Palmetto Bay loves to utilize its parks and provide fun things to do. This year, they added a new event to the schedule. Held July 14 at Ludovici Park, the Palmetto Bay Summer Concert was a concert, festival and car show combined.
Despite the hot, humid and cloudy weather nearly 1000 people came out to enjoy the day. Mayor Shelley Stanczyk said, “With this great event success, I think this is a wonderful signature event for Ludovici Park.” We have a great amphitheater, great lawn, generously donated parking areas and it's a great utilization of the entire property.”
At the entry of the event was an antique car show and competition organized by ‘Benefit Car Shows’. Attendees could tour the more than thirty pre-1977 automobiles and cast ballots throughout the day voting for their favorite. Those that voted were entered into a free raffle for about a dozen prizes. Everything from a Delorean to Fords to a CHiPs car to Spiderman could be seen here.
Miami-Dade Commissioner Lynda Bell, kicked off the rock-and-roll show mid-event when she introduced Fire Brigade, a high energy rock & roll band consisting of Miami-Dade County firefighters. Bell said, “In these tough economic times times, it is something that families can come to for free and I am proud to be here and have my office sponsor this event.”
There was plenty to do at the event as well. 95-year old Lt. Col. Eldridge Williams, one of the esteemed Tuskegee Airmen, was on hand the entire afternoon sharing his amazing World War II stories. The kids had a huge bounce house to use. Village staff, including Councilman Patrick Fiore, talked to people about other great goings on in Palmetto Bay.
Peterson Harley Davidson taught people how to ride a Harley utilizing a mounted motorcycle on a special flatbed truck. Dadeland-based World of Beer sold draft beer to help people beat the heat. JJ Catering sold skewers, hot dogs, burgers, frozen lemonade, french fries, and more.
The Kona Ice truck (owned by Pinecrest residents, Robyn and Robert Martinez) sold refreshing shaved ice where you added your own flavors and Incredible Kettle Corn sold unique and colorful popped-on-site kettle corn.
Palmetto Bay residents Humberto and Adriana Hallancia summed it up this way, “I like the sense of community with all the people here. It’s about family and the kids. Palmetto Bay does great things and this is something we really enjoyed.”