Monday, November 25, 2019

This Saturday in downtown Lake Worth Beach: It’s Small Business Saturday!

Make plans this Saturday to come on out and support your LOCAL shops and establishments! Also worth noting from 2:00–4:00 there will be a free concert in the Cultural Plaza featuring Sierra Lane.

And did you know. . .

The CRA is currently accepting applications for commercial grants.

The Lake Worth Beach CRA offers multiple grant programs which are meant to provide property owners with the opportunity to obtain assistance associated with the costs of doing enhancements and developing commercial properties within the CRA District. The CRA will provide matching funds to qualified applicants wishing to make significant upgrades to the exterior and interior of their property. Grants are also available to commercial developers that make major improvements to properties resulting in job creation. In addition, businesses within the CRA district can apply for micro-grants to be used for new or improved exterior signage.

For more information regarding the various grant programs please contact CRA Deputy Director Chris Dabros at 561 493-2550 or by email:

To learn more about the Lake Worth Beach CRA use this link.

Lake Worth BEACH! and Pier, 1977.

Notice all the parking available at the BEACH! back then. Compare that to the parking arrangement and traffic patterns at the ‘newly-renovated’ Casino complex. Back in the day it is was very easy to drive to the beach with an elderly person, the handicapped, and young children and find parking at the top of the dune. Unfortunately, a mundane day at the beach has sadly become much too hard for many people; many are forced to park further west and make the long trudge up the dune to their destination.

Florida history: “The Road to Beauty” (1965) — Film sponsored by the Florida Citrus Commission.

Below is a video from the State of Florida Archives. Advertising and promotion of Florida’s citrus industry has, shall we say, evolved over time. Here is an excerpt from the text of the article:

“Health maintenance techniques are demonstrated, including how to walk properly, dance as exercise, nutrition (such as citrus), and sports. The film then moves on to discuss career, marriage, and home life. A wife announces that she is pregnant and the couple promptly drinks some orange juice to celebrate.”

Sunday, November 24, 2019

“The Cottages of Lake Worth”: Book signing at The Book Cellar bookstore by renowned Palm Beach designer.

For more details about today’s event (Sun., Nov. 24th from 3:30–5:30), there is contact information following the press release (see below).

Designer Carleton Varney will talk about his books: Mr. Color and Rooms to Remember. He will also offer his endorsement of The Cottages of Lake Worth book. Mr. Varney will sign his books and authors of the Cottages of Lake Worth book will be there to sign that book as well.

Press release follows.

Lake Worth Beach, FL — The Book Cellar bookstore, located at 801 Lake Ave., is pleased to host a book signing and cottage talk on Sunday, November 24th [TODAY] from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Carleton Varney will be signing his books: Mr. Color and Rooms to Remember. The authors of Living Large in Small Spaces: The Cottages of Lake Worth will also be signing the book published by the not-for-profit Cottages of Lake Worth, Inc.

Books on display at The Book Cellar.

Varney, a well-known decorator and author, is president of Dorothy Draper & Company. His designs reflect his love of bright colors and patterns and grace many celebrity homes, hotels, ships, and public buildings. His design sites include the Vice President’s residence in Washington, D.C., the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia and The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island to name just a few. Varney has written many books and syndicated columns; he also lectures and designs a wide range of products.

Mr. Carleton Varney (image provided courtesy of Dorothy Draper & Company, Inc.).

Varney will present a talk on the cottages of Lake Worth Beach. These small homes, usually less than 1,000 square feet on 25′ lots, reflect many architectural styles — craftsman, mission, frame vernacular, art deco, and art moderne. Their exteriors may be viewed by a self-guided tour pamphlet published by The Cottages of Lake worth Inc. and their interiors may be seen on alternate years via an “Inside the Cottages” tour. The next tour is scheduled for January 2021. 

You don’t have to wait for the upcoming tour to explore the cottages with the book Living Large in Small Spaces: The Cottages of Lake Worth. This hardcover book takes you inside the cottages and their gardens with professional color photographs and accompanying text profiles. Whether you are looking for decorating and gardening ideas or just want to enjoy looking at the beauty of these hidden gems, the authors Janice Snearer, Wes Blackman and photographer Taylor Jones will be available to sign your book and answer any questions.

The Cottages of Lake Worth Inc. is a non-profit, community-based organization that was formed in 2013 to promote the unique housing stock of over one thousand unique cottages in Lake Worth Beach.

For additional information about the upcoming event next Sunday contact Wes Blackman at 561-308-0364; email:

Refreshments will be available for purchase at The Book Cellar bookstore.