After years of feeling unwelcome at other churches, many LGBT people break down in tears during MCC services, she says, when they find a church that celebrates their sexuality from a Christian perspective.
The 150-member church is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with plans for expansion.
Need plans for the weekend? If you love beer, wine and food, these festivals are for you:
Jupiter Food & Wine Festival
Sample dishes and drinks at the seventh annual Jupiter Food & Wine Festival. The Friends of Jupiter Beach event will feature food and drink from over 40 of Palm Beach County’s finest restaurants, cafés, brewing companies and beverage providers. Mo & Sally from KOOL 105.5 are honorary chairs.
The event runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. 6285 Riverwalk Lane, Jupiter. Tickets start $60 for adults, $15 children.
Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest
The fifth annual Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest takes place tonight (5/13) from 6:30 to 10:30 at the Old School Square Pavilion. Tickets — $60 VIP, $40 general admission — are good for unlimited sampling of more than 100 craft brews and ciders as well as wines. 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach.
Time to dust off your kimono because it’s finally spring and that can only mean one thing: The Hatsume Fair returns to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. The Delray Beach landmark and cultural sweet spot, typically described as tranquil and calming, gets tossed into a fun frenzy of taiko drums, sake tastings and fashion shows for this annual spring festival. While you’re there, visit the adorable gift shop for fun gifts and special items for that family member or friend that enjoys the culture of the Land of the Rising Sun.
If you go: Hatsume Fair 2016: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids (ages 4-10) online and tickets at the gate are $15 for adults and $10 for kids. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. Info: 561-495-0233.
Plaza Down Under Riverwalk
There will be music, including steel drums, the Junkanoo Band and the Floridian Band, along with dancing and kids’ activities. Enjoy fresh and delicious dishes and check out all the craft vendors.
If you go: Tropic Fest: The free event runs from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday. 25 S. Coastal Way, Jupiter. Information: 561-741-2400.
Reason for ranking: West Palm Beach is the center of gravity in Palm Beach County. And not just because it has the zoo, the county courthouse, convention center and the only county stop on the yet-to-be-built All Aboard Florida route. West Palm Beach has led the way with the arts — with the Kravis Center, Palm Beach Dramaworks and SunFest — and figured out that nurturing public space, even if it’s just a big fountain that kids can play in, is really important. It’s a city of muraled walls, rental-bike stations, and an ever-changing roster of trendy dining spots and re-invented neighborhoods.
Many will be headed to church this weekend to celebrate Easter. We take a look at some of the most beautiful stained glass windows in our area churches.
In their earliest days, the multicolored panes depicted stories of faith for congregants who couldn’t read. “They’re a snapshot in time of something that’s glorious and emotional,” says Shanon Materio, owner of Lake Worth’s McMow Art Glass . “It’s an Old World craft — and art. There’s very little technology that has entered into this industry.”