A day on the ocean

turned out to be an exciting day for the folks at the Breakers.  We enjoyed the calm waters of yesterday watched the dolphins do their thing.  Then things changed, the water was still a Bahama Blue and the sky had these awesome clouds promising a late thunderstorm. We spotted this turtle and it appeared not to be moving.   The flippers gently up and down with the current movement.  My hosts called the Turtle rescue number  561/627-8280 and of course they wanted to know what kind it was.  We assured them that it was dead in the water.  They asked us to go ahead and bring it to shore.  The location was straight out from the Breakers.  We hailed a paddle surfer with our horn first he started to move away from us thinking he needed to get out of our way so we made a better effort indicating that we wanted him to come to us.  We could not go any closer to shore. Meanwhile we had towed the turtle as far in,  as far as possible.  He  guy below  was lovely never got his name, he agreed to tow it to shore and Turtle rescue would come collect him and do autopsy etc etc. No need we saw what the problem was.    We called back the Marine center. let  know that it was being taken to shore and where it would be.  They said let the front desk know that they would be along soon and pick up the turtle but it would be a while.  We watched the shore for a bit to see that all was well, of course it caused a bit of a stir..  Then saw this group of young snorkelers come out from the Breakers with their dive instructor, alls settled.  We headed back for a leisure ride and got to see the Honey Fitz   the Presidential Yacht of the Kennedy’s and back in just before the storm came through. Good to have a proper captain on board who knows how to navigate and the weather patterns.  Now if you rent a boat make sure they provide you with bumpers 2, extra line and a hook is always  helpful. Thanks Charlotte and Bob loved the day out at sea.

So a tale that is told many times about plastic in the water and fishing lines getting tangled but are we better on shore.  This photo was taken two mornings ago on our beach. What ever happened to leave nothing but footprints 



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Portrait of our Artist Rosemary Otto

I’ve known of Rosemary Otto’s  work for quite a period of years.  Invited her to exhibit in Miami and participate in the  “Our National Treasures”* exhibition, that I curated.  It was based on the Japanese honor of attaining a high level of mastery in their art form.

However  she was tied into a contract with the Webber Gallery of Lake Worth.  Four years later I found myself living down the street from her.  Rosemary is a long time resident of Lake Worth still living in her grandmothers home,  her mother was an art teacher at the High School and former Pres. of the Lake Worth Art League.

quick sketch over morning coffee


portraits done by Rosemary

Rosemary’s is not just skilled in oil but she is known for her unique work that, is quasi collage/watercolor but that is a over simplification.  I’ve sat in her home-studio marveling at the patients of the many steps it takes to create a singular work of art.  That is just the mechanics.

Her imagination takes us to where we all wish we could escape to in a perfect childhood. A world that does not rob us of that gift to escape, via Television or social media. The imagery is evocative of her German heritage, joys of  young person.   She is now represented by a private dealer and is being showcased at the Box Gallery at 811 Belvedere Rd. in West Palm Beach thru August.   The reception takes place this Saturday July 22  7 – 10 p.m.  Some of her very small work can be purchased at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach Gift shop.  A Must meet the artist event. 


PORTRAIT OF OUR ARTIST  is an ongoing series of this blog. Showcasing some of the great talent in our small  community that have gained recognition away from Lake Worth Fl.  Rosemary Otto now joins  Laura Ann Jacobs, Steve Horan, Fred W. Hunt, Aidana Baldassarra Annette Rawlings and Barbara Johansen     and quite a few  more to come.




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and the beat goes on

A special week  in Lake Worth always .  You could do something almost every day of the  and live the life of Riley.  Even with a 40 hour work week.    What gives us pleasure is what enhances the hum drum of our every day life.  The little  extra hour here and there that you give yourself. My recommendations are, less the hot midday hours where only “Mad dogs and English men  go in the midday sun….”  Noel Coward,  did you know?

Monday 17th  Start for once with our Sunrise, to early swim at our Lake Worth Beach before work.                            this you can repeat each and every day.  OK  you haven”t missed anything you can’t catch up with here.,

Tuesday 18th  Start the same as above if not how about an evening stroll at our Lake Worth Beach and a swim in low tide,  here is the link  to when it happens                             oh $2 Tacos all day Tuesday at Lilo’s

Wednesday 19th  repeat repeat or commit yourself to learn the art of beautiful writing Calligraphy is being offered as an introductory class at the LWALeague  Gallery this week   only $30 or sing up for the entire Art Adventure series 

Thursday 20th   Repeat repeat Mon. Tue.  Always the Norton Museum,  Art after Dark  is Free if you have never been why not.

Friday 21st  closer to home and visit Artisan on the Avenue a beautiful gallery full of hand crafted artisian works. this week reception  remember Rudy for music just around the corner. 

Saturday 22  Special   support your local artists head to the Box Gallery 811 Belvedere and see the work of  Rosemary Otto   amazing highly recommend.  Opening Reception 7 – 10 p.m.   Tomorrow on this blog an indepth view of Rosemary and her fabulous work. 

Sun.23   Remember  repeat repeat and have breakfast out,  remember the $5 breakfasts I posted.  Got an e mail from out of town traveling friend, friend had shared my post.  The   e mail said I live in Lake Worth and I did not know.  OH well!

Mondays for now off season, most everything is closed,certainly not the Lake Worth Beach.



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a 48 hour period in Mango Grove

Ever wonder how things come together.  Sometimes i’m more interested in the backstory much more interesting.   Unusual, perhaps.  We were doing the Circus theme. for the Great American Raft Race.  Who suggested it.  I heard a lot of nay-sayers yet I thought it was brilliant.  Who ever you are,  loved your idea.  It must have been in the air.  Only a few months ago the post office issued Circus stamps.   The fact that the circus saw it’s demise on May 21 of this year can’t have been a coincidence?  Also the fact that only last year i visited the Circus Museum in Sarasota. Needless to say I believe in serendipity.

Cast of a thousand, well, ok a few less than a thousand

Mango Grove embraced the theme. We won the best performance but did you all really see our effort. Our two trophy well deserved.

Best Performance Trophy Now living with our artist who painted the tiger

The Run aground trophy made of the steering mechanism from the Mayor/City float that went aground first.

Only the day before I put an SOS out for a unicycle, within an hour there came one riding by the Lake Worth Art Guild gallery window.  I jumped up and hailed him down. W’d you know he’s been riding since he was 8 years old and lives in Mango Grove.   The day before Sunday at the beach sharing stories and questioning, what all does a circus have, besides Elephants, well of course, a tight rope walker.  We look across from Benny’s and there is a guy strapping his high wire act onto two Palm Trees.  I’m on it.  Yes he will perform in Bryant Park for us.

The hard part for me was making what I felt was plausible happen.

Our Ring Leader, Master of Ceremony and current Pres. of Mango Grove

I had the vision,  but how could I do it?  Andy Amaroso to the rescue, he had the  spinners right up front, within reach.  Yes I wanted a balloon but I settled for tea cups spinning in the air.

ah Leonard Bryant captured my tea cups spinning

A thought not mine another  Grovite  said, ” i have pink seersucker pants”, we proceeded to paint his baseball cap white.  Now for an industrial broom that you could appreciate from afar*..  Dropping off my number one collaborator/artist extraordinaire  Claudia from Parrot Cove,  we pass someone moving and there was this beautiful oversized mop. (dumpster diving) and i still had some  tinsel from years ago.  All this happened in a 48 hour period.  IT WAS MEANT TO BE.

The other note worthy part of this coming together of ideas and talent. New residents to Mango Grove with two talented daughters and boundless enthusiasm.  I entrusted the 15-year-old to create a circus wagon.  What I expected was one thing what I got was over the top.  She is a student a Dryfoos and did I mention only 15.

photo by Leonard Bryant

Our Bearded Lady was difficult.     I asked up to 9 men with full beards to consider  crossdressing lots of maybe.  Then I spotted this  gorgeous man with a red beard tall  large and good looking ,  better than the rest.       The other well deserved award  is seen below.   Commissioner Maxwell on the spot to give a helping hand.  It was sad as they were all dressed to the gills.

it was terribly hot


*anytime you do a performance  or parade or Circus everything has to be exaggerated so it can be appreciated from afar.  I was told  this by artist Fred Hunt RIP who appeared in Cecil B. DeMill’s “The Greatest Show on Earth” as an extra.   He was a student at the Ringling School of Art in its heyday.

ps  not all photos are mine if i knew  the shooter I gave credit .  Please visit these photographers they have some awesome documentation of this circus parade actually the entire 16th annual Great American Raft Race .  Wes Blackman also has video, Tom Johnson,  Leonard Bryant and Shawn Moss.  From the imbedded photographer moi my limited access as i was in the parade, favorite shots .


So thanks all for the Best Performance trophy

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a look back how the crowds greeted the circus when it came to town in Main Street America 

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a look back

Even more photos to remember the way it was.  Where will you be this Tuesday starting 11:30 a.m. will you be on the sidelines cheering on the brave participants from our quirky little seaside town of Lake Worth.  Your friends and neighbors making a spectacle of themselves for your enjoyment.  It is after all a circus.  A funny thing happened.  I wanted to find the correct opening statement  to the start of Circus performances to get it just right and it came up on google search with Comey and the senate as

she may be making an appearance as a young adult this year.

circus..  Not what I was looking for but this. Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Children of all ages! You are about to witness a daring act of courage and excitement guaranteed to delight. An act that you will remember throughout your lifetime. Never before has anything so daring been attempted. 

this is a Throw back

still talking about how this ended.

Capt. Silva did the honors at the beginning of the parade

anyone notice the Eiffel Tower in the middle on someone’s head? good sport

remember this from College Park

this is the route


anyone seen these mottle crew>

this was brilliant as was her performance

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heat has risen with first win

we have a winner for the Kayak Race it was Downtown Jewel represented by Dave Wilson

commissioners FB update

before high tech origami

Tropical Ridge at least then gave it a try

n who  out performed the other captains even with interference handicaps.  Remember no rules.  They DJ seem to be the brunt of mischief due to previous imagined grievances as Downtown Jewel brought out not one, not two but 12 very creative origami vessels that outnumbered the field of competitors and took home trophy after trophy.

they performed the Can Can

Tropical Ridge not forgotten RIP

Let me guess it is Parrot Cove

Our hero land founder or the Grunge Cup honored with his own flag


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