In this issue:

Expansive views from Bantry House provide a dramatic backdrop for this couple’s wedding photographs. Photo by Irina Duane

Pop the Cork!

Brittany Swartz and Steven Thompson tie the knot in a garden on the Emerald Isle
Karanga Camp offers the surreal experience of being above the clouds, and day five takes the sense of transcendence to another level with a Mars-like landscape.

Scaling Mount Kilimanjaro

Dylan Reingold chronicles the rugged journey from sea level to the roof of Africa
A silver cruet salvaged from the Cannon Wreck in 1994 was probably used in the Catholic communion ritual. Photo by Kelly Rogers

Colorful Cargo at the McLarty Treasure Museum

Taking a deeper dive into the 1715 Spanish fleet reveals the exotic origins of treasures beyond silver and gold
Montuoro with son-in-law John Calhoun on one of their tour boats. Photo by Sam Wolfe

Marsh Odyssey with Captain Bob

Bob Montuoro has acquainted people with the beauty of the marshlands west of Vero Beach; now, the next generation of his family is following in his wake
Rules allow for four players on each team on the field, multiple horses at the ready for each rider, and mallets to be held only in the right hand. Photo © David Lominska

Saddle Up for Windsor Polo

Learn the polo strategies, rules, and fancy shots that we’ll see in action at the 2024 Windsor Charity Polo Cup on February 17

Explore the Area

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A Passion for Patients

Donating her medical services comes naturally to Dr. Nancy Baker.
Kristen Johnson makes time to give this lucky pooch some love

Everyday Miracles at Local Animal Shelters

Shelter workers face many challenges, but they wouldn’t trade jobs with anyone
McKee Botanical Gardens waterlilies. Photos by JPR Images 2

Waterlily Celebration Returns to McKee Botanical Garden

Enjoy the garden’s 80-plus waterlily varieties and vote for your favorite entry in the Seventeenth Annual Waterlily Photo Contest on June 18
Propelled by an Atlas V rocket, an environmental satellite soars into space just after its 2016 launch from Kennedy Space Center. A joint venture of NASA and NOAA, it sends weather-related images back to Earth. The photo was taken from the end of Gifford Dock Road in Vero Beach. Photo by Sam Wolfe

Living Space on the Treasure Coast

Proximity to Cape Canaveral’s launchpads makes Treasure Coast residents gravitate toward all things NASA and astronomy
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Opening Doors

Sometimes uncertain times require a fresh approach, even to fresh produce. Brittany Swartz, manager of the Farmers Market Oceanside, created the Farmers Market drop off program to ensure that local artisans could get their products to customers, without anyone having to leave the safety of home.
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Cycling and Recycling

Cycling is an excellent way both to explore and get exercise. In the Vero Beach community, it also provides the opportunity to give back.

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Fashion Forward with Jen Fourmont Brannen

What does a woman do when her values are increasingly at odds with her career? When she seeks, but cannot find, high-quality swimwear that...

World of Glass

Meet Karen LaMonte, the artist behind the sculpture "Reclining Dress Absence" in the VBMA's permanent collection at VBMA.

LOCAL FLAVOR

Creative Union at the Green Marlin

Self-taught chef Lou Kolbauer blends his own inventions with ideas from his staff

A Delicious Decade at Citron Bistro

A solid culinary education in Budapest gave Chef Tibor Andrejszky the chops to build a Vero Beach–friendly menu

HOME GARDEN

Green Thumb in the White Sand

The key to successful gardening in Florida is to cooperate with nature

A Slice of Paradise

These Connecticut empty-nesters found the perfect spot to build their dream home in John's Island. "We love the people and the relaxed, low-key vibe; we really just fit in here," Nancy Ozizmir says.

LOCAL HISTORY

Exploring History

The discrepancy in where Juan Ponce de Leon landed is significant — about 150 miles. Of interest to Indian River County residents is that, instead of four counties away, 20th century historian and navigator Douglas Peck estimates that the historic landing took place in the southern stretch of neighboring Brevard County, just a few miles north of what is now the Sebastian Inlet.

The Gang’s All Here

Over the years, while Vero Beach has been become home to thousands of solid citizens, it appears that it was also home to a few bad apples of the gangster variety also walked our streets decades ago. “Entrepreneurs” John J. Williams and Harry Roberts leased what would later become the Ocean Grill, but they hailed from the Chicago nightclub scene and its organized crime-affiliated gambling establishments.