September is full speed ahead with amazing cultural events at Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District, from “The Orphan Train” theatrical production at Broward Center for the Performing Arts to Martha Gutiérrez-Steinkamp’s lecture about Spain’s contribution to U.S. independence at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society.
Perfect for adults and kids alike, NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale’s Family Day: South2 on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. offers fun-filled art, history and culture from the American South and beyond! Participants can view the museum’s current exhibitions “When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South” and “Miami Generation: Revisited,” as well as participate in southern traditions of folkloric storytelling with Broward County Library, and explore textiles and quilting with contemporary artist Michelle Polissaint. Other activities include a screening of the film “Cuba for Kids,” playing dominoes, practicing Cuban dance moves with IFE-ILE, and a bilingual exhibition tour. Free for kids under 12! Adults free with museum admission.
On Monday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, New River Inn Museum, Smithsonian Fellow and author Martha Gutiérrez-Steinkamp will present a free lecture based on her extensive years of research, highlighting Spain’s contribution to the independence of the U.S. that changed the course of history. Gutiérrez-Steinkamp is the author of “Spain, The Forgotten Alliance, Independence of the United States.”
A treat for orchid enthusiasts and novices, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens’ Orchid Greenhouse Tours on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m.–noon give attendees the opportunity to learn how orchids are bred and cultivated. Bonnet House’s greenhouses and display house hold approximately 1,200 plants in various stages of development.
With proceeds benefiting 4Kids of South Florida, “The Orphan Train” theatrical production at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 27 (both at 8 p.m.) tells the story of how from 1853–1929, over 250,000 homeless and orphaned children were sent on trains to the American West, looking for a home. This visceral, urgent piece of theatre combines the use of music movement and film.
It’s free admission to the Historic Stranahan House Museum on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. for those who retrieve a ticket at Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!’s website. Two guests enjoy free admission with one ticket.
Don’t miss the culture train in September! Enjoy the array of fantastic events that Riverwalk A&E has to offer.