Weekend Best Bets: Holiday on Ice, Boca Art Guild & More

Cringle Mingle hits the hot spots

Cringle Mingle hits the hot spots

Swing & Jazz Preservation Society

Are you in the mood for a little holiday swing?

The Delray Center for the Arts Friday Night Concert Series has just the cure.

Check out the Swing and Jazz Preservation Society at 7:30 p.m. at the pavilion.

Food trucks and seats for rent will be available.

Swing, jazz and big band with a holiday twist.

Free admission too!

The Polar Express

Put on your pajamas and head over to Mizner Park to catch a screening of the classic “Polar Express” Friday, Dec. 20.

The activities—which include a free train ride and “snow”-begin at 5:30 p.m.

The movies starts at 6:30.

Both are free.

Home for the Holidays on Ice

Come see world class professional skaters at The Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave. Friday through Sunday.

This has become a holiday tradition, complete with exquisite costumes and projection lighting.

Show times Friday and Saturday 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $45. For more information please call 243-7922, ext. 1.

Cringle Mingle

If your tastes run more toward the bar scene, you won’t want to miss

Cringle Mingle Santa Crawl December 21st at 8 p.m.

The 2013 Cringle Mingle Santa Crawl is going to paint Downtown Delray RED. You can expect Santas,  Elves, and maybe even a few Reindeer.

Your ticket grants you 5 drinks at 5 bars throwing 5 parties. And maybe even a chance to sit on the real Santa’s lap. The night’s schedule is as follows…

8pm-9pm – Hyatt

 9pm-10pm – DADA

10pm-11pm – Bull Bar

11pm-12am – TBD

12am-2am – Union

Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100, one ticket free with purchase of five.

Visit https://100ftchristmastree.com/ for tickets and more information.

Forgiveness offered

Have you heard about the food for fines holiday project at the Delray Beach Public Library?

If you donate food (canned or packaged) to the Library from now until Dec. 20, 2013, you will be forgiven any fines you may owe.

Sounds like a deal, but hurry.


Check out the Boca Art Guild on Atlantic Ave.

Check out the Boca Art Guild on Atlantic Ave.

Boca Raton Artists Guild Winter Show

By Dave Reeves


So…..we’re strolling down Atlantic Avenue the other night and my wife guides me toward the Boca Raton Artists Guild Gallery.

She along with fellow members have their work displayed at the recently opened show that extends through January. The hook? Wine and cheese. Never one to turn down a quick snack.

An outstanding selection of all kinds of work – oil paintings, photography, water color. And while I’m not an art aficionado, I was and have been quite impressed with the quality of work. Certainly worth a visit.  You never know. You might find that special piece of art that can decorate a room in the house.

The Guild has 11 shows every year.

Coming up is the organization’s Silent Art Auction, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 11 at the gallery at 512 East Atlantic Avenue. For more information, call 561-278-7877 or visit www.bocaguild.com. Free and open to the public.

Speaking of art, the Boca Raton Museum Art School on Palmetto Park Road (801 W. Palmetto Park Rd) is currently enrolling students for its January term. A wide range of courses avaluable – jewelry making, oil, water color, etc. Call 561-392-2503 or visit https://www.bocamuseum.org.

St. Paul’s Choir Presents All American Christmas

One of the great treasures of Delray is the magnificent music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 S. Swinton Ave.

On Sunday, Dec. 22 the St. Paul’s Choir will perform their annual “Festival of Lessons” featuring carols that showcase the diversity of American music.

The performance is free and will start at 3 p.m. Don’t miss it!

Visit www.stpaulsdelray.org for more information.


Weekend Best Bets: A Hootenanny in Boca, Folk Rock in Delray and Celebrity Tennis


Craft Whiskey, craft beer and music benefit Tri County Humane Society

Craft Whiskey, craft beer and music benefit Tri County Humane Society

The weekend starts early this week at YourDelrayBoca.Com.We are heading to Vegas, really the only place that can compete with our hometown in terms of things to do.

But don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with a slew of suggestions for this weekend.


A Hootenanny in Boca

Fine food, great cocktails, music and a great cause—can you ask for anything more?

Our best bet this weekend is Sonoma House’s Whiskey Bent Hootenanny, Friday, Nov. 15 from 7-11 p.m. at the Sonoma House, 220 NE 11th Street in Boca.

If you haven’t been to the Sonoma House you’re in for a treat. It’s a great event facility available for weddings, parties and fundraisers.

This Friday’s event is a benefit for the Tri County Humane Society. Tickets are $55 online at www.thesonomahouse.com  or bring six friends and pay $45 each. Tickets at the door are $75.

There will be music provided by Uproot Hootenanny, games, a cigar lounge, photo booth, pets for adoption and an art display.

Visitors will enjoy hand crafted whiskey, craft beers, paired with BBQ and other great food provided by The Max Group as in Dennis Max, as in Max’s Harvest, Max’s Grille etc. etc.

Tell Wes and Dennis that we sent you.


Best Bite on the Ave

Start your weekend right at the terrific Crane’s BeachHouse with a cool event called “Best Bite on the Ave.”

From 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday,  10 great local restaurants will offer a variety of tasty goodies as they compete for the exalted title of “Best Bite on the Ave”, with each eatery partnering with a local nonprofit organization seeking donations and a chance to win a special $500 prize.

  This fun and festive event will be held throughout the hotel. There is no admission charge to attend and live music will be offered throughout the evening.

The participating restaurants and their charity partners this year include:

+ 32 East  /  Atlantic High School Band 

+ Caffe Luna Rosa  /  Sandoway House

+ Casa Di Pepe  /  Delray Beach Public Library

+ City Oyster  /  AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse)

+ Jimmy’s Bistro  /  Delray Beach Historical Society

+ Pizza Rustica  /  Caring Kitchen

+ Prime Delray  /  Take Heed Theatre

+ Salt 7  /  Arts Garage

+ Solita Italian  /  Milagro Center

+ Tryst  /  Project Holiday

See you at 82 Gleason Street.


Friday Night Concert Series Features Folk Rock

We love folk rock.

In fact, we are listening to The Byrds while typing this.

And just like the song “Turn, Turn,Turn” says, there is a time for free music. And that time is Friday night Nov. 15 at 7:30 at the Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave.

This week’s band is “The KillBillies” (love that name) and they rock.

Formed in January  2011, The KillBillies are Ben Childs, Luke Pennell and Micah Scott. Based in West Palm Beach, they are all touring veterans who have come together through a shared love of rowdy, rootsy music that speaks to the soul and has something to say. Their combined mission is simple, to stand on the shoulders of musical giants of the past to see the future. Playing banjo, mandolin, guitars, dobro, upright bass, tin whistle, saxophone, and a foot percussion rhythm section, they draw on their knowledge of Celtic music, Bluegrass, Folk, Punk, Rock and Country to create their sound. Sounds good to us.

Food trucks, limited chair rental and friends. You can’t go wrong.

 Chris Evert Pro Celebrity Classic

If you want to do a little stargazing this weekend, check out the Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic Nov. 15-17 at the Delray Beach Tennis Stadium.

More than just “hit and giggle” tennis, the event raises big money for charity. Last year, more than $600,000 was raised in three days to fight drug abuse and child neglect in Florida.

Since 1989, close to $21 million has been raised by Chris and friends.

This year, look for Jon Lovitz, Alan Thicke, Pat McEnroe, Boca’s own Vince Spadea, Martina Navratilova, Pam Shriver, Mats Wilander, rock star Gavin Rossdale and the sublime Elisabeth Shue among others.

For ticket info, visit https://www.chrisevert.org/

Have a safe weekend and remember Viva Las Vegas and Delray-Boca.

Weekend Best Bet: Look No Further Than the Delray Center For The Arts

Music, Elvis and Oktoberfest. What more do you need?

Music, Elvis and Oktoberfest. What more do you need?

Looking for something to do this weekend?
Well look no further than the Delray Center for the Arts in downtown Delray Beach for a weekend full of suds, music, nostalgia and Elvis!

The weekend kicks off early with an Oktoberfest concert tonight, Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. at the outdoor pavilion.

The American German Club of the Palm Beaches kicks off their 40th Annual Lantana Oktoberfest with a free concert in Delray Beach.

Bring your lawn chairs, settle in with some Hofbrau Bier and German Brats, and get ready for an evening of Bavarian Music and sing-a-long rock played by the 10-piece band, HELDENSTEINER, direct from the Munich Oktoberfest. It just doesn’t get any more authentic than that.

On Friday evening, head back to the Delray Center for the Arts for the season kick off of the popular (and free) Friday night concert series.

Taking it to the Limit

Taking it to the Limit

The Eagles tribute Band “The Long Run” kicks off the concert series at 7:30 p.m.

The Long Run boasts some of South Florida’s finest and most respected musicians.  The band has reproduced the sound that made the Eagles one of the most successful bands in Rock and Roll history.

They capture the energy, melodies and vibe of one of America’s most successful bands. With five voices filling the harmonic vocals, they undoubtedly will please even the most discerning of Eagles fans.

The band claims, “…you won’t hear a Tribute Band this great till Hell Freezes Over.” They’ve performed with acts like Herb Reed and The Platters, The Flamingos, The Shirelles,  The Coasters, The Tokens, Trisha Yearwood , Gary “U.S.” Bonds, The Dixie Cups, Bobby Lewis,  Epcot’s British Invasion, Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, Mike Pinera from Blues Image, John Stewart’s Legends in Concert, The Romantics, Julio Iglesias Jr., Pattie Loveless and Louise Mandrell.

Bring your appetite, 15 food trucks will be on the grounds of the center. No outside food or beverage is permitted.

Also opening Friday, Oct. 10 at the Delray Center for the Arts is the new exhibit “Elvis:  Grace and Grit” featuring fine art photography from the CBS Photo Archive.

Elvis on the brink

Elvis on the brink

The exhibit, at the center’s Cornell Museum, 51 N. Swinton Ave., captures the 21-year-old Elvis on the brink of stardom. It’s magnificent.

Also at the museum is an exhibit called “Flashback: A Retro Look at the 60s and 70s” featuring artifacts on loan to the museum by the community. From political posters and old albums to photos and fashions, the exhibit captures the era through the eyes and experiences of locals. A must see!