Champagne flowed and music filled the air at the end of the Vilano Pier on Nov. 2 as friends and neighbors gathered inside a glowing tent for the third annual Sea Turtle Soiree. The 1920s themed party kicked off Vilano Fest, a charitable event in partnership with North Shores Improvement Association. Proceeds will help improve lighting and walkability throughout the Vilano Beach community.
Vilano Beach was platted in the 1920s Art Deco period and to celebrate the heritage, future and individuality of the beach community, most of the guests donned period clothing including flapper dresses and tuxedos. The Reef catered the event with a buffet that included shrimp and grits and jambalaya. Ramona’s eight-piece band added ambience during dinner and dance music later in the evening.
Many of the soiree guests also had tickets for the Nov. 3 Vilano Beach Tour of Homes. Eight varied properties were chosen for the trolley tour and local artist, Barb Valentine, created a painting of each one.