tl;dr Ultima is moving locations in April, just not leaving downtown.
On Thursday morning last week I woke up to the Palm Beach Post headline that Clematis Street’s favorite gym, Ultima Gym, had decided to “exit Downtown”.
Immediately concerned about the insinuation by the post that one of our longest standing Downtown businesses has abandoned our Downtown, I do about five seconds of research, and realized that Ultima Fitness is not actually exiting downtown.
Because, and this is one of my pet peeves, Downtown West Palm Beach is bigger than just Clematis Street. It’s even bigger than Clematis Street and CityPlace.
Ultima Gym is not leaving Downtown; they are moving to the medical building at 625 N. Flagler, just half a mile away from their current location.
To illustrate to our readers, and friends at the Palm Beach Post, what the boundaries of the 1.2 square miles of Downtown are I’ve created a handy map.
In this map, the “A” location is the current location of Ultima Fitnness, and the “B” location is the new location. The Yellow area indicates the Downtown as delineated in the Downtown Master Plan, and the Bluish Green area indicates the Downtown Development Authority’s district boundaries. The Purple area is the “Warehouse District”, it’s not in downtown, but I threw it in since everyone is always asking me where it is.
Having said that, any way you cut it, 625 N. Flagler and Ultima Gym is still Downtown.
Ultima Gym partner Ian Curran did a Facebook Live video from the beautiful 4th floor location, overlooking the new bridge and intracoastal waterway. Unfortunately, the video is now off line but the views from the new location are fantastic. This will no doubt be the most luxurious place to work out in Downtown.
6th Street is growing into the new Downtown Hot Spot
The move makes a whole lot of sense for both Ultima Gym and the Downtown in general. 6th Street and the northern edge of Downtown become a hot spot of Downtown activity. The 8-story, 259-unit apartment complex at Loftin Place at 805 N. Olive Ave, just one block east, has become an incredibly popular building, and as of July, was 92% leased in just the first two years. Loftin Place even has their own SkyBike station.
Developer Jonathan Gladstone also saw the opportunity of the north end of Downtown when he opened The Butcher Shop in a renovated seaplane hanger on 6th Street. This trendy restaurant/bar/beer garden expanded from its original location in Wynwood, Miami. In the year since it has been open it has become very busy drawing people into Downtown from the north end as well as Palm Beach right over the bridge.
Downtown WPB is big enough to have something for everyone
So when people come to me and say “rent is too high in Downtown”, my response has always been to ask where they’ve looked. If they just say Clematis Street and CityPlace, which is most of the time, I always encourage them to check out one of the many side streets in the downtown area, which have many great opportunities, existing retail, and plenty of parking.
If we embrace the outer areas of Downtown as viable destinations for businesses, still walkable, but with lower rent, then we’ll see a lot more of the small retail develop in those areas and continue to have our “premier retail” with higher rents on Clematis and CityPlace.
I’d love to see a bigger push in connecting the Warehouse district with the Downtown as well, just a bike ride (or 25-minute walk) away, which offers a complete different feel and even more opportunities for smaller businesses.
Back to Ultima Gym, I’m excited to hear about their move. When they open the amazing new location in April, I’ll look forward to a half mile warm-up run from my office, then enjoy a post-workout beer at The Butcher Shop.
Earlier this week from my perch above the waterfront, I saw a beautiful McGregor 65 sailing yacht docked in the intracoastal waterway. During a break I walked down for a closer look and noticed a cool wrap announcing the boat’s name “Defy the Odds” as well as the hashtag #SailForJustice.
Knowing there must me a story there, on my walk back to my office I gave a call to the number listed on the facebook page and found myself chatting with Michael Long, the Executive Director of SailFuture.
SailFuture is a not for profit based out of Sarasota, FL. They “combine long-term housing, challenging sailing experiences, an accredited high school, life coaching, and job training to transform the lives of some of the most challenging youth in Florida’s child welfare system.”.
They take in boys in the Floria Foster System between the ages of 15 and 18, focusing on those who have had run-ins with with authority. Michael explained that many of these kids don’t have more than a 6th or 7th grade education and are the most difficult group to be placed in foster homes.
They come to SailFuture from broken families and often lack any meaningful relationships with role models or authority figures. During their time with SailFuture they learn how to sail, do community service projects and finish their high school at the SailFuture accredited high school.
SailFuture’s West Palm Beach stop was on this year’s “Sea Trial”. The 3-month long trip with 6 students and 4 crew has taken them sailing from Tampa Bay to Key West, through Miami and now to West Palm Beach.
Our boys continue to help get the Big Pine Key and Little Torch Key community get back on its feet. This past week we helped resident Mark Parente move into a new home after he was displaced by Hurricane Irma.
During their week-long stay in West Palm Beach, the crew of Defy the Odds were working with Habitat for Humanity to build a home, while continuing their high school courses at Kaiser University.
Michael told me the fascinating story about “Defy the Odds”. The yacht was donated by a man named Hakan Usal in Turkey. The yacht needed substantial work, so Michael and a friend flew to Turkey and spent $100,000 on restoring the Yacht. Once the work was completed, the boat needed to be sailed back to the US. Deciding to wait until the hurricane season had passed, the crew had four months to spend in Europe.
They used their marketing skills to create a web page to sell Mediterranean cruises, and over the four months sold 120 vacation cruises and raised $150,000 to pay back the money they had spent on the boat and fund their trip back to the US.
The names that are inscribed in the hull of Defy the Odds are the names of that original group of “vacationers” and their first group of graduates from SailFuture.
“As we look to the future, we are excited to work in partnership with our kids and our graduates to continue developing our program model to create the most effective, authentic, and transformative experiences for the youth we serve.”
How you can help:
Book a sailing vacation! SailFuture Charters are donation-based sailing experiences for supporters, friends, and fellow adventurers. Take a trip to Tampa Bay, the Florida Keys, Cuba, or the Bahamas, and know that 100% of the money raised will go to support at-risk youth.
You can also purchase one of the needed items from the SailFuture Amazon Wishlist.
Follow the SailFuture team on Social Media, Facebook or Instagram. One of the students’ jobs is to update the social media and chronicle their trips. Mike explained that during their voyages, the student in charge of Social Media will read all the comments and messages that they receive to the rest of the crew. All encouraging messages of support are appreciated.
WPB Collective is a local collaboration of pop-up shops, artisans and creatives in Downtown West Palm Beach at CityPlace, bringing together the locally authentic entrepreneurs who are the heartbeat of our town.
It is located in the space that was formerly home to RH Kids.
WPB Collective will be home to local businesses Pumphouse Coffee Roasters, Vagabond Apparel, Lola Chiq, Dreamallows, Moonlight Radiance and more through April!
Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thur-Sat: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping this is a good opportunity to get some unique gifts from your local artisans.
Need a pick-me-up on your shopping spree? Jupiter-based Pumphouse Coffee Roasters is serving their smooth blends of locally roasted coffee. The cold brew is on tap and awesome.
–Tuesday, December 5–
Salvation Army Angel Tree
Now through Monday, December 18
Give an underprivileged child in Palm Beach County a season to remember. Pick an angel ornament from the Angel Tree outside of Guest Services. Each angel has a child’s holiday wish list on the reverse side. After completing your shopping for these presents, bring the unwrapped gifts back to Guest Services for CityPlace staff to return to The Salvation Army for distribution. For more information, visit Salvation Army.
Julie Budd Remembering … Mr. Sinatra at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Praised as a “consummate performer” by The New York Times, Julie Budd was invited to sing with Frank Sinatra at Caesars Palace when she was just 16. The versatile vocalist has also amazed audiences alongside Danny Thomas, Liberace, Marvin Hamlisch and more. She honors Ol’ Blue Eyes with songs from her latest album, Remembering … Mr. Sinatra, including All the Way and The Best is Yet to Come. $99 for the six-show package. Starting November 4, individual tickets are $29 each. Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is located at 701 Okeechobee Boulevard. For more information, visit www.kravis.org or call 561.832.7469.
Photo Salon with Barry Schein at Armory Art Center
Photo salons are a unique gathering place to showcase and talk about your photography, meet other photographers, and discuss what’s new and happening in the world of photography. Moreover, photo salons present artists an opportunity to share their photographic experiences and to get positive, constructive feedback. Award winning professional photographer and instructor, Barry Schein, will be facilitating the salon. Please bring no more than five digital or print photographs. The salon is from 6 – 8 p.m. Armory Art Center is located at 811 Park Place. For more information, visit www.armoryart.org.
Jazz Combos Concert at Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Head to Meyer Hall at Dreyfoos School of the Arts to see the nationally recognized music department’s Jazz Combos Concert from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 55+ and $5 for students and children. More than 20 different student ensembles, ranging from classical to jazz, are rehearsed and performed throughout the year. Dreyfoos School of the Arts is located at 501 S. Sapodilla Ave. For more information, visit www.soafi.org or call 561-802-6052.
$20 Tuesday: White Reflections
This class will be held at 7 p.m. at 510 Evernia Street. $20 Tuesday only applies to online registration. Cost at the door will be the regular $25. Choose your own colors. This class will last between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 hours. Reservations are highly recommended. Once you arrive to the studio, seating is first come first serve, so please arrive early for check in. This painting will be taught on a 16×20. No promo codes can be used on $20 Tuesday classes. Evening classes are designed for ages 14 and up. All of our classes are BYOB, so feel free to bring your favorite drinks and food! For more information, visit http://www.uptownart.com/.
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will perform at the Kravis Center as part of the Regional Arts Series. The program includes Handel/Water Music, Suite No. 2, HWV 349, Shostakovich/Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat, Op. 107, Shuying Li/Out Came the Sun (Florida Premiere, Orpheus Commission) and Stravinsky/Pulcinella Suite. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is located at 701 Okeechobee Boulevard. For more information, visit www.kravis.org or call 561.832.7469.
–Wednesday, December 6–
Youth Members Meetup Night at Palm Beach Photographic Centre
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. to take night photography. Shane and Jennifer will lead a photo walk to the end of Clematis where you will get to photograph Sandi Land. Sandi is a 35 foot tall 600 ton holiday tree made of sand and strung with over 5,000 sparkling lights. Learn how to use your exposure times to capture the sparkling lights. RSVP to hold your spot. Palm Beach Photographic Centre is located at 415 Clematis St. For more information, visit www.workshop.org.
Historical Walking Tour of Worth Avenue
The walking tours of Worth Avenue begin this Wednesday and will take place every Wednesday at 11:00am. Participants gather at 256 Worth Avenue (across from Tiffany & Co). It costs $10 to participate and this year, the net proceeds of the tours will go to The Garden Club of Palm Beach. This is a great tour for visitors or for people who want to learn more about Palm Beach’s colorful history.
Lunch on the Shore
No lunch plans. No problem! Now thru February 2018, bring your friends and co-workers to Flagler Shore every Wednesday for “Lunch on the Shore”. From 12-2 p.m., bring your own lunch or pre-order food from our downtown restaurants to have it delivered at Flagler Shore through Delivery Dudes, Cravy and UberEats. There will also be 3 to 4 food trucks on the southend, located at 501 S. Flagler, for you to sample from. Come enjoy our beautiful downtown and connect with the shore.
Very few people can take credit for revolutionizing a major wine region. Baron Philippe de Rothschild in Bordeaux, Robert Mondavi in Napa Valley, Angelo Gaja in Piedmont are among them, and all have become icons to wine lovers worldwide. Here’s another name to add to the list: Alejandro Fernandez, maker of Pesquera in Spain’s Ribera del Duero. The event is from 6 – 7 p.m. and is $40. Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy is located at 101 N. Clematis St. For more information, visit www.virginiaphilipwineshopacademy.com.
Ballroom Dance Lessons at Mandel Public Library
Bring your dance shoes and join Greg Kranz, of Paramount Ballroom, to learn how to ballroom dance at 7 p.m. Sponsored by a grant from the Quantum Foundation obtained by the WPB Library Foundation. The Mandel Public Library is located at 411 Clematis St. For more information, visit www.wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
–Thursday, December 7th–
Mdrn Love with Coral Canyons at Respectable Street
Mdrn Love along with Coral Canyons are performing at Respectable Street starting at 10:30 p.m. Respectable Street is located at 518 Clematis St. For more information, visit www.sub-culture.org.
The Wine Scene Comedy Show
Hosted by Anthony Terzo with co-host Oleg Kneekitten , Comedy Nights at Wine Scene return from 8 – 11 p.m. Come out to Wine Scene and support the room. The show is only $5. Wine Scene is located at 501 Fern St. For more information, visit www.winescenepb.com.
Sunset Social Farmstands
The Sunset Social Farmstands at CityPlace is more than just your everyday market. Head over to CityPlace every Thursday night from 5:30 – 9 p.m. for farm-fresh produce, imported cheeses, French breads and pastries and more! For more information, visit www.CityPlace.com. CityPlace is located at 700 S. Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
Thursday at 7 PM – 10 PM
Come on out for music and tacos as Zipitios presents Toys 4 Tacos! Bring a toy, get a taco! Acoustic open-mic and shopping from 19 vendors inside as well!
YFOY Christmas Party & Toy Drive
Join the Young Friends of the YMCA (YFOY) for our upcoming Christmas Party and Toy Drive!
Thursday, December 7, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
E.R. Bradley’s Saloon
104 N Clematis St
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
$20 entry fee or bring one unwrapped kids gift of equal value. Includes 1 complimentary beverage, appetizers and live music.
Give back, network and have fun with an amazing group of young professionals in Palm Beach County. All proceeds will benefit the YFOY Toy Drive and The Lord’s Place.
Tacky Christmas Sweaters are highly encourage!
Event Sponsors: E.R. Bradley’s Saloon, Tito’s Vodka.
Art After Dark: Earth Works Mapping the Anthropocene at Norton Museum of Art
New York-based, Grammy-nominated bassist Melvin Gibbs and saxophonist Stephon Alexander, who is also a Brown
University physicist and author of The Jazz of Physics, will perform After Nature: Auralizations of the Anthropocene – the music inspired by Justin Guariglia’s art in Earth Works.
Museum admission and the concert are free.
5:30-6:30 PM/ Spotlight Talks: Looking at Nature
5:30 PM / Ernest Lawson’s Hoboken Water Front
6 PM / Milton Avery’s Landscape with Black and White Horses
6:15 PM / Teresita Fernandez’s Nocturnal (Rise and Fall)
6-8 PM / Make: Activist buttons about the Anthropocene!
6:30-7 PM / Exhibition Tour: Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene
7 PM / Special Concert: After Nature: Speculative Auralizations of the Anthropocene
New York-based, Grammy-nominated bassist Melvin Gibbs, and saxophone player Stephon Alexander (who is also a Brown University physicist, and author of The Jazz of Physics) perform original music based on the exhibition, Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene.
Until 8 PM / PhotoChallenge! Learn to use After Ice, Justin Guariglia’s Iphone application, take photos around the Museum and participate in an Instagram challenge by sharing your photos on Social Media.
Until 8:30 PM / Cash Bar, featuring a Signature Cocktail each week!
Schedule subject to change.
Art After Dark is sponsored year-round by the Addison Hines Charitable Trust.
$30 Thursday: Santa Face
Choose your own colors. This class starts at 6:30 and will last between 2 1/2 and 3 hours. Seating is first come first serve, so please arrive early for check-in. This class will be held at 510 Evernia Street and taught on a 16×20 canvas. Evening classes are designed for ages 14 and up. All of our classes are BYOB, so feel free to bring your favorite drinks and food! For more information, visit http://www.uptownart.com/.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Special Guest Catherine Russell at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Fifteen of the most acclaimed jazz artists today under the direction of Grammy- winning trumpet master Wynton Marsalis, perform a vast repertoire, ranging from holiday and rare historic pieces to favorites by Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and many more. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is located at 701 Okeechobee Boulevard. For more information, visit www.kravis.org or call 561.832.7469.
— Friday, December 8 —
Lunch Walk at Flagler Shore
Walking is one of the simplest, safest, least expensive and most effective forms of exercise, but it can be hard to find time in your busy schedule to participate in physical activity. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday participate in a lunch walk starting at Run and Roll and walking along Flagler Shore. Meetup at noon and start walking at 12:05 p.m. For more information, contact Run and Roll at 561-650-1200.
St. Lucia at Johan’s Joe
Join Johan’s Joe for their Swedish Julbord (Christmas table), a traditional buffet of classic holiday foods and treats. There will be live music from St. Lucia singers. All children are welcome to join the singers. Tickets are $55 for adults, $15 for children. The event is from 6 – 9 p.m. Johan’s Joe is located at 401 S. Dixie Hwy. For more information, visit www.johanshoe.com.
It’s that time of the month! Spread the word. Come dance the night away in the Subculture alley to the vibes of Selecta Steve and Ddubz. Eat the Zipitios bites. Drink some drink and repeat. Tacos and Hip Hop starts at 7 p.m. 21 and up are free, $5 for 18 plus. Subculture Coffee is located at 509 Clematis St. For more information, visit www.sub-culture.org.
Come celebrate with us as we ring in the season with the Historic Northwest Community Tree Lighting Ceremony!
Winter in Paradise will include many fun activities including cookie and ornament decoration, live performances from U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts, and tasty holiday treats!
This free community event takes place between 5:30pm and 8:00pm with the tree lighting at 6:30pm sharp so don’t be late!
Winter in Paradise
Date: Friday, December 8th 2017
Location: Park across the Sunset Lounge 609 8th St WPB 33401
Ben Katzman’s DeGreaser w Milk Spot and Glass Body at Voltaire
Ben Katzman’s DeGreaser, Milk Spot and Glass Body will be performing at Voltaire starting at 8 p.m. Voltaire is located at 526 Clematis St. For more information, visit www.sub-culture.org.
Rolando’s Pot Luck Holiday Gathering
Bring a dish, bring a beverage! Bring a toy for the Toy’s For Tots!
Join me at the Box Gallery for a gathering among friends and family on December 8th, 2017 at 7 PM.
Friday at 7 AM – 6:30 PM
Make the holidays brighter by helping local families in need! Drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the WPTV studios on Dec. 8 or anytime at any Braman Motorcars location. Happy Holidays!
Help a child enjoy the holidays by donating a new, unwrapped toy.
Toys collected will be distributed to local children in need through the United Way of Palm Beach County and its partner nonprofits.
United Way, its donors and volunteers all share a common belief that everyone in Palm Beach County deserves access to the basics; a quality education, a safe place to sleep, financial stability, good medical care, and enough to eat.
The United Way is our partner to distribute the toys to children 0-18 years old. You can get involved or learn more by visiting www.unitedwaypbc.org
— Saturday, December 9 —
Sunrise Wellness at Flagler Shore
Refresh the mind and meet up at the Flagler Shore for free yoga, tai chi, or guided meditations by local instructors at 9 a.m. Flagler Shore is located at 100 Flagler Dr. For more information, visit www.downtownwpb.com.
Meditate with Matt at Flagler Shore
Join on us at Flagler Shore from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. and enjoy the beautiful vistas and be part of our guided meditation and yoga. As part of the Saturday Wellness program in West Palm Beach, come to restart or continue your journey to achieve overall wellness through Meditation and yoga. Studies suggest that Meditation, besides sleep, is the best option in achieving optimum rest and release of stress. Come join Matt and Deedra.
Opera @ the Waterfront
More than 150 musicians will perform an afternoon of live, free opera on the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway. A concert for the whole family, bring a blanket, picnic basket, as well as your favorite pet, and enjoy this outdoor concert featuring the Palm Beach Opera Benenson Young Artists, Apprentice Artists, Orchestra, and Chorus. This year’s concert will also include special guests, The Ebony Chorale of The Palm Beaches. Don’t miss this unforgettable afternoon of music! This community event is FREE, and no tickets are required. The event starts at 2 p.m. Meyer Amphitheater is located at 105 Evernia St. For more information, visit www.DowntownWPB.org.
Beatrix Potter’s Christmas The Tailor of Gloucester at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre weaves together a wonderful play for children 5 years old and up based on Beatrix Potter’s 1903 classic, The Tailor of Gloucester. The struggling tailor receives a shot at wealth after being asked to sew a coat for the mayor’s Christmas wedding, but a mischievous cat needles him by hiding a vital piece of silk! A holiday favor and happy ending ensue in this festive production. The show begins at 10 a.m. General admission is $12. The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is located at 701 Okeechobee Boulevard. For more information, visit www.kravis.org or call 561.832.7469.
Outdoor Music at CityPlace
Join us Saturday, December 9 from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. for live music by Miami on Beat. For more information, visit www.CityPlace.com. CityPlace is located at 700 S. Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
The Taming of the Shrew at The Society of the Four Arts
A father struggles to marry off his tempestuous daughter, a shrew who denies that any man could possibly be her match. However, when she meets a man who is as ill-tempered as she, the two forces of nature ignite in an unexpected and explosive encounter. Acclaimed choreographer Jean‐ Christophe Maillot brings out the wit, fast-paced athleticism, and vibrancy from the Bolshoi Ballet dancers in Shakespeare’s rowdy comedy. The show begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20. The Society of the Four Arts is located at 2 Four Arts Plaza. For more information, visit www.fourarts.org.
Modeled after the classic German “Christkindlmarkts,” Hope for the Holidays 2017 is a family-friendly, pop-up Christmas market designed to bring the entire community together. Attendees will have a chance to shop for gifts, stocking stuffers and ornaments, while enjoying glühwein (a traditional German mulled wine), eating cookies, and supporting the work of local nonprofit Community Partners.
Interested vendors and sponsors, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
United Way Holiday Toy Drive
through Sunday, December 10
Bring children some holiday cheer by donating new, unwrapped toys for ages 0 months to 18 years to the United Way Holiday Toy Drive! Dropoff times are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Dec. 10. The dropoff location is 700 Rosemary Ave.
Hope for the Holidays 2017 Pop-up Market at Wine Scene
Modeled after the classic German “Christkindlmarkts,” Hope for the Holidays 2017 is a family-friendly, pop-up Christmas market designed to bring the entire community together. Attendees will have a chance to shop for gifts, stocking stuffers and ornaments, while enjoying glühwein (a traditional German mulled wine), eating cookies, and supporting the work of local nonprofit Community Partners. The pop-up is from 3 – 9 p.m. Wine Scene is located at 501 Fern St. For more information, visit www.winescenepb.com.
of Montreal, Christina Schneider’s Genius Grant, Dead and Loving It at Respectable Street
Purehoney Magazine presents of Montreal at Respectable Street with special guests: Christina Schneider’s Genius Grant and Dead and Loving It. The show starts at 9 p.m. Respectable Street is located at 518 Clematis St. For more information, visit www.sub-culture.org.
Celebrate the Holiday Season and celebrate their 15th Anniversary Season with the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches. This highly acclaimed children’s choir continually dazzles audiences with their experienced voices and high level of choral performance.
This year’s holiday concert, Winter Tapestry 2017, will envelop you in the spirit of the season. The music selected weaves together many cultures and traditions to form one tapestry. Both familiar favorites and sacred Christmas songs combine with Hanukkah and global holiday music in this concert of unity.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15. The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is located at 701 Okeechobee Boulevard. For more information, visit www.kravis.org or call 561.832.7469.
It’s that time of year again to celebrate the holidays with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and whoever else you plan on celebrating with. This event is set up by volunteers so any money made from this event is for the benefit of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Please feel free to invite as many people as possible. Last year we had nearly 500 Santas and we are hoping to increase that amount again this year!
When: Saturday, December 9th
Time: 2:00 PM-12:00 AM
Where: Various Bars & Restaurants along Clematis in Downtown, West Palm
Bar Crawl Schedule TBA
$10 to Participate
Raffle Tickets for sale to win great Prizes and Drink Discounts with purchase of Wristband.
All proceeds benefit JDRF!
Click here if you would like to purchase a wristband ahead of time.
If you have any questions, please send us a message or email us at SantaConWPB@gmail.com
— Sunday, December 10 —
Live Opera with Palm Beach Opera at Mandel Public Library
Join Palm Beach Opera apprentice artists and staff from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. to learn about the history of opera, the important personalities, the most famous works, and a special live performance of some classic opera favorites. Mandel Public Library is located at 411 Clematis St. For more information, visit www.wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
Peter Pan at The Society of the Four Arts
When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, the headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily, and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music, and make-believe ensues. A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live’s “Jane Eyre”) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre. The show starts at 2 p.m. and tickets are $25. The Society of the Four Arts is located at 2 Four Arts Plaza. For more information, visit www.fourarts.org.
Winter Holiday Dance Performance at Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Head over to Meyer Hall from 2 – 4 p.m. to see the Winter Holiday Dance Performance. This exciting show will feature Dreyfoos dance students performing alongside the Dreyfoos Orchestra. A special collaboration not to be missed! Dreyfoos School of the Arts is located at 501 S. Sapodilla Ave. For more information, visit www.soafi.org or call 561-802-6052.
98 Degrees at Christmas at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
One of the original boy bands of the late 1990s, Grammy-nominated 98 Degrees has sold 10 million albums and is back in the studio and on stage to heat things up once more. Join brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons for a holiday concert featuring festive hits and their signature harmony that’s sure to warm your heart. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29.
The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is located at 701 Okeechobee Boulevard. For more information, visit www.kravis.org or call 561.832.7469.
West Palm Plage is one Sunday of every month near the middle docks. “Plage” is a play on words — “plage” means “beach” in French, and the event is inspired by Paris Plage, the summertime beach along the Seine River in Paris – and just picnicking in general.
It’s an informal, family-friendly gathering of an ever-expanding circle of friends and acquaintances. Bring some food and drink, relax, and just enjoy the waterfront and good company. We encourage repeat participants to personally invite one new friend. Please clean up after yourselves.
We’ve got picnic tables, games, and more!
Last month CityPlace received national media in a Wall Street Journal (subscription required) with their plans to transform the abandoned Macy’s into an immersive art exhibit called “Culture Lab”.
With more people moving to online shopping, malls have work harder to provide experiences that attract people. Culture Lab, a large-scale art installation by national artists, is an exciting response from the CityPlace and the Related team.
Culture Lab is open Fridays, Saturdays and, Sundays from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm
CityPlace Culture Lab Website explains the project as:
Culture Lab is the first of many innovative partnerships that will support a new kind of engagement between arts & culture and consumers. It responds to the changing retail environment by turning the shell of a former Macy’s department store inside out. Inside, visitors will find retail displays replaced with interactive art installations. Outside, a mural will transform the building into a stand-alone cultural object for the District, no longer defined by the shopping that once occurred inside its four walls. Through this reinvention of the department store experience, Culture Lab will bring excitement and energy to the middle of one of the most exciting cities in the Southeast.
Sir Michael Craig-Martin is an Irish-born contemporary conceptual artist. His first US installation, and largest installation to date, “Palm Beach Parade” is hard to miss on the outside of Macy’s.
“When I was young my parents took me to Macy’s to ask Santa for presents. I never thought that I would be given a Macy’s to play with.”
Sir Michael’s colorful and unique style features common objects, his goal with this project was to “try to make the architecture more interesting not less interesting.” and after seeing the exhibition he wants the viewer to “wonder how the building ever existed without it”.
On the second floor of Macy’s you’ll find Stephen Vitiello’s immersive, multi-channel sound installation “You Are the Magic”. Stephen worked inside the empty Macy’s for 3 months, recording site-specific sounds and mixing them to transform the abandoned space.
A sound installation is hard to describe, but as you wander through the massive empty second floor of Macy’s you will hear the eerie sounds of its previous life as a department store. Some sounds are easily distinguishable, others, not so much.
“The universal nature of sound provides a democratic accessibility, allowing you to relate to the installation in your own way. Yet, while each experience is highly individual, each one is intertwined with the whole as a crucial part of the collective artwork.”
In the south-east corner of the second floor of Macy’s, Stephen Vitiello’s “You Are the Magic” and Micheal Craig-Martin’s “Palm Beach Parade” meet in a brilliantly blue flow of natural light which streams in through the iconic curved glass windows which Macy’s stores around the country are known for. Bean bags are available for people to relax on and take in the sights and sounds.
Please take the time to come out and appreciate this new addition to our downtown. Related Group has consistently hinted at the big plans that they have in store for “CityPlace 2.0”. This is the start of a new round of big ideas in CityPlace, but it won’t last forever so come on and enjoy the Culture Lab while you can.
Culture Lab is open Fridays, Saturdays and, Sundays from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm