Jupiter is known for its natural beauty and wealthy lifestyle. But along its pristine coast of river and ocean, the mansions and yachts, and expensive cost of living, the millennial emerges — cut from the strange, ever-diminishing cloth of (upper) middle-class suburbs.
Jupiter millennials — some high school grads with trade jobs and others back from college with no jobs — appear sporadically throughout the town. They may not always form a homogenous body of lumped behaviors, but there are a few places in Jupiter you should check out if you are a millennial or a millennial-at-heart:
This Sunday is National Lighthouse Day, and it’s time to celebrate our own historic landmark’s history by paying a visit to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. More than 150 years ago, Capt. Edward A. Yorke, of the U.S. Army, finished the tower of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, and today, after many hurricanes and tropical storms, it still stands.
Want to visit? Tickets to see the tower and museum are buy one, get one free for children 6-18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-18 (buy one, get one free) and free for children under 5. Children must be at least 48 inches tall to climb the lighthouse tower. Planning to visit? Don’t forget your camera! Snap a photo of the lighthouse and enter our Jupiter Lighthouse photo contest for chances to win Jupiter-friendly prizes!
In honor of National Nude Day today, we are dialing the wayback machine to the late 1970’s, to revisit North Palm Beach’s former, though unofficial, clothing optional beach.
At the time, a nearly two-mile stretch of untouched beach hammock in North Palm Beach was known as Air Force Beach. Then part of insurance billionaire John D. MacArthur’s vast north county holdings; today it’s MacArthur State Park.
The name dates back to the Korean War in the early 1950’s when the county’s beaches were segregated but the Air Force needed a place to train black and white servicemen together, according to the Palm Beach County Historical Society. The fly boys chose this beach, which at the time was a remote spot on the north end of Singer Island.
MacArthur, who at one time owned most of northern Palm Beach County and plenty of Martin County as well, bought the land but didn’t develop it or care who made the long, hot trek through the sea grapes to visit it.
After MacArthur’s death in 1978, the State of Florida bought the land. Naturists and even the strait-laced MacArthur Foundation reportedly asked the state to set aside a clothing-optional portion of the beach.
The State of Florida stripped that idea from park plans, setting off years of cat-and-mouse skirmishes between park rangers and scampering nudists.
For years afterward, there were periodic requests that the state reassess the idea of allowing nudity at the park’s north end, but the idea was apparently never seriously considered.
However, a few hold-out nudists can occasionally be found together in the altogether at the dune line at the park’s far north end, usually surrounded by a homemade privacy barrier.
But the most shocking part of the Air Force Beach saga isn’t that people regularly took off their clothes there.
The astounding part of the story is how close Palm Beach County came to having nearly two miles of ocean-to-lake land clothed in concrete.
The bare facts are these: The Palm Beach Post archives contain a 1980 survey from an area engineering firm, revealing a developer’s nakedly avaricious plans for a subdivision of 594 homes, a beach and racquet club and pool complex to be built on the undeveloped land, including 107 proposed homes for Munyon Island in the Intracoastal Waterway.
“The site is one of Florida as it was created by nature,” the firm’s senior vice-president was quoted as saying. “We propose a single-family development which will enhance the…property.”
If the state, encouraged by Palm Beach County, hadn’t stepped in, a wild and beautiful stretch of beach in Palm Beach County and one of the country’s most productive sea turtle nesting sites would have become private, “enhanced” with concrete, lawns and tennis courts.
1) Tito Puente, Jr. will be rocking the Arts Garage in Delray Beach June 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. Puente and his Latin Jazz Ensemble have been called “a dazzling show filled with charisma, flair, and all the right dance moves.” Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.
2) Roar & Pour will take over the Palm Beach Zoo June 4 starting at 4:30 p.m. with food, drinks, and live music. The June event will feature San Francisco-infused food including grilled chicken on sour dough, chicken teriyaki, and burgers or hot dogs. The event will also feature a drink menu fueled by Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach with the band starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, and tickets, visit the zoo’s website.
3) The Everglades Experience is coming to West Palm Beach at the Grassy Waters Preserve June 4 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The event will feature a guided tour along the land and is intended for children 10 and older. Tickets start at $15 for adults and $7 for children with more information here.
4) Darius Rucker, Dan and Shay, and Michael Ray are jamming on the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater stage June 4 at 7 p.m. The Grammy-winning artist, Rucker, started with Hootie & the Blowfish in 1986, but has since gone solo with four albums, most recently “Southern Style” and “Home for the Holidays.” Tickets start at $33 and can be purchased here.
5) “Weird Al” Yankovic is bringing his brand of music and comedy to West Palm Beach and the Kravis Center on June 4 at 8 p.m. The artists is currently in the middle of his “The Mandatory World Tour” and is known for hit parody songs such as “Eat It” and “Like a Surgeon.” He is also one of three people to have had top 40 singles in each of the last four decades, joining Michael Jackson and Madonna. Tickets start at $22 and can be purchased here.
6) Founder’s Day is back at the Flagler Museum with free admission at the gate on June 5 starting at noon and going until 5 p.m. Visitors are offered a self-guided tour of Whitehall through a museum that has been called “an absolute must-see.” For more information on what the museum will be offering, visit their website here.
7) Music in the Museum will be overtaking the Boca Raton Museum of Art on June 5 from 3 until 4 p.m. Performances include Antonio Rincón and David Block on piano and violin. Rincón was trained at the Peabody Conservatory of Music while Block studied at Florida Atlantic University. The concert is free with the cost of the museum’s admission. For more information, click here.
8) Cyndi Lauper just wants to have fun with guests of her concert June 11 at 8 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. The Grammy, Emmy, and Tony-winning artists is celebrating more than 30 years in the business and global record sales of more than 50 million. Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased here.
9) Journey and the Doobie Brothers will be rocking out with the small town girls living in a lonely world on June 11 at 7 p.m. in the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater in Wellington. Journey rose to popularity in the 1970s with hit songs such as “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Faithfully” with the former hitting number one on iTunes in 2009, becoming the top-selling track on the site not from the 21st century. The Doobie Brothers started in the 1970s with a brief split in the later portion of that decade. Tickets start at $32 and can be purchased here.
10) Beach Walk around Delray Beach on June 11 from 9 a.m. from 10 a.m. The event will feature a guided walk of the beach where participants will investigate plants, animals, and learn more about the ocean. The hour-long program costs $8 per-person with more information here.
11) The Lake Worth Mango Festival will be taking place on June 11 from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. around the city. The event will feature programs along Lake Ave. with food from Eat Da Bone BBQ & Jerk and Sherri’s Breads from the Heart, which will feature mango-infused additions to the timeless favorites. Artists such as TombiFlow and Charles Pan Vibes will be performing d the festival with other street performers showing up. For more information, visit the festival’s website.
12) The Don Quixote Spring Concert will be taking over the Wellington High School Theatre on June 11 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on June 12 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The concert promises to take audiences into the world of 19th century Spain “brought to life by beautiful costumes, exceptional acting, and vibrant dancing.” It will be performed by the Arts Dance Generation of Palm Beach County with guest artists Carlos Ignacio Galindez and Aaron Melendez, formerly with the National Ballet of Cuba, joining the group. Tickets start at $30, with a discounted price of $20 for students, and can be purchased here.
13) Food Truck Safari will be at the Palm Beach Zoo on June 18, starting at 4:30 p.m. With the truck windows opening at 5 p.m., the ones set to appear include Caribbean Cowboy, The Minivan Food Truck, Woody’s Burgers, World Fusion Cuisine, and Melted Madness. Barrel of Monks Brewing will be providing drinks with admission starting at $10 for nnon-adultmembers, $8 for adult members, $7 for child non-members, and $6 for children members. Those under three get in for free with more information here.
14) Maks and Val Live On Tour: Our Way will be at the Kravis Center on June 19 at 8 p.m. The dance tour includes Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, two of the stars of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and will have the brothers bringing to life some of their childhood moments and life stories. “Val and I have pushed each other to be better dancers every day since we were kids, and this show will fulfill a lifetime dream to perform on the same stage together across the country,” said Maksim on the event. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.
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.