Provide financial support for The Barnacle Historic State Park
The Barnacle Society produces numerous events, celebrations, and special activities in The Park that generate funds used to support the preservation and maintenance of The Barnacle Historic State Park, which includes approximately five acres of uplands, five acres of submerged land in Biscayne Bay, the historic Barnacle house and Boathouse as well as the Carriage House and Micco outdoor pavilion. The events include:
• The Moonlight Concert Series featuring live performances in the park from September through May
• Up Past Bedtime Children’s Movie series
• Shakespeare in the Park performances
• The Haunted Ballet performances
• The Washington’s Birthday Regatta, the annual recreation of the very first regatta held on Biscayne Bay
• Earth Day
• Cars & Cigars Father’s Day celebration
• Old-Fashioned July 4th Picnic
• Chanukah at The Barnacle
• The Commodore’s Birthday Party – the major annual fund-raiser for The Barnacle Society
Major initiatives funded with income provided by these events include:
• Funding for installation of a fire suppression system in the house and boathouse (current)
• Supplemental funding for repairs to the Barnacle’s porch
• Replacement of the Micco Pavilion roof and floor
• Restoration of the Marine Railway
• Re-decking the Barnacle Porch after the 2005 hurricane season
• Replacing brick pavers at the Park entrance
• Maintenance of Egret – the reproduction of Ralph Munroe’s sailboat, that is kept in sailing condition at The Barnacle
Support educational programs related to the History of The Barnacle Historic State Park
The centerpiece of The Barnacle Society’s educational efforts is the wooden boatbuilding program at The Barnacle. This program, currently in its third year was initiated as a partnership between The Barnacle Society and South Miami High School’s Vocational Department. March 2015 marked the completion of the first boat built through the program which was a 12-foot long “Bevins skiff”. The skiff was sold at The Commodore’s Birthday Party silent auction, thereby providing in-part, funds for the next boat building project.
Currently under construction in the boathouse at The Barnacle is the Cape Sable Sparrow. This sharpie is being constructed with traditional plank construction and is expected to be completed by December 2016. This boat will be sold, again providing continuing funding for the next build project, which is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2017.
On-going funding for the boat building program is provided by The Barnacle Society. Additional donations have been received from California Pizza Kitchen, Home Depot and individual donors.
The boat building program at The Barnacle was featured in the short film Hand-Built Boat directed by Ani Mercedes. The film was featured in the 2016 Miami Short Film Festival and subsequently selected for and shown at the Miami International Film Festival.
Raise public awareness of The Barnacle Historic State Palrk
The Barnacle Historic State Park is a cultural and historic treasure that is yet undiscovered and unknown by many who live in or visit South Florida. One of The Barnacle Society’s main efforts is to raise awareness of this significant community resource. In addition to the events and celebrations produced by the Society, we support/have supported the following outreach activities:
Reprinting of The Forgotten Frontier: Florida through the Lens of Ralph Middleton Munroe, a collection of photographs taken by Commodore Munroe, by Arva Moore Parks
Reprinting of The Commodore’s Story, by Commodore Ralph Munroe and Vincent Gilpin, the story of the early settlement and growth of Miami through the Commodore’s eyes and experiences
Promotion of events at The Barnacle through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as traditional print media and press releases.
Maintaining involvement with the local community through partnerships with Grove Merchants, The Coconut Grove BID, Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce, Coconut Grove Village Council, as well as other civic organizations including: Dade Heritage Trust, The Coconut Grove Rotary Club, The Villagers, Shakespeare Miami, What If Works at FIU, Haunted Ballet, Chabad of Coconut Grove, West Grove Churches, Slow Food Miami, and The Coconut Grove Garden Club.
Creation of the Ralph Middleton Munroe Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association, a national organization devoted to traditional wooden boat building.