5 things to know about the Stuart Air Show

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

File Photo: Lt. Colonel John Klatt, of the Air National Guard aerobatic team, takes Daphne Duret, a reporter at The Palm Beach Post, on an in-flight interview Thursday above Stuart in 2009. (Sarah Grile/The Palm Beach Post)
File Photo: Lt. Colonel John Klatt, of the Air National Guard aerobatic team, takes Daphne Duret, a reporter at The Palm Beach Post, on an in-flight interview Thursday above Stuart in 2009. (Sarah Grile/The Palm Beach Post)

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.

3. WWII Battle Reenactment & Weapons Demonstration

File photo of a WWII re-enactor watching planes (Vada Mossavat/The Palm Beach Post)
File photo of a WWII re-enactor watching planes (Vada Mossavat/The Palm Beach Post)

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

File photo by Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post
File photo by Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post

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

File Photo: Back in 2011, students in the Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Program, a Career & Technical Education Academy at Martin County High School, received a hands-on history lesson. They gave a 1952 Mig UTI a make-over in time for the Stuart Air Show.
File Photo: Back in 2011, students in the Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Program, a Career & Technical Education Academy at Martin County High School, received a hands-on history lesson. They gave a 1952 Mig UTI a make-over in time for the Stuart Air Show.

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!

If this list wasn’t enough to convince you to go, maybe you’d enjoy these free, lowkey ways to see the action from a couple miles away.


The Deets:

What: Stuart Air Show

When: Friday, November 3 through Sunday, November 5

Where: Witham Field Airport. 2011 SE Airport Rd, Stuart, FL 34996

Contact: 772-781-4882 or info@stuartairshow.com

Tickets: Get your tickets before November 4 and save $10 off general admission. All tickets are available online.

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).

Why is there a Red Sox plane parked at Palm Beach International?

Yes, that plane at Palm Beach International Airport does have the Boston Red Sox logo on it.

There’s a good reason for that: It belongs to Red Sox minority owner Phillip Morse.

What's the story behind this plane with the logo of the Boston Red Sox on the tail? (Contributed)
What’s the story behind this plane with the logo of the Boston Red Sox on the tail? (Contributed)

Morse — who serves as vice chairman for Fenway Sports Group, the John Henry-led group that owns the Sox — lives on an estate valued at nearly $1.3 million in Jupiter.

The 5,200-square-foot home sits on a half-acre in the Loxahatchee Club community.

His plane, a 1991 Gulfstream IV, can often be spotted from Southern Boulevard, where it parks near the south side of the airport. 

Three readers have contacted this reporter in recent weeks — possibly because I’m the transportation reporter, but more likely because I’m a Red Sox fan — asking where the plane is from and to whom it belongs. Some thought it could belong to Henry, who owns a home in suburban Boca Raton.

 

 

 

 

 

Five furious bike trails in Palm Beach County

It’s hard to believe it, but you can actually go mountain biking in Florida (sort of)! Sure, we have plenty of nicely paved bike paths around the wealthy properties in Palm Beach County, but if you’re looking for a bit more adrenaline, you better check out these trails:

Daryll McKenzie, heads down the hill with riders behind him during the Sandblaster Mountain Bike Race Series at Dyer Park. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)
Daryll McKenzie, heads down the hill with riders behind him during the Sandblaster Mountain Bike Race Series at Dyer Park. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)

Dyer Park’s “The Hill” in West Palm Beach: This climbing/descending trail is over 53 feet in elevation! Sounds crazy, right? An actual hill in Florida where you can bike and test your endurance. The bike path is made out of crushed shell rock and is approximately 2.4 miles long and about 2 feet wide. Even though you will ride through native forests, most of the trail is exposed to the sun, so wear appropriate clothing and apply sunblock.

When: Everyday, sunrise to sunset.
Where: 7301 Haverhill Road West Palm Beach, Florida 33412
Cost: Free
Contact: (561) 966-6600pbcparks@pbcgov.org

Check out part of the trail captured by this GoPro camera:

. The Dyer Perimeter in West Palm Beach: Most use this 4.7-mile bike trail as a conditioning activity before facing “The Hill” at Dyer Park. “The way is mostly smooth, so beginners won’t have any problems,” according to Rei’s MTB Project. It’s not a boring trail, though. According to the MTB project, it has several miles of twisty single-track trails in the woods that loop around the park. So why would you need a mountain bike? There are broken branches and trunks you’ll want to bike over.

When: Everyday, sunrise to sunset.
Where: 7301 Haverhill Road West Palm Beach, Florida 33412
Cost: Free
Contact:(561) 966-6600pbcparks@pbcgov.org.

Pinehurst MTB Trail in Greenacres: Get technical and use all of your mountain bike’s gears. This trail is not as high in elevation as the Dyer Park trail, nor as fast as the Dyer Perimeter. On this one, you’ll get to sharpen your skills by controlling your balance, going over obstacles and shifting gears constantly. Get ready for plenty of log piles, sharp turns and sudden drops. It’s a good, quick workout packed into 4 miles according to Rei’s MTB project.

When: Everyday, sunrise to sunset.
Where: 2400 Pinehurst Dr, Greenacres, FL 33413
Cost: Free
Contact: (561) 966-6600pbcparks@pbcgov.org

Note: There is no parking on the actual trail, but there are two parks nearby with plenty of parking, restrooms, water, and pavilions: Okeeheelee Park and Greenacres Freedom Park.

4. West Delray Trail in Delray Beach: If you’re more into scenery and wildlife, this one is for you. This trail is a really pretty ride through canopied tropics, lakes, and swamp land inside West Delray Regional Park. It’s also fun because it has many technical elements such as turns, rocks, mounds and tree branches. 

There is a variety of wildlife  including squirrels, birds, butterflies, and lots of bugs as well, so wear repellent.

When: Everyday, sunrise to sunset.
Where: 10875 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33446
Cost: Free
Contact: (561) 966-6600. pbcparks@pbcgov.org

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Habitat restoration work and trail improvement continues in Cypress Creek South, a new county natural area and preserve in Jupiter. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)
  1. Cypress Creek Natural Area in Jupiter: Shell rock road through the Cypress Creek Natural Area. There are a few boardwalks that overlook the natural area and splinter trails for “foot traffic only.” The trail goes 2 miles west and ends at Mack Dairy Rd. http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/cypress-creek-natural

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

 

Car enthusiasts, this beach was made for your ride.

Vroom, vroom! Get ready to hear and see a variety of muscle machines at the Horsepower at the Beach car show on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Lake Worth Casino Building and Beach Complex in Lake Worth.

You can either check out the exhibition for free or register your vehicle for a chance to win some awards. This is an opportunity to admire some of the coolest rides in town, check out the engines, the upgrades and take a peek at their stylish interiors.

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(Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

If you think your car has what it takes to win, you can pay $15 to be included in the lineup and receive up-front, VIP beachfront parking. To register, contact lbennett@lakeworth.org or 561-533-7395.

Otherwise, just come out, enjoy the show, eat some food and listen to great music outside.

What: Horsepower at the Beach car show

When: Thursday, Oct. 13. 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Lake Worth Casino building and Beach complex in Lake Worth, FL.

Halloween Horror Nights: killers, ghouls and one very scary little girl

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The face of ‘The Exorcist’s little possessed girl Regan (Linda Blair). who haunted my dreams for years as a kid. (Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort.)

ORLANDO — When the leaves turn brown and begin to fall, when the weather starts getting a tad nippier at night, when the NFL season is in full swing, that only means one thing….it’s time to get the living heck scared out of you at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort.

Yes, the 26th annual frightfest returns Friday, running on select nights through Oct. 31 with nine haunted houses, including those featuring Leatherface, the chainsaw-loving homicidal maniac from “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre;” Michael Myers, the knife-wielding, slow-walking killer from, oh, 68 “Halloween”  films; the bloodthirsty zombies from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and, the one I’m looking forward to most, the pea soup-spewing, head-spinning demonic little girl from “The Exorcist” – still the scariest movie ever made.

If that’s not enough, look for more chills and thrills inside “American Horror Story,” FX’s wildly popular anthology, but ridiculously violent, series and “Krampus,” a horned creature who punishes children at Christmastime. Gives new meaning to the “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” lyrics, “You better watch out/You better not cry/You better not pout/I’m telling you why,” doesn’t it?

Also look for five scare zones and two live shows.

Anyone who really knows me, knows Halloween Horror Nights is one of my favorite events of the year. I moved to Florida from New York in 1996 with my family and I’ve been to every HHN since.

What I looked like before venturing inside Michael Myers' house at Halloween Horror Nights two years ago.
What I looked like before venturing inside Michael Myers’ house at Halloween Horror Nights two years ago.

Two years ago was one of my favorites as I stood toe-to-toe with Michael Myers, wondering if I was going to make it out of his Haddonfield, Ill., house alive. OK, so I wasn’t really wondering that since this is all make-believe stuff, but, hey, work with me here.

This year, I’m psyched about “The Exorcist,” a movie that haunted my dreams for months after seeing it as an 11-year-old kid when the film premiered in 1973. I wasn’t alone. Moviegoers were reported fainting in theaters. I wasn’t that bad. I just covered my eyes a lot. If I had another set of hands, I would’ve covered my ears while little girl Regan (Linda Blair) was speaking in tongues. I still haven’t forgiven my mom for taking me.

Anyway, I’m 54 now. Way past the childhood trauma of watching a little girl’s head spin 360 degrees while she’s saying the kind of naughty things no little girl has any business saying.

At least, I hope I’m past that trauma. I’ve seen the film several times since 1973 and usually rent it around Halloween as part of my own personal “Horrorfest” movie marathon I host at home. But watching a film and seeing a possessed little girl whose voice is deeper than mine in person are two different things.

Look for an upcoming blog on my reaction to little girl Regan’s evil antics in the coming weeks.

For more ghoulish information on HHN, click here….if you dare! (Cue sinister laugh)

 

 

9 Palm Beach County road trips to try this summer

(Photo: Allen Eyestone/Palm Beach Post)
(Photo: Allen Eyestone/Palm Beach Post)

With summer officially here, it’s time to get into the car and hit the great American highway for a road trip to remember.

Destination: Palm Beach County?

With staycations all the rage, you don’t have to go far to add a scenic drive to your summer bucket list. Within the broad borders of the county, there is more to see than you might think.

From Jupiter to Boca to the western communities, you can gaze upon the natural splendor of ocean, waterways and lakes. Or check out man-made marvels, from ultra-expensive houses to tiny trailers. And stop along the way to dine, shop or take a nature hike.

Most important of all, you can see the place you live in a whole new light. These drives are perfect for a weekend afternoon — or even your lunch hour.

Let’s go road trippin’.

GAS UP AND GO ON OUR PALM BEACH COUNTY ROAD TRIPS!

Two Florida locations among the best small cities in the country

Photo by Lannis Waters/ Palm Beach Post
Photo by Lannis Waters/ Palm Beach Post

Looking for a weekend getaway? These two Florida small cities were listed among the best in the country in a recent ranking.

Thrillist compiled a list of the 25 best small cities in the United States with St. Augustine (5) and Key West (7) making the top ten. The rest of the top ten included: Portland, Maine; Carmel, Calif.; Bozeman, Mont.; Traverse City, Mich.; South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Burlington, Vt.; Bend, Ore.; and Charlottesville, Va.

According to the site, St. Augustine “might be the one coastal city in Florida that’s best enjoyed away from the beach” with historical visit highlights including the Castillo de San Marcos and Huguenot cemetery. They also applaud the 19th century buildings and say that the city is “cleaner (and) nicer” than Key West.

Speaking of that place, Key West was referred to as “Florida’s Las Vegas. But dirtier.” According to the site, “the bars along Duval Street are a factory of regret,” but the real fun of the city happens by walking down the streets filled with 100-year-old homes and seeing attractions such as the Mel Fisher buried-treasure museum and Hemingway House. One food item that they highly recommend is the Key Lime Pie at the Blond Giraffe.

The Seven Miles Bridge in the Keys was named one of the best all-American vacations last year and the Post created a list of some of the best dive bars in the area. As for St. Augustine, this handy guide helps plan out the perfect vacation.

Read more at Thrillist.

Which Florida beaches made Southern Living’s best beaches list?

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Southern Living magazine combed 2,000 miles of coastline to find the Best Beaches in the South.

None in Palm Beach County made the list but six spots along the Florida coast did, including Bahia Honda State Park in the Keys, Caladesi Island north of Clearwater on the Gulf of Mexico, Naples, Shell Island near Panama City in the Panhandle, South Walton Beach and St. Augustine.

Related: Best beaches in Palm Beach County

 

Which Palm Beach County festival is among state’s best for food lovers?

Garlic heads rejoice every February when Garlic Fest returns to Delray Beach (Bill Ingram/Post photo)
Garlic heads rejoice every February when Garlic Fest returns to Delray Beach (Bill Ingram/Post photo)

Garlic Fest, the February weekend devoted to the stinking rose, is the 9th best food festival in Florida, declares the website onlyinyourstate.com.

The list includes 14 festivals devoted to an only-in-the Sunshine-State mix of fare that includes Fellesmere’s Frog Leg Festival, Niceville’s Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival, the Kumquat Fest in Dade City and Labelle’s Swamp Cabbage Festival.

Most are held in the winter, but there’s still time to take in two this spring and summer:  The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be held April 29-May 1 in Fernandina Beach near Jacksonville and Key West’s Lobsterfest is August 11 – 14.