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Ay, yi, yi, yi….

On an 85-degree day adjacent to the new splash park in the Bill Moss Hillcrest Paseo, with southeasterly breezes cooling under an enormous banyan tree, a four-piece Mariachi band entertained approximately 50 members and guests of the Poinciana Park Neighborhood Association’s annual progressive dinner. Delicious homemade guacamole, salsa, and jalapeno poppers and chicken taquitos and empanadas  kept people’s hunger at bay while they sipped red and white sangrias.

Former president of the PPNA Jonathan Burgess was in attendance from his new home in Miami. “What a lovely day,” Burgess said. “And this is such a great outdoor venue.”

Current president Tom Conboy welcomed neighbors and friends to the event, where a raffle was in progress to win prizes donated from Dunkin Donuts, Subway, Uncle Bim’s Garden Center, Hall Hardware, the Palm Beach Zoo, Lion Country Safari, and, the grand prize, a one-night stay at Embassy Suites West Palm Beach Central, complete with a free happy hour and  breakfast bar.

Event planner Lorie Kelley was working hard to have everything on the menu just right and ready for consumption. “I love the fiesta theme, and I enjoy finding and cooking recipes that will bring the culture to life,” Kelley said. Kelley is an experienced planner, since she does this sort of thing for a living. “It’s exhausting; my favorite part of the event is when my work is done and I can actually relax and enjoy the night,” Kelley said.

After the appetizers at the Paseo, the group moved to Steve Willeford and Danny Baksh’s home on Robert Road. The entrees were set up on a long table, where people could serve themselves and eat in the backyard garden replete with songs from south of the border, to a more quiet area in the front portion of the yard. Chris Darrel, board member, tended bar and sold more raffle tickets as people settled in and got comfortable after delicious chicken enchiladas and taco pie. But Tom Conboy urged people on. “Our final stop is dessert, “ he said, “and it is waiting for us to arrive. And dancing. There will be dancing as well, “ Conboy said.

So, everyone progressed to the third and final destination, the home of Franklin Garcia on Almeria Road. The backyard was a virtual dance party scene highlighted by a color changing pool. Our DJ, Rob Miranda,, rocked the house with Latin music, in addition to special requests – The Cha Cha Slide! Once again, guests and members feasted on delicious fare – a homemade coconut flan, hot chocolate cake, along with assorted Latin cakes, cinnamon spice chips, and fresh fruit.

By the end of the night, all the raffle items had been drawn and dispensed, and satisfied participants drifted off to their homes.

“It was a really, really fun night,” Sonda Rocchio, treasurer of PPNA said. “I think it was our best dinner yet.” 

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Welcome to our Neighborhood!

Poinciana Park is located in heart of the City of West Palm Beach, Florida-- just one mile from downtown, one mile from the ocean, and one mile from Palm Beach International Airport! Our neighborhood contains 260 homes and is bound by Belvedere Road to the North, Parker Avenue to the East, Hampton Road to the South and Interstate 95 to the West.

Established in 2000, our Neighborhood Association includes residents from three historic neighborhoods: Mackle Park, Willa Park and Morningside Park. Seventy percent of our homes are homesteaded and the vast majority are over 50 years old, with several homes built in the 1920s. We offer a variety of architectural styles and a strong diversity of residents, with close proximity to a number of restaurants, retail shops, schools, places of worship, and public parks.

We invite you to view our website and contact us if you have any questions or want to learn more about our neighborhood and how to get involved.