Legendary Doc Severinsen at South Motors Jazz finale

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“Heeeeere’s Johnny! “

That lead-in, followed by a big band trumpet blast, was the landmark of late night television for three decades. The ‘Johnny’ was Johnny Carson, the announcer was Ed McMahon and the bandleader was none other than the great Doc Severinsen. His Tonight Show run began October of 1962 and ruled late night television for thirty years. On May 22, 1992, it came to an end…

Within a week of the final telecast, Doc Severinsen was on the road, and to this day, audiences across America love and respect Doc not just because he shared their living room with them for so many years, but because of Doc’s love of the Big Band repertoire. His musicianship keeps this iconic American music fresh to this day with a repertoire that includes Ellington and Basie standards, pop, jazz, ballads, big band classics and, of course, The Tonight Show theme. A Grammy award winner, Doc has made more than 30 albums–from big band to jazz-fusion to classical. Today, Doc has not lost his flair for the outrageous fashion statement or his trademark wit. But his gregarious nature has never interfered with the fact that he has been one of the greatest trumpeters and musicians of the last 60 years, respected in the worlds of classical music, jazz, big band and in the end, has transcended his celebrity and rejoiced in his remarkable ability to simply play his trumpet!

It is through the generosity of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation along with special funding from our title sponsor, South Motors, that we have been able to bring jazz artists of Severinsen’s prominence to Pinecrest Gardens this year not only to perform, but to mentor gifted jazz students from the New World School of the Arts in a special Knight Foundation funded program entitled Gen-Next Jam. These exceptional young artists will be rehearsed by Doc for two days prior to the concert on April 9 and perform with him as his back-up band on stage for the evening. Tickets for this very special season finale are available on-line at pinecrestgardens.org or at 1-877-496-8499.

Pinecrest Gardens and the Maria Verdeja Dancers present a Tap Extravaganza “Happy Feet” on Saturday, April 16, 8:00 p.m.

In the world of the emperor penguin, a simple song can mean the difference between a lifetime of happiness and an eternity of loneliness. When a penguin named Mumble is born without the ability to sing the romantic song that will attract his soul mate, he’ll have to resort to some fancy footwork by tap dancing his way into the heart of the one he loves. The Maria Verdeja School of the Arts was founded in 1987. Throughout the years, Maria and her staff of over 40 instructors and choreographers have mentored more than 10,000 students, many of whom have gone on to professional careers in dance companies and the Broadway stage. Join us for a spectacular night of dance when these talented young dancers take to the Banyan Bowl stage.

Earth Day Festival, Sunday, April 17, noon till 4:00 p.m.

The Village of Pinecrest invites you to celebrate our magnificent planet on Sunday, April 17 from 12:00 noon till 4:00 p.m. when we open our gates FREE to the public for a day of activities for the entire family organized by the Gardens, the CLEO Institute and sponsored by Cutler Bay Solar Solutions. We will have a special awards presentation for the winners of our 2nd Annual Video Contest sponsored by the YGrene Energy Fund, several Plant Societies and other plant vendors, workshops, food demos, planting activities, performances for children by Fantasy Theater, green vendors, wild life shows, local school performances, crafts for kids, lady bug releases, and so much more. And if that isn’t enough, visit our spectacular Farmers Market that will be open throughout the day. We have off-premise parking at Christ the King Church, Palmetto Senior High and Pinecrest Elementary, with free shuttle service to and from the Gardens.

Family Friday presents… “Inside Out “ Friday, April 8, 8:00 p.m.

“Inside Out, which takes place mostly in the head of an 11-year-old girl named Riley, is a thrilling return to form for Pixar Animation Studios. “

A. O. Scott – New York Times

Emotions run wild in the mind of a little girl who is uprooted from her peaceful life in the Midwest and forced to move to San Francisco in this Pixar adventure from director Pete Docter (Up, Monsters Inc.). Young Riley was perfectly content with her life when her father landed a new job in San Francisco, and the family moved across the country. Now, as Riley prepares to navigate a new city and attend a new school, her emotional headquarters becomes a hot bed of activity. As Joy (voice of Amy Poehler) attempts to keep Riley feeling happy and positive about the move, other emotions like Fear (voice of Bill Hader), Anger (voice of Lewis Black), Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) make the transition a bit more complicated. Author: Jason Buchanan Come one come all to a fabulous time for the entire family including fresh popped popcorn, soft drinks, hot dogs, and other delicious snacks. The evening will begin with an adventurous “flashlight tour “ when the sun sets around 7:30 and of course, there will be plenty of popcorn, hot dogs and other tasty snacks on hand to make the evening complete. Admission is $5, children under 2 enter free, and snacks are sold separately at our concession. Enjoy full theater amenities…outdoors under a protective dome, and don’t forget your flashlights for the tour!

The Gardens Gallery presents “The Ambassadors of Art “, April 4-April 30 with an exhibit opening on April 6, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Nature is an eternal source of inspiration for artists. Join us when The Ambassadors of Art (Embajadores del Arte), a group of 13 Colombian artists living in South Florida or Colombia fill the Gardens Gallery with art inspired by nature. The Ambassadors of Art stand out for their artistic knowledge and ability to transmit tranquility, peace and love. From April 4 through the 30 you will have the opportunity to see their works on exhibit.

Ambassadors of Art Treasure Hunt

Saturday, April 9 there will be two artistic and entertaining activities taking place around the “Ambassadors of Art” exhibit. Inspired by the magnificence of the botanical garden, this group of artists will be demonstrating their skills painting live and in person at the Gardens. During this time, an original mini painting from each of the 13 artists will be hidden throughout the Garden and visitors can partake in a treasure hunt. Clues will be given via social media and those who find these beautiful works of original art will be able to keep them and have an opportunity to meet and interact with the artist who created it.

The Gardens Horticulture Lecture Series presents “Growing Herbs with Hydroponic Techniques,” Wednesday, April 13, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Join Pinecrest Gardens specialists in the Hibiscus Room at 10:30 a.m. at Pinecrest Gardens for a hands-on workshop to learn the tips and tricks of growing herbs using inorganic media for the best of fresh organic herbs. Hydroponic production techniques don’t rely on Mother Nature to provide for food and water, and can dramatically increase production. The fee is $10 per person which includes the hands-on workshop, supplies and a take home project. There is a limit of 12 people per workshop so register early to assure your place in the group. Call 305-669-6990.

For information visit www.pinecrestgardens.org.

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