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Backyard Bash Welcomes FAT Village Residents to the Neighborhood

Photo by Mickie Centrone
Simply Puppets' David Goboff shows how puppetry can bite -- and still be worthwhile
New Times Broward-Palm Beach Calendar Editor Mickie Centrone has the enviable job of knowing about every event that happens within the boundaries of the two counties, and then some. When she attends some of the finest events from a given week, we'll post the details of her travels here. On Thursday, she attended FAT Village's Backyard Bash in Fort Lauderdale.

On the short

walk over to the FAT (Flagler Arts & Technology) Village Backyard Bash at Peter Feldman Park from our office, two coworkers and I mused if New Times would be part of

this new, hip area of town called Flagler Village, the 151 acres just

north of downtown Fort Lauderdale. And there we are: as "#26" near the bottom of the map posted at the event's passport station.


can find me at the beer tent," says Chris Bellus, a trucker-capped

New Times photographer, who was off duty this evening. Maguire's

16 Hill, the local neighborhood Irish bar, had set up a station across

the way, so we take his lead and cross through the park, which sits on

NE Sixth Street and Third Avenue. There is a good-sized crowd, a mix of

lawyer/business and creative types.

We pass the stage, where

Twilight Notes DJ Adam Foster spins, but I stop a little short, because a

puppet tent catches my eye. A puppeteer, David Goboff of Simply Puppets, has

two puppets going. The seats are empty, but I sit down anyways.

Goboff comes around to the front and does a can-can dance to draw a crowd.

After a few fervent leg kicks into the air, he asks where my friends are

at. I respond, "Getting drinks."

"Bring your beer!"


yells. "Beer makes every puppet show better." And this works: A few

folks saunter over, beer in hand. "I think every beer needs a

puppet show," Bellus says, as he sits down next to me.



puppet show, Dave requests an adult volunteer. I stand up. After a few

quick glances around the stand, I notice there's no script. This puppet

show's going to be impromptu. Not good. "You've never

heard of Little Red Riding Hood?" Dave asks. Not enough. After


audience chanted "Eat her up" a few times, the hunter saves the day,

granny and Hood live, and I head straight to get a Jack and Coke.

Photo by Mickie Centrone
FAT Village revelry at the Backyard Bash

next tent is for the condominium Alexan Solmar (408 NE 6th Street). The staff sport

T-shirts that read "FUN SEXY NOW," and I learn Solmar has a 24-hour

fitness center with three personal trainers. We also hit up some artists

from the FAT Village Arts District and local non-profits, such as

Emerge Broward.

Soon, the Harry Belafonte/Beetlejuice gem "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" fills the air.

On the stage, which is set up far away from the tents, the three-piece

reggae band Steel and Ivory also cover Marley's "Jammin." A few songs

later, the steel drums which had sat untouched are kicked into full


In the middle of the park, three muscle men in red


stand next to an obstacle course. Erik, Julian, and David work at

Fit4Life. The obstacle course is made of orange cones and small, yellow

hurtles. The time to beat is 12.05 seconds. And it was set by a

51-year-old woman.

Photo by Mickie Centrone
Being treated like a doormat doesn't have to be so bad
​We do a walk through. Zigzag through cones, jump

over hurtles, then more cones, then more hurtles. Can't be that hard. I put


my Jack and Coke and run it. Julian is impressed by my time of 10.78

seconds. My prize? Four "Boot Camp Sessions" at Peter Feldman Park.

They're at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays.

On the way out, we notice


welcome mat tent and stop. Four kids are spray-painting grey and black

mats with hot pink and light blue letters, boldly declaring "Flagler Village." The

white sheet behind them reads "Welcome to the Neighborhood."

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