November, 2014 - A Few Headlines
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Wellington Amphitheatre – Current Schedule of Events
Bootz Culture Camp – Traveling the World through Art
By Krista Martinelli
Bootz Culture Camp has an original idea – you enter the workshop, receive a passport and immerse yourself in artwork from a different part of the world. Each time you visit Bootz Culture Camp, you will travel to a new place through art. Jeanne Bootz makes it an all-encompassing experience by playing music, playing games, watching short videos, looking at pictures and sometimes having food related to the destination at hand.
There are a couple of things that make Bootz Culture Camp different from any art workshop around – the travel theme and also that, as Jeanne explains, “Whatever souvenir you’re making is truly an expression of your own.” So instead of following a teacher’s lead and doing step-by-step painting, you are creating your own work of art, using a technique that is introduced to you. “It’s not a paint-by-numbers method. Part of art is making your own choices.”
“I wanted to open my own teaching studio for a long time,” says Bootz. “I thought the travel theme fit very well because art can take us to places we’ve never been before.” Going to Bootz Culture Camp for a two-hour class is like going on a little trip across the world and being totally engaged in that culture. Plus you always have a souvenir to take home with you.
At Bootz, they use a variety of materials to create art souvenirs. They do a lot of acrylic and watercolor painting. They also do polymer clay sculpting, collage and mixed media projects. It just depends upon the country at hand and what their traditions are.
Bootz Culture Camp is new; it just opened in January of 2014. Jeanne Bootz has been teaching art in various school settings for the past twenty years. She’s taught all ages, after school workshops, at public schools and private schools. From this experience, she has honed in on exactly how she wants to teach art.
One of the things that differ from a school setting is having a longer time to be able to focus on an activity. At Bootz Culture Camp, there’s time for an in-depth study and time for reflection. “We tap into their creativity in a new way and bring an understanding of various cultures,” says Bootz.
When it comes to parties, Bootz Culture Camp offers many different fun options. There are Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, underwater creatures and other art-inspired parties. Bootz’ favorite party is based on the book “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds, a book about creativity. Also, whether it be princesses or dinosaurs or another place or time, “you are welcome to create your own theme,” says Bootz.
Bootz also offers “Adult Art Adventures,” where grown ups are encourage to come paint and bring their own wine and appetizers, if they would like.
One of the most rewarding comments Jeanne Bootz hears from her art students is, “Can I come back?” She gets this often. Another one of the intangible rewards is seeing children gain an understanding of another culture that’s very different from their own.
For example, she embarked on a Maori art day, showing the children the tattooed faces of Maori people at the beginning of the class. Most of the kids did not like seeing tattoos directly on people’s faces and commented negatively at first. After spending some time creating their own tattoos and learning about symmetry, they changed their tune. By the end of the class, when the kids were shown the Maori faces again, they truly appreciated the art of these tattoos. “It’s rewarding to see the change,” says Bootz.
Another rewarding aspect of focusing on culture is finding that their artwork is being noticed around the world. After posting photos of Koru art they created on Facebook, Bootz noticed that the National Park Service of the PacificIslands was now following them on Facebook. “It’s interesting because as we take our virtual trips around the world, the world is reacting to what we do.”
It’s hard to choose, but Jeanne Bootz says that her favorite place they have traveled to via artwork so far has been Southeast Asia. She does a lot of research to totally immerse her students in the destination of choice and truly enjoys traveling in this virtual way.
As far as Jeanne Bootz’ roots, her father’s parents came from Germany and her mother’s grandparents came from Sweden. Her father spoke German in his home while growing up. When her parents were first married, father was stationed in Germany and worked on military intelligence. Her parents traveled all around Europe, bringing back artifacts and art. Bootz gained an appreciation for art and culture from her parents and from the things they brought back from their travels.
Art runs in the family, as Jeanne has three brothers who are all very talented as artists. Meanwhile, her son just moved to Japan for a teaching job. Her daughter is very accomplished in art and went on a paid trip to Turkey, along with her high school art teacher, thanks to her art work. She’s now at LeslieUniversity and Art Institute of Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Special classes at Bootz Culture Camp
Open Studio – usually takes place the 3rd Wednesday of the month. No instruction, but please bring your own piece of artwork to work on. Please register in advance.
Artist’s Way Group – takes place Wed. nights, designed for people with “blocked creativity.” Based on the book “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron.
Family Artist’s Trading Card Night – the 3rd Tuesday of the month, open to all ages. Bring the whole family!
Adult Art Adventures – usually takes place on Saturday nights. A great date night idea. Bring your own wine and food.
Soon to come – art classes taught in Spanish by the local artist and author Sandra Barbieri, a Wellington Art Society member.
Parties – just call Bootz Culture Camp to make reservations.
To find Bootz Culture Camp, go to the new location of Toys R Us along 441 in Wellington and just go to the office park North of it, in the same parking lot. See our “AW Coupon” this month for a Buy One, Get One FREE class at Bootz Culture Camp! Another way to get a free class at Bootz? Get your passport stamped each time you visit and when your passport is full, you get a FREE class!
Another “VIP Travel tip” – Go to the website www.bootzculturecamp.com and sign up for the email newsletter to receive special offers.
Parents! Check out the Little Elf Workshop event happening at Bootz Culture Camp on Friday, Nov. 28th and get your black Friday shopping done while the kids have fun!
Bootz Culture Camp
420 South State Rd. 7, Suite 120
Royal Palm Beach, FL
Bore Me… Please!
By Lori Hope Baumel
Before there were bleachers… we watched the horse jumping events from the side of the fence!
I have been a resident of Wellington since July of 1991. Prior to moving here my husband and I lived in the “Big Apple.” We loved New York City (NYC). As a young couple, very little was affordable for us there, yet, we always had something to see and do. We’re New Yorkers at heart and always will be. Fortunately, we lived in a subsidized apartment owned by the grad school my husband was attending. But, during the (Mayor) Dinkins era, NYC was a difficult place to raise children. Early on, our car was stolen and we didn’t bother to replace it. It was dirty, dangerous and too expensive for us to remain in the city after my husband’s training was complete. We had to decide whether or not we wanted to continue to struggle or find a place to live that was more child-friendly. We chose the latter.
For us, one of the biggest problems with “the city that never sleeps” was that the ongoing sirens and car alarms were so loud that my first-born son couldn’t sleep either. After five years, and the birth of another baby, my nerves were shot. Tired of dragging the stroller up and down subway steps, I was ready to live in a place that was welcoming, had excellent schools and provided space for our children to run and play.
While we were in NYC, my cousin and her family moved to Wellington. Although, at the time, it felt like it was in the boondocks, my husband and I decided to check it out when visiting Florida. Wellington was pioneer territory. Most of the main roads were unpaved. In 1990, there were only two supermarkets. Major shopping and dining required driving an exit north or south on the turnpike. In spite of all that, like Lewis and Clark, we packed up our family of four and set off to Wellington for a trial expedition.
Wellington was clean and the housing was affordable. There were plenty of parks for our little ones to roam. Fortunately, our children were accepted into the public school’s gifted program. We found the synagogue to be friendly and welcoming. My cousins were active there and I felt an instant connection. Our third child was born at Palms West Hospital in 1992. After five years of renting homes, we finally built our own.
Much has changed since we arrived here in our little Village of Wellington. It has more than doubled its size, has an “official” large-scale mall and the international equestrian community embraced our town as the epicenter of winter events. Over the years, NYC changed as well, for the better. Manhattan and neighboring Brooklyn and Queens are crawling with baby strollers and hipsters. If I were to be given the opportunity to raise a family there now, I wouldn’t hesitate to do so. But then was then and now is now.
As an admitted cultural snob, in the pioneering days, my husband and I made an effort to find venues for entertainment. The Kravis Center and Norton Museum provided a plethora of opportunities. We had season tickets to all the touring Broadway shows and exposed our children to the symphony, ballet, opera, puppetry and modern dance. Wellington’s proximity to cultural venues was perfect for us. We explored space and science at the West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale Science Museums and hopped up to Cape Kennedy and Disney World as they grew. Over the years, we traveled with our children to other parts of the country as well. Living in Wellington was affordable and, therefore, it allowed us to use our expendable income to take family vacations. My husband and I made a deal when we left New York City. “When we can afford it, one day we’ll come back as tourists.” And so we did!
The social climate in Wellington tends to instill a philosophy of giving back to the community. I have boxes of newspaper clippings of community-oriented events that we all participated in. We built Tiger Shark Cove (the first time) and voted for the first Village Council members. We marched in the parades, judged the debate matches, were active in cub scouts, girl scouts and, as “Hockey Mom,” I endured the smell of hockey bags in the back of the SUV. We, along with many other parents, volunteered our various talents to schools in the area. Lifelong friendships have been made and our children remain in touch with many of their childhood friends that they have known since preschool.
Recently, the writers on the website Movoto.com wrote an article listing Wellington as the sixth most boring town in Florida. They gathered up all of the places in the state whose borders have populations of 40,000 or more. Then, they used the Census and business listings to find information about each town in the following categories: nightlife (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.), live music venues, active life options (parks, outdoor activities, etc.), and arts and entertainment offerings (movie theaters, festivals, galleries, theaters, etc.).
In addition, Movoto based their “boredom ratings” on food venues: fast food restaurants (the more the more boring), percentage of restaurants that are not fast food (the lower the more boring), percentage of young residents ages 18 to 34 (the lower the more boring), and population density (the lower the better). For a good laugh, here’s the article: www.movoto.com/fl/most-boring-places-in-florida/
Statistics, statistics. Ho-hum. Perfect way to size up a town, eh? If you scroll down while perusing the article, you’ll read that Movoto underestimated our resident’s interest in the equestrian community. I do not know one neighbor who is not proud of how unique and exciting it is when the “horses come to town.” I’m sure every town in Florida has customers in Publix wearing their riding boots, right? NOT!
Does the photo below look boring to you? Unfortunately, I was never trained to ride horses, but I count the days until the Winter Equestrian Festival arrives from January to the end of March, especially, the Saturday Night Lights events.
Take a few minutes to watch this incredible video featuring our Winter Equestrian Festival. For fun, you can count the 18 – 34 years olds in attendance:
Here’s my rebuttal to the folks over at Movoto. The key word here is proximity. Besides wonderful Wellington restaurants like Oli’s, Kontiki, the Grille (and at least 30 more right here in town) with outstanding menus, our twenty-minute proximity to world- class nightlife, theaters, festivals, restaurants, galleries, green markets and a multitude of entertainment venues is incomparable. I didn’t move to Wellington to live above a bar or grocery store. That is why we left NYC in the first place. Also, our parks and recreational facilities have always been a priority here. Very few towns in the state or even the country can match the quality of our outdoor amenities.
“Mr. Movoto’s” statistics can’t possibly measure the excitement of Clematis Street on a Saturday Night or the beauty of a short drive east ‘till we hit the beaches ALL YEAR ROUND. If we’re up to traveling a little further south, in forty-five minutes we can be in Fort Lauderdale (the spring break capital of the world) or in just over an hour we can catch the flavors of Miami Beach. Oh, and yes, I admit, our population of 18 – 34 year olds is 16.69 percent. No surprise there… our children received a great education here and moved on to colleges all over the state or to other parts of the country (as my own children did). It would be interesting to find out how many of those 18-year-olds return to the Western Communities to raise their families later on. I know my cousin’s sons did.
So, move over Movoto. Wellington is a great place to live, raise your kids and meet people from all cultures and walks of life. No one knows what the future brings. I cannot promise that I will remain here for the rest of my days. But I do know one thing, no matter where my children end up settling… they will always call Wellington home.
Live… Go… Do!
Top 5 List for November
1) So I did some digging… lyrics, even silly ones, sometimes “hit home.” Watch these two YouTube videos:
Two versions of The Things I Will Not Miss from the 1973 film Lost Horizon.
As a child, this was a scene from one of my favorite films, Lost Horizon. A New York City girl, played by Sally Kellerman and a resident of Shangri-La, played by Olivia Hussey, compare notes on what they want out of life based on where they live. This Portuguese subtitled segment was the only YouTube source available. If you’re in a hurry, the song begins two minutes into the scene. The music is by Burt Bacharach and the lyrics are by Hal David. See:
The Things I Will Not Miss
Performed by the stars of Broadway’s Wicked
Here’s a more contemporary version: Julie Reiber and Katie Adams of Wicked, performing the Bacharach and David song The Things I Will Not Miss. This video segment is from the Bacharach To The Future BC/EFA and Poz benefit. See:
Proximity, Proximity, Proximity!
Here’s a list of things to do that are a 20 – 30 minute drive!
2) For the 18-35 year olds:
Need a laugh?
Head over to the IMPROV in West Palm Beach
Straight from the comedy stages in NY and LA, the IMPROV has always presented top-tier talent. I’ve laughed myself to tears there many times.
For tickets and more info go to: palmbeach.improv.com
The IMPROV also offers comedy classes (5 week sessions) on Monday nights for an affordable fee.
Check it out at: improvstandupclasses.com
3) Laughs for all ages:
SARGE and Vanessa Hollingshead at the Lake Worth Playhouse.
Mark your calendars in advance.
(Sorry you missed Judy Tenuta, I’ve seen her twice and she’s amazingly funny. Perhaps you’ll catch her next time.)
For more info see: www.lakeworthplayhouse.org
4) The Kravis Center Presents Comedy, Dance, World Music, Broadway and more…
Last Comic Standing Live Tour
November 2 at 8 pm (Sunday)
Season 8 of Last Comic Standing premiered May 22 on NBC. The Emmy-nominated laugh-fest returns with an all-new group of the world’s funniest comics. Watch the series this summer on NBC, then see the finalists perform live as the Last Comic Standing Live Tour appears at the Kravis Center on November 2. (For Mature Audiences.)
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall Tickets start at $15
Diavolo – Architecture in Motion
Jacques Heim, Artistic Director
November 7 at 8 pm (Friday)
Diavolo reinvents dance, re-images theater, and redefines thrills. Performers take movement, athletics and daring to the extreme, creating abstract narratives through surreal architectural landscapes. Under the Artistic Director Jacques Heim, the company creates an almost cinematic experience of powerful images that develop conceptual accounts of the human condition, utilizing unique architectural creations, to provide the backdrop for an evening of dramatic movement. Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25 ∙ Only Orchestra and Grand Tier sections available
November 9 at 7:30 pm (Sunday)
DakhaBrakha is a quartet from Kiev whose sound is at once mesmerizing and mystical, melding soulful Ukrainian folk melodies with jazz and trance sounds. Aptly named, DakhaBrakha means “give/take” in the Ukrainian language. Mixing the fundamental structure of folk music with free-form improvisation and minimalist influences, this theatrical quartet of multi-instrumentalist singers creates a magical world of unexpected and engaging new music with Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian instruments. Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse – Tickets $28
Don McLean and Judy Collins
November 9 at 8 pm (Sunday)
Few performers have stood the test of time as well as Don McLean and Judy Collins. Don McLean has had a long and successful songwriting and performing career. In fact, “American Pie” is widely considered one of the top songs of the 20th century. A virtuoso of a variety of vocal styles, Don can – and does – inspire a range of emotions with his singing. Judy, too, began inspiring audiences with her sublime vocals, vulnerable songwriting and commitment to social activism. Five decades and 50 albums later, Judy, who began her impressive career at 13 as a piano prodigy, remains a vigorous writer and performer of songs that create hope and healing and heart. She also stays active in social causes. Don and Judy will ensure that audiences enjoy a “starry, starry night.”
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall – Tickets start at $25
For the kid in all of us:
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love – the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more – plus some surprising new twists. Be transported back to childhood and rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall – Tickets start at $25
5) On view at the Norton Museum
Master Prints: Dürer to Matisse
The Norton Museum of Art is thrilled to present Master Prints: Dürer to Matisse, featuring astonishing works on paper including woodcuts, etchings, engravings, aquatints, and lithographs that range from the 15th to 20th centuries. This not-to-be-missed exhibition brings together several of the earliest as well as later examples of the golden age of printmaking. Works by old masters Dürer, Rembrandt, Goya, and Canaletto, will be displayed alongside those of modern masters Degas, Matisse, Picasso, and Cezanne. The exhibition is on view Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 through Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, and is accompanied by a video demonstrating printmaking processes, and texts describing the role prints held in society before the advent of photography.
“Each and every work in this exhibition is rare, and of a breathtaking quality that is no longer available on the market,” says Jerry Dobrick, the Norton’s Curatorial Associate for European Art. “They are the best of the best – a virtual tour de force of the world’s finest prints ranging from portraits, landscapes, mythological and biblical subjects to scenes of everyday life – all created by the most famous artists of their time. “ He adds that, “This unique exhibition is the only opportunity to see these works, the NortonMuseum of Art is their only venue.”
World-class works such as German painter and printmaker Albrecht Dürer’s engravings Knight, Death, and the Devil and Saint Jerome in His Study from 1513–1514 (two of 10 etchings by this master in the exhibition) are examples of the stellar works on display. A century later, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) created etchings with remarkable and subtle tonal ranges, evident in his Self-Portrait Leaning on a Window Sill from 1639, one of seven works by Rembrandt in the exhibition. In this etching, Rembrandt portrays himself in Renaissance attire, taking inspiration from two 16th-century works, Raphael’s Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione, and Titian’s so-called Portrait of Ariosto. By referencing such esteemed artists and looking confidently at the viewer, the artist claims his position in society.
Of the modern masters on exhibit, Post-Impressionist artist Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) is represented by a color lithograph, Les Baigneurs (Grande Planche) from 1896-1898. Primarily a painter and draftsman, Cézanne was not a prolific printmaker. His print output consists of nine works in both etching and lithography. In 1895, Parisian art dealer Ambroise Vollard gave Cézanne an exhibition that was instrumental in promoting his work and establishing his reputation. This show coincided with the revival of color lithography in France in the 1890s, and Vollard was among those art entrepreneurs who commissioned and published prints for portfolios. Cézanne created several lithographs for one of Vollard’s early portfolios. One of them, The Large Bathers, was based on one of his favorite subjects – and his most popular painting at the time.
Henri Matisse (1869-1954) painter, sculptor, designer, and graphic artist, employed the technique of aquatint for the 1948 portrait, Nadia au Visage Rond, in the exhibition. One of the most economic works in its use of line, it is, at the same time, one of the most visually striking pieces in the exhibition.
For more info: www.norton.org.
Lori Hope Baumel and her husband Eric live in Wellington and have three children.
Their eldest, Sam, 27, is a media producer and conceptual artist who currently resides in (extremely hipster) Brooklyn, NY. Her younger children, Evan and Rachel, wrote the Around Wellington “Teen Talk” column in previous years. Rachel, 24, lives and works in Boston, MA and Evan, 21, is a senior at American University in Washington DC. Eric has practiced radiology in Wellington since 1991. His many talents include artist, cook, photographer and, recently, medical app developer. You can learn more about Lori at www.loribaumel.com or read her blog:www.grownupcamp.tumblr.com
Eight Myths You Probably Believe
1. Eating before you go to bed will make you gain weight
It doesn’t matter what time of the day you eat; what really matters is your calorie intake. Many researchers believe this myth came to be because many people snack on junk food at nighttime before they go to bed. Weight gain really has more to do with the quality of food you ingest not the quantity.
2. Reading in the dark is bad for your eyes
The fact is, reading in the dark has nothing to do with vision problems. Many people’s vision problems are linked to genetics. According to BBC.com, “If both your parents are short-sighted there is a 40% chance that you are too. If your parents both have good vision, that risk drops to just a 10% chance.”
3. Sugar makes people hyperactive
Suger hyperactivity is another commonly believed myth. Scientists have conducted many experiments on this issue. According to Webmd.com one experiment involved, “The children, parents and researchers involved in the studies never knew which children were given which diets (this is known as a “double-blind” study and helps to prevent unconscious biases from affecting the results).” Webmd.com also mentioned, “An analysis of the results of all these studies was published in the November 22, 1995 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers’ conclusions? Sugar in the diet did not affect the children’s behavior.” Anyway you look at it sugar should be consumed in moderation.
4. A full moon affects human behavior
According to iflscience.com, “The topic has been studied many times over, and there is very limited correlation between the full moon and increased erratic behavior and certainly no causation discovered.”
5. Chameleons change color depending on their environment
This is widely believed and not accurate. Many researchers believe chameleons change color to regulate their temperature, communicate with other chameleons and for mating purposes. According to Wired.com, “since chameleons can’t generate their own body heat, changing the color of their skin is a way to maintain a favorable body temperature. A cold chameleon may become dark to absorb more heat, whereas a hotter chameleon may turn pale to reflect the sun’s heat.”
6. Bats are blind
Many Scientists believe smaller bats are indeed color blind but at night time bats can see better than us. According to todayifoundout.com, “The truth is that all 1,100 bat species can see and often their vision is pretty good, although not as excellent as many other night-hunting animals.” Don’t get me wrong most bats don’t have eagle vision but their vision isn’t that bad.
7. Hair grows back thicker when you shave it
If this myth was true bald people could just shave their heads to help their hair grow back. Strong scientific evidence disproves these claims. There was a study to test the shaving myth. According to Scientificamerican.com, “each volunteer shaved one leg weekly for several months while leaving the other leg as a control (likely opting to wear long pants during the study period). The study, published in 1970, found no significant differences in the hair width, coarseness or rate of growth.”
8. Eating turkey makes you drowsy
We’ve all heard the myth; you eat turkey for thanksgiving than you get drowsy after because of tryptophan supposedly. According to Bmj.com, ” turkey does not contain an exceptional amount of tryptophan. Turkey, chicken, and minced beef contain nearly equivalent amounts of tryptophan (about 350 mg per 115 g), while other common sources of protein, such as pork or cheese, contain more tryptophan per gram than turkey.”
You can contact Jon Lipshaw at: JonLipshaw@gmail.com or 561.602.5853
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