West Palm Beach is the kind of City that you can live in for 10 years, and still are able to discover something new every day. On Sunday, I discovered N. Railway Ave and the wonderful Danieli Art World which will be hosting the 1st Annual Spring Art Festival through the Memorial Day weekend.
I had to text my friend, Artist/Gallery Owner, and Curator of this event, Rolando Chang Barrero, to find out exactly where N. Railway Ave was. Turns out it’s less than a mile away from Clematis Street and easy to get to either by car of bike/foot.
Once you arrive, you’re in for quite the visual experience. Amazing art by international artists covers the exterior of the gallery. Iconic sculptural installations by Iena Cruz, Giants in The City, Beju, and Anouck Jourdaa.
Danieli, is know as one of the leading private art collectors in the world and a highly acclaimed opera tenor has invited curator, Rolando Chang Barrero to assist in the curation and enlisted art consultant Paul Fisher to join the visionary project a which thousands of guests are expected to enjoy.
Live auction by A.B. Levy’s of Worth Avenue in Palm Beach will be held on site during the festival, as well as a exquisite live entertainment and special performances. Have no doubt that Danieli is going the distance to assure that all is top notch by bringing Islander Grill of Singer Island to provide the delicacies and spirits to his guests.
Danieli Art World is not exaggerating when it calls itself “Art World”. This will be the first time it is open to the public.
Danieli Art World, located at 925 North Railroad Avenue is sponsoring the largest European styled fine arts festival featuring 50 European and American artists who will be creating unique site specific works on shipping containers that are 20 and 40 feet long. The large containers will serve each of artists as their own gallery/atelier where guests will be welcomed to collect works from them while getting closer look at into the magnificent world of these world class creatives.
Among the invited artist selected for their incomparable works are Laurent Dareau, Kenneth Walker, Dana Donaty, Amber Dawn Tutwiler, Anthony Burks Sr., Alejandro Mendoza, Roland Rucco, Adophe H2O LaTorre, Sami Makela, Ray Fernandez, Petrina Easton, Ray Gross, Kim Prisu, Ismael Munaray, Christine Ellinghausen, Sean Murdock, Zack Knudson, Nadia Utto, John Rachell, T.D. Gillispie, Anouck Jourdaa, and William Halliday and others.
On Monday the Town of Palm Beach Mayor, Gail Coniglio, West Palm Beach City Commissioner Shanon Materio and Palm Beach County Commissioner, Mack Bernard will host a Public discussion about our traffic at the Palm Beach County Convention Center
Palm Beach County in general has seen significant increases in the number of year round and seasonal residents. West Palm Beach has experienced a spike in tourism and renewed international interest. The purpose of this forum and public discussion is to identify the many factors contributing to the problem, hear from the public impacted by the growing congestion, and to present the latest, most innovative solutions designed to move motorized traffic and pedestrians more efficiently. Topics and presenters will be informative and interactive, all towards the goal of creating viable solutions and to set the course of where we go from here.
This forum is only the first step; Point A. Our mission is to bring some of the infrastructure issues to light, provide intelligent solutions, and inform the public.
In celebration of the Fourth Annual Great Give, 45 participating nonprofits will literally take over CityPlace. The plaza and surrounding areas will be filled with arts and crafts, animals for adoption, dancers, performers, live music, information and most importantly, easy ways to give to the nonprofit(s) of your choice. CityPlace businesses joining in the fun include BurgerFi, Cabo Flats, Capitol One Café, Charming Charlie’s, City Tap, Jamba Juice, Miami Grille and Panera.
Below is a listing of the nonprofits that will have performances or other visuals throughout the day:
10am-12pm Loggerhead Marine Life. Meet Mascot Fletch! Plus, turtle and marine life and displays!
10am-5pm Educational Gallery Group Hands on art Projects!
10am-6pm Forgotten Florida Felines Kittens and cats for adoption!
10am-7pm Center for Child Counseling Bubbles, activities and yoga (10:30)!
10am-9pm Digital Vibez Emceeing, DJ-ing and providing live dance performances all day!
11am-2pm Furry Friends Animals for adoption!
11am-3pm Peggy Adams Animals for adoption!
11am-3pm Tri-County Animal Rescue Animals for adoption!
1pm-4pm Caridad Center Health and dental care demos!
3pm-5pm Alliance for Eating Disorders Positive body image presentation!
3pm-6pm ERAF Gift basket enter to win!
3pm-7pm Poverello Free fresh fruit and juice!
3pm-9pm Glades Historical Society Live painting demo at 3pm!
3pm-9pm Martin Luther King Coordinating Committee, Inc Musical Performance:
4pm Award Winner, Kindergartner, 5-year-old Derron Alvin Blake, Jr. will recite the “Dr. King “I Have A Dream” Speech!
4pm-7pm Big Dog Ranch Rescue Dogs for adoption!
4pm-7pm Holy Ground Shelter for Homeless, Inc. Client singing Performance at 5pm!
4pm-9pm Seagull Industries Magic Trick Performance at 6pm!
4:30pm-9pm Save A Pet Florida, Inc. Animals for adoption and meet mascot, Scooby Doo!
5pm-7pm Resource Depot Arts & crafts using environmentally friendly items!
Sponsors of Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties include: Alpha Media; CBS12 News WPEC, CityPlace; Covelli Enterprises, a franchisee of Panera Bread; Evelyn & Arthur; First Bank of the Palm Beaches; FPL; Hartlines Custom Interior Workroom; Idea Bar; Kendra Scott; Leila Restaurant; Lexis Nexis; Modernizing Medicine; Mutual of America; NCCI; O’Donnell Agency; Phil-com; RSM; Sweet Boo Design and Tracey Benson Photography.
Anyone can give on May 17 by visiting GreatGiveFlorida.org or by calling 1-844-GIVE-DAY. Follow #GreatGive17 on social media for updates.
Enjoy brunch with us on Mother’s Day, and mom will receive a complimentary glass of champagne. Call 561-420-8600 for reservations. Bowery Coastal is located at 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
Mother’s Day Brunch at Copper Blues
Bring mom to Copper Blues this Mother’s Day and enjoy brunch from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will be a bottomless build-your-own bloody Mary bar and bottomless mimosas, as well as a complimentary mimosa for all mothers. Prepare to savor the bottomless chocolate fountain with delicious dippables. Copper Blues is located at 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Call (561) 404-4101 for more information.
Mother’s Day Brunch at Brio
There are so many reasons to celebrate moms, and BRIO Tuscan Grille locations are offering many special dishes to make this holiday memorable. Choose from the Frittata Al Forno, Berries & Cream French Toast, Sicilian Omelette and many more. Brio will open early at 10 a.m. and dishes will be available until 3 p.m. For more information, call (561) 835-1511. Brio is located at 550 S Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
Sunday Brunch Tunes: Mother’s Day
Celebrate Mother’s Day at The A.M. Shift and enjoy live music by the talented Jordan Laurenti. Join us from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.theblindmonk.com. The Blind Monk is located at 410 Evernia Street, No. 107
Mother’s Day at Pistache
Enjoy a 3 course Prix Fixe Brunch Menu from 11a-3p for $65 per person. All moms will receive a complimentary Mimosa, Bellini, Bloody Mary, or house glass of wine. For more information, visit www.pistachewpb.com. Pistache is located at 101 N Clematis St.
Mother’s Day Brunch at Bistro Ten Zero One
Celebrate Mom at Bistro Ten Zero One this Mother’s Day, May 14, and enjoy a delectable brunch buffet with all of her breakfast and lunch favorites — plus unlimited mimosas and sparkling wine. Brunch will be served between noon and 4 p.m., with seatings at noon and 2 p.m. Cost is $45 for adults and $22 for children under 12. Highlights on the menu include: Omelet Station, Belgian Waffle Station, a Raw Bar, Charcuterie, Carved Prime Rib and Roasted Turkey, Purple Potato Mash, a Kid’s Station and more. Reservations are required via opentable.com or by calling (561) 833-1234. Bistro Ten Zero One is located at 1001 Okeechobee Blvd.
Celebrate Mom with a memorable brunch at Hilton West Palm Beach. Choose indoor or alfresco seating and indulge in a delicious buffet of surf & turf, fresh made pastries, grill specialties, bottomless beverages options and more. Make this Mother’s Day one to remember!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Nothing says “We Love You, Mom” more than a beautiful brunch with the family. Plus, kids under 10 eat free from the kid’s menu with the purchase of a regular entrée! Join us May 14th from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. For more information, call (561) 366-0071. City Cellar is located at 700 S Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
Mother’s Day at the Regional
Celebrate Mom with Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at The Regional Thank mom this year with our Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet. Sunday, May 14th from 11:00am -3:00pm. $65 per person. For more information, call (561) 557-6460. The Regional is located at 651 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, Florida 33401.
2. Mother’s Day Weekend at Whitehall
Join us Saturday, May 13, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., or Sunday, May 14, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. for Mother’s Day Tea at the Flagler Museum. The celebration of Mother’s Day began during the Gilded Age, when in May of 1914 Congress established Mother’s Day as a National Holiday. In the spirit of this tradition, the Flagler Museum invites all Mothers and their families to enjoy an elegant Mother’s Day Tea at the Café des Beaux-Arts. Tickets are $30 for Museum Members, $50 for non-members, $20 for Children under age 12. In honor of Mother’s Day, each mother will receive a special flower corsage. For more information, visit www.flaglermuseum.us. The Flagler Museum is located at Whitehall Way.
3. The Sound of Music at the Kravis Center
Tuesday, May 9 through Sunday, May 14
“The hills are alive” again in this brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien and hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “Sparkling, fresh and lively.” The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. This family favorite enjoyed extraordinary success as a live television production when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. Show times vary. Tickets start at $29. For more information, visit www.kravis.org. The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd.
4. Mother’s Day Saturday Art Walk
Palm Beach Outlets is giving shoppers even more choices for Mother’s Day gifts this weekend with an Art Market featuring vendors with original art and handmade goods. They are offering gift items that include jewelry, home décor, one-of-a-kind merchandise and more to celebrate mom. In addition, there will be a pop-up beer garden along with live music.
The artists include:
The Valley of Art – jewelry and hair accessories
Baaba’s Jule – handmade jewelry
WhinyCat – toys and gifts
Individual Creations – handmade recycled clothing
Maison Concept – home décor
Haio Design – clothing and jewelry
Cabrera’s Creations – home décor
Elysian Custom Crafts – handmade string art
Slevworks – paintings
Rolly Top Art – pet caricature/artist
Brushed in Bold – art
Silla Dilla Grape – handmade jewelry
Enigmatik Designs – handmade jewelry, clothing and décor
Shop Anomalous – repurposed vintage apparel and handmade accessories
$25 Mother’s Day -Sunflowers with a Cupcake to Enjoy!
All attendees will be given a specialty cupcake to enjoy while painting your masterpiece. This class will last between 2 and 2 1/2 hours and begin at 12pm. Once you arrive at the studio, seating is first come, first serve. $25 to participate. All classes are BYOB, feel free to bring food and drink to enjoy while you paint. Uptown art is located at 510 Evernia Street. For more information, visit:
6. CityPlace Mother’s Day Garden Party
CityPlace will be celebrating mothers with live music from 1 – 5 p.m., artisan flowers, strolling entertainment and photo opportunities. Shop with mom and get a FREE $10 gift card when you spend $75 or more at CityPlace Shops. For more information, visit http://www.CityPlace.com.
On Tuesday, May 9, from 6-8 p.m., Jardin will host a Celebrity Bartender event to benefit Tracey Benson’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year campaign. The event, packed with delicious hors d’ouerves and libations, will feature a number of local celebrities behind the bar having a blast for charity.
Benson, a well-known photographer in the community, says she has a special passion for the work of the organization because her aunt has been battling Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for the past ten years. “Thankfully, my aunt is now in remission but receiving the dreaded call that a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer is devastating.” Benson hopes no family will receive such a call.
Jardin will donate two hours of passed hors d’ouerves between 6-8 p.m. and offer Happy Hour drink pricing. Celebrity Bartenders will include: Alexia “Lexi” Savage, United Way; Aaron Wormus, A Guy on Clematis; Heather Stohlman, The Law Offices of Heather Stohlma, P.A.; and Andres Fernandez, and Andrew Wieseneck, both with Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.. All tips for bartenders will go to Benson’s campaign along with 10 percent of the meal cost of anyone who stays to dine.
Benson says she is confident her aunt would not be in remission today without medical advances made possible by research funded by organizations like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Benson hopes to see a cure for the disease within her lifetime. “This campaign is my opportunity to contribute to this vision, and I hope you will join me.”
The cost to attend the Celebrity Bartender Event is $20 in advance; $25 at the door per person. Donations to Benson’s campaign may be made via her fundraising page from March 9 to 19 available at mwoy.org/pages/pb/pbc17/tbenson. Donations are tax deductible.
“Every dollar raised counts as one vote and the candidate who gets the most votes/raises the most money is named the Man or Woman of the Year!” says Benson.
The trendy Clematis Street restaurant hosting the event takes its name from “garden” in French, Italian and Spanish. The staff of Jardin loves pampering local and visiting foodies in search of a melting pot of flavors.
Located at 33 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach, the 3,300 square foot space offers seating for more than 150 along with two distinct outdoor areas, including a covered front patio and a landscaped courtyard with fountain in back. The restaurant features Happy Hour from 4 – 7 p.m. (6 p.m. on Saturdays) featuring craft cocktails meticulously designed to change with the seasons with freshly squeezed juices, house-made bitters and jams. Dinner is served Tuesday – Saturday from 5 – 10 p.m. The restaurant is closed Sunday and Monday.
Although walk-ins are welcome, OpenTable offers scheduling via jardinrestaurant.com while reservations for more than eight guests as well as private events and parties are best made over the phone:561.440.5273. Convenient parking is available street side and in nearby city lots and garages. Follow social media channels @JardinRestaurantwpb.
OK, it’s a big day, the first day of SunFest. Over the years I’ve written quite a bit about SunFest and posted many, many, many pictures. I wanted to share some highlights here… but first let’s talk about a flash mob event that is being organized for Thursday.
Thursday – Freeze Flash Mob
We need your bodies – for a Freeze Flash Mob. That’s right, freeze in place for 5 minutes and be a living statue! RSVP Here
to have fun and make a lasting impression on everyone.
The Flash Mob will take place right after Chemradery’s set. Chemradery is a local band, and we’d love for everyone to come support them. This will be in honor of our community coming together and showing our love at big stage in SunFest 2017.
We’ll meet at 6:30pm at a TBD point and do a quick talk to all participants.
Walk about your business but at 6:45pm SHARP, Freeze near the WPB Lake Pavilion & West Palm Beach Waterfront.
Stay as still as you can for 5 minutes. Watch as people walk by you in a confused look, but don’t laugh.
After, go about you fun at SunFest.
We will take video footage and promote it over the weekend.
Everyone can participate! You’re never too old or too young to have a little fun.
This is a pop up event, and we need to spread the word as quickly as possible. Maps will be posted on this event page.
I will be at SunFest every day, I will be tweeting like usual, but I will also be posting video on SnapChat – I will also be posting my snaps on YouTube. So please subscribe to my channel on YouTube as well.
What kind of SunFest person are you?
In 2015 I talked about the different kind of “People of Sunfest“. Do you come for the music, do you come to party on the floating bars (previously known as the floating barges), do you come for the Art, are you a loyal member of Club Sunfest, or are you a “lawnchair warrior” and enjoy bringing your chairs, relaxing close to the stage and watch the world go by.
Over the years, I think I am starting to self-identify as the “lawnchair warrior”,
Going Green and getting in and out of SunFest
Here is the article that I wrote last year about 3 alternative ways to get in and out of SunFest. In this article I talk about SunFest’s Bike Valet which is sponsored by West Palm Beach’s Downtown Development Authority. In 2017 there will also be a Bike Valet.
Here are the times for the Bike Valet
Location: SunFest Clematis Street Entrance (Centennial Square Fountain)
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday and Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Tips received through the bike valet program will be donated to Homeward Bound Program. This program buys bus tickets for homeless people to get to family or friends that can assist them in getting off the street. While supplies last, patrons will receive a complimentary gift bag donated by the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization. In addition SkyBikeWPB will be on-site to answer questions regarding the environmentally friendly and health conscious program set to launch soon.
If you have to come in your car – where to park.
Parking does not have to be difficult at SunFest if you follow these simple rules.
Avoid coming in a car (this is obvious)
Don’t look for street parking. You won’t find any, and if you are lucky and find a spot on Clematis you may find that it’s impossible to get out of due to all the people exiting SunFest on foot.
There are plenty of parking lots, where you will pay anywhere from $10 – $20 for all day parking. Pick which ever you see first once you get into the general vicinity of SunFest
If you come in from the South, pick a parking lot South of downtown. If you come in from the north choose parking north of downtown. Family Church opens their parking which is an 11 minute walk from the Meyer Amphitheater. You’ll make that time up by not having to sit in traffic waiting to cross Okeechobee in a car.
Venue Marketing Group put together this video on what you can expect from the Music and Art festival. Enjoy!