City of West Palm Beach’s events department staged live look at “S.I.P.”’s fairy tale theme
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (May 21, 2018) -- On Monday, May 21, during the City of West Palm Beach’s commission meeting, the City of West Palm Beach’s events department encouraged Mayor Jeri Muoio, City Commissioners, and attendees to “be our guest” this summer and have a “S.I.P.” – a “Summer in Paradise.” This year’s Summer in Paradise’s theme is fairy tales, but with a meaningful message at the center – to raise awareness of affordable housing.
Fifteen child-size playhouses, collectively referred to as the “Fairy Tale Playhouses,” will take up residence on the West Palm Beach waterfront. The campaign is in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, who was also present at the meeting, and whose mission is to build simple, decent and affordable housing for low to very low-income families around the world. The unique engagement matches Palm Beach County artists with local nonprofits who will come together to build the homes. The artists will then transform the playhouses into unique representations of popular fairy tales, including “Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox,” from North America; “The Boy and the Dragon,” from Canada; and “Rapunzel,” from Germany. The playhouses will be complete and on display on the Great Lawn of the West Palm Beach waterfront, 101 N. Clematis Street, from Thursday, June 7 through Thursday, July 26, when they will be auctioned off to support the corresponding nonprofits.
In addition to Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, participating nonprofits include Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Inc., Autism Speaks, Children Seen and Heard, Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach Habilitation Center, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Police Athletic League of West Palm Beach, Take Heed Theater Company, Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County, The Arc of Palm Beach County, The Lord’s Place, Inc., United Way of Palm Beach County, Urban Youth Impact, and Vita Nova, Inc..
Local artists include Steve Brouse, Marcos Conde, Sylvain Copon, Jason Fleurant, Freddy Hennevelt, William Joyner, Jr., Batia Lowenberg, Grace McGann, Craig McInnis, Erick Marquez, Mayling Marquez, Melissa Mastrangelo, Frank Navarrete, Missy Pierce, and Renata Rodrigues.
In addition to the “Fairy Tale Playhouses,” guests can take a “sip” of summer with additional waterfront activities, including a “Big Storybook” photo opportunity, with a newly crafted chapter; “StoryVille,” a create your own life-size fable activity; “FlaminGO Croquet,” complete with an “Alice in Wonderland” theme and flamingo mallets; and “Fairy Tale Trivia Tuesdays.” As is summer tradition, the City will expand its Clematis by Night offerings, booking two times the bands and extending entertainment hours to 10 p.m.
The sneak peek included live appearances by Cinderella, Prince Charming, Princess Jasmine, and Olaf from Frozen.
For more information about “Summer in Paradise,” and other waterfront events, visit wpb.org/events, call 561-822-1515 or follow the City of West Palm Beach on Facebook @CityofWPB and on Twitter and Instagram @westpalmbch.
Sponsors-to-date include: Discover the Palm Beaches, The Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Daily News, Hilton West Palm Beach, WPBF News 25, 97.9 WRMF, SUNNY 107.9, 103.1 WIRK, X 102.3, Beatz 96.3, News Talk 850 WFTL & 640 The Hurricane Sports Radio, Chick-fil-A Palm/Treasure Coast, West Palm Beach Marriott, Jet Ride, Jimmy Johns, The Town of Palm Beach, Rhythm and Hues, Related Companies, and All Kids Entertainment.
About the City of West Palm Beach’s Summer in Paradise: “Summer in Paradise” is a partnership between the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation, West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, Arts & Entertainment District, Visit Palm Beach, Palm Beach Outlets, SkyBike, Northwood Village, Historic Northwest Neighborhood, Northwood Village Main Street, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and Magic Garden to showcase West Palm Beach as an international destination full of events, activities, art, entertainment, shopping, dining and overall fun. “Summer in Paradise” collectively includes two months of events and happenings in the Northwest Neighborhood, Northwood Village and Downtown West Palm Beach from June 7 – July 26.