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2020-02-18 13:11
Well, this is the last post of the Coconut Grove Grapevine (here's our first post, a bit boring, but the first one of so many on May 8, 2005). And this is one of my favorite pictures, it is… Read More
She's Searching For Fred Hunt Related Items
2020-02-17 14:32
AnnaMaria Windisch-Hunt is archiving the works of Fred Hunt who graduated from the Ringling School of Art and gave up his advertising career, which included creating the Little Debbie logo… Read More
2020-02-17 13:13
On Saturday, I did an interview with a reporter, David Zha, on NPR. It was regarding the Peacock issue. He contacted me and I told him I didn't have much to say, but I never liked when peopl… Read More
Tea, Scones, Rain And Art
2020-02-16 11:03
Part of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and St. Stephen's Art Show were rained out on Saturday, but still it was a lot of fun. Hung out with friends and as we do every year, we visited the E… Read More
Grove Give Away Game During Arts Festival
2020-02-15 09:00
We were walking around the Arts Festivals Friday afternoon as people set-up their art and tents; getting ready for the big weekend.The Coconut Grove Business Improvement District has a fun s… Read More
Move Over St. Valentine!
2020-02-15 00:51
So this happened - February 14 is now Tom Falco Day in the City of Miami.  I received a proclamation that says so. It may be just today, but I am claiming it in perpetuity so every… Read More
2020-02-13 20:24
I'm excited that the Coconut Grove Village Council has decided to step up and be a voice for the Grove - not that they aren't already - but in the form of posting news and events.The Coconut… Read More
CocoWalk Is Trying For A Summer Opening
2020-02-13 09:00
So it was a pleasure to see the sidewalk open at CocoWalk Wednesday morning. This is how it should have been during the whole construction project. The proposed plan is for a phased ope… Read More
A New Mural Going Up On Engle Building
2020-02-12 19:03
Crayton Tynes of Tynes Signs is in town from Alabama painting a mural on the Engle Building, right in the center of town. He's working fast and may have the mural done by tomorrow, just in t… Read More
Who Is Willing To Take Up The Mantle?
2020-02-12 10:54
I see by all the comments here and on Facebook that so many of you are mourning the demise of the Grapevine. Wish I had known how you all felt before this.But regarding the demise of th… Read More
Member Of Grove Pioneer Family Passes Away
2020-02-12 00:47
Dr. Dazelle SimpsonDr. Dazelle Simpson, 95, passed away on Sunday. Dr. Simpson was a pioneering black doctor in Florida who practiced in Liberty City an Overtown. Her connection to the Grove… Read More
The Sidewalk At CocoWalk Will Finally Open
2020-02-11 21:12
The mess at CocoWalkCommissioner Ken Russel had a live video today on Facebook, explaining MOT's (Maintenance of Traffic).In particular he was across from the mess at CocoWalk. The sidewalk… Read More
2020-02-07 13:08
The St. Stephen's Art Show and MakersFest unveiled their poster art Thursday night. This year's artist is Jill Whitney-Birk. Now in its 31st year, the show connects fine art and makers/… Read More
Dinner Key Repairs Are Slow Going
2020-02-07 09:00
Dinner Key Marina looks so pretty from afar, but if you get up close you can see that damage from Hurricane Irma in September 2017 still exists.Over half of the docks there were damaged and… Read More
Atchana's Moss Wall - It's Alive!
2020-02-06 09:00
Have you checked out the moss wall at Atchana's Homgrown Thai restaurant? They've added orchids to it.The wall is live and exists on air and humidity, it doesn't need watering.Sergio Braga o… Read More
2020-02-05 13:30
St. Stephen's is having it's Poster Unveling event for the upcoming St. Stephen's Art Show. The unveiling is Thursday, February 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.Meet this year's poster artist Jill Whi… Read More
Say  Hello To Our New Police Commander
2020-02-04 13:30
The Grove has a new Police Commander, Lieutenant Weslyne Lewis-Francois, who is replacing Commander Chiquita Butler, who was recently promoted after serving the Grove since October 2017.On T… Read More
Lime Scooters Are Trying To Increase Safety
2020-02-03 09:00
On sidewalk - not good.Now that parking is almost impossible to get in the Center Grove, unless you are willing to drive around the block a half our or so, searching. You might want to start… Read More
2020-02-02 12:28
"New York's luxury real-estate market has been in freefall for years, and now the city's super-luxe buildings are sitting empty -- even as property prices in the city remain stubbornly high… Read More
Recall Drive To Oust Joe Carollo Has Begun
2020-02-01 09:00
District 3 commissioner Joe CarolloFormer Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Juan Cuba and a group of local activists have started a petition drive which asks for the removal of City Commissi… Read More
Was The Mayor's Playhouse Veto Legal?
2020-01-31 12:48
There was a meeting regarding the Coconut Grove Playhouse at the County level on Monday, but it's been postponed.Judge Thomas J. Rebull has recused himself from the case as of Thursday after… Read More
2020 Art Festival Poster Art Unveiled
2020-01-31 00:35
The countdown to the 57th edition of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival began on Thursday, January 30 with the official unveiling of the 2020 Commemorative Poster created by Jesse “Jackso… Read More
Eliminating More Parking Spaces
2020-01-30 13:23
The Miami Parking Authority and the towing companies are doing a brisk business this week. More parking has been taken away from the Center Grove and I'm not sure what the point is.Cars were… Read More
Did You Feel The Earthquake?
2020-01-29 12:04
I was sitting here typing away on my desktop computer, when it started swaying. I thought I was imagining it at first. I didn't look up to see if the blinds or other things were moving, I ju… Read More
2020-01-28 22:48
St. Stephen’s Free Tax Prep Center is open and ready for clients. As they do each year, they prepare and e-file tax returns for individuals earning $56,000 and less, taxpayers with dis… Read More
Mimosas, Bloody Marys And Nick Knacks
2020-01-27 09:00
The Spillover restaurant hosted another Flea Market on Sunday and they couldn't have asked for a better day. It was small and contained to the Spillover end of the Myfair Promenade, but… Read More
Superb Duo Sings Puccini, Wagner And More
2020-01-25 09:00
Soprano Elizabeth BaldwinThe St. Hugh-Steinway series is presenting the huge voices of Elizabeth Baldwin, soprano and Roman Ialcic, bass-baritone, with Roberto Berrocal, piano at a concert o… Read More
2020-01-25 02:19
Sonia was sweet. I knew her for many years, but the last few I lost touch, although I would see her out and about, usually at Grove events, especially the King Mango Strut, but I didn't see… Read More
Miami's Game Of Thrones
2020-01-24 14:47
The gang of three: Alex de la Portilla, Joe Carollo, Manolo ReyesWho will end up as Miami's Jon Snow, the rightful heir to the Iron Throne?People are all still talking about the takeover at… Read More
The Spillover Is Holding A Flea Market
2020-01-24 13:00
Are you a fan of perusing the flea market? Some of the best gifts and finds are only discovered at a local flea market of handmade and locally sourced goods. Unfortunately, these markets are… Read More
2020-01-23 16:18
The Carrollton/Villa Woodbine issue was deferred at Thursday's City Commission meeting. It will now be heard on April 23. Surprisingly Commissioners Monolo Reyes and Joy Carollo are opp… Read More
Neighbors Trying To Save Quality Of Life
2020-01-23 13:53
Wednesday meeting at Hotel AryaThe City's HEP Board rejected the Carrollton School plan to build a boys Catholic school at Villa Woodbine last month, but the school will appeal that on Thurs… Read More
2020-01-22 19:48
View some of the most beautiful gardens in Coconut Grove. Plymouth Preschool is hosting a Secret Garden Tour. This very exclusive tour will grant you access to the most beautiful gardens in… Read More
Turmoil At City Hall
2020-01-22 11:11
Last Friday, January 17, Commissioner Monolo Reyes was made chair of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Commissioner Alex Diaz de la Portilla was made Chair of the Omni CRA. Both p… Read More
2020-01-20 09:00
 Grovite Lee Marks shows off pictures of the 2001 Great Grove Bicycle Race.Lee ran the race from 1997 until its demise.It was started in 1972 by Joe Avalos who ran it (rode it?) for 15… Read More
2020-01-18 14:54
Renny YoungHear about the Grove's history of Dinner Key and the Sailing Club, but you'll have to head for Coral Gables for that.Renny Young will talk about the old days of Dinner Key Marina… Read More
Outdoor Movie & Dinner At Vizcaya
2020-01-17 09:00
Spend time with the family in Vizcaya Village during this rare evening family program. Enjoy art-making, story telling and cooking demos all about food before sitting down together for a com… Read More
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
2020-01-16 13:30
The Coconut Grove Ecumenical Network is presenting, "Pursuit of the Dream Through the Eyes of Children" the 26th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Sunday, January 19… Read More
2020-01-15 13:03
Photo courtesy Ken RussellCommissioner Ken Russell tweeted out this picture last night. He was with Miami-Dade Water & Sewer as they repaired a broken water line on Main Highway. A big p… Read More
Macbeth At The Barnacle This Week
2020-01-15 09:00
Shakespeare's Macbeth is coming to The Barnacle this weekend for this year's Shakespeare in the Park, which is celebrating its 15th year.Watch in horror as Macbeth transforms from a hero to… Read More
2020-01-13 09:00
The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce is having Superbowl themed luncheon on Friday, September 17 at the Mayfair Hotel.Guest speaker is Rodney Barreto, Superbowl host committee chairman.The… Read More
More Scooter Companies Have Joined The Fray
2020-01-12 11:57
These new Wheels scooters recently popped up around town.You may have seen more scooters on the streets along with the blue Revel mopeds which are also popping up around town.Currently, the… Read More
Woman's Club Installs New Officers
2020-01-11 09:00
The Woman's Club of Coconut Grove has new officers for 2020-2022.Seated from left: Fan Zhang, Second VP, Toni Valarezo First VP. Standing from left: Pat Vegnani, Treasurer (returning officer… Read More
2020-01-10 13:30
Join Dade Heritage Trust and partners Bike Coconut Grove and Friends of the Commodore Trail on the beautiful ride on the Underline and the Commodore Trail to Coconut Grove featuring a tour o… Read More
It's Last Call For The Tavern In The Grove
2020-01-09 20:07
Tavern in the Grove is closing after 33 years of doing business at 3416 Main Highway. Kim and Carmine Citro opened The Tavern on Halloween night, October 31, 1987. It seems to have always be… Read More
Nii Tei's Groove Tour Experience
2020-01-09 09:00
DJ Nii TeiA curated musical tour/bar crawl through Coconut Grove is taking place Saturday, January 18, all to raise money for the Castaways Against Cancer.Castaways Against Cancer help find… Read More
Four Shilling Short But Full Of Talent
2020-01-08 13:30
Four Shillings Short will be performing traditional and original music from the Celtic Lands, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, India and the Americas at The Barnacle on Saturday, January 11… Read More
Plymouth Church Is Holding A Service Fair
2020-01-08 09:00
Photo by David WinkerPlymouth Church is holding a service fair on Sunday January 12 to introduce Grove residents and church members to various service opportunities in our community –… Read More
Some Developers Are Wiping Out Many Trees
2020-01-07 17:05
Grovite David Villano has an interesting article in the Biscyane Times about our depleting tree canopy.David says last June, "The development team behind the [Douglas Road/US1 proj… Read More
Mountainfilm Returns For Fifth Year
2020-01-07 09:00
Telluride Mountainfilm, one of America’s longest-running documentary film festivals, will be showing films at The Kampong on January 10 and January 11 as part of its world tour program… Read More
2020-01-06 14:00
The Miami Beach City Commission has a plan to assign off duty police officers to each bar and club along Ocean Drive.The plan is for each bar and club to have an off duty cop at the business… Read More
Shakespeare In The Park Presents 'Macbeth'
2020-01-06 09:00
Shakespeare's Macbeth is coming to The Barnacle for this year's Shakespeare in the Park, which is celebrating its 15th year.Seth Trucks plays Macbeth. Macbeth is Shakespeare's shortest play… Read More
There's Barely Room To Breathe
2020-01-05 09:00
I noticed an interesting phenomena regarding these all too common zero lot line homes - we're turning into Brooklyn.What I mean is, there are no backyards at many of these new homes. Th… Read More
Full Moon Meditation At Vizcaya
2020-01-04 09:00
Vizcaya is holding a full moon meditation on Wednesday, January 8 from 6 to 7:30 pm.Let the moonlight bathe you as you connect to your stillness through a journey of meditation and sound fro… Read More
MCA Academy Is Having An Open House
2020-01-03 13:30
Discover MCA Academy Open House it is January 6 -10.Visit the MCA campus in Coconut Grove and find out more about this unique school for children with talents beyond school! It features smal… Read More
King Mango Strut Ushers In The New Year
2019-12-29 21:53
It was a long, hard road this year, but the Mangoheads pulled it off - the 38th annual King Mango Strut hit the pavement at 2 pm sharp on Sunday.  "Greta Thunberg" was Grand Marshal. An… Read More
2019-12-24 16:56
My favorite all time Publix commercial.The music in Last Train Home is from Still Life Talking an album by Pat Metheny Group, released in 1987. This Publix commercial ran from 198… Read More
How Much Do You Tip Your Freebee Driver?
2019-12-20 12:42
What do you tip your Freebee driver? Or Uber or a cab?I'm not going to change my ways, I'm just curious. I've always been a big tipper, not sure why. I think I heard long ago that that extra… Read More
2019-12-18 14:49
Coffee With a Cop is back at Starbucks on Friday, December 20.Stop by from 9:30 to 10 am and enjoy coffee and Christmas carols with local school children from Coconut Grove Elementary and me… Read More
2019-12-18 14:49
I think I told the story before, but that big condo sign story reminded me of a couple years ago when a developer commandeered our neighborhood. They're still here mucking things up, but at… Read More
2019-12-17 13:38
The Mutiny Hotel is having Christmas Caroling again this year. Stop by Thursday, September 19 from 7 to 8:30 pm to enjoy caroling, refreshments and nibbels, provided by Table 14.Cristina and… Read More

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