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:

THE CENTERFOLD NEXT DOOR

 

Best guide: South Florida’s Most Over-the-Top Holiday Gift Guide

By Corvaya Jeffries

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

The gifts someone, somewhere is spoiling their loved ones with.

A TASTE OF THE LIFE THAT RACE CAR DRIVERS ACTUALLY LIVE

The Lykan HyperSport will be at the Palm Beach Outlets. (Contributed)
The Lykan HyperSport will be at the Palm Beach Outlets. (Contributed)

No one has to be a pro to enjoy a high performance driving course experience. With the purchase of any voucher, you’ll get one-on-one attention from experienced instructors who’ll teach you how to brake, turn-in and accelerate out of corners like the guys do in the arcade driving games.

If your friend, hubster or brother has a fast car infatuation, this is the gift for him.

Cost: $400 per car

What: High Performance Driving Experience for a full day

Where: Palm Beach International Raceway, 17047 Beeline Hwy, Jupiter, FL

Contact: 888-350-HPDE, 786-479-5509 or thehpde.com

RELATED: Other ways to have fun on wheels in Palm Beach County 


A PHOTO SHOOT THAT WOULD MAKE THE TEENAGE IN YOUR LIFE FEEL LIKE A CELEB

'Tropical Paradise' themed senior photo by Claire Anderson Photo. (Contributed by Claire Anderson)
‘Tropical Paradise’ themed senior photo by Claire Anderson Photo. (Contributed by Claire Anderson)

Claire Anderson, the woman behind the camera at Claire Anderson Photography created “Signature Session.” The photo-shoot package includes three hours of themed photography in a thoughtfully picked-out location, professional hair and makeup application, wardrobe styling and a free t-shirt.

'Palm Beacher' themed senior photo by Clair Anderson Photo. (Contributed by Claire Anderson)
‘Palm Beacher’ themed senior photo by Clair Anderson Photo. (Contributed by Claire Anderson)

After the photo shoot, Claire, who also has graphic design experience, designs a custom heirloom album of the best moments, a wall-sized canvas photo and a “Vogue” style magazine with your teen on the cover.

Babygirl will also be featured on Claire’s Instagram account, and that’s important because #followers.

Cost: Between $4,000 – $4,335

What: Photo shoot experience with Claire Anderson

Contact: Email Claire directly at hello@claireandersonphoto.com


THE BIGGEST (AND PROBABLY MOST EXPENSIVE) BURGER EVER

Burger & Beer Joint's ten pound, $125 burger. (Photo used with permission)
Burger & Beer Joint’s ten pound, $125 burger. (Photo used with permission)

Yep. It’s on the menu at Burger & Beer Joint in Delray Beach for $125. The meat patty is actually the size of a manhole cover, sandwiched in a bun that resembles a couch cushion.

The restaurant says it’s ten pounds of premium, black Angus beef, served with lettuce, tomato, onions, cheese and a pickle. Normally, groups share this burger. Just know that if one person at your table finishes it within two hours, it’s free of charge.

Cost: $125

What: Motherburger (menu item)

Where: Burger & Beer Joint, 14775 Lyons Rd, Delray Beach


VERY EXPENSIVE ART FROM A HIGH-END GALLERY

Everyday Life (2016) by Mr. Brainwash
Everyday Life (2016) by Mr. Brainwash

When we called Taglialatella galleries on Worth Ave., Mr. Taglialatella told us to consider including “art of the new generation” on the list. Everyday Life (above) proves street art is not just for the streets.

Cost: $85,000

What: Everyday Life (2016), Stencil and MixedMedia on Fiberglass Brick Wall by Mr. Brainwash (1966)

Where: Taglialatella Galleries, 313 1/2 Worth Avenue-Via Bice, Palm Beach

Contact: David D. Ginn (Gallery Director), david@djtfa.con


A WEEKEND IN MARGARITAVILLE’S PRESIDENTIAL SUITE

A stay in the Jimmy Buffett Presidential Suite is the definition of living a life of luxury. Imagine a view from your own private balconies facing the Atlantic ocean and Intracoastal Waterway and a five-course meal for up to eight people in your suite hosted by the hotel’s chef.

That’s not all, and it better not be for what you’ll be paying. You’ll also to get access to a private, poolside cabana with beer, wine and unlimited margarita pitchers. Don’t worry about bringing a bathing suit — they’ll provide one for you. Oh, and can’t forget to mention the private yacht charter along the Intracoastal Waterway, with open bar and canapes.

Cost: Starts at $22,500 per night with a two-night minimum stay.

What: “It’s a Thin Line Between Saturday Night and Sunday Morning” Suite Package

Where: Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, 1111 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood, FL

When: New Year’s Eve

Contact: 844.562.5625


A SPA EXPERIENCE AT THE BREAKERS

The outdoor spa area for at The Breakers hotel in Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
The outdoor spa area for at The Breakers hotel in Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

For four and a half hours, one or two guests can enjoy a personal steam shower, chromotherapy tub and semi-private outdoor terrace. Full services include a body scrub, a custom massage and a facial.

Cost: $1,390 for two guests. Open to the public.

What: The Breakers Signature Spa Suite Experience

Where: One South County Road, Palm Beach

Contact: 561-659-8465

RELATED: The Breakers Palm Beach is the ultimate staycation


A $1000 CHOCOLATE DESSERT

Not kidding. At the Sugar Factory American Brasserie in Miami, you can dip Gold Chocolate Nuggets, Gold and Chocolate Truffles, Gold Dusted Gummy Bears, Chocolate Gold Studded Strawberries, Gold Leaf Chocolate Cupcakes, Gold Dusted Homemade Chocolate Bars and other yum-xurious treats into melted Dark Chocolate Truffle. Let each treat soak in your mouth as you sip a ’02 bottle of Dom Perignon and a glass of aged cognac.

Cost: $1,000

 What: Chocolate Gold (menu item); serves up to six guests

Where: Sugar Factory American Brasserie, 1144 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach


A GLAM SET OF MINK EYELASHES

Why? Because friends don’t let friends have short lashes. Is laying on a small bed for a few hours and getting individual eyelashes glued onto your lid every two weeks a little over the top? Absolutely. But is it worth it? Absolutely. Talk about runway ready — these babies will make you feel just as glamorous walking out of the house with lip-gloss and moisturizer as you do with a full face of makeup.

Cost: $150

What: The “Eyeconic Studios Glam Set” of mink eyelashes

Where: Eyeconic Lash Studio, 306 NE 2nd St., Suite 2, Delray Beach

Contact: Jae, 954-907-5655

Little brown ballerinas in Delray get life lessons, one turn at a time

As a young girl in the 90’s, if someone asked me if I liked the color of my skin, I’d say ‘yes’ without hesitation. There’s someone I can thank for that.

Ms. Perry, now Mrs. Dennis, was my fourth-grade teacher. She told me I was beautiful at random moments throughout our time together. I was nine then.

Now, at 25, I wonder if those short but memorable teachings on Christianity, self-love and beauty weren’t so random. Maybe she noticed me comparing myself to other girls, overheard me saying things that illustrated self-hate.

Maybe she took on the responsibility of being a source of light in the life of a little Black and Latina girl from a low-income neighborhood just a few blocks from the private Christian school where she taught and I studied.

Childhood photo of Corvaya Jeffries. Hoboken, New Jersey
Childhood photo of Corvaya Jeffries. Hoboken, New Jersey

Whatever the reason, her little lessons, casual conversations and clear affirmations stayed with me.

Unfortunately, not every little girl has a Mrs. Dennis or in Arianna’s case, a Ms. Maryann, to spend quality time with.

If you ask Arianna Louth what confidence means, she’d tell you (just as she told me) it means never worrying about who’s judging. It means dancing like no one’s watching.

She’s one of the girls who dances under the instruction of Maryann Payne at The Milagro Center in Delray Beach.

Maryann Payne, professional dancer

Payne, a professional dancer, is helping little brown girls recognize their beauty and build confidence by teaching them how to plié. Seeing them in a class would get anyone to envision a stage full of brown ballerinas in a venue of the highest prestige.

But in the real world, classical ballet hosts a sparse amount of Black women. Eighty years after American Ballet Theater opened, well-known Misty Copeland was accepted. She was only the third dancer-of-color to date.

Misty Copeland performs onstage at the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on Dec. 7, 2014, in Washington. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images
Misty Copeland performs onstage at the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on Dec. 7, 2014, in Washington. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Why? Culture writers, dance professionals and scholars have attempted to answer that question for years.

One thing’s for sure: It has something to do with appearance.

In her younger years, Payne remembers a choreographer asking her pas de deux partner ‘how was it dancing with Maryann? Is she too strong?’ He asked enough times for Maryann to notice. She was brown and muscular, two things she discovered were different in the world of ballet — especially ballet in South Florida.

“Our shades of melanin, they make us look stronger,” Payne said when asked what it means to be a brown woman and a ballerina.

Maybe brown ballerinas are stronger, though. Not because of their physique, but because of their resilience.

Historically, casting and judging an aspiring ballerina has been based on more than just the dancer’s technique. This is something Payne experienced while attending Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach.

While a fair-skinned dancer may focus on landing every turn correctly, a brown ballerina would not just focus on getting each move right. But she’d also worry about the strain in her leg that makes her thigh muscle poke out too much, the tone of her skin against her pale pink leotard and even the texture of her hair under the lights.

Payne questioned if looking ‘too strong’ would have a negative effect on her professional career. She had a healthy body weight but didn’t appear to be “slim” as she had “more curves.”

This didn’t stop her from dancing, though. As time went on, she created M.A.P. Dance Company (Mary Ann Payne). and took on synchronized swimming, another form of dance.

With that, she not only brings experience to The Milagro Center’s dance studio, but she serves as an example of diligence and an idea of the future.

Maryann Payne and her dance students at The Milagro Center in Delray Beach. (Corvaya Jeffries/The Palm Beach Post)
Maryann Payne and her dance students at The Milagro Center in Delray Beach. (Corvaya Jeffries/The Palm Beach Post)

Imagine 25 little brown girls watching a woman who looks like them float across a stage in satin pointes. They see her strong and thriving. The sight is illuminating. As a result, it’s easy for them to imagine themselves in her place, in her light.

The impact that Mrs. Dennis had on me is the impact that Maryann has on Arianna Louth, which is the impact that Misty Copeland has on girls all over the world.

And “Delray Beach’s very own Misty Copeland” is honored.

Maryann Payne, a professional dancer often known as Delray's own Misty Copeland, teaches ballet to at-risk youth at The Milargro Center in Delray Beach. (video screen grabs/The Palm Beach Post)
Maryann Payne, a professional dancer often known as Delray’s own Misty Copeland, teaches ballet to at-risk youth at The Milargro Center in Delray Beach. (video screen grabs/The Palm Beach Post)

“Hearing that is just confirmation that what I do at The Milagro Center is important,” Payne said before starting her dance class on Thursday afternoon. And so is “showing the girls that there’s a whole new world out there to experience.”

Most of Payne’s students are at-risk youth whose parents work two to three jobs. Through her class, the girls learn ballet techniques, yes. But they also learn what it means to be graceful, why practice is important and how to express emotions through art.

Maryann Payne and her dance students at The Milagro Center in Delray Beach. (Corvaya Jeffries/The Palm Beach Post)
Maryann Payne and her dance students at The Milagro Center in Delray Beach. (Corvaya Jeffries/The Palm Beach Post)

“I like to dance with Ms. Maryann because she pushes me hard. She pushes me to my limits. When I’m home, I practice at least ten times,” said Louth.

What kind of woman would I be without my Mrs. Dennis? What kind of women will girls like Louth grow up to be without their Ms. Maryann?

It’s the almost effortless exchange of words, energy and hugs that is responsible for helping transform impressionable youngsters into responsible, confident and self-aware adults.

Or for this story, it’s that exchange that helps transform little brown ballerinas into beautiful black women.

Photos, video: Watch the Norton Museum of Art get demolished

There’s quite an exhibit going on this month at the Norton Museum, but it’s not all inside the art institution.

Travel down South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach and you can watch construction crews tearing great hunks out of the museum: the first step to preparing for its $100 million expansion and renovation, scheduled to be completed two years from now in December 2018.

A bulldozer guts part of the Norton on its Dixie Highway side. (Photos by Larry Aydlette/The Palm Beach Post)
A bulldozer guts part of the Norton on its Dixie Highway side. (Photos by Larry Aydlette/The Palm Beach Post)

According to Norton spokesman Scott Benarde, these areas of the museum are being demolished: the inner atrium and stairs, the Harris Pavilion (former home of the Chihuly glass ceiling), the Great Hall entranceway, the cafe, and classroom and boardroom space.

Areas being gutted for renovation include the three-story Nessel Wing, the theater, great hall and museum gift shop.

 

Construction work continues near the former entrance of the museum.
Construction work continues near the former entrance of the museum.

Demolition should be completed by late December, Benarde said. In the meantime, admission continues to be free to the museum. And, despite the construction inconvenience, there is still a lot to see there, especially the Question Bridge video exhibit and the Rudin Prize photography show.

While many favorite paintings remain in storage, there are still plenty of famous names on the wall, inclusing Picasso, Matisse, O’Keeefe and Hopper.

A worker walks through the construction zone on the Dixie Highway side of the museum.
A worker walks through the construction zone on the Dixie Highway side of the museum.

 

A view from the Jefferson Avenue side of the museum.
A view from the Jefferson Avenue side of the museum.

 

The new Olive Avenue entrance, which is the old entrance when it was known as The Norton Gallery.
The new Olive Avenue entrance, which is the old entrance when it was known as The Norton Gallery.

 

The inner courtyard is still a sun-dappled oasis from the construction chaos.
The inner courtyard is still a sun-dappled oasis from the construction chaos.

 

Sign of the times: The museum is open with free admission, but you've got to take a long walk from the parking lot or use the free shuttle service.
Sign of the times: The museum is open with free admission, but you’ve got to take a long walk from the parking lot or use the free shuttle service.

 

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.

 

Holy ‘Shark’! 15-month-old diver-in training

By Julio Poletti

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

When babies are born, most parents spend a whole lot of time trying to get them to say ‘mama’ and ‘dada,’ or some variation of the two. However, for a very young family in Riviera Beach, the challenge has been to teach their 15-month old son, Koa, the word ‘shark.’

Deep Obsession Charters (Julio Poletti/ The Palm Beach Post)
Ryan Walton, 27, and Amber Boutot, 29, with Koa Walton. (Photo by Julio Poletti/The Palm Beach Post)

“Whenever he sees one of my shark pictures hanging up in the house or at the office, I make sure he says the word ‘shark’,” says Koa’s dad, Ryan Walton as he sits on the bridge of a 40-foot charter in the Atlantic.

Related: Photo Gallery: Shark diving with Deep Obsession Charters

No surprise here. Walton, 27, and Amber Boutot, 29, share such a passion for protecting the big blue that they’ve made the task their daily responsibility.

This couple, along with other partners, owns ‘Deep Obsession Charters’ in Lake Park, a professional diving facility and charter operation. They hope that their son Koa becomes educated on marine life from an early age so that he can teach other kids that sharks aren’t what the media has made them out to be.

“Kids are really what the future of our oceans depend on: a new mentality and a new perception that, moving forward, wants to protect the ocean,” says Walton.

Diving with Sharks (Photo Credit: Billy C &Mike Zimmer)
Diving with Sharks (Photo by Billy C &Mike Zimmer)

Boutot says owning a dive charter has been a dream of hers and Walton’s. They want to be able to show people the ocean and what’s in it. She believes that there’s much more for people to understand than just fish and scuba diving — there’s ecotourism. And they want Koa, especially, to understand this.

“The dive community is such a great community to be raised in. Everybody is so nice,” says Boutot from their tank room in Lake Park. “You’re not going to become rich in the dive community, but it’s really about doing what makes you happy.”

Koa might only be 15 months old, but he’s already assisting Dad with the tank valves, packing the food for the dive tours and helping Mom run the administration and front counter. When he’s tired, he simply lays on the floor and eats a banana. It’s a lot of responsibility for such a young pup, but his efforts have been widely appreciated.

Ryan Walton, 27, and Amber Boutot, 29, with Koa Walton. (Photo Credit: Billy C &Mike Zimmer)
Amber Boutot, 29, with Koa Walton. (Photo Credit: Billy C &Mike Zimmer)

“Customers love him. He’s learning so much too. He’s very inquisitive — it is amazing,” says mom.

  Educating divers for a living is a cause very dear to Walton and Boutot. Every time they set sail, they see how humans are treating the world below. The couple says the ocean is being abused from the littering and fishing lines to the commercial fishing — something that Walton takes very seriously as he leads his Diving with Sharks tours.

“We’re in charge of protecting [the ocean] and that’s why I feel my role is so important now,” says Walton. “We need to do everything we can to educate people and try to stop the slaughter of an animal that means so much to our ocean’s ecosystem.”

While Walton and the divers get to scuba out in the ocean with huge species such as lemon and tiger sharks, sea turtles and stingrays, back in the shop Koa keeps learning the basics of running a business with mom and enjoying the life he’s been born into.

For extra credit, Koa gets to watch Mom make photo illustrations where he’s often the feature — in the ocean of course.

 “Koa is a great kid. He’s energetic, and the coolest part is that he’s involved in everything that we do. As he grows up I’m going to have him out on the boat and just seeing and hearing the interactions with the sharks,” says Walton.

What: Obsession Charter Dives

Where: 216 Federal Highway Lake Park, FL 33403

Contact: (561) 360-4574

Note: Call for dates and reservations.

Best guide: You won’t believe these camping sites in Palm Beach County!

By Julio Poletti

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

How does island camping sound?

Conveniently located in Lake Worth Lagoon with all the facilities you might want is Peanut Island Campground. There are 17 tropical reserved campsites that include a tent pad, a grill and a picnic table. Clear beaches, fishing dock, a hiking trail and opportunities to do water activities such as boating or snorkeling make this campground a gem to many county residents.

Camping ground (Photo Credit: Frank Mahle)

“Camped there every year for my birthday,” says Palm Beach Gardens resident, Frank Mahle. “It’s like camping on the beach. Roughing it, but still being connected in a sense.”

Note: Camping doesn’t have to be miserable for your lady. There are comfortable restrooms with hot indoor showers, a picnic pavilion and a large fire ring.

Details:
What: Peanut Island Campground
Where: 6500 Peanut Island Rd, Riviera Beach, Florida 33404
Contact for pricing and reservations: (561) 845-4445

“Go skinny-dipping — It’s the law

Sunsport Gardens.
Sunsport Gardens.

That’s right. If you’re really, I mean really free-spirited, there’s a place in South Florida where clothing is nothing but an inconvenience. Bare it all at the Sunsport Gardens campground in Loxahatchee. This 40-acre naturist resort is a nudist’s paradise. It includes all kinds of amenities and campground sites. You can choose to rent the campground that best suits your needs, whether it’s a tent site, an RV, a cabin or heck, maybe you just want to hang a hammock under a tree.

Kayak or canoe on the canal to the lake, enjoy a hike through the woods, ride your bike around 40 acres, play a volleyball match, work out at the fitness center and dip your corpus-temple in the heated swimming pool or hot-tub.

“This campground is the only one of its kind in South Florida. Nudity in common areas is REQUIRED, not optional,” says manager Morley Schloss.  They also host many festivals through out the year, check’em out.

Details:
What:
 Sunsport Gardens*Nudity expected.
Where: 14125 N Rd, Loxahatchee, FL 33470
Contact for prices and reservations: 561-793-0423 & Email: frontdesk@sunsportgardens.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Here kitty, kitty!

Wake up to the roars of African lions at Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee! Combine the typical camping activities, such as hiking, bonfires, paddle boarding or wood picking with a safari adventure.  You can drive though wild animal preserves and catch wild beasts roaming about. There’s also a petting zoo, mini golf, dinosaur exhibit and more.

This place is ideal for kids and animal lovers. Feeling risky? Rent a primitive site, but make sure your party is 20+.

Lion Country Safari's annual pass holders receive free admission and parking, in addition to a discounts at the restaurant, gift shops and campground.
Lion Country Safari’s annual pass holders receive free admission and parking, in addition to a discounts at the restaurant, gift shops and campground. (The Palm Beach Post)

Note: The facilities here are great: Indoor bathrooms, full hook-up, shady pull-through sites with concrete patio, and picnic tables. There is a general store, gas-heated swimming pool, handicapped accessible restrooms, shuffle board, basketball, volleyball, playground, laundry, picnic area, pavilion and more.

Details:
What: Lion Country Safari KOA

Where: 2000 Lion Country Safari Rd, Loxahatchee, FL 33470
Contact: 561-793-9797
Reservations Only: 1-800-562-9115

Too many options!

With more than 17 square miles,Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Jupiter offers a huge variety of options. There are two different family-friendly camping sites. You have a horse? Bring it over and stay at the Equestrian campground. Cabins? Those are there too.

If your idea of camping is wiping your butt with leaves and walking miles to find water, try backpacking and finding the primitive camping site. (Please, don’t really.)

“My favorite part about Johnathon Dickinson State Park was the guided tour of the Loxahatchee River and the remnants of “Trappers Jungle Gardens and Wildlife zoo.” says South Florida resident, Tracy Devaney. “The excursion is serene and nostalgic of “Old Florida.”

There’s hiking, biking, guided tours, watersports, horsebackriding, sports fields, history ceminars, kids’ activities, the list goes on and on and on.

Details:
What: John Dickinson State Park
Where: 16450 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, Fl, 33455
Contact: 772-546-2771 & Email: fsp.feedback@dep.state.fl.us
Reservations: 800-326-3521 & 888-433-0287

Note:
Facilities: Sites (except primitive) include water , electricity, table and grill, sewer hookup and a dump station.
Pets: Allowed
Rentals: Guided canoe/kayak tours and rentals, family education programs, ranger-led tours, and horse trails

Camp like Royalty

The sun rises over Lake Osborne at John Prince Park in Lake Worth.(Meghan McCarthy / The Palm Beach Post)
The sun rises over Lake Osborne at John Prince Park in Lake Worth.(Meghan McCarthy / The Palm Beach Post)

Paved roads, tennis courts, a golf learning center and a fitness zone are just some of the amenities at John Price Park in Lake Worth. So, if your idea of camping isn’t very primitive at all, this relaxing and beautiful 726-acre park provides plenty of comfort. There are also plenty of RV/tent sites in a 48-acre section of the park.

According to the Palm Beach County website, people often come here to bird watch and to do other animal sightings. You can launch your watercraft from a boat ramp and the beach is about 10 minutes away — driving distance.

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John Price Park (Photo Credit: Facebook)
John Price Park (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Details:
What:  John Price Park
Where: 4759 South Congress Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33461
Contact: 561-582-7992 or Email: pbcgov.com

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Missed Diner En Blanc? Attend this lavish, pop-up feast instead

It’s time for another extravagant bash! Join Dreyfoos in White, a pop-up picnic-style festivity where hundreds of people dress in all-white and feast at a secret location in the city.

Among ritzy themed-centerpieces and tablecapes, everyone enjoys plenty of food and drinks with their peeps. Don’t be fooled by the magic and exclusivity of the night. This party gets turnt up! And unlike Diner En Blanc, it’s for a good cause, too.

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Here are 9 things to know about Dreyfoos in White.

All-white attire

This is not an option. Be as chic with your white garments as possible and host your own al-fresco get-together. Have fun with it. Hats, scarves, gowns and crowns totally expected. This is a made-for-Instagram event.

It’s exclusive

The secret location will be revealed just one hour before the event. Buy your ticket now and wait patiently for the invitation via e-mail.  This just adds more suspense to the event and keeps large crowds away from your spree.

Over the top!

Dreyfoos in White. (Margie Yansura/ Wordsmith Communications)
Dreyfoos in White. (Margie Yansura/ Wordsmith Communications)

Bring your most creative decorations to the table —literally. The event is based on showing off your most extravagant table-espace and creativity. Make an iconic table WITH A THEME and enter different decor competitions. You’ll also need them in order to eat and drink.

Stand out

Party-goers will be competing for “Most Fabulous,” “Most Humorous” and “Judges’ Choice” awards based on the dedication and great taste of their center pieces. The crowd and celebrity judges will be comparing the best of the best.

Bon Appétit

You have two options for your picnic:

  1. Order your food prior to the night through SandyJames Fine Food, pick it up at the event and take it to your table.
  2. Bring your own indulgences, and serve and pour on your finest China to enjoy.

Get lit!

Dreyfoos in White. (Margie Yansura/ Wordsmith Communications)
Dreyfoos in White. (Margie Yansura/ Wordsmith Communications)

The Dreyfoos string and jazz students will provide music throughout the night, and there will even be a flash mob by dance students. And make sure you don’t miss the sparklers. These will light up the night before everyone starts dancing to the music of DJ Brad Barfield.

What not to Bring

Don’t arrive in a U-haul with tables and chairs. The Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation will provide these along with sparklers and white cloth napkins for the traditional “napkin twirl,” which kicks off the celebration. Just worry about what goes on the top of your table: decorations, food and drinks.

The Purpose

Funds raised through Dreyfoos in White help support vital educational programs that would otherwise not be funded. Last year, the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation provided $1.3 million in support to the School of the Arts.

Dreyfoos in White. (Margie Yansura/ Wordsmith Communications)
Dreyfoos in White. (Margie Yansura/ Wordsmith Communications)
Still not convinced that this event is can’t-miss? These photos from last year’s party should do the trick.

The Details:
What: Dreyfoos in White

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016, 5:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Where: *Secret Location will be revealed by e-mail after purchasing tickets
Tickets: Click here to purchase.