DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – For South Floridians looking to inject culture and fun into their summer, look to The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum (www.spadymuseum.com), which recently announced its upcoming slate of summer offerings through June. The museum is located at 170 NW 5th Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444. For more information, call the museum at 561-2798883 or visit www.spadymuseum.com.
Now through May 31 Location: Spady Museum, Cost: $10 Bahamian Reflections
Imagery of Historic Bahamas. Museum staff is curating more than 40 color and black-and-white images taken from 1870-1938 that depict the pristine nature, cultural lifestyle, regional landmarks, characteristic architecture and indigenous plant life, mainly of Nassau before the advent of modernization. The exhibit was culled from the Caribbean Photo Archive. Some of the photographers featured in the exhibit include Jacob Frank Coonley, William Henry Jackson, and O. Pierre Havens, who captured scenes that encouraged the tourist trade and provided souvenirs for visitors.
Saturday, May 14 and Saturday, June 11 Ride and Remember Trolley Tour 10 am – 12 pm, Cost: $25
When you board the “Ride & Remember” Trolley Tour, the history of Delray Beach comes alive! Illustrated with colorful stories of the personalities and happenings that influenced the growth of the city, the tour does more than relay facts – it draws the riders back in time. Climb aboard and enjoy the interactive, personalized stories of Delray Beach’s interesting origins and development.
Friday, May 20 “Sets in the West” Neighborhood Block Party/Florida’s Emancipation Day 5-9 p.m.
Along NW 5th Avenue, Delray Beach; in front of the Spady Museum http://setsinthewestdelray.com/
Celebrating the beginning of summer, the “Sets in the West” Neighborhood Block Party will feature entertainment from Pocket Change & Cohen Robinson and graffiti artist Jay “Remote” Bellicchi, painting live. The city’s Parks & Recreation department will host a Kids’ Corner with a mini-tennis court, and guests can enjoy performances by Alkebulan Belly Dancers of the Nile and hot food from Tom’s BBQ and Dilly Dally Italian Ice food trucks.
May 20 is also celebrated as Florida’s Emancipation Day. The Spady Museum will have a list of activities, including a showing of the documentary, African American Neighborhoods of Old Delray; Kemetic Yoga demonstrations and registration for classes to be held at the Spady Museum; African drumming and belly dancing (on stage) by Cultural Expressions; and a drowning prevention information table, in honor of Bay McBride, a youth who drowned at “Jap Rock.” Kids will enjoy story time on the Williams Cottage front porch, where Carlton L. Newton will read Imani and Her Mighty Voice.
Wednesday, May 25 Delray Speaks: A Community Conversation
— Topic: Dr. Virgil Norris, Delray Beach’s first resident black surgeon. How did a local black doctor empower a community?
7 p.m. Suggested Donation: $5
Saturday, May 28 Book signing and reading of Africa’s Child by Maria Nhambu 6 p.m. Admission: Free
RSVP Required: 561.279.8883
Saturday, June 18 Juneteenth Celebration 3-8 p.m.
Old School Square 51 North Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Admission is $30; youth 17 and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.spadymuseum.com or by calling 561-279-8883.
Celebrate the end of the Civil War and Slavery in the United States with food, live music, belly dancing, artistic expressions, afro-centric shopping, an underground railroad scavenger hunt and more.