Photos, video: Watch the Norton Museum of Art get demolished

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.

A bulldozer guts part of the Norton on its Dixie Highway side. (Photos by Larry Aydlette/The Palm Beach Post)
A bulldozer guts part of the Norton on its Dixie Highway side. (Photos by Larry Aydlette/The Palm Beach Post)

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.

 

Construction work continues near the former entrance of the museum.
Construction work continues near the former entrance of the museum.

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.

A worker walks through the construction zone on the Dixie Highway side of the museum.
A worker walks through the construction zone on the Dixie Highway side of the museum.

 

A view from the Jefferson Avenue side of the museum.
A view from the Jefferson Avenue side of the museum.

 

The new Olive Avenue entrance, which is the old entrance when it was known as The Norton Gallery.
The new Olive Avenue entrance, which is the old entrance when it was known as The Norton Gallery.

 

The inner courtyard is still a sun-dappled oasis from the construction chaos.
The inner courtyard is still a sun-dappled oasis from the construction chaos.

 

Sign of the times: The museum is open with free admission, but you've got to take a long walk from the parking lot or use the free shuttle service.
Sign of the times: The museum is open with free admission, but you’ve got to take a long walk from the parking lot or use the free shuttle service.

 

Can your scarecrow scare a crowd?

It’s your chance to be creative, scare some kids and win some cash! Once again, it’s time for the Annual Scarecrow Festival & Contest in downtown West Palm Beach which is Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. You’re welcome.

This spooky and interactive festival, presented by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, brings large crowds of local businesses, schools, families and community groups. So far, the Facebook event has 2.1k people interested in attending, and 200 confirmed for attending. And why wouldn’t you go? The cash prizes include the People’s Choice $300 prize, 1st place $200 prize, and 2nd place $100 prize.

Sawyer Smith, 2, of West Palm Beach, gets a high five from Curator of Education Tony Marconi during the Historical Society of Palm Beach County Scarecrow Festival and Contest in West Palm Beach on October 25, 2014. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Sawyer Smith, 2, of West Palm Beach, gets a high five from Curator of Education Tony Marconi during the Historical Society of Palm Beach County Scarecrow Festival and Contest in West Palm Beach on October 25, 2014. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

In addition to the scarecrow competition, this event will have plenty of family fall favorites like pumpkin decorating, a haystack hunt, museum tours, face painting, and plenty of music and food.

Related: Check out other Halloween events happening this fall

The 2014 winning Youth category scarecrow, featuring a “Frozen” theme, was made by students from Palm Beach Public Elementary. Representing the school are (from left) Layla Chong, Karina Chong, art teacher Jenn Petti and her daugher Kendall Petti, Juliana LaPapa and Angela Frankland.
The 2014 winning Youth category scarecrow, featuring a “Frozen” theme, was made by students from Palm Beach Public Elementary.

 If you attend events primarily for the food and drinks, this one is no exception. According to the event, this year’s agriculture booths will be better than ever, with a lot more organic foods to choose from. And, for those with a sweet tooth, bring some extra cash to buy all kinds of baked goodies. Did I mention there’s also a pie eating contest? 

Friends Parker Pressly, 7, left, and Georgina Keogh, 8, of Palm Beach, start the pie eating contest during the Historical Society of Palm Beach County Scarecrow Festival and Contest in West Palm Beach on October 25, 2014. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Friends Parker Pressly, 7, left, and Georgina Keogh, 8, of Palm Beach, start the pie eating contest during the Historical Society of Palm Beach County Scarecrow Festival and Contest in West Palm Beach on October 25, 2014. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Important: The deadline to enter the scarecrow contest is Thursday, Oct. 19, 2016. Entry forms are available online at hspbc.org or http://bit.ly/2auwgcJ.

The Details:

When: 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.

Where: The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum. 300 N. Dixie Highway. West Palm Beach, Fl. 33401. Free event parking on 4th street

Contact: For ticket and group tickets: 561-832-4164, ext. 103 or www.historicalsocietypbc.org.

Cost: $10 per person (kids under 3 free). All inclusive Available at the door and in advance at www.hspbc.org

 

Make-a-Wish helps 7-year-old Jedi defeat Darth Vader

The force was definitely with this one. A couple hundred people gathered at CityPlace in West Palm Beach Saturday night to witness 7-year-old Brady defeat Darth Vader.

To become a Jedi Knight — to save everyone from evil — that’s been Brady’s wish for years. And who can blame him? He’s spent much of his life fighting tumors that have attacked his body.

Brady Treu, 7, receives an honorary police badge from Sergeant William DeVito at CityPlace, October 15, 2016 in West Palm Beach. The event was organized by Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to grant the wish of Brady to be a Jedi Knight. Brady suffers with the development of tumors. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)
Brady Treu, 7, receives an honorary police badge from Sergeant William DeVito at CityPlace, October 15, 2016 in West Palm Beach. The event was organized by Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to grant the wish of Brady to be a Jedi Knight. Brady suffers with the development of tumors. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)

The battle was intense, but the crowd had Brady’s back as he pushed his hand out toward Vader, using The Force to weaken the dark master who fell from the amphitheater stairs and fled the scene with his storm troopers.

Brady’s advice to all the other kids in the city who want Darth Vader to go down? “I would tell them to be brave,” he said.

Brady Treu stands with characters from Star Wars at CityPlace after defeating Darth Vader in an epic battle of good vs. evil. at CityPlace on October 15, 2016. The event was organized by Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to grant the wish of Brady to be a Jedi Knight. Brady suffers with the development of tumors. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)
Brady Treu stands with characters from Star Wars at CityPlace after defeating Darth Vader in an epic battle of good vs. evil. at CityPlace on October 15, 2016. The event was organized by Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to grant the wish of Brady to be a Jedi Knight. Brady suffers with the development of tumors. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)

The Star Wars fan’s dream became a reality thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation of Southern Florida, who put together an electrifying spectacle featuring light sabers, Jedi Knights, themed-music, a show of laser lights and even an appearance from Chewbacca and R2-D2. It was definitely a night everyone will remember, especially Brady and his family. You can see it on The Post’s Facebook Live.

Armed with his own light saber, Brady, a resident of West Palm, arrived in a SWAT vehicle ready to kick some butt. And he did. After a few minutes of jumping, swinging and kicking, the boy who’s no stranger to fighting, saved West Palm Beach (and possibly all of South Florida) from the dark forces.

Brady Treu, 7, receives the key to the city from Jeri Muoio, Mayor of the City of West Palm Beach at CityPlace, October 15, 2016 in West Palm Beach. The event was organized by Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to grant the wish of Brady to be a Jedi Knight. Brady suffers with the development of tumors. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)
Brady Treu, 7, receives the key to the city from Jeri Muoio, Mayor of the City of West Palm Beach at CityPlace, October 15, 2016 in West Palm Beach. The event was organized by Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to grant the wish of Brady to be a Jedi Knight. Brady suffers with the development of tumors. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)

The Jedi master received advanced Jedi training by the local SWAT team in order to face Darth Vader and his troops. Brady was later honored with a key to the city by West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio and Police Chief Bryan Kummerlen.

To learn more about Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, which grants a wish every 16 hours, at an average cost of $5,000 each, for children in 13 Florida counties and the U.S. Virgin Islands, click here.

 

 

One, Two, Drink up! Don’t miss the Hilton’s Oktoberfest Sunday

We may not be crunching leaves or catching a chill in South Florida, but fall is here and that means the pumpkin picking, football watching and school shopping is in full effect. It means we can also look forward to Oktoberfest, which happens all over the world during this time, every year.

On Sunday, October 16th, you can enjoy an evening of beer tasting, dining, lawn games and live music at the Hilton in West Palm Beach.

The 42nd Annual American-German Club Oktoberfest in Lake Worth, Florida on October 10, 2015. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
The 42nd Annual American-German Club Oktoberfest in Lake Worth, Florida on October 10, 2015. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Yes, there will be lots of beer, but it’s still a family-friendly event and everyone gets free access. However, if you want to celebrate Oktoberfest in true style, you can register and pay $30 for unlimited beer tasting from Funky Buddha, Due South, Twisted Trunk and Inlet Brewery. 

As for food, you can look forward to a variety of bratwurst served with grilled peppers and onions on a hoagie bun. And of course there will be potato salad and creamy sauerkraut. The kids will love Munich’s giant pretzel — just hold the beer cheese and beer mustard for yourself.

(Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post): Boynton Beach: Due South Brewing Company sampler Tuesday in Boynton Beach.
Due South Brewing Company sampler Tuesday in Boynton Beach. (Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post)

The Deets:Oktoberfest at The Hilton West Palm Beach

What: Oktoberfest

When: October 16, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Where: Hilton West Palm Beach, 600 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach

Cost: FREE and $30 if you want unlimited beer tastings