Jazz, Shakespeare, bonsai and brunch

The New Year will always bring promises of great things to come. New adventures, new opportunities, a fresh start! At the Gardens, we are hoping for all that and more, and the last two weeks in January offer up everything from great jazz to Shakespeare to a sumptuous brunch.

Rose Max and Ramatis
Saturday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m.
Join us in welcoming back Brazilian vocalist Rose Max, accompanied by her husband and renowned jazz guitarist, Ramatis. Spend some quality time with the “Girl from Ipanema” in an unforgettable evening of smooth and sultry Bossa Nova and the provocative beat of Samba. This dynamic duo and their backup group have delighted South Floridians since arriving from Rio de Janeiro in 1993. To quote the Miami Herald: “Rose always takes the audience on a trip to the beaches, streets and bars of Rio without ever leaving the room.” Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for cocktails and tapas by Thierry. For tickets call 877-496-8499 or visit <www.pinecrestgardens.org>.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Jan. 19 (VIP Preview), 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 22, at 4 p.m.
You’ve got to believe that Shakespeare conceived A Midsummer Night’s Dream to be staged in the Banyan Bowl amongst the natural backdrop of our magnificent Gardens’ greenery. Don’t miss one of Miami’s premiere theater companies performing Shakespeare’s best-known and most beloved comedy. Visit our admissions booth well in advance of performance day because these tickets are already in high demand, and there are only 500 seats available for each performance. Seating is “first-come, first-served” and all seats are available for a $5 handling charge only. Tapas, cocktails and other refreshments are provided by Thierry and served before curtain and during intermission.

Gardens Gallery, Hibiscus Room
Basic Bonsai Techniques is the topic of our upcoming lecture featuring Glenn Hilton, manager of Miami Tropical Bonsai. He will speak on the basics of Bonsai care, while revealing some of the history and exquisite, refined art of these miniature trees. The program is on Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hibiscus Room, followed by the general meeting of the Miami Bonsai Society. You are invited to stay after the program to speak with experts in the field, see some great Bonsai and get a feel for the passion these members have for their craft. This lecture is free to the public.

Movie and Flashlight Tour
Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m.
It’s family night at the Garden! Leave the multiplexes behind and enjoy DreamWorks Animated hit Kung Fu Panda at our full-amenities theatre in the Banyan Bowl. Come early and bring a flashlight along with your sense of adventure because the evening starts at 7 p.m. with a Flashlight Tour through the Gardens. The film begins at 8 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. where hot dogs and popcorn and other tasty refreshments will be available. General admission is $5 and includes the tour and film.

Sunday, Jan. 22, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
You’ve been asking for it and now brunch at the Gardens is back, and better than ever. This is one amazing Sunday brunch that offers a departure from the ordinary. It’s an extraordinary culinary experience enhanced by endless mimosas and a sumptuous view of Swan Lake from Lakeview Terrace. Priced at $45 all-inclusive (tax, tip, mimosas and Gardens admission), it’s a pleasure to relax and enjoy a true Gardens culinary experience. Call 305-669-6990 for reservations Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Seating is limited for this once-a-month event, so make your reservations today. Check out the menu at pinecrestgardens.org.

Saturday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Indulge your appetite for Food Truck Fare at the Gardens’ Food Truck Invasion. You’ll choose from 15 of South Florida’s very best food trucks on premise in our parking lot. We recommend taking your delicious meals and enjoying them inside the Gardens at one of our many comfortable, shaded picnic table areas. You’ll find that the view and comfort is worth the small price of admission.

If you can’t get enough of paradise in your own backyard, then become a member today and enjoy unlimited visits and the special amenities that a membership offers. If you are already a member of the Pinecrest Community Center, most Gardens membership levels are available with a 25 percent discount. Call 305-669-6990 for membership details.

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