The bad thing about putting together a monthly calendar about things to do and places to go is that it makes me want to do everything and go everywhere. Where have I been all these years not knowing what was going on in my own community? How much have I missed?
In the past week my husband and I have been to three movies as part of the Gateway Theater Classical Film Festival. We’ve seen Singing in the Rain, Some Like it Hot and yesterday we saw Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. I’m a huge Hitchcock fan. Every minute of that movie is riveting. And no matter how many special effects movie makers can make now and how advanced photography and film are now, no one can top those old movies in so many ways. The way people talked back then, their clothing, the interior decor of buildings used in stage sets, the cars and trains and just the charm of the actors and actresses are things that can’t be matched now for some reason.
As a journalist I get press releases announcing events all day long. After just finishing writing the October Events Calendar for Greater Ft. Lauderdale, I’m overwhelmed. The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is starting, there are several excellent annual art festivals and craft shows coming up, some terrific concerts, and now I’ve come to find out there is a very large Chocolate Festival. There are hundreds of vendors and chocolate samples, pastries to purchase, chocolate bars, cakes, cookies and ice cream to eat and chocolate to drink. Are you kidding me? Like I can survive chocolate festival like that? How much of that can you eat in one day before it kills you? What ever that amount may be, I will consume it. Are there doctors on hand at the event to help those who have overdosed? I truly wish I did not know about that Chocolate Festival. Keep me away! I’ll sick to non-eating events. Heck, after reading about all that Elmo’s going to be doing there, I even felt like I’d truly enjoy Sesame Street Live; my only child is 20 years old, but who cares? Plus Halloween is approaching and I need to think about what costume I’m going to wear.
And so it seems all I can do is mark up my calendar and get out to experience as much as I can with what’s going on around here. I just cannot bear to miss all the wonderful events in my community, now that I know they’re out there waiting to be enjoyed. Do you know all that’s happening in your neck of the woods?
Since I’ve been putting together Greater Fort Lauderdale Events Calendars every month for the past three for About.com, I’ve realized just how many wonderful (and affordable) performances there are in my own community. From free concerts to plays, and from charity benefit concerts to stand up, it’s truly overwhelming. Lately I’ve made an effort to take advantage of more shows and events. I recently saw Earth, Wind and Fire in concert at Seminole Hard Rock Live and attended Dancing Under the Stars on Hollywood Beach. We all need to do our part to support the arts, and the best way to do that is to attend local events on a regular basis.
During my recent family vacation in Guntersville, AL we tried to buy tickets for a live musical at the local theater, but the the shows were all sold out way in advance. It occurred to me that, since the town is small, that was the only live theater in the community. Residents get excited about the opportunity to see a live show, because there aren’t too many around. It made me appreciate the seemingly endless opportunities to explore the arts here in South Florida.
How do you support the art in your community?
That cliche, “The best things in life are free,” is so often true. Since it’s summer time and our daughter is home from college, my husband and I are always searching for new, fun low cost and free things to do – the more active the better. If you live in Fort Lauderdale or anywhere in Broward County, you’re sure to enjoy this list of Free Things to Do on About.com. If you can think of any others, please drop me a line.
My family is gearing up for a summer full of traveling and local events. If you live in South Florida, check out my list of Greater Fort Lauderdale events on About.com:
We bought tickets to the July 1st Earth Wind and Fire Concert at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood for July 1 as a Father’s Day gift for my husband. I cannot wait to go to that event. If you’ve never seen them in concert, you simply don’t know what you are missing!
If you are planning any exotic travel this summer, please share your adventures with us! Just in case you need some inspiration, read about my daughter’s Mongolia adventure last summer here.
South Florida provides glorious beach weather year-round
Summer is fast approaching, and if you live near a beach or are planning to visit one, you’ll want to keep your family safe:
Nearly the same safety rules as these apply when visiting water parks with your children. Check out my article about Greater Fort Lauderdale Water Parks here.
#11. Laughed really hard