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Spady Living Heritage Day

August 17, 2009

delray-beachThe traditional ways of southern life come back to Delray Beach at the Spady Living Heritage Day on August 22, 2009.

After the success of last year’s festival, held on historic NW Fifth Avenue, this year’s festival will welcome back several popular entertainers, cooks and storytellers. The Spady Museum, located at 170 NW 5th Avenue, will be in the center of the action. The event is from noon to 10 p.m.; admission is free.

“We’re looking forward to starting off the season with a community celebration,” said Daisy Fulton, executive director of The Spady Museum. “The feedback we get every year is continuously positive. People like stepping back in time, if only for a day, to enjoy a simpler, uncomplicated time. Music, food and friends all together in downtown Delray Beach never gets old.”

Sponsored by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and Palm Beach County Cultural Council, the event will feature the storytelling of Butch “the Florida Cracker” Harrison; the Tradition Bearers of Renaissance Park of Marianna, FL; expanded children’s area; live musical entertainment; and a vintage farm exhibition.

The popular dancing talents of the area’s very own Delray Divas and Baby Divas will return, as will the foot stompin’ line dancing of Virtuous Productions of Boca Raton.

Last year, an estimated 4,000 visitors sampled a selection of Southern foods – from collard greens to fried cornbread and cracklin’ – and enjoyed a variety of performances including blues, gospel and R&B music.

Headlining the entertainment is the Strictly Business Band that will perform two R&B sets, one featuring vocalist Felicia Flint. Additional acts include the drummers of the Milagro Center, Bahamas 2 Miami Junkanoo Revue, DYMiN, Gospel Angels, and the Jr. Drinkwater Blues Band.

The Tradition Bearers of Renaissance Park will demonstrate making lye soap, broom making and other crafts that have passed down through the generations. Exhibitors will also discuss syrup processing, turn-of-the-century hand tools and life on the farm. Activities for children will include pony rides; face painting; a bounce house; a petting zoo; and traditional games, such as horseshoes, sack race, tug-o-war and 3-legged race.

Inside the museum, The Spady will present “Pahokee Prepares for War,” a photographic exhibition that depicts what life was like in the 1940s in Pahokee; the show runs through September 30, 2009. It is the first time the Spady Museum has showcased an exhibit entirely devoted to slice of life in the Glades. “Pahokee Prepares for War” examines the town at work and play as it faced the realities of World War II, and provides a rare glimpse into the community at a pivotal moment in history. The work of an unknown local photographer who was intimately acquainted with his subject, these detailed images and the associated captions offer a sense of events as they unfurl.

For more information about the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, 170 NW Fifth Avenue, call 561-279-8883 or visit

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