The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends
December 30, 2019

Schooner "America 2.0"

One of the Many in Sunset WaterSport Fleet "Party Cat" 

Pt. 1 Photos 2019 Schooner Wharf Lighted Boat Parade + NYE The Annual Key West Bight Marina's "Lowering of the Pirate Wench" from Schooner "America 2.0" (More Below) +
Another Annual NYE Tradition & Treat. Sushi Dropping Down from a Giant Stiletto from Bourbon Street Pub on Duval Street 

"Dawn" by Mary Jean Connors  Oil

"Anatomy of Urban Sketching" by Karen Beauprie  WaterColor

Part 1 of our Multi Part - Week feature from TSKW's Winter Member's Exhibition "Behind the Lines"

Our Weekly MCSO Feature (More Below)

From The Collection of Author Reef Perkins

From Anonymous  "Paper Dolls"

The Two New Exhibitions at the KWAHS Custom House is "The Literary History
 of Key West". The Other Exhibition is"Key West Collects"  (More Below in Part 1) Great Job Cori / Michael and the Rest of the Crew. Also in this Issue Many Full Length Features for Many Additional KWAHS Events-Classes & Exhibitions. Plus (This Issue) a few Lines on 3 or 4 Events that will be Covered in Detail Starting January 6th. Issue
Primarily in St. Paul's Church Jan.19-25; but will also be Out and About Visiting / Blessing ( More Below )
The City of KW & MCSO Weekly Features. NYE Traffic Message from The City of KW + Trash Collections for Bus Rides (More Below)

Pt. 1 "Amazing Vintage Photos from the 40's"

Pt. 2 "Most Rare and Powerful Historical Photos" 

Part 1 of a Few Parts / Weeks Starts this Week : "Inventions from 1950-1979"

Join Author Renee Kumar for A Holiday Visit to the village of River Bend.  She has Many Titles Listed with Absolutely Amazing E-Books

Holiday Reading from WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM  ; Hundreds of Titles Covering ALL Interests ; Most ONLY $3.99 / $2.99 (More below)

3/2 Karri Daley's Album Release Party

Feb 4 Joan Osborne

Updated Key West Theater Feature (More in Our Entertainment Section)

Lisa Grubb Exhibition Starts Jan 2 with Reception 5-7pm at Salt Island Provisions Gallery
Only a few More days Left to See the Richard "Dick" Matson Exhibition.  Next Up at Salt Island Provisions Gallery : Lisa Grubb.  Stoned Soup Gallery will have Matson Hanging a Few More Weeks. (More Below from Both Galleries)

Maestra Sebrina Alfonso

The South Florida Symphony Orchestra here in Key West with Violinist Tynkos Bruckner at TWT January 15 (Read All About It)

The Key West Gallery has One of the World's Largest Peter Max Collections and Many Hang Year Round.  See this Exciting Offer : More Below

Part 18 :  
Had Their Annual Classic Automobile Show at Morgan Park in Glen Cove LI NY & Featured Over 750 Cars. Just a Few More issues to Go. 

Pt. 3 Our Tour of the Key West Art Center on Front St. + 60th. Year Gala Celebration on Jan. 15 ( More Below)

"Author Talk" from the Key West Public Library Opens 2020 Season with Author Mark Powell "FireBird : A Novel"  Jan.7. 700 Fleming St. (More Below) Next Week the Jan. 6th Issue will have a complete listing of events at the KW Library.

"Captivating Harmony" 

Traditional Naturalismo  Original Painting  40 X 40
"Celebration of Life" High Relief Naturalism Original  44 X 44
Luis Sottil Opening at Key West Art Gallery  Jan 10-12

Shade Ceramics & Shutter Photography Celebrating 1 Year in January.  Sarah Carleton Presents Pt. 1 of 2 of her Photographics Exhibition with a few Photos of their Production Studio. PLUS 

Mark & Sarah, Melissa at Stone Soup & Helen and Ben at Harrison Gallery ALL Hosted Last Week's "Walk on White" and This Issue has Parts 1 of ALL 3 Galleries Hosting.

Just Arrived ; One of Kind Originals & Copies of Art by Sylvester Stallone at Zazoo Fine Art & Photography (More Below)

"Single Occupancies" at TSKW Sat. Jan 4 & Sunday Jan.5 (More Below)

Fringe Theater Dec 26-31 "Baxter"
Fringe Theater Jan. 8-11 and Jan. 15-18 "Folly"

Richard "Dick" Matson Has TWO Exhibitions at TWO Different Galleries
Our Coverage : Pt. 3 Richard "Dick" Matson Exhibition at Salt Island Provisions Gallery (Just a Few More Days : Before the New January Exhibition with Lisa Grubb) & Part 1 at Stone Soup Gallery (hanging about 4 more weeks until JH Allen's Exhibition in February)

Violinist Blake Pouliot  Season Premiere of the 2020 Impromptu Classical Concerts of Key West at St. Paul's Church January 12 4pm

Alosurgre :A Journey Across Time by
Onajide Shabaka

Dollars & Dancers :Behind the Velvet Curtain by Donna Nadea u

Stillness by Josefina Cavalina

Eddies by Jim Racchi

The Studios of Key West (TSKW)  Four January 2020 Exhibitions for "First Thursday" (More Below)

College of the Florida Keys (Formerly Known as FKCC) Opens the 2020 VIP Lecture Series on Jan. 9 at TWT 7p with Dr. Peggy McDonald Discussing "Florida's Female Pioneers" (More Below)

WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM Every Week we Enjoy Linking their Newspaper with our Magazine. They provide Hundreds of Local Features-Photos & Videos


So Many Exhibitions at the KWAHS : Permanent and Temporary at their 4 Museums  Custom House Museum, Lighthouse & Keepers Quarters, Fort East Martello Museum, and Tennessee Williams Museum.

KWAHS Presents their Next "Distinguished Speaker" on January 7 Flagler Historian and Florida East Coast Railway Expert Seth Bramson.  Plus Many Additional Events-Exhibitions-& Classes from KWAHS given Greater Coverage in This Issue.

Skipper Kripitz and The Many Musicians He Works with Spend Lots of Time Giving Their Time and Talents to the many Non-Profit Groups that Count on these Musicians to Enhance Their Events.  For that Reason; I try to devote Space to Promote Their Commercial Gigs. (This Week's Updated Info. Below in This Issue)

Curator of the Tennessee Williams Museum Dennis Beaver will be Conducting Tours starting in January PLUS TW Writing Contest & Submission for the event. (More Below in one of the KWAHS Sections)

Eric Anfinson Recently had a 2020 Calendar Launch Party / Exhibition at Gingerbread Square Gallery to a Packed House.  March 9 Reception & Start of the Eric Anfinson and Gabriella Fiabane Exhibitions

The TDC (Tourist Development Council) Does an Excellent Job Every Month in Producing an On-Line Supplement to their Outstanding Website; called "Keys Traveler".  As Usually we Feature their Material and Give you ALL the Links

Paradise Big Band Next Gig "Be Cool" January 26 at TWT (Must Attend)

KWBG ( Key West Business Guild ) Next Luncheon FRIDAY Jan 10 at The Beachside Marriott (More in their Weekly Section)

 First place winning entry, the Sugarloaf Shark Cheerleaders

In Our Weekly City of Key West & MCSO Features; Alyson Crean from The City of KW in This Issue Tells Us : Help Needed for Misplaced Group Garbage Collection- Tips for NYE Traffic- & the 2019 Holiday Parade Winners


The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends ; Going out to 8180 Weekly. December 30, 2019.  In This Issue : At the Very End is Our Weekly Listing for the Art Galleries,  NYE at KW Bight Marina Lowering of the Pirates Wench from the Mast of Schooner America 2.0 + Sushi Dropping down on a Stiletto, Pt. 1 TSKW Winter's Members Show "Behind the Lines", Pts. 2 of KWAHS Exhibitions "KW Collects" & The Literary History of KW", Drepung Gomang Monks 1/19-25, City of KW & MCSO Weekly Features, Next Two MCSO Animal Farm Opens 1/12 & 26, Our 4 Photo Features : Sarah Carleton, Pt1."Amazing Photos from the 40's"- Pt. 2 "Most Rare & Powerful Photos"-Pt. 1"Inventions from 1950-1979"

In December 30, 2019 Continued

Salt Island Provision Gallery's Reception Jan. 2 for Lisa Grubb, South Florida Symphony Orchestra's Next Concert 1/15 with Violinist Tynkos Bruckner, Peter Max Special at Key West Gallery + Bill Mack & Gary Welton 12/27-31 + Luis Sottil 1/10-12, Mayor Teri Johnston Guest Speaker at Next KWBG Luncheon Friday 1/10 + Next Business Mixer 1/15 at KWBGS,
Pt. 18 Gold Coast Cruiser's 750 Car Show, WWW.KONKLIFE.COM  , Every Friday Morning Clean-Up "Plogging" with Dee Dee Green & The City of Key West, WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM   , KW Public Library "Author Talk" with Mark Powell "FireBird" 1/7, WWW.FKSPCA.ORG  , College of the Florida Keys starts their 2020 "VIP Series" off with "Female Pioneers" 1/9 with Dr. Peggy McDonald

In Dec 30 Continued

Parts 1 from December's "Walk on White" from Shade Ceramics & Shutter Photography-Stone Soup Gallery-& Harrison Gallery, Zazoo Art & Photographic Gallery presents Sylvester Stallone's Art, TSKW's "Single Occupancies" 1/4 & 5, Eric Anfinson and Gabriella Fiabane 3/9 at GingerBread Square Gallery +  Complete Schedule,  WWW.HOMETOWNKEYWEST.COM  Presents "A Workshop for Winning Campaigns" 1/11,  Coffee Mill Dance Studio's "Young Dance Collective", A Preview of the January Exhibitions at TSKW & KWAHS, Skipper Kripitz and His Musician Friends Helping out The Non Profit Events (List of their Commercial Gigs), WWW.SUNSETWATERSPORTSKEYWEST.COM , Mangia-Mangia & Their Non-Profit Group Dinner Events Giving 30% Back, WWW.DOITKEYWEST.COM & Their Extensive Events Calendars, Pt. 2 The Current Art Exhibition at The Tropic Cinema Art Gallery, Mall on Duval, WWW.KEYWESTORTHOPEDICS.COM, Ralph DePalma & KWT Present "Women of Soul" Dec 29, Next KW Artisan Market Sun. Dec. 29, KW Art Center's 60th. Anniversary Gala Celebration 1/15 + Upcoming Schedule of Events-Fairs-Classes-Exhibitions + Pt. 3 The Local Artisan Works,  Complimentary Docent Tours at the KW Tropical Forest & Botanical Gardens, Key West Theater's Schedule, Fringe Theater "Lillian Baxter" a few More Nights then "Talley's Folley" 1/8-11 & 1/15-18, Bob Bowersox and his XP Theatre "The Classics of Comedy" at TSKW  1/9-11, "Arts & Eats" at TSKW, Cabaret ALL 7 Nights + Sunday "Jazz in the Gardens" at Kate Miano's Gardens Hotel ( Jazz : 12/29 Skipper Kripitz & Friends + 1/5 Peter Diamond & Friends)  THANKS Kate, Jim & Skippo. 

In December 30, 2019 Continued

Wyland Gallery has Stephen Muldoon 12/28-31 + Complete Schedule of Visiting Artists, Preserve Island Life, Instituto San Carlos, Key West Playbills,  Island House Videos,  KW Library starts 2020 "Author Talk" with Mark Powell "Firebird", AnnaMarie Giordano takes 1 more week OFF & then starts Up again Tues. 1/7 "Life Drawing Workshops", Next KWAHS / Custom House "Distinguished Speaker" is Seth Bramson Historian "Henry Flagler's East Coast Railway Company", Last Stand Meeting 1/30 with Special Guest from The National Weather Service Jon Risso, KW Farmers Market on Thurs. & Artisan Market on Sundays, Eco Discover Center Family Saturday Mornings, WWW.KEYWESTBUTTERFLY.COM (The KW Butterfly Conservatory) is a an Amazing Place to visit ( Like being in the Garden of Eden), Fairvilla, Red Barn Theatre "Tiny Beautiful Things" 12/10-1/4, Dr. David Vaughan's WWW.PLANT-A-MILLION-CORALS.COM  : A Truly Deserving Organization (Great Work Doc & Staff), Impromptu Classical Concerts of Key West Kicks Off 2020 Season at St. Paul's 1/12 with Violinist Blake Pouliot, "Woodtastic" Artistry Using Wood (Professional Workshop) for Ages 6-12 at Custom House Mon. Jan 6, Kyla Piscopink's WWW.DANCEKEYWEST.COM , WWW.KWLS.ORG . (NOW) National Organization of Women, "Misha in the Morning" at the Gardens Hotel, "Theme Runs" from Beth Moyes, & More. 

 Thanks for Reading and Have an Outstanding Week & Happy New Year.  Ed. EK10@AOL.COM 954-448-4324


"Outside the Lines" TSKW Annual Winter Member's Exhibition & Sale.  This Show just Closed a few days ago..However as We do every Year; We'll Show ALL the Local Member's Works.

"Sirloin Sumptuary" by Victoria Reynolds Oil on Panel in Printed Frame

"Garden of Eden" by Stanley Zabar  Archival Print on Canvas

"Platypus in a Pear Tree" by Fran Decker.  This Series from Fran is Getting talked about in Town.. It's her Statement about Global Warming and the effects NOW and What's to Come ; If the WORLD's Populations Doesn't Get a Grip on Our Planet's Existence & Ability to Support ALL Living Things. Nice job Fran.

"Look at the Stars" by Gail P. Miller Glass & Resin Collage

"Accompagnato" by Vivien Segal  Antique box & Piano Parts

"Moon Dance at Dusk" by Louis Laferierge  Recycled Plywood & Pine and Metallic Paint 

More of the TSKW Winter's Member Show that has Just Closed down; Of Course we'll show you ALL The Works of Art in Case You Did not have a chance to Visit this annual Great Exhibition.


Sunday January 19-25 

Lucy Paige & Cricket Desmarais Sent Over some GREAT NEWS about One of Our Favorite Annual Events 

Tibetan Monks to Arrive in Key West featuring week-long celebration of culture and Buddhist teachings.
On Sunday, January 19 through Saturday, January 25, 2020, sponsor Tara Mandala Key West meditation group and host St. Paul's Episcopal Church invite the public to help celebrate the "2020 Sacred Arts Tour" at the church's 401 Duval Street location on the corner of Eaton Street. The seven-day Tibetan festival will be led by eight visiting Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery-students of H.H. Dalai Lama- and includes noontime dharma talks, a Tibetan Marketplace,  classes in the Tibetan Arts, varying music and dance demonstrations of Tibetan culture,  a nd morning and afternoon blessings for the monk's week-long creation of a Medicine Buddha sand mandala for world healing, which will conclude with a procession down Simonton Street to the bayside ocean for a closing ceremony. 
The tour aims to spread the message of peace, loving kindness, wisdom, and compassion while sharing their traditional Tibetan arts and culture, and to raise support for their monastery in south India, where their traditions and culture are preserved.  Community and personal arranged blessings by the monks are available.  For more information, visit or email


Part 3 of a Multi Part-Week Feature
  301 Front St. 305-294-1241

"Secret Garden" By Annmarie Andersen  Acrylic

"Let Me In" by Helen Cordon  Acrylic

"Mangroves" by Jane Gilbert  

"Four Chickens" by Fran Decker

"Mother and Child" by Kathy LeTarte  Oil

"Another Blue Heaven" by Deborah J. Moore  Acrylic

Up Shortly More Paintings from the Many Keys Artists at KWAC + Plus the 60th Gala Anniversary Party for KWAHS Jan. 15.

Monroe County Public Library
700 Fleming Street
Key West, FL  33040

Author Talk - Mark Powell

Acclaimed novelist Mark Powell will talk about his new literary thriller, "Firebird," at the Key West Public Library on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 6:00 PM.  This free event is open to the public and books will be available for purchase.  For more information contact the library at 305-292-3595.  The library is located at 700 Fleming St.

Mark Powell has been called the "best Appalachian novelist of his generation" by Ron Rash, and a writer "on the verge of greatness" by Pat Conroy. He is the author of six novels, including "Small Treasons" (Simon & Schuster, 2017), and "The Sheltering" (Story River, 2014). Powell has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Breadloaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences, and in 2014 was a Fulbright Fellow to Slovakia. He holds degrees from Yale Divinity School, the University of South Carolina, and the Citadel. He lives in the mountains of North Carolina where he teaches at Appalachian State University.

MICHAEL NELSON & ALYSON RICH Sent over Materials from the Library for their January Events. The Jan 6th. Issue (and the Issues after 1/6) will have that Material

WWW.SCHOONERWHARF.COM  202 William St. 305-292-3302
2019 Holiday Boat Parade

Leaky Tiki Captain Bob Beighley

The SS Mazel Tov

The Helm Captain Mike Helm

Barefoot Adventures : Captain Joe "The Pirate" Bones

As a Special Treat ; We'll Carry Over the Holiday Season to January 6
When We'll Feature About 20 More Holiday Parade Boats.
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 Florida Keys Council of the Arts: 2020 Members Show "Trees of the Keys"  WWW.KEYSARTS.COM 1110 Simonton St. (Gato Cigar Bld.) 305-295-4369.

 "The Trees of the Keys"
Exhibition Currently Hanging Until Jan 30
We Featured ALL the Works from this Exhibition.  Go to the Entire Issue Links Section  (Further Down) and click the last 4 Issues and You'll see the Works from this show. Better Yet Go in Person to the Gato Bld. 1110 Simonton
Nance Frank just Sent Over a Flyer for the February 1- 15 Exhibition "Havana Shadows" by Michael Harrell. Reception 2/1 6-8pm (More in the Jan. 6th. Issue)

The Last 4 Weeks We had our Extensive Post 2019 KWFF Event Coverage. Here are the Links to the entire Issues they were In.  Dec 2, 2019 Issue and Part 1 of Our 2019 KWFF Post Event Coverage. 
Here is the Link to the Entire Dec. 9, 2019 Issue and Part 2 of Our 2019 KWFF Post Event Coverage
Here is the Link to the Dec 16th Issue and Part 3 of Our 2019 KWFF Post Event Coverage
and Here is the Link to the Dec. 23rd Issue and Part 4 of 4 of Our 2019 KWFF Post Event Coverage

Part 2

Part 3 of "The Most Rare Powerful & Historical" Photos Next Week; UP SHORTLY Part 1 "Amazing Vintage Photos from the 40's" and Pt. 1 "Inventions from 1950 to 1979


We Continue with "Outside the Lines" from TSKW

"Blossom" by Sally Binard  Oil & Gold Leaf on Raw Linen

"Beauty Near & Far" by Michael D. Brunschwig  Acrylic on Wood

"DoorBell" by Jodi Wautlet" Mixed Media, Canvas, & Found Objects

"Sample Of Sunset" by Dan Bar  Acrylic

"Waiting for My Master" by Deborah J. Moore WaterColor

"Protect Our Keys" by Sandra Trupcevic-West  Diptych Mixed Media

More "Behind the Lines" TSKW Member's Winter Exhibition in the January 6th. Issue



(L) The White Violin
(R) "The Bath" : Flapper Girl Series

(L) Bonnie's World
(R) This Side of Eden

Jane Washburn's Next Exhibition is at GingerBread Square Gallery January 27, 2020 (Stay Tuned)

January 13 ; Michael Palmer
1/27 Jane Washburn and Chris Calivas
February 10 Nyla Witmore
2/24 Pam Folsom and Todd Bonita
March 9 Eric Anfinson and Gabriella Fiabane
3/23 Rebecca Bennett, Janet Mueller, & John Whitney


"So, You're Thinking About Running?"
Hometown's Winning Elections Campaign Workshop
(KEY WEST, FL, December 26, 2019) Hometown! -- Key West's and Monroe County's signature resource for candidate and election information is hosting a workshop for those running, considering a run or who are interested in campaign leadership in the 2020 election.
The half-day workshop will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel, 3841 North Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL.
The program begins at 8:45 am and will offer a full schedule of campaign topics, including budget and fundraising tips, messaging, speeches & debates, marketing and election paperwork. 
Speakers will include elected officials from Key West and Monroe County as well as other experienced political and campaign veterans.   
Details concerning the Workshop, including registration and attendance fees ($25 in advance), are available at or email .


WWW.COFFEEMILLDANCE.COM 804 White St. 305-296-9982

Cricket Desmarais Sends us This Info : Thirteen-year-old Ryan Fossum was one of many CoffeeMill Dance Studio students who performed at the studio's first-of-the-season "hiPso facto" during last Thursday's Walk on White.   Fossum shared the solo she will be presenting in early January in Orlando, when the Young Dance Collective attends the esteemed NUVO Dance Competition and Workshop. The monthly event gives audience a glimpse of the work underway at the studio, featuring performances from students, teachers, YDC members, & more


Environmental Center & Headquarters 631 Greene St. 305-294-3100 
( A MUST TO VISIT : Next to the Brewery)
PO Box 430 KW, Fla, 33041
Fax : 305-293-9519


Principle Host of the 2019 KWFF The Tropic Cinema

The Tropic Gallery is Fairly Active with Paintings by Projectionist Raul Marrero and Staff; as well as Guest Artists. 

A Few more Photos from The Tropic Cinema Gallery Up Shortly


Part 18 of Our 750 Classic Car Show from Gold Coast Cruisers Up Next But First 

Dee Dee Green Reminds Us :

Join us every Friday morning at 8:00am as we Plog the Keys. Each week we will clean up a new location. Let us know if there is an area you want us to clean up. Your help makes a huge difference. Hope to see you there! This week meet us at the corner of Duval and Front Street!

Join us every Friday morning at 8:00am as we Plog the Keys. Each week we will clean up a new location. Let us know if there is an area you want us to clean up. Your help makes a huge difference. Hope to see you there! This week meet us at the corner of Duval and Front Street! Click LINK1 for additional Info..

WWW.FKCC.EDU 5901 College Rd.  305-296-9081
The College of the Florida Keys will open its 2020 VIP Series with "Florida's Female Pioneers."  The presentation, led by historian, author, and educator, Dr. Peggy Macdonald, is on Thursday, January 9 at 7 p.m. in the Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West Campus.  In its seventh season, the College's VIP Series invites the community to learn from the Visions, Ideas, and Perspectives of speakers of local, regional, and national prominence.  The 2020 season, sponsored by Centennial Bank, includes presentations that focus on timely and relevant topics.
In her talk, Dr. Macdonald examines some of the women who have shaped the Sunshine State, including: Dr. Esther Hill Hawks, a physician who ran the first racially integrated free school in Florida; Harriet Beecher Stowe, famous for writing  Uncle Tom's Cabin  who kick-started Florida's tourism industry with her 1873 book  Palmetto Leaves ; and May Mann Jennings, a suffragist and conservationist who helped establish Royal Palm State Park, which formed the nucleus of Everglades National Park.
Dr. Macdonald is a public historian and adjunct professor at Stetson University and Indian River State College.  A native Floridian, she gives presentations on Florida women's history with the Florida Humanities Florida Talks program.  Her publications include a biography of environmental activist Marjorie Harris Carr and a forthcoming book on Florida's female pioneers.  Dr. Macdonald has written about local and Florida history and culture for Gainesville Magazine, Our Town Magazine, Senior Times and FORUM Magazine.  She serves on the Alachua County Historical Commission and is an alumna of the University of Florida, where she received a Ph.D. in American History.  Dr. Macdonald served as Executive Director of the Matheson History Museum from 2015 to 2019.
Tickets are $5 at the door.  Admission is free for students at CFK and Monroe County schools. For more information, call CFK at 305-296-9081 or visit

Left: Dr. Peggy Macdonald ; Center: Wildlife photographer Luther Goldman with a diamondback rattlesnake and Marjorie Harris Carr with a blue indigo in 1937; courtesy of Mimi Carr  ; Right: Harriett Beecher Stowe; provided by State Archives of Florida.

Part 18
Pres. Don

More Gold Coast Cruisers 750 Car Exhibition at Morgan Veterans Park in Glen Cove LI NY Up Shortly


WWW.FKSPCA.ORG 5230 College Rd. 305-296-1504

Our December 23rd. Issue had the 2019 "Parade of Paws". Here is the Link to See the Feature

Walk on White 
WWW.HARRISON-GALLERY.COM 825 White St. 305-294-0609
Here's a Feature on Helen & Ben Hosting Last Weeks December "Walk on White" Pt. 1

"Coconut" Bronze  9 X 13 X 7.5

"Bronze Palm" Sculpture

"Your Alacia" Calabash & Onys

(L) "BlackPear"
(R) "Femme Fatal" Palm, Fresh & Salt Water Pearls"

Next Week's Issue will have Part 2 of 2 A Visit to Helen & Ben's Gallery from the December "Walk on White"


December 29, 2019
Join us for an evening at Key West Theater highlighting the women of soul music in Key West!

On March 6th 2014 PBS sponsored a musical celebration the great "foremothers" of American music, billed as "Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House". It was the 52nd musical production and the first featuring an all female line-up including the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and many other stars. The evening paid homage to great female artists and their memorable music.
On December 29th the Key West Women of Soul - Terri White, Michelle Dravis, Victoria Horne, and Mina Lopez-Martin will take the stage and pay equal homage to the great women across our music culture with particular emphasis on Soul. These ladies have selected some wonderful music and will be using their spectacular talents to present a very special performance. Former Broadway star, Terri White has packed huge venues from coast to coast. The amazing voices of Michelle Dravis and Victoria Horne could be heard from coast to coast. The fantastic Mina Lopez-Martin born and raised in Key West, will try not to break any windows in the theater.
It's impossible to do this genre justice in one night but these artists are determined. They will showcase the music of Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, the Staple Sisters, Nina Simone, Jackie Wilson, Prince, Chaka Kahn, with a touch of Etta James and Stevie Wonder. They will be accompanied by the Soul of Key West band, the same group that has performed with Coffee Butler in the past, led by Larry Baeder, Clayton Lopez, Larry Smith, Bubba Lownotes, Dave Langett, and others. Link to Tickets Below

Stone Soup Gallery Up Next but FIRST
Part 1

Pt. 2 Amazing Vintage Photos from the 40's Next Week
WWW.STONESOUPGALLERY.COM    802 White St.  305-296-2080
Part 1 of 2  Melissa Hosts "Walk on White". Current Exhibition Features Richard "Dick" Matson. JH Allen coming in February. 

One of about 20 Richard Matson Works ALL of them in Really Nice Gold Painted Frames . This One ; "Balcony Buttonwood". All Paintings are Acrylic

"Janice and Jim's Place

"Michael's Cottage Window'

"St. Paul's Church at Dusk"

"Brown Shutters on Love lane"

Part 2 of Richard "Dick" Matson's Exhibition & Sale at Stone Soup Gallery in the January 6th Issue; Also Paintings from Deborah H. Moore ( Curator at the Key West Art Gallery)
Year Round Display of "Key West Cottages" Made from Cigar Boxes by Jonathan  Hoenscheidt


533 Eaton Street (Corner Simonton) 305-320-0208
Emily Berg tells us that they will resume with Guest Author's Events in February. Great Job so far with the Many Author Events you had in 2019.  PS ; Your Large Banner in the Exhibition "Literary History of Key West" at The Custom House was Way  Cool.


Maestra Alfonso

5901 College Rd 33040
MASTERWORKS II January 15. 2020 7-9:3:45PM
Borenstein Concerto OP 60
Featuring Violinist Irmira Tynkos Bruckner Symphony #6

Masterworks II is a feat of two powerful, strikingly beautiful and inspiring musical masterpieces! The first highlight of the evening is Anton Bruckner's 
Symphony No. 6, known for its dynamism, astonishing rhythmic invention and subtlety. Also on the program is Nimrod Borenstein's 
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, a glorious display of unique orchestral colors, featuring accomplished violinist Irmina Trynkos. A British-French-Israeli contemporary musician and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, Borenstein is considered a leading composer of his generation, whose music is a "high-compression sound-world in which melodic and rhythmic ideas create a multi-layered frisson of hyper-activity." (BBC Music Magazine). Opening the program is 
Upon An Ocean, a world premiere by American pianist/composer Lisa Nardi.


Principle Host of the 2019 KWFF The Tropic Cinema

We Now Continue with a Few Additional Paintings from the Tropic Cinema Gallery

We Start Part 1 of a Few Parts / Weeks :  Inventions from 1950 - 1979
but First

Part 1
Shade Ceramics and Shutter Photographs from Sarah
Sarah Carleton and Mark Klammer Hosted the December "Walk on White" 

"Morning Pier at Casa Marina"  (ALL Photographic Prints on Aluminum) 36 X 24

"Seized from the Ocean : Fort Zachary State Park" 36 X 27

"Shadow & Strength "Fort Zachery State Park" 36 X 27


Pt 2 of Sarah Carelton's Photographic Exhibition from Shade Ceramics and Shutter Photography Next Week

Now : Part 1 Inventions from 1950- 1979 Up Next Holiday reading from WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM




A Few More Photo from Inventions from 1950 -1979
Up Shortly

Holiday Reading from Shirrel Rhoades & His Staff at

Spend the holidays in "River Bend". Join Author Renee Kumar for a Holiday Visit to the village of River Bend In These Romantic E-Books Many Only $3.99

A Few Additional Titles  for a Christmas Read Up Shortly ; Some $2.99


WWW.DAILYPLAN-IT.COM 305-731-5780 and 
Next : Sunday Dec. 29

Key West Artisan Market: Bring in the New This Sunday
Key West Artisan Market wants to help you 'b'ring in the New at the December 29th show 10 am to 2 pm at  Clarence H. Higgs Memorial Beach, Key West. The artists will be stocked with keys-made items perfect to treat yourself to the gift you always wanted! Plus check out the selection of wine, great snacks for your New Year's Eve festivities and fabulous cuisine worthy of a special dinner celebrating 2020.
Enjoy bloody's, mimosas along with a full bar from  Great Events Catering, coffee, smoothies, natural juices and cut fruit, multiple food trucks and stalls offering eat-here or take-away. Shop a curated outdoor market offering fine crafts, art and jewelry from talented Florida Keys makers. Stock your pantry and fridge with fresh produce, artisan cheeses, local seafood, honey, pickles and so much more. Listen to awesome local musicians including Mary Spear and Less Dudley at 10 a.m. then  Myshell and Brian Fields from noon till close. Catch  The X Key West radio show live,  support our featured charity,  Little Pink Houses of Hope , get a chair massage and meet celebrity authors from the  Key West Writers Guild .
The market is conveniently located close to the  Higgs Beach Dog Park , free  West Martello Tower  botanical gardens,  White Street Pier  and of course, the alluring Atlantic ocean across the street at  Higgs Beach . Open 10 am to 2 pm every other Sunday in season, by locals, for locals.   
Free entry, free parking. Please BYOB (bring your own bags).

"Photos of the Week" from Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow Will Return Next Week

Peter's Photos are also found in WWW.KONKLIFE.COM Publications On-Line and Hard Copy


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

The Key West Art Center and Gallery Celebrates 60!
The Key West Art Center is currently housed in a historic wooden building in the midst of the city's old town waterfront area.  It has been here since 1960 when a group of local artists was joined by several businessmen and persuaded city officials to save the historic building on Front Street which had been condemned.  It was converted into a city sponsored art center.  The building was originally constructed in the 1850s for use as a grocery store and was seriously damaged by fire in 1886.  It was rebuilt as a single story building and the second story added in the early 1900s.  The grocery was owned and managed by the George Babcock family for many years.  In later years the building was the location for the first WPA Art Project under president Roosevelt.
From 1960 on the Key West Art Center and Gallery has had a mission, to provide a year-round sales resource for local artists.  It provides a community gathering place, learning environment and public exhibit space.  The Art Center is focused on safeguarding the heritage of Key West as a city of Artists.  It is the oldest Gallery in Key West and over the years has hung work by hundreds of local artists, many of whom have gone on to become internationally recognized.  Members are all Monroe County residents and include artists from Key Largo to Key West.  Work includes painting in many mediums, sculpture, ceramics, fine jewelry and other fine craft.

The Key West Art Center and Gallery is a non-profit whose role in promoting and developing the artistic talents of the community is priceless.  To celebrate the 60 th Anniversary of the Art Center, there will be a fundraising fiesta on January 15 th , 2020.  The Art Center relies in part on donations to expand its reach and the programs it can offer to the community as well as to maintain its historic home.  The fundraiser will be held at the Center where you can learn more about the building and the history of this important organization.  Delightful hors d'oeuvres will be provided by Small Chef at Large, wine by The Restaurant Store, Live Music by Brian Roberts and there will be a silent auction.   Tickets are $60.00 and available at The Key West Art Center and Gallery as well as on the website  On this important date the Mayor of Key West, Teri Johnston, will be presenting the Center with an official proclamation. ( More details to follow in Next Few Weeks)

I was over to visit with their Curator & Artist Deborah J.Moore ( always a Great Hang)..She tells me about the following other Events & Classes in January :
Jan 10 : Members Meeting 3:30p, Open to Public at 4pm with Special Guest Max Irwin to discuss the New Art Walk
Jan. 14 Board Member Meeting
Karen Beauprie WaterColor Classes 10a-1pm Jan 7, 14, 21 & 28
Gouache with Priscilla Coote Jan. 11 & 18 9:30a-1p.
Jan 25 & 26 The Annual Arts & Crafts Show 10a-5pm
 Lets stay here (KW Art Ctr.) and show you a few More works from Pt. 3 of Our Latest Visit to The Key West Art Center  

(L) "Horse Conch and Aloes" by Yolanda Maloney  Acrylic
(R) "Gone Fishing" by Jane Grannis  Raku

(L) "One Summer" by Marc Caren
(R) The Old Key West Lighthouse by Karen Beauprie

Sculptures are Angel Fish, Pier Pelican, & Stoned Crab  by Craig Gray  Materials : Stone & Recycled Steel

"Hog Snapper Pair" by Mary Blackman  Ceramic

Part 3 of Our Tour of the Many Local Artists at The Key West Art Center in the January 6, 2020 Issue

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Part 2

Next Week Pt. 3 of "The Literary History of Key West"  To See the Part 1 Banners from Last Week : December 23 Issue Link
There are Many Sections in This Issue Devoting Much Space to Upcoming KWAHS Events /Exhibitions / Classes.  Starting Next Week we'll add in 3 Additional Areas (Features) for : The Fourth Annual Conch Revival Picnic at KW Lighthouse & Keepers Quarters Tues. Jan. 21, Crooks Second Line Set To Party Down Duval Street Sunday Jan. 26, & Sanford Birdsey Exhibition : "A Retrospective" 2/21-4/12


This is a Very Cool Collection and is fun to see in Person; Of Course..The Dec 23rd Issue had a few Photos of Cori Convertito Vintage Cruise Line Posters and some other Items from KW Locals.

Next Week Pt. 3 of "Key West Collects"
PLUS FURTHER DOWN IN THIS ISSUE Curator Dennis Beaver of the Tennessee Williams Museum Offering Tours & TW Writing Contest & Submissions ALSO The next Distinguished Speaker Jan. 7 Seth Bramson Historian Specializing in Flagler's Florida East Coast Company. PLUS NEXT WEEK'S ISSUE (Jan. 6) will Have Material about the New KWAHS Board President & Vice President & The Jan. 6th Issue will Feature 3 Additional Events - Exhibitions-Classes (Teased Above)

Native Plants for Sale at the Key West Tropical Forest

Docent Guided Tour Offered at Locals Free Sunday
at the Key West Tropical Forest
January 5th is the first Sunday of the month and is designated as "Locals Free" day at the Key West Tropical Forest, 5210 College Road on Stock Island   "A special docent-guided tour is available this day at 11 a.m. with a $5 donation to the Garden's Programs for Kids at 11 a.m."   
The Garden is open 10am to 4pm.  Members always have free entrance and dogs are always welcome. Visit the Forest to experience the biodiversity of plant and animal life and see how it functions as a sanctuary for an endangered ecosystem.  Bring your lunch and picnic in the Courtyard by the waterfall.  The Forest has free Wi-Fi and is handicapped accessible.
For more information call 305-296-1504 or visit


Zazoo Fine Art Gallery is pleased to announce that we are the only East Coast Gallery  to carry the fine art of Celebrity Artist, Actor, Writer and Director Sylvester Stallone!  We are offering a unique opportunity to own your very own Original or One-Of-A-Kind Mono Print  by Sylvester Stallone. 

' The Champ  '

Monotype 1/1 on Canvas.
Unique print on canvas with hand-painted elements
and hand-signed b y Sylvester Stallone.
Measures approx 41" x 31" gallery wrapped.
Gallery price $18,000.
On display in our gallery today. ©  Sylvester Stallone

' Random Comments '

Original Acrylic on Canvas.
Hand signed by Sylvester Stallone.
Measures approx 36" x 24" gallery wrapped.
Gallery price $75,000.  ©  Sylvester Stallone

' Still Fighting '

Original Acrylic on Canvas.
Hand signed by Sylvester Stallone.
Measures approx 57" x 72" gallery wrapped.
Gallery price $135,000.  ©  Sylvester Stallone

' Scar '

Original Acrylic on Canvas.
Hand signed by Sylvester Stallone.
Measures approx 72" x 60" gallery wrapped.
Gallery price $165,000.  ©  Sylvester Stallone

If you are interested in adding any of these original Sylvester Stallone paintings to your collection,  please call me at 305.294.8925 or email me at .  Best regards, James  Curken,  Managing Art Consultant,  Zazoo Fine Art Gallery,  622 Duval Street,  Key West, FL. 33040,  305.294.8925


305-296-0458 533 Eaton St.

"First Thursday" January 2, 2020 TSKW Presents the Opening of Four January Exhibitions
Here are 4 Exhibition Events Jan. 2, 2020 from The Studios of Key West

Alosugre : A Journey Across Time
Jan 2 , 2020  Reception 6-8P Sanger Gallery
Miami based artist Onajide Shabaka explores ethnobotany, geology and archaeology as they relate to human history, society and culture. Through a combination of abstract, calligraphic works on paper, documentary photographs, sculpture and found objects,  Alosúgbe  traces Shabaka's own family history along with the migrations of people and plants from the rice plantations of the Atlantic colonial slave era to 20 th  century Florida.
This exhibition derives from several years of ongoing research finding connections between colonial sites in the Low Country (Georgia & South Carolina), the Caribbean archipelago and Suriname.
sponsored by Zabar's

Funding for this exhibition

Alosúgbe was originally curated by and presented at Emerson Dorsch Gallery in Miami, where it was funded in part by The Ellies, Miami's visual arts awards, presented by Oolite Arts. Support for  Alosúgbe was also provided in part by Locust Projects through its Wavemaker Grants program, which is part of the Andy Warhol Foundation's Regional Regranting Program. Wavemaker Grants is supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and Wells Fargo. With generous project support from Disapora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (Miami) and ReadyTex Gallery (Paramaribo, Suriname).
Jan 2, 2020 Reception 6-8PM

For over twenty years Donna Nadeau has been photographing and painting backstage scenes, her co-dancers, and the men who paid to see them, in the strip bars and "gentleman's" clubs in which she worked, from Maine to Las Vegas, beginning in 1980. Her intention was to document an extraordinary world-its colorful habitués, front-line gendered power structures, and sometimes harrowing psychologies-from the unheard perspective of the women around whom the entire cavalcade still revolves. With exquisite subtleties of form and palette Nadeau endows her watercolors with the atmospherics of these usually obscured environments, and their physical and social architectures-from drab backrooms to glittering, mirrored stages; destructive relationships, underworld dangers, and the financial pursuit that keeps the industry in tension. The artist's own experiences are embedded in the vignettes she depicts, imbuing them with authenticity, humor, and stirring emotive impact. These paintings and the fascinating stories that inspired them are pointedly relevant to today's cultural discourse, although they have remained largely unseen in the decades since Nadeau began making them-until now.
sponsored by Venter Surf & Sport

Two More Exhibition from TSKW Up Shortly

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Did you know that the Florida Keys SPCA is an independent non-profit organization? We are not affiliated with any national organization (such as the ASPCA) and therefore receive no funding from those organizations.

We rely on your tax-deductible donations to consistently provide high-quality care for the animals at our shelter while they wait for a new home.
Our Clinic provides Spay & Neuter services for the community and soon to offer Wellness Clinics for local pets as well.  For more information contact us at (305) 294-4857 or  We appreciate all your love for our animals and their care!


An Evening Lost with Lillian Baxter

PLUS TALLEY'S FOLLY Jan 8-11 & Jan. 15-18

WWII is drawing to a close. In an abandoned boathouse, a Jewish immigrant woos a southern belle in this beguiling and poignant play about second chances. Winner of both the 1980 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award. Directed by Mathias Maloff. Featuring Lauren Thompson and Ross Pipkin. Limited Seating.

"Mr. Wilson is one of our most gifted playwrights, a dramatist who deals perceptively with definably American themes. TALLEY'S FOLLY is a play to savor and cheer." -NY Times.

"A funny, sweet, touching, and marvelously contrived love poem for an apple from an orange." -NY Post


A young man with obsessive compulsive disorder, an international socialite accused of a crime, and an artist helping her AIDS-stricken friend to end his life. With one foot in traditional opera and the other in musical theater, "Single Occupancies" stretches the genre. Sung in English by nationally renowned opera singers, these contemporary opera theatre monologues are riveting, fresh, and relevant.
Mark Campbell

Painting by Michele Byrne

Mark Campbell, Grammy Award winner and librettist of the Pulitzer-Prize winning opera, "Silent Night," presents a post-performance talk each evening. Mr. Campbell is perhaps the most prolific and well-known librettist of new American opera. Among other topics, he'll share his thoughts on what it's like to write LGBTtQ+ characters for the contemporary opera stage.

Go to the TSKW Website Link Below for Addition Materials on this Martin Hennessey, Marisa Michelson & Stephen Kitsakos Production
Thu-Sat Jan 9-11, 8pm
$45 Preferred, $35 General ($10 discount for members - advanced only)

Johnny Carson and Jack Webb. Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. Monty Python, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, and more! Your favorite Key West creatives celebrate the giants of comedy by recreating their most famous sketches. Join us for a night of belly laughs... punctuated by a few awkward chuckles.

WWW.TSKW.ORG 305-296-0458 533 Eaton St.
To see ALL the Current and Future Exhibitions at TSKW Click Exhibition Link from their Website

The Annual "TSKW Winter's Member Exhibition : Outside the Lines" Dec. 5-26
 Part 1  from "Outside the Lines" in this issue. Then Another 20 Works on 1/6, and another 20 on Jan. 13, & Perhaps More on Jan.20


"First Thursday" January 2, 2020 TSKW Presents the Opening of Four January Exhibitions
Here are the Other Two Exhibitions/Receptions coming in January 2020

STILLNESS by Josefina Cavalina  Zabar Project Gallery
Reception 1/2/2020  Exhibition 1/2-1/30

A new focus, a new body of work, and a new name. New York artist Josefiná Cavaliná presents still life oil paintings featuring ceramics, fruits and vegetables.
Josefiná (aka Joseph Cavalieri) was chosen as a Studios' AiR in 2012, and has returned to teach four glass classes. This is the inaugural exhibition of Josefiná's paintings on canvas. A collection of serene and quiet images painted in his Little Italy studio in Manhattan.
"The subject matter in my paintings is close to my heart. I have worked in ceramics and my father owned a general store in Tarrytown, New York, which specialized in fruit and vegetables. I worked there as a teen."
sponsored by Historic Hideaways
EDDIES BY JIM RACCHI Zabar Lobby Gallery
Reception 1/2/2020 Exhibition 1/2-30

An island mainstay and one of the driving forces behind the dearly missed Sculpture Key West exhibitions, Jim Racchi studied classical stone carving in Florence before settling in the Keys. His welded creations echo that training in their strong lines and impulsive flow. Racchi's latest work is a series of polychrome welded steel sculptures that illustrate the flow of an eddy-a circular current defined by its movement.
sponsored by We*Cycle Bicycles

Hit LINK1 for the E-Mail Campaign on this Series of Events & Complete Schedule

Up Shortly More of
Part 18
Pres. Don


As We do on a Regular Basis : We Feature Some of the Many Performers that Devote Much Time in Playing for the Many Non-Profit Fund Raising Organizations. Leading the Way is Skipper Kripitz and his "Band' of Merry Performers

Fri Jan. 3rd. 5 pm @ SALUTE. Tim Mayer, sax/flute, Chris Burchard gtr., a mystery bassist TBA, & skippo, drums.

Sat. Jan 4th 8pm @ Little Room  Harry Schroeder Horn band concert w/ Jerry Seeco, Mike Emerson, Claire Finley, Les Dudley, skippo 

Sun. Jan . 5th, 9 am @Mata Yoga (Bikram) w/ skippo on Rav Vast tongue drums

Sun. Jan. 5th, 1pm @ Green Parrot Jan Jam w Mark Rose, Mike Emerson & Gary Rivenson, & skippo

Tues. Jan 7th, 9 pm @ Virgilio's w/ the CRZBs
Due to Space Constraints ; the Rest of the Musician's Schedules are at the Very End of this Issue ; Right after the Extensive Listings of Art Galleries


MCSO Animal Farm 5501 College Rd. 305-293-7300

Next Two Opens :  Sunday January 12 & 26 1-3pm

Middle Keys Sgt. Lissette Quintero's squad have been preparing meals and feeding the less fortunate in our community this holiday season!


281 Front St. 305-295-6616

We Now continue with Part 2 "Key West Collects"

More Key West Collects Up Shortly

NOW DENNIS BEAVER CURATOR OF THE TENNESSEE WILLIAMS MUSEUM Starting Curator Tours in January + TW Writing Contests & Submissions.

  Tennessee Williams Museum to offer monthly first Sunday curator tours; free entry for locals
  The Tennessee Williams Museum, located at 513 Truman Avenue, will offer a series of tours led by Museum Curator Dennis Beaver starting Sunday, January 5 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm. The January tour will focus on the premiere of "The Rose Tattoo," William's classic film based on his Tony Award-winning Broadway play of the same name and which debuted at the San Carlos Institute on January 19, 1956.
"Williams wrote both the play and the screenplay and oversaw the making of the film in Key West while living at his home on Duncan Street in the early 1950s," says Beaver. "He said he could write anywhere but he could write best in Key West."   The award-winning museum is already a destination for Tennessee Williams enthusiasts and scholars, with  a n impressive collection of Williams' memorabilia and literary artifacts that help keep alive the importance of his legacy and the impact of the literary icon who  made Key West his home from 1949 until his death in 1983. 

Displays include artist Jane Rohrschneider-Carper's model of the playwright's Duncan Street home, first edition plays and books, images from the late local photographer Don Pinder, and a new collection of photographs featuring Williams and celebrities of his era, many of whom were featured in his film and theater productions. 
"We especially hope to raise awareness in our local community of the many contributions made by this literary giant to the city of Key West and Monroe County," says Beaver. "His choice of having a home in our city on Duncan Street for thirty-four years helped to make Key West the cultural and literary destination it is today." 
Key West Art & Historical Society honors locals the first Sunday of every month with free admission to the museum and three other properties under its stewardship-the Custom House Museum, Key West Lighthouse & Keeper's Quarters, and Fort East Martello Museum. A merger with the Society in 2017 supports the exhibit and a continuing full roster of writing and painting contests, film forums, and the annual Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration every March.  Subsequent Tennessee Williams Museum curator tours will be Sunday, February 2 and Sunday, March 1, both from 2:00pm - 3:00pm .
The Tennessee Williams Museum on 513 Truman Avenue is open daily for self-guided tours 9:30am-4:30pm daily. Formore information, contact Key West Art & Historical Society at 305-295-6616 or visit  WWW.KWAHS.ORG .  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It Takes an Island.
PLUS Tennessee Williams Writing Contests & Submission

Additionally, Key West Art & Historical Society invites poets and writers to submit original works for the 2020 Poetry and Short Story writing contests - components of the annual Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration held each March in honor of the great American writer. All poems and stories must reference "The Women of Tennessee Williams," which can be loosely interpreted. Cost is $20 per submission and is limited to one poem and/or one short story per person. The first-place winner will be awarded $200 and the second-place winner $100 for each contest. Submissions will be accepted through March 8, 2020. For full contest information, guidelines, and a submission link visit  KWAHS.ORG and click on 'tickets.'
We Now Continue with Part 1 of Probably 3 or 4 Of



We Continue Next Week in the Jan 6th Issue with Part 2 "Inventions from 1950- 1979


 830 Fleming St. 305-517-6088

Current Exhibition Richard "Dick" Matson

(Top) Glory's Shadow"
(Bottom) "Behind the Viridian Door"

"Jakob's Door"

"By Dawn's Early Light"

"The Bathroom Window"

"Bali Temple Gate Door"
Colorful New York artist Lisa Grubb shows at SALT Jan 2 Reception 5-7PM
            After a few years away from the island, former Key West resident artist Lisa Grubb will make her triumphant return to the Key West gallery scene this month. For the month of January, SALT Gallery (830 Fleming St.) will feature a new collection of Grubb's vivid paintings. To celebrate Grubb's return to Key West on the heels of a successful career in New York, SALT will be hosting an opening reception at the gallery from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2.
             Grubb moved to Key West after spotting the island on a map one day in the local library. "It was so far away from any mainland, I was drawn to go there," she explains. "I moved to Key West after college and fell in love with the tropical environment. I felt like I had found paradise. Most everyone rode bicycles, the retail stores only went about half way up Duval Street and there were no 'chain' stores, only small boutiques. It was a combination of fisherman, hippies, artists living a very relaxed, bohemian lifestyle which suited me very well! I fell in love with it instantly."
            Grubb started her artistic career in Key West by painting on T-shirts and selling her designs at Mallory Square. After painting and living on the island for a number of years, she moved back to New York City. "I always love visiting Key West!" she says. "It holds a special place in my heart!"
            Grubb, who is self-taught, is a pop artist with a very distinctive style. She's known for her irresistible characters and vibrant colors. Her paintings are bursting with energy, as if they just jumped out of some fantastic place to brighten our lives. The artist's sun-ripened palette features tangerine, turquoise, crimson, royal blue, yellow and spring green in offbeat color combinations. With elements of pop art and naïve art, Grubb's work combines playfulness and sophisticated humor.

            Grubb is the creator of Happy Dog and has written and illustrated two children's books, "Happy Dog!" and "Happy Dog Sizzles!" both published by Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Putnam. "I've always loved all animals and creatures, but dogs are especially close to my heart," she says. "In the early '80s, when I lived in Key West, there used to be a pack of dogs that traveled and slept around town together. Whenever I saw them, I would always say, 'Hey, hello Happy Dogs,' it was then that I started painting a big, blue dog and called it 'Happy Dog.'"
            Grubb's paintings have been shown in numerous galleries from New York's Soho, the Hamptons, Key West, Cape Cod and Germany. Grubb's customers are worldide. Many of her paintings have found homes in Europe, Japan, Australia, Canada and beyond.  You can view Grubb's work year-round at The Happy Dog Gallery in Piermont, NY which is located on the Hudson River about 30 miles north of New York City.
            You can also see Lisa's work on the 3-ton slabs of the Berlin Wall. She was honored to be asked to paint two slabs of the wall and bring color, energy and positivity to that canvas. They were transported from the warehouse where she painted them to Checkpoint Charlie, where they stood for several years for visitors from around the world to view.
"My paintings are big, colorful, vibrant and they make people feel good when they look at them," Grubb says. "They are fun images executed with fine art quality. As you look closer, you discover the detail that makes up all the abstract patterns of design which enhances the subject matter. I like watching people's expressions as they look at my art. Their eyes widen and they begin to smile - and that makes me feel good inside."
            "We are so delighted to have the effervescent Lisa Grubb back in Key West and especially at SALT!" says gallery owner Laura Richardson. "Her paintings are colorful, fun and alive. You can't help but smile when you look at her work, and that's exactly how we want to kick off the new year - with joy and brightness. We can't wait to share that joy with the rest of Key West."
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. Grubb's work will remain on display until Jan. 31. For more information, call 305-517-6088 or visit .


United & White St.
This weekly Feature is Written by Alyson Crean; and ALL Photographs are from Alyson

Why stress about parking and traffic to celebrate New Year's Eve this year when you can ride the shuttle? Let Key West Transit's Safe Ride do the driving! The shuttle begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 31st and runs continuously until 1:45 a.m. Fare is just $2 per trip on the local route and $4 per trip for the Lower Keys Shuttle. The Safe Ride shuttles cover Key West and Stock Island, as well as the Lower Keys Shuttle between Marathon and Key West. The downtown drop-off and pickup point is Fausto's on Fleming Street, right in the heart of the action.  Be sure to plan ahead, as the last City bus shuttle pickup is at 1:45 a.m. and the final Lower Keys shuttle departs Key West at 1:45 a.m. as well.
Buses will not provide service west of Simonton Street after 11 a.m. on Tuesday, except for the Duval Loop. After 5 p.m., all service will be from Fausto's.  There will be no bus service on New Year's Day. Normal schedules will resume on Thursday, January 2.nd.Additional details are available on the city's web site at and
Plogging the Keys is a Keep Key West Beautiful program funded through the City's Utility Department. Every Friday morning volunteers meet our Solid Waste Coordinator Dee Dee Green at different locations from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. and help clean up that area by picking up litter and targeting cigarette butts for a special recycling program.  Some upcoming dates include: December 20th: 3228 Flagler (at the Dion's) 8 a.m.. December 27th: Duval Street at corner of Front and Duval 8 a.m.. January 3rd: White Street Pier 8 a.m.. January 10th: Eaton Street, in front of Restaurant Store 8 a.m.
For more information browse to the Plogging the Keys Facebook page or contact Dee Dee Green at 305-809-3776/
In Above photo: The Key West Parrothead Club helping clean up Key West!
First place went to the Sugarloaf Shark Cheerleading Team. Second place goes to the We're Not all There Society. The Monroe County Tax Collector came in third and the Key West High School Marching Band earned Honorable Mention.
The City of Key West wants to thank the community for this amazing effort. In addition to the hundreds of people who volunteered their time to participate, City officials particularly want to thank Joe Mather, Nancy D'Amato and Lenny Whitley for their tireless and continuous help each year.  Gratitude also to the city employees who volunteered their time to make this another memorable parade.
In the photo: First place winning entry, the Sugarloaf Shark Cheerleaders


Curator : Karen Wray
This Exhibition Below will be on for a few More Weeks; go to Dec. 16 to see More details and a few of the Works.

Collections, Key West Gallery (Stock Island)
Show runs parallel to I Love Stock Island Festival
Collections Gallery will be filled with Pamela's jewelry, Olga's jackets, Margo's quilts & Wilfredo's Women!
Joel Guzman is a young emerging Artist who lives in Havana, Cuba. His use of Cuban Cigar leaves, Black Chinese Ink and Antique Buttons, create his finely detailed version of dream-like scenes and stories that represent his vision of day-to-day life and culture in Cuba.
Maikel Mesa Fría is a young imaginative Artist who lives in Havana, Cuba. Fría uses bright colors to paint picturesque Cuban landscapes inside of objects that are typical to the Cuban culture, such as cooking pots, watering cans and fruits. These dream like scenes bring the images of the Cuban countryside to life.
    We'll have fresh shows monthly that will run in conjunction with the Stock Island Design District's 2nd Saturday art stroll.

Here is another Great Holiday Read From

Monroe County Public Library
700 Fleming Street
Key West, FL  33040

We Continue with 
Part 18
Pres. Don
Part 18: WWW.GOLDCOATCRUISERS.ORG  Glen Cove LI NY Gold Coast Cruiser Show with 750 Cars 

Next Week : Part 19 Classic Cars from the 750 Car Exhibition at Morgan Park in Glen Cove LI NY held during 2019 Summer.

1100 Atlantic Blvd.  305-294-3210, 914-393-2358


AnnaMarie Giordano's Life Drawing Workshop is on Break for a Few Weeks
 11 am-2 pm at the Fort East Martello near the airport. $25 for 3 hours. All mediums and levels are welcome. Materials can be purchased in class if needed. Drive past the main entrance and keep right to the back of the forts grass parking lot. Any ??? 609-884-3474 . The next class is on Jan 7th, 2020. Happy Holidays!


281 Front St. 305-295-6616

 Here is the Exhibition Page in the KWAHS Website that will give you Detailed Extensive Information on ALL the Current & Year Round Exhibitions 
Upcoming Exhibitions
The 4 Listed Right Now
"Literary History of Key West" Nov. 1-Feb 9, 2020
"Key West Collects : Our Community Treasures" Nov. 22 - Jan. 5, 2020
"From a Woman's Hand" Jan. 17- March 22
"Sanford Birdsey A Retrospective" Feb. 21 - April 22, 2020

More from KWAHS Up Shortly
Here are a few More Photos from "Key West Collects"

Here are Two more Vintage Cruise Line Posters Owned by KWAHS Curator Cori Convertito

The next Distinguished Speaker Jan. 7 Seth Bramson Historian Specializing in Flagler's Florida East Coast Company 

Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series guest and Florida East Coast Company Historian Seth H. Bramson to share insights on the legendary railway
On Thursday, January 9,  Key West Art & Historical Society invites the public to a presentation by Distinguished  Speaker Series guest  Seth H. Bramson at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. His 6:00pm presentation , "The Florida East Coast Railway: For 125 Years America's Speedway to Sunshine,"  promises to be  "the greatest railroad story ever told" as Bramson regales listeners with the railway's history, the life of founder and builder Henry M. Flagler, and the story of the Key West Extension.
Bramson, who is the Florida East Coast Railway Company Historian, Barry University Adjunct Professor of History and Historian in Residence, and Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Adjunct Professor of History, is considered America's foremost authority on the history of transportation to, from, and within Florida.  He has the largest collection of the Florida East Coast Railway and Florida transportation memorabilia in the world (larger than the state museum's collection and the Flagler Museum's collection), and maintains the railroad's historic archive.

He is the author of more than three hundred articles, has appeared on A & E, Discovery Channel, Fox FX, The Collectibles Show, History Channel, Florida Public Broadcasting, the Learning Channel and Turner South Network, and  has written more books on, about, and dealing with the history of the Sunshine State than anyone else in history, with five of his thirty-five books dealing directly with the Florida East Coast Railway.  His book, "Speedway to Sunshine: The Story of The Florida East Coast Railway," will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation. 
Distinguished Speaker Series presentation tickets are $5 for KWAHS members, $10 for non-members, and are available at, click 'tickets." Early ticket purchase is recommended.  Sponsored by the Helmerich Trust, Southernmost Beach Resort, and the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. For more information, contact  Kassandra Collett at 305-295-6616 x 114 .  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.
Up in a Few Features : KWAHS has "Woodtastic" Workshop for children Ages 6-12 Jan. 6


Annual Meeting Thursday January 30th, 6pm at Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
The 2020 Annual Meeting will feature Jon Rizzo of the National Weather Service. His talk will review the 2019 storm season and give us better insights to hurricane forecasting. We will also wrap up the 2019 year with a review of Last Stand activities and election of new board members.

 WWW.MANGIA-MANGIA.COM 900 Southard Street 305-294-2469
MANGIA MANGIA's Season of Helping Out the Deserving Non Profits with their Dinner Plans. Heather and  Michael send Regards and tells us :
Yes, we have already started our events for non-profits and giving 30% off to localsEditor's note : A Great Way to Give Your Organization Some Funds with a Peaceful / Relaxing Group Dinner for Friends, Family and Associates ; and as We ALL Know ; Excellent Food..Sit in their Backyard or enjoy Dinner in their Spacious Dinning Room.  ( More Below)









Stephen Muldoon Dec 28-31 Fri./Sat Noon-3pm & 7-10p Sun 11a-4pm
Steve Harlan Jan. 9-12P  Thur. 6-10p, ALL Other Times Noon to Close
Oryan : Jan 23-26 Thur. 6-10p, ALL Other Times Noon to Close
Steve Barton Feb 6-10
Michael Cheval Feb. 13-16
David Wight "Big Wave Dave" Feb 20-23


Email to become a vendor or register here ==>
Keep up the Great Job Jill and Sean. Next December  29

And Every Thursday at The Truman Waterfront Park is Key West Farmers Market 10am-2:30pm

WWW.KEYWESTBUTTERFLY.COM 305-296-2988  1316 Duval St.
A Major Sponsor of the KWFF..In the  Next Few weeks we'll do a Tour


Ever Saturday Morning 10am is Discovery Saturdays for the entire Family

33 East Quay Rd. 305-809-4750


Hosted the 2019 Key West Film Fest



The Key West Gallery

Friday, December 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM EST
Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 12:00 AM EST

Welcome and meet renowned artists Bill Mack and Gary Welton December 27- 29 RSVP requested New original artwork and limited editions available for purchase. Click title to RSVP today /305- 292-9339/
Key West Gallery
Bill Mack
Gary Welton

Meet Artist Luis Sottil
Friday, January 10- Sunday, January 12, 2020
Sottil created the internationally renowned process of painting that he named Naturalismo. RSVP 305-292-9339 or

"Capturing History"  Traditional Naturalismo Original Painting  40 X 40

"Celebration of Life"  High Relief Naturalismo Original Painting  44 X 44

Thanks Key West Gallery for bringing into Key West Amazingly Talented Artists. What a Treat Visiting Your Gallery


524 Front St. 305-292-0448


3428 N. Roosevelt Ave.

5525 College Rd. 305-296-2424

Please take a look at this 2.5 Minute Video of Our Sheriff; Hit SHERIFF Link. Next Issue : More Great Deeds that Sheriff Ramsay and the MCSO Troops Perform.


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

First Play of the 2019 / 2020 Season

Dec 10, 2019 - Jan 4, 2020

Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed. Adapted by Nia Vardalos.

Directed By: Joy Hawkins

A struggling writer takes over as an online advice columnist who admits she doesn't have all the answers but mines her own mistakes to empathically respond to dilemmas that are at the heart of being human. The play was based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed of "Wild" fame (a book and movie starring Reese Witherspoon) and was originally directed by Thomas Kail, the director of Hamilton. Tiny Beautiful Things is a luminous play about reaching when you're stuck, healing when you're broken and finding the courage and humor to take on the questions which sometimes have no answers.


5901 College Rd. 305-296-9081


Environmental Center & Headquarters 631 Greene St. 305-294-3100 
( A MUST TO VISIT : Next to the Brewery)
PO Box 430 KW, Fla, 33041
Fax : 305-293-9519




Here is another Truly Deserving Organization to Help
Direct Donate Link Below
24215 Carribean Dr. W., SummerLand Key, Fl. 33042.  Keep up the Outstanding Work Dr. David Vaughan and Staff.


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 January 16, 2020 :  Vocalists Barbara Staffen, John Baird, and Dean Warden perform Monteverdi, Schubert, Copeland and Weill. February 20, 2020 : Four-hand piano pieces by Dvořak, Chaminade, and Jongen with Ann McFarland and Tim Peterson. March 19, 2020 : An evening of Strings with Irie Monte, Pavla Houdkova and Mark Simcox performing Beethoven and Mozart accompanied by Tim Peterson. April 16, 2020 :  Enjoy 
Dvořak performed by Irie Monte, Pavla Houdkova, and Mark Simcox accompanied by Ann McFarland plus Bach sung by John Baird accompanied by Tim Peterson and Donna DeForrest


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

Violinist Blake Pouliot  Season Premiere of the 2020 Impromptu Classical Concerts of Key West at St. Paul's Church January 12 4pm


This Excellent On-Line Newspaper / Magazine has Hundreds of Local News Features-Photos-Videos and Fantastic Investigative Reporting.  Go to their Above Website to see ALL The Updated Features.

WWW.MANGIA-MANGIA.COM 900 Southard Street 305-294-2469

MANGIA MANGIA's Season of Helping Out the Deserving Non Profits with their Dinner Plans. Heather and Michael send Regards and tells us :
"Yes, we have already started our events for non-profits and giving 30% off to locals.  Editor's note : A Great Way to Give Your Organization Some Funds with a Peaceful / Relaxing Group Dinner for Friends, Family and Associates ; and as We ALL Know ; Excellent Food..Sit in their Backyard or enjoy Dinner in their Spacious Dinning Room."  ( More Below)

Mark Yeoman Art Work in the Main Dinning Room

Here is the Menu Link 



Thank you for helping us support Monroe County students! 
or Mail check to United Way PO Box 2143 KW 33045

WWW.FKSPCA.ORG 5230 College Rd. 305-296-1504


Click any of the Orange Links to be Taken to the Different Areas on their Website
Key West Sunset Dinner Cruise. Dine in A/C Large Main Cabin. View Famous KW Sunset from Upper Deck. On-Line Special "Dinner Cruise" Not $69 ONLY $59. Adults $59, Children 12 & Under $39.95, & Children 5 & Younger FREE. Includes Tropical Food Buffet with Upper Deck Free Margaritas, Rum Runners, Well Mixed Drinks (Premium Mixed Drinks Extra Cash Bar). Also FREE Champagne & Soft Drinks

Mall on Duval :  The First Weekend of Every Month Non Profit Organizations are Featured.  Mayor Johnston Tells Us the Upcoming Schedule for the Mall on Duval Being OPEN :  Mall on Duval will be held every other weekend through the middle of February as the City continues this pilot program. The same three blocks of Duval Street will be closed to traffic for the Mall on Duval on the following dates :  December 27 th  and 28 th,   January 10 th  and 11 th,  January 24 th  and 25 th , and February 13 th  and 14 th
Editor's Note :  This is Brilliant & In time will be a Major Tourist Attraction Just Like Mallory Square. Many People have about a DOZEN Reasons to make this a Permanent Mall : At The Top A Quiet & Non Abrasive Environment for Our Residents to Enjoy. I'm sure with The Mall on Duval as a Permanent thing the City and Retailers will continue to Clean Up Duval Street.  

A Photo from the Grand Opening Event


281 Front St. 305-295-6616

"Woodtastic" Professional Day workshop on January 6 for children aged 6-12
Key West Art & Historical Society will offer a "Woodtastic" Professional Day workshop for children aged 6-12 on Monday, January 6, from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Students will experience different grains and textures of wood and create artworks entirely from their own imaginations or inspired by the works of other artists, such as this painted wood piece in the KWAHS collection titled "Tiger with Bow" by Suzie dePoo. Cost is $40 for KWAHS members and $45 for non-members. Register now for this limited space Professional Day workshop at  KWAHS.ORG , click "Tickets." For more information contact Education Specialist Kassandra Collett at 305-295-6616 ext. 114 or email at .  Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs and Society benefactor Lee Garrison. Your museums.  Your community.  It takes an island. 

NOW is the largest organization of feminist grass-roots activists in the US. NOW has hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states. Since its founding 1966, NOW's purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism, to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life. 
Key West NOW meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm at Shanna Key and we welcome your presence.


Monday-Wednesday-Friday 7:45 AM 
(weather permitting). 
An invigorating blend of stretches, dance, Pilates and yoga for the body, mind and spirit for Individuals and Couples. Towels, Mats, Weights, Music & Instruction for ONLY $15.  526 Angela Street at The Gardens Hotel ( Corner Simonton and Angela). 305-294-3381.  Ask for Concierge as well if you don't see the Group in the Gardens.

WWW.DANCEKEYWEST.ORG Offices & Studios in the Key West Theater 2nd Fl. 512 Eaton St. Kyla Piscopink, Cricket Desmarais, and Kristen Huffman

 One of the ways to Support Dance Key West is of course Make a Donation to this Truly Deserving Non Profit; and Another Way is "Wine Bingo for Dance Key West" at Vinos 810 Duval St.. Contact Vinos and Dance Key West for their upcoming Events

717 Love Lane


 Key West Farmers Market at Truman Waterfront 10a-2pm
On July 16 the Key West City Council approved a weekly Farmers Market at Truman Waterfront. The decision came after new organizers came forward to fill the void left by the abrupt departure of the Green Market at Bayview Park. Jill Snodgrass and Sean Krikorian, owners of the event firm Daily Plan-it, already organize the popular seasonal Key West Artisan Market at Higgs Beach so it was a natural fit. "We feature many of the same vendors who came to us expressing a need and desire to continue serving the people of Key West," Krikorian explained. "Many of them participate in a market almost every day somewhere in the keys, so missing an option on Thursdays left a void for them as well as the patrons."  The Truman Waterfront Advisory Board reached out to encourage selection of that recently renovated area as the new location and both vendors and organizers agreed it is a perfect choice.
The new event  began August 1 and continue every Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm. The show will feature produce sold by the Homestead farmer who grows it, Rosie, the famous cheese lady, orchids and native plants, pickles, honey, handcrafted items and other specialties. Organizers are applying to make the show EBT/SNAP friendly so affordable fresh food will be available to more people. Working locals are urged to take advantage of the many prepared items and stop at the market during their lunch break to enjoy a seaside picnic while they shop. Parking is plentiful and free with a resident parking permit. Visitors are encouraged to use the free pink Duval Loop Bus which stops close by. The new splash park and tours of the Ingham are also available in the park.
"When the Green Market closed many locals were very vocal about wanting a farmers market option in their backyard." Krikorian said, "We hope everyone shows up to support this and helps make sure its sustainable."
For more information or to participate, contact Sean K at 305.731.3385 or visit facebook kwfarmersmarket
The Last Few Issues of The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends
APRIL 1 2019
APRIL 8 2019
APRIL 15 2019
April 29 2019
May 27 (Last Issue of the 2018 / 2019) Season
Special Edition Summer Issue #1 June 24
Special Edition Summer Issue#2 July 15, 2019
Special Edition Summer Issue#3 Aug. 5, 2019
Special Edition Summer Issue#4 Aug. 19, 2019
FIRST ISSUE OF THE 2019 / 2010 Season  Sept. 9
SECOND ISSUE OF THE 2019 / 2010 Season Sept. 23
September 30, 2019
Oct. 7, 2019
Oct. 14, 2019
Oct. 21, 2019
Oct. 28, 2019
Nov. 3, 2018
Dec. 2, 2019
Dec. 9, 2019
Dec. 16, 2019
Dec. 23, 2019

From the Key West Business Guild
 808 Duval St. 305-294-4603
WWW.GAYKEYWESTFL.COM  808 Duval St. 305-294-4603.
 Next Luncheon is on a Friday at The Beachside Marriott Jan 10 with Guest Speaker Mayor Teri Johnston & Next Mixer is Jan. 15 at The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Gardens. Fritzie Just Helped me out finding that Info. (Thanks).  To find the dates of the Mixers and Luncheons Go to Above (Click) WebSite; Main Menu Appears & Sub Menu on Top (Hit) ABOUT / US ; and the only Choice (1) drop down Menu BECOME A MEMBER (Click That) and that takes you to the ABOUT US PAGE ; and Simply Scroll Down and the Listings will be There.

Great Job on your Weekly Friday E-Mail Campaigns ; and ALL the Member's Businesses Special Event Flyers & Materials
Next Luncheon on Friday Jan 10 at the Marriott Beachside ; also appearing with a Special Presentation Carol Shaughnessy from Newman PR.  Click this LINK1 to be taken to the KWBG Luncheon Reservation Page


WWW.THEMERUNS.COM 305-747-8563

12/30 6pm illuminated 5K Key West Benefits MCBA Scholarship and Take Stock In Children
RACES 2020 
2/9 8am Red Hot Run 5K Key West Benefits Anchors Aweigh. 2/23 8am FINtastic 5K Key West Benefits Gerald Adams Elementary.  3/2 8am Sombrero 5K/10/15K Marathon. Benefits KAIR , 
4/23 7pm Duval Mile 1mile Key West Benefits KWHS Track and Cross Country. 4/27 8am Mariners March 5K Key West Benefits Basilica School. 5/4 8am Tutu 10K and Relay Key West Benefits KWHS. 6/29 8am PAL 5K Key West Benefits Police Athletic League. 7/4 8am Rotary 4th of July 5K Key West Benefits Rotary of Key West.  9/5 8am Heroes Salute 5K Duck Key Benefits Monroe FD. 9/19 8am One Human Race 5K Key West Benefits May Sands Montessori School. 10/3 8am Red Shirt Run 5K Key West Benefits AH Monroe. 10/26 6pm Heroes and Villains 5K Key West Benefits KWHS. 11/7 8am Zonta ABC 5K Key West Benefits Women's Health Mammograms.  11/8 or 15th (DATE TBD) 8am Childrens School 5K Key West Benefits The Children's School.  11/15 or 22nd 7:30am Mariners Hospital 5K/10K Islamorada Benefits The Center for Excellence in Nursing 11/26. 9am Turkey Trot Duck Key Benefits Local Law Enforcement. 11/28 8am Hog Trot 5K Key West Benefits KWHS Track and Cross Country.  12/30 6pm illuminated 5K Key West Benefits MCBA Scholarship and Take Stock In Children.

Beth Moyes
President Theme Runs Inc.
Zombie Bike Ride Artist Coordinator
Fantasy Fest Parade Coordinator
(305) 747-8563
1277 1st St. Suite 1
Key West FL 33040


Next Week's Issue will have a few of their Most Recent Photo Galleries ; However Why Wait? Hit Above Link & Go to Their Website.  Great seeing you both Caroline & Johnny at Eric's & Emma's Annual Holiday Party.


WWW.KEYWEST.GARDEN  305-296-1504
5201 College Rd.  

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden on Stock Island is seeking volunteers to help with the Nursery, Garden and general office help.  No experience necessary and training is provided.  Volunteer hours apply toward Community Service for students, City, County & State Programs. For more information contact the Garden office at (305) 296-1504, email or go online to to sign up.  
The Garden is located at 5210 College Road, on Stock Island, Key West, Florida.  For information about visiting the Garden, please visit  or call 305.296.1504.


WWW.MARCHOUSE.ORG  305-296-9556


Q-Magazine from Neil Chamberlain 
WWW.QKEYWEST.COM 305-396-8227


 The Tennessee Williams Museum Exhibit 513 Truman Ave. 305-204-4527

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends uses Constant Contact for our Database Management and Production. It's amazingly Easy and the Customer Support is second to none (With a Tie with Dell). WWW.CONSTANTCONTACT.COM 866-289-2101


Jan 8-11 and Jan 15-18

Rebecca Tomlinson (Artistic Managing Director  305-587-8961)   Tickets at
Go to their Website & facebook for additional Plays / Events


WWW.INSTITUTOSANCARLOS.ORG 516 Duval St. 305-294-3887 




Click this  LINK1 for their Facebook Page


Please go to their Facebook Pages and Website for Event Listings as well as Great Features

Here is a Video Link about "Car Free Key West & One Spot that they just added more Bike Racks

-------------------------------------   305-766-9727 Peter Arnow 305-923-9645

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends are in Many of the Playbills Every Year.  Target Market Visibility to an UPSCALE Disposable Income Demographic.

Roberta and Peter Say Reserve Early

To be seen in any of the 2020 Cultural Arts Publications; Check Below & Their Website for additional Playbills to get Into....

Some of the Available Playbills Not Past Deadlines Yet
 Anne McKee Art Auction Program, February 15 for Key West Songwriter's Festival, May 1 for PrideFest Key West 2020,  Mystery Fest Key West, Key West Summer Stage 2020, May 15  for Key West International Guitar Festival, June 1 for Tropical Heat 2020, July 1  for WomenFest 2020



407 Wall St. 305-294-5015


WWW.FKSPCA.ORG 5230 College Rd. 305-296-1504


Gracy Puts in an Amazing Amount of Work; Especially the Special Event Listings; She is also a Real Estate Broker so Please Check Her Out ; as well as her On-Line Magazine

WWW.DOITKEYWEST.COM 305-923-1358 2011 Flagler Ave. 
Gracy sends regards and tells us : This website was created to make easier to event goers to find times and dates. Companies can save time and always have updated/available events available to them and their customers. They don't have to search every local news paper to find what they need. They have ready and combined information on one calendar. It's also online and therefore very convenient. Most people are digital nowadays. Another selling point is that the calendar of events will provide useful information that can be used for scheduling. Any company who is having a special event can look at the global calendar and avoid clashing times/dates with other organizations. This also allows them to attract more people to their events by scheduling their own events when other organizations aren't scheduled. 

 305-293-7500  1100 Simonton St. 33040

Please go to their Website for the Most Accurate / Updated Schedule Including Additions
( I noticed that Last Week's Issue had ALL of January & 1/2 of February Dropped OFF ; That's Corrected and Inserted Back In) 
12/29 Blackberry Smoke at KW Amphitheater, 12/29 Women of Soul, 1/4 ParrotHead Massacre, 1/5 Songwriter Speakeasy Series :Eric Paul Levy-Raven Cooper-Michael McCloud, 1/10 Bill Blue and Tim Carter Guitars and Banjos, 1/12 Sunday Ramble Concert Series, 1/12 Grace Potter with Devon Gilfillian at Sunset Green Event Lawn, 1/14 Sinbad (shows 6:30 /9P), 
     Tommy Castro - January 17th - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm, 1/18 Havana Tropicana : An Evening of Live Music & Dancing, 1/19 David Bromberg with Brad Ray, 1/21 Todd Sneider with Chicago Farmer, 1/22 Eric Hutchinson with Matt Hires, 1/23 Tony Sands Presents The Rat Pack Together Again, 1/24 Justin Wilman From Magic for Humans (6:30 & 9:30P), 1/28 Citizen Cope, 2/4 Joan Osborne, 2/6 Mind Games by Brian Imbus,  2/7 AbbaRama, 2/8 Mystick Krewe of KW Presents 5th, Annual KW Mardi Gras Ball Masquerade, 2/9 Trombone Shorty-Tank & the Bangas-Rebirth Brass & Big Sam's Funny Nation, 2/9 Songwriter Speakeasy Series : Gary Hempsey-Paul Cotton & Joel Nelson, 2/11 Los Lobos (6:30 & 9:30p), 
     Tommy Emmanuel - February 15th & 16th - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,      Judy Collins - February 17th - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,    February 22nd - Tom Papa - Show 7pm/Doors 6pm,    February 25th - John Lodge - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,      February 27th - Beginnings: A Tribute to the Music of Chicago - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,      February 29th - Firefall - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,  March 1st - John Tesh - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm, 3/2 Karri Daley's Album Release Party,    March 16th & 17th -Get The Led Out- Show 8pm/Doors 7pm.
 RamsHead Productions Temptations April 5, 2020; and also Kool and the Gang with the Village People Feb. 21, 2020

March 2 Karri Daley's Album Release Party
March 12 & 13

DOORS 7:00P // SHOW 8:00P
The Kingston Trio began with Nick Reynolds, Bob Shane and Dave Guard in 1955... Home base: San Francisco. The three founded what turned out to be the most influential music band to emerge from the 1950s, only to be outdone by The Beatles. With talent and tenacity, they rose to become the undisputed kings of an acoustic musical genre that exploded onto the American scene, and still exists today!

10,000 MANIACS
DOORS 7:00P // SHOW 8:00P
The band has covered plenty of ground in its 35-plus years, from cult-herodom to international stardom, to their current status as a cornerstone alternative band. But the sound and spirit of 10,000 Maniacs remains consistent. The live shows embrace their entire catalogue, and the lineup is still anchored by four of the six original members.


SHOWS AT 6:30PM & 9:30PM

Kevin Nealon sets himself apart from other comedic performers with his unique sense of humor, dry wit and likeable demeanor. Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live, and has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series, Weeds.


Hit the Blue Links for the Interface to Various Areas on their Site
Key West Sunset Dinner Cruise. Dine in A/C Large Main Cabin. View Famous KW Sunset from Upper Deck. On-Line Special Not $69 ONLY $59. Adults $59, Children 12 & Under $39.95, & Children 5 & Younger FREE. Includes Tropical Food Buffet with Upper Deck Free Margaritas, Rum Runners, Well Mixed Drinks (Premium Mixed Drinks Extra Cash Bar). Also FREE Champagne & Soft Drinks


WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM The Tourist Development Council (TDC) does a Great Job in Producing their Website & Monthly E-Mail Campaigns which include their Monthly "Keys Traveler" Hit the website URL as well as this Link   TRAVELER  to Bring the December Materials  RIGHT NOW. The january 6th Issue ; will have the NEW January 2020 Key Traveler.
PS : Carol will be Introducing Mayor Johnston at the KWBG Luncheon on Fri. 1/10 at the Usual Location ( Key West Beach Marriott) Go to a Few Features UP the Key West Business Guild's Section

TDC Photo Adventure Link Below

The first Video up is A short 4 Minute Video on Key Largo


Just a few of the Many Features in the TDC's December "Keys Traveler"

2019 / 2020 Season Kicks Off 
Next concert at The Tennessee Williams Theater Wed. Jan. 15, 2020 with Violinist Irmina Tynkos

Dec 13-15

Grassy Flats Resort's Owner Professional KiteBoarder Matt Sexton Completing a Zero Waste Program & On-Site Sustainable Resort with 30 Units Using 270 Solar Panels

Every Year "Sushi" does her Red Shoe Drop for Key West NYE from the Top of the Bourbon Street Pub Resort and NightClub

Make sure to check out ALL the TDC Materials ; which Include Photo Galleries, Videos, and Extensive Events and Information Materials. Great Job TDC Staff.  
For Many Additional TDC Features for December Hit

  WWW.GARDENSHOTEL.COM 526 Angela St. 305-294-2661

Cabaret ALL TIMES ARE 5-7 PM
Monday, Dec 30, James King, III, 5-7 pm
Tuesday, Dec 31, Nancy 3. Hoffman, 5-7 pm
Wednesday, Jan 1, Nina Newton, 5-7 pm
Thursday, Jan 2, Nina Newton, 5-7 pm
Friday, Jan 3, Michael Robinson, 5-7 pm
Saturday, Jan 4, Bobby Green, 5-7 pm
Sunday,  Jan 5, 5 - 7:30 pm
JaZz In The Gardens
Peter Diamond & Friends!

Sunday,  Dec 29, 5:30 - 8 pm
JaZz In The Gardens
Skipper Kripitz & Friends!
New Years Show!


Nina Newton Playing Usually on Multiple Days Each Week
 In fact; all the Talent at their Cabaret Lounge is Great.


MOTE'S Beach Condition Reporting System Expands to the Florida's East Coast
The Beach Conditions Reporting System (BCRS) provides daily updates on waves, currents, water and air temperature, algae and multiple other conditions at 38 beaches, including Lake Worth and 37 Gulf Coast beaches in Southwest Florida and the Panhandle. Each beach is monitored by trained volunteers including lifeguards, park rangers and others coordinated by Mote.  Much Additional Info. is in the E-Mail Campaign that this Feature is in ; Click
In the Next Few Issues I'll be Inserting some recent Links from MOTE. You Should go on the website and sign up for their E-Newsletters.


WWW.MANGIA-MANGIA.COM  900 Southard Street 305-294-2469

Here is the Menu Link 

MANGIA MANGIA's Season of Helping Out the Deserving Non Profits with their Dinner Plans. Heather and Michael send Regards and tells us :
"Yes, we have already started our events for non-profits and giving 30% off to locals.  Editor's note : A Great Way to Give Your Organization Some Funds with a Peaceful / Relaxing Group Dinner for Friends, Family and Associates ; and as We ALL Know ; Excellent Food..Sit in their Backyard or enjoy Dinner in their Spacious Dinning Room."


WWW.TROPICCINEMA.COM 305-396-4944 416 Eaton St.
Host Venue for the 2019 Key West Film Festival 
HERE IS A PARTIAL LISTING OF THE ART VENUES IN KEY WEST. The Below Galleries & Museums are part of the "Friends" in The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends (Frequent Associate Contributing Editors)


WWW.COCCOANDSALEM.COM  1111Duval St. 305-292-0072


New Location "The Annex" 804 White St.
also "By the Bay" 3340 N. Roos. Blvd. #2

1207 Duval Street  305-296-8900

WWW.ZAZOOARTGALLERY.COM  622 Duval 305-294-8925

WWW.DANCEKEYWEST.ORG Offices & Studios in the Key West Theater 2nd Fl. 512 Eaton St. DanceKW@Gmail.comKyla Piscopink, Cricket Desmarais, and Kristen Huffman

221 Key Deer Blvd., Big Pine Key 305-872-1828