There’s quite an exhibit going on this month at the Norton Museum, but it’s not all inside the art institution.
Travel down South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach and you can watch construction crews tearing great hunks out of the museum: the first step to preparing for its $100 million expansion and renovation, scheduled to be completed two years from now in December 2018.
According to Norton spokesman Scott Benarde, these areas of the museum are being demolished: the inner atrium and stairs, the Harris Pavilion (former home of the Chihuly glass ceiling), the Great Hall entranceway, the cafe, and classroom and boardroom space.
Areas being gutted for renovation include the three-story Nessel Wing, the theater, great hall and museum gift shop.
Demolition should be completed by late December, Benarde said. In the meantime, admission continues to be free to the museum. And, despite the construction inconvenience, there is still a lot to see there, especially the Question Bridge video exhibit and the Rudin Prize photography show.
While many favorite paintings remain in storage, there are still plenty of famous names on the wall, inclusing Picasso, Matisse, O’Keeefe and Hopper.
Note: Meet at the museum 10 minutes prior to start time, the class is weather dependent, please check the website for updates and future start times.
LIGHTHOUSE SUNSET TOUR
This tower reaches a height of 105 feet above the water, and you get to climb as you learn its history. Once you’ve made it to the top, you’ll reward yourself with beautiful sunsets from this amazing landmark. Bring your camera!
Opens: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, beginning with an inside look at the nuts & bolts of a working lighthouse watch room. The tours are 75 minutes long.
When: Oct. 19, Nov. 2 & 30, and Dec. 14 & 28. 6 to – 7:15 pm.
Note: Children must be at least 48” tall to climb the tower.
LIGHTHOUSE STORY TIME & CRAFTS FOR KIDS
Hey parents: It’s picnic time for you and the little ones! This 45-minute program includes craft activities and story time about the Lighthouse Keepers, Florida history, people, local plants and animals. Bring your sandwiches, floor mat and juice boxes to start your day under the Lighthouse Seminole Chickee Hut. Oh, and don’t forget your kids.
Put on your hiking gear, pack lots of water and splash some sunscreen. Get on your best Indiana Jones attitude and get ready to discover the topography and natural history of Jupiter’s 120-acre conservation lands. This two-mile excursion passes through several historic points around the lighthouse.
When: Nov 5, Dec 3. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Where: 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter. The hike departs from the flag pole at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum.
Cost: Admission is free but space is limited; rsvp required.
Note: The minimum age for children is 5. Ages 13 & under must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years old.
LIGHTHOUSE MOONRISE TOUR
Sunrises and sunsets always get the credit, yet moonrises are just as amazing. We’re lucky to live by the east coast because we can see the moon rising from the Atlantic! Sometimes the moon puts on a bright silver costume but when she’s feeling frisky, she turns bright red.
Note: Children must be at least 48” tall to climb the tower.
Lighthouse River Rendezvous
This is the Cadillac of all of these events. A must-attend social gathering that celebrates the history of the iconic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and its photographers who have captured the landmark at its very best.
Enjoy a live music, hors d’oeuvres from Jupiter’s top restaurants, choose among fine beers and wines and participate in the magical silent auction. You’ll take home a limited edition 2017 Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Calendar and meet and greet the photographers of social media who made it possible.
Don’t let Hurricane Matthew ruin the fun this week. If you and your friends don’t have plans yet, why not stay together and go throwback to elementary school with a sleepover? Not really kidding, but there’s more.
Here are my top picks to keep calm and have an awesome get-together slash hurricane party (if that’s how you and your fam get down).
1. Make all kinds of Pizza! #MamaMia
I’m talking meat lovers, veggie and even dessert. This is an activity that takes some time, is creative and interactive.
Pillsbury Pizza Crust. Pop it, place it in oven, enjoy a fresh crust. (Or spice up your pizza life by using garlic naan instead!)
Sauces: Tomato sauce, Alfredo and Pesto.
Veggies: Tomatoes, Mushrooms and green peppers.
Meats: Pepperoni, sausage and ham.
Dessert Pizzas: Nutella, Reese’s creamy peanut butter and Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter (my favorite). Bananas, Strawberries and whip cream.
2. Do it Yourself!
Just this past weekend, my friend and I were able to transform a crappy thrift shop coffee table into a stylish piece of art (or so we think). Take a look around your home, see what chandeliers, tables, stools or lamps you don’t like.
If you need some inspiration, then see your way to Pinterest. Just key in what items you’ve got and watch your phone screen fill up with awesome DIY magic.
Making the list is The Thompson, a new hotel on the once-again-fashionable northern end of Miami Beach. The retro beach chic look of the pet-friendly hotel is meant to remind us of the ’50’s, when the neighborhood was the the hang-out of the Rat Pack. There’s even a Carmen Miranda suite. Michelle Bernstein, the former chef at the Omphoy (now Eau Palm Beach) helms the kitchen at the hotel’s Seagrape restaurant.
Another hotel on the list has a Palm Beach connection, although it’s located a thousand or so miles south. The Playa Grande Beach Club on the Dominican Republic’s north shore was designed by Celerie Kemble, who grew up in Palm Beach and whose mother, Mimi McMakin, is the founder of Kemble Interiors. Designed in a colonial style with gingerbread fretwork, copper soaking tubs and a soft pastel palette, the nine bungalows were created to look like they’d been around for decades, Kemble has said.
The list includes other new hotels in the Carolinas, Virginia and Savannah.