April is designated as Letter writing month

challenge for Nat’l Letter writing month. Communicate every day via mail. Each day during April take a moment, send that over due thank you note, how about a birthday card. A friend you lost touch with perhaps. be the first to address a letter using Lake Worth Beach ( gotch ya) sent out four to four friends already. This brings me to this Friday, Real Mail Friday is happening every first Friday at the Jaffe Book Arts Center. fAU. HOsted by John Cutrone on the 3rd floor of Wimberly Library. A Lake Worthian.This has been an on going event for a few years. There you will be surrounded by thousands of one of a kind artists hand made books, what a treasure. You get to enjoy coffee, tea, cookies or cakes. Whatever is appropriate be it holiday or just gemutlichkite. It’s an open invitation, bring your address book. they provide ephemera, stationery, even stamps. The cost for this engaging afternoon is a donation.

A great way to reach out to a friend wouldn’t you rather get a handwritten envelope in your mail box instead of reaching in and look at a bill or flyers in your hand. You can decorate the a colored pencils or or or. Here are some samples from WW II. Edward Gory the author sent his envelopes with images and received some like it. So send and see if before the month is out you get one back.

Hello Montreal, Yonkers, Jersey

Perfect weather, calm waters and our beach is perfection today. Ever so often I love to feature the visitors who come to our beach, and they come from far and wide. Today I met this very happy lady who hails from Montreal full of enthusiasm. She has been a Snowbird here for 27 years. She invites friends who are looking at our town very seriously. Her last guest was a golfer and could not have been more enthusiastic about our municipal course.

Then this lovely couple from Yonkers, allowed me to photograph them. They were wistfully looking out over the calm ocean.

From New Jersey desperately seeking a tan before she heads home.

Here is my friend who never ever goes for a walk on the beach with out carrying a bag to pick up trash. Why is she emptying the bag, because she also found a sea urchin shell, she is taking home. I only accompany her part way, she goes all the way to Lantana. I slow her down as I look for sea shells have a swim, so, go only part way.

Flofing 2019

Once again the much anticipated sport of Lake Worthians was on schedule and again a great success. This years line up started at the home of the flamingos Dave Savage and Sandy Weston.

Over heard ” I have these tickets, but if your not in, I want my money back”. So once again a favorite is back. It’s a lot of work and time put in by the fun loving Downtown Jewel Neighborhood. As I’ve been saying for several years this is the best Neighborhood FUNDraiser.

First to tee off was newly elected NAPC PRES and behind a out of towner, who flew in for this event. Representing Buckeyes, they will be bringing more with them as this was a blast. And so this event grows exponentially. I brought one newbie, he flew in his sister and she’ll be bringing more next year.

Go buckeyes. LoL

As always transportation provided between the far apart holes. By our famous and

Some infamous drivers. You might want to revisit my blogposts of years past that show

Different holes and the past participants.

check out ” Flofing? Only in Lake Worth “.

March 27, 2016 That was a good year

always give credit to our chauffeuranother great hole was beautifully layed out and the water feature was hidden from the tee box

Another surprise this year was how welcoming this particular hole was. The meatballs made with Guinness was tasty. All holes had drinks and munchies.

The themes were as varied as were the new participants to the game. New residents were drafted. Loved the joys of Christmas, where TJ showed his skill, driving the ball into the tree for a par 2. (Ok finally I know what a par is, took a few years) everything I know about golfing comes from FLOFING. Lolnow this one deserves a close-up. Who doesn’t like bling

Was a feel good to visit some of our usual participants. This year quite a few new ones. The surprise was propaganda. Love community participation.

Encounter with the famous Flofy

it is always a fun event as we are amused at the clever creative ways everyone embraces this event. In keeping with the politics and tomorrow’s run off I came in red white and blue with my pole sitter. A subliminal message. I had to depart for a previous commitment so I missed half. Said good by But returned to see the dismantling and recognize the worker bees who were there from start to finish.

Mel and Vinny. Every year volunteering

The unspoken hero

Thereis a brown/beige sign indicating golfing in Lake Worth Beach, so they might still be out there searching for the golf course. To see more photos, definitely go to T J hashers face book page he has 100+

till next year

your pole sitter. ( not one dirty minded person was encountered with this spoof.

just one more day

IMG_0031Don’t  think anyone can be any happier, that this is almost over.  Always been independent and sought out what i thought was best from my point of view.IMG_0033

So glad not to see vitriolic postings and those massive e mails that clog up my daily mail, all because I gave a few dollars.  My contribution, far less than the cost of the mailers coming to my home, time spent sending daily e-mail notices from areas I do not vote in.  about how we are doomed.IMG_0038

I  take the time to honor the women who bravely paved the way regardless of  their sacrifices. To honor the women who suffered so we could live free and with rights. How far would you walk in their shoes, or your own to the nearest polling station.?  Thank you all who will vote for the first time, taking the first step towards a future you envision for us all. .IMG_0110.JPG

Dia De Los Muertes

45467565_10213163200983216_2793518871884070912_n-1.jpgThe event has grown in our community from a well attended first time event, to last nights awesome turn out.  Embraced by all from the City of  Lake Worth Beach.

A parade from City Hall lead the way to the HATCH where authentic food vendors were ready and artisans with a variety of authentic and hand made Day of the Dead trinkets.45419344_10213163208143395_8400616526696153088_n

Kids and adults waiting in never ending lines to get their faces decorated,  by the face painters on site.  Many came already made up and the faces were just so beautiful down to the last detail with their costumes. Check out our area photographers who capture this event,

Tom Jonson and 45320601_10213163205743335_8542820999786135552_nShawn Moss engaged by the city.  Steve Horan,  and the black and white photos of Adriano Ficarelli  and check everyones personal FB posts of those who attended. Great memories from last nights event at the HATCH.45325318_10213163212303499_9058855054043250688_n.jpg

The altars more authentic this year and should you have had the pleasure of viewing the film COCO you will understand the seriousness of these altars.

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By artist Francisco  who no longer lives in Lake Worth, 

My first Year I came pretty traditional.  This year it was a challenge as a friend who is visiting  San Miguel Allende an artist community,  also known as the most beautiful city in Mexico. She is sharing photos from Dia De Los Moertes event, (not an event) actually the whole town was out and about, as this is a  Mexican Catholic tradition.  I myself got educated while watching COCO as to what and why they engage in this annual event. Being of European decent i witnessed  candles in the grave yards but never to the celebratory extent the Mexicans engage in.  Here we just love a party!

45396853_10213163219823687_381949753711132672_n-1   By noon  I had ideas but so late in the day.  I had 2 sheets of pasteboard cost $1.  35 years old leotard that has seen better days and lots of cold weather .  I cut  butterflies out of scraps of paper,  and left over Easter flowers.  A tube of white Toothpaste priceless, from a s o s call to friend Tammy.  I smelled great and minty.  I used the toothpaste to paint,  leg bones , hip bones on leotard carried it with me for touch ups.  The inspiration came from 18 year old Freda Kahlo’s painting  “Broken Column”  who spent a good part of her youth in a body cast.

I’m Back

 

 If it’s Thursday so YES we ride tonight. Thursday Night Peddlers 

We are only about 8 weeks away from the new year. Our calendar is filling, lots of wonderful things happening in our quirky seaside town and expect to get news from not just this blog but follow FB pages by Tammy Pansa’s “Lake Worth Local”  Bob Lepa’s “Lake Worth Voice” Wes Blackman writes at blogspot “Lake Worth City Limits”. Follow any of these three and you’ll be well informed.  

Took a breather from blogging after what seemed a very long summer.  My computer after 10 years decided it had enough.  After the shock and pain wore off i found IFIX in downtown Lake Worth, yes they do electronics other than phones or cracked screens.

a yearly favorite, I did say quirky

so here we are.  Things are always in flux. and if it’s possible to have an issue we will make one.  We’ve lost our weekly Friday on the Plaza replaced by major monthly Block Party.  Oh  yes our pool is empty right now and a contentious ” issue ”  Dia de los Muertes only two days away and celebrated in our city and in case you did not know the Marigold is its official flower. Photos of this event next week.  Stay tuned for the usual the unusual and feel free to comment.

The only City in the USA that Carols on bikes at Xmas time

Red Letter Day

Only a few days ago very few people knew we had a major event here in our Sleepy Seaside town unless of course your were a senior.  The LakeTowers where Clary’s Corner Cafe is hidden turned 50  yes FIFTY years and what is significant about that?  I tell you.

 

Fifty years ago the founders got a 2.4 million dollar loan from HUD to build the structure we know as “The Towers”  for independent senior living. in 2968 is was the founders dream for it to  be safe affordable and dignified housing for our seniors.  On this occasion the other day they made the very last payment to HUD therefore they are mortgage free.. Bring out the Champagne. They also faught all the way to the state supreme court to get tax exemption it was a battle and they won. 

Celebrating

They have had several administrators and currently its Bob Spears who presented the check to CR Moor funders son.  A Video was shown to the hundred some attendees .

They managed to purchased the entire block for $200,000 fifty years ago with paid down $ 36,000. There are approx 300 residences in the Towers.  Our Mayor Triollo invited to represent our city and made the proclimation.from the Podium and she got everyones attention when she uttered the word Trolly for which she has secured financing.  In attendance also was Commissioner Herman Robinson wishing everyone well.

Mayor Pam Trioll being recorded for posterity

 

 

 

Night on the town

Following the season kick of,  Lake Worth Beaches Block Party.  Last night just a week later was another block party this one on S. J st.  (traffic on Lake Ave. open  for ARToberfest ) The difference no muscle cars but more art.  Many outsider artists making a showing of some wares and crafts among some highly skilled Artists.  Definitely something for everyones taste.  Well attended and as set-up began at noon people already showed up and according to a few shops traffic was brisk all afternoon. DSCN2394Dreyfus School of the Arts Jazz Combo   Elizabeth/Piano, Anthony/Guitar, Adam/Base, Grant/drums/ David Sax, Ben/Trumpet

The Jazz Group was performing inside Book-Cellar.  This young lady painting her heart out and this is something new the answer to paint what I paint.  They get to chose the image and colorize the best it’s only $5.

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Budding artist

It continues today Sunday  Visibility will be much better today as lights were an issue last night but the spirit was alive and well.  .  Inside Artisians on the Avenue,  Artist Gin Blische had her opening on Friday and the show is up for a month, definitely go in and start thinking about unique gifts. DSCN2384.JPGDSCN2382.JPG

DSCN2379.JPGChecking out the crowd some of the movers and shakers of Lake Worth Beach

Art Season

Buu Trong  attending her first meeting, seen here with a smile. IMG_0080.JPG She was one of the $1,500 scholarship recipients from Wellington Art Wellington art Society.                Art Season has now been kicked of with the meeting of W.A.S.  120 strong with 7 new members signing on the other evening.    Floral POP Artist Nicole Galluccio was the evenings demo.IMG_0086.JPGIMG_0075.JPG   Literature from every art outlet graced the back table with upcoming events opening nights for the upcoming season.  Even Lake Worths Leisure services had their invite out for artisans for the upcoming Oct. 5 BlockParty kick off.IMG_0075.JPG  Dates are being set in stone.  Congratulations on the 5th year anniversary for Artisian on the Avenue. 41594427_1087789081384852_3385019302577963008_n.png   Since last season City place has been getting into the scene with pop up shows.  Currently exhibiting African Diaspora , with friends like George Taylor, Andrew Holliman and of course Anthony Burk Jr. Also at City Place is Ray Gross’s GARALA ART STUDIO

future in Lake Worth keep your ear open for the Lake Worth Artist Studio Tour now being organized by AnnaMaria Windisch-Hunt for more info on it and the upcoming Call for South Florida. Portrait exhibit contact Lakeworthart@gmail.com

 

Mango Fest 2018

Some people collected Mangos, I collect smiles from everyone who had a great time today at the 3rd Annual International Lake Worth Mango Festival not a drop of rain.  What say ye about making it an evening event? a 1 to 9 p.m. perhaps” or you have other suggestions?

made me smile

photo Bombed

my best photo of the day

let me entertain you

you remember me? goes back 30 years

coming along with those smiles

it was frozen delicious by Rosa

“gets me smiles where I can “think Popeye said that

artist appreciation

and hello to you too, soon to become an artist resident in LW

smile is a smile

Guess we better think hats at all our events and in March we will

that is a smile

Mango Grovites

capturing the silliness

skipping rope a la the LW Ladies Kitchen Band

A blue ticket and so they won mangoes

it was hot and i got thirsty,

Digital Camerait was on automatic ;p;

It was her idea and she has so many that benefit Lake Worth

Boys also want to have fun

thank you for supporting a local artist

happy smiles and good company

portrait i’m working on

thats how it ended at CWS with Mango drinks