Festivals combine for artistic weekend in the Grove

Enjoying the last day of the Coconut Grove Art Festival are (l-r) Christina Burns, Monty Trainer, Belinda and Scott Sime

Enjoying the last day of the Coconut Grove Art Festival are  (l-r) Christina Burns, Monty Trainer, Belinda and Scott Sime

Both festivals provide an enormous economic impact to South Florida and are to be congratulated. Festival patrons enjoyed some great entertainment, unique art, yummy food and a perfectly gorgeous rainfree weekend.

Daisy Lewis, St. Stephens Art Festival director, had a host of great volunteers ranging from priests to students. Of course, the festival provided an excellent opportunity for students to get community service hours by volunteering while enjoying the outdoors. St. Stephens Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy even got granddaughters May and Ophelia Chapman, visiting from California, to work the event.

Among the dozens of young people helping out were Kyle and Glen Ruperto, Kaylyn Rodriguez, Marissa and Natalia Gagliano, whom I found selling drinks.

The Coconut Grove Art Festival provided sponsors and special guests a place to relax during the weekend where this writer spotted Monty Trainer, Tom Korge, Belinda and Scott Sime, Susie Tilson, Martha Carter, Christina Burns and so many more enjoying the final day of the event.

In other activity, more than 70 district Rotarians gathered for a social at Whisky Joe’s in Virginia Key on Feb. 12. Brickell Rotary’s Jonathan Parker coordinated this monthly social that is held at various locations around the district.

Several club presidents were on hand to enjoy the evening of fellowship as well as District Governor Ellen Blasi, Past District Governor Joe Roth, as well as Amber and Chad Dittman (owners of the new Miami Inferno Arena Football Team who are Rotarians from Corpus Christy, TX).

Among the many faces in the crowd that night were Neil and Clarice Kodsi, Carol Brock, Ana Fournaris, George Reeves, Rolf Frankfurter, Al Pinheiro and Donna Gaines.

Attention all dog owners and pet lovers. On Sunday, Mar. 16, 9 a.m. to noon, join the fun at the Miami Lighthouse’s seventh annual “Walk, Waggle & Stroll” Dog Walk. Proceeds from this fun-filled morning, with its St. Patrick’s Day-themed dog walk, will benefit efforts to raise awareness for dog guides and service dogs of all kinds. The festivities will take place at the Shops at Midtown Miami, 3401 N. Miami Ave.

Grand prize for the person with the most participant pledges collected will receive a Romero Britto signed Azul dog sculpture. Kudos to this year’s event hosts: Honorary “Dog’nitaries” Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, NBC 6’s Chief Meteorologist John Morales and honoree world-renowned pop artist Romero Britto.

Enjoying the last day of the Coconut Grove Art Festival are (l-r) Christina Burns, Monty Trainer, Belinda and Scott Sime

Helping sell drinks at St. Stephens Art Festival are (l-r, back) Kyle Ruperto, Kaylyn Rodriguez, Glenn Ruperto, (front) Marissa and Natalia Gagliano, and May Chapman

Breakfast will be sponsored by McDonald’s at 9 a.m. Walk begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by contest prizes for “Best St. Patrick’s Day Dog Costum” (remember to wear green!), “Dog-Owner Look-alike” and “Most Talented Dog” contests.

Free parking is available in the PetSmart garage; on-site registration is $30, which includes a Britto “Azul” dog walk T-shirt and doggy bandana; the fee is waived for visually impaired walkers. For more information, call Cameron Sisser at 786-362- 7515. 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 gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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