Vizcaya Museum and Gardens kicked off its 100-year anniversary at its annual gala, which is the official Centennial Gala in 2016. This fundraising event supports the preservation and protection of the estate, the 1900s home of James Deering. Today, this Historic Landmark continues to celebrate and share its history, the arts and its natural environment with thousands of guests, welcoming visitors from our community and from around the world.
Vizcaya was inaugurated on Christmas Day, 1916 with an Italian-themed party, and Centennial Gala pays homage to that event. Evening started with a red carpet reception where guests walked down the historic Cascade entrance on a 200 foot Venetian blue carpet. Orchestral entertainment arranged by the University of Miami’s phenomenal Frost School of Music played throughout the South Terrace delighted the guests. A procession of illuminated lanterns led them into the dining hall that featured catering from the Le Basque company. Festivities also included the musical styling of the Valerie Tyson Band and a sensational on-line silent auction. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez graciously presented a proclamation, naming November 19, 2016 as Vizcaya Centennial Kick-Off Day. The celebration culminated in a fireworks display as guests danced the night away along Biscayne Bay.
The Centennial celebration marks a new era for Vizcaya, as it embarks on a master plan to make it more accessible and enjoyable for the entire community. Plans for the Vizcaya Village will provide new ways to experience the celebrated Miami icon, by restoring several historic buildings that were once part of the original property and creating more open space to accommodate additional inventive exhibitions and community outreach programs.
Photos by: Natalia Garcia