July 2016

Check It Out: Miami Beach Botanical Garden

When a person thinks of South Beach, the beach, sun, night life, parties all come to mind. However, the area has so much more to offer for people of all ages. One standout gem in South Beach is the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. The Garden is a venue for art, environmental, and cultural programs. The Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In 1996, some Miami Beach residents approached the city to create the Miami Beach Garden Conservancy, a non-profit organization that would restore a Garden Center that was created in 1966 but had deteriorated due to economic recessions, wars, and hurricanes; the garden was gone even before the Art Deco rebirth happened in the area in the 1980s. Now, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden is a public/private partnership, owned by the City of Miami Beach and the Conservancy.

The mission of the Garden is “to promote environmental enjoyment, stewardship and sustainability through education, the arts, and interaction with the natural world.” The Garden provides a tranquil place for people in an urban setting.

In the Garden, you can take a self-guided tour, which teaches about signature plantings and the natural history of Miami Beach. You can also schedule to have a tour given by a guide. Guided tours come with a $5 suggested donation. Visitors are allowed to bring their own food to enjoy.

The Garden is filled with flowering trees, palms, a Japanese garden, orchids, a native garden, water fountains, ponds, bromeliads, and an edible garden that contains pineapples, pomegranates, coffee, figs, and raspberries. The Garden often harvests fresh food and herbs from this garden to use during workshops, mixers, and other events.

For a sampling on the types of things that go on in the Garden, here are some events and workshops occurring during the month of July: A compost workshop, yoga in the garden, summer art camp, a BBQ, meditation sessions, and art in the park.

Visit the Miami Beach Botanical Garden

The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is a great sight to check out while visiting South Beach, plus it’s free. When you’re getting tired of the beach or strolling along the streets, the Garden will bring you peace of mind with the beautiful horticulture and soothing atmosphere. Looking for a place to stay while in South Beach? Check out the Cavalier Hotel, located in the heart of South Beach. This beautifully-designed Art Deco-style hotel is within walking distance of so many attractions. To book your stay, click here or call 305-673-1199.

The Miami Music Festival

Love music? Then you should add the Miami Music Festival to your to do list during this summer in South Beach. The Miami Music Festival is annual even entering its third season. The festival began at the end of June and will continue throughout the month of July.

The mission of the Miami Music Festival is to “provide affordable, world-class musical instruction and ground-breaking performance experiences to young artists and the South Florida region.” Since its induction, the festival has been enjoyed by many and the feedback has been wonderful. The festival has been a place where young artists can prepare for the music industry; it also adds something to the culture of the area.

The festival has different institutes in Orchestra, Opera, Piano, Composition, and Conducting, which allow young artists to take the stage and perform in dynamic, career-changing ways. The founder and artistic director, Michael Rossi, created the festival during Florida’s slow season to provide the area with classical music. He believed that since Miami has a strong musical center throughout the rest of the year that this festival just would expand on the city’s cultural landscape.

Each institute gives performers, conductors, and musicians a chance to hone in on our their interests and skillset on a professional level by giving them real experience.

Here is a quick glance of some of the performances/shows during this year’s season in South Beach:

July 12, 7:30 p.m. | The Betsy, 1400 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach | Free
Broadway Night by the MM Opera Institute is a night where performers will sing famous Broadway show tunes.

July 19,26,28, 7:30 p.m. | The Betsy, 1400 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach | Free
Miami Summer Chamber Works by the MMF Orchestra Institute.

July 16, 7:30 p.m. | New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach | $20-$45

The Miami Wagner Institute Debut will perform Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Richard Strause; and excerpts from the Ring Cycle, Richard Wagner. Singers will be from the Miami Wagner Institute and MMF Symphony Orchestra will perform.

July 21, 7:30 p.m. | The Betsy, 1400 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach | Free
Miami Summer Faculty Showcase

July 23, 7:30 p.m. | New World Center500 17th St., Miami Beach | $15-$25
MMF Honors Ida Haendel; “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” Richard Strauss, “Two Poems of Hyam Plutzik,” Jeffery L. Briggs; and Concertos. The MMF Concerto Competition winners and the MMF Symphony Orchestra will perform.

Experience South Beach’s Music Scene

The Miami Music Festival is an excellent way to experience the sounds of classical music in such a musical city. If you’re in the area, these are performances you don’t want to miss during your night on the town! After watching a show, head back to The Cavalier Hotel to spend the night. The Cavalier is in the heart of South Beach and it’s within walking distance to these performances, as well as many restaurants, bars, and other attractions. To book a room, click here or call 305-673-1199.

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