Museum to honor Coral Gables’ historic relationship with Spain

By Stephanie Rojas….
The Coral Gables Museum will be honoring the City of Coral Gables’ historic relationship with Spain through a series of weekend events, Oct. 21-23, that pay tribute to George Merrick’s vision for the “City Beautiful.”

“The representatives from Spain were so excited to reconnect Spain to Coral Gables, where the best of Spain has been celebrated since George Merrick’s time,” said Arva Moore Parks, acting director of the Coral Gables Museum.

The public is invited to a grand dinner featuring the renowned chefs of the Paradores of Spain, which kicks off the festivities at the Biltmore Hotel. There will be no better place to indulge in the culinary experiences that Spain has to offer than the upcoming “Real Castles in Spain” dinner.

On Thursday, Oct. 20, the museum will host the rare gastronomical event at Coral Gables’ own Giralda-inspired hotel, featuring the chefs of the Paradores, the one-of-a-kind luxury hotels set in various historic locations, including castles throughout Spain. Tickets to the “Real Castles in Spain” dinner are $250 per person. Table sponsorships also are available for $3,000, including table signage and a quarter- page ad in the weekend program.

On Friday, Oct. 21, the museum will honor all of the founders and sponsors who have helped bring the dream of the Coral Gables Museum to life with a special invitation-only cocktail reception. Attendees of the event will be treated to a sneak preview of the new exhibits before they open to the public as a show of gratitude for their dedication and support.

The museum opens to the general public at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The Coral Gables Museum celebrates the civic arts of architecture, city planning, landscape architecture, historic and environmental preservation and history — the elements that define Coral Gables. It is a true public/private partnership between the City of Coral Gables and the Coral Gables Museum Corp., a private, not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

For information on Coral Gables Museum, or for tickets, visit online at or call 305-603-8067.

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