Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends February 22, 2021
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THE KEYS BLAST FROM ED KRANE AND FRIENDS
FEBRUARY 22, 2021
We start off each Issue with our Lead Tease Photos (Each Photo will Represent a Feature in this Issue). After These Lead Photos will be our Weekly 'CRISIS CENTER" ( Inserted at the Very End is a 3 Minute Read from AARP "8 Things to Know Before Your 2nd Shot"; Imp. Info. even if you have not received the First). After our Weekly "Crisis Center" Then ALL Entertainment and Non Pandemic Features..Above : NASA and Partners Landed a Craft (ROVER -PERSERVERANCE) on Mars Last Thursday. A Must View 11 Minute Video produced by NASA and NBC NEWS; + I have about 30 Brilliant Photos Supplied. Next Photo reprsenting a Feature : Pt. 4 of the Photographics Feature by You-Tube content Provider Ruth's Truths and Original Photographer Dave Gelinas "62 VINTAGE PHOTOS OF LIFE IN AMERICA DURING THE 60s". Then Next our weekly Photographic Feature "Around the World in Photographs" This Week Featuring Winter Cabins. Right Below the Marathon Garden Club on 3/12 has a Monarch Garden Certification Event. PS I will use "Brilliant" Many Times in this Issue ; Simply put There are Thousands of Brilliant People in The Keys.
Below :Brilliant World ReKnown Concert Pianist & Good Friend Svetlana Smolina Presents A Concert She Recently Did ( The Video Link is Good 2/21-3/28), The City of Key West Helps You with Bulk Trash + 1 Hour Clean-Ups, The Key West Gallery Presents Bill and Deb Mack & Gary Welton & Arvid ( The Gangs all Here) + An Amamzing Schedule of Talented Artists Visiting, Searle Brothers Nursery and Rain Forest Collections / Landscapping have their Annual Sprining Sale at the Ranches 3/6-8 &3/13-15, Our Weekly Monroe County Sections Inc. 2021 State of the County Report, A BRILLIANT and so Entertaining "BETWEEN THE PALMS" Hosting Last Week Stephen Kitsakos and the Extremely Talented and oh so Personsonable Telly Leung. Next Major Feature in this issue : The City of Key West Honors perhaps the Most Brilliant Man in Town : Tom Hambright. Karen Wray at Collections Gallery in Stock Island has 'HAVANA DAY DREAMING" : Then 3/13 & 14 Steve Bickis, CFK Promotes PROJECT ACCESS Opportunities-Instrumental in Giving Vaccinations-Postpones their CFK Vip Series & Started ther Very First Swim Team
Up Next More Lead Tease Photos representing Features in the Feb. 22nd 2021 Issue : FOL (Friends of the Key West Library) and Monroe Co. Library System remind us that March 1st Author Tom Corcoran will be Live On-Line, D. Arthur and Lisa Wilson Appeared at The Key West Gallery and Next Week will show us Additional Photos they took, Roberta DePiero's Weekly Feature "Photographic Journeys Around the Keys", Pt. 1 from WWW.DEFINITIONS.ORG "OLD CELEBS WHO YOU DIDN'T REALIZE ARE STILL ALIVE AND WELL., The Wyland Gallery in Key West Schedule of Visiting Artisans, Nance Frank's The Gallery on Greene has Peter Vey, Michael Marrero and many additional Artists like Esterio Segura at TSKW.
The Next Batch of Leads Photos Representing Feature Article in this February 22, 2021 Issue : Pt. 3 WWW.GROOVYHISTORY.COM "54 RARE AND HISTORICAL PHOTOS" by Groovy History Staff Editor Harmon Leon, Bill and Linda Klipp's Weekly Feature"PHOTOGRAPHS FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND KEY WEST", WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM with Hundreds of Hardcopy and On-Line Books by Many Local Authors, Key West's Poet Laureate Flower Conroy receives The National Endowment of the Arts Fellow, GingerBread Square Gallery's Kicks Off on 2/22 Pam Folsom & Todd Bonita ( We have a few of their works Inserted), Feb. & March Schedules for "BETWEEN THE PALMS" & TSKW FEBRUARY EXHIBITIONS, WWW.KWAHS.ORGVenues in Key West, The Next Two "Jazz in the Garden" at The Gardens Hotel are 2/21 Scott Marischen & Friends - 2/28 Skipper Krippitz & Friends- Along with the other Cabaret Events and Wine Tasting Events Featured in their weekly Section). NOTE TO LOCAL MUSICIANS : PLEASE SEND us where you will be playing and/or your On-Line Apperances; especially re-appearing schedules. I just added 76 NEW E-mail addresses this week; and the 7872 CURRENT ACTIVE DATABASE are Certainly Active in Listening /Watching your Performances.
Up Next in this February 22, 2021 Issue : TSKW's February and March Full Schedules, WWW.FKSPCA.ORG has a new group of Adorable Animal Adoptions, GARDENFEST at The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Gardens 2/20, WWW.KWAHS.ORG A Tour of their Venues, Auction from The Key West Wildlife Center Sunday 2/21
The Next Batch of Photos Representing Many of the Features in this February 22nd. 2021 Issue : , Zazoo Fine Art and Iconic Memorabilia Photographs Presents many Iconic Memorabilia, "Twice Told" from XP Theatre's Bob Bowersox and Melody Moore Extends Run for ANYTIME Viewing, Excellent Covid-19 Information from Dr. John "Jack" Norris + He Receives Another Award, From KWFF's Miranda McGuire"Cinema Sundays" from The Key West Film Festival at the Perry Hotel 6pm Sunday WWW.KWFILMFEST.COMNext 2/21 "If Beale Street Could Talk" 7PM , Zoe Lewis 2/20 Next Old Town New Folk Series Virtual Concerts by TSKW, Brilliant Photographer Anna Sweet Treats us to a few more Photos.
DR. JOHN "JACK" NORRIS has been one of the LEADERS in Helping out The Keys Understand what has been going on with this Pandemic; and also makes Frequent Appearances at the Key West Bi Monthly Commission / Mayor Meetings and Monroe County Meetings. He is one of the LEADING Voices of Reason. Thank You. We Have His Videos.
WWW.KWLS.ORG Presents "Old Town Literary Walking Tours", MOTE-REEF RELIEF-KW WILDLIFE CENTER- ECO DISCOVERY CENTER-FKSPCA- DR. DAVID VAUGHAN'S "PLANT A MILLION CORALS-KEY WEST TROPICAL FOREST & BOTANICAL GARDEN-FWC- KEY WEST BUTTERFLY & NATURE CONSERVATORY & Additional Eco-Nature-Animal-Wildlfe Features. Also in this February 22nd. 2021 Issue Mandy Miles, Britt , Guy, Gwyn, Sara, Naja, Arnaud, Jim McCarthy & the Other Great Writers with The Weekly Publications, WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM, & Konk Life, FREE Concert by Impromptu Classic Concerts of Key West 3/14, The South Florida Symphony Orchestra's Complete Line Up of On-Line Virtual Concerts... and So Many Additional Features..Thanks to the Hundreds of Associate Contributing Editors that send us Material & Thanks for Reading. Have an Outstanding Week. Ed.
THE KEYS BLAST FROM ED KRANE AND FRIENDS
February 22, 2021 going out to 7872 Weekly.
The Weekly "CRISIS INFORMATION CENTER" Feature has Grown Large in Order to keep you Well Informed from
The City of KW , Monroe County, KWPD, One Clean Island (OCI), MCSO, CDC, SOS, Key West Recovers, & Other Very Important Local & National Organizations. This Info. will now APPEAR after the TEASE Photos (Shortly); Then Every Week as a PART 2 LINK at the Very End of Each Part 1 Issue. In Part 2 of the Crisis Information Center Much of the Material could be weeks/months old..but is Valuable Reference Material.
ALSO IN PART 2 : Extensive Listings of Many Websites from Local Organizations that have Contributed Features the Last 8 Years + Most of the Art Gallery Websites + Many Local Entertainment Videos + Classic Music Videos.
WE ALWAYS START OUR ISSUES OFF WITH EXTREMELY IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION and Updates from The City, The County, MCSO, KWPD, & OCI (One Clean Island), Key West Recovers & Others. Once again ; after this Extremely Important Crisis Information Section will be NON-STOP Entertainment
Jason & Kate Kohler Owners of The Weekly WWW.KEYSWEEKLY.COM 305-743-0844 Jason@Keysweekly.com
Guy DeBoer Sailor Extraordinaire and Owner & Editor of the Konk Publications WWW.KONKLIFE.COM 305-296-1630 Info@Konklife.com
Nadine Orr Grossman Wears Many Hats ; and she and staff (Lindsey-Trevor-and many additional Volunteers & Contributing Companies) for the newley formed KEY WEST RECOVERS has complied many Links /Assistance and Each week growing. Here is just a few PRIMARY / IMPORTANT LINKS that gives a wealth of Information : Nadine Tells Us "Inserted is our resource sheet – it’s a great start for Free & Low Cost resources. Visit KeysHelp.org for the United Way & FKOC’s application for assistance and their Resource guide or the City’s Web Page
email@example.com for human service needs. firstname.lastname@example.org to reach me –for general and business questions." Additional Info. for . "We've Got the Keys" Further Down in this Issue. Once again please click the Above Links for an amazing amount of useful Information.
HERE IS SOME IMPORTANT COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION FROM FLORIDA HEALTH MONROE COUNTY AND FROM PUBLIX DOING A GREAT JOB IN VACCINATION DISTRIBUTION and SOON ALL GROUPS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE SHOTS WITH MANY ADDITIONAL DISTRIBUTION VENUES GETTING INVOLVED DUE TO INCREASED MANUFACTURING AND DISTRIBUTION EFFORTS
FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH : MONROE COUNTY COVID-19 Call Center 24/7 305-293-7500 . 1-866-779-6121 and/or E-Mail COVID-19@FLHEALTH.GOV.
Here is a very informatiove from the Monroe County Health Department
Please monitor Monroe.flhealth.gov. A press release will also be issued when the website and hotlines are ready for Info. on Signing Up for Vaccines. These will not be released until more vaccines arrive in the county. Once again some of my Info. can be a month old or weeks old; but LEFT IN due the Importance of having Reference Material for You
A Fast Thank You to Juliana Waynick Juliana.Warwick@Flhealth.gov at the Florida Dept of Health Monroe County and
On February 1, 2021 Public Information Officer for Monroe County Kristen Livengood Writes and send us the following : FLORIDA LAUNCHES STATEWIDE PREREGISTRATION SYSTEM FOR COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS
MONROE COUNTY, FL – The state announced the launch of a statewide preregistration system to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments for individuals 65 and older and frontline healthcare workers. Individuals can preregister for vaccine appointments and be notified when appointments are available in their area by visiting myvaccine.fl.gov.
This website will allow individuals who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to be proactively contacted when vaccine appointments are available at state-supported vaccination sites. On the site, residents can select their county and submit their contact information. Once appointments are available, individuals will be contacted by phone call, text or email and will be assisted in scheduling an appointment.
Vaccine supply remains limited and appointments may not be available for several weeks in some counties. Additionally, as part of the statewide registration system, each county has a designated phone number that individuals can call and preregister if they do not have internet access. or for Monroe County residents by calling 866-201-7069 (TTY: 833-990-2908). Whether a resident calls by phone or visits myvaccine.fl.gov, their place in line will be reserved reliably using Sharecare software.
As outlined in Executive Order 20 – 315, individuals who are eligible for the vaccine in Florida are: Long-term care facility residents and staff; Persons 65 years of age and older; and Health care personnel with direct patient contact.
If someone does not meet these eligibility requirements, they will not be able to preregister. Monroe County’s COVID-19 helpline is 833-540-2081.
STEPHANIE LEONE RIVAS OF (OCI) ONE CLEAN ISLAND ; She has done amazing Interviews using questions that she and staff gathers ; as well as making it extremely easy for her readers to send in questions before the interviews.. Stephanie also Posts a Large Amount & Extremely Important Information on her / OCI Facebook Sites.
Stephanie and the Staff Posted a Few Weeks Ago on their Facebook a Look Back at the Last Few Months of Posts-Videos-Tags, Charts and so Much Great Information..Thanks OCI for all the Great Work You Do.
A REMINDER AS WE LEAVE THE CRISIS CENTER ; that AARP did a really comprehensive Brief few Paragraphs "8 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOUR SECOND COVID-19 VACCINE". THE BRIEF ARTICLE HAS ALSO EXTREMELY IMPORTANT INFO. IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED SHOT 1. The Reminder is you'll find this AARP Article at the Very End of this Feb. 22nd Issue
but first SVETLANA SMOLINA AND THEN THE TOM HAMBRIGHT FEATURE is Directly after GROOVY
WORLD FAMOUS CLASSICAL CONCERT PIANIST SVETLANA SMOLINA GIVES US SOME GREAT ENTERTAINMENT AVAIALBLE ANYTIME BETWEEN FEB 21 TO MARCH 28 streaming video for ONLY $20. You would normally have to pay way more to see this EXTREMELY TALENTED AND SO INSPIRATIONAL PIANIST.
Additional Information and LINK to buy a Ticket is at the Very End of This Feature
Classical Concerts on the Hill presents Svetlana Smolina, pianist, in streaming concert On Demand from 2pm, February 21, 2021 until Sunday, March 28, 2021.
This concert has been pre-recorded for this event. This performance is on demand, so your link will remain valid beginning 2pm, Sunday, February 21, 2021 until March 28, 2021 no matter which date you purchase tickets for.
Family Streaming Tickets cost $20.00
Single Person Streaming Tickets cost $15.00 now also available online. Please respect the artist and only choose this option if you are watching alone. Thank you.
Svetlana Smolina has performed with orchestras and in recitals worldwide, most notably with Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher, St.Petersburg, Philharmonic, Orchestra National de France, Odessa and Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, New Florida Philharmonic, Shreveport Symphony, New York Chamber.
Rare, historical, and (some) just plain bizarre. That's the best way to describe these 54 very unique photos in this gallery. Have you ever wanted to see Alfred Hitchcock dressed up like Ringo Starr from Beatles? We can take you there. How about Robin Williams decked out as a Denver Bronco's cheerleader - during the height of his Mork and Mindy days? Yeah we got that and a lot of other hard-to-find visual oddities.
Take a gander of rare shots of young David Bowie, Jackie Kennedy, Elvis with his parents, and not one, not two - but three Elvira pics. So get ready to have your mind blown with some history factoids and your eyes dazzled with some very rare photos.
To View Entire 54 Photos and the GROOVY HISTORY Verbiage ; Click LINK 54
The braless days of 70s fashion.
Yup, the 70s were a time of liberation. And nothing says liberation more than for women to go braless. Sans bra started with the Women’s Liberation Movement in the 60s. Feminist groups not only went without bras as a sign of protest - but they went further and actually burned their bras. No bras for women was a political protest that symbolized freedom and rejection of traditional views of femininity.
And it was win-win because I'm sure men really enjoyed the no bra movement as well. By the time the 70's rolled around going bra-free was still a thing - but less political and more of a fashion statement.
Alfred Hitchcock impersonating Ringo Starr in 1964.
If only one thing will make you laugh today - let it be this photo. It's suspense film auteur, Alfred Hitchcock impersonating Ringo Starr from the Beatles from back in 1964. Or is he impersonating Mo Howard from the 3 Stooges? I guess Hitchcock, like everyone else at the time, fell victim to Beatlemania.
It's hard to pinpoint the source of this photo - but most likely it's from the TV show: Alfred Hitchcock presents , which ran from 1955-1965. On the show, Hitchcock would introduce each segment with his very dry humor.
Now, if we can only find a photo of Ringo Starr dressed like Alfred Hitchcock.
Apartment living in Hong Kong.
I've been to Hong Kong, It's pretty cool. You have the most modern, futuristic buildings in the world side-by-side with something that looks extreme third world. It's the clashing of cultures.
This shot was taken by World Press Photo Award winning German photographer Michael Wolf who captured Hong Kong high-rises in his kaleidoscopic series Architecture of Density. Wolf's collection reveals his fascination with life in mega-cities, such as Hong Kong. His goal was to capture the relationships between public and private space in the most densely populated cities on the planet. Well done!
A young 27 year-old Janis Joplin, 1970.
This is young 27 year-old Janis Joplin in 1970. Though she's young - this is also the year she died after an overdose - at which time she joined the infamous 27 Club - of rock stars who died tragically at the age of 27; which includs Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and more recently, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.
On Sunday, October 4, 1970, Joplin failed to show up at Sunset Sound Recorders for a recording session. Her producer became concerned. He saw Joplin's psychedelically painted Porsche in her parking lot, and upon entering Joplin's room he found her dead on the floor beside her bed.
Call of the wild...Bettie Page and a feline friend in 1954.
Betty Page was the ultimate bad girl, fetish pinup queen of the 50s and early 60s. But what would a pinup queen be without an amazing photographer capturing the images? This shot was taken by photographer Bunny Yeager - who jumped to fame from her photos of Page.
Yeager’s photographic career launched with a Playboy Magazine centerfold photo of Page, after which, she became Miami’s most sought after model photographer. Photography was still a sexist industry at the time. A 1954 cover issue of US Camera coined Yeager as “ The World’s Prettiest Photographer.”
An 18 year-old Jackie Bouvier (Kennedy), 1947.
Jackie O was a young hottie back in the day. Not to mention, born into a crazy rich family. Her dad was a Wall Street stockbroker - who went by the name: John Vernou "Black Jack" Bouvier III. Doesn't that sound like he'd look like that guy with the top hat from the Monopoly game?
Her mom was a socialite Janet Norton Lee. (I think that means you don't have to work because you're so filthy rich - and can spend your time going to parties.)
In 1952, Jackie met then-Congressman John F. Kennedy at a dinner party in Washington. One year later they were married in Newport, Rhode Island. And we kind of know how the rest of their married life went.
Behind the scenes on the "Batman" TV series, 1966.
This shot is awesome. The opening of the 1966 Batman series always had the Dynamic Duo scaling up the side of a building in Gotham City with a rope. On their ascend, they would encounter an assortment of amusing characters - who greeted the superheros from their windows. It was usually a celebrity cameo. Sometimes it was Jerry Lewis, while other times it was Sammy Davis Jr., Van Williams, Bruce Lee, Art Linkletter, Don Ho, Col. Klink from Hogans Heroes, or Lurch from the Adams Family.
As you can see, the montage was filmed with the camera turned on its side - as Batman and Robin walked upright.
UP NEXT A REAL KEY WEST TREASURE HISTORIAN TOM HAMBRIGHT IS HONORED, SUNSET SERIES AT THE COFFEE BUTLER AMPHITHEATRE , & KEY WEST WILDLIFE AUCTION BUT FIRST ANNA SWEET. ANNA WAS IN TOWN LAST WEEK AND HERE ARE A FEW MORE PHOTOS OF HER AND ART. OF COURSE MAKE SURE TO VISIT HER WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK SITE. HER PHOTOGRAPHY AND SIGNATURE PROCESSES ARE AMAZING. I DO HAVE ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS ON ANNA SWEET FURTHER DOWN IN THIS ISSUE AS WELL
KEY WEST, FL – Monroe County Public Library System's Lead Archivist and acclaimed local Historian Tom Hambright was recognized by the Board of County Commissioners for his 35 years of service to the citizens of Monroe County during the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. He has been described as Monroe County's own National Treasure for his extensive knowledge of the history of Key West and the Florida Keys, not just throughout Monroe County, but worldwide.
Hambright has worked with authors, students, journalists, film producers, and scholars, sharing his wealth of knowledge in local newspapers, and has appeared on The History Channel, Food Network, HGTV, and other networks uncountable times.
Over the last 15 years, Tom has contributed more than 22,000 digital images and captions from the Florida History photographic collection to the Flickr website www.flickr.com/keyslibraries, which has garnered more than 30 million views since its debut.
Monroe County Mayor Michelle Coldiron and the Board of County Commissioners thank Monroe County Historian Tom Hambright for his 35 years of service to the citizens of the Florida Keys at the monthly meeting.
Key West author and ghost hunter David Sloan is one of many locals who thanked Tom Hambright via video for his contribution to Florida Keys history. The video can be found at www.facebook.com/keywestlibrary.
LIVE MUSIC, FOOD VENDORS, LOCAL ARTISANS, KEY WEST SUNSETS
This event was originally scheduled for NOVEMBER 21, 2020. All tickets purchased for the original date were automatically transferred to the new date of March 6th, 2021. All ages welcome; tickets not required for children 5 and under. Contactless entry available with advance ticket sales at thekeywestamp.com. Masks required to enter and when moving about the venue.
Free parking; bicycle and ride-sharing encouraged.
MAR. 13TH, 2021
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
DOORS: 5:00P // MUSIC: 5:30-9:00P
SUNSET SERIES AT THE AMP FEAT. HAVANA NIGHTS W. ROLANDO ROJAS & THE ALL STAR BAND
LIVE MUSIC, FOOD VENDORS, LOCAL ARTISANS, KEY WEST SUNSETS
This event was originally scheduled for NOVEMBER 28, 2020. All tickets purchased for the original date were automatically transferred to the new date of March 13th, 2021. All ages welcome; tickets not required for children 5 and under. Contactless entry available with advance ticket sales at thekeywestamp.com. Masks required to enter and when moving about the venue.
Free parking; bicycle and ride-sharing encouraged.
FURTHER DOWN IN THIS ISSUE IS INFO. ABOUT THE TEMPTATIONS
MORE FROM ROVER - PERSERVERANCE UP SHORTLY IN THIS ISSUE & Then 10 More Photos in the March 1st. Issue
1801 White Street, Key West, 33040
For the Birds Wildlife Center Silent Auction Fundraiser Set for Sunday February 21 in Conjunction With the Key West Artisan Market
The “It’s for the Birds” fundraiser to benefit the Key West Wildlife Center is set for Sunday, February 21, 10 am to 2 pm during the Key West Artisan Market at Indigenous Park parking lot. The regular event at Martello Towers was modified this year to just a fabulous silent auction due to COVID concerns. The Silent Auction will be set in the lawn outside the Center and include raffle items generously donated from a variety of local resorts, businesses and restaurants. Features include original works of art, sailing and watersport excursions, sunset packages, gift certificates and a private charter donated by Hindu Charter's 75' luxury catamaran, SV Argo Navis. The Key West Wildlife Center, located at 1801 White Street, is a non-profit organization providing rescue and rehabilitative care to wildlife from mile marker 0-30 in the Florida Keys. They are a rescue and rehabilitation facility operating as a trauma clinic and field hospital. Their main focus is rescuing and rehabilitating sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife and returning them to the wild. Any businesses wishing to donate or participate should contact the Wildlife Center.
In addition to guest’s opportunity to bid on great prizes, there will be entertainment at the Artisan Market as well as a full bar with beverages and a variety of food for purchase. The Center’s educational wildlife ambassador will be on hand to answer questions about the programs and tours of the Wildlife Center available. Entry to the Artisan Market is free. This is the Center’s busiest time of the year and they appreciate the community’s support for their Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation program.
UPCOMING VIRTUAL CONCERTS will be Listed in another Section Up Shortly
Our Weekly Photographic Feature "AROUND THE WORLD IN PHOTOGRAPHS" This Week WINTER CABINS
MORE CABINS IN THIS ISSUE ; UP SHORTLY
Up Shortly 'OLD CELEBS YOU DIDN'T REALIZE ARE STILL ALIVE & WELL" by Michelle Ranken BUT FIRST GingerBread Square Gallery and PAM FOLSOM AND TODD BONITA, The Studios of Key West "Between Two Palms Photos from the 2/17 Presentation, Happy Hour CLEAN UP, & The City of KW Bulk Trash Pick Up.
WE NOW PRESENT STEPHEN KITSAKOS HOSTING AN EXTREMELY TALENTED TELLY LEUNG FROM 2/17 "BETWEEN THE PALMS" The First of 4 Sections in this Issue
More "BETWEEN TWO PALMS FROM FEBRUARY 17TH. with Stephen Kitsakos Hosting Telly Leung
ALSO IN THE TSKW SECTION FURTHER DOWN PRODUCER /DIRECTOR STEPHEN KITSAKOS AND MICHAEL URIE Starring in 'SMITHTOWN" Streaming Feb 13-27. Click the GREEN LINK to purchase Tickets ; MORE Info. to come in the several sections we have in this Feb. 22 Issue. Click this GREEN LINK2 TO READ THE ENTIRE TSKW E-Mail Newsletter on SMITHTOWN (Includes The New Yorker Article) and other Events-Classes & Exhibitions at TSKW
CLICK RED LINK1 to see the entire E-Mail Campaign discussing the February Exhibitions & Other Events at TSKW..Also in their Ususal Large Section Further Down ; there will be a Complete Schedule of "BETWEEN TWO PALMS"
SUNDAYS IN THE GALLERY
Prefer a more private art-viewing experience? Sundays in the Gallery is your chance to grab a few friends and get up close and personal with our latest exhibitions on a Sunday morning or afternoon. Start with mimosas or a glass of wine on the roof, then walk through the galleries, with a knowledgeable guide. Click for details.
OLD TOWN NEW FOLK SERIES VIRTUAL CONCERTS AT TSKW STREAMING LIVE : THE FEBRUARY AND MARCH GIGS OF COURSE
AS OUR FREQUENT READERS KNOW ; THE STUDIOS OF KEY WEST HAS THE LARGEST SECTIONS IN OUR MAGAZINE and will be found further down ; with shorter sections along the way.
The City of Key West wants to remind residents of a free service for bulk trash pickups. There is no reason for messy of piles of large trash items in the city’s right-of-way. Fast, free unlimited pickup is available for all Key West residents, and it’s just a phone call away.
Before piling old furniture, appliances or other large trash items on the street, just call Waste Management at 305-292-8297 and schedule a bulk waste pickup. They will set an appointment within a few days. On the appointed day, put the trash out. Not only will you help beautify the island, but your neighbors will like you better!
There is no limit on the frequency of pickups.
WE START PART 1 OF A NEW NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC FEATURE FROM WWW.DEFINITIONS.ORG . "OLD CELEBRITIES THAT YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED THAT THEY ARE STILL ALIVE" + in the 3/1 Issue we'll start Part 1 from WWW.DEFINITIONS.ORG SOME "EXTREMELY FUNNY BEACH PHOTOS"
WE CONTINUE WITH PART 2 OF A NEW NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC FEATURE FROM WWW.DEFINITIONS.ORG . "OLD CELEBRITIES THAT YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED THAT THEY ARE STILL ALIVE" + ALSO in the 3/1 Issue we'll start Part 1 from WWW.DEFINITIONS.ORG SOME "EXTREMELY FUNNY BEACH PHOTOS"
Bob Bowersox and Melody Moore Send Regards and Send Word about the Very Popular "TWICE TOLD SERIES" : The Special On-Line Streaming Edition from Theatre XP. WWW.THEATREXP.ORG THEATREXPKEYWEST@GMAIL.COM It was Originally just Feb 8-14 ; Now you can watch it anytime. Watch Like a Film in the Comfort & Safety of Your Home : TV, PHONE,PAD & COMPUTER. 6 Talented Actors-3 Skilled Directors-9 Delicious Monologues Each One Delivered TWICE IN two VERY Different Ways
SIMPLE DIRECTIONS TO SEE "TWICE TOLD" : SIMPLY GO ON
COMPLETE 2021 SCHEDULE OF VISITING ARTISTS UP SHORTLY
A Few WEEKS AGO WE HAD A FEATURE ON ONE OF MY FAVORITE ARTISTS ALEXEI BUTIRSKIY. THIS RUSSIAN GENIUS HANGS YEAR ROUND AT THE KEY WEST GALLERY. CLICK THE FEB 1 ISSUE LINK TO SEE HIS ART; AND OF COURSE IF YOU GO TO THE GALLERY SITE YOU CAN SEE MANY ADDITIONAL PIECES ; AS WELL AS ALL THE GREAT ARTISTS AT THE KEY WEST GALLERY. FEB 1 https://conta.cc/3pCYTqB
UP SHORTLY IN THIS ISSUE MORE FROM BILL AND LINDA KLIPP and their Weekly "PHOTOGRAPHS FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND THE KEYS"
Key West Wanderings – Absinthe Tasting Party
A fun time on the beach at Wisteria Island as the Key West Trading Company hosted a traditional and ceremonial Absinthe tasting party.
A Brief Thanks to Roberta DePiero for her Weekly Contribution of allowing us to Re-Publish her Facebook Postings for our ACTIVE 7872 Database to Enjoy her "WEEKLY JOURNEY AROUND TOWN IN PHOTOGRAHS. https://www.facebook.com/roberta.depiero
More Key West Painted Cars from "AROUND KEY WEST IN PHOTOGRAPHS" by Roberta DePiero; Up Shortly
WWW.LETTYNOWAK.COM Letty's Gallery "JAG" 1075 Duval Square (Where Doug Mayberry Realty was) Off of Simonton.
Adam Russell's Totems of Island City to Exhibit at Jag Gallery. FEBRUARY 11- MARCH 7
Jag Gallery is honored to be showing the latest paintings by Adam Russell with a body of work entitled: Totems of Island City. For Adam, Totems of Island City is made up of different characters, mostly wildlife that have influenced his life here on the island. From an Iguana whom he names, "The Thief" to a crow, he calls, "The Joker," these skillful executed paintings reflect the colors and lightheartedness of the island of Key West, that he and his wife, Kelly Lever have lived since 2009.
Adam and Kelly have become a strong cornerstone in Key West's art scene with their gallery, Key West Pottery. The two have built a large online presence as well as a beautiful brick and mortar gallery on the corner of Duval and Catherine Streets attracting art collectors worldwide. "I knew Adam was also a classically trained painter, so I thought I would throw it out there to see if he ever would be interested in creating a solo exhibition for Jag of his paintings," says Letty Nowak, Jag Gallery owner. "When he said yes- Russell went full steam ahead working towards this show with several works on canvas and works on paper. It is exciting to see these paintings come to life as they are finished," Nowak adds. "They really do capture the spirit of the island."
Totems of Island City opens at Jag Gallery on Thursday, February 11th. The gallery will host extended hours for the opening day from 11 am - 8 pm. The exhibit will also be available online at www.jaggallery.art
and/or The Key West Art Center WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM . Their Curator Deborah Moore just sent over many Photos of the Art from the KW Art Ctr. Associate Members Show and we'll have them in the March 1st. Issue
No Need to Click Above : Here is the Press Release
KEY WEST ART CENTER ASSOCIATE MEMBERS SHOW
Beginning Thursday, February 18, the Key West Art Center & Gallery will be displaying works of its associate members daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Key West Art Center is beginning its 61st year as Key West's oldest continually operating art gallery and the only gallery whose members are all Keys resident artists. The associate members, while not exhibiting member artists, contribute to the nonprofit organization's mission of encouraging local artists and of bringing programs to the public that encourage an appreciation for the arts. The show will continue through March 3 with all works for sale. Below is from Kitty Rose.Curator Deborah Moore will be sending some of the Works on Display for the Next Few Issues...
OUR EXHIBITIONS ARE OPEN!
Plus, the February exhibition artists discuss the creative process in a series of videos below.
One of Cuba’s leading figures since bursting onto the scene as a young sculptor in the early 1990s, Esterio Segura is an artist and community organizer of volcanic talent and seismic impact, known for his sharp critiques of Cuban politics and society. Among many international commissions is his installation at Tampa International Airport of a flotilla of cherry red airplanes, with hearts for fuselages, symbolizing the Cuban diaspora that began with the Peter Pan children airlifted to the US in the early 1960s.
Jewelry is a universally integrated form of art, reflecting details of an individual’s personality, while hinting at broader cultural implications. Makover’s wearable art and Philip’s photography capture this potential, capturing themes portrayed by the wearer.
Caldwell’s mostly abstract, mixed media paintings capture the exuberance of an island bursting with color: the endless shades of green foliage, the magnificent variety of flowers, the amazing aqua-teal-turquoise water, the billowing clouds highlighted peach-pink with the last rays of sun, followed by the blue-purple-indigo of nightfall. They are made of layers of water-based paint, graphite, markers and scraps of paper, which add texture and evoke the feeling of experiences and relationships that are built over time.
Prefer a more private art-viewing experience? Sundays in the Gallery is your chance to grab a few friends and get up close and personal with our latest exhibitions on a Sunday morning or afternoon. Start with mimosas or a glass of wine on the roof, then walk through the galleries, with a knowledgeable guide.Click for details.
The legendary Italian actress was all curves back in the day. And I mean that in a good way.
By her late teens, Sophia Loren was a superstar in Italian movies, playing lead roles in m such features as La Favorita, and Aida. In 1957, she set her sights on America - and headed off to the U.S. to make it big in Hollywood.
Loren hit it big in the 60s and 70s, as she made films on both sides of the Atlantic. She also costarred with some of the top leading men of the day, such as Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, and Charlton Heston. During the 70s, she received an Oscar nomination and won five Golden Globe Awards. Way to go Sophia Loren!
1st, 2nd and 3rd Place in the Miss Correct Posture Contest pose with trophies and their X-rays (1956)
OMG! Where can I see this internal/external beauty contest? All this took place in Chicago during a 1956 chiropractors convention. They decided to throw a beauty contest. And what a contest it was.
"All three were picked not only by their apparent beauty, and their X-rays, but also by their standing posture," reported the Tribune back in the say. "Each girl stood on a pair of scales — one foot to each — and the winning trio each registered exactly half her weight on each scale, confirming the correct standing posture."
In the end, a posture queen was crowned!
Elvis with his parents Vernon and Gladys Presley in 1958, he was on leave for the first time since joining the Army.
This looks like it should be on the site, Awkward Family Photos. Except, what makes it awkward is Elvis - the King of Rock and Roll dressed in a military uniform. Elvis' father, Vernon, was the driving force behind the legendary rock and roll career. Vernon had a huge influence on Elvis' life from an early age and into adulthood.
One non-awkward thing the Presley family did do together was sing at church. Vernon was a deacon for the Assemblies of God and his wife sang. In leisure time they trio would gather around the piano and sing gospel songs.
Elvis served in the United States Army from March 1958 and March 1960. At the time, he was the most well-known name in showbiz. Concerned fans wrote letters - asking that the army wouldn't shave trademark sideburns.
Sissy Spacek posing for a poster in the 1970s.
Carrie is one of my favorite Stephen King horror movies. Here's a shot of Carrie star, Sissy Spacek, posing for a poster - 6 years before she would star as everyone's favorite Homecoming queen covered in pig's blood.
At the time of this photo, Spacek was a photo model who was represented by Ford Models. She was also hung around Andy Warhol's Factory - and was an extra in the 1970 Warhol movie, Trash. Spacek screen role was in the 1972 movie, Prime Cut. She played Poppy, a girl sold into sexual slavery
By the way, Spacek was born in Quitman, Texas - and is only 5'3.
The NEW Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Keith Richards, KISS, U2, Rolling Stones, Beatles, John Lennon, Led Zeppelin , Don Oriolo, BEE GEES, Rush, Jimi Hendrix, & Bruce Springsteen Photos are in the Gallery and additional material will be in the ZAZOO Usual Section Further Down.
Brooke, The Michaels, Stephen, Miranda All send regards. Miranda fills us in on a New Series the Key West Fim Festival Just Started. So Keep Posted with the People and Groups Involved for Additional Information; and to get on Miranda's and KWFF Mailing List; Reach out to Her at INFO@KWFILMFEST.COM
Join us this Sunday, February 21st at 7:00pm, for the 2nd edition of Cinema Sundays at The Perry Hotel, presented by the Key West Film Festival and Visualize Entertainment.
This weekend we pay tribute to Black History Month with Oscar winning 2018 film IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, Directed by South Florida's own Barry Jenkins. It features an Oscar winning performance by Regina King, whose directorial debut "One Night in Miami" is a leading contender for many Oscars this year.
BEALE STREET is based on James Baldwin's novel, and is one of the most truthful representations of the daily struggles of life as an African American. It served as the Closing Night Film at KWFF 2018, curated by Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times. Prior to the screening, Justin will be providing a pre-recorded introduction about the film's place in today's times.
All COVID guidelines will be enforced and the The Perry's expansive outdoor venue allows plenty of space for social distancing, and easy access to their dockside bar, The Barrel House, and food delivery from
Next Month, in honor of Women's History Month, 9 to 5 will be playing. Mark your calendars for March 7th!
Make sure to make Cinema Sunday at The Perry a monthly event for you, and we'll see you in November for our big 10th Anniversary!
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Make sure to make Cinema Sunday at The Perry a monthly event for you, and we'll see you in November for our big 10th Anniversary!
The Tennessee Williams Poetry and Short Story Contests are on for 2021! No theme, but must pertain to Williams in some regard; plays, characters, poetry, art, relationships, on and on..., Deadline: Sunday, March 7, 2021, Poetry: No more than 30 lines, Short Story: 1400- 4000 words. $10 entry fee. First place: $400. Second place: $200. Info will be posted on Key West Art and Historical website, Jan 17. www.kwahs.com
THIS SUNDAY AT THE GARDENS RESORT FEATURED AT THE JAZZ IN THE GARDEN FEBRUARY 21, 2021Join Acoustical Jazz Harpist Scott Marischen along with Debbie Spring on the electric Violaand Rusty Heck on acoustical bass and Skipper Kripitz on drums, for this Sunday’s Jazz In The Gardens.
Debbie has toured the world with Sharika and Gloria Estefan; Rusty has toured with Julio Iglesias and KC & The Sunshine Band. The weather looks perfect for a safe outdoor Jazz in the famous Gardens of The Gardens Hotel.
Advanced tickets are required and are available HERE
Masks required when unless you are seated AND drinking.
Audrey Thompson and Misha McRae send regrads and tell us about one of the annual popular events.
Annual GardenFest Celebrates 85th Anniversary at The Key West Tropical Forest Feb. 20
KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Nature lovers can enjoy an exhibition and sale of rare plants, explore the unique Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden and discover fine arts and crafts during the 18th Annual “GardenFest Key West: The Green Market Place 2021”, set for Saturday, Feb. 20th. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Garden, located at 5210 College Road. Admission is free.
DUE TO EXTREME SPACE AND TIME CONSTRAINTS A MUCH LARGER DESCRIPTION OF GARDENFEST WILL BE FOUND IN THE FEB 15TH ISSUE ; AS WELL AS THEIR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK SITES.. Here is the Link to the Feb. 15th Issue. https://conta.cc/3jZQgEN
PART 4 OF AN AMAZING NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC FEATURE "VINTAGE PHOTOS OF LIFE IN AMERICA DURING THE 1960's. BELOW IS THE YOU TUBE VIDEO LINK TO VIEW THE 10 MINUTE VIDEO THAT WILL SHOW ALL 62 PHOTOS. As Usual with the You Tube Video Content Providers; I have Photographed the Images in the Video ; and will use 15 Per Issue for you to enjoy. Of Course ; once again you can view all 62 Images by Clicking the Link (Perhaps after you read the entire Magazine you can come back to the Link). The Original Photographer is DAVE GELINAS.
Up Shortly we Continue with Part 4 "62 VINTAGE PHOTOS OF AMERICA DURING THE 1960's
We Continue with BETWEEN TWO PALMS WITH STEPHEN KITSAKOS AND TELLY LEUNG. Last week we Featured the Feb 10th. BETWEEN TWO PALMS HOSTED BY JEFF JOHNSON with GUESTS DYLAN AND BECKY ANN BAKER (Very Interesting ; they are so nice). Click the Feb 15th Issue Link to see Many Photos from that Event https://conta.cc/3jZQgEN
WE NOW CONTINUE WITH HOST STEPHEN KITSAKOS AND BROADWAY STAR TELLY LEUNG FROM THEIR 2/17 PRESENTATION
UP SHORTLY; WE CONTINUE WITH PART 3 OF 4 IN THIS ISSUE "BETWEEN TWO PALMS" HOSTED BY STEPHEN KITSAKOS and Featuring BROADWAY STAR TELLY LEUNG
Tiffany, Tammy, Anima, Jane and the entire Crew at the FKSPCA WWW.FKSPCA.ORG Send Regards and remind you to check out their ADOPTION area on their website https://fkspca.org/adopt/. They sent over 6 MORE Animals for Adoption ..Check out the last batch of adoptions & The $36K Grant from PETSMART CHARITIES from the February 15 Issue https://conta.cc/3jZQgEN
John Henry is a 4 year old, male, large mixed breed.
Roxy is a 7 year old, female, large mixed breed.
Timmy is a 10 ½ year old, male, domestic shorthair mix.
Comirr is a 7 year old, female, domestic shorthair mix.
KitKat is a 2 ½ year old, female, domestic shorthair mix.
JUST A FEW NEW FEATURES IN THE MARCH 1. ISSUE that we have Pushed Back 1 More Week : ZAZOO FINE ART AND ICONIC/ MEMORABILIA PHOTOGRAPHS WILL HAVE SOME NEW BEATLES and BATMAN PHOTOS. THEN WE'LL HAVE A SECOND NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC FEATURE FROM WWW.DEFINITIONS.ORG . We Started This Week in the 2/22 Issue"OLD CELEBRITIES THAT YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED THAT THEY ARE STILL ALIVE" + in the 3/1 Issue we'll start from WWW.DEFINITIONS.ORG SOME "EXTREMELY FUNNY BEACH PHOTOS" ALSO Next Week a Feature from The Key West Art Gallery and D. Arthur and Lisa Wilson's Recent Visit.
EVERYONE'S GOOD FRIEND MICHAEL ROBINSON PLAYS THE CLASSIC TUNES ; AND PROVIDES A DIFFERENT TYPE OF ENTERTAINMENT EVERY FRIDAY 5-6PM ; click his Facebook Page directly above; and then for a sampling of his Piano and singing go to the top link.
ENCORE FEATURE BELOW
Some Great News from Larry and Jeff at Searle Brothers Nursery and Rain Forest Collection
At their Nurseries in SW Ranches March 6-8 and March 13-15 "THE 22ND ANNUAL SPRING PLANT EXTRAVAGANZA" Go to their Social Media Sites for More Information. Here are a few Pics I grabbed at Different Sources on the Inyernet. FEATURING THE WIDE VARIETY OF STOCK THEY HAVE. Many Already know the amazing selection they have from their visits here to KW and West Martello Gardens. Some of their Inventory Include A WIDE VARIETY OF PALMS, AROIDS, CROTONS,, ORCHIDS, HELICONIAS, FLOWERING PLANTS, BROMELIADS. As Many know they have a Landscapping Division.
South Florida Location:
Searle Brothers Nursery, Inc.
6640 SW 172nd Avenue
Southwest Ranches, Florida 33331
Western Broward County
Spring 2020 Schedule:
Friday, March 6th - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday, March 7th - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday, March 8th - 9:00AM - 4:00PM
also, the following weekend...
Friday, March 13th - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday, March 14th - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday, March 15th - 9:00AM - 4:00PM
More of Anna Sweet and Her Brilliant Photography Up Next; but First MGC
Monarch Certification Program at the Marathon Garden Club
If you missed the first session, on Friday, March 12th, 2021 at 10 AM, MGC will hold a second Monarch Certification Introductory program for a maximum of 20 attendeeswho are interested in designing and planting a certified Monarch butterfly garden. This event is scheduled to be held at the MGC Garden and is open to members and the general public. It will last about 60 minutes plus Q & A. Sign up at or call the gift shop. Monarch gardens that are certified by the MGC Butterfly Committee will receive a MGC Certified Garden sign to show the world that you are providing a waystation for migrating Monarchs that come through the Keys twice per year. A $25 fee is charged to complete the certification program.
GREAT TO HEAR FROM ANNA SWEET. I VERY MUCH MISS VISITING YOU AT YOUR KEY WEST GALLERIES. Say Hi to Your Mom for Me. Can the Both of you send me some of her Fun Art that was Hanging in the Room to the Left of your Entrance of the Southard Street Location
You Must go to her Website to see the "Babes" and "Waves" Her Processes are Extremely Unique and One of a Kind. Due to Time and Space Constraints I can't do Justice to Explaining ALL The Various Techniques
Thank you to our Members and Online Community for your support through 2020. If you would like to make a year-end donation to Reef Relief, please visit us at www.reefrelief.org/act/donate. Have a happy and safe new year!
Patricia Kennedy, Allison Rich and Megan McDowell sends regards to all and tells us : TOM CORCORAN 3/1
The Friends of the Key West Library’s popular speaker series will present local favorite author Tom Corcoran via webinar on March 1, 2021. Tom Corcoran is the author of Key West-based mysteries and numerous books of non-fiction. His latest novels in the Alex Rutledge series are The Cayo Hueso Maze and Guava Moon Revenge. All lectures in the 2021 season will be presented online due to the pandemic. As in past years the lectures are free and open to all, but you must register to receive the presentation link.
Recent is the spin-off from his series, Crime Almost Pays. It features Dubbie Tanner and Wiley Fecko, characters introduced in earlier Rutledge books who have formed a private-eye company, Southernmost Aristocratic Investigations. Tanner and Fecko played supporting roles in Corcoran's mystery, "The Quick Adios (Times Six)."
Tom has lived in Florida for over 40 years, with ten of those years in Key West, and four years on Cudjoe Key. In addition to co-writing the Jimmy Buffett favorites, "Cuban Crime of Passion" and "Fins," he has been a bartender, a U.S. Navy officer, a professional photographer, a screenwriter, and an automotive magazine editor. His photos appeared on seven Jimmy Buffett album covers, and his portraits of Thomas McGuane, Winston Groom, Les Standiford, and James W. Hall have appeared on numerous book dust jackets. Over 160 of Tom's photos of the 1970s and 1980s were collected in 2008's award-winning book, "Key West in Black and White."
Corcoran also wears the hat of a publisher, producing and distributing titles such as "The Railroad That Died at Sea," "Yesterday's Florida Keys," "Key West and the Spanish-American War," "Papa Hemingway in Key West," and "Jimmy Buffett - the Key West Years." Tom has collaborated with singer-songwriter John Frinzi on lyrics for at least ten songs in Frinzi's catalogue--including his popular songs "Shoreline," and "Paradise, Quickly.”
The lectures will be available for viewing following the presentations through the Friends of the Key West Library website.
Welcome to the YouTube channel for the Monroe County Public Library. You'll find our story time videos, how-to tutorials, historian talks, and much more. Stay tuned to see our new videos and our favorite recordings.
Our new YouTube channel where our programs and tutorials are posted afterwards.
Here is a Special Notice that the KWBG sent out a few days ago below. Also Up Shortly the March dates for their Next Luncheon and After Hours Mixer.
DEC. 11TH, 2021
TICKETS ON SALE: FRIDAY, FEB. 12TH
DOORS: 6:00P // SHOW: 7:00P
THE TEMPTATIONS AT COFFEE BUTLER AMPHITHEATER
This event was originally scheduled for APRIL 5, 2020. All tickets purchased for the original date were automatically transferred to the new date of December 11th, 2021. Contactless entry available with advance ticket sales at thekeywestamp.com.
I have been featuring ALL of the MANY Artists that Hang Year Round at Nance's Gallery for the Past Few Months.
Current & Recent Exhiitions : Andy Thuber, Wayne Garcia, Peter Vey, & Franklin Townsend Morgan, William N. Copley, & Mario Sanchez
Nance sends us information about their Latest SPOTLIGHT Exhibition by MICHAEL MARRERO. Then Nance is Featuring Peter Vey and then an Exhibition that Nance and Gallery on Greene are Sponsoring and Curated by Nance & the Exhibition is at TSKW by ESTERIO SEGURA
Now that KCI Technologies, Inc. has been named to revitalize historic Duval Street, the first step is to reach out to business owners and the community to find out what they want to see of this vital corridor.
“The last facelift on Duval was back in the 1970s,” said City Manager Gregory Veliz. “Now we begin the process of community involvement -- public meetings, gathering ideas, talking to property owners – to find out exactly what each member of this community would like to see happen. There is no preconceived plan, that’s where the community’s opinion and vision comes in.”
In November of 2019, the City issued a request for qualifications for a firm that could guide the community to consensus then follow that plan to the desired facelift for Duval Street that revitalizes the area while protecting the city’s unique history and flavor. “Our approach will take into consideration the residents surrounding Duval Street, the cultural arts businesses, the retail and dining opportunities, and the entertainment establishments,” KCI wrote in their response to the RFQ. “One size will not fit all. Our approach will endeavor to create a cohesive experience that highlights each of these three sub-districts.”
“We will create a public outreach plan that is engaging and accessible,” KCI wrote. The goal of the revitalization is to draw residents to the area and ensure an experience that benefits the entire community. Community workshops and open house-style charettes are the first step. According to Veliz, this initial outreach is the most vital component to any undertaking of this magnitude.
“This is an opportunity for all of us to have a hand in what we envision for our city,” he said.
Crime in Key West has been dropping continuously over the past few years, and this year it’s down a whopping 28.7 percent.
The main reason for the lower rate is a drastic drop in non-violent crimes. In 2019 there were 734 non-violent crimes. The number dropped to 450 in 2020.
There were a few more violent crimes: 106 in 2020, up from 95 in 2019.
Each year the Key West Police Department reports its crime statistics to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. These statistics are compiled for the entire state by the FDLE in its Uniform Crime Reporting system.
The analysis shows that the clearance rate for the department – the rate at which crimes are solved – have increased substantially and come in well above the state average of around 25 percent. Overall, for all crimes, the Key West Police Department shows a clearance rate of 30 percent. However, the clearance rate for violent crimes is 65 percent.
“I want to commend the dedicated men and women of the Key West Police Department for an outstanding job solving crimes,” said Chief Sean Brandenburg. “Our road patrol and detectives have been particularly responsible for the outstanding clearance rate on violent crime.”
Chief Brandenburg also noted that the officers’ working closely with the community have lessened crimes of opportunity like bike thefts or car break-ins.
Among other statistics reported:
Aggravated assault was down from 68 in 2019 to 65 in 2020
Bicycle thefts dropped from 135 to 99
Incidents of shoplifting dropped from 135 in 2019 to 53 in 2020
The City of Key West is cracking down on illicit chicken feeding after the City Commission voted unanimously to add stricter language to its animal ordinance. Additional language in chapter 10 of the City’s Code of Ordinances makes it unlawful to feed or set out water for chickens and pigeons. There is an exception for the keeping of the birds in fully enclosed coops or pens. Pigeons were included in the new law to avoid possible excuses by violators.
Violation of the ordinance will result in a $500 fine.
Over the years, feral chickens have been problematic as the number of birds has boomed, due in large part by people feeding them. The Key West Wildlife Rescue Center has played a big role in helping keep the chicken population down. Working with the city and residents, they have, since 2009 removed over 16,000 chickens from this tiny island.
According to Tom Sweet, who runs the Wildlife Rescue Center, virtually all of the birds that are trapped end up in new homes on the mainland.
“Our clinic maintains around a 50 percent survival and recovery rate for chickens that we rescue that come in already compromised with sickness or injuries,” Sweet wrote in a memo to the Commission. “An important point for the public to know is that virtually 100 percent of birds trapped through the community program make it to new homes on the mainland while around 50 percent of those rescued and treated recover and do as well.”
Sweet says feeding is the main reason the population has grown.
“These birds are nomadic by nature,” he wrote, “and exploit different areas for food in the wild and then move on to other areas. Once people start feeding them, they remain permanently in residential/business areas and begin to reproduce quickly.”
Although the Wildlife Center does not trap chickens, they can provide loaner traps with a small deposit. Still, trapping a group of birds will do no good if people continue to feed in the area. A new group of birds will move in, drawn by the easy meal. And those chickens will continue a legacy of crowing all night and tearing up gardens.
If residents want to trap the birds, or be referred to a professional trapper, contact the Wildlife Center at 305-292-1008. The dedicated staff there can also provide advice on other humane deterrents that can be deployed to discourage chickens.
If you do trap your own chickens, they must be brought to the Wildlife Center in a timely manner so that they are treated humanely and relocated to a mainland farm to live out their days.
OUR WEEKLY FEATURE FROM BILL AND LINDA KLIPP "AROUND THE WORLD IN PHOTOGRAPHS" NEXT BUT FIRST GREAT NEWS ABOUT FLOWER CONROY
Flower Conroy Receives National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship
Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced that Flower Conroy is one of 35 writers who will receive an FY 2021 Creative Writing Fellowship of $25,000. This year’s fellowships are in poetry and enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Fellows are selected through a highly-competitive, anonymous process and are judged on the basis of artistic excellence of the work sample they provided. Flower Conroy was selected from 1,601 eligible applicants. The full list of FY 2021 Creative Writing Fellows is available at https://www.arts.gov/grants/recent-grants/literature-fellowships/list-by-year.
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these 35 talented poets through Creative Writing Fellowships,” said Amy Stolls, director of literary arts at the Arts Endowment. “These fellowships often provide writers with crucial support and encouragement, and in return our nation is enriched by their artistic contributions in the years to come.” DUE TO EXTREME SPACE CONSTRAINTS ; + We Have Had the entire Feature in the Last 2 Issues; Please Click the February 15 Issue Link to read the entire Article. Once Again Congratulations Our Young Poet Laureate Ms. Conroy
Great GIFTS for someone special or to treat yourself these magnificent Rolling Stones, Marilyn Monroe, Beatles, John Lennon, Madonna, Don Oriolo, Bruce Sprinsteen, KISS & Peanuts Memorabilia - please call me at 305-294-8925 or email me at James@zazooartgallery.com
Best regards,James Curken, Managing Art Consultant
Zazoo Fine Art Gallery, 622 Duval Street, Key West, FL. 33040
Ph. 305.294.8925. PS : Jason sends regards as well
UP SHORTLY in their usual section many additonal Memorabilia Items. Pushed Back Until Next Week in the 3/1 Issue : New Beatles and Batman Iconic Photographs.