14 pictures featuring 44 Lake Worth personalities doing what they do best, have fun. Plus a band.
Word of mouth was out, Brightline is offering specials. The challenge was on. I shared with someone who might have difficulty. My friend in his 80’s with cane, sharp of mind agreed and at the other end was the arranged meet-up with Miami artist, also interested in seeing the Frank Stella exhibit, at the Ft. Lauderdale Museum. We were not the first Lake Worthians to do this trip.
I carry Lake Worth brochure as a group of friends will be coming up for the Street Painting Festival. The station is centrally located in W Palm Beach as well as in Ft. Lauderdale. and the soon to be completed Miami
Ft. Lauderdale arrival brought us right next door to the Bus station on Broward Blvd. and within walking distance to the Concert Hall, Science Museum, the Art Museum. We took taxi $4 .00 To see Frank Stella. The West Palm Beach location is beautifully located inside just north of City Place and south of Clamatis . The trip from Lake Worth, Dixie Hwy and Lake Ave. takes exactly 17 minutes to the free parking provided by Brightline. (for now all parking both places is free.) Taking into consideration traffic and Rosemary going through City Place where there is a stop on each corner and of course people crossing in the middle of the block. Seventeen minutes total !, Turn onto Elvernia east and you have arrived. We got our tickets day before so as not to be rushed. Get the app on the cell phone and do it all before you get there.
Then head up the escalator and through the turn-style . The Station are identical. On one end is Brightkids who have some amazing space with a TV that continuously plays cartoons. I witnessed some awesome constructions .
I also did some live stream videos from the moving train, My first attempt to share the Brightline experience. Not sure how they turned out. They are on my FB page AnnaMaria Windisch-Hunt. The entire station and train has lemon yellow accents with “a pale shade of gray ” throughout terminal and embroidered seats. I was on coach and would never have thought so. Having ridden on the Orient Express and it’s luxury this was the modern version. For a mere upgrade of $5 gets you two free drinks. Coffee service was available for $2.14 on the train. In the terminals you can self serve coffee or go get it from a barista. Considering it is a new form of transportation with some resistance. I know and so should you Brightline is here to stay. The travelers few but it could have been the time of day I was boarding which changed by late afternoon.
The few passengers i got to know and I spoke with were delighted with the service and the ambiance. One father of two seen in video (grandmother lives in Lake Worth) they spent the entire day at the Science Museum. One couple from Welling was celebrating her birthday and dined in Ft. Lauderdale. Now the Evening was an eye opener
in Ft. Lauderdale about 50 some millenials got on the train with the purpose of having fun and spending the evening in City Place. The reverse Las Olas is just a stone throw from Ft. Lauderdale station. Then I spotted this couple who came dressed bright to celebrate Brightline, on their own just having fun.
Perfect guest for Diner en Blanc Lake Worth next year. Lake Worth needs to do some Trolly transport from W Palm Beach to our Beach. The alcohol and many of the other amenities are shown on the 4 large screens. Last but not least it is an all American made and assembled train . Your $5 upgrade LOL looks like I did manage to get four videos and they are on my FB page AnnaMaria Windisch-Hunt They have been viewed and this was my first experience with Brightline. Not a commercial I do not do those but am sharing a new experience. While exploring W Palm Beach found UPTown Art and have been asked to share my talent via teaching how to paint the beach bags which is seen in the very first image.
editors note: pm me via face book if your interested in this art class. different images always also do corporate leadership classes. now that is self promotion.
Came early again with renewed enthusiasm. Sharing what makes Lake Worth so special. It takes a great many volunteers to make anything happen. As our Mayor Pam said only days ago the volunteer hours given by our community were over 600,000 and valued at $ ?? . Had the same bus driver, so we had our routine down. My introduction went smoothly and the riders learned about our solar field, the Little Free Library, the Street Painting Festival. and what a surprise that Lake Worth actually had a beach with lots of amenities in the Casino Complex.
The new businesses in our quaint walkable downtown area. Even got to mention that Rudy’s known for live music, will have a Grand Opening at the former Bamboo Room on Valentines Day. I wandered around checking out what was new to this fair. The ice cream had mixed reviews. The riders shared their best experiences, one being that the pick up and drop off was smooth this year. They all had smiles on their faces, were well satisfied with their
experience and yes will return. Not knowing who is on our bus or who we are engaging with came as a lovely surprise. I couple seen below here. I had actually witnessed being drawn by the cartoonist only an hour before. here they were on the bus, Gus. Then someone in passing asked what I did and they then asked “Do you know John Mangan”(a fellow artist) yes I do. “he was our neighbor” . Had not dawned on me that we were also informing our own Lake Worthians. Hope my enthusiasm for Lake Worth showed. On the last trip inviting all to return soon, to the Street Painting Festival, someone said “I will be back sooner I work at the Sheriffs Dept. ” You just never know who your fellow passengers are. We got hugs and some even remembered my name. A good feel experience all around. “I’m your Lake Worth Ambassador AnnaMaria WELCOME! “ so started my introduction on the bus, we had a script to follow.
Editors Note: Now if you my dear reader would like to volunteer for the Street Painting Festival there are lots of opportunities. Comments always welcome.
Not going to run out of photos anytime soon. Sharing 17 here Many were part of a blog post but not used as there was a photo more specific to the post. Next year, I will elucidate a bit more on each photo. Enjoy the memories Yes, we are all a few years older and looking back we were a darn good looking Lake Worthians. To the dancers dance though the New Year. Anyone can leave a comment or observation on the blog.