A park is a great place for a walk. In Palm Beach County we are have 83 county parks to choose from. Here are the top ten county parks that will make your walk more enjoyable:
1. The Festival of the Arts in Boca will be kicking off on March 4 with a showing of Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra from the University of Miami Frost School of Music playing the score live in Mizner Park Amphitheater. The festival will run until March 16 with other events including performances of Mozart’s Magic Flute and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a concert with Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, and a performance of Cirque de la Symphonie. For more information and tickets, click here.
2. The Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival will be taking over Okeechobee from March 4 through 6 with headliners including Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Skrillex, Bassnectar, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Hall & Oates, and the Avett Brothers. For more coverage of the festival, check out the Post’s advance or go to the festival’s website for tickets and schedules.
3. Reggae Fest is opening up in Lake Worth on March 5 and 6 with Collie Buddz and The Original Wailers headlining the Northwood Village festival. The rest of the line-up includes Lance-o DJ, Johnny Dread, and the Future Presidents with tickets on sale at the festival’s website now. Admission is $12 with children under 12 getting in for free.
4. Rib Round-Up is taking over the Perfect Vodka Ampitheater in rain or shine on March 5 with headliners including country stars Hunter Hayes, Frankie Ballard, Parmalee, Michael Ray, and Granger Smith. Lawn tickets are on-sale now for $25 while supplies last with other “ticket hit” locations popping up around Palm Beach County, according to this schedule. For more information, visit the Rib Round-Up website here.
5. The 19th annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival will happen on March 5 and 6, starting at 10 a.m. and going until 5 p.m. each day on Atlantic Avenue. This year’s festival will feature more than “100 of the nation’s most talented artisans” with jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, and more on display through the two days. Admission is free, but those interested should RSVP here.
6. The 6th annual CityPlace Art Fair will be happening at the same time as the Delray Beach one, running from March 5 through 6 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The festival will be taking place on South Rosemary Avenue with an array of paintings, life size sculptures, photography, and ceramics on display. The festival is free and open to the public with artwork ranging from $25 to $30,000. For more information, or to RSVP to the event, visit the festival’s Facebook page.
7. The Spring Music Jam is bringing country, bluegrass, and southern rock together for a three day festival that will feature headliners such as Asphalt Angels Classic Car Show on Saturday, Cruise In on Sunday, Green Market, Food & Drinks, and Merchants. The festival runs from March 11 through 13 with the gate opening at 4 p.m. on March 11 and closing at 10 p.m. Admission is $15 per person per day with children under 12 getting in for free. For those interested in a three-day pass, those run at $35 with a camping space available for the same price. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit the website here.
8. Roger McGuinn is set to play in concert at the Crest Theater in Delray Beach on March 11 from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. After leading “The Byrds” in the 1960s, McGuinn went on to “combine the rock beat of the Beatles with the folk sensibilities of Bob Dylan” and form an early version of “folk-rock.” Tickets are between $57 and $77, and are available on the theater’s website.
9. Tony Bennett is set to swoon the crowd with a performance at the Kravis Center on March 11 at 8 p.m. The legendary singer, who has sold more than 10 million records and won 18 Grammy awards, will be performing in the Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall with tickets starting at $36. For more information, and to buy tickets, click on the Kravis Center’s website here.
10. The 20th annual Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Art Fest by the Sea will be taking place in Juno Beach from March 12 through 13 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on each day. The festival, which is located on U.S. 1 in Juno Beach, will feature more than 150 exhibitors showing off their work that includes photography, life-size sculptures, and jewelry. The festival has free admission, but those interested in attending should RSVP at the Facebook page.
11. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival will be rolling down Delray Beach on March 11 and 12 with the festival taking place both days (5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 11 and 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on March 12) with the parade happening the morning of the 12th. Other events include the Fire Brigade Rock Band, the Emergency Services Bag Pipe Band, the Aranmore Academy Irish Dancers, and the Uproot Hootenanny Band. The festival is free, but they’re accepting donations at their website.
12. The 2016 Irish Fest will be conquering Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach on March 12 and 13 from noon until 11 p.m. on Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday. The festival will feature performances from The Young Wolf Tones, the Screaming Orphans, Paddy Noonan, Seven Nations, and Off Kilter. Admission is only $5 with children under 14 getting in for free. For more information, visit the festival’s website here.
13. The Palm Beach International Boat Show will be taking to the local waters from March 17 through 20. The boat show, which was listed as one of the top five in the country, will feature “more than $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts, and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers.” The event will be held at Evernia St. and Flagler Dr. as well as North Clematis St. and Flagler Dr. with admission set at $21 for adults, $11 for children ages 6 through 15, and free for children under. For more information, or to buy tickets and VIP packages, visit the boat show’s website here.
14. The 2nd annual Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Festival will be making your mouth water on March 18 and 19 from noon until 11 p.m. on both days. The festival will feature a menu that includes a Forever Roasted BBQ Pork & Bacon Sandwich as well as a Bacon Ice Cream Sundae with a Bourbon and Caramel Sauce. The Flyers, Grace & the Victory Riders, Big Medicine, Joey Gilmore, Acoustic Mayhem, and the Jay Blues Band will be taking to the main stage throughout the weekend with seminars and tastings, including a bourbon & bacon happy hour, keeping you busy. General admission tickets cost $25 with other packages ranging from $59 to $75 and featuring added bonuses to your dining experience. For more information, or tickets, visit the festival website here.
15. TurtleFest will be in at Loggerhead Park in June Beach on March 19 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. wiht visitors getting the chance to have a hands-on experience with the local Loggerhead turtles. The festival also includes art, shopping, games for the children, and educational programs. The Samantha Russell Band, Chain Reaction, Erasmith, and Mike Mineo are set to perform. Admission is free with more information at the festival’s website.
16. PrideFest 2016 will be taking place at multiple locations from March 18 through 20 with celebrations at Roosters in West Palm Beach, Fort Dix Bar in West Palm Beach, Mad Hatter Lounge in Lake Worth, Compass in Lake Worth, Studio 205 in Lake Worth, and Penny’s at the Duke in Lantana. The parade is set to start at 11:30 a.m. in Bryant Park in downtown Lake Worth. For more information, and tickets, visit the festival’s website.
17. Gatsby will be the latest ballet at Ballet Palm Beach on March 19 and 20 (and no Leonard DiCaprio will not be involved). The company will perform F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. and March 20 at 4:00 p.m. with it being the latest work from artistic director, Colleen Smith. Tickets are on sale now starting from $17. For more information, and tickets, visit the Ballet Palm Beach website.
18. Chicago and Earth, Wind, and Fire will be rocking the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater stage on March 25 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Heart and Soul Tour 2.0. The two classic bands are pairing up to blast out their tunes including hits “September” and “Saturday in the Park.” Tickets begin at $118 and are on-sale now at the Perfect Vodka website.
19. Sophia Loren is offering an intimate evening together at the Kravis Center on March 28 at 8 p.m. The Oscar-winning actress will speak with the audience about her life and career accompanied by film clips and a question-and-answer session. Tickets for the event start at $39 and are available at the Kravis Center website, but a re-watch of “Two Women” or “El Cid” may also be vital as well.
20. The Read Together Palm Beach County finale will be on March 31 at 5 p.m. at the Harriet Himmel Theater in CityPlace featuring author Chris Bohjalian, who will speak about his book, “The Light in the Ruins.” The event is free, but those attending are asked to RSVP by calling (561)-279-9103 beforehand. For more information about the finale, or the program in general, visit the Read Together website.
Bruce Springsteen announced today that he’s writing his autobiography titled — what else — Born to Run. It will be released in September. It’s a big year for Boss fans — his “The River” tour comes to BB+ T Center in Sunrise on Tuesday.
Springsteen has a lot of connections to Palm Beach County — will they end up in his memoir?
No one would have believed that Jersey boy Springsteen would one day own a horse farm in Wellington, or tool around Lake O on his chopper. Or that his iconic Big Man, Clarence Clemons, who died in 2011, would have a luxury condo on Singer Island or that drummer Max Weinberg would buy a house on Palm Beach’s north end.
Through the years, The Post has written a number of stories about Springsteen’s and Clemons’ presence in Palm Beach County.
Here are some:
In 2005, Clemons talked to former Post reporter Anne Rodgers about his memories of “Born to Run.”
Here’s an excerpt from that interview:
Question: Why has Born to Run held up so well?
Clarence Clemons: Because of the purity and the energy and the life that went into it. You can’t destroy energy. You can’t take it away. When you do something earnestly and truthfully, it lasts.
Q: What do you remember about that cover pose?
CC: I set the pose up. I stood up and struck a pose and Bruce leaned in on me. And it was perfect. When we’re together it just happens that way. We don’t hang out all the time, but when we get together, we see something in each other and it’s magic. The spontaneity jumps all over the place. From the first time I met him, I had that feeling.
Q: When did you know the album was huge?CC: When Time and Newsweek put Bruce on the cover the same week.
Q: How did you feel about the fame?
CC: We hated it! It was too much exposure too soon. We wondered how we were supposed to act. Were we supposed to be different? What should I wear? We were just a bunch of guys from Jersey.
Q: How do you feel about the cover shot today? (It splits the image, with Springsteen on the front and Clemons on the back.)
CC: It’s kind of been a nemesis. My face was on the back. Why not on the front? What’s up with that? My mom was apprehensive about me going into rock and roll. I had a strict religious background and here I was leaving my job and family to follow this dream. She always said, ‘Keep your day job.’ So finally Born to Run comes out and it’s huge and I showed it to my mom and she said, ‘Your behind’s on the cover!’
The promotions all had the whole picture, it was a big thing showing brotherhood between black and white . . . a big statement in rock and roll. But on the album, my face is on the back. I think Bruce really envisioned it would be the whole cover, but somewhere along the line it got changed. I was disappointed, but it was OK. What was inside was better than what was on the outside. We moved on. It didn’t faze me and didn’t affect my contribution to Bruce and the music.