Miami-Dade County

Friends and Neighbors: Classic postcard images sewn into quilt

Vintage linen postcards created by artist and photographer Jack Levy were transferred to fabric and used in the squares of a quilt. The piece by Quilter Cathy Allen will be up for raffle through the Homestead Historic Town Hall Museum starting Sept. 25.
Vintage linen postcards created by artist and photographer Jack Levy were transferred to fabric and used in the squares of a quilt. The piece by Quilter Cathy Allen will be up for raffle through the Homestead Historic Town Hall Museum starting Sept. 25.

When visual artist Jack Levy created his beautiful color linen postcards of South Miami-Dade County in the 1940s and 1950s, he could not have imagined that one day they would be transferred to fabric and made into a quilt.

His enduring artistic postcard images of street scenes with agriculture and Everglades natural history were probably sent to the far reaches of the world by visitors to Homestead. But now they are gathered up and depicted in a beautiful queen size bed quilt with matching shams.

The pieces, created by Cathy Allen, a talented quilter from Dennison, Illinois, will be up for raffle starting with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the Homestead Historic Town Hall Museum, 41 N. Krome Ave., across from Losner Park. The quilt will be unveiled at the event.

Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and this historic event will help raise funds for the museum. Quilter Allen is a friend of museum board member Fabienne Abali McCarthy.

The raffle will continue with tickets available until early afternoon Dec. 5. The drawing for the winner will be held during the annual Main Street Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Children’s Concert.

The museum is also looking to add four to six more docents to its program to help out in the museum as volunteers. The reception on Sept. 25 is a good time to learn more about the museum’s interesting collections of South Miami-Dade history.

The volunteer commitment is only four hours a week, no more than one time a week. If you can’t make it to the quilt unveiling and reception visit the museum from 1-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. It’s always free entrance. You can also call Charlie Hudson at 305-230-9572 or email her at for more information.


The upcoming music festival at The Fish House restaurant in Kendall will feature jazz and blues. It will also help to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

The event is set for Sept. 27-28 starting at 4 p.m. each day. Cost is $15 for one day and $25 for both days. There will also be many raffle items to benefit the JDRF. A young woman, Stephanie Yedo, who has lived with diabetes since the age of four will speak about awareness and the symptoms parents should not ignore.

“We like to #partywithapurpose at The Fish House,” said proprietor Angela Rivero. “We are very happy to do this once a year. Believe in the magic of love.”

She said the line-up of performing blues and jazz musicians is amazing. The Fish House is at 10000 SW 56th St. Call 305-595-8453 for more information or visit to learn more.


The University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies has produced an interesting English-language documentary on the island’s history titled Cuba: From Columbus to Castro.

“This is a panorama of Cuban history, nor for experts, but for younger Cuban Americans and others who may be interested in the history of the island,” said Jaime Suchlicki, ICCAS director.

Suchlicki is hoping to distribute the educational 26-minute video to local schools.

“It makes a great gift for anyone that wants an introduction to Cuba,” Suchlicki said.

The documentary uses archival footage and photos. The story begins with Christopher Columbus’ discovery of Cuba and chronicles the early life of the native Indians. It then documents the early years of the republic.

Noted Cubans are highlighted including Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, a Cuban sugar plantation owner who led the first war against Spain; Dr. Carlos Finlay, a pioneer in the discovery of the origin of yellow fever; and José Marti, the Cuban national hero and distinguished writer.

The film also describes Fidel Castro’s revolution, Cuba’s eventual turn to Communism, and the present state of affairs in the island.

Retired professor Frank Rodriguez narrates the DVD and Cuban scholars Carlos Alberto Montaner and Marcos Antonio Ramos have praised the documentary.

“A superb summary,” Montaner said. “Explaining Cuban history in 26 minutes is a marvel, doing it well is a miracle. The last few minutes, devoted to the Communist era, are excellent.”

The DVD is available for purchase for $20 by calling ICCAS at 305-284-2822 (CUBA) or by writing to

In his description, Ramos said of the film that it is “a journey that includes well selected information and a broad vision of Cuba’s historical development. Highlights the beautiful geography and characteristics of a country that achieved many successes but now suffers a difficult moment. A formidable introduction to Cuba.”


To raise funds and continue the commitment to help fight ALS, all 60 LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants in Florida will hold a “Dining for Dollars” event from 5-8 p.m., Sept. 23.

Guests who wish to participate can request a voucher from the ALS Association Florida Chapter at or from their local LongHorn Steakhouse ahead of time. Then they can present the voucher at the end of their meal. The voucher will be attached to their bills and 10 percent of the total tab will be donated to help the cause.

There is no cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and anyone can get it. About 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year. The incidence is two per 100,000 people, and it is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans may have the disease at any given time. The ALS Association Florida Chapter is the only non-profit voluntary health agency dedicated solely to the fight.

For a full list of addresses of LongHorn Steakhouse locations in Florida visit and visit the ALS Association Florida Chapter online or call 813-637-9000 with questions. .

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