Arts Festival crowds enjoy perfect weekend for 50th Anniversary

Arts Festival crowds enjoy perfect weekend for 50th Anniversary

Pictured is the Dade Heritage Trust Gala Committee.

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival, celebrating its 50th anniversary, not only enjoyed perfect weather, great crowds, activities for all ages but also incredible art from the unusual and creative to the whimsical.

While serious art collectors seemed to wait until Monday for their purchases, a recycled metal UF Gator for the garden was a purchase that was instantaneous for one Gator fan.

Peacock Park was the draw for kids looking for fun with crowds enjoying live entertainment throughout the weekend. Of course, this year’s festival chair, Monty Trainer, was on hand looking dapper as ever in his guayabera and very happy with this successful anniversary milestone event.

Lots of fun also was offered at St. Stephens Art Festival next door. Conducted the same weekend as the Grove Festival that draws national attention, St. Stephens is a draw, especially for locals, with its own entertainment and vendor booths. All in all, it was a great weekend for the Grove.

Arts Festival crowds enjoy perfect weekend for 50th Anniversary

Monty Trainer, chair of the 2013 Coconut Grove Art
Festival, checks out the crowd at Peacock Park during the

In other news, the Miami Lighthouse’s sixth annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk will offer dog owners a chance to strut their stuff. This year’s walk will take place on Sunday, Mar. 3, 9 a.m.-noon, at the Shops at Midtown Miami, 3401 N. Miami Ave. The annual affair seeks to raise awareness for dog guides and service dogs of all kinds at This year’s grand prize winner for most participant pledges collected will receive two tickets with a once-in-alifetime meet and greet experience to see Cesar Millan, “The Dog Whisperer,” on June 14 at The Fillmore.

Participating in the walk will be dog guides, other service animals and regular pet companions and their owners walking and gathering pledges to support the programs and initiatives of Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Among the honorary Dog-nitaries this year will be Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, CBS4 morning anchor Rhiannon Ally and chief meteorologist David Bernard. Look for a “Bagels and Bones Breakfast” at 9 a.m. sponsored by Fresh Market and Miami Global Colombian Lions Club; the dog walk at 9:30 a.m. followed by contest prizes for “cutest,” “lookalike,” “most talented dog,” “Dog-Ummy,” “Musical Paws,” and Go Doggy Staying contests.

Free parking is available in the PetSmart garage; on-site registration is $25 which includes a Britto “Azul” dog walk T-shirt and doggy bandana; the fee is waived for visually impaired walkers. For more information, call 786-362-7515.

As co-chairs of the Dade Heritage Trust Gala, Susan and Robin Shelley recently hosted the Gala Committee at their elegant Coconut Grove home to plan the Trust’s “Voyage of Dreams” fundraiser to take place on Apr. 12 at the Biltmore Hotel. This year’s affair will commemorate the 500th Anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s landing in Florida with Ambassador Cristina Barrios, Consul General of Spain, as the event’s honorary chair.

Guests will enjoy Spanish entertainment, a seven-piece band and a silent auction with extraordinary travel and antique items up for bid.

Among those planning the celebration are Rob Marshall, Lilian Walby, Cory Gittner, Peter and Aymee Zubizarreta, Robin and Susan Shelley, Marlin Ebbert, Ruth Jacobs, Dolly MacIntyre, Phyllis McHenry, Rita Michel, B.R.Witt and Lois Randall.

Founded in 1972, Dade Heritage Trust is Miami’s largest nonprofit historic preservation organization whose past projects have include the restoration of the Cape Florida Lighthouse, located at the tip of Key Biscayne, where Ponce de Leon is believed to have visited in 1513.

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Finally, theater lovers will want to reserve seats for the new show at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, In the Heights, running Mar. 6 through April 7. Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, this hip musical is sure to delight crowds with its sweet story and great music.

For tickets, call 305 444-9293.Dr. Lawrence E. Stein, Founding board chair; Barbara Stein, executive producing director, and David Arisco, artistic director, continue to provide our community with incredible quality shows and are to be congratulated on their 25th anniversary season.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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