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Tourists come from across the state and around the country to enjoy exhibitions, performances, festivals and countless other cultural opportunities in Palm Beach County. As Florida’s Cultural Capital™, our community has a constant supply of color, creativity and possibility. This summer, enjoy being a tourist in your own backyard! Take a turn that leads off the beaten path and discover unique experiences like these: ART DECO SOCIETY OF THE PALM BEACHES Promotes education, preservation and awareness of the 20th century art, architecture and design found in The Palm Beaches. Group tours available. ArtDecoPB.org FAU UNIVERSITY GALLERIES An innovator in South Florida’s contemporary visual arts scene, presenting exhibitions of local, national and international art in new genres as well as traditional forms. Lectures, panel discussions, poetry readings, film series and music performances provide alternate contexts for approaching art. Boca Raton, free admission! FAU.edu/galleries GUMBO LIMBO NATURE CENTER Turtle walks, hatchling releases, sea tanks, butterfly garden and more, nestled amid 20 acres on a protected barrier island. Boca Raton GumboLimbo.org LIGHTHOUSE ARTCENTER GALLERY AND SCHOOL Art of Association on display June 7 to Aug. 11 Art associations from Boca Raton to Vero Beach exhibit the best work of their talented members in Tequesta. LighthouseArts.org LOGGERHEAD MARINELIFE CENTER Guided tours, sea turtle hatchling releases, evening turtle walks and more. Juno Beach Marinelife.org MUSEUM OF POLO AND HALL OF FAME A rich repository of documents and treasures related to the sport, including works of art, historic trophies, artifacts, books, statistics, periodicals, films, videos, recordings and memorabilia. Lake Worth PoloMuseum.com PALM BEACH CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL The 25th anniversary season includes 12 concerts on various dates in July at venues throughout Palm Beach County. PBCMF.org SHAKESPEARE BY THE SEA PRESENTS THE TAMING OF THE SHREW July 7-10 and July 14-17 Seabreeze Amphitheatre in Carlin Park. Jupiter, free admission! PBShakespeare.org We’ve just scratched the surface! For more ideas, look through the pages of art&culture, visit PalmBeachCulture.com or contact the Palm Beach County Cultural Concierge, Bama Lutes Deal, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loggerhead Turtle at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
It’s summer in Palm Beach County, that time of year when residents crave cold drinks and culture. There is never any shortage of ice, and now that the area has become a yearround destination, there are plenty of exhibitions and high-minded activities. They bring in visitors and give us locals something to do besides bake. (Though, as many of us know, the worst summer day in New York City is nastier than the worst summer day in South Florida.) Spend an afternoon – or a weekend – exploring. In addition to the area’s marquee arts attractions, our cities and towns – from the beachfront to the big lake – are home to a wealth of smaller cultural gems. In Boynton Beach the art is out in the open, along East Ocean Avenue, aka Avenue of the Arts, as part of the city’s Art in Public Places program. You not only can enjoy the 11 works that line the street, you can vote on your favorite (at boyntonbeacharts.org). The winners will be announced Sept. 15, and the top three will receive cash awards. The avenue is also home to the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center, housed in the original 1913 schoolhouse. Today, the facility is so interactive kids can feed and milk a cow (not a real one) and then process the “milk.” While over at the city library on South Seacrest Boulevard, the summer-long exhibit of Harry Martin’s underwater photography – languid shots of models vamping in pools – may be even more refreshing than swimming. In Delray Beach, drive along NW 5th Avenue through the West Settlers Historic District to get a hint of what life was like for the city’s first African American residents. The majority came from the Gullah parts of coastal South Carolina and Georgia, as well as the Bahamas, and worked in agriculture. Solomon D. Spady, who arrived in the ’20s from Virginia, became an educator and a community leader. His Mission Revival-style house, at 170 NW 5th, was built in 1926 – the same year as The Colony Hotel on Atlantic Avenue – and today serves as the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum. Its mission, according to director Charlene Farrington, “is to collect, preserve and share the history of African Americans in Palm Beach County.”