While the memory of living without electricity is still fresh in your mind, take a moment to talk to a few Florida pioneers and Seminole Indians to see how life was when light and climate control were generated by flint and tinder. At Harvest, the Historical Museum of Southern Florida's annual fundraising event, you can stumble upon the camps of re-enactors in the Living History Village, where verisimilitude rules. Women will cook with traditional utensils while men clean their rifles, but they'll welcome the company if you want to sit for a spell and listen to their tales.
You can return to modern times and visit more than 200 crafts, food, and plant booths. And don't worry about seeing the same old coquina-shell seagulls and driftwood sculptures, because this is a juried craft show, "and it's a very strict jury," says Lauren Billingslea, advancement coordinator. Children can dress up in pioneer costumes and the whole family can get jiggy at the live music stage featuring bluegrass, Irish fiddlers, and steel bands. The festival runs today and Sunday from 10:00 to 5:00 at the Fair & Expo Center, 10901 Coral Way, Miami. Admission is six dollars, two dollars for children. Call 305-375-1492, or visit www.historical-museum.org. Lyssa Oberkreser
'Tis the Season
Gear up and give back
The holidays are almost here, and it's time to make your list and check it twice. Wannabe Santas have two special discount days to circle on their calendars. There's the day after Thanksgiving, which inevitably means waking up at the crack of dawn to wrestle with professional shopaholics. Then there's the Simon Evening of Giving, which affords attendees some elegant hours of private shopping, in order to benefit a list of charities longer than your arm. Just about all of the glamorous stores of Dadeland Mall (7535 N. Kendall Dr., Miami) will offer incredible in-store deals to visitors. The guys won't want to drift far from the Gentlemen's Club lounge area, which features manly cocktails courtesy of Dewars 12. Find seasonal style inspiration at the celebrity fashion show. Latin recording superstar Ana Cristina, as well as other local media movers and shakers, will model the best of the mall's wares. The big charity shopping fun begins tonight at 8:00. Tickets cost $35. Call 305-665-6226, or visit www.simon.com. Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
Wild Dogs Love Wine
Lap up a selection of fine pours
Looking for a gift for the wine geek in your family? (It's okay; you can admit that you're the geek.) Today Wolfe's Wine Shoppe (124 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables) is hosting a holiday party to introduce its new "bottle transporters" (um, bags) and unveil its first annual holiday gift. While you're nibbling on snacks from Giardino's and sipping Syrah, little ones will be entranced by a balloon artist. Sniff, spit, and pick up some gifts from 1:00 to 4:00. Admission is free to all Wolfepackers who RSVP. Don't know what a Wolfepacker is? Give the shop a call to see what the hazing ritual involves to become a member of the club. Call 305-445-4567, or visit www.wolfeswines.com. Lyssa Oberkreser
Matthew McConaughey was right: Uninhibited wailing on bongos totally works as stress relief. Tap into music therapy with an evening of vibrational sound healing through the power of drums. Dr. Harold Koning blends science with Afro-Surinamese tradition to teach the healing used by African slaves. Tonight's workshop costs $20 and begins at 7:30 at the Self Enrichment Center, 7800 SW 57th Ave., Suite 210, Miami. Call 305-669-1989, or visit www.self-enrichmentcenter.com. Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
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