Posts Tagged ‘Delray Beach’

South Florida 4th of July Events

by on Friday, July 1st, 2011

It’s that time of year again. Time to hoist the Red, White and Blue, make that fireworks run, and ignite the grill- not the fireworks those come later. Fourth of July is right around the corner, and every city is hosting an exciting and patriotic event. Each one is a family friendly city event geared toward a broad audience. No matter what city you land on for the 4th of July, a festive day or night is sure to be had.

Downtown Delray Beach is always bustling with energy, even on a Tuesday afternoon. When the flag is raised on Fourth of July that energy is tenfold. Starting July 1st, Boston’s on the Beach will be hosting their Red, White, and Blues Festival, flooded with bands singing the blues and tasty food. July Fourth is when the real fun begins. There will be the annual sand sculpting competition, along with a surfer memorial, the Beautiful Baby Bathing Suit contest, and it will all be followed by the spectacular firework display over the ocean starting at 9:00 p.m. Follow Downtown Delray Beach on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date.

Head ten minutes south to Boca Raton’s Florida Atlantic University and there are patriotic events awaiting your arrival.  There will be entertaining music, fun family activities, and explosive fireworks at the event for every age to enjoy. The event is free, and everyone is encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for comfortable seating.

Thinking about heading north? 4th on Flagler will be hosted again in West Palm this year. This is a popular event at the City Commons, Meyer Amphitheatre and Flagler Drive. Come at 5 p.m. and stay until 10 p.m. Enjoy celebrating with neighbors, new friends, or family and of course there will be fireworks to watch in amazement as they light up the summer’s night sky.

 

Enjoy the Sun, Sand and Surf

by on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

We are so lucky to live in this perfect Stay-cation destination. Flight prices are getting absolutely preposterous! Add the fuel surcharge and my family is definitely staying home this summer. Uneventful and boring?…. most definitely not. Look around; this is one of the most naturally beautiful and entertaining states to live in on a daily basis.  We have a summer to-do list full of fun in the sun, what is yours?

Feel the Local Love

Sometimes the best days are spent exploring your backyard. There is so much to do locally; all it takes is a little extra searching or motivation to pack your friends and family up for an escape. Don’t just bask in the sun at the beach, head to Delray Beach’s South End and make a date with Delray Beach Water Sports. Enjoy a day of sailboats, surfing, attempt windsurfing even kiteboarding. Check weather and water conditions are their website before heading out and it will surely be a memorable day.

Get Wild

What wild animals do I speak of? It’s easy to forget the Everglades with the airboat tours. Come face to face with a native alligator and learn to love this naturally beautiful piece of land. Maybe otters and tigers are more your thing. Scoot on over to The West Palm Beach Zoo and see the exotic animals living right in Palm Beach County.  My kids are completely enamored when it comes to learning more about the world’s animals and how to protect these natural habitats. Start teaching your kids today how to preserve these parts of our world.

Road Trip!

It’s so easy to take our gorgeous home for granted. We live in Florida, the home of Mickey Mouse and Sloppy Joe’s, with these destinations within driving distance it’s silly to not take advantage of it. No need to fly to another state or plan an expensive trip in a far off land. Just hop in the car with snacks, a suitcase for the weekend, and you’re sure to land somewhere full of fun.

The Perks of Zavee Rewards

Check your Zavee account and I guarantee you’ll be jumping for joy when you see how much you’ve received the past few months. I know what I’m doing with mine. Time to start booking that long awaited cruise to the Caribbean! After shopping local and enjoying time home, we can finally treat ourselves to what would normally be out of the question. The kids have new bathing suits and have already picked out their favorite expeditions. Hello glorious Caribbean sun, thank you Zavee.

Operation “Make Mom Smile”

by on Sunday, May 1st, 2011

For Mother’s Day this year—Sunday, May 8—would you like to pull Mom’s heartstrings like you did in grade school when you gave her a homemade card? We’ve brainstormed some gift ideas that will surprise and delight your mother—and even some that will bring you, the smart Zavee shopper, cash back rewards at the same time. Not that Mom has to know (wink wink).

Channel your Inner Martha

If you and your kids like craft projects, check out Martha Stewart’s clever and colorful Mother’s Day gift ideas. This year the Domestic Diva offers clip art templates and easy-to-follow instructions to make personalized items such as the Dreamy Sleep Mask and the Peek-a-Boo Gift Card. Martha’s always good for innovative homemade breakfast ideas, too, such as the Heart Shaped Egg in a Hole recipe.

If celebrity chef Bobby Flay is your mom’s cup of tea, follow Bobby’s recipes to create a scrumptious Mother’s Day brunch. Or take her out to brunch at a Zavee restaurant. May we suggest Crepes by the Sea in Delray Beach? You can take a leisurely stroll through Downtown or the Pineapple Grove Arts District afterwards. Or how about Oceans234 in Deerfield Beach,  where Mom can gaze out at the sparkling sea while sipping her Mimosa?

Send Mom to Paradise

Few women can resist the calming, restorative effect of a day at the spa. Make your mother smile by giving her a gift certificate from Paradise Salon & Spa in Delray Beach, a Zavee merchant that offers a complete range of beauty and body treatments. You’ll get Mom’s gratitude and 10% cash back.

The 49th Annual Delray Affair

by on Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Arts, crafts, music, food, and drinks—the Delray Affair has it all. It’s a 3-day street fair stretching for nine blocks down Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach’s main street. And it’s free! This year’s Delray Affair runs from Friday, April 15 through Sunday April 17. Here’s why we love it:

  • More than 800 exhibits by artists and crafters from South Florida, 38 states, and 16 different countries.
  • Non-stop music at the Beer and Wine Garden, located on SE 3rd Avenue (west side of Sun Trust Bank). This year’s musicians: Adam Fine of The Taylor Road Band, Billy Bones & Jaytee, and Mike Mineo.
  • Food vendors galore!
  • The Family Amusement Area on Swinton Avenue.
  • The best people-watching this side of South Beach, Miami.
  • the Zavee Booth!

It All Started With Flowers

During the late 1940s and 1950s, Delray Beach held an annual Gladiola Festival to showcase the region’s flower-growing industry. As growers switched from flower crops to vegetable crops, the Gladiola Festival died out—but local leaders stepped forward to create a yearly agricultural expo and later an art show that turned into the Delray Affair as we know today.

It’s a Social Affair

You can follow the Delray Affair on Facebook and Twitter (#DelrayAffair), so you won’t miss any of the action. The Delray Affair is more than entertainment, it’s also a great way to learn about local businesses that rent space to promote their products and services. Stop by and you might just pick up valuable discounts and prizes. If you like your shopping with a social flair, stop by and say hello to the folks from Zavee.

McEnroe Street Tennis Returns!

by on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Remember when tennis legend John McEnroe played an exhibition game of street tennis last February in downtown Delray Beach? McEnroe drew an estimated 2,000 onlookers when he squared off against former pro tennis player Ronald Agenor on cordoned-off Atlantic Ave. last February. Well, the Mac is back to do it again this year—and the event has now gained a corporate sponsor and the backing of Delray’s Community Redevelopment Agency.

Get ready for “Celsius Tennis on the Ave,” Friday, Feb. 18 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. This year it’s McEnroe vs. Mats Wilander, the former World No. 1 tennis player from Sweden. The street match kicks off the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships—a combined ATP Champions Tour and ATP World Tour event—which runs through February 27.

Deals for your Dollars

As part of the Tennis Championship’s opening-day festivities, the Delray Beach Tennis Center is offering discounted tickets for Friday night’s matches (Todd Martin vs. Jimmy Arias at 7 p.m., followed by Mark Philippoussis vs. Mats Wilander). Just bring a receipt for a purchase made in Delray Beach that day (Feb. 18) and receive up to 20% off tickets for that night! Maximum of four tickets per receipt.

If you’re interested in Happy Hour once the exhibition match ends, check out the Triple Eight Lounge at the Falcon House. Creative cocktails made with their signature Triple Eight Vodka pair up nicely with a large selection of small-plate meals. If a casual family dinner is more your style, the folks at Coco’s Deli and Grill will fix you up with traditional American fare. Both restaurants are a short distance from the street tennis event and offer cash back rewards to Zavee shoppers.

PGA Champions To Compete in Boca

by on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Who’s your favorite PGA Champion? Germany’s Bernhard Langer, who lives part time in Boca Raton? Laid-back American Fred Couples? Or maybe you favor Zimbabwe’s Nick Price, now residing in Hobe Sound.

You can see all three, along with a host of other golfing greats, at the PGA Champions Tour’s Allianz Championship, Friday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 13 at The Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton. The tournament caps a week of golf events at The Old Course, including a Women’s Executive Pro-Am sponsored by Lily Pulitzer on Feb. 8 and a Champions Pro-Am on Feb. 10. Net proceeds from the entire week benefit the Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Family Fun on a Budget

General admission to the Allianz Championship is free, and Saturday (Feb. 12) is Family Day. Bring the kids and make a day of it! Stop for breakfast at Palm Beach Bagel on the way to the golf course, or grab burgers and fries at Wowie’s Sports Grill on the ride home. Both restaurants offer cash back rewards for Zavee shoppers.

Turn Inspiration into Perspiration

If watching the PGA Champions Tour inspires you to work on your own game, Zavee recommends Good Start Golf School in Boynton Beach, offering private lessons, group lessons, clinics, and corporate outings. Not to mention cash back on every purchase for Zavee shoppers. Fore!

Here Comes Garlic Fest!

by on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Delray Beach’s annual celebration of all things garlic is about to get underway for the 12th consecutive year. The fun-filled Delray Garlic Fest starts Friday, Feb. 11 at 5:00 p.m. and runs through Sunday evening, Feb. 13 on Atlantic Ave, the heart of downtown Delray. Get ready for three days of garlicky aromas and fabulous live music!

Blues legend Buddy Guy is the big-name musical artist this year. The 5-time Grammy award winner will be rockin’ the Ave on Saturday night. Friday night’s headliner is the Dark Star Orchestra, who promise to “continue the Grateful Dead Experience,” and Sunday’s is Led Hed, another tribute band that will recreate the hits of Led Zeppelin.

Local favorites on the Garlic Fest musical roster include crowd-pleasing saxophonist Billy Bones and red-hot country crossover musician Amber Leigh, who lives in Delray Beach when she’s not in Nashville.

The Best Stinkin’ Party in Town

One of the best things about the Garlic Fest—besides the Garlic Chef Competition and the Garlic Hot Dog Eating Contest—is the event’s location. Delray Beach has some of the finest restaurants and watering holes around, and many of them offer cash back rewards for Zavee shoppers.

While you’re in town for the party, try the mouth-watering grilled meats at Gol! The Taste of Brazil, or sample the delicious tapas and classic cocktails at Triple Eight Lounge at the Falcon House. And with all that garlic in the air, you’ll be right at home in La Cigale, the Mediterranean restaurant just down Federal Highway from the festival.  Just remember to bring the Altoids.

Elephants, Laughter, Poetry (Some Official): Zavee Culture Rocks.

by on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Like haiku? Or just tired of the same old entertainment options each weekend? Perhaps it’s time to break the monotony and try something new. Something involving elephants, or maybe clowns?

Not Just Three Rings Anymore

Well step right up, folks, because the circus is in town. Yes indeedy, we’re talking about Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey—the Greatest Show on Earth. This particular show is called “FUNundrum!” and it’s on stage Friday, January 7 through Saturday, January 15 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.  Go to the Ringling Bros. website for a taste of the action and to buy tickets in advance.

On a side note, Zavee COO Ron Stack adds, “I took my kids to see this show at the Prudential Center in Newark. This was definitely their favorite circus EVER.”

Tickle Your Funny Bone

If trapeze artists, , elephants, and jugglers aren’t your style, but you like to see people out on the high wire (without a net), maybe what you really need is the kind of laugh you can only get from a live comedy performance, where anything might happen. Why not try New York Comedy Club in Boca Raton, where Zavee shoppers get 10% cash back! The club features a full bar and a full dinner menu. Check their website to see the lineup of talent and to purchase tickets.

Another great comedy venue is Improv, with club locations in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami. In addition to scheduled shows, these clubs offer Open Mic Night for emerging local comedy talent—and you never know when you may see the next Chris Rock or Tina Fey.  Or your kid’s science teacher. Yeah, that would rock!

Connect With Your Inner Poet

Did you know that the U.S. has an official poet? It’s true, and Robert Pinsky, who held the post of U.S. Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2000, will be among the poets headlining the 7th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival, January 17-22 at Old School Square in Delray Beach. You can attend poetry readings, lectures, and workshops while rubbing elbows with some of this country’s most celebrated poets. Count on some quiet contemplation, but remember to expect the unexpected – those poets can be tricky! Tickets are on sale through the festival website and at the Crest Theatre Box Office at Old School Square.