3-day boat show a highlight of January events

3-day boat show a highlight of January events

Named one of the top 20 events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, more than 800 boats will delight boat enthusiasts at the Stuart Boat Show, set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 10, 11 and 12. Hours are 10 a.m to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m., to 5 p.m., Sunday, displaying at 54-290 S.W. Dixie Highway in Stuart.

A wide variety of boat brands and more than 185 local, national and international exhibitors are represented, featuring the latest models of motor yachts, cruisers, center consoles, speed boats, sport fishing boats and pontoons ranging in size from 12 feet to 90+ feet in length, on water and on land..

Additional exhibitors include the latest in personal watercraft, safety equipment, marine electronics, inboard and outboard engines, financing and insurance companies, nautical clothing and jewelry, fishing gear, accessories, as well as financing and insurance companies.

Seminars over the three days will be presented by Marine Electronics of the Treasure Coast, Captain Chris Yacht Services, Capt. Planet of the Echo Preservation Project, Lady Angler Darcizzle, Capt. Paul Sperco and Ed Killer of TCpalm.com. For a complete schedule of seminars, go to www.stuartboatshow.com/seminar-schedule/#toggle-id-15.

An expanded food court area will feature a bar and large screen TVs. Free shuttle service will be available from Witham Field and Wright Boulevard/Dixie Highway parking lots. General admission: $14; veterans: $12; children, 12 and younger: $7. Tickets: www.stuartboatshow.com/tickets.

Besides the boat show, there are a variety of family-friendly events planned in the area through January and into February.  Just take a look what’s ahead. 

Wednesday, Jan. 1

First Day Hike

Start off the New Year on the right foot (and then the left one!) with the First Day Hike at Savannas Preserve State Park, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 9 to 11 a.m., at the park’s Jensen Beach Boulevard entrance, just east of Green River Parkway. Hike about 1½ miles along a muddy trail. Wear closed-toed shoes that can get wet. Bring drinking water and bug spray. Park admission is $3. Registration is required, call 772-398-2779. For more information, go to facebook.com/friendsofsavannas.

Wednesday, Jan. 1

First Walk at Jonathan Dickinson

Get 2020 in gear with the First Walk at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, 16450 S.E. U.S. 1, Hobe Sound, Wednesday, Jan. 1, from 9-10 a.m. Meet less than a quarter-mile from the park entrance along the road to the Pine Grove Campground. Hike less than a mile on gently rolling, open scrub terrain. Learn about the Florida scrub ecosystem, scrub jays, gopher tortoises and unique plants through a guide. Bring binoculars, sunscreen, water, insect repellent, comfortable walking shoes, hats and sunglasses. Park admission is $6 per vehicle. Registration required. For more information, go to facebook.com/audubonmartincounty.

Wednesday, Jan. 1

Yoga & Beach Cleanup

Greet the New Year with the New Year’s Day Yoga & Beach Cleanup on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bob Graham Beach, 3225 N.E. Ocean Blvd., Jensen Beach. FREE. For more information, go to facebook.com/downtoearthyoga.

Saturday, Jan. 4

11th Pioneer Day Festival at Savannas Preserve

You may be in the New Year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go back in time and learn a lot about local history. And that will happen at the 11th Pioneer Day Festival, sponsored by the Friends of Savannas Preserve State Park, at Savannas Education Center, 2541 S.E. Walton Road, Port St. Lucie, on Saturday, Jan. 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Pioneer Day Festival showcases many time-period exhibits and demonstrations, including cooking over hot coals, flywheel engine demonstrations, quilters, basketry and more. Visitors will experience living history as they explore how people in Florida lived in the mid-19th century. Demonstrators will show participants crafty ways to use corn husks and other natural resources. Guided hikes and kayak tours will be offered throughout the event. Weather permitting, Savannas Preserve State Park staff will perform a prescribed fire demonstration. Heirloom Entrees will be on site selling food. Admission: $3 per person. For more information, call the Education Center at 772-398-2779 or go online to www.FriendsofSavannas.org.

Sunday, Jan. 5

“Mr. Holmes” film

Ever wonder if legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes ever fully retired? Well, the film, “Mr. Holmes,” with Ian McKellen and Laura Linney, answers that question.  The one-hour, 44-minute film (rated PG) will be shown Sunday, Jan. 5, 11 a.m., to 1 p.m., at the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart. The Chautauqua South event is sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System. Inc. FREE. Call 772-288-5702.

Wednesdays, Jan. 8-March 11

Korean War Film Series at the Blake

There’s so much to learn about the 1950s Korean War that it takes two months of documentaries/war-related films to cover it. Cold War veteran George Seaman will host the Korean War Film Series, a compilation of PBS documentaries and Korean War related films on Wednesdays, Jan. 8 through March 11 at 10 a.m., at the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart. FREE. A display of custom scale military models representing a few of the land, sea and air military hardware components that took part in the Korean War will be in the Blake lobby for at least part of the series. Go to www.martin.fl.us/blake-library

Wednesday, Jan. 8

Beach Dynamics at National Wildlife Refuge

Feel the need to walk off those holiday pounds and learn a little about the local environment at the same time?  Then join naturalist Kim Mohlenhoff in a stroll at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge beach on the north end of Jupiter Island for Beach Dynamics Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 3:30 p.m. This could be a beachcombing adventure to find treasures brought to local shores by ocean currents and waves. Watch for wildlife, pick up some trash and litter along the way. Reservations are required. All ages. FREE. Call 772-546-2067 or go to www.hobesoundnaturecenter.com.

Thursday, Jan. 9

Stars & Cars to benefit Operation 300

An assortment of exotic cars from the National Hot Rod Association drag racer Johnny Gray will be on display at the Stars & Cars fundraiser, set for Thursday, Jan. 9, at The Car Barn, 1783 Park Lane South, Jupiter, as a fundraiser for Operation 300, the nonprofit created to honor the story, life and legacy of Special Operations Chief (SEAL) Aaron Carson Vaughn killed in action in 2011. The mission of Operation 300, founded in 2012, is to mentor children of the fallen, honoring the sacrifice of those who’ve given their all for freedom, and promoting patriotism and service in communities. It will be hosted by Fox & Friends star Pete Hegseth, himself an Army veteran and best-selling author. Tickets to the VIP Treatment, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., are $300 per person and include upper level seating, a Meet & Greet, photo with Hegseth, craft tequila tasting presented by Compo veda Tequila in Johnny’s Board Room and craft cocktails with a certified mixologist. General admission tickets, with seating on the lower level, are $200 each. Cocktails starts at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7:15 p.m.  A maximum of 50 VIP Treatment tickets and 150 general admission tickets will be sold. To buy tickets, go to op300.org.

Saturday, Jan. 11

Frozen Frenzy at the Children’s Museum

You CAN see snow in South Florida! OK, it may not be the real thing, but it’s close enough! The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, 1707 N.E. Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach, will host Frozen Frenzy on Saturday, Jan. 11, 4 to 7 p.m. “Freezing” science experiments and crafts to create Winter Wonderlands will be featured. Snow piles will be separated into two sections – one for those 5 and younger; another for those 6 and older. Tickets: $6 per person; free to members. Call 772-225-7575 or go to www.childrensmuseumtc.org.

Saturday, Jan. 12

Native Plant Identification Hike

If you’re an expert on native plants or just want to know more about the scrub that inhabits South Florida, consider going on a Native Plant Identification Hike at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, 16450 S.E. U.S. 1, Hobe Sound on Saturday, Jan. 12. Participants are asked to meet at Hobe Mountain parking lot at 8:45 a.m., for the hike that starts at 9 a.m., and is expected to end by about 10:45 a.m. Hikers will stop periodically along the one-mile trail to examime plants and identify them. Sponsored by the Martin County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, information about the plants’ connections to critters and the larger plant community, adaptations to seasonal flooding, drought and fire, and their unique ways of surviving in harsh conditions will be shared. FREE with park admission of $6. Go to www.floridastateparks.org/learn/hobe-mountain.

Monday, Jan. 13

Lunch on the Fly at the Elliott

Listen to the lecture, then have lunch (optional) at Lunch on the Fly on Monday, Jan. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Elliott Museum, 825 N.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart, with John Nelson and Dr. Richard Forster. Nelson is host of the WQCS Audubon Moment, and president of Audubon of Martin County, and Dr. Richard Forester is an Audubon of Martin County board member. Topic will be the making of the documentary, America’s Amazon: The Story of the St. Lucie River. Lecture only – $10 for members/$20 for non-members; lunch following the lecture is $10. Advance reservations required for the lunch, no walk-ins. RSVPs including lunch must be made by noon on the Saturday before the event. Call 772-225-1961 or email [email protected]

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Bach Children at Sunset Concert

The youngsters at Bach Children’s Music School will show off their talents in the monthly Sunset Concerts at the Gallery program at the Court House Cultural Center, 80 S.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 5:30 p.m. FREE. Concerts are planned for the second Tuesday of the month through June. Call 772-287-6676.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

Snyder at Apollo in Hobe Sound

Cruise Hobe Sound down the Intracoastal Waterway on a steamboat! Climb a lighthouse! Ride the Celestial Railroad! Figuratively, not literally. Local author Jim Snyder will guide a “tour” aboard a fanciful 1890s paddlewheel steamer as part of the Sixth Speaker Series at the Historic Apollo School, 9141 S.E. Apollo Street, Hobe Sound, Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 per person. To reserve a seat and pay at the door, email your reservation to [email protected] To buy tickets online, go to www.apolloschool.org.

Thursday, Jan. 16

Indiantown Chamber Installation & Awards Banquet

Dress up in your finest and meet your business neighbors and new officers for the Indiantown Chamber of Commerce at the 54th Annual Installation & Awards Banquet on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the historic Seminole Inn, 15885 S.W. Warfield Blvd., Indiantown. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres; dinner and ceremony is at 7 p.m. Tickets: $55 for members; $65 for non-members. RSVP no later than Monday, Jan. 13, at www.indiantownchamber.com.

Jan. 16-Feb. 2

“The Producers” at the Barn

If you’ve seen the original non-musical movie by Mel Brooks or the musical version also by Brooks, then you know how hilarious this movie is. And the Barn Theatre, 2400 S.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart is staging the musical version directed by Bryan Childe on Thursdays through Sundays, Jan. 16 through Feb. 2. Shows are at 8 p.m., Jan. 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, Feb. 1 and at 2 p.m., Jan. 18, 19, 25, 26, Feb. 1 and 2. Tickets: $15-$30. For tickets, go to www.barn-theatre.com.

Thursday, Jan. 16

Bingo Italian Night at St. Luke’s

Enjoy an Italian dinner and then play the game at the monthly Bingo Italian Night, on Thursday, Jan. 16 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5150 S.E. Railway Avenue, Cove Road at Old Dixie Highway, Port Salerno. Doors open at 5 p.m.; dinner is at 5:30 p.m.; bingo begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost of $10 includes a Bingo card and a pasta dinner with salad and dessert. Beer and wine will be available for a donation along with the purchase of additional cards and specials. For more information, call 772-286-5455 or go to www.stlukesfl.org.

Friday, Jan. 17

St. Monica’s Episcopal Church Famous Fish Fry

You can choose from either grouper or tilapia, all cooked to order (mild, lemon, spicy or naked) at the monthly St. Monica’s Episcopal Church Famous Fish Fry on Friday, Jan. 17, 4 to 7 p.m., at St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, 800 Central Ave., Stuart. Cost: $12 for dinners; $8 for sandwiches. Choice of two sides — peas & rice, macaroni & cheese, green beans, collard greens and a choice of cole slaw, potato salad and hush puppies with a choice of dessert. Call 772-221-0552.

Friday, Jan. 17

Atlantic City Boys at the Kane

This group was so popular that tickets were sold out before the event. Atlantic City Boys will play a return engagement on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m., at the Kane Center, 900 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart. Tickets: $35 members/$40 non-members. All ticket holders will receive a coupon redeemable at either Conchy Joe’s or Dolphin Bar. Go to www.kanecenter.org or call 772-223-7800.

Saturday, Jan. 18

Run For Fun at Fur Seasons

Excercise those holiday pounds off your pooch in the “Run For Fun” at the Fur Seasons, 1310 S.W. Commerce Way, Stuart, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m., to 3 p.m. A benefit for the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, activities include two “doggie-fun” zone course, swimming, a “no-jump” clinic, movies with your dog, pet adoptions, food and music, silent auction & raffle. Admission: FREE. Call 772-286-8283 or go to www.thefurseasonsresort.com.

Saturday, Jan. 18

Native Plant Sale

Free trees! Free trees! That’s part of the plan at the Native Plant Sale, sponsored by the Martin County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, set for Saturday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m., to noon, at the Martin County Fairgrounds, 2614 S.E. Dixie Highway, Stuart. In addition to the variety of native plants for sale, Master Gardeners will give away free trees in honor of Arbor Day. Admission: FREE. Go to www.martincounty.fnpschapters.org/

Saturday, Jan. 18

Brews, Blues, Bourbon & BBQ

Plenty of “brews,” lots of bourbon for sale, along with blues music and barbecue are part of the Brews, Blues, Bourbon & BBQ on Saturday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m., to 5 p.m., at Flagler Park, 201 S.W. Flagler Ave., Stuart. Admission: FREE. Live blues music will be performed by Shaw Davis & the Black Ties, The Blues Crusaders with Hurricane Hawk. A kids zone will include face painting and lawn games. Go to www.beerworks.org.

Friday, Jan. 24

“Chow Down” Food Trucks in Hobe Sound

Bring your appetite along with plenty of money to sample the wares offered at the “Chow Down” Gourmet Food Trucks event on Friday, Jan. 24, 5-9 p.m., at J.V. Reed Park, 9004 S.E. Athena St., Hobe Sound. Admission: FREE. Chow Down events are planned the fourth Friday of each month by the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce. Go to www.hobesound.org.

Saturday, Jan. 25

Port Salerno Seafood Festival

Organizers caution the public that this may be the last Port Salerno Seafood Festival, a mainstay of the area since 2004. The county commission has ruled that it may no longer be held in Port Salerno, where it supports the working waterfront. The one-day-only festival will be Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m., to 8 p.m. along the Port Salerno waterfront and will include properties such as the Twisted Tuna, Pirate’s Cove Resort, Manatee Island Bar and Grill, the Fish House Art Center, and Port Salerno Marine. Performing on the Pirate’s Cove Stage will be Saturday Night Special, a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Performing on The Twisted Tuna Stage will be Bad Inc. followed by FNR2, tributes to both Bad Company and Foreigner. Local bands and solo acts will include a mix of rock, reggae, blues, and island tunes. Advance tickets which include entertainment, free parking and complimentary shuttle bus transportation are $10 and can be purchased online on the festival’s web site or at local Port Salerno Restaurants including The Twisted Tuna, Pirates Cove and Manatee Island Bar and Grill. Tickets at the gate are $15 per person. For more information, parking and shuttle bus locations, or to purchase advance tickets, go to www.PortSalernoSeafoodFestival.org.

Friday, Jan. 31

Night Explorers at Hobe Sound

Gaze up at the stars through telescopes at the Night Explorers program offered at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, 13460 S. U.S. 1, Hobe Sound on Friday, Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m. FREE. Following a brief classroom orientation, naturalist Kim Mohlenhoff will lead the group outside along the nature trail. Learn about wildlife at night and how artificial lighting impacts some plant and animals at night. If weather conditions are not conducive to viewing planets, stars, and constellations, the program will be limited classroom activities. Reservations are required. Call 772-546-2067.

Winter Fest 2019.

Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 1 & 2

Festival of the Arts 2020

Take a stroll along Dixie Highway in downtown Hobe Sound on Saturday, Feb. 1, and Sunday, Feb. 2, to enjoy what’s offered at the 19th Annual Festival of the Arts 2020. Featured will be fine art exhibits by juried painters, potters, sculptors, glassmakers, wood carvers, jewelers and more. A Kids Zone hosted by the Boys  Girls Clubs of Martin County and Publix Super Markets. Charities will offer crafts, bounce houses, music and more. Also featured is a green market. It will be south of Bridge Road. Admission: FREE. Proceeds benefit arts, local scholarships, community events and chamber programs. Go to www.hobesound.org or call 772-546-4724.

Saturday, Feb. 1

41st Annual Palm City Chamber Installation Gala

The annual Palm City Chamber of Commerce Installation Gala will be a masquerade party that includes cocktails, dinner, and dancing at Piper’s Landing Country Club, 6160 SW Thistle Terrace in Palm City. Sponsorships are still available. Individual tickets are $150 each and may be purchased online at www.palmcitychamber.com.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Barn Gala Party

Nearing 50 years old, The Barn Theatre, 2400 S.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart is in need of a sprucing up and, to that end, a fundraiser concert is planned. Recording artist Latraia Savage will perform her tributes to the late Whitney Houston and Donna Summer on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. A gala cocktail reception including wine, cheese, hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and prizes starts at 6:15 p.m. Tickets: $50 per person. Nearly $15,000 is needed to buy a new air-conditioner and to paint the exterior of the theater. For tickets, go to www.barn-theatre.com.