Party hard! 2017 Oktoberfest of The Palm Beaches is here

“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.

Cutline info: 1. A bone-dry pup quenches his thirst at Tampa Convention Center s Sail Pavilion./Photo provided 2. Festival-goers take part in a costume contest at Oktoberfest on Perdido Key./photo provided 3. Trick-or-treating at SeaWorld in Orlando./Photo provided 4. Splash in the Hoyt House pool or venture inside for the 51 Shades of Gray special./Photo provided 5. The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa hired Chef Cary Roy as sous chef./Photo provided
Festival-goers take part in a costume contest at Oktoberfest on Perdido Key. (the Palm Beach Post).

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.

Don’t believe the fun you’re missing? Check out this video from a previous celebration.

What: The 44th Annual Oktoberfest

When: October 13, 14, 15 and October 20, 21, 22.

Hours: Fridays, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 11 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 8 p.m.

Where: 5111 Lantana Road, Lake Worth, FL 33463

Cost:  Adults $10, Children under 13 with paying adult, admitted Free. Free admission on Sundays to active Military personnel, veterans and first responders with ID. Buy tickets here.

Contact: Phone: 561-967-6464

MLK Day 2017: Best events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. in Palm Beach County

Monday, Jan. 16 is the day Americans celebrate the life and achievements of Martin Luther King, Jr. In Palm Beach County there are lots of MLK Day events to choose from, here are a few:

Spectators at a Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Spectators at a Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Riviera Beach:

  • On Saturday, the city’s MLK Gala Parade will start at 10 a.m. and will head east along Blue Heron Blvd., to Ave. H East. For more information, check the city of Riviera Beach’s website .

West Palm Beach:

Participants gathered at at Lake Worth's MLK Day parade. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)
Participants gathered at at Lake Worth’s MLK Day parade. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Lake Worth:

  • 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.

Boynton Beach:

  • 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.

Delray Beach

  • 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

 

 

This Lake Worth woman is one of Playboy magazine’s first centerfolds

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She’s been a catalog model, cigarette girl, Vegas cocktail waitress, New York theater actress and bit part player in an Oscar-winning movie.

But it was one photo session in the early 1950s that sealed Neva Gilbert’s claim to pop culture fame. The Lake Worth resident was one of Playboy magazine’s earliest centerfolds, Miss July 1954, a beautiful, long-legged blonde posed alluringly across a tiger skin rug.

“I’m the oldest living Playboy Playmate,” she proudly tells people.

But is she?

Find out, and see more photos of Gilbert then and now, in our story:

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Bonfire in Lake Worth this Friday!

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.

Check them out. Can’t see the video? Click here: 

Save the Dates for the upcoming bonfires:

  • November 25th
  • December 9th
  • December 23rd
  • January 13th
  • January 27th
  • February 10th
  • February 24th

Details:

What: The first Lake Worth Beach Bonfires

When: Friday, November 25th, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: Across from 10 S Ocean Blvd, Lake Worth, FL 33460

Cost: Free. Parking is metered. 

Contact: 561.533.7395

Note: Bonfires may be cancelled due to weather.

 

Diner En Blanc: 3 surprising things we learned at the largest dinner party of 2016

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.

The Diner en Blanc in downtown West Palm Beach on November 4, 2016. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)
The Diner en Blanc in downtown West Palm Beach on November 4, 2016. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)

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.

One word: Insane.

Robert Suarez, center, celebrates with friends at the Diner en Blanc in downtown West Palm Beach on November 4, 2016. The event which takes place around the world, has participants, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, meet for a mass "chic picnic" in a public space. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)
Robert Suarez, center, celebrates with friends at Diner en Blanc in downtown West Palm Beach on November 4, 2016. The event, which takes place around the world, has participants, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a public space. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)

Here’s what I didn’t expect to discover about Diner En Blanc West Palm Beach:

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.

The Diner en Blanc in downtown West Palm Beach on November 4, 2016. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)
The Diner en Blanc in downtown West Palm Beach on November 4, 2016. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)

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.

Election 2016: Inside Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

With the countdown to election day (Nov. 8) at just 6 days away, we take a look inside Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach.

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Exterior of Trump’s bedroom suite. Photos of the interior and exterior of Donald Trump’s Palm Beach Island home “Mar-A-Lago.” This is the first time The Palm Beach Post has been given photo access to Mar-A-Lago since Trump took over. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

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.

The old ballroom inside Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)
The old ballroom inside Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

More on Mar-a-Lago:

A peek inside Donald Trump’s historic Palm Beach palace

Photo gallery: Inside Mar-a-Lago

 

 

Happy Halloween! Photos of Moonfest madness, Clematis by Fright

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 Moonfest on Saturday. And we’ve got proof there were freaks out at night!

Families and freaks flocked to Clematis by Fright

Families join in the fun at Clematis by Fright in downtown West Palm Beach Thursday.
Families join in the fun at Clematis by Fright in downtown West Palm Beach Thursday.

Pets gotta get dressed up too!

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One of the new haunted trails at Clematis by Fright!

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This family is representin’!

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Check out the rest of the fun from Clematis by Fright in our photo gallery!

Moonfest Madness!

Viviana Alvarez dressed as ‘queen of the souls’ from “The Book of Life” movie!

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Brian Green transforms into a ghost!

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Oh yes! A parade of ghouls!

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Check out the rest of Moonfest madness in our photo gallery!

Battle of the Sexes: Who won the Thrift Shop Challenge?

The Palm Beach Post introduces a new, monthly series: “Battle of the Sexes.”

Reporters Julio Poletti and Corvaya Jeffries of The Palm Beach Post will compete against each other in monthly challenges. The fun part? Community members like you will help decide the challenges.

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To get the ball rollin’, Julio and Corvaya have already finished their first battle, and it’s up to you to decide who won.


Fall in Love with Thrifting

Fall can be pretty much of a joke for most Floridians.

 

Beyond some lightweight sweaters and scarves, the beach is still in our backyard, the days are still sunny and #FallinFlorida remains a destination for most of the country.

Related: Best scenic drives in Palm Beach County

Still, the temps drop, wardrobes change and themed-festivities such as pumpkin carvings and Halloween parties go down.

For this reason, the first Battle of the Sexes challenge is to help you, and us, be ready for cool breezes and hot cocoa sippin’ on patios.

The Challenge

Build an entire fall outfit from a local thrift shop, which could be worn to any upcoming celebration.

Related: Best thrift shops in Palm Beach County

The Rules 

 

Yes they are, Regina!

Watch the Competition before voting

How to judge

  • Is this a fall outfit?
  • Does it fit?
  • Is it stylish?
  • Is it a complete look?

Vote for the winner!

 

Decide who followed the rules and write ONLY the name of your pick in the comment section of the Facebook Post or take the poll below.

Pitch a challenge

What do you think Julio and Corvaya should compete in next? Leave a comment on the story or on Facebook. Or, just vote for a battle that we’ve already brainstormed.

Now that the challenge is over, enjoy a Thrift Shop-inspired jam that topped the Billboard charts for four weeks in 2013. Can’t see the video? Click here.

Moonfest 2016: Top 10 tips on dressing up for this crazy event

Thousands of people will be at Moonfest on Clematis street, in downtown West Palm Beach, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday night. Maybe as many as 30,000 if we’re talking the number of bodies the organizers expect the event to attract.

Even though this is a grown folks night out (21+), every year there are costume fails—no matter the age. Here are the dos and don’ts of dressing up for Palm Beach County’s biggest Halloween extravaganza.

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DON’T wear one of these. This is what will happen.

DO wear comfortable shoes.

Did we mention that this event will stretch from the 100 block to the 500 block of Clematis Street?

DO avoid nip slips.

There’s a such thing as fashion tape. Worth it.

DO leave your sharp prop at home.

Security may not let you in.

DO think about where you will put all of your dough.

DON’T do drugs.

Overheating happens. Dehydration is real.

DON’T waste your time putting together a religiously or politically offensive costume.

People will be drunk. They will try to beat you up.

DO use this as an opportunity to wear what you wear around your house when no ones around.

DO have fun with your costumes. Get creative!

 


The Deets: 

What: Moonfest2016

Where: 500-100 blocks, Clematis St. West Palm Beach

When: October 29th from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

How Much?: Pay $15 for a general admission ticket or $100 for VIP status here.


Not into Moonfest? Check out our list of best Halloween events in PBC here.

What’s so special about that pumpkin?

Happy National Pumpkin Day! Need ideas on how to celebrate this national day? We have some for you!

First off, maybe you should eat some. Seriously. Pumpkin is super good for you. It’s full of fiber, and fiber is good for you heart. That’s a win. It’s also good for your eyes, thanks to all the Vitamin A. But there’s more: Pumpkin also promotes weight loss and can help you sleep better.

Related: Best Halloween festivals, parties in town

Oh, but before you go gettin’ all Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte crazy, know this: All that high-calorie, high sugar processed pumpkin is not where the good stuff is at. It’s best you roast, steam or even mash the veggie to reap the benefits.

Not into eating it? Try your hand at carving instead. Visit one of these fun pumpkin patches to pick out your favorite to carve or for fall decorating: Best Pumpkin Patches of Palm Beach County

Kylee Wells (left), age 3-1/2, gets some help from Tanner Luna, also 3-1/2, as she sizes up the pumpkins at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church on Military Trail in suburban West Palm Beach Monday, October 10, 2016. Good Shepherd's pumpkins came in Saturday from New Mexico, where they are grown by the Navajo Nation without pesticides or GMOs. The pumpkin patch is open 9am-9pm Monday through Saturday, 1pm-9pm Sundays, through October 30. The church has storytellers on site weekdays 9am-noon, as well as a photo booth and bean bag toss. Proceeds from the pumpkin sales will be used for Good Shepherd's youth mission trips; they hope to go to one of the areas affected by Hurricane Matthew next summer. Kylee and Tanner are in the church's Shepherd Care preschool. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
Kylee Wells (left), age 3-1/2, gets some help from Tanner Luna, also 3-1/2, as she sizes up the pumpkins at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church on Military Trail in suburban West Palm Beach Monday, October 10, 2016. Good Shepherd’s pumpkins came in Saturday from New Mexico, where they are grown by the Navajo Nation without pesticides or GMOs. The pumpkin patch is open 9am-9pm Monday through Saturday, 1pm-9pm Sundays, through October 30. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

Speaking of pumpkin decorating, have you seen any teal pumpkins around town? Wondering what’s the deal with that? It’s part of the Teal Pumpkin Project. Because food allergies shouldn’t keep a kid out of the trick-or-treating spirit.

Can’t see the video? Click here.

Mark your house with a teal pumpkin this weekend and then go one step further: Put a pin in it on this rad interactive map so other local moms know that their kid won’t get a candy-let-down at your door. It’s simple. Just click on the plus sign in the right corner of the map to add deets about your non-food treats.

Or if teal isn’t really your color this Halloween season, maybe you prefer pumpkins of the underwater variety. Because, yes, underwater pumpkin carving is totally a thing that’s happening in Florida. So grab the kids and hit the road for a visit to the Sea Life Aquarium in Orlando this weekend.

And finally, we couldn’t celebrate National Pumpkin Day without a nod to Internet sensation, Trumpkins. That’s right. Perhaps you’d like to try your hand at carving a #Trumpkin instead?

Since the video pretty much says it alllet’s move on.

However you decide to spend this trending holiday, don’t forget to make like NASA and share the joy with #NationalPumpkinDay.