Weekend Best Bets: WellFest and Unique Florida Experiences

WellFest Founder Bob Lipp and Sandra Tribioli want to position Delray as a wellness destination.

WellFest Founder Bob Lipp and Sandra Tribioli want to position Delray as a wellness destination.

WellFest Tops Our List

Bob Lipp and the WellFest team believe that Delray Beach can become internationally renowned for health and wellness.
Who are we to disagree? Plus, in the interest of full disclosure I own a small piece of the festival, but the reason we find Lipp’s vision so compelling is that he is tapping into a serious trend that Delray Beach is well positioned to capture: the desire of people to live, full, healthy and productive lives.
WellFest will be at Delray Center for the Performing Arts all weekend with top notch speakers at the nearby Hyatt Place.
Do yourself a favor and visit the expo where you will be able to sample great good and talk to top notch practitioners.

Visit www.wellfestusa.com for tickets and information

Safari in the Glades

Feeling adventurous?
Have we got an idea for you.
How about a “Sunset Safari” at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, 10216 Lee Road, in Boynton Beach.
Inteprid souls can take a VIP tour of the refuge, which includes an airboat ride, guided canoe trip, nature walk, a reception, dinner, music and live music all to benefit the Marshall Foundation for the Everglades.
The cost is $1,000, but the experience is completely unique and one of a kind. The Safari takes place from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, March 8.
For more information call 233-9004 or visit www.artmarshall.org

Delray Home Tour Offered

We know next Thursday is not technically this weekend, but it’s our blog and we like the cause so we are urging you to get tickets for a Delray Home Tour of the terrific Palm Trail neighborhood, March 13 to benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families.
The time of the tour is 10 a.m. 4 p.m. and the cost is $100.
Palm Trail is one of Delray’s premier neighborhoods and features a wide variety of design and architectural styles.  For information call 266-0003 ext. 16 or visit www.delrayhometour.com.

Cousin Brucie in Boca

Remember Cousin Brucie?
The legendary DJ will be in Boca March 7 for “Pop, Rock and Doo Wop Live” a tribute to the legends of 50s and 60s rock and roll.
Featuring Shirley Alston Reeves of The Shirelles, The Vogues, The Legendary Teenagers, Jimmy Clanton and The Reflections, tickets range from $39-$75.
The event will be held at Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium at the University Center at FAU.
Call 800-564-9539 or visit www.fauevents.com for more information.

A True Florida Experience

How about something completely different for kids of almost all ages (10 and up).
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca is offering a “Seining the Lagoon” program, March 8.
Explore the grasses and flats of the Intracoastal Waterway. Hand held dip nets and large seine nets allow participants to catch and release a variety of fish, shrimp, crabs and other marine life.
Cost is $5 for members, $8 for non-members. Call 544–8615 for times and reservations.

WellFest: Get Your Tickets

WellFest Founder Bob Lipp and Sandra Tribioli want to position Delray as a wellness destination.

WellFest Founder Bob Lipp and Sandra Tribioli want to position Delray as a wellness destination.

When long-time marketing executive, Bob Lipp, created WellFest™ Delray, he combined his passion for “expanding the wellness conversation” and his considerable marketing skills to carefully connect the event’s message with a growing audience.

“It was important that WellFest not be perceived as simply another health and wellness event,” said Lipp. “And so we developed a mission statement and defined the parameters for Exhibitors, Sponsors and Expert Speakers.”

Lipp also applied for a US trademark of the term WellFest, which was awarded a few months after the event debuted in March of 2013.

“The mission of WellFest Delray 2014 (the weekend of March 8-9, from 11AM – 5PM) is to: Educate, inform, motivate and inspire people to stay fit, eat well, think positive, reduce stress, take care of themselves and others and think green. We encourage people to participate in a ‘WellFest-lifestyle’ and benefit from being proactive about their health and well-being, as opposed to being reactive,” added Lipp. “The goal is to embrace preventative measures and focus on how the mind, body, spirit connection can impact our health in so many positive ways.”

Lipp also remembers a time when a WellFest-lifestyle wasn’t part of mainstream thinking, and a variety of today’s accepted therapies, food concerns and even exercise programs were called into question or considered a fad.

He told us that “Earlier in my career, I taught Communications at The Ohio State University, and earned my Master’s Degree after writing a thesis entitled: The Image Making of Body Building.

“I created a marketing model for improving image and applied it to what was then a low credibility sport. My subject was a guy I met at a gym in Brooklyn, who was working in Columbus. Ohio. Perhaps you’ve heard of him, Lou Ferrigno? Then a guy named Arnold Schwarzenegger came to town to launch his Mr. Olympia contest and I assisted with local promotions.”

“While these two individuals helped legitimize a sport, what they really did was make it OK for men and women to participate in a lifestyle that resulted in more than building muscles. It helped to build self-respect and self-esteem; and what’s more positive than that?”

In just its second year, WellFest Delray has emerged to be a significant and important event, but for Lipp, one of his proudest moments was being able to use some of the money from the grass roots event to fund an awards program at a local school.

“Banyan Creek Elementary School is our first recipient of a cash award that will go to students who advocate or exemplify the importance of fitness, good nutrition and self-esteem, said Lipp. “Students selected will be according to guidelines set up by the school.”

The program was particularly important for Sandra Tribioli, Director of Operations for WellFest and a mother of three school-aged children. “It’s great when an event like WellFest or a business or an individual can make such a positive impact on our children, and we are pleased that Principal Fay and Vice Principal L’Etoile have been so gracious in accepting our offer.”

The “Weekend of WellFest” March 8-9, 2014 (11AM – 5PM) at Delray Center for the Arts and Hyatt Place promises something for everyone.

Currently there are 20 Sponsors and over 90 Exhibitors, Food Services and Speakers. Sponsors include: Acupuncture Associates, Celsius, a calorie burning beverage, Fiesta Pet Deli, Delray Center for the Arts, Delray Chamber of Commerce, Delray Library, Delray Medical Center, Gulfstream Business Bank, Health & Wellness Magazine, Hyatt Place Delray, Javita Coffee, Mint Fit 111, Naked Gourmet, Mind, Body and Spirit Café, Smart Car Palm Beach, Synergy Fitness Boca, The Crystal Garden, 21 Drops, Yoga Journey and Zaaz Studios.

Speakers include noted area author Margaret Lembo, who has written several books for adults and one for children on Chakra and Crystals, and Dr. Brian Clement, of the famed Hippocrates Health Institute.

Support and interest in this educational and inspirational event that features an Expo, Expert Speaker Sessions, Fitness/Well-being Center, WellPet area and Eat Well Food & Beverage Court grows every day.

“The support has been impressive, to say the least” states Bob Lipp the event creator. “In just our second year, we’ve seen businesspeople and organizations that support businesses, residents and visitors from Delray and surrounding areas get behind this important event.”

The event will take place under an open-air structure outdoors at Delray Center for The Arts (off Swinton and Atlantic Avenues in downtown Delray) as well as the meeting rooms at Hyatt Place from 11AM – 5PM, Saturday and Sunday.

For a $15 fee ($20 for both days), attendees will receive a range of high-value savings at many Wellness-related businesses, an Expert Speaker Series at Hyatt Place with over 20 Speakers and topics, food samples from some of Delray’s top restaurants, a range of product samples, entertainment and demonstrations, consultation with experts, and even free massage stations throughout the event.

For further information, visit www.WellFestUSA.com.