This Palm Beach County beach was voted the best by Post readers

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Lake Worth Municipal Beach. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

A few weeks ago we wrote about why we love the beach so much. And we polled our readers on which beach in Palm Beach County was their favorite. With 283 votes out of 540, Lake Worth Municipal Beach won!

It’s no wonder why. From Benny’s on the Beach to a beloved pier, from an Olympic-size pool to modern monkey bars that kids will have to be pulled away from, this beach park has more to offer than just grains of sand.

If you go: Lake Worth Municipal Beach: 10 S. Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth; 561-533-7395; $2 per hour for parking.

Related: 10 best beaches in Palm Beach County

Related: From north to south – Our full guide of beaches in Palm Beach County

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20 things to do in Palm Beach County in March 2016

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1. The Festival of the Arts in Boca will be kicking off on March 4 with a showing of Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra from the University of Miami Frost School of Music playing the score live in Mizner Park Amphitheater. The festival will run until March 16 with other events including performances of Mozart’s Magic Flute and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a concert with Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, and a performance of Cirque de la Symphonie. For more information and tickets, click here.

2. The Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival will be taking over Okeechobee from March 4 through 6 with headliners including Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Skrillex, Bassnectar, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Hall & Oates, and the Avett Brothers. For more coverage of the festival, check out the Post’s advance or go to the festival’s website for tickets and schedules.

3. Reggae Fest is opening up in Lake Worth on March 5 and 6 with Collie Buddz and The Original Wailers headlining the Northwood Village festival. The rest of the line-up includes Lance-o DJ, Johnny Dread, and the Future Presidents with tickets on sale at the festival’s website now. Admission is $12 with children under 12 getting in for free.

4. Rib Round-Up is taking over the Perfect Vodka Ampitheater in rain or shine on March 5 with headliners including country stars Hunter Hayes, Frankie Ballard, Parmalee, Michael Ray, and Granger Smith. Lawn tickets are on-sale now for $25 while supplies last with other “ticket hit” locations popping up around Palm Beach County, according to this schedule. For more information, visit the Rib Round-Up website here.

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5. The 19th annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival will happen on March 5 and 6, starting at 10 a.m. and going until 5 p.m. each day on Atlantic Avenue. This year’s festival will feature more than “100 of the nation’s most talented artisans” with jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, and more on display through the two days. Admission is free, but those interested should RSVP here.

6. The 6th annual CityPlace Art Fair will be happening at the same time as the Delray Beach one, running from March 5 through 6 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The festival will be taking place on South Rosemary Avenue with an array of paintings, life size sculptures, photography, and ceramics on display. The festival is free and open to the public with artwork ranging from $25 to $30,000. For more information, or to RSVP to the event, visit the festival’s Facebook page.

7. The Spring Music Jam is bringing country, bluegrass, and southern rock together for a three day festival that will feature headliners such as Asphalt Angels Classic Car Show on Saturday, Cruise In on Sunday, Green Market, Food & Drinks, and Merchants. The festival runs from March 11 through 13 with the gate opening at 4 p.m. on March 11 and closing at 10 p.m. Admission is $15 per person per day with children under 12 getting in for free. For those interested in a three-day pass, those run at $35 with a camping space available for the same price. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit the website here.

8. Roger McGuinn is set to play in concert at the Crest Theater in Delray Beach on March 11 from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. After leading “The Byrds” in the 1960s, McGuinn went on to “combine the rock beat of the Beatles with the folk sensibilities of Bob Dylan” and form an early version of “folk-rock.” Tickets are between $57 and $77, and are available on the theater’s website.

 

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9. Tony Bennett is set to swoon the crowd with a performance at the Kravis Center on March 11 at 8 p.m. The legendary singer, who has sold more than 10 million records and won 18 Grammy awards, will be performing in the Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall with tickets starting at $36. For more information, and to buy tickets, click on the Kravis Center’s website here.

10. The 20th annual Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Art Fest by the Sea will be taking place in Juno Beach from March 12 through 13 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on each day. The festival, which is located on U.S. 1 in Juno Beach, will feature more than 150 exhibitors showing off their work that includes photography, life-size sculptures, and jewelry. The festival has free admission, but those interested in attending should RSVP at the Facebook page.

11. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival will be rolling down Delray Beach on March 11 and 12 with the festival taking place both days (5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 11 and 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on March 12) with the parade happening the morning of the 12th. Other events include the Fire Brigade Rock Band, the Emergency Services Bag Pipe Band, the Aranmore Academy Irish Dancers, and the Uproot Hootenanny Band. The festival is free, but they’re accepting donations at their website.

12. The 2016 Irish Fest will be conquering Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach on March 12 and 13 from noon until 11 p.m. on Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday. The festival will feature performances from The Young Wolf Tones, the Screaming Orphans, Paddy Noonan, Seven Nations, and Off Kilter. Admission is only $5 with children under 14 getting in for free. For more information, visit the festival’s website here.

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13. The Palm Beach International Boat Show will be taking to the local waters from March 17 through 20. The boat show, which was listed as one of the top five in the country, will feature “more than $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts, and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers.” The event will be held at Evernia St. and Flagler Dr. as well as North Clematis St. and Flagler Dr. with admission set at $21 for adults, $11 for children ages 6 through 15, and free for children under. For more information, or to buy tickets and VIP packages, visit the boat show’s website here.

14. The 2nd annual Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Festival will be making your mouth water on March 18 and 19 from noon until 11 p.m. on both days. The festival will feature a menu that includes a Forever Roasted BBQ Pork & Bacon Sandwich as well as a Bacon Ice Cream Sundae with a Bourbon and Caramel Sauce. The Flyers, Grace & the Victory Riders, Big Medicine, Joey Gilmore, Acoustic Mayhem, and the Jay Blues Band will be taking to the main stage throughout the weekend with seminars and tastings, including a bourbon & bacon happy hour, keeping you busy. General admission tickets cost $25 with other packages ranging from $59 to $75 and featuring added bonuses to your dining experience. For more information, or tickets, visit the festival website here.

15. TurtleFest will be in at Loggerhead Park in June Beach on March 19 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. wiht visitors getting the chance to have a hands-on experience with the local Loggerhead turtles. The festival also includes art, shopping, games for the children, and educational programs. The Samantha Russell Band, Chain Reaction, Erasmith, and Mike Mineo are set to perform. Admission is free with more information at the festival’s website.

16. PrideFest 2016 will be taking place at multiple locations from March 18 through 20 with celebrations at Roosters in West Palm Beach, Fort Dix Bar in West Palm Beach, Mad Hatter Lounge in Lake Worth, Compass in Lake Worth, Studio 205 in Lake Worth, and Penny’s at the Duke in Lantana. The parade is set to start at 11:30 a.m. in Bryant Park in downtown Lake Worth. For more information, and tickets, visit the festival’s website.

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17. Gatsby will be the latest ballet at Ballet Palm Beach on March 19 and 20 (and no Leonard DiCaprio will not be involved). The company will perform F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. and March 20 at 4:00 p.m. with it being the latest work from artistic director, Colleen Smith. Tickets are on sale now starting from $17. For more information, and tickets, visit the Ballet Palm Beach website.

18. Chicago and Earth, Wind, and Fire will be rocking the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater stage on March 25 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Heart and Soul Tour 2.0. The two classic bands are pairing up to blast out their tunes including hits “September” and “Saturday in the Park.” Tickets begin at $118 and are on-sale now at the Perfect Vodka website.

19. Sophia Loren is offering an intimate evening together at the Kravis Center on March 28 at 8 p.m. The Oscar-winning actress will speak with the audience about her life and career accompanied by film clips and a question-and-answer session. Tickets for the event start at $39 and are available at the Kravis Center website, but a re-watch of “Two Women” or “El Cid” may also be vital as well.

20. The Read Together Palm Beach County finale will be on March 31 at 5 p.m. at the Harriet Himmel Theater in CityPlace featuring author Chris Bohjalian, who will speak about his book, “The Light in the Ruins.” The event is free, but those attending are asked to RSVP by calling (561)-279-9103 beforehand. For more information about the finale, or the program in general, visit the Read Together website.

Are you excited about the music lineup for Sunfest 2016?

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Musician John Taylor (L) and singer Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Sunfest announced Monday its music lineup for 2016.  The list includes Alabama Shakes, Meghan Trainor, Duran Duran, Train, Jason Derulo, ZZ Top, The Roots, just to name a few! And people are mostly excited…Do you have a favorite?

Plus, here are some reactions to the lineup:

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Check here for the full lineup.

 

 

Which famous NASCAR driver was spotted at Palm Beach’s Meat Market?

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Kurt Busch stares through the windshield of his car at NASCAR.

Lots of celebrities have been spotted out lately in Palm Beach County. The latest is NASCAR champion, Kurt Busch. Busch was seen dining with his fiancee Ashley Van Metre at Meat Market in Palm Beach.

Related: Which celebrity stopped by Havana Restaurant in West Palm Beach

Related: Five stars who dined out recently in Palm Beach County

Which celebrity was spotted last night at Meat Market in Palm Beach

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Bob Barker. (AP Photo)

Bob Barker, retired host of “The Price is Right” and known animal rights activist was seen relaxing in the lounge at Palm Beach’s Meat Market Thursday night. The well-known vegetarian did not dine at the popular restaurant. Barker was seen having drinks with Lenny Lauren, the brother of fashion mogul Ralph Lauren.

A publicist for the restaurant provided the information to The Palm Beach Post.

Related: Other celebrities seen dining out recently in Palm Beach County

Meat Market chosen ‘Best Restaurant’ in Post’s 2015 Critic’s Choice Awards

 

West Palm Beach “Oh, Dear Drea” blogger has obtained a national following

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Andrea “Drea” Duclos holds a chicken outside of her home in West Palm Beach. She has written a newly published vegan cookbook, “The Plantiful Table.” (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

We visit with lifestyle blogger Andrea “Drea” Duclos of the popular “Oh, Dear Drea” at her West Palm Beach home. She has written a newly published cookbook, “The Plantiful Table,” inspired by her vegan diet.

Full story: West Palm Beach “Oh, Dear Drea” blogger writes from the heart

What do our readers think of Palm Beach County snowbirds?

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A portrait of a snowbird. (Graphic by Steve Lopez)

Well, we ruffle some feathers on this one! Last week we wrote about our love/hate relationship with Palm Beach County snowbirds….and our readers responded! From our social post on Facebook, here are some of those comments:

  • “I’m sad when they get here.”
  • “It’s the Florida hermit season until the birds leave!”
  • “It is such a love hate relationship! We hope we are never rude when we go to Florida, but by the same token – Floridians have to stop with the sweaters and complaining how cold the Adirondacks are when they go to the top of Whiteface Mt. in August and want us to turn up the heat! Same story – different place! We talk about you goo!”
  • “Finally, someone spoke up for us! As a Florida native, it kills me when driving to work in traffic and all the places are from PA, NJ, NY, MN and so on. You are retired! There is no godly reason for you to be on the road at 7 a.m.

And according to the results of our poll, “Do you get annoyed by our seasonal snowbirds”, most people agreed. Yes! They do get annoyed!

89 votes for “Yes! I wish they wouldn’t get up so early and crowd I-95.”

43 votes for “No. Not at all…They help our winter economy.”

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Which celebrity recently dined at Darbster in West Palm Beach?

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Actor Alan Cumming.

Scottish actor Alan Cumming, who received a 2011 Emmy Award nomination for his work on “The Good Wife” and who has starred in numerous films including “X-Men” and “Cabaret” dined at West Palm Beach’s vegetarian bistro Darbster this past weekend, according to his Instagram post.

Also from Darbster’s tweet:

Céline Dion’s husband René Angélil has died from cancer

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In this 2009 file photo, Celine Dion with her husband Rene Angelil and son watch the Miami Heat play. (Storms Media Group)

Celine Dion’s husband René Angélil passed away Thursday. Angélil had been battling cancer for many years.

“René Angélil, 73, passed away this morning as his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer,” a rep for the couple told People magazine. “”The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment; more details will be provided at a later time.”

We look back on when the couple lived in Palm Beach County:

Photos: Inside Celine Dion’s $62.5M mansion, water park

Expecting a royal delivery? Celine Dion chose this posh place to push

Video: Celine Dion selling Florida home for $72.5M

Local Curbside Gourmet food truck featured in USA Today

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Curbside Gourmet food truck. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Food trucks can be found all over Palm Beach County, but USA Today says one may be better than the rest.

In a list of the “15 food trucks spinning comfort classics” over at USA Today, Palm Beach’s own Curbside Gourmet was one of the featured eateries. Other ones around the nation are Ms. Cheezious in Miami, Empanadas Aqui in Cincinnati, Taco Mondo in Philadelphia, The Burger Bus in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Rolling J’s in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The site didn’t say too much about the Palm Beach food truck other than that it “bridges the gap between fine dining and fast food” with the crab cake slider with lemon tarragon aioli as one of the featured meals.

The Curbside Gourmet rolled into Palm Beach County in 2011 and became the first gastro mobile in the county that same year. The food truck’s chefs received awards for their Skirt Steak Two Ways from “Top Chef’s” Fabio Viviani in 2012 at the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival.

For more information on the Curbside Gourmet, and other food trucks, check out the Post’s handy food truck guide.