THE KEYS BLAST FROM ED KRANE AND FRIENDS SUMMER ISSUE 1
THE KEYS BLAST FROM ED KRANE AND FRIENDS
FIRST SPECIAL SUMMER ISSUE #1 2021
JUNE 28, 2021
This issue Contains so Much Art
Hello Everyone ; THIS IS THE FIRST SUMMER EDITION ISSUE #1 of THE 2020 / 2021 SUMMER SEASON HIATUS ISSUES. I'll still Publish about 6 Shorter Summer Issues over the Next 3 Months.
The Summer Issues will have hardly any Event Information or Material from Most of our Regular Contributors. The Summer Issues will Contain A GREATER AMOUNT of ART AND PHOTOGRAPHIC FEATURES.
Special Summer Hiatus Issue#2 will be Out Mid-July. As I have mentioned for many years ; the other Publications that will give you timely important ON-LINE Information : Links to WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM , WWW.KONKLIFE.COM ,
The Mango is not only a fruit best savored under a tropical sun—it’s also a metaphor for the annual bounty of our island, meant to be shared with friends and neighbors. As such it’s the perfect symbol for our summer members’ exhibition, where everyone in our artistic family is invited to submit work. The results never fail to nourish the soul.
1) "ROUND MAGIC MANGO MIRROR" bY NANCY ADAMS 19 X 19 Recycled Tin Cans
2) "LONGING" by ERIC ANFINSON 12 X 16 Oil on Linen Panel
3) "FISH : MOTHER EARTH" by DAN BAR 24.75 X 16.5 Marker on Paper
4) "SAILBOAT SUNSET REFLECTIONS" by PAUL BARRETT 29 X 25 Oil
5) "SKY : SUNSET KEY" by REBECCA BENNETT 48 X 36 Oil on Canvas
6) MANGO SEASON BEGINS" by LYNNE BENTLEY-KEMP 13 X 22 Archival Digital Photograph
7) "THE BANANA CAFE" by KAREN BEAUPRIE 11 X 14 WaterColor
8) "MAN GRITTED" by JILL BENADO 16 X 12 Photograph
MORE OF THE STUDIOS OF KEY WEST 2021 SUMMER MANGO MADNESS UP SHORTLY. Up Next After Part 1 of THE ART GARDEN will be THE ART GUILD OF THE PURPLE ISLE ( UPPER KEYS ARTISANS) 2021 MEMBER'S SUMMER EXHIBITION AND SALE
Key West ART in the GARDEN 2021
Opens at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
Key West, Florida Keys – The Key West Art in the Garden exhibit has opened at the Key West Tropical Forest showcasing 30 large outdoor pieces from local artists. Each piece is crafted from recycled materials and fits into the natural beauty and backdrop of the forest. This special exhibit runs through July 31, 2021. It is funded by the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Tourist Development Council.
Twenty-one artists are featured: Perry Arnold, Markus Baenziger, Bonnie Briscoe-Blacklock, John Boone, Clyde Butcher, Richard Cook ,Tim Marshall Curtis, Bob d’Antonio, Susann d’Antonio, Ben Gatski, Lois Giffen, John Martini, Lauren McAloon, Jim Racchi, Jodell Roberts, Jackie Sanchez, Sandy Sun, Gale Upmal, Chris Welts, Orvelo Wood and Louis Zaslow. Art Garden committee members are: Jackie Sanchez, Susann D’Antonio & Nancy LaRe. Art pieces are for sale direct from the artists.
The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island and is open Daily 10AM – 4PM. For more information please contact 305-296-1504 or www.keywest.garden.
The Garden is publically owned and operated as a passive, natural resource-based public outdoor recreational site.
Thanks Misha for the Heads Up ; I love walking around the Gardens and trails, and hanging by the lake.
Mr. Misha D. McRAE. Executive Director. Key West Botanical Garden Society. (305) 296-1501 ofc. (305) 363-9828 mbl.
(305) 296-2242 fax
1) "SPIRIT OF THE GARDEN" by SUSANN D'ANTONIO
2) "GARDEN GOAT" by ORVELO WOOD
3) "BIRDMAN#6" by JIM RACCHI
4) "VERTICLE" by JACKIE SANCHEZ
5) " BLUE BELLS" by BOB D'ANTONIO
6) "KEY HERON" by TIM MARSHALL CURTIS
MORE "ART GARDEN" 2021 by the KEY WEST TROPICAL FOREST & BOTANICAL GARDEN; UP SHORTLY
Although this Special Summer Edition Issue #1 went out June 28 (2 days after the Exhibition Closed). It's Important to acknowledge The Many Artisans of THE ART GUILD OF THE PURPLE ISLES. Perhaps the Items you are interested in purchasing are still for sale or Perhaps you want to see what other works a Particular Artisan has on Display or in their Possession.
Dailey Grainger, “Billowing”, 20x16, Alcohol Ink
Veronica Alegre Guterriez, “Calmness: from ‘Life is a Beach’ Series”, 20x16, Mixed Media
JUNE 24 (THUR.)-27 (SUN.) D. ARTHUR AND LISA WILSON
JUNE 28 (M) - JULY 5 (M) PETER MAX ARTWORK RETROSPECTIVE
JULY 8 (THUR) -JULY 12 (SUN) LUIS SOTTIL
JULY 22 (THUR) - JULY26 (SUN) ADAM SCOTT ROTE
JULY 29 (THUR) -AUG 2 (MON) JEFF VERMEEREN
AUG 5 (THUR) -AUG 8 (SUN) NAPA VALLEY WITH THOMAS ARVID
AUG 12 (THUR) - AUG 15 (SUN) ADAM SCOTT ROTE
AUG 20 (FRI) - AUG 22(SUN) BILL MACK STUDIO GETAWAY IN EDINA, MN : with DEB MACK AND GARY WELTON
Below are 4 More Artists that Hang Year Round at The Key West Gallery Jeff Vermeeren, Thomas Arvid, Deb Mack, & Gary Welton. In our next Special Edition Summer Issue #2 we'll have Many Additional Artists from KWG ; as well as more works from these Artists in This Summer Special Issue #1. Summer Special Issue #2 will be out Mid-July
9) "PARROTS GARDEN FANTASY" by NICHOLAS BERGERY 34 X 25 Photo Based Drawing / Painting
10) "BAHAMA VILLAGE CUTE LITTLE BOUTIQUES" by MICHELLE BRUNSCHUIG 8 X 10 WaterColor on Panel
11) "UNTITLED" by BREE BUCKLEY 12 X 14 SeaGlass, Glass (SOLD)
12) "RAINING IN THE CEMETERY" by SARAH A CARLETON 36 X20 Print on Aluminum
13) "SLOW DOWN" by JOYCE CARPENTER 6 X 8 Acrylic (Not for Sale)
14) "PRIMAVERA OCTUS" by JUDITH CHACON 11 X 14 Marker & Colored Pencils
MORE 2021 SUMMER MANGO MADNESS ITEMS ARE UP THROUGH OUT THIS ISSUE. THE REMAINING 50 OR SO ITEMS WILL BE IN THE SPECIAL SUMMER EDITION ISSUE#2 OUT MID-JULY
Our Last Isue ; Season ending 2010 / 2021 : May 31, 2021 had these Wyland Artisans Inserted : Wyland, Cheval, Steve Barton, & Jim Warren. Of course go to their website to Hundreds of works on display in Key West ; as well as click my Issue Link to see a few pieces :
This Issue (Walfrido Garcia, Stephen Harlan, James Coleman, Clarita Brinkerhoff & Stephen Muldoon) : The First Special Edition Summer Issue #1 will TEASE these artists; and then in the Next Issue : Second Special Edition Summer Issue #2 will Insert about 6 to 10 Pieces of their Art :
WYLAND : CLOWN FISH (LUCITE)
WALFRIDO GARCIA IN FRONT OF HIS WALL
"THERE'S JUST SOMETHING" by STEPHEN HARLAN
"AFTERNOON SERENITY" by JAMES COLEMAN
GLASSWORKS BY DAVID WIGHT
"OCEAN JEWEL" by STEPHEN MULDOON
Of course Go to the Wyland Website to see the 9 mentioned artists above. Better Yet Go in Person to see the Hundreds of Magnificient Items ( Which also include : Krystiano DaCosta, Oryan, Oscar Zanetti, Barry Stein, Jim Warren, & Wendy Norton & Other Artisans
The Other Season Finale besides our May 31, 2021 Issue is from JOHN "JACK" NORRIS. Since March 2020 he has almost everyday Produced a Brief IMPORTANT VIDEO (somedays a few Featured Videos in ONE DAY). Dr. Norris gave The Keys an amazing amount of Timely and Accurate Covid-19 Material; and DESERVES THE SUMMER OFF. Of Course ;knowing Dr. Norris I'm sure he will CONTINUE to DISSEMINATE INFORMATION. Thanks Dr. Norris for all the BRILLIANT INFORMATION that you and your staff have given us that have saved MANY LIVES; and SO HELPED US ALL WITH ACCURATE TIMELY RESPONSIBLE INFORMATION.
HERE IS THE LAST VIDEO HE DID IN THE 2020 / 2021 SEASON May 26, 2021. I do have his entire 2020 / 2021 Video URL Links since we Published ALL of them.If you go back to the March 15 2021 Issue you will find links to the last 14 Months of Dr. Norris Videos : https://conta.cc/2OQTFKx and here is the May 26, 2021 URL Video Link Below
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 / Mayoral Meetings and Monroe County Meetings. He is one of the LEADING Voices of Reason. Thank You. Please GO TO HIS FACEBOOK PAGE TO SEE HIS LATEST VIDEOS FOR UPDATED COVID-19 INFORMATION
Dr. John "Jack" Norris Receives an Honor from The Conch Nation
For the month of July, SALT Gallery (830 Fleming St., www.saltislandprovisions.com) will feature “Key West Summer,” a collection of works by legendary Key West artist Ann Lorraine. To celebrate, SALT will host an opening reception at the gallery from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, July 2.
Lorraine was raised in Kennett, Mo., and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Memphis Academy of Art. She has lived in Key West since 1974 and is well-known for her award-winning Fantasy Fest costumes and giant animated floats and for her work as window designer for Fast Buck Freddie’s department store on Duval Street for nearly a quarter century.
Lorraine’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited in galleries and shows in Taiwan, Laos, Thailand and the United States. Her first Key West one-woman show was at East Martello Museum in 1975, featuring her art from the Orient. Her last one-woman show was at the Studios of Key West in 2012, “Window Wonderlands & Fantasy Floats – 23 years of legendary floats, windows and exotic creations.” In addition to her visual art, Lorraine has illustrated two books. Her first book of drawings, “An American Artist Looks at Taiwan” was published after living in the Far East for several years.
Despite a career that has already spanned decades, Lorraine is still actively working as an artist in Key West. Her newest exhibit, “Key West Summer,” is a compilation of both never-before-seen works created over the last few years and a handful of pieces from early on in her Key West career.
“My ‘Key West Summer’ art show was inspired by the many things I love about Key West in the summer,” Lorraine said. “It includes some of my favorite drawings and paintings from my private collection, like ‘Woman on White Street,’ one of my first Key West paintings. They join my many paintings completed during last year’s shutdown.”
“Ann Lorraine is a true Key West legend,” said gallery co-owner Laura Richardson. “It’s an absolute honor to show her work at SALT and we are so excited to get her paintings and drawings back into the public eye!”
SALT Gallery features an eclectic collection of local art, local sea salts, jewelry, pottery, wine and Florida Keys honey. Gallery owners Maria Sharpe and Laura Richardson feature a new artist each month at SALT. Lorraine’s work will remain on display until July 29. For more information, call 305-517-6088 or visit www.saltislandprovisions.com.
THE TWO IMAGES BELOW ARE A PAINTING THAT HANGS IN THE FIREHOUSE MUSEUM AND THEN "THE MISFITS FOR THAT DANCE THROUGH LIFE"
WWW.TSKW.ORG for the Past Few Months have been producing a Very Popular Live Broadcast "BETWEEN TWO PALMS" Featuring Many Interesting Performers. Go the Studios Website to see the "BETWEEN TWO PALMS" events Past and Future. We now Continue with the 2021 TSKW SUMMER MEMBER'S MANGO MADNESS
15) "RAVEENA OCTUS : SHOW ME THE LIGHT" by CHERELLE ART 10 X 12 Clay
16)"NOUMENAL WORLD" by CAROL CHRISTINE 20 X 20 Acrylic
17)"COVER STORY" by KALO 12 X 24 Mixed Media
19)"SUNSET SKY" by REBECCA BENNETT 48 X 36 Oil on Canvas
20)"MY MANGOES" by MARY JEAN CONNORS 21 X 17 Oil (Sold)
21) "I'M READY FOR MY CLOSE UP (MR. DEMILLE) 38 X 30.5 Refined WaterColor on Paper
22) "MANGO IN THE CLOUDS" by LARRY BLACKBURN 27 X 21 Photograph
23) "MANGO BEACH" by PRISCILLA COOTE 30 X 40 Oil on Linen
24) "MANTA" BY TIM MARSHAL CURTIS 84 X 120 Fabricated Aluminum
MORE 2021 TSKW MEMBER'S SUMMER MANGO MADNESS EXHIBITION AND SALE JUNE 3- JULY 29; Up Shortly.
The Executive staff that Produces "BETWEEN TWO PALMS" and of course the Daily Operations. With Board President Stephen Kitsakos and Executive Director Jed Dodds
GO TO THE FINAL ISSUE OF THE 2020 / 2021 SEASON MAY 31 , 2021 TO SEE THE "BETWEEN TWO PALMS" with RICHARD KIND.
As Usual with ALL the 'BETWEEN TWO PALMS" ; The Richard Kind Feature was extremely Interesting.
12) "BUTTERFLIES KEY'S STYLE" by GAIL UPMAL
13)"BOB" by JOHN MARTINI
14) "HAPPY FISH" by ZAZART KW : LOUIS ZASLOW
15) "GOT YOUR BACK" by SUSANN & BOB D'ANTONIO
There are 30 Items in the 2021 "ART GARDEN" The Exhibition runs through July 31, 2021 (with many of the Artisans leaving their work UP MUCH LONGER).
We will continue showing the rest of the Items in the NEXT SPECIAL SUMMER ISSUE#2. Of Course you can go to their website , write Misha McCrae an E-Mail for an On-Line Brouchure, and Better Yet Visit in person the KW Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens. This Venue is ONE OF THE MOST SPREAD OUT ENVIRONMENTS in Key West and Stock Island and ALL of the Keys.
"REFLECTIONS" by MARYLENE PRONER 26 X 36 Acrylic on Canvas
"ON THE WAY" by JUDITH ZABAR 22 X 30 Mixed Media on Paper
"SAMMY'S CREEK" by JIM SALEM 22 X 24 Acrylic on Canvas
"CASITA ROSITA by CAROL A BRUNO 8 X 10 Oil on Board
"IN FLIGHT" by CURTIS ERICKSON 30 X 30 Oil on Canvas
MORE FROM THESE ARTISTS ABOVE In the Next Issue : Special Summer Edition Issue #2. Also in the Next Issue : Henry Peter, Frank DePietro, Stanley Zabar, Janis Fitch, Susan Sykes, Mia Tavonatti, Stephen Maffen, & Frederic Palay
ED'S AUTOMOTIVE REVIEW ; This is an EXTREMELY INTERSTING SERIES OF 20+ ENTERTAINING 12 MINUTE VIDEOS with HUNDREDS OF PHOTOS OF CLASSIC CARS. Each Episode tells a Story : A few are ; The History of the Luxury Car, The "FIN" Wars, History of the "MUSCLE Car", The Weird Chrysler Cars of the Early 1960s, Episode #2 "The Origins of the Woody, I believe EPS#6 "The Origin of the Electric Car". The May 31, 2021 https://conta.cc/3uBj9un had an Extensive Feature from Stills I shot from Episode # 16 "THE DISAPEARANCE OF PACKARD" . My Stills do not do justice to the BRILLIANT EDITING and Story Telling / Entertainment that Ed gives in Every Video Episode. Here is the URL Video Link to Episode 16 "THE DISSAPEARANCE OF PACKARD" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY_uVeOTTGA&t=337s
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The Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award, Scotti Merrill Award, and Marianne Russo Award recognize and support writers who possess exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for lasting literary careers.
Each award is tailored to a particular literary form. The Merrill Award recognizes a poet, while fiction writers may apply for either the Johnson Award (for a short story) or the Russo Award (for a novel-in-progress).
Winners of the 2021 and 2022 Emerging Writer Awards will receive full tuition support for our January 2022 Seminar and Writers’ Workshop Program, round-trip airfare, lodging, a $500 honorarium, and the opportunity to appear on stage during the Seminar.
Please review the criteria, complete the application form, and upload the required documents via Submittable. Due to an increased volume of applications and our thorough review process, we have implemented a $12 application fee to cover review costs. Deadline to apply is June 30, 2021.
25) "COUSINS" by SUSANN D'ANTONIO 14.5 X 24.75 Encoustic Monotype
26) "THE LORELEI" by JANE DAWKINS 21 X 25 Mixed Media
27) "THE MANGO BOATS" by FRAN DECKER 30 x 30 Acrylic
28) "YOSHIMI THE MANGO DAKINI" by DEDE DESMOND 15 X23 Paper & Styrofoam
WE CONTINUE WITH THE 2021 MANGO MADNESS FROM WWW.TSKW.ORG ;BUT FIRST A MESSAGE FROM MONROE COUNTY
WWW.MONROECOUNTY-FL.GOV 1100 SIMONTON STREET 305-294-4641 Public Information Officer KRISTEN LIVENGOOD Kristen@Monroecounty-fl.gov
MONROE COUNTY’S KEY WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO SPONSOR FIVE FIREWORK DISPLAYS THROUGHOUT THE FLORIDA KEYS
MONROE COUNTY, FL – The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners approved using Key West International Airport enterprise revenue funds to sponsor Independence Day celebrations and fireworks displays throughout the Florida Keys.
“This is a great opportunity for us to fund five local firework displays,” said Monroe County Mayor Michelle Coldiron. “Coming out of COVID-19, our local rotaries and chambers had difficulties fundraising for firework displays, and this is one way for everyone to enjoy Florida Keys displays and celebrate our independence.”
The enterprise revenue funds are paid for by user fees at the airport and are set aside specifically for promotional activities. The airport has access to promotional funding from prior sponsorships that were not held in 2020 or 2021, like the Naval Air Station Key West air show and the annual Wounded Warrior Ride.
“I am pleased Key West International Airport was able to work with the mayor and the commissioners to bring fireworks to the community,” said Monroe County Director of Airports Richard Strickland.
County-sponsored Independence Day events include:
Since 1976, the Rotary Club of Key West has presented the island’s annual fireworks show. Staged from the Edward B. Knight Pier overlooking the Atlantic Ocean where White Street meets Atlantic Avenue, fireworks begin at 9 p.m. For information, visit keywestrotary.com or contact Christie Martin at 305-304-5181. Monroe County-owned Higgs Beach is a great place to watch the display.
Big Pine Key
The Lower Keys Rotary Club will host Independence Day festivities starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, at Monroe County-owned Big Pine Community Park, mile marker 31. Attractions include vendors, food, beverages, games, family activities, and entertainment. Fireworks will begin at about 9 p.m. Admission is free, but no coolers, pets, or personal fireworks are allowed. Visit facebook.com/LowerKeysRotary or call Heidi Morris at 303-501-0233.
A full day of beachside activities begins at 10:30 a.m. with a patriotic parade with fireworks starting at approximately 9 p.m. hosted by the City of Marathon and the Rotary Club of Marathon. Patriot music can be heard on 104.1 US1 Radio. Visit floridakeysmarathon.com or call 305-743-5417. The firework Monroe County operates the Florida Keys Marathon Airport in Marathon.
The Upper Keys Rotary Club and the Village of Islamorada will co-host the Independence Day Celebration at Founders Park, mile marker 87, from 6 to 10 p.m., Sunday July 4. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at dark. On-site parking will be available for a suggested donation of $10 per vehicle. No coolers or outside food are permitted, but attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. Visit islamoradachamber.com or call 305-664-4503.
The Key Largo Chamber of Commerce will host its annual July 4 parade starting at 10 a.m. Themed “Celebrating Freedom,” the parade will begin at mile marker 98.2 in front of Anthony’s Clothing Store.
At approximately 9:30 p.m., the annual bayfront Blackwater Sound fireworks celebration will be at Monroe County-owned Rowell’s Waterfront Park, mile marker 104.5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Visit web.keylargochamber.org/events or call 305-451-1414 for more details.
Please call me at 305-294-8925 or email me at James@zazooartgallery.com to order your signed animation art today. Best regards, James Curken, Managing Art Consultant, Zazoo Fine Art Gallery, 622 Duval Street. Key West, FL. 33040, Ph. 305.294.8925
A Group of Upper Keys Artists " THE ART GUILD OF THE PURPLE ISLES" WWW.AGPI.US.
92600 Overseas Hwy,Tavernier
18) Mickey Frankel, “Chickadees on Cherry Blossoms”, 14.5x11.5, Watercolor
19) Mary Bonde, “LOL”, 24x21, Oil on Canvas
20) Gisela Llorens, “Over the Cottage”, 12x24, Soft Pastel
21) Maria Perry, “Plein Air- Fla Keys”, 16x20, Acrylic
22) Jean Frey, “Sunny Corner”, 8x10, Pastel
23) David Bader, “mit Gutem Beispiel lehren”, 16x16, Oil
24) Paula Friedman, “Approaching Storm”, 18x20, Oil
HERE ARE A JUST A FEW OF THE SO MANY GREAT MEDIA INFORMATION ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE CITY IN THE PAST MONTH. THE SPECIAL EDITION SUMMER ISSUES WILL CONTINUE WITH A FEW OF THE ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE PAST MONTH. THANKS ALYSON AND THE ENTIRE STAFF AT THE CITY FOR THE EXCELLENT JOB AND KEEPING OUR 7800 WEEKLY READERS INFORMED.
Seventeen Key West High School students this week graduated the Key West Fire Department’s Firefighters Academy. Proud families, members of the Key West Fire Department, and City officials were on hand during the ceremony to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of these students who have invested two years of training for their future careers as first responders.
These students earned certifications in Firefighter I, Emergency Medical Responder, and Hazmat Awareness.
Capt. Jason Barroso, who leads the academy, praised the group for the tenacity it requires to finish the academy, noting that they would do their grueling physical training in the early hours before heading off to a full day of high school.
Interim City Manager Patti McLauchlin thanked the students for their community spirit.
The two-year fire academy trains future firefighters while they’re attending their final two years of high school and provides them, upon completion, the equivalent training of a Certified Firefighter I, which puts them halfway through the training required to become a Key West Firefighter.
The students are: Oybek Abdugafarov, Michael Balbuena, Ja Khai Blake, Jaden Burchfield, Michael Cates, Jacob Clegg, Nectaly Duarte, Justin Haskin, Wyatt Hughes, Alejandro Lopez, Jeremiah Osborne, Curry Sargent, Anginio Valdez, Camren Watson, Jason Yarbrough, Blake Arencibia, and Brent Bishop.
The Key West Fire Department Instructors are: Lt. Angelina Maltese, Lt. Andrew Perez, Lt. Tom Bouchard, Lt. Tim Anson, Lt. John Torres, FF/Paramedic Carlos Barba, FF/Paramedic Jenn Kouri, FF/Paramedic Kory Rodriguez, Capt. Greg Bringle, Capt. Keith Sellers, S.C. Mark Sellers, and Capt. Jason Barroso.
During a recent meeting, the City Commission passed a resolution embracing Key West’s upcoming bicentennial.
March 25, 2022 will mark 200 years since Lt. Commander Matthew C. Perry sailed the schooner USS Shark to Key West and planted the U.S. flag, claiming Key West and the Florida Keys as property of the United States.
For months, a committee of residents has been organizing the 200 Year Celebration of Key West and the Florida Keys with a series of celebrations over upcoming years for several other important bicentennials: The founding of the City of Key West in 1828 and the establishment of the U.S. Navy's presence in the island city in 1823. The Naval base was established in order to stop piracy in the region.
The committee members plan a grand celebration on March 25th of next year, recognizing the contributions, culture and history of Key West, including the earliest indigenous residents and settlers to the island as well as concentrating on the Key’s fishing heritage, baseball, cigar-making, and Key West’s One Human Family philosophy.
Participants can look forward to a Conch picnic, a formal dinner with dignitaries, and a formal ceremony. In addition, there will be walking tours, tours on the sea, a local merchant street festival, a parade, and more.
In the photo: Members of the committee – Paul Menta, Nance Frank and Commissioner Sam Kaufman – celebrated the 200Year Celebration resolution by inviting everyone on stage.
The Key West Police Department is pleased to welcome returning Officer Thomas Clark who was sworn in on Tuesday by Chief Sean Brandenburg.
Officer Clark served the department from 2012 until 2018, when he left to join the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. During his first stint in Key West, Officer Clark earned the Gallantry Award and was named Officer of the Year. He is a native Floridian and a former Marine.
In the photo Below: Key West Police Chief Sean Brandenburg and Officer Thomas Clark.
THIS IS A SPECIAL SUMMER HIATUS ISSUE#1 ; and will contan less Event and Information Materials. The March 15 Issue https://conta.cc/2OQTFKx will have MANY OF THESE FEATURES THAT ARE NOT IN THIS ISSUE.
HERE ARE A FEW LINKS :
Our "CRISIS INFO. CTR." ( which has a Large Amount of Contact Info. and Links pertaining to Covid-19 Material AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS ISSUE ). March 15th.Issue also has the Usual Lead Section with Very Important Contact Info. for "Local Decision Makers & Staffs ". Other Recurring Weekly Features : Dr. John "Jack" Norris & his Medical Info. Videos, Info. From The City of KW & Monroe Co., Mallory Square Improvement Workshops, Zazoo Memorabillia, Links to WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM , WWW.KONKLIFE.COM ,
ALSO FOUND IN THE MARCH 15 AND PRIOR ISSUES LINKS TO :
WWW.KWLS.ORG (Key West Literary Seminar) Presents "Old Town Literary Walking Tours" ( + Registration for the 2022 Literary Series). WWW.KEYSLIBRARY.ORG , Chef Martha Hubbard Virtual Cooking Classes http://islecookkeywest.com/marthahubbard , 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
Here are a few more LINKS and the March 15 Issue has many addition Links and Recurring Featuring https://conta.cc/2OQTFKx
Some of the Recurring Weekly Features are : ALL the Theatres and Art Galleries in Town, Friends of the KW Library and the KW Library, The South Fla. Symphony Orchestra WWW.SOUTHFLORIDASYMPHONY.ORG 954-522-8445 , Key West Business Guild WWW.GAYKEYWESTFL.COM , The Studios of Key West WWW.TSKW.ORG , The Key West Art and Historical Society WWW.KWAHS.ORG , SOS FOUNDATION WWW.SOSFOUNDATION.ORG , Daashia Cochran, a Video Featuring 5 Groundhogs (SO FUNNY: Here is the Video LINK :
2 More Links : MCSO WWW.KEYSSO.NET , College of the Florida Keys WWW.CFK.EDU 305-296-9082 5901 College Rd. In our Issues LINKS to 60+ Art Gallery Websites and Hundreds More Websites from Organizations that have been sending me info. the Last 9 Years
& Additional Eco-Nature-Animal-Wildlfe Features. The April 12 Issue also has our usual weekly section giving you the Past Year of Issue Links Through Constant Contact URL Links https://conta.cc/3sgbwbT
and you Must Check out their 24/7 Webcam; An Amazing Experience..Of course ; going in person is like I Imagine what the Garden of Eden would be Like .
Feel your stress fade away as you enter our magical world of butterflies. Relax and be amazed as you stroll through our tropical paradise. Walk through a magical and inviting environment filled with hundreds of the most beautiful winged creatures in nature. During your breathtaking journey you will experience an impressive collection of flowering plants, colorful birds, cascading waterfalls and trees that set the stage for the "flowers of the sky." Witness a variety of some 50 to 60 butterfly species from around the world, along with over 20 exotic bird species, all under a climate- controlled, glass enclosed habitat.
In The Learning Center, explore the butterfly anatomy, physiology, life cycle, feeding and migratory world of the Monarch. Also get a rare close up view of a variety of live caterpillars feeding and developing on their host plants. Browse through our unique Gift Shop offering a wide assortment of butterfly and nature related items. Wings of Imagination, the Butterfly Gallery, offers original art work by artist Sam Trophia. The acrylic shadow boxes depict the butterfly's beauty preserved and suspended in art form in a spectrum of colors, shapes and sizes - your perfect piece of art from your vacation in Key West!
Walk Among Hundreds of Living Butterflies and Colorful Birds!
The College of the Florida Keys (CFK) received $340, 026 in state funding to renovate its Dive Locker facility. Senator Anna Maria Rodriguez and Representative Jim Mooney personally delivered the funds to CFK President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra during a visit to the Key West Campus on June 21.
The dive facility is used to store, clean, and service equipment used in the College’s Diving, Business, and Technology program. It includes an office, repair room, scuba cylinder and gear storage, a compressor room, and hyperbaric chamber room. The building, which is adjacent to the College’s 40-foot-deep Dive Training Lagoon and pool, is used by students and employees as well as local dive shops, and state and federal agencies that visit CFK to conduct dive-related trainings.
“I am personally thankful, and I know that our students, employees and the community are grateful for these funds,” said Gueverra. “The dive locker is an integral part of many of our programs and to have it fully functional is imperative. I look forward to continuing our efforts working with Representative Mooney and Senator Rodriguez as they bring valuable resources to the county.”
The Custom House, LightHouse Keepers Quarters (on Whitehead St.) , East Fort Martello Tower/Museum, Tennessee Williams Museum on Truman Ave.
The Key West Art & Historical Society WWW.KWAHS.ORG Opened a New Permanent Exhibition at The Custom House "ITINERANT PHOTOGRAPHERS OF THE 1910s / "Under Construction : Glass Plate Negatives of A.V. Rabenau"
“Under Construction: Glass Plate Negatives of A.V. Rabenau” launched with an exhibit opening on April 30. that was open to the public. Social distancing and masks was required in order to adhere to local and CDC guidelines. The exhibition runs until September 2021 and is sponsored by the Helmerich Trust and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. For more information call Cori Convertito, Ph.D., at 305-295-6616 x112, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit kwahs.org/exhibitions. Your Museums. Your Community. It Takes an Island.
IMAGE BELOW : Photograph taken by itinerant photographer A.V. Rabenau of a group of Overseas Railway workers on Pigeon Key in 1910. This image and many others will form part of the Custom House Museum’s upcoming exhibit, “Under Construction: Glass Plate Negatives of A.V. Rabenau” (Photo Credit: Key West Art & Historical Society)
The Key West Botanical Garden Society announces it will honor our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families this summer with free admission. For 11 years the Garden has participated in the Blue Star Museums program, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and museums nationwide.
The Garden will continue to offer the free admission program through Monday, September 6, 2021, Labor Day. This program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance
Rich in biodiversity, the 15-acre garden features two wetland habitats, national and state champion trees, two 1.5-acre butterfly habitats, seasonal flowers, a waterfall wall of tropical plants and two of the last remaining natural freshwater ponds in the Florida Keys. There are 12 self-guided tours which include a Cuban Palm tour and a collection of 9 Cuban Chugs.
The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is located at 5210 College Road, on Stock Island, Key West, Florida. For information about visiting the Garden, please visit www.keywest.garden or call 305.296.1504.
A Little of what Anna Sweet has been up to since moving her retail Galleries out of Key West and headed wth Family to the other Sunshine State. Part 1 in the April 12th Issue & Part 2 in the April 19th Issue . To get on her mailing List and to see Hundreds of Brilliant Photgraphic Offerings : WWW.ANNASWEET.COM
EDITOR'S NOTE : "THANKS BILL AND LINDA FOR ALL THE AMAZING VISUALS THAT YOU SHARED WITH OUR 7800 WEEKLY READERS DURING THE 2020 / 2021 ISSUE SEASON WITH YOUR HUNDREDS OF PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS. LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR START UP FOR MY 2021/ 2022 ISSUE SEASON in September."
Of Course ; just because The Blast went on Summer Hiatus with a few Special Edition Issues over the Summer; doesn't mean Bill and Linda took a Hiatus. If you go to their On-Line Social Sites You will see many great Photographs each day/week.
Check out our online Photo Website at: http://www.KeyWestWanderings.com
"OLD COUNTRY HOUSE" by MARIO SANCHEZ 18.5 X 29 Intaglio
"SUMMERLAND MANGROVES" 40 x 20 Photo on Aluminum
"UNTITLED: MY AUTUMN SERIES by MABEL POBLET 36 x 65 Mixed Media
"GIRAFF AIRPLANE by LISANDRA RAMIREZ Photos and and Plexiglass
OF COURSE ; NANCE PROBABLY HAS ATLEAST 100 ARTISTS THAT HANG YEAR ROUND. Some of the more recent Exhibitions have been Jay Gogin, Mike Rooney, Mario Sanchez, Michael Marrero, WB Thompson, & Priscilla Coote. Next Issue We'll Feature these Artists , as well as additional works from the Above Artisans.
REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR NEXT FEATURE IN THE KEYS BLAST FROM ED KRANE AND FRIENDS....Perhaps we can start the 2021 / 2022 Season with a Feature..Have a Great Summer; and thanks for sharing your Really Awesome work with the Readers... AND PLEASE ; Immediately tell me where your Next Exhibition will be ; even if it's out of the Keys or Just On-Line........Cheers; Ed
Guild Hall 90th Season to feature Salman Rushdie, F. Murray Abraham, ABT, Susan Lucci, Joy Behar, Tony-winners Susan Stroman, Michael Cerveris, Mercedes Ruehl, Bill Irwin, artists Julian Schnabel, Laurie Anderson, Alexis Rockman, Robert Longo & more
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EAST HAMPTON, NY (April) —Historic Hamptons arts institution Guild Hall (158 Main Street, East Hampton, GuildHall.org) is pleased to announce the artists and events for its landmark 90th season which begins end of May and will feature author Salman Rushdie, American Ballet Theatre, actor and director John Slattery, Emmy-winners Susan Lucci & Joy Behar, 5-time Tony-winner Susan Stroman, Oscar/Tony-winner Mercedes Ruehl, Oscar-winner F. Murray Abraham, Tony-winners Michael Cerveris, Joanna Gleason, Bill Irwin & Cherry Jones, poet Cornelius Eady, artists Julian Schnabel and Laurie Anderson, plus exhibitions with new works from acclaimed American artists Alexis Rockman (Shipwrecks; June 12-July 26) and Robert Longo (A House Divided; Aug 7-Oct 17). This fall at the Academy of the Arts Dinner (Nov 8) at Cipriani Midtown, Guild Hall will include a special 90th anniversary-inspired revue.
The first main season event in May will be a virtual poetry performance, Reawakenings, premiering online May 23 at 8pm with Rushdie, Lucci, Abraham, Cerveris, Gleason, Irwin, Jones, Eady, plus Tony-nominees Karen Akers, Tony Roberts & Michael Stuhlbarg, as well as Austin Pendleton, Chris Sarandon, Barbara Feldon & Lynnette R. Freeman. Directed by Paul Hecht, it will feature the cast each performing a favorite poem uniquely/visually paired with a piece of art from Guild Hall’s permanent collection. Additionally, a public work, Full of Noises: a Village Soundwalk has been commissioned in honor of the 90th anniversary, linking the gifts of founder Mary Woodhouse to East Hampton, composed and narrated by sound artist Viv Corringham.
In June, Guild Hall will begin its outdoor Play in the Garden theater series with live performances at 8pm for a limited audience/Lawn Circle seats (to also be livestreamed/made available online). The series will showcase works of Edward Albee, Kurt Vonnegut, Wendy Wasserstein and Tom Wolfe (Albee was Artistic Director of Guild Hall’s theater in the 70s, Vonnegut, Wasserstein & Wolfe were also involved with Guild Hall during their careers & all four are members of Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts). The series will kick off with a Weekend of Wasserstein June 4-5 (a mini-fest of Wendy’s plays, two distinctive evenings filled with smart & shining treats from the voice of one of America’s most beloved playwrights, $100 per Lawn Circle which seats 1-2 people). June 11 will be a staged reading of Happy Birthday, Wanda June by Kurt Vonnegut (his first play which premiered in 1970 and was adapted into a film in 1971; capturing his brilliantly distinct perspective, it’s a darkly humorous, searing examination of the excesses of capitalism, patriotism & American culture in the post-Vietnam War era, $50 per Lawn Circle). The series will continue with Michael Urie and his partner Ryan Spahn starring in Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story July 8-11 ($100 per Lawn Circle), A Night with the Wolfe July 23 celebrating Tom Wolfe, also affectionately known as the Man in the White Suit (the evening will showcase his wit & cultural insights and will include excerpts from his novels, short works, articles & interviews, all told by performers each costumed in Wolfe’s iconic white suit, $100 per Lawn Circle). 5-time Tony-winner and Academy of the Arts member Susan Stroman will direct three unique live theater events Aug 27-29, and Labor Day Weekend Sep 3-4 will be the premiere of new play Crisis in Queens by Academy member Joy Behar ($200 per Lawn Circle). Sep 16-18 will be Temptation and Other Tales: An Evening of One-Acts, written and directed by Lyle Kessler, starring Richard Kind, Raye & Sawyer Spielberg, and Margaret Ladd ($100 per Lawn Circle).
NEXT LUNCHEON JULY 7 NOON at The Marriott Beachside Resort
NEXT BUSINESS MIXER JULY 14 at MANGOES
Kevin at the Guild Writes Together we can continue to celebrate diversity, equality & inclusion through the Key West Business Guild – a not for profit organization dedicated to promoting LGBTQ+ travel to Key West through marketing and the promotion of special events; to support gay-owned, gay-managed, and gay-friendly businesses; to strengthen the Gay community’s position within the local community by supporting relevant LGBTQ+ issues. Attached you will find that we have created a 6-tiered rainbow sponsorship level for your contribution. Your support is more than appreciated.
AS MANY KNOW THAT ONE OF THE MANY PERKS OF BEING A KWBG MEMBER IS THE ABILITY TO HAVE YOUR BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION HAVE A FLYER AD SENT OUT TO ALL THEIR MEMBERS FOR JUST $25. ALSO YOUR AD IS INCLUDED EVERY WEEK IN THEIR EXTENSIVE FRIDAY E-MAIL GIVING YOU ALL THE EVENT INFORMATION. IT IS NO CHARGE EVERY WEEK.
Have a Private Sunday with Friends with the New Private Social Gatherings Available to you and Your Friends at TSKW SUNDAY 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.
The mango is not only a fruit best savored under a tropical sun—it’s also a metaphor for the annual bounty of our island, meant to be shared with friends and neighbors. As such it’s the perfect symbol for our summer members’ exhibition, where everyone in our artistic family is invited to submit work. The results never fail to nourish the soul.
MANGO MADNESS EDITOR'S NOTE : "The Next Special Edition Summer Issue#2 will be Published Mid-July and will contain probably 50 pieces of works in this Mango Madness Summer 2021 Exhibition and Sale"
Brooke, Michael Cosmas Ananciz, Michael Tuckman, Stephen Ananciz, Miranda & Everyone other KWFF Staff Member All send regards. Miranda fills us in on Sunday's at Perry Hotel. 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
Selected Sundays at The Perry Hotel, presented by the Key West Film Festival and Visualize Entertainment.
PS: KWFF 2021 SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN NOW!!!! SUBMIT HERE
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
Editor's Note : Thanks to EVERYONE at The South Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Brilliant Performers that Played FTL and Key West. Have an Outstanding Summer. I do believe when the Summer is Over ; that Live Performances will be close to Normal
HERE IS A TREMENDOUS TREAT ; PLEASE FINISH THE REST OF THIS ISSUE AND THEN COME BACK TO THIS 30 MINUTE FACEBOOK VIDEO OF THE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT THE BANDSHELL IN NORTH MIAMI. Maestra Alfonso, Pres. Lorber, Caroline and the entire Orchestra Encourage you to copy this URL and send to Friends that have Kids ; they will love it.....We're Live! (Now Taped Video to show You) Rhythm Foundation and City of Miami Beach Government Arts in the Park Series Present:
Visitors to the Florida Keys can explore an abundant environment filled with hammocks and rainforest areas or stroll along sandy beaches. But the vast openness of the island chain’s natural environment, where seclusion is intrinsic, also offers “unplugged” opportunities for on-the-water relaxation.
Standup paddling, or paddleboarding, combines mind and body relaxation with healthful exercise and a Keys eco-experience. Paddlers can use the board, ranging in length from 12 to 14 feet, for traversing on a “downwinder” (riding the board backed by tradewinds to cover distance) or as a fishing platform when the winds are nonexistent. And few paddling experiences are more quietly enjoyable than isolated tours through backcountry flats and along the clear, shallow fringes of mangrove forests.
Sponsor a Pet in need today! Your tax deductible monthly donation of $25 will directly benefit the care of the animal you choose to sponsor. To make a difference in the life of a homeless animal, click the link below:
AND NOW SOME EXTREMELY ADORABLE AND VERY FRIENDLY LATEST BATCH OF ADOPTEES FROM THIS ISSUE :: SPECIAL SUMMER ISSUE EDITION #1
Lola is a 1-year-old female American staffordshire terrier mix.
Pooh Bear is a 9-year-old male chihuahua mix.
Timmy is a 11-year-old male domestic shorthair mix.
Tutu is a 4-year-old male domestic medium hair mix.
Dreamcicle is a 4-year-old male domestic shorthair mix.
Leo is a 3-year-old male American rabbit.
The last Issue of the 2020 / 2021 Issue Season was the May 31, 2021 Issue ; it had 6 more additional adoptees. Hit the May 31, 2021 link https://conta.cc/3uBj9un and the First Two you will see is :
Orange is a 1-year-old male domestic shorthair mix
Sassy is a 2-½-year-old female chihuahua mix. Editors Note : The Two Small Dog Pics below are both up for adoption; one of the pics is "Sassy" not sure which one; and once again both are for adoption & One is Called Chico & is a 1-½-year-old male chihuahua mix.
Of Course; if you go to their website and Facebook ; and of course in person there will be dozens of CUTE ADORABLE NEW FRIENDS
Above is Dee Dee Green : The City of Key West's Solid Waste Coordinator. She and staff and friends are so Active in Clean Up Efforts and the Proper Routines of Disposing The Smallest to Large Amounts of Big Ticket Garbage Items. Her Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/dee.green.923
To sign up for an monthly email browse to City website Notify Me and choose, Keep Key West Beautiful.
HAVE AN OUTSTANDING SUMMER; KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK; I SO LOOK FORWARD TO ALL THE EVENTS THAT YOU DO & THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY EVENTS. YOUR TEAMS DO ANAMAZING JOBS; AND I SO ENJOY THE EVENTS. HOPEFULLY THERE WILL BE A POST PANDEMIC FUTURE; AND LOOK FORWARD TO ATTENDING THE MANY EVENTS YOU DO. PS : Keep up the AMAZING WORK TOM HAMBRIGHT ; THANK YOU
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.
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