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When The Peacock Showed Its Feathers

When The Peacock Showed Its Feathers

When Master Commandant Lewis Warrington awoke on the morning of April 29, 1814, the first thing he would have noted was that his ship, the U.S.S. Peacock, was riding a few miles off the shore of the Spanish colony of East Florida. No doubt he observed the low-lying land mass through his telescope and made some remark about it. “A land full of mosquitoes and Indians,” he might have said to his second-in-command, First Lieutenant John Nicolson, echoing America’s current attitude towards Florida. “The Spanish are welcome to it.”

The Loner That No One Loved

The Loner That No One Loved

Tom Lowe, president of the Indian River Literary Society, often rates the fiction he reads by the author’s ability to transport him to a different time and place. “It’s a little like coming out of a movie theatre and it’s still daylight. When I have to make that same kind of adjustment after putting down a novel – because I feel as if I have been someplace else and just returned – then to me, that’s a good book.”|

Water, Wildlife And The Future Of Florida

Water, Wildlife And The Future Of Florida

The protection and restoration of the northern Everglades received a big boost earlier this year as The Nature Conservancy facilitated the legal establishment of the new Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge & Conservation Area.

Curtain Up For The RCT

Last month, local audiences finally got a chance to see members of the Riverside Children’s Theatre perform their award-winning version of The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.

Eat Local, Eat Fresh

Eat Local, Eat Fresh

At growing numbers of mostly beachside eateries, produce on the plate on any given afternoon was clinging to the earth that very same morning – or at least as much of it harvested from nearby fields. The buy-local phenomenon noticeably improves the taste of many a dish while reducing our collective carbon footprint.

The Riviera Comes To Ocean Drive

The Riviera Comes To Ocean Drive

Nice, the lovely port city on the French Riviera, has strong cultural roots in both France and Italy. The city was actually a dominion of Italy until the mid-19th century, when it officially became part of France. Strong influences of the authentic cuisines of both countries, with an emphasis on seafood, provide the perfect blend for the local cuisine.

Leaf People In A Bean World

Leaf People In A Bean World

Legend has it that one spring day in 2737 BC, Chinese Emperor Chen Nung (or Shennong) was out for a walk and, feeling tired, paused for a rest. As was his custom, he boiled his water before drinking it, but on this particular day a breeze caused some leaves from a nearby plant to waft into his pot of water.

New Discoveries At Mckee

New Discoveries At Mckee

Visitors to McKee Botanical Garden lately might be startled to see a shark’s fin emerging from the water lilies of the main pond. There have been alligators there for sure, but a shark? Not to worry. This is just a sculpture called “Fear Itself” from the garden’s new show “Sculpting Nature,” a display of 30 large pieces depicting the relationship between art and nature.

Bringing A Clubhouse Up To Par

Bringing A Clubhouse Up To Par

It took a strong team to pull off the complete renovation of the John’s Island West Clubhouse over last summer, and such a team did just that to the universal approval of the people who count – the members of the John’s Island Club.

Forgotten In Fort Pierce

Forgotten In Fort Pierce

In the last few years of her life, broke and ailing African-American folklorist, anthropologist and novelist Zora Neale Hurston, once one of America’s most celebrated literary figures, went almost unnoticed. Fired as a librarian at Patrick Air Force Base, she left Eau Gallie, a $5-a-week rental cottage, a bird bath and a dog named Spot and arrived in Fort Pierce in 1957 in a beat-up Willys station wagon, with a typewriter that she would later pawn for groceries.

The Electrifying Saga Of “Marie’s Folly”

The Electrifying Saga Of “Marie’s Folly”

Marie Stiefel says “I am old enough to have lived through the energy crisis of the ’70s, which taught me a few things.” Waiting in line for hours for gas started her thinking about energy and began what has become a passion for her: learning about alternative energy. Today she and her daughter, Lili, fund bright energy ideas with their family foundation.

The Joy Of Old Dogs

The Joy Of Old Dogs

Some have the bearing of royalty – heads held high, posture erect. Others have a quiet dignity that does not command attention, but receive it gracefully, as due to them. One can experience canine seniors through a beloved pet resolutely moving through a condensed life span under our noses. To make the acquaintance of an older dog, and view the full force of his most vital years written fully on his face, is a special interaction that leaves an emotional imprint.

Mystery Of The Mangroves

Mystery Of The Mangroves

In the Florida Keys where I spent my youth, exotic plants and animals were commonplace. There were deer the size of poodles and land crabs as big as dinner plates. There were great white herons, short-tailed hawks and short-eared owls. There were sunburned trees with wood as hard as nails, and about as buoyant. The rich tapestry of oddball organisms would have given Darwin pause.

The Crockett Insurance Group Partners With Auto-Owners

The Crockett Insurance Group Partners With Auto-Owners

Auto-Owners Insurance Company recently announced the appointment of The Crockett Insurance Group to represent the company throughout the area. The agency represents Auto-Owners for a wide range of personal and commercial insurance products as well as life, annuity, disability and long-term care.

Peter Jones Will Preside Over Florida Architects’ 100th Anniversary

Peter Jones Will Preside Over Florida Architects’ 100th Anniversary

Local architect Peter Jones has been elected president of the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects. He has served as vice president, secretary/treasurer and president-elect since joining the AIA Florida board of directors in 2005.

Become A Natural Beauty

Become A Natural Beauty

Licensed aesthetician and permanent-cosmetic specialist Holly Mercuri has launched Natural Beauty on North A1A.

Back In Form On A1A

Back In Form On A1A

Michael and Shannon Hauser recently opened Back In Form Physical Therapy, a state-of-the-art physical therapy clinic on North A1A.

And The Winner Is...

And The Winner Is...

After two years in business the recent first place winners on the Food Network’s popular show Cupcake Wars, Casereccio Cakes, has opened a bakery on North U.S. 1.

Adding A ½ To Gallery 14

Gallery 14’s partner artists recently opened Gallery 14 and 1/2 adjacent to the main gallery in the Downtown Dine & Design district.

D’Art For Art’s Sake

D’Art For Art’s Sake

February 4: Guests “darted” through the Holmes Great Hall for their favorite pieces of art at the Vero Beach Museum of Art’s gala D’Art for Art.

Seventy-Five Vendors On Display At Gardenfest!

Seventy-Five Vendors On Display At Gardenfest!

February 4: Garden aficionados strolled through Riverside Park shopping at over 75 vendors of plants, garden accessories and furniture and speaking with gardening experts at the 11th annual Gardenfest!

Trap & Skeet Charity Shoot

Trap & Skeet Charity Shoot

February 4: Shooting enthusiasts gathered at the Indian River Trap & Skeet Club for the Sun Up Center’s annual Sporting Clays Charity Shoot.

Sorensens Host IRCF Reception

Sorensens Host IRCF Reception

January 31: More than 70 philanthropists and community leaders gathered at the home of Dale and Matilde Sorensen for the Indian River Community Foundation’s Annual Reception and Celebration.

Troop 567 Corrals ELC

Troop 567 Corrals ELC

January 29: Boy Scout Troop 567 spent its Saturday at the Environmental Learning Center refurbishing the educational area called the RRR Corral.

Scholarship Winners Make Their Debut

January 29: Orchid Outreach, in support of the Orchid Employee Scholarship Fund, held its annual party at the home of Gerri and Bob Ripp to introduce the scholarship winners and their families.

Moorings Transformation Raises Funds For Medical Center

Moorings Transformation Raises Funds For Medical Center

January 21: Guests remembered the past decades and looked into the future of the Indian River Medical Center at its Transformation Celebration at The Moorings Club.

200+ Works on Show at Art by the Sea

200+ Works on Show at Art by the Sea

January 20-22 : Over 200 works were on display at the Vero Beach Art Club’s Art by the Sea juried exhibit at the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

Jennifer Peshke’s New Law Firm

Jennifer Peshke’s New Law Firm

Attorney Jennifer Peshke has formed the Law Offices of Jennifer D. Peshke, PA, a general civil practice law firm on North A1A.

It’s How We Roll Benefits United Way

It’s How We Roll Benefits United Way

January 20: 120 bowlers from 30 different businesses participated in It’s How We Roll, benefiting the United Way.

Supper Club In The Skyline Room

Supper Club In The Skyline Room

January 17: The Riverside Theatre’s Supper Club featured an evening with Broadway actress Christine Ebersole in the theatre’s Skyline Room.

Julie Andrews’ Daughter Stars at Starfest!

Julie Andrews’ Daughter Stars at Starfest!

January 30: Emma Walton Hamilton, author and daughter of Julie Andrews, was the keynote speaker at Childcare Resources’ Starfest! at Quail Valley River Club.

Tenth Annual Quail Valley Charity Cup

Tenth Annual Quail Valley Charity Cup

January 14-21: The 10th annual Quail Valley Charity Cup week was filled with activities beginning with a 1-Mile Kids’ Fun Run and 5K Walk/Run, a Gourmet Wine & Guest Chef Dinner, a beachside shopping day and art show and sale, a duplicate bridge game, a three-day tennis tournament, a two-day golf tournament and a Grand Gala Cocktail buffet and auction.

Evening In Cannes

Evening In Cannes

January 14: The red carpet was rolled out for the Environmental Learning Center’s fundraiser An Evening in Cannes at Maison Martinique.

Antiques Show At The Museum

Antiques Show At The Museum

January 12-15: The Vero Beach Museum of Art held its 20th annual Antiques Show & Sale, kicking off the event with a Patron Cocktail Reception and Patron Preview Party.

Indian River Impact 100 Holds Impact Day

Indian River Impact 100 Holds Impact Day

January 11: Indian River Impact 100 held Impact Day where members and guests had the opportunity to tour several of the organization’s nonprofit grant recipients.

New Watch At The Power Squadron

New Watch At The Power Squadron

January 8: Members of the Vero Beach Power Squadron held their annual Change of Watch at the Vero Beach Yacht Club. The new officers will oversee the activities of more than 350 members.