Festivals, Special Events to Increase Area's Allure in Early '97

Reed Travel Features

WEST PALM BEACH -- Photography, art, flowers, film and music will be the subjects of festivals and special events in Palm Beach County during 1997.

Some of these events are suitable for motorcoach groups.

An event rundown follows:

* At Fotofusion '97, from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2, there will be 80 photography authorities on hand giving lectures and demonstrations at the Palm Beach Photographic Center at 55 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, and at other nearby locations.

The cost of five days' attendance is $395; reduced fees are available for visitors attending selected functions.

For more information, call (561) 276-9797.

* ArtiGras, scheduled for Feb. 15 to 17, is a festival that will showcase the works of more than 300 local, regional and national artists and craftsmen along the perimeter of the Gardens Mall in West Palm Beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For information, call (561) 694-2300.

* The Palm Beach Tropical Flower Show will be held in West Palm Beach along the Intracoastal Waterway, from Feb. 21 to 23. Hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On site will be display gardens, garden club competitions, new plant exhibits and a plant and garden marketplace, lectures and demonstrations.

A two-day pass costs $10 in advance.

To request the pass and daily ticket information, contact the Horticulture Society of South Florida, 464 Fern St., West Palm Beach 33401; call (561) 655-5522.

* Palm Beach International Film Festival, April 10 to 20, will feature screenings of more than 40 U.S. and foreign films.

Evening highlights include: Opening Night, April 10, at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training, West Palm Beach; Beach Bash, April 11, at the Palm Beach Hilton; Gala Tribute, April 12, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, and Closing Gala, April 19 at the Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach.

There are fees for events. For details, call (561) 626-1345.

* SunFest, which spotlights jazz performances and other musical concerts as well as arts and crafts and water sports, is set for April 30 to May 4 along the Intracoastal Waterway, West Palm Beach.

Daily admission is $12, but reduced-rate, five-day passes go on sale in February.

For group and other information, call (561) 659-5980.

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