Your Cheat Sheet to SunFest upgrades

Your Cheat Sheet to SunFest upgrades

SunFest is less than three weeks away, and I’m here to help you get the absolute best experience at the absolute best waterfront music festival in the country.

One thing that is commonly overlooked is how inexpensive SunFest tickets are. The reason for this is that unlike most other music festivals SunFest is run as a local non-profit. They take in only as much as it takes to run the show each year and run quite a lean ship.

Let’s compare with a couple other music festivals: Tortuga Music Festival that just wrapped up in Ft. Lauderdale cost $229 for a 3-day pass and $1109 for the VIP experience. Okeechobee Music Festival is $360 with an $800 VIP package.

In comparison: Sunfest’s 4-day pass is: $81 which is accessible to anyone. If you want to upgrade your experience, that’s what the SunFest Upgrades are for.

Here are your choices.

1. Club SunFest

Cost: $95 (1 day) – $256 (4 days)

Here’s what being a member of the very exclusive Club SunFest gets you: 4-day festival admission and beads, viewing of Tire Kingdom Stage, air-conditioned restrooms, members only festival gate, package check, overnight chair storage, 2 drinks per person each day, $1 discount on drinks inside Club SunFest and North Garden, daily meal and Sunday brunch, and access to bar.

Click here to join Club SunFest. Bonus: You get a cool Club SunFest medallion that you wear around SunFest to let everyone know that you are a member of Club SunFest.

Club SunFest comes also comes with a Daily Pass, so if you really want to see Billy Idol on the Tire Kingdom Stage, you can get the full experience for $95 (which includes festival entrance).

Get your Club SunFest tickets here.

3. The Stand

Cost: $10 – $40 (per set of 2 bands)

The best way to get close up to our favorite bands is getting passes to The Stand.

Each act is purchased separately, and the prices are from anywhere between $10 and $40. The only catch is that there are limited tickets, so get your tickets for your favorite bands now.

Here are some examples of prices:

Pitbull: $40
Logic / Sir Sly: $30
311: $30
Ice Cube: $10
Sublime with Rome: $10

Go get your upgrades for your favorite bands now!

NOTE: The price of The Stand does not include festival admission; buyers still need a SunFest admission ticket. SunFest tickets include general admission to the concert areas at each stage. Children of all ages need a ticket for The Stand. No chairs are allowed inside The Stand.

Getting closeup to Chemradery in The Stand

3. Waterfront Hospitality

Cost: $110 – $130 (per day)

If you want to go all-out Hospitality is the way to go. Tickets are purchased for each day, they range from $110 on Thursday and Friday & $130 on Saturday and Sunday.

Waterfront Hospitality includes SunFest Admission, Complimentary Meal, 2 Cocktails & unlimited soda/water, Air-conditioned restrooms, Viewing of Ford Stage.

If you have a band you want to get up close to you can head on over to this page and see what your options are. For Logic the first night you have: Waterfront Hospitality: $110 or The Stand: $30

It’s worth noting again that Waterfront Hospitality comes with tickets to SunFest, so if you’re just going for one day, and want to get an upgrade Waterfront Hospitality might be way to go.

  • Sunfest 1-day ticket: $43 + The Stand: $30 + 2 cocktails $20 + food: $15 = $108
  • Waterfront Hospitality: $110 (includes drinks, dinner, air conditioned bathrooms & seating)

Killer view from Waterfront Hospitality

4. Club South Cove Natural Islands boardwalk

Okay, so I made this one up, but it’s a nice spot to enjoy the music from the JetBlue stage (you’re not going to see much, because you’re half a mile away). Just walk out on the boardwalk and enjoy the cool breeze coming off the intracoastal waterway, watching the wildlife and enjoying the music of SunFest.

Bonus: The entrance to the boardwalk is right next to to “The Diner” food court, so grab some food, and come out to the boardwalk to eat it. Just make sure you take what you brought back out with you, we wouldn’t want to leave any trash on these beautiful natural islands.

If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, make sure you do that as soon as possible. All of the upgrades have a limited number of tickets so get them before they are gone!

Mazie’s at 3815 S. Dixie HWY opening for Dinner today

Mazie’s at 3815 S. Dixie HWY opening for Dinner today

Mazie’s, featuring “New World Comfort Food,” will open on Dixie Highway’s restaurant row in West Palm Beach on Monday, April 2. The restaurant is owned and operated by Chef Eric Baker, formerly of Delray Beach’s Max’s Harvest and Jason Lakow, the former General Manager of Café Boulud.

“We are excited to welcome our guests here, and hope Mazie’s will be a true neighborhood spot. We will set aside 40% of our seats to accommodate walk-in diners for breakfast, lunch and dinner.” said Jason Lakow.

Mazie’s will serve Dinner only for the first few weeks. After that, they will open for brunch. The final plan is to be open  seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Brunch served 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dinner will be served starting daily at 5 p.m. with happy hour daily from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Mazie’s is approximately 2600 square feet, built from the ground up and features a tropical garden patio, a nine-seat bar and 65 seats. The restaurant was named for Chef Eric’s grandmother Mazie, whose parents immigrated to Brooklyn from Europe in the 1890s.

The dinner menu features a variety of entrees, all served with two sides. There are 12 sides available. Each entrée comes with a sauce and there are 12 sauces to choose from. The dinner menu also features platters that can be shared. The menu will also feature daily specials as well as weekly favorites, including “Chinese Take Out” on Sundays.

Mazie’s will serve brunch every day featuring all day breakfast items, open-faced sandwiches, soups and salads.

“We have so enjoyed creating a menu that merges our family traditions and recipes with our own flair,” said Chef Eric Baker. “We like to think of Mazie’s as an all-day café meets neighborhood bistro.”

Sandra Lakow, a Seattle native, graduated from Harvard Law School and planned a career in environmental law. She met Jason while bartending at Amali and developed a passion for the culinary world. She will serve as Mazie’s sommelier.

For more information visit: mazieswpb.com, follow at @mazieswpb or call 561-323-2573.

Why I’m Voting for Shanon Materio (in pictures)

Why I’m Voting for Shanon Materio (in pictures)

Election day is a week away! Here are the reasons why I am voting to re-elect Commissioner Shanon Materio for District 5!

I’ve lived in the South End with my family for the last eight years. One of the first people we got to know was Shanon and Phil Materio at the very first neighborhood meeting I went to. Before she was our commissioner she was actively involved in the community and as a commissioner she has had the opportunity to ramp up her efforts and has represented us consistently.

Over the past few weeks I’ve spent most weekends walking through the South End streets talking to people and reminding them to get out and vote on March 13th. When I mention Shanon their response is almost always the same: Big smiles in recollection of some point in their lives when they interacted with Shanon. Whether it was in her role as a small business owner downtown, or as a mom volunteering on the PTO putting her children through the local school system, or as a founding member of the South End Neighborhood Association, or most recently a City Commissioner, Shanon is someone the neighborhood knows they can count on when they need help.

I could go on and on, but since a picture is worth 1000 words, I thought I’d post just some of my pictures I have taken of Shanon Materio over the years.

But first, I took the header picture last summer when I was driving by the Police Athletic League on Tamarind for their Car Wash. All the kids were out on the road waving signs to get drivers to stop by the car wash, and right next to them was Commissioner Materio. I had to stop to get my car washed and take this cute picture and a selfie.

Shanon Materio supports the issues that we support

Each of the districts of West Palm Beach has issues that are specific to them. In the South End it is the West Palm Beach Golf Course, South Olive Tennis Center, supporting our small businesses, economic development, crime, etc. As a Commissioner Shanon has supported the South End well but also understands and cares about the issues in every neighborhood. Whether it’s downtown traffic, walk/bikeability, technology and entrepreneurship, social justice, Shanon understands that one district’s issues are the whole city’s issues, and she has supported all our issues on the City Commission.

Commissioner Materio with Cora at the Bradley’s Hole in One in 2012. After years of Shanon working on this the City entered into a contract with a developer who is investing 89 million into a new golf course and Top Golf and hotel, while keeping the integrity of our Municipal Golf Course and not costing the city anything.

Commissioner Materio at “Bourbon Sprawl”, a meeting focused on urban issues.

Commissioner Materio with Mayor Muoio and local community members in 2014 at the grand opening of Palm Beach Tech

Commissioner Materio with the Mayor, Commissioners Moffett and James and DDA Executive Director Raphael Clemente at the rollout of the SkyBike program in 2015.

Commissioner Materio at the South End Neighborhood Association 2016 Holiday Party at the South Olive Tennis Center. The City has allocated the funds to rebuild the Tennis Center club house creating a world class facility.

Commissioner Materio working with city residents in a charette to get community feedback and find solutions and new ideas to solve the issues with Okeechobee Blvd.

Shanon Materio with Congresswoman Lois Frankel, Mayor Jeri Muoio and other local leaders in response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting.

Shanon Materio supports the candidates that we support

I vote at the South Olive Elementary polling place. I enjoy voting at every election, and I like talking to everyone who is campaigning for their candidates. Shanon Materio takes an active roll in our democracy and I enjoy seeing her supporting the candidates who we support.

Commissioner Materio supporting Erica Whitfield, our School Board Member for District 4.

Commissioner Materio supporting Commissioner Cory Neering West Palm Beach District 2 Commissioner.

Commissioner Materio supporting Democrat Florida State Senator Bobby Powell.

Shanon Materio supports all the Neighborhoods in West Palm Beach

Each of the neighborhoods in West Palm Beach are unique and have their own sets of issues. Commissioner Materio takes the time to immerse herself in all the neighborhoods, and she is possibly the only person who gets to more events than I do 🙂

Commissioner Materio at BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival on Rosemary in the Historic Northwest Neighborhood

Shanon with neighbors in Pineapple Park Neighborhood after planting a Gumbo Limbo tree in 2015.

(UPDATE)

Mayor and Commissioners at the opening of the Bill Moss Hillcrest Paseo in 2014

At the award winning South End Neighbors water station after the 2015 Marathon of The Palm Beaches (please ignore the gentleman in the front).

Commissioner Materio In Northwood Village at the 2016 Mango Festival

Vote for Shanon!

This is an important election, and the only thing on the ballot is our City Commission race, so please come out and make your voice be heard.

If you want to meet Shanon and help her over the finish line, come on over to Ragtops at 10am on Saturday for our BBQ and community Canvas.

5 Shops you can’t miss at Evening on Antique Row

5 Shops you can’t miss at Evening on Antique Row

Evening on Antique Row is the day that S. Dixie Highway closes the street to traffic, brings in music and food and celebrates all of the fantastic antique and specialty stores located on Antique Row.

Discover the Palm Beaches describes EOAR as follows: “The most fashionable street party in South Florida returns! The Row will come to life with music and special entertainment, food and beverages, an antiques appraisal tent, shopping, and much more. It’s the most fashionable street party in The Palm Beaches. Evening on Antique Row comes to life with generous food samples, cocktails, VIP party, and stylish shops full of decorative arts, period deco, vintage furnishings and more.”

Tickets are $65 ($125 for VIP) and include food and drink stops along the way. Proceeds will benefit the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.

VIP Lounge features food by Okeechobee Steak House, Champagne bar by Eau Palm Beach, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, decor by Events on the Loose, a photo booth and more!
I have been coming to Evening on Antique Row for many years. So buy your tickets, then enjoy some of my favorite stores on Antique Row:

1. Sean Rush Atelier Palm Beach

3700 South Dixie Highway
Open 9 to 5 weekdays and 12 to 5 on Saturdays.

http://seanrush.com

Palm Beach based designer, Sean Rush specializes in transforming architecture into timeless and singular sanctuaries for modern living. As an accomplished artist and designer, he brings a visceral understanding of all elements necessary for the re-imagination of space.

His results are distinctive, inimitable, and always sensitive to the architectural context, spatial function, and the cultural history of each project. Sean helps his clients re-envision and re-purpose their homes, personal belongings, and global acquisitions. This results in renewed spaces that live as beautifully as they look.

You can’t miss Sean’s amazing art work which is on display at the gallery. It is simply stunning.

2. James & Jeffrey

3619 South Dixie Highway
Mon-Sat 10:00 to 5:00
561-832-1760

http://jamesandjeffrey.com/

Since 1989, James & Jeffrey Antiques has been a favorite of interior designers and antique lovers alike. Our two locations, on West Palm Beach Florida’s famous Antique Row, offer a curated selection of Continental furniture, lighting, and accessories. Our Estate Sale Center is host to huge tag sales throughout the season.

During EOAR the pavilion is the place to be. Beautifully lit patio area with hundreds of unique pieces for every taste.

3. Heath & Company Lighting

3707 South Dixie Highway
561-833-0880

https://www.heathlighting.com

Founded in 1985 Heath & Company specializes in upscale lighting, fixtures and lamp shades and is located in the heart of historic Antique Row in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Heath & Company prides itself in our ability to help customers select lighting fixtures and accessories that deliver both style and functionality. At Heath & Company you’ll find one of the largest selections of in stock lamp shades in South Florida, as well as an almost infinite variety of styles, colors and fabrics available through our custom lamp shade program.

4. Iconic Snob Galeries

2800 South Dixie Highway
(561) 832-2801

https://www.iconicsnobgaleries.com/

Iconic Snob Galeries is located in a repurposed 1940s building that we transformed into the most energy-efficient space possible. Not to mention that vintage art, collectibles and antiques are the greenest recycled furnishings on the planet.

The are a passionate group of design dealers, sourcing the world for the finest and most beautiful objects. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a novice beginner, they’re sure you’ll find that perfect piece at the Iconic Snob Galeries.

5. Churchill Gallery

Dixie Highway Store open daily.
3630 South Dixie Hwy561.835.4774

Churchill Galleries has maintained its original identity through many changing trends during the past 35 years, offering traditional, decorative and tasteful antiques. English, French, Italian and other Continental antiques comprise Churchill Galleries’s ever-changing inventory. Not only does Churchill Galleries offer an array of chests, armoires, cupboards, tables, chairs, dining tables, consoles, desks and secretaries; but also complementary items such as chandeliers, mirrors, porcelains, custom lamps and decorations.

 

BONUS: Nearly New Store

3611 S Dixie Hwy

The Nearly New Store just moved onto Antique Row and was recently listed by the Palm Beach Post as “one of the Thrift Stores you should be shopping in”.

“You’ll find high-end designer clothing, handbags, shoes, furniture, jewelry and other items at this popular store in West Palm Beach. The proceeds of purchases at Nearly New benefit the seniors served by the programs of MorseLife Health System.”

#EOAR18 Major Sponsors: Events on the Loose Rental Provisions * Hedrick Brothers Construction * Kirchhoff & Associates Architects * Leeds Custom Design. Sciame Homes * Palm Beach Illustrated * The Palm Beach Post

Additional #EOAR18 sponsors include: Blue Ocean Capital * City of West Palm Beach * Discover The Palm Beaches Flagler Realty & Development * Gourmet Galaxy * Palm Beach Garage * Rachel Tessoff Realtor * Related Companies * Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. * Stone Gallery USA * Very Important Paws * Window Gang – Palm Beach
A new vision for Clematis Street – approved by West Palm Beach Commission

A new vision for Clematis Street – approved by West Palm Beach Commission

Over the past few months I’ve posted about the new Clematis Streetscape project that the City has embarked on.

The Clematis Streetscape project is a multi-phase approach to improving one of the City’s most beloved streets, Clematis Street. As part of an overall effort to improve the quality of life of residents and visitors, the City of West Palm Beach is rolling out more than 40 projects to maximize the cityscape for business and leisure. Projects are slated to begin in the short, medium and long-term future. With the return of passenger rail, and continuing change in the retail landscape (due to online growth and recent City zoning changes), the Clematis Streetscape project is perfectly poised to address the current and future needs of Clematis Street businesses and downtown residents.

The City has engaged visionary urban planning company Dover, Kohl & Partners to design a polished and professional solution to the next phase of Clematis Street. With a strategy that focuses on smart growth, and sustainability, the Coral Gables-based firm believes there does not have to be a trade-off between livability, economic prosperity, and environmental concerns. Victor Dover and Joseph Kohl, who are charter members of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and have worked for many public agencies, developers, and citizen groups, structure their designs with this guiding principal.

The city held multiple workshops, including a public meeting at the West Palm Beach Green Market.

There were multiple objectives with this project:

  • A curbless street which prioritizes the pedestrian;
  • Wider sidewalks;
  • More shade trees that create comfortable space for people;
  • Narrower traffic lanes that slow travel speed;
  • Additional dining and seating areas; and
  • A new high-quality palette of materials designed with heat-absorption, maintenance, longevity and aesthetics in mind.

On the 26th of February at the Clematis Streetscape design was given unanimous approval by the West Palm Beach City Commission at last night’s Face of the City meeting. Project managers, Erik Ferguson, P.E., Transportation Engineer for the City of West Palm Beach, and Allison Justice, Senior Project Manager for the CRA, presented notable improvements to the 300 block of Clematis Street, which were drafted and provided by renowned designer Victor Dover, of Dover, Kohl & Partners in Coral Gables. The design was a result of community collaboration, as the project managers had extensive public meetings with Clematis Street merchants, other area merchants, stakeholders, residents, and visitors, who provided input and feedback on suggested improvements. Improvements include expanded sidewalk space, addition of shade trees and more narrow traffic lanes, among others.

Here are the most recent renderings that have been approved for the 300 block of Clematis Street.

“I am incredibly proud of the entire Clematis Streetscape design team,” said Mayor Jeri Muoio. “The designs they presented are thoughtful, putting people first, but also maintaining a balance of multiple interests. Through collaboration with area merchants, residents, community members who work or play downtown, and other stakeholders, they have created a beautiful space. I know with certainty these improvements will create greater quality of life for all – and will be the launching pad for continued enhancement to other City streets.”

Improvements to the 300 block are scheduled to break ground in June. Construction is expected to be complete by October, and additional blocks will be scheduled for improvements in the future.

WPB Commission Election coming up – meet the Candidates!

WPB Commission Election coming up – meet the Candidates!

Friends and Neighbors! There is an election coming up in 2 weeks – March 13th districts 1, 3 & 5 are up for election. Commissioner Ryan (district 3) is running unopposed so it’s just districts 1, which covers the North End, and District 5 which covers much of the South End.

The Palm Beach Post put together a questionnaire which addresses several important issues that are currently facing the City.

District 1

Candidate Kelly Shoaf
Website: http://www.votekellyshoaf.com/

Palm Beach Post questions: https://apps.mypalmbeachpost.com/…/candida…/kelly-shoaf.html

Candidate Rev. Martina Tate Walker
Website: –

Palm Beach Post questions: https://apps.mypalmbeachpost.com/…/candidate/martina-tate-w…

District 5

Candidate: Christina D’Elosua Lambert
Website: https://christinaforwpb.com/

Palm Beach Post questions: https://apps.mypalmbeachpost.com/…/christina-delosua-lamber…

Candidate: Sharon “Shanon” Materio (incumbent)
Website: https://shanonmaterio.com/

Palm Beach Post questions: https://apps.mypalmbeachpost.com/…/cand…/shanon-materio.html

Take some time to get to know the candidates. There are plenty of opporunities to meet the candidates and get to know where they stand on critical issues both downtown and around the City of West Palm Beach.

South End Neighborhood Association is having a Candidate Forum on the 27th

SENA City Commission Candidate Forum

February 27th, 2018
6:30 to 8:00pm
South Olive Elementary School
7101 S. Olive Ave
RSVP Here

If you’re a downtowner, please join the West Palm Beach Downtown Neighborhood Association this FRIDAY for a candidate forum.

WPB DNA City Commission Candidate Forum

Friday, March 2
5:30pm – 7:30 pm
Hilton West Palm Beach

RSVP Here

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