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Seaside Fiesta marks 26 years June 19; free park ‘n ride available

            LOOP-goers may welcome the first day of summer at the 26th annual Seaside Fiesta June 19 in New Smyrna Beach. The popular seaside event runs from 5-9 p.m. along the beachside’s Flagler Avenue.

Flagler Avenue Merchants Association member Jenny Norado sports the 26th annual Seaside Fiesta commemorative t-shirt. Using artwork designed by artist Kathy Bensabat, the shirt and event poster will be available in the 300 block of Flagler Avenue during the June 19 event. An accomplished artist with her works exhibited locally, regionally and nationally, Bensabat enjoys capturing the beautiful colors of the ocean in her oils and watercolors.

             A free park ‘n ride will shuttle riders between the North Causeway and Flagler Avenue from 4-9:30 p.m., according to Liz Yancey, New Smyrna Beach recreation and events director. Two mini-bus shuttles will run at least every 15 minutes.

Parking for people with disabilities will be available behind the Hampton Inn, 214 Flagler Avenue. The lot can be accessed from Florida Avenue. Flagler Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic at 3 p.m.

Seaside Fiesta was the first event hosted by the newly formed Flagler Avenue Merchants Association 26 years ago, according to Association President and Founder Adele Aletti. The Fiesta features entertainment, arts and crafts booths, food, games, music and more.  Many of the Flagler merchants also feature special sales and activities.

T-shirts and posters commemorating the 25th annual event will be available at the Merchants of Flagler Avenue event booth in the 300 block of Flagler the Avenue. Designed by Artist Kathy Bensabat, shirts are $14 for sizes small – extra large. Size XXL is $16. Posters are $5.  Limited edition posters signed by the artist are $10.

The Fiesta is co-sponsored by the City of New Smyrna Beach and the Flagler Avenue Merchants.  Admission is free.

For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at 386.424.2175.

Sidewalk Project public meeting June 17, New Smyrna Beach

            The City of New Smyrna Beach plans to begin the first phase of construction of new sidewalks in commercial and residential areas of the city beginning this fall.  Before designs are finalized, the City is looking for input.  Residents are encouraged to attend a public meeting on the project from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 17, in City Commission Chambers, 210 Sams Avenue.

            Sidewalks are planned for:

  • ·         Atlantic Avenue from Sapphire Road to Kirkland Road
  • ·         Turnbull Street from Industrial Park Avenue to Tanglewood Avenue
  • ·         Dougherty Street from Handley Drive to Turnbull Bay Drive
  • ·         Andrew Street Palmetto Street to Orange Street
  • ·         Duss Street from Meadowood Street to Field Street
  • ·         Meadowood Street from Myrtle Avenue to Slatton Street
  • ·         Slatton Street from Meadowood Street to Field Street

During the meeting, City staff and project consultants will present the designs and solicit public feedback.

Phase 1 of the Sidewalk Improvements Project is funded through a voter-approved 2005 general obligation bond issue.

Project plans are available for review online at For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Maintenance Operations Department at 386.424.2207.

Summer Concert Series!

Free Concerts

Congressman Ron DeSantis visit to NSB June 14 attached

RE: Congressman Ron DeSantis speaks at the opening of the Republican Club of Southeast Volusia County Headquarters in New Smyrna Beach, June 14, 2014.
U. S. Congressman Ron DeSantis will speak at 2 P.M., Saturday June 14th. at the opening of the new headquarters of the Republican Club of Southeast Volusia County. Congressman DeSantis will speak on his first term of office representing the 6th congressional district of Florida in the United States House of Representatives.
Representative DeSantis is an accomplished author. His book, “Dreams From Our Founding Fathers,” details America at a constitutional crossroads. The importance of your vote now is all about individual liberty and the role of government. Signed copies of his book will be available.
Congressman DeSantis is a former Federal Prosecutor and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The new Republican Club headquarters is located at 1710 State Road 44, New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168. Telephone 386-410-4807

Canal Street Historic District June Block Party

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Look What’s Happening at the Edgewater Library

Thursday, June 5th, at 6 p.m.: Bookworm Bookclub. Come join the Bookworm Bookclub to discuss topics about that monthly book. Contact Anita Filardi at 386-424-2916 for more information.

Saturday, June 7th, 9:30 to 11 a.m.:
Genealogy Society. Provides genealogical education and information and promotes family history research. Contact Cherie Brumfield at 386-562-4618 for more information.

Tuesday, June 10th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Scrapbooking. Monthly meeting. Contact Karen Haich at 386-428-7084 for more information.

Thursday, June 12th, 5 p.m.: METASCIENCE. Monthly metaphysical forum. Contact Frances Lord at 386-416-8505 for more information.

Friday, June 13th, 10 to 11 a.m.: Simply Crafting. Brand NEW craft program for adults! We will be making Button Bracelets and Paper Gift Boxes. It’s FREE and everything is provided for you. Call 386-424-2916 to register. Space is limited.

Wednesday, June 18th, 10 to 10:30 a.m.: Toddler Story Time. Come join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more! For ages 1-4. Contact the Library at 386-424-2916 for more information.
Immediately after Toddler Story Time is Kids In Motion for the same age group.

Wednesday, June 18th, 3:15 p.m.: Teen Olympics. This summer the Edgewater Public Library is hosting the 1st Teen Olympics! This week they will be divided up and come up with their team name. They will also help come up with how the scoring will go for the Teen Olympics. Ages 14-18 are welcome. Please contact the Library at 386-424-2916 for more information.

Edgewater Offers Wanderer Assist Program

Do you have a loved one who wanders away from home?  The Wanderer Assist Program is a free service of the Edgewater Police Department and Citizens Assisting Police (CAP).  The purpose is to quickly and safely find local area residents, including special needs children, who may wander away from home, become confused and/or lose their bearings.  The program helps residents in Edgewater, New Smyrna Beach and Oak Hill.
For more information, please contact CAP Officer Peter Conover at 386-872-1562, CAP Officer Joe Krause at 386-689-3440 or the Edgewater Police Department at 386-424-2400, option 1, extension 2104.

Manufacturing Careers in Demand

The Florida TRADE Program at Daytona State College is a manufacturing fast-track program that helps students start a technical career that offers good pay and growth opportunity.  A certificate of completion is issued at the end of the chosen course of study within the Florida TRADE program.  This course will develop an initial set of technical skills and provide the necessary training to prepare for industry recognized certifications in Certified Production Technician (CPT); National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Milling Certification; Computer Aided Drafting AutoCAD Certifications (Autodesk); or SolidWorks Certifications.  For information, please click here or call 386-506-3059.

June happenings in the NSB Waterfront LOOP

MaxQ Band in Concert June 5

The classic rock band, MaxQ, will kick off a series of summer concerts by the water at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 5, in Riverside Park, 105 S. Riverside Dr., New Smyrna Beach. The concert is free. Lawn chairs or blankets are suggested. In the event of rain, the concert will move inside the park’s Brannon Center. The Summer Concert Series continues through August 7.  For more information, please call the City of New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at 386.424.2175.

 1st Saturday Art Stroll/Gallery Walk June 7

Stroll the Canal Street Historic District Saturday, June 7, during the monthly 1st Saturday Art Stroll and Gallery Walk in the NSB Waterfront LOOP. On the first Saturday of the month, artistic vendors set up along the historic street from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A free concert also is scheduled from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Christmas Park. Galleries feature solo and group exhibitions and artist talks in the Douglas Avenue area of the district from 4-7 p.m.  Admission is free. For more information, please log on to the Canal Street Historic District website at or call Lola Duckworth 386.690.8666.

 Thomas Jones in concert June 7

Music lovers may enjoy a free concert from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, June 7, in the Canal Street Historic District’s Christmas Park in New Smyrna Beach. Guitarist Thomas Jones will play smooth jazz.  Bring a lawn chair. For information on monthly performers, please call Marc Monteson at 386.423.9760.

 Sea of Key in Concert June 12

The free Summer Concert Series continues June 12 with a performance by the band, Sea of Key.  The ‘folky blues’ concert is from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., in Riverside Park, 105 N. Riverside Dr., New Smyrna Beach. In the event of rain, the concert will move inside the park’s Brannon Center. Concerts continue through August 7.  For more information, please call the City of New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at 386.424.2175.

Canal Street Cruise June 14

The Canal Street Cruise will be from 4 – 8 p.m., Saturday, June 14, along historic Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach. Sponsored by the East Coast Cruisers, the family-friendly classic car show offers food and entertainment in a historic setting. For more information, please call Pat Teehan at 386.547.7319.

 26th annual Seaside Fiesta June 19

Kick off the summer season at the 26th Annual Seaside Fiesta from 5 – 9 p.m., Thursday, June 19, along Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach.  The Fiesta features entertainment, arts and crafts booths, food, games, music and more.  Many of the Flagler merchants also feature special sales and activities. The Fiesta is co-sponsored by the City of New Smyrna Beach and the Flagler Avenue Merchants.  Admission is free. Flagler Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic at 3 p.m. A free park ‘n ride shuttle will run from the North Causeway.  For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at 386.424.2175.

 Vivacity in Concert June 26

The free Summer Concert Series will feature Dixieland music June 26 when the band, Vivacity, performs from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., in Riverside Park, 105 N. Riverside Dr., New Smyrna Beach.  In the event of rain, the concert will move inside the park’s Brannon Center.  Concerts continue through August 7.  For more information, please call the City of New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at 386.424.2175.

 Art Walk on Flagler June 28

Artists will be on Flagler Avenue from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, June 28.  Sponsored by The Gallery Group of Flagler Avenue, the event has been a part of the community for more than six years. For more information, please call (386) 428-1770.

 Flagler Avenue Wine Walk June 28

Explore interesting wines as you walk Flagler Avenue from 1-7 p.m., Saturday, June 28.  During the progressive event, taste your choice of more than 100 showcased wines. Wine tasting passports are $25 and are available at 113 Flagler, at the tent at Flagler Avenue and Cooper Street, or at the corner of S. Atlantic and Flagler Avenue. Passports include 20 tasting tickets and a keepsake wine glass. Some locations feature both one- and multi-ticket wines to sample. Those who want to share their 20 tasting tickets with a friend may get an additional wine glass for $5. For more information on the progressive wine tasting, please log on to .

ArtHaus Summer Camp “All Aboard! Cruise the Arts of the World!”

 Become a world class “cruiser” while developing your creativity and talent as you create drawings, paintings, and 3-Dimensional artworks. Sessions are weekly, starting  June 16 through August 1.
No classes the week of June 30 – July 4th

Week 1: June 16-20
“Caribbean Sol”
Art Teachers-Marla Basli  & Margaret Williams
Your cruise will take you to the Caribbean coasts of Mexico and Belize where you will learn about ancient Mayan designs and a variety of folk art.  You’ll use various media, including textiles, paper mache, pastels, foil and paint to create your colorful artworks.  Cruise to the Yucatan Peninsula to create paper mache Oaxaca animals, Hojalata Mexican tin art, Molas, colorful banners and a self-portrait in the style of Frida Kahlo. 

Week 2: June 23-27
“Discover the West Indies!”
Art Teacher-Beth Dobberstein

Climb aboard a Carnival Cruise for an exciting adventure exploring the Caribbean Blue.  The students will paint charming, vibrant villages, create flamboyant wax batiks, assemble unique shell creatures and learn to play and make a calypso steel drum. “Ya Mon, it will be great!”

NO Summer Camp during the week of June 30 -July 4th

Week 3: July 7-11
“Sailing the Down Under”
Art Teacher-Margaret Williams 

G’day mates!  Take an extended vacation and cruise “Down Under” to Australia!  Students will explore Aboriginal art to create their famous “dot” paintings on paper and a paper mache boomerang. They will also learn about the strange and unique animals of Australia by painting them larger than life.  And finally, students will create an underwater scene from the Great Barrier Reef using chalk, pastels and various watercolor techniques.

Week 4: July 14-18
“Up North to Alaska!”
Art Teacher-Beth Dobberstein

Grab your boots, ArtHaus is cruising to Alaska. On this Alaskan Cruise the students will brave the wolves as they paint majestic mountainous landscapes, build towering native Alaskan totem poles, and carve a mock scrimshaw “whales tooth.”  Celebrate the great outdoors on the last day with “moose track” sundaes.

Week 5: July 21-25
“Ya Mon! Cruising the Bahamas”
Art Teacher-Marla Basli

See the very colorful & worldly influenced Arts of the Bahamian Islands.  You will celebrate Nassau’s  Junkanoo Festival by creating fanciful Festival Headpieces, Cowbells & Painted Pants. You will create Drapo Banners from Haiti, Foil Bahamian Row Houses and “Faceless Dolls” from the Dominican Republic.

Week 6: July 28-August 1
“Discover the British Isles!”
Art Teacher-Catie Tappan

Cruise across the Atlantic Ocean, where we will explore the variety of artworks that once decorated the halls of kings & queens! First stop, England, to design our own Coat of Arms and imagine fantasy creatures for fabric tapestries. Then to Scotland, to make paper tartan patterns, unique to each of your family! Next, we’ll head to Ireland to create illuminated letters, just like the Book of Kells, and an ‘ancient bronze’ Celtic jewelry piece! Each of you will become King or Queen of your own mini-castle!

Sessions run Monday through Friday; ages 5-8 attend from 9 am to Noon and ages 9-13 attend from 1 to 4 pm. Tuition is only $95 for the week. All supplies are furnished as well as a daily snack.

Space is limited so call now to reserve your seat!!

For more information please call 386-767-0076
or email .
To download the registration form, go to and click on Programs/ Summer Camp.

Material Systems opens at Arts on Douglas

Stephen Heywood and Sarah Alexander
Material Systems

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 7, 4 – 7pm
Exhibition dates:June 7-July 26, 2014
Artists’ Talk: Saturday, June 21, 4pm

New Smyrna Beach, FL–– Arts on Douglas announces the opening of a two-person exhibition entitled Material Systems, featuring ceramic sculptures created by Stephen Heywood and abstract paintings by Sarah Alexander. Material Systems will be on view from June 7 through July 26, 2014 with an opening reception, for the artists, on Saturday, June 7 from 4-7pm and an Artists’ Talk on Saturday, June 21 at 4pm. The opening reception, exhibition, and Artists’ Talk are free and open to the public.

Stephen Heywood’s ceramic sculptures and Sarah Alexander’s explorative paintings share a process-driven approach to their artistic practice. Those processes are visible on the surface of Heywood’s utilitarian forms and Alexander’s topographical style paintings, revealing the symbiotic relationship between forms, concepts, materials, and artistic intervention.

Heywood draws inspiration from industrial, mechanical, and man-made forms and materials. His sculptures reference familiar architectural and utilitarian forms such as barns, silos, factories and water towers. Other elements, such as chimneys, windows, vents, smokestacks, piping and graphics are added for visual interest. The artist explains: “Many of these buildings are used for containment and are in essence vessels of function. These buildings often reveal their course of production and history on their surfaces.”Combining form, function and artistry,  Heywood’s sculptures have an embedded history that exists beyond the surface. “I often leave marks on the form as evidence of the working process. These subtle marks are then accentuated by the firing process and help to give my work the same sense of history and aged qualities,” Heywood stated.

Nature and its complex processes serve as a guiding metaphor for Alexander’s topographical paintings. “My work is about the struggle of chance and choice. Notions of gravity, flow, erosion, and time co-exist in a space that creates a field to which I respond. I have little control over the initial phenomena, only how I choose to reply to it, if at all,” explains Alexander. The artist uses techniques that yield both predictable and spontaneous outcomes. Along with brushwork, Alexander uses the natural forces of gravity to apply paint to the surfaces of her paintings. She tilts and turns her support in order to manipulate how the paint flows across the surface. She then scrapes or sands the surfaces to reveal cumulative layers of paint. Alexander’s process manages to achieve a balance between chance, materials, techniques, and artistic volition, resulting in an unique topography of color.

Stephen Heywood received his Bachelors of Science Degree in ceramics from Southern Utah University and his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Heywood exhibits his work extensively and has participated in over 200 national juried shows and invitationals. In 2004 Heywood was selected to represent the United States in the First International, Ceramics Journal Editor’s Symposium, Emerging Artist exhibition, in Xian China. In 2011 Heywood participated in and won the Craft Award in the Westmoreland Arts National in Westmoreland Pennsylvania. In 2013 he was awarded an honorable mention at the 8th Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Cheongju, Korea. He is a member of The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and a board member for the Florida Crafts Council. Selected publications include: 500 Cups, 500 Bowls, The Best of 500 Ceramics, Image Transfer on Clay, Printing on Clay, the Periodicals Clay Times and Ceramics Monthly. He is currently an Associate Professor of Ceramics at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

Sarah Alexander received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design and her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in painting and drawing from the University of Florida. She has participated in many group exhibitions in Florida and Georgia. Sarah Alexander is an instructor at Flagler College, St. Augustine and Florida School of Arts in Palatka where she is currently the Gallery Director.

In addition to the featured exhibition, Forrest MacDonald’s Recipe for Disaster will be on view through June 14th in the alt_space gallery.

Live Music: Sea of Key, Featuring Mary Cuchetti (Saturday, June 7th)

Event Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014 – 5 PM to 7 PM

On Saturday June 7th from 5 PM to 7 PM, Sea of Key (featuring Mary Cuchetti) will be performing live at the Atlantic Center for the Arts at Harris House. The address is 214 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The event is free and open to the public.

NSB Museum of East Coast Surfing gets 501(c)3

Press Release - Yes!! This week we got a congratulation letter from the IRS. The new NSB Museum of East Coast Surfing will be opening its doors shortly. We have been working on the exhibits, including historic boards, photos, clothing. Also we are proud to have a small theater (the only one in NSB at the moment!!!) where we will be showing Oral History Interviews by many of the important figures in surfing. Also we are planning a dinner and a lecture series, vintage surf film night, and many more events. The Museum is located at 424 Canal st. in NSB. Fl., above the Thai Mango Restaurant. Check our website at”“…we will update it very soon…Thanks for your support in advance!!! Admission is  free, we ask for a donation at the door.

Edgewater Expo, Inc. Foundation Presents $500 Grant

The Edgewater Expo, Inc. board of directors will present a $500 grant to Trey Harshaw & Associates at the Edgewater City Council meeting on Monday, June 2, 2014.  The City Council meeting starts at 6 p.m. and takes place in the Council chambers at 104 N. Riverside Drive.

The Edgewater Expo, Inc. is a non-profit organization of local business owners, residents and City representatives dedicated to promoting Edgewater as a family-friendly, business-friendly community located on the beautiful Indian River.  The organization hosts the annual RiverFest in Edgewater which includes a business expo, a carnival, river-related activities and free concerts.

The $500 grant to Trey Harshaw & Associates is to be used towards either marketing expenses or employee training.  “We randomly selected one of the participants of our recent business expo to receive the grant,” said Edgewater Expo, Inc. President Steve Holmes.  “We had a very successful RiverFest event in March and wanted to keep that positive momentum going by recognizing one of our expo participants and providing some financial assistance,” Holmes said.

President Holmes said the organization will be providing additional support to the business community in the near future.  “The Expo board has established and funded a foundation committee who will be recommending to the board additional programs to support local businesses.  We hope to raise additional funds through our RiverFest and other events that can be put back into the Edgewater community to assist our businesses and their employees,” Holmes said.

Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency #153

EVENTS / OUTREACHES / INsideOUT (The below events are free / public invited)

Friday, May 23, 5 – 7 PM
Opening reception for the 25th Annual University Student Exhibition, and to welcome the artists in-residence

Pabst Visitor Center & Gallery, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach, 32168
For more information call 386-427-6975

Tuesday, May 27, 7 PM
Patricia Smith – Master Artist Outreach: Reading/Q & A, and book signing

presented by The Creative Happiness Institute, Inc. in association with Tomoka Poets and the 2014 Daytona Beach Poetry Series in cooperation with Daytona Beach Mayor Derick Henry
Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave. Daytona Beach
Free and open to the public. For more information call, 386-337-4567

May 28, 7:30 PM
Stephen Petronio – Master Artist Outreach: Illustrated Talk/Q & A

ACA Joan James Harris Theater, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach, 32168
For more information call 386-427-6975
Support for Stephen Petronio’s residency comes from Helene B. Roberson

Thursday, May 29, 7:30 PM
Mildred Howard – Master Artist Outreach: Illustrated Talk followed by Q&A

Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N Mills Ave., Orlando 32803
For more information call 407-896-4231
Sponsored in part by United Arts of Central Florida

Friday, June 6, 7 PM
INsideOUT — Closing reception and informal studio visits with Artists-in-Residence

ACA Joan James Harris Theater and artists’ studios, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach, 32168
For more information call 386-427-6975

About the Master Artists:

Patricia Smith – poet
Patricia Smith is the author of six critically-acknowledged volumes of poetry, including Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, winner of the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy American Poets and finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America; Blood Dazzler, a National Book Award finalist; Teahouse of the Almighty, a National Poetry Series winner (all from Coffee House Press); Close to Death and Big Towns, Big Talk (both from Zoland Books), and Life According to Motown, just released in a special 20th anniversary edition (Tia Chucha Press). She also edited the crime fiction anthology Staten Island Noir. Her contribution to the anthology, the story “When They Are Done With Us,” won an award from Mystery Writers of America and was published inBest American Mystery Stories. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, Granta, Tin House, TriQuarterly, Gulf Coast and many other journals, and in dozens of groundbreaking anthologies—including Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, Villanelles, The Incredibly Sestina Anthology and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African-American Poetry. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, for her poems “The Way Pilots Walk” and “Laugh Your Troubles Away!”  She is a Cave Canem faculty member, a professor of English at CUNY/College of Staten Island and a faculty member of the Sierra Nevada MFA program.

Mildred Howard – visual artist
Berkeley-based artist, activist, teacher, Mildred Howard has taught in nearly every major university and art institution in the San Francisco Bay Area and has conducted programs and exhibitions internationally in locales ranging from England to Latin America, Egypt, Ghana, and Morocco. Howard has created numerous works of highly visible public art in the Bay Area and her art works are included in the collections of major museums including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the M.H. de Young Museum, and the San Jose Museum of Art. Her numerous awards include an Anonymous Was a Woman Fellowship; the Joan Mitchell Fellowship; the Reader’s Digest Traveling Fellowship to Oaxaca, Mexico; two Rockefeller Artists Fellowships to Bellagio, Italy; and an NEA Grant in Sculpture. in 2011, the City of Berkeley proclaimed March 29th “Mildred Howard Day”; in 2012, Howard was inducted into the Alameda County Hall of Fame and received San Francisco’s prestigious Silver SPUR Award. This year, Howard was selected to receive the Distinguished Woman Award for 2014 by Fresno, California’s Council of 100. Howard continues to work and exhibit internationally; in 2013 her sculpture “Parenthetically Speaking” appeared at the Arsenal Venezia in Venice, where Howard was a finalist for the Arte Laguna Prize. She is represented, in San Francisco by Gallery Paule Anglim. To learn more, visit

Stephen Petronio – choreographer
Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Petronio is widely regarded as one of the leading dance-makers of his generation. New music, visual art, and fashion collide in his dances, producing powerfully modern landscapes for the senses. He has built a body of work with some of the most talented and provocative artists in the world, including composers Valgeir Sigurðsson, Nico Muhly, Fischerspooner, Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Son Lux, James Lavelle, Michael Nyman, Sheila Chandra, Diamanda Galás, Andy Teirstein, Wire, Peter Gordon, Lenny Pickett, and David Linton; visual artists Janine Antoni, Cindy Sherman, Anish Kapoor, Donald Baechler, Stephen Hannock, Tal Yarden, Arnaldo Ferrara, and Justin Terzi III; fashion designers John Bartlett, Jillian Lewis, Adam Kimmel, Benjamin Cho, Michael Angel, Tony Cohen, Rachel Roy, Tara Subkoff, Tanya Sarne/Ghost, Leigh Bowery, Paul Compitus, Manolo, Yonson Pak, and H. Petal; and Resident Lighting Designer Ken Tabachnick. Founded in 1984, Stephen Petronio Company has performed in 26 countries throughout the world, including over 35 New York City engagements with 17 seasons at The Joyce Theater. The Company has been commissioned by Dance Umbrella Festival/London, Hebbel Theater/Berlin, Theater Scene National de Sceaux/France, Festival d’Automne a Paris, CNDC Angers/ France, The Holland Festival, Festival International Montpellier-Danse, Danceworks UK Ltd, International Cannes Danse Festival, and in the US by San Francisco Performances, The Joyce Theater, UCSB Arts & Lectures, Wexner Center for the Arts, Walker Art Center, and White Bird, among others. Over the past year, the Company performed at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC; in Irvine, CA; Dallas and Houston, TX; and Chicago, IL. The Company looks forward to upcoming engagements in Vancouver, Canada; Boston, MA; Davis and San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR; and Scottsdale, AZ.  To learn more, visit

Mother’s Day Grand Prize

We had a very tense, squeaker of game for our post-Mother’s Day Grand Prize on the sponsored NSB BINGO Monday night.
It was the fifth and final game of the night. Up for grabs was a grand prize valued at $550. We had several hundred people online playing bingo and vying for the prize that included a 3 day & 2 night stay at Oceania Beach Club, a beautiful resort on the beach in New Smyrna; a portrait session & 16×20 canvas print from Artistic Grafix; plus gift certificates from Down the Hatch, a favorite seafood restaurant in Ponce Inlet and from Nest NSB, which is an eclectic gift shop full of many unique items as well as superbly revitalized furniture items, and it is a wine bar & wine shop, which is a great place to go to get away from the grind or just pick up your favorite bottle of vino.
The game seemed to go on for ever. The players’ usual playful comments, which would normally be visible on the bingo site via the chat box, were uncharacteristically absent. All players chose instead to concentrate on their bingo cards and the numbers being called.
In the end two players called “BINGO!” a split second apart. I’m talking milliseconds. The first one to announce “BINGO!” goes by the screen name BinkyDog and will collect the Grand Prize. The second person to call “BINGO!’ goes by the screen name of Marge, and will receive a consolation prize, a gift certificate to Looks Family Hair Care.
Whew! What a night. I never realized how exciting bingo could be.

The Little Theatre announces “Butterflies Are Free”

The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach announces our upcoming show “Butterflies Are Free” which will open on Friday, May 16 and run for two weekends.
Performances are Thursday May 22 at 8 pm, Fridays May 16 and 23 at 8 pm, Saturdays May 17 and 24 at 8 pm and Sundays May 18 and 25 at 2 pm.
“Butterflies Are Free” is written by Leonard Gershe and directed by Harriet Winokur.
This touching and funny show is the story of Don Baker (played by Xander Burns) who has been blind since birth and his overprotective mother (Ida Bailey).
When Don moves into his own apartment in Manhattan to pursue his songwriting ambitions, he meets kooky neighbor, sexy actress Jill (Avalon Marut) setting off Mrs. Baker’s controlling instincts! John Peters also joins the cast as Ralph Austin.
Ticket prices are $16 adults, $15 seniors and $8 for students under 18. Information is available by calling the box office at (386) 423-1246.

Join us for National Trails Day!

June 7, 2014 at 150 Julia Street, Just South of City Hall
Downtown New Smyrna Beach,
9 AM to 11:30 AM

Join us for National Trails Day!

For the tenth year in a row, Volusia County Parks, Recreation & Culture will be hosting National
Trails Day. This event is a celebration of our trails and the health and other benefits derived
from Volusia County’s growing trails system. The theme for this year’s Trails Day Event is
“Trails Benefit Us All”. We want to promote the health, recreational, conservation and
economic benefits that we all can receive from our trails

Our National Trails Day celebration will be held June 7, 2014 at 150 Julia Street,
Just South of City Hall. The event will run from 9 am to 11:30 am and
will feature information booths, children’s activities, a nature hike, a walking tour, bicycle helmet
giveaways and more.

Please join us and the American Hiking Association to celebrate National Trails Day. We have
spaces available free of charge. Bring your own tent, table, and chairs to the event and
promote your business or club. Let me know if you will have give away items or want to offer
information, or classes, or product demonstrations.

If you would like to participate; please contact Bruce Piatek, Trails
Coordinator, at (386) 736-5953, extension 12663 or via email at by May 18, 2014 to reserve your space. Happy Trails
and I hope to see you there!

The Little Theatre announces auditions for “Into the Woods”

One of Stephen Sondheim’s most popular works, INTO THE WOODS is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy.

The Brothers Grimm comes to The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach with an epic fairy tale where worlds collide. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them all together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic. Into the Woods will be directed by Michael Funaro with musical direction by Melissa Cargile.

There are 17 roles for men, women and teens in all age groups. All roles are open. Please be prepared to sing 32 bars from a Broadway show that best features your vocal ability. Bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be available. Tracks are acceptable but not preferred. Dress comfortably as you may be asked to demonstrate some movement skills. Bring head shots and resumes if you have them.

Auditions will be held Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 1 pm to 4 pm and Sunday, May 25, 2014 from 5 pm to 8 pm. Callbacks, if needed, will be held Monday, May 26, 2014 at 7 pm.

Auditions will be held at The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach, FL, 726 Third Ave, (located directly across from Publix, Beachside).

Show dates are: July 18 through the 27th, 2014.

For more information, contact the box office at (386) 423-1246.

Sail Camp begins June 9 in the LOOP; registration open

Skipper wannabes may learn to tack and jib at the annual summer Sail Camp hosted by the New Smyrna Beach Parks and Recreation Department. Weeklong sessions are offered from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., June 9-13 and June 23-27, at the Smyrna Yacht Club, 1201 S. Riverside Drive.

Yacht Club members will teach students age 12 – 20 to sail without assistance. Lessons include hands on training on the water, terminology, sailing techniques, wind, currents, safety precautions and more.

The cost to participate is $150 for New Smyrna Beach residents and $155 for non-residents.

Class size is limited to 12 students. All students must bring their lunch, drinks, sunscreen, sunglasses, sneakers or boat shoes and swimwear. Each student also must have a type 3 life jacket and training manual. Manuals are $25.

Students may register online at or at the Recreation Department, 1000 Live Oak Street.

For more information, please call (386) 424-2175.