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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 Beach Holiday Events – 2018!

Welcome to the December Holidays – a month long celebration in Delray Beach! This is just one of countless reasons why we LOVE living, working and playing in Delray – our unique Village by the Sea.  

 

Delray Beach 100-foot Christmas Tree Lighting

Thursday, November 29th

 

Delray Beach is widely known for the 100 Ft Christmas tree, which is the crown jewel of the entire season!  The holidays start with a city-wide celebration of the lighting of the tree – which is impressive, for sure, standing 100 feet tall! And, it actually houses a gorgeous display of vignettes inside.

The tree is positioned on the grounds of Old School Square in the center of downtown, where kids of all ages can enjoy the tree, plus a visit with Santa, ice skating on the skating rink, putt putt golf, or a ride on the antique merry go round! It’s truly enchanting, so we recommend you earmark some serious family time to enjoy it all!

 

Delray Beach Menorah Lighting

Sunday, December 2nd


The fun continues after the Christmas tree lighting, with the lighting of the Menorah to kick off Hanukkah.

 

 

Holiday Market at The Arts Warehouse in Artists Alley, Delray Beach

Weekend of December 7th

 

Did I mention the shopping events??  Another new “not to miss” this season is the Holiday Market at The Arts Warehouse in Artists Alley, happening the weekend of December 7th! Local artisans will be showcasing one of a kind gifts – great for those hard to buy for on your list.

 

The Delray Beach Holiday Parade

Saturday, December 8th

After these lighting events, we then look forward to the Holiday Parade, this year taking place on Saturday, December 8th along Atlantic Avenue. You’ll see carolers, elves, ballerinas, nutcrackers, dancing teddy bears, Santa on the fire truck… You name the holiday icon, and they walk, dance or ride along in the parade.

 

The Boynton & Delray Holiday Boat Parade  

Friday, December 14th

 

Local restaurants and private homes along the intracoastal play host to those of us that really do enjoy celebrating the season with this event. Boat owners go all out and decorate/light up their boats of all shapes and sizes and parade along the water way. What a sight to admire!  

 

Heads up!
Various events, various dates in Delray


Mixed into the month of December are celebrations are all the opportunities to socialize with our neighbors while supporting some our key local non-profits.  

Carols by Candlelight Concert, Empty Bowls, Mix & Mingle at The Sandoway House, Christmas at Cason Cottage and new this year is the Jingle Mingle Drum with Food Trucks, Caroling… These are all events to look up, attend, and enjoy!  

 

Delray Beach New Year’ Eve Celebration of First Night

Monday, December 31st


The Grand Finale of the Holiday Festivities is The New Year’ Eve Celebration of First Night. This is a true tradition for many of us!  Music out on the Ave… shows, activities for the kiddos… all ending with the spectacular fireworks from the top of the parking deck.


The month of December flies by in Delray Beach, but the memories made during the season last a lifetime!

Guest Blog: Pros +Cons of Stamped Concrete for Pool Decks

The following is a guest blog post, written by Bill Michaels of Patterned Concrete. We were curious about this cool product, and wanted to share his info. He agreed to write about both the pros and the cons of the product, so our readers can get a balanced picture!  – Noreen and Amy

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Florida weather lends itself to relaxing in the pool. But you want a great environment around that cool water, too, right? The pool for most of us is another area of the house that should be designed with beauty in mind. A key part of that is the surface we walk on. It has to be beautiful but also safe and durable. And stamped concrete is a great option that meets all of those criteria.

What is Stamped Concrete?

Stamped concrete is real concrete but the surface is colored and “stamped” with a design to make it appear to be another surface. It can look like brick, natural stone, pavers or even wood. 

You’ve probably seen stamped concrete without even realizing it because it looks so realistic. As concrete, it’s reasonably priced and holds up well. But it goes beyond the normally drab appearance of concrete to create a work of art. And it can be designed for almost any look you’re trying to achieve, from hand-hewn stone to wood.

Versatility of Stamped Concrete for Pool Decks

You want your pool area to reflect a certain mood or theme. It may continue the architecture of your house, or it may be a totally different concept. Perhaps you’d like to divide your yard into different sections, even. You may have an outdoor kitchen, the pool itself, and perhaps a walkway through the garden. And you may want each to be distinct.

One of the great things about stamped concrete is that it can be used to create the surface for all these areas. Your contractor simply colors the concrete differently and stamps it for the effect you want.

Want a paver walkway? No problem. Cobblestone kitchen floor? Easy. Wood panels for the pool deck? You got it. And your visitors can hardly tell that it’s not “the real thing” until they’re on top of it and really paying attention.

A pool deck, in particular, has to be a reliable, safe material where you’re free to walk barefoot and enjoy the warm Florida sun. Its appearance has to hold up over time and contribute to the overall atmosphere. Stamped concrete fits the bill.

Advantages of Stamped Concrete Compared to Other Surfaces

Why would you choose this option compared to others? There are several reasons.

Stamped concrete provides significant durability. It’s concrete, after all. It holds up well under the sun and rain. It’s a surface that going to serve you well for a long time.

It’s also easy to maintain. Regular maintenance just involves basic cleaning – just sweep it off. You can choose to power wash it if you want, and even use a mild liquid detergent on it as needed. The biggest step you’ll need to take is having the surface resealed every two to three years; this helps seal in the color and keep it vibrant. Your contractor would be glad to do this for you and it’s extremely inexpensive to have done.

As we mentioned above, stamped concrete also provides a great deal of flexibility. There are so many designs available and more are developed all the time.

Another advantage is the price. Stamped concrete is competitive with other surface materials in price, and is a good bit cheaper than some types. Combined with the low-maintenance aspect, you’ll come out ahead economically.

Worried about burning your toes? Concrete reflects a lot more heat than brick or tile. As always, lighter colors are cooler, but the concrete itself stays cooler as well. Overall, it’s a more comfortable surface to work on in the heat.

You can also avoid some of the pitfalls of other materials. Natural stone or pavers can be uneven from the start. They become worse as they settle. Wood can, of course, splinter. But you avoid those problems with stamped concrete. You don’t want to trip, stub your toe, or have to pull a splinter out of your foot. With stamped concrete, you won’t have those issues.

Pool Safety and Stamped Concrete

Pool safety is always important and many factors have to be taken into account to keep everyone safe. That includes the safety of the surface around it.

Since you’re dealing with a surface that’s usually wet, it’s important to do what’s necessary to reduce the risk of slips and falls. Since stamped concrete has a seal on it to protect its appearance, it can be slippery. However, an anti-slip agent mixed in the sealant helps keep you safe.

This mix is a normal part of the installation. But it’s always good to ask your contractor about this and other steps that might help you stay safe.

Are There Any Drawbacks?

Nothing is perfect, and we do want to present the reality as well. The advantages are far greater than the disadvantages, but here are some things you’ll have to deal with.

First, concrete cracks. There’s no way to avoid that. That doesn’t mean it’s going to fall apart, but at some point you’ll see points where the concrete does split. However, your contractor knows how to lay the concrete so that usually it will concrete in the best spaces. In other words, the cracks will be in places that least affect the usability and appearance of the surface.

Also, there may be some issues with saltwater pools and stamped concrete. There are still divided opinions among professionals about the presence and seriousness of the issue. But in some cases, it seems that the salt has worn through the sealant. Also, the salt seems to find its way into cracks in the concrete, which can cause the concrete to flake.

Usually this problem with salt happens where there’s a lot of salt dropping – for instance, where people climb out of the pool. It’s only in those spots where excessive salt accumulates that there’s an issue. Again, the jury’s still out on this, but it is something to ask your contractor about.  They may recommend a different type of sealant. Also, it’s a good idea to hose down the deck anyway after use.

Conclusion

Stamped concrete offers a chance to make your pool deck look great for a reasonable cost. It is both beautiful and durable, so you know it’s going to be a great benefit to your yard for a long time. There are tons of great designs and colors to go for, too!

About the Author

Bill Michaels works for Patterned Concrete as a media outreach specialist. The company is an expert and pioneer in stamped concrete since 1972. It has grown from its Toronto-area roots to have franchises across North America.

Delray Beach Home Tour Draws Hundreds to Benefit Achievement Center

Noreen was interviewed this morning about one of her favorite projects, The Delray Beach Home Tour!

The Tour is a well-loved annual event that benefits the Achievement Center for Children and Families.

Participants come from all over South Florida to tour some of Delray Beach’s most distinctive residences. Guests enjoy a relaxed day discovering the delights of the homes on tour, plus partake in a catered luncheon. The trolley transports them from home to home. With over 800 attendees, 100 volunteers, and many other supporters, this signature event is not to be missed!

From the tour website:

“This year’s Home Tour will be in the Palm Trail Neighborhood of Delray Beach and features a wide variety of architectural styles and design elements that provide home decorating enthusiasts an inside look into the world of distinctive Delray living.”

17th Annual Delray Beach Home Tour
Thursday, March 15, 2018
10 am to 4 pm
Palm Trail Neighborhood of Delray Beach

Contact the organizers for more information or to purchase tickets! 

Visit the St. Vincent Ferrer Fair in Delray

Every year in February, families in Delray Beach and the surrounding areas look forward to the St. Vincent Ferrer Fair!

The well-loved event has been delighted families, friends, residents and snow birds alike for almost 50 years. It’s hosted by The St. Vincent’s Ferrer Parish and usually takes place in the weeks prior to St. Patricks Day.

The fair/festival features carnival rides, games, live entertainment, food, a world class flea market, and more. Admission and parking are free, however tickets or 3 day passes are sold for rides and other activities. All proceeds benefit St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic School.

Location:
St. Vincent Ferrer Church & School
840 George Bush Blvd
Delray Beach, FL 33483

To learn more: http://www.stvincentferrer.com/parish-festival/

Plan a Family Trip to Sandoway Discovery Center

A family trip to Delray Beach isn’t complete without a stop at Sandoway Discovery Center, located at 142 South Ocean Boulevard.

For just $5, guests can learn about the wonders of the ocean through interactive exhibits and education programs providing an informative mix of marine biology and Delray Beach history. The biologists are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and eager to share their love of the ocean.

A Must-See for Shark Lovers

If you’ve ever wondered what nurse sharks eat for breakfast, you’ll not only find out, but have the chance to feed it to them at Sandoway House Nature Center. The ecological education center lets you watch live shark feedings Tuesday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m., and even names one lucky person (over the age of 3) the Shark Feeder of the Day. A $25 cost applies. Pre-registration is required by calling 561-274-7263.

A special three-month shark exhibit is set up at Sandoway Discovery Center every year between June and August, featuring an expanded exhibition of these great and predatory marine fish. The display is full of exciting shark artifacts, including shark teeth and jaws from more than 100 species of shark. There is also a mini-fossil dig set up for children to dig for (and keep) genuine fossils.

Between October and May, guests can enjoy a Surfing History Exhibit, detailing the complete history in the State of Florida, and Palm Beach County in particular. The display includes locally-made surfboards and thousands of photos.

A Learning Place for All Age Groups

In addition to its popular shark attraction, Sandoway Discovery Center is also home to snakes, turtles, birds, and tortoises, and has stingray and invertebrate touch tanks that provide a hands-on learning experience. The Florida Reptile and Amphibian room is where visitors will learn about some of Florida’s native and invasive reptile species.

Its microscope room and its children’s activity room make it a fun place for adults and children alike to better understand the environment and the delicate ocean ecosystem through hands-on learning and play.

Other popular features of this historic two-story beachfront museum are the extensive private seashell collection featuring 10,000 museum quality shells from around the world, the nocturnal room, and the second-floor observation deck.

Sandoway Discovery Centre is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. The center is closed on Mondays and major holidays. For more information, visit www.sandowayhouse.org.

 

February Happenings in Delray Beach

After the holidays, our high season is in full swing and continues during the month of February in Delray Beach.

We all continue to explore the weekly Green Market every Saturday 9:00-2:00 at Old School Square, and here are a few other events residents, snowbirds and visitors can enjoy this month:

Laugh with The Library

Friday, February 2nd, 7:30-10:30PM

Now in it’s 12th year, this event takes place at The Delray Beach Marriott Hotel. Gather your friends together and purchase a table for 10 or grab individual tickets.  Enjoy this year’s headliner, Comedian Don Gavin, who will be hosting a “laugh-out-loud night of comedy.” Proceeds from this cocktail party and evening of lively entertainment will benefit the Delray Beach Public Library’s outreach programs.

For more information: https://www.delraylibrary.org/laugh/

 

Artists in the Park

Weekend of February 3rd-4th, 10-4:30 PM.

This fantastic arts event is hosted by The Delray Art League in Veterans Park along the Intracoastal water way off Atlantic Ave.  Enjoy art in a lovely outdoor setting where you can visit with master artists and their pieces – paintings, prints, sculptures, and other mixed media.

For more information: https://delrayartleague.com/artists-in-the-park/

 

The Delray Beach Open

February 16th-25th

The highlight of the month is certainly The Delray Beach Tennis Open at The Delray Beach Tennis Center. This exciting tennis event attracts 55,000 spectators annually and is touted as the world’s only 10-day ATP Champions Tour and ATP World Tour event.  The Open consists of tough tennis competitions/matches between the top athletes on the circuit today. It also brings back the legends. There are also multiple dining and networking events that take place in the on-site Hospitality Pavilion (ie VIP Reception, Box Series Holders’ Reception, Chamber Bash, Ladies Luncheons). Tennis enthusiasts can also take advantage of unique and competitive amateur tennis opportunities held on the grounds of the event (ie Legends Clinic, ATP Doubles Pro-Am, Tennis on Campus Collegiate Challenge, Mega-Mixer, College Matches, USPTA Fast 4 Event & Woman’s Round-Robin).

For more details: https://yellowtennisball.com/

 

Paint and Sip to support The Milagro Center

Monday February 19th 7:00-9:00 PM

This lovely affair is hosted by Painting with a Twist located at 2288 N Congress Ave.  A mere $45 donation helps support after school arts and education for local at-risk kids in the Delray Beach community via The Milagro Center.

For more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/198576877364953/

 

In addition to this sampling of February fun, you can enjoy ongoing events aplenty.  Look for music, shows, art at Old School Square, the Arts Garage, The Arts Warehouse, The Delray Beach Playhouse or Morikami Park.  There is always plenty to do for everyone in Delray Beach, our Village by the Sea.

Fun for Kids: ArtNest in Delray Delights!

ArtNest Delray is a special place where kids – ranging from toddler-aged to pre-teens – can come express themselves via art. The owners have created a welcoming creative environment for kids, who sometimes come with their adults in tow.  They can experience art via various media…. drawing, painting, sculpting, collaging, book making, photography, jewelry making, fashion and more…!

Each month ArtNest offers a theme to build upon, whether it be exploring graffiti or the classics. The kids will not only learn, but they’ll get messy and have tons of fun! ArtNest offers 45 minute classes throughout the week at the end of which the students get to take their masterpieces home. But first, their art is digitally captured to add the “Gallery.”

The owners also offer special 90 minute classes while school is out, offering kids a great outlet and their parents a well-deserved break! The cost is minimal – currently only $20 per 45 minutes at varying times throughout the week and on Sundays. There are also options to purchase classes for a week while school is out, starting at $150.

Looking for a unique present for a birthday or holiday? Gift certificates and other packages are available for purchase. We love that an artistic and creative outlet is offered to Delray Beach’s littlest residents! Exposure to art at such a young age is great for kids and for the community. It will help ensure that the artistic Delray Beach vibe will thrive for generations to come.

For more ideas on where to take the kids in Delray, check out our Family Fun page!