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February 2014
Recreation. Preservation. Education.
The Renaissance, South Florida-Style
The Renaissance, according to Wikipedia, lasted from roughly the 14th century to the 17th century, beginning in Italy and spreading to the rest of Europe in “a flowering of literature, science, art, religion, and politics, and a resurgence of learning…” Not surprisingly, this period in history when Europe made the transition from the dark ages into the modern era is a topic of great fascination for many people, especially the revelry and excess in costume and cuisine that marked the period.

Each year the Florida Renaissance Festival brings a taste of the Renaissance to Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, and this year the celebration marks its 22nd anniversary. Visiting kings and queens will all claim land for their respective countries, and the festival’s makeshift village will be packed with artisans and crafts people selling and demonstrating their wares, not to mention rides, nearly a dozen stages featuring continuous entertainment, and hearty food and drink of the time.

Irish dancers at Renaissance Festival

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to sunset for six weekends, from Saturday, February 8 through Sunday, March 16, plus President’s Day, Monday, February 17. Admission is $20 for ages 12 and up, $9 for ages 6 to 11, and free for ages 5 and under. Group rates and season tickets are also available. The park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person (children 5 and under free) will also be in effect.

For additional information, call Quiet Waters at 954-357-5100 or the festival at 954-776-1642, or visit Ren-Fest.com. The park is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #14 and #48.

Everglades Holiday Park a Top Florida Attraction
At the end of 2013, readers of USA TODAY Travel and its 10Best.com Website announced the results of their Readers’ Choice Awards, and in the category of 10 Best Florida Attractions, Everglades Holiday Park came in No. 3. The park is the only South Florida attraction to place in the top 10. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium ranked first, followed by Sarasota’s Ringling estate in second place.

Parks Celebrate Black History Year Round
February 1 marks the beginning of Black History Month, an annual commemoration that was established in 1976 to highlight the contributions of African-Americans to the cultures of the United States and Canada. The designation was an expansion of Negro History Week, which dates back to 1926 and encompassed the birthdays of both the abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.

To learn more about local black history, there’s no better place to start than at two neighborhood parks that represent Broward County’s distinctive pan-African cultural heritage. Across the parking lot from the county’s acclaimed African-American Research Library and Cultural Center – one of only three of its kind in the nation – you’ll find Reverend Samuel Delevoe Park. The park’s namesake was one of Fort Lauderdale’s first black police officers, a