It’s Peter Gary, publisher of the Boca Voice. Welcome to the February edition of our monthly Boca Voice newsletter.
Baby, It’s Not Cold Outside! There’s no Polar Vortex in South Florida… which is why we are experiencing the pinnacle of Boca Raton’s busy season. This means more traffic and longer waits at our favorite restaurants. And guess what… it’s a lot better than minus wind chills.
Even President Trump is planning his first trip to Palm Beach since Thanksgiving. He’s headed to the winter White House at Mar-a-Lago this weekend. Presumably to warm up. You’ll notice more aircraft heading into Boca Raton Airport to avoid the air space security divert for Air Force One.
Event-wise, this month kicks off with the Boca Raton Museum of Art’s 33rdannual Art Festival. You’ll find white tents in Mizner Park this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2 and 3. The work of 175 artists, sculptors, photographers and crafts selected for the festival will be on display and for sale.
This Saturday at the Town Center mall, Boca police, and fire departments will take over the northwest corner from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a First Responder Expo. There will be free hot dogs, robotics, health fair, live fire, and K-9 demonstrations and demonstrations. For those who still dream of growing up to be firefighters or police officers, there will be plenty of activities and photo ops for the kids.
For local golf spectators, the PGA’s professionals 50 and older start arriving at The Old Course at Broken Sound for their annual Champions Tour stop in Boca. The Oasis Championship starts Monday, Feb. 4 with some incredible pro-ams. The tournament starts on Friday the 8thand ends on Sunday the 10th… all being nationally televised on The Golf Channel, showcasing our city as the ultimate golf destination.
Insiders will be looking to see if Jack Nicklaus, the Golden Bear himself will come in to watch his son Gary Nicklaus return to professional play. A Boca visit wouldn’t be a stretch for Jack. The Nicklaus’ team is completely redesigning Penn-Florida’s Via Mizner golf course in Boca Del Mar, and he’s already been here to see progress on that project.
Celebrity wise, there’s a good reason Jay Leno is coming in again for all three days and even attending the hangar party that kicks off the 13thannual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance. He’s a well-known car guy and collector and has hosted “Jay Leno’s Garage” since his reign as a late-night talk show host. Leno will entertain at the gala Saturday night at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. On Sunday, he hosts a VIP brunch before walking the show field full of vehicles at the Resort and judging the vintage car and motorcycle show.
The Concours is an elaborate auto extravaganza if you haven’t been there before. This one will celebrate the 100thanniversary of Bentley Motorcars. Founded and directed by Rick and Rita Case of The Rick Case Automotive Group, the honorary chairman is Mike Jackson, chairman, CEO, and president of AutoNation. All the events benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.
Boca Voice will also be on top of local events here. The second Boca Raton Seafood and Music Festival Feb. 8, 9 and 10 at Mizner Amphitheater was a big hit last year. Flavors, the annual food and wine tasting by the Junior League of Boca Raton, is Feb. 7 at The Addison. The Boca Chamber will honor its immediate past board chair Ethel Isaacs Williams at the 2019 Diamond Award luncheon Feb. 22 at the Resort.
The annual Cowboy Ball for the George Snow Scholarship Fund is Feb. 23 in Mizner Park Amphitheater. The founder of the #metoo movement will speak at AVDA’s annual Heart of a Woman Luncheon Feb. 28.
Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin returns to kick off the annual Festival of the Arts BOCA on Feb. 28. A live orchestra playing John Williams’ score for a Star Wars movie and other concerts and author talks are scheduled. Arturo Sandoval and his band end the festival on March 10. Mizner Park Amphitheater is tented and tickets have assigned seats for performances. This year, a private lounge has been added to the second story of the west colonnade.
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Peter Gary – Publisher