Cultural Calendar

Events Calendar Courtesy of the Cultural Council of Indian River County

The Galleries at First Pres is featuring Artists: Keith Mills, Susan Lavender, and George Pillorgé through June 27.   The Galleries are located throughout the campus of First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach.  The galleries are open for viewing from 12 pm to 3 pm, Monday through Thursday, offering special Guided tours on Wednesdays between 3 pm and 5 pm.  Admission is free.

The Coral Mermaid Gallery, 8905 US 1 in Sebastian is exhibiting paintings by resident artists, Lawrence Donghia, Julie Grm, Mary Ellen Koser, Susan Lavender, Sheila Lougheed and Anne Whitney as well as antiques and unique gift items.  Mention the Cultural Connection and receive a 10% discount during the month of May in celebration of Mothers’ Day.  Gallery Hours are 10 am to 2 pm Tuesday through Saturday.



“The Fantasticks” by Harvey Schmidt with lyrics by Tom Jones, opens Thursday, May 10 at the Vero Beach Theatre Guild and will continue to run through May 20.  The 1960 show’s original Off-Broadway production ran a total of 42 years and 17,162 performances, making it the world’s longest-running musical. The renowned musical score includes songs such as “Try to Remember,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” and “Much More.” Many productions have followed including television and film versions and today the show is still produced around 250 times a year.

Theo Blumstein as “El Gallo”

The simple love story tells an allegorical story concerning two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt into falling in love by pretending to feud.  The fathers hire traveling actors to stage a mock abduction, so that Matt can heroically seem to save Luisa, ending the feigned feud.  When the children discover the deception, they reject the arranged love match and separate. Each then gains disillusioning experiences of the real world, seen in parallel fantasy sequences. They return to each other bruised but enlightened, and they renew their vows with more maturity.   TIckets for “The Fantasticks” can be reserved by phoning the box office Mondays through Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm or online at

On Thursday, May 10, at 7:00 pm, the Indian River Charter High School Choral program will present a Spring Concert at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 7590 26th Street in Vero Beach.   Music presented will include Classical, Broadway, and Folk music. It concludes with a medley of Disney songs from years past. The Concert Choir, Women’s Choir, Men’s Ensemble, and the Show Choir will be featured under the direction of Gary Miller, Director of Choral Activities at IRCHS. For more information, please contact Ryan Kasten, Director of Music Ministries, at (772) 584-9744 or  This event is free to the community; donations will be accepted.


The Vero Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting its quarterly cruise on Saturday, May 12.  The bus will board at 8:30 a.m. at the Chamber office  located at 1957 14th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL.  The cost of $20 ($15 for  Chamber members) includes round trip bus, $10.00 in match play, 2 drink tickets and a delicious luncheon buffet. Ocean breezes, music, entertainment, gaming, sun, fun, networking and relaxation are yours for the day. The bus will be back in Vero by 6:00 pm.  to reserve space, contact Toni Kuster at or call 772.266.5459.



The Cultural Council invites you to attend the 22nd Annual Laurel Award Celebration, 6:00  pm on Wednesday, May 16 at Riverside Theatre.  Enjoy a VIP Cocktail reception, a 90 minute performing arts program on the Stark Stage by members of the Cultural Council, followed by dessert and champagne toast to the Laurel Award Honorees. Tickets, VIP $75 or Program only $25 are available at Riverside Theatre’s Box Office, 772-231-6990, or For questions or more information contact the Cultural Council, 772-770-4857.

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