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 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

Mango Season

the most popular fruit in the world grows right here in our backyard. It’s time to celebrate  Mangos.  We eat them over the sink sliced up in cereal,  chop them up for salsa, chutney.  Mango Grove once an actual orchard and extended over most of the Lake Worth area.

 What to do with such abundance.  Well, 3 years ago a small committee still committed to waste not, want not, started this International Mango Festival on our Cultural Plaza downtown Lake Worth. 

Mission is: We want to stop as many mangos as possible from falling on Lake Worth sidewalks, streets, and yards. It helps the city stay clean, and keeps the raccoons and other wild animals at bay.

They ask all residents who have an abundance not to let them go to waste but to share. What better way to introduce our visitors and neighbors without trees to this delicacy.  If you have a tree and want to share bring them to the AWE flower shop before Saturday or call and we will have volunteers come pick them for you.

fearless climber Pedro, don’t try this on your own

Sunday morning 8 a.m.,  AnnaMaria, Patti Pedro and Roland, started picking and finished at Barbara Tortorici’s home at noon, Babara is allergic to Mango9s and has graciously allowed us to pick her tree each year.  

 When ripe they just fall down from the weight of the critters getting their share.   

At this festival now the 3rd Annual, come taste chutneys and preserves and you can even dry them out for snacks.  40 some vendors will be participating including some artists. This year is the year of the Brazilian Mango   

3rd Annual Lake Worth International Mango Festival will be held at the Cultural Plaza from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This Saturday June 16

Our prices are very reasonable  FREE come to this event and get yourself a mango.  

au naturel: sliced in two lengthwise halves, avoiding the pit, flesh scored into diamonds, then turned inside out to expose the juicy cubes. There’s no summer treat better than that.”

Never just pick them without permission, you’d be trespassing.  

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.

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

 

Monday blog March 19.2018

Good Morning to you, this time from Fort Lauderdale Airport 

Chris Gostling
Monday Blogge are waiting for our flight home from our wonderful month in Lake Worth. And what a month it has been, gone too quickly of course!

Last week started with a visit to The Cultural Council exhibition which was very interesting. Interior designers meet artists and put whole rooms together which are then depicted in collage style, an unusual combination and you could buy any single item in any of the roomsWhat fun they must have had completing this work, it’s worth a visit if you have not been already. And the Annette Rawlings exhibition on the other side was equally as interesting, beautiful shapes of bright primary colours that popped out if the canvas…..beautiful!

If you were down at the beach at all last week you would have seen those amazing waves and the surf was high and powerful, perfect for a surfing school practising and riding high on the waves. It is so perfect down there at the moment, the breeze is just right and keeps the weather from being too hot. And if you forget to take a book, there is  always people watching to occupy you. I love to watch the children, they are so happy to be by the water and spend hours trying to outrun the surf as it comes in, and the teenagers playing Frisbee or surfing or just chatting…..perfect.

On Wednesday a group of got together at The Leisure Services Building to decorate hats for the children at the Easter Event in Bryant Park. This is, without doubt, one of my favourite things to do, get together with these wonderful women all chattering and laughing as we decorated the hats, it was such fun and before long we had 50 hits completed. I had made English scones with jam and cream and English Tea with milk and in  gorgeous bone china tea cups  and saucers which I had borrowed from a friend.

Ben, who works at Leisure Services is Scottish and enjoyed it very much, a taste of home. He wore a tail coat and top hat to the tea to mark the occasion, it was all very proper and huge fun. Look out for other events involving volunteering, you will enjoy it.

The St.Patricks Parade was fun and very well attended by so may people all wearing at least one green item of clothing. Children clamoured for the candy that was thrown from the cars and floats and cheered and clapped. There were Irish dancers, huge trucks and tiny cars dwarfed by enormous vehicles covered in shamrock. There were motorbikes and sports cars and of course that fabulous huge Little Free Library, being transported by Mary Lindsay and Judy Easton. A great aspect for us was that we saw lots of people that we had missed. I absolutely love the ladies kitchen band, they are such fun and joyfully danced and banged saucepans and kitchen implements…..

On Saturday the new Gallery and bar Sugar Plum and Grumbling Growler opened with a huge flourish. Jill Karlin and Rosemary Otto have art work exhibited and it all looked fabulous. Jill was painting live, one of her signature paintings with a central image of the SPGG surrounded by smaller pictures of other aspects of the gallery. The bar was looking very plush, craft beers and specially blended wines were on offer to make the experience different.

We ended our stay on Saturday morning with a breakfast at Mulligans with assorted and very dear friends.

Next week the blog will come from what I have been told is a very chilly England. That remains to be seen and I will let you know…..have a fabulous Lake Worth week.

Monday blogger March 12, 2018

Chris Gostling
Monday Blogger

What a great morning it is….blue skies and wispy clouds again, beautiful! I will miss this when I return to England a week today. Although there will be signs of Spring in the air with the previously bare trees, branches wooden and stark showing signs of green tips appearing along the branches and one bud bursting into flowers in an attempt to be the first…….I love this time of year, the warm sunshine takes the place of the cold wintry days of February or in the case of this year, large amounts of snow, and I have missed it all being here in the sunshine.

There has been a lot going on this week, yesterday was Mothers Day in England although you do not celebrate it here until May. We also put the clocks forward here although we do that in two weeks time in England, so for now, there is only 4 hours difference instead of 5. I think that I might put the clocks forward ten minutes each day back home, that way losing an hour will not come as such a shock! Other differences include World Book Day in England is March 1st, although this year it was postponed because of the snow. I love Book Day, children get excited to dress up as their favourite characters from a book and each child gets a token to swap for a World Book Day free of charge. There is usually a choice of 10 books, all by favourite authors, if there are tokens left, I get them for books for the Little Free Library Project. And here in the US WBD is in April.

The beach was closed last week on three occasions when the surf and rip currents were dangerous, it was an amazing sight. The waves were huge and rolled in like huge snowdrifts bringing the water in on the beach nearer and nearer to the people, one large unexpected wave came in right over a man who was sunbathing, it soaked him, he looked shaken as he left the beach soaking wet.

The lifeguards are amazing, the whistle was going constantly as people ignored signs and swam nearer and nearer to the pier and getting pulled further and further away from the place where they started out, it is very dangerous as the waves knock with force against the pier and often take the swimmers with them. Trainee Lifeguards took this opportunity to go to the end of the pier and jump off practicing life-saving, it was scary to watch them. We watched the lifeguards help three children to safety as they panicked and were taken further out to sea with waves.

Thanks to Shawn for this photo

I took a trip to see the new Box Gallery this week, it is lovely. A huge space with a  huge amount of fabulous paints and sculptures and books and car doors and pajeros, very creative and colourful, always a pleasure to see Rolando Chung who runs the gallery and see what is happening in the art world. His old Gallery on Lucerne is now owned by a young couple who appear to be creating another Gallery and refreshment area, looks gorgeous,  can’t wait to see it open.

This Wednesday at The Leisure Offices at 501 Lake Avenue volunteers are needed to make Easter Bonnets for the children to participate in The Easter Bonnet Parade at the Easter event in Bryant Park on March 31st, that will be 1 – 4. Volunteers will also be needed for handing out flowers for the children to add their own touches to the Bonnets.That is a fun event that is always enjoyed by the children from Lake Worth. I only wish I was here for it…..

   Last year I took part in a project at St.Andrews Church where Jill Karlin undertook the task of creating another beautiful tile wall. We worked every day and got as many of the congregation to take part – people would drop by and complete a tile of their choice, it is beautiful and stands in the children’s play area garden at the back of the church. If you get an opportunity, go and see it, you will not be disappointed. People commissioned tiles for families and friends which are placed around the outside of the wall, such a lovely way to remember loved ones. Talking of gardens, the area behind the cultural centre is also worth visiting, not everyone knows that it is there but the new Martin Luther King mural is fabulous, a truly beautiful piece of work. And in the garden itself is a huge set of qwerty keyboard keys which at first I thought were seating, please take a look when you are next in the area, it really is quite lovely.

And International Women’s Day saw many events take place around the world. In my town of there were lots of events but the one I loved the best was at the local airport where planes with all female crews took off at regular intervals, I like the idea very much, what a long way us women have come!

Have a great week….

editors note:  some of the original photos did not come through so a bit of research was done.

A ordinary Saturday in Lake Worth

The past Saturday turned out to be an adventure & a discovery.  I broke my phone and I knew there was a shop that fixes electronics.  En route to volunteering at our Historic Museum, I was out and around 11:30a.m and got everything done in no time and in time to collect the keys to the Annex and to open it up. (not the phone however NOT)

Did YOU know we had a skateboard shop?

First stop HotChocolate and Common Ground Coffee Shop it is really good, rich and creamy sans whip cream.   Then I discovered this skateboard shop next to “I fix it”. Realizing how lively Lake Avenue was. I  started taking photos of people doing their Saturday things.

always a good stop when thirsty or hungry

Shop!  I walked over to  Lucerne nothing was open so back to Lake Avenue.

dropped in to say hi to Betty

the couple just walked in and this happy person just came out

this group of 5 asked why I did not take their photo as they also had just purchased something.                         Felt bad, so I got this photo

of course always say Hi to Andy

across the street Cultural Council also had activity.  At the library ran into Steve Horan Author/photographer   Chatting I spotted a book by Daniel Silva love his books as his protagonist is an Art restorer and as an Art Historian myself, I find his books fascinating.  This one is about Vienna who’s streets I know well, but here is the surprise of all.  Inside this jacket cover, a name just hit me. I then checked my other volumes on my bookshelf.  It is our own Walter Harper who designed the covers and type for this series and of course many other novelists, that was his career before moving to Lake Worth.  I got this hardback book for $2.00 and it is listed for 9.65 in a paperback on  Amazon.

editors note:  Gave a gift of one Silva novel to Capt. Silva as he departed Lake Worth.

Volunteer recognition

This morning was a special day for many Lake Worthians.  They gathered in the Casino Ballroom which was brightly decorated for them, leaving the chill outside.  The City of Lake Worth recognized the efforts of the many volunteers, with this volunteer appreciation breakfast.  April is the month for the usual recognition, however, we have in our midst snowbirds who also share a vested interest in the well-being of our community. 

oh, baby, it’s cold outside

The value of these Lake Worthians and they are worthy is important for a  small community as ours.  Giving hundreds of hours of their busy time, they make that time as each realizes their input is important and today were recognized in such a lovely way with this breakfast.   During the State of the City Address by our Honorable Mayor Pam, she had put a dollar value on their contribution and it was enormous.   Today once more to a full room of volunteers she again gave her heartfelt thanks to everyone present. It was a lovely program with the presentation of the Colors by the ROTC Honor Guard,  Vice Mayor Pro Tem Andy Amoroso, Commissioner Herman, Maxwell were in attendance. (Omari was mentioned, however, was not able to attend as he did last year.) The executive assistant Silvina Donaldson, called out all the boards and departments individually.   These volunteers are experts in their respected fields, such as attorneys, financiers. artists. grant writers,  tourism,  administrators, giving from the heart to a community they embraced when they made quirky Lake Worth their home.

the 3 women sharing the podium have power are creative and resourceful

ARTful evening in Lake Worth

As your out and about this evening make the Cultural Council one of your stops. They have multiple exhibitions worth your time.  The annual showcase of interiors matched with art, however, no catalogue you’re on your own.  the first on the left is so busy you can’t wrap your head around it and what appears Edward Hopper paintings but not. As you go further into the interior, you can calm down and enjoy the serenity of less is more. This is in the main gallery.  Now for the piece de resistance two different exhibitions with far to little mention.

from a private collection

As you enter go to the right and along that wall is a wonderful small collection of Florida Art.  On loan from the private collection of Phil Materio who’s collection could have taken up the main salon, he has upwards 500 works carefully chosen.

Clarence I Dreisbach 1903-2001

He continues collecting as only a few months ago I witnessed the purchase of a highly collectible Lake Worth Artist. The above painting not described,  could well have depicted a scene on Worth Avenue. Dreisbach originally from Pa. was a member of several South Florida art guilds.

JPMorgan Foundation space at PBCC

The other exhibition in the sponsored JPMorgan Chase Foundation space is Annette Rawlings.  Now a Lake Worth Artist whose work has taken on bolder colours.  A modern take on her formal beginnings of using rabbit skin glue and oils, she now is using acrylics gouache and ceramic media.  She is still true to her minimalistic art form. You can see from this photo what the middle image is. On the postcard, the colors were off and out of context, I thought it was an Ice Cream Cone.  Have for many years admired Annette’s work and she is also an author, plus has a line of jewelry.  She has exhibited from Woodstock, all the way to the  City of Lights. There is something to please just about everyone in this months show at the Cultural Council.  Well worth the trip and always support your local artist.  Purchase something.

She has