Opening Celebration Also Marks 25th Year of the GreenMarket.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA (October 18, 2019)– It’s “thyme” to celebrate! The City of West Palm Beach kicked off its 125th Anniversary during the recent opening of this season’s GreenMarket, celebrating its own 25 years! Chartered on November 5, 1894, the City has a full calendar of celebrations to culminate at the Fourth on Flagler 2020.
At the recent GreenMarket celebration, Mayor Keith James spoke as local dignitaries put sentimental items and artifacts into a “thyme” capsule. Items included current zoning maps of the city, T-shirts, newspaper articles and postcards. Former mayors including Rep. Lois Frankel, Mayor Nancy Graham and Mayor Jeri Muoio were on hand to celebrate, as well as city commissioners and former city commissioners.
“This is an exciting time for the City as we celebrate the legacy of 125 years of West Palm Beach and 25 years of the GreenMarket,” said Mayor James. “Our city has come a long way since 1894, and there is so much for all of us to celebrate. I invite the public to come out and participate the many free and fun anniversary events scheduled for this next year.”
One of the largest markets in the region, the GreenMarket features 90 vendors offering a variety of products, including fresh produce, exotic plants and flowers, herbs and spices, baked goods, gourmet and specialty foods, coffee and teas, and much more. In addition to the local vendors, the GreenMarket also features live music, unlimited mimosas for $10, and plentiful green space and seating, which creates a morning full of fun and relaxation.
Due to Phase II of the Clematis Streetscape project to widen sidewalks and add shade trees, GreenMarket vendors will be temporarily located along Flagler Drive for part of the season. It is expected that the GreenMarket will return to its popular regular location in December, once road work is finished.
Events and activities of the 125th Anniversary include a comprehensive exhibit at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, lectures at the Mandel Public Library, special boardwalk tours at Grassy Waters Preserve, neighborhood bike tours, an anniversary-themed light show shining on the Banyan/Quadrille parking garage and much more! Some of the celebrations will be a part of the City’s heritage events, such as Clematis by Night, and community leaders have rallied their support as well.
A full calendar of the special events confirmed to date can be found below. For the comprehensive list and to read the historic City timeline, visit http://www.wpb.org/125. Continue the celebration online by searching #WPB125.
Photos: 1. (Left to right) Lois Frankel, Mayor Keith James, Richard Ryles, Nancy Graham, Joseph Peduzzi, Christina Lambert, Kelly Shoaf, Cory Neering, and Jeri Muoio gather at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket October 2019.
2, The West Palm Beach GreenMarket welcomes visitors to it's 25th season!