Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, February 25-26, 2013
We returned for our third year to Lake Worth, Florida in February to help celebrate the city's centennial year. The weather is always part of the story in Florida; this year, the skies opened up Saturday night and poured buckets of rain on the festival. The next morning we saw several paintings that had been completely washed away. All of the featured squares had been covered with plastic during the storm, so our paintings had some damage but they were not totally wiped out. We spent Sunday morning repairing the damage, and had to leave out one of the children in our painting.
The festival asked us to paint something to celebrate Lake Worth's centennial, and the organizer suggested that rather than a diorama of the history of Lake Worth (which we don't know), a birthday party would be more fun. We couldn't agree more, so we rounded up all our favorite preschoolers for an impromptu birthday party, minus the presents. The kids had a great time blowing out candles and playing with the hats and blowers, and then we let them eat cake. They didn't seem bothered that there wasn't a birthday girl or birthday boy at the party.
Wayne ices the cake.
Wayne painted the dots on the party hats by keeping track of which color was on which of his fingers.
We removed the plastic on Saturday night after the storm had passed. This is what was left of Kai (the boy on the right). We joked that someone left our cake out in the rain (and then had the song "MacArthur Park" stuck in our heads).
On the other side, Tristan and her wild-haired Barbie were washed out almost entirely.
Sunday morning: Cheryl repaints Tristan and her Barbie doll.
Looking across the painting from the top.
The wind picked up on Sunday, so Cheryl had to tie her hat on while painting Isabel.
Closeup of Isabel and Katie--all done!
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