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As Vizcaya celebrates its 100th birthday, we're kicking off this season's Gardens by Moonlight (formerly known as Moonlight Garden Tours) with a chance to explore an area of the estate that is not yet open to the public – the historic Vizcaya Village!
The Village is an original component of James Deering’s winter estate, where laborers, gardeners and other staff members lived and worked in the 1910s and 1920s. The Village, consisting of 11 surviving buildings on 12 acres, housed staff, workshops, an automobile garage and barns for domesticated animals. Deering’s chef prepared meals for guests and residents with produce grown in the Village, and with fresh milk and eggs from the cows and chickens onsite. A greenhouse supplied fresh flowers, fruit and vegetables. A farm stand sold surplus eggs and produce to the community. To showcase this little-known history, we're inviting you to wander the Village on your own where you will happen upon:
- Staff to set the Village in context and give you some extra insider information.
- Art, by David Almeida, Michelle Barros, Bill Burke, Camilla Canchon, Robert Chambers, Karol Contreras, Michael Gray, Jacek Kolasinski, Guido Mena, Alex Narus, Sterling Rook, Gaby Suarez, Mette Tommerup and Donna Torres, that tells untold stories of the space.
- Music by The Wilson Slayers, FUN, Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling Strings Band, Three Sheets to the Wind, and John Nichols all of which have story-telling prowess that's unexpected but perfect for Vizcaya's Village.
- Food for purchase from our friends at Ms. Cheezious, BC Tacos and HipPOPS handcrafted gelato bars!
*Please note: you must be on site by 8:00 p.m. to be admitted to the program. Refunds for late arrivals will not be given.
Photo by Benjamin Thacker
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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark that preserves the Miami estate of agricultural industrialist James Deering to engage our community and its visitors in learning through the arts, history and the environment.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens’ programs are made possible with the support of Carlos A. Cordeiro, Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation and the Miami- Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Additional funding is provided by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes).
Disclaimer: We may photograph, film, videotape, record or otherwise reproduce the image of any person who enters Vizcaya and use the same for any purpose without payment to any person.