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We left 2023 with the news that a number of events would be going by the wayside -- but we're starting the New Year with hope for the return of Stonewall Pride this summer! Keep reading for the details.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Answering Your Questions About Stonewall’s Future

By John Hayden

“I’ll tell you right now: Stonewall Parade and Festival was never, ever in doubt in the city of Wilton Manors.”

Those were the words of Mayor Scott Newton after an hour of debate over the future of the annual Stonewall Parade & Street Festival. The comments were necessary because issuing the permit for the LGBTQ rights event, pro forma in recent years, was being challenged.

Understanding the issue can be confusing. But the answer to every question is: money.

Who will produce Wilton Manors’ Stonewall in 2024?

Jeff Sterling and the Wilton Manors Entertainment Group have produced the last nine Stonewalls. Last year it lost money for a variety of reasons, from weather to fewer volunteers to security costs. About $41,000 is still owed to the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department. Those debts must be paid.

A new group, Wilton Manors Pride, led by Gary Van Horn and other big players, formed an LLC last month and filed a permit the morning of the meeting. They say they filed to act as a backup if Sterling’s group was denied.


Holy Mackerel! Wilton Collective Is Moving

Wilton Collective, the high-end consignment shop on Wilton Drive, is on the move. In February, they are leaving their spot across from The Venue/The Manor and moving into the old Holy Mackerel location in Island City Plaza on 26th Street.

Theatrical Centers Providing a Rich Season of Queer Shows

Most large and medium cities have maybe one or two queer theaters. We are extremely lucky that Wilton Manors/Fort Lauderdale has four LGBTQ-centric companies producing regularly.


Local D&D Facebook Group Brings Fantasy Lovers Together

Dungeons and Dragons has moved out of your friend’s mom’s basement and into the spotlight. Now it’s come to Wilton Manors in the form of a private Facebook group titled “Wilton Manors Dungeons, Dragons & Daddies.”

Weekly Events

TODAY: Movies on the Drive

Gather your lawn chairs and favorite snacks for a free screening of "Hairspray" at Hagen Park.

SAT: Island City Yard Sale

The community will gather at the city hall/Hagen Park parking lot for a citywide yard sale with everything from linens and clothes to furniture and home decorative items.

SUN: "Blazing Saddles: 50th Anniversary"

Saddle up for one of the most hilarious comedies ever, "Blazing Saddles," at the Gateway Theatre in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

Job Opportunities

Office Assistant -- Wilton Manors

CTI Consuling is seeking a highly organized, multi-talented office assistant to handle all administrative and some creative tasks. The ideal candidate will play a crucial role in streamlining office operations and ensuring that services in event photography run smoothly and efficiently. 

Accountant -- Wilton Manors

Darwin Investor Network is hiring an experienced accountant/full-charge bookkeeper to process semi-monthly payroll and benefits, creating/distributing invoices, applying receipts, managing vendor payments, preparing weekly AR summary schedules for management, financial reporting, and other duties.

Friday's Furry Friend

Can you say handsome boy? Max is just gorgeous and so unique! This polka-dotted dog fellow is a sporting dog, possibly part pointer, with lots of energy to go hiking and on adventures with you. He is super friendly with everybody and seems to adapt well to any environment. Some of his favorite hobbies are doing the zoomies, playing with toys, and learning commands for treats.

It's in the Stars

The current New Moon offers a new opportunity for you (love, career, or health), revealing something that you had missed before that is finally becoming as clear as the shiny cup in the Reversed Four of Cups. However, it is too early to forge ahead without more knowledge of the situation and it seems you, like the reversed Knight of Wands, are only too ready to jump in. Beware of acting out of impulse as this new phase requires careful consideration to avoid entangling yourself in something you’re not ready for, much like the bound figure in the Eight of Swords. The opportunity is just becoming clear to you and, like the new moon, it needs more time to coalesce into a clear and bright plan of action.

Key numbers: 3, 4, 8, 12


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