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.

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

 

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

 

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.

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.

Monday Blogger Chris Gostling

Monday Blogger

Chris Gostling
Monday Blogger

Where did that week go? I cannot believe that it is Monday again and a week since The Street Painting Festival. It is a beautiful morning here in Lake Worth,  as usual, one of those blue skies with wispy clouds, a welcome breeze keeping the heat at bay, fabulous!

Not so in England which has, like much of Europe, been hit with what has been called ‘The Beast from the East’, heavy snow storms with freezing temperatures. We never get snowstorms where I live just East of London, maybe a flurry or two, but nothing like a foot of snow with lots of ice. The problem when you are not expecting it or are not used to it is that you are not ready, the right equipment is not available, roads get clogged, trains cease to run on frozen lines and utilities start to fail and it has been chaos. Of course, there is always a bright side to everything, school’s closed, parents could not get to work and with lots of slopes filed with white fresh snow there is nothing to do but take a tray, a sledge, trash bags anything that will slide and do just that, slide from top to bottom…..on your front, your back, any way! If you have skis, dig them out and ski! Then there is always the snowball fight and the snowman building competition – whatever it was, fun was had by all! One of our smaller schools hit the news because the staff had a snowball fight with the students, what memories those children will have of school, they dared to throw the health and safety rule book out of the window and let the children be children for once. And, of course, I have missed it all!!!! Just to demonstrate the difference a day makes, it appears to be sunshine all the way today with snow rapidly disappearing and normal life resuming. It seems that the weather is unpredictable almost everywhere with extremes, from droughts to floods to heatwaves to snow, crazy!!!

don’t ask, it was funny

This week has been perfect, catching up with friends is always fun, with parties and breakfast and dinner dates where we sit chattering non stop about everything and everyone for hours at a time.

I did something I have been wanting to do for ages, and that is go to The Stonzek Picture House, ‘Loving Vincent was on, a film I wanted to see but missed first time around so now was my chance. First of all, Sacha sells the tickets,

Sasha

if you want popcorn or candy or coffee, he also does that and just before starting the film he welcomes everyone and gives a short talk on the film showing as well as reminding everyone where the restrooms are, films coming shortly and a gentle reminder about switching off phones. Then he starts the projector which can be unpredictable and has to be stopped three times to get it right. It was an amazing experience, the film was incredible and everyone applauded at the end. I loved that people get up to go to the bathroom throughout the film and had to walk in front of the screen to get there.

I tried the new bookshop, new restaurant Lilo’s, breakfast at Toojays with it’s revamped signs, the beach, evening on the avenue amongst other things and now feel very much at home. The sun cream machines down at the beach are a great addition if you leave your sunscreen at home…..no more sunburn!

Last Friday in the Plaza a young woman was rocking it, a total one-woman band who had everyone tapping their feet, dancing and clapping their hands, amazing! I love the bands that entertain down there…

rededication at the south 5th st. Greenway this past Tuesday

I am having fun spotting the Little Free Libraries which are dotted around town and have already borrowed and read, two books. It is a great project and I hear that the founder of the LFL’s, Tod Bol, is coming to the town soon, he will be impressed with the number of LFL’s that there are and that few of them ever get vandalised. Mary Lindsey inspired me when the LFL project started and I got to paint a library, it has grown and grown and is making a difference to literacy levels among the children along with the reading schemes and library programmes. I have set up the same scheme in my hometown of Southend on sea but it has not reached the success it has here but maybe one day, you never know. Mary is always happy to help when I get stuck…..

The elections are coming up soon and that is always an exciting time, I am glad we will be here to share the anticipation and excitement and then the celebrations. The work that goes on behind the scenes for an election is incredible, from volunteers posting flyers in mailboxes to organisation of talks, of get togethers, of paperwork, it all goes to informing people of what they are voting for and why they should vote. I am sure the campaigns have been successful and people will come out in huge numbers to vote for the right people to run this beautiful city.

I love the mural on the swimming pool wall down at the beach and I am loving all the new artwork that has appeared all over town – my favourite

continues line all through the Street Painting Festival weekend for this photo op.

being the wings on the side of the shoe repair shop. I like them because I have seen everyone having lots of fun taking photos, I particularly like the wings for children with the tiny footprints to stand in the get exactly the right shot….a great idea!

This week looks as if it is going to be more excitement and fun, the weather is set to be gorgeous, a couple of rain showers but that means we also get rainbows. I hope the coming week is fabulous for you……

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

Hello Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania visitors enjoying  Lake Worth Beach

Hello Pennsylvania,  here to visit Lake Worth Beach on this gorgeous 81 degree.   Staying in W Palm for a week.   The traffic has already been diverted as of this Friday Morning to set up for not just Street Painting but also for tonight’s Taste of Lake Worth.

the view coming from the beach

Always wonderful to see friends and get to wish them a Happy Birthday. What else would you do on your special day?  Walk the beach spend time with daughter, of course.

A very happy birthday Erica

Want to acknowledge another birthday, today Annette Rawlings who moved here from Coconut Grove on my recommendation and has not regretted it.  She is currently exhibiting her Art at the Cultural Council.  For more ifnormation, she is one of the artists showcased in  “Portrait of our Artists” series about our Lake Worth Artists.

Artist Annette Rawlings

If your downtown tonight stop in at the Cultural Council and all the other art venues.  Especially J street is doing their own kick off for the weekend.  Jazz, at Common Ground Coffee next door a new gallery and Rudy’s, occupying the former  Bamboo Room.

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 )