How did South Beach become a destination dream for travelers all over the world? The story is told in a new short film, South Beach: Stories of a Renaissance.
About 70 people attended a recent open house and preview presented by Tropic Moon Media, the Coral Gables-based publisher and video production company. The Miami Design Preservation League hosted the event.
On hand for the debut were producer Bob Berkowitz and executive producer Eleanor Goldstein. The new video and DVD is an accompaniment to the popular book, of the same name, that chronicles the stories of South Beach through over four dozen interviews with community leaders.
"Our new 36-minute video recalls the booms, busts and personalities responsible for turning an isolated, mosquito-infested island into a glamorous beachfront resort in less than a century," said Goldstein. "From local residents to global travelers, everyone enjoys learning more about this unique 23-block neighborhood known for its distinctive Art Deco architecture.”
South Beach: Stories of a Renaissance includes historical photos as well as on-location scenes. The DVD will be sold at bookstores, tourism bureaus, airports, and local shops. Charles J. Kropke, who also wrote the book along with Goldstein, is the narrator.
To learn more about our glamorous local history and to purchase copies of the DVD and the book, check out Amazon or www.southbeachstories.com. You can also write to Tim Jefferson at email@example.com.
AMIGOS FOR KIDS
Continuing their good works to help deserving children experience a good start to the new school year, members of Coral Gables International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1210 will join the Amigos For Kids Family Fair and Back to School Drive, July 28 at Jose Marti Park, 351 SW Fourth St. The event will start at 10 a.m. and is expected to run until 2 p.m.
Volunteers will distribute hundreds of book bags filled with supplies to children in need throughout South Florida who would not have these basic supplies on their first day of school.
For 21 years Amigos For Kids has been able to respond to the diverse needs of abused, abandoned, neglected and less-fortunate children and their families. Through the kindness of donors, staff and volunteers, Amigos For Kids has set up many programs for underprivileged children in our community. Its anti-abuse message, “There’s NO Excuse For Child Abuse!” is reaching national audiences.
OLD TIME DANCE
Get out your turn-of-the-century fashions and party like it’s 1899 at The Barnacle Historic Park in Coconut Grove. The Old Time Dance will be 6:30-10 p.m., July 28, at 3485 Main Hwy. Gates open at 6 p.m. This family event is just $10 per person for ages 10 and up. Children under 10 are admitted free of charge.
Listen to traditional American music and learn to dance circles, squares, contras and waltzes from Miami Caller Lou Dow. Picnics are welcome but not pets.
The Old Time Dance is sponsored by The Barnacle Society, a volunteer, citizen-supported, organization that helps generate public awareness, education, and financial support for the preservation of this historic site. For more, call 305-442-6866 or visit www.TheBarnacle.org.
Carissa Chesanek will be the speaker at the next South Florida Writers Association meeting, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Aug. 3 at the Pinecrest Library, 5835 SW 111th St. Cost for members is $10, and guests pay $12. Brunch is included.
Chesanek is the new editor of the SFWA Author’s Voice and is known for her dining reviews and food news. Her articles have appeared in Redbook, Zagat Survey, Dining Out Magazine, and Refinery29.com. She also discovers and writes about little-advertised local eating events and is a Miami correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide, and the Food Network’s CityEats.com. She lives in Miami Beach where she is finishing her first novel.
The local group New Neighbors Club of South Dade meets regularly to help residents make new friends and connect with their community. The next luncheon will be at 11 a.m., Aug. 14, at the Coral Gables Country Club, 997 N. Greenway Dr., and members have planned a family fun event with entertainment by Magician Rick Del Vecchio.
Prepare to be surprised. Del Vecchio has been performing since 1973 and is known for his close-up style magic. The event is $25 per person and reservations are required. Call 305-595-0213.