HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD!
An All American City!
By Glenn Arnette, lll
It is not the town of movies, but movies have been made there. It is not known for heavy automobile traffic, but walking traffic on the world famous Broadwalk. It is not known for shadows on the beach from high rise hotels, but quaint adorable small hotels, shops and restaurants that line the ocean. It is not known to be a wild and crazy place, but a family beach where one can sun and play all day. Forget high prices, enjoy reasonable rates.
Come relax and be a real person again, not one of the millions you step over while enjoying your vacation. Come to Hollywood, HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA, just North of Miami and on the South side, right next door to Port Everglades where you will soon find the largest sailing ship on the High Seas, the Oasis. It will carry up to 5,600 people per sailing. So, that makes Hollywood the perfect place to stay before and after a cruise!
Hollywood has arrived and the red carpet is out for all to enjoy! It is all about beaches, water- play and marinas, parks and nature, art and culture, golf and sports, gaming and entertainments, history, shopping and dining out. Is there any other place?
It all starts with the magnificent work by the Hollywood Office of Tourism and Judy Erickson. Hollywood today is exciting because of the energy generated by this exceptional Tourism office. When in town you can find all the answers by calling 954-924-2980 or check their website at www.hollywoodfl.org
My adventure started with a tour of the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. This is one of only six Major Cultural Institutions in Broward County. With the brilliance of Jane Hart, the Center Curator, they offer some of the most unique art showings in the Southeast and are a multi-disciplinary organization. (Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Education Programs) Exceptional artists can showcase their work and there is a permanent art collection always on view.
Joy Satterlee, the Executive Director (pictured with Jane Hart) of the Hollywood Art and Cultural Center, presented with Jane the future and expectations of this leading art center. Also attending the presentation was Kerry Phillips and Ken Kahn of Broward County. It is rare to find a group of people with so much love and desire all channeling their efforts to see that a Museum maintain the quality so needed to be successful in an area. These people have Hollywood and Broward County at heart! Contact them at 954-921-3274 or go to ArtAndCultureCenter.org
Congratulations on your work to bring talented artists and shows to your membership. This is a must when in Hollywood!
Next we took time out for a delicious lunch at the Hollywood Beach Marriott and guess who we ran into as head Chef of Latitudes, a wonderful dining facility located right on the Broadwalk on the ocean? It was Ron Duprat who recently was seen on the television show TOP CHEF. Believe me when I tell you that this delightful Haitian gentleman serves some of the best food anywhere. As a matter of fact he was recently invited to chef for Bill Clinton.
His background and information can be found if you just Google his name. When I tell you his crab cakes are to die for, I sincerely mean it, but the oysters on the half shell were unbelievable! That was just two of the many items we were offered while there. The setting, the hotel, the food, the beach all make a perfect moment in time! Thanks, Ron, for the great time!
Are you ready to meet the man who is the Welcome Center Coordinator? His name is Wade Bragg and is probably one the nicest people in Hollywood. He also is the winner of the Hollywood Sunsational Award. If they had stars on the walk of fame, he would be there. With Wade and Judy we took a tour of the 2 ½ mile breathtaking ride alone the Broadwalk passing all of the famous spots along the way. From great outdoor restaurants, bars, ice cream establishments to wonderful Mom and Pop quaint motels, parks, band shell, and more, this Broadwalk is accented with tropical palms and the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean. Those palms and the white sand make this the Paradise I love telling you about. You must find a little motel, sit out front, have a cocktail and chat with people as they stroll by or get up early in the morning a watch the sunrise.
OMG! There is no rush in Hollywood, it is one of those moments in time that are so hard to find.
My last stop was the ArtsPark at Young Circle and the demonstration in Glassblowing with Butch Schmidt and Drew Cobb. We also met and enjoyed demonstrations with Ana Ester Souea working metal and jewelry and George Gadson working in sculpture. My personal thanks to Karl Chuck, the Arts Park Program and Events Manager for his exceptional presentation. Call for information 954-921-3500
You must take time and bring the family to see the park with some of the largest Baobab Trees in this country. It is a real walk in the arts and an experience you will long remember.
I have discovered my new Paradise on earth and it is very close to my home, as I am only about four hours away. Hollywood is next to Miami, but you would never believe it. Who needs Miami anyway when you can have it all in Hollywood? Hurry and make those plans to walk the Broadwalk and rediscover your soul. We need this!
Hooray for Hollywood, Florida!
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