This could be your new favorite spot

Many visitors to our area tend to ask for a fish restaurant, as if being so close to the ocean it is a given. This could be a new favorite spot. It’s family friendly, by the time we got there they had already served over 100 meals.  My guests from Georgia and I were able to snag a table as the place was packed. Opening Day!  Radio station  99.5  LaLey was doing a live remote and inside karaoke and Mexican music gave it a festive atmosphere.  Upon being seated we each received a taste of ceviche which I hesitated but seeing my guests delight I tried it and it was different from what I have had previously on a trip to Peru.  This was more than eating raw fish it had lots of flavors.  It took three of us to finish the shrimp cocktail. 

I tend to be a timid eater in a new place but as the food passed, I kept thinking should have ordered that.   All the portions were generous. As a Mexican friend told me once tacos are not served with cheese in Mexico, then this is authentic.

Owners Delilah Ramirez and husband Roberto                      I wish them good fortune.

Don’t let the location or appearance fool you.  This could become your next favorite restaurant in Lake Worth. El Oceano is just a short block south of Lake Ave on the WEST side of Dixie,(just south of City Hall) parking available in back and on side of the building.  The kitchen is just left of the entrance so you can have a peak as you enter quite small, big on flavor. I did expect more ambiance but this was their first day.  Certainly can accommodate a large group of friends.  All these families can’t be wrong.  Maybe eat here then wander over to Mathews Brewing which is just in back on H st. Could use more ambiance, it was 5:30 when we ate there it was still bright outside. Try it let me know your experience. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.  

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FUNdraiser for BryaNT PARK

Before we forget the great time we had Saturday during the Derby Day event here is Throwback Thursday to This Event started years ago by the wonderful person who also started the Raft Race.  Now, it happened also to be  Cinco de Mayo, first people I saw were wearing large sombreros so was I at the right party?Quite a few things changed from what we used to experience. Formerly  A more casual level with children taking part. Also missing were our commissioners who judged the hilarity of the participants.

feeling kinda lucky!

The Prize value total was enormous $ 2.750 so the winner’s possibility endless, but not so this year it was split 5 ways. Obviously, the promotion of the wonderful gifts were not noted as in previous years.

the generous sponsors

Here i took a snapshot so you all know who provided so generously. My friend Lucky Richard Guercio was one of the big winners often seen in our local establishments. He wins a lot how do you do it.?  lol  Then there is always a 50/50 that paid out $300.  Would love to know who all the other 4 Lucky winners were.  I was table hopping and capturing the fabulous hats.  I totally agreed with the 1st place winner she was awesome.

opps wrong picture

absolutely exquisite and deservedly First Place Winner

Admired the hat the moment I saw it.  What an artist!   Jessica Teutsch’s usually has a spectacular creation, a little birdie told me she had started making it back in January. ?? The event was a class act event as I tooled around and saw so many friends and kept nursing my $7 Cranberry juice.

2014

2014

2013

2013 Winner and moi

Worthy of note the complete outfit with Magnolia written + painted horse by Artist Leslie Smith

Parisian Chic, not able to compete as she was on the committee. selling 50/50 tickets

would not draw any attention in  Little Havana. Won the loudest shirt. hahaha

The actual race, 2 min. 4 seconds winner Justify and has a chance to be a Triple Crown winner as was Secretariat who made this race in 2 min. 24 sec.  (I was in the infield that year, won $270 ) now American Pharoah’s  timing 2 min and 26 sec.   Not a spot of mud thrown on Justify or jockey this was a clean race on a muddy track ck those times again.  Now back to the party which i always said was one of the top Fundraiser in our town.  Seen working hard was Tabitha, Jon Faust the consummate Lake Worth mc, The awards were unisex (so sad)

definitely had the Audrey Hepburn feel

two more local artists

If you’re looking for more great photos  Judge Sami Makela has some, always Tom Johnson, and of course Leonard Bryant never disappoints. Darin Engle also was seen taking photos.   If you didn’t see your friends here they made it to the other Derby Party which had 250 plus guests and some even attended from KY.   Anyone want to share photos from there just send them to moi.  My camera battery was exhausted.

2015

2015

Now about the Royal Wedding,  keep those beautiful hats handy and stroll Lake Worth in honor of the nuptials on May 19, as we will have our 2nd American Princess.  I’ll be sporting a Fascinator.

 

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Just a Sat. in Lake Worth

Three (3) Cultural offerings on one day and the car never left the driveway that is what Lake Worth Fl. can offer. That is not counting the morning at the beach before it got too hot.  The Lake Worth Historical Museum was open on Sat. from 1 – 4 p.m.  They have a wonderful marketing message created by Walter Harper that speaks to how young 100-year town is. So most of what is in the collection are relatable to a not so distant past.

 

 

 

 

The next stop was at the Cultural Council which just opened a new exhibit by YES local artist Deborah Yates another one of our gems.  Who has found herself in our burgeoning artist-friendly town, following the steps of  several other artists from Key West and Coconut Grove/Miami.  It is one stunning exhibit in the small gallery space sponsored by Chase Bank.  I have to admit I was taken with this work. It is abstract, not my personal taste, however, I recognize it’s power as you turn the corner and are confronted with OMG this is good. Deborah also does environmental art on a large scale.  Definitely, go see. 

Debra Yates left with friend Susan Guyoux at the opening reception

Then a stop for good Mexican food at Lupitas.  It was packed with people just returning from the beach Laplaya, with a party in full swing in the private room.

never had seen this room. looks like fun

Last wonderful experience of the day was Oliver at the Lake Worth Playhouse downtown Lake Worth.  It was well-produced everyone was on cue and the casting was flawless. (Call  for Flashdance is now open) The music memorable and the performances on track there was just one person who appeared to be out of sync at the very end and that was an adult.  The young theatre troupe was flawless. What wonderful future thespians talent we have here in our area.  Soon they can be inducted into the International Thespian Society  wish you all well.    Thank You Tabitha for the ticket.

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Throw back Thursday Peddlers

Thursday is when Thursday Night Peddlers meet up at the Gulfstream Hotel for a ride through our fair city, with  Throw Back Thursday photos or tonight you may want to meet at the Casino for the Historic Preservation Design Guidelines to help shape our future both meet at  7 p.m.  one at Historic Gulfstream and other not so historic Casino Ballroom.

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Mockingbird Earth Day

A charming gesture for a well-done performance (last photo in blog the reveal)

Earth Day Celebration at Mockingbird Gardens was a wonderful event yesterday.  So here are some of the photos of its participants.  For me the musical performances were the joy,  but before anything got started Mother Earth had two subliminal messages.  Not to be ignored.  Like, welcome to Florida and sugar sand, also a good sign was the Charette. If you have google click on their daily logo image and listen to Jane Goodall.

Earth Day recognition had been read at City Hall and here repeated for all in attendance by our Commissioners
Scott Maxwell and Herman Robinson

Enjoy the photos with minimum commentary.  This event was sponsored by Kiwanis with lots of participants known in our community.

The event was perfectly orchestrated with the help of Mother Nature

Just about everything showcased was handcrafted, recycled and earth-friendly organizations were there to raise our consciousness. The event was from noon to 5 one of the highlights this year was a  Adopt a Tree, which came with a certificate.  Neighbors and friends were visible and if you recognize them you realize they care about being earth-friendly in how they deport themselves.  Recycling, picking up trash when not asked or organized. 

repurposed and handcrafted side by side

 

Arts Loft Artist with his creations (in the buy and sell section)

On hand were artists who actually make their own creations with their own hands.    Speaking of artists these performers were outstanding true artists nurtured in our community.

Barton Elementary grades 2 – 5 just awesome

the youngest at Downtown Dance

wonderful performance

and seeing the future of our earth, of course, all the kids that had the opportunity to experience and be part of this Earth Day event. 

our own Childre’s Librarian with the LWL “you pick em books”

While this was going on there was a charette also dealing with our desire to see improvements in our community and don’t think it’s not about our earth as it impacts all humans in our community, not just the me me mes  in the attendance but something for the greater good .

possible options depicted

friends

neighbors

now what happened with mother nature at the gardens, she did not bring rain to save this motor bike nor make it easier despite ALL the manpower.  

unidentified hero, however, it required our Firefighters. Thank You all.

Grounded with Tai Chi was demonstrated

great place to let kids explore while catching up

this is the young woman who got the posy she performed in the choir

 

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#Brightline

something new a warning on her wrist.

Yesterday I along with 45 tourism professionals took a roundtrip on  Brightline, invited by Discover the Palm Beaches. It was a West Palm Beach to Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip. In early May, Miami will come online.   Each of the hubs that Brighline goes to is centrally located in each downtown hub with many cultural facilities nearby ( actually walking distance ) as well as shopping areas and restaurants. Fam tours are often offered to tourism professionals as a way of getting the word out to hotel guests and passing tourists about the nearby amenities. Discover the Palm Beaches is funded via the Hotel Tax. 

Here I share what I learned and what I saw also there are two live videos from yesterdays trip.  We were welcomed by Brightline spokesperson. Having already taken this trip before I was familiar with the wonderful facilities.  Each of the stations is a replica of the other so making navigation painless.    My first experience with photos is on this page  with photos when it was less crowded so the photo show more, however this time I’m with video streaming.

We have or will fulfill the purpose of this trip.  Many years ago I was in the very first tourism class offered in Miami created at the suggestion of Ambassador Plenipotentiary the Honourable George Neary, still have the papers* lol.  So here I was with my iPad getting the feeling and opinions of my companions on this FAM tour.  From Lake Worth were Karri Casper, Ted Johnson, Theresa Miller, Henryetta Seif, Gael Silberblatt, Elizabeth Nichols-Ross, AnnaMaria Windisch-Hunt.

if you bring your water bottle you can refill here also video contains bathroom amenities

The ambassadors from Palm Beach Internation Airport

a new trend in housing, by transportation a stone’s throw away available late fall. (just like Europe)

had a chat with this couple and then saw them leaving via this transport

*I could give this class as I spent many years in the tourism business via Visitor Center in Austin Tx.  9 years working for Cruishiop Pictures of London and of course as a gallerist for 17 years.

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announcement

Tonight Meet and Greet new Art Space City Place  7p.m.

701 Rosemary in City Place

Delighted to make this announcement as one of our Lake Worth Artists is making a splash on the international stage.  Ray Gross from s M st.  has been working for quite a number of years in his home studio, then he met  Gabrielle Kraus well it put the spark back into his effort. All us artists, need at one time or another a muse, the spark.  Come say hello to both and see how this space has been transformed.   reminds me of the old times at Mayfair in the Grove when I took over a Ralph Lauren shop. Wishing Garala longevity

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April Nat’l Letter writing month

Not this kind of letter!

Happy April, and welcome to the 2nd day of the Write_On Challenge! We love the excitement of beginning the challenge each year* – the satisfaction of the dropping those first letters in the mail is so sweet. Have you written your first two letters yet? If not, don’t stress – simply set aside 10 minutes, break out your new supplies and start with something easy. If you’re stuck, check out our online resources – we’ve got inspiration to keep you going all month long!  This is right up my alley been following them and was preparing, so Yes I did not write two letters but I got two envelopes in the mail. LOL   For the Mail Art Project.  P O Box 46   Lake Worth Fl.  33460  so send something either to Art Project or to someone you love.   Had no idea how much I used the US Postal Service.  I just went through a box and found the cards and letters I had written during my marriage. No reason other than to say I love you. I care.  Thanks for a great night. What was truly delightful was finding the thank you notes from his granddaughter, now a grown woman and an artist as well. Now I can share the moment I  opened that envelope again. A treasure among so many  I had forgotten.  On our trips, I used to write what we were doing what we saw besides the iconic scene.  We enjoyed those cards on our return and relived those moments. Made for a great photo album with cliff notes. Take a moment look at your partner and grab an envelope add a note of your gratitude (everyone is into gratitude right now).   Recycle the envelopes that your bills come in. 

one of my doodles to an artist who lives by the sea

 above a recycled envelope , plus it had gotten wet. Did it in the waiting room of a dr. then colorized it once i decided what to do with it. 

 

 

 

 

  • this comes from a card company named Egg Press.  link is above
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Easter Morning on Lake Worth Beach

Lake Worth has a strong spiritual foundation as seen by the many worshipers on our Lake Worth Beach this morning,  for their own Sunrise Services.   The first one group I passed were Russian,  then Lutheran, Nazarenes more Lutherans others I could only guess at.  Church by the Glades was doing submersions.  My own spirituality is being in awe of nature and grateful when the sun appears and the moon is still in the sky.

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April your could have fooled me.

We made it through March.  Now to see what April has in store for us.  What a rich picking of cultural and fun events in the Lake Worth area.  Mostly FREE but some indicate donations suggested.  Now you have bucks to spend in our local establishments.  Life is Good.  Make your plans get off the couch.  ENJOY

March 31  Saturday Easter Egg Hunt and Bonnet Parade with Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit. Bryant Park 9.am.

 Time to get your mail art in   Send your embelished  envelope to

ART Project      P.O.  BOX  46       Lake Worth Fl.     33460

This will go on display locally.  so put your email add. on back, so we can notify you of  its arrival. and post it to the internet.  

April 1.   6 a.m.  Sunrise services on our Lake Worth Beach.

April 3,   3160 PGA Blvd.   BB113     5-8 p.m.     Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410

April 4 Wed. (First Wed. of the mo.)afternoon Mockingbird Garden  have a sing-along and enjoy music with Mel and Vinney

April 6   FAU  Wimberly Library  3 rd  floor      (post about this event April 4 here)

April  7 BiblioArte hosting the creator of the Little Free Library at Hatch1121 Lucerne Ave.   (former ShuffleBoard Cour) 

Aril 7  something for adults  BOOk Cellar has the Author of   Marriage                                     of a Thousand Lies on hand to speak and sign her book.

 

 

 

April 12    Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) noon to 2 p.m opening of Ruth Gellis Exhibit from April 12-30  during Mandell JCC Boynton Beach operating hours.  

has exhibited worldwide, featured in several museums,  studied at the Baux Arts in Paris.

APRIL 16,  ART OPENING 

EDITORS note       As events are announced this blog is updated.  Again I only feature free to the public in our area.  If there is a charge it will be listed.  Also posted my view on what is happening and going on in our community.  All Good.


 

April 21,  Earth Day

 

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