Gulliver’s new olympic size pool and the Beaux Art Festival

For those into water sports, a new day has come with construction of a state of the art Olympic size pool that will knock your socks off. This amazing facility at Gulliver Prep in Pinecrest overlooks their new field and will no doubt become a draw for swim meets and water sports events both locally and statewide. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday afternoon, January 8, during which Gulliver founder, Marian Krutulis, surprised the crowd as she came out dressed in1920’s swimming attire and gave the swim coaches pointers on how to teach. The woman never ceases to delight.

Prior to the actual ribbon cutting, a reception was held for some VIPs including Gulliver’s Trustees, donors, honored alum and the Village of Pinecrest Council Members.

On January 9 and 10, Beaux Art Festival saw a hardy group of volunteers like Rotarians Bruce Kerestes, Wiley Hicks, Randy Groh, Elizabeth Silverman and Sally Baumgartner, and festival attendees brave some of the worst weather in the history of the event. While some artists were allowed to close early Saturday to protect their art, vendors like the Rotary Club of Coral Gables selling Bruce’s famous chicken wings braved the elements to raise money to benefit their civic and charity fund.

Fortunately for all, Sunday turned into a beautiful sunny day with festival goers enjoying some amazing art in a variety of disciplines as well as some of the tastiest food anywhere.

The youngest artist to possibly ever be accepted into this art festival was Palmetto Middle School student and photographer, Lee Pivnic, 14. This young man is not only talented photographer but has a good head for marketing his beautiful photographs. He hopes to be accepted into Coral Reef’s magnet program and, if his work is an indication, he should be guaranteed a spot.

Speaking of festivals, the Rotary South Miami Art Festival is set for Saturday & Sunday, February 27 – 28. South Miami Rotarians are looking for sponsors. For more information, go online to < > (official site) or < > (unofficial site). While that group is preparing for their festival, they are also giving out the last of their atlases and dictionaries to area schools, an annual program that is most appreciated by schools receiving the free books.

Finally, the Miami Hurricanes Baseball Team will play the Florida Marlins for a spring training game, Wednesday, March 3, at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. For additional information, contact Alex Inman, Roger Dean Stadium, 561-630-1831 or via email at < >. Until next week, keep making each day count.

Gloria Burns is Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Pinecrest, a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization, as well as a columnist for Community Newspapers. Keeping abreast of community activities is a challenge. If you would like to submit information for this column, please send your news via e-mail to <

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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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