Delray Beach Events for January 2019!

January brings so many not-to-miss events to downtown Delray Beach! Here are some of our picks:

First Night in Downtown Delray Beach (Dec 31 into Jan 1)

Kick off January in Delray Beach with The Annual First Night event. It’s open to everyone, and taking place primarily at Old School Square.

This festive event centers around (and even in!) Delray’s Famous 100 Foot Holiday Tree. It will feature games, food trucks, music, shows, crafts for the kids – plus the fun attractions of both the merry go round and the ice skating rink. So much fun for the whole family!

We’ll bid farewell to 2018 and welcome 2019 at the close of the evening with fireworks atop the parking garage located in the heart of downtown.


Continuing throughout the month are several newsworthy shows and concerts at Old School Square and The Arts Garage. A few that we plan to attend include:

First Friday Bites and Art Walk (Jan 4th)

This happening starts with a stop at The Arts Warehouse, where there will be food trucks and plenty of art to enjoy throughout the warehouse, Artist’s Alley & Pineapple Grove.


The Capitol Steps at Old School Square (Jan 5th)

A Washington-based troupe of Congressional staffers-turned songwriters presents this hilarious night of music and political satire.


The Spring Arts Open House at The Arts Garage (Jan 12)

Be sure to check out this one out! It’s an opportunity to learn about all the Arts Garage workshops, shows/concerts and events planned for the year.


Towards the end of January, we are looking forward to:

The 6th Annual Delray Beach Fashion Week (Jan 23 – Jan 27)

Featuring local fashion designers and retailers – and showcasing private shopping events, trunk shows, and several runway fashion shows along Atlantic Ave & Old School Square – it’s a must in Delray!


There is always so much to do in Delray Beach, our Village by the Sea! These are just a few of the many events to enjoy during the month of January. For additional information or to find other events be sure to visit The Delray Beach Community Calendar online OR stop into The Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce for more details on these and several other happenings.


Delray Reads Brings in “Marley and Me” Author to Village Academy

Last week, Noreen visited Village Academy in Delray, to participate in Delray Reads Day. She was joined by John Grogan, author of Marley & Me, who was the keynote speaker, Janet Meeks, and Rich Pollack.  What a great team!


This year’s Delray Reads Day book is Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein.

We are so proud of all of Noreen’s volunteerism. It looks to us like the best reward was the big group hug she was at the center of at the end of the program!

Olio in Downtown Delray Beach Delights Palates

Recently as Amy and I were researching venues for an upcoming event, we came across the established and well-liked restaurant called Olio. It’s off The Ave in Delray Beach, so if you do want to get to the hustle and bustle after dinner, it’s only a block or two away.

We sat down with the General Manager of Olio, Jon Biscardi who helped us plan our event. What many local residents may not know is that Jon has been in the restaurant business locally for years. At one time with The Falcon House, 3rd & 3rd when it was 2/3rds and 32 East to name a few. Below are a few questions we posed to him to share with everyone.

Noreen & Amy:
How long have you been manager at Olio?

After having been involved in the industry for several years, it’s nice to find a home here at Olio. I’ve now been here 4 years an really love it!

What is your favorite thing about your job?

Of course, the people! We have many loyal regulars that come see us often, whether for drinks at the outdoor bar, appetizers or full on dinner.

What are your personal favorites on the menu?

Too many to choose…  but if I had to pick one I’d say the Teriyaki Salmon. Many diners who wouldn’t usually enjoy a nice piece of Salmon come specifically for our version.

Many of our readers are buyers who are moving to the East Delray area. What would you like them to know about your restaurant?

First and foremost that we are “off” The Ave away from the traffic and crowds. But we’re close enough so that if someone did want to get there, it’s only a short walk away. We are also a sister restaurant to La Boheme on the Barrier Island closer to the beach on Atlantic Avenue.

Is there anything else you’d like people to know?

We have two party rooms and can host gatherings. Whether it be a birthday party, business dinner, or fundraiser, we can put something together for those that need it.

In your free time – are there East Delray attractions or locations you personally like to frequent?

I love our beach! I also enjoy seafood and when I go out to eat will grab a bite at J&J Seafood.

Next time you’re planning a night out, try Olio! You’ll love the food and the people.
You can find them online at:
Contact info and hours as follows:
Phone: (561) 278-6633

Fax: (561) 278-4873


Olio Hours:

Monday – Sunday: 4pm – 10:30pm

Happy Hour: 4pm – 6:30pm

Address: 42 SE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, Florida 33444

Noreen Payne Serves at Vice Chair for Programming for the Delray Chamber in 2018

Congratulations to Noreen Shirazi Payne of the All About Florida Homes, Keller Williams team, as she serves as Vice Chair for Programming for the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce in 2018!
From the Chamber’s press release:
(We added the emojis. 💡)
“Noreen Payne is a long-time Delray Beach resident, living in the Lake Ida community since 1997. Noreen and her friend of 20 years Amy Stark Snook lead the All About Florida Homes Team with Keller Williams.
It is Noreen’s passion for community service and helping others that brought her to the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce in 2011.
“A very active member since beginning as an Ambassador of the Chamber, Noreen:
🤝  served as the 2015 Ambassador Chair, 2016 – 2017 Vice Chair of Membership and is now in her 3rd year on the board now serving as Vice Chair of Programming.
🌷  is a past finalist for the Ken Ellingsworth Community Service Award.
✏️  is a committed volunteer and newly appointed board member for The Achievement Center for Children and Families
👠 co-Chairs both the Vince Canning’s Stiletto Race and the Delray Beach Home Tour.
🍏  is active with The Caring Kitchen ESP in the area of children/students and hunger.
🧡  Noreen feels that this level of commitment to community service and giving back is what eventually always leads to success personally and in business.”
Go, Noreen! We are so proud of you!
To see the full list of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, click here: