“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.
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.
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:
1 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) 966-6600. email@example.com
Check out part of the trail captured by this GoPro camera:
2 .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) 966-6600. firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 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.
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. email@example.com
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
Times: Everyday, sunrise to sunset.
Where: 10035 W Indiantown Rd, Jupiter, FL 33478 Cost: Free
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.