The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends December 25, 2017   

After the Storm by Abigal White  Acrylic

  Madagascar Gecko in a Frangipani by Mally Weaver
A Visit to the Winter Member's Show at The Key West Art Center "Celebrate the Season"
Our On-Line Photographic Exhibition "Extremes" ; Example : Coldest / Warmest Area, Most / Least Populated City. Above is "Most Photographed Subject in the USA" ; which is the Guggenheim Art Museum Building in NYC. 



Our Weekly FKCC Features Marine Science Students Showing Off Their Research


Our Weekly Features from The City of Key West and MCSO (More Below)




The Weekly TSKW Section Featuring So Many Events, Exhibition, & Classes
"Photos of the Week" by Peter Arnow


Annual Dachshund Walk Dec 31
Photo Feature from The Annual MCSO Animal Farm "Christmas on the Farm". Opens  the 2nd & 4th. Sunday Starting with 1/14.
   
Time Consuming by Christine Fifer  Enamels on Canvas

After Hours by Aaron Wright  Acrylic
Pt. 2 "The Creative Art of Lettering"at The Gato Cigar Bld. Florida Keys Council of The Arts


South Florida Symphony Orchestra's VIP Hemingway House Members Party Photo Feature


Eric Anfinson, Emma Starr + His Guest Artists Exhibition
Sybarite5 on Jan 7
Jacoby MacKay Jan 21
Impromptu Classical Concerts of KW Kicks off 2018 Season on Jan 7 & 21, 2018
 
 Whale Rider by Sean Callahan  WaterColor on Aqua Board

The Multi Talented Mike Rooney. Mike is a Regular Teacher at TSKW as well as one of our Most Well Received Artists
Pt. 3 Member's Show at TSKW "Keys Strong" 

Tropical Southernmost Dr. Harris House by Sharon Wells

Perception by Gabrielle Wilson
"Two Fresh Faces" Exhibition Reception 1/5 as part of First Friday at the Frangipani Gallery Featuring Art by Sharon Wells & Gabrielle Wilson
Sal Salinero

Michael Palmer

Private Art Collection being Auctioned Off via Silent Art Auction; On View 12/18-12/28 at Stone Soup Gallery 802 White St. (More Info Below). As of 12/22 The Bidding so far has been Extremely Low.
Tory Mata & Toto

Artists at the Armory

Lauren McAloon

As Part of Walk on White ; the Artists at the Armory (606 White St. Former Location of TSKW) Entertained.  Tory Mata & Toto Told us that they will be having a Exhibition in April.  Tory also plays with Ben Pegg as a Duo and they are Outstanding.


Jazz in the Gardens at Kate Miano's The Garden Hotel. Special Christmas Jazz Show 12/24 (Lots of Photos from the Dec 17 Terri White Ensemble Below in this Issue)
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Editor's Note
This Issue is Large ; Lots Going on. Of Course; Our Magazine is Designed to Open & Close Unlimited Times with Ease. The Photographs are Downsized so NO Computers will have difficulty with Memory Load.

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The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends ; Going out to over 7815 Each Week.   Pt 2. Winter Member's Show at KW Art Ctr. "Celebrate the Season",  On-Line Photographic Exhibition "Extremes", FKCC Marine Science Students Presents Research, Our MCSO-The City of KW-TSKW-KWAHS and Many Additional Weekly Sections, Pt. 3 Winter Member's Show at TSKW "Keys Strong", Mark Hedden's Photo Exhibition "Storm Tossed" at TSKW, Pt. 3 Winter Member's Show at the Fla. Keys Council of the Arts "The Creative Art of Lettering", KW Theater Updated Schedule of Concerts / Events + "The Full Moon Saloon" Event Just Scheduled,  WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM , KW Garden Club Meeting 1/8, Zazoo Fine Art Gallery's Reception for Jeff Vermeeren 1/25 + A Sneak Preview Feature on Our Extensive Tour,  WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM , Peter Arnow's "Photos of the Week", Annual Dachshund Walk 12/31, Photo Feature from the Annual MCSO "Christmas on the Farm" :  Open Next 1/14, Photo Feature from Eric Anfinson & Emma Starr's Home Studio Artisan Party, Impromptu Classical Concerts of KW Season Openers 1/7 & 21, Photo Feature of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra's VIP Members Party at Hemingway House , TSKW's Cuban Artist Abel Barroso Exhibition 1/4 (Curated by Gallery on Greene's Nance Frank), Waterfront Playhouse "Inspecting Carol : A Holiday Disaster" 12/12-1/6 & "1776" 1/23-2/4, Gallery on Greene's Exhibition Reception 1/13 "The Magnificent 14 KW 1930's WPA Artists (MUST SEE/Attend), Art@830 Gallery Reception for Christine Cordone Smith & Michael Norviel 1/4, KWAHS New Exhibition at Custom House Museum "Key West Collects", Photo Feature from the Dec 17 Jazz in the Gardens with Terri White Ensemble + Christmas Jazz in the Gardens 1/24 with an ALL Star Ensemble led by Skipper Kripitz, Gary Welton & Bill Mack at KW Gallery 12/28-12/31, Special NYE Sunday Ramble with ALL Star Line Up at The Key West Theater, KWBG (Key West Business Guild) Luncheon Jan. 3 with Speaker Mayor Cates,  WWW.HOMETOWNKEYWEST.COM Workshop 2/10, New Exhibition "Alternate Realities" at Lucky Street Gallery, 
OIRF House Tours 12/27 & 28, FKSPCA "Parade of Paws" 2/10, "Last Stand : Protecting the Keys" Next Meeting 1/16, Books and Books, Aids Help CC, Isle Cook's Tasty Class Schedule, WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM , Michael Palmer Opens Up the 2018 Season at GingerBread Gallery 1/7 + Raffle Now Benefiting the FKSPCA, KW Tropical Forest & Botanical Gardens, KW VFW, KWLS (Key West Literary Seminar),  WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Extensive Calendar of Events + Hundreds of Photo Galleries, WWW.EQFL.ORG (Equality Florida), Reef Relief-Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Fla. Keys-MOTE-NOAA-FWC-Discovery Center Features, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boat Safety Courses 1/9-1/25, Q-Magazine, "2018 Soul of KW" Calendar by Ralph DePalma, Southernmost Coconut Castaways Helps Most of the Non Profit Organizations, Frangipani Gallery for First Friday Presents Sharon Wells & Gabrielle Wilson 1/5, Fringe Theater "An Evening with Lilian Baxter" 12/21-31 & "The Regina Monologues" 1/18-20, KW Ladies Golf Ass. Plays on Thursdays, WWW.CFFK.ORG Giving Grants + Unsung Heroes Celebration 1/26, Mangia-Mangia Specialty Dinner Nights Benefiting the Non Profit Organizations, KW Wildlife Ctr., AnnaMarie Giordano's Life Drawing Workshops Tues. at Ft. East Martello, Capt. Karen Luknis at Salt Gallery, Skipper Kripitz Gigs, "On the Waterfront" Exhibition Reception at KWAHS 1/12, Coast Projects Helps you Stay Warm with new KW Store, KW Food and Wine Festival 1/24-28, & More.  
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We start the Dec 25 Issue with Photos taken from the Annual "Christmas on the Farm"; Lots of Cute Animals and "Conchs";  but First "Holiday Scenes" then : A Sneak Preview of a Few Features in the Jan 1st. and 8th. Issues.

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Up Next Our Photo Feature of MCSO's
Annual "Christmas on the Farm" but First

The Next Two Weeks in the January 1st. & 8th. Issues ; a few of the Features
(Nance in her Gallery standing next to "Relaxing Time" by Abel Barroso  Mixed Media (50X40)
ABEL BARROSO IN THE SANGER GALLERY
Opening Jan 4 6-8 at TSKW , Artists Talk Jan 11 4pm
Exhibition Curated by Gallery on Greene's Nance Frank
Cuban Sculptor and Print Maker Abel Barroso is known for constructing absurdist "Technology" out of wood as a wry commentary on life on both sides of the US Embargo. Timed with Key West Literary Seminar's "Writers of the Caribbean". Barroso's work is collected MoMA and other Major Museums and Sparks with Humor and heart to geopolitical concerns. Sponsored by Team Kaufelt.  Click this Link for Additional Info. on this Event 



Gallery on Greene's Next Exhibition with Opening Reception Jan. 13 6-8P
"The Magnificent 14 KW 1930's WPA Artists"
WWW.GALLERYONGREENE.COM  606 Greene St. 305-294-1669

Two of Christine Cordone Smith's Works  WaterColors


Yellow Table by Michael Norviel  Oil on Canvas 18X21

Key West Citizen by Michael Norviel  Oil on Canvas 18X20

Art@830 Gallery 830 Caroline St. 305-295-9595  WWW.ART830.COM Jan 4 -14 ; with Opening Reception Jan 4 6-8p  "BUENA VISTA" WaterColors by Christine Cordone Smith & Oils by Michael Norviel
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The Jan 1 Issue will have a Photo Feature from "Key West Collects"
281 Front St. 305-295-6616

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. 

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Cayo Hueso by George Crosby

Casa Marina Beach by Deborah J Moore

The January 1st. or 8th. Issue will have a Feature on Melissa Trader's Stone Soup Gallery & Frame Shop 802 White St. 305-296-2020 WWW.STONESOUPGALLERY.COM 
https://www.facebook.com/stonesoupgallery/


The Jan. 1st. or Jan 8th. Issue will have a Visit to  West Martello Tower


The January 1st. Issue will have a Lead Photo Feature on the Annual KWAHS Christmas Festival/Concert & Bazaar

Also Next Week; Photo Features from the latest Lucky Street Exhibition & Photo Features from ALL the Participating "Walk on White" venues.  A few Features down we give additional Sneak Previews of the Jan 1. & Jan. 8th. Issue  

 Now Christmas 
on the Farm from MCSO
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Farmer Jeanne Selander : Exec. Dir. of the MCSO Animal Farm


The MCSO Annual "Christmas on the Farm" 5501 College Rd. 305-293-7300 WWW.KEYSSO.NET 







More "Christmas on 
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The Studios of Key West Opened Last Week a Few Exhibitions. "KEYS STRONG" their Latest Members Show Features ALL Works Pertaining to IRMA.  This issue Contains Many of the Local Works. The Dec 11 http://conta.cc/2iKAdvt and Dec 18 http://conta.cc/2j672mW Issue had many works.

Cat Mask by Martha Cook  Oil on Paper
My Old Dock by Tony Basso  Wood , Metal & Acrylic
Reading Room by David Scott Meier Oil Canvas
Moonlight in the Mangroves by Larry Halstead  WaterColor
Pandition Realm by Emma Starr  Polaroid Emulsion on Arches Huile
Untitled by John Martini  Monoprint
More "Keys Strong" Winter Member's Show at TSKW; Up Shortly
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Part 2 : 
Florida Keys Council of the Arts  1100 Simonton St. 305-295-4369. 

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.
A Bit Off Center by Denise Graham  Polymer Clay

Bite by Bob Slitzan  Digital Art

Black, Red, White All Over by Lucy Paige  Mixed Media

Many Names by Nancy Murphee Davis  WaterColor

Sassafras Criss Cross Five By Deborah Goldman Photograph


Captain Says No Fishing by Kerry Hoeppner  Coconut & Palm Fronds

More "The Creative Art of Lettering" Up Shortly

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JAZZ IN THE GARDENS at Kate Miano's The Gardens Hotel
 WWW.GARDENSHOTEL.COM  526 Angela St.
Last Week it was Terry White and Friends ; The Sunday Dec 24 Concert will be the Annual "Christmas Eve Jazz at the Gardens"
5-7:30P; Featuring an ALL Star Ensemble Group led by Skipper Kripitz

The Gardens Ensemble on Dec. 17 were Terri White, vocals and percussion; Mark Rose, saxophones and flutes; Tim McAlpine, guitar; and Hal Howland








More from Kate Miano's "Jazz in the Gardens" at The Gardens Hotel; Up Shortly
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Our On-Line Photographic Exhibition "Extremes"

Where is the world's   C oldest Place   East Antarctic Plateau ...  
On the high ridge of the East Antarctic Plateau, 
the temperature can drop to as low as -135.8  degrees Fahrenheit, which was recorded in August, 2010.
Where is the world's   M ost Populated City   Shanghai  ...  
At a whopping 24,150,000 permanent inhabitants, 
Shanghai  is the only city that is home to over 24 million people in one city.
Where is the world's L east Populated City ?  Vatican City    ...  
With a paltry population of 842, the city-state of 
Vatican City  is the smallest city and state in the world.
Where is the M ost Expensive City  to live in?  Singapore    ...  
This city has recently beat out Tokyo, Japan, for the title of "most expensive city" for 2014. Cars can cost between 4-6 times as much in Singapore from what they cost in the US or UK (for example, a Toyota Prius actually costs about $150,000.00 there).
Where is the    least expensive city    to live in?  Mumbai    , India    ..  
At the other end of the spectrum, Mumbai, India, is the cheapest place to live in the world, according to the Worldwide Cost of Living Index, 2014. 
For some comparison, a loaf of bread that would cost $3.36 in Singapore, 
would only cost $0.91 in Mumbai.  A lot of poverty brings the cost of living down.
More "Extremes" Up Shortly

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

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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
Due to Space constraints go to their Website / FB Page for additional Info. ; and last week's Issue http://conta.cc/2j672mW
 also will have a Message from the President Todd German
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Annual Key West Dachshund Walk is Sunday, December 31
 
On December 31
st Dachshund's, Dachshund impersonators, and their human companions will parade through downtown streets lined with adoring fans during the annual Key West Dachshund Walk. People and pets are invited to gather Sunday at noon at the corner of Fleming and Whitehead Streets before undertaking a three-block journey which will proceed down Fleming Street to Duval Street to Appelrouth Lane and back to Whitehead Street. Registration is not required. Costumes are encouraged, as are donations of dog and cat food for the Community Pet Pantry. The annual Key West Dachshund Walk 
is one of the final events of the island-wide Key West Holiday Fest, which runs through the month of December and is presented in part by the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys & Key West and the Monroe Country Tourist Development Council. 
For more Holiday Fest information visit keywestholidayfest.com. (Photo Carol Tedesco / KeyWestHolidayFest.com
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The Keys Blast from  Ed Krane and Friends welcomes a New Gallery to the Publication with a Lead Feature either January 1 or Jan. 8.  Here are a few Photos to Peak Your Interest. This Gallery is Truly Spectacular and want to thank James Curken for providing me with so much info. on the Musicians, Photographers and Actors.
WWW.ZAZOOARTGALLERY.COM 622 Duval St. 305-294-8925 

January 25 7-10 PM Artistic Jeff Vermeeren 
Metal Artist Jeff Vermeeren will be in the gallery to discuss his Extreme Abstractism on metal using a combination of fire, ice, pressure and a wide range of unstable chemicals to create unique one-of-a-kind originals as well as unveil his newest creations.





Artist Don Oriolo has a Large Variety of Art ; and his Iconic Signature Art is known World Wide.
Jeff Vermeeren "Drowning in Fun"

Another Piece from Mr. Vermeeren

Musician Ron Wood has Many Original Pieces of Art at Zazoo
Steven Holland has many Mega Star Paintings
Once again ; the Jan 1 or Jan 8 Issue ( Probably Jan 8) will have a Lead Feature on the Zazoo Fine Art Gallery.
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WWW.KEYWESTIMPROMPTU.ORG 305--292-1502
(L) Sybarite5 January 7
(R) Jacob MacKay January 21
The 2018 Season (As Usual) ALL Concerts at St. Pauls Episcopal Church 4pm.



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Last Week ; The South Florida Symphony Orchestra held a Members VIP Party to Celebrate the Opening of the 2017 / 2018
Season ( Actually Everyone's Good Friend Svetlana Smolina the World Renowned Concert Pianist did a Solo Concert at TSKW Last Month).








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New Year's Eve Special Sunday Ramble
WWW.THEKEYWESTTHEATER.COM 512 Eaton St.

Spend your last moments of 2017 and ring in 2018 on New Year's Eve at the Key West Theater with the Sunday Ramble Band & special guests! 
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Key West Garden Club Meeting Jan 8

Garden Club member, Colin Cabot is hosting the showing of "the Gardener", a new movie about his father's fabulous creation - the "Quatre Temps" gardens in Canada.
The event will be a Fund Raiser for the Garden Club to help  pay for the restoration of the gardens post IRMA. 
The Studios of Key West have kindly agreed to host the event free of charge, in their large theater on the second floor of 533 Eaton street on
Monday 8 th January at 4:30 pm.
The movie is a feast for the senses - anyone with any interest in plants, gardening and creativity should not miss this spectacular film, which has been selected by all the major Film Festivals worldwide. 
Please click on the link below to see the preview:
https://vimeo.com/213602278 . 
Mark the date on your calendars now; Bring a friend or better still 3 friends, your whole neighborhood! 
This will be a very special evening which should inspire all of us to create something of beauty for the soul.
If you have ANY questions at all do not hesitate to contact Rosi Ware (917) 365-6823  rosi.ware@kantar.com
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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 runs from December 8-early January. The Jan. 1st. or Jan 8th. Issue will have photos of last Week's Opening Reception.
 
Sink Kittens by Lori Larusso  Acrylic on Shaped Panel

Deer Me by Jaimie Miller  Mixed Media



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WWW.OIRF.ORG
 
Key West houses - from shotguns to mansions - are like holiday gifts:  delights can be found in packages of any size, shape or wrappings.  The Old Island Restoration Foundation presents five homes that are fine examples of surprises inside.  They are offered as the premier for the Home Tours' 58th season.
The tour is scheduled for Wednesday & Thursday, December 27 and 28, from 3pm to 7pmTickets are $30 in advance; $35 on tour days.  For credit card purchase, buy tickets online at  www.oirf.org  or call 305-294-9501 
.  Tickets are also available for purchase at the Oldest House (322 Duval Street).  During tour hours, tickets will be sold at the featured houses - cash or check, please.
Houses on the december Tour : 112 Hutchinson Ln., 1209 Johnson St., 618 Catholic Ln., 610 Griffin Ln., 511 Caroline St. ( Curry Mansion)
Mark your 2018 calendar for these OIRF Events:
January House Tour:  Friday, 12th & Saturday, 13th 3pm-7pm.
February House Tour:  Friday, 16th & Saturday, 17th 10am-4pm.
March House Tour:  Friday, 16th & Saturday, 17th 10am-4pm.
This season is dedicated to the memory of Joan Cornell.  Joan and her husband "Woody" were invaluable organizers of the Home Tours and supporters of OIRF for many years.
Also:   Saturday, March 3rd at Noon:  Conch Shell Blowing Contest
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Eric Anfinson  at Mockingbird Studios 1616 Catherine St.

An evening of art, drinks, and live music by Lance Taylor. There was handmade jewelry & porcelain wares by Australian artists represented by Emma Starr at Falling For Florin.

Mark, Emma Starr, Eric Anfinson & Michael Shields
Lance Taylor



Carrie Disrud was one of the Featured Artists : All the Art That Follows is hers.


Sorry about the Photo Quality ; the Outdoor Lighting was rough ; although Ideal for this extremely laid back artistic event









More from Eric and Emma's Holiday Home Artists Hang ; Up Shortly
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"Marine Zoning Works for Me" Presentation
Two weeks ago 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. Go to the Dec 11 Issue (Link Below) for the Lead Feature as well as the websites above http://conta.cc/2iKAdvt
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Last Stand's 30th Annual Meeting on January 16, 2018 Features Dr. Patrick Rice
Please plan to join Last Stand at the 2018 annual meeting as we celebrate successes of the past year and look forward to the coming year's challenges. The meeting begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday January 16
th  at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street with a short business session and highlights of 2017. The featured speaker, Dr. Patrick Rice, Dean of Business & Marine Science at Florida Keys Community College will present an overview of the science and technology degree programs at the college. Admission is free and is open to members and the general public. Light refreshments will be served. Due to Space constraints go to the end of this Issue for the rest of this Notice


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Mark Hedden's "Storm Tossed" Photographic Exhibition at TSKW with Audio by WRLN's Nancy Klingener. The Dec 18 Issue Featured Mark's Photos http://conta.cc/2j672mW
 ..Only a few more days to see "Keys Strong: Winter Member's Show" and "Storm Tossed"


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The January 1st. Issue will have Photos from the Holiday Jazz Concert at TSKW this past Friday Featuring Christine Cordone Smith, Larry Smith, Skipper Kripitz and Joe Dallas with a few Guest Stars : Liza Jane Catana, Lieutenant Joe Tripp, A Brilliant Young Dancer, Hoffman III, and a few more.   
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WWW.HARRISON-GALLERY.COM 825 White St. 305-294-0609


Special things come in small packages!  Unique collaborative sculptures of glass, metal and gold by Helen Harrison and Cheryl Wilson Smith that could be the perfect gift.  The January 1st. or 8th. Issue will have a Photo Feature on their current exhibition WWW.HARRISON-GALLERY.COM 825 White St. 305-294-0609

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  533 Eaton St. 305-320-0208
Part of WWW.TSKW.ORG

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Poinsetta by Fran Decker


"Celebrate the Season" Winter Members Show
WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM 301 Front St. 305-294-1241

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.

Pretty in Pink by Nancy Hening  Oil
Who's Counting by Suzann D'Antonio  Mixed Media 3D
Madagascar Geicko in a Frangipani by Mally Weaver Acrylic on Paper
Olivia Again by Elizabeth Chamberlain  Oil
Captain Tonys by Donna Yadean  WaterColor
Pink Cat Hat by Pam Hobbs  Acrylic
"Merry Christmas" by Susan O'Neill 

The January 1st. Issue will have many Additional Works from the Key West Art Center on 301 Front Street 305-294-1241  WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM
 
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Artist Michael Palmer Sends Holiday Greetings and Tells Us : The GingerBread Square Gallery is hosting a benefit raffle for the FKSPCA  begun Dec.1 and cullminating in a champagne. drawing of the winning ticket Dec.28 for a top hat I have done. Tickets are $5 and I've said  "Win it and wear it for New Years' Eve or for some other inappropriate affair."
The point is, we are hoping to benefit NSPCA in Key West with all the extra work they've had resulting from intake of animals after Irma's visit to the keys. The hat is on view at Gingerbread 
ALSO MICHAEL PALMER EXHIBITION STARTS JAN 7 with a Reception at GingerBread
"Dick, Jane, & Spots Friendly Village" by Michael Palmer 18X18
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WWW.KEYWESTGARDEN.COM 305-296-1505
5210 College Road 


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

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WWW.EQFL.ORG 813-870-3735


Equality Florida consists of two organizations - Equality Florida Institute, Inc., our 501(c)(3) educational charity and Equality Florida Action, Inc., our 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. Together, these organizations form the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Through education, grassroots organizing, coalition building, and lobbying, we are changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 
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WWW.KEYWESTGALLERY.COM   601 Duval St. 305-292-9339
Bill Mack & Gary Welton Appearing at the Gallery 12/28-31
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Photos of the Week by Peter Arnow. 
(L - Top) Giant Kaleidoscope
the Art to Go large Kaleidoscope with its beautiful patterns is always a big hit at the Artisans Market. Photo by Pete Arnow
(R- Top) Christmas Tree at the Historic Bight       
The beautiful Christmas Tree by the Western Union Birth at the Key West Bight is all lit to welcome visitors to Christmas at the historic site. Photo by Pete Arnow.






(L-Bottom) Locally Painted Glass at Artisans Market
Key West artisan Sara proudly displays her collection of dishwasher proof hand painted glasses and bottles at the Artisan Market. Photo by Pete Arnow

The City of Key West displays its Green Initiatives Program at the November Artisan Market. Allison Higgins & Dee Dee Green Photo by Pete Arnow
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Next Jan 7 at 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 .
 
WWW.KEYWESTCHEF.COM
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Paul Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery
522 Southard St. 305-797-6485
Current Exhibition Features Robert Baras, Darren Jones, Susanne Donazetti, & Sally Wernicoff. Hit the Dec 18 Issue Link for the Lead Feature we did on Opening Night http://conta.cc/2j672mW 

Dare to Dream by Robert Baras
Alchemy on Aluminum

Encounters by Robert Baras
Alchemy on Aluminum

Just dropped off at the Gallery ; this latest work from Darren Jones

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


FKCC Showcases Student Research
 
The scientific work of six Florida Keys Community College students took the spotlight on campus this past Tuesday at the College's first ever Student Research Showcase.  The event featured a variety of analyses, field work, and findings compiled by marine science students during internships and independent study experiences.  Topics included seagrass restoration, shrimp aquaculture, protected coral monitoring, spawning aquarium fish, octopus ecology, and pillar coral assessment. 
 
"The quality of work and depth of knowledge demonstrated are rare even among graduate level students, and our students are only in their first two years of college," said FKCC marine science professor Dr. Michelle Walsh.
 
FKCC plans to expand the event in upcoming semesters to include student research and internships across all fields of study at the College. "We are fortunate to have such dedicated faculty and industry partners to help our students find unique and rich experiences that will help them tremendously when they enter the workforce." said Lana Sielski, FKCC's Director of Marine Science and Technology.  "We're looking forward to sharing more of our students' successes in the future."

FKCC student Emily Hower shares results of her study," Long-Term Monitoring of Endangered Species Act-Listed Corals in the Dry Tortugas National Park." Hower is earning associate degrees in Marine Environmental Technology and Diving, Business and Technology as well as a certificate in Professional Research Diving.


FKCC student Sara Rose Cagle points out damage to a segment of pillar coral found in the Dry Tortugas.  Cagle, who is earning an associate degree in Marine Environmental Technology and a certificate in Professional Research Diving, presented "Pillar of Hope: Identifying and Cataloging the Genotypes of Dendrogyra Cylindrus to Save the Species."


FKCC student Hunter Ledbetter explains how a mother octopus protects her eggs in his study, "Octopus Life History and Ecology: An Annotated Photo-Technical Report."  Ledbetter, who is earning associate degrees in Marine Environmental Technology and Diving, Business and Technology as well as certificates in Professional Dive Instruction and Professional Research Diving, chronicled two brooding octopus mothers daily in the College's dive lagoon.


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WWW.REDBARNTHEATRE.COM 305-296-9911

Subscription Plans for the Best Seat Avaialable 
DANCING LESSONS BY MARK ST. GERMAIN 12/19-1/13 7PM
Starring Carolyn Cooper and Dave Bootle ; Dir. by Joy Hawkins

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 Members Show "Keys Strong" at TSKW
Jewelry : Zen by Karen Moore Featuring Arizona Turquoise, Gemstones, 14K Gold

Keys Strong is on ALL 3 Floors
This Once Was Home by Fran Decker  Acrylic
Shaving in Paris by Dr. Robert Olson  Acrylic
Still Standing by Garth Holtcamp
Terry's Office by Jane Grannis Raku
Resilience (Shelley's Chalet) by Deborah J Moore  WaterColor
Tropically Tattered by Katie Holtkamp  Acrylic
More "KEYS STRONG" Winter Members Show at TSKW; Up Shortly
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Part 2 Photos from the Annual 
"Christmas on the Farm








More Photos of the 2017 Christmas on the Farm in the January 1, 2018 Issue.
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Part 2 of our On-Line Photographic Exhibition "Extremes"

Highest Point on Earth Mount Everest ...  
Towering 29,029 feet in the air, the top of Mount Everest  
is the closest you can get to touching outer space while still standing on Earth.
Lowest Point on Earth The Challenger Deep Trench   It is       the lowest known natural point in the world   at    35,797 ft    below sea level       at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.     (in the Pacific near the Mariana islands)  Only three people have ever made it to the bottom in a submersible, one of which was filmmaker James Cameron.  
Where is the  wettest spot on Earth?   Mawsynram    , India    ...  
In this city in India, it rains an average of    467.35   inches per year,  
and has a record of 1000 inches in 1985...much more than any rain forest!
Where is the    driest spot    on Earth?   (It's not the Sahara!)  The Atacama Desert ...  
The    600 miles  of South America's Atacama desert is recorded as the driest place on Earth, no contest.   This desert has an average of only 4 inches of rain every hundred years. Incredible, but true.  
What is The Most Photographed Place in the US :  The Guggenheim building in New York...   Photos have always told stories, but in today's world of cell phone cameras and social media,   that story is relayed as data to companies who monitor everything we do.  
Geotagged data was culled by Sightsmap using a Google-based image sharing software,  
and can show us the most photographed places in the world, right down to this landmark.  
The strange winner is this building in New York City.  Guess it impresses a lot of visitors.   
What country consumes the    most food per capita? 
The overweight United States ...  
We eat an average of 3,770 calories a day each.  
Shamefully, obesity is becoming more of a problem every year.  
More "Extremes" Up Shortly in the Jan. 1 Issue
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WWW.WESLEYHOUSE.ORG 305-809-5000 1100 Varela St.


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WWW.TRUMANLITTLEWHITEHOUSE.COM 111Front St. 305-294-9911

 Truman Little White House 70th Anniversary Celebration of President Truman's Dedication of Everglades National Park. The Dec 18 Issue did a Lead Feature on this event ; Click the Link http://conta.cc/2j672mW 
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Part 2 of the Artist Party that Emma and Eric Anfinson threw at their Home Studios
Captain Karen Lukins





Frany, Emma, & Jaime

One of our Exec. Ass. Editors Carol Tedesco chatting with a very tall guy

Follow Photographer / Journalist Jeane LaRance and I shooting each other

Thanks Emma, Carrie, Karen,  Lance & Eric for the Really Nice Party
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Bob Eigholtz from The US Coast Guard Auxiliary sends regards and tells us :Flotilla 13-03, Big Pine Key, is offering a
Boating Skills and Seamanship course January 9, 2018 thru January 25, 2018.  It is a three week program, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7:00 to 9:30 P.M. It will be held at the Big Pine Key United Methodist Church (Fellowship Hall), 280 Key Deer Blvd, Big Pine Key.
 
The cost of the program is $55 per person (materials included) or $80 for two people with shared materials. 
Topics include: Which Boat is for You, Required Boat Equipment, Operator Responsibilities, Rules of the Road, Handling Your Boat, Highway Signs, Orientation to Nautical Charts, Weather, A Look at the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Navigational Tools & Techniques, Navigation Exercise, Trailering, Boating Safety, Your Boat's Radio, Florida Law, Hands on Knot Tying, and a guest speaker from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. 
For more information, visit Our Web Site. To sign Up Diane Adam 305-872-4071 Auxclassreg@Yahoo.com
 
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Neil Chamberlain and Staff Send Holiday Greetings
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WWW.SANCTUARYFRIEDNS.ORG 55500 Overseas Hwy. Marathon 305-289-2288
Click SANC1 for their Latest Newsletter
In the Newsletter : Coral Reef Damage Assessment, Summer LionFish Debry Recap, Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, Newsmakers, Upcoming Events,

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Part 2 of the "The Art of Creative Lettering"
Florida Keys Council of the Arts  1100 Simonton St. 305-295-4369 

2017-2018 Member's Winter Art Show - The Creative Art of Lettering
Exhibition dates: November 2017 through January 2018.

KW Alphabet & Limericks by A.L. (PEN) Pendleton 1913



Evolution by Daniel Steel  Mixed

Carry with your Emergency Sign by Jackie Sanchez  Welder's Steel Paper & Cloth

Sea and Sky by Judi Bradford  WaterColor

Fly with the Sun by Sandy Sun Clay with Glazes

Thanks Again to ALL the Local Artists that shared their ART with our 7800 Weekly Art Appreciation Readers. "The Art of Creative Lettering is on until the end of January" at 1100 Simonton Street at The Florida Keys Council of the Arts (Gato) Building
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Two Fresh Faces at Frangipani Gallery Friday January 5

Frangipani Gallery is pleased to start the new year off with our two newest artists, Gabrielle Wilson and Sharon Wells, at an opening reception Friday January 5, 6-8 PM as part of the First Friday Art Stroll on Upper Duval.  1102 A&B Duval St, Key West.  The show runs through January 31.

Sharon Wells at Gallery A paints houses in acrylics, oils and with digital enhancement.  She also documents the genealogy of our island's houses for homeowners.  These visual projects incorporate both art and history into handsome displays.

Gabrielle Wilson showing at Gallery B presents "Balance."  Riding the waves of change whether welcome or not, requires balance.  This body of work reflects what Gabrielle has learned over the past years; lessons about how to look to the positive; lessons that are provided by unforeseen circumstances.    Your reaction to what is happening externally can create either peace or unrest.  The direction in which you choose to focus can elevate you or not.  Gabrielle has found these lessons even more important in the aftermath of Irma's upheaval and she wishes to share them through her art.


Photos:  (L) Tropical Southernmost Dr. Harris House by Sharon Wells
          (R)   Perception by Gabrielle Wilson
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WWW.FRINGETHEATER.COM 305-731-0581 325 WhiteHead St.

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.
Click FRINGE1 for a 20% Discount on Tickets ; and go to their website for a Complete Schedule
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WWW.GARDENSHOTEL.COM 526 Angela St. 305-294-2661
Every Sunday Sunday, 5 - 7:30p, Jazz in the Gardens Plus Terry White & Friends 12/17 & ON 12/24 CHRISTMAS EVE JAZZ with Skipper Kripitz, Larry Smith, Joe Dallas, & Christine Cordone
 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

Part 2 of our Photo Feature from the Dec 17 Terry White & Friends Concert








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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.
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 WWW.CFFK.ORG 305-292-1502

Click GRANTS-AWARDS 1 for Complete List
ALSO The UNSUNG HEROES CELEBRATION is 1/26 with Review of Award Inclusion by 12/31.. Click LINK2 for More Info ; and or Call 305-292-1502

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

Thanks Tom, Peggy and Staff / Supporters /Board for the Amazing Job you do in Helping our Wild Friends.
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WWW.THEKEYWESTTHEATER.COM 512 Eaton St. 305-985-0433
From 1977 - 1993 the Full Moon Saloon was the place to hang in Key West and Listen to the music of Bill Blue and the Nervous Guys or the Survivors.  These two iconic Key West bands sometimes alternated weekly gigs.  The Moon was dark, the AC and the beer were always cold, and the music was the best in town.  The crowds were mostly locals and included the famous and some of the infamous. When they moved from United Street to 1202 Simonton (current location of Camille's) Jimmy Buffet opened the new venue and returned to sit in often. It closed July 18, 1993 - Bill Blue and the Nervous Guys played music until 2pm the next day.  Join us along with Bill Blue and the Nervous Guys and Din Allen and the Survivors to relive some of those raucous days when smugglers drank with customs agents by night and eluded them by day. 
See old friends, enjoy the music of the Full Moon Saloon with two of Key West's greatest bands.
For additional Info on this event as well as their Latest E-Newsletter with Updated Info. Click TWT7
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"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 KWTLINK3 for one of their Latest E-Mail Campaigns with Updates

Click one their Latest E-Mail Campaigns to get Additional Updated Show and Event Schedule

Go to their Website and Facebook Pages for Up to Date Schedule of Events and Concerts.
ALSO HIT THIS LINK1 for their Latest E-Mail that will give a Tremendous amount of Information on New Bookings and Complete Concert/Event Schedules


Headwig & The Angry Inch 1/8, Arlo Guthrie 2/1, & The Zombies 1/26 & 27

Firefall March 17, 2018

 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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WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM 305-304-6882 Owners / Editors Naja & Arnaud Girard
Hit this Link for some of the Great Videos :  http://thebluepaper.com/blue-paper-video-2/
Hit this Link for a Small Donation to the Blue Paper 
  
Arlo Haskell KWLS
Corneil McIntosh

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AnnaMarie Giordano's Life 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.

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Part 3 Winter Members Show at TSKW "Keys Strong"
Blind Faith by Yolanda Maloney  Oil on Canvas
When the Storm Passes by Mark Hedden
Irma by Joyce Carpenter  Acrylic
Aqua Gypsy Sings I Will Survive by Cheryl Wellman  From Remaining Wood Fence
Love Lives Here by Sonia Robinson  Acrylic on Paper
"June 15 2015" by Vera Vesek  Acrylic Particulate on PlexiGlass

More TSKW Winter Members Show "Keys Strong" in the January 1st. Issue

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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 

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WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM 1-800-FLA-KEYS 
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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Inspecting Carol A Holiday Disaster Dec 12- Jan 6
1776 Jan 23-Feb 4


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WWW.SUNSETWATERSPORTSKEYWEST.COM
 855-378-6386  (855-3-SUNFUN)
CLICK THE BLUE LINKS BELOW FOR BRIEF VIDEOS
"DINNER CRUISE"
Direct Booking from Sunset Watersports Key West on All Above Plus so Many Additional Packages Hit BOOKING INFO .  
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 Link for "After Irma Gratitude + Resources for Artists" Click Brown Title 
 WWW.TSKW.ORG 533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458 
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
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"STORM TOSSED" 12/7-28  Exhibition by Mark Hedden & WRLN's Nancy Klingenger

Photos by Mark Hedden
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(Top Left) Workshop Botanical Painting with Christine Neill (AIR) Jan. 5 & 7
(Top Right) Back to Basics : Draw Better with Mike Rooney Every Wed. in Jan. 10a-1pm

Click TSKW9 For Complete E-Newsletter on ALL the Upcoming Classes & Workshops
Click TSKW10 for Page on these Classes

Photo by Mark Hedden
Part of his Exhibition with Nancy Klingenger "STORM TOSSED"
(Bottom L) Here's Your Hat  What's Your Hurray" Play by Eric H. Weinberger
Jan 5,6 &7 
(Bottom R) One of the December Exhibitions by Mark Hedden and Nancy Klingenger

PLEASE CLICK   LINK1   and LINK2  , LINK3 , LINK4 LINK5
 (Early Winter Classes), LINK6 for the latest E-Mails TSKW sent for ALL the Upcoming Events, Classes, Exhibitions, Concerts and Important Information. 

"Arts and Eats" Click TSKW9 for Complete Info.
Arts & Eats is a series of delectable art-themed parties combining food, art, and interesting locations in Key West - all supporting your creative community.


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, 
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"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 EthelThe 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.















Click LINK7 for More Info. on this Play

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SKIPPER KRIPITZ GIGS
    Tues. Dec. 19 @9pm. 'The DRAVE Trio' w/ Michelle Dravis & Yvan Agbo
      Tues, Dec. 26 @9pm. 'The CRZBs' w/ Rob DiStasi, Chris Burchard & Bubba Lownotes
      Tues. Jan.2 @9pm.  'KOPAVI' w/ Richard Tazewell & Tim Mayer

 Blue Heaven Sun. Dec. 31st. @6:15-9:15pm.  Early N.Y.E. dining music with Toni Bishop, Richard Tazewell & Tim Mayer.


 TSKW: 
      Fri Dec. 22. @8pm.  Larry Smith will be doing his annual holiday concert show at TSKW with Christine Cordone, Joe Dallas, & special surprise guests . 
       Salute: Sat. Dec. 23. @5:30-8:30pm. W/ Christine Cordone & Larry Smith
      Gardens Hotel:  Sunday Dec. 24. @5-7:30 pm.  Christmas
Eve Jazz with Larry Smith, Joe Dallas, & Christine Cordone
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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)

GUILD HALL 158 Main St. East Hampton, NY 11937 631-324-0806 WWW.GUILDHALL.ORG
 
SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CENTER 25 Jobs Ln Southampton, NY, 11968 631-283-0967
 
PARRISH ART MUSEUM 279 Montauk Hwy. Water Mill, NY, 11976

WWW.WALLACEGALLERY.COM 
37A Main Street  East Hampton NY 631-329-4516.  
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WWW.LUCILLEKHORNAK.COM 631-613-6000

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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"
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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. 

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January 12 6-8pm at The Custom House Museum
Key West Art & Historical Society presents "On the Waterfront: Truman Annex Artists," an exhibit that puts the spotlight on a relatively unaccounted for era of creativity that helped launch some of the island's most celebrated artists. The exhibit features historic and contemporary works of some of the artists that rented spaces for use as studios in decommissioned naval warehouses, machine-shops, and residential facilities between 1974-1986, after the U.S. Navy abandoned their base in the present-day Truman Annex. For Space Constraints go to their Facebook page on this January 14th. Event ; Click ON THE WATERFRONT
 
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WWW.CITYOFKEYWEST-FL.GOV 305-809-3700
Info. & Photos from Alyson Crean
During A  Recent City Commission meeting, Police Chief Donie Lee announced the promotion of Officer Jeffrey Dean to Sergeant.
 
(L) Sgt. Dean has been with the Department since 2010. Chief Lee swore Sgt. Dean in under his new capacity and pinned him with his new badge.


(R)  Key West Police Chief Donie Lee and City Manager Jim Scholl recognized Sgt. Robert Allen for his 30 years of service and his retirement at the City Commission meeting.

Sgt. Allen started with the police department in December of 1987. Because he was just 19 years old, one of his first assignment was working undercover sting operations on merchants who were illegally selling alcohol to minors.
 
In 1989, he was shot in the line of duty, along with now-retired Officer Stephen Hammers.

Sgt. Allen earned many accolades for his service. He was inducted into the American Police Hall of Fame; he was awarded the Silver Star for bravery; he received an award from the Legion of Honor. He was named Officer of the Year by the Key West Police Department as well as the by the State of Florida. In his honor, then-Mayor Tony Tarracino proclaimed November 14th as Police Officers' Day in perpetuity.

He was promoted to Sergeant in March of 2003.  In addition to founding the Honor Guard, Sgt. Allen provided many firsts during his 30-year career. He founded the Love Fund, which provides support for members of the department in times of need. He was one of the first marine officers, and he founded the Dive Team. Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, he became the Department's first port security supervisor.
In addition, Sgt. Allen has served as a traffic homicide investigator, been a member of the Special Response Team, and served as a radar instructor. He was also the Department's first motorcycle unit instructor.   Throughout his tenure, Sgt. Allen has served with professionalism and dedication, taking pride in the example he has set for the future of the Police Department.

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WWW.COASTPROJECTS.COM 6404 Front St. 305-709-4001
Cold Weather Items Greatly Reduced at their Retail Stores
VISIT THEIR NEW STORE IN KW AT 803 WhiteHead Street and to view their entire E-Newsletter sent out with Merchandise Suggestions ; Click  COAST1
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Key West Food & Wine Festival 1/24-28, 2018
 WWW.FOODANDWINEFESTIVAL.COM 800-474-4319
Info@Kwfoodwinefest.com

Tickets on sale now-   https://www.showclix.com/events/19599

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

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 5210 College Rd. 305-296-1504
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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.  

Friday, January 5th  - Chef Melissa Schwarz - Chef's Tasting Menu
Indian Dinner - $85.00 - 5:30pm This is a vegetarian-friendly dinner!.   Chana-Masala - Chickpeas with Garlic, Ginger, and Spices, Saag Paneer - Spinach with Indian Cheese,  Navratan Korma - Vegetarian Curry with Dried Fruit and Nuts,    Coconut Ladoo - Dessert made with Coconut, Jaggery, and Cardamom
 
Saturday, January 6th - Weekly Wine and Food Tasting - Wine Education Event - SOLD OUT
$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.
 
Wednesday, January 10th  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
Botanical Dinner - $85.00 - 5:30pm., Roasted Cauliflower with Pickled Raisins and Marigold Vinaigrette,   Dried Turkish Figs with Chamomile Goat Cheese and Grape Molasses,    Ras Hanout Marinated Pork Loin with Saffron Rice and Rose Petal Jam,      Lavender Crème Brulee and Orange Blossom Short Bread

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Read More in one of their Latest E-Newsletters ; Click MOTE33

Click MOTE1 for an Important E-mail from MOTE on the Condition of the Keys Facility
MOTE Lab Earns First LEED Certification in Monroe Co. hit LINK34
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
WHALE SHARKS hit MOTE36

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Mote's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital admitted nine endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles and one threatened green sea turtle Friday - helping with a team effort to rehabilitate 46 cold-stunned turtles initially brought to the New England Aquarium (NEAQ) in Quincy, Massachussetts. The turtles traveled Friday, Dec. 8 by private jet from NEAQ to four Florida facilities: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Florida Aquarium and Sea World Orlando. Click MOTE37 for Complete E-Newsletter
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WWW.REEFRELIEF.ORG 305-294-3100 631 Greene St.

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WWW.KWBGONLINE.ORG 305-294-4603
New Location 808 Duval St.
Wed. January 3rd is the Monthly Luncheon at Beachside Marriott with Special Guest Speaker Mayor Cates

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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. Next time the Animal Farm is Open Jan 14...The Jan 1 Issue will continue our Photo Feature from the Annual "Christmas on the Farm"

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Part 2 Last Stand Meeting 1/16/2018
The Community College is an outstanding resource for high school graduates as well as Florida Keys residents interested in preparing for employment opportunities in ecotourism, diving, marine mammal behavior and training, aquaculture and environmental technology. We're happy to help spread the word about FKCC degrees and life-long learning programs.
"In addition to our courses, FKCC faculty is conducting significant research that is made possible by our unique location. Graduates in the Marine Science program have continued at our partner universities to earn Bachelor's degrees and beyond" said Dr. Rice.
Formed in 1987, this will be the 30
th Annual Meeting for Last Stand. The board represents Last Stand members by frequently commenting on quality of life impacts and environmental issues at city and county meetings. "We are more effective when we represent a larger group throughout the Florida Keys. Memberships are available at our web site:  www.keyslaststand.org or you can sign up at the meeting" said Mark Songer, Board President.
Last Stand has been formed to promote, preserve and protect the quality of life in Key West, the Florida Keys and their environs, with a particular emphasis on the natural environment.
For more information, call Mark Songer at 305-394-3807 or visit  www.keyslaststand.org

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Thanks for reading The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends. If you 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; and Happy Holidays Ed.