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volume 20, number 11 NOVEMBER 2023
executive editor Joshua I. Manning
senior graphic designer Stephanie Rodriguez
graphic designers Nancy Pobiak Yolanda Cernicky
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photography Abner Pedraza
Jim Barnes Meredith Burow Erin Davisson Denise Fleischman Frank Koester Melanie Kopacz Mike May Alicia McLaughlin Sharon Robb Callie Sharkey Julie Unger
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EQUESTRIAN 23 2024 SEASON PREVIEW
In our 2024 Equestrian Season Preview feature section this issue, Wellington The Magazine gives readers an advanced look at all that the upcoming winter has in store for the equestrian sports of show jumping, dressage and polo. Learn all about the 2024 Winter Equestrian Festival at Wellington International, the high-goal season at the National Polo Center, top-level dressage at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, and the many unique programs and events planned at the Grand Champions Polo Club.
THE ESSENCE 38 CAPTURING OF AN INDIVIDUAL
In a world overflowing with material possessions, there is a growing desire for something more profound and meaningful. Enter Ron Davis, a visionary filmmaker who is making unique documentaries available to everyone through LifeStoryDocs.
DEDICATED 45 AANIMAL ADVOCATE
Wellington resident Siobhan Gallagher enjoys making a living as a real estate agent, but her true passion in life is helping animals, specifically rescue dogs. Now, she is looking to connect with other like-minded people in Palm Beach County who share a similar passion for homeless dogs and cats. BY MIKE MAY
Excitement is building for the 2024 equestrian season here in Wellington. This month, we feature our annual Equestrian Season Preview. We take a look at all the action at Wellington International for the 2024 Winter Equestrian Festival, which features the best of show jumping and hunter riding. Also included is the impressive dressage action on display during the 2024 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Polo action is also on the agenda, with a number of prestigious tournaments planned for the National Polo Center, including the Gauntlet of Polo series. There is more polo action in store at the Grand Champions Polo Club, also previewed this issue. If you think your life story is worth the documentary, you’re in luck! Filmmaker Ron Davis is making his award-winning services available through his LifeStoryDocs project, which produces unique documentaries telling the life story of individuals. Also this issue, we profile animal activist and Wellington resident Siobhan Gallagher, who is looking to reduce the pet population at Palm Beach County’s Animal Care & Control facility. Our Wellington Today column by Village Manager Jim Barnes features a look at all that the Village of Wellington has to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season. Finally, Wellington Table previews the upcoming Swank Table series at Swank Specialty Produce, which features immersive culinary experiences produced by a lineup of extraordinary chefs. From our family to yours, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving season.
WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE
10 Wellington Historical Society Hosts Fall Mixer 12 Julie B. Foundation Hosts Gala At Wanderers Club 14 Binks Forest Elementary PTA Party For A Purpose 16 Wellington Rotary World Peace Day Ceremony
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The Village of Wellington has much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season. The strength of our village comes from you, our residents. I am thankful that we have active and caring people who are involved in their community. I’m also thankful for our village team members, who work hard every day to provide you with superior services and amenities. BY JIM BARNES
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WELLINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOSTS MIXER AT VILLAGE MUSIC
The Wellington Historical Society hosted its Fall Mixer at Village Music Café on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Several dozen people were in attendance to enjoy drinks and light snacks, as well as several raffles. At the event, the society announced that the group’s Wellington history curriculum will be released soon at local elementary schools, allowing students to learn the rich history of the community in which they live. The curriculum took several years to develop. Learn more at www.wellingtonhistoricalsociety.org.
(Left to right) Kaylin and Kennedy McCarthy, Chuck Edgar, Laurie Cohen, Jonathan Phillips, Jenna Levy Phillips, Angie Francalancia, Don and Maureen Gross, and Allyson Samiljan; Jim and Sherry Richardson with Chris Wendel and Kendall Bierer; Ed and Sandy Goldman; and Evelyn and Tom Medcalf with Marianne Davidson.
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The Julie B. Foundation hosted its 2023 gala on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. All proceeds from the gala go toward the Julie B. Foundation “Gift a Warrior Project.” The foundation was created by Jaelyn Brown in honor of her mother, Juliet Brown, who passed away in April 2020 from metastasized sarcoma cancer. The foundation’s mission is to bring awareness to sarcoma cancers via community education and engagement. Learn more about the foundation and its mission at www.thejuliebfoundation.org.
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(Left to right) Binks Forest PTA board members Uzma Aijaz, Melissa Raineri, Mariella Thomas, Andrea Mariaca, Lauren Stroup, Principal Michella Levy, Amy Dominic, Stacie Poritz, Serena Richards, Elizabeth Kelley and Dara Lustig; Melissa and Cletus Lawler; Andrew Weitzman, Julie Sikorsky, Michele Sarafian and Marcella Montesinos at the roulette table; and Cyndi and Vice Mayor Michael Napoleone, Principal Michella Levy, Councilwoman Tanya Siskind and Cheryl Anders.
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(Left to right) Rotary President Scott Armand accepts the Wellington Peace Proclamation from Councilwoman Tanya Siskind; Dr. Wes Boughner releases the peace doves; Nikki Stinson with Erica Bordonaro and overall art contest winner Victoria Marquez from Wellington Elementary School; Zella Davis of Binks Forest Elementary School with Nikki Stinson; and Dr. Nicole Crane and Stella Taglieri of Elbridge Gale Elementary School with Caroline Pena.
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Every winter, as much of the world dons coats and seeks the warmth of indoors, the lush, verdant grounds of Palm Beach County transform into a playground for equestrian athletes. But to label the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) as a mere sporting event would be an understatement. It’s an experience, an emotion, a gathering that beckons people from diverse backgrounds, all bound by their love for equestrian sports. But there’s more than just the fierce competition. WEF 2024, from Jan. 3 to March 31, promises a season punctuat-
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for a prize pool exceeding $13 million. With more than 34,000 horse entries submitted each year, the magnitude of the event is nothing short of breathtaking. But these numbers only tell half the story. Dive a bit deeper, and one discovers an event that is as much about community as it is about competition. Beneath the shimmering lights of Wellington International, the world of equestrian sport converges with the heartbeat of altruism, as the Great Charity Challenge, sponsored by Fidelity Investments, prepares for its 15th year. wellington the magazine | november 2023 23
With a history of redistributing a staggering $19.4 million to 318 Palm Beach County nonprofit organizations, the GCC doesn’t just talk about change; it catalyzes it. As the winter chill blankets the air, the Winter Equestrian Festival becomes a hotbed of hope, where show jumping champions and compassionate hearts unite to transform the lives of more than 40 charities annually. The electrifying night isn’t just about horsepower; it’s about the power to effect change, the power of community and the spirit of giving. As 2024 approaches, a clarion call echoes across Palm Beach County, urging individuals and businesses alike to #BeTheChange, to build upon the GCC’s legacy and to drive the event toward its $2 million goal.
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“We owe the impact of the event to date to our many generous donors and sponsors,” Executive Director Anne Caroline Valtin said. “We look forward to the community at large uniting once again at Wellington International and supporting so many worthwhile causes on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024.” For those new to equestrian sports, WEF is a mesmerizing introduction. The leadline classes, for instance, often bring heartwarming scenes as young equestrians, some as young as a year old, take their initial steps into the world of horse riding. Guided by their trainers and cheered on by families, they showcase skills and confidence that belie their age. Similarly, the weekly groom’s classes offer a unique, behind-the-scenes look
into the unsung heroes of the equestrian world. Grooms are essential to the health and performance of competing horses, ensuring that these majestic creatures are in peak condition. Watching grooms showcase their craft, one gains a deeper appreciation for the many roles that come together to make competing at WEF a success. The Battle of the Sexes, another highlight, introduces a delightful twist to traditional competitions. As male and female riders go head-to-head in a series of challenges, the atmosphere becomes electric, filled with friendly banter, strategic plays and spectacular showmanship. This event, besides offering unparalleled entertainment, also underscores the inclusive spirit of WEF, where talent reigns supreme, irrespective of gender.
Equestrian Season Preview Another crucial element adding depth to the festival’s narrative is its economic impact. While the numbers showcase the tangible benefits that WEF brings to Wellington and Palm Beach County, the intangible benefits are equally noteworthy. Local businesses, from hotels and restaurants to boutique stores and service providers, experience a surge during the festival weeks. Entrepreneurs often curate WEF-special menus, offers and products, creating a symbiotic relationship between the festival and the local economy. Wellington International’s range of hospitality suites is a testament to luxury, exclusivity and an unparalleled equestrian viewing experience. For those who prefer a more intimate setting, especially on Saturday nights at WEF, tickets to the Wellington International hospitality clubs are available. The Blue Ribbon Club is nestled between the International and Wellington clubs. It provides a bird’s eye view of the renowned International Arena. The club caters to varying group sizes with individual tables or fullsuite reservations. The Wellington Club is a versatile space for cocktail parties, corporate events and grand celebrations. Its décor is customizable, and its floor-to-ceiling windows ensure that guests never miss a beat of the equestrian competition. The festival’s social dimensions are equally compelling. The Nightclub at the Gallery, for example, isn’t just about music and dancing. It’s a place where friendships are forged, where competitors share a laugh, and where the young and the old sway to the same rhythm, celebrating the collective passion that brought them to WEF. For those who love the
allure of the open air and want to stay close to the action, the Beachside is the perfect spot. Diners can savor a buffet, opt for bottle service and enjoy sideline views from an elevated position. With varying table sizes and plush couch seating, it offers a relaxed yet sophisticated setting. At Wellington International, the retail and culinary scene is also vibrant and diverse. Boasting more than 90 vendors, attendees have wide choices in both shopping and dining experiences. On the retail front, one can discover luxury brands and artisans that elevate the shopping experience. From the intricate designs of Helgstrand Jewellery to the sophisticated homeware at Gavi Home, every shop tells a unique story. Those with an appreciation for fine art can explore Clare Christie’s masterpieces or delve into the Calvert Collection, while Optic Nirvana caters to those seeking the perfect eyewear. Meanwhile, food aficionados can embark on a gastronomic journey with an array of international cuisines. The sheer variety ensures that every visit to Wellington International is a feast for the senses. The Winter Equestrian Festival is a tapestry. Each thread, whether it’s the intense competition, the economic boost, the cultural exchanges or the sheer love for horses, intertwines to create a masterpiece. This isn’t just an event; it’s a tradition, an annual pilgrimage for many, and a testament to the timeless allure of equestrian sports. For the latest Winter Equestrian Festival 2024 updates, sponsorship opportunities, hospitality club tickets, vendor information and much more, visit www. wellingtoninternational.com.
WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL 2024 SCHEDULE WEF PREMIERE: January 3 - 7 USEF Premier “AA” WEF 1: January 10 - 14 CSI3*, USEF Premier “AA” WEF 2: January 17 - 21 CSI3*, USEF Premier “AA” & U25 WEF 3: January 24 - 28 CSI4*, CSI2*, USEF Premier “AA” WEF 4: January 31 - February 4 CSI4*, CSI2*, USEF Premier “AA” & U25 WEF 5: February 7 - 11 CSI5*, CSI2*, USEF Premier “AA” WEF 6: February 14 - 18 CSI3*, USEF Premier “AA” & U25 WCHR Hunter Spectacular WEF 7: February 21 - 25 CSI5*, CSI2*, USEF Premier “AA” WEF 8: February 28 - March 3 CSIO4*, USEF Premier “AA” & U25 WEF 9: March 6 - 10 CSI5*, CSI2*, USEF Premier “AA” WEF 10: March 13 - 17 CSI4*, USEF Premier “AA” & U25 WEF 11: March 20 - 24 CSI4*, CSI2*, USEF Premier “AA” WEF Equitation Championship ROLEX FINALE WEEK: March 27–31 WEF Equitation Championship CSI5*, CSI2*, USEF Premier “AA”, WCHR For more information, visit www.wellingtoninternational.com
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Equestrian Season Preview La Fe’s Winifred Branscum on U.S. Polo Assn. Field One at the National Polo Center in Wellington. © DAVID LOMINSKA
NATIONAL POLO CENTER OFFERS A PRISTINE SETTING FOR POLO AND MUCH MORE As the summer gives way to cooler temperatures, the equestrian world eagerly awaits the upcoming 2024 winter season in Wellington. At the National Polo Center (NPC), fields and facilities have been upgraded in preparation for hosting American polo’s most prestigious tournaments and events. The 161-acre property, acquired by the United States Polo Association (USPA) in June 2022, continues to undergo transformative changes, promising an exceptional experience for both polo enthusiasts and the public. Top-
notch facilities include six regulationsized polo fields, a grandstand, restaurant, café, clubhouse, swimming pool, gym and tennis courts, making it much more than just a hub for world-class equestrian competition. Reflecting on the previous season, the USPA and NPC have initiated numerous improvements to elevate the club and provide visitors with a premium experience. As a result, NPC has restored Field Two to a grass field from the previous arena and plans to install an electronic scoreboard at the field’s south end.
Improvements extend to the facility’s entrance, stadium and parking areas, which have been refinished with a new subsurface, pavement and paint. All five fields are now on a scheduled maintenance program and receive extensive fertilizing, watering and aerating throughout the year. As Palm Beach County’s largest equestrian center, NPC is keeping sustainability at the forefront of its mission and has adopted eco-friendly practices, such as water conservation and waste reduction, to preserve and protect Wellington’s natural beauty. wellington the magazine | november 2023 27
On the hospitality side, renovations include an expanded kitchen in the Mallet Grill, refreshed floors, refurbished bar areas and upgraded dining rooms. A new café by the tennis courts and new paint in the fitness center, spa and bathrooms provide a fresh feel for patrons. The pool, spa, fitness center and tennis courts will now be open year-round, offering more extensive benefits to members. The pool area near the Mallet Grill has been expanded to include a private dining space and cocktail lounge with 100 additional seats. The 7th Chukker, previously exclusive to members, is now open to the public six nights a week, broadening the club’s appeal and event hosting capabilities. With a new stage set, NPC is gearing up to host an exhilarating series of
tournaments and events. The 2024 season kicks off with the Continental Cup (Dec. 31 to Jan. 7), which promises an electric atmosphere for spectators and a unique New Year’s celebration. It will combine the festive spirit of the holiday season with the thrill of world-class polo. Spectators can expect a dynamic blend of sport and celebration as teams vie for the early-season title. The Continental Cup is also the start of the NPC 16-Goal Championship (formerly the Florida Circuit 16-Goal Super-Series) and serves as the season opener on U.S. Polo Assn. Field One. The NPC 16-Goal Championship series consists of four qualifying tournaments — the Joe Barry Memorial (Jan. 11-28), the Ylvisaker Cup (Jan. 26 to Feb. 24), the Iglehart Cup and the Out-
back Cup — with each winning team advancing to the NPC 16-Goal Championship, set for April 10-14. The U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship, now held throughout the month of February (Feb. 3-18), will be the featured Sunday match and showcase women’s high-goal polo on U.S. Polo Assn. Field One. Additionally, the debut of the National President’s Cup, at the NPC venue and under a new format, will unite some of the most talented 8-goal teams in the nation when it is held April 12-21. The season’s most anticipated competition, the Gauntlet of Polo, runs from February to April and features top teams and players from around the world as they contest for the coveted C.V. Whitney Cup, USPA Gold Cup
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Equestrian Season Preview and U.S. Open Polo Championship trophies. The Gauntlet of Polo challenges teams to win all three stages in a single season. Starting with the C.V. Whitney Cup, followed by the USPA Gold Cup and concluding with the U.S. Open Polo Championship, the Gauntlet promises intense competition and captivating narratives while merging polo tradition with intensity. The C.V. Whitney Cup (Feb. 9-25) presents the initial test and separates serious contenders from the rest. The USPA Gold Cup (Feb. 23 to March 24) intensifies the competition further, with the possibility of a Gauntlet contender emerging if the C.V. Whitney Cup winner also secures victory. Serving as the pinnacle of North America’s high-goal season, the U.S. Open Polo Championship (March 22 to April 21) is the most coveted title in American polo and promises the winning team a prize money purse and an opportunity to engrave their names on the historic perpetual trophy. NPC also offers a comprehensive entertainment experience that extends far beyond polo. Visitors can expect options that include everything from fine dining experiences to designer shopping at luxury boutiques. A full-service catering team regularly curates a five-star selection of cuisine for NPC’s brunch menu, a Sunday staple. The center now boasts more than 7,000 square feet of indoor event space, providing the perfect canvas for weddings, corporate retreats, sporting events, fundraising galas and private celebrations. “We are going from about 25 or 30 events to more than 50 events in the Pavilion, including galas and weddings,” said Tim Gannon, chair of NPC Hos-
pitality Operations Inc. “We’ve been working very hard to animate the polo center.” The Polo Club at NPC offers a variety of membership opportunities, including social, junior and equestrian memberships, available from Dec. 1, 2023, through April 1, 2024. Club amenities include a 25 percent discount on box seats throughout the season and priority access to special events, such as NPC’s Chef’s Experience Dinner series, private wine dinners and poolside movie nights. Members can attend NPC’s speaker series, which has previously featured guest lecturers such as Olympic gold medalist Laura Kraut and 10-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso. Club members also receive exclusive access to the swimming pool, private tennis lessons, yoga and Pilates classes, and specialized spa services, such as massages and facials. Even after completing renovations and site improvements, the team behind NPC’s recent developments has plenty more in store. “We made a lot of progress in one year,” USPA President Charles Smith said. “We worked through the whole property to make it something that the USPA membership and the polo world would be proud to drive into. That has been a real focus and continues to be a focus.” Where sport, community and tradition converge, the National Polo Center wants to ensure that the Wellington staple remains accessible to locals and stays at the forefront of the polo world, offering unparalleled experiences for players and fans alike. To learn more about the 2024 schedule, ticketing options and VIP experiences, visit www.nationalpolocenter.com.
NATIONAL POLO CENTER WELLINGTON 2024 WINTER SCHEDULE
12-16 GOAL DECEMBER 31, 2023 - JANUARY 7, 2024 National Polo Center | Wellington / Patagones Polo Club | Wellington
JOE BARRY MEMORIAL
12-16 GOAL JANUARY 11 - JANUARY 28, 2024 National Polo Center | Wellington / Port Mayaca Polo Club | Okeechobee, FL
12-16 GOAL JANUARY 26 - FEBRUARY 24, 2024 National Polo Center | Wellington / Patagones Polo Club | Wellington
U.S. OPEN WOMEN’S POLO CHAMPIONSHIP 12-16 GOAL FEBRUARY 3 - FEBRUARY 18, 2024
National Polo Center | Wellington / Port Mayaca Polo Club | Okeechobee, FL
C.V. WHITNEY CUP®
18 - 22 GOAL FEBRUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 25, 2024 National Polo Center | Wellington
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18 - 22 GOAL FEBRUARY 23 - MARCH 24, 2024 National Polo Center | Wellington
U.S. OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP® 18 - 22 GOAL MARCH 22 - APRIL 21, 2024 National Polo Center | Wellington
NPC 16-GOAL CHAMPIONSHIP 18 - 22 GOAL APRIL 10 - APRIL 14, 2024 National Polo Center | Wellington
NATIONAL PRESIDENT’S CUP 4-8 GOAL APRIL 12 - APRIL 21, 2024 National Polo Center | Wellington
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Equestrian Season Preview Adrienne Lyle rides Salvino at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. © SUSAN J. STICKLE
EQUESTRIAN MAGIC AWAITS AT 2024 ADEQUAN GLOBAL DRESSAGE FESTIVAL BY ALICIA MCLAUGHLIN
The equestrian world is abuzz with anticipation for the grandeur that awaits at the 2024 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). From Jan. 10 to March 27, 2024, the AGDF will unfurl a tapestry of events, competitions and showcases that celebrate the remarkable bond between horses and riders, the intricacy of the sport and the passion that fuels it. Dressage, often described as the ballet of equestrian sports, requires an intricate dance of power, precision and elegance between horse and rider. The AGDF festival has carved its niche as one of the
premier platforms for dressage. It’s not merely a competition; it’s a congregation of international talent, a fusion of styles and a testament to the global love for dressage. The most glittering jewel in the AGDF crown is Friday Night Stars. As night descends and the stars twinkle overhead, riders and their magnificent steeds take center stage, performing breathtaking routines set to handpicked music. From classical symphonies to modern chartbusters, the diversity adds layers to the spectacle. Each performance underlines the essence of dres-
sage — a dance of power, precision and harmony. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Another feather in the AGDF cap is the dressage showcase at Wellington International’s International Arena. Set between March 13 and March 17, this week promises international flair and finesse, making it a must-watch for all dressage lovers. The AGDF isn’t just about established names. It’s also about nurturing the future. The Robert Dover USEF Horsemastership Clinic Week, Jan. 3-7, is a testament to this commitment. wellington the magazine | november 2023 31
Featuring a select group of young and promising athletes, this event is a window into the future of the sport. From medalists of various championships to fresh faces showing great potential, it’s a week of learning, competition and growth. Several other events promise to make AGDF 2024 memorable, such as the U25 dressage classes, sponsored by Diamante Farms. This showcase for emerging talents offers glimpses of future dressage superstars. Transitioning from youth classes to the Grand Prix level can be a daunting leap. Recognizing this challenge, the U25 (Under 25) dressage classes were introduced to provide a smoother transition. By offering a platform that caters specifically to this need, the sport ensures a steady stream of talent, ready and equipped to dazzle
at the Grand Prix level. For young riders with dreams of reaching the pinnacle of dressage, U25 classes are an invaluable steppingstone. The CDIO3* Nations Cup is also popular. Following Germany’s 2023 victory, this event is tinged with anticipation. Who will claim the coveted title this year? The primary aim of the Nations Cup in dressage is to promote team competition. While individual achievements are still celebrated, the emphasis shifts to combined team scores. A standard dressage Nations Cup team consists of three or four horse-andrider pairs. All team members’ scores contribute to the total, but in cases where there are four combinations, usually the lowest score is dropped. In the Nations Cup format, the team’s com-
bined score determines rankings. By adding individual members’ percentages from both days of competition, the teams are ranked. The Nations Cup dressage format is a refreshing take on traditional dressage competitions, emphasizing teamwork and strategy. It provides a platform for nations to showcase their depth of talent and offers audiences a thrilling team-based competition. Meanwhile, para dressage competition at the AGDF will show the grace, grit and inclusivity of the sport. Dressage, the artful ballet of equestrian sports, is not limited to just the able-bodied. Para dressage allows riders with disabilities to showcase their skill, connection with their horse and competitive spirit. It’s a testament to the human spirit and the bond between horse and rider that tran-
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Equestrian Season Preview scends physical limitations. Para dressage is the only equestrian discipline included in the Paralympic Games. In the world of American dressage, few events hold the historic significance of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby, which stands out as a staple competition, drawing top riders, fans and equestrian enthusiasts from all over the globe. The Palm Beach Dressage Derby, which returns Feb. 28 through March 3, was first established in 1983. It was one of the pioneering dressage competitions in the U.S. during a time when dressage was still finding its foothold in America. Since its inception, the derby has consistently grown in stature and significance, both nationally and internationally. Also among the roster of prestigious events, the Challenge of the Americas (COTA) stands out not just for its competition but also for its philanthropic heart. The core equestrian spectacle of COTA is the performance of “quadrilles” — a choreographed routine where teams of horses and riders perform synchronized movements to music. These performances are a delightful display of precision, harmony and artistry. But COTA isn’t restricted to dressage. The event often melds dressage with other equestrian disciplines. At its core, COTA is a charitable event. It was established to contribute to breast cancer research. The event raises funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and related initiatives. Over the years, it has mobilized the equestrian community to contribute generously to this cause. Don’t miss out on the COTA event happening Friday, March 4. Also part of the AGDF are the Helgstrand Dressage horse presentations. Helgstrand Dressage is one of the world’s most decorated and successful stables for
the training and selling of dressage horses. With top European stallion stations in Germany and Denmark, they secure the best possible bloodlines in the world. Their top-notch facilities have training stables for elite dressage horses and accommodation for up to 450 horses at locations worldwide: Helgstrand Dressage, Helgstrand Academy, Ny Ravnstrup, Helgstrand Dressage USA and Helgstrand Germany. The US PRE Week at the AGDF is more than just a dressage competition. It’s a celebration of the rich heritage of Pure Spanish Horses or Pura Raza Española (PRE). The week showcases these magnificent horses competing in dressage events, demonstrating their prowess in a discipline for which they are so naturally suited. One of the primary objectives of the week is to raise awareness about the breed and recognize its contributions to equestrian sports. At Equestrian Village, attendees can indulge in more than just world-class dressage events. They are also treated to an array of diverse culinary experiences and retail therapy. Prominent retail brands like Vanner House and ShowChic present an exquisite collection of equestrian-inspired merchandise, ensuring that visitors take home more than just memories from their day. The AGDF isn’t just an event; it’s a journey. It takes attendees through the rich history of dressage, showcases the current maestros of the sport and offers a glimpse into its promising future. Whether a seasoned equestrian, a budding enthusiast or someone curious about dressage, the festival promises a rollercoaster of emotions, awe-inspiring performances and unforgettable memories. For AGDF updates and sponsorship opportunities, visit https://gdf.coth.com.
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EXCITING FALL AND WINTER SEASONS PLANNED AT GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB BY SHARON ROBB
Polo returns for the highly anticipated fall and winter seasons in Wellington at the Grand Champions Polo Club. After enjoying an extremely successful summer season at the Aspen Valley Polo Club, its sister club, Grand Champions will host medium-goal and high-goal tournaments while celebrating its 17th anniversary this year. The fall and winter seasons feature every level of polo, including the 26goal World Polo League that begins its sixth season in February with the AllStar Challenge.
The World Polo League features some of the best polo players in the world, including Argentine 10-goalers Pablo Mac Donough and brothers Camilo and Barto Castagnola, along with Nic Roldan, the second highest ranked American at 8 goals. The World Polo League, created by club owners Melissa and Marc Ganzi, has the distinction of being the only 26goal polo played outside Argentina and offers some of the most competitive polo in Wellington. The 2023 fall season commenced in
October with medium-goal and highgoal tournaments, providing fun, competition and preparation for the winter season that gets underway in January 2024. Roldan heads the star-studded fall lineup that also features Martin Jauregui, Jason Crowder, Sugar Erskine and Grant Ganzi. The fall medium-goal schedule features six tournaments, including the season-opening Fall Classic, the Tackeria Invitational, the Pedro Morrison Memorial and the Banyan Cup, all played in October. wellington the magazine | november 2023 35
The fall medium-goal season continues in November with the Fall Plates (Nov. 1-5) and the inaugural Casablanca Fall Cup (Nov. 8-12). The Pedro Morrison Memorial, now in its 14th year, is played in honor of the avid polo player and patron of the Sympatico Polo team, who helped develop Wellington into a thriving equestrian community. The Tackeria Invitational also has a special place in club history as the inaugural tournament when the club first opened in 2007. Among the season highlights are the Nov. 7-15 USPA North American Cup and the Nov. 11-21 USPA National 20Goal Championship. This is followed by the Saturday, Nov. 25 doubleheader featuring the Legends of Polo Carlos Gracida Memorial and the International Cup
The fall and winter seasons feature every level of polo, including the 26goal World Polo League that begins its sixth season in February with the All-Star Challenge. The World Polo League features some of the best polo players in the world. with GCPC USA putting its undefeated 11-game win streak on the line against Spain. Grand Champions has been the only club in the nation to stage two
USPA-sanctioned 20-goal tournaments during the fall season. In last year’s International Cup, GCPC USA won its 11th consecutive title with a 6-5 win over Switzerland. Tomas Ruiz Guinazu, 39, a member of the 2022 Swiss National Team, was named Most Valuable Player. Since 2012, in front of sellout crowds and a worldwide ChukkerTV livestream audience, the U.S. has defeated England, Chile, Mexico, South Africa, Uruguay, Brazil, Azerbaijan, France, Argentina (twice) and Switzerland in the annual battle for the coveted cup. The well-organized fall and winter tournaments attract players from all over the United States and from around the world, including players from Argentina, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada,
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Equestrian Season Preview Chile, Ecuador, England, France, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa and Switzerland. Grand Champions also attracts several of the nation’s top American players. The Grand Champions Fall Invitational League is geared toward improving a player’s polo skills at every level. Roster lineups change from tournament to tournament, with evenly matched teams featuring pro and amateur players. The fall league features stick-and-ball sessions during the week, two medium tournament games every weekend, ambulance and USPA umpires for all tournament games, world-class polo fields, club-sponsored social events every weekend for all players and top-of-the-line trophies for all teams every weekend. The World Polo League season features the All-Star Challenge (Feb. 6-25), the Founders Cup (Feb. 22 to March 10), the Palm Beach Open (March 6-23), the Tommy Hitchcock Legacy Memorial (March 24), the Triple Crown of Polo (March 20 to April 13) and the Miami Beach Polo World Cup (April 19-21). Three other high-goal tournaments are: the Feb. 1-11 Sterling Cup (20 goals), the Feb. 7-24 $100,000 World Cup (0-40 goals) and the Feb. 27 to March 10 Santa Rita Abierto (20 goals). In addition to the prestigious World Polo League, the January through April winter season attracts men and women of all ability levels and offers 6, 8, 12 and 16-goal leagues, in addition to a weekly Polo School Women’s League, WCT Finals, several junior tournaments under the Polo Training Foundation umbrella and special events at the club’s 11 fields. The Grand Champions Polo Club and Santa Rita Polo Farm is a unique,
private 102-acre polo facility in Wellington with 212 stalls in nine self-contained barns, two exercise tracks, five climatecontrolled tack rooms, a vet room, staff quarters, a guest house and four polo fields with state-of-the-art underground irrigation, short work arena and stickand-ball fields. Wellington-based ChukkerTV (CTV Sports) is livestreaming the entire fall and winter seasons, the only club in the world to do so, with Dale Schwetz calling the action in the fall, and Schwetz and Jan-Erik Franck during the winter. ChukkerTV’s state-of-the art technology also features team challenges and instant replay, which made their debut at Grand Champions in 2014. The Grand Champions Polo Club and Santa Rita Polo Farm cater to men, women and youth polo players at all levels. Its expert staff can customize a complete playing experience, including horses, pros and certified umpires, in addition to lessons and practice sessions as part of its Polo on Demand program at the turnkey facility. The Polo School, a nonprofit organization and stand-alone USPA club, is dedicated to teaching polo to all ages, particularly grassroots youth. Its mission is to provide individuals with opportunities in polo at every economic and ability level. The Polo School operates in Wellington January through June and September through November. For more information on the fall and winter leagues or the Polo School, contact Juan Bollini at (561) 346-1099 or Cale Newman at (561) 876-2930. The Grand Champions Polo Club is located at 13444 Southfields Road in Wellington. To learn more about the 2024 season, visit www.gcpolo.com.
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CAPTURING THE ESSENCE OF AN INDIVIDUAL LifeStoryDocs By Filmmaker Ron Davis Makes Unique Documentaries Available To Everyone
In a world overflowing with material possessions, there is a growing desire for something more profound — meaningful stories that capture the essence of an individual’s life. Enter Ron Davis, a visionary filmmaker who here in Wellington has produced the equestrian-themed films Harry & Snowman, Life in the Doghouse and ParaGold. Davis has embarked on a mission to craft bespoke documentaries for individuals who seemingly have everything. Through his innovative service, LifeStoryDocs, Davis elevates storytelling to an art form, creating personalized documentaries that celebrate life’s extraordinary moments. This has become a unique and groundbreaking service in the world of documentary filmmaking. The concept behind LifeStoryDocs is to capture the 38 november 2023 | wellington the magazine
stories of individuals who have reached the pinnacle of success, using the medium of documentary to immortalize their legacies in a way that photographs or biographies cannot. The documentary is not only a means to preserve and celebrate a person’s story; it’s also the perfect gift for loved ones on birthdays, holidays and milestones. Imagine the look of sheer surprise and joy on a loved one’s face when they receive a personalized documentary that encapsulates their extraordinary journey. It’s a gift that goes beyond the material, delving into the emotional core of their life. “It is the best gift I have ever received,” equestrian Ken Berkley said. LifeStoryDocs is not a cookie-cutter documentary service. It doesn’t adhere to one-size-fits-all narratives. Instead, it tailors each documentary to the
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To do so, Davis uses music, graphics, voice-overs, archival footage, home movies and recreation. The result is a masterpiece that is a true reflection of that person’s life. One of the most remarkable aspects is the film’s ability to preserve legacies. These documentaries serve as a living testament to the person’s life and val-
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Wellington resident Siobhan Gallagher enjoys making a living as a real estate agent, but her true passion in life is helping animals, specifically rescue dogs. Loving dogs and providing a home for them has been a lifelong passion for Gallagher since her childhood growing up in Connecticut and Massachusetts. “We always had golden retrievers in my family,” Gallagher recalled. Now, she is looking to connect with other like-minded people in Palm Beach County who share a similar passion for homeless dogs and cats. Gallagher agreed with the sentiment that dogs are your best friend. “Dogs are great,” she said. “They are always happy to see you, and they always wag their tail with excitement.”
For the last 18 months, Gallagher has been volunteering eight to 10 hours a week at Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control (ACC), which is located on Belvedere Road just west of the turnpike. “I’m there every Monday and Thursday morning,” Gallagher said. “While there, I spend time with the dogs, take them for a walk, play ball with them, give them a bath and really just give them some attention.” It was Gallagher’s love of a different animal that first brought her to Wellington. “My interest in horses is what brought me to Wellington,” Gallagher explained. “I have always ridden horses, managed barns and conducted training. I always had a horse to ride in my life.”
Now, she does not have a horse in her life. To fill that void, Gallagher is focusing on rescue dogs. ACC, meanwhile, has far too many dogs to find homes for — and Gallagher is there to lend a helping hand. She is on a mission to recruit more dog lovers. wellington the magazine | november 2023 45
According to Gallagher, there are more dogs living at ACC than they have kennels, and there are not enough volunteers to help look after the canine and feline residents. “There are only 144 kennels at Animal Care & Control, and there are more than 250 dogs living there right now, which means many dogs are sharing a kennel,” Gallagher said. “It is a very stressful environment for the dogs.” Gallagher added that being a volunteer is not a one-way street. “You make great friends with people who have similar interests, and it’s a good networking opportunity,” she said.
What makes ACC different than other outlets for abandoned and homeless animals is that it must accept any dog or cat it receives, finds or discovers. Currently, the supply of rescue dogs is greater than the demand for rescue dogs. “At one point this past summer, Animal Care & Control was accepting an average of 12 new surrenders a day,” Gallagher said. To that end, ACC needs more people like Gallagher who are willing to look after the animals on a regular basis. The shelter also needs more people to foster and adopt the animals, too, which will
improve the living conditions for the ones left behind. “There are some great dogs to adopt, but many get overlooked,” Gallagher said, noting that she is doing her part by fostering two dogs at the moment. If anybody wants to adopt or foster a rescue dog or cat, the selection is diverse, and the price is right. “Animal Care & Control has small dogs, big dogs, young dogs, older dogs and many types of dogs, such as huskies, German shepherds, poodles, bulldogs and others,” Gallagher said. “For a number of months, adoption fees have been waived, so there’s no cost to adopt. The
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animals will be spayed/neutered and lagher’s volunteer efforts is Michela Green, the executive director of the vaccinated.” If you want to foster a pet, the price Wellington Chamber of Commerce, of which Gallagher is a member. is right, too. “Siobhan is a Wellington Chamber “Fostering is free,” Gallagher added. “Animal Care & Control will provide of Commerce member who participatall food and medical care for any animal ed in our Clear the Shelter campaign last year, and immethat is fostered. You just “Animal Care & Control diately became a volhave to welcome the animal into your home for has small dogs, big unteer at Palm Beach County Animal Care a short stay.” Another point that dogs, young dogs, older & Control,” Green Gallagher emphasized is dogs and many types of said. “Now, she is the ‘rock star’ you ofthat ACC should not be dogs, such as huskies, ten see fostering, falabeled a “kill” shelter. German shepherds, cilitating Dogs Day In reality, it’s an openadmittance, temporary poodles, bulldogs and Out, working adoption events and, of home that serves as a others. For a number of course, spending nubridge between being homeless and finding a months, adoption fees merous hours at the with the dogs. permanent home for a have been waived, so shelter My goal is to show rescue. “The only time that there’s no cost to adopt. the community what I am aware of an ani— Siobhan Gallagher Siobhan Gallagher is doing to, hopefully, mal being euthanized is if there are severe behavior issues, a ma- recruit some new volunteers and reduce jor illness such as cancer, or the quality the stigma at the county shelter, so we of life for the animal is in decline,” Gal- may potentially get new adopters and foster families.” lagher said. If you want to join Gallagher as an Gallagher noted that ACC is receiving outside assistance, as it’s now work- ACC volunteer, visit https://discover. ing with the Peggy Adams Animal Res- pbcgov.org/publicsafety/animalcare or cue League on finding homes for rescue call (561) 233-1200. Potential volunteers are also welcome to contact Galdogs. “ACC has teamed up with Peggy lagher at siobhangallagher123@gmail. Adams on a new program, where dogs com or (561) 531-2763. The Palm Beach County Animal Care from ACC go directly into Peggy Adams’ adoption program after a short- & Control shelter is located at 7100 Belterm foster,” Gallagher said. “It’s called vedere Road. See the available animals at https://secure.co.palm-beach.fl.us/snap/ Foster2Rescue.” One of the biggest advocates of Gal- home.
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WE HAVE MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR Our Community Is Very Blessed And Has Plenty To Celebrate This Thanksgiving Season
BY JIM BARNES, WELLINGTON VILLAGE MANAGER
Thanksgiving is a time to join with family and friends and give thanks for the blessings and freedoms that we enjoy every day. I am thankful for my loving family, and so appreciative of the opportunity to serve as your village manager. The strength of our village comes from you, our residents. I am thankful that we have active and caring people who are involved in their community. I’m also thankful for our village team members, who work hard every day to provide you with superior services and amenities.
A Time Of Gratitude Thanksgiving is about gratitude, as well as appreciating and respecting the blessings of the past year. As we begin the holiday season, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone in our community for their support, respect and understanding during the challenging times and good times alike. Your unwavering support, sacrifice and commitment have made our community stronger and demonstrated how resilient Wellington residents are in the face of adversity. As our nation formed through revolution, the Continental Congress proclaimed a Day of Thanksgiving in 1777. In the middle of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln declared a national Thanksgiving Day to be celebrat-
ed on the final Thursday of November in 1863. Despite the turbulent era, however, President Lincoln sought to unify the nation during the Civil War by reminding us of the blessings and privileges of our democracy. He issued Presidential Proclamation 106, which made Thanksgiving a formal, annual holiday. In the proclamation, Lincoln acknowledged the wounds left behind by war and appealed for the healing and restoration of the nation. Traditions varied in our country until late 1941, when President Franklin Roosevelt signed a bill fixing the day of recognition as the fourth Thursday in November, beginning in 1942. This year, I hope we all do the same, as we come together with our loved ones to pause and give thanks for the grace and kindness in our lives. It’s the challenges, after all, that we face as a whole
that make us even more grateful during times of joy and abundance.
Reasons To Be Thankful To the backbone of our community — our first responders, village team members and the Wellington Village Council — thank you for going above and beyond to meet the needs of our community. Your prompt service, courage and sacrifice do not go unnoticed. Your passion for this village continues to make us the benchmark by which other communities are measured. To our current and former armed forces service members and military families living in Wellington and the western communities, thank you for your service to defend our nation and freedom. Your presence makes our great hometown all that much better and rewellington the magazine | november 2023 49
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Next, I am grateful for our local economy, which has been recognized countless times by numerous organizations, despite the challenges present elsewhere in the county and state. As a gentle reminder, I urge you all to please support our local businesses. We have some great local businesses, and equally impressive people running those businesses. When you buy locally, you help stimulate our local economy, create and sustain employment opportunities, and help foster a community that cares about and invests in itself — the definition of resiliency.
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, let us remember the values and ideals that form the fabric of our great community, state and nation. Let us embrace our differences, celebrate our diverse heritage, and unite in gratitude for the gifts of freedom, family and faith. This year, Wellington has much for which to be thankful. Our community is thriving, crime is low, property values are rising, tourism is strong, private investment is flourishing and we enjoy an outstanding quality of life. More than 400 years ago, the Pilgrims shared their first harvest with their Native American neighbors. Today, each of us has a responsibility to carry on this tradition of sharing by giving of ourselves to help those in need as we continue to work to build a vibrant, diverse, inclusive and sustainable Wellington.
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She Feasts: A Swank Table Farm Party Celebrating Women Chefs Sunday, March 24 | 5 p.m. Benefiting: Spring of Hope
13th Annual Vêtu de Blanc The White Party Sunday, April 7 | 5 p.m. Benefiting: The West Palm Beach Library Foundation
Cooking with Cannabis Sunday, April 21 | 5 p.m. Benefiting: Path to College
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Swank Table dinners are held al fresco in the rustic pole barn. PHOTO BY PAPPHOTO
Enjoy A Feast For The Senses At A Wide Array Of Special Culinary Events As the local growing season comes into full swing, Swank Specialty Produce is once again set to captivate the hearts and palates of area food enthusiasts with its highly anticipated Swank Table series and Farmers Market. This year promises a lineup of extraordinary chefs and a series of immersive culinary experiences that celebrate the bounty of Florida’s vibrant agricultural scene. It promises to be a season of unforgettable flavors and community camaraderie. Considered a culinary extravaganza, the Swank Table series, comprising 10 enchanting al fresco dinners set on the farm, kicks off on Sunday, Nov. 12, with a festive Fall Harvest Hoe Down, followed by a Farm Market Asado on Sun-
day, Dec. 3, with eight more Swank Table events planned for January through April. These events are a celebration of the finest ingredients sourced from Florida’s farmers, ranchers, artisanal producers, micro-brewers, distillers and winemakers. The culmination of these elements results in an extravagant multicourse dinner meticulously curated by top-tier chefs. Each Swank Table event also contributes to a local charity, adding a meaningful dimension to the dining experience. The evening begins with a refreshing welcome cocktail, courtesy of UNA Vodka and Miami Club Rum, followed by an amuse-bouche to tantalize the taste buds. Attendees can then indulge in a se-
lection of canapés featuring four distinct appetizers crafted by the featured chefs, perfectly paired with bubbles. Guests are invited to explore the hydroponic grow houses, guided personally by co-owner Darrin Swank, or take a leisurely stroll through the fields, gaining insight into the workings of this bustling farm. The pinnacle of the evening arrives with a delectable five-course plated dinner beneath Swank’s rustic pole barn. Sommelier Jon Wine curates a selection of wines to harmonize with the dishes, while local craft brewers present an array of their specialty beers. Live music from South Florida’s favorite musicians sets the tone for a memorable evening, leaving guests feeling like cherished members of the Swank family. wellington the magazine | november 2023 55
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Swank Farms owners Jodi and Darrin Swank.
“Tickets for all events are on sale now, so mark your calendars and join us for a season of unforgettable moments on the farm.” — Jodi Swank
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A stellar chef lineup for this season, Swank Specialty Produce is delighted to welcome Jon Sarmiento as the lead chef liaison, bringing a wealth of experience both on and off the farm. His culinary journey includes stints at renowned establishments such as Cholo Soy and Palm Beach Meats. Joining him are an array of exciting new participating chefs, including South Florida’s own Carlos Garcia from Leku, Brian Nasajon of Beaker & Gray, Akino West from Rosie’s, Chef Moon of Sushi by Bou, Johnny Demartini from Ravish, Huy Hoang from Le Colonial, Warren’s Jen Knox and the esteemed Antonio Bachour. Additionally, the farm will play host to visiting culinary talents Fabian Di Paolo from Shearwater Tavern in California, Jonathan Merry from Riverhouse in Maine and the eagerly anticipated return of Buccan’s Clay Conley. With this exciting lineup of talent, immersive farm experiences and a thriving Farmers Market, Swank Specialty Produce’s season promises a feast for the senses and a celebration of community spirit. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to indulge in the finest flavors of Florida’s bounty. “Tickets for all events are on sale now, so mark your calendars and join us for a season of unforgettable moments on the farm,” co-owner Jodi Swank said. The season opens with the Fall Harvest Hoe Down on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m., benefiting Beachwood Integrative Equine Therapy, and the Farm Market Asado on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m., benefiting the Bak Middle School of the Arts Foundation. Events continue in 2024 with: Running with the Bulls: A Night in Spain on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m., benefiting the Dr. Gary Paul Swank Memorial Scholarship and the Foundation for Palm Beach State College; Club Carnival Mardi Gras on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m., benefiting the Connections Education Center of the Palm Beaches (be sure to wear Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold and bring your favor-
ite mask!); Bourbon, BBQ and Blues on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. benefiting the Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association Scholarship Fund; Throwback to the ’70s on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m., benefiting the Cancer Alliance (wear your favorite bell-bottom jeans, hippie dresses, ’70s wigs and dancing shoes); Street Food: Cultures of Asia on Sunday, March 10 at 5 p.m., benefiting the Hanley Foundation; She Feasts: A Swank Table Farm Party Celebrating Women Chefs on Sunday, March 24 at 5 p.m., benefiting Spring of Hope; the 13th Annual Vêtu de Blanc: The White Party on Sunday, April 7 at 5 p.m., benefiting the West Palm Beach Library Foundation (come dressed in white and bring candlesticks, candelabras, votives in glass and/or any other candle holder to make the evening sparkle!); and Cooking with Cannabis on Sunday, April 21 at 5 p.m., benefiting Path to College (Swank Farm is a Florida-licensed hemp grower, and the hemp tea is not to be missed). Swank Farm is also known for its flourishing Farmer’s Market, a celebration of Florida’s rich agricultural tapestry amidst the picturesque Loxahatchee Groves countryside. Taking place every Saturday through May from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., this complimentary market offers an array of farm-fresh lettuces, vegetables, herbs and wildflower bouquets from Swank Farm. Guests can relish live music and explore a diverse range of exceptional goods from 25 local vendors. Shopping is a joy under Swank Farm’s expansive open-air pole barn, providing a delightful experience regardless of the weather. Ample free parking is readily available, ensuring a hassle-free visit. Whether visitors seek to stock up for the week, savor a breakfast sandwich, or simply enjoy coffee and a pastry, the market offers something for everyone. Swank Specialty Produce is located at 14311 North Road in Loxahatchee Groves. Find details about all events online at www.swankspecialtyproduce.com.
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