Spring is in the air and thanks to the direction of Centennial Co-Chairs, City Clerk Tammy Bursick and Councilman Tony Young, the community is invited to take part in the number of fun events happening throughout the area to celebrate 100 years of our city’s rich history. April’s calendar is full of fun indoor and outdoor happenings so please plan your schedule accordingly folks.
Are you into poetry? Then consider entering the Laura Riding Jackson Foundation, “Celebrate Where I live” poem contest open to all Indian River County students from elementary to high school. Poems must feature historical persons, places, events or industries that make Vero Beach a special place to live. Vero Beach Book Center gift cards will be given to the first- second-and third-place winners for each of the school division and the winning poems will be read at the Aug. 8 Centennial Celebration at Riverside Theatre. For details and email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their office at 1914 14th Ave.
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Starting April 1 through the end of July, check out the collection of historic photographs and view documents from the year of Vero’s founding at the Archive Center & Genealogical Department on the second floor of the Indian River County Main Library.
March 30 — The Old Vero Ice Age is hosting another installment of its Centennial series starting at 10 a.m. at the Richardson Center on the Mueller Campus. World renowned archaeologist/anthropologist, Dr. Tom Dellehay is coming to Vero Beach focusing on “Sacred Memories and Landscapes: The Ethnoarchaeology of Living Mounds among the Mapuche of Chile.” The event is free to the public. A second talk “A View of the First Peopling of the New World from South of the Rio Grande” will be hosted at the Emerson Center that same day at 7 p.m.
April 6 — Centennial Crushin’ event to benefit Little Birthday Angels at the Summer Crush Winery starting at 6:30 p.m. Silent auction, giant 100th birthday cake, live music, great food and yours truly as emcee. Executive director, Angela Pietsch will highlight the good work our community has been doing for the past 100 years to fight homelessness. Reserve tickets online at wwww.littelbirthdayangels.org, type in promo code “BUYTWO” and save $25 at checkout.
The Steve Martin Memorial Regatta is coming April 7. (Photo: Wyatt Hyora)
April 7 — Steve Martin Memorial Regatta starting at noon. The Regatta will host 40 Opti and 420 class sailboats from all over the state. A series of 7-8 races will be held on two different courses set south of 17th Street Bridge. Boats will assemble and launch from YSF’s docks and ramps located on the grounds of the Vero Beach Waste Water Treatment Plant.
April 10 – Max Weinberg, drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street band, will be at the Emerson Center starting at 7 p.m. as the final show of the Live from Vero Beach concert series and as a fundraiser for the Centennial celebration. For tickets visit MusicWorksConcerts.com or call 800-595-4849 to get your tickets.
2007 Miss Hibiscus Jessica Gable with the first (1953) Miss Hibiscus Elizabeth Bass.
April 11 — The Miss Hibiscus Pageant is the kickoff event for Main Street Vero Beach’s Hibiscus Festival includes the crowning of Miss Hibiscus at the Heritage Center in historic Downtown Vero Beach. The pageant starts at 7 p.m. and will culminate in the crowning of Miss Hibiscus. The committee is still accepting applications from 15-19-year-old women from the Indian River County community. The Pageant admission is $5. For information on entering or sponsoring the Miss Hibiscus Pageant visit www.mainstreetverobeach.org or contact Cindy Goetz at email@example.com. Applications and information are also available at the Main Street Vero Beach business office located at 2036 14th Ave.
April 13 — Want to see the behind the scenes at Historic Dodgertown? The month of April is your chance on Saturday, April 13, Tuesday, April 16 and Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m., you can reserve a spot to learn about the ground-breaking history that has taken place at Dodgertown since 1948 while also learning about the new exciting events taking place. RSVPs can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 772-257-8532.
April 13-14 – The 2019 Hibiscus Festival. The festival’s origins date back to 1953, and will be a weekend filled with music, booths, juried fine art show, children’s activities, Miss Hibiscus and a Centennial History Bike Ride. Partipants will gather at 8:30 a.m. at the American Icon Brewery and the ride will feature three iconic Waldo Sexton properties: Ocean Grill, Waldo’s at the Driftwood Resort and the McKee Botanical Gardens. For more information contact the Main Street office, 299-1383, email@example.com.
Jackie Robinson and Ray Campanella at Historic Dodgertown during spring training. (Photo: File photo)
April 15 –Jackie Robinson Birthday Baseball Game starting at 6:35 p.m.at Holman Stadium at Historic Dodgertown featuring a Florida State League contest between the St. Lucie Mets and Fort Myers Miracle. The fundraiser for the United Way of Indian River County will pay tribute to Robinson who broke Major League baseball’s color barrier. A proclamation will be read by Vero Beach councilmember Tony Young honoring Robinson. Call 567-8900 for ticket information.
April 27 — Vero Beach Museum of Art’s Children’s Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free event includes art projects, local youth performances, kid-friendly tours of the Victorian Radicals exhibition, and lots of food options. Remember to check out the VBMA Indian River County Juried Student Exhibition on view in the Patten Community Gallery. For more info contact Sophie Bentham Wood at 231-0707
For in-depth interviews and details, tune into The Vero Insider on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. on 107.9 FM and be sure to check out www.verobeach100.org for changes to the calendar and sponsors. Special thanks to Florida Power & Light for being the presenting for the year-long Centennial Celebration
Anna Valencia Tillery (Photo: Contributed by Anna Valencia Tillery)
(Anna Valencia Tillery aka Ms. Vero Centennial, will be your once-a-month guide to all things pertaining to Vero Beach’s centennial celebration. She will be highlighting some the key upcoming events as the city recognizes its first hundred years.)