Published on January 15th, 2013 | by Dr. Richard Martorano0
Don’t Say There is Nothing to do in New Smyrna Beach
With that all said and done, 2012 went very well. 2013 looks like is going to be a busy year for me but also as I talk to some of my business friends, they anticipate having a good year too. I have to learn not to pay any attention to anything I read in the newspaper, or anything that I hear on the radio or on TV. If I did that, I’d want to cut my wrists.
We returned from a wonderful five day stay over the Christmas holidays in New York City. If there is a recession in America, there is not one in New York City. Hotels, breakfast, lunch, dinners plus Broadway and cabaret tickets were expensive. Those prices were not special for tourists. They were the same prices paid by NY locals: $15 for a glass of house wine, 20 bucks for a hamburger and french fries and theater tickets that start at $175 and go up. If you have to look at the prices – don’t go to New York City. All in all it was a wonderful five days and we look forward to our next visit.
2013 is going to be a busy year for all of us in New Smyrna Beach. Looking at the community calendar on the NSB Observer, you see that there are major events going on every weekend. Canal Street and Flagler Avenue have events scheduled monthly. Churches in the area have musical offerings weekly. The New Smyrna Beach Little Theater begins its season this month. The Hub on Canal Street has weekly and monthly events planned. They have over 65 artists in residence displaying work of every medium presenting in gallery showings. Arts on Douglas has monthly gatherings -Images will bring thousands of guests to New Smyrna Beach and over 100 artists in exhibition.
My vocal ensemble “The Rick Martorano Singers” will be in concert at Coronado Community United Methodist Church performing vocal and instrumental music “From Bacharach to Broadway” Friday and Saturday, February 8 and 9th at 7 PM Sunday, February 10 at 2 PM.
Twenty five soloists and ensemble members will be performing music “From Bacharach to Broadway.” Popular and Broadway music from composers Burt Bacharach, Anthony Newly and others will be performed by featured artists that include nationally acclaimed guitarist artist Brad Sayre. The Daytona Beach News Journal Entertainment Writer and nationally recognized satirists, Rick de Yambert with Dance members from Dance Express Studios in Holly Hill will also be featured.
Nationally syndicated cartoonist Bruce Beattie will be Master of Ceremonies for the concert. Guest vocal soloist will include: Ann Martorano, Patti Earl, Mary Jane Henderson, Michael Funaro, Shelly Wawrzonek, Karen Beattie, David Santiago Ellie Bono, Heather Nettles, Jackie Lee, Tree Hazard, Diane Parent, Jon Williams, Rob Hebel, Mandee Mitchum, Troy Mitchum, Violet Stoll and Ida Bailey.
Special guest artists will be the cast from the “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” recently presented at the New Smyrna Beach Little Theater directed by Patti Earl featuring: Carl Homewood, Jon Williams, Mandee Mitchum, Violet Stoll, Rob Hebel, Ann Martorano, Marcel Rosales and Michael Nguyen performing a selection from the show.
The concert is free; however a Goodwill Offering will be taken to support the music ministry of CCUMC and the New Smyrna Beach Little Theatre.
As we get enter spring, I will recognize more of our concert and community events taking place. For a little village the size of New Smyrna Beach, I am amazed at the talent that resides here.
So don’t say there is nothing to do in New Smyrna Beach. There is something for everyone at every price point. There are more free events in this area than in any community in the state. Take advantage of it and do yourself a favor by supporting local shops, concert venues, sacred and secular events presented by local churches and the celebrity events that are brought to our community. If you don’t you are missing a great part of the New Smyrna Beach experience.