Annual Chowder Cook-off with a Twist!
The 28th Annual Chowder Cook-Off with a Twist is on.
General admission to the event is $25 per person at the door.
Want to beat the crowds and be the first to taste the chowders and twists? This year's VIP party is hosted by Wild Ocean Seafood Market. VIP admission ticket includes early admission, sampling without the crowds, gaming tables and instruction from Victory Casino Cruise lines, a complementary beer or wine, a special giveaway, early silent auction bidding and tons of door prizes. All tickets sold will be entered in a grand prize drawing.
The Chowder Cook-Off with a Twist is hosted by the Convention and Visitors' Bureau of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Spectrum Productions and the Canaveral Port Authority.
The event will be held on Friday, Feb. 1 at Cruise Terminal No. 4 in Port Canaveral.
The event is open to the public with the VIP admission beginning at 5 p.m., and the general admission at 6 p.m.
This will be a great opportunity to sample foods from local restaurants and support the tourism community.
Tickets are available at www.visitcocoabeach.com, the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce office (400 Fortenberry Road, Merritt Island), the CVB's Tourist Information Center (8501 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral), Norman's Raw Bar in Cocoa, Rusty's Seafood in Port Canaveral, Fishlips in Port Canaveral, Wild Ocean Seafood Market in Titusville and Port Canaveral and all Crest Cleaner Locations.
All admission includes sample tastings of all chowders, appetizers and desserts, hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, silent auction, drawings, live entertainment and lots of fun!
Restaurant participants will compete for the coveted "People's Choice" Award, as well as the award for the best chowder, according to the local celebrity judges panel.
Restaurants interested in participating should contact the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce's Convention & Visitor's Bureau at (321) 784-6444 for more information.
Additional event information is available at www.visitcocoaceach.com.
'Hooray For Love'
"Hooray For Love" is a valentine cabaret with vocalist Margaret Cross and accompanist Diane Spahr.
It will be Friday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $18.
A valentine cabaret is a celebration of classic songs looking at all facets of that certain feeling, from romantic to ridiculous.
The event will be at the Upstairs at the Henegar, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.
For more information, visit www.henegar.org or call (321) 723-8698.
Country music legend to play at local venue
Tickets are now available to hear one of America's greatest country music legends, singer-songwriter Willie Nelson, in his return to the King Center in Melbourne.
Willie Nelson, with special guest Lukas Nelson, will play at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
With a career that has spanned six decades, Mr. Nelson has won multiple awards, including countless Grammy's, American Music Awards and Country Music Awards.
Recently, the Country Music Association honored Mr. Nelson with an all-star tribute at the CMAs in Nashville, Tenn.
He has also amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist.
With songs such as "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys," "On The Road Again," "To All The Girls I've Loved Before" and "Georgia On My Mind," it's easy to see why his career has stood the test of time.
Be sure to get your tickets soon for this amazing concert. Tickets start at $40.50, plus fees.
Join in at 6 p.m. for the Picnic on the Patio (weather permitting). Maxwell's will also be open.
Black heritage festival planned
The 13th annual Black Heritage Calendar Fest, presented by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, has been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
The doors will be open to the public to view displays at 5 p.m.
The event, which includes a sit-down buffet and entertainment, will commence at 6 p.m.
The guest speaker is Corliss Heath of Tampa. Ms. Heath is the former chaplain for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, southern region.
The mistress of ceremony for the program is Rolanda Gallop, an adjunct communications instructor at Florida Institute of Technology and president/CEO at RoJe' Communications.
Tickets are required. Attire is Afro-centric or casual.
For more information about the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Melbourne-Palm Bay Alumnae Chapter event, including where and how to purchase tickets, contact Xiomara Thomas at (321) 917-2511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music marathon with bridge crossings, music
The State Farm Melbourne Music Marathon Weekend is coming back for a third year Feb. 1-3.
The Sunday marathons will feature four bridge crossings over the Intercoastal waterway with live music along the way.
Runners may also bring their own music, as well. Headphones will be allowed.
Both marathons, a full and a half, are certified courses with ChronoTrack timing, perfect for runners of all ages and levels.
Cash and prizes for the event total $17,000.
The marathon is also a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.
The start for both the full and half marathon will be near the intersection of U.S. Highway 1 and U.S. Highway 192.
The marathon route will be north on U.S. Highway 1 to the Eau Gallie Causeway, then east over the causeway, south on Riverside Drive, and then back west over the Melbourne Causeway. The full marathon is two laps around.
Registration is open at www.smoothrunnion.org.
For more information, visit www.themelbournemarathon.com.
There will also be a 5K, an 8K and a kid's run on Saturday, as well as other activities all weekend.
The Cancer Care Foundation of Brevard 5K "Coloring the Causeway for a Cure" run will start at 10 a.m. Saturday and will be on the Melbourne Causeway.
'Build Me Up Buttercup'
The Cocoa Village Playhouse presents the world premiere of "Build Me Up Buttercup - The Musical" Feb. 1-21.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the playhouse.
Author and composer, Tony Macaulay, has written this new musical that features many of his top hits, as well as new music that he created for this production.
Mr. Macaulay has sold more than 52 million records and CDs of his songs worldwide. Twenty-four of his songs were Top 20 hits in the United States, including four at No. 1.
The Cocoa Village Playhouse is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa Village.
For tickets or more information, call (321) 636-5050.
February's 'Sweetheart's Ball' swings with jazz
It's the "sweetest" time of year again, and music lovers of all ages will have a chance to take to the dance floor Thursday, Feb. 7 as the Swingtime Jazz Band presents its annual "Sweetheart's Ball."
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the dance begins at 7 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
Dance tickets cost $5 in advance or $7 at the door, and may be purchased from Marion Music, Honor America, WMMB, and Brass & Reeds.
Musical selections will feature original and much-loved arrangements from masters, such as Duke Ellington, the Dorsey Brothers, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and more. In addition, popular local vocalists Sally Hart and Len Fallen will perform.
The band auxiliary will have a concession table with snacks, soft drinks, bottled water and ice for sale.
Tables can be reserved in advance for groups of six more by calling the band office at (321) 724-0555.
Those who would like to brush up on their dancing skills can do so from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., when Laura Beers, www.adancersvoice.com or (321) 751-4766, offers lessons. Cost is $5, payable to the instructor.
More information about this event and others is available by calling the band at (321) 724-0555 or visiting www.melbournemunicipalband.org.
Romantic big band concert at the center
The Melbourne Municipal Band will present "A Romantic Evening," a big band concert by the Swingtime Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at the Henegar Center, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.
"A Romantic Evening" will showcase the tunes of Big Band masters Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie and Les Brown. Popular local vocalists Sally Hart and Len Fallen will also perform.
This is a fundraising concert to benefit upgrades to the Henegar Center.
Cost is $20.
Tickets available from the Henegar Center by calling (321) 723-8698 or by visiting www.henegar.org.
For more information, call (321) 724-0555, email email@example.com or visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org.
Pianist to perform at center
Hyperion Knight, classical to popular pianist, will perform at the Atlantic Music Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8.
Cost for adults is $27, with students younger than 18, $20.
The Atlantic Music Center is at 25 S. WickhamRoad, Melbourne.
For tickets and more information, call (321) 768-2221.
Legends of country music
The Fifth Annual Country Legends Tribute show is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, with two shows, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
This is a two-hour live performance will feature the music of Patsy, Hank, Johnny, Carrie, Miranda and many more legends of country music of yesterday and today.
Tickets cost $20 per show and include a pre-show party and intermission.
Tickets can be purchased at www.htacademy.org/country-legends, www.countrylegendsband.com or by visiting either location of Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy.
For more information, call (321) 723-8323, Ext. 317, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.htacademy.org.
Pops present 'compo-sitions'
The Space Coast Pops Orchestra presents "Big Band Bash" for the second concert of its 27th Annual Season Subscription Series at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Merritt Island First Baptist Church on State Road 520 and Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island.
Conductor Mark Nelson will direct the Pops Orchestra in performing "compo-sitions" of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Claude DeBussy and Giacom Puccini, with "A Salute to the Big Bands," and "A Salute to Irving Berlin," plus other selected classics from the Big Band era.
Featured vocal soloist Elizabeth Nelson will sing "Embraceable You," "Night and Day," "Blue Moon," "Beau Soir," plus a number of other favored classics.
Single concert tickets cost $20 for general admission at advance at ticket outlets and are $3 extra at the door.
Call (321) 632-7445 for more information, ticket outlet locations and single concert reserved seat tickets.
'Mosquitoes, Alligators and Determination V'
The Brevard Theatrical Ensemble presents "Mosquitoes, Alligators and Determination V" as part of the Second Pioneer Day on north Merritt Island at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
The event will follow the Traditional Florida Fish Fry inside the Historic St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 555 Tropical Trail, Merritt Island.
The Brevard Theatrical Ensemble's Professional Tellers will present tales about Florida's historical past.
The events and people involved with the states long history is exciting, funny and sometimes sad; but always entertaining.
The nonprofit ensemble uses these historical facts to bring a frozen moment in time back, so that you can share the common ground on which we all walk.
Cost for the fish fry and performance is $12. The performance only is $5.
For more information, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.brevardensemble.com or call (321) 452-5260 or (321) 676-0697. Seating is limited.
Sunday afternoon music
"Music on a Sunday Afternoon" presents Austin Church at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.
Mr. Church plays with elements of country, folk, Americana and rockabilly, with Caribbean and pop/rock influences.
For more information, call (321) 868-1104.
'Strawberry Shortcake' brings her sweetness to town
Everyone's berry best friend "Strawberry Shortcake" (www.strawberryshortcakeontour.com) makes her Melbourne theatrical debut Feb. 10 in Koba Entertainment's all-new musical production, "Strawberry Shortcake: Follow Your Berry Own Beat," featuring special guest stars, the Doodlebops. Tickets are on sale now.
Single tickets may be purchased by visiting kingcenter.com or by calling the King Center ticket office at (321) 242-2219.
The live show was written, choreographed and directed by Koba's artistic director and theater veteran, Patti Caplette. Lorelei Bachman, along with her father, Randy Bachman (The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive), co-wrote three brand new songs for "Strawberry Shortcake: Follow Your Berry Own Beat" that are guaranteed to have families dancing in the aisles.
"Strawberry Shortcake," a favorite of little girls and moms alike for more than 30 years, will be played onstage by Toronto native Amelia Sirianni.
The production also brings to life her best friends "Orange Blossom," "Lemon Meringue," "Blueberry Muffin," "Raspberry Torte," "Plum Pudding" and "Cherry Jam" and features original and fan favorite songs from the hit TV show, "Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures," currently airing on The Hub network in the U.S.
The musical adventure takes audiences to the whimsical land of Berry Bitty City where the whole town is buzzing with anticipation for the Glitzy Glaze Talent Show.
Before the girls of Berry Bitty City hit the stage, theatergoers will warm up their singing voices and stretch their dancing muscles with the touring cast of the Doodlebops. Responding to calls from their legions of clamoring fans, "Rooney," "Moe" and "Dee Dee Doodle" take to the stage in a live concert performance that will get the whole audience movin' and groovin'.
The King Center for the Performing Arts is at 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
For tickets and more information, call (321) 242-2219 or visit www.kingcenter.com.
Valentine's music program
Those who wish to treat their special someone to a free concert for Valentine's Day should mark the calendar for Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 13 and 14, when the Melbourne Municipal Band presents "An Evening of Romance" at 7:30 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne. There is no charge for the concerts, and tickets are not required.
The program will feature some well-known romantic classical selections, such as Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro Overture," as well as the music of Cole Porter, Ray Charles and Gershwin.
Conductor Staci Cleveland will perform a flute solo, "Vocalise," by Rachmaninoff, and Dorothy Wright will be the guest vocalist for "Embraceable You" and "Someone to Watch Over Me." Pre-show entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., and will be presented by Romance - a guitar, voice and trumpet combo.
Call (321) 724-0555 or visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org for more information.
World championship boxing heading to city
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber, All Star Boxing and the Tourist Development Commission of the Space Coast have announced that they are bringing World Championship Boxing matches back to Palm Bay on Feb. 22.
Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.
The one-night event will be held at the city's community center at 1502 Port Malabar Blvd. N.E., Palm Bay.
Tickets are $20 for stands and $35 for ringside and are available in advance on the Palm Bay Chamber website, www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com, or by calling (321) 951-9998. Tickets may also be purchased at the door and are subject to availability.
This is the third year that All Star Boxing is bringing the Telemundo/NBC broadcast event to Palm Bay. Last year the event brought in close to 1,300 attendees for eight bout matches, which surpassed all expectations.
Sponsorships are available at the $250, $500 and $1,000 levels, with the deadline to sponsor Feb. 15.
Last year's sponsors included Melbourne International Airport, Palm Bay Ford, Joe Raley - State Farm, Peninsula Title and Alpha-Omega Training and Compliance.
Interested companies wishing to sponsor the event may contact the Palm Bay Chamber at (321) 951-9998, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Additional information can be found at www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com.
Dinner and music fundraiser
David's Steak & Seafood, 302 Ocean Ave., Melbourne Beach, will present a four-course, gourmet dinner with wine pairing and an array of chocolate desserts as a fundraiser for Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24.
Tickets cost $60 each.
There will be music, dancing and raffles.
Dress is casual cocktail attire.
For tickets, call Fern Adams at (321) 698-0720.