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, a Jews, 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.

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Reenactors Highlight Florida Heritage Day at Ponce de Leon Lighthouse

Ponce de Leon Lighthouse

A scenic view from Ponce de Leon Lighthouse.

See Florida’s colorful history come to life on March 25. Witness inspiring reenactors at Ponce de Leon Lighthouse. Enjoy family activities. Delve into exciting historical exhibits.

Ponce de Leon lighthouse, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Disney World, Universal Studios

Lighthouse lens on display.

Walk through a dazzling display of lighthouse lens. Climb Florida’s tallest lighthouse for a breathtaking view of Ponce Inlet.

Florida's tallest lighthouse.

Florida’s tallest lighthouse.

Activities are free with lighthouse admission. For more information, visit http://ponceinlet.org/

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TGIF: Party at the 76th Anniversary of Bike Week

 

A view of new Smyrna Beach

A view of New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County, Florida.

The world’s largest biker party kicks off in Daytona, today through March 19. With so many bikers converging in one place there’s bound to be lots of outrageous fun.

Warm weather and a coastal setting offer the perfect setting. A Daytona tradition since January 24, 1937, the 76th Anniversary is jammed pack with lots to enjoy.

The 10 day festival in Volusia County hosts bike races and hundreds of events for motorcycle enthusiasts.

Florida's tallest lighthouse.

Florida’s tallest lighthouse.

Florida’s tallest lighthouse gets in the act too! Explore the grounds of Ponce de Leon inlet lighthouse and learn the colorful history of Bike Week.

For more information visit, http://www.ponceinlet.org and http://www.officialbikeweek.com

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TGIF: Birthday Celebration at Big Diamond

Hillsboro lighthouse

Hillsboro Lighthouse Inlet at Pompano Beach.

Enjoy a night of revelry under a full moon and a day of festivities at the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse or Big Diamond, March 10-12.

The birthday celebration kicks off March 10 at 5:30 pm with a Full Moon Gala. A spectacular night awaits with a cocktail hour with appetizers, four course meal, live music, dancing, silent auction and private lighthouse tours. A Black and white theme attire sets the tone for a regal affair. The cost for this fund raiser is $110 per person with RSVP required. This is just the beginning of a weekend of fun.

View from the lighthouse

A view from Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse.

Blow out the birthday candles with Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society, March 11-12. Experience live music, art vendors, cottage tours, lens room and lighthouse tours, silent auction, and more. Grab a slice of birthday cake to celebrate Big Diamond’s 110th Birthday. Visit Groupon to save on up to 40% off the lighthouse tour.

Boat ride

Enjoy a scenic boat ride to Big Diamond.

All monies help preserve Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse. For 110 years, the lighthouse has faithfully guarded the Hillsboro River Inlet. The historic Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse was built and commissioned in 1907. Big Diamond is unique. With of beam of 28 nautical miles, it is has the strongest light beam of all US lighthouses. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978.

Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse is located in Pompano Beach near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more information, visit http://www.hillsborolighthouse.org.

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TGIF: Sea Fest for kids at Jupiter Lighthouse

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse near Palm Beach, Florida.

Nestled high on a peak, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse stands guard over the Loxahatchee River and Atlantic Ocean. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is just a few miles away from Palm Beach, Florida. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places with 120 acres, this lighthouse has much to explore.

View from the lighthouse

The view is well worth climbing Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.

Jupiter Lighthouse opens it doors to kids and their families tomorrow, February 25 for its annual celebration, Sea Fest. Kids can climb aboard a Pirate Ship and meet a pirate and mermaid. Themed educational events and exciting adventures will thrill the entire family.

For more information, call 561-747-8380 or visit http://www.jupiterlighthouse.org.

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TGIF: A Perfect Setting for “The Crown”

Queen of peace

“Queen of Peace” the perfect name for a craft at the serene Island of Tory.

Tory Island’s cliffs, mountains and shoreline are like an instant replay of the award-winning drama, The Crown. In the beach episode in Scotland, the Queen Mother escapes to a quiet shoreline to gather her wits. She got some peace of mind and a bargain on a castle. You’ll find bargains and a royal retreat at Tory Island.

Tory Island, Ireland has the distinction of having a resident, King. Besides greeting visitors, I’m not sure what his official duties are. The King of Tory rules over a small and quaint island kingdom. Tory Island has a hostel and hotel, grocery store, some shops and a post office. We spent two enjoyable days on Tory Island during John Eagle’s lighthouse tour.

A sign for the ferry.

A sign for the ferry to Tory Island.

We caught the ferry to Tory Island and checked into the Tory Hotel. The lightkeeper welcomed us. After freshening up, we headed to the Tory Lighthouse. We walked around the lighthouse grounds and posed for group pictures.

Tory island lighthouse.

Tory Island Lighthouse.

Later while the group had dinner, I scouted the nearby sights. I wanted to see and draw a few buildings before sunset. I gave a sketch of a house to one of the locals I met. The people of Tory, like the rest of Ireland, are very friendly.

A sign in Irish dialect.

The past and the present converge at Tory Island.

They are also proud of their Irish heritage and speak an Irish dialect. Tory is home to a colony of prominent artists. The King of Tory is also an artist.

Street sunset

Sunset on the streets of Tory Island.

After sketching, I went with the group on a sunset tour of Tory Island. We saw a spectacular view of the mountains, cliffs and the ocean. It was a wonderful way to close the day.

Sunset view of a cliff.

The sun falls softly on a cliff at Tory Island.

From my hotel room, I had a glimpse of the Tory Lighthouse. Before turning in for the night, I paused for a while and watched the flashing Lighthouse beam against the dark sky.

In the morning, I arose early for a final walk through Tory Island. I was glad I did. I got a close up view of a historic Tower.

Tory Island offers cultural sights and breathtaking views in a peaceful setting. It is ideal for a retreat or a quiet getaway. You’ll get the royal treatment at Tory Island.

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