Mos'Art Theatre, strives to fortify Palm Beach's cultural scene with "film, art, music, and hope," bolstering a sense of community and inspiring creative expression. Before even entering the theater, audiences pass paintings from local artists and the Art Bar, where they can sip a preshow beer or wine. In the intimate, 150-seat auditorium, the silver screen lights up with indie and foreign films, dazzling eyes and ears with stories that spotlight the human condition and let patrons cry in public without fear of banishment. The management duo, J.R. and Erin Coley, rounds out the commitment to elevating artistic discourse with live children's theater, creative classes, and an ongoing series tracking opera and ballet in the movies.
When Christina Theiss, owner of Swim with Gills, was asked by a reporter from WFLX to describe the feeling of teaching a child to swim, she responded: “It’s a magical moment. I feel like I’ve saved a life.” Since she started a traveling swim school, her feeling of accomplishment has become infectious, spreading to her fleet of swim instructors and to her husband, the second half of the Swim with Gills team. Rather than forcing their pupils to swim, they focus on building a trusting relationship with each child. This method increases students' comfort level, allowing them to gradually submerge themselves in water and achieve the complexities of mermaid sign language.
James Mereus's playing r?sum? includes college ball, professional play overseas, and workouts with NBA teams such as the Toronto Raptors, Atlanta Hawks, and Memphis Grizzlies. Today, he's set his sights a few inches shorter. Still, the founder of One5 Basketball, a youth camp and clinic, uses his passion and basketball IQ to teach the next generation of ballers about the fundamentals of the game. For help, he's tapped a team of equally experienced trainers: record-setting college players, overseas MVPs, and players from professional international leagues.
Through drills, games, and instruction, One5's trainers teach shooting and dribbling skills, offense and defense fundamentals, and footwork, all while helping kids improve their agility and hand-eye coordination. But Mereus's vision means his charges' experience will go beyond learning bounce passes and perfecting signatures for shoe endorsements. The ultimate mission is to instill concepts of teamwork and goal-setting, helping build confidence and self-esteem that will give athletes a will to win and the ability to learn from loss.
For a quarter of a century, Irish Fest has brought musicians, food vendors, and the general public together for a celebration of Ireland's culture. The outdoor festival's atmosphere echoes the old country with an arts and crafts marketplace and a pub tent, where attendees devour Irish cuisine such as bangers and mash, or if they're feeling rebellious, mash and bangers. Everyone from fiddlers to Celtic rock bands to accordion players keep the crowds dancing to live music throughout the weekend. The Keltic Kids’ Korner ensures little ones also stay entertained with bounce castles and kid-friendly shows.
Taco Vida’s chefs pride themselves on using fresh ingredients in their dishes, each one made to order. They supersize burritos, with 14 inches of tortilla wrapped around shredded pork, ground beef, and chipotle chicken. They also tuck grilled mahi mahi into tacos and veggies between quesadillas' tortillas. To top off Mexican meals, guests can sample complimentary salsa from the salsa bar.
Though Christopher Columbus is best known for discovering America, he also inadvertently spawned West Palm Beach?s Tropical Rum Festival. Columbus introduced sugar cane to the Caribbean region on his famous voyages, and sugar?s byproduct, molasses, is what gets distilled into rum. The festival celebrates the now-popular spirit?s diverse styles. And as rum flows, revelers can dance to reggae, dubstep and hip-hop tunes, rather than the strange music of the late 1400s, which was created by tickling ducks.