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Supporting The Arts & Arts Councils Everywhere

Volume 4 No. 42| November 18, 2022

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In This Issue

Pipes and Drums, Here and There

Hurricanes & Mollusks Replay/Bailey-Matthews Update

Art Walks, ArtWorks

Flute & Piano at Christ by the Sea

Alex Theodore - Great American Songbook

It's Happening in Brevard

Ballet Vero Beach Singles

Garden Club’s 2022 Ornament

Let There Be Lights in the Gardens

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Grand Opening

American Songbook with Dick Golden

Vero Beach Art Club

Advent Poetry & Organ Series

IRSC Update

... and more!

No Live in the Loop or Comedy Zone Experience November 18, 19, 25, & 26

26th Annual ArtWorks of Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival

Nov. 19-20

Friday Fest in Downtown Cocoa Beach Nov. 18, 6-10 p.m.

Art Walk is every 3rd Friday of the month from 5-8 pm in Fort Pierce. Rain or Shine! That's tonight!

From St. Lucie Cultural Alliance:

Join us as we celebrate our Grand Opening at The Vault at November Art Walk. FREE event! Nov. 18, from 5-8 PM. Experience the new and exciting location.

The Pipes, the Pipes Are Calling ...

The Vero Beach Pipes and Drums' annual fundraiser concert November 18, 7:00 p.m., is at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, in Vero Beach. Admission is free; a $10 donation is suggested at the door.

The Vero Beach Pipes & Drums is a 501 c-3 organization that has been bringing traditional Scottish/Irish and American music to the Vero Beach Community for nearly ten years. VBPD is comprised of volunteer local musicians, retired Fire, Police and Veteran who carry the musical tradition to various events through donations only. By supporting the Vero Beach Pipes and Drums in their fundraising efforts, donors also help the band in its goal of promoting Scottish and Celtic culture and values throughout the community.

The Vero Beach Pipes and Drums is a community-based Pipe Band consisting of bagpipers and drummers from throughout the Treasure Coast. Their goal is to perform, entertain, educate, and bring Irish and Scottish culture and values to the community. Through education, practice, performance, and competition, the Vero Beach Pipes and Drums aim to enhance their community through standards of excellence at all levels. Under the direction of Pipe Major Jacob Craig, Drum Major John Thompson, and Pipe Sergeant Patrick McCormick, they are a fully accredited 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization embracing Scottish culture as well as traditional dress and values.

To find out more about the band or receive information on how you can have them perform at your upcoming event, contact Jacob Craig, Pipe Major, at (772) 696-2546,, or visit 

But Wait! There's More!

The Dunedin Celtic Music Festival, Saturday, November 19, 2022 from 10am-6pm at Highlander Park, Dunedin, FL

There is limited on-site parking in Highlander Park, and at Dunedin High School with complimentary shuttle service. There is no charge for parking, thanks to our sponsors 

10am: Gates open, Scottish Heavy Athletics competition begins 

11am: Dunedin Highland Middle School Band and Scottish Arts Program

11:30am: Lucid Druid

12:30pm: Dunedin High School Scottish Highlander Band

1pm: Isle of Skye Highland Dancers

1:30pm: Rathkeltair

3pm: City of Dunedin Pipe Band

3:30pm: North of Argyll

Music and athletics will finish at 5pm and the event will close up at 6pm. 



Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum Update

And a link to the recent lecture on Hurricanes and Mollusks.

Before Nicole there was Hurricane Ian, the monster that did such damage to Florida's west coast. The devastating news from Bailey-Matthews about the deaths of their Great Pacific octopus and other creatures broke our hearts. Click here to make a donation and join in helping to protect and renew the collection, aquariums, exhibits, and unique educational mission and experience of the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

Tune into to the American Songbook Saturdays from 8-midnight. On the November 19 program, host Dick Golden will include two “beyond category” artists; Willie Nelson in concert with Wynton Marsalis recorded at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Also on this week’s program music from the Cole Brothers, Nat King Cole and Freddie Cole,

pianist Dave McKenna, and songs from Louis Armstrong and Dinah Washington.

Nov. 20 at Humiston Park on Ocean Drive!

Alex TheodoreThe Society for the Preservation of The Great American Songbook's

2022-2023 Young Artist Instrumentalist of the year!

Alex Theodore is a senior at The King’s Academy and has been performing in the Smith Family Conservatory of the Arts since ninth grade. He discovered his passion for music at an early age as he took piano lessons beginning at the age of six. In the fifth grade, Alex joined the Calypso Cats, a band club where he played the steel drums and performed at events across South Florida. Throughout middle school, Alex was involved in the band program and started to learn how to play percussion as well as jazz piano.

It wasn’t until high school where Alex’s talents really began to shine. He played piano and percussion in the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and The King’s Regiment Marching Band. Throughout his time in these ensembles, Alex rose to the top with his musicianship and leadership abilities. During his senior year, he was named Drum Major of The King’s Regiment. He has been a featured soloist with the Jazz Ensemble at the annual Night of Jazz Concerts. Alex was also selected by The King’s Academy faculty as the Conservatory Prefect (student leader) to provide service and direction for the Fine Arts Program.

Alex and four of his peers used their love for the American Songbook to create their own jazz quintet. This group, called The Annie Matot Jazz Quintet, has performed the Jazz standards across the state of Florida at high-end restaurants, private clubs, charitable events, outdoor concerts, and weddings. Alex’s piano playing is the glue that makes this quintet dynamic. They have quickly developed a following in the South Florida community and have become a highly sought-after group.

Alex was recently awarded the Young Artist Instrumentalist of the Year Award 2022 – 2023 from The Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook. Throughout his musical career, Alex’s passion for piano has only grown with time as he has developed his skills. This passion was also shaped by his teachers: Jan Lewan, Rich Switzer, and Wes Lowe, who all helped in cultivating and guiding Alex in his musical abilities. Playing piano has always been a source of joy and excitement for Alex and has provided him a deeper love and appreciation for music.

McKee Botanical Garden Brings Back the Magic of McKee Festival of Lights

MEMBERS ONLY NIGHTS: Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10

Open to the public:

Thursday, December 15 – Saturday, December 17

Tuesday, December 20 – Friday, December 23

Wednesday, December 28 – Friday, December 30

(6:00 – 8:00 pm)

Heathcote Botanical Gardens is seeking event volunteers for Garden of Lights 2022. 

6 weekends ** - 12 nights - 54 volunteers per night

Various volunteer start times and duration per night.

There is a spot for you! 

Individuals 16* and older and groups of all sizes

The 2022 Garden Club of Indian River County Christmas Ornament

This is the 31st year for the Garden Club of Indian River County's Christmas Ornament. Each one has featured a familiar place or event in Indian River County. This year, the colorful brass ornament celebrates the 20th anniversary of Gardenfest!, the February event that has grown to attract an audience of 20,000 visitors to Riverside Park in Vero Beach. Gardenfest! 2023 is scheduled for February 4&5. Check the website for the list of vendors.

From Community Church of Vero Beach:

Advent Poetry and Organ Series Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. beginning December 1.

Since December 2016 this unique offering of the spoken word and organ improvisation has enriched our Advent season while welcoming nationally-recognized and published poets from across the country and even around the world. 

Each year promises a different approach to the themes and emotions the season of Advent can evoke, skillfully curated by Sean Sexton, Poet Laureate of Indian River County, and Andrew Galuska, Director of Music and Fine Arts. There is no charge to attend and a free will offering will be accepted. Join us for this enchanting series of concerts celebrating Advent as we wait and prepare for Christmas on Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. All are welcome!

Our poets this Advent season are Sean Sexton on December 1, Marianne Peel, of Cocoa, FL on December 8 and Gordon Johnston of Macon, GA on December 15.

Happening in Brevard County

Nov. 18-Dec. 18- Irving Berlin's White Christmas at Titusville Playhouse

Nov. 18-Dec. 4 - Peter Pan at Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse

Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 20, 10-4 - 26th Annual ArtWorks of Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival, Eau Gallie Arts District, Melbourne

Nov. 25-Dec. 24 - Studios Holiday Pop-Up Shop at Studios of Cocoa Beach

Nov. 26, 7 p.m. - Space Coast Symphony Orchestra at The Scott Center at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy - We Gather Together

Nov. 26, 5-8 p.m. - Downtown Melbourne Candlelight Shopping

Nov. 26 - Brevard Symphony Orchestra's Sounds of the Season at King Center

​Dec. 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m. - First Friday opening reception for Comfort & Joy - 40th annual holiday fine craft show at Fifth Avenue Art gallery​

Dec. 3, 5-8 p.m. - Downtown Melbourne Candlelight Shopping

Dec. 3, 7 p.m. - Space Coast Ballet presents: The Nutcracker at the King Center

​Dec. 3, 4-7:30 p.m. - Light Up rockledge & Festival of trees, Barton Ave., Rockledge

Dec. 4 - Central Florida's Messiah Sing Along with Space Coast SO at Eastminster Presbyterian Church

Through Nov. 20 -Surfside Players presents HMS Pinafore

Through Dec. 31- Comfort & Joy - 40th annual holiday fine craft show at Fifth Avenue Art gallery

Through Dec. 31- Studios' Annual Members Exhibition at Studios of Cocoa Beach

IRSC Update:

Due to Tropical Storm Nicole, A Musical Tribute to the U.S Armed Forces at the McAlpin Theatre at Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, was RESCHEDULED to Wednesday, November 30 at 7p.m.

All patrons with tickets for A Musical Tribute to the

U.S. Armed Forces will be allowed to exchange their tickets by calling the box office. Tickets may be exchanged for the rescheduled performance on Wednesday, November 30th or any future performance in the McAlpin Theatre in our 2022-23 Season.

Tickets may also be donated back to the theatre to support our Performing Arts Program.


From Collier County Museums:

The Naples Depot Museum is closed for hurricane recovery. 

All other Collier County Museums are open regular hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 9AM-4PM. 

Join The Choral Society of the Palm Beaches, joined by the Lubbens Brothers, for a Holiday Concert

Celebrate the holiday season by listening to classic carols such as “Go Tell It”, “Silent Night” and “Candle in the Window” with other members of the community! This mix of Christmas and Hanukkah classics has songs to bring smiles to all faces.

This year our concert is held on Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 4th at 4pm at the beautiful Lakeside Presbyterian Church at 4601 S Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach

Magnificent Miniature Masterpieces

The call to all artists to participate in this worthy cause with cash prizes is open for the 2022 Magnificent Miniature Masterpieces. Details on how to enter are available on Facebook @fortpierceartclub and Artists may pick up entry forms which include a 3”x3” canvas and easel to enter at several locations and events. Entry fee is $10. The deadline is December 5. All proceeds from the event go to local schools and to the club’s scholarship program at Indian River State College. The Fort Pierce Art Club, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) and donations to the club are tax deductable in accordance with the tax laws.

I'm Still Standing Closing Night Reception

November 19, 6 - 8 p.m., Elliott Museum, Stuart

The Inner Truth Project sexual trauma survivors and St. Lucie Cultural Alliance artists joined forces to present the inaugural exhibition of I’m Still Standing.

Musical Chairs at Vero Beach Theatre Guild runs through Nov. 27.

Vero Beach Art Club's Holiday Plans

The Holiday Showcase this year is November 1 to December 22. Holiday ornaments and a festively decorated tree will be on display and auctioned off at the Vero Beach Art Club Gallery & Marketplace, 1903 14th Ave, Vero Beach.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Open during First Friday Gallery Stroll December 2, 5-8 p.m.

Barn Theatre's Studio Series Productions

The theme of the first set of performances is 

Holidays With a Twist, requiring adults of all ages and types.

Plays will be performed as staged readings (with scripts on stage).

Performance dates are Dec. 9 and 10 at 8:00 p.m., Dec. 11 at 2:00 p.m.

St. Mary's Lunch and Chamber Music Series

Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish will perform in November.

Sunday, November 20 at 4:00 PM 

Fireworks and Poetry from Eastern Europe

Delray String Quartet with special guest, Ukrainian pianist, Marina Radiushina.

Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00 PM

Bonifantes Boys Choir from the Czech Republic

All Concerts will be in Ross Hall in the Pittenger Center at St. Mary's Episcopal Church unless otherwise indicated.

Lake Wales Chorale, December 4, 6p.m.

The Lake Wales Arts Council presents the Lake Wales Chorale holiday concert, The Many Moods of Christmas, held at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church of Lake Wales.

Mark your calendars for the 34th Annual Sights & Sounds on 2nd Street in Fort Pierce on Sunday, December 4th! This year's theme is Country Christmas.

Free trees available at the Audubon House in Vero Beach: 

  • 7 ft Southern Live Oaks in 3g pots -Produces the most insects for birds 
  • 6 ft Pond Cypress in 3g pots-Grows in dry soils also 
  • 3 ft Dahoon Holly in small pots- Small tree that needs irrigation

Visit our Pelican Island Audubon Society’s Audubon House at 195 9th St. SE (Oslo Rd) Vero Beach on Sun, Wed, or Fri from 9-11 a.m. to pick up trees. Also, Native Plants for sale! Hummingbirds will come! See our websites: 

or call PIAS: 772-567-3520

Instructions for PIAS Birds Need Plants Photo Contest

  1. Each month you can submit up to 3 photos for the Birds Need Plants Contest with emphasis on birds pursuing, consuming, using plants, or near plants and prey. To submit a photo for this month, the deadline is the last day of the month.
  2. A Florida bird must be pictured in your photograph (priority to action shots with or pursuing, using plant, food sources, habitat, and that demonstrate relationship to plants, insects, animals, natural foods).
  3. The photo must be taken in Florida.
  4. A photographer may submit 3 digital images per month.
  5. A photographer will submit only photographs that have never won an earlier award in any contest or exhibit anywhere.
  6. PIAS requests that you provide the highest resolution possible of your jpg digital images.
  7. Deadline: The last day of the month
  8. Email to

The Vero Beach Choral Society is in need of vocalists in both Tenor and Alto ranges. Anyone who can read music and has experience singing in a vocal ensemble is welcomed to join the group by audition. Visit the group’s website,, and click on “Audition” to apply.

American Songbook with Dick Golden Saturdays 8-midnighton NPR affiliate WQCS/WQCP

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