For two weekends every October, the sounds of laughter and German folk music echo across a field in Lake Worth. The American German Club's traditional Oktoberfest celebration, which sprawls across 10 acres under an open-air pavilion and a tent, has been going on for 40 years now and doesn't show any signs of stopping. Each day kicks off with the parade of flags and, sometimes, a ceremonial keg-tapping. Afterward, indoor and outdoor kitchens perpetually sizzle up authentic German bratwurst, leberkäse, and pastries. Meanwhile, bartenders pour four styles of Hofbräu Bier, as well as imported liquors and domestic brews. While vendors display traditional German crafts, the festival's stages erupt with folk-dancing, choral singing, and Bavarian tunes from two German groups, Heldensteiner Band and Die Lustigen Bayern.
Not many actors can say they've performed in a production directed by a 12-year-old, but Erin Coley has always had an instinctive sense of how to put on a show. Years later, she and her husband, J.R., founded Standing Ovation Performing Arts, assembling eight other experts in the field to encourage kids to get on the stage as early as possible. Improv comedy, puppetry, and playwriting help students express themselves while giving them the skills to deliver confident class presentations and rousing monologues on the futility of naptime.
For 20 years, the jaunty horns and strings of The Palm Beach Pops Orchestra have lured esteemed guests such as Mel Tormé, Kenny Rogers, and Hal Linden to join their shows, which brim with Hollywood hits and big-band tunes. During the American Songbook Spectacular, big-band songstress Lynn Roberts, whose resumé boasts sharing a stage with Frank Sinatra and the Dorsey Brothers, paints herself black and white before joining the orchestra to croon the timeless lyrics of Doris Day and Judy Garland. The evening will be captained by nationally acclaimed Maestro Bob Lappin as he leads the instrumentalists in a thumbing marathon through the pages of works from sonic standouts that include Harold Arlen, Frank Sinatra, and Irving Berlin.
One of the last decade's most award-winning country-music bands, Rascal Flatts has delighted listeners with a unique mix of catchy tunes, soaring harmonies, and emotionally charged lyrics. Lead singer Gary LeVox's dynamic vocals get a loving boost from the instrumental stylings of guitarist Joe Don Rooney and bassist Jay DeMarcus, allowing carefully crafted lyrics to effortlessly scale the protective walls of listeners' hearts. Guests Sara Evans, Easton Corbin, and Justin Moore add their distinctive tones to the evening's tuneful mélange, creating well-balanced aural meals for ravenous ears.
For a decade, LunaFest has raised awareness about breast cancer and connected women across the U.S. by screening short films made by, for, and about women. Each year, the nine selected films range in genre from comedy to drama and explore themes such as body image, childbirth, and gender identity. The profits from each LunaFest screening benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and other local nonprofits nationwide. To date, the festival has featured more than 92 filmmakers and raised nearly $1.2 million dollars for charity.