It’s been a long, tough year for everyone. We at Compass Community Center are ready to get together again, and we have a feeling you are, too!
We are excited to announce that we’re planning some in-person events on the horizon, and we hope you can join us for some responsible fun.
Up first is the Legacy Project performance, the third of its kind, produced in partnership with Palm Beach Dramaworks. This intergenerational storytelling project brings together alumni of Compass’s youth group and respected elders in the local LGBT community. You can learn more about past Legacy Project events at https://www.palmbeachdramaworks.org/education.
The event, a combination of recorded interviews and live performance, will be held on Tuesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Bryant Park in Lake Worth Beach. Guests are welcome to begin gathering at 7:00 p.m., with a start time near sunset. You can reserve your seats at www.2021Legacy.eventbrite.com. Donations are appreciated but not required. Seating is limited due to the safety precautions in place, so don’t wait!
And yes — you asked for some Pride, and you’re getting it! Saturday, June 5, Compass Community Center will host the Palm Beach Pride Market at Bryant Park in Lake Worth Beach. The market will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day, and admission is free.
Compass produces Palm Beach Pride every March, but due to ongoing health concerns surrounding COVID-19, Compass leadership decided to forego that event and its crowds of people for a socially distanced option. The Palm Beach Pride Market will feature a wide variety of vendors offering products like plants and flowers, produce, prepared foods, fine art, and more. Admission is free and all are welcome. Because the safety of our community is of utmost importance, we will ensure safety protocols that include mandatory mask-wearing, safe distance between vendor tents, hand sanitizer stations throughout the market, and social distancing among attendees.
“The decision to host a Pride Market was in response to the great need we see all around us for some kind of togetherness,” explained Julia Murphy, Compass’s chief development officer. “We recognize the importance of celebrating as a community, and while a full-blown Pride festival isn’t a safe option this year, a Pride Market provides a place and time to come together, and to support local merchants, too.”
Some details of the event are still being decided, and the Compass team will announce them as they are finalized. Among the potential draws to the Pride Market are some of the community’s favorite drag performers hosting from the Bryant Park stage, and a DJ providing music to enhance the celebratory atmosphere of the day. Murphy teased that “there might even be a stand serving mimosas!”