We have so much to be thankful for as we approach Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season. Pinecrest Gardens, South Florida’s Cultural Arts Park, continues to be the very best destination for family fun and entertainment.
We are well on our way to opening the lower garden again for fish feeding and exploration. This is the area that suffered the greatest damage and plant loss during Hurricane Irma. Our meadow is buzzing with volunteers who are helping Patrick Dougherty create his Stickwork Sculpture. The Banyan Bowl is hosting audiences of all ages with sounds of music and visitors of all ages are learning about our environment through educational workshops and garden tours.
South Motors Jazz presents Latin Grammy Award Winner and Grammy Award Nominee, Nestor Torres, Saturday, November 18, 8:00 p.m. “Nestor Torres is a maestro, technically perfect, with a tone that is beyond belief,” said Allan Kanovsky of JazzBluesFlorida.com. Torres is a multi-talented musician whose influences range from jazz, to classical, to Latin genres. He has amazed audiences since the 1980s with his infectious melodies and powerful talent. Torres has 14 recordings as a soloist, four Latin Grammy Award nominations, one Grammy Award nomination and one Latin Grammy Award and has collaborated with a diverse range of artists who include Gloria Estefan, Kenny Loggins, Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, Paquito D’ Rivera and Arturo Sandoval. He has also performed with the Cleveland, Singapore, and New World Symphony orchestras. Tickets are $30 and $35.
Gourmet dinners are now available on jazz nights through the hARTvest project, $18 per person. Seating is limited and reservations and payments must be done in advance. For information call the hARTvest project at 305-988-5089 or Pinecrest Gardens at 305-669-6990.
Alhambra Orchestra presents The Silver Screen, a Family Concert, Sunday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m. Everybody enjoys the dramatic music that accompanies our favorite movies and video games, performed with the sweeping power of a real symphony orchestra. The Alhambra Orchestra returns to beautiful Pinecrest Gardens with a delightful family concert of great movie and video game music. Nicolas Repetto, a University of Miami graduate, who is currently working as a movie composer in Hollywood, will conduct a selection of classic movie themes and unveil some of his own exciting creations. Tickets are $15 Adults, $5 Children 14 and younger and can be purchased at the gate.
Family Movie Night presents Sing, Friday, November 17.
In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater owner’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as it’s finalists’ find that their lives will never be the same. Join us for a flashlight romp around the garden at 7 p.m. followed by a pre-film karaoke experience! Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and movie begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $5, hot dogs, popcorn and other tasty treats are available for purchase.
The New World School of the Arts presents An Afternoon of Romantic Chamber Music, Sunday, November 26 at 2:00 p.m. Come and enjoy a concert filled with melodies of love in the Banyan Bowl by students from the New World School of the Arts. This concert is free of charge with $5 park admission.
Florida Friendly Bee Keeping for Beginners
Thursday, November 16 at 10:30 p.m.
In this beginner’s course to Bee Keeping, participants will take a look at the challenges and benefits of keeping bees in Florida. You’ll learn what materials are necessary to get started, and leave the class with an understanding of backyard bee keeping in Florida. The fee is $10 per person, and the workshop is limited to 12 people. Register and pay early by calling 305-669-6990.
Arts for Wellness Day Saturday, November 18, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Explore Creativity and Imagination | Healing and Expressive Arts | Art | Music | Movement | Guided Meditation | Light Therapy | Vocal Toning | Gardening | Yoga | Community Resources—all happening at the Gardens and presented by All Kids Included. Families are invited to explore their creativity and imagination through a variety of interactive expressive arts and healing modalities, in an inclusive and supportive community setting. For additional information contact Dana Pezold at DanaP@miamidade.gov or call 305-375-2161. Participation is FREE with $5 general admission.