The City of West Palm Beach will take its final “sip” of summer during Clematis by Night, on Thursday, Aug. 31, when the 25 Aesop’s Tables that have been on display all summer long will be auctioned off for charity.
Aesop’s Tables was this year’s main attraction for the city’s Summer in Paradise promotion of free events. The tables, each one created by a local artist, makes up the whimsical art installation of 25 painted picnic tables, each one depicting one of Aesop’s Fables.
With summer winding down, the tables will now be auctioned off, with each table assigned to its own charity.
A direct tie to Mayor Jeri Muoio’s pledge declaring West Palm Beach a “City of Kindness,” the storybook setting provides an opportunity for all to connect, explore local art, share their own stories and enjoy family-friendly activities on the West Palm Beach waterfront.
Presented by the City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places, the tables depict fables such as “The Jay and the Peacock,” “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Lion and the Mouse” and many more.
“Aesop’s Tables are about connecting the community,” said Mary Pinak, Community Events manager for the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation. “While the tables have already been an incredible success, the auction during the Summer in Paradise finale will be an additional opportunity to spread good will – and good fortune – in our community. The live auction is sure to be exciting – and for 25 great local causes.”
The summer-long outdoor art installation made its waterfront debut Thursday, June 1 during the S.I.P kickoff at Clematis by Night. Additional programming for the art installation includes nightly music and pop-up performances, storytelling, Wacky Wednesday trivia nights, poetry readings, games and interactive programming.
Benefitting nonprofits include Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Autism Speaks, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Habitat for Humanity and many others.
Pictured above: Artist Sharon Koskoff shows off her picnic table depicting the Aesop’s Fable “The Mischievous Dog” at the official unveiling of Aesop’s Tables, Thursday, June 1, at the West Palm Beach Waterfront. Photo by Jacek Gancarz