The Making of our First Annual Lake Worth Mango Festival

ANATOMY OF A SPECIAL EVENT  Determination and a great idea made this 1st annual MANGO FEST a success.  With the cooperation of Mother Nature is was a win win.13043612_217827868589180_5527846405079083846_n 2Months earlier the word went out for participants,  The neighborhoods were notified, two responded Mango Grove of course and Royal Poinciana each successful via their fund-raising.  Sponsors were contacted (list below) so at one point 35 vendors had signed then 40 and the day before more phone calls came in asking to participate. Weekly meetings  in the last 8 week13343102_242803766091590_2347861167840152503_n at Patti Sheldon Chungs office, at Jon Faust’s office , Vee Burris and AnnaMaria Windisch-Hunt were the cogs that held it together and made it work.   Now we can add event planner to our resumes  lol. Without volunteers nothing happens in Lake Worth.  Must mention the long hours as we all have other things and sometimes miscommunication are bound to happen, and this being a first time event.   Call from neighbors who were willing to share their Mangos everyone was a team player.  Some wanted to charge even though we explained we were giving them away.   This is the reality. Initially we were quoted $5,000 by event planner. What without a budget! Again as a community event it took everyone’s friends, neighborhoods and Lake Worth  volunteers to make this happen.    13442590_407445089441771_341416077901441776_o

Longest pole in Lake Worth wielded by Brian Kirsh

Longest pole in Lake Worth wielded by Brian Kirsh

Charlene and Rich new permanent Lake Worth residents on their first outing.

Charlene and Rich new permanent Lake Worth residents on their first outing.

Couple of Days of Mango Picking each time cut short with the storms moving through.  IMG_0736

The morning of our day started at 7 a.m. on our Cultural Plaza.   You could tell the pros, as by 7 their tents were up.  Lots of scurrying and the mellow pan music started the day of on a very positive vibe.                                                                                                                           Now to the highlights of THE DAY VIA PHOTOS No one guessed the Celebrity chef Tiana who works at Bradley’s  She got up midnight and started prepping the Crepes and they were tasty.   She hung in till past noon.

Talent and looks Ce

Talent and looks Celebrity Chef Tiana

She volunteered for her neighborhood Mango Groves.  Way to go and great big thanks,   Below the crew from Royal Poinciana neighborhood doing their thing.

Brenda, Ramsey, Charka Judith of Royal Poinciana

Brenda, Ramsey, Charka Judith of Royal Poinciana

They made it simple one buck espresso, Mango Tea, another Tea and Water.  Then there was art from the Lake Worth Art League.  The PNC bank hosted  Mango  oil painting  exhibit  inside air-conditioned lobbyIMG_0717 IMG_0716.  Thanks Carmen the Branch Manager now she ‘s moved on to the Wellington Branch.IMG_0773Cooking demonstration by founder of the event Patti Sheldon Chung. (she put up the seed money)

She is a realtor and pro Lake Worth

She is a realtor and pro Lake Worth

on loan from the Agriculture Extension service

on loan from the Agriculture Extension service

A guest appearance by Mango Expert Dr.

Dr. Gold one of the participants.

Dr. Gold one of the participants.

MaNGOs were given away most of the day as long as they lasted.    Artist Ampy De La Cruze was the winner of the People’s Choice Award for her stunning oil painting.

She is a member of LWAL come see her paintings up close

Ampy is a member of LWAL go see her paintings 

 

all gone before 3 p.m. definitely coming back for 2017

 

all gone before 3 p.m. definitely coming back for 2017

all gone before 3 p.m. definitely coming back for 2017

 

Music was from opening to closing. and guest appearance of the Stiltwalkers.

arriving in style! Rides were free

arriving in style! Rides were free

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Volunteers extrodinaire Mango Grove

Volunteers extraordinaire Mango Grove

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Proud Mom of Patti Sheldon

Proud Mom of Patti Sheldon

yes mango cookies for pets

yes mango cookies for pets

our store managers of Wallgreen one north one south

our store managers of Wallgreen one north one south

girls just want to have fun

girls just want to have fun

These were the highlights.  It’s still not over, now for one more meeting.  Have a comment they are all welcome.  For more photos check in with photographer Tom Johnson’s FB and LWMangoFestival.com

Pres. of LWAL checking on her artists

Pres. of LWAL checking on her artists

The after

THE AFTER PARTY some of us were exhausted but not all. 13413767_10209927569694906_8267863334120722189_n

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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One Response to The Making of our First Annual Lake Worth Mango Festival

  1. Brian Kirsch says:

    The great thing about volunteering and doing even a small part is that you get to meet other action oriented folks. I was able to meet Charlene and Rich for the first time. We got to run from the law. We found out that a giving neighbor with a tree abundant in mangoes had sold her house after we filled a box halfway with great mangoes. The new owner wasn’t home, but a great neighbor let us know…We gave him a couple mangoes as hush money. 🙂

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