Sep 012017
 
The Global Impact of the Florida Keys: Commodore Porter, Pirates and the Navy

Key West Art & Historical Society Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D., has been tapped to speak about the legendary Commodore David Porter (1780-1843) and his anti-piracy efforts at the McMullen Naval History Symposium at the U.S. Naval Academy, September 14-15, 2017, underscoring the importance of Key West in the context of America’s maritime history. This will be the fourth time that Convertito, a recognized maritime history expert, has been invited to present at the bi-annual conference, which brings together an international roster of scholars to discuss maritime [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #234, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 012017
 
The Heritage of Our Underwater World: Key West Art & Historical Society Offers Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar

Key West Art & Historical Society, in partnership with the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, is offering a Heritage Awareness Diving seminar Thursday, September 21 – Saturday, September 23, with classroom instruction in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum and a day of open water diving. The three-day course will explain the advantages of conserving historic shipwrecks and other submerged cultural resources as they preserve information about our collective past as well as the vibrant ecosystems that grow around them. [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #234, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 012017
 
We’re Off to See the Wizard- and a Whole Lot More: Key West Burlesque Season of Extravaganzas Kicks Off October 20

Key West Burlesque is set to scintillate across the island’s many stages with its eleventh October-May season line-up of seductive shows that expand beyond traditional burlesque borders. Follow the yellow brick road starting Friday, October 20th to the Waterfront Playhouse with “The Wizard of Oz” and brace yourself for more as Key West Burlesque favorites Moana Amour, Aurora Natrix, Miss Jenna Beth, Shelly Watson, Nick Locapo, Key West Burlesque dancers and more “flesh out” a roster of performers that will knock your socks off while slowly removing theirs. [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #234, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 012017
 
Womankind Earmarks Oct. 23rd For BRAzaar - It's Signature Fashion Show and Live Auction Fundraiser

Womankind Sets Date for BRAzaar Event During Fantasy Fest Sexy Fundraiser Showcases Artist Designed Bras for Auction Womankind has announced the return of its signature fundraiser, BRAzaar, which is set for Monday, October 23. This year’s BRAzaar will be held at the beautiful Key West Theater located at 512 Eaton Street. The Womankind BRAzaar is a unique live-auction fundraiser event that kicks off Fantasy Fest week in Key West. Local models will sashay down the runway with one-of-a-kind decorated bras created by local professional artists, [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #234, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 012017
 
Duval Ice Cream Crawl Fundraiser, Sunday, September 10th

We all scream for ice cream! Maribella Haubert, Alexander Hunt, and Maddie Haubert (Left to Right) taste-test the goods at Flamingo Crossing prior to the May Sands Montessori public charter school “Duval Ice Cream Crawl” fundraiser set for Sunday, September 10th from 12pm-3pm, a family-friendly event for all who love ice cream.  Stops will include Kilwins, Boardwalk Frozen Custard, Truval, Mathheessens, River Street Sweets, Flamingo Crossing, Mary Ellen’s, and First Flight, with special ice cream crawl stops for adults that include The Flying Monkey, The Green Room and [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #234, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 012017
 
Keep Cool at Fort East Martello’s Museum Store Shopping Party

Shopping local goes a long way in Key West, especially when your purchase helps support a museum and its mission while garnering you discounts.  Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes the public on Friday, September 15 to a shopping party with refreshments and exclusive discounts for members and their friends in the Fort East Martello Museum store, located at 3501 South Roosevelt Boulevard. The discounts will be available during the museum store’s regular business hours, from 9:30am-4:30pm with refreshments served from 11am-1pm. The shopping party, which offers a 30% discount [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #234, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 252017
 
This Fall’s Fort Adventures for Toddlers & Parents to Begin at Fort East Martello

How does a play date at a 150-year-old fort sound?  Registration is now open for this fall’s Parent & Me classes at Fort East Martello, an education program offered by Key West Art & Historical Society that celebrates hands-on, inquiry-based learning while inviting children and parents to explore the Fort and its artifacts, dioramas, and immersive exhibits. “The idea behind providing a weekly Parent & Me class at Fort East Martello is to offer parents and toddlers alternative options for social interaction and provide a [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #233, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 252017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Offers In-Depth Look at “Overseas to the Keys: Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway” Exhibit During Curator-Led Tour

On Wednesday, September 6 from 10am -11am, Key West Art & Historical Society Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D., will offer a special curator-led tour of The Society’s renovated Custom House Museum exhibit “Overseas to the Keys: Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway.” The permanent exhibit celebrates an important part of Florida Keys history and the incredible engineering feat that joined mainland Florida to Key West— an overseas train they said couldn’t be done. Convertito will guide guests through a detailed look at some of the historic and unique treasures currently occupying the [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #233, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 182017
 
Key West World Culture Dance Series Continues with Bachata

Swing your hips, slide your feet, and use your obliques in ways you’ve never used them before with an international dance workshop experience presented by Key West Art & Historical Society in partnership with Brazouka Dance Key West, featuring the world-popular Dominica dance style Bachata. Part of the six-week Key West World Culture Dance Series produced by Dr Pamela Connolly, the sensual Bachata will be taught on Monday, September 4 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. Like salsa, merengue, cha cha [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #232, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 182017
 
Public Invited to Visit Historic Stairs from the Film "The Rose Tattoo"

Dennis Beaver, founder and curator of the Tennessee Williams Exhibit, 513 Truman Ave., Key West, stands on a section of stairway used in the film, “The Rose Tattoo,” salvaged from the former Glynn Archer Elementary School, now Key West City Hall. In January, Beaver, a history buff and Williams enthusiast whose personal collection of the great American playwright’s memorabilia originally launched the Key West exhibit, discovered that the stairs, site of a romantic exchange between characters Rosa and Jack, played by Marisa Pavan and Ben [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #232, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 182017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society offers Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar

Key West Art & Historical Society, in partnership with the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, is offering a Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar Thursday, September 21 – Saturday, September 23, with classroom instruction in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum and a day of open water diving. The three-day course will explain the advantages of conserving historic shipwrecks and other submerged cultural resources as they preserve information about our collective past as well as the vibrant ecosystems that grow around them. [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #232, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 112017
 
Largest Turnout in Monroe History for the "Big Latch On"

~~~ The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County’s WIC program, in partnership with Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition and volunteers – Jessica Laino and Kimmie Matlock, participated in the Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event.  The events took place on August 4 in Marathon and August 5 in Key West and Key Largo.  Twenty eight babies successfully latched on at the same time along with 17,790 other babies around the world, breaking the worldwide breastfeeding record.  Last year there were nine latched on babies [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #231, Special Events No Responses »
Aug 112017
 
It's A ROYAL RENAISSANCE! The Kick-Off To The Royal Campaign of FANTASY FEST 2017 on Friday, August 25th!

Renaissance means rebirth in French and, with Fantasy Fest 2017 undergoing its own reinvention this year, it’s a natural that The Royal Campaign is entitled ‘A Royal Renaissance’. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 25th, at The Southernmost House, 1400 Duval, the evening’s poolside party renders official who is determined to become the 2017 King and Queen – and Duke and Duchess. With the Atlantic surf as their soundtrack and a sky going South Florida violet as their backdrop, reigning Queen Jane Rohrschneider and King Christopher Rounds [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #231, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 042017
 
Filmmaker Christian Fernandez’ New Project To Feature Cuban Struggle: Fundraising Event at San Carlos Institute

Key West Art & Historical Society and the San Carlos Institute invite the public to an evening of celebration and support for young, local filmmaker/director Christian Fernandez and his short-film project “Este Niño Lindo,” a fictional narrative of a treacherous journey two siblings endure as they flee Cuba for the U.S. in a makeshift raft.  The fundraising event takes place on Thursday, August 10, 2017, from 5:30-8:00pm at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, Key West. A champagne welcome and presentation by Fernandez about his project and ramifications of the “wet [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #230, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 042017
 
 Key West Art & Historical Society Call for Collections of Curios, Baubles and Tchotchkes

Do you collect interesting and unusual objects? Are your shelves filled with knickknacks, curios, ornaments, trinkets, baubles, tchotchkes, artwork, and other objects of interest? Your unique treasures could be part of the upcoming “Key West Collects” exhibit, presented by Key West Art & Historical Society at the Custom House Museum in December. Keys residents who have their own unusual or impressive collections to loan should contact KWAHS Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D. at 305.295.6616 x112. The last “Key West Collects” exhibit, held in December 2013, included objects [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #230, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 042017
 
Get Ready to Romp with Ceilidh Scottish Dancing During the Next Key West World Culture Dance Series Hosted by Key West Art & Historical Society

Add some movement to your summer groove with an international dance workshop experience presented by Key West Art & Historical Society in partnership with Brazouka Dance Key West. The six-week Key West World Culture Dance Series, produced by Dr Pamela Connolly, which happens every second Monday, continues on August 7, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street with a focus on Ceilidh Scottish Dancing. Following weeks will include Argentine Tango, Bachata, Brazilian Zouk, and East Coast Swing. Ceilidh Scottish Dancing is the centuries-old country dance of [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #230, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 282017
 
Florida Keys Man Discovers Rare Gato Cigar Progressive Proof Book, Now on Exhibit at Custom House Museum

Andrew Bulla, a Florida Keys man who discovered a regional treasure while shopping for vintage car parts on eBay, has placed his find into the hands of the Key West Art & Historical Society in a gesture to foster its cultural and historical preservation.  The one-of-a-kind, mint-condition cigar label progressive proof book created for and signed in 1897 by Eduardo Hidalgo Gato, founder of the E. H. Gato Cigar Factory, has been digitized for online viewing in the future, and is now on display in [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #229, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »