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Vizcaya

Field Trip: Saturday May 7,2011
The word Vizcaya comes from a region of Basque, Spain.


Vizcaya was built by James Deering between 1910-1922. James Deering was a wealthy bachelor of rich and refined taste who dedicated the last years of his life creating one of the greatest estates in America, Vizcaya, sometimes referred to as the Hearst Castle of the East. Deering was described in his later years as “a reticent man with impeccably proper manners, leavened by a sense of humor.” Can you say GAY any plainer?

James joined the Deering Harvester Company in 1880 as treasurer. In 1902, a merger with McCormick Reaper Company, formed the International Harvester corporation and the largest producer of agricultural machinery in the nation. James became Vice-President.

The period between the Civil War (1865) and the Great Depression (1929) is often referred to as the Gilded Age. Because of the vast economic growth caused by the industrial revolution, the Gilded Age was characterized by extreme wealth and prosperity.

The Gilded Age produced America’s first millionaire society and included such prominent families as the Vanderbilts, Flaglers, Astors, and Whitneys. Great estates soon started to take shape across the country as these gilded age barons began to erect testaments to their wealth. George Vanderbilt built the Vanderbilt estate in the mountains of North Carolina, Edward Stotesbury, constructed WhiteMarsh Hall and Peter Widener, Lynnwood Hall both in rural Pennsylvania. Railroad tycoon Henry Flagler created Whitehall on the shores of Palm Beach. The late 1800’s and early 1900s were responsible for the most opulent and impressive homes in American history.

In 1910, James Deering started his own home. Deering had his own ideas when it
came to location and that was where his house was to sit. As Deering walked the mangrove path he pointed to the water and insisted, “Place my house on the bay.” Today, we think that’s natural to build a house next to the water, but at the time people didn’t do that. The houses in Newport, RI are far from the sea. Being close to the water is what partly makes Vizcaya Venetian.

Paul Chalfin, a former art curator, painter, and interior designer, was the project’s director. In 1910 Deering and Chalfin traveled through Europe together for the first trip of many over the years, in part to collect ideas and begin acquiring art, antiquities, and furnishings for the new Florida estate.

The Villa Vizcaya is distinguished for its Italian Renaissance inspired Mediterranean Revival architecture, its huge Italian Renaissance revival gardens, and sumptuously designed, detailed, and executed interior architectural elements with European, Asian, and American furnishings, and art and antiquities that span two millennia. The numerous sculptures in the gardens and villa are of ancient Greek, Greco-Roman, and Italian Renaissance origins and styles.

At the time of Vizcaya’s construction, Miami’s population was around 10,000. More than 1,000 workers were employed in the Vizcaya project.

In addition to the house and gardens, the complex included a farm, livestock, and a variety of other service facilities covering 180 acres on both sides of South Miami Avenue. The village, located across what is now South Miami Avenue, was built between 1917 and 1922 to house staff—such as a chauffeur, a French chef, a pastry chef, and the estate superintendent—and to support life in the main house. A greenhouse supplied fresh flowers, fruit, and vegetables for Deering, his guests, and staff. Cows provided milk, and chickens furnished a ready supply of fresh eggs. On the precious bayfront property, Deering and Chalfin set aside an area for staff members to use as their own private beach. A simple dance platform encouraged recreation after a day’s hard work.

Link to Photo-Tour.

This should be a fun Saturday. Come join us.

-Steve

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Vizcaya Field Trip:

This Saturday, May 7,2011 we’re going to Vizcaya. The cost of entry is $15.00. If we get 20 people, we can get a group rate of $10.00/person. Therefore, if you want to go, RSVP to me thru the website and give me your $10.00 by Wednesday meeting. If I get 20 people, you will get a $10.00 ticket. If I don’t get 20 people, I’ll give you your $10.00 back on Saturday and you can buy a regular $15.00 Ticket. Parking is free.

The plan is to meet at Vizcaya between 11:30 and Noon on Saturday May 7,2011 at their Orchid Court Cafe. We will have lunch there allowing people to gather and then get on one of their regular scheduled tours. I’m attaching directions to Vizcaya, a link to their website and a menu of the Orchid Court Cafe.

If you want to carpool, I would suggest meeting ar Georgie’s Alibi parking lot. Plan on leaving by 11:00 and whoever is there, carpool down together.

Directions:
Take I-95 south to Exit 1A.
Turn right onto South Miami Avenue.
Turn left at 3rd light into Vizcaya.

Link to Vizcaya Website

Orchid Court Café Menu
All Day
Favorites:
Salads:
Floribbean Salad……………………………………………………..$8.95
 Grilled pineapple, strawberries, pecans, and goat cheese on greens with a passion fruit vinaigrette
Lemon Tuna Salad…………………………………………….……..$7.95
 Lemony tuna salad on baby mixed greens w/tomatoes
Chicken Caesar Salad ………………………………………….……$8.95
 Crisp Romaine topped with grilled chicken breast with Joy’s Caesar dressing.
Sandwiches:
100% Beef Hamburgers………………………..……………………$6.95
Veggie Burger ………………………………….……………………..$6.95
Hot Dogs (Hebrew National)……………………………….………..$3.95

Hot Panini Sandwiches:
Grilled Ham & Swiss………………………………………………….$7.95
Grilled Turkey and Cheese………………….……………………… $7.95
Cuban sandwich………….…………………………………………. $8.95
Tuna Melt …………………………………………..…………………$8.95
Corned Beef Rueben………………………………………………….$8.95

Cold Sandwiches:
Tuna Salad Sandwich………………………………………………$7.95
Egg Salad Sandwich…..……………………………………………$6.95
Tuna Salad Wrap……………………………………………………$8.95
Egg Salad Wrap ……………………….. ………………………… $7.95

Side Orders:
Miss Vickie’s Potato Chips (Regular or Salt & Vinegar)………….$2.00
French Fries………………….………………………………………$3.50
Cheese Pizza…………………….………………………………..…$4.50
Macaroni and Cheese……………………………..…………..…….$3.00
Kid’s Meal (Chicken fingers with French Fries)……………….…..$6.95

Beverages:
Sodas (Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite)………………………………………..$1.50
Unsweetened Iced Tea ……………………………………………………$2.00
Water……………………………………………………………………………..$2.00
Perrier …………………………………………………………………………..$2.50
Dr. Brown Sodas……………………………………………………………..$1.75
Root Beer……………………………………………………………………… $2.00
Orangina………………………………………………………………………..$2.50
Apple Juice……………………………………………………………..……. $2.25
Cranberry Juice ……………………………………………………………..$1.95
Orange Juice ………………………………………………………………… $2.00
Beer (Amstel Light, Heineken, Corona)…………………………….. $3.95

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Who was that man pedaling his ass all over Wilton Manors Thursday night? Why, it’s our own RJ. And for just $5.00 dollars a head, he’ll pedal your ass around town too. So for a little head, you get a little ass. Good deal!!! He’ll be there Thursday through Saturday every weekend. So take that little cutie you just met in Alibi on a romantic tour of Wilton Manors. It’s just like the horse drawn carriage rides in Central Park except you don’t have to worry about getting mugged or pooped on. This is a fun thing to do and a safer way to get home after a few too many.

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FRIDAY GROUP MOVIE: December 17, 2010

BLACK SWAN

SHOWS AT: Sunrise Gateway

1820 East Sunrise Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale, 33304

STARTS: 7:45 pm

MEET INSIDE LOBBY: 7:15 pm.

Movie has 92% viewer high ratings on Moviefone. It has Academy Award buzz….details below. Those wanting to eat/drink meet in lobby after movie.

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Watch Movie Trailer

Plot:
‘Black Swan’ follows the story of Nina (Natalie Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

Genre(s):
Drama
Runtime:
108 min.

John Ramos

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Last Saturday, The MCC Choir put on their Christmas concert. POZAttitudes had about 15 guys that attended the concert and then we went out to eat at Tamarinda (across from Lester’s Diner on State Road 84).

The concert was visually spectacular. I counted 40 Christmas Trees with little white fairy-lights on them. Katy Peterson, the choir director was absolutely stunning in a red gown. I couldn’t have worn it better. We’ll give her a WOW. The music selection was a little different, not your traditional holiday songs. They tried to tell the story of two Marys, Jesus’ mother and a current unwed pregnant Mary.

This Saturday 12-18-2010, is the Gay Men’s Chorus of Ft Lauderdale Holiday Concert. This too is being held at MCC, 1480 SW 9th Ave (just south of Davie Blvd and east of I-95). Time is 7:00 PM. The cost is $25 American dollars. We’re getting a group going and will go out to dinner afterwards.

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Tuesday is Free Pool at Bill’s Filling Station. Guys from Bolt and Pozitive Attitudes have been meeting there between 3:00 – 6:00 PM to take advantage of this free activity.

They also have The Best Burgers and Fries in town, not that I’m promoting eating fries. But they have become a weakness lately for me.

So if you have nothing to do this afternoon, come join us.

-Steve

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