City envisions grand events to come on outdoor stage

jeroline mccarthyWhen Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland closed and then opened her eyes, she observed, “I am looking out onto the audience of a component of this stage, designed to accommodate as many as 4,500 guests. Restrooms are still being added behind the stage, and the next challenge is to add the roof to cover this stage.”

The scenario staged the distinguished supporters taking snips during the ribbon cutting of the outdoor stage at the Palm Coast Arts Foundation in Town Center.

On stage is Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland and the distinguished supporters at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.(PHOTOS BY JEROLINE D. MCCARTHY/DAYTONA TIMES)
On stage is Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland and the distinguished supporters at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.  (PHOTOS BY JEROLINE D. MCCARTHY/DAYTONA TIMES)

Rebecca DeLorenzo, Flagler County Chamber of Commerce president, tackled the formalities Saturday while Sam Perkovich, Palm Coast Arts Foundation president, stood in the middle, taking in the great strides that the foundation made from a concept to where it is today.

The Palm Coast Arts Foundation continues to grow with a single vision, to design and build a Center for the Arts that will establish the Palm Coast-Flagler area as a world-class forum for the performing, visual, literary, and graphic arts.

The mayor suggested championing the project to attend upcoming events, relating the happenings to friends and family, and becoming a Palm Coast Arts Foundation member.

County Commission Chair Nate McLaughlin shared, “On behalf of the grateful residents of Flagler County, the Board of Commissioners and all those involved in this project, here is a check for $150,000.”

The negotiable instrument, turned over to Perkovich, was made possible by folks visiting the county, staying in the hotels, and increasing the tax dollar. It was a great way to spend the money, and McLaughlin thanked the foundation for bringing the arts and culture to the community.

Dance, song, poetry
The afternoon illumined with music and dance, aerial acts, baton twirling, and comedy.

An opening performance of dance, song and poetry was performed by the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, pastored by the Rev. Edwin Coffie. It brought narrator Leila Jordan, poetess Anne Phillips, singer Adrian Worsley, and liturgical dancers Barbara Solomon, Yvette Knighton, Arlanda Williams and Cynthia Jones.

As mentioned, Sam Perkovich serves as Palm Coast Arts Foundation president. She is followed by Leon McLaurin, executive vice president; Lori Genk, secretary; and Perry Gambrell, treasurer.

The staff members include Nancy Crouch, executive director; Barrie Michaels, Marketing and Events director; Anita DiLeonardo, bookkeeper; and Terry Dougherty, office assistant.

The advisory members take in James Harter Sr., Howard Holley, Jules Kwiatkowski, and Sue Thomson.

And, the trustees involve Tom Corum, Michael Davis, Bettie Eubanks, Lindsey Florence, Joe Ganci, Julie Guimond, Awilda Hamilton, Dr. Leila Hardison, Linda Hellings, Pat Leipfert, Joan Mangano, and Shelley Ragsdale.

Holiday boat parade set for Dec. 17
A countdown to the Palm Coast Yacht Club Holiday Boat Parade has begun and continues the holiday tradition, now in its 31st year. Mayor Milissa Holland will serve as the grand marshal.

Brightly lit boats will glide down the Intracoastal Waterway and delight hundreds of observers watching from the banks and celebrating with parties and music come Dec. 17.

The boats will be accompanied by other vessels from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, Tow Boat U.S., and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Boat captains are invited to register with Parade Captain Robert Ulis at 386-283-5166, or at The forms are also available at the Palm Coast Yacht Club website at A rain date has been set for Dec. 18.

Official notice of the parade’s status, or whether a rain date will go into effect, will be posted on the Palm Coast Yacht Club website as of Dec. 17.

Registered boats will gather on Cimmaron Basin at 6 p.m. and head east to the Intracoastal Waterway, where the parade will turn south and pass Tidelands, Canopy Walk, St. Joe Walkway, Waterfront Park, and Island Estates prior to turning at the Grand Haven Gazebo and back to Clubhouse Waterway.

Boat captains, registering for the event, are required to attend a special meeting, outlining regulations and procedures. The meeting will be held at Marina Cove on Dec. 17, 10 a.m.

Attending will be members of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, Tow Boat U.S., and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The Palm Coast Yacht Club offers a variety of social activities for boaters and non-boaters. It provides opportunities for boating trips, dinners, dock parties and picnics.

The club, established in 1979, welcomes new members each month.

First Church to present ‘Messiah’
Remember that Handel’s “Messiah” promises to mesmerize its audience for a one-day engagement, Dec. 10, 4 p.m., at First Church. The oratorio, featuring the First Church Choir of Palm Coast, will be directed by Dr. Samuel Shingles.

The admission is free, but a freewill offering will be requested.

The Rev. Dr. Gillard S. Glover serves as pastor of First Church at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.

For further details, contact the church at 386-446-5759.


As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.

Birthday wishes to Sunny Delaney, Dec. 10; Alexis Luckett, Dec. 9; and Erica Malloy, Dec. 10.



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