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Monday, January 7, 2019

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends January 7, 2019

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends 
January 7, 2019
2019 New Years Eve in Key West. Photo by Carol Tedesco / 
Above One of Many Celebrations in KW : Sloppy Joe's 26th Annual Dropping of the Conch Shell on historic Duval Street in Key West.

The TDC (Tourist Development Council ) of The Florida Keys a Few Days Ago Published the January 2019 Extremely Well Done Monthly On-Line Magazine "Keys Traveler". Above is the Annual Top-Ranked "KW Half-Marathon" Jan. 20. More Info. on this, their Monthly Video, Many Events, & Much More in the Weekly Section Below. 

Michael Palmer Reception Monday Jan. 7 at Gingerbread Square Gallery 5:30-8p. Nyla Witmore is Next Mon. Feb. 4th.

One of Our Favorite Artists "LINCOLN PERRY" Exhibition at Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery 12/31- 1/14 

Pictured here are the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center soon after completion back in October of 1975. New York City was on the verge of bankruptcy around this time and the World Trade Center sat largely vacant, as you can see two homeless men are squatting on the lot.  
The Twin Towers became the centerpieces of the World Trade Center complex. Standing at a majestic 110 stories each, they provided 10-million-square feet of office space. But the twin towers were more than just office buildings. Because they were built at a time when the city's future was uncertain, these towers renewed hope, housed businesses, they gave the people confidence and stopped lower Manhattan's rapid decline. PINTEREST
Part 20 Groovy History's "A Look Back at the 60's & 70's Through Photographs"

Blue Heaven#9 by Elizabeth Chamberlain Oil
Hammock Time by Mally Waever 
 Part 3 from the Winter's Members Show at the Key West Art Center on Front Street. 

So Many Classes in January & February & March at TSKW (The Studios of Key West)

"Photos of the Week" from Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow.  

"Gone with the Wind Unique" by Bill Mack 17 X 22 Original on Hollywood Sign Metal

"First Light" 44 X 61 Original on Silk by Gary Welton

"Remember When" by Pino Signed & Numbered Ltd Ed. Giclee on Canvas  36 X 44

"Winter Wonderland" by Alexei Butirskiy Original Oil 15.75 X 22

Part 2 of 2 : The Key West Gallery had in town Bill Mack & Gary Welton for their Annual New Year's Exhibition & NYE Party (They Hang Year Round). The January 14th Issue will have about 8 or 9 of their 25 + "Brilliant" Artists that Hang Year Round (Four of my Favorites Above)

Books and Books  & The KW Library Presents Many Literary Events in January ; Please go to the Books and Books Section in the TSKW Section 

Two Events and a few TW Literary / Writing/ Poetry Contest

Distinguished Speaker Series with Dr. Sharony Green "Space Matters The Bahamian in KW and Beyond"

Three of the Many January Exhibitions from the KWAHS (Key West Arts & Historical Society)

Chuck Hightower

Joanne Jarzombek

Pt. 7 The Artists of Guild Hall

The 37th Annual KWLS Series Starts Thur. 1/10-13

This Issue Contains Part 4 of the Winter
Member's Exhibition "Look Upwards to the Sky" Below "Steadfast Looking Forward" by Gail Upmal Acrylic on Handmade Paper
"Billowing" by Maggie Ruley Acrylic

Our New Look The Studios of Key West  (TSKW) Sections. Featuring Their Exhibitions & Classes & New Resident Artists + Their Latest E-Mail Link Featuring Events / Exhibitions & Classes + Pt. 4 of their Winter Member's Exhibition "Look Upwards to the Sky"

 TSKW" 1/3-31 January Exhibitions : (L-R) "Objects and Images from O" Sanger Gallery, "Glimpses Inside Personal Space" by Rhonda Bristol  XOJ Gallery, "Dual Visions" by Larry Blackburn  Zabor Lobby Gallery Not Shown, "Portraits in Oil" by Annie Dillard Zabor Project Gallery

Kim Gordon's Annual Cabaret Show "Music with Heart" Jan. 18

Jan. 13th Darr Williams + 1/11 Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

The Key West Theater Bringing Primary Market Entertainment to Key West : An Amazing Job ( More Below)

 WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM Link to Hundreds of Local News Features and Photos/Videos

Chaz Bowers : Organ 1/13
Timothy Chooi : Violin 1/27
Impromptu Classical Concerts of Key West WWW.KEYWESTIMPROMPTU.ORG 2019 Season Begins January 13. As usual a Great Line Up Performing in an Amazing Place : St. Paul's Church.

The KWAHS (Key West Arts and Historical Society) Opens 4 New Exhibitions at the Custom House.  Info. in the 3 KWAHS Sections we have in this Jan. 7th. Issue

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends ; Going out to over 7955  Weekly.  In this Issue January 7, 2019 : The TDC (Tourist Development Council of the Florida Keys) Jan. "The Keys Traveler", GingerBread Square Gallery's Reception for Michael Palmer's Exhibition 1/7, Lincoln Perry Exhibition at Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Pt. 3 Key West Art Gallery's Members Show, Much Info. from TSKW & KWAHS, "Photos of the Week" from Executive Contributing Editor" Peter Arnow, Pt. 2 of 2 Bill Mack & Gary Welton at The Key West Gallery, "Books and Books" Events, Pt. 7 "The Artists of Guild Hall", WWW.KWLS.ORG has their 37th Annual KWLS Series 1/10-13, Pt. 20 of "Groovy History's" : "A Look Back at the 60's & 70's Through Photographs",
WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Extensive Calendar of Events & Photo Galleries (Next Week We Feature a Few),

Tennessee Williams Museum Event 1/11, Pt. 4 of TSKW Member's Exhibition "Look Upwards to the Sky"+ Info on the 4 New January Exhibitions, WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM , 
Kim Gordon at The Key West Theater "Music with Heart" 1/18 + 1/11 Gary Puckett & The Union Gap-1/13 Darr Williams,  WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM Hundreds of Local Keys News Features/Photos & Videos, Impromptu Classical Concerts of Key West Season Opener with Chaz Bowers (Organ) 1/13 & Timothy Chooi (Violin) 1/27, KWAHS Opens 4 New Exhibitions, "Visions of Cuba" Opens 2/1 at The Florida Keys Council of the Arts Curated by Alaen Ledesma - "Navigating New Waters" Exhibition ; a few more weeks at Gato,  WWW.EQFL.ORG ,
WWW.WOMANKINDKEYWEST.COM , Brian Gordon Sinclair Sends Regards, South Florida Symphony Orchestra Next 1/19 "Porgy & Bess"

Next MCSO Animal Farm 1/13, Zazoo Fine Art Gallery,
WWW.DOITKEYWEST.COM , The City of Key West Cemetery Strolls Feature in their Weekly Section, AnnaMarie Giordano "Life Drawing Workshops", Tablet & Smart Phone Classes at The KW Library, 
WWW.IWFFA.COM Women's Int. Football + Kelly McGillis Classic + Kelly McGillis "An Evening with Monologues" 1/22-29,  Suzann D'Antonio "Headshots" at Frangipani Gallery, 1/23-2/2 "I'm Gonna Pray for you So Hard" by Bob Bowersox with Melody G. Moore XP Theatre, "A Dolls House Pt. 2" at Waterfront Playhouse 1/22-2/9, Red Barn Short Attention Theatre 1/15-1/29, & Fringe Theatre has Many Events we List,
Anne McKee Artists Fund 2/13, Harrison Gallery, Gallery on Greene,
The next Artisan Market at Higgs Beach 1/13 : Theme "Green & Sustainability"

KW Tropical Forest & Botanical GardenWWW.TROPICCINEMA.COM ,
Marathon Garden Club 1/18, Shark Zen at Reef Relief-MOTE, Marc House Plant Store, Conch Pride Flag, Key West Garden Club, KW Orchid Society, Preserve Island Life, KW Community Band Next 1/19 at Islamorada Founders Park, WWW.KEYWESTORTHOPEDICS.COM ,
WWW.KEYWESTWELLNESSCENTER.COM , Next KWBG (Key West Business Guild) Mixer 1/9 at Curry Mansion-Next Luncheon 2/14 at Marriott Beach Resort, KWAHS Next "Distinguished Speaker"  Dr. Sharony Green "Space Matters : The Black Bahamian in KW & Beyond" 1/10, Karen Wray's "KW Collections", The Gardens Hotel : Jazz in the Gardens Every Sunday 5-7:30P : Next Libby York & Friends 1/13 & Terry White & Friend 1/20, Salt Island Provisions Gallery January Group Show " The Feminine Magique : Women's Work", United Way of the Fla. Keys, KW Wildlife Ctr., Last Stand Protecting the Keys, Aids Help CC, Fla. Health Monroe Co., WWW.LUCILLEKHORNAK.COM , "Hamptons Arts & Culture" Section, FKCC, LKMC, Truman Little White House, Q-Magazine, Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Fla. Keys, WWW.CFFK.ORG , WWW.COFFEEMILLDANCE.COM , KWAHS "Conch Revival Picnic" 1/22,  Isle Cook Key West, KW VFW, & More

Kathy Hooper at 

International stars headline
Impromptu Classical Concerts' 2019 season

Some of the biggest names in classical music will shine brightly during the 2019 season of Impromptu Classical Concerts.
From solo organists and violinists, to piano duos, string quartets and more, this stellar season promises to be one of the most successful yet for the concert series, the oldest such showcase in Key West, having been founded in 1972.
Fresh from its highly successful 2018 season, which was a tribute to the centenary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, (a frequent visitor to the Southernmost City,) Impromptu's '19 season gets underway on Jan. 13, with acclaimed organist Chaz Bowers, who will perform to rededicate the magnificent St. Paul's Church organ after 30 years of additions and renovations..
As a classical organist and improvisational artist, Bowers has delighted audiences from his native Western Pennsylvania to the shores of Bermuda with masterful performances of favorites from the canon of great organ literature.
All Impromptu performances take place at 4 p.m., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St.
Tickets cost $20 at the door, on the day of the show, with all students being admitted free of charge. Season tickets are available, as are sponsorship opportunities.
For more information, and ticket orders, visit


Part 3 : Key West Art Center Member's Show
WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM 301 Front St. 305-294-1241 

Splendor in the Grass by Elizabeth Chamberlain  Watercolor

Red Dog by Deb Kik  Oil

Home in the Tropics by Helen Kordon Acrylic

Porch Sitters by Jane Grannis  Raku

Pelican by Abigail White  Acrylic

Dolphins of Glory by Abigail White  Acrylic

More of Part 3 : The Key West Art Center 2018/2019 Winter's Members Exhibition Up Shortly


  Part 20 of Groovy History's " A Look Back at the 60's & 70's Through Photographs"

Pictured here is Tim Curry as Frank N' Furter, Patricia Quinn as Magenta, and Nell Campbell as Columbia in 1975's The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Rocky Horror is best described as a musical horror comedy. Initially, it didn't do so well, but as a midnight picture, it grew its own cult following and soon became a cultural phenomenon in both the U.S. and U.K.
In 2016 a tribute to the cult classic film was released. The film titled,  The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again, premiered on the Fox network October 20, 2016 and received heaps of negative reviews from critics and audiences alike. That's what happens when you try to re-imagine cult classics folks! PINTEREST

This lively young group - a few of whom, look like they may be playing hooky- are lounging about and dancing to Rock n' Roll on the quays of Paris in the middle of the day. This photograph was taken by Paul Almasy, who was a pioneer of photojournalism. He left his native Hungary and spent six decades traveling around the globe amassing approximately 120,000 photos such as this one. His work is an exceptionally detailed archive of 20th century history. PINTREST
When the first phone lines started to go up, not everyone was so happy about it. Some people, especially farmers and those who were very religious, believed they were evil. More specifically that evil could travel through them and get into their homes. They were dubbed the 'devil's wires' by many and in some areas local farmers would go out at night after work crews left and pull them back down.
People in rural Sweden feared phones would draw evil spirits to their homes and that the wires could cause them to be struck by lightning. The Amish also agreed the telephone was up to no good. As a religious community, separation from the sins of the outside world is part of their moral code and they felt the telephone (and its wires) was a gateway that would allow Satan to sneak into their homes.

Roller skating spawned quite a few subcultures besides the roller discos of the 1970s. The more athletic application of roller skating was Roller Derby. Roller Derby gained in popularity after Raquel Welch starred in a docudrama about it called "The Kansas City Bomber." Skate-fashion of the '70s and '80s was loud to say the least, especially on most Roller Derby teams. Colorful mix-matched socks, bright tights, giant earrings, and crop-tops filled the skate rinks. Although nothing topped the lovely ladies on the floor sporting leotards and leg warmers like they were getting ready to aerobicise with Jane Fonda. 
More Groovy History's "A Look back at the 60's and 70's Through Photograph" Up Shortly . The Next Two Parts will have : Prince, Titanic, Pres. Harry Truman, Pres. Dwight Eisenhower, Coca-Cola, The Three Stooges (Moe / Larry / Curly), Elton John, & GEN Xers.

WWW.KEYSARTS.COM  305-295-4369

Presents the Michael Palmer Exhibition starting with the Reception Monday Jan. 7 Starting 5:30-8pm


Monet's Steps 20 X 20


My Good Friend Author / Playwrite/ Actor & Canadian National Treasure sends regards..

"Special 2019 greetings to all my friends in Key West from Hemingway On Stage / Brian Gordon Sinclair. Hope you enjoy the recent Havana photos. HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!"

In Cuba

Part 4 "Look Upwards to the Sky"  The Winter Member's Show Featuring 140 Works. As we do every Year. We present a Multi-Part / Week Feature on ALL 140 Works. So even when the Exhibition comes
down on 12/27 ; you will be able to see ALL the Works (Through the Past Links I'll Provide)

Again for the First Time by Kalo   Collage
Ericka on Green by Anna Marie Giordano  Pastel
Elongated Moons by Jessica Webster  Acrylic on Clayboard
Moonlit by Carol Christine  Acrylic
Endless Bahia Honda by German Forero  Digital Photo
Different Skies Ode to Annie by Jenni Franke  Mixed Media and WaterColor

More "Look Upwards to the Sky" Part 4 Up Shortly

Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 7:30pm
Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Rd.

'Porgy and Bess' is a key example of the greatness American Opera has achieved in emerging from the shadow of its European roots. A star studded all-black cast joins the SFSO, presenting a bold mix of modernist classics, ragtime, blues, jazz and spirituals, included, are the great Gershwin standards that reach notably eloquent, heartfelt, and genre-crossing heights. Click  TIK link for Official Ticket Sales.


LINCOLN PERRY Exhibition Dec. 30- Jan. 14 


Click  Christmas on the Farm Linkfor a few pics from the 2018 Event from the Dec 24 Issue & their Facebook Link
Next Animal Farm Openings Sunday 1-3pm on  the 2nd & 4th. Sundays every month :
Due to Holidays the Next Open is Sunday Jan. 13.


Part 7
 The Artists of Guild Hall Gallery 
614 Duval St. 305-296-6076
The Works of Bob Slitzan Photography

More of the Guild Hall Artists in Part 7 This Week Up Shortly

In the JAN. 14TH. Issue A few of the Features We've Pushed Back  
Zazoo Fine Art & Photo Gallery : Next Week we'll have about 12 Works from different Photographers & Artists to Show.  WWW.ZAZOOART.COM 622 Duval St. 305-294-8925.

 WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM will have a few Photo Galleries in the Jan. 14th. Issue..Above is "Weiner Wonderland" from the Dec. 31st. Parade.

Pino Dangelico
The Key West Art Gallery 601 Duval St. 305-292-9339. An Amazing and Diverse UpScale Group of Artists Includes Peter Max, Adam Scott Rote, Pino Dangelico, Bill Mack, Gary Welton, Klevenski, Alfredo Navarro, Alex Butirskiy and his Amazing International Urban Landscapes + So Many Additional Artists. WWW.KEYWESTGALLERY.COM
The Dec. 14st. Issue will Feature 8 of their Artists. 

We start Off with a few More From Bill Mack and Gary Welton from their Recent NYE Visit ; their Works Hang Year Round at The Key West Gallery.

Hemingway Signed Limited Giclee on Canvas 

Jazz on Aluminum 32.25 X 26 Limited Giclee on Canvas

Brando "Missouri Breaks" with Spurs 24 X 18
The Next Three from Gary Welton

"Fanatic" Mixed 40 X 30

"In the Wings" Original on Board 24 X 36

"Blush Rhythm" Original Painting on Paper  29 X 42

Fri-Sun. Jan 4-6 Roay Tabora
Friday, January 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM EST
-to-Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 10:00 PM EST

Please join us and Meet the Artist Luis Sottil. Sottil created the internationally renowned process of painting that he named Naturalismo. Sottil's latest proposal is to create an opportunity to explore nature's beauty, through all five senses simultaneously. Call 305-292-9339 for details & RSVP.

Hopefully; we'll start this Multi Part and Very Interesting Feature that We've Pushed Back a few Times ; in the Jan. 14th Issue.
The KWAHS (The Key West Art & Historical Society) New "OverSeas to the Keys : Henry Flagler's OverSeas Railway". In the Next Few Issues we'll Have Many Photos from this Really Interesting Permanent Exhibition WWW.KWAHS.ORG at their Custom House Museum
281 Front St. 305-295-6616 

Florida Keys Council of the Arts  1100 Simonton St. 305-295-4369 

For the Past Weeks we had a Multi-Part / Multi Week Featuring ALL the Art on Display  FOR THE 2019 MEMBERS AND FRIENDS SHOW "NAVIGATING NEW WATERS". Their Members Show Should be on Display for a Few More Weeks at Gato. To see ALL the Works go to our Past Blast Links (Middle of the Magazine) Better Yet go to Gato and See First Hand..or Even Better Check out the Works in the magazine and then go to Gato...

Island Style Portraits by Joanne Hasman  WaterColor
The Grand Finale of the 2018 KWFF "The Awards Ceremony"
Part 7 of 7 (Last Week) : The 2018 Key West Film Festival
Go to the Dec. 31st Link

To see ALL 7 Parts of our Coverage of the 2018 KWFF go to the Middle of this Issue where we have PAST BLASTS and click the Past 7 Issues....

Want YOUR chance to be a KWFF winner in 2019? Our shorts & Florida features submissions open JANUARY 1st on FilmFreeway!


by Alyson Crean
Photos by Alyson Crean


5230 College Rd. 305-294-4857
2018 Posh Fundraiser
Click the Dec 24 Issue to see many of the Photos we took at the 2018 "POSH" FundRaiser. 


The Life Drawing Workshops on Tues. Dec 25 and Tues. Jan 1 will be on Holiday Break and Resumes Tues. Jan. 8

Tuesdays 11 am-2 pm at the Fort East Martello near the airport. $25 for 3 hours to give your mind a healthy relaxing break to just draw. All mediums are welcome. Any questions 609-884-3474.

We continue with Part 4 of the TSKW Members Show "Look Upwards to the Sky" 

Across from Five Brothers by Rebecca Bennett Oil on Canvas Diptych 

Sonora by Victoria (Tori) Mata  Acrylic on Panel

Hanging in the Balance by Jimmy Wray Wood

Pam's View by Jane Grannis  Raku

I've Looked at Clouds from Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell) by Cheryl Wilson Smith  Clay and Glass

More "Look Upward to the Sky" Up Shortly 

International Sand Art Competition Held Every Year at the Casa Marina Hotel WWW.SANDARTKEYWEST.COM 305-896-5503.  The December 31st Issue had a Feature ; click the Issue for many Photos

Allison Rich, Sr. Library Assistant, and Michael Nelson of the Monroe County Public Library Informs us of this Important Presentation
700 Fleming Street, Key West, FL  33040, 305-292-3595
Tablet and Smartphone Classes
The Key West Library at 700 Fleming St is offering smartphone and tablet classes for those new devices that you've just received.  Bring your questions and devices! Seating is limited so please call ahead to reserve your spot today, 305-292-3595.  Classes start at 10am.   
Thursday January 10th - Overview of Apple Devices.  Learn how to turn on the WiFi, surf the web, and other basics on your new Apple tablet or smartphone.  If you need help setting up your iTunes account, please come in before class for assistance.
Thursday January 17th - Overview of Android devices and Kindle Fire.  Learn how to turn on the WiFi, surf the web, and other basics on your new Android tablet or smartphone.  If you need help setting up your Play store account, please come in before class for assistance.   
Thursday January 24th - Overview of Apple Devices.  Learn how to turn on the WiFi, surf the web, and other basics on your new Apple tablet or smartphone.  If you need help setting up your iTunes account, please come in before class for assistance.
Thursday January 31st - Overview of Android devices and Kindle Fire.  Learn how to turn on the WiFi, surf the web, and other basics on your new Android tablet or smartphone.  If you need help setting up your Play store account, please come in before class for assistance.   



Every Year the One Non Football Related Event during the Entire IWFFA Week is "An Evening of Monologues"

An evening of Monologues  - Kelly McGillis, actress in movies: Top Gun, Witness, The Accused -  will critique and direct original monologues written by women around the world to prepare for a live performance in front of an audience on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.  The public is invited to join in the performances. Each monologue should not exceed two minutes and must be submitted to Kelly McGillis no later than January 10, 2019.


The Current Exhibition at Frangipani Gallery Featuring Suzann D'Antonio "HeadShots"

WOW ; I made Three Sections for KWAHS for this issue JUST TOO MUCH GOING ON. How do you & TSKW do it? Great Stuff

Key West Art & Historical Society celebrates local Bahamian culture in upcoming exhibit
Key West Art & Historical Society invites the public to celebrate the island's Bahamian heritage and culture in their upcoming exhibit "The Key West/Bahamas Connection," which opens with a special reception on Friday, January 18 from 6:00pm -7:30pm in the Bryan Gallery at the Custom House Museum. The exhibit will reveal both the historical and contemporary connections between the two locations, demonstrating how much of Key West's culture and community is deeply rooted in the Bahamas. "The Key West/Bahamas Connection" will run through April 7.  For more information call Cori Convertito, Ph.D., at 305-295-6616 x112, email her at, or  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It Takes an Island. 

Side-by-side images of Key West Bight (left) and Hope Town, Bahamas (right) from the 1880s reveal the unmistakable connection between each location.  Images courtesy of Monroe County Public Libraries.

2019 Tennessee Williams Poetry and Short-story Writing Contests call for poets and writers

2019 Tennessee Williams Poetry and Short-story Writing Contests call for poets and writers
Key West Art & Historical Society invites poets and writers to submit works for the 2019 Tennessee Williams Poetry and Short-story Writing Contests - components of the upcoming Key West Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration. Submission cost is $20.00; deadline is March 1. For complete details, guidelines, prize descriptions, and entry upload link visit For more information on these and other Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration events contact Society Event Coordinator Dani Holliday at or 305-295-6616 extension 114. Sponsored in part by the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys and The Studios of Key West. (Photo Credit: Ida Woodward Barron Collection / Monroe County Public Library)
Including The Conch Revival Picnic Jan. 22


WWW.THEKEYWESTTHEATER.COM 512 Eaton St. 305-985-0433

Key West favorite Kim Gordon returns to the Key West Theater on January 18th with a brand-new cabaret that weaves beloved Broadway tunes and favorite standards with fresh, fun cabaret numbers.  
Kim Gordon: Music With Heart
 shakes things up with a unique musical mix that's funny, romantic, swinging and sexy. Proceeds from this rare solo concert and the champagne and dessert after party will benefit the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys to provide help right here in our community. 
Show Details 
Kim Gordon: Music With Heart. 
Key West Theater | 512 Eaton Street | Key West, FL | 33040
January 18th, 2019 - Doors 7:00PM // Show 8:00 PM.   
Online at WWW.THEKEYWESTTHEATER.COM OR at the Key West Theater box office at 512 Eaton St.


Part 7
 The Artists of Guild Hall Gallery 
614 Duval St. 305-296-6076
We tease you with just Three of Chuck Hightower Paintings & His Wall

Many Additional Interesting Works from Chuck in the Jan. 14th Issue.

More Guild Hall Artists Up Shortly.  Here are some of the Guild Hall Artists will are Featuring in Upcoming Weeks :  Ann Irvine, Pam Hobbs, Lynne Fischer, CJ Groth, Sonia Robinson, Mally Weaver, Thomas Avery, Chuck Hightower,Sue Ellen Crowley, Lawrence Halstead, David Hoot, Poochie Myers, Susan Sturtevant, ECG, Armida Averette, Eddie Pulido, Kathy Sage, Abigail White, Bob Slitzan, Teresa Willis, Jordan, Antonio, & Susan O'Neill.  Here is the Link to the Issues so far Dec 3 :
and Dec 10th. , Dec. 17th. , Dec 24 , Dec 31 :
 and Nov. 26th 

Part 20
"A Look Back at the 60's & 70's Through Photographs" from Groovy History
Many Readers have commented that they are really enjoying this Multi-Part Feature ; here are the Links to the First 19 Parts....
Part 1 was in the Sept 3 Issue ; Here is the Link    
Part 2 (  ) was in the Sept 10 Issue . Part 3 was in the Sept 17 Issue
 Part 4 was in Sept. 24
Part 5 Oct. 1
Part 6 Oct 8th
Part 7 Oct. 15
Part 8 Oct. 22 Pt. 1 
Part 9 Oct. 22 Pt. 2
Part 10  OCT 29 2018 
Part 11 Nov. 5th
Part 12 Nov. 12 
Part 13 Nov. 19 NOV. 19, 2018
Part 14 Nov. 26 
Part 15 Dec. 3
Part 16 Dec. 10
 Part 17 Dec 17
Part 18 Dec 24 :
Part 19 Dec 31  
 In 1977, Prince was just a 19-year-old kid in the midst of recording his first album when photographer Robert Whitman was brought in to take his first professional set of photos. Only 15 copies of the original press kit were ever produced. Since then, Prince went on to become a musical innovator, integrating various styles like funk, R&B, rock, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop. His undeniable musical talents paired with his wide vocal range and his flamboyant stage presence made him a pop-culture phenomenon. Prince is one of the best-selling artist of all time with over 100 million records worldwide. Over the course of his career he won seven Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for his film Purple Rain. In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Pictured here is the interior of a cabin of the RMS Titanic. In addition to sleeping in a gorgeous room, those traveling in first class had luxuries such as; a gym, squash court, and a seven-foot-deep salt water swimming pool. They had a steam room, massage parlor, and of course an amazing, five-star restaurant and Parisian style cafe, and a bistro with an ocean view.  She was a beauty, brimming with all the luxuries a person could want. When the RMS Titanic set out on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, no one could have foreseen the tragic turn of events that would ultimately lead to the deaths of 1,503 people aboard.

Pictured here is former President Harry Truman settled in the back of the Presidential Limousine with his successor, President Elect, Dwight Eisenhower. They were leaving the White House heading for the Capitol for Eisenhower's inauguration ceremony on January 20, 1953.  Prior to this seemingly cheery moment, a tea ceremony was supposed to take place, but didn't. President Harry S. Truman and his wife Bess sat in the Red Room waiting for the customary meeting with Dwight David Eisenhower and his wife Mamie to join them. It was no secret that Eisenhower and Truman clashed over foreign policy and how the Korean War should be handled, but to when Eisenhower's limo pulled up, he simply refused enter the White House and join them. In turn, Truman didn't want to join Eisenhower on the historic limo ride but eventually gave in, but he never forgave Eisenhower for snubbing the tea, he took it as a personal slight to Mrs. Truman. 
Coca Cola first began officially marketing in France back in 1950. Pictured here are some men trying the fizzy beverage for the first time. Many Parisians just weren't as into it as Americans.Coca-Cola had already been available in France since 1919 but in an unofficial capacity. It wasn't until after the war and the increase in refrigerators found in French homes that Coke decided to really market. Vans toured the streets handing out samples in what Coke now calls "La révolution du froid" (The cold revolution).
 More of  Part 20 Groovy History's " A Look Back at the 60's and 70's Through Photographs" Up Shortly 
Part 3
WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM 301 Front St. 305-294-1241 

Angel Fish by Craig Gray  Stone and Wood

Dangling Palms Smathers Beach by Mary Jean Connors Oil
Street Gang by Mary Blackman  WaterColor

Sulphur Monarch & Swallow Tail Bu Dawn Wilks

Fort Zachary Taylor by Nancy Henning  Oil
More Winter Member's Show from the Key West Art Center; Up Shortly
Jan. 23 - Feb. 2
WWW.THEATREXP.ORG 302-540-6102 
Starring Bob Bowersox and Melody G. Moore
 5230 College Rd. 305-294-4857
M-F 10a-6p, Sat. 10a-2pm, Sunday Closed 

"A Doll's House Pt. 2" 1/22-2/9 (More Info in Our Weekly "Theatre Section" Below)

Plays Out Loud at  
KW Woman's Club 
Jan 7 at 6pm 
The 39 Steps, the Radio Play.
Backyard Music Series #1,  
Caffeine Carl & The Buzz, 
at the home Janet & Charlie Bengel, 
Jan 12 from 6-9pm. SOLD OUT.
Collected Stories by Donald Margulies,  
KW Woman's Club, 
Jan 22-Feb 2 at 7pm.
Lee Roy Reams : 1 Night Only Tropic Cinema March 12. Air Heart On Stage TWT April 9-11 7pm
DUE TO SPACE & TIME CONSTRAINTS Much Info. was Edited Out ; Please go to their website and Facebook Pages for additional Info. and more events

Save the Date for 2019 Anne McKee Fine Art Auction
The 2019 Anne McKee Annual Fine Art Auction will occur on Wednesday, February 13th.  The auction will take place for the third year at The Studios of Key West.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the auction will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Light hors d'oeuvres, 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 February 7th - 13th at The Studios of Key West.  The highlight of this year's auction will be an original Sal Salinero painting valued at nearly $10.000.       
The McKee art auction raises money for project-based grants to Keys visual, literary and performing artists.    Founded by longtime Key West resident and philanthropist, Anne McKee, the non-profit fund has awarded more than $265,000 since 1994.  Tickets are now available at


Part 3
2018 Annual Member's Exhibition "Look Upwards to the Sky"
 WWW.TSKW.ORG 305-296-0458 533 Eaton St.

Salt Air Triptych by Linda Petrocine  Mixed Media

Three Graces by Maja Fialova  Acrylic on Canvas / Resin

Blooming by Kathy LeTarte  Oil

Dreams in a Hem of a Skirt by Carrie Disrud  Acrylic

More "Look Upward to the Sky" TSKW Member's Show Up Shortly


Harrison Gallery
WWW.HARRISON-GALLERY.COM 825 White St. 305-294-0609

WWW.KEYWEST.GARDEN 5210 College Rd. 305-296-1504

Local Artist works on Sculpture for the Tom Majors Wood Art Invitational
The Key West Tropical Forest is partnering with The Studios of Key West which is hosting the "Tom Majors Wood Art Invitational". This is a month-long, island-wide celebration that will be held in March, 2019.  It will showcase the creative potential of wood, and by extension, a statement of faith that the intersection of humankind and nature needn't be disastrous, but can result in objects and experiences filled with beauty and meaning. The Studios of Key West, in addition to serving as the hub for the invitational, will host "With the Grain", an exhibition of contemporary wood artists from across the country.


WWW.TROPICCINEMA.COM 416 Eaton St. 305-396-4944



Marathon Garden Club Meeting, Friday, January 18th at 12:30 pm.
Susan Ley Sends Regards. The monthly meeting of the Marathon Garden Club will take place on Friday, January 18th at 12:30pm at the garden club, 5270 Overseas Highway, MM50, Bayside. The program, "Care and Potting of Orchids,"will be presented by orchid expert, Vernon Bloch. He willspeak on the care of orchids and  demonstrate various potting techniques. He will have orchids for sell along with potting supplies and a new fertilizer that he says is a miracle! Guests are always welcome. Call 305-743-4971 for more information or visit

This Link will take you to the Shark Zen

Introducing Shark Zen!

Reef Relief is excited to introduce our new friends at Shark ZenAny purchases made through the following link give Reef Relief 20% of the sale.
Shark Zen helps those that love the ocean style their lives with ocean wildlife. Check out Shark Zen's premium ocean wildlife t-shirts, UV protective performance shirts, art prints, and more.
Here is the Link to the Shark Zen Site


Key West Artisan Market Green & Sustainable Edition January 13

Edited for Space ; Go to their Facebook for additional Information; like all the Vendors and Guest Booths 
Key West Artisan Market: Green & Sustainable edition will be held from January 13 from 10 am to 2 pm at Higgs Beach, 100 Atlantic Blvd. Local artisans include culinary, textile, jewelry, wood, artists & crafters, curiosities, Key West Writers Guild Local Author's Nook,104.9 The X live variety show, beer, wine, Bloody Marys, Mimosas, fresh produce and lots of great food. The focus this week is on best green practices and selecting and buying sustainable products and items made from sustainable sources.
The Key West Artisan Market is a proud supporter of the City of Key West's City of Key West - Preserve Island Life Campaign. This initiative is about promoting the little things we can do to increase our community sustainability and resilience.
Guests are encouraged to go green and ride bikes, take the bus or hop on the trolley which conveniently stops at the Casa Marina. But if you need to drive (to haul away all your goodies), there's ample parking in and around the park and designated ADA spots. Please BYOB&C (bring your own bags and chairs).


Lois Songer sends regards and reminds us that their Two Large Outdoor Events are coming up Early Next Year with more details to follow soon : They are The Annual "Crafts Show" January 26 + 27 and The Annual "Old Island Days Art Festival February 23 + 24. Stay Tuned

 WWW.KEYWESTGALLERY.COM 601  Duval St. 305-292-9339

Adam Scott Rote was back in town a few weeks ago ; and we'll have a few pics of this recent visit.
. To see a sampling of his Past Series / Projects & New Paintings visit The Key West Gallery; and view WWW.KEYWESTGALLERY.COM &

Here is the Link to the Adam Scott Rote Page and then below that ;some of the Art that is Available through The Key West Gallery

Part 2 : Bill Mack and Gary Welton was in town for their Annual New Year's Eve Party and Exhibition. Here are a few Works from them we'll start first with Bill Mack. To see Part 1 go to our Dec 31st. Issue
Of course go to WWW.KEYWESTGALLERY.COM to see many of Bill and Gary's Works ; as well as about 25 Additional Great Artists.

Here are 4 from Bill Mack
"Curly Top" 
"Live It Up Drink It Down" 24 X 18
"Red Valentine"
On Hollywood Sign Metal
The Next Three from Gary Welton

"Northern Lights" Mixed Media on Board 40 X 30
Welton Original Painting on Silk  73 X 52
"Judgement of Paris" Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas  36 X 72
Thanks Guys Great Stuff


 WWW.MARCHOUSE.ORG Plaint Store 1401 Seminary St. 9a-7p
305-296-9556.. They have an amazing wide variety of Plants and Trees.


Steven K. Murray-Smith ; Everyone's Good Friend tells us :
Proudly fly your own Conch Pride Flag.  Locally made of heavy fade-resistant nylon, enjoy this 3' x 5' two sided flag....a symbol of our One Human Family. $99.00 and Shipping available.  
.  To purchase one for additional information email



Part 20 Continues  "Groovy History's"  A Look Back at the 60's & 70's Through Photographs

Pictured here is the legendary slapstick team known as The Three Stooges, out of character, Moe Howard's real name was Moses Horwitz. Larry Fine was born Louis Fienberg, Curly Howard's real name was Jerome Lester Horwitz.
The Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and comedy team between 1928 and 1970. They rose to fame during the Great Depression and are still considered one of the most popular comedy acts of the 20th century. The Great Depression was the darkest time in American history and the Stooges was able to help people crack a smile even though the world was falling deeper into despair. 
Aside from his obvious musical genius, singer Elton John has always been famous for his insanely, over the top wardrobe choices for his performances. Here he is, sometime around 1984 in one of his more gloriously ridiculous ensembles complete with a wildly embellished headpiece.   
In his five-decade career Sir Elton John has sold more than a staggering 300 million records. He has over fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, He is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He's composed film scores and his music has graced the Broadway stage as well as Royal events, including Princes Diana's funeral. 
After having been named an Order of the British Empire in 1996, John was later made a Knight Bachelor by Elizabeth II in 1998 for his services to music and to charitable causes. Believe it or not, this is how little GenX ers watched the solar eclipse of February 26, 1979. They made themselves little robot helmets from boxes or brown paper bags and took a stroll outside to view the eclipse and greet the Martians in style. 
Believe it or not, this is how little GenX ers watched the solar eclipse of February 26, 1979. They made themselves little robot helmets from boxes or brown paper bags and took a stroll outside to view the eclipse and greet the Martians in style. 
Lyra Radford is one of the Principle Writers of this "Groovy History" Feature; You will also find the additional Authors from "Groovy History" in the Link Below.

Lyra spends her days exploring all shades of history. In her writing, she covers topics ranging from the 'groovy' to the downright strange. She enjoys books, movies, and strong coffee. She also fancies herself the world's greatest air hockey player. She learned the ins and outs of writing and producing film/television at Palm Beach State and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She is currently enrolled at Arizona State University studying psychology and writing. Her work has been featured by some of the most prolific sites on the web and she is the author of the travel guide "Two-Days Exploring Haunted Key West".

The Groovy History Link
The Authors from Groovy History Link
Part 21 Next Week (JAN 14th. 2019) More Photos from the 60's and 70'
Martha deePoo
WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM 301 Front St. 305-294-1241 
More of Part 3 of their Winter Members Show
Key West Colorful Harbour by Hugh Johnson  Oil
The Party by Carrie Disrud

The Shell Game by Margo Ellis  Fiber Beads

Curry Mansion by Deborah J. Moore WaterColor
The Jan 14th. Issue will have Part 4 of the Winter Members Exhibition at the Key West Art Center

WWW.KEYWESTGARDENCLUB.COM 1100 Atlantic Blvd. 305-294-3210 

City of Key West Preserve Island Life

Here is also the LINK for their events

January 19:  Super Heroes & Space Wars. Cartoon capers & fright night, Broadway & movie favorites, Beatles & classic rock.  ICE Amphitheater at Founders Park, Islamorada

  For more information, please call Susan Bazin Middle School Band Dir. 305-453-1255 X 57380 follow us on facebook or check out our website at


WWW.KWLS.ORG 305-293-9291  717 Love Lane
Literary Walking Tours 10am & 4:30PM Saturdays

Due to Time and Space Constraints the many events at the 37th. Annual KW Literary Seminar (starting Jan 10th.) had to be edited..Here is a brief summary of this coming week's events..Please go to their Website above and Facebook Page for detailed Info & Additional Scheduled Events :

Last Day of 37th Annual KWLS Presents on Jan 13 2-5:15PM (San Carlos Institute 516 Duval St.) Just one of the events scheduled for that Day : "Under the Influence : Archetype & Adaptation" by Margaret Atwood. She also on Thurs. Jan 10th. Opens the 37th Annual KWLS with the Keynote Address.. Also a few of the VIPs this Week : Pulitzer Prize Winner Novelists Richard Russo and Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Gregory Pardlo , NYT Poetry Editor Kevin Young, & NYT Best Selling Author Madeline Miller.

KWLS also tells us about some of the Literary Events This Week they are Involved In / Helping Promote : Monday Jan. 14th "Friends of the KW Library" Season Opener at Old City Hall 510 Greene St. 6-7PM : Madeline Miller An Evening with the #1 NYT Best selling Author "Circe" and "Songs of Achilles"

Tues. Jan. 16 "Writers on Writing" 5:30-8:30PM Featuring the Teaching Faculty of the KWLS Workshop Series Program at The Helmerich Theater in TSKW 533 Eaton St.

Jan. 16th 7-8PM at Books and Books at TSKW (Corner of Simonton and Eaton)  Richard Russo
Inspired by David A. Kaufelt's original literary walking tour, the leisurely stroll through downtown Key West features the former homes and favorite haunts of some of our most well-known writers, including Tennessee Williams, Shel Silverstein and Elizabeth Bishop, as well as our lesser-known local talent.

Tours begin at the Key West Public Library, 700 Fleming Street (between Elizabeth and William streets), and last approximately 90 minutes. Cost is $30 per person. (Discounted rates available for current teachers, librarians, and students with valid ID.) Click Link for Additional Info :


 From the Key West Business Guild
 808 Duval St. 305-294-4603
WWW.KWBGONLINE.ORG 808 Duval St. 305-294-4603.
Next Mixer Wed. Jan 9 Curry Mansion 5:30-7pm
Next Luncheon Feb 14th. at Marriott Beachside 3841 N. Roos. Blvd.

"KEY WEST DEALS & DISCOUNTS" An Envelope that is put directly in the hands of Visitors to the Gay Key West Visitors Ctr. & Other Locations.  


"Photos of the Week" by Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow

(Top L) Key West Broadway Star's Terri White's wife, Donna Barnett, left, takes a photo during Terri's performance at the opening of the Fringe Theater season at the Little Room Jazz Club. Photo by Pete Arnow.
(Top-R) Classically trained chef John The Pickle Baron displays his preserved pickle wares, which would make our grandmothers proud, at the Key West Artisan's Market. Photo by Pete Arnow.

(Above Left) Keys Garden's Tammy Germain booth featuring microgreen gardens was a big hit at the Artisan's market this past Sunday held at Dog's Park. Photo by Pete Arnow.
(Above Right) Local Key West Artist Jane Tallman displays her hand made jewelry at the Key West Artisan's Market now held at the Dog Park on Atlantic Boulevard. Photo by Pete Arnow.




The Jan. 14th. Issue will have about 14 Jpegs of just a few of their Paintings and Photos from Different Artists / Photographers


281 Front St. 305-295-6616

Here is our NEW Section for the KWAHS Featuring Current & Future Exhibitions.  Our other KWAHS Section is still in place and will Feature in Detail Upcoming Events and that is further down. Of course for Greater Details go to their Website & Facebook Sites.
Here is the LINK to their Exhibition Pages
(Below unless noted at Custom House)

Islands Imagination & Instance Florida Keys Folk Art 7/6-1/9/19 Bryan Gallery
Overseas to the Keys : Flagler's Overseas Railroad Permanent Exhibition
Tennessee Williams Playwright & Painter Perm. Exhib. Inner Vecchie Gallery
Stanley Papio Junkyard Dog. Perm Exhib. Fort East Martello
The Ghosts of East Martello Perm. Exhib. Fort East Martello
Life of the Lighthouse Keepers Perm. Exhib. KW Lighthouse
Depicting Hemingway : Guy Harvey Sketches "The Old Man & the Sea" Perm. Exhibition
Arts & Puns : The Whimsey of Ferron Bell Custom House 12/7-2/10/19

 Key West Art & Historical Society invites public to celebrate the legacy of Tennessee Williams at merger anniversary party
(L) On Friday, January 11 from 5:00pm - 7:30pm, Key West Art & Historical Society invites the public to a special party celebrating the Society's successful merger with the Tennessee Williams Exhibit-now Museum-at 513 Truman Avenue.  Guests can browse the professionally curated and managed collection of memorabilia and artifacts commemorating the great American playwright
while toasting with prosecco and enjoying sweet edible

The public is invited to the Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Ave., from 5:00-7:30pm on Friday, January 11, to celebrate with sweets and bubbly the one-year anniversary of the Tennessee Williams Museum merger with Key West Art & Historical Society. (Photo of Tennessee Williams by Cecil Beaton)

Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes Distinguished Speaker Series Guest Sharony Green, Ph.D., on Thursday, January 10 at the Custom House Museum. (Contributed photo)

Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series guest Sharony Green to present "Space Matters: The Black Bahamian in Key West and Beyond"
On Thursday, January 10, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes Distinguished Speaker Series guest Sharony Green, Ph.D., to the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. Her 6:00pm presentation, "Space Matters: The Black Bahamian in Key West and Beyond," examines how the geography of the Keys and the South helped black Bahamians shape their own destiny.

 The 4 New Exhibitions at The Custom House during the First Half of 2019 Featured in the Other KWAHS SECTIONs in this Issue ( A Few Features Down & Above); along with Info. on The Conch Revival Picnic and Other Events and Exhibitions


I believe the "Look Upwards to the Sky" members Exhibition Just came down. YOU CAN  GO BACK TO THE COMPLETE SERIES OF OUR ON-LINE COMPANION PIECE TO THEIR EXHIBITION TO SEE ALL THE WORK (Shortly Below  Past Blasts) : Go Back 3 Issues to see the First 3 Features on "Look Upwards, To The Sky". THIS ISSUE HAS PART 4


Members' Exhibition

Sanger, XOJ, Project & Lobby Galleries

Here are the Latest Artists in Residency at 607 Ashe St. ( Resident Cottages). Click the E-Mail Link Below for detailed info. on the  Artisans

(L) Lynn Benson from Leawood Kansas Visual Artist , (C) Sonya Chung  from NYC Author, (R) Brenda Zlamany from Brooklyn NY Artist

The January Exhibitions (L-R) "Objects and Images from O" Sanger Gallery, "Glimpses Inside Personal Space" by Rhonda Bristol  XOJ Gallery, "Dual Visions" by Larry Blackburn  Zabor Lobby Gallery (Not Shown Here). Below "Portraits in Oil" by Annie Dillard Zabor Project Gallery
To Read additional Material on the January First Thursday Click this Link

Children's programs, outreach projects, events and exhibitions - it takes the support of our community to offer the kind of programs you've come to rely on. There's never been a better time to join or renew as a member. Find out about membership levels and benefits by visiting or calling 305-296-0458.

Just a few of the many January Classes & Events  
Click this Link Below for additional material from one of their latest E-Mailers

DUE TO TIME CONSTRAINTS THERE ARE A FEW CLASSES THAT HAVE PAST above & below. THE JAN. 14TH ISSUE WILL HAVE UPDATED INFO. as well as additional Info on upcoming events.

Portraitures : Resident Artisan Brenda Zlamany AIR Thur. 1/10 12-4pm, Figure Drawing with Lothar Speer Fri/Sat & Sun. Jan4-6 10a-3p, Mala Making by Karen Moore 1/5 10a-1pm, Painting Boot Camp (Many Times & Dates), Slow Flow Yoga by Cricket Desmarais M/Wed., & Fri, 1/7-3/29, Many Paths to Publishing by Resident Artisan Sonya Chung Mon Jan 7 9:30a-Noon

The January 14th.Issue will have Part 5 of the TSKW Winter Member's Show "Look Upwards to the Sky"

Emily Berg  Emily@TSKW.ORG 305-320-0208


Literary Reading and Book signing
Spencer Wise & Bethany Ball - Emperor of Shoes & What to do About the Solomons
Emily Berg -
B'Nai Zion Synagogue - 750 United St, Key West, FL 33040
Thursday, January 17th
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Spencer Wise and Bethany Ball, two incredible authors will read from and discuss their books, both of which explore the modern day Jewish-American experience. Book signing to follow. This Books and Books event will take place at B'Nai Zion Synagogue - 750 United St, Key West, FL 33040.



Literary Reading and Book signing
Caitlin Kunkel - New Erotica for Feminists
Emily Berg -
Books & Books @ the Studios of Key West - 533 Eaton St, Key West 33040
Saturday, January 19th
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Caitlin Kunkel will read from her book New Erotica for Feminists, a book of satirical, spicy vignettes, chock-full of tongue-in-cheek (yet safer for work than the title implies) smut about women in pop culture, literature, dating, and modern parenting.



Karen Wray
Gallery Curator
Collections Key West
6810 Front St, Key West, FL


 855-378-6386 (855-3-SUNFUN)
Direct Booking from Sunset Watersports Key West on All Above Plus so Many Additional Packages Hit BOOKING INFO .  

Click WOMANKIND Link for the Latest Edition of their very Informative E-Newsletter / Blog


Just a few of the Hundreds of Articles that the Blue Paper Has : Unity of the Keys Enlightenment Series, Southernmost Fatherhood Initiative Program, Medieval Camp Workshop for Kids, International Stars Headline "Impromptu Classical Concert" Series, Writers Invited to Enter Works in Tennessee Williams Poetry & Short Story Contests, Reef Relief to City "Vote Yes to BAN Chemical Sun Screen",  Cumberland Key Doctor Honored for Charity Work, KW Police Chief Brandenburg Takes Oath of Office, Fla. Keys National Wildlife Refuges Photo Club Meeting 12/12, 119th. Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count at National Key Deer Refuge, Cruise Ship Crashes into Mallory Square Dock (Video), & 28th Annual Schooner Wharf Bar Lighted Boat Parade Set to Dazzle. 


Wednesday, January 9, Megan Clay, 5-7pm
Thursday, January 10, Valerie Elam, 5-7pm
Friday, January 11, Michael Robinson, 5-7pm
Saturday, January 12, James King, III, 5-7pm
Sunday, January 13, Jazz In The Gardens! Libby York & Friends, 5-7:30 pm
Thursday, January 17, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm
Friday, January 18, Michael Robinson, 5-7pm
Saturday, January 19, James King, III, 5-7pm
Sunday, January 20Jazz In The Gardens! Terry White & Friends, 5-7:30 pm


The January Exhibition "The Feminine Magique :Women's Work" Group Show


 305-745-2729 24244 OverSeas Hwy. Summerland Key 

 Link for Complete E-Mailer on the Coral

Mote-led initiative will restore resilient corals across 130 acres with grant announced by NFWF, NOAA and partners

Mote Marine Laboratory opens new exhibit at Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is excited to announce the opening of a new offsite exhibit, Coral Reef Exploration, at the Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada. This permanent exhibit features three aquariums, interpretative displays and interactive kiosks, focusing on providing both a beautiful and educational view of the unique coral reef ecosystem of the Florida Keys and the challenges it faces.
On Nov. 30, Mote Marine Laboratory and the Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation, which operates the Discovery Center, hosted an unveiling of the new exhibit to the delight of invited guests. On Dec. 1, the exhibit opened to the public.
CLICK GREEN LINK for the Complete E-Mailer they sent out and the rest of this Feature.
More MOTE Next Week.

SEA TURTLE NESTINGS PLUS ARTIST RENDERING OF THE PROJECTED NEW AQUARIUM ON THE WEST COAST Here is the Link for the Complete E-Mailer that has these two Features and more Click MOTE3
One of the Latest E-Mailers from MOTE is Out and a few of the Features are Below to read the E-Mailer Click MOTE 40

Kevin Cooper Joins MOTE
Longboat Key Turtle Watch
(Top - Left) Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium President & CEO Dr. Michael P. Crosby is pleased to announce that Kevin Cooper has been selected for the new role of Mote Vice President for Communications & Strategic Initiatives (VP-CSI). Mr. Cooper is currently serving as the President of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, and is expected to likely begin his official duties with Mote at some point during the 1st quarter of 2019 following an appropriate transition period at the Chamber. To Read the Entire Feature Click MOTE40

(Top Right) Mote Marine Laboratory staff thanked Longboat Key Turtle Watch (LBKTW) for their generous donation of $9,670 to Mote's sea turtle and education programs during a check presentation on Dec. 7 at Mote on City Island, Sarasota.

Mote staff are exceedingly grateful to LBKTW for nine years of annual donations and for their partnership in conservation of endangered and threatened sea turtles. LBKTW members monitor sea turtle nesting on the Manatee County portion of Longboat Key under the Marine Turtle Permit held by Mote's Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program (STCRP), and they conduct education and outreach. Mote's STCRP has monitored sea turtle nesting and coordinated conservation from Longboat Key south through Venice for 37 years. To Read the  Entire Feature Click MOTE 40

2018 Art Garden
WWW.KEYWEST.GARDEN 5210 College Rd. 305-296-1504
So Much Fun going ALL over their Gardens Looking for the Sculptures; They also provide a Map.  "

WWW.KEYSUNITEDWAY.ORG 305-735-1929  6631 Maloney Ave. #F


Stores All  Over The Keys. In Key West 3326 N. Roosevelt Blvd. 305-295-6400

 5230 College Rd. 305-294-4857
M-F 10a-6p, Sat. 10a-2pm, Sunday Closed 
Go to their Website and Facebook to see what animals are available for adoption. 


The Key West Wildlife Center 1801 White St. 
305-292-1008 (also their Wildlife Rescue #) 

Suzie dePOO

WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM 301 Front St. 305-294-1241 

We Continue with Part 4 of the Winters Member Exhibition in the January 14th. Issue


1401 Seminary Street for Amazing Plants, Flowers, & Tree Stock at Great Prices.


WWW.TWKW.ORG 513 Truman Ave, 
NEW NUMBER 305-204-4527
Dennis Beaver Curator KWAHS@KWAHS.ORG
Special Event on Fri. Jan. 11 at The Tennessee Williams Museum 5-7:30pm


The January 14th, 2019 Issue will have Part 8 : The Artists of Guild Hall

We now Continue with Part 7

The Art of Terssa Willis

Next Week we'll have additional Works from Chuck Hightower and other Guild Hall Artists with Part 8 "Artists of Guild Hall"

Here are the Links for the 2017/ 2018 Guild Hall Season and Many Photos of their Artists Work
Go to the April 16 Link for Part 1 :
April 23 Part 2 April 30 Part 3 
Pt 5 May 14 and Pt 6 The May 21st. Issue


WWW.KWLS.ORG 717 Love Lane 305-293-9291



WWW.THEKEYWESTTHEATER.COM 512 Eaton St. 305-985-0433


(Formerly Called FAVOR)



Important Note : Good Friend Gracy Lozano from Keys Lifestyle Marketing has this awesome Website that gives an Amazing and Extensive Listing of Events in Key West. Click the website below and check it out.
Here are just a few Categories; many way to look Up : Day, Month, Year, Category 305-440-059



Harrison Gallery
WWW.HARRISON-GALLERY.COM 825 White St. 305-294-0609


Nov. 19th. NOV. 19, 2018
 PT. 1 OCT 22, 2018 
 PT. 2 OCT 22, 2018
September 24 :
September 17 :
To see ALL the Issue Links from Jan 1 2018 to May 28, 2018 Go to the Sept 17th Link.
First Issue of the 2018 / 2019 Season Sept 3


The nonprofit USCGC Ingham Museum at the Truman Annex Waterfront Park will be open for sunset each Wednesday at 5 p.m. with bingo onboard after dark. For information, call 305-292-5072 or email 

WWW.KEYWESTORTHOPEDICS.COM 305-295-9797 3485 N. Roosevelt Blvd. 

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends uses WWW.CONSTANTCONTACT.COM for Production, Database Management, and Delivery. They are GREAT. Their Customer Support and On-Line Q&A are Second to None. 781-482-8911
Also Here is my Facebook Page :


712 Duval St. 305-440-2179 11A-11P
 "Best Hush Puppies & New England Clam Chowder in the South; & the Angle Hair Pasta with Lump Crab in a Cream Sauce is amazing; plus their Peel N Eat Shrimp are by far always the tastiest The Keys.  


305-296-6196 1434 Kennedy Dr.


 1100 Simonton St.#3


5210 College Road 

Johnny White & Caroline are always so nice in sharing their Photo Galleries with Us.  Hit their Gallery Link to see many Photo Galleries


Here are the Links to just a few of their hundreds of Photo Galleries
The January 14th. Issue Should have a few of their Galleries



WWW.FKCC.EDU 5901 College Rd. 305-296-9081


WWW.LKMC.COM 5900 College Rd. 305-294-5531




Neil Chamberlain and Staff Send Greetings

WWW.SANCTUARYFRIEDNS.ORG 55500 Overseas Hwy. Marathon 305-289-2288


WWW.CFFK.ORG 305-292-1502
300 Southard St. #201


Michael and Heather Barnes at Manga-Manga send regards
900 Southard Street 305-294-2469


WWW.KEYWESTWILDLIFECENTER.ORG 1801 White St. 305-292-1008 

Thanks Tom, Peggy and Staff / Supporters /Board for the Amazing Job you do in Helping our Wild Friends.


WWW.THEKEYWESTTHEATER.COM 512 Eaton St. 305-985-0433
   Nov. 28th. : Kingston Trio Legacy Tour, Dec 7th. : Paula Poundstone, Dec, 16th. A John Waters Christmas, 2/2/2019 : Beginnings A Tribute to the Music of Chicago.
Kim Gordon's Annual Cabaret Show "Music With Heart" Jan. 18

Jefferson Starship

Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
January 11
Jan 13th Darr Williams


For additional Info on their concerts & events ; Click Link here for their Latest E-Newsletter with Updated Info. Click TWT7

 Havana Nights 1/12

The Sunday Ramble Concert 1/6
The Wailers 1/10

TICKETS ON SALE and can be purchased at the Key West Theater box office at 512 Eaton St or online at

(R) The Smallest Band in Key West Jan. 10 for more info

  For More Info WWW.THEKEYWESTTHEATER.COM 305-985-0433



Their Monthly E-Mailer & Feature on their website "Keys Traveler" has a Tremendous Amount of Information.
"Keys Traveler" E-Newsletter Link ; Here is the Complete January 2019 Issue Link

Click This Month's TDC Featured Video "Experience Adventures Found ONLY in the Keys
Key West Top Ranked Half Marathon January 20

KW & Loser Keys Four Foodie Events in January

Arts & Culture


Diving and Fishing




WWW.REDBARNTHEATRE.COM  305-296-9911 319 Duval Street

Short Attention Span Theatre 1/15-2/9, Tenderly The Rosemary Clooney Musical 2/19-3/16, Meteor Shower 3/23-4/20
WWW.THEATREXP.ORG 302-540-6102

check out this really cool 3 minute video from FRINGE on their 2017 / 2018 Season.. Click Website Link

 WWW.TSKW.ORG 533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458 


 Click LINK1 For more details


"Hampton's Art & Culture" Featuring Greater Information from Below Venues..Of course ; click any of the Links and you'll be at their sites.

GUILD HALL 158 Main St. East Hampton, NY 11937 631-324-0806 WWW.GUILDHALL.ORG
SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CENTER 25 Jobs Ln Southampton, NY, 11968 631-283-0967

PARRISH ART MUSEUM 279 Montauk Hwy. Water Mill, NY, 11976
37A Main Street  East Hampton NY 631-329-4516.  

 Photo & Art Galleries from Lucille Khornak

New Numbers and E-Mail 
Art Gallery : 888-858-1827 
Photographic Studios : 212-593-0933


281 Front St. 305-295-6616

Key West Art & Historical Society's Parent & Me Fort Adventures for children happens every Tuesday and Thursday through May 2019 
Key West Art & Historical Society's popular Parent & Me Fort Adventures education program for children 0-5 and their parents have resumed at Fort East Martello, 3501 South Roosevelt Boulevard, and will take place from 10:00AM to 11:30AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May.
Key West Art & Historical Society Hosts Weekly Drawing Sessions with Annamarie Giordano at Fort East Martello Museum

Select your medium of choice and join acclaimed artist Annamarie Giordano, pictured right, in Life Drawing sessions on Tuesdays at Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. Her three-hour workshops are held in the Museum's "White Room," a place where folk artist Mario Sanchez once created art, accessed through the parade grounds behind the Fort. Classes feature nude models in short and long poses and are open to all levels; sessions are $25 for members and $30 for non-members, paid in class. For more information, contact Director of Education Adele Williams at 305-295-6616 x 115. Some materials will be available on site for purchase if needed.
The Workshop will  be Closed Jan 1. and Resumes Tues. Jan. 8

Save the date: Bahamian culture celebrated in this year's January 22 Conch Revival Picnic at Key West Lighthouse & Keeper's Quarters
The Key West Art & Historical Society and Isle Cook Key West have teamed up to present a picnic-style Bahamian heritage dinner prepared by acclaimed chefs Martha Hubbard and Dave Furman on Wednesday, January 22 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm on the grounds of the Key West Lighthouse & Keeper's Quarters. This year's Conch Revival Picnic celebrates the island's Bahamian culture and complements the Society's "The Bahamas/Key West Connection" exhibit at the Custom House Museum opening Friday, January 18.   

 Key West Art & Historical Society invites public to embark on a virtual journey aboard Flagler's Overseas Railway 
A year after Key West Art & Historical Society unveiled a newly renovated "Overseas to the Keys: Henry Flagler's Overseas Railway" permanent exhibit at the Custom House Museum, its virtual counterpart is now available to researchers, students, historians, history buffs, and Flagler fans all over the world.  The Society's new online exhibit, "Henry Flagler's Overseas Railway Timeline," is a multi-media experience created by Annette Liggett, Brewster Chamberlin, and Society Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D. that details the construction process of the engineering feat that joined mainland Florida to Key West in 1912. Visit to explore the "Eight Wonder of the World," and check back for additional related online features and downloadable curriculum that will be launched over the coming six months. Supported by a grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. Your Museums. Your Community. It Takes an Island. (Image Courtesy KWAHS)

Key West Art & Historical Society presents "Art & Puns: The Whimsy of Ferron Bell" exhibit at Custom House Museum

Key West Art & Historical Society celebrates the legacy of one of the island's most clever visual artists with "Art & Puns: The Whimsy of Ferron Bell" in the Bumpus Gallery of the Custom House Museum located at 281 Front Street.  The exhibit runs through February 10, 2019.  The exhibit spotlights the quirky late artist's trademark visual wit and whimsy, featuring work from private Key West collectors, personal photographs, and newspaper clippings about the unique personality widely known for his off-the-wall and humorous creations.  
A self-taught artist, Thomas Ferron Bell began his career at the age of 16 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, moved to Fire Island Pines, New York when he was 21, later splitting his time and talents between there and Key West, Florida. Bell worked full time as an artist, cultivating his audience and frequently bartering and donating his work to fundraisers in the Key West community.
The Three Other Upcoming Exhibitions at the KWAHS Custom House

Coastal Trade : Bounty-Booty & Boats of the Gulf and Glades from Naples to Key West 2/22-4/30 at Bumpus Gallery
You Don't Know Dick (Matson) : 4/19-7/7 Bryan Gallery
Wish You Were Here : Postcards from Paradise 5/10-8/11 Bumpus Gallery

by Alyson Crean
Photos by Alyson Crean
The first Cemetery Stroll to be offered at the Historic Key West Cemetery this season will take place on Saturday January 26th. 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 Frank Booth. Charles DuPont, William Kerr, Thomas Romer, the Los Martires de Cuba, the Figueredo plot; the Benjamin Albury family restoration, and the USS Maine plot.
The tour will take approximately 90 minutes. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and plan to walk over a mile on uneven ground. Bottled water will be provided. This is an excellent opportunity to learn first-hand about some of the fascinating people who have given Key West its colorful and significant character. Space is limited for the tours and pre-registration is required. A donation of $20 (cash or check) per person to the Historic Florida Keys Foundation is recommended with all proceeds devoted to cemetery restoration.  Participants should enter the cemetery by either the Windsor Street or Frances Street gate and go to the registration table on 2nd Ave..  Additional strolls featuring other gravesites will take place on February 23th and March 23th.
In the photo: City Commissioner Clayton Lopez often services as one of the escorts on the strolls.






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