🌞 The Ides of March (and so much more)


Goooood morning... Fort Lauderdale 🌞

Highlights from this week's breakdown:

  • Music in the parks today, tomorrow, and this weekend
  • Women Trailblazers honored and the St. Paddy's Day Festival
  • And lastly, we are NOW in the Ides of March... (see Flotsam & Jetsam)

You Won't Want To Miss This Week:

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>> TODAY (noon to 1:30pm) enjoy the music and greenery of Stranahan Park with the Andrew Morris Band (Country) for Noon Tunes. (Free)

>> Tonight starts a run of Frozen - The Musical, at The Broward Center for Performing Arts. The Tony®-nominated Best Musical, is now on tour across North America and featuring all the songs you know and love. ($$)

>> Thursday March 10th, come see and support the Women Trailblazers event at the Galleria Mall. In honor of Women’s History Month, History Fort Lauderdale and The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale will present “Women Trailblazers: Champions of Change - Broward County,” a photography exhibition, March 10 -31 that will showcase six current women trailblazers: Sebrina Alfonso, Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons, Kathleen Cannon, Melanie Dickinson, Bertha Henry, and Carolyn Michaels who are proponents of change. Each modern woman will be paired with an historical female predecessor who helped to pave the way for our community as it is, today. Proceeds from this exhibit opening will benefit History Fort Lauderdale.($$)

>> Also on Thursday evening, it's time for another Concert Under The Stars, at The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. This performance will feature the Great American Songbook standards with the Crescendo Ameila Quintet. ($$)

>> Friday the 11th at 6pm, stop by the ground level of the Las Olas Society building for the Lucky Charms Market. Sunny Side Up Market has partnered with Society Las Olas to offer downtown Fort Lauderdale Lucky Charms Market! Happy St. Patrick's Day!! Come join us with local vendors and artists! We will be located at 301 SW 1st Ave. (Free)

>> Saturday, all the fun will be on display at The Annual St. Paddy's Day Parade. The parade starts at Noon, but the Festival begins at 7:15am that morning with registration for the 4-miler fun run, followed by a kids "leprechaun dash." Events continue at Huizenga Park throughout the day. (Free)

>> If you want a quieter Saturday, consider scooting over to Snyder Park for Wild Talks In The Park, from 11am-Noon. Meet the animal ambassadors at this free event and learn how you can help their species. (Free)

>> Also on Saturday at 6pm, the First Presbyterian Church is hosting a family-friendly night of music and fun at the corner of Las Olas and Tarpon Drive. There will be food trucks, face painter, balloon artist, and other family friendly entertainment! We suggest people bring a can of tuna, a can of soup or a box of dried pasta to donate to the Souper Bowl of Caring food drive! Don't forget a chair! (Free)

>> And next week on Tuesday the 15th, the Symphony of the Americas is back with Stravinsky and Rachmaninov. Enjoy these two masters of symphonic composition, discover diverging musical styles, and whose days end reunited in America. A demonstration of the power of music and its prominence to transcend on a global scale. ($$)

Featured South Florida

There is SO much to learn and love about our fair city. We thought you would enjoy a weekly does of "did you know's" to whet your water-cooler conversations.

This past weekend, we visited the South Florida Renaissance Festival. What an amazing event they are putting on! We were there on Saturday with a ton of folks who showed up in cosplay. Best part was seeing the vendors and performers totally "own" the role they are playing. Everyone was having a ton of fun, making jokes, and truly enjoying their trip back in time.

This is a MUST SEE event, and with only two more weekends, don't delay!

So... You Think You Know Fort Lauderdale?

There is SO much to learn and love about our fair city. We thought you would enjoy a weekly does of "did you know's" to whet your water-cooler conversations.

This week past week the spring-breakers have descended on Fort Lauderdale to enjoy the beaches, drinks, and a lot of sunburns.

Do you know how spring break helped build the city?

Fort Lauderdale was featured in a popular 1960s movie, “Where the Boys Are”. The raucous movie was about (you guessed it) spring break. Soon after the movie released, college students flocked to the area en masse for a sun and sand filled getaway.



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$19 for a 1 day pass plus $10 for all the gear you need. Offering Kid-friendly classes.


Big Buns is finally open (under the Society Building, and facing the New River).

www.eatbigbuns.com or @damngoodburgers

This new restaurant is just over the railroad tracks and around the corner from our school. Matchbox (a second restaurant next door) will be opening soon too.


Bluefoot Pirate Adventures. This is a pirate simulation for children in the waterway. For 1 hours.

Round up your roughest and toughest gang of pirates and BYOB for a fun and memorable Fort Lauderdale sunset cruise aboard the Bluefoot, perfect for all you “big pirates.”

Starts at $29 per passenger.


Acton Academy Fort Lauderdale (yes - we produce this newsletter!)

You might be interested to follow the weekly recaps of our small band of adventurous learners. Below you will see a video from our friend Matt who shared what's different about Acton.


Want to Paddle 'The Venice of America' and see all the amazing boats and house from the water?

Take your first Saturday of the month and join the SUPSmart team at Sunrise Paddleboards for a lesson and paddleboard tour. Call 305-879-4220 for times and reservations.


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Flotsam & Jetsam

Each we come across tidbits, tips, and tools that are too good to not share, but they don't exactly fit in the "Fort Lauderdale" category. So inspired by the FTL's close connection to the sea... let's see if any of this floats your boat

Did you know... that even though we are using the "Roman" calendar (January to December), the Romans didn't count days the way we do?

Instead, the counted down the days to key points in each month. For example, the start of the month... or in our case, we are in the Ides of March.

The Ides of March are most famously known for Brutus and his "brutal" take down of Julius Caeser (Et tu Brute?). Mid-March was also known as the time for paying back of debts.

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