Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wicked Weekend's Festivities on the Drive all in one easy place

If you are looking for a quick place to see the weekend's festivities, I have the link for you.

Surf over to and have a look around.

If you don't have access to the magazines you find in the bars, you can find the same advertisements there.

There is something different happening each night starting tonight lasting through Sunday Night.   Parking is available at Hagen Park, but since the Drive will be narrowed to one lane each way, it will go fast.   More details are on the web page.

You can also park at the Fort Lauderdale High School, Equality Park and the Old Sun Trust building on 26th St.  The our shuttle is available to get you where you want to go.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween Spooktacular

This one is for the kids and the little kid in all of us.  The Rec Volunteers are having a good old fashioned halloween party this Friday Evening.  

The announcement that we have here is directly from the source.   So Friday night, gather up your kids, put on your costumes, and enjoy some family fun!  

Any questions, you can reach the president of the Rec Volunteers directly by email at

 Halloween Spooktacular
Wilton Manors Elementary School
2401 NE 3rd Avenue
Friday, October 29th
6:00 - 9:00PM
Free goody bags for all youth!  Costume contest, games, arts & crafts, concession stand, hay ride pictures with the great pumpkin, entertainment and much more!!
Costume contest 6:15 - 8:30pm immediately followed by
 our famous Recreation Volunteers Giant Cake Walk!
We are looking for donations of baked goods and/or contributions to purchase on your behalf.  Checks payable to Recreation Volunteers can be picked up or dropped off at Hagen Park.  Please bring baked goods, homemade or store bought, directly to WMES on Friday anytime between 4-8pm.  Also need volunteers to assist with this event.  Please email if any questions.  Thanks!
Celeste Ellich - President
Stephen Zollo - Vice President
Diane LaVault - Treasurer
Kathy Dunkel - Secretary

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tonight is Taste of the Island

Tonight is the night - Taste of the Island!

The locals wait for this all year and we get some folks that plan their vacations around this. You can get tickets at the door for $35 or advance tickets may still be available at select locations around town. Tonight at Richardson Historic Park from 6pm to 9pm. Your chance to sample the best food on and near Wilton Manors!

The website has all the information including pictures from last years' participants.  This is a rain or shine event, and will be held out under the tents that have popped up over the weekend. You can explore the grounds of the park while there and see the work that has been done by Wilton Manors Leisure Services.

Come spend an evening with your neighbors here in Wilton Manors, and have a chance to sample that restaurant you have always wanted to try. 

Tonight from 6PM to 9PM
Richardson Historic Park
1937 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL, 33305

Entry fee includes all food and beverage Tastes. 
$30  Advance Sale Tickets are available October 1 through 5:00 pm October 25, 2010 at all locations.  Tickets at the door are $35. 

Advance sale tickets are available at:
City Hall,  524 NE 241st Court, Wilton Manors
Hagen Park, 2200 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
RCS Library, 500 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors
Barton & Miller, 2600 N Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors

Friday, October 22, 2010

Taste Of The Island Tickets are Still Available

If you are thinking about getting tickets for the Taste of the Island, you still have some time!

We still have some tickets and you will get a chance to sample some of the best food in the city and the surrounding area. Monday October 25 2010, 6pm to 9pm!

If you don't know what Taste of the Island is all about, you can surf their page.  Its a party for everyone in Wilton Manors, and everyone who would like to live in Wilton Manors.   We'll have entertainment and it is fun for the whole family. 

The particulars of "The Taste" as the folks here call it is that we get a long list of local restaurants together and give them a challenge to bring their best, bring your A Game and make up some food for everyone to sample!  You can rub shoulders with the locals and the wannabe locals, the City Officials and Volunteers and listen to them tell stories about each other.  It really is a great small town atmosphere... with FOOD!  Last year we had roving bands and live entertainment and this year will be no different. 

Every year this is held around this time and you're lucky enough to be able to have it on Monday October 25th, 2010.  We are holding it at Richardson Historical Park on Wilton Drive with nearby Hagen Park available for your parking needs!

Yes!  You CAN Park in Wilton Manors!  We just added around 100 parking spaces which will be available for you that night!

Entry fee includes all food and beverage Tastes.
$30  Advance Sale Tickets are available October 1 through 5:00 pm October 25, 2010 at all locations.  Tickets at the door are $35.

Advance sale tickets are available at:
City Hall,  524 NE 241st Court, Wilton Manors
Hagen Park, 2200 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
RCS Library, 500 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors
Barton & Miller, 2600 N Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Children's Art Project from the Artist

Kevin Kichar is the artist responsible for the initial concept of what he calls “THREE ISLAND PLAZA”,  we know it as Jaycee Park.  This is the little triangle park of land across the street from City Hall.  This is his description of the phases of the project in his own words.  The picture is the Artists Rendering of the final park.

Wilton Manors Main Street Public Art Project 

The concept for the Main Street Children’s art project is to create a mini plaza within the southern tip of Jaycee Park. Three Island Plaza was envisioned to display the past present and future of Wilton manors in three mosaic tiles sculptures. 

The design for the Postcard sculpture is to replicate the original 1925 poster used to sell land in Wilton Manors in a large scale format on a cement block wall, seven feet long by five and a half feet high. The cement block will be covered with the tile mosaic. 

The Benches are designed to be canvases for mosaics depicting animals, plants and sea life of the area representing our present. The lower riser or leg of the benches will be layered with the tile works. 

The “Clasped Hands” is a retaining wall around an oasis of palm trees and native plantings. The front face is the canvas for tile mosaics of natural colored stones. This element of the design is the future, how we work together to build a community.

The final element of the plaza will be a brick pavers floor approx. 410 sq ft. connecting the three sculptures. The center square of the floor will be patterned with the words of our sponsors. Lighting will be added to up light the Postcard and Clasped Hands mosaic.

Kevin Kichar

Monday, October 11, 2010

What is the big postcard sitting in the middle of Wilton Drive?

When visiting our city, right in the middle of Wilton Drive, you may want to see a Post Card that you can't send home to the family.  This would be the Children's Art Project at the Jaycee Park across from Hagen Park in Wilton Manors.

The first phase of the park, the Post Card, has been completed and this depicts the towers that used to grace the Five Points intersection at the North End of Wilton Drive.  The Towers were an entry point to the city and signified that you were entering someplace special.  The Post Card was a copy of one that was used by the Wilton Manors Historical Society for their publications for a while now, and the partnership between Wilton Manors Main Street and the Historical Society, is a natural one for the improvement of the little park.

You can see more about this including a link to a video explaining more on our Facebook Group wall...

Or a direct link to the video explaining it all and more.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Eat Your Way Across the Island

It’s time for the 5th annual “Taste of the Island” in Wilton Manors! As a co-sponsor of the event, we at Wilton Manors Main Street wants to encourage everyone to come out and experience the wide range of cuisines available from our local restaurants.  It’s a great way to enjoy food from your favorite restaurant (and to possibly find a few new favorites)!

Participating restaurants include:

Aruba Beach Café
Bid Dog Station
Blue Martini
Bravo Ristorante
Candela Café
Cat Fish Dewey’s
Cookies by Design
Courtyard Café
Crema D’Roma
Dakota Catering Company
Edible Arrangements
Fort Lauderdale Grill
Galanga Thai Kitchen
Georgie’s Alibi
Gold Coast Coffee
Humpy’s Pizza
Kelly’s Landing
Lola’s on Harrison
Maracas Mexican Bar & Grill
Mugs Sports Grill
Naked Grape Wine Bar
O’Verde Nutrition/Mollie’s Muffins
Premier Beverage/Bacardi
Parrot Lounge
Red’s Bar & Package
Rosie’s Bar & Grill
Southport Raw Bar
Sublime Restaurant & Bar
SW Catering
The Deck Bar & Grill
The Jib Room
The Melting Pot
The Painted Pickle
Totally Bananas
Village Grille
Westside Association of Wilton Manors

Taste of the Island is being held on Monday, October 25th at Richardson Park.  For more information and tickets, please visit   We hope you will come and enjoy an evening of food and wine in the Island City!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Would you like to be a Member?

Wilton Manors Main Street is in the planning phase for many events to be held in the city over the next year.  These events will happen in various locations, including Hagen and Richardson Parks, on or near Wilton Drive, and we could use your expertise! Everyone has something they’re good at, and we need all sorts of skills, talent and labor to continue to bring successful events to Wilton Manors.  If you would like a voice in these future events, we welcome your input.  

We are a member-based volunteer organization, so donations of time, expertise - and yes, monetary donations, too – are of great help to us. This will give you a chance to help us make the parties thrive and you will be able to see the “behind the scenes goings on” here on the Drive in the middle of a major event.  We need volunteers to do things like assembling tents, taking tickets, planning, fundraising and so forth.   We are also looking for folks who would be interested in becoming members, whether just to help out or to have an active voice in the planning of all that we’re trying to accomplish to make Wilton Drive the arts and entertainment destination for the Greater Ft. Lauderdale area. 

If you would like to be a part of Wilton Manors history, you can contact us at Main Street

Wilton Manors Main Street
2164 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL, 33305

You can email with any questions.

A link to our membership application is here and can also be found on our web page

You can join us today and meet up with some truly fascinating people!