The latest running of a West Palm Beach tradition that stretches back over a decade, Taste 2013 invites guests to sample delectable wares from the more than 60 food-centric exhibitors corralled within the South Florida Fairgrounds. Samples of f
It's 1980-something. Glen, a young boy, dons a pair of glasses with one blue lens and one red, excited by this new technology that's supposed to make things on the screen pop out at you. During the next two hours, Glen ducks swooping avians during the revival of Alfred Hitchcock's ¬The Birds in 3-D, terrified, yet thrilled. This is one of Glen Gray's earliest memories about the theater his father built more than 30 years ago. Today, Glen lives out those moments each day as the proprietor of Movies of Delray, where the projectors roll a medley of Hollywood features and foreign, art-house, and independent films.
Gold walls and burgundy curtains lend the lobby an art-deco air, and a large chandelier illuminates more than 60 pencil drawings of movie icons of yore, such as John Wayne, Elvis, and Marilyn Monroe. This old-fashioned lobby disguises the updates within: brand-new bathrooms, granite countertops at the concession stand, and, in the theaters themselves, digital surround sound and updated seating. Rows of black leather seats cushion moviegoers with high backs and wide benches so cozy that Glen claims guests have fallen asleep in them, only waking up at the end of the picture or when Bruce Willis turns out to have been a metaphor all along.
In celebration of film, professor Shelly Isaacs graces the theater with screenings of obscure Oscar-winning or Oscar-nominated foreign films. After each screening, he discusses the film with audiences, dissecting and analyzing the cinematography, characters, and plot.
The American German Club started in 1967 with a simple idea: to make German culture accessible to everyone. In the intervening years, the founders' hopes have born fruit. Today, visitors flock to their organization's Bavarian-style clubhouse for German festivities,
Oktoberfest: An annual beer festival approaching its 50th year, featuring steins full of Hofbr?u Bier and plates of sizzling bratwurst. Live Bavarian music and spontaneous sing-alongs keep patrons entertained, as does a ceremonial keg-tapping.
Christkindlmart: A outdoor German market stocked with holiday treats, from hand-crafted Christmas ornaments and jewelry to gingerbread houses visitors can decorate. As they shop, patrons sip beers and gl?hwein, a hot spiced wine.
Masskrugstemmen: A stein-holding competition that proves hand-strength can get you more than a perfectly-cracked pistachio. The champion goes to New York to compete at a national level.
Nestled against the cerulean waves of the Intracoastal Waterway for more than a mile, Lake Worth Golf Course?s 18-hole layout stretches across 6,100 yards of classic wetland terrain. With sparse tree lines and generous fairways throughout the course, Lake Worth?s relatively open, par 70 layout beckons to long-ball hitters, though particularly errant balls could wind up among the bottom-feeding trawl and heist-planning porpoises lurking in the waterway, which hugs the entire east side of the course. A nimble golf cart zips twosomes across the grassy monolith, expertly slaloming through palm trees and spinning its wheels with glee after each breathtaking birdie or stunning attempt at snapping a club shaft.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 70 course
Total length of 6,100 yards from the back tees
Moms and their teenage daughters head to the Weschester Country Club for the Mother Daughter Day Out?a day of bonding chockfull of activities, workshops, and swag-bag goodies. Duos can kick off the day with morning yoga before competing against other mother-daughter teams in a scavenger hunt, whipping up homemade spa treatments, and strutting the fashion-show catwalk. The day out also gives moms the chance to learn about issues affecting teenage girls with a body-image workshop, and a game show, How Well Do You Know Your Mother?, shows the girls that their moms had similar troubles and embarrassing moments growing up.
The aroma of salt and butter fills Alco Capital Theaters in Boynton Beach. Manager Larry Forbes has worked in theaters for three decades, having started out projecting midnight rock flicks at a drive-in in Fort Lauderdale. He therefore balances a sentimental attachment to film with the practical aspects that make it good for business. "If there's a problem and you have a technician?which we do onsite all the time?you can fix it immediately," he points out. Although the majority of work is projected from film, the theater's eight screening rooms are not warehouses for nostalgia. Digital and Dolby 3-D projectors deliver sharp pictures and immersive experiences to stadiums of 1,500 lumbar-supportive seats, as digital speakers and ADA listening devices make eardrums quake.
During the winter, moviegoers prepare for the upcoming awards season with a full slate of Academy Award?nominated films. On some summer days 700?800 kids will flood the theater by 10 a.m. for adventure flicks and romantic comedies, and when things slow down in the fall, Forbes fires off notices of indie premieres and director Q&A sessions to members of the Movi-E Mail Club, who have chatted with director Susan Seidelman and burgeoning stars from The Palm Beach County Film & Television Institute. On federal holidays, the staff host a special matinee for students, and every Tuesday they pile free popcorn into reusable plastic buckets and vacant laps. The theater's dedication to its audience extends to special requests?Forbes remembers slipping a man's wedding-proposal video into the previews one night. Although he doesn't remember the film, Forbes does remember the woman's answer: she said yes.