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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Turning dead-ends into something great

With the help of local artists, hopscotch and other outdoor games are making a colorful comeback in Coconut Grove. We are one of 50 cities in the country to receive a grant from the non-profit KaBOOM! to transform dead-end streets in each district into vibrant and safe play zones closed to vehicle traffic.

City Commissioner Ken Russell, in partnership with the Neighborhood Enhancement Team will celebrate the opening of the new iPlay Miami Play Street at 3499 Thomas Avenue in the Village West on Friday December 9, at 3:30 pm. Elementary school students from The Barnyard after school program have been invited as special guests to inaugurate the Play Street.

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Friday is Public Transit Day

Friday, December 9 is Public Transit Day. The whole day is devoted to prioritizing improvements to the public transit system and making it a top issue for future generations.

There is a full day of activities planned, all free from early morning coffee to free museum admission. Miami Bike Scene has a list of all activities here.

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Scraping his way to the top of the art world

I had the pleasure of meeting RC Bailey at his opening party at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery on Saturday night. He took me around the gallery and explained a lot of his art. It's done in an unusual fashion, he scrapes the paint away to create an image. "I am a turn-of-the-Century Post Raphaelite," says RC. He has been a professional artist for over fifty years. 


As we walked around the gallery, he carried his tools with him, these are the actual tools that created this beautiful art.


The art is very intricate and he gets the colors by scraping off the top paint and revealing what's under it. Usually the white Masonite which he paints on. He first covers the canvas with Kilz of all things. Then he goes one section at a time, putting a paint color on, letting it dry then covering it with another color, which he scrapes off to show the color below it. It's tedious work, but I can see how it may be very relaxing. We joked about him falling asleep while he's painting.


You can see the detail here and imagine the hours that goes into ever piece.


RC has murals on most of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships, and most of the Grand Casinos. His works can be seen locally at the Port of Miami, Mayfair House and various other locals. He works very well with designers and is able to come up with the image they desire for certain settings.





Stop by the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery daily from 10 am to 5 pm. The gallery is at the Mayfair Atrium, next to the bull sculpture.


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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

A few zoning changes planned for meeting

There are a couple of interesting items on Thursday's City Commission meeting. One is CA.6. This resolution would convert the Glass House in Peacock Park into a condominium form of ownership in order for the community center to remain exempt from property taxes but keep the restaurant, Glass & Vine, subject to all taxes.

I don't like the sound of "condominium-form of ownership." 

RE.18: This resolution would direct the City Manager to lower the speed limit to 20 mph on all low density residentially zoned neighborhood streets.

SR.2: This ordinance would prohibit developers who own property within a Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) from building on private property until the final plat is approved. As it is now, once the cement is poured, it's too late and the approval goes through. Makes no sense in it's current form, this is a good change, I think.

These are just a few of the items on the agenda that affect Coconut Grove.

The City Commission meeting is Thursday, December 8 at 9 am at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive.

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Fighting the slumlords

In Brooklyn, two slumlords were found guilty by a judge of forcing out rent-stabilized tenants to raise the rent to market prices. They were ordered to pay $250,000 to the tenants.

Joel and Amrom Israel admitted in court that they schemed to destroy apartments, get the tenants out and then raise the rents for new renters.

I'm not sure how they destroyed the apartments and then raised the rent, but I assume they renovated the apartments after getting the tenants out.

Reminds me so much of the issue in Village West where neighbors are fighting an alleged slumlord, who is doing the same thing, but in this case, he wants to sell off the properties for high-end development.

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Transportation Group meets to discuss traffic

There was a brainstorming session for the Transportation Group of Grove2030 on Saturday morning at the Bookstore. Lead by Hank Sanchez-Resnik, of Bike Coconut Grove, about 20 people attended. We all sat around the long table and discussed plans or solutions for transportation needs for Coconut Grove.

The goals are to have a pedestrian and bike-friendly pathway that will link all Coconut Grove residents to each other including the commercial area and parks. Also the goal is to reduce auto traffic by up to 40% and to have safe intersections at all areas of the Grove for pedestrians, cyclists and autos.

The Give Us A Break initiative was brought up where Commissioner Francis Suarez wrote a resolution to lower speed limits in Grove neighborhoods to 25 MPH. Not to be outdone, Commissioner Frank Corollo suggested a 20 MPA speed limit. 

Sandra Harris from the City of Miami Office of Transportation Management was at the meeting, said this was not a given. Traffic studies will be done by her department. Speed bumps and traffic circles are part of the study. But she did say, "The goal is to come up with a plan. The City does not control every street, the county controls some, some are service roads, etc." So in other words, it is easier said than done.

Some good news from Sandra is that two of the new trolleys have arrive and within the next week or so, you should see the mini-buses swapped out for them. A phone app is being designed to coordinate schedules and info, which will be a big help.

Sandra said that the 249 mini bus will still run through the Grove, which help alleviate some wait times. If you don't want to wait for the trolley, you can hop on the bus.

Hector Badia, of the City's Capital Improvements Program, was also at the meeting. He spoke about the planned renovation South Bayshore Drive, which is to be from Mercy Hospital down to Darwin Street. Preliminary meetings should be scheduled for early next year. 

Hector also said a study is being done about placing a traffic circle at 32nd Avenue (McDonald Street) and Day Avenue. The circle needs to be voted on by 100% of the affected neighbors, which is only four (one on each corner), but it does need to be approved by all of them. The cost for the circle is $250,000.

Most of the rest of the meeting was about ideas and plans to affect traffic changes in Coconut Grove, from slowing traffic to changing patterns to ideas of how to remove so much traffic tie-ups around our schools.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

White Tiger & Dragon holding annual fundraiser/party

White Tiger & Dragon karate school is having its 10th annual fundraiser/holiday party at the school on Saturday, December 10.

The event is open to the public. The competition begins at 8:30 am and goes till 2 pm, simultaneously they have a party that includes a DJ, dancing, potluck lunch, and the Karate Santa. There will be karate demonstrations throughout the day.

Donations collected that day will go to  martial arts scholarship fund. White Tiger & Dragon operates on a sliding scale never turning away a child that wishes to train in the martial arts.

They are located at 2460 SW 28th Lane. For more info: 305-505-4919.

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Add authentic Thai to Commodore's restaurant mix

Got a little tour of Atchana's Homegrown Thai restaurant, by Steve Capellini, who owns the restaurant with his wife Atchana. Steve did so much of the work himself, I would see him working there daily and now it's almost time to open, the red awnings are up and they are hoping the new restaurant at 3194 Commodore Plaza, will be open by the end of the year. 


You all may remember Siam Lotus, the restaurant in the green building, that was on US 1 in South Miami for so many years. Well they brought all that flavor and feel and authentication to the new Atchana's. I was telling Steve that I first tried duck at Siam Lotus and I used to make food runs for my favorite soup, Tom Yum Kai (I had to, it was named after me). This door at the new location is the actual carved front door from Siam Lotus. It was carved in Thailand and they saved it from the old restaurant all these years.


The restaurant has a lot of personal touches, like this little Red Bull case. Red Bull is from Thailand and these are the bottles it comes in.

Steve told me that he will be making his own Sriracha hot sauce from his own grown peppers. He plans on growing the peppers himself, along with herbs and lemon grass right in the restaurant and also out front. 


The centerpiece of the room has to be the 450 gallon fish tank. It add so much color and calmness to the surroundings.
Most of the restaurant features reclaimed wood, from Coconut Grove docks. Most of the material in the place is recycled. They have a perfect location at the corner of Commodore and Grand and I know from past experience that their food is perfect. So I would wish them luck in their new endeavor, but I don't think they need it.
I got a sneak peek at the menu and there are house favorites like Lobster Pad Thai, Whole Snapper, Crispy Duck, Rib Eye Thai Style and Fresh Spring Rolls, Tom Yum Goong and Tom Kha Kai soups with Wonton and Tofu Soup, too.

Curries include Beef Massaman Curry, Green Curry Pork, Panang Chicken Curry and Chicken Yellow Curry. Noodles and rice include Pad Thai, Kuay Teaw Pad, Pineapple and Shrimp Fried Rice, Pad Woonsen and so much more.

I love the Thai Doughnut Holes for dessert along with Thai's Cream Sandwich, Tropical Fruit Sorbet and Mango and Sticky Rice.

They have lots of greens and lots of starters like Bangkok Wings and Satay and Thai Beefy Jerky.

I think I have a new favorite place and they haven't even opened yet!

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It's not just a bakery, it's a lifestyle

Francesca, Melissa and Chrissy
CraveClean Protein Bake Shop is opening Monday, December 12, at 3012 Grand Avenue, that's next to Soles sneaker store.

Some of you may know them from their first location at 3822 SW 8th Street. 

CraveClean believes in the power of clean eating. According to Francesca Morello, the owner, you will recognize every ingredient in their baked goods. "We pride ourselves on bridging the gap between fitness and foodies."

I met with Francesca and friends, Chrissy and Melissa and they showed me around the new place. It's bright, clean and full of promise. The menu looks delicious and they have a lot of coffee and teas along with the baked goods.

All their items are loaded with protein and have less than 2g of sugar, they are low in calories and carbs. There are no additives or preservatives used.

They have just about everything from doughnuts to cupcakes, brownies, muffins, cookies and cakes.

I checked out the extensive menu, there are so many choices under different categories like Cupcakes, Brownies, Cookies, Donuts and Cake Pops. For instance cupcakes consist of black and white, blueberry, mocha, peanut butter cup, pecan, smores, red velvet and so many more. 

The prices are $3.75 for a single cupcake, $20.50 for six; $29.95 for nine; $39.95 for 12.

Brownies start at $3.95 for one, Cake Pops are $3.00. 

Francesca got tired of eating unhealthy protein bars and shakes and started experimenting in her own kitchen and the rest is magic. 

Daniella Morello, head of marking told me, "We will be adding a few more breakfast items as this new location has many men and women working in the area that could use a quick, healthy, high protein breakfast, items for example, like our Proats (oatmeal packed with protein and the toppings of your choice)."

Crave Clean will be open 7 days. I don't have the hours of operation, yet, but look for them Monday, December 12.



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Monday, December 05, 2016

Club elects 125th member on 125th birthday

Marlene Erven, President of the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove, with 125th Member
Kathy Kesler and Nancy Boggio showing “125”
Members of the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove unanimously elected Kathy Kesler as its 125th Club member at its December 1 membership meeting. “We are so pleased to welcome Kathy as our 125th member during this memorable 125th anniversary year,” said Woman's Club President Marlene Erven. 

“The club has also reached what is thought to be its highest number of member in its history with 127 members,” she said.

Kathy, a resident of Coconut Grove, is the founder and President of Interspace Design Group in Coconut Grove specializing in Hotel Interior Design. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce and is the Public Relation Director of the Rotary Club of Coconut Grove. 

The Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove was established in 1891, five years before Miami became a city by Flora McFarlane and the pioneer women of Coconut Grove.  It is the oldest community service organization in South Florida and its clubhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Interestingly enough, the Peacock family, who owned the Peacock Inn, across the street from the club gave a few acres of land to Commodore Ralph Munroe when he arrived in 1891, Ralph gave part of the land to the library and the other part to the Woman's Club, which was called the Coconut Grove Housekeeper's Club at the time. Commodore Munroe of course ended up at The Barnacle site where he built his home.

For more information on the Woman’s Club, email info@coconutgrovewomansclub.com or call 305-216-0626.

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Celebrating The Barnacle's 125th birthday

The Barnacle celebrated it's 125th birthday Sunday with a free party for the public. There was cake and hot dogs and burgers and live music. Above, Barnacle Society Board President Alyn Pruett addresses the crowd, dressed as Commodore Ralph Munroe, original Barnacle owner and Park Ranger, Katrina Boler, who told a beautiful story of the history of the Commodore and how The Barnacle came to be.

Here's one of the two birthday cakes. A little smashed, but delicious.

People lined up for cake, served by Alyn and Katrina. 


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Sunday, December 04, 2016

Call to artists for Gifford Lane Art Stroll poster

The Sixth Annual Gifford Lane Art Stroll Poster Artist Contest has been announced for the March 5, 2017 Stroll. This is the 19th year for the Stroll itself. (Here's story and pics from last year's Stroll)

The winning artist will receive a free booth space and all the recognition they can bestow upon them, like being announced here in the Grapevine. The Stroll will use the winning design for the poster, postcard, and all promotional materials for the 2017 Gifford Lane Art Stroll.

The rules are as follows:
- Must be signed original artwork
- Art should be sent as attached jpeg files
- If chosen files must be available in hi-res 300 dpi or better
- Art is to be submitted via email to giffordlaneartstroll@gmail.com
- Limit of 2 submissions per artist
- Image must be able to be sized into 5x7 and 18 x 12 . 
- Deadline for submissions is December 19, 2016

The winner will be notified no later than January 9, 2017

Entries that are not selected will be deleted.

For the 2017 Poster Artist:
If accepted, The Gifford Lane Art Stroll has my permission to reproduce my artwork for the purpose of advertising and marketing the Stroll.The Gifford Lane Art Stroll also has my permission to publish photographs or videos taken of my booth, my work and me during the Festival for purposes related to promotion of the Stroll, past or future.
If selected as the poster artist, I understand that there will be no additional remuneration, or compensation beyond the waiver of the Artist Booth Fee.

Upon completion of the Stroll, all ownership and rights to the original images will revert to the artist.

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Lighting the town Christmas tree


The Coconut Grove tree lighting was held Saturday night. The weather was perfect and hundreds came out for the fun. Commissioner Ken Russell and Monty Trainer did the honors with Santa Claus at their side. The snow made all the difference. 




Here Commissioner Russell starts the count down. He asked Santa for a new skateboard, apparently his wife threw out his old one ever since he fell off and broke his arm!




Virginia Street was closed off to traffic and a small holiday village, perfect for families, was there all afternoon into the evening. 


School children made beautiful village houses that lined Virginia Street.


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Saturday, December 03, 2016

County releases plans for "new" Grove Playhouse

The Miami-Dade County Dept. of Cultural Affairs sent out "Background Materials" related to the Coconut Grove Playhouse and the upcoming meeting next week. And just as I always suspected, the façade of the playhouse will be saved in the plans for what they call "renovation" and the rest will be knocked down. 

The county calls it a "transformation of this local icon," but to be honest, they let it deteriorate for over 10 years, letting termites and weather do all the work of demolition by neglect. It was never looked after or taken care of and until a friend set up something in the middle of the night a few years back to have portions painted to protect it, it was just left to rot. If any of us would have let our property go like this, we would have been fined. But the city and county ignored it.

In 2004, citizens voted to save the Playhouse and $20 million in taxes was put aside to restore the structure. But only the façade will be saved.

From the "background materials" sent out: 

"The plan for the renewed theater takes into account both the historic and cultural significance of the site by saving the most architecturally significant parts of the Playhouse, the iconic corner building and its ornate façade wrapping around Main Highway and Charles Avenue. The original design intent will be restored by having retail once again engage the street.The plan maintains the original diagonal axis, along which a new twenty-first century theater will be positioned. A crescent shaped outdoor space, reminiscent of the original lobby space, will create the transition between old and new and serve as a community gathering space even when no events are taking place in the theater. The new theater will include the front-of-house and back-of-house spaces and amenities that contemporary users and audiences expect and demand. 

"A parking garage is proposed for the north side of the site where surface parking currently exists. The garage will serve the needs of theater as well as nearby merchants and the Grove community."

The garage seems to be for 500 cars and will sit on the parking lot space that is currently there next to the theater facing Main Highway. There will be retail on the first floor of the garage. And hidden in the plans are 35 residential units that will be part of the new structure. They are 1/1 and 2/2 condos. That was never a doubt in my mind, you can never just have something done to please the public, there always has to be some sort of back end, money-making scheme involved. 

It goes on: "The County’s contract for architectural and engineering work includes a master plan for a two theater scheme: the funded 300-seat theater for GableStage; and a second 700-seat theater which is unfunded."

Joseph Adler, Producing Artistic Director of GableStage, is the theater company that will operate and program the new 300 seat theater. The 700 seat theater is a whole different animal and will have (if ever built) it's own director.

This whole process can take up to three years including a year and a half just for architectural designs. 


The bottom line is that the façade will be saved, the wrap around of the building's front, so as you enter the village, you'll see the playhouse as it was. You can clearly see that part in the photo above. The plan is to bring it back to it's original 1927 look. Behind it, the interior will be all new and state-of-the-art as they say. That's the huge auditorium part in the back. And to the right of the building, in the photo, is the surface parking lot now, which will be the new garage. The residential units will be part of the mix in there somewhere. From a diagram I saw, it appears as if they will be on either side of the garage.

Many who worked there are not pleased with the plans, they want the whole structure saved. Others feel that making it a modern theater is the answer, but I've been to quite a few plays up north, and the theaters are all the original theaters, many from the turn of the century. They are restored and renovated, but the look feel and essence are still there. 
Sort of like the Guzman Theater in downtown Miami.

I recently saw Melissa Etheridge perform in an old original theater in South Hampton, Long Island; and Jesse Tyler Ferguson in a play in the Lyceum Theatre in NYC. The theater was part of the charm. The Lyceum is the oldest continuously operating legitimate theater in NYC. Opened in 1903 and still going, it has landmark status. 

There are those who want a new theater, there are those who want the original theater and there are those who just want something open and running.


Here are the background materials and links there to other reports and proposed plans that you will find of interest, including renderings and drawings.


Town Meeting: Update on the Coconut Grove Playhouse
Thursday, December 8
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Ransom Everglades Auditorium, 3575 Main Highway.

RSVP here

On a side note, I found these interesting articles, that maybe the County should read:
10 Steps for Restoring Historic Theaters.

and this: Theater Preservation Guidance.
and: What it takes to restore a 1929 Brooklyn 'Wonder Theater'

Anyway, I'm picturing that scene in Frankenstein where the townspeople chase him with pitchforks and fire. I'm seeing this sort of thing happening at next week's meeting at Ransom.

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Be a part of 33 Kitchen's one year anniversary

33 Kitchen is celebrating their one year anniversary with a special dinner.
It's been a fantastic year for them, with great food reviews from food critics and customers. They've received a lot of press and great social media boasts.


The have been selected "Best Peruvian restaurant" by the New Times in the Best of Miami issue and their Chef and owner, Sebastian Fernandez (shown here), soon will participate at the Sobe Food & Wine Festival as one of the 60 best Chefs in America. 

The Six Course Dinner is Friday, December 9, at 7 pm. It will be by reservation only by emailing: DinnerThirtyThree@yahoo.com or calling 786-899-0336.

The special menu:

- Tuna tartar yuzu, cucumbers, green apple, rice cracker -Conchitas a la parmesana Seared Scallops, white wine, parm cheese.
- Causa Limena potatoes, avocado, tuna, ají amarillo sauce.
-Sudado de corvina Pan roasted corvina, Peruvian style red onions and yellow chili sauce.
-Seco de cordero Lamb chop, cilantro and Peruvian chicha sauce, smashed potatoes 
- Tres Leches with fresh berries 

Cost: $66 per person
Complimentary Glass of Cava.

33 Kitchen is at 3195 Commodore Plaza.


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Friday, December 02, 2016

No truer words . . .


Saw this on social media today. It's a New Yorker cartoon by Liam Francis Walsh.

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FAM Night - Fashion + Art + Music, is Saturday

Hope you'll stop by the Grove tree lighting at CocoWalk on Saturday night (8 pm), and stick around for FAM Night, when Fashion + Art + Music collide for a fun nigh tall around the Village.

Stroll the streets, see what you find. Who needs Art Basel when you have the Grove?

Urban Art Intensity is featured at KROMA Gallery (3670 Grand Avenue), take the free trolley down there from 6 to 9 pm and check out the African American works on paper from David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland. 


A piece by Mr. Brainwash.
Not to be left out, enjoy live music and a pop-up jewelry artist at Condom USA. Enjoy discounts up to 20% off during FAM Night. They are next to the Sandbar at 3066 Grand Avenue. From 6 to 9 pm.

A Pop Art Exhbit takes place at Frameworks (3796 Commodore Plaza) from 6 to 9 pm. Featured are Mr. Brainwash, Banksy, Haring, Indiana, Lichtenstein, Frankenthaler, Dine, Wesselmann and more. This is my kind of show.

The Armando Colls show is at the Sonesta Hotel (2889 McFarlane Road). Enjoy champagne and nibbly things in the lobby, which is turned into an elegant gallery. Native Floridian, Armando is a landscape and still life photographer. 


Our pals at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery are offering a showing by R.C. Bailey (as opposed to R.C. Cola), Bailey a Florida resident for over 40 years is a self described, "Turn-of-the-Century Post-Raphaelite artist." If you see his work, left, you'll know what he means.

Also, if you just stroll around you'll find musicians playing all over the place. The Drum Circle is at the entrance to The Barnacle from 6 to 10 pm. 

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Join Saturday's free historic bicycle tour of the Grove

The Coconut Grove Historic Bicyle Tour is Saturday, December 3. It's a free event, everyone is welcome.

Meet in front of City Hall at 9:30 am (3500 Pan American Drive), the ride goes until 12:30 pm.

Bike the central district of Coconut Grove, among the most historic locations in Southeast Florida. The first stop will be the waterfront at Peacock Park, the original "Jack's Bight." Hear the tales of lighthouse keepers, war and peace with the Seminoles, hardy mariners and isolated homesteaders. Cruise down to The Barnacle, home of distinguished resident, photographer and sailboat designer Commodore Ralph Munroe. 

Then take a look at the dynamic neighborhoods just north of the Grove's business district. Among diminutive early-century cottages and grand Conch-style homes, view Modern Tropical, Arquitectonica, and many other recent architectural styles.

To sign up for the tour contact: Frank W. Schena Royal Palm Tours Of Miami 786-346-3356 or frank@royalpalmtoursofmiami.com

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Don't miss the Coconut Grove Tree Lighting

It's December, so it's time to think about the Coconut Grove tree lighting! The 4th annual Tree Lighting takes place at CocoWalk on Saturday, December 3, at 8 pm, but before then, visit CocoVillage, located at Virginia Street and Grand Avenue which will be open from 3:00 to 9 pm. Virginia Street will be closed off. Explore the holiday village created by local school children from Coconut Grove Elementary, Carver Elementary, St. Alban’s Enrichment Center in Coconut Grove, St. Alban’s Enrichment Center in South Miami, Frances S. Tucker Elementary and local businesses. The holiday village houses were made possible by Shell Lumber. It's reminiscent of the holiday houses we used to have during Snow Days.

The whole day is fun for the entire family with music, face painting, holiday decorations, and more. Enjoy sweet treats and hot cocoa provided by The Mayfair Hotel as you shop the holiday marketplace. After visiting CocoVillage head next door for photos with Santa Claus at CocoWalk. 

Donations of children’s toys will be collected onsite at the CocoVillage for St. Alban’s Child Enrollment Center.

The tree lighting will be officiated by Commissioner Ken Russell whose office sponsored the event with the Coconut Grove BID and CocoWalk.

The same night is FAM Night - Fashion + Art + Music - where the Grove is full of all this fun stuff you'll find as you wander around!



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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I like what I'm seeing

You know what I like? If you scroll down, the last four stories were about Coconut Grove history. Not designed to be published one right after the other, but I find it interesting that this is what happened to come up in the news these past couple of days.

The Stirrup House, The Barnacle's anniversary, the Coconut Grove Playhouse update and Vizcaya lost spaces. People appreciate all four of these places and I know there will be a lot of people at these upcoming events.

Now if we could just save some more history around here. 

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Turning a pioneer's house into a B&B

The EWF Stirrup House at 3242 Charles Avenue was built in 1897, it is one of the oldest houses in Coconut Grove. The Barnacle  was built in 1891. And the Mariah Brown house, a few houses up from the Stirrup House, was built in 1890.

Ebenezer Woodbury Franklin Stirrup, a Bahamian immigrant who settled in the Grove, built the two story house, shown here as it was for over 100 years, before renovations started. Mr. Stirrup ended up being one of the largest land owners in the Grove. Stirrup lived in the house until his death in 1957, at the age of 84. It remained in the hands of the Stirrup family all these years. 


The Stirrup House is now in the process of becoming a B&B.  At the other end of Charles Street is The Charlotte Jane Memorial Park Cemetery, named for the love of Ebenezer Stirrup's life. It's a very historic street with most if not all of the houses built by Stirrup to house fellow Bahamians who settled here. That is Mr. Stirrup at left.

Peter Gardner, of Sabal Hill LLC, involved with the renovation, answered a few questions for me regarding the job.

TOM: When do you think the job will be complete?  
PETER: April 30, 2017

TOM:
How many rooms for guests?    
PETER: 5

TOM: Is it an exact replica of the original house?  
PETER: Yes

TOM: What will the name of the Inn be?   
PETER: Not decided yet

TOM: Is it connected to the other restaurants, Spasso, Taurus, etc.  
PETER: No, we are currently working on food and beverage options for the inn.

TOM: What is the cost of renovation?   
PETER: In excess of $1 million

TOM: It appears as if the house was almost knocked down and then rebuilt, why was this? Couldn't anything be saved?  
PETER: Very little could be saved due to termites, etc.

TOM: What type of wood is being used? Florida Pine?
PETER: Florida Pine and Cedar outside


TOM: Does the house have historic designation?   
PETER: Yes – City of Miami

TOM: Have you seen the Mariah Brown house up the street?
PETER: Yes  


TOM: Any thoughts on that?   
PETER: No







This is the Mariah Brown house, just up the street. She came to the Grove from the Bahamas in 1899 by way of Key West. Mariah worked at the Peacock Inn, which was in Peacock Park, back, behind where Glass & Vine is now. This house was constructed in 1890.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Barnacle celebrating 125th anniversary on Sunday

The Barnacle is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the historic state house on Sunday, December 4 from 11 am to 4 pm. The Birthday ceremony is at 1:25 pm.

Admission to the park is free, the public is invited. There will be prizes, kids crafts and live music. Bring a picnic or buy lunch from the grill - burgers and hot dogs, $1.25 ea.

The Barnacle is located at 3485 Main Highway.

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