Jan 272018
 
Key West Sunrise Rotary Golf Tournament Marks 25 years

Local students and charities will be the winners of the 25th Annual Key West Sunrise Rotary Golf Classic. Registration is open for the Feb. 25 tournament at the Key West Golf Club. Proceeds fund college scholarships and worthy local causes. Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place in each flight as well as closest to the pin, longest drive, straightest drive and longest putt. Sinking a hole-in-one on any par 3 wins ­­­­­$5,000. And four players will earn the opportunity to win a million dollars in [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #253, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 272018
 
Jose Marti Birthday Celebration

Jose Marti Birthday Celebration: The Key West Poetry Guild and the San Carlos Institute are joined by the Key West Comparsa Dancers in inviting the community to celebrate the birthday of Cuban National Hero, Orator, Poet, and Journalist, Jose Marti’ on January 28, 2018, 6p-7:30pm at the San Carlos Institute 516 Duval St., Key West. Cake and ice cream are planned. For more information please go to institutosancarlos.org. Key West Poetry Guild Open Mic, Sunday, February 4th at 7pm at 801 Georgia Street. Many thanks to the Unitarians for hosting us while the library [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #253, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 272018
 
Get Wild in the Four Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges:  Third Annual Outdoor Fest Set for March 10th-17th

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex and their Friends group Florida Keys Wildlife Society (formerly FAVOR) announce their third annual Outdoor Fest—a week of action-packed days filled with family-friendly, mostly free outdoor adventures and hands-on activities—set for Saturday, March 10th through Saturday, March 17th. The event location spans the four national wildlife refuges established in the Florida Keys – National Key Deer, Crocodile Lake, Great White Heron, and Key West National Wildlife Refuges—and features expert-guided birding, nature walks, and kayak trips; [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #253, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 272018
 
Key West Artisan Market: Culinary and Wine Edition is This Sunday

The fifth Key West Artisan Market of the season, “Culinary and Wine Edition” will be held Sunday, January 28th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Restaurant Store parking lot, 1111 Eaton St. More than fifty local Keys artisans including culinary, textile, jewelry, wood, artists & crafters, curiosities, the Key West Writer’s Guild Local Author’s Nook, live music by 104.9 The X, craft beer, wine and art in Garage Mahal and food concessions. In addition, three wine distributors will be onsite offering samples. This market will focus on all [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #253, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202018
 
Bedazzled Southernmost Shimmies of Key West belly dancers to take the stage at The Studios of Key West

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…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:18 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #252, Special Events No Responses »
Jan 202018
 
Third Crooks Annual Second Line Set to Party and March Down Duval Street

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…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:15 am Issue #252, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202018
 
Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge's Photography Contest, Submissions Due March 1, 2018

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.

Jan 202018
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration Events Kick Off on February 28

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…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:07 am Issue #252, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202018
 

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…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #252, Special Event, Special Events No Responses »
Jan 122018
 
Annual Key West Craft Show, Jan 27-28

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…]

 January 12, 2018  Posted by at 12:12 am ~ Artists ~, Art, Issue #251, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 122018
 
Raise a Glass to Jazz Age Luminaries Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald with Key West Art & Historical Society and Distinguished Speaker Series guest Philip Greene

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…]

 January 12, 2018  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #251, Special Events No Responses »
Jan 122018
 
Second in Key West Art & Historical Society Historic Walking Tour series:  Key West Writers and Artists

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…]

 January 12, 2018  Posted by at 12:06 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #251, Special Events No Responses »
Jan 122018
 
Florida Keys Wildlife Society Launches this Year’s Monthly Full Moon Kayak Excursions

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…]

 January 12, 2018  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #251, Special Events No Responses »
Jan 122018
 
January 2018 National Key Deer Refuge Nature and Volunteer Events

  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…]

 January 12, 2018  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #251, Special Events 1 Response »
Jan 122018
 
Key West Art & Historical Society and Cuisine Creatives Cook up Third Conch Revival Picnic 

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…]

 January 12, 2018  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #251, Special Events No Responses »
Jan 052018
 
Author Teju Cole to Headline Friends of the Library Speaker Series

Monday, January 15, the Key West Friends of the Library will welcome author and critic, Teju Cole, to the podium at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. The talk begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating is at 5:30 on a first come first served basis. Admission is free. Teju Cole is a writer, art historian, and photographer. He is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College and photography critic of the New York Times Magazine. Born in the US in 1975 to Nigerian parents, [continue reading…]

 January 5, 2018  Posted by at 12:02 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #250, Special Events 1 Response »
Jan 052018
 
Historic Key West Cemetery Stroll, January 27, 2018

The first Cemetery Stroll to be offered at the Historic Key West Cemetery this season will take place on January 27, 2018. During the stroll, small groups of visitors will be escorted to gravesites where interpreters will tell the stories of the deceased in brief monologues. The groups are scheduled for departures at 9:30, 9:50, and 10:10 Reservations are necessary, and can be made by calling 305-304-1453. Among the gravesites to be visited are those of the Los Martires de Cuba, the Figueredo plot, the Benjamin Albury family restoration, the Otto [continue reading…]

 January 5, 2018  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #250, Special Events No Responses »
Dec 292017
 
Florida Keys Seafood Festival January 13 & 14

The Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association (FKCFA) invite locals and visitors to come and enjoy the freshest seafood caught, prepared and served by local fisherman and their families. The event is held at Bayview Park, located at Truman Avenue and Jose Marti Drive, on Saturday, January 13 from 11 am to 8 pm and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. The savory seafood menu features fresh Fried Fish baskets or platters with slaw and black beans & rice, Fried clams basket, Grilled Spiny Lobster Platters, Sampler Platters with fish, stone crab, conch [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #249, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 292017
 
A Forgotten Era Remembered: Key West Art & Historical Society Presents “On the Waterfront: Truman Annex Artists” Exhibit at Custom House Museum

On Friday, January 12th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society kicks off the new exhibit, “On the Waterfront: Truman Annex Artists” putting the spotlight on a relatively unaccounted for era of creativity that helped launch some of the island’s most celebrated artists. The Custom House Museum exhibit in the Bryan Gallery features historic and contemporary works from artists that rented space between 1974-1986 in the decommissioned naval warehouses, machine-shops, and residential facilities for use as studios after the U.S. Navy abandoned their base on the present-day Truman [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #249, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 292017
 
“The Flagler You Don’t Know”

Henry Flagler, one of Florida’s best-known historical figures, is to be the subject of the next Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series event, presented by John Blades, Executive Director Emeritus of Palm Beach’s Flagler Museum. Blades will share insights regarding a number of misconceptions surrounding Flagler and his development of Florida in his presentation, “The Flagler You Don’t Know,” January 11 starting at 6:00pm at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street.

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #249, Special Events, What To Do 1 Response »
Dec 292017
 
Book Sale Friends of Key West Library, Jan. 6

Friends of the Key West Library will sponsor their first book sale of 2018 on Saturday, January 6, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, in the Palm Garden next to the library, 700 Fleming Street. This sale features plenty of books: art, biography, cookbooks, history, hobbies, pet care, nature, geography, novels and non-fiction by favorite authors. Children’s and coffee-table books are at super low prices. The Southernmost Boys and Girls Club will be offering home-baked goods at the sale. Proceeds go to the library’s programs, [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #249, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 292017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society and Sharon Wells to Offer Historic Architecture Walking Tour Series

  For history buffs or anyone seeking insight into the classic architecture of Key West, Key West Art & Historical Society will host a series of educational and entertaining walking tours led by local artist and historian Sharon Wells on select Saturdays from January through March.  The first is to take place on Saturday, January 13 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, with a focus on Truman Annex and Historic Whitehead Street. This tour will begin at The Custom House Museum on Front Street, the site [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #249, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 292017
 
Registration Open for Two Remaining Florida Keys Gold Cup Series Sailfish Tournaments

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — The three-pronged Gold Cup Sailfish Championship series, a competition that typically attracts the nation’s elite sport fishermen and -women, is underway in the Florida Keys. Yet interested anglers of all experience levels can still join one or both of the remaining tournaments in waters off Islamorada. The series, whose foundation is rooted in conservation and sportsmanship, kicked off with December’s Islamorada Sailfish Tournament. Second in the renowned triple-crown sequence is the mid-week Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish Tournament set for Jan. 24-25, 2018. New and seasoned [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:09 am Issue #249, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 292017
 
SAVE THE DATE: Key West Art & Historical Society and Cuisine Creatives Cook Up This Year’s Conch Revival Picnic

The Key West Art & Historical Society and Isle Cook Key West have teamed up to present a picnic-style Conch heritage dinner and co-benefit for Grimal Grove prepared by acclaimed chefs Martha Hubbard and Dave Furman on Wednesday, January 24 on the grounds of the Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters. The picnic will feature a wine and appetizer pairing, a variety of classic Key West/Conch recipes using produce from Grimal Grove, and a Molletes cook-off competition coordinated by Key West Food Tours creator Analise Smith and her [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #249, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 222017
 
Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit Debuts New Museum Store

The Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, which recently merged with Key West Art & Historical Society, has reopened at 513 Truman Avenue as the Tennessee Williams Museum with newly added features that celebrate Williams’ literary legacy, including a museum store offering a carefully curated array of gifts, collectibles and memorabilia. Dan Ayers-Price, Key West Art & Historical Society’s Director of Retail Operations and the Florida Chapter President of the Museum Store Association, spent four months designing the museum store area and sourcing unique merchandise with [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #248, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 222017
 
Key West Kingfish Mayhem Tournament to Test Angling Skills Jan. 11-14

Angling teams targeting kingfish can vie for more than $30,000 in cash prizes during the 2018 Key West Kingfish Mayhem tournament slated for Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 11-14. The team that weighs in the heaviest kingfish, also known as king mackerel, is to take home a $15,000 first prize. The second- and third-place finishers receive $6,500 and $3,500, respectively, and cash prizes are to be presented through 10th place. Prize structure and award amounts are based on having a field of 50 registered boats. Teams also [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #248, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
Save the Date - 2018 McKEE FINE ART AUCTION

The Board of Directors of the Anne McKee Artists Fund, Inc. announces the date of Friday, February 9, 2018 for their annual fine art auction.  The auction will again take place at The Studios of Key West.  Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the auction, led by Tom Luna, will begin at 8:00 p.m.  Champagne and desserts will be included in the $25 ticket price and there will also be a cash bar.  VIP seating is available for $50.  The auction preview will be from January 26th until [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Art, Issue #247, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Hosts Holiday Concert & Bazaar at Custom House Museum

Get into the holiday spirit at Key West Art & Historical Society’s Holiday Concert & Bazaar on Thursday, December 21st from 5PM to 9PM, located on the sweeping historic porch and promenade of the Custom House Museum.  The celebration will feature Key West’s finest artisans, musicians and choirs, along with a spectacular holiday light show presented by Key West High School’s ‘Conch 5 Studios’ students, with proceeds to benefit the Bahama Village Music Program & Society educational programs. Visitors can browse hundreds of unique gift options at this signature [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #247, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »