A Day at Phipps Beach Ocean Park

the abandoned Rescue boat

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.

Breakfast en route Corner of Lake Ave. n s Palmway

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.

20 x 24.

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.

See the cup of water, LOL. ( water for cleaning brushes )

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.

We paint differently this was her beginning, a sketch. Me, straight for the paint for an impressionistic scene
Ck out some other artist used the table as a palette. Really!

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”.

Maybe a little touch up later after they have rested.

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.

Raft Race Returns 2021

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

The committee that made it happen

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.

Read carefully
College Park R e a d y
1st to trash talk
MC. Craig Rise and Jon Faust
Parrot Cove mascot
Parrot Cove crew accepting the challenge

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?

Intimidation tactics from this quarter
after the initial meeting, all welcome
So happy to see each other hugs even among challengers
The dark horse challenger

Music at Bandshell Lake Worth Beach

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

Acquaintances and new friends

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.

Do I see one of our talented musicians.

I think I managed to capture all the folks who came out for the free concert this past Saturday.

What if this could be the scene every weekend. When not booked.

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.

Under the shade
Our local troubadours THANK YOU

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!

Romantic tunes

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”.

Love the tunes Kelly and George performed.
Romance is in the air
Yes, he played the Star Spangled Banner
Close to a hundred attended
Awesome. THANK YOU Kelly n George and Ben. Sorry do not know names of the others .

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.

We all met our newest resident. This town is awesome.

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.

Immersed in VAN GOGH

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

He wrote lots of illustrated letters.

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.

non descriptive, ck your gps twice

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.

My art patron and friend Charlotte formerly of LWB

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 .

My favorite immersion

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

Would you have resisted, not I

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.

Waiting for valet

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.

Yes I was here.

Where are they now ? Throw back T

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?

Or how old are they now
Once a month at beanies the ladies of MLWB

So here are friends we miss

Haven’t seen them in ages.

Feel free to rag and update

Haven’t seen one of these in ages
Truly miss them
One of my all time favorites created the whole outfit. Always got prizes
We still meet leisure service volunteers Erika took photo
Yes cottages did sponsor a spot

Oh what a party

Maria Nicol never woke up

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.

Proud Mum
Peter so handsome, this morning, you should have seen him in his
white tuxedo with tails.

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.

Big sis entertaining in bounce house
Just everyone danced

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.

Delightful seeing families dancing together
All around neighbors gathered and enjoyed vicariously

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.

A fun time was had by all

Every week a group of acquaintances friends and newcomers, 2 this week, meet at the Gulfstream Hotel and take off on their bikes.

Waiting for a few more

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 .

This was in her basket, our guide

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.

Always fun capturing the pointing finger

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.

arade we have missed

Throw Back Thursday

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.

A great crew, half have moved on.

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.

Walter and Fred

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.

Count down to Mothers Day

This is serious only how many days ? 5 days and for those depending on the postal service far less.

Letter to grandma

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.

Heartfelt messages were created here.

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.

The possibilities are endless

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.

Have your kids do what they love, paint love