Apr 142017
 
Fortunes Made and Lost in the Florida Keys

The Matecumbe Historical Trust will host this month’s free audio/visual presentation by the late historian and archaeologist Irving R Eyster on Monday, April 17th at Island Community Church, MM 83 at 6:30 P.M. The presentation will show many of the industries and businesses from the past going back to the early 1800’s through today. Many fortunes were made and lost in the Florida Keys. Indians had trade here long ago. Stories of the wreckers, the salt industry, the tobacco factories in Key West, pineapple farming, [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #214, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series to Highlight Cold War Archeology of South Florida

On Thursday, April 20 at 6:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes Distinguished Speaker Series guest Sara Ayers-Rigsby, Director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network at Florida Atlantic University, to the Helmerich Research & Learning Center on the third floor of the Custom House Museum. Ayers-Rigsby will offer a presentation that will explore former top secret sites associated with the Cold War that were located in the Everglades and throughout South Florida. “Cold War archaeology is part of what archaeologists often refer to as [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #214, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
29 Points of Interest Trolley Tours

Matecumbe Historical Trust Presents “29 Points of Interest” A Trolley Tour through Time On the islands of Islamorada April 15th Islamorada Moose Lodge, 81573 Old Hwy. The tours begin at 10:00 and 11:30 am. Tours will take approximately one hour. Reservations are recommended. Tickets may be purchased on site. Adults are $15.00 a person, children six and under are free. A staffed tent will provide information, ticket purchase, books, t-shirts, historic photographs and memorabilia for sale. Join us for a colorful and much acclaimed historical [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #214, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Dr. Bill Irwin to Speak at Key West Botanical Garden, "GMOs, Neonics and Pollinators: Separating Fact From Fear"

Saturday, April 15 at 1:30pm at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, Dr. Bill Irwin, Professor of Biology at Florida Keys Community College, will give a presentation on “GMOs, Neonics and Pollinators: separating fact from fear.” Meet at the Chapel in the KWTF&BG on College Road – turn at the light on U.S. 1. Free for members and students; $5 for non-members. Call 305-296-1504 or visit kwbgs.org. As the human population continues to grow, efficient food production becomes increasingly important. Fortunately, the agriculture [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #214, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
Divine Dinner and Drag Show at La Te Da to Benefit KWPD Mounted Unit

On Wednesday evening, April 26, 40 ticket holders will experience a four-course culinary adventure at La te da, 1125 Duval Street, impeccably served with select wine pairings and followed by a one-man all-live female impersonation show performed by Tracey Towers (aka Trey Forsyth) featuring hits made famous by artists such as Shirley Bassy, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Miley Cyrus and Hedwig. Ticket proceeds from the dinner, after-dinner entertainment and a fabulous silent auction will benefit a fund to purchase and donate new equipment for the Key [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #213, Special Events No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
April 15th Speaker at KWTF&BG: "GMOs, Neonics and Pollinators: Separating Fact from Fear."

Saturday, April 15 at 1:30pm at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, Dr. Bill Irwin, Professor of Biology at Florida Keys Community College, will give a presentation on “GMOs, Neonics and Pollinators: separating fact from fear.” Meet at the Chapel in the KWTF&BG on College Road – turn at the light on U.S. 1. Free for members and students; $5 for non-members. Call 305-296-1504 or visit kwbgs.org. As the human population continues to grow, efficient food production becomes increasingly important. Fortunately, the agriculture [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #213, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
Last Call to Submit Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition Entries

The final day to submit entries for this year’s Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition is Saturday, April 15. The winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free Mystery Fest Key West 2017 registration, airfare, hotel accommodations for two nights, meals and a Whodunit Award trophy to be presented at the 4th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 16-18 in Key West, Florida. Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks and supported by the Marion Stevens Fund at the Community Foundation of the Florida [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #213, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
A Fundraiser for Wesley House Dinner and Show

His Majesty King Christopher Rounds requests your presence for a Magnificent Feast at La Te da 1125 Duval St to help raise funds for Wesley House Family Services on Wednesday April 12th at 6:00pm. After a scrumptious meal, a very special performance will take place in The Crystal Room, starring Christopher Peterson as Judy Garland and Mr. Bobby Nesbitt as a guest star and piano man. Tickets for dinner and show are a mere $125.00 and show only, which starts at 8:30, is only $50.00. [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #213, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Honors Volunteer Dana Payne

Key West Art & Historical Society, steward to the Custom House, Fort East Martello, and Key West Lighthouse and the many archives and collections housed within, honors curatorial volunteer Dana Payne for her dedication and efforts to the organization as she moves from the community. Dana, who volunteered four days a week for nearly two years and researched images at home during her free time, was instrumental in selecting images for the museum’s exhibitions as well as digitizing the archive of photographs now available online. [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #213, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
SPLASHING into Summer Coral Camp!

Summer Coral Camp 2017 Registration is Open! When school lets out, Coral Camp begins. 6-12 year old youths explore and learn about our surrounding marine environment through exciting education activities at the Reef Relief Environmental Center in Key West. Each funpacked day, campers experience hands-on-learning, interactive games and outdoor activities. Activities include science and art projects in addition to exciting field trips around Key West. Campers also experience four days of snorkeling: one day practicing their snorkeling skills at the beach, one day in the [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #213, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Photo Club Meeting: Wed. April 12th

Looking for a new adventure? We invite you to attend the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Photography Club meeting. We welcome everyone, from beginners wanting to learn, to experienced photographers who want to share their expertise. Together we’ll explore the natural areas of the Florida Keys looking for great photography opportunities and stories to share. Bring 3-5 photos to share. Learn about our upcoming field trips and photo classes. We’ll have all photos from the 2017 Refuge Photo Contest on display for your enjoyment. The [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #213, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 312017
 
 Margaritaville Resort Joins Papio’s Pals for Kinetic Parade Education Outreach with Donation

Magaritaville Key West Resort & Marina recently joined Key West Art & Historical Society’s “Papio’s Pals” with a $3500 donation towards their Kinetic Coaches in the schools’ education program for the second annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Bike Parade. Six groups of students will be assisted by the Kinetic Coaches over the course of six weeks in the creation of their kinetic sculpture float for the May 6 parade. The parade is the centerpiece of a full weekend of kinetic revelry running May 5-7, inspired by [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #212, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 312017
 
Meet Steve King: Papio Ambassador & Kinetic Sculpture Float Artist

Craftsman and inventor Steve King is one of several artists selected to be a “Papio Ambassador” for the Second Annual Key West Art & Historical Society Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade, a mobile sculpture and art-bike processional that will roll through downtown Key West on Saturday, May 6, powered by the creativity and whimsy of artists and assemblers of all ages. King has been awarded $500 to help him with his creation, an amount divvied from more than $8,000 in support funds available for select artists [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #212, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 312017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Launches “Museums & Me” Programs for Children and Families: First Partner is Oldest House Museum

Young children and their parents have an opportunity to learn more about their cultural heritage through the efforts of the Key West Art & Historical Society with a series of museum programs tailored just for them. Their newest partnership is with with the Oldest House Museum, located at 322 Duval Street, which is stewarded by the Old Island Restoration Foundation. Together, on Saturday, April 15th from 10:00am -11:30 am, the two organizations will offer a fun-packed morning of bubble play on the Oldest House lawn. [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #212, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 312017
 
“Be Happy Hour” Coming to The Green Pineapple Wellness Center

There’s a new kind of happy hour coming to Key West on the first Wednesday of every month at The Green Pineapple Wellness Center on 1130 Duval Street. “Be Happy Hour”— the Center’s mixer for like-minded people—starts Wednesday, April 5th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and features a complimentary glass of organic champagne, organic wine and beer tastings, food and drink specials, music, special discounts on retail and services, and a place for those who are wellness-oriented to socialize and have some fun. “Not everyone feels [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #212, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 312017
 
La Te Da’s Divine Dinner and Drag Show to Benefit KWPD Mounted Unit

On Wednesday evening, April 26, 40 ticket holders will experience a four-course culinary adventure at La te da, 1125 Duval Street, impeccably served with select wine pairings and followed by a one-man all-live female impersonation show extravaganza presented by Tracey Towers (aka Trey Forsyth) who will perform hits made famous by artists such as Shirley Bassy, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Miley Cyrus and Hedwig. Ticket proceeds from the dinner, after-dinner entertainment and a fabulous silent auction will all benefit a fund to purchase and donate new [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #212, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 242017
 
Tennessee Williams Film Forum

A film forum sponsored by the Tennessee Williams Exhibit as part of its annual Birthday Celebration for the playwright is set for Monday, March 27 at the Tropic Cinema. A champagne reception will kick off the event at 5:30 p.m., followed by the forum scheduled from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Discussion will be led by Shirrel Rhoades, local film critic and publisher, and will focus on Williams’ ties with Hollywood and his foray into screenwriting, with particular attention given to three of his films recently [continue reading…]

 March 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #211, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 242017
 
Distinguished Speaker John Blades Reveals the Connection Between Henry Flagler, Bananas, and Israel State Establishment

What do bananas, the overthrow of a government, and Henry Flagler have in common? Attend Key West Art & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, April 6 from 6:00pm-7:00pm at the Tropic Cinema to find out. John Blades, recently retired director of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, will share tales of Sam Zemurray, the businessman who purchased Flagler’s former yacht ‘Alicia’ to help stage a Honduran revolution to save his banana business and eventually influenced the establishment of the State of Israel. The Distinguished Speaker [continue reading…]

 March 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #211, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 242017
 
Sponsorship Dollars Available for Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade Creative Support

Powered by the creativity and whimsy of artists and assemblers of all ages, the Second Annual Key West Art & Historical Society Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade will roll through downtown Key West on May 6, and there is currently more than $7,000 in support funds earmarked for participating artists and schools. Available funds come in the form of ten $500 sponsorships for artists and five $400 scholarships for schools, made possible by ‘Papio Pals’ Historic Tours of America and Margaritaville Resort and Marina. Those interested [continue reading…]

 March 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #211, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 242017
 
Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition Submission Deadline is April 15

Mystery Fest Key West has announced a call for entries for this year’s Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition. The winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free Mystery Fest Key West 2017 registration, airfare, hotel accommodations for two nights, meals and a Whodunit Award trophy to be presented at the 4th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 16-18 in Key West, Florida. Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks and supported by the Marion Stevens Fund at the Community Foundation of the Florida [continue reading…]

 March 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #211, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 242017
 
Friends of the KW Library Book Sale, April 1

The Friends of the Key West Library’s final book sale of the season takes place on Saturday, April 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 in the Palm Garden next to the library, 700 Fleming St. Stock up on summer reading. Both fiction and non-fiction are available. Proceeds go to the library’s programs, books, and equipment. Also, check out the ongoing in-library book sales. Baked goods will be provided by the southernmost Boys and Girls Club. For more information, call 305-394-7148.

 March 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #211, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 242017
 
Trolley Tours

Matecumbe Historical Trust Presents 29 Points of Interest A Trolley Tour through Time On the Islands of Islamorada Saturday March 25 Islamorada Moose Lodge, 81573 Old Hwy. The tours will begin at the Islamorada Moose Lodge, 81573 Old Highway starting at 10:00 am. The tours will take approximately one hour. Reservations are recommended due to demand. Tickets may be purchased on site. Adults are $15.00 a person, children six and under are free. A staffed tent will provide information, ticket purchase, books, t-shirts, historic photographs [continue reading…]

 March 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #211, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 242017
 
“Let’s Tea Party” at The Green Pineapple Wellness Center

If learning about the island’s holistic and creative business community while sipping on organic tea with like-minded people sounds like an afternoon made for you, The Green Pineapple Wellness Center on 1130 Duval Street has the perfect monthly offering. “Let’s Tea Party” starts Saturday, March 25th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, with this month’s gathering featuring holistic entrepreneur Karen Moore of Zen jewelry, with complimentary organic tea and special discounts on retail and services. “The Green Pineapple is always working on ways to create space for [continue reading…]

 March 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #211, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Monroe County TV to Premiere Featurette: "Monroe County Women's Month 2017

In celebration of National Women’s History Month, Monroe County TV is premiering an original featurette that showcases seven County women who have made significant contributions to the Keys. The featurette – called “Monroe County Women’s Month 2017” – premieres Sunday, March 19, at 5 p.m. on MCTV, which can be accessed on Comcast Channel 76, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 and the Monroe County website: www.monroecounty-fl.gov. The program interviews: Sylvia Murphy – Monroe County Commissioner, District 5; Heather Carruthers – Monroe County Commissioner, District 3; Anne [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #210, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
The F E C Extension Series Postcards

The Matecumbe Historical Trust invites you a very special presentation on Monday, March 20th beginning at 6:30 pm at Island Community Church. Our friend, Professor Seth Bramson, the only person in the country who bears the official title of Company Historian with an American railroad, will present, for the first time ever shown in public: The F E C Extension Series Postcards. This is his first-ever power point presentation in which he will show us the nearly complete series from his collection (he has all [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #210, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
(FKSCC) Monthly SHOW & SHINE this Sunday, Noon to 3pm

The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly SHOW &SHINE this Sunday,March 19th. Noon to 3pm. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, Ratrods, lowriders, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it cool and on wheels it will be here. This fun afternoon event is free to all, starts at noon till 3pm . The event continues at the Sugarloaf Lodge, on Sugarloaf Key.MM17. Prizes, 50/50 good food and cold [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #210, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Rock Solomon Awarded $22,000 for Jazz-Age Retrospectacular

Local jazz crooner and actor Rock Solomon has turned event producer and was recently awarded $22,000 to produce the Jazz-Age Retrospectacular in Key West. It was an ambitious vision for a first time event producer, and not likely to be awarded a large sum of money, but Rock Solomon’s vision for a monthly 3-day weekend of interactive costume and cabaret events must have struck a chord with the Monroe County TDC, as the awarded amount was among the top amounts awarded for dozens of applicants. [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #210, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Southernmost Fashion Show to Benefit Sister Season fund

Take a Walk on the Wild Side at the 5th Annual Southernmost Fashion show to benefit The Sister Season Fund on Sunday, March 19th at the Southernmost House, 1400 Duval St. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the show starts at 6:30 pm. Admission is $30 and includes poolside entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and a cash bar. See the latest fashions from 10 local shops, with 20 beautiful models. Tickets available at keystix.com. Sister Season is a nonprofit organization, helping locals in the hospitality [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #210, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »