“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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The gifts someone, somewhere is spoiling their loved ones with.
A TASTE OF THE LIFE THAT RACE CAR DRIVERS ACTUALLY LIVE
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.
A PHOTO SHOOT THAT WOULD MAKE THE TEENAGE IN YOUR LIFE FEEL LIKE A CELEB
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.
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.
Contact: EmailClaire directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE BIGGEST (AND PROBABLY MOST EXPENSIVE) BURGER EVER
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.
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.
What: Everyday Life (2016), Stencil and MixedMedia on Fiberglass Brick Wall by Mr. Brainwash (1966)
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
A SPA EXPERIENCE AT THE BREAKERS
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.
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.
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.
What: The “Eyeconic Studios Glam Set” of mink eyelashes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
Here are 9 things to know about Dreyfoos in White.
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.
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!
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.
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.
You have two options for your picnic:
Order your food prior to the night through SandyJames Fine Food, pick it up at the event and take it to your table.
Bring your own indulgences, and serve and pour on your finest China to enjoy.
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.
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.
Sure, I’ve experienced a long-term relationship and spent a little time dating, but that doesn’t mean I’m some kind of dating expert (because these days, they do exist). When I found myself single at 24, I thought I was ready to hit the scene (in a real way), but me being ready didn’t equate to me knowing what I was doing.
After a few months of the single life, I just kind of jumped into dating and did what I thought was right. We’ll talk about that in another article. For now, we’re here because of a phone call. I received a message about a free Teleseminar with Love Coach and Founder of Crystal Transitions Coaching, Sara Rose, who would be sharing four secrets to become a magnet for deeply satisfying and co-creative love.
At first I thought:
But then I reconsidered. What did I have to lose by just calling in and listening? Nothing. The teleseminar, a fancy word for conference call, was a fresh take on how to truly attract a fun and fulfilling relationship when the time is right. It got me thinking of everything I was doing wrong. Maybe we’re all doing these things wrong.
1. We focus on growing a relationship instead of ourselves.
Fix it: Commit to developing yourself personally. That could mean executing a strict morning routine, reading a new book or strengthening your relationship with a higher power. I’ve adjusted my morning routine to waking up another hour earlier fitting in time for meditation and exercise, picked up two new books and joined a bible study group since September. I already see changes in the Love & Relationships category of my life.
Fix it: Desperation is never cute. Instead of locking in a partner to cuddle with during cold weather, (or in our SoFla lifestyle, during the warm holiday season) try trusting the timing of your life. Believe you’re changing your frame of mind around dating so that you will attract what and who is meant for you.
3. We stay in our comfort zone.
Fix it: Stop letting boredom or loneliness move you to text an old partner. If the two of you gave getting to know one another and exploring a relationship a real try and it did not work, move on. Keep your head forward. Something new and better is ahead.
4. We don’t see that we are unique.
Fix it: Know that you are trippin’ for not realizing how exclusive you are. Then soundtrack your next step with “Golden” by Jill Scott. Change every bio on every social media account or dating profile you have to express something that is unique about you. You’re not a carbon copy of anyone — and you should broadcast this fact.
5. We think our words were just words.
Fix it: Get your hands on Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements. He provides four principles to practice that can create happiness in your love life. The first? Knowing that your words are directly connected to the person you always had the potential to be. The quick read changed my thinking about the words that I use in conversations, light and heavy.
6. We think we know it all.
Fix it: Don’t assume you know more about your potential partner than you actually do. Instead, ask more questions and don’t shy away from asking the ones you really want to know the answer to. You’ll be respected for it.
7. We don’t switch it up.
Fix it: Try something different, not someone different. If you don’t like that the really attractive person you met last week texts you every night after midnight, cut that person off, then don’t fall into the hands of someone else who does the same thing. Instead, make the decision to stop responding to any person who doesn’t initiate conversation at a respectable time. This is you knowing your worth and setting a standard that will become a habit if practiced consistently.
8. We fear what we really want.
Fix it: Train yourself to believe you are worthy of your ideal partner by literally writing down the qualities you bring to the table. This will remind you of the ways in which you are a good catch and why you deserve someone just as good, if not better.
9. We think speaking about our growth and personal development is embarrassing.
Fix it: Share this article with a friend or someone who’s single. It’s not silly to have conversations about standards, dating preferences or growth. But you won’t realize just how good it is for your love life it will be until you actually try it.
I still have some work to do (just like we all do), but I rest well knowing that I’m on the right track.
What’s next on love and dating from me? The six minute conversation with a complete stranger at a speed dating event is not just something that happens between actors on the set of TV drama. Check back in later this month see what I mean.
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.
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 Moonfeston Saturday. And we’ve got proof there were freaks out at night!
Families and freaks flocked to Clematis by Fright
Pets gotta get dressed up too!
One of the new haunted trails at Clematis by Fright!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.