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Maria Sonnenberg For FLORIDA TODAY.
Published 12:37 p.m. ET Jan 6, 2021

Fantasy was theme for the third of four weekends at the 2020 Brevard Renaissance Fair at Wickham Park in Melbourne.

All is fair

The Brevard Renaissance Fair is back, and while things may look a tad different for 2021, the fun will be as exuberant as ever when this delightful hodgepodge of entertainment and history opens at Wickham Park on Saturday, Jan. 16, for a romp that runs through Sunday, Feb. 7.

The knights, jesters, wenches, minstrels and even the pirates descend upon Wickham Park to entertain the thousands expected to pass through the gates.

Strict COVID-19 protocols are in place and encompass social distancing, temperature checks and sanitation. Attendance is restricted to 2,500 per day.

Ticket begin at $23 for adult admission and $17 for children 5 to 11. Multi-day tickets and season passes are available. For the ultimate RenFair experience, consider the Royal Family VIP admission option and its bountiful extra perks.

For more details, see

First time for everything

When the pandemic threatened to cancel its 56th annual art show, the North Brevard Art League decided to conduct its very first digital show. It turned out to be the right move, as hundreds of art lovers and judges voted virtually to award winners among the 134 artworks.

The league partnered with Downtown Art Gallery in Titusville to present 33 of the winning works live and in person. The “Winners Showcase“ exhibition runs through Feb. 5 at the gallery, 335 S. Washington Ave.

Works on display include the Best of Show winner, “Community of Trees”, a watercolor by Kathie Benson; the People’s Choice winner, “My Imagination” by Hideko Mooney; and other winning artworks in a variety of mediums. The video of the complete show is still available for viewing at along with a list of all the winners

Downtown Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 321-268-0122 or visit


Play bingo free at Titusville Mall’s Common Area at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10.

BonWorth is sponsoring the party, which features prizes donated by mall merchants. Chairs will be set up for social distancing. Masks are required.

Titusville Mall is at 3550 S. Washington Ave.

Tim Dwight, proprietor of the Green Turtle Market with his top wine pick of the year- Typsetter Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2018


Green Turtle Market, 855 E. Eau Gallie Blvd., Indian Harbour Beach, celebrates the “Top Wines of 2020” by, well, drinking them, during a wine dinner at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15.

Master sommelier and Green Turtle owner Tim Dwight has curated the crème de la crème in 2020 oenology. The wines will be paired with a five-course menu that includes Wagyu beef tartare with a sunny-side-up quail egg, grilled antelope chop with a blueberry cabernet reduction and a foie gras-brioche bread pudding with smoking cinnamon among its courses. For full menu, visit

Reservations are required for the event, which costs $110 per guest. The fee includes a $15 credit towards the purchase of wines featured that evening.

To reserve, call 321-773-2001.

The Grill is (definitely not) gone

Pompano Grill, 110 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach, is back and better than ever, after a major makeover precipitated by the pandemic. The tiny but beloved restaurant has returned with all the favorites, including the James Beard Award winner, the Psychedelic Phish Burger.

Owner Jackie Sampson took the down time to update and refresh the facility to further enhance the dining experience.

Remember, Pompano Grill is small, so reservations are strongly recommended. Call 321-784-9005 or go through OpenTable.

For more, see

That’s amore!

For folks whose New Year’s resolution includes healthier, lighter eating, Carrabba’s Italian Grill is featuring a lighter menu with delicious courses less than 500 calories, including land and sea options, so there is no need to sacrifice taste, thanks to made-from-scratch Italian recipes.

The easy-on-the-figure menu features veal piccata (380 calories); wood-grilled chicken Marsala (450 calories); mahi wulfe, wood-grilled and topped with artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes (380 calories); and Tuscan grilled pork chop (390 calories). Pair the meals with the Sparkling Tuscan Lemonade made with Absolut Citron Vodka, II Tramonto Limoncello, house-made basil syrup and fresh lemon juice. (180 calories).

The restaurant offers contactless payment, online ordering, delivery and carside carryout to enjoy the lighter meals both in the restaurants and at home.

In Brevard, Carrabba’s restaurants are located at 1575 Palm Bay Road, Palm Bay (321-956-1900);  60 Palmetto Ave., Merritt Island (321-453-7045); and 7620 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne (321-253-0991) .

A running project

The Fight Child Hunger 5K will benefit both the Children’s Hunger Project and the Sharing Center of Central Brevard.

The Children’s Hunger Project serves more than 2,000 food packages every week at more than 40 elementary schools. Ever week, the Sharing Center of Central Brevard gives out 145 bags of food that provide breakfast, lunch and dinner to a family of four for a two-day period.

The race starts at 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, at Viera High School, 6103, Stadium Parkway.

Race fees are $30 for adults and $20 for youth the day of the race and $35 for the virtual race option. Early registration is $25 for adults, $15 for kids and $30 for virtual.

To register, visit

Take a stand on the sand

Combine yoga with a cleanup when HOTY on the Island and Keep Brevard Beautiful partner for a beach yoga mini-session and a shoreline cleanup from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, at Cherie Down Park, 8330 Ridgewood Ave, Cape Canaveral.

HOTY founders Suzanne and Joe Elliott will lead standing yoga poses for the first 30 minutes to warm up for the clean-up. KBB will provide grabbers, buckets, latex gloves, and trash bags.


Open House

Green Gables at Historic Riverview Village will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16.

Green Gables is the 124-year-old historic home of the Wells family, one of the generous benefactors who played a key role in the development of early Melbourne. Their vision and their generosity gifted the area with Wells Park and the first auditorium, the first library, establishing the first high school, and many more things in the community, all of which have been enjoyed by several generations.

Suggested donation is $20.

Green Gables is at 1501 S. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne. For more, see

Ladies’ Day

Melbourne Square, 1700 W. New Haven Ave., will host the Space Coast Women’s Day from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16.

During the free event, the women will be pampered with massages, makeovers and nail art. There are also giveaways, a fashion show, a fun photo booth and self-defense classes.

Free tickets are available at

Here comes the bride

Brevard’s Largest Bridal Event, Fusion Bridal Fest, comes to Melbourne Auditorium from 1 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17, with tempting hors d’oeuvres, luscious wedding cakes, beautiful floral displays, the latest wedding fashions, honeymoon destinations, music and more.

General admission tickets are $10 online in advance and VIP tickets are $25. VIP Tickets include priority admission, reusable tote with swag and reserved fashion show seating. The show follows CDC protocols.

For more information, search for “Fusion Bridal Fest” at

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