BIG PINE KEY, FL – Was your home destroyed or badly damaged by Hurricane Irma and you need help navigating the rebuilding and repair process in Monroe County? Monroe County will host a public meeting to explain County processes, provide information and answer your individual questions.
Undying Love | A Key West Musical from Wonderdog Studios on Vimeo. BUY TICKETS: tskw.org Writer Ben Harrison tells the true story of Count von Cosel and Elena Hoyos, and a passion that defied death. Coming Valentine’s Day 2018: the richly reimagined, darkly humorous, true tale of the extreme lengths one man was willing to go for love. “Undying Love: A Key West Musical,” written by Ben Harrison, premieres February 14 at The Studios of Key West, and runs for a limited engagement of ten shows [continue reading…]
Enrich your health and lifestyle, advance your personal yoga practice, or simply slow down to create space and calm with Cricket Desmarais at The Studios of Key West on Friday mornings from 9:00am to 10:00am, January 26, February 2, February 9, February 16, and February 23. The five-week series of classes are a great introduction to those new to yoga or for those looking to deepen their practice. Students will learn to connect with their breath and experience micro-movement, with a slow, steady build towards strength, balance, and flexibility— with an emphasis [continue reading…]
Shimmy your way over to The Studios of Key West on Sunday, February 4th from 2:00pm-4:00pm for “Romance and Belly Dance,” a fundraiser performance presented by the Southernmost Shimmies of Key West to benefit the island’s public May Sands Montessori school. Led by Judith Sahirah, the show features 20 bedazzled dancers from across the nation performing both traditional and modern styles of belly dance inspired by the theme of love. “Through our performances, we will share love in all of its manifestations,” says Sahirah, who teaches the [continue reading…]
Thanks to a partnership between Key West Art & Historical Society, Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, some 600 area students have the opportunity to explore coastal fortification history through a series of upcoming in-class and field trip activities and events. On Friday, February 2, students will visit Fort Zachary Taylor, the Civil War headquarters of the U.S. Navy’s East Gulf Coast Blockading Squadron, to participate in Civil War Days, an annual living history event running through February 4 that portrays life at a [continue reading…]
Elevate your romance or blast away your post-Valentine’s Day blues with your favorite burlesque performers as Key West Burlesque and guest stars present “Key West, We Love You: A Love-Filled Revue” on Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. The dazzling extravaganza incorporates the love of all things Key West in a follies-style storyline of high energy, humor, and glamour that takes the crowd inside the lives and loves of the Southernmost city. “The show is jam-packed with love and over-the-top, excellent performances,” says [continue reading…]
Friends of the Key West Library monthly book sale is on Saturday, Feb. 3, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, in the Palm Garden next to the library, 700 Fleming Street. Lots of art, biography, history, hobbies, pet care, nature, geography, novels and non-fiction by favorite authors. CDs will be 4 for $1.00, cookbooks half price. Baked goods supplied by KWHS’s Keys to be the Change Club. Proceeds go to the library’s programs, books and equipment. Future sales are on first Saturdays, March and April. Also, [continue reading…]
On Sunday, January 28th, The Crooks Annual Second Line will celebrate its third annual party and procession to celebrate the lives of musicians, community leaders, and friends loved and lost. The three-tiered event begins with a Hog’s Breath Saloon parking lot party at noon, parades down Duval at 2:00pm, and culminates with a Jazz Jam tribute at The Green Parrot from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. The Hog’s Breath Saloon party at noon will be emceed by Bahama Village Music Program Board President Larry Baeder, featuring music, a Bloody Mary bar sponsored by Bombora Vodka [continue reading…]
USFWS is seeking submissions for its annual photography contest. This free, fun event helps showcase our incredible natural resources here in the Florida Keys. USFWS keeps photographs on display at the Refuge Visitor Center until June 30th. Visitors love them! Attached is the Photo Contest Regulations. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018. This year an additional submission category has been added specific to Key deer so we have four categories–Landscape, General Nature, Key deer and Birds.
Keys poets and writers are invited to submit works for this year’s Tennessee Williams poetry and short-story writing contests – components of the annual Key West celebration of the great American writer and island resident’s birthday. Poets are invited to submit a 30-line or less poem about Williams’ life in Key West. Writers may submit a short story of 1500 to 4000 words, to include some reference to Williams’ life in Key West. Winners will be selected by blind-judging via a panel of professional, published [continue reading…]
Rolando Rojas and the Southernmost Brass join together to perform an exciting evening of classic Latin Jazz replete with horns, flutes, congas, timbales, and even floorspace for dancing on January 20th at the Key West Theater. “I always thought we should do a night of Latin Jazz here in Key West.,” says event coproducer Ralph De Palma, who is thrilled to bring together Rolando Rojas and the Southernmost Brass for this unique, exciting evening of music. “Those horns are going to light the place up and the [continue reading…]
On Saturday, January 27, launching at 10:00am, noted archaeologist and Mel Fisher Maritime Museum curator Corey Malcom, Ph.D., will lead the first of a series of three historically illuminating 90-minute seafaring excursions presented by Key West Art & Historical Society in partnership with Hindu Charters. Passengers aboard the beautifully restored 79’ wooden sailing schooner Hindu can enjoy mimosas or non-alcoholic beverages and salt spray as Dr. Malcom shares the historic back-story and personal insights on the day’s topic, “The Historic Seaport, Key West Bight.” The other two [continue reading…]
A series of events spotlighting Tennessee Williams, the Pulitzer-prize winning literary icon that moved to the Key West in 1949 and remained a resident for 34 years, kicks off Friday, February 28, with a limited-ticket party at the Whitehead Street home of Dennis Beaver and Bert Whitt. Featuring an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment, tickets are $90 for Key West Art & Historical Society members and $100 for non-members. Beaver, a Williams’ aficionado, over time acquired a significant collection of memorabilia and materials by and [continue reading…]
In this 2010 oil painting, Key West artist, Stephen LaPierre, captured Edith Amsterdam’s beloved Curry Mansion, along with her ’67 four-door Lincoln Continental convertible. A Key West icon, Mrs. Amsterdam died in February of 2016, at the beginning of her 93rd year. That once-in-a-lifetime Continental of hers had been put to rest a few years earlier. And when Irma blew through town this past September, the category four hurricane took down Mrs. Amsterdam’s huge and gorgeous sacred fig tree, out front on Caroline. Thankfully, Stephen [continue reading…]
Nationally-known comedian Gene Merola is coming to Key West and the Florida Keys Democrats are hosting him on February 1st, from 6:00- 10:00 PM, at the Side Bar, 504 Angela Street. Andy Griffith, local comedian and politician, is the opening act and will add a Key West tone to the evening’s entertainment. Whether opening for performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Hall & Oates, and Paula Poundstone or taking his own shows to many of the major cruise lines, Mr. Merola brings high energy and comedy that features audience [continue reading…]
B.O’s Fishwagon Caroline & William Sts. Key West, FL Thursday 1/25 6 – 9 PM Key West Bite 920 Caroline St. Key West FL Saturday 1/27 7 – 9 PM Magnolia Band, the Key West version of the renowned New England band Magnolia, plays a unique blend of classic country, Cajun, and bluegrass music. Led by singer and guitarist Maggie Moniz, with local fixture Steve Gibson on mandolin and world-famous Chuck Sherman on pedal steel, they play good time music sure to get your head [continue reading…]
Key West National Organization for Women will meet at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24. The meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting gender equality issues. A social hour follows the meeting. KWNOW gathers on the fourth Wednesday of every month in the back dining room of Shanna Key Irish Pub, 1900 Flagler Ave., Key West. For more information, or to join, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the subtropical island that has nurtured creative spirits dating back to John James Audubon, aficionados of artistry can discover offerings by more than 80 national and regional exhibitors Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27-28. The Key West Craft Show, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, is to transform the island’s historic lower Whitehead Street into a lively open-air marketplace. Now in its 33rd year, the event is presented by the Key West Art Center, a nonprofit cooperative organization for local artists established in 1960. Artisan booths are [continue reading…]
Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes Distinguished Speaker Series guest Philip Greene for an evening dedicated to the lore and favorite cocktails of jazz-age darlings Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Starting at 6pm, Thursday, January 26, at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street, fans of history and historic tippling can enjoy the noted author, mixologist, and cocktail historian’s stories, anecdotes and drink recipes while savoring tastings of delicious drinks. Greene will also be signing copies of his book, “The Manhattan: The Story of the First Modern [continue reading…]
To support area families with young children in exploring the wealth of learning opportunities provided by the island’s museums, Key West Art & Historical Society has partnered with other area museums to present an expanded new season of “Museums & Me” early childhood education sessions, led by early childhood educator Natalie Robinson. Children aged 0-6 and their parents can enjoy social interaction with music and play in a stimulating learning environment on the first and third Saturday of each month through May, with first Saturday’s held on the grounds [continue reading…]
Key West Art & Historical Society continues it series of educational and entertaining walking tours led by local artist and historian Sharon Wells on Saturday, January 20 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, spotlighting the lives and locales of Key West writers and artists. Said to have more writers per capita than anywhere else in the nation, Key West has long been synonymous with writers and artists, attracting the likes of Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Elizabeth Bishop, John Dewey, Tennessee Williams, Robert Frost, Jose [continue reading…]
Florida Keys Wildlife Society, the friends group to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges, kicks off this season’s Full Moon Kayak excursions on Monday, January 29th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm, departing Big Pine Kayak Adventures on Bogey Road on Big Pine Key. The 2-hour paddle traverses through Big Pine’s National Key Deer Refuge, one of four wildlife refuges in the Florida Keys and home to the Refuges’ Visitor Center, the Key Deer Bookstore, and the endangered Key deer. “Kayaking in the refuge is [continue reading…]
The National Key Deer Refuge is inviting everyone to join in their free guided nature excursions designed for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. In an effort to keep everyone together, the centralized meeting point will be at the National Key Deer Refuge Visitor’s Center, located in the Winn Dixie shopping plaza on Big Pine Key (179 Key Deer Blvd). All events are family-friendly! Participants are encouraged to bring a hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, water, binoculars, and dress appropriately for the [continue reading…]
Key West Art & Historical Society and Isle Cook Key West once again join forces to present the “Conch Revival Picnic”- an abundant, picnic-style Conch heritage dinner set to take place Wednesday, January 24 on the grounds of the Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters. This year’s event will co-benefit Grimal Grove – a reclaimed tropical fruit park on Big Pine Key, dedicated to the local food movement, which suffered significant damage in hurricane Irma. Prepared by acclaimed chefs Martha Hubbard and Dave Furman, this year’s Picnic [continue reading…]