Concerts, Toga Pub Crawl, art and a whiskey tasting

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The pandemic has been tough for all of us, but it has been brutal for small businesses, many of which had been forced to close their doors.

Others, such as Funky Mermaid and Pink Zebra, have miraculously managed not just to keep their doors open, but also to expand, all the while keeping conditions safe for their customers. Funky Mermaid 2, a mirror of its sister store, opened a few weeks ago at 1024 State Road A1A, Satellite Beach.

Kimberly McMillan and Mary Lou Diaz are the ladies behind these unique establishments that also offer local artists and crafters a much-needed venue for their works.

“Most everything in all three stores is made in the Space Coast,” said McMillan. “We encouraged women during the pandemic to explore their talents while forced to be home as to eliminate loneliness depression and anxiety.”

The stores also sell vintage collectibles, eco-friendly furnishings and upcycled furniture.

Both McMillan and Diaz are single moms with large families. McMillan co-parents a grandchild with her daughter. Diaz also owns Green Mermaid Cleaning Services.

Kudos to these brave ladies. Please consider patronizing shops like these.

Funky Mermaid Market is at 981 E. Eau Gallie Blvd., Indian Harbour Beach. Pink Zebra Consignment is at 971 E. Eau Gallie Blvd., next to Coasters in Indian Harbour Beach. For more information, call 321-241-4470 (Funky Mermaid) and 321-961-2184 (Pink Zebra).

Iron Oak Post in downtown Melbourne hosts whiskey and wine tastings

Iron Oak Post, 2023 Melbourne Court, downtown Melbourne, will host an Elijah Craig Kentucky bourbon tasting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 24.

$65 tickets include five tastings from Elijah Craig, a cocktail, plus a bottle to cherish at home. Highlight of the event is the extremely limited release Elijah Craig 18-year.

For tickets, search “Elijah Craig whiskey tasting” at

Iron Oak Post is partnering with Peruvian Fusion restaurant Coastal Bites for a wine tasting at Iron Oak. The event, scheduled for 6 p.m., Saturday, June 26, features five J Vineyards wines paired with tapas, plus a wine exclusive to the winery to take home.

Tickets are $60 and are available at Search “wine and tapas.”

Photos sought for Eau Gallie ArtWorks poster

The organizers of the annual ArtWorks festival held each November in the Eau Gallie Arts District are seeking photo entries from Brevard County photographers for the 2021 festival poster.

Entries must be received by midnight June 30.

Photos show something related to the Eau Gallie area. Each submission must be original work produced by the submitting photographer. A photographer may submit only one image for consideration.

Photographs should be taken in portrait (vertical) format. Thumbnail images should be no grater than 1920 pixels along the vertical side.

Photographs may be either color or black and white and may be either raw or enhanced. No totally digital art will be accepted.

The photographer will maintain ownership of the image, however, they must give ArtWorks full rights to reproduce, sell reproductions and exhibit the image. In return, the photographer will be paid $300 and given 25 copies of the ArtWorks poster.

The photographer must agree to sign some image reproductions and agree to attend some ArtWorks functions associated with the festival.

All questions and submissions should be sent to [email protected].

Eric Darius performs at King Center

He has shared the stage with Grammy greats such as Carlos Santana, Wynton Marsalis and Mary J. Blige. Eric Darius is now taking the stage of the King Center for a concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, June 27.

The saxophonist, composer, producer and vocalist is considered one of the most exciting musicians to enter the contemporary jazz scene in the past decade. He has been featured on Fox’s “The X Factor,” as well as on TNT’s “Mob City,” hailed Debut Artist of the Year by Smooth Jazz News, he has a No. 1 hit single and seven Top 10 radio hits on Nielsen’s R&R/Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts, and six critically acclaimed albums under his belt.

Tickets start at $75. Purchase at or by calling 321-242-2219.

Let freedom ring

Patriotic compositions are on the program for “Let Freedom Ring,” the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s free concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 26, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy’s Scott Center, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Melbourne.

The orchestra will be joined by tenor Aaron Odom during selections such as “God Bless America.”

The varied program also includes Omar Thomas’ “Come Sunday,” a joyous, spiritual tribute to the Hammond organ’s role in black worship service, as well as a tribute to local musical icon, the late Marion Scott, and a salute to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Admission is free, but reservations are required for tickets. Visit

Frits Van Eeden’s final local exhibition

Catch the Frits Van Eeden exhibition at Upside Gallery, 802 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, before the show ends July 4.

Van Eeden, mentor and teacher to countless local artists for more than three decades, will be relocating permanently to his native Holland.

The exhibit also features work from former Van Eeden student Karin Delagi.

For more details, call 321-414-5100 or visit

Toga Pub Crawl planned in Melbourne

Don the toga if you dare for Madhatter Promotions’ Sixth Annual Toga Pub Crawl, happening from 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, June 26, throughout downtown Melbourne.

The crawl takes off from Off the Traxx, 918 E. New Haven Ave., and will wind its way to Village Bier Garten, Pub Americana, Iron Oak Post, Chumley’s Depot and Debauchery. Participants can follow the core group or go at it alone.

Although costumes are not required, prizes and bragging rights will be awarded for the inventive outfits, be they plebeians or patricians.

Advance tickets are $18; ticket on the day of the event are $25. Tickets are good for six drinks (draft beer, house wine, well drink, punch or sangria) at the participating pubs.

Don’t’ even think of trying to purchase tickets and participate unless you are at least 21.

Get tickets at

Back to breakfast

It’s “Back to the Future,” as well as back to breakfast when Neighbor Up resumes its in-person Anchor Breakfast fundraiser at 8 a.m., Thursday, July 8.

The grassroots neighborhood revitalization organization, which operates a drop-in center for at-risk kids, plus affordable housing and a neighborhood market, is celebrating its 20th year.

The event will also be available virtually. Tickets are $50 for the in-person event. Virtual event registration is free. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more details, see

Last call for Foosaner Art Museum

Pencil in one last visit to the Foosaner Art Museum before it closes its doors after its last exhibition, “Abstraction: Retrospective Memories,” ends June 30.

Admission is free. For more information, call 321-674-8916 or see

‘Les Mis,’ the school edition

Catch “Stars of Tomorrow” today when the talented young thespians of the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse’s Star of Tomorrow present “Les Miserables School Edition” June 25 to 27.

The show packs the identical emotional wallop that made the original a legend in musical theater.

Tickets are $9 to $11 for performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Purchase at

Baby & Kids expo planned in Melbourne

Berri Patch Preschool will host the Space Coast Baby & Kids Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 26, at Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd.

Families can enjoy the free event that includes plenty of learning, playing and shopping opportunities. Featured are baby bump and face painting, costume character meet-and-greets, photo booth, balloon animals, vendors, door prizes, obstacle course and more.

Obtain free tickets through, search “Space Coast Baby & Kids Expo.”

Baking classes in Satellite Beach

The Florida Academy of Baking, 1370 Hwy. A1A, Suite E, Satellite Beach., is offering a variety of individual classes, private events and summer camps.

Register at or by calling 321-622-6185.

Keep on dancing with Merritt Island classes

Dussich Dance Studio, 125 Imperial St., Merritt Island is offering Summer Parent/child Dance classes at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 4.

Cost is $15 per week, or $100 for seven weeks, for the classes, which cover coordination, creative movement, dance and music. The lessons are geared for adults to take with children ages one to three.

The studio also offers a game-themed summer camp for ages seven and up. Classes run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, June 28 to July 2. The Human Body Camp runs July 12 to 16. Aquarium Camp is July 19 to 23. Additional camps include Dance Around the World Camp July 26 to 30.

Students dance, play board and group games, practice arts and crafts, learn dance routines and do team-building exercises.

Cost is $195 or $40 per day. Register at 321-452-2046.

Happy hour to benefit cancer care

In honor of National Cancer Survivors’ Month, Complementary Cancer Care will host an Art & Wine happy Hour celebration from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 24, at Keep It Local Brevard, 902 Florida Ave, Cocoa.

Suggested donation is $25. Cancer survivors are admitted free.

Call 321-266-0564 for more details, or visit

Painting with a Twist in Cocoa

Visit Painting with a Twist, 109 King St., Cocoa, for an evening of fun plus a masterpiece to take home, while helping support Harmony Farms’ Equine Assisted Therapy Program. The event takes place at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 24.

Cost is $40 to $50 per person, depending on the type of artwork participants take home. Half of registration proceeds benefits Harmony Farms. Drinks and snacks are provided. Visit

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