Trump’s Mar-A-Lago paintings back in news after presidential debate

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One of the weirder sideshows of the presidential season is all the attention paid to portraits of Donald Trump.

At Wednesday night’s debate, Trump attacked Hillary Clinton over donations accepted by her family’s Clinton Foundation. She sparred back, mentioning his use of money by the Trump Foundation:

“I’d be happy to compare what (the Clinton Foundation does) with the Trump Foundation, which took money from other people and bought a 6-foot portrait of Donald. I mean, who does that? It just was astonishing.”

Clinton was referring to a six-foot tall portrait of Trump by Palm Beach County artist Michael Israel. The Washington Post reported that Trump Foundation money was used by Trump to buy the portrait during an auction at his Palm Beach mansion-club, Mar-A-Lago.

As Post reporter Jennifer Sorentrue wrote in a story on the controversy:

The 2007 painting sold for $20,000. According to Israel and press reports, Trump’s wife, Melania, bid $10,000 for the piece, before the auctioneer pushed her to double that number. The Donald J. Trump Foundation cut the check for the artwork, raising questions about whether the foundation broke IRS rules by bidding on an item that might have benefited Trump directly.

The charity auction was for the local non-profit HomeSafe, which helps children with housing issues. Since that story broke, Israel painted another portrait of Trump to help HomeSafe raise money. With a minimum bid of $15,000, nobody bid on the portrait and the online auction was closed.

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This isn’t the only story recently about a Trump painting. Reporters have been buzzing all election season about a Trump portrait hanging in the bar at Mar-A-Lago and the backstory of why Trump insisted that the hand on the portrait be repainted.

You can read the full story of that here:

Why did Trump insist artist repaint his hand on Mar-A-Lago portrait?

 

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

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.

 

 

No need to crack your piggy bank to attend this music festival

Music festivals are always a blast, especially when you get to hear your favorite jams, remixes or original songs while having your arms around your buddies (or special someone) and signing along. However, while some music spectacles can be very pricey, this upcoming one up is not! Head over to the free “Damn Glad to Party with You” music festival this Saturday, Oct. 15 at CSW Bar + Kitchen in Lake Worth.

Kai Schneider, left, and Remy Max hold each other while waiting for Skrillex to perform during the third day of the Okeechobee Music Festival in Okeechobee, Florida on Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Daniel Owen / The Palm Beach Post)
Kai Schneider, left, and Remy Max hold each other while waiting for Skrillex to perform during the third day of the Okeechobee Music Festival in Okeechobee, Florida on Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Daniel Owen / The Palm Beach Post)

Related: 7 music concerts you must see this fall

The event’s Facebook page already shows more than 45 people are attending!

The Avett Brothers perform to a packed crowd on the final night of the Okeechobee Music Festival in Okeechobee, Florida on Sunday, March 6, 2016. (Daniel Owen / The Palm Beach Post)
The Avett Brothers perform to a packed crowd on the final night of the Okeechobee Music Festival in Okeechobee, Florida on Sunday, March 6, 2016. (Daniel Owen / The Palm Beach Post)

If great music, a fantastic Indie craft bazaar and unique beers can’t get you through 12 hours of partying from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m, then there’s seriously something wrong with you. I’m only kidding, but really, this event has plenty of fun to get you going.

Kent LawlerCheck and DJ’s Layne Fox will set the mood throughout this event, by performing between live performances. The live music line up is here:

Bobby Lee Rogers Trio

Crazy Fingers

Victoria Cardona

Chloe Dolandis

Solemark

 

 

The Deets:
What: “Damn Glad To Party With You” Music Festival
When: 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15
Where: CWS Bar + Kitchen. 522 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth
Cost: Free Cover. Take cash for drinks and food.
Contact: www.cswlw.com or call (561)318-5637. #damngladtomeetyou

Best Halloween events, parties come to town

The boys and ghouls of Fright Nights are in full swing! The annual spookfest, at the South Florida Fairgrounds, is open to scare the heck out of you from now until Oct. 29.

Also: Best Halloween events, parties in Palm Beach County

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People get spooked in the haunted houses during Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

There are four new haunted houses this year at Fright Nights: The Void; Sunnyville Schoolhouse; Doll Factory and Pestilence. If  you need a break from the haunted houses, check out the midway rides, games, carnival food and scare zone.

For more information, visit the Fright Nights website, or call 561-793-0333.

Got a thing for monsters? This West Palm art show is for you.

Monster Madness, a haunted art show where the dead and the living collide opens on Saturday, October 15 in West Palm Beach at Slushbox Gallery.

As the SlushBox Gallery story says on Facebook: “You can be sure to find the best Lowbrow and Outsider art in Florida and around the country” in this very cool space behind Ink & Pistons Tattoo shop (one of West Palm’s best kept secrets, for sure)
Related: Best spooktacular Halloween events in Palm Beach County

Be freaked out, in awe or maybe a little bit of both because the featured artists are super talented. Here’s a taste of what you’ll see:

This freaky little beauty right here…

 

And this gator of guy too.

 

This group art exhibit at SlushBox Gallery features as many as 25 different artists. See which of your friends are already going by visiting the Facebook event. Oh, and follow the gallery on Instagram for more sneak peeks, and shoot, just to spice up your Instagram feed.

Want to get ideas for Halloween costumes? Check out these creepy makeup tutorials on YouTube.

It’s that time of the year again, where the dead crawl back to life and the living yearn to cross to the other side. Enjoy!


The Deets:

What: Monster Madness

When: Opening night Saturday, October 15. Shows until November 19

Where: SlushBox Gallery 2716 South Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Contact: 561-832-4655

Why did Trump insist artist repaint his hand in Mar-A-Lago portrait?

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It’s become practically a mystery story: The Case of The Donald’s Repainted Hand.

But the only person who knows the true story is the man who painted — and at Donald Trump‘s insistence, repainted — the Republican presidential candidate’s hand on his Mar-A-Lago portrait, the artist himself, Ralph Wolfe Cowan.

The West Palm Beach painter tells us the full story — and clears up what he says are discrepancies in the accounting of it — as well as talking about his long career painting romantic portraits of kings, movie stars and moguls, everybody from Elvis to Princess Grace to Michael Jackson.

It’s a story you must read:

THE LAST OF THE PORTRAIT PAINTERS: THE RALPH WOLFE COWAN STORY

Hurricane Matthew: ‘The calm before the storm’ through local pictures

Hurricane Matthew updates: Check our WeatherPlus blog. 

You’ve probably been bombarded with news, tweets and pictures regarding  #HurricaneMatthew as it goes through the Caribbean and possibly hugs the eastern United States over the next few days.

However, if you’re still not convinced by the latest media hype (even though you should), check out the local forecast from the Pelican Park Weather Station:

The coconut suggests that it’s still calm in Palm Beach county, and a few pictures from today actually prove it.

Weather so nice today, that many have been enjoying outdoor activities.

Or relaxing on their ocean view patios watching the skies change throughout the day.

On the other hand, as also stated by @dr.jakehyde on his caption above, “the only calm thing in town seems to be the weather.”

Take a look how people in the county are preparing for #HurricaneMatthew

Why not use your lunch break today to get ready? @bcathcart84 did!

Including myself as I was freaking out because I couldn’t find water since yesterday.

And there’s also a group of people (probably the smart ones) who are simply avoiding Hurricane Matthew at all costs.

@josephpauldavis is heading to DC.

@refined_fashion has no business doing in the island.

Even though the skies are crisp and blue today, this pool seemed completely empty.

No lines outside of the Gucci store. #Priorities

@thejenobrien seems to be hopeful still.

But @_Juniorsalas83 is not taking any chance… and he seems upset about his departure.

 

Once again, To get the latest updates on Hurricane Matthew check our WeatherPlus blog.

Hurricane Matthew: Kravis Center in West Palm Beach cancels two upcoming shows

Hurricane Matthew Update: The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts announces the cancellation of “Goodnight Moon” and “The Runaway Bunny” originally scheduled for Oct. 6 through Oct. 8, and “Songs of Freedom” on Oct. 6.  Guests who purchased tickets will be receiving an automatic refund.

To get the latest updates on Hurricane Matthew, check out WeatherPlus blog. 

Original story: As part of their 25th anniversary, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts presents Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny Oct. 6 to 8 and Songs of Freedom on Oct. 6 in West Palm Beach.

The first two are animal puppet shows are based on classic Margaret Wise Brown children’s books with scenic effects and music that attract kids ages 2 to 7.

 

The Deets:

WhatGoodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny

When: Saturday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m.

Where: The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL.

Cost: $12 per person.

Contact: Call 561-832-7469 or visit the official website at http://www.kravis.org/