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Coconut Grove Townhouse – A Walker’s Dream

Debra Wellins Townhomes are the hottest properties in Coconut Grove.  I just listed a walker's dream on spectacular Gifford Lane,  just a short walk to the center of town. No need to drive around looking for parking when shopping, dining, tennis, parks and recreation can be reached on foot. This lovely Coconut Grove townhouse, build in 2005, has an open floor plan with living and dining rooms that flow to a private, shaded and fenced patio surrounded by palms.  Filtered light casts a lovely glow throughout the living spaces. The common areas have gorgeous marble... Continue Reading >

Washington’s Regatta Weekend Festivities

It's Regatta time at the Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove. Last year's regatta was a sailors delight - a gusty, gutsy and wild ride that provided for great tales at the after party. Check out the two events hosted by The Barnacle Society this Friday and Saturday. Regatta Moonlight Concert: Ethan Parker Band Description: Enjoy an evening of rhythm island music under the moonlight. Gates open at 6 pm. Lawn chairs and picnics welcome. No pets, please. Cost: $10 Future members. $8 Members. $3... Continue Reading >

The Dead Return to Haunt The Barnacle

A haunting feast for the eyes, ears and soul...this show is not to be missed.  It's not exactly the Dead, as in Grateful.  Rather it's the spirits of fictional characters from historic Coconut Grove who come to life in dance as they jete and pirouette across The Barnacle Historic State Park. Watch as they dance their stories beneath the moonlit sky and try to escape their tragic endings. When and Where October 28 and 29 at 8:30pm Pay what you can - between $10 and $20.   Just keep in mind that the... Continue Reading >

Honoring Steven at Pinecrest Gardens – The Steven Joel Sotloff Memorial Garden

Debra Wellins "Everyone has two lives.  The second one begins when you realize you have only one." These words were written by Steven Sotloff while in captivity by ISIS.  His family, Shirley, Art and Lauren Sotloff received this letter from Steven six months after he disappeared from the Syrian border without a trace. Smuggled out of Syria, this letter was their first real confirmation that Steven was alive, giving them hope, comfort and something tangible to cling to through the year of despair. Yesterday, I attended the commemoration of The Steven Joel Sotloff Memorial Garden. ... Continue Reading >

Guide to Brunch and Adventure on Mother’s Day

Brunching is definitely in order on Mother's Day. But after champagne and Eggs Sardou, what will you do? The Brunch Mother's Day at the Deering Estate at Cutler's annual Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday, May 10, 2015 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Enjoy a variety of appetizing dishes and desserts provided by Chef David Schwadron Catering and Event Design, tour the grand Stone House and historic Richmond Cottage, and take in the natural beauty and grandeur of the Estate. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden knows what your... Continue Reading >

May Events at The Barnacle

May has some terrific family events at The Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove. Bring your pets to Woofstock, your curiosity to Theater Night and your music appreciation to The Barnacle Under Moonlight. Woofstock Description: The Barnacle goes to the dogs with pet tricks, a look-alike contest, K-9 demonstration, animal blessing, adoptions and more. Leashed pets welcome. Cost: Event Included with regular $2 park admission. Kids under 6 free. When: 11 am - 4 pm on Sunday, May 3 https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/The-Barnacle The Cherry Orchard Description: What if Works in association with Roxy Theatre... Continue Reading >

Performance Art Incites Love and Hate

Debra Wellins  I attended a Nadia Beugre dance performance this past weekend on Stage Black Box at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium. Nadia, choreographer and dancer, performed Quartiers Libres, a French expression meaning "free territory" or "limitless space".  It was strange and unfamiliar, confusing and angry and expressive, wild and intense.  Everything about the performance screamed freedom from oppression, from the tangled microphone cable strangling her body to the musical score and meteor shower of plastic water bottles.   I didn't fully understand it until the question and answer session with the artist after the performance but learned... Continue Reading >

Fairchild’s Corypha is in Full Bloom

The  Corypha utan at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables is in full flower. The bloom may only last a few months so you should check it out soon (plot 87- lowlands area by the big Chihuly)- it is a site to behold! It is one of the most spectacular landscape trees available for large parks and gardens.  The bloom ultimately ends the life of the tree once the fruit have matured. Corypha utan is found along rivers, wetlands, floodplains and grasslands. It... Continue Reading >

STOP RUNNING – Red Light Cameras in Pinecrest

They're coming!  Time for some driver behavior modification in Pinecrest along US1 and 104th Street 112th Street 124th Street 128th Street The cameras will monitor the northbound traffic and are expected to be operational in May.  The Village of Pinecrest will offer a 30-day warining period for drivers to adjust to the system.  After that, expect a $158 fine if you get snapped.  At least no points will be assessed. I am an estate specialist in the Village of Pinecrest and your best source for news and... Continue Reading >

Champagne Bash at The Barnacle

Save the date for the Commodore's Party March 29 at The Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove. This is the first year we are hosting a twilight tour of the historic house with complimentary champagne and hor d'oeuvres on the front porch overlooking the bay.  If you have never seen Ralph Munroe's home, this is a fantastic opportunity for a private tour and an early look at the silent auction items that are absolutely phenomenal. Great band too! Cuban Pete and the Hialeah Hooligans is playing... Continue Reading >