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Inaugural Celebration of Jewell’s Founders Day

The public is invited to an Inaugural Celebration to kick off  The Pioneers of Jewell  Commemorative Celebration in Lake Worth.  On August 19th, the Mayor of The City of Lake Worth will sign an official Proclamation citing August 22nd as “Jewell’s Founders Day”.  “Jewell” is the original name of what is now know as “Lake Worth”.  The public is welcome to attend a FREE event on August 22nd at South Shores Tavern.  You can be sure that future plans will include musicians, artists, storytellers as well as historians. The Rickie Report hopes you will read this article and get involved!

Commemorating Jewell Committee
Invites  You to An
Inaugural Celebration
Friday, August 22, 2014
6:30 – 9:00 pm
South Shores Tavern

502 Lucerne Ave at the corner of “M”  Street
Lake Worth FL   33460

On Friday, August 22nd, we will hold the first Celebration of the Lake Worth, Pioneers of Jewell Inaugural Commemoration.  It is the first in a number of activities that will be planned. Musicians, storytellers, artists and more people in the community will become involved. This is to celebrate the first settlers of the Jewell community (1885-1912) and to understand how to continue their vision of what is now Lake Worth.

At the August 22nd event, there will be an unveiling of the first “Jewell” postcard, created by Janet Villasmil.  In addition, the Committee will  reveal a new piece of artwork by Janet, which will be used as part of their fundraising efforts.  Everyone attending the Celebration will receive a FREE postcard.

According to the Lake Worth Historical Museum:

“The area that is now referred to as Lake Worth was settled a few years after Congress passed the Homestead Act of 1862. In 1896 Henry Flagler extended his rail line south from West Palm Beach; making Lake Worth much more accessible for new settlers. Much of present-day Lake Worth was once owned by Samuel and Fannie James, two former slaves. While the James’ where in possession of the property, the future townsite was referred to as Jewel. In 1911 Fannie James sold the core area of her land to Palm Beach Farms Company.”

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Janet Villasmil, community based artist, completed the painting shown above.  Fanny James is greeting the Barefoot Mailman. Her husband, Samuel James, is in the background bringing some barrels into the general store/post office.

She tells The Rickie Report, “We would like to invite: Artists, Musicians, Dancers, Storytellers, and anyone else who would like to come to this Celebration.  There will be appetizers for our guests as well. If there are any questions, please contact: Priestess Yogini NuRa-Dina at https://www.facebook.com/PioneersOfJewell

As Janet Villasmil says, “Dreams from behind can be dreams for the future.”  This is everyone’s opportunity to share not only their own history of Lake Worth, but any archival materials ( photos, paintings, pamphlets, posters, postcards, diaries, etc) that families might have in attics or closets.    For more information please contact: Janet Villasmil  at  njvillasmil@bellsouth.net

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