Yes we have one in Lake Worth Beach. “Go west young man”. Lake Worth Beach now also has the very First Little Free ART Gallery in this artistic area. I attended its Ribbon Cutting.
It was a late afternoon affair with attendees bringing some of the first small works of art. This is via the effort of Amy Shaw and her partner John. Fairly new to our community who totally embraced what we in this quirky community are all about. First she installed her LFL, Then she purchased her gallery from an Etsy shop, fait accompli!
Local artists participated with stocking the initial small works of art. The gallery offers seating with miniature attendees who have gone walk about, often being mistaken for miniature art LOL which they indeed were.
My contribution was a 4×6 portrait of my cat wearing a Ruth Badder Ginsburg collar. It was immediately traded for this awesome small abstract painting seen top left. It has the Van Gogh colors yet reminiscent of the cave paintings of Lascaux. I could not get it out of my mind so early next morning I biked over and made it mine. (Done by 14 yr old Emma) A small Hurricane painting took its place that I used to sell at street fairs.
The mutual admiration society is alive and well. Amy not only put wonderful children appropriate books in but invested in colored pencils kits which are there for the taking. Bring a book if you have one to share or just avail yourself of a original work if art by the generous artists that live in this area.
A early beginning at the beach Friday before the long weekend. I’m avoiding people, crowds. Haven’t been out in a while, not sure I still know my table manners. KEEP wearing a mask! We are not in the clear yet. Six Months and counting. Destination was Viva la Playa alas it was not open for breakfast. No sign on doors as to hours or when.
Next best Benny’s. Spotted long sleeves, must be a tourist. Indeed
I had the Sunrise, no meat. Used to pay $5 for exact same called the “local special” at Mulligans but here it was $12. But what a view, sea breeze, the smell of salt air, took me back out to my years on the ocean. Of course location location.
It’s FRIDAY the beach front was getting a face lift.
Also seen so very early.
Have a great weekend ! I opened my e mail about an hour ago say 5:15 p.m. and my VIP invite was in my box
We have spend our time chatting over fences, visiting Mom, painting, sanding, organizing and making our home more secure while preparing it for the storm season. All of Hesse jobs are labors of love we are glad to be doing. We miss socializing and having folks over for a get together usually involving libations, but we feel the more we stick to the guidelines the better the chance we can all really get back to work. We have not been to the places downtown we would love to is it and feel that’s our way to prolong this awful situation the world finds itself in at the present. In the meantime we have remained productive and mostly positive.l When we return to Germany we will have to quarantine again but will be able to go take a free Covid-19 test just showing our insurance cards and if negative, the quarantine will not be necessary altho things change daily. The German States have been changing guidelines as the situation develop. We pray there will be a vaccine developed as quickly as possible or at least a turn of events that ends all of this, and fervently wish we will return to Lake Worth Beach soon as it is where our hearts are. Quarantine on both sides of the Atlantic is not easy, but it’s what we have at the moment. We are so glad we got to spend our time here with so much that we love. Wish you all well. Stay safe.
…and a beautiful England at that, glorious weather, glorious surroundings, glorious happenings….well, a lot of it is glorious, even more so if we could, get of this virus which is causing mayhem everywhere in the world. but as I said last week, I’m trying not to mention the V word , so here it goes….. This week has been full of busyness, lots to do and lots to complete in a short time. It started with the community hub that I run, it’s a beautiful old church as you know and I am so passionate about community, I cannot wait to get started again with groups and courses and projects going on. To this end we have started to make it look fabulous, from the garden makeover I told you about a couple of weeks ago to the building itself. It has been used by stitchers and groups making scrubs and all manner of things to keep our nurses and doctors safe and now that has slowed down, we can move on.
The next project is making masks as the wearing of them will be mandatory as from July 4th you recognize that date of course!!! We have lots of stitchers busy on their sewing machines to make the masks from material that has been donated and left over from the scrub making. We are organizing a mask give away day on July 6th where we will unveil our mask tree which will be hung with masks for people . If they want to make a donation, they can and it all helps to keep the costs down, small donations add up to a big donation in the end. I am looking forward to that as it will get people in and it means lots of members of our community will feel safer when the new guidelines come into play, easing the lockdown.
Whilst we were discussing the tree project I happen to be talking about the wonderful peace poles that were created across America for World Peace Day. There are some in Lake Worth which of course, are beautiful Everyone thought the idea sounded great and so that will be another project!!! I love that we can now meet up with friends as long as we socially distance……and last Thursday we did just that, this time in a friend’s in -on-sea, a lovely fishing village and town, 10 miles down the coast from where I live. We decided to have Turkish food and we stopped of off the restaurant to pick up the food on our way, it was utterly delicious and just like old times, chatting and laughing and drinking the odd glass of wine. It is very noticeable that people are getting together, at the beginning of this endemic, it was eerily quiet, as people stayed home , only to venture out to get food or exercise, now we hear the sound of laughter and voices again. I love it! I also love that we can hear the children playing in the local primary school as they play outside at break times, a lovely sound. The beaches are still busy, particularly on weekends we tend to stay away when they are busy and go for a walk along the beach later in the evening when the crowds have thinned out. People are better now and social distancing is much in evidence. Paddle boarding has really taken of here as a new sport and the paddle boarders are out in force especially on weekends, it’s nice to see. The big news is that from the 4th we only have to stay 1 meter apart than 2 , I think it will be ok, it will certainly help the economy hugely as restaurants and pubs can reopen, in a new way of course. It will be very different as there will be new ways ordering and paying for drinks and food…….lots of eating and drinks al fresco to make it easier to keep distancing. Airlines are advertising flights and there are several countries we can travel to without having to quarantine 14 days upon our return, I think I will give it a miss for now. You appear to have a lot more freedom to travel as we do, has it changed at all? I heard about your new rule re wearing masks, a wise move if numbers are rising again. I have just finished the thought of the day board for tomorrow and it is day 98, only two more days till day 100, I think I will stop here. Please take care, have fun and stay happy ……..speak to you next week.
Monday seemed so far away. I know what they like to what we should be doing. They have their devices but as yet, no internet. Going w the flow
We get a break when we walk for lunch and at 3 we observe tea time. What did we not cover but meant to, was on my list as they do a great job of derailing me. LoL Ok let’s clean the bird Bath
Where were we , spelling cursive, anything in our stream of consciousness, meant to cover but skipped over because “aren’t we doing this or that.” Vague promises to keep them engaged.
I let her illustrate my letters. I need stamps which became a field trip to the post office, which became a math lesson,, which became interactive as she gets to put stamps on my letters. We look at my stamp collection. I write, she writes her teacher Ms Roman that leads to spelling time. Ms roman must be a patient angel. She deals with multiples of just these two. How do you do it?
We spotted a blue bird, we are visited daily by birds. Even have an Ospry up high. Teaching moment.
We view a videos on blue birds. Next morning their sharp eyes spot the tiny eggs. One is a delicate blue. Thanks Mother Nature for reinforcing this learning moment. Even I was thrilled.
Looking back at Monday so far away. Did we really . read about George Washington Carver. My eyes dropped as we are now reading “the Red Planet” TGIF Tea time becomes my time. They chat I retreat for a nap.
We make necklaces out of sea shells we gathered on the last day at the beach. Hours later the beaches were closed.
We started on Capitals. Hopefully internet will be available next week.
Friday March 6 Two things you could attend. real Mail Friday 2-6 p.m Then Real Taste of Lake Worth Starts 6:30. Tkts still available.
Saturday. March 7. FIESTA. At Memorial Park located so 6th Ave. and A street. Just of 6th st exit from I-95 expressway exit. Bring the kids they love trucks and fire engines. March 12 at our Lake WorthBeach Casino ballroom BS
Sunday March 15. St. Paddy’s Day Parade down Lake Ave. from M st to J st. This year sponsored by the NAPC Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents Council. The “Thursday night peddlers riding on Wednesday “ welcome any bike rider wearing green. We provide the green streamers for the handlebars.
Tuesday March 17. VOTE. Be sure to turn the page there is more.
Wednesday March 18, and every Wednesday join Commissioner Herman Robinson over coffee at the Book Cellar 9:3 – 11 :00 a.m.
Wednesdays every week sit and have coffee w Commissioner Herman Robinson at the Book Cellar.
Saturday March 21, 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. Flofing.
March 28-29. Pride fest. 12-6 p.m. both days. parade Is on Sunday. In Bryant Park bands and vendors both days. Tickets in advance only $8.
This is a great time to be in south Florida and Lake Worth Beach. Join us for the March events. we are a quirky little sea side town that can.
New Years starts with optimism and Lake Worth Beach’s first day was perfection. Everyone from the surrounding communities Loxahatchee, Wellington and Palm Beach converged on Lake Worth Beach. A happy day as The only flag flying was yellow meaning, calm seas, no critters biting. Perfect for shelling and sun worshiping. A red letter day as The newest addition to the Little Free Libraries opened auspiciously yesterday with fanfare and deservedly so. It’s a “mini me” and belongs to none other than to Mary who has done so much to bring the many LFL to Lake Worth Beach. If you can read a book a day you’d be in heaven here￼. Each of our 16 neighborhoods embraced this project. Don’t have to look far to get the kind of book that you want to read, some of these actually specialize either Florida history or just for children it’s all available in Lake Worth Beach Don’t stop now, take a little bike ride. What I love to do is to look at the decorations, recently on NPR we were mentioned having spectacular lights in our neighborhoods. Our cute seaside cottages decorate and These particular decorations are best enjoy during the daytime￼. ha ha life in paradise we call it “Lake Worth Beach” our quirky little seaside town.
Sun is shining and the beach is beckoning. First thing I saw was the red and purple warning flags above the Lifeguard stand. I gave up trying to keep my cap on the wind was at least 20 miles an hour. The white caps are beautiful as the waves crash into each other, but no swimming. My friend and I took off on a walk heading south w the wind behind us. ￼As we came onto the beach this couple was just emptying a bag of trash. We encountered them again on our return and yes they had trash in their bag again. They are from Canada. Thank you! And on we went to meet the next couple and of course I asked and yes they also were picking up trash. Mom is visiting from Atlanta . Thank You!￼My small bag also held plastic trash, I mention it as it was .suppose to have sea shells which I collect to make earrings. Small sacrifice when people who do not even live here care enough to make my Lake Worth Beach beautiful. My companion always picks up trash. Yesterday she and her family spent their time Christmas Day picking up trash. ￼Not much action on the beach this morning. The purple flag warns about sea creatures and I spotted lots of baby jelly fish that the waves tossed ashore. ￼a couple from Sweden ￼Hello Montreal
Lake Worth Beach is a place to go to enjoy our awesome sunshine even if you can’t get into the water right now.. Happy Holliday to all our visitors.
Sunday started slow but it was the icing on the cake. We had Tuscan breakfast at home at my artist friend Sherrie’s. Only two things left on the agenda as we woke to a cold day.
We took a leisure stroll around the Biltmore to admire some of the faux work she is credited with in the Lobby. Learned that that their pool is the largest in the country. Elegant old world hotel. In the lobby also where two large bird cages, home to gold fiches. So, I was going to paint sea gulls but now, it will be gold finches on gold leaf ground. Look at how the Finches food is presented. First Class all the way.
Then to the Coral Gables Museum. It’s a fairly new Museum entree fee $8. Worth every penny. The presentation of all 3 exhibits on display, exquisite! Nothing was crowded, making viewing a pleasure of the Peruvian photography of only 22 images. “Less is more” was never truer. The Historical aspect of Merrick, oh my, oh my.! Now to the exhibit by our Lake Worth Beach kids about their Maya culture was so well executed. There was video, Self portraits reinterpreted into textiles. The artists who worked on this project with the Children of the Maya Center should be lauded. This art exhibit/instillation should have longevity. I can’t mention everyone’s name but let me put name to image here. Left to right. Jessica Domingo, Mia Ruiz and Rodolfo Velazquez.A show I highly recommend. fIf you head to the Book Fair this is a worthwhile excursion or a $5 round trip Tri-Rail ride on The Weekend. There is a lovely gift shop managed by Books n Books and the museum also houses the Coral Gables Information Center. The day ended in a surreal Gustav Klimt moment as we entered the Starbucks cafe. Lol. “The KISS”. All things come to an end as it got considerably colder.
just discovered that the international Book Fair starts this coming weekend. Headlining is Debra Harry starting Wed. 8 pm. And Friday is Free all day. Im bringing six programs to the Book Cellar for any bibliophile interested ‘in the going ins of major event. Does John Waters ring a bell, he’ll be there as well. Last year I purchased Supreme Court Judge Soto Mayors children’s book autographed for the Royal Poinciana neighborhood fundraiser. 20 dollar investment turned into $75 in our raffle.
Went down Friday to Books and Books in Coral Gables for a reading/presentation of Banana Republic artist/Buddhist Roberta Marks. Enjoyed seeing old friends. Next morning early start recycling electronics , paints hazardous chemicals two times a year at Coral Gables City Hall. On to my favorite breakfast place Coral Bagels where my and Fred’s art posters hang among all the other Coconut Grove Festival posters on display. Among them on the wall is my framed portrait as a King Mango Strutters. That made the front page. So this time I took photo of myself. Lots of fun as the wait staff make me feel like a star. Those that do not know me are soon regaled of my presence. LoL I was seated right under my portrait.
Next stop Bal Harbour for a gig at the brand new St. Regis 24 floor condo, with a view Right onto on the beach from the 14th floor. The job was faux finishing 3 outlet covers to to match the marble counter top. Each required an hour of patience. Then the clear blue waters of Surfside Beach beckoned.
There I also visited the post office. They’ve been decorated for Christmas already for two weeks. ( I asked) No such progress in our 33460 office, this past Friday before my departure via Tri-rail. Walked up and down Surfside past Kosher shop, closed, bridal Boutique, Starbucks, old fashioned Barbershop. A bit dazed, as I came to. felt I had fallen into a rabbit hole as I emerged at the Bal Harbour crossing.
To be continued!
Part two of going w the flow. SUNDAY This is exciting about the Guatemala children’s exhibit in Coral Gables Museum . Stay tuned next blog.
Not easy to dedicate a whole day to go out and paint, my friend was here for the 4th of July Raft Race and checking in with friends an overnight was arranged. We were given left over food from the feast that we eagerly accepted as we could picnic on site.
Checking FB on waking to see all the parade pix one of the posts showed a new restaurant cafe opening with Epenadas. Had just been introduced to them and liked them, it was enroute to Palm Beach Island. We sat outside, but opted for menu specials. Happily got back in the car with anticipation.
Parked in a nice shady spot, we were going to paint 4 hours just like the British “Landscape Artist of the Year”. Which we both had been binge watching. Got my box out which I’d not used in a few years, scrambling to make sure I had a good palette. Sherrie has been painting Fairchild Garden and was organized. “Where is my Canvas?.” As we got out of car. We’d planned to go out around four in the afternoon for the light.. Weather merchant predicting rain and H Elsa was in Cuba heading our way. We decided better go early so was discombobulated. Sherrie hands me a 8×10 canvas. NO, not acceptable to her 20×20 canvas. Back track home. Canvas was leaning outside my door ok now retracing our steps via a Starbucks stop and a water. Thank goodness for the water.
We timed our start to make sure we put in 4 hrs and see how we end. “Artists your time starts now” I mimicked the show commentator.
Half way through I took a dip and ate. Sherrie took her break much later she was into this En Plein Air day and would not be distracted. Few people passed in this private area, the comments came from the kids “cool”. With about half an hour to go I announced “Artists you have a half An hour”. Just like the Lady in the StarArts show. Then “ Put your brushes Down”.
We took a half hour swim. Made it home just as the raindrops hit the window of the car. good Planning. We have already spotted our next location for a bit of David Hockney.
The 4th of July Raft Race has been launched. Inaugural event took place at Mathews located on s H St. at this writing 7 Lake Worth Neighborhoods have thrown out a challenged to NA fellow party goers
Not seen is the Jell-O shot toast. That followed the above photo. Opening this event officially, after Capt. And crew meeting decided there are no rules and after filling up their souvenir commemorative glasses.
Parrot Cove came with very authentic noisy sound effects from the crew. Accepting all challenges. And not to be outdone each neighborhood took turns at the mike. Erika from Mango Grove was silent. Secret secret weapon?
Something wonderful happened during Memorial Day weekend. Music at our bandshell. I share 20 plus photos but take a moment to also read the blog. LOL
A city of acquaintances and friends met for music in the park. What a novel idea. We in Lake Worth Beach have a park and a city of talented musicians. It takes but one creative in this case, George Orr. Who spearheaded this.
I think I managed to capture all the folks who came out for the free concert this past Saturday.
What a good appreciative group of Lake Worthians. Tag yourselfs. We are the ones who support our city and should express ourselves. So your thoughts please.
The Band stand exists. Why not make it utilitarian. Let local bands , musicians jamb. How about Shakespeare in the park. Invite local musicians for a 2 hour performance when not booked. Invite them via an open call. They will all bring their followers, and the rest of us get exposed to our diverse neighbors music. Win win!
Oh how about our own High School band practice. I can just see so many families who have never been to this park. It’s all possible. “ Feels like Home to Me”.
A wonderful time was had by all. How about the establishments from downtown sponsor a band, for a two hour performance. I’d come and have a drink in appreciation of the community support.
Did I mention that many got up and danced also. As I was dancing I did not get that picture ck in with Tom Johnson.
Perfect gift for an artist. This is the experience. So many have asked and the secret location. Two locations were alluded to, the Olympia Theatre and the IcePalace. I was there And still clueless. It’s close to the Bacardi Bldg. on Miami Ave. I could not recognize the sky line. If your using gps dbl ck as we went thru tunnel into Cruise Ship docking area. LOL
We arrived w some time to spare, place looked like this. Valet highly recommended $20. Take the pressure off from traveling I-95. Relax they have a snack bar.
A garden area w yellow picnic tables and lots of hammocks, maybe 20 or so at the valet/entry area. You’ll enjoy this as they adhere to schedule. And you’ll take the stress from traveling I-95 or going around in circles, Miami is so full of new construction.
Self guided tour through a maze of quotes in case you know little of this artist and his thinking. All quotes have Spanish translations.
Then you enter a vast room ( a former ice rink? ). It sold out quickly it comes w fabulous accolades from Paris. My friend saw this and Klimt in Paris. Met some ladies from Hobbie Sound. So definitely it is a destination for art lovers and connoisseurs of Vincent. I have 5 books about him . Plus named my none for profit art organization after him “the One Ear Society . After all we could do better in sales. He never sold the first painting. LoL now he is all the rage **. Where else it’s showing .
Took several videos as transitions happen before your very eyes. Great recall of the most famous images. Because your so involved it seemed far shorter than the 75 min. “exit through the gift shop”. There find T-shirts, cups, puzzles and of course the place had decor elements borrowed from Van Gogh’s paintings
My lovely earrings came from the Actual VanGogh Museum, they were gift wrapped and presented to me on our arrival. I put them on before entering. You are able to order from the actual Van Gogh museum Holland, hundreds of more gift items.
Now if your not able to make this, I located on Utube 33 min video from Toronto. What you miss, will be the fact that it overpowers you via the giant moving imagery. The acoustics well.
** there are several companies that now produce this. If your curious do go onto you tube. I’m but an amateur with video.
Feel free to tag if you know. Well, as I was finally sorting my large cachet of pictures. Well over a thousand I came across all sorts of categories memory’s Most interestingly are some of these. So yes, they are Throw back Thursday but more like. Where are they now?
The whole community appeared to celebrate the baptismal of six mo. Old Maria Nicole and Little Peter now 3. I did not need to leave home as it was just next door.
Everyone took the dance floor, mothers with children on their backs, babies being carried the older ones dance between parents hands, friends next to each other w beers in their hands. A continuous ribbon of colors passed me, to a hypnotic beat.
Midway I had to take a break went home and still heard the music and fell asleep. Revived and showered I returned. More guests had arrived. Made a mental note that the dance steps were just like the American Indians only the music was different.
Who doesn’t want to attend a live concert. I noticed the alley between my house was occupied with uninvited guests also Across the street people enjoying the festivities. And the beat went on.
Learned that some of these sarongs (skirts) are woven right here in their homes. So, no two alike.
Every week a group of acquaintances friends and newcomers, 2 this week, meet at the Gulfstream Hotel and take off on their bikes.
This week we asked Theresa M. Would she lead ( a different person steps up each week) so it becomes their tour of Lake Worth Beach .
Theresa was prepared beyond believe she brought this small book recently published, and off we went. First stop, as we had new participants, was the new mosaic mural by the pavilion that depicts the beginning of our Lake Worth history.
We select leaders randomly and ride randomly around Lake Worth Beach. Two weeks ago David W introduced a historic aspect to our meanderings and off we were. Theresa came prepared w less than an hours notice “would you lead as you know how to get under the bridge?” we still end up meandering.
This bike group started out as the Thursday night peddlers then to accommodate someone it changed to “the Thursday night Peddlers Riding on Wednesday.” We don’t just ride on Wed. there hasn’t been a parade we’ve missed. St. paddy day during COVID was our own parade.
We are the only bike group in the USA to Carol the neighborhoods at Christmas time. Welcoming new home purchasers and accept random invites for hot toddy’s or the occasional dip in a neighbors pool. We have had as many as 45 riders to as few as 3. It’s free it’s fun and everyone Any age is welcome.
Way back! Sometimes the changes in our city are subtle. Here is a look back at the good times and remember the people that have moved on to greener pastures. An intricate thread of our community.
Some fun events due to COVID have been postponed. We had the Derby just last week and I forgot as there was no buzz “ time to create a hat”
Then again some changes were truly dramatic. Worth remembering how we accomplished a new beginning and all the politics surrounding this. We lost a great restaurant in the process . Then the finished project was signed off and the cracks appeared soon after. Flooding on the top floor. Fake windows peeling away.
As the Mangos are ripening right now, we recall the International Mango Festival. Had a few good years and volunteer driven. Created by Patti Sheldon of Awe Flowers. It’s a COVID thing.
One gone to greener pastures and Walter closed his gallery and is moving on. Found these images as I was searching for photos of our latest loss.
Not all sad. Here is a ray of hope. Total recall the first time we met in front of Andy’s store with his proud Mama bear. Soon to appear on stage at Rudy’s. Keep watching for the announcement.
And here we have the seedbed of what has grown to be a Lake Worth phenomena. With an anniversary just around the corner. The very first Little Free Libraries built here with friends. Ted Johnson, myself and Dean Sherwin who’s creation was a mini-me of his house.
This is serious only how many days ? 5 days and for those depending on the postal service far less.
Less than a week has passed that some very fine ladies practiced the art of Letter writing. A card will do in a pinch. It’s not just mother’s, aunts, or someone who nurtured you along lives path, that deserves the recognition on this day. With the distancing in place, who would not love a missive they can hold in their hands right now.
Want to make it extra special but words fail you. It’s the thought that counts. I Visited one of our local shops today (support your local small businesses) not one inquiry was made about purchasing a Mothers Day Card.
Visit Common Ground at 1201 s Federal to view the Mail-Art on exhibition right now. The place will surprise you. It is a state of the art facility there for the use of our community. Want to surprise someone with a sweet, or order her favorite pastry or go the whole shabang order a cake. Una’s bakery and pastry shop is right inside. Hours are from 8 – 3 p.m. located in Lake Worth Beach, in the South Palmway neighborhood.
We who attended the letter writing workshop have now gotten messages and phone calls of gratitude, recognition. Thank you, love you, miss you! All are two way streets.