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Top 10 End Of Summer Events

By Amy Bailey — July 17, 2015

Our summer days are fleeting but you can still make the most of your end of summer with these top 10 events:

dcMiami Swim Week – If you find yourself in Miami this weekend, you may be interested to know that it is Miami Swim Week. After major sponsor IMG pulled out, PR mavens, designers, and show enthusiasts banded together to make sure the show must go on. With events like Wildfox’s Night Swim at The Delano, Mara Hoffman’s exclusive invite-only show at Casa Casuarina (former Versace mansion), a Sunday BBQ at The Standard, and a Pop Up at SLS supporting Miami nonprofit Style Saves, Miami Swim Week is as fun as ever, (oh and did we mention models in bikinis?)

bayscallopScalloping in St. Joseph’s Bay – Scalloping season just kicked off in Florida and that means now through September 24 you can travel to the Old Florida town of Port. St. Joe or the charming peninsula of Cape San Blas and head out into St. Joseph’s Bay to go scalloping. Some go by boat others simply tread out in the water. Scallops typically murky water, waist-high water, and like to hang out in sea grass. They travel in clusters  and one day may be in one area and the next day may find another place to hide. They are difficult to see but can be spotted by their bluish ‘eyes’ reflected by the sun. If you spot one that means others are near by. They are so delicious and fresh that they can be enjoyed raw. Here are MyScoop’s tips on How To Sear The Perfect Scallop and also a Scallop Pasta Recipe.

irisIris at Brooks Memphis Museum Of Art – With limited release across the US, this is your chance to see Iris July 26 2-3:25 pm. Iris pairs the legendary documentarian Albert Maysles—who died on March 5 at age 88—with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 94-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, this documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. Iris portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, Apfel continues to embrace the values and work ethic established in a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression.

TonyBennettLadyGaga311x233Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga in Chastain Park – If you haven’t been to a concert in Chastain Park in Atlanta you have to got to go. A truly magical experience with incredible musicians. On July 29 8pm Delta’s Chasten Classic presents Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga for what is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. There are still tickets available but very limited.


lobsteringLobstering in Florida – The Spiny Lobster is celebrated around Florida with statues, food festivals, concerts, contests and fund raisers and July 29, 30 marks a mini-season and August 6 marks the beginning of regular season. From Key West to Panama City you can witness lobster mermaids, try lobster fritters, attend a lobster tournament, and discover all the ways Floridians enjoy the Spiny Lobster season.

Dirty Linen Night in New Orleans – Beginning as a spoof of the popular White Linen Night a dozen years ago, Dirty Linen Night has evolved into a full-scale art event, showcasing local artists and crafts persons in the heart of the French Quarter. The 15th Annual Dirty Linen Night will take place on Saturday, August 8 in the art galleries and antique and craft shops of the 200 to 1000 blocks of historic Royal Street, as well as galleries on nearby side streets. The event, which is free and open to the public, goes 6:00 p.m. to roughly around 9:00 p.m., and as many as 40-50 galleries and shops are expected to participate.

dirtydancingDirty Dancing Festival in North Carolina – “Nobody puts baby in a corner.” Fans of the cult-classic Dirty Dancing will relive memories of Baby’s first dance at the “Dirty Dancing Festival” in the film’s original, breathtaking backdrop of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock August 14-15. Also this same weekend is the annual Lake Lure Olympiad three-day sports festival.

Moon Taxi at Three Caves in Huntsville – A concert experience like no other set among the background of three enormous caves In Huntsville, Alabama. The talented and very popular band Moon Taxi will perform August 28 6pm, hurry and get your tickets only $35 each here.

jaumecheekwoodCheekwood’s Jaume Plensa Exhibit in Nashville – Experience the dramatic sculptures of internationally acclaimed Spanish artist Jaume Plensa in the debut of Human Landscape. The exhibition, which marks Plensa’s largest in the United States to date, will be on display throughout the estate’s historic grounds and Museum of Art through November 1.

Paddleboarding in Chattanooga – When the summer heat wave is in full gear, swing on down to River Canyon Adventures. Slow down and cool off by stand-up paddle boarding among the gorgeous Tennessee River Gorge of Chattanooga. A great activity for couples, family, or friends.