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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Save on Grovetoberfest tickets

Grovetoberfest is back October 12 at Regatta Park this year where you will experience the largest, most anticipated, all-inclusive beer festival in the country. The beers you have been looking for are here.

Indulge in a selection of over 400 craft beers, tastings, live music, and some of the annual favorite features. Beer enthusiasts will converge to sample unlimited beer from across the country and around the planet at Grovetoberfest. Aficionados and the “casual beer fan” will be able to enjoy sampling, a live entertainment stage, and a VIP area.



The Grapevine one of the sponsors, so we'd like to offer you a discount on tickets.

Save $10 on General Admission - $34 here (promo code GRAPEVINEBREW)
This includes 4 pm entry and 400 unlimited beer samples

Save $10 on Beer Socialite - $64 here (promo code GRAPEVINEBREW)
This includes 3 pm entrance, 400 unlimited beer samples, a pint glass and a backpack




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Friday, September 13, 2019

Grove Pumpkin Patch is back where it belongs

Is there anything more picturesque  than this scene? Fall is almost here and so is the Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch!

Recently lauded as one of the top 20 Best Fall Harvest Festivals and Events by O, The Oprah Magazine, and #2 among the top 29 Best Fall Festivals and Fairs in the U.S. by Country Living, the 8th Annual Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival returns on Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27.

The festival will be held from 10 am to 6 pm both days and the great part is that it's back at it's original home Peacock Park, where it all started (2820 McFarlane Road).


The festival will feature a variety of fun activities for the whole family, including a giant pumpkin patch in the center of all the action with more than 2,500 pumpkins and a carnival for all ages. 

Admission is $20 per person for those two years and up, and includes unlimited carnival rides, a kiddie cornstalk maze, multiple fall photo vignettes, a scarecrow dress-up village, pumpkin decorating, face painting and sponsor giveaways. Admission is free for children under 24 months old (does not include access to carnival rides).

For an additional cost, attendees can also enjoy picking the perfect pumpkin in the patch (prices vary based on size) and yummy offerings in the Pumpkin Food Court featuring savory & sweet pumpkin delights, as well as delicious fair food.  Plus, adults can also enjoy a pumpkin-inspired craft cocktail or a cold brew at the Pumpkin Beer Bars.

For more information visit coconutgrovepumpkinpatch.com.



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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Try the lunch special at Saffron Indian restaurant

We had lunch at Saffron the Indian restaurant yesterday. We hadn't been there in awhile, and forgot how great it is.

We had the lunch special, which is a platter with lots of goodies in it. Two of us had chicken, but there is a vegetarian plate, lamb and seafood, too. The chicken was Butter Chicken. It's sort of like a bento box.

Included was rice, salad, naan, an eggplant dish, soup and dessert. Delicious.


The chicken platter was $14.95 each, Vegetarian is $12.95, Lamb $15.95 and Seafood $17.95.


Their menu is large and they have so many favorites like Chicken Tikka Masala. Laal Maas, Veal Shank, Aloo Gobhi, Dal Makhni and so much more. Favorite main courses are Mango Chicken Curry and Saffron Beef Curry. 

Saffron is open daily Tuesday to Thursday from 11:30 am to 10 pm; Friday and Saturday 11:30 am to midnight and Sunday from 11:30 am to 10 pm. They are closed Monday.

Saffron is located at 2982A Grand Avenue - that place with the big elephant out front, near the 24 Hour Fitness gym.

You can see the menu here.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

'Artsy Happy Hour' to be held at Woman's Club

The Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove will host their third art related event this year on Thursday, September 12. This is all part of their effort to maintain their legacy alive of being a cultural hub in the community. The club was founded in 1891 and since its very beginning, their founders were strong supporters of the Arts and Education.

Every March, for the past 18 years, the club has sponsored a scholarship program for young artists from public high schools in Dade county. The Young Artists’ Gallery program (YAG) culminates with a community event which consists of a juried art show, scholarship awards ceremony and the exhibition of student work.   

In May, this year, the club hosted a group exhibit featuring artists that have been longtime members of the club.

Now the club is ready for their “Artsy Happy Hour” in which they have invited two artists to create a live-painting, exhibit their work and interact with the guests. The artworks will be for sale to the public.

Artist Luis Berros will create one his popular style paintings live during the event. He will also exhibit several of his latest paintings. Italian Photographer, Franco Campesato, an old-school film photographer who develops his own negatives and prints in his darkroom, will exhibit his captivating photographs. 

The event is from 5:30 to 8 pm. 

The Woman's Club is at 2985 South Bayshore Drive

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Why is a for-profit business operating in the park?

Neighbors are upset over the volleyball courts at Kennedy Park. Still.

You may remember that they were against adding the lights to the volleyball courts, now they are upset that a private for profit business, Phoenix Beach Volleyball Club is doing business at the volleyball courts. But I am assuming that most of the nighttime games are from leagues, not private classes. Right?

"Have you been by Kennedy Park recently?" I was asked by one of the neighbors. I hadn't been, so I didn't know what was up. He sent me this picture, lurking from the trees. I do have one question, why are jeeps parked in the park on the grass?

He went on, "Have you seen the installation next to the volleyball nets and the newly installed lights? Remember when the neighbors invited the commissioner's office to walk through the park to see how blighted it was? How they expressed concern for the possibility of installing lights for after sunset closing games, parking and noise? How they invited Ken Russell to meet with the neighbors at a house next to the park. How some of the neighbors met with Russell at his office?"

Vaguely.

"All these efforts were to fix up a lot of neglected facilities and equipment at Kennedy Park, to keep the hours from sunrise to sunset and don’t have late night volleyball games, parking issues and noise. Well apparently the concerns of the nearby neighbors was discounted in favor of a Grove resident that had a deal with Russell to run a business out of the park. How is it possible that an elected representative that professes to champion parks and green-space, and got elected campaigning with that premise, can vote to turn Melreese Golf Course into a Soccer Stadium and shopping mall and Kennedy Park from a nature park to a sports park?" he asked.

"How is it possible that an elected representative that professes to support our neighborhoods, disregards the desire of the neighbors that live (and pay hefty property taxes) near Kennedy Park? How is it possible that an elected representative supports one Grove resident to establish a Commercial Volleyball School in our Public Park at the expense and wishes of the surrounding neighbors?"

Ken says, "I haven't ever had conversations about private volleyball business with anyone. Anonymous quotes really should be backed up with something."

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

'Food as Medicine' presented at Wellness Wednesday

Chef Diego
The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce is presenting Wellness Wednesday, "Food As Medicine" with Chef Diego of Love Life Cafe. 

Sample plant based dishes.

The event is at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery on Wednesday, September 25 from noon to 2 pm.

Cost is $5 for chamber members and $10 for non-members.

The gallery is at 3390 Mary Street, at the Mayfair Atrium.

Please RSVP here.

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Monday, September 09, 2019

Artists on the streets? Why not?



This Grapevine article from March 2008 applies today:

I was talking with an artist/gallery owner the other day about the Art Stroll and we both agreed that the Grove needs to go back to some of its roots.

We would like to see working artists on the streets. Now she thinks they should sell their wares. I think they should paint only. No selling and they should only be local artists.

So as not to turn the place into a flea market or carnival, maybe three artists a day will work -- all through permit basis and they will rotate daily or weekly -- there would be a different set of artists each day. The artists will paint on canvas, and I think, add a little charm to the streets. The artists would hand out business cards and direct interested buyers to galleries or their homes for sales, but they would not be selling right there on the street. They would be only working and that would be the objective -- an artist at work, just part of the scenery.

This would only be for artists painting on canvas, no jewelry makers, no t-shirt designers, ceramics, etc. This would serve to add an artistic air to the area and give a working artist some outdoor scenery to paint before the public.They could move around and not be confined to one area, they could paint whatever strikes them.

I think this would add a lot of charm to the area and let the Grove stand out a bit. They do this in New Orleans and it really is quite charming to see an artist at work, oblivious to the people around, just enjoying being in their element.

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Sunday, September 08, 2019

Three Sheets to the Wind performs under moonlight

Enjoy an evening of live entertainment during The Barnacle under Moonlight Concert Series at The Barnacle Historic State Park on Saturday, September 14.

Purchase tickets at the gate beginning at 6 pm and enjoy a performance from 7 to 9 pm by Three Sheets to the Wind. 

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 in the neighborhood and use the Freebee shuttle service or stroll over to the front gate for entry beginning one hour before show time. Lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. Arrive early to choose the best spot to spread out a picnic blanket on the spacious front lawn and enjoy your own treats and beverages. 

Three Sheets to the Wind plays a wide mix of music. From Grassroots acoustic Americana to electric upbeat contemporary, their lyric-driven tunes with a thread of the blues satisfy a gumbo of musical tastes.

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

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This year's Octoberfest will be like Munich in Miami!

As you know, Grovetoberfest is coming back to the Grove on October 12, and the Grapevine is happy to be a sponsor again this year, but if you can't wait until then, the 10th annual Octoberfest presented by Sam Adams is three days - September 27-29 and where SWARM recreates Munich in Miami.

Beer enthusiasts can indulge in free Samuel Adams (with ticket) seasonal brews, live music, beer-themed games, contests and prizes, scrumptious food, and a dog photo booth for your furry best friend! Seasons may not change in Florida, but the Octoberfest autumnal brews will have you feeling like you’re right in the heart of Germany!

This year, the free festival will celebrate a decade of tradition with a bigger and better event than ever before. Miami’s art-filled streets will transform into the largest, over-the-top, German Ale-House, where patrons will feel as if they’ve been transported to a Munich bar. What to expect you ask? The first Breaking The Barrel Ceremony as SWARM declares “O’zapft is” (Translation It’s Tapped) as traditionally done in Munich. A pop-up grand beer hall also awaits featuring a selection of exclusive beers and traditional bites from Fritz and Franz such as Giant Baravarian pretzels, Fine Sausage and Swiss Cheese Salad, Grilled Veal Sliders with salsa - is your mouth watering yet?! In addition, to this spectacular feast - there will be an artisan marketplace, barrel rolling bracket competitions, food trucks, live artists, and a grand photo booth with picture-perfect photo ops.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating our tenth Octoberfest," says SWARM CEO, Tony Albelo, “This year marks a decade of the event and we’re making it one for the books with stein hoisting and barrel rolling competitions, prizes, dog park activations, and some of the best food vendors in town. We’re expecting this to be our largest Octoberfest yet and we can’t wait for guests to see what we have in store for them.”

Competition is brewing at this year’s Octoberfest with Brewlympics! Patrons are challenged to partake in a series of games such as beer pong tournaments, beer barrel races, cornhole, yodeling contests, and much more. Beer drinking can also be a workout as guests can join the stein hoisting competition where their strength will be tested as they see how long they can hold a pint of beer in front of them. Last man, or woman, standing is the winner! 

Ladies are encouraged to come dressed in their finest beer maiden costumes for a chance to win the title of Miss Octoberfest, an annual costume competition. All games are on a first come, first serve basis. Patrons should plan to arrive early to get in on all of the fun.

This is a family-friendly festival, offering games such as life-size Jenga and Connect Four. Furry four-legged best friends are also welcome to enjoy dog-friendly activities. “We are excited to have the continued partnership with Samuel Admas after 10 years” says SWARM president Javi Zayas, “We look forward to taking it up a notch this year from the beers to having Miami’s favorite German restaurant Fritz and Franz, and an of icial tapping of the first keg which we have never done before!”

The lively experience gets even better with the early bird special: $6 Party Packs. Available for purchase online at wynwoodsoctoberfest.com , the 4-person party package includes (1) souvenir half-liter mug filled with Octoberfest beer, (1) authentic Bavarian hat, (1) authentic keychain, and more. The first 500 patrons to RSVP will receive free admission to the festival and one free beer. 

Wynwood’s Octoberfest Presented by Samuel Adams takes place September 27, 2019 to September 29, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM at The Wynwood Marketplace 2250 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127. For up-to-the-minute information and full day schedule visit: wynwoodsoctoberfest.com.

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Saturday, September 07, 2019

Our own version of 'Are You Being Served?'

Yesterday's article on the upcoming Flea Market reminded me of the Antique Market that we had for quote some time at the Mayfair Promenade. This story ran in September 2010. The Merv Griffin set is an old 1960s orange living room set that was in the back of the store, sort of like Kramer's thing on Seinfeld.

antique-market
The Mayfair Antique Market is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 11 am to 6 pm, and we are pleased to announce that while the crew will be doing their Lincoln Road show every other Sunday as the season heats up, they will also be staying in the Grove. So all through the tourist season and beyond, you'll be able to find our friends at their usual place at the Mayfair Promenade -- Niki, Tony, John, Louis, Andre, Frank, Angela, Charlotte and the rest.

We liken the Antique Market to Grace Brother's Department Store, from the old British tv show "
Are You Being Served?" There is something for everyone at the large full shop and there are enough characters at the Antique Market to rival Mr. Humphreys and Captain Peacock and Mrs. Slocombe and the rest. And there is always something going on in every corner of the place -- classical music up front, five little dogs running around at the back, someone is getting their hair cut in this corner and someone is buying a multi-thousand dollar bracelet in this corner.

It's a warm friendly place and one of our favorite areas of the market is the "Merv Griffin set" in the back, near the dressing rooms (they sell lots of vintage clothing, so they have a dressing room). It's been called the most civil place in Miami, where the dealers look out for each other and help out each other.


That's John Reubens being introduced to a customer's pet. Pets are always welcome at the Mayfair Antique Market.

antique

Nashaira Hollan of the Ritz Carlton and Andrea Darwell loved the gently worn Armani, Versace and Pucci that Niki Simon-Blacker sells.

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Friday, September 06, 2019

Next Chamber networker is at Il Giardino

Mr. C Hotel
The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce is having a Networking Happy Hour at Il Giardino at Mr.C Coconut Grove Hotel  on Tuesday, September 24 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

Come and enjoy the hospitality of the Grove's newest hotel.

Fees/Admission:
General Admission $15
Member admission $10

Admission includes welcome drink and complimentary hors d'oeuvres; additional drinks are at happy hour prices.

Order now online, prices are $5 more at the door the day of the event.

The hotel is at 2988 McFarlane Road

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Come to the Coconut Grove Flea Market!

A flea market near the Spillover location in 2009

The Spillover is having a Flea Market! Yup, on Sunday, September 29, stop by for the Coconut Grove Flea from 11 am to 4 pm.

Are you a fan of perusing the flea market? Some of the best gifts and fabulous finds can only be discovered at a local flea market of handmade and locally sourced goods. Unfortunately, these markets are few and far between, but the Spillover is out to make flea markets awesome again! 

Experience the charm and glory of this local flea for a day of treasure hunting with a mimosa in hand.

Enjoy live music by Noise Lab Records, and a kids corner for arts and crafts so you won't need to entertain them while you shop.

Currently, they have the following vendors, but will be adding more as the event nears—

Wanderlust Bazaar Boutique
Equipaws 
Sakura Apothecary
Art Box
Noise Lab Records 
Retro Vice Vintage 
Rooted in Reflexology by Mary Heydemann
Spillover Mimosa Bar & Kids Lemonade Stand ($4 mimosas + $1 lemonade)

This event is Kid-friendly + Dog-Friendly.

The Spillover is at the Mayfair Promenade, where great things happen.

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Thursday, September 05, 2019

City launches Online Survey on Climate Priorities

The City of Miami Office of Resilience & Sustainability has launched an online survey inviting residents to share their concerns about intensifying heat, flooding, severe weather and other climate change-related risks. Residents' survey responses will be used to prioritize actions in the Climate Ready Miami action plan, which is scheduled for release later this fall.

Climate Ready Miami includes more than 70 actions to improve the City’s resilience against climate change impacts in the years and decades to come. Goals include adapting neighborhoods and buildings; protecting public infrastructure; protecting the waterfront; informing and engaging residents; and using robust data assessments to inform decision-making.

Residents are also invited to attend upcoming Climate Ready Miami neighborhood workshops, where they can learn about climate risks specific to their neighborhoods, and talk with their neighbors and City staff about collaborative responses. Four workshops remain in the series, which runs through Sept. 23.

For more information on Climate Ready Miami, the survey and the neighborhood workshops, please visit www.climatereadymiami.com.

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