event.

“The idea of playing polo on the beach is an exciting concept,” says Sunny Hale, President of the Women’s Championship Tournament and the highest rated female polo player in the world. Rated at an impressive 5-goals in the arena and on the sand, Hale is expected to set the bar for the field of 18-24 players who will be participating in this inaugural event. Joining Sunny Hale on the beach is model Paula Chermont who will be leading a Brazilian team into play. This year the South Beach Women’s Polo Cup will precede the 2009 Miami Beach Polo World Cup.

The 2009 Miami Beach Polo World Cup, one of the world’s largest, will take place for the fifth consecutive year. The excitement filled weekend will wrap up on Sunday, May 3rd with the trophy ceremony, immediately followed by the “Polo Rocks” beach bash at the VIP tent on the sand.

General admission to the tournaments is free. Three and four day packages are also available from $350, which include attendance to the First Annual South Beach Women’s Polo Cup and the V Miami Beach Polo World Cup. VIP ticket holders will enjoy access to the VIP lounge area with catering and open bar provided by Bombay Sapphire and Grey Goose. See or call 866-468-7630.

Four Country Clubs for One Price

March 27, 2009

TAMPA – Join four clubs for one.

The Tampa Bay area golf and country clubs Hunter’s Green Country Club, Countryside Country Club, East Lake Woodlands Country Club, and Tampa Palms Country Club have a new joint membership scheme called Cross Bay. This membership opportunity by these ClubCorp clubs allows members full social, golf and tennis privileges at all four Tampa-area clubs.

Members will have access to 99 holes of championship golf designed by top course designers, including Tom Fazio, Arthur Hills, Gary Player and Von Hagge-Devlin.

Additional benefits include discounts of 50 percent on Tampa Palms room rates.

“We are excited at the opportunity to provide our members more bang for their buck at a time when many other golf clubs are offering smaller packages at higher costs,” said John Woodeshick, regional vice president, southeast region, in a PR Newswire press release.

For more information on the Cross Bay membership, please contact Duane Brown at 727-784-8576 or see

Miami Beach Antique Show Jan. 24

January 14, 2009

MIAMI BEACH – Nationally recognized fine art and antiques experts Gary Piattoni and David McCarron will offer free appraisals with paid admission to the Original Miami Beach Antique Show. Gary and David will offer this value added service from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 24 in Hall B at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Each attendee will be allowed to have one item appraised, however, items purchased at the show will not be eligible.

Gary Piattoni has more than 20 years experience in the fine art and antique business. He holds a certificate in appraisal studies from New York University and is a former specialist with Christie’s fine art auction house in New York. He has also appeared as an appraiser on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow since 1997, as well as a guest on ABC’s The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC’s The Maury Povich Show, and WGN Radio’s Milt Rosenberg Extension 720. Read more

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