Stuart Magazine - December 2017


If you are anything like me, you have probably run into some interesting characters while carousing the various entertainment venues scattered throughout the area. Some of my zaniest friends would secretly like to be rock stars...


...while my more conservative friends become offended by the slightest musical provocation. I'll bet you all have wacky as well as circumspect acquaintances with the same hidden harmonic tendencies.

No matter the musical preference, take your friends to one of the many karaoke haunts around town. I have to tell you that I’m always amazed at the nerve displayed by people who regularly attend these any-thing-but-ordinary Observances.

Sometimes daft and delirious, but oftentimes adept and accomplished-—with an occasional Savant displaying all four traits—the typical assemblage of performers (at least when it gets dark and alcohol is involved) provides some of the most whimsical entertainment that Stuart has to offer.

Image from Open Mike Night at Terra Fermata

Image from Open Mike Night at Terra Fermata

But, oh yes, not to worry! December has plenty of other frolicsorne activities to engage in with these bemused friends of yours.

You could find yourselves at a Crazy Fingers performance or enjoy a group named Strangetowne at Terra Fermata. Perhaps witness as Strung Like A Horse brings in the New Year at the same concert venue on Dec. 31. And, in an attempt to be serious, this one is a must: the quintessential Christmas show, "The Nutcracker” which runs for three nights (Dec. 9, 10 and 23) at the historic Lyric Theatre in downtown Stuart. There are other holiday-inspired presentations at the Lyric throughout December, but in addition to the Christmas-oriented festivities, there will be a melodious offering by one of the craziest characters in all of Martin County, Michael “Spuz” McGaorty. McGoorty has been performing throughout the area for a number of decades and will be bringing his frantic, world-class musical interpretation, “Pure Zeppelin”, a tribute to Led Zeppelin, to the otherwise dignified theater. The house will be rockin’ on Dec. 30 when Stuart’s own iconic “Spaz”, along with his and mates, will surely nail the iconic band’s epic songs, which many of our friends partied to over the years.


Hobe Sound: Amazing Things
Martin County: Charlie's Neighborhood Bar and Grill
Jensen Beach: Jensen Beach Bowl
Stuart: Ground Floor Farms, The Crafted Keg, The Deck Restaurant
Historic Downtown Stuart: Sneaki Tiki
USI Stuart: The Tiki Sports Grill
Hutchinson Island: The Gin Mill
Port Salerno: Manatee Island

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