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Friday, December 13, 2019

This barbershop quartet is much more than that

If you like barbershop quartet-style music, then the Miamians concert is for you. They are performing live at The Barnacle on Saturday, December 14.

Barbershop harmony music is arranged for four voice parts and is sung a cappella, that is, without any instrumental accompaniment.

Building on the impromptu and “woodshedding” barbershop quartets that preceded our society, this music was first sung in an organized way back in 1938 in Tulsa, Oklahoma by just a handful of men and quickly grew and spread from there. Today, choruses spanning the U.S., Canada, Australia, many parts of Europe and beyond enjoy performing music in this American-born style.

Barbershop style arrangements have been written for all types of music, from traditional gospel, regional folk melodies, Vaudeville era tunes, Jazz Age melodies, songs of the “great American Songbook” era, all the way up to some of the best popular music penned to this day.

Whether performed by a classic “Barbershop Quartet” or a hundred-man chorus, the harmonious and pleasing chords and the showcasing of the human voice are the hallmarks of the beloved “Barbershop Style”.

Purchase tickets for the Miamians concert at the gate beginning at 6:30 pm. The concert is from 7  to 9 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for members of The Barnacle Society, $3 for children ages 6 to 9, and free for children under 6. Park nearby and stroll down the tree-lined path to the spacious front lawn. Bring folding chairs and a rolling cooler and arrive early to choose the best spot for a picnic with friends. 

The Barnacle is at 3485 Main Highway.



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Winter Gala Concert with pianist Meng-Chieh Liu

Meng-Chieh Liu
The Greater Miami Youth Symphony, conducted by Huifang Chen, brings renowned pianist Meng-Chieh Liu to Miami for an all-Tchaikovsky program at the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall on December 14.   

A recipient of the 2002 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Mr. Liu first made headlines as a 21-year-old student, when he substituted for André Watts at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with three hours’ notice. His acclaimed performance was quickly followed by a recital at the Kennedy Center, among other highly praised appearances. Known as an electrifying performer, Meng-Chieh Liu has appeared with orchestras under conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Gustavo Dudamel, and Alan Gilbert, among others. His concerts have been broadcast around the world.  Mr. Liu will perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1 with the GMYS Symphony Orchestra. 

The beloved Nutcracker Suite and the 1812 Overture complete the program. Enjoy the top orchestra from Miami’s oldest and most comprehensive youth music program, performing symphonic treasures together with a dynamic pianist.

University of Miami Gusman Hall is at 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables. 

Tickets $20 for adults, $10 students and seniors. The seven other GMYS ensembles will perform at 1 pm and 3 pm — tickets available at same link here. Indicate 7 pm only, or enjoy all performances for only $5 extra.  

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Holiday party at H&H Jewels

H&H Jewels is having a holiday party and you're invited.

Stop by the store on Saturday, December 14 from noon to 6 pm. There will be complimentary parking across the street on Main Highway.

H&H is located at 3434 Main Highway.

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Ribbon cuttings and tree lighting on Saturday

There are a few events coming up on Saturday.

There is a ribbon cutting at Grove Heritage Mini Park from 10 am to noon. This Christmas celebration commemorates the renovations of the park at 3275 Margaret Street. 

The event features a Gingerbread Village and Candy Cane Hunt, there will be a book giveaway in partnership with Bookleggers.

Then if you're up for another ribbon cutting, the Canine Christmas Event is at Blanche Park (3045 Shipping Avenue). Blanche Park is reopening Saturday. This event is from 2 to 4 pm.

Stop by for some doggie treats and take a holiday selfie with your dog.

There's another Christmas tree lighting event on Saturday, this one is at Grand and Douglas.

Stop by from 6 to 8 pm and enjoy caroling and treats.

City Commissioner Ken Russell and County Commissioner Xavier Suarez will do the countdown for the tree lighting. Commissioner Russell will be at all three of these event - it will be a busy day for him.

If you missed the tree lighting event last weekend on Commodore Plaza, there are lots of great pictures of the evening here.

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Commissioner's office sponsoring Toiletry Drive

County Commissioner Xavier Suarez's office is sponsoring a Toiletry Drive. 

"During the 2018-2019 school year, there were 182 students experiencing homelessness in District 7. Since the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, there have been 77 students identified as experiencing homelessness in District 7. Almost half of the students are from Coconut Grove," says Shanise Watson, Aide to Commissioner Suarez.

"This is quite concerning to the Commissioner and so our office reached out to Debra Steiger, Director of Community Outreach, at Project Upstart to see how we could make a positive impact on the students," Shanise said.

Project Upstart identifies and offers resources and support services to homeless students throughout the Miami Dade Public School system. Ms. Steiger expressed that the items most often requested by the students are toiletry items.  

The drive will run through December 18. They have partnered with Project Upstart, the Thelma Gibson Health Initiative and Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart to collect donations for the following items:

Dental Products (e.g. toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash)
Hair Products (e.g. shampoo, conditioner, brushes, combs, hair accessories)
Hygiene Products (e.g. feminine, liquid soap, anti-bacterial gel, deodorant, bars of soap, body wash, body lotion) - no razors please

The drop off is Monday through Friday from 10 am to 3 pm at: 
District 7 Coconut Grove Office
Frankie Rolle Center
3750 S. Dixie Highway

For more info, please contact Shanise Watson at 305-694-3550 or shanise.watson@miamidade.gov

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Another weekend, another tree lighting!

There's another Christmas tree lighting event on Saturday, December 14. This one is at Grand and Douglas.

Stop by from 6 to 8 pm and enjoy caroling, treats and a surprise guest - I'm guessing it's Santa, but that's only a guess.

City Commissioner Ken Russell and County Commissioner Xavier Suarez will do the countdown for the tree lighting.

If you missed the tree lighting event last weekend on Commodore Plaza, there are lots of great pictures of the evening here.


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Still time to enter Gifford Lane poster contest

Gifford Lane resident Todd Friedman was seen on the street recently preparing his art for the upcoming Gifford Lane Art Stroll, which is Sunday, March 1, 2020, from noon to 5 pm.

There is still time to enter your art in the 9th annual poster contest which ends Saturday, March 14, 2019.

Todd is shown here with friends, from left: Davina Smith, Kevin Sterling, Todd (holding Kringle, the family pet), and Marlena, Todd’s daughter.

The winning artist will receive a free booth space. They will use the winning design for the poster, postcard, and all promotional materials for the 2020 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 5" x 7" and 18" x 12".

The winner will be notified no later than January 6, 2020.

Entries that are not selected will be deleted.

Photo by Hank Sanchez-Resnik

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Art show season is almost upon us

The Youth Artist Competition at The Orchard Lake Michigan Fine Art Show in July.

We mentioned this during the summer, but you forgot about the new art show that's coming this winter, didn't you?

As you know, each year in February we have the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and St. Stephen's Art Show and this year, they will be book-ended with the Hot Works Miami Fine Art Show which will be held at Regatta Park on December 14 and 15 and then again, March 21 and 22.


These art shows/festivals are outdoors, they are free to attend and they are known for their high quality, juried fine art and fine crafts where all work is original and personally handmade by the artist in the show. 

As these are boutique-style shows, only up to 150 artists participate - all professionals who depend on the sale of their art for a living. Hot Works established Boca Raton Fine Art Shows – since 2008 – have been voted as one of the top 100 art shows in the country – out of several thousand other art shows – a testament to their efforts and success. 

"We attract cultured individuals understanding of art and are affluent art buyers. These are the perfect community events to be part of as they are all potential customers," says Patty Narozny, Executive Producer of the shows.


A winner at Orchard Lake, MI
The associated 501c3 non-profit arm, Institute for the Arts & Education, focuses on visual arts, cultural diversity, community enrichment and fostering art education among youth. There is $1,500 in Professional Artist Awards - criteria for judging of awards is based on technique/execution, originality and booth appearance.

"As part of our commitment to bring art education into the community, Institute for the Arts & Education integrates a Youth Art Competition, a program which encourages students in grades 6-12 or K-8 to create his/her original art which is publicly displayed at the event the entire weekend," says Patty. The Budding Artist Competition exposes students to the entrepreneurship of doing something they love for a living – creating their art - as they begin to learn the rules of being part of a professional art fair. On Sunday at 3 pm, there is a presentation with $250 in Youth Art Awards announced. The art show provides these students with an unmatched learning experience and brings families to the art show.  


Some familiar character at the Orchard Lake, MI show.

Hot Works Miami Fine Art Shows plan to be a pleasant and profitable experience for all of the stakeholders, at the same time bringing a wonderful event to Coconut Grove. Hot Works and Institute for the Arts and Education are proud of the success and nationwide recognition they have achieved in their educational endeavors. "We are all equal stakeholders in this endeavor. With our proven method of teamwork, recruiting the best artists in the field, and last but not least, our unique brand of marketing, we at Hot Works hope to not just continue maintaining our current level of success, but to make it even better yet in the years to come," said Patty.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Plant Swap and clinic at Kreative Gardens

The winning Gingerbread house.
Kreative Gardens is having another plant swap on Saturday, December 14.

The plant swap is simple - bring a few cuttings and take a few and enjoy plant conservation.

The plant swap is from 10 am to 3 pm, and there is a plant clinic from 1 to 2 pm.

Kreative Gardens won the Gingerbread Competition at Sunday's Christmas tree party. A bunch of businesses in the village created wooden houses that were lined up at the event. I also liked the Barracuda entry which was a facade of the bar with a continuously running water dog dish.


Kreative Gardens is a specialty shop located at Coconut Village along with Maya Hatcha, kcüll Shop and Catch A Wave surf shop. 

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Grove Gallery features local artists

While everybody else was chasing a banana around during Art Basel, the Grove Fine Art Gallery on Main Highway had an Art Basel Night and Cocktail Party on Saturday, where artists Peter Studl and Eileen Seitz, shown here, were with artist Simone D'Auria showing and selling their work.

There was a DJ playing at the red carpet event and the gallery ordered over 30 bottles of champagne and full service event staff. 


What's great about the Grove Fine Art Gallery is that they have been featuring and selling works by local Grove artists. There are so many great artists in our community and the gallery appreciates them and showcases them.


Peter Studl and Stefanie Schutze in front of Peter's art.


That's Sandy from the UPS store with Eileen Seitz.

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Monday, December 09, 2019

King Mango Strut meeting is Wednesday

Calling all Mangoheads! The King Mango Strut is having their next meeting at Berries in the Grove on Wednesday December 11 at 6:30 pm. 

They are looking for new blood. If you're interested show up and ask for Nathan. Don't be shy, they would love to have you join. It looks a bit confusing when you arrive and you may be tempted to run off, but don't, go up, introduce yourself and get involved!

Need a group idea? Have ideas to share? The Strut is a parody parade of events and things that happened this previous year. There are plenty of ideas you might have. Bring them along!

Berries is at 2884 SW 27 Avenue. Come early happy hour ends at 7 pm. Parking is free.

Also, the Strut has a Go Fund Me Page to help them offset the costs of the parade, which is the last Sunday of the year - December 29 at 2 pm in Center Grove.

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The Grove had a party to celebrate the tree lighting

Sunday night's Christmas lighting ceremony, actually, it was a holiday block party - was one of the best, if not the best one I've ever been to in the Grove.

The tree has moved around over the past few years, but it seems that Commodore Plaza is the best place if you want room to have a party to celebrate. The whole scene reminded me of those Southampton holiday events I love so much.

There were live performances and Santa and vendors and restaurants lined the streets.


There was so much for the kids to do and so much for adults. The bars and restaurants were full, people were selling wares on the streets, Rudolph was engaging with the kids.


The BID staff deserves all the credit for creating this wonderful event. They worked hard this past month to get this right and they went overboard. Commissioner Ken Russell and Monty Trainer led the countdown to the actual tree lighting, as they do each year and the crowd cheered when the lights came on.


The trees along Main Highway and Commodore Plaza were magnificent. It was so great to see so many people wandering around the village. Our village looked like a winter wonderland, and oh yes, there were lots of snowflakes on Commodore Plaza, which added to the magic.

The tree is up all holiday season and so are all those twinkling lights. Come by, stroll around, shop, eat and enjoy!


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Sunday, December 08, 2019

Johnny Rockets building is gone!

"I may be in pieces, but I gave you the best of me." - Jim Morrison

It was only last week when we were reminiscing about Senior Frogs and Oak Feed and now they are ghosts of the past. As the construction workers tore down the walls of the former Johnny Rockets building at 3036 Grand Avenue, Johnny Rockets, Miami Subs, Senior Frogs, Oak Feed, Pross Liquors and so many old tenants went the way of the wind. This image is the latest rendering of what might come.


The building is now just two walls, left standing to avoid demolition costs.

To be honest, that building was always a hodgepodge mess and maybe what goes in now won't be so bad, although if you look at the latest rendering, it's not really that great either and this image of Johnny Rockets seems a whole lot better and is full of life.

One thing that bothers me is all the skirting around zoning rules through loopholes and calling it a gut renovation, I've been seeing houses do that lately. They didn't have to deal with a demolition permit or get City Commission permission, which the would have approved anyway, because two walls were left up but at least they have some sort of scaffolding and you can use the sidewalks there, just barely. CocoWalk got away with closing two full sidewalks for years without any ramifications. 











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Another December, another Miami Art Week

Another Art Basel/Art Miami behind us, well almost, Sunday is the last day of the yearly event. 

The big thing this year was the $120,000 banana. Surely a publicity gimmick, but supposedly some artists sold a banana that was duct taped to the wall for that amount. It was the talk of the country, at our usual Friday night family night, everyone knew about it. I looked for it at the shows, but it got eaten by the time we showed up!

The one interesting and sad thing is that a couple of the Art Shows – Art Miami and Context are on the former site of The Miami Herald. The Herald moved out to western Miami-Dade County a few years ago and the site is now empty. So they put down pavement platforms and huge tents, larger than football fields, and the art shows go on once a year.

The view out back is spectacular because as was the case years ago, newspapers and factories and such were on the water for easy access by water and they occupied prime land. Now that land is open and spectacular and the Herald is on the other side of the airport somewhere. Long Island City, Queens and Brooklyn New York are like this, the old waterfront which was occupied by factories and such are now open to parks, restaurants and expensive condos. Society is reclaiming the waterfront, which was a dark, spooky place for so many years.










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Saturday, December 07, 2019

Come to the Grove Christmas tree lighting!

Celebrate the spirit of the holiday season with friends, family, and neighbors in Coconut Grove. On Sunday, December 8 from 3 to 7 pm, the Grove’s Commodore Plaza will close to cars and transform into a winter wonderland pedestrian promenade for the Grove’s 7th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. 

Organized by the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District (BID), join Santa in his cabin for photos; wander through the pop-up Holiday Village featuring miniature replicas of beloved local restaurants and retailers including Ariete, Taurus, Warby Parker, and Barracuda; vote for your favorite store-front decoration; listen to a variety of musical performances ranging from traditional Bahamian music to local jazz band, Strings Attached; watch performances by the Coconut Grove Ballet and Miami Conservatory of Music; and join Olaf the Snowman for face painting,  ornament decorating, and temporary tattoos at the Miami Kids Magazine’s Family Fun Zone.  

Dharma Yoga Studio is hosting a festive holiday pop-up shop where you can check out local vendors. 

The festivities will culminate with the official tree lighting ceremony at 6 pm, led by Chairman of the Coconut Grove BID and Miami Commissioner Ken Russell. The evening will conclude with the donation of dozens of Christmas trees to local families in need.

The event is free to the public and sponsors include Miami Kids Magazine, Cocowalk, Schwartz Media Strategies, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Shell Lumber, One Park Financial, and the Coconut Grove BID.

This is on Commodore Plaza between Grand Avenue and Main Highway.




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