West Palm Beach Arts Festival

The second annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival, presented by the Armory Art Center, is slated to kickoff Saturday, December 2nd. This celebration of arts and community includes opportunities to shop local and live demonstrations of printmaking and papermaking, 3D jewelry making and pottery throwing. Enjoy all these enriching activities to the tune of live music groups. Aficionados will also appreciate Armory instructor Sam Perry’s discussion of his solo exhibition Social Set: Paintings, Drawing, and Videos by Sam Perry. No need to leave the kids at home, the event features interactive activities to entertain all ages in the Kid Zone.

Of course, no festival is complete without culinary flair. Sample your way through a variety of vendors, and sip your way through a selection of beer, wine and a signature cocktail featuring Tito’s handmade vodka.

The Armory Art Center itself is a hub of cultural activity, located at 811 Park Place, it is home to a dozen state-of-the-art studios and offers nearly 100 courses. Over the course of three decades they’ve worked to educate generations of artists in our community.


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Art After Dark at the Norton Museum

For many, Thursday is the start of the weekend and the Norton Museum of Art kicks it off right with their Art After Dark event.

Art After Dark takes place every Thursday evening at the Norton Museum

Open late every Thursday, Art After Dark is one of the Norton Museum’s most popular programs.  Touted as the place where “culture and entertainment meet,” the event offers an eclectic lineup of activates, including: a variety of music from all genres, the opportunity to chat with curators about your favorite pieces, docent-led tours, art activities, film, dance, wine tastings, chef demos, and more.

Don’t forget to peruse the permanent collection housed within the rest of the museum while you’re enjoying Art After Dark. Special exhibitions not to be missed this season include  Spotlight/Brilliant: Recent Acquisitions, and Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene, in addition to contemporary collections from China, America, and Europe.

Art After Dark runs from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every Thursday and admission is free. Food and beverages are served from the museum’s café, Fratelli Lyon, which offers an à la carte dinner menu from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Norton Museum is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-832-5196, email info@norton.org, or visit norton.org.

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Celebrate the Holidays with Sandi the Sand Tree

The holiday season in West Palm Beach is a bit different than the winter wonderland that we all grew up seeing in It’s a Wonderful World. Instead, we go the holiday in paradise route, taking the fun and magical nature of the season and making it our own.  And, nothing says West Palm Beach whimsical quite like a 600-ton holiday tree, made entirely of sand.

Sandi the holiday tree, a beloved South Florida holiday tradition, is the world’s only 600-ton holiday tree sculpted from sand featuring dazzling musical light shows nightly with over 5,000 lights.

For two weeks starting November 13 you can head down to the West Palm Beach Waterfront to watch Team Sandtastic building Sandi up. Watch as they meticulously turn our beautiful beach sand into a holiday staple, complete with a synchronized light show.

The building of Sandi culminates with the Holiday Tree lighting, on Thursday, November 30th during Clematis by Night which will include a full line up of special events and FREE family fun this year. Valerie Tyson Band and Chemradery will provide the soundtrack for the evening. Face painting and a visit from Elsa are in store for the kids at Snowville, while the adults can cross some gifts off their list at the Holiday Gift Boutique. Who knows? Santa might even take a break from his hard work and make an appearance with Mrs. Clause.

The event is pet-friendly. So, bring the whole family and celebrate the holiday West Palm Beach style.

Sandi the Holiday Sand Tree. Photo courtesy of: Sandi the Holiday Sand Tree Facebook Page

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Palm Beach: The Essential Guide to America’s Legendary Resort Town – Out Now

Rick Rose’s Palm Beach: The Essential Guide to America’s Legendary Resort Town

For anyone who appreciates the history and culture of Palm Beach, a beautifully curated guide, “Palm Beach: The Essential Guide to America’s Legendary Resort Town”, written by local historian, Rick Rose, is now available.

Palm Beach: The Essential Guide to America’s Legendary Resort Town is a comprehensive illustrated guide to the “American’s First Resort Destination”. The hard-cover book is a rich and beautifully curated collection of the destination city, filled with the top must-sees, restaurants, one-of-a-kind shopping and attractions.

With 172 pages and more than 100 photos, featuring exclusive photography by Missy Janes, the guide is the ultimate resource for those who know the city intimately, wish to visit or just have an appreciation for the cultural destination that is Palm Beach.

Palm Beach-area native, Rick Rose, wrote the guide armed with his traveler and historian insight, intending to show visitors how the destination is unique and special — and how they can be a part of all that is quintessentially Palm Beach.  As the official historian and tour guide for the Worth Avenue Association, and an active member of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, the Flagler Museum, the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation, Rose is highly involved in the community and also serves on the Board of Directors of Discover the Palm Beaches, Palm Beach County’s destination marketing organization.

Including insider information only a local expert, like Rose could assemble, Palm Beach: The Essential Guide to America’s Legendary Resort Town offers insights on island-appropriate attire, tips on self-guided tours, recommended regional road trips, horse show 101, and so much more.

The book contains sections on the must-sees and dos of Palm Beach — The Breakers, the Flagler Museum, Worth Avenue, Town Square, the Lake Trail — as well as a Palm Beach driving tour and day-trips south to Boca Raton and north to Jupiter. It also features sports, beaches, nature activities, major annual events, shopping, spas, restaurants and lodgings.

Palm Beach: The Essential Guide to America’s Legendary Resort Town is available for purchase on bn.com, amazon.com and Indiebound, as well as fine retailers throughout Palm Beach. For more information please contact rick.rose@grandview-gardens.com or ddavila@deveney.com.

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