Holidays in Small Town America

We spent Saturday in Southhampton, NY, one of the Hamptons at the eastern end of Long Island. They had a Christmas parade and tree lighting with fireworks. Something so special in this small, quint town. 

People crowded the parade route by the thousands, they hung out of bars with drinks, all bundled up from the cold, mind you.

At the end of the parade, just like clockwork, everyone moved to the end of the block to a park where the tree was ready to be lit. After a few speeches, there was a countdown and the tree was lit.

Then there were fireworks behind the tree for about 15-20 minutes. So much fun. Small town America during the holidays!

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A blast from the past

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Somebody posted this photo on a page I follow on Facebook. It’s an old shoe store in Coconut Grove, FL. The photo is from 1988.

I love it because I made the logo.

I did the logo a few years before and every time I walked by the store I would point out and say, “I did that!” It’s simple, but they liked it and used it.

It was actually done for their shopping bags. I had a client that made shopping bags for stores and I did the artwork on a freelance basis. They would give me the info and say they want this logo or name on the bag with this info (address, phone, whatever). In this case, they didn’t have a logo so I made one. They liked it so much they put it on the store and everything else.

I enjoyed this blast from the past when it popped up in my Facebook feed. The place is a restaurant now.

I should out, “I did that!” a lot, I think. Once there was a town meeting and someone held up an old newspaper from the 1980s and I yelled out, “I did that!” I had done the typesetting and paste up for that particular newspaper and when I saw that, it was another, “I did that!” blast from the past!

Time travel

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I like to look for time travel whenever I can.

I belong to some groups on Facebook that post old photos and this one popped up. It’s Miami Beach in the 1920s. But look at the couple on the left, are they looking at a cell phone? Probably not, it’s probably a book or mirror or something, but it appears like some sort of smart phone.

And the guy’s leg. Why is his left leg so much larger than his left leg? Was it affected during his vortex return from the future?

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Then there is this photo that has been making the rounds on the internet for years. This hipster dude in the 1940s looks out of place, but it turns out the t-shirt is of the Montreal Maroons, a hockey team that played around that time. Those type sunglasses were available at the time and the small camera was available by Kodak at the time.

Our yearly block party

We have this great block party in our neighborhood once  year in March. Everyone comes out and shows and sells their art, there is live music and food and everyone knows everyone. It’s a lot of fun. It’s on Gifford Lane, hence, it’s called the Gifford Lane Art Stroll.

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We visited the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival

We went to Lake Worth for the Street Painting Festival this weekend. We usually go Sunday, when most of the work is done, but this year we went Saturday and it was interesting because we saw all the art being created.

Each February the center of Lake Worth, Florida, is shut down for the festival.

It’s mostly chalk art created by all sorts of artists from young children to accomplished 3D artists. There is live music, lots of food and lots of art. It’s worth a trip if you’ve never been.

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Fun art weekend


Every year on President’s Day Weekend, we have the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and St. Stephen’s Art Show in our town. It’s 3-day weekend of art, music, fun and friends.

One of my favorite things on Sunday was Lime, the group from the 1980s, one of my favorites. I had forgotten about so many of their songs which defined my youth.

A few friends and I were standing near the park and all of a sudden, Lime starts performing, that’s the video above I ran right over. They sang all their hits, “Babe We’re Gonna Love Tonight,” “Guilty,” “Unexpected Lovers” and more. So great.

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The Beaux Arts Festival

I went to Beaux Arts Festival of the Art on Saturday, the yearly show at the University of Miami, now in its 67th year. It’s the first arts festival of our festival season, coming up through the winter will be other yearly events.

We always see people from our town there – showing their art and strolling the festival and we eat everything in site from conch fritters to ice cream bars and everything in between.