The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends December 11, 2017
Photo by Carol Tedesco
Holiday Festivities at Custom House
with their Annual Concert and Bazaar Dec 21
There is Hope; Providing we Get Real Serious
And a Greater Number of People Get Behind Fixing the Problems Now.
Our Lead Feature from "Last Stand Protecting The Keys".
PT. 4 PHOTOS FROM THE 2017 KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL : Our Last Part Published over 4 Weeks. This Issue Features ALL The Awards given at the Awards Ceremony and Sunday Films
Photo by Giancarlo Espinosa : Bob Wolz, Ed Swift & Jeanna Garrido
One of the Lead Features in the Dec. 18 Issue will be the Celebration for the 70th. Anniversary of the National Everglades Park system; held at The Truman Little White House
Pt. 3 (Final Part) of our On-Line Photographic Exhibition called "Funny Photos Involving a Pose"
S. Fla. Symphony Orchestra Featuring Zuill Baley & the Flamenco Dance Co. + Siudy Garrido + George Akram & Argentina. December 14 & 16.
Radio Island 106.9 and The Fringe Theater Presented "It's A Wonderful Life" ( Live Radio Broadcast) ; also done at Aqua, Marathon Community Theater, & 12/10 7PM at Bottle Cap (Blue Room)
Pt. 4 of 4 : Lemonade Stand Art Gallery & Letty Nowak's Annual "Small Works"Art Exhibition at TSKW and we Have ALL 140 Works.
A Piece of Cake But Not As Sweet by Caitlin Nobile
Submarine Starts It's Cruise from Yangon to Syracuse by Arthur Popek
Last Week 2 of the Authors
More Authors This Week.
Patrica Gussin also was in Town
Books and Books "Meet The Author" Events
Many Events in December at the KWAHS ( Key West Arts & Historical Society) Venues
Distinguished Speaker Series Welcomes Craig Pittman Held at The Tropic Cinema
KW Naval Station Centennial Celebration at the Custom House
The Annual "KW Collects" Exhibition at the Custom House
The Weekly TSKW Section Featuring So Many Events, Exhibition, & Classes
(L) Alaina Plowdrey
(C) Annual Holiday Artisan Fair
(R) Rosalind Brackenbury
Exec. Dir. of the MCSO Animal Farm Jeanne Selander with Peanut and Benny at the 2017 City of KW "Holiday Parade". The MCSO Animal Farm is Open for their Annual "Christmas on the Farm" 12/10 ; Then Resumes their Monthly 2nd & 4th. Sunday Openings starting with 1/14.
"The Creative Art of Lettering" Just Opened at The Gato Cigar Bld. Florida Keys Council of The Arts
Listening to Your Heart by Maggie Ruley Acrylic
"W" Inspired by the 1913 Key West Alphabet
Eric Anfinson + His Guest Artists Reception 12/14
Many Exhibitions-Events-Classes-Holiday Cheer & Special Events at TSKW
Two of the New December Exhibitions "Keys Strong" Winter Members Show and "Storm Tossed"
We Will Sparkle We Are Strong by Gale Upmal Acrylic
The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends ; Going out to over 7815 Each Week. This Week : Holiday Festivities Everywhere inc. the Annual Holiday Concert & Bazaar at The Custom House 12/21, "Last Stand : Protecting The Keys", Pt. 4 of 4 Photo Feature from the 2017 Key West Film Festival, Pt. 3 of 3 On-Line Photo Feature "Funny Photos with a Pose", S. Fla. Symphony Orchestra 12/14 & 16 (Amazing Talent), Pt 4. of 4. Letty Nowak's Lemonade Stand Gallery's "2017 Small Works", Pt. 1 TSKW's Winter Members Show "Keys Strong", Pt. 1 TSKW's "Storm Tossed", Pt. 1 Fla. Keys Council of the Arts Winter Members Show "The Creative Art of Lettering", Books and Books, Menorah Lighting at Bayview Park 12/14, Women's March 12/12, Many Events at TSKW & KWAHS, MCSO's Annual Christmas on the Farm" Sun. 12/10 1-3p, The City of KW & Alyson Crean Presents a Photo Feature from the 2017 Holiday Parade + Weekly Features from The City & MCSO, "Photos of the Week from Peter Arnow", Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Reception 12/11, Photos from the Lighted Bike Parade, WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Extensive Calendar of Events & Photo Galleries,
Q Magazine, WWW.HOMETOWNKEYWEST.COM Workshop 2/10 + Time to Renew Membership + A Message from Pres. Todd German, Lucky Street Gallery Reception 12/21, WWW.CFFK.ORG Un-Sung Heroes 1/26, FKCC Launches New Bachelor Degree Program (Presentation at TWT) 12/13, WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM Shares a Few Features, FKSPCA Re-Schedules "Parade of Paws" 2/10, Eric Anfinson & Artist Friends Home Gathering / Show 12/14, Aids Help CC, NYE at KW Gallery, "Sugar Rum Cherry-Nutcracker : A KW Burlesque" at KWT 12/14-16
WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM , KW Artisan Market 12/17, Key West Theater Weekly Section + Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers) 2/28, Red Barn Theater "Dancing Lessons" 12/19-1/13, Reef Relief Year End Concert-Fund Raiser 12/14, Wesley House, Sanc. Friends of the Fla. Keys E-Newsletter Link, WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM , Ralph DePalma's "2018 Soul of KW" Calendar, Southernmost Coconut Castaways CD
Compilation "Keys Strong" Sales Helping Many Non-Profits, Fringe Theatre "An Evening with Lilian Baxter" 12/21-31, Jazz in the Gardens : Scott Marischen 12/10, KW Ladies Golf. Ass. every Thurs., Annamarie Giordano Live Drawing Workshop Thurs. at Ft. East Martello, Karen Luknis at Salt Gallery, Waterfront Playhouse "Inspecting Carol A Holiday Disaster" 12/12-1/6 and "1776" 1/23-2/4, Our Weekly "Hampton's Arts & Leisure Section, WWW.LUCILLEKHORNAK.COM , City of KW Holiday Tips, KW Food and Wine Festival 1/24-28, Tasty Treats from Isle Cook, KWBG Biz Mixer 12/13, VFW Needs Your Help, KWLS, & Much More.
Thanks again to all our Contributing Editors : The "Friends" in the Title of the Magazine.
Last week Last Stand held an event "Marine Zoning Works for Me" at the Bottle Cap's Blue Room with Guest Attendees Chris Bergh (Created & Gave the Presentation) and the Superintendent of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary : Sarah Fangman. What I Learned and Knew from Past Years : The Keys are in Serious Trouble. Only a Small amount of Concerned Citizens have spoken up to Protect The Keys; and although in the past 2 & 1/2 Decades there has been dedicated groups like Last Stand, MOTE-Reef Relief, Favor, FWC-NOAA-Sanctuary Friends of the Florida Keys-The Nature Conservancy, Eco Discovery Center to watch over The Keys; More People NEED TO BE CONCERNED / EDUCATED and Follow Common Sense Simple Rules / Laws. Go To
(L-R) Sarah Fangman Superintendent Fla. Keys Nat. Marine Sanc., Chris Bergh : S. Fla. Conservation Dir. of The Nature Conservancy, President of Last Stand Mark Songer & Board Member Alicia Putney
Part 2 of 2 Up Shortly
2017 Annual Key
West Holiday Parade
More 2017 Holiday Parade Photos Up Shortly
Alison Higgins Sustainability Coordinator City of Key West tells us :
Tuesday, December 12
marks the last day for public comment on FPL's request to put 2 new nuclear reactors at Turkey Point. It is important for the public to speak up because FPL has not maintained the nuclear reactor it already has, resulting in an underground plume of saltwater laced with ammonia, phosphorus, nitrogen and tritium that has been steadily approaching the Florida Keys only aquifer and Biscayne Bay for decades. The plume is now 10 miles away and the State of Florida recently ordered FPL to fix the problems. FPL denies wrong doing and is challenging a US Court ruling that says they cannot dismiss the Clean Water Act lawsuit being brought against it by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and Tropical Audubon Society. The case at hand to comment on is whether FPL can pass on the ~$200 million cost of clean up to its customers. Email your opinion to
firstname.lastname@example.org by end of day Tuesday to make your voice heard!
Florida Keys Council of the Arts 1100 Simonton St. 305-295-4369
Here are just a few of the Works with Many Additional in the Next few Issues.
Liz, Martha and the gang send Regards and Tell Us
2017-2018 Member's Winter Art Show - The Creative Art of Lettering
Exhibition dates: November 2017 through January 2018.
Going Round by Lucy Paige Mixed Media
God Spelled Backwards by Karen Beauprie Watercolor / Goache
I am Not Old by Susan O'Neil Acrylic
More in the Dec 18, 25, & Jan 1 Issues
All Hands on Stairs
Last Week The Navy Celebrated the Soon to be Closed "The Navy in the Key West" Exhibition that's been up for 1 Year at The Custom House. Our Dec 18 Issue will have a Photo Feature.
Next Week The December 18 Issue will Feature Lori Reid's Retirement Party from The Tropic Cinema
533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458 https://www.facebook.com/The-Studios-of-Key-West-67248916434/
The Studios of Key West Opened Last Week a Few Exhibitions. "KEYS STRONG" their Latest Members Show Featured ALL Works Pertaining to to IRMA. Here are just a few Works with Many Additional the next few Issues
Jack of Hearts by David Genest Acrylic and Ink on Canvass
Woman Warrior of KW with Weapons by William Bennett Pit Fired Ceramics, Wood & Pigments
Paula : The Calm in the Middle by Karen Greenfield Water Based Oil
Irma by Satey Jackson Arcylic
Pisces Strong by Steven M. Linden Palm & Driftwood
Storm Chaser by Maggie Ruley Acrylic on Multi Color Paper
Many Additional Works from "KEYS STRONG" in the next 3 weeks ; plus Photos from one of their other Just Opened Exhibitions "STORM TOSSED"
Letty Nowak / Caroline Stover-Sickmen & The Lemonade Stand Gallery Presented at the TSKW their Annual "Small Works" Exhibition with over 140 Works. The Exhibition just shut down a few weeks ago. Here is Part 4 of 4 of Our On-Line Exhibition Featuring ALL 140 Works in Case you Missed seeing them in person and/or want to See Them Again. Pt 1 Nov. 20
, Pt. 2 Nov.27
|Delilah by Sandy Mezinis
|Pebble,Paper, & Scissors : Vessel Series by TSKW's Lauren McAloon
|Spanish Crab by Thalia Chantziara
|Little Tomato by Antonia Walker
|All Around by John Martini
|Hot by Nancy Iabeline
|Really Small Work by Jon McIntosh
|Looe Key Reef by Mary Baghdady
"More Small Works" & Part 4 of 4 Photos from the 2017 Key West Film Festival and an Announcement from Paul Gildea but First
Neil Chamberlain and his
Staff send Holiday Greetings
Next Exhibition at Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery will have Suzanne Donazetti, Robert Baras, & Darren Jones
December 11 Reception 6-8pm
KEY WEST LIGHTED
Paula Tishok prepares to peddle the streets of Key West Wednesday night on her festively adorned hammerhead shark bike, made from recycled materials and paper mache. She and her toothy pal were among a record 920 riders led by Santa and Mrs. Claus as part of the annual Wesley House Family Services Lighted Bike Ride toy drive for children, one of many events occurring during the Key West Holiday Fest, which is presented in part by the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys & Key West and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. For more information on Holiday Happenings, visit KeyWestHolidayFest.com.
2017 Key West Film Festival Up Next But First
get the latest news about Key West's and Monroe County's voting community's signature resource for candidate and election information. Sat. Feb 10 at 8:30am at Marriott Beachside
A half-day workshop for those running, considering a run or interested in campaign leadership in the 2018 election - Attendees will learn what it takes to run a winning campaign including how to: Decide to Run for What and When, Complete Official Elections Paperwork, Write a Campaign Plan, Budget and Raise Funds, Develop a Campaign Message, Prepare Speeches-Debates-& Press, Market & Launch Campaign, & Win.
$25 Advance with Optional Lunch with the Workshop Speakers
ALSO AT THE END OF THIS ISSUE IS A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF HOMETOWN TODD GERMAN
The Nov 20 & Nov 27 Issues had a few pics from the Opening Night Kick Off Film (The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro) & Opening Party at the Audubon House; the Annual PORCH Critics Discussions, Little White House Red Carpet party, Student Film Showcases, "Borg Vs. McEnroe" & "I Tonya" (with Special Guest ESPN's Bob Lee) & the Spotlight LGBTQ's Premiere Showings of "Call Me By Your Name"+ "After Louie", "Freak Show"and so many Additional Films-Events-Parties. Here are the Links to those Two Issues.. http://conta.cc/2yYaVAv , http://conta.cc/2AyIFJb The Dec 4 Issue covered the Saturday events starting with the Sat. Morning showing of the "The Artist" and the Honoring of their Costume Designer Mark Bridges PLUS Student Films + Critics Choice National Premiere of "Last Flag Flying with Q&A, then the Sat. Night Awards Party; here is the Link to that Issue :
This issue : Part 4 of 4 : Features the Saturday Night Awards Ceremony (Showing ALL The Awards) with Special Guest Movie Star Lois Smith + The Last Day of the 2017 KWFF Sunday Featuring Quincy Perkins "Love in Youth". We'll have a Special Stand Alone Issue just on the 2017 KWFF (Featuring ALL 5 Days ) in the Next Few Months. The Complete List of Award Winners is Listed in Part 2 of this Issue.
We continue with the Awards Ceremony and Quincy Perkins "Youth in Love"; Up Shortly
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Lucky Street Gallery, located at 1204 White St., presents "Alternate Realities", a flashy new exhibit featuring ceramic artist Brett Kern and his vibrantly glazed dinosaurs series, Lori Larusso's Shaped Canvases and Element Clay Studio's nature inspired porcelain Tiles and Bowls. The show will run from December 8-early January, with a festive Reception, 6-8pm December 21
st, during Walk on White.
Small Urchin Bowl by Element Clay Studio
Blue Brontosaurus by Brett Kern
Hungry Heart by Lori Larusso
Eric Anfinson Invites You
December 14 6-9pm at Mockingbird Studios 1616 Catherine St.
'More Hearts & Bones - a gathering of friends' is a Key West art happening at Mockingbird Studio.
Carrie Disrud - paintings ,
Karen Luknis - assemblage
Emma Starr - photography Click FB LINK1 for more info
Join us for an evening of art, drinks, and live music by Lance Taylor. There will also be handmade jewelry & porcelain wares by Australian artists represented by Emma Starr at Falling For Florin.
Part 2 of 2 from Last Stand
"Marine Zoning Works for Me" Presentation
But Has it Been Enough
The Time is NOW
533 Eaton St. 305-320-0208
Last Week at Books and Books
Roberta DePiero - After Life, Images from the Key West Cemetery & Ralph DePalma - The Soul of Key West Vol. 1&2. Special Guests during First Thursday
UPCOMING EVENTS THIS WEEK AT BOOKS AND BOOKS
Dec 14 Author Craig Pitman "Oh Florida" 6PM
Event Type - Multimedia presentation & Discussion & Reception
Title - Dmitry Zhitov -
Faces and Voices of Cuba. Friday, December 15th at 6:00 pm. Brief Description - Award winning documentarian Dmitry Zhitov will present his Cuban photography book
305-296-6196 1434 Kennedy Dr.
The Key West Art Center just opened "Celebrate the Season". Come step inside the Art Center to view new work by Florida Keys Artist Members, enjoy festive treats, and indulge in a glass of wine alongside talented local artists.
This show turns the entire gallery around to feature new works by over 40 well-known local artists such as Martha dePoo, Elizabeth Chamberlain, and Susan O'Neil, just to name a few. Also on exhibit will be the work of three new Artist Members: Gabrielle Wilson, Donna Nadeau, and David Klein.
The Key West Art Center is a non-profit community art center dedicated to promoting visual arts and to the advancement of local artists. The gallery is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. Remember local art makes a beautiful gift your friends and loved ones are sure to treasure.
Here is Part 3 of 3 of Our On-Line Photographic Exhibition Called "Funny Photos Involving a Pose"
5210 College Road
Irma took its toll on the trees and shrubs in the Keys. We will be offering native trees, shrubs and vines for sale in the Nursery of The Key West Tropical Forest, 5210 College Road on Stock Island Saturday, December 16th, from 9 am to 12 pm. Choose from over 1,500 plants and 150 species of butterfly and bird attracting plants propagated by the volunteers in sizes from one-gallon to 30-gallon pots. Key West Tropical Forest members receive a 15% discount. Memberships available on site. All proceeds directly benefit the Tropical Forest's conservation program. For more information call 305-296-1504 or visit
Though every entry into this year's Holiday Parade was a winner the moment it brought a smile to a child's face, four entries earned special recognition from the judges.
1st place: Key West Conchettes,
2nd place: Unity of the Keys Spiritual Center,
3rd place: Florida Keys Outreach Coalition,
Honorable Mention: Key West Sports Academy
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.
The South Florida Symphony Orchestra kicks off the 20th Masterworks Season with a Soiree at the Ernest Hemingway House on December 14, 2017 followed by a Concert on December 16, 2017 brim full of diverse music and internationally acclaimed artists. At the Soiree, immerse in the writings of Hemingway as the Symphony brings to life four of his beloved stories in the four movements of the Grammy Award winning Tales of Hemingway. Music Director Sebrina Maria Alfonso presents: Zuill Bailey, cellist extraordinare and Grammy Award winner, performing the Grammy Award winning Tales of Hemingway composed by Michael Daugherty; Manuel de Falla's El Amor Bruja with Siudy Garrido and Flamenco Dance Theater, featured Dancer George Akram, and Flamenco Singer Argentina; and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 35 "Haffner". Visit SouthFloridaSymphony.org or call 954-522-8445. https://keystix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1021
ALSO on the Program : Siudy Garrido Flamenco Dance Company performing the exotic, sensuous music of Falla's El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician) with special guests: Siudy Garrido, George Akram, and Argentina.
Johnny White & Caroline are always so nice in sharing their Photo Galleries with Us. Hit their Gallery Link to see many Photo Galleries
Look for the Gallery that Johnny and Caroline just did on the Celebration at The Truman Little Whitehouse for the 70th. Anniversary of the National Everglades Park. The Dec 18 Issue of The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends will have a Feature with Photos from GianCarlo Espinosa
Bob Wolz, Ed Swift, & Jeanna Garrido
The annual KWOS Holiday Brunch is coming up a month from today, Sunday, Dec. 17, 11 to 2. It is at the Club at Key West Harbour on Stock Island where we had our special October brunch. Why not just send in your reservation right now and avoid the Christmas rush? Send your check made out to KWOS for $25 per person to:
Kathy Buckard, 51 Boundary Lane, Key West 33040
She'd like to have your response by Dec. 10 so the chef will know how many to cook for.
Photo by Carol Tedesco
The community is invited to attend a traditional Menorah lighting ceremony hosted by the City of Key West at Bayview Park, Thursday, December 14, from 5:30-6:30pm, with blessings offered by Rabbi Shimon Dudai from Congregation B'Nai Zion and Rabbi Jacob Zucker from Chabad of the Florida Keys. Conducted just before sunset, the lighting signals the beginning of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights. The Lighting of the Menorah is one of many celebrations that occur during the island-wide Key West Holiday Fest,
which is presented in part by the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys & Key West and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council and runs through December 31. For more information on holiday happenings, visit KeyWestHolidayFest.com.
Up Next ; Our Final Part of our 2017 KWFF Multi-Week Coverage : Sunday Films Featuring Quincy Perkins "Youth in LOve"
More "Small Works" from Letty Nowak and the Lemonade Stand Art Gallery. The Exhibition was at TSKW; and we have Pics of ALL the works
Cedar Key IV Rocky Beach by Diana Belyaygua
Here I stand by Katherine Page
Garden of Roses #111 Canary by Andrea Cook
A Piece of Cake but Not as Sweet by Caitlin Nobile
Standing Angel by Todd Brittingham
Untitled Venus by Krista LaBella
Small Jar Antiquities XX by Sheri Kotowski
KW to the Moon Over Hurricane by William Bennett
Yellow Dining Chair by Ashley Sauder
Gold Lawn Chair by Ashley Sauder
More Small Works Up Shortly
SAVE THE DATE: Key West Burlesque's "
Sugar Rum Cherry: A Burlesque Nutcracker
" at Key West Theatre.
Put on your stockings and pull out your sugarplums for Key West Burlesque's "
Sugar Rum Cherry: A Burlesque Nutcracker
" on Thursday,
December 14 through Saturday, December16 at
Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street
. This naughty holiday 2-act reverie features your favorite local performers, international burlesque superstars, and amazing aerial acrobats as they visit the land of libations. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8:00pm. Sponsored in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. Tickets: keywesttheater.com or call 305.985.0433.
Photos of the Week by Peter Arnow.
(L) Guild Staff Helps at Tree of Hope Celebration
Fritzie Estimond, Kevin Theriault, and Dorian Patton came out to help at the Tree of Hope celebration at the Customs House on World AIDS Day.
Community Support for Tree of Hope
(R) Kevin Wood of AIDS Help joins Nadine Grossman from the Fantasy Fest Celebration in helping to celebrate WORLD AIDS DAY at the Customs House presentation of the Tree of Hope.
(L) Joan Higgs Featured Speaker on World AIDS Day
Joan Higgs was the featured speaker at this year's World AIDS Day Ceremony held at the AIDS Memorial on December 1.
(R) Flower Conroy Writes Poem for World AIDS Day
Flower Conroy, newly named Poet Laureate of Key West, wrote and presented a special poem on World AIDS Day at the December 1 celebration held at the Key West AIDS Memorial.
Next December 17 1111 Eaton St. at The Restaurant Store
The event gives residents and visitors alike a chance to shop fresh and local. The parking lot at 1111 Eaton at The restaurant Store is transformed into a showcase of art, photography, jewelry and unique local handicrafts made exclusively in the Keys. There is eclectic entertainment, local author book signings, demonstrations and sampling. This year we will feature produce from Grimal Grove
We Continue with "Small Works" by Letty Nowak and Caroline Stover-Sickmen of The Lemonade Stand Gallery
Verboard by Annie Wassermann
Dolly Contemplates Changing Her Name by Liz Demaree
#11 by Arlena Mehic
Jupiter Vase by Abigail Flynt
Playground by Jacquelyn Sanchez
Alaska in July I,II, & III by A.D. Tinkham
Blow Me by Loveday Funck
Broken Dreams by Loveday Funck
Z by Jeff Luque
Red Solo Cup by Robert Pockmire
More "Small Works" Up Shortly
Wed. Dec 13 6:30PM at Tennessee Williams Theater
- Dr. Jonathan Gueverra, FKCC President and CEO
- Dr. Michael Wooten, Acting Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education & Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
- Gabriella Torelli, Student Government President and Associate in Arts Graduate
Florida Keys Community College launched its first bachelor's degree program in January 2017. The much-anticipated new degree, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management (BAS-SM), is the first and only public, on-campus baccalaureate degree option in the Keys.
The BAS-SM program includes coursework in management, finance, marketing, human resources, and leadership. It also includes field experience in supervision and management settings to enable students to integrate theory with practice. The bachelor's degree builds upon associate degrees already offered at FKCC; students must complete an associate degree or equivalent prior to applying to the bachelor's degree program.
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DANCING LESSONS BY MARK ST. GERMAIN 12/19-1/13 7PM
Starring Carolyn Cooper and Dave Bootle ; Dir. by Joy Hawkins
Join Reef Relief at the Pier House for a Year-end Benefit Concert!
Reef Relief is pleased to partner with The Pier House for a fundraising concert on Thursday, December 14th from 5:30-8:30 pm. James Whitehead and the Naturals will be playing some rocking tunes to get your toes tapping in the sand. There will be a silent auction and raffle as well as a $10 donation at the door. 100% of proceeds raised go to Reef Relief to continue our efforts of improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystem. Join the party at the Pier House Beach at 1 Duval Street and plan on dancing! For more information call Amanda Schwank at 305-295-3201 or email Millard McCleary at email@example.com.
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In the Newsletter : Coral Reef Damage Assessment, Summer LionFish Debry Recap, Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, Newsmakers, Upcoming Events,
for the Dec 7-10 Key Largo Reef Fest
Ralph DePalma | Photography
The Southernmost Coconut Castaways, the OFFICIAL Home "Friend Club" of Howard Livingston & The MM24 Band, presented a check accounting for CD sales of the all new "Keys Strong" compilation to The United Way of the Florida Keys in the amount of $12,500!
Already ½ of the CDs printed sold in the 1st couple of weeks of it's release, with 100% of ALL proceeds earned from the $25 cost of the 2 CD set going to "Hurricane Irma Relief Fund" thru UWFK and the 16 LOCAL charities it helps!
You can also buy it locally at Smokin' Tuna Saloon in Key West or Boondocks Grille & Draft House in Ramrod Key!
37 songs from some of the BEST "Trop Rockers" across the Country (and locally, too!) with songs about Key West, The Florida Keys, and "The Keys Lifestyle" we all love, with 2 songs from Howard himself!
Tammy Hollander, President, Southernmost Coconut Castaways ,
Leah Stockton, United Way of the Florida Keys
Marc A. Hollander, Vice President, Southernmost Coconut Castaways
The Last 3 Issues Featured The Artists of Frangipani : Fran Decker, Gabrielle Wilson, Janis Child, Carrie Andrews, Deb Kik, Karen Beauprie, William Welch, Susann D'Antonio, David Scott Meier, Deborah J. Moore, Helen Rebane, Paul Carmichael, Sandy Sun, Marc Hacker, Terry Gallo, Sharon Wells & More. Go to these Issues to look at works Nov. 20 http://conta.cc/2yYaVAv Nov. 27 http://conta.cc/2AyIFJb , http://conta.cc/2ARnkuS Dec 4
Dec. 7 "It's A Wonderful Life" A Live Play Radio Broadcast from Island Radio 106.9
Dec. 21-31 "An Evening with Lillian Baxter" 7pm at Little Room Jazz Club
Jan. 18-20 "The Regina Monologues" A Stage Reading at Parrish Hall in St. Pauls.
for a 20% Discount on Tickets ; and go to their website for a Complete Schedule
Every Sunday Sunday, 5 - 7:30p, Jazz in the Gardens Plus Scott Marischen & Friends 12/10
Enetratinment Wed. to & Inc. Sat :
Cabaret @d'vine Wine Gallery:
James King Dec 6,13
Megan Constantine Dec 2,16,20,21,22,23,27,28,29,30
Jimmy Olson Dec 7,
Michael Robinson Dec 1,8,15
Invitation to Women Golfers
Women golfers are invited to join the 18-Hole - Key West Ladies Golf Association. All skill levels are welcome. Teams tee-off at 7:30 a.m. every Thursday at the Key West Golf Club on College Road, Stock Island. The season runs through the end of April, 2018. New members can join at any time during the season.
For more information, call Audrey: 312-590-0390.
ALSO The UNSUNG HEROES CELEBRATION is 1/26 with Review of Award Inclusion by 12/31.. Click
for More Info ; and or Call 305-292-1502
Up Shortly ; Our Final Part of our Feature on the 2017 Key West Film Festival
Michael and Heather Barnes at Manga-Manga send regards ; and tell us about a few events going on. During Season many Non Profit Organizations will do an Event Dinner ( with ALL the Public Invited); then Mangia-Mangia will Donate a Large Part of the Dinner Revenue back to the Non Profit Organization.
900 Southard Street 305-294-2469
Or Sit Outside on their Spacious Patio
Thanks Tom, Peggy and Staff / Supporters /Board for the Amazing Job you do in Helping our Wild Friends.
"Taking it to the Streets" ( Actually 3920 N. Roos. Blvd. on the Sunset Green Event Lawn) Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers February 28
Keller Williams April 5 and the new date for Mike Love is March 14 ; Click
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"Sugar Rum Cherry" 12/14-16
Headwig & The Angry Inch 1/8, Arlo Guthrie 2/1, & The Zombies 1/26 & 27
, Zombies 1/8, Arlo Guthrie 1/26 & 27, Lorrie Morgan 2/1, Rumours 2/11, Jessie Colin Young 2/15, Jefferson Starship 2/22, George Winston 3/2 & Anna Popovic 3/2
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AnnaMarie Giordano starts Up her live Drawing Workshops at Fort East Martello on Tuesdays 11a-2pm. No Minimum Amount of Classes Needed. Feel free to Call AG at 609-884-3474 and or Airbales@aol.com . Model Positions Available.
More of "Small Works"
1) Gem, 2) Mosiac, & 3) Moonbow by Lisa Weiss
Citrus Composition by Radhika Bhoite
Rainbow Nude by John Davison
1)Dawn, 2) Day, & 3) Night by Susan Sugar
Top ) Shrimp with Lemon
Bottom ) Oyster with Lemon
Moonstruck by Lauren Douglas
Low Tide by Helen Harrison
Unknown Territory by Lynn Price
Up Next Salt Gallery Presents Captain Karen Luknis but First
Our Last Part of the 2017 Key West Film Festival
The Last Day Sunday Nov. 19 Featured many Films and Headlined Quincy Perkins "Youth in Love"
Thanks KWFF for Another Brilliant Event
830 Fleming St. 305-517-6088
SALT Gallery Presented Karen Luknis' "Mystical Entities": That Opened Reception Dec. 1
For the month of December, SALT Gallery (830 Fleming St.,
will feature "Mystical Entities", a new collection of unique mixed media sculptures by local artist and Captain Karen Luknis.
Karen is a self-taught artist who has lived in Key West since 1990. In 2014, she was the First Place Winner in Mixed Media at "From a Woman's Hand," a juried showing at the Frangipani Gallery in Key West. Karen was also the recipient of an artist grant from The Ann McKee Artist Foundation in 2015. After the success of her Ann McKee show at The Studios of Key West, the Customs House Museum in Key West added one of Karen's pieces to their permanent collection - a great honor for an artist living and working in Key West.
Karen's mixed media sculptures are made with vintage tin games, industrial wooden molds, doll heads and parts from the '30s and '40s, wooden cheese boxes, mirrors, and various metal and wood objects. "I like the look and feel of vintage objects," she describes. "They are rugged and show wear and tear from being in existence for so long. Their imperfections reveal an inner beauty that cannot be contrived or duplicated - the look only comes from being real. They have, like myself, stood the test of time."
Karen's work is a whimsical collection of vintage artifacts and ephemera combined and arranged artfully, each with a unique character of its own. "My artwork is a metaphorical representation of my inner and outer life experiences," Karen says.
"Karen's works are dark, deep, whimsical, and fun - everything we look for in the art we exhibit at SALT," says gallery owner Laura Richardson. "They really make you confront the concept of time in a way that forces you to reflect nostalgically on your own memories. There is a commonality to Karen's work that allows the viewer not only insight into Karen's thought process but also allows them to see glimpses of herself in each piece. We're very excited to have Karen show at SALT!"
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. Judi's work will remain on display until Dec. 31
. For more information, call 305.517.6088 or visit
Their Monthly E-Mailer & Feature on their website "Keys Traveler" has a Tremendous Amount of Information.
Here is the December "Keys Traveler" E-Newsletter Link ; Hit DECEMBER
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Florida Keys Council of the Arts 1100 Simonton St. 305-295-4369
Liz, Martha and the gang send Regards and Tell Us
Call to Arts Council Members for the 2017-2018 Member's Art Show - The Creative Art of Lettering
November 2017 through January 2018.
Over the next 3 Weeks ; we'll show you ALL The Works (Starting with a few this week Earlier in this Issue)
Explore pictorial alphabets, illustrated letters, decorative letters, calligraphy, illuminated manuscripts, initials, monograms, names and more.
Your medium- Your style: Your work may be penciled, inked, brushed, painted, sculpted, chiseled, thrown, stitched, etc.
Our show is inspired by the "Key West Alphabet" a limerick book with ink illustrations from the 1930's.
The reception date is still to be announced.
Please go to their website for the many Events & Exhibitions Scheduled the Rest of 2017. Click any of the Brown Links for more details
OPENED Thu Dec 7, / ON VIEW DEC 7-28
Exhibit fee: $25 per work / Artist retains 75% of sale price.
Photo by Mark Hedden
Irma was a reminder that the cost of our delicate string of islands is the knowledge that nature comes along once in a while to wipe the slate clean. Still, signs of our resilience abound: an orchid blooming days after the storm; a 150 year old wooden house, built by shipwrights and standing tall; or neighbors helping each other clean up. Creativity often works the same way; it returns with new focus after a test. For our first post-Irma Members show we invite you to reflect on the things that bend but don't break, the things that last, and the things that matter
"STORM TOSSED" 12/7-28 Another December Exhibition by Mark Hedden & Nancy Klingenger
(Top L) Figure Painting with Alaina Plowdrey 12/16
(Top R) Elements of Poetry with Rosalind Brackenbury Dec 16 & 17
Part of his Exhibition with Nancy Klingenger "STORM TOSSED"
(L) Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurray" Play by Eric H. Weinberger
Jan 5,6 &7
(R) One of the December Exhibitions by Mark Hedden and Nancy Klingenger
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(Early Winter Classes),
for the latest E-Mails TSKW sent for ALL the Upcoming Events, Classes, Exhibitions, Concerts and Important Information.
Click LINK5 for Featured Classes, Painting & Drawing, Reading and Writing, Music-Performance & Movement, Sculpture-Photos-Mixed Media, Kids & Teens
Just a few of the many Listings in LINK5 : Creative Minds Art & Exploration for Young Adults Workshops Sat. 12/2-1/6-2/2-&3/3 11a-2p, 12/16 & 17 Elements of Poetry with Rosalind Brackenbury,
12/16 Figure Painting with Alaina Plowdrey,
"Here's Your Hat; What's your Hurray" Jan 5, 6 & 7 Sponsored by Royal Furniture
|Written by Eric H. Weinberger
Directed by Stephen Kitsakos
Based on the story by Elizabeth McCracken
When Aunt Helen Beck lands unexpectedly on the doorstep of her great-nephew Ford Mayweather and his wife Chris, her meddling makes mischief for all, including their neglected 8-year old neighbor, Mercury. The laughs are provided by
Kitty Clements, Jake Ferguson, Morgan Fraga and Joe Mitchell.
Based on a short story by National Book award-nominee, Elizabeth McCracken.
Eric's previous plays have included A Dog Story at The Waterfront Playhouse and also Off-Broadway at The Davenport Theater, Wanda's World for AMAS, I Love Ethel, The Vivian Vance Story, and also And Then I Wrote A Song About It at The Red Barn Theater. He received a Drama Desk Nomination for Wanda's World as well as Class Mothers '68 starring Priscilla Lopez.
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"Hampton's Art & Culture"
The 3 Big Arts Organizations in the Hamptons LI NY are below. Of course just like Key West; there are so many Art Galleries on the East End of LI and as we did for the 2016 / 2017 Issues; The Blast visits and Presents their Art. Thanks for the Positive Feedback; especially from Keys Art Gallery Owners and Artists that enjoys seeing what their Artistic Community is presenting.
Editors Note : We will start up in the next few weeks with adding events and Features to this Popular Weekly section ( Especially since we have picked up a small Target Market Readership from the Hamptons)
SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CENTER 25 Jobs Ln Southampton, NY, 11968 631-283-0967
PARRISH ART MUSEUM 279 Montauk Hwy. Water Mill, NY, 11976
281 Front St. 305-295-6616
Upcoming Exhibitions : Key West Collects, On the WaterFront Truman Annex Artists, The Outrageous, From a Womans Hand.
Current Exhibitions : The Navy in KW, Overseas to the Keys : Henry Flagler Overseas Railroad, Tennessee Williams-The Playwrite & Painter, Stanley Papio - Junkyard Rebel, Ghosts of East Martello, Speedway to Sunshine : Henry Flagler Overseas Railroad, Life of the Keepers, Depicting Hemingway : Guy Harvey Sketches "The Old Man & The Sea"
Key West Art & Historical Society exhibits Florida Keys residents' curious collections at the Custom House Museum
THIS IS A SPECIAL BATCH OF TRINKETS THAT CONNIE GILBERT GAVE TO THE KWAHS
Key West Art & Historical Society presents "Key West Collects," an exhibit of unusual and wonderful collections of knickknacks, curios, ornaments, trinkets, baubles, tchotchkes, artwork and other objects collected by Key West/Florida Keys residents. In the Bumpus Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street.
Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series guest Craig Pittman to share weird and wonderful Florida stories at Tropic Cinema
On Thursday, December 14 at 6:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes Distinguished Speaker Series guest and journalist Craig Pittman at the Tropic Cinema where he is to present selections from "Oh, Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country," a book that recently won the gold medal for Florida non-fiction from the Florida Book Awards.
The Tampa Bay Times environmental journalist and author of four books is a native Floridian with a bevy of top-tier reporting awards and a resume of newspaper beats that include "quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires, and the Florida Legislature."
Get into the holiday spirit at Key West Art & Historical Society's Holiday Concert & Bazaar on Thursday, December 21st from 5PM to 9PM, located on the sweeping historic porch and promenade of the Custom House Museum.
The celebration will feature Key West's finest artisans, musicians and choirs, along with a spectacular holiday light show presented by Key West High School's 'Conch 5 Studios' students, with proceeds to benefit the Bahama Village Music Program & Society educational programs.
Visitors can browse hundreds of unique gift options at this signature holiday event while enjoying music, food and libations with eggnog and a champagne bar to lift the frazzled 'final shopping days' spirits.
Society members can also enjoy a 30% discount (normally 20% for members) at the museum's store from 6PM to 8PM, and
VIP membership table with champagne and treats.
And of course, Santa will be on hand for last minute requests and 'selfie' photos. Key West Art & Historical Society's Holiday Concert & Bazaar is one of many festive events taking place during Key West Holiday Fest, which runs through December 31 and is presented in part by the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys and the Monroe Country Tourist Development Council. For more information on Key West holiday events visit keywestholidayfest.com.
To inquire about being a vendor, contact Society Operations Manager Shawn Cowles at
or 305.295.6616 x111. Your Museums. Your Community. It takes an Island.
Info. & Photos from Alyson Crean
HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS
FROM THE CITY OF
KEY WEST & KWFD
It's time to deck the halls, but it's also a season where fire can be a threat Key West Fire Chief Michael Davila wants to remind the community to be alert for possible fire hazards that can sneak into our homes over the holidays. Space heaters, candles and dry Christmas trees are just some of the potentially dangerous additions to our homes this time of year.
Each year, lives are lost and homes destroyed because of unsafe use of heaters. The following are some tips to ensure you don't become a statistic:
- Never use ovens, ranges or grills as heating devices
- Install carbon monoxide detectors
- Keep all heating devices at least 36 inches away from other objects, including walls and furniture
- Never use an extension cord with a space heater, and never leave it unattended
- Keep candles at least one foot away from anything flammable and never leave one unattended
- Be sure your smoke alarm is tested monthly
- Use an artificial tree, or be sure your real one is fresh and keep it watered
- Use safe lights, check cords for wear, and don't use more than three strands on one extension cord
- Keep candles a long, safe distance from the tree
- Do not allow children to handle the lights
- Never use indoor extension cords out of doors
- Unplug the lights before changing bulbs
Finally, even cooking can be hazardous if we don't follow a few simple steps:
- Do not leave a stove unattended
- Keep saucepan handles turned away from the front of the stove so that children cannot pull them down
- If you deep fry a turkey, be extra careful; do not use the deep fryer under a deck and be sure to keep children away from that vat of hot oil. This is a potential dangerous means of cooking, so be fully aware of the hazards before you start.
On Thursday, December 14
th, the community will gather back at Bayview Park for the Lighting of the Menorah at 5:30. Rabbi Shimon Dudai from Congregation B'Nai Zion and Rabbi Jacob Zucker from Chabad of the Florida Keys Hosts.
Our Final Part of our Multi-Week Feature from Letty Nowak and The Lemonade Stand Gallery "Small Works". The Exhibition was held at TSKW and Featured 140 Small Works.
(L) Red Sky in Morning (R Top) Tobin Bridge
(R Bottom) Hot Rod ALL by Tighe Hanson
|Autumn Sunset by Randall Graham
Dock Sight by Connie Creek
Alice by Carla Crawford
Submarine Starts it's Cruise from Yangon to Syracuse by Arthur Popek
Historical House Loggerhead by Kely Clark
Fort West Martello Post Irma by Johnny White
Bikini Pie by Tim Curtis
A Hearty Thanks to ALL the Brillaint Artists
Key West Food & Wine Festival 1/24-28, 2018
Melina Toppino sends regards and tells us : Adventurous aficionados of fine food and vintages can explore creative cuisine, premium wines and unique events in a subtropical island setting during the annual Key West Food and Wine Festival.
Set for Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 24-28 2018, the festival's indoor and outdoor events showcase local chefs' culinary flair and favorite indigenous ingredients, intriguing libations and distinctive Florida Keys atmosphere. Attendees can whet their appetites for island-style excellence at Henry Flagler's Welcome Party, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, on the beach at Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. The mouthwatering gathering is to recall the elegance of the early 1900s, shortly after the completion of Flagler's Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad and the luxurious Casa Marina.
For Additional Venue Participants and Events go to their Website
5210 College Rd. 305-296-1504
Saturday, December 16th - Weekly Wine and Food Tasting - Wine Education Event
$15.00 - 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Join us for our weekly Wine and Food Tasting featuring delicious wines with paired bites by Chef Martha Hubbard! Please Call For Seats.
SAT DEC 20 SOLD OUT
Saturday, December 23rd - Weekly Wine and Food Tasting - Wine Education Event
$15.00 - 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Join us for our Cheeses of Nazareth Wine and Food Tasting featuring delicious wines with paired bites by Chef Martha Hubbard!. Please Call For Seats.
Wednesday, December 27th - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
New England Winter Dinner - $90.00 - 5:30pm. Fried Oysters with Horseradish and Beets.
Duck Confit Salad on New England Brown Bread and Celery Root Remoulade.
Sea Scallops with Clementine Relish and Roasted Rutabagas.
Gingerbread, Roasted Pears, and Mascarpone
Saturday, December 30th - Weekly Wine and Food Tasting - Wine Education Event
$15.00 - 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Join us for our weekly Wine and Food Tasting featuring delicious wines with paired bites by Chef Martha Hubbard!Please Call For Seats.
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MOTE Lab Earns First LEED Certification in Monroe Co. hit LINK34
for an Important E-mail from MOTE on the Condition of the Keys Facility
MOTE Scientists Researches Impacts on Stone Crab Fishery & Other Features from a Recent E-Newsletter Hit MOTE34 . MOTE Teams Up with AMIKids to Teach Life Skills Through Marine Literacy & Other Features from a Recent E-Newsletter Hit MOTE35
New Location 808 Duval St.
Next Business Mixer Dec 13 Venue TBA
Be a part of the 2018 Gay Key West Map & Directory!
Purchase your ad today!
The layout is a rack card size booklet that allows for a combination of narrative, photos, advertising & business listings.
They are distributed locally at the Gay Key West Visitors Center
& KWBG Member locations.
We also distrubute them at TDC sponsored trade shows, LGBT festivals around the world and LGBT venues across the US.
Contact : Matt 305-294-4603 Matt@Gaykeywestfl.com
Imporatant Message from your QuarterMaster
Don't know if you are aware, but our Post sustained major damage from IRMA and will be closed for the foreseeable future. We are currently doing the "insurance and contractor dance" and have begun soliciting support to help offset the expenses of both repairs and paying all our reoccurring monthly expenses without the benefit of income.
Any checks can be made out to VFW Post 3911 and mailed to the address below. Also, anyone who would rather do donations digitally, can go to PayPal and make them to our account:
Since we had a lot of blue on the building to begin with, the tarps on there now kind of blend in and haven't been noticed by many in the community. We were hoping that some of your many followers might be inclined to help us out.
Thank you! Ken Thompson, USN (Retired) Quartermaster, Veterans of Foreign Wars Southernmost Post 3911. 2200 N Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040, Post: 305-294-9968, Office: 305-414-8310
Monroe County Animal Farm in Key West 5501 College Rd. 305-293-7300 . Open the 2nd & 4th Sunday each month , Under the Brilliant Direction of Officer/Farmer Jeanne Selander.
Exec Dir. Farmer Jeanne Selander with Peanut and Benny at the 2017 KW Holiday Parade. MCSO Animal Farm Annual "Christmas on the Farm" 12/10 1-3P . Then in January will start up again with being Open the 2nd. and 4th Sunday 1-3pm
Dear Hometown! Supporters,
Thank you for your dedication to Good Government in Key West and Monroe County by joining Hometown ovrt the past several years. With your financial support, Hometown has been able to promote the exchange of political viewpoints and ideas by sponsoring forums, debates and other political events. These programs allow you, the voters, to more fully consider the merits of the candidates and their proposals.
I am writing to respectfully ask you to financially support Hometown's
to host and present candidate events in 2018 - all toward cultivating qualified local candidates, promoting positive campaigns and educating voters. This will surely be a very active election year! Individual and Family Memberships are $40 and $55, respectively. Of course, you may wish to contribute more generously; other levels of giving are on the Hometown website.
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Hometown thanks you for your continuing commitment to good governance in Key West and Monroe County, to a well qualified and prepared stable of candidates and, most important, to an informed and engaged electorate.
Hometown! Key West is a 501(c) 3 corporation and is tax deductible on your federal income tax returns. Membership is on an annual basis; renewable every January.
Thanks for reading The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends. If would like to insert material in the Magazine ; reach out to me at 954-448-4324 EK10@AOL.COM. Thanks to All the Contributing Editors & Organizations. Have a Great Week; Ed.