Plan ahead for Aug. 28-Sept. 3: Concerts, art classes, wine and spirits events – Florida Today

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We bet you won’t be able to stop tapping your toes during “Dance Mix: From Tango to Tarantella,” Space Coast Wind Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to global music.

The concert begins at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy’s Scott Center, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Suntree, and features terpsichorean treasures such as “Gazebo Dances” from Academy Award-winning composer John Corigliano. There is also John Mackey’s “Redline Tango,” winner of the 2005 American Bandmasters’ Association prize, “Yiddish Dances” by Adam Gorb, and “In League with Extraordinary Women,” a new work by Matthew Nunes.

Tickets are $25 and $30 at the door. Purchase online at SpaceCoastSymphony.org or in person at the orchestra’s official Brevard ticket outlet, Marine Bank & Trust in Suntree. Admission is free for students 18 and under or with student identification.

For more information, call 855-252-7276 or visit SpaceCoastSymphony.org.

Spirits world

A great time, day and place to discover the world of spirits is between 5 and 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at Café Margaux, 220 Brevard Ave., Cocoa Village, where every week special bar events feature different libations presented with distillery reps happy to chat about the spirits and special cocktails. 

There is no charge for these events, other than the drinks you choose to enjoy. Here is the lineup for the next few weeks:

Aug. 28: Florida Local Brands Bar Night with St. Augustine bourbon/gin/vodka/rum, Papas Pilar rum and Toast vodka. 

Sept. 4: Treaty Oak Whiskey Bar Night with crafted cocktails and flights

Sept. 11: Horse Soldier Whiskey with crafted cocktails

Sept. 18: Waterloo Gin with crafted cocktails and flights.

The restaurant is already accepting reservations for its Wednesday, Sept. 25, Jack Daniel’s dinner, which pairs special Daniel’s selections with a seven-course menu tht includes king salmon, marinated duck breast and New York strip. Cost is $95.

The cost is also $95 for the September’s wine dinner, held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Sept. 5 and 6. The seven-course meal is paired with the Napa wines of Orin Swift and features chilled honey crisp apple soup, tat soy and frisee with toasted pignolias salad, Chilean sea bass, marinated pheasant breast, seared prime beef striploin, Bleu d’Auvergne cheese course and apricot and blackberry cake with cinnamon mousse.

To reserve for either or both of the dinners, call 321-639-8343. For the complete menus, see margaux.com

Ga-ga over Green Gables

Tour the beautiful grounds of Green Gables by the Indian River and check out the unique 1896 home, one of only three Queen Anne-style houses remaining in the county. The open house will be 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31. The home is located at 1501 S. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne.

Suggested donation is $20. 

Back to school

You don’t need to be a kid to go back to school, for classes at Shepherd’s Center-Beachside, geared for older adults, are getting ready to start.

Classes begin Sept. 26 and run through Nov. 15, but online registration commences Sept. 4. Classes will be held on Thursdays at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Indialantic, and on Fridays at Ascension Lutheran Church, Indian Harbour Beach. Classes begin at 9 a.m. and continue through noon. 

Choose from more than 40 classes, everything from history and line dancing to Zumba and religion. A fee of $20 allows you to take as may classes as you wish over one or two days. 

Register at myshepherdcenter.org. For more details, see Shepherd Center Beachside Indian Harbour on Facebook. 

Ukulele jam

At 10 a.m. on first Saturdays of each month, Eau Gallie Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Ave., hosts the Eau Gallie Ukulele Society’s special free sessions for kids learning to play the musical instrument. 

A beginner lesson for all ages will follow at 10:30am, with “jam session” starting at 11 a.m. The beginner’s group meets on first Saturdays and again at 6:30 p.m. on third Wednesdays.

For more information, call 321-255-4304.

By Hooley!

Labor Day will rock at Disney Springs, thanks to the eighth annual Great Irish Hooley Music Festival, which takes place Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant. There’s no cover charge to join the fun, which begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 and continues into the wee hours of Labor Day, Sept. 2.

What, you may ask, is a hooley? It’s an old Gaelic term for a party with music and entertainment for the entire family. The Great Irish Hooley will include Celtic face painting, Hooley-crafted cocktails and beer plus creative new bites by the pub’s inventive culinary team. Raglan Road also will serve the Rollicking Raglan Brunch Saturday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 2.

Hooley headliners include Billow Wood, a four-piece band that plays Irish and U.S. music festivals; Strings & Things, a folk/trad four-piece band; High Time, a trip straight from Connemara, Ireland; TradGrad, three talented musicians from Dublin;  Maca, two Irish sisters/musicians/songwriters dubbed “Ireland’s next big thing;”  The Rolling Wave, one of the finest traditional Irish music duos around; Atlantic Bridge and its mix of country, folk and Irish trad music; and the Raglan Road Irish Dancers, plucked straight from the cast and stages of the world’s greatest Irish dance shows.

In May of this year, Raglan Road received OpenTable honors as one of the top 100 restaurants in America with “all the ingredients for the perfect big night out — upbeat energy innovative cocktails . . . and outstanding food.”

For complete entertainment schedule, see raglanroad.com.

The fabric of our lives

You appreciate art quilts but can’t sew? No problem. You can still create a fabric landscape, with the help of Studios of Cocoa Beach, which is offering Doris Hulse’s Fabric Art Landscape class from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7.

Learn to “paint” with fabric and colored pencils using a fused raw edge appliqué without any sewing. Hulse created traditional quilts for 20 years, before discovering the world of “art quilting” in 2011. She works from photographs using hand-dyed and batik fabrics, transparent paints, watercolor pencils and raw edge appliqué. She is a member of the Studio Art Quilters Association and her work has been exhibited in regional, national and international juried shows.

Fee for the class is $65, plus a $15 material fee paid to the instructor. Register at studiosofcocoabeach.org

The Studios are at 165 Minuteman Causeway. For more information, call 720-323-5127.

Power of the Dream

The South Brevard City Council of Beta Sigm Phi Sorority will kick off the new sorority year with “Power of the Dream,” a luncheon at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Holiday Inn Viera.

Cost is $30 per person. Call 321-723-2250 to reserve.

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