2017-03-16 / Arts & Entertainment News

Peace, love and music come to Midtown

BY JANIS FONTAINE

The Peace Love & Wellness Music Festival returns to Mainstreet at Midtown on Saturday, March 18. This one-of-a-kind daytime street party features live music, free yoga sessions, lifestyle vendors, a new kids’ zone, and food trucks offering healthy food options.

Known as the Peace Festival, organizer Belle Forino says this eclectic event is “a lifestyle festival designed to promote health and wellness” for Palm Beach County residents. The festival reflects and supports the Palm Beach Gardens lifestyle, which focuses on health, fitness, and clean food and is both family-oriented and pet friendly.

“When we conceived it, we wanted to tie in all the tenants in Midtown and we wanted to do it outdoors,” Ms. Forino said. The festival has been held four of the last five years and has developed a following.

“We have a huge stage with very hip, groovy world music,” she said.

Performers include headliners The Moska Project and the opening act, Grace and the Victory Riders. The Moska Project is a perfect fit for the festival with its upbeat, lively rhythms that combine reggae, Latin and Caribbean music into danceable beats. Grace & the Victory Riders mix pop songwriting with worldly rhythms that reflect the lead singer’s world travels and share her message of social conscience.

The Yoga Zone is always a big part of the day and its free classes are well attended. This year there are seven free classes starting at noon, and several different types of yoga will be taught by local studios, including Yoga Palm Beach, Thrive Power Yoga, Palm Beach Athletic Wear and Yoga and Lisa Day Yoga & Pilates. Bring your own mat.

Core Evolution, a Lagree Fitness destination, will give demonstration classes on the hour in their training method, which is designed to strengthen, lengthen and tone the body and emphasizes low-impact strength training and cardio elements.

New this year is the Kids’ Zone, with arts and crafts, music, face painting, balloons and games, as well as the new Percussion Petting Zoo, which has hundreds of exotic percussion instruments from around the world. Kids are encouraged to touch and play. They can find their own rhythm or match beats with others.

Palm Beach County Environmental Resource Management will promote the wellness that comes from nature by giving away 150 native trees to festival attendees, first come, first served.

When you’ve worked up an appetite, there’s a mix of restaurants to consider, from casual fare at Blaze Pizza and Chipotle to fine cuisine at Christopher’s Kitchen and J. Alexander’s. Food trucks offering healthy options — including Spring In Roll Out — will also be on hand.

Bring your old yoga mats and unwanted linen to donate to Big Dog Ranch, a no-kill rescue group saving dogs of all sizes in Palm Beach County. They’ll also have adoptable dogs on site. Consider adding a rescue dog to your family.

Mainstreet at Midtown is a mixed-use community at 4801 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens.

For more information, visit www.midtownpga.com or contact event organizer Belle Forino at belleforino@yahoo.com. ¦

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