Cultural Calendar Dec 8-15


Performances & Events

Advent Organ and Poetry Series on December 8 , 11am

Andrew Galuska will be joined by nationally-recognized poets for morning presentation of the spoken word, highlighted by organ improvisation. The Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd Street in Vero Beach.  

Free Writers Critique Group on December 9, 10am. For all levels, Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street in Vero Beach

ELC offers Lagoon Lantern Walk on December 9, 5 – 9pm

Looking for a holiday event? Lagoon Lantern Walk; create your own mason jar lantern, make s’mores over the bonfire, and take a lantern lit walk among the mangroves. Treasure Coast Girls Coalition will have their food cart serving food starting at 5pm. The City of Vero Beach Recreation Department Antics Youth Circus will perform an excerpt of their Enchanted Christmas Ball from 5:30-6pm. Lantern making and s’mores will start at 6pm!

H.A.L.O.’s Masquerade Fur Ball on December 9, 7pm

Join H.A.L.O. on Friday, December 9th at Cobalt at 7:00 pm for a magical evening celebrating 16 years of no-kill rescue! Enjoy an unforgettable night alongside adoptable animals, a silent and live auction, and of course lots of entertainment!

The 4-course menu has been carefully crafted to delight the taste buds and an open bar will be provided to all guests. This is a formal evening wear event, including masks. We are excited to see all our rescue friends in their favorite masquerade attire!

Riverside Theatre Comedy Zone on December 9 & 10

Headliner Mutzie’s act includes music, a few props, some homegrown characters, and improv that is second to none. Mutzie is like the eternal class clown, never passing up the opportunity to get a laugh. Feature act Fasil Malik has a clean style of comedy that is witty, to the point, and will have you wondering what he will say next. Steve Kalisikwill be your emcee.

Riverside Theatre Live in the Loop on December 9 Jerzi and her band love to sing their versions of popular tunes with the unique sound of her electric ukulele. They cover songs from oldies to today’s hits as well as songs by bands that not many people have heard of. The band will also be adding some holiday tunes into their playlist to rock the holidays!

December 10: The Beatle Guys are a four-piece Beatles tribute band covering all your favorite Beatle songs from all their albums: Please, Please Me, Twist & Shout, A Hard Days Night, Help!, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road, The White Album and Let it Be! Plus they will mix in some classic holiday tunes!

Vero Beach Theatre Guild offers LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

December 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th

A play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory covering all the important subjects–mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why they only wear black!

“Funny, compelling…Brought down the house…” – The N.Y. Times

December 10, 5 -8pm Beachin it on Saturday Night Concert Series will be held on the second Saturday of every month from 5 – 8pm in front of Humiston Park on Ocean Drive. Come out enjoy great music, beer, wine, food trucks, and lots of fun for the entire family. Hosted by The Vero Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Sunrise Theatre offers

Black Box Theatre: Comedy Corner Featuring Bobby Collins Special Event

December 10, 2022 8:00 pm

Main Theatre: Turn Up The Heat Dance Studio: Clara’s Christmas Dream!

December 11, 2022 4:00 pm

Main Theatre: Oh What A Glorious Night!

December 14, 2022 6:00 pm

Main Theatre: Dance Academy Of Stuart: Bring On The Holidays

December 15, 2022 6:00 pm


VBMA Sundown Sundays on December 11, 4:30 – 5:30pm – Indian River Land Trust’s Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail Join Hester Bloom, VBMA docent, yoga, qigong, and meditation teacher, for a guided meditation walk through nature on Indian River Land Trust’s Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail. These walks will be gentle, immersive, and contemplative, similar to Japanese Shinrun Yoku or Forest Bathing. Participants are invited to slow down, awaken the senses to the environment, and feel a sense of well-being with the surrounding natural world.

For those interested, the walk will be preceded by a brief, informal tour of Changing Nature: A New Vision, Photographs by James Balog at the VBMA beginning at 3:30pm to deepen appreciation for both the photographic arts and the natural art of our Indian River habitat.

“Joy To The World: A Christmas Celebration” on December 11, 7 – 9pm

Join the ensembles of The Community Church of Vero Beach, Tapestry Brass,

Community Jazz Trio and soloists for a celebration of the season! The Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd Street in Vero Beach.  

Winter Concert on December 13-14, 7pm

A festive musical journey through the ages of classical and traditional music, featuring VBHS Theatre, Chorus, Orchestra, Concert, and Jazz Bands. Celebrate the sounds of the season with the talented students of the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Department!

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday)

for 0-24 months old on December 14 , 9:30 – 10:30am

for 2-4 years old on December 14 , 10:30 – 11:30am

Come celebrate the holiday season at McKee Botanical Garden during the Magic of McKee Festival of Lights

Gabriella Carillo
  • December 15 through December 17
  • December 20 through December 23
  • December 28 through December 30

6 to 8pm each night. The last admission ticket sold at 7:30 pm.

Relive moments of holidays past as you marvel at McKee’s nostalgic large-scale train display (December 20-23 and December 28-30) and listen to the sounds of the 1924 Wurlitzer Band Organ (December 20-23). Intermittent snow flurries create a traditional holiday spirit in the Garden along with Santa, outdoor holiday movies, performances by local entertainers and special holiday treats from the Garden Café. Thousands of bright and colorful professionally installed lights will illuminate the Garden pathways along with lighted holiday displays and festive decorations

Frank Spino Little Fanning Springs

Gallery 14 presents Start to Finish: The Works of Frank Spino & Carol Staub In honor of their 15th Anniversary Season Gallery 14 is thrilled to present a two month showing of the work of revered water media artists Frank Spino and Carol Staub.  On view through January 28, 2023. Gallery 14, 1011 14th Ave., in Vero Beach

ELC presents It’s The Little Things” A 12″ by 12″ Show, On view through December 24. Features 16 artists – 43 pieces of work.The artists are May Brandt, Judy Burgarella, Camy DeMario, Mary Ann Hall, J. Scott Kelley, Barbara Landry, Katherine Larson, Karen Marsh, Phyllis Petrillo, Annie, Talley, Kathleen A. Raymond, LuAnn Sampson, Mark San Souci, Kevin Thompson, Barbara A. Whitlam, and Arlene Willnow.

Valerie Cecire is the featured artist in the Tidal Gallery and will be exhibiting her contemporary landscapes. She is an award-winning artist whose art pieces are impressions and concepts derived from nature with abstract dimensions. Cathy K. Ferrell is also showing bronze sculptures during this show. All of the artwork is available for purchase.

Hank Feeley, “87979-yr679+b6”

Viva FOCA!” On view through December 30. Center for Spiritual Care,1550 24th St. in Vero Beach, at the corner of 16th Avenue and 24th St. Twenty-seven of Vero’s best-known artists works at the Center for Spiritual Care for a month-long group exhibition. Organized by a local group of art enthusiasts called Friends of Contemporary Art, entitled “Viva FOCA!”The exhibition will feature small works, none larger than 14” x 14”. It will be open to viewers by appointment after the reception through December 30. Call the Center at 772-567-1233 to arrange a personal tour.

On exhibit works by:

Rita Barone, Bonnie Bolton, Mary Garvey Beda, Stephen Edgar Bradbury, Ann Chwatsky, Hank Feeley, Ellen Fischer, Patricia Forelle, Mary B. Gallatin, Xaque Gruber, Susan Hale, Jill Kerwick, Barbara Krupp, Shotsi Cain Lajoie, Madeline Long, Gustaf Miller, Janvier Miller, George Pillorgé, Suzanne Roff, Barbara Rowles, Timothy J. Sanchez, Cree Scudder, Sean Sexton, Allan Teger, Emily Tremml, Janet Kipp Tribus and Maciek von Ato.

Artist Walford Campbell photo credit Brenda Ahearn

A.E. Backus Museum presents the latest exhibition by ceramics artist Walford Campbell, “Vessels: A Journey in Clay”

On view through December 31

Vessels: A Journey in Clay by Walford Campbell, the Jamaican-born ceramicist traces an extraordinary creative voyage, delving into an intimate and lifelong relationship with the earth.

Garden Entrance at McKee

Art Show Galleries at First Pres

On view through December 31

The show will feature the works of local artists

Valerie Cecire, Grace Cormier & Theresa Kelso

The galleries are located throughout the campus of First Presbyterian Church at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach.

Early Morning Dip by Fran San Miguel

Artists Guild Gallery is a fine-art gallery featuring original art by local artist-owners. Diverse styles and mediums are represented, and the art is changed, and rotated on a monthly basis. Classes are offered in oil, watercolor, acrylics, pastels, and drawing.  Located: 1974 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 3pm, Saturdays 11 – 3

Dorothy Napp Schindel New York City Melange

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on exhibit Indian River County Administrative Complex Bldg. A & B, First & Second Floors. Artful Architecture  – Member’s Exhibit featuring works by Ella Chabot, Patricia Forelle, Evelyn Haught, Gwen McNenney, Yvonne Steere, Judy Burgarella, Dorothy Napp Schindel & Patricia Willis. On View through January 4.

Art at The Emerson presents All Mixed Up Exhibit

An exciting exhibit showing mixed media art. On view through January 5 On the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach. Gallery Hours: Monday -Friday 10am – 3pm, No entry fee.

Clearwater Lady

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County On Exhibit Indian River County Courthouse Ella Chabot Solo Exhibit – “Illuminations”

On view through January 18.

Tony Caruso Tasty Eats

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on exhibit at the Intergenerational Center “Food, Glorious Food –

Member Exhibit”  On view through February 3, 2023. Featuring works by Judy Burgarella , Merana Cadorette, Tony Caruso, Gail Lois Jaffe, Gwen McNenney, Tara Rovani, Mark San Souci & Ardi Schneider.

Laura (Riding) Jackson’s Historic Home Opens for the 2022-2023 Season

Tours: Every Tuesday afternoon 1 – 5pm through May 23, 2023 

& The 2nd Sunday of each month 1 – 5pm through May 21, 2023

Final Ornament

Garden Club of Indian River County Christmas Ornament released for sale to the Community.  Marking the 31st year of producing the ornament, each year, featuring places in Indian River County that are near and dear to our hearts. Many residents enjoy collecting and gifting these ornaments and eagerly await their arrival. This year the Garden Club is happy to feature ‘Gardenfest!’. The brass ornament is adorned with our white trellis and colorful Bougainvillea. Celebrating the 20th year of this much-loved event, held each year on the first weekend in February under the oaks in Vero Beach. 20,000 people attend each year to find plants, herbs, various garden services, garden accessories and local business services.

Look Ahead:

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, (CMS) is one of eleven constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. The Chamber Music Society has its home in Alice Tully Hall – the finest hall in the world for chamber music. Through its performance, education, and recording/broadcast activities, it draws more people to chamber music than any other organization of its kind.

Magical Schubert  on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 7PM

Brahms and Arensky on Monday, March 20, 2023, 7PM

Performances at The Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd Street in Vero Beach.  

Celebrate LRJF’s 30th Anniversary with Carl Hiaasen!

January 19, 6:30pm

Proceeds benefit LRJF’s Teen Creative Writing Workshops, Adult Writing Workshops, and the preservation of Laura (Riding) Jackson’s historic home and gardens. Purchase your tickets Early.

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