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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Woody Foundation's Maine Lobster Feast

The Sixth annual Maine Lobster Feast is Thursday, February 23 at Coral Reef Yacht Club. This is a fundraising event for the Woody Foundation, which raises funds and awareness for the spinal cord injured community. The feast starts at 6:30 pm.

The Woody Foundation continues to help improve the quality of life of those living with paralysis. 

The Woody Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization formed in 2011 to raise funds for the recovery of spinal cord injured persons. The namesake of The Foundation, James “Woody” Beckham, suffered his spinal cord injury making a rugby tackle in January 2011. Since then, the foundation has raised over $1.5 million to help those with paralysis. The mission is to transform the quality of life of those living with paralysis and their caregivers.

Get tickets here.

For more info: 305-586-3107 or info@woodyfoundation.org

Coral Reef Yacht Club is at 2428 S. Bayshore Drive.

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Arts Festival People

So we come to the end of another Arts Festival weekend. It was a hot one. Felt like mid-August, rather than mid-February.

At the BID booth at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival from left, Rafael Gutierrez, Manny Gonzalez, director; Nicky Prince, Louis Del Borrello.


Juan Antonio Gonzalez painted a mural all weekend in Regatta Park. 
Roger Chai-onn from Fast Signs. Can you spot him?



Police Commander Mike Gonzalez


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Attempting to make largest arroz con pollo

As one last big event for this year's Coconut Grove Arts Festival, the festival is hoping to end the three day event in a record setting fashion. Today, Monday, February 20, popular Latin celebrity Chef Pepín attempts to make culinary history by setting a new world-record for the largest arroz con pollo.

The record breaking attempt begins at noon in the Arts Festival’s Culinary Pavilion located in Meyers Park.


Chef Pepín will prepare more than 4,400 lbs. of rice and chicken using an eight foot pan and with the assistance of Evan Benn, Editor-In-Chief of Indulge Magazine and 50 volunteers.

Among the ingredients are 160 lbs. of crushed tomatoes, 150 lbs. of onions, 125 lbs. of peppers, 48 lbs. of garlic, 80 lbs. of sweet green peas, 80 lbs. of Spanish pimentos, 35 lbs. of seasonings and spices, 68 gallons of chicken broth and 207 gallons of water.

When completed 8,800 meals will be donated to Camillus House, Chrysalis Heath and Miami Rescue Mission.

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Art, gymnastics, music - it's all at the Arts Festivals



I've been having fun filming these days and I took my camera, which is actually my iPhone with a cool app, and I visited a bunch of places and artists at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and the St. Stephen's Art Show.

This first video is of the fun things going on at Regatta Park. This year, they really made it something special and there is so much to do in this one location - interactive art for kids and so many other things like a glass blowing demonstration by the DMG School Project, the National Danish Performance Team doing live gymnastics demonstrations, live art, etc.

This next video consists of a few quick flashes of artist interviews. Basically, I went to different artists and asked them one question and put together a compilation.

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival and the St. Stephen's Art Show are around for one more day, all day Monday, from 10 am until 6 pm.

These videos are a little rough around the edges, but so am I. This filming is something new for me. I'll get the hang of it.



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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Visiting the arts festivals

Here are a couple of videos from Saturday, the first is artist Juan Erman Gonzalez, who goes by Erman. He is painting a mural in Regatta Park which is in the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and it's worth a visit this weekend to watch him work. He's a very friendly guy, as you'll see. He has a great sense of humor. You can learn more about Erman here.

 

This bottom video is just a fast trip through the St. Stephen's Art Show.

I apologize for the shakiness of the videos. When I walk, I seem to do that. I like doing these videos so I'll do more, but I'll learn not to bounce when I walk. I told one of the artists at St. Stephen's that I'd be back today to get her story. I think I'll do a video interview and maybe do that with a few artists, you know, just maybe 30 seconds on each artist, showing them and their work. I'll post that tomorrow.



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Lots of art, food and heat at Arts Festivals


The Coconut Grove Arts Festival and the St. Stephen's Art Show run through Monday. 10 to 6 pm both days.

It was a hot day on Saturday, but there was plenty to do and plenty to see.


There were quite a few changes this year. You could notice it at the food court area, it all conformed to a certain theme and all looked so clean and delicious. I had a hard time finding my favorite ice cream guy because even his booth was all spiffied up.


The crowds started slow but then grew as the afternoon wore on.


New this year was Regatta Park being used for a large part of the festival. There are live painting exhibitions and lots of hands on art projects for kids to participate in.


Regatta Park was so inviting. 









Loved the hand made steam punk hats by Head'n Home. They have a booth at St. Stephen's.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

It's Arts Festival weekend in Coconut Grove!


I've been coming to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival since I'm a kid, since 1973, I think. The festival was 10 years old then! It's 54 years old now. I remember when it used to be up and down Main Highway and Commodore Plaza, then little by little, it moved down to South Bayshore Drive.

I shared this live yesterday on Facebook and I shared another live video where I mention that one of the most fun things is Friday afternoon when the show is setting up. I ran into a friend, you'll see at the end of this video and as we were talking (not on video), he said that the Friday of the Arts Festival, when they are setting up is like Christmas Eve to him. I told him I said almost the same earlier, there's something so exciting about the set up and the anticipation. Yes, traffic is a bitch, but it's a great weekend for Coconut Grove.

This video is the St. Stephen's show set up. I have the other Coconut Grove Arts Festival show set up on Facebook, too. I'm sorry about the bounciness, I seem to bounce as I walk. I'll try not to do that this weekend.

I'll be posting some live events today and tomorrow on Facebook. You can follow along here https://www.facebook.com/coconutgrovegrapevine

I'll try to interview artists, things and people live.

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival and the St. Stephen's Art Show are all weekend and Monday - 10 am to 6 pm daily - February 18 to 20. 

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Friday, February 17, 2017

75 artists featured at Grove Gallery this weekend

Grove Gallery & Interiors is having it's yearly Arts Festival Brunch on Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19 from 10 am to 1 pm. They also have a shuttle to the Arts Festival in Center Grove.

Also, this year, is a special treat - the gallery will be presenting 75 artists all under one roof.

They have a special on Art Show poster framing - 35% off and 15% off custom framing.

Grove Gallery is at 2884 Bird Avenue. 

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Luncheon welcomes fashionable philanthropists

The Vizcaya Centennial Preservation Luncheon held its kickoff party on February 8 at Eighty Seven Park on Miami Beach, hosted by Christy and David Martin of the Terra Group. 

Above: Ani Hernandez & Christina Concepcion.


Held in anticipation of Vizcaya's most fashion-forward event, the kickoff welcomed some of Miami's most charitable ladies for an evening of champagne, h'orderves and an exclusive presentation of the finest hats courtesy of Shapoh Hats. The event also featured jewelry by Jimmy Quiroga Designs and selected items from Aqua Di Parma. Additional event sponsors include DiMare Fresh, Dall'Armellina Vineyards and Neiman Marcus.


Ani Hernandez, Hayley Sloman, & Raquel Kaufler


Christy Martin, Eilah Beavers, Laurence Stott, Maria Beguiristain and Kim Wood
 Ela Pruszynska and Nacer Tazi


Dr. Joel Hoffman, Vizcaya's Executive Director, welcomed guests and shared some exciting announcements, such as the confirmation of WPLG's Laurie Jennings as the official mistress of ceremonies for the luncheon and the addition of an exciting item to the fundraiser's live auction - a European cruise with a balcony stateroom by Celebrity Cruises.


 Laurence Stott, Brian Frasca, and Kim Wood


Taking place on March 7, the Vizcaya Centennial Preservation Luncheon, known informally as "The Hat Luncheon," attracts 300 guests from Miami, Palm Beach and New York for a beautiful, stylish day including a champagne lunch catered by Thierry Isambert Culinary and Event Design, and informal modeling in Vizcaya's European-style grounds. Founded in 2009, the Preservation Luncheon raises funds to preserve and protect Vizcaya Museum and Gardens for the community and future generations to come.


Suzy Buckley Woodward



The topic of preservation is particularly poignant as Vizcaya enters its centennial year and prepares to launch new plans to expand Vizcaya's role as a cultural hub through the restoration of Vizcaya Village. Vizcaya Village was built alongside the original estate in 1916 with the aim of making Vizcaya self-sufficient, including more than a dozen buildings consisting of staff housing and stables. Its restoration will realize the full potential of Vizcaya as a community resource through innovative programming for locals and visitors as well as by relating the full history of the estate.

The Vizcaya Centennial Preservation Luncheon co-chairs are Swanee DiMare, Barbara Hevia and Christy Martin. The committee includes Lourdes Almagro Araujo, Eilah Campbell-Beavers, Lesli Ann Brown, Suzy Buckley, Daisy Casuso, Kim Caceres, Heidi Dans, Sonia Gibson, Linda Levy Goldberg, Ana Hernandez, Carol Iacovelli, Daysi Johansson, Migna Sanchez-Llorens, Marile Lopez, Nicole Lozano, Bronwyn Miller, Laura C. Munilla and Alexa Wolman.

Tickets for the 9th Annual Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon can be purchased online starting at $350 per person. Tables of 10 guests are available for $3,500 and premier James Deering tables of 10 for $5,000. For more information about the Preservation Luncheon, visit www.vizcayapreservation.org or email events@vizcaya.org.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Rotary manning two parking lots during Arts Fest

The Rotary Club of Coconut Grove will be manning two parking lots for all three days of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.

100% of the money they make goes to charity and is put back into helping our Community. 

All workers are volunteering their time for to help the less fortunate in Coconut Grove. 

The parking lots are located at:

Continental Plaza 3250 Mary Street -(one block south of Day Ave. at the corner of Mary Street and Oak Avenue; the other is at 3225 Aviation at the Bayview Building - between Tigertail and South Bayshore Drive.

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20% off VIP Arts Festival Tickets

Enjoy VIP Treatment at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival this weekend at the all new Bayside VIP tent.

Save 20% off the normally priced at $75, this includes admission to the new area located in Peacock Park, lite bites served from 1 to 4 pm, 2 complimentary drinks with discounted pricing thereafter, complimentary soda & water, air conditioned restrooms and great stage viewing and lounge seating. 

Use promo code SWARM to save on admission. This is good for either Saturday, Sunday or Monday.

Purchase the tickets here.

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Her art is inspired by strong women and bright colors

The  Coconut Grove Arts Festival and the St. Stephen's Art Show are February 18-20, 2017. We'll be profiling some of the artists who are participating this year. Today, Sofia del Rivero is featured, she will be showing at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.

This is Sofia del Rivero's first year showing her work in the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, she is participating as an emerging artist. 

Sofia's first art show was Superfine! this past December during Miami Art Week. She works in oils. "It was a great experience because although Superfine! is fairly new to the Miami art scene, it has quickly gained recognition for representing affordable, friendly, and non-pretentious art. I was able to meet amazing, talented people from all over the world," she says.


Sofia is very inspired by ancient prophecies and how they come into play in modern times; in particular those that have to do with empowerment in women and the relationship with the environment. "There are many civilizations, such as the Mayans, that predicted a transfer of the staff of power from the masculine to the feminine. These prophecies were about ending a chunk of history and beginning a new era with the nurturing spirit of a feminine power overseeing us and guiding us to work with nature rather than against it. I love learning all about these different primeval yet advanced civilizations and what they had envisioned for us physically and spiritually.  I have grown up surrounded by strong women my entire life, so that topic really resonates with me," Sofia said.


This Miamian is influenced by a lot of different artists both contemporary and classical. She tells me that lately she's been intrigued by clean, graphic, illustrative styles, such as those of Mexican artists Ivan Salamanca and Curiot. Sofia says, "I've also always been inspired by the surrealist styles of Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keeffe and the powerful use of symbolism and nature motifs within their paintings."

Her colors are bright and clean, she believes that being from Miami that it has instilled in her a love for bright, vibrant colors. "It's just something I've always been exposed to. Even being outside surrounded by all the Art Deco architecture in Miami, full of aquas and pinks, it's something that subconsciously gets carried into my personal artwork," Sofia said.


She loves working at night. She teaches art to kids all day long, so seeing the students working so hard on their own projects automatically inspires her to start or continue a project of her own. "I love ending class, going home, and painting for long periods of time, maybe even 8-9 hours at a time. My ideal setting for painting is in my bedroom at night, either listening to music, podcasts, or background noise like a bad detective TV show."


This past January, Sofia participated in the Beaux Arts Festival in Coral Gables and was selected as the cover artist for their brochure.  "It was an incredible honor, considering it was only my first time participating in that festival and my second time exhibiting overall. I also had the honor recently to be interviewed by NBC6 for a segment about my art and my experience running my own art school, Art Box, right here in Coconut Grove (airs Friday, February 17th at 7 pm).

Look for Sofia this weekend at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival - Booth #651.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bike valet available during Art Festival weekend

The Coconut Grove Bike valet will be set up at St. Stephen's during Arts Festival weekend, so you can bike into Center Grove and leave your car home.

From 9:30 am to 6 pm, all three days, Saturday through Monday, enter the lot on the McFarlane side and enjoy the free service.

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Running away from the madding crowd

I had an original post here about how since the day I moved into my home 15 years ago, there has been non-stop construction surrounding me and there are future projects on the horizon, but it all sounded so #FirstWorldProblems so I'm not running it.

But when you think about it, Coconut Grove has been one huge construction zone for years. You can't really get from here to there without some sort of delay and you can't really avoid noisy construction from North to South Grove. If it's not big white boxy houses invading the neighborhood, it's condos going up for years on end. And how about 27th Avenue? That was a never-ending project which separated North and South Grove for a long time.

And even today, and for the past year, if you try to drive down Tigertail, you are more likely than not to be stopped by construction workers to allow for cement trucks and other big trucks in and out of the bank lot project. On South Bayshore Drive for the longest time there were delays for the same reason. Even on a Saturday morning, I would sometimes be delayed as 40 cement trucks made their way to and from the project site.

Up and down South Bayshore in the North Grove, construction projects block the main street.

We live in a non-stop construction zone. 


A reader wrote this in the comments section under one story:

"Gentrification is a Hate Crime. Love one another because greed, aggression and ignorance destroy."


Amen

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

His idea is now the new church labyrinth

17-year-old Zack Roncallo, a St. Stephens youth group member and Boy Scout, started his journey to an Eagle Scout badge with an idea - to build a meditative labyrinth at the church. Two years later, the labyrinth was completed on Saturday. The first meeting of the Labyrinth Guild was in spring 2015. Zack managed to raise money from 62 donors and it took many trips back and forth to the city permit office along with many meetings along the way.

So as of Saturday, Zack, along with his Boy Scout troop, built the labyrinth and fulfilled the commitment to his troupe, church, the Grove community and his Eagle Scout badge. He wanted to say thank you and spread the word that it will soon be open for walking, in March 2017 after the Art Show weekend.

He is up for nomination for the Silver Knight award.

Check out the labyrinth at the McFarlane Road side of St. Stephen's when you visit the Arts Festivals this weekend.


A message from Zach:

Zack, courtesy of Facebook
"This past Saturday me and my boy scout troop got together and finally laid down the pavers for the labyrinth thus completing my Eagle project,  however the entire project is not completed yet, phase two is still yet to come and I wish St. Stephens all the best of luck on phase two to make it even more beautiful with plants and landscaping!!

"Thank you, each and every one of the people who helped. For your hard work and support in helping me to complete my Eagle project,  I would have never been able to complete it without the help of all of the people, I am extremely grateful to everyone. Thank you Mayor Regalado, Commissioner Russell, Reverend Willie Allen-Faiella and the supervision and support of Mike Gory, New Beach Construction Partners who stepped in to complete the job as a General Contractor, leader and my new friend.  Over the two year journey Incredible support came from Humberto Casiego, 3C Construction Corp., Briley Architects, Curtis & Rogers Design Studio, the City of Miami District II Office, the members of the St. Stephens Labyrinth Guild and you, our community leaders and friends.

"Thank you all very much."

-Zachary Roncallo

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Building up and out and every which way

I found this article in the Miami Herald about new office space at the Oak Street garage interesting in that I always assumed that it would be built up even though I was told that would not be the case. I don't know why it bothers me, I really don't. I guess it's because every time more and more is built, and more and more cement is added, it makes Coconut Grove less and less of a village.

What they are doing at the garage is called "adaptive reuse," in which they turn the garage or part of the garage into office space. While it could be said if they build up and leave parking below, then there is parking for all of us, but then where would the office workers park? So basically, the Grove is losing parking. 

With the news of CocoWalk adding office space and this news about the Oak Street garage, it makes you wonder how the new condo dwellers in all the new residences are going to see Coconut Grove. Other than new restaurants, there aren't many places to shop and rather than improve shopping and adding to the mix, it seems that offices are the way to go. No shopping, no art galleries, nothing really for tourists or visitors to do. It's not the Coconut Grove that I know anymore.

Each day, the Grove loses something, it's turning into something, but I don't know what. Brickell South? Maybe. It seems like the future is all high rise and not much street level activity. We have lost so many of our events, too, which were a monthly activity at one time, I honestly don't know where we are anymore. Snow Days, the Coconut Hunt, the Bed Race, the beer festivals and so much more are a thing of the past.

In my own quiet neighborhood, a bully is moving in called The Fairchild. It's a small condo on the water but they have bullied the neighborhood. They had valet parking set up recently with a podium, umbrella and employees. There wasn't much to see, just an empty lot, but they felt the need to valet cars  and disrupt a quite cul de sac. Because of that, the city stepped in and ticketed all the residents' cars on the street, starting an uproar in the neighborhood.

Now The Fairchild has signage up. They put up a big permanent cement sign on South Bayshore Drive surrounded by flowers and plants, to announce their condo back on the waterfront. Maybe the other three condos in the neighborhood should do the same and we can add neon lights and make it look like Las Vegas. Imagine if on the corner of the entrance to your block there was a sign announcing something. That's what it is. I'm looking into the legality of it. I was at a condo meeting last night and all of my neighbors are fuming over the sign, so I see I am not the only one who finds it offensive.

The waterfront project at the Scotty's Landing is said to be starting construction soon, so the quaint waterfront will be a thing of the past, soon, too.

I can't figure out what the Grove is becoming, but I don't like it.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Spiritual evening under the stars

The Barnacle will be holding an uplifting evening of spiritual dance and music presented by Greater St. Paul A.M.E. Church on Saturday, February 18. The evening features God’s Angels Dance Ministry with special guests Michelle Grant-Murray, MDC Jubilation Dance Ensemble, Virtuous Liturgical Dance, Sanaya J. Clinch, Ten Friends, and Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. 

Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children age 16 and under.

The gate at 6 pm, showtime is 7 pm. 

Call 305-448-2742 for additional information.

The Barnacle Historic State Park is located at 3485 Main Highway.

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Dinner Key part of new boat tour operation

The City of Miami has made a deal with the US Department of the Interior, National Park Service to bring more visitors to Biscyane National Park, which  largely consists of the water, reefs and islands offshore.

The launching point for the boat tours will be Dinner Key Marina, here in Coconut Grove, at an area next to City Hall. A City  memo reads, “The City, as owner and administrator of the Marina, wishes to support the Park’s goals and facilitate the desired expansion of visitor services for Miami-area residents and visitors needing ready access to the Park."

The government will pay the city's dockage rate and part of the ticket fees. The city would receive $28,000 or so according to Daniel Rotenberg, the City's director of the Department of Real Estate and Asset Management.

Bids will go out for contractors to run the service, which would expire in 10 year increments. 

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

'Glass House Project' does not conform to NCD-2

The Glass House Project is the tip of the iceberg in the Village West.  What neither of us understand is why the code reads the way it does and then all these types of homes are going up instead, especially on Charles Avenue. Remember at Grove 2030 Arva Parks kept saying we should pursue historic status for streets, the city and homes to protect against over-development.  But what is the point if something like Charles Avenue, already designated historic and calling for Bahamian or Caribbean architecture is so blatantly ignored. At our meeting on Feb. 8, someone claimed that only the STREET is historic, and the Stirrup House (no renovated/gone) and the Mariah Brown House are historic. But the code says something completely different--at least if plain English makes any difference. Clearly, there is an issue here is either the way the details are set up or a disconnect with Urban Design Board which is apparently approving these things (this is one thing Anthony Balzebre suggested at a meeting at our house last Monday). Xavier Suarez's 2002 Village West master plan had a beautiful plan for a modern Duval-type street architecture which could have transformed that area to a beautiful compliment to downtown many years ago. It is still on the books on the Urban Design website. It never went anywhere.
Frankly, it is up to the people in the West Grove to protect their neighborhood. If they want to get behind it, they need to do so and then others, like ourselves or some other like-minded people from Grove Watch Group or elsewhere, can join in. We are talking to people in the West Grove to see if there is energy behind this--and will meet again early next week, hopefully. So far, we've met anger and frustration at the system and a sense of uselessness to try again.  It looks to us like P/Z threw a bone with no meat on it to the Village West with its historical designation of Charles Avenue. The code also says it applies to ALL of NCD-2, but others say only Charles Avenue.
We've written letters to Megan Schmidt and Jacqueline Ellis (who is really helpful on most things) but no had replies to our specific questions on these architectural violations.
So for now, the Village West has to stand up. We'll see where this goes if that happens. Perhaps since home ownership in the West Grove has plummeted from 65% in 1969 to 20% now, the battle is lost. That is a small population of people who really care and have steadily eroded political influence.
We've started a forum on our website which you have a link to and raised the issue on Feb. 8th.  We'll have to wait and see if anything comes of this.  At the very least, we'd like to meet with Megan Schmidt personally and have her once again tell us how historic preservation in this city is important and can make a difference in anything. So far, we don't see that happening.
What we find disturbing is we are well on our way to looking like South Beach and the rest of Miami if this continues over the next decade or so.

John and Debbie Dolson
Coconut Grove

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