November 2021

There are 79 blog entries for November 2021.

Every year, on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, people in Southeast Florida, the United States, as well as internationally, take the time to kick off the holiday season by giving back to their community. Whether it is donating money to a charitable cause or volunteering, Giving Tuesday is a day set to benefit the community.

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the ability of individuals and organizations to change their communities and the world. So, what is Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a remarkably simple idea. The idea was of a day that encourages people to do good for others and their community.

Giving Tuesday is now an independent nonprofit and a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions

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The West Palm Beach GreenMarket, 101 South Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, is celebrating its 27th season. This season the farmers market begins with national recognition. The GreenMarket was named the #1 farmers market in the United States by USA TODAY. It is the only Florida market included in the Top 20!

The 2021-2022 season is the largest GreenMarket in history. There are an added thirty new vendors, raising the total vendor count to 100. The GreenMarket opened almost thirty years ago. If you are interested in which vendors will be featured, please visit the GreenMarket Vendors page to see a complete list.

Free parking is available in the City of West Palm Beach managed Evernia and City Center garages until noon, at which time current

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Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday, often referred to as the "Festival of Lights." Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days and nights, starting on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev.  Hanukkah 2021 starts at sundown of November 28 ending at sundown on Monday, December 6, 2021.   For eight nights, families say prayers and then light candles in an eight-branched candelabra called a menorah. Most families also serve special holiday foods, sing songs, play games, and give gifts including Hanukah gelt also known as chocolate coins.

The Hanukkah story is based on historical events that took place in 165 BCE in Jerusalem. After the Second Temple in Jerusalem was desecrated, a Jewish priest, Mattathias, and his sons rebelled. Retaking Jerusalem and the Temple,

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Have you ever wondered where the phrase “Black Friday” came from?  Well, “Black Friday” is a term used for two unrelated occasions. While many people believe the term “Black Friday” finds its roots in the implication of black meaning “showing a profit; not showing any losses”.  That is not the case.

“Black Friday” is now most popularly used in America to refer to the day after Thanksgiving.  It is often considered to be the first day of the holiday shopping season and is known for featuring discounts from retailers. This is how most people interpret the phase.

Historically, “black” has been associated with days of economic stress as opposed to days of booming commercial success. The name “Black Friday” is also used to refer to September 24,

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 Happy Thanksgiving!

On behalf of our entire family of staff and agents at Waterfront Properties and Club Communities, we wish to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to our clientele for putting faith in our proficiency in aiding their real estate transactions.   Kindest regards,   Rob Thomson    Waterfront Properties & Club Communities  
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Here is a simple cranberry sauce that is quick and simple just in the nick of time for Thanksgiving dinner. Southeast Florida is very well known for its abundance of citrus groves. This cranberry sauce has a unique citrus zest.  Just simmer fresh cranberries, sugar, orange zest, and a cinnamon stick together until slightly thickened.


- Two 8-ounce packages of cranberries, fresh or frozen

- 1 orange, zest cut into strips, and juiced

- 1/2 cup sugar

 - 1 cinnamon stick


Put all the ingredients into a saucepan over medium heat and simmer until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve at room temperature or cool and refrigerate. Remove the cinnamon stick before serving.


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Like most modern-day holidays, Thanksgiving has changed and developed into the uniquely American tradition that we all love and enjoy so much today. There is a lot about Thanksgiving that you probably don’t know. Here are a few interesting facts to either intrigue or annoy your relatives on Turkey Day in Palm Beach County.

The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 and included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians and lasted three days. Also, did you know that turkey wasn't even served at the first Thanksgiving — and that the Pilgrims didn’t use forks because they weren’t invented yet? Impress your kids (and the in-laws!) with these crazy, yet true, fun facts about Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving was a presidential decision.  President Abe

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The weather in Southeast Florida during the Thanksgiving holiday is so beautiful that keeping time spent in the kitchen down to a minimal amount is imperative.  Here is a simple appetizer to prepare for your guests to enjoy while the turkey cooks. 

Cranberry Brie Bites


1 (8-oz.) tube crescent dough

Cooking spray, for pan

Flour, for surface

1 (8-oz.) wheel of brie

1/2 c. whole berry cranberry sauce

1/4 c. chopped pecans

6 sprigs of rosemary, cut into 1" pieces.


Preheat oven to 375° and grease a mini muffin tin with cooking spray. On a lightly floured surface, roll out crescent dough, and pinch together seams. Cut into 24 squares. Place squares into muffin tin slots.

Cut brie into small pieces

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Southeast Florida has a fun tradition called DrinksGiving.  DrinksGiving is celebrated the night before Thanksgiving.  It falls on November 24 this year.  DrinksGiving is the ultimate homecoming celebration. Local bars are packed as adults returning home for Thanksgiving weekend meet up with friends and family and catch up over drinks and laughter.  

Thanksgiving is for remembering to have gratitude.  DrinksGiving is just a fun night.  Remember, drink responsibly and assign someone to be designated driver. If the designated driver is drinking, be grateful for Lyft and Uber!

We can never get enough holiday cheer, especially when there is a day specifically meant for us to have fun with our friends. Get out there and embrace the holiday spirit!


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As temperatures cool in Palm Beach County, it provides the ultimate opportunity to meet one of our most-loved residents, the Florida manatee. Our beloved “sea cows” are massive marine mammals that live in the coastal waters of Florida.

Manatees have earned the reputation as gentle giants.  They are large, slow-moving marine mammal with an elongated, round body and paddle-shaped flippers and tail. Manatees are herbivores, feeding solely on seagrass, algae, and other vegetation in freshwater and estuarine systems in the southeastern United States.  Manatees on the average weigh up to 1,000 pounds and up to ten feet in length.

From mid-November through late March, these sweet creatures migrate from the cold ocean waters and seek refuge in warmer

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