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Monday, December 08, 2014
Things to Do This Week in Fort Lauderdale (Dec 8 to Dec 14)

The holiday season is always such a wonderful time to enjoy live music – it just seems so festive! And good thing there is plenty of beautiful live music to be heard throughout Fort Lauderdale this week! Here are a few choices to get you in the holiday spirit:

On December 8, enjoy the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra perform “Holiday Pops” at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5th Avenue). When music director John Morris Russell talks about the Cincinnati Pops, which he calls "the finest pops orchestra on the planet," he simply echoes what countless critics and audience members have been saying for years. "We're celebrating American music in a whole new way," he says, and demonstrates in an exciting, captivating holiday concert with Broadway sensation Brian Stokes Mitchell. The Tony Award-winning "super baritone" is such a dynamic stage presence that the New York Times called him "Broadway's last leading man." You'll see and hear how right they are in this holiday extravaganza for the whole family--come home for the holidays, home to the Broward Center! The show starts at 8pm.

On December 10, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts will play host to another genre with a jazz concert of American popular song featuring the Bill Charlap Trio. One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with many leading artists of our time, ranging from jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to singers Tony Bennett and Barbara Streisand. Since 1997, he has led the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. Enjoy this evening filled with the music of Gershwin, Porter, Kern and more from the Great American Songbook. The evening’s performance will begin at 7:45.

In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has solidified his reputation as the premier artist in contemporary jazz. Since the early '80s, his combination of unparalleled instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 million records worldwide (45 million in the U.S. alone) and more than a dozen climbs to the top of Billboard's contemporary jazz chart. Sit back, relax and enjoy the king of smooth jazz for a musical experience like no other. He’ll be performing at the Parker Playhouse (707 NE 8th Street) on December 11 at 8pm.

And finally, the holidays just wouldn’t be the same without an exciting performance by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. TSO will wrap up 2014 by performing their rock opera “The Christmas Attic” live at the BB&T Center (One Panther Parkway, Sunrise) on December 12. This is the first time they will perform this piece in arenas across the nation for their Winter Tour 2014. While 1998's album “The Christmas Attic” features one of the band's most popular songs "Christmas Canon," surprisingly, it is the only album of The Christmas Trilogy that they have never before performed live. The 2014 Winter Tour will find TSO playing more than 120 shows in 71 cities across North America. Don’t miss them as they make their stop in South Florida this holiday season!

What a festive start to the holiday season here in Fort Lauderdale! We love sharing how spectacular our community is and the array of events that are available here each week. So check out our website regularly in order to stay up-to-date on all that Fort Lauderdale has to offer and to learn more about this great city. Additionally, you can browse our Fort Lauderdale Real Estate listings anytime by visiting www.GayleBorden.com or call Gayle Borden at 954-525-3355.


Posted at 11:23:20 AM
Monday, December 01, 2014
Things to Do Next Week in Fort Lauderdale (Dec 1 to Dec 7)

With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday season really gets into full swing this week in Fort Lauderdale! Get into the spirit at a few of these great events that shouldn’t be missed!

The 52nd Annual Christmas on Las Olas takes place this year on Tuesday, December 2 from 5pm-10pm. Over 40,000 people are expected to gather on Las Olas Boulevard to celebrate the “unofficial” start to the winter season. It is a rare winter wonderland you and your family won’t want to miss! Enjoy a snow mountain for sledding, a skating rink, carolers, and lots of food, drink, and overall holiday cheer! Admission is free and the event spans Las Olas from SE 6th Avenue to SE 11th Avenue.

Another festive holiday event will take place in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea on December 3, as the charming village celebrates their annual Christmas-by-the-Sea. From 5:30pm-9:30pm, Anglin’s Square (Commercial Blvd & A1A) will feature holiday carolers and dancers, a Yuletide market, children's activities, a commercial holiday window decorating contest, visits with Santa and the lighting of the town's Christmas tree at 6:30PM.

If you’d like to experience a great performance at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5th Avenue), the Florida Grand Opera will present Madame Butterfly December 4-6. The beautiful opera is the classic tale of a Japanese geisha as she catches the fancy of a caddish American naval officer. She crosses cultural boundaries to become his bride and grapples with a serious dilemma, while faithfully awaiting his long delayed return. Puccini’s tale of tradition, romance, sacrifice, and yearning is one of the world’s most beloved operas. Tickets start at just $21.

On December 6, the Bonnet House (900 N. Birch Road) will host the Orchid, Garden & Gourmet Food Festival from 9am-4pm. The event will include the 8th Annual Orchid & Exotic Plant Sale and includes orchids, exotics, tropicals, herbs, fruit trees, garden art, gourmet food trucks, libations, gardening lectures, cooking demos, live music, Farmer’s Market and much more!! Admission is $15 for the day.

We’re looking forward to an exciting week here in Fort Lauderdale, and a festive start to the holiday season – one of the most anticipated times of the year! We love sharing how spectacular our community is and the array of events that are available here each week. So check out our website regularly in order to stay up-to-date on all that Fort Lauderdale has to offer and to learn more about this great city. Additionally, you can browse our Fort Lauderdale Real Estate listings anytime by visiting www.GayleBorden.com or call Gayle Borden at 954-525-3355.


Posted at 11:00:27 AM
Monday, November 17, 2014
Things to Do This Week in Fort Lauderdale (Nov 17 to Nov 23)


Looking for something fun to do this week? We’re not just sun and sand here in Fort Lauderdale, there is so much more to do! Here are a few of our picks this week…

Get ready for an evening of astronomical proportions! The Museum of Discovery and Science’s auxiliary group, Friends of MODS, will host “Starry Night at the Museum” on Tuesday November 18, 2014, at 6 p.m. The price of admission ($45 for members, $55 for non-members) includes access to the reception, located in the traveling exhibit hall, complete with open bar and themed ‘space’ cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, a special silent auction, DJ, raffle prizes and entry to the AutoNation IMAX Theater! Attendees will get to journey into the new Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists as it pulls them in to the modern search for real black holes—the most mysterious and powerful objects in the universe. This extraordinary intergalactic evening concludes with a screening of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar: The IMAX Experience 70mm Film on the BIGGEST Screen in South Florida! Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain, is about a group of explorers making use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. It is already gaining praise as one of Christopher Nolan’s best films to date. To purchase tickets, call Nicole Rodriguez at 954.712.1159 or visit the website: www.friendsofmods.org.

Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera, is coming to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts November 19-30 as part of a brand new North American Tour. Hailed by critics as "bigger and better than ever before," this production boasts many exciting special effects including the show's legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs, new staging and choreography. The beloved story and thrilling score will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour. Tickets start at $34.75 and showtimes vary throughout the 2 week run.

Just a short drive from Fort Lauderdale, Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek will once again be a fantasy of color, lights and design this holiday season, starting November 21. The Holiday Fantasy of Lights, Broward County’s spectacular drive-through holiday lighting event, is returning for its 20th year. With 3 miles of giant animated holiday displays and illuminated trees, this year’s spectacular display is larger than ever, blending tried-and-true favorites from the past and the excitement of new creations by Brandano Displays. The attraction is expected to draw over 150,000 visitors of all ages in 35,000 cars, trucks, and buses while it is open nightly through January 3. Admission is $14/car, with special $10 value nights throughout the season.

The acclaimed Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival ends its annual run on November 23. The competitive festival, showcasing independent cinema from around the world, features premieres, documentaries, films for kids, free outdoor family movies, student film competition, black tie galas, and celebrities. You can still catch plenty of films at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE 6th Street); check their website www.FLIFF.com for showtimes and more information.

Be sure to continue checking in with us as we share the many events Fort Lauderdale has to offer. And to learn more about our great city - or for information on Fort Lauderdale Real Estate - visit us at www.gayleborden.com or call The Gayle Borden Group at 954.525.3355.


Posted at 3:31:24 PM
Friday, November 07, 2014
Rock The Ocean's "Tortuga Music Festival" is Back!

The Tortuga Music Festival is coming back to Fort Lauderdale! Tickets go on sale at tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 7) at 10:00am for Rock The Ocean’s Third Annual Tortuga Music Festival taking place April 11-12, 2015 on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Produced and promoted by HUKA Entertainment, the two-day music and conservation festival on the ocean features over two dozen of the hottest artists in country, rock and roots music. Created together with the Rock the Ocean Foundation, the event serves to celebrate the festival’s oceanfront setting while raising awareness for issues impacting the world’s oceans, supporting marine research and conservation, and protecting of the festival’s namesake – the sea turtles that nest annually along South Florida’s Atlantic coast.

The early-bird tickets can be purchased for $139 for a two-day pass ($579 for two-day VIP and $979 for Super VIP) online at TortugaMusicFestival.com or by calling 877-987-6487. The early-bird ticket offer is an article of faith, since no performers have been named yet for Tortuga 2015. But in its first two years, the festival has brought in a solid lineup of country, blues, pop and indie-rock performers including Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley, Sheryl Crow, Train, Brantley Gilbert, Grace Potter, the Avett Brothers, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Ziggy Marley and Slightly Stoopid.

Additionally, Tortuga Music Festival fans who may have missed the opportunity to purchase merchandise at previous events will now have a chance starting today, with the launch of the festival’s online merchandise store at www.tortugamusicfestival.com. (Merchandise supplies are limited.)

Three stages of music will surround the festival’s centerpiece: the Conservation Village. Curated by Rock the Ocean founder - and former Fort Lauderdale resident - Chris Stacey, Conservation Village will offer interactive, educational experiences from such organizations as the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Shark Savers, Sea Turtle Oversight Protection, Florida Fishing Academy and Bonefish Tarpon Trust. “The concept of marrying music and conservation has proven to be a winner,” Stacey told SouthFlorida.com. “With this year’s event, we hope to take our conservation awareness to new highs.”

We can’t wait to hear more about this great event that is quickly becoming a Fort Lauderdale Beach tradition! See you on the beach in April!


Posted at 3:19:48 PM
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Fun & Spooky Halloween Events

Be festive and have a "haunting" good time time at one of these great Halloween events happening around town this week:

“Spirits of Fort Lauderdale: Halloween at the Historic Stranahan House Museum”
October 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 ($30/person)
Travel back in time to experience a Victorian home funeral at the Historic Stranahan House (Go to stranahanhouse.org for more info).

“Croissant Park Neighborhood Halloween Party”
October 25, 4-6pm (FREE!)
Family activities, contests, prizes and food at Croissant Park (SW 4th Avenue & SW 17th Street).

“Family Fall Festival”
October 25 (FREE!)
Celebrate fall with a day for the whole family that includes hayrides, arts and crafts, face painting, pumpkin decorating and a costume contest at Mills Pond Park (Powerline Road & NW 9th Avenue).

“Trick or Treating on 2nd Street”
October 26, 1-5pm (FREE!)
An event with bounce houses, carnival games, and face painting at Esplanade Park (400 SW 2nd Street).

“The Signature Grand Ghoul Party”
October 27, 7-11pm ($100/person)
The Signature Grand (6900 W. State Road 84) will once again transform into a haunted nightspot for this annual Halloween tradition. (Go to 211-broward.org for more info.)

“Bass Park Spooky Halloween Dance Party”
October 30, 6:30-8:30pm (FREE!)
Children ages 5-11 (grades K-5) are invited to this fun event featuring games, craft projects, food, and music at Bass Park (2750 NW 19th Street).

“Trick or Treating at MODS”
October 31, 6-9pm ($12/child, $14/adult, $13/senior)
Come to the Museum of Discovery & Science (401 SW 2nd Street) dressed as your favorite children’s movie character and prizes will be awarded for best costumes throughout the night. Take pictures with Joey the Otter! (Go to mods.org for more info.)


Posted at 12:53:14 PM
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Running Season Heats up in South Florida!

You can wear a costume and maybe even get half-dozen doughnuts! No, we’re not Trick-or-Treating early this year! It’s running season in South Florida! And as the weather begins to cool, “half-marathon season” heats up. Find out why race directors across the area are saying they are continuing to see an increase in the number of runners for the 13.1-mile races…

Overall, it appears the half-marathon distance is increasing in popularity because of it’s accessibility to a broad audience. With a little bit of training, almost anyone can walk or jog this middle distance. The trend is seeing a lot of 5K runners moving up to the longer distance as the 13.1 miles are still an achievable, realistic goal for many runners, as opposed to the more grueling full marathon. In addition, running, though always considered an individual sport, has also become more social, with people running in groups and participating in races for charities.

The season's first event will take place Saturday, Oct. 25, with the Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon. About 1,600 people are expected to participate - many in costume! - showing an overall increase of 1,300 over last year’s race. The more casual atmosphere of the costumed run seems to foster a good time, with family and friends of the runners coming out to enjoy it, as well.

There’s also been an increase in race amenities. Everyone gets a finisher's medal and many races even feature a treat for each finisher, like a half-dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts! We think that would motivate us to finish!

Here is a list of the upcoming Half-Marathon Races throughout South Florida:

Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon and Freaky 4-Miler, 7 a.m. Oct. 25, Jungle Island, Miami; http://halloweenhalfmarathon.com/ or 561-241-3801

Sun Capital Partners Half Marathon and 5K, 6:30 a.m. Nov. 2, Spanish River Park, Boca Raton; RunnersEdgeBoca.com or 561-361-1950

Michelob Ultra 13.1 Marathon Fort Lauderdale and 5K, 6:35 a.m. Nov. 9, Southwest First Avenue and Southwest Second Street, Fort Lauderdale; 131Marathon.com or 305-278-8668

Palm Beach Marathon and Run Fest, 6:30 a.m. Dec. 7, downtown West Palm Beach; RunPalmBeaches.com or 561-833-3711

Run for Tomorrow Half-Marathon, 5K and 1-mile Family Walk, 6:20 a.m. Dec. 14, Weston Town Center; WestonRotary.com

A1A Marathon, Half Marathon and Kids' 1.2-mile Run, 6 a.m. Feb. 21, Fort Lauderdale Beach; A1AMarathon.com or 561-241-3801

So get out there and run! And if you need a little help getting started, check out this great post: http://www.halfmarathons.net/first-timers-guide-to-running-a-half-marathon/


Posted at 12:13:53 PM
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Things to Do This Week in Fort Lauderdale (Oct 13 to Oct 19)

Looking for something fun to do this week? We’re not just sun and sand here in Fort Lauderdale, there is so much more to do! Here are a few of our picks this week…

Leapin' Lizards! Annie, the world's best-loved musical has its much-anticipated return to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5th Avenue) October 7-19. Directed by original lyricist/director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow." Tickets are available for $34-114 and showtimes vary.

One of the most successful and critically acclaimed bands of the 20th Century is set to take the stage at The Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Don’t miss Earth, Wind & Fire make their South Florida stop on their “Guiding Light Tour” on October 15th. The legendary American band has spanned musical genres from R&B and soul, to funk, jazz, disco and pop. Rolling Stone Magazine has described them as "innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing" and has also declared that the band "changed the sound” of pop music. The show starts at 7:00pm.

Just in time for Halloween, “Dracula Untold: An Imax ® Experience” will be presented at the Museum of Discovery & Science (401 SW 2nd Street) on October 17 at 10:00am. This thrilling saga explores the origin of Dracula, weaving vampire mythology with the true history of Prince Vlad the Impaler, and depicting Dracula as a flawed hero in a tragic love story set in a dark age of magic and war. The horror tale takes place in Romania during the Turkish invasion as Vlad goes to great lengths to fight for his homeland and loved ones — even if it means selling his soul and becoming forever doomed as a creature of the night.

On October 18, the Historic Downtowner Restaurant (10 S. New River Drive) will host the “2nd Annual Craftoberfest”! From 1-10pm enjoy a Fort Lauderdale-style Bierfest on the beautiful New River and Riverwalk. Celebrate the fall season with German food specialties and a great selection of craft beer from local and national breweries. Listen to live music all day with Grindstone, Joel DiSilva and the Midnight Howl, and the Mr. Nice Guy Band. Prost!



The always exciting Las Olas Art Fair will be held October 18-19 from 10am-5pm along Las Olas Boulevard. The Art Fair is ranked as one of the top 100 art festivals in the nation and continues to be one of the most anticipated art events in the area. People come out yearly to see more than 150 artists display their work in what looks like a mini art gallery lined along the street. Meet the creators of the art on display; commission a specific piece; ask questions about techniques; learn the sources of their inspirations; and purchase fine works of art at affordable prices. No matter what you're looking for, you'll be sure to find it on Las Olas!

Be sure to continue checking in with us as we share the many events Fort Lauderdale has to offer. And to learn more about our great city - or for information on Fort Lauderdale Real Estate - visit us at www.gayleborden.com or call The Gayle Borden Group at 954.525.3355.


Posted at 10:11:37 AM

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