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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Chamber to host Social Media Breakfast

The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce is presenting a Breakfast Seminar Series. On Wednesday, April 23, the featured seminar is "Social Media Best Practices" hosted by Ygrene Energy Fund.

The breakfast is at the Mayfair Atrium, 3390 Mary Street, suite 124, from 8 to 9:30 am.

Speaking are Nathanial Perez from SapientNitro; Chesi Madej, Miami New Times; Melissa Goodis from Eyeball Digita; Johnny Todd of Yelp and Adam Hollander of SpientNitro.

This breakfast is free for Chamber members, $25 for non-members. You may register either way here.

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Erika King's Miami Heat Collages


Our friend, Grovite, Erika King, has a showing at The Studio Kanter Art Gallery (25 NW 7th Avenue of the Arts of Fort Lauderdale). It's worth the trip to see Erika's Miami Heat and NBA collages. There's an opening reception from 7 to 10 pm on Saturday, April 26, and the show will run through the Heat “Three-Peat” championship in June. Art collectors and Heat fans alike will have the opportunity of purchasing for the first time a canvas giclee Miami Heat Championship series of the Heat’s NBA titles from 2006, 2012 and 2013. 

This Miami Heat show will also include several original artworks and giclee prints of Heat MVPs LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, including LeBron’s highly collectable “NBA Rookie of the Year” collage from 2004. 

The NBA “Legends of Basketball – We Made this Game” collage by Erika will also be exhibited. This is the most important artwork ever created about the National Basketball Association and is produced by Cash McMahon, Icon Art Images and Sam Battistone, Dreamstar that features the hand signed autographs of 60 NBA greats. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway, Shaquille O’Neal and Gary Payton are included on the NBA Heat Legends piece that also features the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Charles Barkley and Kobe Bryant to name a few. NBA Commissioner David Stern has also personally signed each NBA logo on these historic collages. The producers have donated $250,000 to the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) as part of its partnership with the NBA players to give back to the older players who paved the way back in the day.  

Erika King’s Miami Heat history dates back to 1995 when she donated a team collage for the Heat Family Festival and met Coach Pat Riley. Over the years, Mr. Riley and the Heat have commissioned her to create Heat Championship collages, as well as personal tribute collages of Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway and long time trainer Ron Culp for when their Heat jerseys were retired at the American Airlines Arena. Coach Erik Spoelstra has jumped on the championship band wagon and also has commissioned Erika to create his own Heat collage. 

The artworks capture the excitement and electricity of the NBA, while showcasing the sport’s finest players in moving, colorful, vibrant images commonly equated with their on court theatrics and athleticism.  

These NBA collages provide loyal fans with a historical, lasting, appreciable memorabilia that personifies the action of the NBA.   

Erika King is an internationally recognized, Miami-based artist known for the collages she has created for luminaries of the sports, entertainment, and corporate worlds.  Ms. King’s distinctive style features her trademark use of colorful acrylic paint strokes, which connect photographic images to illustrate a compelling visual story of a career, an event, or a history of achievement. An Erika King collage provides the recipient with a unique, lasting tribute, while capturing the most significant and personal memories of one’s life and legacy. 

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Betty Wright's closing reception at Kroma

The closing reception for the Betty Wright exhibit, "Living. Love. Lies," at Kroma is tonight, April 18 at 8 pm.

The exhibit celebrates conversations in art with live performance. Curated by Julia Polonyi, "Converstions in Art: Herstory: includes Mother's Love, Mr. Marley, Goovin' in the Grove, Pirates Chess and much more. 

Kroma is located at 3670 Grand Avenue. You can park on the street out front or in the lot at Douglas and Grand.

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Billiards by the Bay

Something new at Shake-A-Leg is Billiards by the Bay taking place Thursday, April 24.

Brandt's Billiard Restoration along with Skake-A-Leg is offering this prohibition-era themed event with an open bar, food, cigars and a game of pool on one-of-a-kind antique billiard tables. Play alongside the Big Fish (Think Minnesota Fats), try your luck in teams and get expert advice on how to "break," shoot "bank shots" and avoid "scratching."

Prizes will be awarded to the top performing tournament participants.

“A” Players – $1,000

Early admission, 5:30 pm

Private reception with open bar, hors d’oeuvres, cigars, entertainment
Shoot balls with professionals
Tips to improve your game
Option to participate in tournament
Special gift


“Cueists” (Tournament Players) - $300 per team of two

Admission, 6:30 pm

Open bar, hors d’oeuvres, cigars, entertainment
Participation in tournaments
      Prizes include:
      *First place – one hour of private billiards instruction by professional    
        AND a $500 custom cue stick
      *Second place - $500 custom cue stick
      *Third place - $250 custom cue stick

General Admission - $35

Admission, 6:30 pm

Open bar, hors d’oeuvres, cigars, entertainment Billiards play

Shake-A-Leg is located at 2620 S. Bayshore Drive. Please RSVP to RSVP@shakealegmiami.org

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Mayfair Hotel & Spa has new owners

Copperline Partners (West Palm Beach and New York) in partnership with Dallas-based TriGate Capital, purchased The Mayfair Hotel & Spa last week. 

The hotel was built in 1985 as the brainchild of Miami architect Ken Treister.   

“Coconut Grove is going through a dramatic transformation,” said Bobby Schlesinger, Managing Member of Copperline. “For us, the timing is perfect. With the addition of SapientNitro’s headquarters directly next door, and the multi-million dollar Grove Bay project, there is no better time to invest in the bright future of Coconut Grove.”

Heralding its 30th anniversary with the completion of more than $10 million in extensive renovations to the entire property and all interiors of the luxury suites, the Gaudi-inspired hotel represents one of Miami’s historic architectural masterpieces, blending Art Nouveau, Asian and Old World European inspirations.  

The Mayfair features 179 luxury suites, most with private terraces; they offer a chic rooftop pool deck surrounded by eight private cabanas.


“We are delighted to have completed the purchase of the Mayfair Hotel and Spa and look forward to partnering with Copperline Partners on this investment. Copperline, through its hotel management company Obadon, has done a fantastic job operating the hotel through the market downturn and we believe that the Mayfair is extremely well positioned to benefit from the exciting transformation occurring in the Grove”, said TriGate Managing Member Jeff Yarckin.


Copperline Partners has over 50 years of experience in hospitality and multi-family real estate management and development. TriGate Capital, LLC is a market leading real estate private equity firm focused on the recapitalization and repositioning of real estate assets and companies. 

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

JohnMartin's offering Irish-inspired Easter brunch

One of Miami’s oldest and highly cherished Irish gem’s, JohnMartin’s is inviting friends and family to join them for a delightful Easter Brunch.  For a great value, guests can enjoy a generous variety of holiday classics including some Irish inspired dishes.  Guests can enjoy the Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 20, from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm.   

Begin the brunch with an array of freshly baked goods, exotic fruit, domestic and imported cheeses, smoked salmon and seasonal salads.  For something more savory, a breakfast station will be available for attendees to customize an omelet.  Entrees will range from traditional roasted Leg of Lamb to JohnMartin’s novelty, Shepherd’s Pie.  To end the meal with decadence, dessert selections include an Irish Sherry Trifle, Tiramisu, Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Mousse, fresh berries and more homemade treats.   

The price for the bountiful brunch is $29.95 per person for adults and $13.50 for children under the age of 12 years old.  In honor of the holiday, Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s will be specially priced at $5.00 each.  Those interested in attending Sunday’s buffet should make reservations by calling 305-445-3777. 

JohnMartin’s has been continually recognized for its cuisine by publications that voted the restaurant “Best Pub Food” for several years. The restaurant features live entertainment every Friday and Saturday nights. They feature Trivia Night, Thursdays from 9 pm – 11 pm and Open Mic Night on Sunday nights at 8 pm.

JohnMartin’s is located at 253 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. For more information, call 305-445-3777, or visit johnmartins.com

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Sushi & Sake interactive class at SushiSamba

SushiSamba Coral Gables is anticipating the next session of  Sushi & Sake 101, on Tuesday, April 29. The two-hour interactive class will introduce guests to the history and traditions of sake, the art of sushi making and offers an in-depth instruction about these two worldly traditions from resident experts. 

The class consists of a two-part educational experience. The sake portion is led by the restaurant's sake sommelier and includes five flights with an introduction to the history of sake, its common myths, pairing tips and more. From aromatic to aged to sparkling, guests will be exposed to a diverse range of sake from new prefectures every month - be it “sweet and spicy” or "rich and round with a sweet caramel finish.” Participants will not leave hungry and should bring their appetites. Throughout the class, you will enjoy a selection of signature dishes, a variety of sushi rolls, edamame, tempura and sashimi.
In the second part of the class, participants will gain insider sushi-making tips from SushiSamba Coral Gables’ Executive Sushi Chef Yasuo Tujimori, including  an introduction to the history and traditions of sushi, followed by a demonstration on the selection and preparation of raw fish.  But that’s not all - the class will conclude with all participants creating, and enjoying, sushi rolls of their choice. The students will leave the class with an informative take-away booklet designed to help apply this knowledge at home.

The classes are held in a private dining room on the last Tuesday of every month from 7 to 9 pm. The two-hour classes are $85 per guest and limited to 25 guests per class. 

Upcoming dates are as follows: April 29, May 27 and June 24. 

SushiSamba Coral Gables is located at 180 Aragon Avenue, in the Westin Colonnade Hotel.

To reserve a space for a class or to learn more, please call 305.448.4990 or visit sushisamba.com 

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Grove track club looking for sponsors

For over 13 years the Miami Coconut Grove Track Club (MCGTC) has served our community by helping children maximize their athletic skills. This year over 30 athletes ages 5 to 15 are part of the membership. 

MCGTC is a self-funded organization and relies on the hard work of volunteer coaches and parents. All season long, there are many costs associated with attending weekly local track meets, culminating in travel to 2014 ESPN Primary National Championships in Orlando, FL and to the 2014 AAU Junior Olympics in Des Moines, IA. 

In order to participate in Nationals, the athletes must qualify through a course of regional competitions and the best move on to the National stage. The coaches are confident that nearly all athletes can and will qualify. However, because track members and their families have to pay the cost for travel and participation in the Nationals, many of them will not make it to that level. We believe that children should have the opportunity to display their talent in the track as part of the team. 

Although the club has held many fundraisers throughout the track season, we still need additional support from the community. 

MCGTC is inviting the Coconut Grove community to sponsor our youth athletes. With your help, we will continue to bring together the true spirit of integrity and commitment to our neighborhood. 

To learn more about becoming a Miami Coconut Grove Track Club Sponsor please contact: 

Carl Springer
Head Coach
3380 Frow Ave Miami, FL 33133

Phone: 305-305-8556 

E-mail: mcgtc1@gmail.com 

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Is the playhouse salvageable; will it be saved?

I can't help but think they were just going through the motions a couple of weeks ago at the Playhouse meeting at City Hall. I really think that those who are restoring the playhouse are going to do what they are going to do. But that's the problem, is "restoring" the correct word or is the whole building being planned for demolition? salvageable 

It seems as if a popular plan calls for the facade to be saved and the rest of the building, a brand new structure build around it, will house a smaller 300 seat playhouse along with retail and a garage. But will it also include condos above and a CocoWalk type retail center surrounding the whole thing?


Architect Richard Heisenbottle's design.
The perfect plan looks to be that of architect Richard Heisenbottle which maintains the look and most of the footprint of the current playhouse, but we all know that when investors and developers are involved, there is going to be zero lot lines and heights as far up as allowed by law.

Some of the old playhouse employees feel that the interior is the important thing here, not the facade, but all the memories inside, including the stage, the seating, the dressing rooms and offices. While others feel that there was never enough room backstage or above the stage for proper productions, although for over 50 years that didn't seem to stop them from putting on first class shows. So what's the answer? 

In all these years that the playhouse has been falling apart, with an open roof and constant flooding, only two people have done anything to protect it;  I have two friends who contacted the state, who stepped in and did some work and then they also and did some repairs themselves to try and protect the old building from the elements. 

There will be other meetings on the subject.

Architect Richard Heisenbottle's design.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Moonlight Garden Tours at Vizcaya

Now's your last chance this season to see Vizcaya's bayfront gardens transformed by the glow of a bright Miami moon. Their featured Moonlight Garden Tour is Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday April 17 from 6:30 to 9 pm.

Enjoy live music in the Courtyard before or after (or both) strolling through the gardens. Wander on your own, or take one of our free guided tours for that extra bit of "insider" information.

Complete the evening with a glass of wine, available for purchase, by the bay or indulge in the delicious temptations available in the Café & Shop and you'll see why Moonlight Garden Tours are a visitor favorite.

Tickets $18; $12 for Members, Seniors and Students with ID; available on-site only from 6:00-8:00 pm on the evening of the program. 

Not all areas of the gardens are wheelchair accessible and decorated rooms will not be open. 

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is located at 3251 South Miami Avenue. For more information, go to vizcaya.org or call 305-250-9133.

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She was given permission to breathe though

At the recent BID meeting regarding the beer and film festivals, one of the presenters for one of the festivals was trying to accommodate all the city rules, but it really is crazy. When asked about port-o-pottys she was all flustered because she didn't know what the correct answer would be. How many did they want, a lot? A little? It was quite comical.

She said something like, "three, four six? is that too many? we'll do less."

She brought up the food trucks and you could just feel every cringe in the room. That's a no no in the Grove. We can't have competition or the illusion of it. Not a good thing.

The poor girl was even questioned about the sound check -- don't make it too long, don't make it too early, don't make it too loud. 

And then someone asked about the size of the crowd. "We don't want it to be too large." We can handle a huge arts festival with 150,000 people or more, but a beer and movie night in the park is being questioned?

Just the fact that people want to come into Coconut Grove and put on events that don't cost the Grove anything is a big plus.They bring thousands of people and they pick up the cost. Why make it difficult for them?

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Enjoy Easter Brunch at Spartico

Enjoy this Easter at Spartico, located inside the lobby of the Mayfair Hotel & Spa for a delicious Sunday brunch. Friends and family can enjoy two special prix-fixe Easter brunch menus. 

The first brunch is 7:30 am to 11:30 am with a traditional breakfast buffet ($20.95 per person), and the second feast, later in the day from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm, features an artisanal breakfast and pizza buffet with Roman style pizza selections cooked in our authentic Ambrogi wood burning oven from Milan ($25.95 per guest).  

In addition to the classic breakfast offerings, guests can also indulge in more tempting Italian cuisine as the buffet offers add-ons of $6.00 gourmet sandwiches, appetizers or salad as well as $11.00 Italian inspired entrées. Top it off with unlimited mimosas for only $12.00 per person. 

After enjoying a mouthwatering brunch, continue the Easter Sunday celebrations at “Above the Mayfair” for their new Sunday Pool Parties, starting at 4 pm.  Soak in the sunsets in this poolside oasis with eight private cabanas, a serene swimming pool, as well as a bar for refreshing beverages and poolside bites. 

Reservations are suggested for Easter Sunday Brunch at Spartico restaurant and can be made by calling 305-779-5100. The Mayfair Hotel & Spa, now in its 30th year, is located in the heart of Coconut Grove at 300 Florida Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL, 33133. 

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Keep the infrastructure alone

One thing that's going on around the Grove lately is all the major street construction and pipes and other things added to the infrastructure. If we are a small village with certain building restraints, why not leave them? Why are we digging up the place making it suitable for those who would only profit by building wherever they can? Let them go to Brickell a mile away to build, let's leave what's left of the Grove charm alone, what's left of it that is.

I don't know if it's true or not, but more than one person has told me that the next great project is SW 27th Avenue, and I don't mean the street scape, which is being done now. Once this "grand entrance" to Coconut Grove is complete, they feel that the small apartment buildings and houses along 27th Avenue will be next to go and that huge mega structures are next to be built, picture a lower-scale Brickell. 


And on Bird Avenue, the same thing is beginning. This photo shows the plans for a new condo, this was the property of a single family home. One house. Now it is going to be this.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Beautification and Maintenance Excellence” Awards

Miami-Dade Parks Recreation and Open Spaces Department (PROS) and the Community Image Advisory Board (CIAB) recognized county leaders in cleaning and greening achievement at the recent Great Park Summit. Recipients of the “Beautification and Maintenance Excellence” Awards ranged from a tree advocate to the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority’s “Welcome” Gateway on the Dolphin Expressway. The awards reinforced the significance of investing in beautification and streetscape projects.  

“We were thrilled by the response in our first year because it highlights the significance of clening and greening our public rights-of-way,” said CIAB Chairman, Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, District 9.  “It was an honor to recognize those organizations who understand the value of creating inviting open spaces.”

The awards and winners were:

Crown Leadership Award – Recognizing an individual’s career in increasing the Tree Canopy: Joy Klein, of the Miami-Dade Regulatory and Economic Resources Department, for helping launch the Adopt-A-Tree program, protecting endangered lands and for cultivating a huge volunteer tree planting base.

Inviting Gateway Award – Recognizing organizations that create a signature gateway reflecting Miami-Dade's world-class image. Winner: Miami-Dade Expressway Authority for its “Welcome” Gateway which can be viewed by MIA passengers and SR 836 motorists. Honorable mention: Village of Cutler Bay and Town of Surfside for roadway improvements.

Corridor Maintenance Showcase Award – Recognizing investments in sustainable standards for aesthetics and vegetation maintenance. Winner: Miami Dade Department of Aviation for the MIA entrance on LeJeune Rd. Honorable mention: TREEmendous Miami for its efforts on US 1.

TREEmendous Miami, an all-volunteer group has planted more than 24,000 trees in the past 16 years.

Beautification Leadership Award – Recognizing an individual that displays extraordinary initiative in transforming a roadway, gateway or terminal. Winner: Dennis C. Moss for launching the CIAB and leading hundreds of beautification and clean up initiatives for the betterment of all of Miami-Dade. 

“We knew nominating Commissioner Moss would set the bar high for future competitions,” Jack Kardys, Director of PROS said. “As the CIAB Chair, Commissioner Moss advocated for and realized improvements throughout the County for more than a dozen years and is very deserving of this distinction.” 

The Great park Summit provides an update on the progress made in the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan (OSMP), a long-term plan that creates a sustainable, connected system of parks, and recreation and conservation open spaces.  The Summit engages professionals from local and state agencies, landscape architects, planners, environmental organizations, patrons of the arts, businesses, universities, construction, engineering, architecture and urban planning arenas, and others to find ways to collectively move forward on the shared vision of sustainability and beauty for Miami-Dade County.  It’s hosted by MDPROS and features national and internationally renowned guest speakers from the field/industry of parks & recreation, landscape architecture and government dignitaries. 

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Family Day at Bakehouse Art Complex

Celebrate Family Day with fun activities for the whole family at the Bakehouse Art Complex (BAC) on Sunday, April 13 from 10 am to 3 pm.

Family Day brings a full schedule of activities that will occur throughout the BAC's 2.3-acre campus with games, food, dancing, bubbles, facilitated doodling by U-Doodle, and performances by Alternative Space Theater and Tuneful Tales. 

Samples of baked goods provided by Bunnie Cakes, Wynwood-based bakery favorite from Food Network's Cupcake Wars, and drink samples by Nestle Quik. More substantial fare will be available for purchase from the Slow Food Truck.

$5 per child; Free for BAC Members (Family level + Above)

RSVP on Facebook here.

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Wynwood Fest; the cultural street festival

Wynwood Life Festival is coming -- it's a cultural street festival with art, music, food and fashion (hmmm, sounds  a bit like our FAM night (Fashion, Art and Music). Wynwoods shindig is Friday April 25 through Sunday, Aprkl 27. The party is on 6th Avenue, between 22nd and 24th Streets.

The inaugural event expects 20,000 people to fill the streets throughout the weekend event, over 100 vendors will be among the art and music. Dozens of restaurants in the Wynwood area will be featured. Trek6, the celebrated artist who has become synonymous with the area one wall at a time, will commemorate the festival by designing and painting the inaugural poster and wall.

“The walls of Wynwood are intrinsic to this community, which is why we wanted to build a wall specifically for Trek6 to paint. That finished wall will be taken apart, brick by brick, and the first 350 posters will come with one of the numbered bricks from that one-of-a-kind work of art,” said Tony Albelo, festival organizer.


The idea behind this festival stemmed from the need to give local artists, craftsmen and designers the representation that they deserved by giving them a platform to showcase their creations.

Top area vendors and artists, many of whom have been in some of Miami’s most respected graffiti crews, have signed up to be a part of this event, which will offer art, crafts, jewelry, fashion and food. Kicking off the musical line-up on Friday night will be Congolese-Belgian hip-hop phenom Baloji, who was brought to Miami and the Festival by MDC Live Arts. Other bands and DJs are scheduled to perform from the one of two stages throughout the weekend. Several Miami stylists and bloggers will showcase “festival fashion” during the Saturday night fashion show, and Wynwood area restaurants will be on hand to sell their fare throughout the entire weekend.

“Like” their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WynwoodLife, or follow them on Twitter and Instagram at WynwoodLife. To view a video about Wynwood Life, please click here.

Hours are:
Friday, April 25 - 6 pm – midnight

Saturday, April 26 -  noon – 1 am
Sunday, April 27 -  noon – 8 pm

Tickets start at $8.00 and go up from there. Get your tix here.

For all the info, visit: wynwoodlife.com

“Like” their Facebook page at facebook.com/WynwoodLife, or follow them on Twitter and Instagram at WynwoodLife. 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Streetscape news

The streetscape renovation moves to Commodore Plaza in June. June 4 is the tentative start date for the sidewalks to begin. They are going to start at the LoKal end of the street and work their way down toward GreenStreet and then back up around and end up at the Bombay Darbar side of the street. Each side of the street is supposed to take a month.

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Next Chamber mixer at Strada

The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce's next networker event is at Strada Italian restaurant at 3176 Commodore Plaza. The event is Tuesday, April 15 from 5:30 to 8 pm.

Admission: 
$10 for Chamber members 
$15 for future members
Includes welcome drink and hors d'oeuvres with additional drinks at Happy Hour prices.

Lots of great raffle prizes too. Raffle Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 at the door.

RSVP: GroveChamber@CoconutGrove.com or 305-444-7270.

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New beer and movie nights planned

A couple of new beer festivals were talked about at the last BID meeting on Tuesday -- both involve beer and films, to be exact. Brew & View, presented by Carol Guiterrez, is a beer and movie night planned for May 10 at Peacock Park. It's an event that's sponsored by Samuel Adams and is making the circuit, Coconut Grove was chosen to be one of those cities thanks to Carol who presented that idea to Samuel Adams.

Beer will be sold and food too along with the movie, but their hopes of food trucks lining up along the horseshoe area outside the park was shot down by the BID, not so much that the BID is against it, but local restaurants are against it. It's thinking like this that hurts the Grove, these restaurants need to grow up and join the 21st century. 


It totally makes no sense because food tents are permitted, where they assume Grove restaurants will participate and sell food, but when does that ever really happen? Grove restaurants hardly ever partake of these events so it ends up being the same situation whether food is sold from a truck or a tent, either way, it's vendors from outside the Grove selling at the park.

A second beer and movie event, Clips & Beer is hopefully going to be presented by New Belgium from Fort Collins, Colorado.  Joanna Laubscher, in town from Colorado, talked about Coconut Grove being the 20th stop in their 21 city tour. It's a free event,  the other festival, the Brew & View will have a gate fee.

Clips & Beer raises money for charity and their whole goal is to get their brand out there while raising money for good causes. The films are shorts from 30 seconds to five minutes long. October 24 is the tentative date for this, but as there are other things going on in Peacock Park that month, the organizers may need a waiver from the city to hold this. There is the Pumpkin Patch and also Grovetoberfest, both in Peacock Park that month. The BID board was kind enough to ask Tony Abelo how he felt about Clips & Beer as it is a week away from his popular Grovetoberfest, but Tony was open to the idea and felt that there is room for everyone. I also am assuming that a beer drinker won't mind two weekends of beer drinking. We'll see if the movie and beer event gets the date they requested. 

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

23rd Annual Reach for the Stars Gala Auction

Join notable guests and theater supporters at the historic Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables for the 23rd Annual Reach for the Stars Gala Auction presented by Actors’ Playhouse and Lexus of Kendall. The event is Saturday, April 12 at 6 pm. 

Enjoy the opportunity to bid on over $300,000 worth of exciting live and silent auction items as you savor the culinary offerings of 36 of Coral Gables’ finest restaurants, along with wine and champagne courtesy of Premier Beverage Company and an open bar sponsored by Bacardi U.S.A. Auction items will include international business class airline tickets, worldwide hotel travel packages and cruises, exclusive celebrity wine dinners at popular South Florida restaurants, jewelry, golf packages, fine art, home décor, sports collectibles, spa visits, couture clothing, gift certificates and many other items. 

This popular auction is the major fundraising event for Actors’ Playhouse, a nonprofit organization, and will provide funding for capital improvements to the Miracle Theatre and operating costs for the company’s upcoming theatre season. Presenting sponsorships and table sponsorships are available in advance. Pictured: NBC Miami’s Roxanne Vargas, Living Statue Performer Daniela Viotti and Actors’ Playhouse Executive Producing Director Barbara S. Stein. 

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile. For info: 305-444-9293, Ext. 601 or BStein@ActorsPlayhouse.org

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Young Composer's Recital

Young composer students from ages 6 -14 will exhibit their talent in this recital with piano and voice at the Miami Conservatory of Music in Coconut Grove.  It's a great family event and fun for children. The concert will last an hour and is free and open to the public. Experience award-winning Miami Conservatory of Music students as they take the stage to sing and play for you!

The event his Saturday, April  12, at 4:30 pm. Miami Conservatory of Music Recital Hall is located at 2911 Grand Avenue at Mayfair in the Grove.  For details please visit: miamiconservatoryofmusic.com

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Free Historic Bike Tours of the Grove

The next free bike tour of Coconut Grove is Saturday, April 12 from 9:30 am until noon. 

This month's tour begins in the Center Grove neighborhood just north of the Business District.

Here you'll find a few mini-cottages and other small-scale homes, wrapped in vegetation, in an area that has seen much development recently. Next, cross to the North Grove, stopping at the wonderfully preserved tropical hardwood forest with views of Biscayne Bay and Silver Bluff limestone outcrop at Alice Wainwright Park.  Bikers will pass through the trails at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, then along the verdant streets of the North Grove. 
Highlights include sustainable landscaping, creating a home for wildlife, and historic preservation. 

The Bike tours are sponsored by the Coconut Grove BID! 
Reserve your spot: royalpalmtoursofmiami.com

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VeritageMiami Fine Wine Tasting

VeritageMiami's Fine Wine Tasting is a real treat for wine lovers. Formerly United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival, Veritage will bring together a who’s who of more than 3,000 wine, beer, spirits and food lovers from all across South Florida along with top sommeliers, notable chefs, prestigious wineries, winemakers and breweries and an impressive lineup of auction items, all to benefit the South Florida community.  The event is Thursday, April 10 at 6 pm.

Cost per person is $75 for general admission; and $65 per United Way Young Leader. Stroll around the tasting booths throughout Village of Merrick Park and sample more than 200 wines from around the world and tasty treats from top dining spots. VIP admission is $150 per person; $75 for general admission; and $65 per United Way Young Leader. 


Village of Merrick Park
358 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables
305-646-7116 (Sandra Rodriguez)
www.VeritageMiami.com

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