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

 

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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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

 

Show us your GREEN

I was trying to be off the computer and had it unplugged for two days and the phone is kaput.  No one missed me and the combativeness going into the election I did not have to deal with.  Isn’t that why they have private booths so you can vote your way and not hurt anyone’s feelings.  Did I miss a throwback Thursday?  All who ran for office took time to learn our community so let us give them something special as the pay that was not the reward, but the contribution, they wanted to make to our community.

wearing green

So let’s see the green happy spirit.  Who is seen in green?  I’ll be biking so you take the photos.  All these photos came from 2013 and 2014  Enjoy!

wearing green

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.

Midnight Sun Event

Checked out the Wife Carrying Contest.  Next year will spend all 3 days in and out with the wristband as the food was that good, not the usual fair food.  A beautiful day at Bryant Park this past Sunday. The giant Crocodile eating our bridge priceless.  Saw folks from Parrot Cove, College Park and of course Bryant Park.  Was impressed with the cleanliness and all the blue and white.  The Kids area was great with different kinds of activities that I had not seen before.  They most likely gave their parents an early night, after the full days’ activities.   Trying to give a blow by blow of the race in chronological order of the obstacles in the race.  From the start to the finish, the obstructions, and not obvious how far they actually had to run.  All the way past the painted containers to the sea wall.

photo      Tom Johnson

The entertainers were top drawer Hanna Pakarinen won Finland’s top performer and Mary of Rudy’s pub was their official host.  As I was watching and listening to Hanna she so reminded me of Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac.  The performances were in English and Finnish.  At 12:45 the crowd gathered around the stanchions ready for the “wive carrying contest”*.

the sprinter #101  on left

 6x world champ Taisto Miettinen                                                                          photo Tom Johnson

 

Got there early, positioned myself opposite the water obstacle, only to see it was not the vantage point for me.  Ultimately the winner was #101 Attorney Taisto Miettinen of Finland who prior to the start was seen sprinting the course twice before he saddled himself with a wife.  Note if you want to see really good photos and up close I recommend you check into Tom Johnson FB page.  Reporting the race chronologically here.  Not satisfied with the water obstacle view,

obvious  here who has the best view

I spotted the kids across and how high they were.  So that was my next view point.  Imagine Sophias (that’s her name)  surprise as I crawled into the children’s jump house.

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documented by Tom Johnson, thanks

from my perch                                                                                      the Wellington competitor

There was local competition, the Lake Worth competitor was paired with one from Wellington.   It was a great crowd that looked on and cheered on their favorites. The next obstacle took place where the crowd was less dense.

The hurdle

The hurdle was the halfway point, from there still a way to go to the sea wall.

view to the end of the race course, the seawall

the victory lap, with (the rent a wife?) have no clue

Next year it will be more competitive as at the end, out of nowhere appeared two women carrying their wives.  Leave it to quirky Lake Worth to add to the already exciting event. 

Hello Parrot Cove

this is what kept the kids occupied

Johan Joe is up in West Palm Beach and I can recommend it for the ambiance as well as the wonderful food. 

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  • the story is about the wife carrying is based on fact.  however, there are several versions some nice and palpable  Robin Hood others roguish.

Lake Worth Street Painting 2018

Good Morning …..how fabulous to be back in Lake Worth

Chris Gostling
Monday Blogger

and what a beautiful morning it is, perfect for the start to the week, blue skies and sunshine. And this same weather prevailed over the weekend making the 24th Lake Worth Street Painting Festival a huge success. I love it if I am here for the festival because I think it is by far the most exciting event of the year.

The taste of Lake Worth on Friday evening heralded the start of the festivities with wristbands on sale which entitled you to visit something like 20 different eateries and bars and sample food and drinks at each one. Many people took part, walking from one venue to the next laughing and talking with others about the food. There was music everywhere and the sound of equipment being moved into place here and there along the two roads closed for the weekend. Children made the most of the closed roads and rode scooters and bikes up and down and chased each other and played games, parents safe in the knowledge that no cars would be coming. Some of the artists had already set up and had their work outlined ready to go early on Saturday morning. All the roads were marked in spaces evenly set out, ready for their artist to claim as their working area when the sun rose.

I worked the shuttle buses that drove backwards and forwards to the college outside town where people could leave their cars and travel in on the bus free of charge. The job of all the ambassadors on the buses was to welcome the people to the event, give the background to the Festival, encourage visitors to make the most of the restaurants and other facilities and promote the two charities to which any donations would be given, namely The Carers of people with ALS and Wheels for Children, a scheme to provide children with much needed wheelchairs. On my bus we made $42 dollars for the cause, not bad I thought!!!

The visitors were lovely, very friendly and made from all age groups, all with the same intention of having fun. There were large groups, couples, people on their own, some had visited before, others had never even been to Lake Worth. What I enjoyed were those who rode the bus in and then got on the same bus when returning to the college, they talked with excitement about their experience, discussing which piece they thought was the best, where they had eaten, the one common theme was how much they had all enjoyed the town and the experience of the Festival.

There were artists of all nationalities, both adults and children, artists who had taken part many times, some for the first time, school groups working together each knowing exactly where to make a mark, which colour to use and working in harmony to create fabulous shapes and images, all covered with chalk, some with as much on themselves as on the ground. Some were local, some had traveled from the other side of the country, some worked alone, other in pairs or larger groups……all with the intention of creating something to amaze the audience.

Sunday, of course, saw the artists finishing their work and packing up, leaving these wonderful artworks to be driven over and obliterated when the roads were reopened at 9pm, leaving the faintest marks to show that the Festival had taken place and was not just the figment of the imagination.

I have never been able to bring myself to drive down Lake or Lucerne until all traces have gone!!!

Enjoy the week, see you next Monday!                                                                                    Editors note:  Chris Gostling hails from England and has been a contributor on Mondays prior to her moving back to England’s Southend on Sea, Lake Worth’s sister city.  Photos  by Chris Gostling                             Photos below by Susan Ona  

The Little Train that Could                                                                     photo by Susan Ona

 photo by Susan Ona

busy busy week end & into the future

Just not sure where to begin here.    There is much being offered in our area and lets face it we are in the hight of our tourist season.                                                                                             2/2  Friday     TONIGHT  Bonfire at the Beach 6 – 9  and every Fri. in February to make                                 up for the unfortunate cancelations.  2/2   Tonight is special  at Clay Glass Metal Stone   Young Miles will be performing.   2/3 Saturday   hang in with me here                                                                                                                              8-11 a.m.  Pancake breakfast at Sacred Heart    $5                                                                                                     8-noon    Farmers Market   under the bridge Palm Beach side.                                                      9   a.m    NAPC meeting for all neighborhood Presidents.                                                              6-9 p.m.  Daddy Daughter, Mother Son Dance at the Casino Ballroom          2//7  5:30    Wednesday Know who is running this coming election Candidate  Forum at the Lake Worth Playhouse starts at six   Public encouraged to attend  FREE  2/8 important message for Lake Worth from our Mayor  6 p.m  parking FREE    2/10  SATURDAY  Reception for Rickie Leiter 

2/10  RECEPTION   6 – 9 pm  the Lake Worth community exhibit of the artists from 33460 and 33461  I say, I say support your local artists  exciting.* come it will be a meet and greet the artists with entertainment by Soundproof

2/9-11         2018  South Florida Garlic Festival at John Prince Park     2/12   Monday Food Truck invasion   2/14     VALENTINES DAY             2/15    6:30 WLRN’s Tom Hudson speaks with Director of Norton about the impact of the arts in South Florida  (Sunshine Economy and the Arts) 

                          Basquait showing in February FREE while under construction.                              

2/17    3 – 5 Reception for Annette Rawlings at the Cultural Council downtown Lake Worth 2/17-18-19 Presidents weekend.  Coconut Grove Art Festival a short train ride south  $15        2/24-25     Lake Worth Street Painting Festival 

 *( I have one pc in the show at Hatch )

‘Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?’

The great thing about writing a blog is that DSCN7254you get to think about what has happened during the week you are writing about and relive all the wonderful moments that you may otherwise have tucked away and not thought about again….

And I have had fun doing just that this week. I mentioned last week that The Core Ensemble held at St Andrews was instrumental in bringing us Erika Bleu Cespedes, a young teacher and artist working with the migrant workers families here in Lake Worth. It was wonderful because she came and worked on a picket fence mural at The Gray Mockingbird Garden which enhanced the project hugely and got a lot of youngsters and their families involved in the work at the community garden. So, last Monday and Friday after school they came to the garden and worked with Erika on producing a piece of work which I hope will last for many years to coma and remind them and the community at large of the fun they had at the garden on November 8th 2015.DSCN2137Preparation for The Tom Sawyer Event had been going on for some time and many local artists had been having fun painting the picket fences to create a garden ‘art gallery’ surrounding the raised beds which are for rent to members of the community at only $90 a year. They will look amazing when in situ and I would suggest that everyone goes to see the fabulous work.DSCN2113DSCN2174DSCN2252DSCN2253DSCN2214DSCN2181

Yesterday dawned, a bright sky appearing that had no hint of white whatsoever, a good sign, no rain on the way! The barbecue was fired up and burgers and hot dogs began to sizzle and send their aroma into the air, The Neighbourhood Association was ready with popcorn popping happily and flyers and cards at the ready for new residents who arrive to have fun.DSCN2422 Mel and Vinnie were set up with guitars and drums to entertain, Pedro and Marshall arranged the beautiful pottery that Pedro produces, candy and drinks stood in rows on the garden stand, the library was set with the fishing game, prizes at the ready, pickets were placed and paint poured with brushes set alongside, Rolando was thereDSCN2334 with birds for the installation on pickets along with drawings of the birds to colour and the scavenger hunt was set….all it needed was for the people to arrive…….which they did on the dot of eleven!

Boy did they have fun……..children bobbed apples, minus the water……DSCN2404they ‘fished’ at the library stand throwing the fishing line with a peg attached over the top of the curtain where library staff attached a ‘prize’, it was so much fun for the children to pull the line back to discover a prize, a very popular game….thank you to the lovely Cindy our Children’s Librarian. They took part in the scavenger hunt running around the garden to find the objects in the photos in the sheet, whooping with delight when one was spotted,DSCN2357 running back to Karla and Jessica with the completed sheet to claim a prize of a small wooden picket fence which could be coloured and embellished….brilliant! On ,to the pickets where they could paint freely, some with their parents, some on their own.DSCN2347Of course, it was not only the pickets that ended up being painted…..tee shirts and hands were covered with splashes of colour and in some cases more body parts needed to be scrubbed as in the case of Charlie who painted his tummy bright yellow! And what fabulous work began to emerge, beautiful designs of flowers, plants, abstracts, lines, circles, swirling around the chosen picket and turning it into a work of art.

The children sang and drummed and danced and laughed and won more prizes and ate popcorn and hot dogs and burgers and bought drinks and candy and most of all they had a most fabulous fun day….which had been the intention all along.DSCN2368

All in all, a good day which was worth all the hard work!

Wednesday night is now Peddlars night in order for people to be free to visit The Bean Scene in Boyton on Thursday every couple of weeks and to allow those of the peddlars who are involved with The Bean Scene to still take part in the bike ride. This whole event was set up by a group of inventive people who want to promote and educate about good food, vegetarian and pulses, about aligning your chakras, massage, chiropractic practises and more, all on a small area of ground in Boyton Beach…..it is worth a visit to experiences the tastes, aromas, sounds or simply to feel the atmosphere!

This week I have had dinner with friends, painted with friends, taken part in a breathing course with friends and talked with friends about new projects……..all my favourite things to do and a reminder of just how lucky I am to live this fabulously peaceful and harmonious life.

I hope the coming week will bring you peace and love……enjoy!