“Prost!” That’s “cheers!” in German, and the only German word you need to know at this year’s 44th annual Oktoberfest at the American-German Club in Lake Worth starting Friday, Oct. 13. Submerge yourself in the German culture by enjoying two weekends of family fun, with authentic German meals, live music, entertainment, arts and crafts for the kids and of course, more beer! Oktoberfest of the Palm Beaches is held the second and third weekends in October every year, rain or shine.
The celebration will kick off with several ceremonies such as a flag parade and a German beer keg tapping. The Heldensteiner band is back straight from Munich at Oktoberfest of the Palm Beaches. Get ready to drink, eat, and dance your butt off in your best German attire. Keep your eyes open and congratulate the winner of Miss Oktoberfest 2017. For event updates, click here.
The city’s two-day celebration starts Sunday, Jan. 15 with a musical/theatrical tribute to Langston Hughes at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 3 p.m.
Things kick into high gear the next day with a Unity Interfaith Breakfast at 9 a.m. at St. Andrew’s; a civil rights songfest on the steps of City Hall at 4:30 p.m.; a Candlelight March at 5:30 p.m.; an MLK commemorative program at the Cultural Plaza at 5:30 p.m. and a Fellowship Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Andrew’s. All activities are free. For more information, check the city of Lake Worth’s website.
On Sunday, the city and the Boynton Beach Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee will host a Celebration Gala at Benvenuto Restaurant in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The event is from 6:3o to 9 p.m at 1730 N. Federal Highway. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
On Monday, the city will host an MLK Day of Service. Participants will restore the outside of seniors’ homes. The event begins at the Ezell Hester Community Center at 1901 N. Seacrest Blvd., at 7:30 a.m.
On Monday, Arts Garage and Auroras Voice will host the the MLK Heroes of Delray, which honors local nonprofit volunteers, donors, and staff. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach. Tickets are available at heroes-of-delray.eventbrite.com
The gifts someone, somewhere is spoiling their loved ones with.
A TASTE OF THE LIFE THAT RACE CAR DRIVERS ACTUALLY LIVE
No one has to be a pro to enjoy a high performance driving course experience. With the purchase of any voucher, you’ll get one-on-one attention from experienced instructors who’ll teach you how to brake, turn-in and accelerate out of corners like the guys do in the arcade driving games.
If your friend, hubster or brother has a fast car infatuation, this is the gift for him.
A PHOTO SHOOT THAT WOULD MAKE THE TEENAGE IN YOUR LIFE FEEL LIKE A CELEB
Claire Anderson, the woman behind the camera at Claire Anderson Photography created “Signature Session.” The photo-shoot package includes three hours of themed photography in a thoughtfully picked-out location, professional hair and makeup application, wardrobe styling and a free t-shirt.
After the photo shoot, Claire, who also has graphic design experience, designs a custom heirloom album of the best moments, a wall-sized canvas photo and a “Vogue” style magazine with your teen on the cover.
Contact: EmailClaire directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE BIGGEST (AND PROBABLY MOST EXPENSIVE) BURGER EVER
Yep. It’s on the menu at Burger & Beer Joint in Delray Beach for $125. The meat patty is actually the size of a manhole cover, sandwiched in a bun that resembles a couch cushion.
The restaurant says it’s ten pounds of premium, black Angus beef, served with lettuce, tomato, onions, cheese and a pickle. Normally, groups share this burger. Just know that if one person at your table finishes it within two hours, it’s free of charge.
When we called Taglialatella galleries on Worth Ave., Mr. Taglialatella told us to consider including “art of the new generation” on the list. Everyday Life (above) proves street art is not just for the streets.
What: Everyday Life (2016), Stencil and MixedMedia on Fiberglass Brick Wall by Mr. Brainwash (1966)
A stay in the Jimmy Buffett Presidential Suite is the definition of living a life of luxury. Imagine a view from your own private balconies facing the Atlantic ocean and Intracoastal Waterway and a five-course meal for up to eight people in your suite hosted by the hotel’s chef.
That’s not all, and it better not be for what you’ll be paying. You’ll also to get access to a private, poolside cabana with beer, wine and unlimited margarita pitchers. Don’t worry about bringing a bathing suit — they’ll provide one for you. Oh, and can’t forget to mention the private yacht charter along the Intracoastal Waterway, with open bar and canapes.
Cost: Starts at $22,500 per night with a two-night minimum stay.
What: “It’s a Thin Line Between Saturday Night and Sunday Morning” Suite Package
Where: Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, 1111 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood, FL
When: New Year’s Eve
A SPA EXPERIENCE AT THE BREAKERS
For four and a half hours, one or two guests can enjoy a personal steam shower, chromotherapy tub and semi-private outdoor terrace. Full services include a body scrub, a custom massage and a facial.
Not kidding. At the Sugar Factory American Brasserie in Miami, you can dip Gold Chocolate Nuggets, Gold and Chocolate Truffles, Gold Dusted Gummy Bears, Chocolate Gold Studded Strawberries, Gold Leaf Chocolate Cupcakes, Gold Dusted Homemade Chocolate Bars and other yum-xurious treats into melted Dark Chocolate Truffle. Let each treat soak in your mouth as you sip a ’02 bottle of Dom Perignon and a glass of aged cognac.
Where: Sugar Factory American Brasserie, 1144 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
A GLAM SET OF MINK EYELASHES
Why? Because friends don’t let friends have short lashes. Is laying on a small bed for a few hours and getting individual eyelashes glued onto your lid every two weeks a little over the top? Absolutely. But is it worth it? Absolutely. Talk about runway ready — these babies will make you feel just as glamorous walking out of the house with lip-gloss and moisturizer as you do with a full face of makeup.
What: The “Eyeconic Studios Glam Set” of mink eyelashes
There’s something about sitting next to a fire that just sets a chillaxing mood. Ge ready to experience the beach’s breeze, the smell of burning wood and the scent of a special someone by attending the next Lake Worth Bon Fire, Friday, November 25th at 6 p.m.
Cool nights are just starting to sweep through South Florida, so start packing your s’mores and comfy blankets. It’s about to get hot in here.-literally. The bonfires are hosted by the city of Lake Worth right on the beach across from the Lake Worth Casino Building and Beach Complex.
As if the flames, the cuddling and the cool nights weren’t enough to set the vibe, you’ll also get to experience live music by ZBRA, a band of three guys who are confident to get you moving.
“We are three multi-instrumentalists who play stuff for you to shake your ass or other body parts to. Rocking your face off, then on, then back off again. It’s called the Caged Travolta,” says ZBRA.
It’s time for another extravagant bash! Join Dreyfoos in White, a pop-up picnic-style festivity where hundreds of people dress in all-white and feast at a secret location in the city.
Among ritzy themed-centerpieces and tablecapes, everyone enjoys plenty of food and drinks with their peeps. Don’t be fooled by the magic and exclusivity of the night. This party gets turnt up! And unlike Diner En Blanc, it’s for a good cause, too.
Here are 9 things to know about Dreyfoos in White.
This is not an option. Be as chic with your white garments as possible and host your own al-fresco get-together. Have fun with it. Hats, scarves, gowns and crowns totally expected. This is a made-for-Instagram event.
The secret location will be revealed just one hour before the event. Buy your ticket now and wait patiently for the invitation via e-mail. This just adds more suspense to the event and keeps large crowds away from your spree.
Over the top!
Bring your most creative decorations to the table —literally. The event is based on showing off your most extravagant table-espace and creativity. Make an iconic table WITH A THEME and enter different decor competitions. You’ll also need them in order to eat and drink.
Party-goers will be competing for “Most Fabulous,” “Most Humorous” and “Judges’ Choice” awards based on the dedication and great taste of their center pieces. The crowd and celebrity judges will be comparing the best of the best.
You have two options for your picnic:
Order your food prior to the night through SandyJames Fine Food, pick it up at the event and take it to your table.
Bring your own indulgences, and serve and pour on your finest China to enjoy.
The Dreyfoos string and jazz students will provide music throughout the night, and there will even be a flash mob by dance students. And make sure you don’t miss the sparklers. These will light up the night before everyone starts dancing to the music of DJ Brad Barfield.
What not to Bring
Don’t arrive in a U-haul with tables and chairs. The Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation will provide these along with sparklers and white cloth napkins for the traditional “napkin twirl,” which kicks off the celebration. Just worry about what goes on the top of your table: decorations, food and drinks.
Funds raised through Dreyfoos in White help support vital educational programs that would otherwise not be funded. Last year, the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation provided $1.3 million in support to the School of the Arts.
Friday evening I arrived at a top secret location to experience the world’s largest dinner party — for only the second time in West Palm Beach. Where did Diner En Blanc take place this year? Currie Park.
As I walked from Flagler Drive to the grass field just a couple hundred feet from the inlet, I realized that the view was stunning but the atmosphere was empty. Guests hadn’t arrived and I wasn’t yet convinced that the evening would live up to its hype.
A mega event described as a flash mob meets white party? The vision wasn’t clear.
Then four commercial buses pulled up. And some of the most elegantly dressed people made their entrance. One woman wore an ensemble so beautiful it would have gotten her into Wimbledon London with royalty in the early 1900s. She carried a large white, woven basket likely filled with fine China, fresh fruits and cheeses.
Within 45 minutes, I witnessed more than 1500 ivory-cloaked guests mingling, eating and dancing at the elaborate, alfresco dinner tradition that was born in Paris and has since been replicated in more than 60 countries around the world.
1. There’s Haitian pride all over the secret picnic that will invade West Palm for years to come.
The concept of friends and family laughing together over a meal is one of the pillars upon which Diner En Blanc stands. It all began when a Frenchman asked a group of his closest friends to wear white and meet him at a public park with a dish.
That’s no different from the Haitian culture.
“Haiti may be going through a hard time, but the people of the Haitian culture love life, always finding time to embrace family and dine together,” said Nora David, one of the three business-savvy, fashion-inclined event planners behind Diner En Blanc West Palm Beach.
She smiled when I asked her how her culture graced the work that she does as a business woman in the city. “I’m just happy a positive side of the Haitian culture is being talked about,” she said.
2. Life Behind the scenes at Diner En Blanc is not a walk in the park.
While David explains that there is something to say about the simplicity of the event, she iterates that the work happening behind the scene is not a few hours of busy work. This year, thirty volunteers were trained in a series of meetings to keep the traditional elements of the event alive from secrecy to table rules to dress code.
3. There’s no event more turned up and peaceful at the same time.
Drinks started pouring when table legs hit the floor, and no one ate solo. Just like dinner at the wooden table in homes on the movie screen, everyone understood that they had to pick up their forks simultaneously.
After that, feet were two-stepping and bodies were grooving to salsa, reggae, hip-hop, house and EDM music. Every single person was having a good time… And with the 2016 Presidential election just days away, it was really refreshing to see people of all ages and races enjoying each other’s time.
“If we could bring peace in the world, it would be through Diner En Blanc because it is a multicultural event,” David told us as she smiled.
Mar-a-Lago was originally built by Marjorie Merriweather Post and opened for the 1927 winter season with 58 bedrooms and 33 bathrooms. When Post died, Mar-a-Lago was willed to the U.S. government. However, Mar-a-Lago’s high maintenance costs prompted the government to decline.
The estate was empty until Trump purchased it in 1985 for $10 million.
Mar-a-Lago now serves as an exclusive club with a $100,000 initiation fee and part-time residence for Trump.
Happy Halloween you ghouls and goblins! Did you get out and party this weekend? Festivities around West Palm Beach started with Clematis by Fright on Thursday and ended with Moonfeston Saturday. And we’ve got proof there were freaks out at night!
Families and freaks flocked to Clematis by Fright
Pets gotta get dressed up too!
One of the new haunted trails at Clematis by Fright!
Military jets take over the South Florida skies as part of the Stuart Air Show at the Witham Field Airport from Friday, November 3 through Sunday, November 5 2017. If you’re into this sort of stuff, this event will go beyond your expectations as it’s not just a visual show, but an interactive experience for the entire family.
Here are 5 things you need to know:
1. Aerobatic performances and Air Show
Of course, the #1 reason for most to attend is to watch these incredible airplanes do all kinds of turns and tricks at high speeds and altitude. And for the first time this year, there will be a helicopter stunt show. Crazy!
Aside from machinery, skydivers with smoke will be taking center “stage,” and when night falls, a display of fireworks with nighttime aerobatics will illuminate the sky. It’s like Circus de Solei in the air, basically.
2. Aircraft Rides
This should actually be your new top reason to attend from now on. Even though it’s pricey, the Stuart Air Show offers the opportunity to jump on one of these bad boys as a passenger and take flight. See the city from a sky soldier’s point of view. There are different aircrafts you can choose from. See the list here.
Fire! Boom. Actors and performers from all over the country will perform a show to honor our troops. With vintage uniforms, military equipment from the era, tanks and artillery, this show will recreate the battlegrounds of our military from back in the day.
According to the site, this year the WWII Round Canopy Paratroopers will jump into the reenactment with a WWII aircraft flying overhead thanks to The Road To Victory Military Museum.
4. Kids’ Zone and Amusement Park
While you have a drink with your buddies, your kids can be playing with theirs. There will be free activities such as face painting, letters to the troops and scavenger hunts in the kids’ zone. There’s an educational side too, so kids can learn about aviation and our military in a variety of fun games. To top it off, plenty of amusement park rides will be keep them busy.
5. Static Displays
While seeing the air show is great, actually taking your time to check out the aircrafts is something else. Walk around them, go ahead and take your selfies, and get peeks at the interiors of these military vehicles. The Stuart Air Show is as much an outdoors museum as it is a theater and a classroom. Enjoy!
When: Friday, November 3 through Sunday, November 5
Where: Witham Field Airport. 2011 SE Airport Rd, Stuart, FL 34996
Contact: 772-781-4882 or email@example.com
Tickets: Get your tickets before November 4 and save $10 off general admission. All tickets are availableonline.
Note From The Stuart Air Show:
Advance tickets for the popular Dirty Flight Suit Party (Nov. 4), Friday Night Air Show and upgrade options for Spectator Seating, the Heineken Beer Garden, or the top-flight Bombers Squadron are available for purchase at www.StuartAirshow.com.
Standard pre-purchase ticket options are $5 for veterans/military (military ID required) and children 6-12 (5 and under free), $15 for children 13+ and adults. Tickets at the gate will be $25 (age 13+) and $5 for veterans/military (military ID required).