One of the benefits of starting a portrait photo project like IAMLAKEWORTH shortly after moving here has been how quickly I met people in town and how quickly people got to know me. I love that when I go into town I am guaranteed to see people I know and have conversations with them. It helped me become part of the community quickly. Community is what drew us to Lake Worth in the first place when we were planning our move from NY to Palm Beach County and neither of us having any previous experience with the Palm Beach area. The very first person we had contact with was our realtor Don Todorich who knew what we wanted in a house before we did and was a great pitchman for Lake Worth as we were narrowing down the towns we were interested in. In reality we liked Lake Worth so much and got its funky spirit so quickly it was the only town we looked in. The other thing that sealed the deal was seeing the little free libraries all over town painted by the local artists. We were hooked! I reached out to Mary Lindsey having found her contact on the LFL Face Book page and had agreed to sponsor an LFL before we even knew where we were going to live. Mary was an incredible ambassador not just for the LFLs but for Lake Worth. After our first email exchange she sent me the video of Mel and Vinnie's Feels like home to me, which is the unofficial town anthem and all the info I needed as a newcomer as to where to go and what to see. Mary is nothing short of amazing, but what amazed me more is how many people I have met that love this place and have the same passion for it as Mary does. The sense of community and being involved made Lake Worth home for me and was why I was moved to start IAMLAKEWORTH, because it is not like anywhere else I have ever been and it is because of the people that live here. The IAMLAKEWORTH exhibit will have thirty portraits of Lake Worthians with their thoughts on what makes Lake Worth special. Out of a town of thirty thousand that is .1% of the population. There are so many more people who should be part of the project so maybe there are more chapters to come in the IAMLAKEWORTH story. I will have to give that some thought. One thing I know is that I have benefited most from this project getting a chance to meet and become friends with these great folks.
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