Dade Heritage Days 2009


                                                Dade Heritage Days – 2009


                                          Building History: Making Memories


                                                March 1st – April 30th, 2009





Dade Heritage Trust Open House and Student Art and Photo Contest Exhibit

Friday, April 17, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

190 S.E. 12th Terrace, Miami


Surrounded by highrises, this 1905 neoclassical wood frame house, just off busy Brickell Avenue, is the headquarters of Dade Heritage Trust, Miami’s largest nonprofit historic preservation organization. A National Register site, the building was originally constructed by pioneer

Dr. James Jackson as his office and clinic. On display will be the entries for the first annual Dade Heritage Days Student Art and Photo Contest, depicting Miami’s historic landmarks.  Become a member of Dade Heritage Trust and help preserve Miami’s historic places and neighborhoods. FREE. For more info, call 305-359-9572 or e-mail





The Biltmore Hotel Historic Tours

Every Sunday, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 p.m.

1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables

Tour Coral Gables’ 1926 “Crown Jewel” with a Dade Heritage Trust Biltmore docent.  Ask about the “Roaring ‘20s” speakeasy. Meet in the hotel lobby. Special tours can be

arranged. Call Ruth Jacobs at 305-667-5222 for more info. FREE.


Everglades National Park Tour

Sundays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2:00 p.m. for 1 hour

Everglades National Park

40001 State Road 9336, Homestead

Did you know that there is an historic Nike Missile Base within Everglades National Park? Step into the Cold War past for a tour of the base where U.S. Army soldiers defended the nation from Soviet and Cuban missile attacks. Stop by the Ernest Coe Visitor Center or call 305-242-7700 for reservations and information. Park admission $10, no additional fee. Reservations required.


Psychic Fair at the Coral Castle

Saturday, March 1 and Saturday, April 4, 11:00 to 6:00 p.m.

28655 South Dixie Highway, Homestead

Come to the Psychic Fair at “America’s Stonehenge.” This historic and mysterious landmark of 1100 tons of carved coral rock is not to be missed. The Psychic Fair hosts fortune tellers, tarot card readers, and vendors selling incense and trinkets. Admission is $9.75 for adults, $5 for Dade Heritage Trust members with DHT membership card, $5 for children ages 7-12, $6.50 for Senior Citizens, and FREE for children under 7. Call 305-248-6345 or visit for more info.


Bike Hike along the Historic Old Ingraham Highway

Daily through Sunday, March 29, 10:00 a.m. for 2 ½ hours

Everglades National Park

40001 State Road 9336, Homestead

Explore the Everglades on a bicycle! Bikes, helmets and water provided, or bring your own. Travel back in time along the Historic Old Ingraham Highway to explore the fabulous views and diverse habitats of Everglades National Park. Stop by the Ernest Coe Visitor Center or call 305-242-7700 for reservations and information. Park admission $10, no additional fee. Reservations required/minimum age 10 years.


Coral Gables Museum Exhibit

Wednesdays and Sundays, March 4-April 30, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

2901 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables

Coral Gables Museum presents a Coral Gables time line exhibit focusing on the early history and development of the City Beautiful. Curated by historian and author Arva Moore Parks, the exhibit is installed in the Gables’ original Art and Architecture Center, now Old Spanish Village. For more info call 305-910-3996. . FREE.


Art Deco Architectural Guided Walking Tour

Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

Art Deco Welcome Center

12th and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Local historians and architects will provide a look into South Beach’s Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival and MiMo historic architecture. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students with school ID, free for Miami Design Preservation League members and children under 12. For more info call 305/672-2014 or visit


Historic Virginia Key Beach Park Trust Tours

Wednesdays March 4, 11, 18, 25 at 10:00 a.m.

4020 Virginia Beach Drive

Virginia Key Beach, once accessible only by boat, was established in 1945 as the only public beach for the “exclusive use of Negroes” in Dade County. In 1982 the City of Miami closed the park and it remained so until 1999. Citizens then formed The Virginia Key Beach Park Task Force in response to plans for private development of the property. In 2002, Historic Virginia Key Beach Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Walking tours of the renovated venues celebrate the distinct cultural and ecological past of this tropical paradise. FREE., 305-960-4600


Three Short Heritage Films Correction

Daily Upon Request through April 30

Biscayne National Park, 9700 SW 328th Street

Three 15-minute-long films are available in the Visitor Center--The Environmental Pioneers: The Grassroots Efforts That Helped Establish Biscayne National Park; The Jones Family: The story of how an initial $300 investment in land by the African- American Jones family was parlayed into a total resale of nearly $1.5 million and helped

preserve Biscayne National Park; and The Maritime Heritage Trail: Compelling information on the human side of six shipwreck sites within the park. No fee to enter park. Visitor Centers’ hours are 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday. For more info call 305-230-7275.


Fisheye Watercolor Batik by Vanessa Bryson

Wednesday, March 11 – Thursday, April 30

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 P.M.

Biscayne National Park, 9700 SW 328th Street 

ArtSouth artist Vanessa Bryson exhibits silk paintings and batiks inspired by the waters of the largest marine park in the National Park System. Kid Friendly, Accessible. FREE.



MiMo Biscayne Association 2008-2009

Walking Tours of Biscayne Boulevard and the

Neighborhoods of Northeast Miami

Saturday, March 14; Saturday, April 11; Saturday, April 25

10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

From the Vagabond Motel, 7301 Biscayne Boulevard

Covers 160 years of recorded history of Northeast Miami starting with the 1857 Military Trail that became Biscayne Boulevard in the 1920s and served as the spine for development of the area. Focuses on the boom time Belle Meade and Aqua Marine subdivisions and the architecture of the Mediterranean Revival, Art Deco and MiMo periods. Tour guides are John Bachay and Antolin G. Carbonell.  $10. For more info contact





Morningside Historic Homes’ 25th Anniversary Tour

Sunday, March 1, from 1:00 -4:00 p.m.

NE 57th Street at NE 6th Avenue  

A tour of eight contributing homes in the Morningside Historic District. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Examples are from the 1920s and 1930s and feature homes that have not been seen before. Celebrate the Silver Anniversary of historic designation as Miami’s first Historic District.  $12 in advance/$15 day of tour. . For more info call 305-877-1479.


Julia Tuttle, Mother of Miami: Walking and Metromover Tour

Sunday, March 1 12:00 Noon 3:00 p.m.

Historical Museum of Southern Florida

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Dr. Paul George as you experience the story of 1890s Miami pioneer Julia Tuttle, probably the only woman to found a major American city. See the site of her homestead, and learn how she was instrumental in convincing railroad tycoon Henry Flagler to bring the railroad to Miami, spurring the city’s growth. Visit her final resting place at Miami City Cemetery. 305-375-1621 for more info.

HMSF members $20, non-members $25.


A Walking Tour Celebration of Miami Modern

Architects in Bay Harbor Islands

Sunday, March 1, 10:00 a.m.

1000 Kane Concourse, Bay Harbor Islands

Kira Feldman and Hannah Imberman of Girl Scout Troup 802 have designed a self-guided walking tour of Bay Harbor Islands. The girls photographed the fanciful 1950s -1960s buildings in both the residential and commercial districts and compiled architectural facts. The result is “MiMo Mania” a 60-page booklet they published to encourage appreciation of Bay Harbor’s Miami Modern district. One FREE booklet per Bay Harbor Resident Family; $3.00 per booklet fee for non-Bay Harbor Islands residents.  Call 305-785-3163 for more info.


Old Miami High Grand Opening Dedication

Tuesday, March 3, 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Southside Park, 198 SW 11th Street

(Located by Brickell Station Metrorail and Metromover Station)

Kick off Dade Heritage Days by celebrating the restoration of Old Miami High. Built in 1905 in Downtown Miami as the city’s first high school, this wood frame structure was moved south of the Miami River in 1911. It served as the first Southside Elementary School from 1911-1914, later becoming a boarding house. In 2002 Dade Heritage Trust led a campaign to save the building from demolition for a condo development, securing funds from KV Brickell Partners, Ltd., the City of Miami, The State Bureau of Historic Preservation, Miami-Dade County, the Miami High Alumni Association, The Villagers, Miss Lamar Louise Curry and other private donors. In 2003 the building was relocated three blocks away to Southside Park. Despite hurricane damage in 2005 and funding challenges, Old Miami High has now been restored as an asset to the community, with an historic classroom for tours, educational meeting space and a City Parks office. Join civic leaders for a ribbon-cutting complete with music and refreshments. FREE.  RSVP Dade Heritage Trust, 305-358-9572.


Historic Hampton House and the Historical Museum Event

Thursday, March 5, 5:00-6:30 p.m

Historical Museum of Southern Florida

101 West Flagler Street

The Historic Hampton House Community Trust, Inc. cordially invites you to attend a

seminar and reception in honor of participants of our Oral History DVD. Honorees are: Dr. Dory Lingo, Dr. Preston Marshall, Dr. Malcolm Black, Ruby Thomas, Bernadette Piinkney, Dr. Mary Hylor, Georgia Ayers, James Anders, Rev. Dr. Walter Richardson,

Albert D. Moore, Timmie Thomas, Ricky Thomas, Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson, Gwenodolyn Welters, Elliott Flanders, Dave Nuby, Frank Pinkney, Dr. Richard Strachan, Harcourt Clark, Eugenia Thomas, Patricia Thomas, China Valles, Samuel Harrison, Dr. Anthony Dixon, and benefactor Richard Heisenbottle, AIA. View the 30-minute DVD, listen to Dr. Greg Bush, Florida Humanities Council Scholar.  Enjoy vocalist Dr. Mary Hylor, who performed at the Hampton House during its “jewel” days, and munch on refreshments provided by the Historic Hampton House Community Trust. Admission is FREE but seating is limited. RSVP to



Coral Gables Museum Architecture and Design Lecture Series

Friday, March 6, 7:00 p.m.

2901 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables

Building Close to Nature: The Early Architecture of Dade County’s Park System

UM School of Architecture professor and author Rocco Ceo’s presentation covers the design and construction of Miami-Dade County’s early park architecture and how this architecture evolved in a context of forest fires, devastating hurricanes and the post-boom

period of the 1930s. Seating is limited, reservations required. Call 305-910-3886 or

e-mail FREE.


Secrets of Coconut Grove Twilight Walking Tour

Friday, March 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Miami City Hall

3500 Pan American Drive, Coconut Grove

Take pleasure in learning all the secrets of early Coconut Grove from the Historical Museum’s Dr. Paul George, as you amble through the shaded byways of this leafy waterfront corner of Miami. Find out who is buried at the library, how Ralph Munroe built his home with natural and very effective air conditioning, what happened in the 1980s at the infamous Mutiny and more interesting details. Bring a flashlight. 305-375-1621 for more info. HASF members $20; non-members $25.


Miami Shores Walking Tour with Seth Bramson

Friday, March 6, 11:00 a.m.

Miami Shores Baptist Church parking lot

NE 96th Street and Fourth Avenue

Join “Mr. Memorabilia,” Professor Seth Bramson, for the first of his series of Dade Heritage Days tours as he takes us on an approximately 1 ½ hour walking tour of Miami Shores, where we will see some of the beautiful 1920s boom homes built by the Shoreland Company and learn about the incredible history of “the Shores.” The tour will depart from the south side of 96th Street. Wear comfortable clothing; a hat and heavy walking shoes are strongly recommended. FREE, but reservations requested to DHT at

305-358-9572. No Smoking during the tour.


Pioneer Homestead Walk with Mexican Lunch

Saturday, March 7, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Casita Tejas Restaurant

27 Krome Avenue, Homestead

Work up an appetite on this stroll of historic Krome Avenue in Homestead with the Historical Museum’s Dr. Paul George. Pay a visit to the Old City Hall Museum to meet Ruth Campbell of the pioneer Campbell family, and encounter an antique Homestead fire truck. Finish it all off by enjoying a delicious Mexican lunch of your choice at colorful Casita Tejas Restaurant. Advance registration suggested. Meet in front of the restaurant at 27 Krome Avenue and park free next door. Lunch is about $8. 305-375-1621 for more info. HASF members, $20; non-members $25. Prices for Tour ONLY.


Biscayne National Park’s Family Fun Fest: Legacy from the Past

Sunday, March 8, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Biscayne National Park

9700 SW 328th Street

Celebrate Florida Archaeology Month with a look at the human history of the largest marine park in the National Park System. Three hours of fun, hands-on activities for kids-complete them all and earn a special button! Kid Friendly, Accessible. FREE .

305-230-7275, for more info.


African Diaspora Coach Tour 

Sunday, March 8, 12:00 Noon 3:00 p.m.

Historical Museum of Southern Florida

101 West Flagler Street, Downtown Miami

Join Dr. Paul George to explore some of Miami’s unique black Caribbean neighborhoods that form a dazzling mosaic of sights, sounds and cultures. Enjoy a panoramic view of Bahamian Coconut Grove with its shotgun houses and historic Charlotte Jane Cemetery; see the Caribbean Marketplace and Notre Dame d’Haiti in Little Haiti, formerly Lemon City. Stop at People’s Bar-B-Que, where you can purchase lunch. Advance reservations and payment required. 305-375-1621 for more info. HASF members $39, non-members $44. Prices for tour ONLY.


Day Out with Thomas, Hero of the Rails, Tour

Saturday and Sunday, March 7 & 8 and March 14 & 15

Gold Coast Railroad Museum

12450 S.W. 152nd Street, Miami

Much-loved Steam Engine--Thomas the Tank--comes to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. Join us for a ride with Thomas, family-oriented games and activities, live entertainment and more! Learn about the history of railroading in South Florida on a self-guided tour of the museum. For info call 305-253-0063. Cost is $18 per person.


Moonlight Garden Tour of Vizcaya

Wednesday, March 11, tours begin at 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

3251 South Miami Avenue

Join us for a rare opportunity to see Vizcaya’s gardens by moonlight. Enjoy live music before strolling the formal gardens and learning more about them. Wine and light refreshments available for purchase. Tickets $15; $10 forVizcaya members.



Barnacle under Moonlight

Friday, March 13, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The Barnacle, 3485 Main Highway

Enjoy a concert on the lawn of The Barnacle Historic State Park. Bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the full moonrise over Biscayne Bay as Cindy Curtis & Company take the stage at The Barnacle, built in 1891 by Commodore Ralph Munroe. No pets. No alcohol. $7 per person. for more info. 305-442-6866.


Annual Tour of Miami Beach Gardens

Saturday, March 14, 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

200 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach

Annual tour of six private gardens on Miami Beach. An opportunity to see private garden retreats, waterfront estates and behind the gates of unique Beach residences. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of the tour. The tour includes a reception at Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Reception will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. for tickets on line. 305-673-7256 ext. 206 for further info.


Virginia Key Beach Eco-history Walking Tour

Saturday March 14, 10:00 a.m. 12:00 Noon

Join eco-historian Frank Schena for a walking tour of this historic black beach park, created in 1945 as a public beach for the black community after protests against segregation laws. The beach park had bathhouses, a carousel and other amenities. After closing for many years, it was restored and opened to the public in 2008. Call 305-375-1621 for directions and meeting place. HMSF members $20, non-members $25.


The Villagers Annual Garden Tour

Saturday, March 14, 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.

Presented by The Villagers, Inc. this lovely tour consists of amazing garden treasures

in our midst. Located partly in Coconut Grove, you will experience lush tropical beauty on this tour. $25. For more information and reservations call Shelia Revile at 305-661-2560 or log onto The Villagers cookbook “See It Like A Native” will be on sale for $22 per book. Proceeds benefit historic preservation projects and scholarships.


Family Art-Making at Vizcaya

Viz(ual) Arts: Sun Prints

Sunday, March 15, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.


3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami

Use sunlight to make a print of your own design. Families are free to drop in at any time and to stay as long as they like. Projects are designed to be accomplished in approximately 20 minutes and are Free with paid admission. 305-250-9133,


Matheson Hammock Eco-history Walking Tour

Sunday, March 15, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Matheson Hammock, 9610 Old Cutler Road

Walk with the Historical Museum’s eco-historian, Frank Schena, through Matheson Hammock. Hear about its distant past as an Indian hunting ground and marvel at the diversity of the flora and fauna there today. Lean how this former estate became Miami-Dade’s first County park and how the Civilian Conservation Corps designed and constructed the park. Meet at the parking lot just east of the traffic light. 305-375-1621 for more info. Members $20, non-members $25.


Women’s History Luncheon

Monday March 16, 12:00 Noon

Legion Memorial Park, 6447 N.E. 7th Avenue, Miami

The African American Committee of Dade Heritage Trust cordially invites you to attend its 11th Annual Women’s History Luncheon to benefit the historic Miami City Cemetery

Honorees this year will be Marie White, Elizabeth Woods Clark, Viola Farquharson Wiley, Ethel Hamilton Davenport, Anna Delia Byrd and Mary Moffat Miles. Come and enjoy an original skit about these women, written by Leome Culmer. Donations are $30.00 Please make checks payable to African American Committee of DHT. Call 305-638-5800 for more information.


Sunny Isles Beach Tour with Seth Bramson

Friday, March 20, 12:00 Noon

This grand tour of Sunny Isles Beach by bus leaves City Hall at 190th Street and Collins Avenue at 12:00 Noon. Park in the City Hall lot. This tour is limited to 22 people, the capacity of the bus. A marvelous look at the glorious history of the great city originally founded by Harvey Baker Graves as Sunny Isles in 1922. Tour is approximately 1 ½ hours. FREE but reservations are requested. Please call DHT at 305-358-9572. No Smoking during the tour.


Miami Springs Historical Society Bus Tour

Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m.

Meet at Grace Lutheran Church

254 Curtiss Parkway, Miami Springs

Enjoy a bus tour of Miami Springs’ historic homes, bridges, churches and sites built in the 1920s and 1930s and visit the Miami Springs Historical Museum. Learn about the genius of Glenn Hammond Curtiss and his colleagues who determined the destiny of Miami Springs and pioneered aviation on land and sea, changing transportation and breathing excitement into early Miami.  Ride in air conditioned buses with wide-view windows.  $20 per person for the tour and an additional $8 per person for a St. Patrick’s Day lunch of corned beef and cabbage at Grace Lutheran Church. This tour fills up quickly so make your reservations early. Call 305-805-3321.


Japanese in Florida Eco-Coach Tour to the

Morikami Museum and Gardens

March 21, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.

Join eco-historian Frank Schena on a coach tour to the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach. Learn how Jo Sakai founded the Yamato Colony with Japanese pineapple farmers, and how the land for the museum was donated by George Morikami. Enjoy the museum’s exhibits and a walk around the extensive gardens with Frank. Delicious Asian treats are available for purchase at the restaurant, and wonderful surprises are in the museum gift shop. Plus $9 special group rate museum admission. Advance reservations and payment required. 305-375-1621. HMSF members $29, non-members $44. Prices do not include Museum admission.


Pinewood Cemetery Pioneer Day 2009

Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon

Pinewood Cemetery on Erwin Drive just south of Sunset Drive

The City of Coral Gables and the Pinewood Cemetery Advisory Board present

Pioneer Day, a celebration of the history of early pioneer families, many buried at Pinewood Cemetery. Join us for a tour of Pinewood Cemetery, the oldest burial ground in Miami-Dade County commonly used as such since 1897. Harriet Stiger Liles, author of Pinewood Cemetery, Coral Gables, Florida, a History with Pioneer Biographies, is the featured guest speaker. The event is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more info, call 305-460-5093.


Brickell Twilight Walking Tour

Friday, March 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Tobacco Road

626 S. Miami Avenue, Miami

Tour the city’s financial district with Dr. Paul George. See the original home of Dr. Jackson, Brickell Park and the site of the trading post where Mary and William Brickell traded with the Seminoles in the 1880s. 305-375-1621 for more info. HASF members

$20, non-members $25.


Historic Walking Tour of North Miami -Dade Parks

Saturday, March 28, 10:00 a.m. - 1: 00 p.m.

Begin at three different locations 

Explore the heritage of North Miami-Dade Parks at “Enchanted Forest” Elaine Gordon Park, Arch Creek Park, and Greynolds Park. Bring the family along with a picnic lunch for a guided walking tour, 45 minutes long, or each of the sites. Bring along sturdy walking shoes, water, sunscreen and cameras. FREE.  Call Eric King at 305-948-2891 or

Lola Heasley at 305-895-1119 or Christopher Hernandez at 305-945-3425 for exact locations to meet.


Secrets of Miami City Cemetery: Presentation and Walk

Saturday, March 28, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Lean about tombstones of this historic graveyard and hear stories about the mysterious deaths of the inhabitants from the historical Museum’s Dr. Paul George, and see photos by Dr. Elliot Salloway. Afterward, take the Metromover to visit the final resting places of early settlers, Miami’s first mayor, the Burdine family and Julia Tuttle. Advance reservations suggested. 305-375-1621 for more info. HMSF members $20, non-members $25.


Commodore’s Birthday Celebration

Sunday, March 29, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway

Commemorate the birthday of Ralph Munroe, Coconut Grove pioneer and founder of Biscayne Bay Yacht Club. A delicious meal will be provided on the grounds of The Barnacle, Commodore Munroe’s homestead. Reservations are required. Call 305-442-6866 or visit  for info. Fee Charged.


Elliott Key: Island Dreaming Boat Trip

Sunday, March 29, 1:30 p.m., 3-hour trip

Biscayne National Park, 9700 SW 328th Street

Kid Friendly, Partially Accessible. Fee/Reservations required. 205-230-1100,


5th Annual Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay

Sunday, March 29, 11 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Deering Estate at Cutler

16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Palmetto Bay

Enjoy all-day live entertainment, an outstanding array of South Florida's freshest fish and seafood, cooking demos by local celebrity chefs, art exhibits, kid-friendly fun in the Lil Shrimp Kids Zone, tours of the historic Deering Estate and more… all while relaxing on the lush lawn of South Florida’s biggest backyard on the Bay. Bring your family and friends and plan to spend the day!  $15 for adults, $5 for children 4-14 years; Deering Estate Foundation members Free.  For more info, 305-235-1668 x. 263,


Stiltsville, Cape Florida Lighthouse & Key Biscayne Boat Tour

Sunday, March 29, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Bayside Market

401 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami

Voted best tour, Miami New Times. Enjoy this beautiful boat trip with Dr. Paul George to one of Miami’s hidden gems---Stiltsville, a remnant community of seven houses perched on stilts in the middle of the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay. See the Cape Florida Lighthouse, learn about the history of Key Biscayne and hear stories of fabulous parties and nefarious mobsters. Advance reservations and payment required. 305-355-1621 for more info. HMSF members $39, non-members $44.


Coral Gables Museum Architecture and Design Lecture Series

“The Villages: From the Craft Section to Old Spanish Village”

Friday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.

2901 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables

Award-winning Architect and UM Professor Jorge Hernandez will give a presentation on how the architectural “village” theme was at the heart of George Merrick’s original plan for the City of Coral Gables. Seating is limited, reservations required. Call 305-910-3996 or e-mail  FREE.


Sustainable Homes from the Past to the Future:

Featuring the Historic Dice House

and the Harum-Alvarez Home

Saturday, April 4, 2:00- 6:00 P.M.

Dice House at Continental Park

10000 SW 82nd Avenue

This event will begin with a presentation at the historic Dice House, located at Continental Park. After the presentation, attendees will walk over to the Harum-Alvarez home for a tour. The Harum-Alvarez home is known to be the greenest home in the region and is on the site of the historically designated Smoak cottage, which dates from the early days of Kendall. This will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Greg Bush, Associate UM History Professor and Director of UM Institute for Public Policy. The panel will feature Miami-Dade County District Commissioner Katy Sorenson, Thorn Grafton, AIA, LEEDS AP, Zyscovich Architects and Albert Harum-Alvarez.  FREE.  (305) 637-7977 for more info. 


Cape Florida Lighthouse Tours

Saturday, April 4, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

1200 South Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne

The Lighthouse and Keepers House will be open to the general public, and park rangers and volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions.  Local historian Joan Gill Blank will offer copies of her book for sale, Key Biscayne, A History of Miami’s Tropical Island and the Cape Florida Lighthouse.  The Boaters Grill will be serving fish chowder prepared from an old recipe recorded by a former lighthouse keeper.  Enjoy the newly refurbished Royal Palm brick walkway and signage, courtesy of a donation from Dade Heritage Trust, and support historic preservation by ordering a commemorative brick to recognize someone special in your life. Free admission to the Lighthouse after Park admission of $3 per individual driver; $5 for up to 8 individuals in a car;  $1 per walkin/bike.  305-365-0003,


13th Annual Miami River Day Festival

Saturday, April 4, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Jose Marti Park

SW 4th Street & SW 4th Avenue

Festival featuring riverboat tours, live music, children’s activities, environmental education, local food, historical re-enactments and much more. FREE.

Call 305-644-0544 for more info.


Stranahan House & Historic Fort Lauderdale Walking Tour

Saturday, April 4, 10:00 a.m-1:00 p.m.

Stranahan House

355 SE Sixth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

Join Dr. Paul George to explore this charming house on the National Register of Historic Places and see antiques owned by the family. Explore the roots of frontier Fort Lauderdale walking through this waterfront park on the old trading post site along the New River. Marvel at the century-old home of Fort Lauderdale’s first postmaster, Frank Stranahan, and wife Ivy Cromartie, pioneer schoolteacher. Call 305-375- 1621 for info.


Family Art-Making at Vizcaya

Viz(ual) Arts: Seedpots

Sunday, April 5, 1:00 -4:00 p.m.

South Terrace of Vizcaya

3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami

Bring your own garden. Decorate a pot and plant a seed. Families are free to drop-in at any time and to stay as long as they like. Projects are designed to be accomplished in approximately 20 minutes and are Free with paid admission to Vizcaya of $15 for adults, $6 for ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and under.  305-250-9133,


Shorecrest Poet Laureate Walking Tour

Sunday, April 5, 10:30 a.m.

Shorecrest Mini Park located at the intersection of

N.E. 84th Street, N.E. 8th Court and

East Dixie Highway

This tour focuses on the pioneer era of Northeast Miami, starting with a walk along a stretch of the Military Trail in the Biscayne Heights Subdivision and views of Dr. Potter’s 1874 canal and the 1920s’ mail order bungalows. It continues through the Shorecrest subdivision with views of homes from the pre-Boom, Mediterranean Revival, Art Deco and MiMo periods.  This tour ends under the 60-year old Poinciana that Mrs. Vivian Laramore Rader, Florida’s Poet Laureate (1931-1975) planted across the street from her home on East Dixie Highway. The Laramore Rader Poetry Group, founded in 1930, met at this location from 1949 until the early 1970s. The group disbanded in 1991. $10. For more info, contact


Biscayne National Park’s Family Fun Fest:

Spring Has Sprung!

Sunday, April 5, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Biscayne National Park

9700 SW 328th Street

Bunnies, colored eggs and baskets are springtime standards, but what’s the real story behind rabbits, bird eggs and bird nests? Three hours of fun hands-on activities for kids--complete them all and earn a special button! Kid Friendly, Accessible. FREE.



Ft. Lauderdale Intracoastal Waterway & New River Boat Tour

Sunday, April 5, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Cruise along the New River, the beautiful waterway that cuts through the heart of Fort Lauderdale, with Dr. Paul George. Admire the stunningly beautiful architecture of mansions on the Intracoastal Waterway. See the Finger Islands, Tarpon Bend, Colee Hammock, the historic district, Riverwalk and the Stranahan House. View the site of two forts, from which the city derives its name, as well as the Middle River, Birch State Park, Bonnet House and bustling Port Everglades. Advance reservations and payment required. 305-375-1621. HASF members $39, non-members $44.


Preservation at Nemours Mansion and Gardens and Vizcaya

Tuesday, April 7, 7:00 p.m.

Vizcaya Museum & Garden

3251 South Miami Avenue

Grace Gary, Executive Director at Nemours Mansion & Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware, discusses the recent 39 million dollar renovation and restoration project and its parallels to Vizcaya’s current preservation project. FREE. 305-250-9133,


Moonlight Garden Tour at Vizcaya

Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

3251 South Miami Avenue

Join us for a rare opportunity to see Vizcaya’s gardens by moonlight. Enjoy live music before strolling the formal gardens and learning more about them. Wine and light refreshments available for purchase. Tickets $15, $10 for members, students.



Barnacle under Moonlight Concert

Thursday, April 9, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy a concert on the lawn of The Barnacle Historic State Park. Bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the evening as the full moon rises over Biscayne Bay as Lenny Batista entertains with your old favorites on the grounds of The Barnacle, built in 1891 by Commodore Ralph Munroe. No pets. No alcohol. $7 per person for those age 10 and over; $3 for ag

Name Sales End Price
Dade Heritage Days 2009 Ended Free