Newsletter December 2017

CMI Newsletter / Volume VII / December 2017

Happy New Year CMI Friends:

What a wonderful way to close out the year here at
The Curtiss Mansion. Our FIRST Holiday Tree Festival & Teddy Bear Tea were a huge success. Local businesses & organizations supplied trees and were voted on by the visitors. The Teddy Bears were all donated to local charities.
See More info & photos from the event below.

Our Monthly speakers are about to begin. The first will be on Wednesday, Jan 31st at 7pm: Danielle Bender, local beekeeper.

Many upcoming speeches will be garden related but am open to all types of talks or presentations; be it health & wellness, book signings, etc. Feel free to contact me if you have a suggestion. Am always looking for ideas. These are FREE to the public and we urge you to attend and enjoy.

We are gearing up for our Curtiss Explorers Essay Contest – participant entries are due by March 1st. For more info:

Am so excited to report that our Saturday historical tours have really started getting a following. Between radio ads on local NPR affiliate, WLRN and the museum pass via The Miami-Dade Public Library System, we are gaining exposure within the South Florida Community at large. Thank you again to all the docents helping to keep these tours going. If you are interested in becoming a docent, desk or garden volunteer – please reach out.

Little Revolt will be presenting a double feature here on Saturday, Feb 10th starting at 2pm. Journey to the Center of the Earth a Comedy and Little Red Riding Hood – puppet show .

If you haven’t visited in awhile – please join us one Saturday morning for the historical tour at 10am. You won’t be disappointed.

Congratulations to our Sales Team for more venue awards as well. They are keeping us moving along as we continue to grow and improve infrastructure on our beautiful restored Mansion.

Thank you for your continued interest & support.

TOGETHER, we can continue to build awareness of
Glenn Curtiss’ many contributions to OUR city of Miami, Invention and Aviation.

Melinda Jester,
Executive Director



December Recap and Announcements
We would like to thank everyone who attended, or who helped with our First Annual Teddy Bear Tea & Holiday Tree Festival. It was truly special to see the joy on all of the children’s faces as they listened to stories from Mrs. Claus and Glenn Curtiss, and participated in the scavenger hunt. There were too many wonderful pictures to include here, but you can go over to our
Facebook page
and see more. Events like this would not be possible without all of the tireless support from people like yourself, along with the Curtiss Mansion staff, volunteers, vendors, tree decorators, and many more. Thank you!
Special thanks to Sam Chesser with Little Revolt, Kathy Doyle, Carol Foster, Pilot and Anchor Clubs.
Congratulations to Holly Bain & Starlight Dance Studio for being the winners of our first annual Holiday Tree Festival!
We would like to thank everyone who submitted a tree, they looked wonderful. We are very excited any time we get to highlight the amazing businesses and organizations in our community. We can’t wait to see what wonderful trees will be here next year.
We would also like to thank the
Miami Springs Anchor & Pilot Clubs
for all their help in the entire festival but primarily the Teddy Bear Tea including decor! They spearheaded the donations of all Teddy Bears.
After the event, Anchor & Pilot visited local charities and donated all the bears. This helped to bring a lot of children happiness this holiday season, and we are very thankful for all the generous donations and their help with this event.
The Curtiss Mansion hosted an event on December 14th to teach people how to do calligraphy! The event was hosted by calligrapher Jo from Inkpush Co. People learned how to make basic strokes and the foundational skills for writing basic letter forms. The attendees are now able to create beautiful hand written art. It looked like a lot of fun! Thank you to everyone who helped and participated.
The Curtiss Mansion has recently been featured by
Here Comes the Guide
not once, but twice!
It has been recognized as a
Best Unique Venue
and a
Best Garden Wedding Venue
. We have also been chosen by couples themselves as a
Couples Choice Venue on
Wedding Wire
! This puts us in the top 5% of their wedding professionals!
We are so lucky to have such a wonderful and unique venue location, and a special thank you to Here
Comes the Guide
for mentioning the Curtiss Mansion, and all of our wonderful bridal parties for choosing us.
Congratulations to our Sales Team led by Director of Special Events, Sherry Feijoo, along with Javier Diaz and Nyree Feijoo.
Great work guys!
To read the
Article about Best Unique Venues
To read the
Article about Best Garden Wedding Venues
If you visit
Pensacola, Florida, the National Naval Aviation Museum
is a great place to visit and learn more about Glenn Curtiss, and that is exactly what
Sam Chesserdid. We would like to thank Sam for going and bringing back some beautiful images of the museum and telling us about their great exhibits. The Museum has multiple Curtiss airplanes on display including his Curtiss MF Flying Boat, a Curtiss Jenny and the spectacular NC-4, which was the first aircraft to be successfully flown across the Atlantic Ocean. Not only that, but the museum has a lot more information on Glenn Curtiss and many other pilots. You can even take a guided tour. To visit there website clickHERE.
Upcoming Events
January Public Speaker: Wednesday, January 31st
B E E S !!!
We will be resuming Monthly Public Speakers with the first on Wednesday, January 31st. Our guest speaker is a new Miami Springs Resident, Danielle Bender.
Danielle is a Local Beekeeper and Arts Organizer. She will discuss the importance of community beekeeping and planting for pollinators. Lecture includes a honey tasting!
Danielle Bender is an Arts Administrator and Beekeeper in Miami-Dade County. Currently based in Miami-Springs, Bender was awarded an Emerging Cities Champion Fellowship through the Knight Foundation and 8 80 Cities, and is a Miami Foundation 2017 Public Space Challenge winner for her project Public Hives.
Public Hives promotes community pollinators by placing beehives in neighborhoods and parks in Miami. By creating greater access to educational opportunities, and presenting with the arts in mind, Public Hives inspires community members to learn alongside one another while observing and learning from other communities: bees!
Little Revolt Presents – A Family Double Feature – Two Free Shows
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Join us at the beautiful historic Curtiss Mansion in Miami Springs for our FREE Family Double Feature (all ages welcome).
2:00 PM – Little Red Riding Hood (Puppet Show by Puppets To Go)
A new twist on an all-time favorite. In this updated version, the Wolf and Red both learn some valuable lessons on the way to Grandma’s house. Exciting and educational. This performance is scheduled for indoors.
3:00 PM – Journey to the Center of the Earth (Staged Reading)
Join Little Revolt actors as they present a hilarious new adaptation of the classic Jules Verne novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. A group of explorers travel to the middle of the Earth, where they encounter many adventures including prehistoric creatures (dinosaurs!) This performance is scheduled for outdoors. Chairs and blankets will be provided; guests are also welcome to bring their own. In the event of rain, we’ll move indoors.
for more details about the shows!
February Public Speaker: Wednesday, February 21st
The February speaker will be Paul Bithorn, and he will be discussing “How to Create a Bird and Butterfly Friendly Habitat.” He will be speaking on Wednesday, February 21st.
Paul is currently the Curtiss Mansion (CMI) Vice President of the Board, and he is a past board member of the Tropical Audubon Society and past President of the Miami Springs Garden Club.
Paul also served as Mayor of his hometown, the Village of Virginia Gardens, for nine years and encouraged his residents to xeriscape by planting native species of plants and shrubs to attract birds and butterflies. He has also contributed to several bird-finding guides. His documentation of parrot species in Miami was featured in the June/July 2008 issue of the National Wildlife Federation magazine and the November 1st, 2008 issue of Birders World.
Ongoing Programs
We are excited to announce that the Curtiss Mansion is now partnering with the Miami-Dade Public Library to bring you FREE passes to the Historic Tours on Saturday. You can find them at any of their 50 Library Branches and their Bookmobiles! The pass is good for up to 4 people. Click
to go to the passes. We hope to see you soon.
Our weekend tours have continued to be a real success and it would not have been possible without a few helping hands. Thanks to the Miami-Dade Public Library System for helping to make the library museum passes possible, and to our local NPR station WLRN for your collaborations. We can see your ads are making a real difference. We would also like to give a special thanks to the following docents which have been keeping our tours moving (no pun intended);
Sam Chesser, Kathy Doyle, Buzz Fleishman, and Jorge Cantero, along with Heather Robison who has been working the front desk on Saturday. Thank you everyone for all your hard work.
Give back to the Curtiss Mansion simply by shopping on Amazon. Use this link to participate:
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All Ages Welcome! High School to Retired  
Current training available for:
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Help us build awareness of the significance of
Glenn Hammond Curtiss, the importance of his discoveries and how they affect our lives today.
Group and Weekly Saturday tours began in May and were well received by tour guests.  Training continues, please join us in preparation to
present tours yourself!   
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CMI Board of Directors
Richard L. Wheeler
Paul Bithorn
Vice President
Carlos “Charlie” Leonard
Carlos Danaan
Angeline “Nikki” Jester
Rita Mayer
Jacqueline Neetz
Roy Rodriguez
Enrique Aguerrevere
Patricia Fernandez-Lefebvre
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Melinda Jester
Executive Director
Sherry Feijoo
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Debbie Villasmil
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Administrative Assistants
Alexandria Robison
Ymaris Tejeda
Meeting & Event Staff
Javier Diaz
Nyree Feijoo
Spiro Armenis