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Nothing brings a crowd together better than a good show. The Riverside Theatre, a non-profit professional theatre located in Vero Beach, FL, has brought residents together since its inception in 1973. From old-school musicals to contemporary dramas and recent Broadway hits, the collection of shows offers a wide variety of cultural diversions to please any guest. Discover just a few of the reasons guests love to enjoy Riverside Theatre.

History of Riverside Theatre

This rich, cultural campus came from very humble beginnings. After being built in 1973, Riverside’s programming originally included productions put on by local children attending classes in theatre education. However, as time progressed and programming popularity increased, so did the Theatre’s need to physically expand. With unwavering support from the surrounding community, including the residents of Orchid Island, Riverside Theatre underwent significant renovations in 2017. Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club was proud to support this endeavor, and its Members donated a significant amount to renovate the main lobby. Also added during this time was a mainstage audience chamber and the secondary Waxlax Stage. Today, each Riverside Theatre show offers a different cultural diversion every time patrons take their seats.

Vero Beach's Pat & Carol Welsh Art Campus

“The theatre brings an undeniable cultural allure to the area that is very much appreciated by our residents and Members,” says Anne Torline, Real Estate Broker at Orchid Island. “They host so many beautiful productions and such a wide variety of events that there is always something to look forward to. It’s no wonder so many of our residents are even seasonal ticket holders.”

Live Shows

The main series of shows offered every year at Riverside Theatre are well-curated to include an intriguing variety of styles. In the 2021-2022 season, patrons can expect to see classics like Rodger & Hammerstein’s “Carousel” to comedies like Ken Ludwig’s “A Comedy of Tenors”. Rounding out the season includes stories of popular artists like Gloria Estefan, Billy Elliot, and the Songs of John Denver. Wild and hilarious, the Theatre’s Comedy Zone is the Treasure Coast’s best stage for Live Stand-Up Comedy on select Friday and Saturday nights all year long. Other fun events that happen throughout the year include Vegas Nights, the dueling pianos Howl at the Moon Experience, and free outdoor concerts featuring musicians of all genres.

Singers on Stage in Mamma Mia Show at Riverside Theatre

Distinguished Lecturer Series

Along with theatrical productions, the Riverside also presents a variety of other events that keep the building buzzing all year long. One of the most popular is the Distinguished Lecturer Series. This incredible program’s purpose is to bring influential people together in Vero to present their thoughts and insights on national and global affairs. This thought-provoking series also includes a Q&A session for the speaker to answer any questions after each lecture. Previous speakers of note include George W. Bush, Bob Woodward, and Tom Brokaw.

Arts and Culture at Orchid Island

Chairwoman, Ruth Martin displays her artwork at Orchid Island

Along with the nearby Riverside Theatre, Orchid Island Beach and Golf Club members have a plethora of cultural events to attend within their community. The Orchid Island Art Club is home to talented resident artists of all experience levels and hosts several events each year. Pictured above, Orchid Island Art Club Co-President, Ruth Martin, shares her incredible and inspirational talent through her paintings. Other special-interest clubs in the community include Bridge socials, choral groups, book clubs, and more.

This private beach community in Vero Beach, FL, is committed to providing a level of service that stands out from the rest. The recently renovated Beach Club serves as the heart of our community, hosting a resort-style pool, multimedia conference room, world-class fitness center, salon and spa, and multiple dining locations. Residents can also enjoy more than a mile of private beaches, an Arnold Palmer designed championship golf course, and eight Har-Tru tennis courts.

Spanning from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River, there are plenty of ways residents can enjoy island time. Luxury residential properties range from $1 million to over $8 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottages, or oceanfront condominiums. For a complete list of available real estate listings, click here.

To learn more about this unique Club community, request the 2021 edition of Orchid Island Lifestyles Magazine. If you’re in the area, feel free to stop by the Orchid Island Sales Center and see the community’s beauty for yourself. You can also call 772.388.3888 or visit for more information.

March is a fantastic time to get outside and enjoy local food, shops, and experiences. Vero Beach has plenty of opportunities for us to do so. From food and festivals to markets and music, this month is full of activities and opportunities for all. Below are some of our favorite events in the area. How do you plan on spending the springtime?

Main Street Vero Beach Vintage Market

Collecting vintage pieces and fine artworks is an intensive hobby. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be hard. The Main Street Vero Beach Vintage Market, hosted by Main Street Vero Beach, is one of the best places to look. On March 9th, guests will spend the day along 14th Avenue and 20th Street sifting through the racks of vintage clothing and furniture, perusing the crafts of local artists, and sampling the delicacies of local food vendors, all the while spending a sunny afternoon in the beautiful historic downtown of Vero Beach.

March Shows at the Riverside Theatre

As Vero Beach’s preferred destination for live entertainment since 1973, the Riverside Theatre has been where aspiring stars have put on performances that have wowed local audiences. Part of the theatre’s 2019 season includes Ghost Writer and My Fair Lady. Ghost Writer is the story of a secretary who continues to write her deceased charge’s works after his passing, and how society views this transgressive act. My Fair Lady is the retelling of the famous George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion, in which a young Cockney woman takes contemporary manners, society, and perceptions to task as she works with a phoneticist to prepare for her introduction into high society. Reflecting both turn-of-the-century sensibilities and modern concepts of gender and power, viewers will find plenty that reverberates with them in this performance.

68th Annual Under The Oaks Arts and Crafts Show

You may have noticed that this area has an unrivaled creative spirit. Nothing displays this better than the Under the Oaks Arts and Crafts Show. Held by the Vero Beach Art Club, its 68th year establishes it as a cultural institution for Vero Beach. The show raises money for the organization while highlighting the works of over 220 artists from across the nation. On March 9th, enjoy viewing works by artists and chowing down on local foods while touring beautiful Riverside Park.

42nd Annual Antique Auto Show

Riverside Park isn’t home to just amazing live acts or art shows – its where you can see the coolest cars of yesteryear, as well. Come March 16th, expect to see over 325 cars from the 20th century, alongside foreign and modified cars. Events will include dash plaques, trophies, and contests as car owners compete to see who owns the best automobile. When you attend, remember to bring non-perishable food items to help out the Vero Beach Post Office “Drive Out Hunger.”

Maybe your idea of a good day is shopping for unique pieces and trying dishes from renowned restaurants. Or maybe you want to have a close encounter with manatees, otters, ospreys, and other kinds of wildlife. You’ll find all of that and more right near Orchid Island. Looking to kick back and relax on a private beach, or play a few rounds of golf on expertly designed courses? Hoping to take the golf cart to dinner, or get to know your neighbors with fun activities and experiences? Orchid Island is the perfect place to live a truly unique lifestyle.

Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club works hard to preserve a way of life for, not only the natural neighbors who live on the Treasure Coast, but the residents as well. Animals from river otters to dolphins to loggerhead turtles populate the area, granting residents opportunities to spot them as they wander through the miles of trails that the neighborhood offer. Members and residents enjoy their private beach access thanks to the neighborhood spanning from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River.

This private community is committed to providing a level of service that stands out from the rest. Golfing here is unparalleled, as the Arnold Palmer designed, 18-hole course is not only renowned among courses, but also holds an Audubon Certified Sanctuary status for its commitment to natural preservation. Having been established as one of the premier courses in the golfing world, Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club’s course hosted the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, and continues to host its own private golfing events for its residents.

Love the Vero Beach location? Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club’s Lifestyles Magazine here to learn more about the Vero Beach area and how nature coexists with the residents.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to over $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottage, or oceanfront condominiums. If you’re in the area, stop by the Orchid Island Realty Sales Center and see the community’s beauty for yourself, or call 772.388.3888 for more information. For a full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island, visit