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January 15th, 2013

What’s Going On? Delray Beach, Florida, Activities, Events, Cruising the Intracoastal, Shark Feedings, Shell Exhibit, Wakodahatchee, Green Cay Nature Preserve, Wetland Ecosystems, Japanese Gardens, Bonsai Class, Loxahatchee Everglades Tour, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Pack & Paddle Club….so much to do in and around The Village by The Sea, Palm Beach County, SoFlo


Delray Beach has maintained its charmed through history.  The area is known for its rich soil.  Vegetables and fruits were grown in abundance.  Its large colony of artists call Delray home.  And…its festivals are famous throughout Florida, as well.

It is a very walkable town.  Historic preservation in this town is taken seriously.  The cottages that were retreats in simpler days are for the most part, still standing.


At this time of the year, when it is rainy and cold in the northeast the snowflakes and the snowbirds head south for some warmth, rest, and relaxation.

When I mention Delray Beach to others, the beach, restaurants, bars, shops and music venues come to mind.

The beach is unobstructed; you can sit there all they long.  The water?  Well, see for yourselves.



Too hot to sit on the beach?  Tired of shopping and eating?  I’ll bet!!


How about a little cruise on the intracoastal?  You can catch these cruises right on Atlantic Avenue by the draw bridge, on board the Lady Delray and Lady Atlantic.  It is Delray Yatch Cruises located at 801 E. Atlantic Avenue.  Tel. 561-243-0686.  Website?


You can take 2 hour cruises northbound or southbound on the intracoastal.  They also have dinner cruises, as well.  On their website you can check all that info., including their on-board menu.


It something different to do, looking at Delray Beach from another point of observation.


Sandoway House Nature Center is located 142 South Ocean Blvd. in Delray Beach.  It is right on A1A and you cannot miss it.  If you are on Atlantic Ave., go east and turn right on the corner of Atlantic Ave. and A1A.  It will be about 2 blocks on the right.  Tel. 561-274-7263.  Website?


Events, exhibits and programs are offered all the time.  Please check the website if you are visiting town.


Coral Reef Pool & Daily Shark Feedings at the Sandoway House occur on Tuesday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m.  On Sunday the feeding is at 1:30 p.m.  Admission is $4 for 3 years of age and older.


The Ivonne S. Templeton Shell Gallery is home to the Albert & Ann Becker Shell Collection.  It is the largest in South Florida with over 10,000 “museum quality shells”.


And, coming up is Nature Photography 101 Series.  6 consecutive Saturday mornings.  The series is called An Eye for Nature: A Photographic Winter on The Coast.  More info?  It is all on their website.


Wakodahatchee – It means “created waters”.  West of Atlantic Avenue 50 acres have been transformed into a wetlands ecosystem.  Turtles, frogs, alligators and birds call this preserve, home.  Location? 13026 Jog Rd.  Go west on Atlantic, crossing over I-95.  Turn right on Jog Rd.  Cross over Lake Ida intersection.  It will be on the right hand side; about 1/4 mile.  The sign is not big.


It is an elevated boardwalk…about 3/4 of a mile.  You can stroll, walk, sit and watch the birds come to rest for the evening.  It opens early in the a.m. until dusk.  More info?  Check


Green Cay Nature Preserve is another acreage transformed into a wetlands ecosystem.  The boardwalk is larger than the one at Wakodahatchee; 1.5 miles long.  It is also open from sunrise to sunset.  Location?  12800 Hagen Ranch Rd.  This is considered suburban Boyton Beach, between Boyton Beach Blv. and Atlantic Avenue.  More info?  Please visit


It is relaxing way to start or end the day…pretty relaxing.


The Morikami Gardens are located 4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach, FL 33446.  Tel. 561-495-0233.  Website?


The gardens are beautiful and tranquil.  The Cornell Cafe offers a Pan-Asian inspired menu.  You can sit outdoors on the terrace or indoors in air condition.


The Morikami Gardens hold events, classes and festivals throughout the year.  Best to check the calendar of events on the website.

Coming up there is a beginner’s bonsai class:  The Art of Bonsai.  It will take place on 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10 and 2/17, from 9 a.m. until Noon. It will be held at the Oki Education Center Deck. Instructor?  Vladimir Foursa.  $91 for non members and $81 for members, plus $35 of materials payable to the instructor.  You will receive a manual, pruning tool, one beginner’s bonsai tree, bonsai pot, and use of wire and bonsai soil.

Advance registration is required, and you can do so on-line.


Loxahatchee Everglades Tours – Wild Lyle is a great tour guide.  He has been doing these tours for years.  The tours depart on the hour, starting at 10 a.m. and with the last one starting at 4 p.m. You will see the animals in their natural habitat and you will be gliding over a river of grass.  Location?  15490 Loxahatchee Rd., Parkland, FL 33076.  Tel. 561-482-6107.  They open at 9 a.m.  Website?

If you are departing from Delray Beach, just take I-95 South to Hillsboro Blvd. (west exit).  Go all the way to the end and take a left on Loxahatchee Rd.  Follow the road to the end.

The best time to take these tours is on a hot and sunny day.  It seems the animals come out to get warm.  If you would like to check the weather, please call 561-482-8026.

Please note that these tours are not for children 3 years of age and younger.  Also, please note that there is a 25% discount coupon on the website.  You can print it and bring it in.


Gumbo Limbo Nature Center – With a Mission “To increase public awareness of coastal and marine ecosystems through research, education, and conservation”.  It is located at 1801 North Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33432.  It is very easy to find.  If you are traveling on A1A from Delray Beach, go south and cross Spanish River intersection.  The Nature Center will be on your right; about 1/4 mile.

You will find Children’s Programs, Family Programs, Adult Programs, Events, Group Tours and Field Trips and School Programs.  You can check the schedule of events by visiting Tel. 561-544-8615.


Palm Beach Pack & Paddle Club is in West Palm Beach…This is “The eating club with a camping, canoeing, kayaking, bicycling, backpacking, and hiking disorder”.  They encourage and support conservation, and protection of the natural environment.

It is full of activities year-round.  It is a club but non-members may participate in up to 2 trips before becoming members.  More info?  Please visit

Hey, have a great time!!  Talk to you later….


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February 3rd, 2012

Hikes, Bikes, Paddles, Canoeing, Shark Feeding, Sandoway House, Farmer’s Market, Antique Show, Live Entertainment in Delray…Having Fun in Palm Beach County, Delray Beach


I find it so funny….when I write posts about what’s going on in the beaches that I frequent, I have to laugh because there is so much. I usually, pick and choose the activities, events and entertainment that catch my attention. So, if you are visiting Palm Beach County, the town of Delray Beach and surrounding towns then maybe these ones will appeal to you, as well.



Tuesday/Thursday Paddlers – This activity is for experience kayakers or paddlers. If you love to kayak then this might be up your alley. The duration of the paddles is 3 hours twice a week. They have now added Saturdays, as well. What you need to do is send an e-mail to and put in the subject line “Paddling Group”. Then send your phone number. He will notify you by e-mail of the paddle location. This is a group that has been getting together for years. After the 3 hour paddle they will meet for lunch at a restaurant.

Palm Beach Pack & Paddle Club – Hikes, bikes and paddles, but mostly paddling. Location? Okeeheele Nature Center in Okeeheele Park, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd., west of West Palm Beach. Call Geoff at 561-963-9755 for more info., or better yet, visit

You can rent kayaks at Adventure Times Kayak Shop at 521 Northlake Blvd. Website

Boca Raton Tours – Join a naturalist from Gumbo Limbo Nature Center for a guided tour along the Boardwalk at Rutherford Park. Then, the tour will be followed by a canoe paddle through mangrove trails and back along the shoreline of the Intracoastal. Please note that paddling experience is necessary. $22/person or $15 for members of the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Prepayment and reservations are necessary by calling 561-338-1542. Please visit for more info. on this Nature Center.

Loxahatchee Canoeing offers guided moonlight tours from 7 – 9 p.m. through Arthur R. Marshall Loxatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Boyton Beach, Florida. $10/person includes boat rental plus $5 admission to the Park. Reservations are required. Please call 561-733-0192. Please check



Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. – Shark Feeding at The Sandoway House Nature Center located at 142 S. Ocean Blvd. Sundays the Shark Feeding will be at 1:30 p.m. The Sandoway House is located in a 1936 beachfront home in Delray. I wrote a post on the Nature center on 2/15/11. Just click on the month of February of 2011 and scroll down to the date. I included pictures.


Saturday, 2/4 – Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the Open Air Delray GreenMarket at SE 4th Ave., South of Atlantic Ave. Freshly made baked goods, produce, flowers , live music and even some dancing, as well.

Saturday, 2/4 and Sunday 2/5 – The Delray Beach Antiques Show at the Delray Beach Community Center on 50 NW 1st Ave. Exhibitor booths of antique elegance, quality and beauty. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Live Entertainment

Delray Beach is full of music. Different venues seem to be able to accommodate everyone’s likings. Check these ones.

Crane’s Beach House – You don’t have to be a guest to enjoy some of the live entertainment on week-ends. Crane’s Beach House is located at 82 Gleason St. Tel. 561-278-1700. Website?

On Friday the Tiki Bar will be opening at 5 p.m. – Live entertainment will start at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. with DYMiN. She has performed alongside the late Bob Hope, the late Miles Davis among many others.

On Saturday go by the North Pool Waterfall where Adam Barnes “Teacha” will be performing live reggae starting at 6 p.m.

The Atlantic Grille is located at the Seagate Hotel in Delray Beach – Friday and Saturday from 8:30 p.m. until 12:30 p.m. you will find Orson Whitfield. The Seagate Hotel is located at E. Atlantic Avenue. Website?

And if all that fails…..there is always plenty of eating in Delray. Casual or elegant? Your choice.

Grab a pitcher of beer; they’ll keep it cold, and a flat bread.  They are pretty good too.  The best are their grilled wings.  Where?  At the Bru’s Room at 35 NE 2nd Avenue, 561-276-3663.  Website?  Bru’s Room has a gluten free menu.  And those wings I mentioned?  Gluten free, as well!!



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May 22nd, 2011

Sandoway House, Nature Center, Delray Beach, Florida, Summer Programs, Exhibits, Village by the Sea, Palm Beach County


I have not been in Delray Beach for 2 months.  The Second Season in this Village by the Sea is one of my favorites. It’s a quieter pace, you can show up at a restaurant without a reservation, less honking of horns, and the grocery store isles are more manageable, as well.  There are other reasons why I love Delray.  I have met very nice people; their residents and shopkeepers are wonderful.  You know, those little details that stay in your mind and want to make you go back to this town again and again

The residents look forward to this time of the year.  The town all to themselves.

This Second Season brings to Delray plenty of visitors.  And since it is that time of the year where school children will be home a lot, I thought I would pass on what the Sandoway House Nature Center can offer this summer.  You will need it; it’s a long summer, believe me.  I remember well.

The Sandoway House Nature Center is located at 142 South Ocean Blvd.  This is just a block and a half south of Atlantic Avenue on the west side of A1A.  You cannot miss it.


In 2002, this home was listed on the National Historic Places and the marker in front of the house shows this designation.


On February 15th I wrote a post on this beautiful place.  You can just go on the left hand of this website and click under the month of February, 2011 and scroll down to the 15th. 

The website is and the tel. is 561-274-7263.

As you come in some of the usual suspects will be there; they always are.  The cranky Blue & Gold Macaw being one of them.  He checks all visitors.  He knows he is beautiful.


Exhibits and educational programs are on going.  So here is what you will find.

General Admission is $4.


As of May 13th – Tooth for Thought.  I remember when I had my own shark’s tooth.  I wore it on a leather cord.  That was the style them.

At the Nature Center you will find that this will be an interactive program where guests will make a Shark Tooth Necklace while learning about the ocean’s top predators.  $3 plus general admission.


Camps – Ocean View Summer Camp 2011

June 6th until June 10th

June 13th until June 17th

June 20th until June 24th

During each week the campers will spend time interacting with Nature Center exhibits and participating in a variety of science related activities.  Each day is from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

After-care is offered from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at not additional charge.

For more detailed info. please call them at 561-274-7263.


Tuesdays – Starting June 15th is Turtle Talk Tuesdays.  Speedy, the Florida’s endangered Gopher Tortoise, Gigi, a Florida Box Turtle, a red-bellied pond turtle and a few more.  Learn about their habitats.  These turtles call Sandoway Nature Center, home.


Admission is $4 for ages 3 and up; free for members.  It also includes admission to all other exhibits.


Wednesdays – Starting June 16th at 2:00 p.m. – Being that the Sandoway Nature Center is a historic home adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, it has beautiful gardens, showcasing native plants.  Walk through the native butterfly garden.  The leisure walk includes identification and information on dozens of native Florida plants. 



Learn what types of plants butterflies love and are attracted to.  Admission is only $4. It includes all the other exhibits, as well, including Florida’s largest private shell collection. 



Thursdays – Starting June 17th.  Inside and Outside Shells.  The Sandoway Nature Center houses one of the largest exhibits in Florida.  Learn from their resident conchologist. Conchology is the scientific or amateur study of mollusk shells.



Kids will be able to touch several living mollusks, including the Horse Conch, which is Florida’s State Shell.  I really did not know that.  And, you will also be able to dissect a large squid.  $4 admission.

The Horshe Conch is found on Florida’s shores regularly.  The snail is the second largest mollusk, with one shell, in the world.  It can get to up to 2 feet in size.


It is an agressive carnivor eating……you will need to check this out at the Nature Center.


Starting July 1st – Take a bite out of summer.  The “Shark Months” exhibit will call Sandoway Nature Center, its home.  80 different varieties of shark and ray jaws.  A replica of a Great White Shark Jaw will be there for photos, a touch table, a free fossil dig for kids, Hawaiian Shark Tooth weapons and plenty more.  Admission is $4 per guest.  Please call 561-274-7263 for more info.


Tuesdays through Saturdays  at 10:30 a.m. and on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. is Shark Feeding at the Sandoway.  I have attended and it is very interesting.  Learn about what Atlantic Ocean Reef Fish and Nurse Sharks eat.


Besides all the exhibits and programs, one of them is a Group Education Program that can be tailored to your needs.  The K-12 programs are developed to meet Florida Sunshine State Standards.  Call to schedule your group adventure.  Perfect for school and special interest groups of all ages.  The learning experience will be adapted to your group.


Now you have some information to, at least, get those kids out and about.

Have a great day!!

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April 8th, 2011

Delray Beach, Florida, Earth Day on the Avenue, Activities, Events, Entertainment, Village by the Sea, Palm Beach County, Art-Sea Living, Boyton Beach



I got some information regarding the celebration of Earth Month by the City of Delray Beach.   Delray is inviting the community to participate in “green-themed” activities and events throughout the month of April.


Earth Day on the Avenue will be hosted by the City of Delray Beach.  It will take place on Saturday, April 9th.  There will be so many things for kids to do throughout the day.  All ages will have fun.  Guess what?  An all day free, family friendly event.  And, here is a little teaser.

Saturday, 4/9 – The Great American Beach Cleanup.  Sponsored by the Sandoway House Nature Center.  7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m., at the City’s Municipal Beach. 

Delray’s beach is one of its primary assets.  It is a wide and unobstructed beach.  The water is warm and clear.


Volunteers are requested to participate in the nation’s largest community improvement program to collect trash and debris in an effort to promote a cleaner and safer City beach.  Supplies will be provided and community service hours will be awarded. 

Volunteer registration will be held at the Sandoway Park, located next to the Nature Center, at 142 South Ocean Blvd. at 7:00 a.m.  More info?, please call Patrick Morehouse, Site Manager at 561-274-7263.


Also please note that the Sandoway Nature Center has Shark Feeding from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and on Sundays at 1:30 p.m.  Their website is



Saturday, 4/9 – Petting Zoo at the Delray Green Market from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Families will be able to visit with farm animals and learn about their roles in the environment.  The Delray Green Market is located at SE 4th Avenue just south of Atlantic Ave.  This market has also introduced a recycling program.  Form more info., please contact Lori Nolan at 561-276-7511.  


The Delray Green Market is one of my favorites when visiting Delray.  Baked goods, flowers, music; just strolling early in the morning is very relaxing.  If you decide to go, pick up their cookbook.  It has very good, easy recipes by locals.


Saturday, 4/9 – Earth Day on The Avenue will continue at Old School Square Park, located on Atlantic Ave.  It is east of the Old School Square Cultural Arts Center.  It will begin at 9:00 a.m.

It will be a kid friendly event and will include Planting with the Mayor, Environmental Storytelling & Music, Buttons the Clown Goes Green, Marine & Land Animal Encounter & Awareness.  Recycled Art Projects & Activities, Alternative & Eco-Friendly Transportation Rides, Water Resources Preservation, Grow & Go – Take Home a Sunflower, Locally Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Refreshments, Prizes and Giveaways.  You might not need more info., but if you do then call Jennifer Buce at 561-243-7138.


You know that Delray Beach is known for its trendy boutiques, unique shops and gourmet restaurants and cafes.  During Shopping on the Avenue, beginning on Saturday, you will receive a reusable tote bag with purchase at participating Downtown Delray Beach stores.  Please note that it is while supplies last.  More info?  Please contact the Downtown Development Authority at 561-243-1077.



Sunday, 4/10 – Yoga with Live Music at The Colony Hotel, located at 525 E. Atlantic Ave.  It is $20.  Visit or call them at 561-703-1236 if you wish to get more information on any of their classes.


Tuesday, 4/12 – At the Old School Square Outdoor Entertainment Pavilion, you will find the Falconaires United States Air Force Academy Band.  Time? 8:30 p.m.  Bring the family, blankets, friends and chairs.  It will be a concert for the entire family.


The Falconiers is one of the 2 premier jazz ensembles of the Air Force.  They bring the sounds of the Big Band Jazz; cultivating our national heritage through its indigenous music genre, jazz.

The Pavilion is located on 51 N. Swinton.  More info? Please visit


Boyton Beach, Florida

The town of Boyton Beach is located north of Delray; just a few miles.  I just got an e-mail from Art-Sea Living Gallery and Studio.  This shop is located at 1628 South Federal Hwy. Tel. 561-733-2600.  Website?  The store opened in 2003 and for the past few years they have been at this new location.  I have not been at this location but I understand that it is so much bigger and she has expanded all her programs.

Today, Friday, 4/8 and Saturday 4/9 it will be her last Trunk Show of the season.  On Friday it will be from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.  There will be a Meet & Greet with wine and yummy treats.  On Saturday, it will be an all day show, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.  In the morning you can enjoy coffee and donuts and in the p.m., wine and treats.

The store will have artistic handmade creations.  Artists will have show specials.  You wil also find handpainted gourds and painted emu eggs.  You can enter a raffle, as well. 

For more information on the whole store, classes, and camps please visit the above mentioned website.



And if you happened to be in the Palm Beach area you can check Barrett-Jackson auction events which is there through Saturday.  For the schedule, please visit   You might even see one like this; but I have a feeling you won’t.  A Bugatti? Who knows?



Have a great week-end… to you later……


March 5th, 2011

What’s Going On?, Delray Beach, Florida, Entertainment, GreenMarket, Fundraising Event for Sandoway House Nature Center and Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope, Inc., Village by the Sea


I have to tell you that even though our weather, here, at the Delaware Beaches is getting better and better, I know South Florida is experiencing really nice weather at this time of the year.  It was a little cold on a few of my visits; but always warmer than at home.

If you are out and about in Delray Beach, then these are a few things you might want to check out; always something to do in that Village by the Sea.



Saturday, 3/5 – Just like every Saturday and until 1:00 p.m. is the Delray GreenMarket at  SE 4th Ave., south of Atlantic Ave.  Baked goods, music, flowers, seafood, and food.  The perfect way to start the Saturday morning.



On February 19th the Delray GreenMarket hosted the 14th Annual Chili Cook-Off.  In case you are interested, they served 100 gallons of chili, 5,000 sample-sized chili cups were used and approximately 500 ballots were casted.

The categories were Traditional Chili, New Age Chili and Vegetarian Chili but they said that if they had had a category for the Most Guilty Pleasures in One Bowl, the prize woud have gone to Nancy Simons and daughter Sally Poe Hackman for their “Lucky Cowboy Chili”.  It was flavored with coffee, chocolate and beer!!!

You can find the Delray Beach GreenMarket on Facebook.


Saturday and Sunday, 3/5 and 3/6 – ‘SWonderful National Tour at the Crest Theatre at Old School Square.  It is a musical review, all singing and dancing.  It celebrates the genius of George and Ira Gershwin.  It incorporates 5 mini musicals inspired by the real events that occurred in and around their lives.

The Crest Theatre is a Cultural Arts Center and National Historic Site.  It is located at 51 N. Swinton.  Tel. is 561-243-7922.  The Saturday performance is at 7:00 p.m. and two performances on Sunday will be at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  The website is and you can log onto the site and purchase tickets.



Sunday, 3/6 – Concert in the Park – It is a free concert from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Right there at Veterans Park Gazebo by the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ave.



Mark your calendars for March 25th – Design and Vintage Sale – Clothing and Accessories.  From 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  This is a fundraising event for the Sandoway House Nature Center and for the Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope, Inc.


The Sandoway House Nature Center sits on a historic site.  The fundraising event’s proceeds will help this wonderful educational facility continue with its efforts.  I wrote a post on 2/25 with pictures.  If you would like to see it just click on the month and scroll down to the date.

Location?  1425 S. Ocean Blv., a couple of blocks south of the intersection of Atlantic Ave. and A1A.


“Cancer Turns Everything Upside Down”…We Help Turn Your World Right Side Up”…This is the mission of the Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope, Inc.  Website?

The proceeds of this Design and Vintage Sale will also help this charitable organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life of local individuals and families who are touched by cancer.  It provides need-based financial assistance, information, resources, and access to services and support groups in the community.

For more information, please call Mary Lou Schilliager at 561-704-8547.


Have a great week-end…talk to you later….


P.S.  You can always sit on the beach; it’s Delray’s biggest playground…


February 25th, 2011

What’s Going on Delray?, Activities, Events, Entertainment, South Florida, Palm Beach County, Friday, Saturday, Sunday



I cannot believe that February is almost over.  It was so funny; today I was at Rehoboth Auto Repair located in Rehoboth Beach when a local builder from Lewes came in and stated “everybody in this darn town is on vacation”, “my electrician is in Florida”, “my plumber is in South Florida”, but “”not me”.  His next statement was “I like here like this, no tourists, no bugs, no heat”.

That made me think about Delray Beach.  It was crowded when I was there last month and I wonder if the locals are ready to take their town back.  I think we do feel that way around here, at the end of the summer, but tourism is what makes our beaches.  I don’t know, I think I am ready for Spring and Summer; for those visitors to arrive and see how lucky we are to live here.

As usual, Delray Beach is full of activities this week-end.  So here is a taste of what you can experience if you find yourselves in the warmer climate of that Village by the Sea.


Until Sunday, 2/27/11 – The International Tennis Championships will still be going strong.  Location?  The Delray Beach Tennis Center, located at 201 West Atlantic Ave.  Tel. 561-330-6000.  But for the most complete information please log on to the website,   I wrote a post on the Delray Tennis Center on 2/16, so scroll down to that date if you would like to see it.



Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 2/25, 2/26, 2/27 – Sandoway House Nature Center – Shark Feeding. Friday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.  I wrote a post on this Nature Center on 2/15/11.  Scroll down to the date. 


The Sandoway House Nature Center is located at 142 South Ocean Blvd., Tel. is 561-274-7263, website is  There is a $4.00 admission fee.


Besides the shark feeding, you will meet Bob.  He is a Spotfin Burfish.  Very aware when shark feeding is imminent. 


An exhibit called Ice Age Florida is in display until 3/29/2011.


Friday, 2/25/11 – Cars As Art on the Avenue from 6:00 until 10:00 p.m.  Together America’s Finest Classic Cars and Veteran Soldiers.  The mission is to give the public an opportunity to meet and embrace our Wounded Hero’s, through the medium of Cars as Art.  Location?  Old School Square lawn on 51 N. Swinton.  For more info, please visit



Friday, 2/25/11 – Gallery Walk – from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.  Delray is known for its art galleries.  On Friday nights a lot of the participating galleries keep longer hours so you can get to know them.  They serve some refreshments and appetizers, as well.  One of those galleries is also a place where you can get framing done.  It is Wizard Arts lcoated on 301 NE 1st Street., Tel. 561-276-4343.  Website is


I met Carol through Tiffany Cant who is a Delray artist and who uses Wizard Arts for her framing.   I have used her framing services several times and have been most pleased.


Carol was professional, affordable and fast.


Friday, 2/25/11 – Cycles – A Musical Journey at the Crest Theatre – Old School Square located at 51 N. Swinton.  It will start at 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.  Price $30.

Cycles is an innovative blend of visual excitement and musical virtuosity, led by Delray’s percussionist, Drew Tucker.  Check for tickets and more info. 


Saturday, 2/26/11 – Delray GreenMarket – SE 4th Avenue, south of Atlantic Avenue.  8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  This Market is very popular and it is held every Saturday.  Music, flowers, baked goods and great food are among the many things that you will find early in the morning. 




Saturday, Sunday, 2/26, 2/27 – Artists in The Park – It is an open air art fair right at Veteran’s Park on Atlantic Ave., by the intracoastal.  10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Free.



Saturday, Sunday, 2/26, 2/27 – 14th Downtown Craft Festival-Pineapple Grove Arts District at NE 4th Ave. from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

A Howard Alan Show with handmade jewelry, wall hangings, ceramics and so much more.  It is also free.  Some of the Nation’s top crafters will offer something for every taste and budget.  There will be an expansive Green Market with plants, orchids, exotic flora and homemade soaps.  For more information, please visit


Saturday, 2/26/11 – Grand Opening of Mootz’s Homemade Italian Ice at  2:00 p.m.,  located at 504 E. Atlantic Ave., inside the Antique Mall.  Tel. 561-330-8280.  Website?  You can find them on Facebook and Twitter.


Music Anyone?  At Johnnie Brown’s, 301 East Atlantic Ave., tel. 561-243-9911 you will find:


Friday, 2/25 – Ryan and The Rockers – 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. – This is a 5 man band based in South Florida playing the music of the 50’s and 60’s.  Their website is

Saturday, 2/26 – Riptide – 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. This is a Boca based Rock and Blues Band.  Their website is


Note:  Delray Beach has been known to grow pineapples so many years ago.  I am so glad that the pineapple is shown, mentioned and placed at strategic places in downtown Delray; such a symbol of hospitality and this Village by the Sea, certainly is.


Have a great week-end… to you later….

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February 15th, 2011

The Sandoway House, Nature Center, Delray Beach, Florida, Shark Feedings, Educational Programs, Exhibits, Village by the Sea, Palm Beach County



I have visited the Sandoway House before I started writing this blog and thought it was time to visit it again and see what was new.  The Sandoway House is located at 142 South Ocean Blvd., and it is very visible from A1A.  Tel. is 561-274-7263.  Website?

This house used to be the winter residence of a retired produce broker named J.B. Evans.  It was designed by Samuel Ogren, Sr.  Since it was built during the great depression, the only ostentation is the cathedral window on the south side of the house.  Samuel Ogren, Sr. is considered the Father of Delray Beach Architecture.  In 2002 this house was listed on the National Historic Places.  You can read more information on the Historic Marker placed by the entrance of the Sandoway House Nature Center.


On Sundays, the shark feeding is at 1:30 p.m. and it was about time.  As I walked around the gardens I noticed plaques identifying indigenous plants.


 I love porches and the Sandoway House has a beautiful one; I could only imagine sitting there when times were less hectic; life more simple.

The Blue and Gold Macaw was the bird I encountered first.  I heard he can be a little cranky.  He was calm on Sunday, though, checking everyone coming in.


In this porch you will also find a large fish tank and a gorgeous lobster.  Also there is a turtle pond and a gopher tortoise habitat.  The gopher tortoise, Speedy, was hiding.  This tortoise is protected in Florida because the iguanas are eating their eggs; construction is destroying their natural habitat. 



The box turtle, Gigi was out and about.  Conservationists are concerned because their habitat is being destroyed.


There is an entry fee of $4.00 and I cannot remember the volunteer’s name working there but him and Steve, who feeds the sharks were very informative.

There is a shop with souvenirs and books on Florida, Delray and nature.



There is a microscope lab for viewing nature up close.  Tha’st where I saw The Knight Anole, Pedro.  Native to Cuba with strong jaws and sharpt teeth. 


The Brown Basilisk was another lizard found from Mexico to Columbia.  They are excellent swimmers.


And then there was Rose, the Chilean Rose Tarantula.  She eats grasshoppers, cockroaches, and crickets.


In this room 2 microscopes are set to be used by the public to view various objects found in nature.

Another room has photos interpreting Delray Beach History.  One watercolor shows the Sandoway right on the beach.  It was before A1A was even there.



The Yvonne S. Templeton Shell Gallery is one the largest private shells collections in the world.  It is housed at the Sandoway House and even though there are so many on display, this is only about 6% of a collection of 10,000 shells.





Steve called me since it was time to feed the sharks.  They were sand sharks and fed by hand once a day.  He was very knowledgeable and connected well with the younger crowd in attendance.



There were other fish but one that acted like the residence dog was Bob.  It was a Spotfin Burfish.  This fish is found in tropical seas.  It eats clams, crabs, and lobsters.  Bob has a beak and grinding plates that crush the shells of the animals he eats.


The Sandoway House offers educational programs to the public.  Besides the shark feedings, they have guided historic tours, nature walks, astronomy nights, summer camp and special events like Earth Day.

Guests speakers add to the special events, talking about environmental topics.  The website will be the best information source to check out what’s on the schedule.

Schools and special interest groups are welcomed, as well, so please call to schedule a group adventure.

This beautiful house and grounds are also available for special events, like meetings, weddings and birthday parties.

Hours of operation are:  Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Sundays from 12 Noon until 2 p.m.

Shark feedings are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and on Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

Tired of sitting on the beautiful Delray Beach?  Too cloudy?  Kids are driving you insane?  The Sandoway House is located just a block and a half south of Atlantic Ave., on the west side of A1A between Sandoway Park and Ingram Parking Lot.


Have a great day.  My visit to Delray is winding down… to you later….


August 5th, 2010

Delray Beach, Florida, Village by the Sea, South Florida, Events, Activities, 8/6/10 – 8/7/10



I have not been in Delray Beach since June and I miss it.  Once you get to know this little Village by the Sea, you don’t want to let go of it.  It is one of those coastal towns that are busy; restaurants are open, shops, fairs, festivals and the town is making sure that the residents have plenty to do.

If you are visiting Delray Beach this week-end, this is what you will find:


Friday and Saturday, 8/6/10 and 8/7/10 –  Shark Feeding starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Sandoway House Nature Center located at 142 S. Ocean Blvd. 


Friday, 8/6/10 – It is Gallery Walk from 7 – 11 p.m. – On Friday nights trendy Atlantic Avenue shows off its art scene by keeping the art galleries open extended hours for all art lovers to enjoy.  Website


Friday, 8/6/10 – Summer Nights in Delray Beach – Summertime Blues from 7 – 10 p.m. at SW 5th Ave. Plaza at Atlantic across from the Fire Dept.

Summertime Blues has free admission and Ike & Val Woods, a popular blues band from Miami will be one of the entertainers.

Summer evenings in Downtown Delray Beach are filled with great events.  Dancing in the street, art projects for every age and skill level, live entertainment with music styles ranging from Latin and Reggae to the blues and country.

The CRA will continue its 25th anniversary celebration by providing cupcakes at the Plaza.  The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum will be promoting its upcoming Living Heritage Festival and hosting a photo opportunity for children: instruments to mime playing with the band.  A children’s art project will also be available.


Saturday, 8/7/10 – Village Arts Mart Summer Market from 8 – 1 p.m. at 115 NE 4th Ave. in Delray.  This is an open air market featuring local artists, crafters, garden fresh/organic produce and gourmet foods.


Saturday, 8/7/10 – Grand Opening of Putt’n Around.  36 holes of exciting miniature golf in a waterfront setting.

Play 18 holes at “The Everglades” with its lush landscaping and sculptures.  Or, 18 holes around the beach-inspired setting and crystal-blue water of “The Ocean”.

There is a concession area with snacks, ice cream and soft drinks and so much more.  Open every day from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. $9.85/person for 18 holes including tax or $15 for 36 holes also including the tax.

Location?  350 NE 5th Ave. (Federal Highway), Delray Beach, FL 33483.  E-mail address is and website


Saturday, 8/7/10 – It is the 7th Annual Family Fun Day from 4 – 11 p.m. at Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd St.

Join the City of Delray Beach.  Great family event with games, live entertainment, speakers, food, vendors and prizes. 

Just bring your umbrella and lawn chair.  That’s all you need.


If you are looking for a good book to read, and if mysteries are your thing, then visit Murder on the Beach Book Store.  They are located on 273 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33444.  They are in the Pineapple Grove District.  Tel. 561-279-7790 and the website is

On Tuesday, August 10th at 7 p.m. Ellen Crosby will be signing Viognier Vendetta.  “When Lucie Montgomery visits Washington, D.C. during cherry blossom season she doesn’t expect that her reunion with old friend Rebecca Natale is a setup.  But Rebecca disappears into thin air after running an errand for her boss, billionaire philanthropist and investment guru Sir Thomas Asher.  Also missing: an antique silver wine cooler looted by British soldiers before they burned the White House during the War of 1812. The next morning Lucie identifies Rebecca’s neatly folded clothes found in a rowboat floating in the Potomac River.  Is it suicide, murder, or an elaborate scheme to dissapear?  Scribner 1st edition, signed: $24.00


Have a great week-end…and talk to you later….


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