2017-05-18 / Arts & Entertainment News

HAPPENINGS

Raise a glass! Pairings event returns to downtown
BY JANIS FONTAINE

The sixth annual Pairings Food & Wine Event takes place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at participating businesses along Clematis Street and Dixie Highway in downtown West Palm Beach. Ticket-holders get samples of food, drinks, and other popular items at dozens of participating bars, restaurants and businesses. The event also features live music and interactive art stations.

Tickets are $25; a portion of the proceeds will benefit Best Buddies of Palm Beach, a local nonprofit that creates opportunities for one-on-one friendships, employment and personal development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The event is hosted by West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority. For more information, call 833-8873 or visit www.downtownwpb.com/events/pairings-3/.

Celebrate the Armed Forces

Each year, the Historical Society of Palm Beach County hosts Armed Forces Day, its annual salute to America’s fighting men and women. AFD was created in 1949 to collectively honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches — Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard — and is celebrated each year on the third Saturday in May.


A Huey helicopter appears at last year’s Armed Forces Day celebration at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. 
COURTESY PHOTO A Huey helicopter appears at last year’s Armed Forces Day celebration at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. COURTESY PHOTO The free festivities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, on the grounds of the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, 300 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. Visitors will have an opportunity to learn from re-enactors in period uniforms, who will have displays of weapons and artifacts from the Seminole Indian Wars, the Civil War, World War II and other eras. Other activities include a demonstration of military weapons at 11:45 a.m., a chance to get up-close to some military vehicles, arts and crafts for the kids and a lecture. Food trucks will be on site as well.

For more information, call 832-4164, Ext. 103 or visit www.hspbc.org.

International Glass Quest 2017

Collecting glass art has clear advantages, even when the glass is cloudy! For one thing, glass art is affordable, with options at all price points. And no one can question its beauty.

Once working in glass was almost exclusively considered a craft with important practical applications, but glass as fine art has blossomed since the Studio Glass movement in the 1960s cracked the barrier.

West Palm Beach is right in the thick of this movement and is hosting the first International Glass Quest, a weekend of education, inspiration and engagement for all art glass enthusiasts, May 26-28. The three-day conference will feature presentations, exhibitions, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities with industry leaders and glass visionaries.

Some of the educational workshops that will be featured are “Dimensional Mosaics with Fused and Painted Glass Elements” with celebrated glass designer Leslie Perlis and “Introducing the Glass Tattoo Stencil System” with Randy and Carole Wardell. This new technique to instantly enhance artwork with intricate designs developed by the Wardells has nearly unlimited applications.

Other weekend highlights include the VIP cocktail reception on May 27 at Habatat Galleries, and, on the final day of Glass Quest, a kiln-forming experience hosted by event sponsors Jen Ken Kilns. Produced by McMow Art Glass and Wardell Products, other sponsors include the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District, Bullseye Glass Co. and Habatat Galleries.

Registration for the conference is $350, which includes all workshops and activities. For the full Glass Quest 2017 agenda or to register, visit www.mcmow.com. ¦

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