TGIF: Florida Lighthouse Day Getaway

Enjoy a day of fun in the sun. This lighthouse getaway features a day of celebration at two of Florida’s evocative lighthouses and much more. Experience snorkeling, shellings, swimming and exploring nature. You’ll discover shaded pavilions along unspoiled pristine beaches. 

Don’t miss this special opportunity. Limited spaces are available for climbing Port Boca Grande Lighthouse and the historic Gasparilla Lighthouse on April 21. Only 108 people will be permitted to climb the Gasparilla Lighthouse and the Port Boca Grande lantern room is open only on this one day a year. 

Savor cake and lemonade and join in on a host of festivities. Children nine and under are free but must be 44 inches. The cost to climb each lighthouse is only $5 per person. Cost for parking at Gasparilla Island at Florida State Park is only $3. 
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TGIF: Florida Lighthouse Celebration begins April 7

You will pristine beaches and swaying palms at this idyllic island. Explore the Sunshine state’s scenic shores and magical beaches while visiting lighthouses. The remote locations of lighthouses have been transformed into idyllic  getaways. From coast to coast, Florida’s 29 evocative lighthouses offer intimate encounters. 

 Gasparilla, Boca Grande and Ponce de Leon lighthouses host festivities in recognition of Florida Lighthouse Day in April.

Celebrate Ponce de Leon Inlet’s Florida Lighthouse Day on April 7 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. Discover Florida’s rich maritime and lighthouse history through family friendly activities and workshops. 
Ponce de Leon Inlet Light is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and the second tallest on the east coast. It stands head and shoulders above Florida’s other lighthouses in statue and possibly in what it offers the casual visitor. This large campus has so much to explore. Step into the world of lighthouses and the lives of lightkeepers. 
Enjoy a delightful introduction to the lighthouse at the Woodshed Video Theater. Firewood and other supplies were once kept in this building by the Second Assistant Keeper’s family. 
Explore the original Keepers dwellings. See exhibits on the lives of keepers and their families. Race fans will revel in the exhibits on the history of Beach racing.

 View an amazing collection of lighthouse lens. The magnificent rotating first order Fresnel lens from Cape Canaveral Lighthouse is on display here.

Brace yourself for a spectacular view as you scale Florida’s tallest lighthouse. 
For more information, visit Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.

Visit my Lighthouse Art Gallery to see more of my art. 

TGIF: Down to earth prices at Cape Canaveral 


I stayed at the Fairfield Marriott in Titusville during an overnight stay for the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse 150 year festival. I checked in one hour early and was promptly given a wonderful room. The staff is friendly and very helpful. 

While the hotel is 30 minutes away from Cape Kennedy and the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, it is perfect for a leisurely visit. The Fairfield is located near the highway and the first street after exiting I-95. There is a Cracker Barrel Restaurant next door. Fast food restaurants and a shopping area is about 5 minutes away. 

Despite being near the freeway, the hotel is relatively quiet. My room was very clean although there was a strand of hair in the bathtub. Small oversight but worth mentioning. The queen-sized room is equipped with two beds, a mini fridge and microwave. There is a flat screen TV with cable, local channels and more. I loved the charging station for my electronic devices. 

The hotel offers a free buffet with modest but varied food options. There are a several cold drinks and limited hot beverages. You won’t find an abundance of fruit but the breakfast buffet offers waffles, cereal and more. 

There is a small business center for those who want to combine business with pleasure on the Space Coast. The hotel overall is modern, well furnished and well kept. 

South Beach Finally Gets It After Raucous Behavior


Splash and Color: Art Deco Coloring Book for Kids of All Ages. A coloring book to engage families with Art Deco. I thought it was a good idea a few years ago.

When I pitched my idea about reaching the family market in South Beach a few years ago, I was met with disdain. My plea fell on deaf ears when I approached the Miami Design Preservation League, Delano and the hotels on Ocean Drive about my coloring book and a Coloring Contest to reach the family market in South Beach. I wasn’t surprised by the lack of enthusiasm or vision. Artists have a tendency to be ahead of the curve.

After years of bad publicity and overly aggressive police behavior to control “raucous” behavior Mayor Levine and the City of Miami Beach are endeavoring to change the Art Deco District’s image. They want to make Ocean Drive better for residents and families. The recent Air and Sea Show is a good start. I hope the business community supports the initiatives to make Ocean Drive a safer and better place for residents and families.
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TGIF: No means yes in South Beach

A picture of the museum

The Jewish Museum Florida FIU was designed by Henry Hohauser who attended Pratt Institute.

South Beach is a place of defiance. I once heard someone say, people come to South Beach to do every “God forsaken” thing they wouldn’t do anywhere else! No means yes in South Beach.

It should come as no surprise that the Jewish community in South Beach has often defied the status quo.

Art Deco weekend.

Thousands of people come to Art Deco Weekend each year.

Barbara Capitman was a Jewish woman who defied the establishment. Capitman fought city officials “tooth and nail” to preserve the historical buildings that light up Miami Beach and make it the second most popular place in Florida. If not for her vision and perseverance, there would not be an Art Deco District. The over 800 Art Deco buildings that remain are testaments to Capitman’s defiance. The Art Deco District was the first 20th century neighborhood placed on the National Register of Historic Places much to her efforts. The Miami Design Preservation League continues Capitman’s legacy.

Poster

Miami Design Preservation League poster rallying the community.

What’s more, Henry Hohauser, an architect who was Jewish, built over 300 Art Deco buildings. Hohauser lived in an era when signs “Gentiles Only” and “No Jews Allowed” were commonplace in South Beach. Jews were not even allowed to live beyond 5th Street.

An Art Deco chandelier and displays inside the Jews

An Art Deco chandler and displays inside the Jewish Museum.

Visit one of Hohauser’s buildings and experience first hand the story of Jewish culture in Florida. Hohauser’s building, once a synagogue, is now the home of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. Eighty stained glass windows, a copper dome, and chandeliers are reminders of the days when Hohauser and others worshipped in the synagogue. Taste and see the Jewish experience during the Jewish Food Tour that leaves from the Museum. Learn how the Jewish community thrived despite many obstacles.

Falafel and Israeli salad.

Enjoy Falafel and Israeli salad on the Jewish Food Tour.

Facing off with those who thought South Beach should be known only as a place for “fun in the sun,” Holocaust survivors garnered public support for the building of the Holocaust Memorial. A memorial garden and a sobering sculpture recall those who died and remind all who visit: “we shall NEVER forget.”

Sculpture at the Holocaust memorial

A bronze sculpture by Ellsworth Kelly at the Holocaust Memorial.

The impact of Jewish culture permeates every aspect of the city. Mount Sinai Hospital was built because Jewish doctors weren’t given staff privileges at area hospitals. The Bass Museum scheduled to reopen in the fall, is named in honor of John and Johanna Bass, Jewish immigrants who bequeathed over 500 works of art to the City of Miami Beach.

The Bass Museum in Miami Beach.

The Bass Museum in Miami Beach during Art Basel.

It is said that obstacles are opportunities. Fighting bias and opposition, the Jewish community realized that no means yes in South Beach.

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Sunset Tour at Tybee Island Lighthouse on May 12

Tybee Island Lighthouse.

Tybee Island Lighthouse has a keepers house, dwellings and museum.

Visit Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse at Tybee Island. Located near Savannah, Tybee Island is a barrier island with wide, sandy beaches complete with a 19th century landmark.

Experience a spectacular sunset and climb to the top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse. Pay $25 for a 90 minute tour. Make reservations by calling 912-786-5801. Spaces are limited.

https://www.tybeelighthouse.org

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The Friendliest Gallery in St. Augustine

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Aviles Street in St. Augustine.

Aviles in St. Augustine is a quaint cobblestone, pedestrian friendly street with historic buildings, art galleries and restaurants. Art Walk on First Fridays is a perfect time to emerge in the creative atmosphere, grab a few munchies and pick up a few pieces of art.

Outside Georgia Nick Gallery

Georgia Nick Gallery

I visited a few galleries during Art Walk and ended up at the Georgia Nick Gallery, 11 Aviles Street. A variety of affordable art, cordial staff and generous hors d’oeuvres beckoned me. Inside the gallery, there’s art for any wallet. You’ll find helpful and knowledgeable staff.

Inside the gallery

Art of all shapes and sizes to fit your decor and budget.

The gallery owner, Georgia Nick, is a photographer and available to assist you as you browse. An article in Old City Life, hailed the Georgia Nick Gallery as “The Friendliest Gallery in Town.” You’ll agree!