Pride in Lake Worth

Pride was shown in several ways yesterday at Lake Worth City Hall.  Now for the 3rd year  the rainbow flag went up in front of City Hall.   The newly formed Pineapple Beach neighborhood made their first presentation to our  city commissioners and Mayor and a gift was given to the City of Lake Worth   “Feels Like Home to Me” a collaborative effort by Mel and Vinnie and AnnaMaria, to show the city how much they cared and loved living here in the City of Lake Worth Fl. .

DSCN1065 copyDSCN5116 DSCN5159A proclamation read on the City Hall steps officially recognizes Pride Month in Lake Worth Fl.      Lots of activities will be held in Lake Worth and of note, the March 23 event to be held in front of Lake Worth’s City hall.  A call is going out to all couples who have had to go out-of-state to tie the knot.  This represents lost revenue, spent out side of Florida.  Couples are asked to bring a plaque stating the state they were married in. This is Sunday March 23, 2 p.m. in front of city hall. DSCN6802                                                                    Pridefest is a two-day festival and the theme this year is ” FantaSEA ”  Lake Worth is a diverse community, it is the home of Compass  gay and lesbian community center which serves the entire Lake Worth population.  Neighborhood association meetings take place monthly.   They host art shows and showcase traveling exhibits.  Computers are available to students who do not have access.  It is a full service community center for all  and everyone is welcome.

Here is the introduction of the collaboration .

Good evening.  Thank you for putting our presentation on tonight’s agenda.

I am Maryellen Healy, here with Vincent Cerniglia and AnnaMaria Hunt. We have a short movie to show you and to leave with the City as a gift.

Vinnie and I perform as Mel and Vinnie. We spent over 30 years working with the legendary recently deceased Pete Seeger in the Hudson Valley in NYS.  We use music as a way to bring people together. You can learn more about our music at or follow us on Facebook

Lake Worth found us in 2009 when we were in Florida to see our grandchildren.  We were attracted to the music, art, beach, parks and diversity.  We bought a small condo where we can walk to the ocean and walk downtown.  We meet new friends all the time and never run out of things to get involved with.

We made the rounds of the open mics to meet other musicians, make new friends and have an audience.  Ric Pattison used to run songwriting contests every few months – he’d throw out a theme and give a few weeks for the songs to appear.  One theme was Lake Worth.  This is our song from the contest; it’s called “Feels Like Home to Me”.  It details what we liked about the city then in 2009.

We recorded our first Mel and Vinnie CD in Ric’s studio in Lake Worth and called it Feels Like Home. Some of the music tells about our projects with Pete Seeger in the Hudson Valley, most of it is original.

AnnaMaria recruited us to the Thursday Night pedlers one evening as we walked by them our walk to the ocean. She really stoked our enthusiasm for things Lake Worth.  Last summer she sent us an email asking if she could put pictures to our song, which she like to call the Lake Worth Anthem.  We liked the idea and sat down with her this fall and winter to put this movie together.  Most of the photos come from the three of us, all contributors gave us permission and we credit everyone at the end. You can learn more about AnnaMaria from her blog Lake Worth Every Minute at

We retain the rights to the song/video but give you permission to freely use it in part or whole as long as there is no financial gain. After the meeting the video will be on YouTube at                                    Maryellen Healy        

About Lake Worth Florida by the moment the source of inspiration

A former Unite Press International photographer. Spent 9 years with Cruise Ship Photos of London. Moved to Lake Worth from Coconut Grove, with artist husband Fred Hunt. Never leaves the house without a camera. Writes another blog "One Ear Society" dealing with the ins and outs of the art world. Closed her Art Gallery in Coconut Grove after 17 years to relocate in Lake Worth.
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