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Volume 4 No. 18| May 20, 2022

Notes from the Editor:

Downtown Art Walk in Fort Pierce is still scheduled for tonight as I'm writing this. From the Facebook page:

Art Walk is every 3rd Friday of the month from 5-8 pm Rain or Shine! Meet local artists, be serenaded by musicians throughout the quaint Downtown streets & have fun as you engage with our art community.

Today, May 20, is the date we "recognize the emancipation of enslaved persons in Florida."  See more in this week's Arts Blast.

Ed Perry has always been kind enough to allow me to use his gorgeous nature photos in Arts Blast, and a total lunar eclipse falls into that category. If you magnify this one, you'll see the moon sitting on a star, with other stars scattered around the sky.

Before he retired, Ed was a park ranger at Sebastian Inlet State Park. He lives in Brevard County.

And here she is, folks!

Gloria in all her glory at Heathcote Botanical Gardens. Thanks to artist Anita Prentice for the step-by-step guided tour of how to turn a concrete gorilla into a work of art. 

Gloria is on permanent display at Heathcote.

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In This Issue


Bill DeYoung Q&A

Eye of the Camera Winners

Space Coast Symphony's New Season

Art Walk in Fort Pierce

SL Cultural Alliance

VB Art Village Exhibit

Patriotic Singers Needed

20th of May in Florida History

Glorious Gloria at Heathcote

LagoonFest at ELC

Young Musician Dylan Rhodes

VB Art Club Scholarships

Riverside Weekend

Lake Wales Citrus 

Melbourne Municipal

Musician Chris Santiago, PB Symphony



Melbourne Community Orchestra

Car shows at the Elliott

Marvin S. Cone show at Court House Cultural Center

Mamma Mia! at the Barn

Martin Artisans Guild at the Elliott

Community Arts Summer series in Coral Gables

VB Art Club’s Summer Art Camp

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

Mike Block String Camp

What a joy this show is!

Vero Beach Museum of Art

Eye of the Camera Annual Juried Competition Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winning artists in the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery’s Through the Eye of the Camera 2022! The top 8 award winners for 2022 are:

BEST OF SHOW, A Shell Among the Mangroves by Mark Stall - Backus Museum 2022

DIRECTOR'S CHOICE, Foam-II by Gregory McIntosh - Backus Museum 2022

BEST B&W PHOTOGRAPHY, Ft. Drum WMA by Matt Erpenbeck - Backus Museum 2022

BEST FILM-TRAD RAW PHOTOGRAPHY, Old Florida Morning by Thomas Claud - Backus Museum 2022

1ST PLACE, ANIMALS Bathed in Light by Joe Campanellie - Backus Museum 2022

1ST PLACE, FLORA-LANDSCAPE Dead Leaf on Cardboard by David Bence - Backus Museum 2022

1ST PLACE, PEOPLE-PORTRAITS Breaking Through by Maureen Mackenzie - Backus Museum 2022

1ST PLACE, OPEN Savannah 2019 by Austin Bell - Backus Museum 2022

A complete list of all the accepted entries and the award-winning photographs are available online on the Museum's website at

The Members Opening Reception for the exhibition will be held Friday, May 20 from 6:00-8:00 pm with welcome and remarks at 6:30 pm. Members are admitted free; Not-Yet Members are $20 or may join on the spot.

During the exhibition, on view through June 24, visitors are invited to share their own vote for their favorite work on display. The results will be counted for the annual "People’s Choice Award" given at the close of the exhibition.

Photos supplied by Backus Museum and Gallery:

Upper - BEST OF SHOW, A Shell Among the Mangroves - Mark Stall

Lower - DIRECTOR'S CHOICE, Foam-II - Gregory McIntosh

BEST FILM-TRAD RAW PHOTOGRAPHY, Old Florida Morning - Thomas Claud

BEST B&W PHOTOGRAPHY, Ft. Drum WMA - Matt Erpenbeck

1ST PLACE, ANIMALS Bathed in Light - Joe Campanellie

1ST PLACE, FLORA-LANDSCAPE Dead Leaf on Cardboard - David Bence

1ST PLACE, PEOPLE-PORTRAITS Breaking Through - Maureen Mckenzie

1ST PLACE, OPEN Savannah 2019 - Austin Bell

New Seasons Ahead - Watch This Space for More

This Week - Space Coast Symphony Orchestra

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra's 13th season comes to a close this weekend with Fan Favorites: The Great Ballets.

Both performances are Symphony for Everyone events.

May 21, 7 p.m. at The Scott Center at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Melbourne.

May 22, 3 p.m. at Community Church of Vero Beach

From Maestro Aaron Collins:

It's here! We are thrilled to announce our incredible lineup for our fourteenth season! 

Our fourteenth season represents what makes your SCSO a unique force in Brevard and Indian River Counties: our tradition of innovative programming, a huge variety of music, incredible guest artists, active community engagement, dedication to new music, and commitment to arts education. 

Special events will be added throughout the year. If you have the means to donate or you would like to contribute towards our Season 14 Wish List, we would certainly appreciate your help!

The season begins with Love, Death, & Madness June 18 and 19.

OFFENBACH Belle nuit from Contes d’Hoffmann

WAGNER Dich teure Halle from Tannhäuser

TOBIE Ebben ne andro lontano from La Wally

STRAUSS Es gibt ein Reich from Ariadne auf Naxos

VERDI Addio del passato from La Traviata

SAINT SAENS Mon coeur s’ouvre from Samson et Delilah

BELLINI Deh con te… Mira o Norma.. Si fino a l’ore from Norma

PUCCINI Signore ascolta from Turandot

PUCCINI In questa reggia from Turandot

DONIZETTI Lucia mad scene from Lucia di Lammermoor

WAGNER Mild und leise from Tristan und Isolde

WAGNER Ist ein Traum from Rosenkavalier

Sopranos Mary Anne Kruger and Amy Cofield both live in Brevard County. Separately, they have enjoyed international careers as opera singers. Together — they are the Space Coast Divas. Ms. Kruger has spent most of her career in Europe singing well over 40 glorious roles such as Madama Butterfly and Salome. Ms. Cofield has likewise performed in the U.S., Europe and Asia, often being sought for Violetta, the lead role in Verdi’s La Traviata. As Space Coast Divas, the pair will present Love, Death and Madness, featuring the works of Puccini, Verdi, Bellini, Offenbach, Strauss, Wagner and other master composers of the form. Accompanied by your Space Coast Symphony, the singers will perform a range of works through the Bel Canto and Romantic, to the Verismo and Modern periods to experience how love, death, and madness are portrayed through compelling characters, lush music and soaring voices.

That's followed by America the Beautiful June 25.

Information on the entire season, ticket-buying options, donating, and choosing something to sponsor on the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra's Wish List is online.

Bill DeYoung at A.C.T. Studio Theatre with 

"Mayday: Captain Lerro and the Skyway Bridge"

Locals will remember journalist Bill DeYoung from his days as arts and entertainment editor at Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers between 2003 and 2008, when he and his wife picked up stakes and moved to Savannah, Georgia. A press release from A.C.T. Studio Theatre in Stuart told me he'd be there as playwright of a special presentation, "Mayday: Captain Lerro and the Skyway Bridge" on May 27, 28, 29. 

Somehow, our schedules worked earlier today and he was able to take time for an Arts Blast Q&A this afternoon: 

For background, can we start with where you went from Stuart and why? I came to Stuart in 2003, after 22 years at the Gainesville Sun. Met my future wife there, and together we moved to Savannah in 2008. We've been in St. Petersburg (my hometown) since 2014.

Did you hold any position other than columnist and was it Scripps at the time? I was the Arts & Entertainment Editor, for what was called Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers (between Jupiter and Vero).

Have you always been an author/playwright/performer with a little journalism on the side or was it the other way around? Journalist always - started as a stringer for the Tampa Bay Times, went to Gainesville for college in 1981 and ended up spending all those years as a writer and editor at The Sun.

Were you living on the west coast and old enough to have been affected by it when the Skyway accident happened? I was 21 at the time and like many people I remember the day clearly. It is still the darkest day in the history of Tampa Bay.

How many years afterwards did you see it as a book and begin your research? It was 2008, the first year in Savannah. This story had always been in the back of my mind, but this was the moment I started really, really thinking about it as a research project. Nobody else had done it - it was a book I wanted to read!

How willing were people to talk about it for a book? Captain Lerro's ex-wives declined to speak with me, but his son did, and he was a great, great help. John's closest friends from the SUNY Maritime Academy remained his closest friends until the day he died. It took a little convincing - I believe everyone was afraid of another "hatchet job," making John the villain - but once they came around they were very open with me. And I didn't "promise" anyone anything; from the start I was going to write the facts as I uncovered them. I read many thousands of pages of court documents, depositions and official reports.

When did you begin to see it as a play? I did dozens of talks at universities, libraries, book festivals etc, all over the state, and every time, the audiences were so terribly moved by John's story. He really was quite the Shakespearean tragic figure. I thought 'What if he could talk directly to people, and tell them his story himself?'

Has it been performed before this run at A.C.T.? I wrote this for the 40th anniversary of the disaster in 2020; Covid prevented that. So we did a three-production run in June 2021, and then this February di a full run of 12 shows, all here in St. Pete with Michael Horn - who literally channels Captain Lerro. He is brilliant.

What’s next for the play and for you? As for the play, I'm looking forward to the ACT production and it's my hope that other theater companies will want to tell this dark, complex story. These days I'm promoting my Vintage St. Pete book series. I am Senior Writer and Editor at the St. Pete Catalyst.

What other arts interests do you have? Might I have seen photos of you playing in a band? I've been a guitar player since I was 12 or something; I'm a record collector and a Beatles nut.

Memorial Day Weekend A.C.T. Studio Theatre will present a Florida history event, "Mayday: Captain Lerro and the Skyway Bridge" by Bill DeYoung. Performances are May 27, 28, 29. Photo: Michael Beecher as Captain Lerro. Playwright Bill DeYoung will be at A.C.T. for a theater talkback on May 28. Directed by Dennis O'Donovan. Tickets and info:; (772) 932-8880. Tickets $25. Photo courtesy of A.C.T. Studio Theatre. 

Spotlighting Young Musician Dylan Rhodes

Dylan Rhodes of Melbourne, Florida, is a 17-year-old high school junior.  He has enjoyed playing the piano for over 12 years and is currently under the tutelage of Dr. Yun-Ling Hsu in Orlando. In addition to the piano, Dylan also plays percussion, the clarinet, alto saxophone, and oboe and is part of the Space Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Melbourne Community Orchestra.  In addition, Dylan plays weekly in his church orchestra at First Baptist Church of Melbourne. He recently participated in the Florida Federation of Music Clubs state competitions and received first place in the Sacred Piano Solo and Sight-Play Piano categories. Judges there nominated him for the prestigious Irene Muir Memorial Award for a “junior of extraordinary talent and potential.” Dylan attended summer music camps in Pensacola, Florida in 2019, 2020 and 2021. In recent years, Dylan has participated at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse as both an actor and musician. He will be performing Rhapsody in Blue with the Melbourne Community Orchestra in their season-ending concert in June of this year. He is currently employed at Atlantic Music Center and enjoys the opportunity to work around their exceptional pianos. Because classical piano performance is his favorite form of musical expression, Dylan plans to master the art. To that end, he will begin classes at the University of Florida in the fall of 2022, where he will major in Biomedical Engineering and minor in music.

Weekends Are Back at Riverside Theatre!

After you've toured the Citrus Museum in downtown Vero Beach, take a short day trip to the Lake Wales History Museum for SUMMERTIME CITRUS - Advertising Florida Citrus: 1800s through 1960s.The labels in this exhibit are from the collections of the Museum of Florida History. They are representative of the thousands used between the late 1800s and the 1960s. After that time, the predominant form of citrus consumed in the U. S. was concentrated fruit juice instead of the traditional whole fresh fruit. At the same time, preprinted cardboard boxes replaced wooden crates, and labels were no longer needed

This is something I happened to stumble across online on May 20. There's much more on the website of the Museum of Florida History.

The History of 20th of May

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing enslaved people in the rebelling Southern states. 

“That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free...."

Emancipation Proclamation

It was more than two years later at the end of the Civil War, on May 10, 1865, that Union Brigadier General Edward M. McCook arrived in the state capital of Florida, Tallahassee, to take possession of the city from Southern forces. General McCook established his headquarters at the Hagner House, now known as the Knott House, located four blocks from the State Capitol. On May 20, after official control of the region was transferred to Union forces, he declared the Emancipation Proclamation in effect. That same day an announcement arrived in Tallahassee sent by Major General Quincy A. Gillmore via train from Jacksonville. General Gillmore's Special Order Number 63 noted that "the people of the black race are free citizens of the United States."

Notice in the Floridian and Journal, May 20, 1865 regarding the Emancipation Proclamation


Newly freed slaves celebrated this announcement with a picnic at Bull's Pond, which is located in Tallahassee and today called Lake Ella. Since that first celebration in 1865, communities in Tallahassee have annually celebrated May 20th as Emancipation Day, and today, activities still are held throughout the city. 


“Yesterday was a great day with the Freedmen. It was the anniversary of Gen. McCook’s General Order announcing their freedom, based on Mr. Lincoln’s proclamation of 1863. At an early hour, they commenced coming into town and by 9 o’clock the streets were pretty well crowded….the procession marched up Main street, with the U.S. flag flying at intervals along their ranks. During their march, and all along the road out to the speaking ground, the air was frequently rent with cheers raised through the whole line….In spite of the efforts of the head men to keep them out of the lines, the women would fall in at different places, not being willing that the men should have all the “fun.” The procession arrived at the ground near Bull’s Pond, about a mile from the town, at 11 o’clock, where some time was consumed in arranging everything preparatory to the commencement of the speaking.”

Excerpt from the Semi-Weekly Floridian, May 21, 1867


Sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture

From the Palm Beach Symphony:

Waterfront Harmony Concert

Enjoy an afternoon of the arts, as world-class performing arts institutions Ballet Florida, Palm Beach Symphony  and the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts Orchestra perform a special performance set along the city’s stunning Waterfront at the Meyer Amphitheatre. This year also features local singer and trumpeter Chris Santiago. 

Bring the entire family, along with your blanket and picnic basket, and enjoy this free, outdoor show filled with music and entertainment! 

This family friendly event includes music favorites for all to enjoy. 

Free and open to the public. No tickets required. 

May 21, 4-6 p.m. - MEYER AMPHITHEATRE – 105 EVERNIA ST.

Chris Santiago

At just 20 years old, award-winning singer and trumpeter Chris Santiago is recipient of the 2019 Songbook Celebration Award, presented by 5-time Grammy nominated artist Michael Feinstein and the Songbook Academy. He was also named the 2018-19 Young Artist Award Winner of the Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook. In 2020 he was named a National Young Arts Winner in Jazz Voice. Chris has appeared in concert with Michael Feinstein and the Kravis Center Pops Orchestra, “The Hit Man” Charles Calello and his Orchestra, the late pianist Mike Renzi, drummer Duffy Jackson, and many more jazz greats. In 2022, Chris will be making his Australian debut in the premiere of “CHET: The Prince of Cool,” based on the life and music of jazz legend Chet Baker. The show will tour throughout Australia before heading to New York City.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 student scholarships awarded by the Vero Beach Art Club!

Kiran Arain - Saint Edwards School

Annie Johnson - Saint Edwards School

Gabriel James Kopp - Indian River Charter School

From the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance:

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance continues to transform public buildings into world-class galleries featuring the work of local artists, opening an Inaugural Courthouse Exhibition Justice at the May 20 Art Walk from 5 - 8 PM in downtown Fort Pierce. At this special Art Walk opening, all guests who purchase artwork at a participating Alliance Member Gallery will be entered to win an Ultimate Cultural Alliance Gift Basket, valued at over $500 with 2 VIP tickets to the Alliance Cabaret Series show of their choice.

“We are committed to infusing beautiful art in all aspects of our county,” said Alyona Ushe, Cultural Alliance Executive Director. “The immense level of artistic talent in St. Lucie County is evident with the work on display by our Curator Terry Long and our incredibly talented and diverse Art Guild.”

Patrons will also be able to stroll the street and take in music from Alliance Music Guild Member Classical Guitarist Joette Gioris in the Alliance Gallery and the immensely popular Alliance drum circle with Kevin Beatkeeper will be held 6 - 7 PM in the parking lot of One Eleven Orange Building. With a limited number of drums available, this activity always fills up with guests, so we encourage participants to register for the Drum Circle and RSVP beforehand at

Photo: Justice Prevails - Glenda Preston

Artists Support Vero Beach Art Village in Exhibit

More than 30 prominent local artists have contributed their work to support the development of the Vero Beach Art Village. An exhibit displaying this work will be held from May 21-28 at Raw Space Gallery.

“We put out a call to local artists to support the new Art Village downtown and were gratified that more than 30 prominent local artists responded,” said John Ryan, president of the Friends of the Vero Beach Art Village. This is just the kind of support we need to make the new Art Village a success”  

The exhibit’s opening night will be held on May 21st from 5-9 p.m., at Raw Space Gallery, 1795 Old Dixie Hwy, Vero Beach, FL 32960. The opening night will feature speakers, a silent auction of the art, and information about the development of the Art Village.

The Vero Beach Art Village is a reimagining of the historical Edgewood neighborhood in the city’s downtown area as a living celebration of the arts. Its zoning as a special purpose district allows a mixed residential and commercial environment where artists and other small merchants can live, work, and sell their art. Visit the website at

The Friends of the Vero Beach Art Village is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed to promote the success of the new Art Village located in the historic Edgewood neighborhood in downtown Vero Beach, Florida. This organization grew out of a multi-year project of the Cultural Council of Indian River County to make the vision of a downtown Art Village a reality.

LagoonFest at Environmental Learning Center

The Environmental Learning Center is hosting LagoonFest May 21st on their lagoon island campus from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event was formerly known as Eco-Fest and returns after a two-year hiatus. “Restoration” is the theme for the 2022 LagoonFest, focusing on how healing the connection to nature can be and the ways the health of the environment is directly associated with human well-being. 

LagoonFest activities and experiences will be set up in various areas across the ELC property and include Canoe Quick Trips and Pontoon Boat Rides. Captain Hiram’s is sponsoring a treasure hunt for children. Admission to LagoonFest is $10 for adults and $5 for children age 11 and under. Canoe Quick Trips are available for $10 and 45-minute Pontoon Boat Rides are $15. Time slot reservations can be made on-site the day of the event. Eco-friendly exhibitors and vendors will be set up on the grass lawn area called the Oval in front of the new Thomas R. Schidel Education and Event Pavilion.  

Entertainment includes Vero Beach Pipes and Drums at 11:30 AM and music throughout the day from Barwick Entertainment. 

LagoonFest guests can experience the Touch Tank in the Discovery Station. Storytelling by local children’s authors; Camy De Mario and Piper Johnson, will be set up in the Lagoon Room. The ELC education staff will have environmentally friendly crafts for all ages. Pond dip netting is available for everyone who wants to get their feet wet and explore life in the Indian River Lagoon. Food and beverages will be available all day long. Vendor applications are on the ELC website or call 772 589-5050 for more information. 

Melbourne Municipal Band - Hidden Gem

Melbourne Municipal Band (MMB) is well-known in the area for its community concerts. One of the “hidden gems” of the MMB is its vibrant Small Ensemble Program. These are groups of MMB musicians who have formed small ensembles to play specific styles of music. 

Swingtime is the largest and one of the oldest of MMB’s small ensembles. Formed in the 1980s, Swingtime is a 20-piece swing band that plays music from the 1930s to the 1970s. Swingtime plays concerts every other month and holds three dances a year in the Melbourne Auditorium.  

Swingtime Lite is an eight-piece band that plays music similar to Swingtime.

The Swingtimers Vocal Trio was formed seven years ago to sing music of the Swing Era with Swingtime. Songs like Dorsey’s Sunny Side of the Street and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy were part of this phase. Later, the trio broadened its repertoire to include music of Manhattan Transfer and pop.

Five years ago, Swingtime Lite Director Art Martin approached the Swingtimers Vocal Trio director, Dave Hutson, and proposed that the two groups perform together as the Rock & Roll Revue. This was done and Rock & Roll Revue has become a great success playing music of the 1950s and 1960s to our audience of Baby Boomers.

The Oh Golly Dixieland Band ensemble has been around for at least 30 years. As the name implies, this ensemble plays Dixieland music, some of the happiest music around.

The Sunshine Brass Quintet, the Mel-bones, the Adagio Sax Quartet, 3 Gen Flutes, and Clarinetics are examples of instrument-specific ensembles that play a variety of music styles from jazz to classical and everything in between.  

MMB’s Small Ensemble Program is a rich complement to the concert band and to the community.

All the small ensembles are available for hire. Contact the MMB Business Office at 321-724-0555 or info@melbournemunicipalband for more information about MMB’s small ensembles.

American Songbook


Dick Golden


8 p.m. - midnight

on NPR affiliate WQCS/WQCP


Weekly Car Shows - May 24 and 31

Lew's Crew Cruisin' at the Elliott is held every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m., weather permitting, in the Elliott Museum's parking lot. In addition to a lineup of cool cars, the fabulous “Philly Down South” food truck is on site offering a delicious assortment of cheesesteaks, grilled items, and more.

The Brevard Symphony Orchestra announced the return of its Summer Evening Concerts at Suntree United Methodist Church in Melbourne beginning June 18.

The Mike Block String Camp (MBSC) is now accepting enrollment for its 13th annual workshop in Vero Beach. Forced by COVID-19 to hold all musical activities online in 2020 and 2021, this will be an eagerly anticipated return to in-person workshops and performances.

MBSC will run July 4 through 9 at the First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, 520 Royal Palm Blvd. This one-of-a-kind festival is an annual summer workshop for string players of all ages and backgrounds, focusing on non-classical traditions and contemporary musical styles, with emphasis on learning by ear, creativity, collaboration, and performance. 

Marvin S. Cone 36th Annual High School Juried Art Show

Through May 26, 2022

At the Court House Cultural Center, Stuart

Featuring Students From:

Clark Advanced Learning Center

Jensen Beach High School

Martin County High School

South Fork High School

The Pine School

Summer Art Camp begins June 6 at the Vero Beach Art Club Annex and Gallery.

Art Club Gallery & Marketplace Art Exhibit

"Members' Show"

On View through May 30

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday 11 - 3 pm

Art Club Gallery & Marketplace

1903 14th Avenue

Vero Beach

Artists of the Martin Artisans Guild are exhibiting their work in Art Down the Hall at the Elliott Museum through June 6. Participating artists are Jane Lawton Baldridge, Jeanine Baum, Michaelann Bellerjeau, Kimberly Beltrame, Mallo Bisset, Deborah Bottorff, Diana Rell Dean, James J. DeMartis, MJ Dowling, Dot Galfond, Torenzo Gann, Renee Keil, Carol Kepp, Sue Klahne, Sheryl Levine, Maria G Miele, Mary Mirabito, Lynn Morgan, Sally Browning Pearson, Chad Periman, Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez, Mark A. Stall, Curt Whiticar and Laura Kay Whiticar-Darvill.

The Melbourne Community Orchestra will celebrate America with Yankee Doodle patriotic picnic concerts June 1 & 2, 6:30 p.m., at the Melbourne Auditoriu

Summertime Citrus

Advertising Florida Citrus: 1800s through 1960s 

Through Aug. 27 at Lake Wales History Museum


May 21, 6-8 p.m. 

Members free; non-members $12

The First Presbyterian Youth String Orchestra will present a Spring Concert on Sunday, May 29, 2022, at 2:00pm in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, Vero Beach. Admission is free to the community; donations will be accepted during the performance and also online via the church’s website. The suggested donation per person is $10. 

Mamma Mia!, with a live band, is at The Barn Theatre in Stuart May 12-29.

Show times are 8PM Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays,  2PM matinees Saturdays, Sundays.

From Birmingham to Broadway andFloat Like a Butterfly, two one-act plays at Westcoast BlackTheatre Troupe end their run May 29.

Arts Council of Martin County

Announcing Summerfest 2022!

 Second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m.

  • Tuesday, June 14: Senior Send-off Concert of Flutist Gabrielle Small performing masterworks of the flute repertoire by Charles-Marie Widor and Bohuslav Martinu. A recent graduate of University of South Florida, this fall Gabi is heading to University of North Carolina School for the Performing Arts to pursue a master’s degree in flute performance. 
  • Tuesday, July 12: Celebrate outstanding young musicians who continue to dedicate their summertime to further their artistic abilities. Pianists, flutists, string players! You will be amazed by their tremendous progress!
  • Tuesday, August 9: Jazz concert of “Live Session” with the Hagers and Friends—C Flute, Alto flute, Guitar and Bass. 

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