Jan 122018
The Spirits That Protect Key West

by Arida Wright…….. Cayo Hueso is what Key West was named by the Spaniards. It means small island of bones. Amidst all the folklore of Indians, pirates, wrecks-a-shore, ghost stories, hauntings, Africans in slave ships and Bahamian settlers comes the mystery of how Key West, being just a little dot on the map, sitting in the middle of the ocean where a majority of its residents make their living, survives killer storms.

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Jan 122018

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…]

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Jan 122018

by Thomas L. Knapp……. In a recent column, I noted that if Oprah Winfrey runs for president in 2020, she will be at least as qualified for the office as the incumbent, Donald Trump, was when he announced his 2016 campaign. They’re both billionaires of similar net worth — her self-made, him not so much. They’re both former television personalities — her the long-time host of a top talk show and builder of an attached media empire, him a “reality TV” shock jock. And so on [continue reading…]

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Jan 122018

SASSY MAMAS January 18- February 4, 2018 Wednesday – Saturday 8:00 pm | Sunday Matinee 3:00 pm BUY TICKETS Dear Blue Paper Patrons: Within our midst is a thriving and homegrown theater company that has been serving South Florida for more than 45 years, with their magnificent performances and brilliantly directed theatrical productions. The M Ensemble Theater Company is one of the oldest African-American theater companies’ in the United States. It may be the longest running company in the State of Florida. On this MLK [continue reading…]

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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…]

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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…]

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Jan 122018
Key West Art & Historical Society Partners with Area Museums for Expanded “Museums & Me” Children’s Program

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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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