The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends 
December 3, 2018
2018 Annual CandleLight Walk & Ceremony Honoring Worlds Aids Day  December 1

Part 3 The 2018 Key West Film Festival 

(L) "Cottage in Aqua" by CJ (Connie J.) Groth
(Above) "Conch and  Coconuts" by Lynne Fischer
Pt. 2 Guild Hall Gallery Artists

Swearing- In Ceremonies for Chief Brandenburg Dec. 6th. 10AM at Police Headquarters 1604 N. Roosevelt Blvd.

MOTE & Young Spiny Lobsters + in the Next Few Issues Photos from the 2018 Mote Ocean Fest  (More Below)

Pictured here is Gotham's protector Batman, portrayed by Adam West in the TV series.  By day he is billionaire Bruce Wayne and by night he works tirelessly to protect the inhabitants of his city. Right next to him is his trusty sidekick, Robin who was played by Burt Ward.  Onscreen the Dynamic Duo worked together, thwarting arch-nemeses and saving the city with ease on screen. However, off-screen was an entirely different story, it seemed to be a battle of the male ego. Ward felt like a sidekick in real life, he felt he was underpaid and not treated equally to his co-star Adam West. He also felt the rest of the cast was awarded more luxuries than he was.  The ongoing feud between West and Ward garnered a lot of attention, Ward even b ashed  West in his autobiography: "Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights." WIKIPEDIA
  Pt. 15 Groovy History's "A Look Back at the 60's & 70's Through Photographs"

Pt. 2 The Winter Members Group Show at Frangipani Gallery Hanging 1 More Week; Until the New Show from Susann D'Antonio : Reception 12/7. 

(L) KWAHS Upcoming Exhibition 12/7-2/10/19 "Arts & Puns : The Whimsey of Ferron Bell" Recpt. 12/7
(Above) One of the Many KWAHS Permanent Exhibitions "Coping with Depression WPA Artists
"Cruise to the 40's" 12/5
Just a Few of the Many Events from KWAHS

From KWAHS An Actual Cruise on Dec 15
So many things going on at KWAHS ; visit the Two Sections for All the Events & Exhibitions

Our New Look Key West Arts & Historical Society (KWAHS) Sections
So Many Events & Exhibitions There are now 2 Sections

A Positive Step's 5K Rudolph Red Nose Run on December 15 is the Final Southernmost Run of the Year (More Below)

Lower Keys Medical Center (LKMC) Most Recent E-Newsletter

Pt. 2 A Visit from Adam Scott Rote. The Key West Gallery Represents Adam Year Round 

Our New Look The Studios of Key West  (TSKW) Sections. Featuring Their Exhibitions & Classes. Their Latest E-Mail Link Featuring Next Week's Events / Exhibitions & Classes

Pt. 3 : Extensive Coverage of the Annual Super Boat International 38th. Key West Championship.

The 2019 Eric Anfinson Calendar is Out

Photo by Alyson Crean
US1 Radio Receives City Commission Commendation (More Below in the Weekly City of KW & MCSO Sections)

Rebuild Florida Bus Visits KW to Help with Hurricane Irma Relief

Guardian Ad Litem Program Needs Help for Children in the Keys

WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM As Usual has Many Local Stories, Photos and Videos ( More Below)

"Sunrise / Sunset" by Joanne Sloan Acrylic

"Sea" by Ineke DeRAAD  Oil on Canvas

2019 Florida Keys Council of the Arts : Members and Friends Show "Navigating New Waters".  Encompases the Entire Gato Building.  Part 3 of 5 in this Issue.

Two of our Favorite Performers : Larry Smith & Skipper Kripitz sent us their Holiday Schedules. Many Additional Performers in town are Active for the Holidays and we have a few additional Schedules & Info. (More in our Entertainment Section)

Pt. 2 Sean P. Callahan's Latest Exhibition "The Bear Show" at Dog Tired Studio on 1011 Whitehead St.   Must See Art


The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends ; Going out to over 7965  Weekly.  In this Issue December 3rd, 2018 : Coverage of Worlds Aids Day, Pt. 3 2018 Key West Film Festival, Pt. 2 Guild Hall Artists, KWPD Chief Brandenburg Swearing - In Ceremony Dec. 6, MOTE Presents Tiny Spiny Lobsters, Reef Relief Presents "Shark Zen" Apparel, Holy...Batman : Pt. 15 Groovy History's "A Look Back at the 60's & 70's Through Photographs", Pt. 2 Frangipani Gallery's Winter Group Member's Exhibition, WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM Links to Many of their Local News Features and Videos, WWW.EQFL.ORG , WWW.KWLS.ORG & Their Literary Walking Tours, TSKW's "Look Upward to the Sky" Winter Member's Exhibition; Hanging ALL December with Reception 12/6, So Much Going on at KWAHS & TSKW (with Multiple Sections in Our Issues), Our Weekly MCSO & The City of KW Sections, A Heart Felt Farewell to KWAHS Adele Williams & Welcome to Kristy Callaway, 

"A Positive Step" Rudolph Red Nose 5K Walk / Run 12/15, Lighted Bike Parade Starts Off at Bayview Park 12/5, LKMC's On-Line Newsletter Link "The Pulse" WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM & Their On-Line Newsletter "Keys Traveler", Pt. 3 A Visit from Adam Scott Rote in The Key West Gallery, Pt. 3 The 38th Super Boat International Key West  Championship (Thanks Susy Ferrer & RKG Creative for their support during their First Year & Of course Thanks John and Deanna for Another Outstanding Year), The 2019 Eric Anfinson Calendar, US 1 Radio Receives a KW Commission Commendation, Pt. 3 "Navigating New Waters" Fla. Keys Council of the Arts Member's & Friends Show at Gato, Holiday Concerts from Many Entertainers Inc. Lt. Joe Tripp, Chris Thomas, Larry Smith, Skipper Kripitz, Scott Marischen, Joe Dallas to name Just a Few, Pt. 2 "The Bear Show" Exhibition from Sean Callahan & his Dog Tired Studios, "Christmas Rocks" with Lt. Joe Tripp & Destiny Montgomery 12/15 at The Key West Theater, WWW.JUSTDOITKEYWEST.COM & Their Extensive Calendar of Events, WWW.VFWPOST3911.ORG ,

Kim Gordon's Annual Cabaret Concert "Music with Heart" 1/18 at The Key West Theater, Next "Artisan Market" Now at Higgs Beach 12/2, "I'm Going to Pray for You So Hard" Starring Bob Bowersox & Melody G. Moore at Theatre XP 1/23-2/2, WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM ,  Nicholas Bergery Exhibitions ALL Over Florida Inc. "Art Basel" 11/28-12/9, The Eaton Street Christmas Stroll 12/9, The KW Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden start their Master Gardener Series with Speaker Michelle Leonard 12/12,  One of the 3 December Resident Artists from TSKW is a BRILLIANT Conservationist / Eco / Green / Save the Planet : Photographer -Videographer- Activist : ISABELLE HAYEUR, WWW.TROPICCINEMA.COM
 Lois Songer Reminds us about the Annual Outdoor "Crafts Show" 1/26 & 27 and the Annual Outdoor "Old Island Days Art Festival" 2/23 & 24, Waterfront Playhouse "Welcome Back Party" for the 79th. Season Dec. 7, Marc House Plant Store Selling Christmas Trees

Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery's "Small Works" Group Exhibition 12/10-24 with Receptions 12/9&10, Fringe Theatre Auditions 12/2, KW Garden Club, KW Orchid Society, Keys Preserve Island Life,  WWW.LUCILLEKHORNAK.COM
 and The "Hamptons Arts & Culture" Section, AnnaMarie Giordano's "Life Drawing Workshops" Tuesday at East Fort Martello, The Custom House Holiday Concert & Bazaar Dec 19th., KWAHS Sails with "When & If" Ship 12/15 + Ferron Bell Reception 12/7 + Distinguished Speaker Series Next 12/6 Wayne Garcia + Annual Gala Fund Raiser 12/5 & Honoring Brewster Chamberlain, "Books & Books" : 12/5 Guanna Dickson "The Catalonia Adventures of Agnes & Edmund - Dec 8 Lindsay Naven "A Fitness Journey for the Real World" - Dec. 11 Andrew Simonet "Wilder", Keys Community Band in Islamorada 12/15 "Holiday Suite Treats" & 1/19 "Super Heroes to Classic Rock", MCSO's Christmas on the Farm 12/11, KWBG Annual Meeting & Dinner 12/5 & Next Mixer 12/12 Speak Easy Inn & Rum Bar + their Promotion "KW Deals & Discounts Direct Hand-Outs", Lighted Boat Parade 12/15

"Photos of the Week" from Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow, Dr. Ashley Hoyt's Key West Wellness Center, Zazoo Fine Art & Photo Gallery Presents Peanuts from Tom Everhart & Rare Iconic Photos / Art from John Lennon, Date Night at Red Barn Theater "With Bells On" 12/14 & 21 : 2 Tickets for $70, Karen Wray's Collections Gallery,  WWW.WOMANKINDKEYWEST.COM , Jazz in the Gardens at Kate Miano's The Garden's Hotel 12/2 Peter Diamond & Friends & 12/9 Scott Marischen, Salt Island Provisions Gallery Next Up : Scott Gruppe "Songs from A Palette" 12/6 Reception, FKSPCA's "Parade of Paws", Key West Wildlife Center, Next Give Back to the Non Profits Dinner at Mangia-Mangia "Wesley House-Lighted Boat Parade" 12/6, "Last Stand" : Protecting the Keys (Next Meeting 12/3 12:30p KW Library), Past Blast Issue Links, Aids Help CC, Florida Health Monroe County, FKCC, Our Weekly Entertainment Section & More

West Coast Fires


Key West Art & Historical Society Education Director Adele Williams To Pass Torch
Photo by Carol Tedesco

After three years of upward momentum, Key West Art & Historical Society's Education Director Adele Williams will step down from her position at the end of this month. With more than two decades of experience as an educator in a multitude of environments and a vision of enhancing the Society's community involvement around its various programs that educate and entertain visitors and locals about Key West's art, architecture, and history, Williams brought a vital initiative to the Society.  

 "Over the last 3 years, we've reached 22k people through educational programs-Parent & Me programs, the Distinguished Speaker Series, collaboration with National Parks Service to bring photography workshops to the Dry Tortugas, tours to Cuba, STEM programs in relation to Flagler's bridges, Civil War Days outreach in the schools with the State Park Service, and educational outreach based on outsider artist Stanley Papio and Mario Sanchez- to name a few," she says. "My ultimate goal was to reach all levels of the co
mmunity- toddlers through adults- which I think we've effectively done." DUE THE LENGTH OF THIS ARTICLE ; THE REST WILL APPEAR AT THE VERY END OF THIS ISSUE.
EDITOR'S NOTE :  Thank You Adele for the Awesome KWAHS Interface and Friendship. I will miss you ; However Just like the Excellent Team at TSKW ; you leave behind a Remarkable Team to Carry On. You and Shawn Have a Wonderful Journey and Thanks for Making the Last 3 Years so Enjoyable.  Next Week we'll have a Feature on the New Director of Education Kristy Callaway.


The Key West Inaugural Ceremony
Last Week the November 26th Issue featured the 2018 Inaugural Ceremony. Click   to see the many Photos I took.


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

Part 3 of a Multi-Part / Multi Week Featuring ALL the Art on Display  FOR THE 2019 MEMBERS AND FRIENDS SHOW "NAVIGATING NEW WATERS"

"Bunches of Nuts" by Gabrielle Wilson  Acrylic on Canvas

"Birds of Paradise" by Gabrielle Wilson  Acrylic on Canvas

"Mahi Mahi" by Kerry Hoeppner  Acrylic & Epoxy Finish

"Blue Archival" by Sharon Wells  Limited Edition

"Sister Soul Guides" by Rhonda Bristol  Acrylic on Canvas

"Whitewater Symphony" by Jim Salem  Acrylic on Canvas

More "Navigating New Waters"  Members and Friends Show at The Florida Keys Council of the Arts Up Shortly


Part 2 the 2018 Key West Film Festival

KWFF's Program Director Michael Tuckman Introduces "Chef Flynn"

KWFF'S Ruth Reitan with the Producers of "Unwelcome" from World Drama Short Films
KWFF's John Secor Introduces "Girl"


Part 2
 The Artists of Guild Hall Gallery 
614 Duval St. 305-296-6076

"Neighbors in Paradise" by C.J. Groth Giclee Photo on Canvas

"Save a Seat For Me" by CJ Groth Giclee Photo on Canvas 14 X 17

"Cottage in Aqua" by CJ Groth Giclee Photo on Canvas 14 X 17

"Sisters" by Sonia Robinson Acrylic on Canvas 16 X 20

"Know you are Protected" by Sonia Robinson  16 X 20 Acrylic on Canvas
More Guild Hall Artists Up Shortly

2018 Annual CandleLight Walk to the Key West Aids Memorial
WWW.AHMONROE.ORG 305-296-6196 1434 Kennedy Dr.

Fantasy Fest King Larry Blackburn & Queen Bernadette Restivo Leads the Walk


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

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


by Alyson Crean

Swearing In Ceremony for KWPD Chief Sean Brandenburg at Police Headquarters  1604 N. Roosevelt Blvd. Thursday 10AM Dec 6

More from The City of Key West further down in their Weekly Section

Part 3
Extensive Coverage of the 38th Annual Key West Championship
Go to their Facebook Pages to see some amazing Photos taken from their Helicopters and other Official Super Boat Photographers in Great ViewPoints that they were shooting from.

More Up Shortly and Come Back and Click the Link to the Nov. 19th Issue to see Pt. 1 of the Super Boat Feature  NOV. 19, 2018 Featuring Lots of Photos. Click the Nov. 26th Issue for Part 2 Photos :

Next Dec 2

Key West Artisan Market: Featuring "Preserve Island Life" will be held from 10 am to 2 pm at Higgs Beach, 100 Atlantic Blvd. Local artisans include culinary, textile, jewelry, wood, artists & crafters, curiosities,  Key West Writers Guild Local Author's Nook,  104.9 The X live variety show, fresh produce and lots of great, fresh food. The focus this week will be on delicious craft brews with sampling available. 
Guests are encouraged to go green and ride bikes, take the bus or hop on the trolley which conveniently stops at the Casa Marina. But if you need to drive (to haul away all your goodies), there's ample parking and marked handicapped spots. Please BYOB (bring your own bags). 
NOTE: The Key West Artisan Market has moved to Higgs Beach, between the dog park and the playground (we're dog and kid friendly!). Same great Keys handmade artists, bigger location with lots more parking! Plus you'll now find us every other Sunday for more dates to love. And of course, as always, entry is FREE.  
Contact: Sean Krikorian 


"A Look Back at the 60's & 70's Through Photographs" from Groovy History
Many Readers have commented that they are really enjoying this Multi-Part Feature ; here are the Links to the First 14 Parts....
Part 1 was in the Sept 3 Issue ; Here is the Link   
Part 2 (  ) was in the Sept 10 Issue . Part 3 was in the Sept 17 Issue
 Part 4 was in Sept. 24
Part 5 Oct. 1
Part 6 Oct 8th
Part 7 Oct. 15
Part 8 Oct. 22 Pt. 1  
Part 9 Oct. 22 Pt. 2
Part 10  OCT 29 2018 
Part 11 Nov. 5th
Part 12 Nov. 12  
Part 13 Nov. 19  NOV. 19, 2018
Part 14 Nov. 26  
By the time the 70's were in full swing the California skate scene was not only making its way across the country, but it was welcoming female skateboarders into the fold. Female skaters happily joined up with the infamous Z-Boys, aerial skateboarding pioneers. Once the ladies started shredding in the streets with the guys, the way women were viewed in sporting circles changed completely.  And while you'd think the novelty of it all would ensure attention, skater chicks got far less coverage in the media than their male counterparts and they weren't able to secure as much pay or sponsorships either. PINTEREST
Pictured here is a fresh-faced Diana before she had the title of "Princess" or became the mother of royal heirs Princes William and Harry. Here she is in 1975, the girl who became one of the most famous and beloved women in the world before her untimely death in 1997.  Diana secured her place in the hearts of many and will always be known as the "People's Princess."  What started like a Disney fairy tale, with nearly a billion television viewers across the world watching Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, marry an English school teacher, the Lady Diana Spencer, ended up taking a more Brother's Grimm turn in the end PINTEREST
Robin Williams won many awards over the span of his brilliant career, but it's probably safe to say nothing will ever feel quite as good for any actor as that very first win. His face says it all in this picture here, taken at the 1979 Golden Globes. Williams had just won the Golden Globe for lead comedy actor for "Mork and Mindy."  This legendary role launched his entire career and propelled him towards his future greatness.  Right from the start, Williams was primarily known for his comedic bits and his demeanor was said to be usually quite in sync with his on-stage persona. But it seems Williams had long suffered from depression and eventually dementia which resulted in his death by suicide in 2014. REDDIT
Here she is back in the 1970s, Miss World America Lynda Carter who scored the role of a lifetime as Wonder Woman.  From 1975 to 1979 Carter was the first mainstream female superhero and quickly became a household name. She rocked her own sex appeal with her character's strength and  shot all the way to pop icon status.  Even after her Wonder Woman days were over, she hardly retired her superhero cape. Lynda continued her battle for justice off-screen as an advocate for LGBT rights and eventually, she also joined efforts in finding the cure for cancer. Today she's still the same strong, beautiful, actress and philanthropist that she was back in the groovy era. REDDIT
Pictured here is the beautiful and talented Susanna Lee Hoffs, vocalist, guitarist and co-founder of The Bangles. The Bangles released their first full album titled All Over the Place in 1984 and they saw moderate success. It wasn't until 1986 with the release of album Different Light that they reached new heights. It included the hit singles "Manic Monday", "If She Knew What She Wants", and "Walk Like an Egyptian".  Hoffs also co-wrote "I Need a Disguise" for The Go-Gos Belinda Carlisle. Before she knew it, Hoffs was appearing all over magazine covers, acting, writing, and was perfectly positioned to launch a solo career by the time The Bangles disbanded in 1988. REDDIT
More " A Look Back at the 60's and 70's Through Photographs" Up Shortly 
Jan. 23 - Feb. 2
WWW.THEATREXP.ORG 302-540-6102 
Starring Bob Bowersox and Melody G. Moore

Larry will also be at the following places to help spread holiday cheer.

December 9, Sunday 10am, 
Old Stone Church's Coffee House, 
Eaton Street, Key West
December 9, Sunday 5:15pm and 6:45pm 
Key West Theater 
Eaton Street Christmas Stroll
Holiday Songs featuring Christine Cordone, Kristin MacNamara, and Joe Tripp
Dec 19, Wednesday 7pm 
The Custom's House Community Christmas 
with Larry Smith, Christine Cordone, and Skipper Kripitz.
December 23, Sunday 5:30pm 
Holiday Jazz with Larry Smith, Christine Cordone and Skipper Kripitz 
The Gardens Hotel, Angela Street, KW

For more information: 
Part 2 of the Winter Group Members Show at Fran Decker's Frangipani Gallery 
 305-296-0440  1102 1101 A& B Duval St. 
(L) Dendrobirum by Fran Decker
(R) Stained Glass by Teri Dallao

Marc Hacker

Paul Carmichael
More of the Frangipani Group Show Up Shortly

Info. Courtesy of Johnny White and WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM  

The Key West Holiday Helpers will hold a Lighted Bike Ride on Wednesday, Dec. 5, starting at 7 p.m. at Bayview Park. Registration for the ride is one unwrapped gift.
For information, call Claire Hiller at 305-809-5000 or email

Eric's 2019 Calendar is filled with a rich collection of recent oil paintings so his work will be with you throughout the year.

This year's centerfold is the 'I AM' series - 28 archetypes from Eric's 2018 solo show, Without Within. THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT

$26 Each 2019 Fine Art Calendar is signed by Eric & available online or from these select stores: Books & Books and Salt Gallery Key West



Nicholas Bergery
SCOPE Miami Beach features 140 International Exhibitors from 25 countries and 60 cities, 
and welcomes 60,000 visitors over the course of 6 days.

In partnership with SCOPE, SeeMe will be building a display at the center of it all 
showing the work and stories of artists and photographers from around the world

Part 3 of the Florida Keys Council of the Arts "Navigating New Waters

"Watch the Birdie" by Judy Pino  Acrylic on Canvas

"Back Dive" by Captain Thomas Morano 3-D Sculpture

"Sanctuary" by Jackie Sanchez  Metal

"Out of the Depths" by Kassandra Burnette Mixed Wood, Glass Beads, Plastic, & Lobster Trap

"Snorkeller Meets Barracuda" by Debbie Parfit  Kiln Formed Glass

"Get Schooled" by Gabrielle Wilson" Acrylic on Canvas

Here is a Correction ; which is great since I get to have this in again : The Artist is Everyone's Friend : Linda Egan Called "Koi Koi Koi" Acrylic on Canvas. Thanks Linda for the Support Over The Last 6 Years & Providing the Magazine with Great Art. 

More of the Florida Keys Council of the Arts Members & Friends Show "Navigating New Waters" in the  Dec.10th. and 17th. Issues

Chad Newman Commissioner of the Key West Commission WWW.FILMKEYS.COM 305-293-1800 with Indie Wire Writer / Critic Eric Kohn Welcoming Harmony Korine

More of the 2018 KWFF Up Shortly


Key West Theater, Key West United Methodist Church, Tropic Cinema, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and The Studios of Key West unite to produce the second annual holiday tradition: the "Eaton Street Christmas Stroll" on December 9th. During this festive holiday evening, each venue will host a short Christmas-themed performance with optional caroling as you walk from performance to performance. The festivities begin at 4pm at St Paul's with St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the Keys Choral Arts presenting more than 60 singers performing a variety of old Christmas Carols in new musical settings including "Silent Night," "In the Bleak Midwinter," "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" and Irving Berlin's "White Christmas." Audience members will then receive a map to other venues and choose their next performance option.

The next performances are festival-style with the Tropic Cinema showing "A Charlie Brown Christmas" beginning at 5:15pm and lasting throughout the evening. Also at 5:15pm and again at 6:45pm, the Key West Theater presents the lively "Larry Smith & Friends in Concert" while The Studios of Key West presents the Key West High School Drama Club performing their original evening of Christmas-themed songs, stories, and sketches including "'Twas The Night Before Christmas." In addition, The Studios of Key West's annual members' show will be on view with opportunities for all to buy reasonably-priced local art. At 6pm, Old Stone Methodist Church presents their one-time-only performance of the Key West United Methodist Choir singing the profoundly-moving cantata "Once Upon a Night" by Pepper Choplin.

The Eaton Street Christmas Stroll begins at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at the corner of Duval and Eaton Streets at 4pm on December 9th. Performances at each venue will be about 25 minutes in length. Tickets to the entire evening are just $25 and can be purchased at  or by calling (305) 396-4944.


Part 2
2018 Annual CandleLight Walk to the Key West Aids Memorial
WWW.AHMONROE.ORG 305-296-6196 1434 Kennedy Dr.

Key West Mayor Teri Johnston

Aids Help CC Treasurer Jeff Smead

Aids Help Executive Director
Scott Pridgen

Poet Flower Conroy

Photo Journalist Todd Feit ; Confident that Aids Will be Cured; & Soon.


Commissioner District 5 Mary Lou Hoover, Commissioner District 4 Greg Davila, Commissioner District 1 Jimmy Weekly, Mayor Teri Johnston, Commissioner District 6 Clayton Lopez, Commissioner District 3 Billy Wardlow, Commissioner District 2 & Vice Mayor Sam Kaufman.


WWW.KEYWEST.GARDEN 5210 College Rd. 305-296-1504
 The Key West Botanical Garden Society presents Master Gardner, Michelle Leonard-Mularz to begin its 6-month Speaker Series on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 1:30pm in the Toppino Nature Chapel.  Michelle will speak on "Gardening in the Keys and the Master Gardner Program".  An Environmental Horticulture Agent for UF/IFAS, Monroe County Extension Service,  she has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Horticulture with a minor in Entomology and is also a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture.
Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members.  All proceeds directly benefit the Garden's conservation program.  The Garden is located at 5210 College Road, Stock Island.  For more information call 305-296-1504 or visit


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


This Link will take you to the Shark Zen

Introducing Shark Zen!

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


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

Adam Scott Rote was in Key West for his Fantasy Fest Exhibition 
Here is Part 1 of 2 Featuring His Visit and some of the New Work ; as well as his Classics

  WWW.KEYWESTGALLERY.COM 601  Duval St. 305-292-9339
. To see a sampling of his Past Series / Projects & New Paintings visit The Key West Gallery; and view WWW.KEYWESTGALLERY.COM  &

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

 "Drink Me-Absinth Makes the Heart Grow Stronger"  Mixed Media on Canvas 30 X 20

"Alice in Wonderland Red Queen" Original Acrylic WaterColor Pencil on Canvas 20 X 26

"An Homage to Horst P. Horst Pin-Up Night-Penny" Mixed Media Variation on Canvas Limited Edition 36 X48

"Audrey Tiffanys" Limited Edition on Canvas 36 X 24
More of the Adam Scott Rote Art that is available at The Key West Gallery Up Shortly


WWW.SUPERBOAT.COM 305-296-6166

More Up Shortly


 Sean P. Callahan's DOG TIRED STUDIO a Few Weeks Ago Opened "The Bear Show"

Click  to see Part 1 of this Exhibition from the November 26th. Issue.. You must go in person to Sean's studio and see first hand the Art

Here is Part 2 of 3 : The Paintings and Photos from the Nov. 10th. Reception & Exhibition "The Bear Show".
Of course go to Sean's Studio to see some Stand Out Popping Images. The featured Artists : Chris Lopez, Gregory Little, Sean P. Callahan, Estaban Machado, Elizabeth St. Hilaire, Mark Errol, Jonathan Hoenscheidt, Kristen Norman, Bruce Collins, & A Few More.

"Attitude" by Chris Lopez out of Ft.Lauderdale (A Great Artist Known Internationally for His Male Bodies but also has a nice range of work). Editors Note : The Young man that Posed here for Chris is Roman Hudson. He was scheduled to come to the Opening Reception Nov. 10th. but Passed Away the Night Before. Safe Travels Roman
Part 2 Up Shortly


Welcome Back to the Waterfront Playhouse and our 79 th  Season! 

Mark Your Calendar's! Susan and Stuart Kaufman will host the Waterfront Playhouse Welcome Back Party on  Friday December 7 . Beginning at 6pm guests will be treated to fabulous food by the Iron Chefs, an open bar, entertainment and news about the season.

For tickets, visit the or call 305-294-5015

WWW.MARCHOUSE.ORG Plaint Store 1401 Seminary St. 9a-7p
305-296-9556.. They now have Christmas Trees.
 TableTop Christmas Tree Sale Auction 12/4 at
Margaritaville Doors open 5pm... Client Christmas party 12/13 location TBD

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



Part 15 Continues of "Groovy History"  A Look Back at the 60's & 70's Through Photographs

Kirk Douglas (center) with his 4 sons, (left to right) Joel Douglas, Peter Douglas, Michael Douglas and Eric Douglas in 1988. Hollywood centenarian is a director, actor, producer and author. Born in 1916, Douglas has had an active role in film and television since the early 1940s. With his established production company, he has produced many films and has received many awards and nominations for them.Douglas married twice, he and his first wife Diana Dill, had two sons together: actor Michael Douglas and producer Joel Douglas. He and his second wife, producer Anne Buydens, also had two sons together. Strangely enough another actor, Eric Douglas and another producer, Peter Douglas. Sadly, Eric died from an accidental overdose on prescription drugs and alcohol July 6, 2004. REDDIT

   Valerie "June" Carter Cash was the second wife of singer Johnny Cash. Prior to her marriage, the an actress, singer, dancer, songwriter, comedian, and author was professionally known as June Carter. She rocked the guitar, banjo, harmonica, and even the autoharp. Carter Cash has five Grammy Award wins to her name and was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame back in 2009. In 2003, she ranked 31 on CMT's 40 Greatest Women in Country Music.   PINTEREST
Pictured here is a young Madonna, long before her days of pop music fame. At the time this photo was taken, 1974, Madonna was in her sophomore year at Adams High School in Rochester, Michigan. According to friends from this time of her life, the future pop icon wasn't overly charismatic and most were shocked that she made it so big. She was described as athletic, aloof, and well-read.  According to former boyfriend Wyn Cooper, "she was a little bit aloof. She took herself more seriously than most of us did at that age. REDDIT

Despite her seemingly outgoing nature as a woman, Marilyn Monroe was very shy as a child and still suffered from bouts of shyness and insecurity as an adult. She was so shy that she developed a stutter, she never fully got rid of it but was able to mask it thanks to the dictation lessons by the studio vocal coaches. According to Marilyn, her Aunt Ana was the first person she ever truly felt loved by, in fact, Ana was the first person to encourage Marilyn to become an actress.  After Aunt Ana died in 1948, Marilyn's husband at the time, Joe DiMaggio, made arrangements to ensure Marilyn would be buried in the same cemetery when she passed away. REDDIT
More 60's & 70's Up Shortly

WWW.GILDEA.GALLERY 522 Southard St. 305-440-3673


 Pt 2. Adam Scott Rote's Latest Visit to The Key West Gallery
WWW.KEYWESTGALLERY.COM 601  Duval St. 305-292-9339
. To see a sampling of his Past Series / Projects & New Paintings visit The Key West Gallery; and view  WWW.KEYWESTGALLERY.COM  &

The Following Works are Available from The Key West Art Gallery

"David Bowie" Mixed Media Variation on Canvas 30 X 30 or 25 X 25

"John Coltrane Tulips"  Limited Edition on Canvas  25 X 40

"Salton Sea" Limited Edition on Canvas  26 X 42

"Charlotte Sometimes"

"Scarface" with Al Pacino Original Signature 

Many additional works in the December 10th. & 17th Issues; Off course go to the Key West Gallery and Adam Scott Rote Websites


Fringe Theatre Auditions 12/2 3-5PM; All ages welcome; simply prepare a 1-2 Minute Monologue ..Click Link Below for more Info. & sample Monologues

More from The Frangipani Group Show

Paul Carmichael

Teri Dallao

"Truman Triple" by Gabrielle Wilson

"Beach II" by Karen Beauprie

"Morning at 5 Brothers" by Karen Beauprie

More Up Shortly

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


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

The TSKW of Key West has their Members Show "Look Upwards to the Sky" (on ALL 3 Floors) Starting Dec 6 with Opening Reception 12/6 as well; and will run All Month. Here is Good Friend Hazel Griffiths the Day she dropped off her "Scape" for the Members Show
So Many Events / Exhibitions / Activities / Classes and Trips this Month from TSKW ; see Both of their Sections Below

City of Key West Preserve Island Life

Here is also the LINK for their events

A Positive Step's 5K Rudolph Red Nose Run on December 15 is Final Southernmost Run of the Year

Don your festive holiday running attire, affix your ruby-red nose, and join in the 11th Annual A Positive Step 5K Rudolph Red Nose Run, taking place Saturday morning, December 15, and starting and ending at the Southernmost Beach Café.
Pre-race packet pickup is Friday, Dec. 14 from 5:00-7:00pm at the Southernmost Beach Café. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate, and the first 100 registrants receive a free t-shirt.
Saturday race day check-in starts at 7:00am with 8:00am start time. After the race, participants and friends are invited to wind-down and celebrate with refreshments, fun, prizes and a huge silent auction.
The A Positive Step 5K Rudolph Red Nose Run is presented by A Positive Step of Monroe County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Monroe County's highest risk kids and their families since 1999. Proceeds from the run support two of APSMC's programs, the Idle Hands Summer Youth Employment Program and the Southernmost Fatherhood Initiative; donations are tax deductible.
Don't miss the final southernmost run of 2018! Sponsored by Keys Federal Credit Union, Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, United Way of the Florida Keys, Key West Waste Management, 5 Brothers Grocery & Sandwich Shop, Key West Sunrise Rotary Club, Centennial Bank, Key West Southernmost Runners, and the Southernmost Hotel Collection. For more information, online registration, or to download a snail-mail registration form, visit

Next Two Concerts
December 15:   Holiday Suite Treats  Stories and Santa, holiday music sing-along, children's ballet troupe and handbell ringers.  ICE Amphitheater at Founders Park, Islamorada
January 19:   Super Heroes & Space Wars. Cartoon capers & fright night, Broadway & movie favorites, Beatles & classic rock.   ICE Amphitheater at Founders Park, Islamorada

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


Two of the Short Films in the "Florida Documentary & Dramatic Shorts" Hosted by Ruth Reitan ( The Dir. of their every year Extensive  Short Film Collection).  Below is the WINNER OF The Florida Documentary & Dramatic Shorts "Portrait of a SuperHero". Also in the same Collection was "Heroes Drive" ( Both Amazing Films); and the person to furthest right of Ruth was one of the Veterans in the Film.   Super Hero (Dale Pople) got lots of Attention with everyone wanting to take a pic with him. Closest to Ruth is the "Portrait of a Super Hero" Producer / Director Tony Armor. 

Next Week Part 4 & Part 5 of the BEST EVER Key West Film Festival
The December 10th. & December 17th Issues ; Will have the Screening of "Brothers in Arms",  "Studio 54", "The Last Race", "1985", The Critics Panel, The Awards Party and The Awards Ceremony

Special Guest Star Tom Berenger Appearing with Critic / Commentator Joshua Rothkopf and "Brothers in Arms "Director / Co-Producer Paul Sanchez

One of the Annual Highlight Events "Critics Panel Q&A"

The Annual Awards Ceremony


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

Inspired by David A. Kaufelt's original literary walking tour, the leisurely stroll through downtown Key West features the former homes and favorite haunts of some of our most well-known writers, including Tennessee Williams, Shel Silverstein and Elizabeth Bishop, as well as our lesser-known local talent.

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

  The Dec 10th. Issue will have the 2019 Emerging Writer Awards

More Up Shortly


WWW.KEYSSO.NET 305-293-7300

Next Animal Farm Openings Sunday 1-3pm on  the 2nd & 4th. Sundays every month :

Part 2 of Part 2 in this Issue Sean Callahan's "The Bear Show" Exhibition.
 Sean P. Callahan's DOG TIRED STUDIO a Few Weeks Ago Opened "The Bear Show"

Painting by Gregory Little

"A Merry Old Soul" by Bruce Collins  Acrylic

Key West Cigar Cottages by Jonathan Hoenscheidt

"Friends of Dorothy" by Kristen Norman  Mixed Media

"Mermaids with Turtles" by Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Part 3 of 3 will be in the December 10th. Issue

 From the Key West Business Guild
 808 Duval St. 305-294-4603
WWW.KWBGONLINE.ORG 808 Duval St. 305-294-4603.

  . Next Luncheon is actually the Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner Dec 5th. at KW Beach Side Marriott 3841 N. Roos. Blvd.. 

 Next Mixer : Dec. 12th. Speak Easy Inn & Rum Bar 1117 Duval Street
"KEY WEST DEALS & DISCOUNTS" An Envelope that is put directly in the hands of Visitors to the Gay Key West Visitors Ctr. & Other Locations.  


The Below Link is a You Tube 4 Minute Video of "Once Upon A Time" by Pink Floyd" A Pretty Decent Late Floyd Tune HOWEVER the Still Nature Photographs Used in the Video are Amazing. Perhaps take a Break Now and Watch or Come Back and Watch


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

(R) The Old Firehouse Museum's Alex Varga is greeted by his niece Tanya Lito at the Key West Business Guild mixer held at the Firehouse. Photo by Pete Arnow.
(L) Beth Childress brings her new furry friend Teddy to meet her Mom Vicki Grant to welcome in the riders from the 15th Annual SMART RIDE. Photo by Pete Arnow.

Members of the Florida Keys Landtrust held a happy hour fundraiser at the Sidebar. Photo by Pete Arnow.  




The December 10th. Issue will have about a Dozen of their Iconic paintings and photos.
Tom Everhart is the only fine artist educated and legally authorized by " Peanuts™ " creator Charles Schulz to use subject matter from Schulzs' " Peanuts™ " strip to create extraordinary fine art. The larger-than-life paintings of Tom Everhart straddle the line between the comfortably familiar and a new way of seeing. Announcing Tom's newest limited edition fine art print -

" Chop Chop Chop " 

Mixed media (giclee and serigraph) print on deckled edge paper.  Hand signed by the artist, Tom Everhart.  Regular Edition of 125 fine art prints.  Paper 13 " x 45 " Image 11 " x 43 ".  Framed dimensions approx. 18 " x 49 " .  Gallery Price only $1650 framed.
If you are interested in purchasing Chop Chop Chop, or any of the John Lennon Pieces in the Gallery please call Jason and James at 305.294.8925

" Imagine Love "  

(R)) Arti st and musician Don Oriolo pays tribute to John Lennon in his beautiful limited  edition of only 25 fine art prints.   Limited edition print on paper.  Measures approx. 24 5/8" x 26 5/8" framed.  Hand signed by the artist.    Gallery Price $695. 
© The Don Oriolo Collection, LLC.

" Imagine "  

(L) Very hard to find Australian One Sheet 1988 Theatrical Poster featuring the classic self-portrait artwork by John Lennon.  Professionally linenbacked to minimize creases.  Imagine, the 1988 Andrew Solt  music documentary.  Measures approx. 36 5/8" x 49 3/8" framed.   Gallery Price $995.


281 Front St. 305-295-6616


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

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

Islands Imagination & Instance Florida Keys Folk Art 7/6-1/9/19 Bryan Gallery


Cruise back into the 40s on the S.S. KWAHS at Key West & Historical Society's "Back In Time" Fundraiser
Get decked out in your best evening frock or dinner jacket, gussy up that uniform or swing dress, or break out those zoot and victory suits and "Cruise to the 1940's" with Key West Art & Historical Society's annual "Back In Time" fundraiser for the Custom House Museum, the island's architectural crown jewel located on 281 Front Street. The Wednesday, December 5 event begins with celebratory 5:00pm cocktails on the veranda of the Custom House followed by an elegant evening aboard the SS KWAHS from 6:30pm - 10:00pm, as the Margaritaville Resort and Marina's Grand Ballroom is transformed into an unsinkable luxury cruise liner.  
Attendees can enjoy a divine dinner, swing dancing and music by Southernmost Brass Band, a really swell silent auction, prizes for the best dressed, and presentation of this year's Scotti Merrill Preservation Award while also helping support the 127-year-old Custom House building's ongoing preservation needs. For more information, visit  KWAHS.ORG  or contact Dani Holliday at 305.295.6616 x 114. Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.
Brewster Chamberlin loves stories, especially those plucked from aged papers and weathered letters that need detective-like consideration. For the last decade, he has been volunteering his talents as a research associate and archivist for Key West Art & Historical Society, helping inventory, catalogue, understand, and preserve the artistic heritage of the island.  The Society is honored to announce Chamberlin as this year's Scotti Merrill Preservation Award recipient and will celebrate him at their annual "Back In Time" fundraiser on Wednesday, December 5 from 5:00pm - 10:00pm, a festive, themed costume event that supports the building's ongoing preservation needs.

More about the Upgraded Flagler Exhibition Further Down in Section Two from KWAHS

More Events and Exhibitions in their other Weekly Feature Section Up Shortly Including the New Look Henry Flagler and His Overseas Railroad Exhibition.
Special Cruise ONLY $60 ( Members) + $70 (Non Members) 12/15


One of my Favorite Artists Michael Cheval Appeared at Wyland Galleries in Key West where he Hangs Year Round.  We Featured the Past 3 Weeks Much of His Great Art. The Dec. 10th. or Dec 17th. Issue will have that visit as well as many of his Paintings..
WWW.WYLANDGALLERYS.COM 623 Duval St. 305-292-4998





Members' Exhibition

Sanger, XOJ, Project & Lobby Galleries
Exhibit fee: $25 per work / Artist retains 75% of sale price.

(L) Lens Based Artist from Quebec Canada Isabelle Hayeur, (C) Artist Researcher from Sao Paulo Brazil Breatriz Chachamovits (R) Writer / Choreographer  from Philly, PA. Andrew Simonet ..Next week ; we'll have a few Photos from this SRO Turnout from the Nov. Residents on the Porch Potluck
 THE DEC 10TH. ISSUE WILL HAVE PHOTOS FROM ISABELLE HAYEUR'S Presentation Last Week at TSKW . You Must visit her website as well as click her VIMEO page for some amazing Videos. WWW.HAYEUR.COM & WWW.HAYEUR.COM

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

"Look Upwards to the Sky"
As we prepare for our final push to burst through the roof - and build our long-awaited roof terrace here at The Studios - we find ourselves looking upward quite a bit lately. Whether it's the endless blue of an ocean-colored tropical sky, the stars overhead as you bicycle home at night, or a spontaneous rainbow after a mid-afternoon shower, we invite artists to consider the simple act of looking up as metaphor for a future filled with creative possibility.

**Please note: there is no need to submit an intent to exhibit for this show. However, due to the holidays, drop off and pick up dates are firm.**
sponsored by Gallery on Greene
painting by Suzanna Fields, AIR

Just a few of the many Classes & Events  :  Dec. : Boot Camp with Rick Worth, Slow Flow Yoga with Cricket Desmarais Fridays, Luxury Coach to Art Basel 12/7, 11th. Annual Holiday Show Spectacular 12/7 from KW Burlesque 12/7-9, Holiday Makers Beeswax Selfies for Kids & Teens by Cricket Desmarais 12/8, Eaton Street Christmas Stroll 12/9, Larry Smith & Friends Holiday Concert 12/14,

Click this Link Below for additional material from one of their latest E-Mailers


Outstanding Exciting Week. We're Looking forward to the 39th. Annual Key West Championship

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


Book Launch Celebration and Book signing
Gunna Dickson and friends of Jon McIntosh - The Catalonia Adventures of Angus  and Edmund
Wednesday, December 5th 
6:00pm - 7:30pm
A book launch party and book signing for a new book in the Angus and Edmond series; The Catalonia Adventures of Angus  and Edmund. Meet the book's author, Gunna Dickson, and its artists/illustrators. Author proceeds from the launch sales will be donated to Anne McKee Artists Fund in memory of Key West artist and gallery owner Jon McIntosh. Artists Judi Bradford, Barb Feinberg, Suellen Crowley Weaver, Karen Beauprie, Lenny Addorisio, Sherry Sweet Tewell, Pam Hobbs and Elizabeth Chamberlain, will join author Gunna Dickson for this special book release party. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

Dec. 5 Gunna Dickson

Dec 11th. Andrew Simonet

Meet and Greet and Book signing
Lindsay Nauen - No Quick Fixes: A Fitness Journey for the Real World
Emily Berg -
Books & Books @ the Studios of Key West - 533 Eaton St, Key West 33040
Tuesday, December 8th
11:00am - 1:00pm
Lindsay Nauen will be in the store from 11am to 1pm to meet and with mingle with customers, discuss his work and sign books.

Reading and Book signing
Andrew Simonet - Wilder
Emily Berg -
Books & Books @ the Studios of Key West - 533 Eaton St, Key West 33040
Tuesday, December 11th
6:00pm - 7:30pm
A presentation and book signing with Andrew Simonet, author of Wilder. Simonet, who will be an Artist in Residence at The Studios of Key West in November and December, will offer, "13 Thoughts on Writing and Fighting." This timely talk, geared towards teens and adults will include excerpts from his Young Adult novel Wilder, stories from his life, and reflections on masculinity and violence. Both funny and serious, Simonet offers a thoughtful and interesting take on the subject of toxic masculinity.


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


More of  Part 15 Groovy History's "A Look Back at the 60's & 70's Through Photographs"

Actor and comedian Chris Farley was widely known for his energetic and rather 'loud' comedic style. Like many before him, his popularity began to soar after becoming a cast member of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. He flourished on SNL from 1990 to 1995. Farley made the shift and began focusing more on his film acting career. Tommy Boy and Black Sheep.  He also appeared in the films Wayne's World, Coneheads, Airheads, and was uncredited in Billy Madison. Tragically, Farley died just as he was really getting the ball rolling in his career. He was only 33-years old when he died of a drug overdose in 1997.
Christopher Walken has appeared in more than 100 classic films and hit television shows. Just a few of the titles under his belt are, Annie Hall (1977), The Deer Hunter (1978), The Dead Zone (1983), Batman Returns (1992), True Romance (1993), Pulp Fiction (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Catch Me If You Can. Walken also starred in an episode of Kojak
Unfortunately, the award-winning actor will also always be remembered in connection with the tragic Natalie Wood drowning. Walken was on the Yacht with Wood and her husband Robert Wagner. While police never suspected Walken of any wrongdoing, it's common knowledge that his lighthearted flirtation with Wood led to a fight between him and Wagner the night Natalie wandered off on that yacht and was never seen alive again.

Alice was a sitcom that aired on CBS from August 31, 1976, to March 19, 1985, and was based on the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.  The show stars Linda Lavin in the title role, who plays a widow with a son trying to start their lives over again. She gets a job at a roadside diner in Arizona, the infamous Mel's Diner, where most of the episodes are centered around. The show was famous for catchphrases such as Flo's "Kiss my grits!" and Mel  would always snipe, "Stow it!" or  "Bag it, Blondie!" 
Janis gave fused her rock with the Blues, giving it more depth. Janis was also widely regarded for her 'electric' stage presence and though she died at just 27-years old, she remains one of the top-selling musicians in the United States. In 1995, she was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Despite having only released three albums before her untimely death, Janis Joplin is arguably one of the most prominent female rock stars of all time and certainly the biggest of her era. She was found dead of a heroin overdose in bed. Described as having "a devastatingly original voice" and a presence that was both "overpowering and deeply vulnerable", news of her death shook the music world which was still processing the loss of Jimi Hendrix sixteen days earlier.
Pictured here is Debbie Harry, better known as "Blondie," back in the 1970s. The iconic Punk new wave singer is also considered the first female rapper to chart at number one in the United States because of her work on "Rapture". She's also had over 60 film roles and numerous television appearances.
The group was founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein but also comprised of members Clem Burke, Gary Valentine, and Jimmy Destri. They were pioneers of the punk scene but were noted for their eclectic mix of musical styles. They incorporated elements of disco, pop, and reggae. For this, they are credited with introducing mainstream American listeners to alternative elements of Rock and Roll in the late 1970's. Blondie has sold 40 million records worldwide, is still active, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
Lyra Radford is one of the Principle Writers of this "Groovy History" Feature; You will also find the additional Authors from "Groovy History" in the Link Below.

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

The Groovy History Link
The Authors from Groovy History Link
Next Week more Photos from the 60's and 70'


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

We are so fortunate to have two incredible professionals that have recently joined our Womankind team: our new Medical Director Dr. Kris Kennedy and Nurse Practitioner Vernadette Fisher.  Dr. Kennedy is a certified obstetrician / gynecologist and volunteer medical mission physician who brings with her decades of experience and expertise. 
Vernadette is a registered practicing nurse that hails from our sunny island and has returned home to work in women's health care.  Their combined compassion, dedication, and clarity will help you feel supported in all of your medical needs. 



Holiday Historic Inn Tours 2018 Offer Romantic Enchantments

Explore history While at Sea Aboard the "If & When" with KWAHS

A  Positive Step's 5K Rudolph Red Nose Run 12/15 is Final SouthernMost Run of the Year

Rebuild Florida Bus will be Here Dec. 3-8 to Help you Register for Hurricane Irma Damages : Deadline Dec. 23

Happy Ending for Missing  90 YO Veteran

Hurricane Evacuation in the Fla. Keys "Build Out is A Myth"

A few More of the many Features in Past Issues of  The Blue Paper :  Commuter Airline to begin daly KW Route in Nov., 
"KW Students Nationally Recognized for Outstanding Test Scores, Monroe Co. Fire Rescue Teaches Kids Fire Prevention, Real Estate Scam Alert Hits the Keys, New ALL Electronic Toll on Card Sound Rd., Rebuild Florida Bus Returns to Help Home Owners with Irma Assistance, Smoke Scare Puts Jail on Temp. Lockdown, Hurricane Michael Churns Up Keys waters, Monroe Co, Emergency Manager & Asst. County Attorney, Support State During Hurricane, Bicyclist Dies on N. Roos. Blvd., 
 Name of KW Man that Died in Old Town Bicycle / Truck Collision Released, Marathon Airport Hosting FREE 75th. Anniversary Event, A Royal Retrospective "A Look Back at FF King & Queens", KW Loses Elegant & Enthusiastic Supporter in David Wolkowsky, Police seek help in Stabbing Incident, Blue Paper asks what do you think?, Blue Paper Island Voices. MCSO Seeks help in Theft Cases, Tennessee Williams Museum Nominated for Tourist Award, Coast Guard Pulls Man from Boat, and Much More..


 Dec. 2 Peter Diamond, 12/9 Scott Marischen, Dec 18 Skipper & Friends, Dec 23. Christmas Show with Larry Smith & Friends, & New Year's Eve Show Dec. 30 Pat & Deb.  ALL SHOWS ARE 5p-7:30p 
Thursday, December 6, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm
Friday, December 7, Michael Robinson, 5-7pm
Saturday, December 8, James King, III, 5-7pm
Sunday Dec. 2 Peter Diamond & Friends , Sun.December 9 Jazz In The Gardens  Scott Marischen & Friends, 5-7:30 pm
Wine Class : Tuesday, Dec 11; 6-7:30 pm; RSVP 305-294-2661. $20 PP Limited seating!
Skippo sent us additional info for the Sunday Dec. 9 Gig : T
he amazing Scott Marischen on jazz harp, will be featured on Sunday December 9th from 5pm, at the Gardens Hotel Jazz Happy Hour.  Joining Scott will be Chris Burchard on guitar, skippo on percussives, and Joe Dallas on acoustic bass. The lush tropical jazz sounds will include some  instrumental swing standards, as well as a lot of Brazilian, some select pop pieces, & showcasing several classic Pat Metheny tunes.  Nothing sounds like the Scott Marischen jazz harp ensemble!  Come see why, & delight your senses on Sunday the 9th,  at this classic/classy Key West lush,tropical venue.  For more info,  call  Gardens Hotel  at 294-2661.o for the Gig this Sunday


The Next Exhibition will start with Reception on Thur. Dec. 6th. 5-8pm
SALT Gallery hosts Scott Gruppé's "Songs from a Palette Knife" in December

For the month of December, SALT Gallery (830 Fleming St., will feature a new collection of colorful oil paintings by eccentric local artist Scott Gruppé. To celebrate Scott's new works, SALT will be hosting an opening reception at the gallery from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6th.
Scott Gruppé has oil paint in his blood. The fourth-generation artist was born in Boston, lived in Europe for ten years and has called Key West home since 1990. In his almost twenty years in Key West, Scott has had over 11 solo shows and is also represented by several galleries in the Northeast. He has worked on glass, plexiglass, wood, foam core, tile, matte board and canvas. He is not just prolific, he is successful: the growing momentum of Gruppé's popularity has allowed him to commit full-time to his art. His customers span the globe from Chicago to Finland, China and the Ukraine. And many may recognize him as the face behind the canvas outside the popular Hemingway House.
Scott's figurative expressionism is often referred to as "poetry in motion." When clients ask him to explain his edgy work, we've heard him quote Fellini: "Don't tell me what I'm doing, I don't want to know." There is simply no other art that compares with a Scott Gruppé painting.
            "We are so excited to get Scott's epic bursts of color up on the walls at SALT," says gallery owner Laura Richardson. "His paintings are so alive with frenetic energy and somehow familiar yet provocative at the same time. What better way to end the year than with an artistic bang?"
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. Scott's work will remain on display until Jan. 3rd. For more information, call 305.517.6088 or visit .


 305-745-2729 24244 OverSeas Hwy. Summerland Key 

 Link for Complete E-Mailer on the Coral

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

Click LINK2 for one of their Latest E-Mailers that includes "Improved Test Measures Virus Lethal to Young Spiny Lobsters


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

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


Allison Rich,  Sr. Library Assistant,  Monroe County Public Library
700 Fleming Street,  Key West, FL  33040,  305-292-3595


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

 5230 College Rd. 305-294-4857
M-F 10a-6p, Sat. 10a-2pm, Sunday Closed 
Go to their Website and Facebook to see what animals are available for adoption. Pet Pics with Santa in Marathon Dec. 5th. at Keys Animal Hospital 11425 OverSeas Hwy.

Our 5th Annual Parade of Paws is here! Join us for this family & dog friendly event. There will be a dog parade starting promptly at 10am where all in the community are welcome to parade their pups (costumes encouraged!) followed by a Holiday Bazaar where local vendors will showcase their businesses. This is the perfect place to get some last minute holiday shopping done! 

Interested in being a vendor? We have 30+ spots for local vendors to sell their goods to a crowd of 300+ attendees. For more information and applications please contact Tiffany at or at (305) 294-4857.  We will see you there!!  This event had to be edited go to their Facebook Page for additional material.


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

Suzie dePOO

WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM 301 Front St. 305-294-1241 
The December 10th.Issue will have Photos of the Dec 2nd. reception for the Opening of the Winter Members Show.




WWW.TWKW.ORG 513 Truman Ave, 
NEW NUMBER 305-204-4527
Dennis Beaver Curator KWAHS@KWAHS.ORG


 The Artists of Guild Hall Gallery 
614 Duval St. 305-296-6076
Part 2 Continued
"Sunset Island" by Sonia Robinson  Acrylic on Canvas 12 X 12

"Friendship" by Sonia Robinson 16 X 20  Acrylic on Canvas

(L) "Back Country" by Lynne Fischer 11 X 14 Giclee on Canvas
(R) "Beach Bones" by Lynne Fischer 11 X 14 Giclee on Canvas

"Tropical Retreat" by Lynne Fischer  12 X 26 Giclee on Canvas
Part 2 of Probably 5 is in the Dec 10 Issue and Features : Ann Irvine, Pam Hobbs, Lynne Fischer, CJ Groth, Sonia Robinson, Mally Weaver, Thomas Avery, Chuck Hightower,Sue Ellen Crowley, Lawrence Halstead, David Hoot, Poochie Myers, Susan Sturtevant, ECG, Armida Averette, Eddie Pulido, Kathy Sage, Abigail White, Bob Slitzan, Teresa Willis, Jordan, Antonio, & Susan O'Neill.
for the 2017/ 2018 Season and Many Photos of their Artists Work
Go to the April 16 Link for Part 1 :
April 23 Part 2  April 30 Part 3 
Pt 5 May 14  and Pt 6 The May 21st. Issue

Next Week we'll Feature Part 1 of the New Members Show from The Key West Art Center

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



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(Formerly Called FAVOR)


Part 2
Season Opening Group Show Exhibition at the Frangipani Gallery. Exhibition will be hanging a few more days until Susann D'Antonio's Exhibition Comes Up Dec. 7th. Here are a few more Works from the Current Group Show...

"Nighttime Snacks"by Karen Beauprie

Deb Kik

Bowls by Janice Chiles

"Pink House" by William Welch

Headshots by Susann D'Antonio Friday December 7 at Frangipani Gallery

New work by Susann D'Antonio will be presented at Frangipani Gallery's opening exhibit on December 7th during the First Friday Upper Duval Art Walk.  This show is strictly for the birds as it is a collection of encaustic mixed media paintings portraying all types of common and exotic birds.  The paintings spotlight the bird's head only, suggesting an actor's photo portfolio.  Local favorite, the rooster, is center stage with other locals in the wings, the ibis, heron, pelican.  Other members of the cast have walk on parts, the peacock, parrots, the magnificent frigate.  Stage left are a supporting cast of fat little chick sculptures as the stand ins for the  main cast.  Join us for this fun birds-eye view and perhaps one of the birds will fly the coop with you. The curtain call for the show will be the end of December.

Grey Heron


Heart (Encaustic)


Important Note : Good Friend Gracy Lozano from Keys Lifestyle Marketing has this awesome Website that gives an Amazing and Extensive Listing of Events in Key West. Click the website below and check it out.

Here are just a few Categories; many way to look Up : Day, Month, Year, Category 305-440-059

The Next meeting will be the Key West Library Dec 3rd 11:30pm ; ALL are welcome.....


Harrison Gallery
WWW.HARRISON-GALLERY.COM 825 White St. 305-294-0609   The Season Finale Exhibition "Springtime in Key West"


Nov. 19th. NOV. 19, 2018
Nov. 12th. 
 PT. 1 OCT 22, 2018 
 PT. 2 OCT 22, 2018
September 24 :
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To see ALL the Issue Links from Jan 1 2018 to May 28, 2018 Go to the Sept 17th Link.
September 10
First Issue of the 2018 / 2019 Season Sept 3


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


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

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends uses WWW.CONSTANTCONTACT.COM for Production, Database Management, and Delivery. They are GREAT. Their Customer Support and On-Line Q&A are Second to None. 781-482-8911
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712 Duval St. 305-440-2179 11A-11P
 "Best Hush Puppies & New England Clam Chowder in the South; & the Angle Hair Pasta with Lump Crab in a Cream Sauce is amazing; plus their Peel N Eat Shrimp are by far always the tastiest The Keys.  


305-296-6196 1434 Kennedy Dr.


 1100 Simonton St.#3


5210 College Road 

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


Here are the Links to the Last 4 Photo Galleries



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


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

Here are the 3 Major Features from their Latest "The Pulse" I don't have the URL Link ; so I will simply Link the Pages from these Features
Click the Verbiage Above to go to the Page for Information; & That Page will also give you options for other Materials from LKMC




Neil Chamberlain and Staff Send Greetings

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



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


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

Sit Inside Or Sit Outside on their Spacious Patio
Editor's Note : I look forward to taking some new Pics of some of the Chef's Creations as they come out of the Kitchen; and insert them shortly in their ad.. ALSO
Every Year Michael and Heather help out many of the Non-Profit Organizations by Hosting Dinner Parties. These Dinner Parties are Promoted by Mangia-Mangia and the Different Non-Profit Groups.  Michael and Heather wIll GIVE BACK 20% of the Bill to the Non-Profit Organization.  ALSO you don't have to be a member of the organization to attend; simply show up and sit with the Members; and once again 20% of your Bill will be GIVEN BACK to the Non-Profit Organization. Right now there are Evening Dates still available ; Call Heather at Mangia-Mangia
These are the non-prof's we are hosting 20% so far, and want any interested to email us at
It's been a busy last few months with the Non-Profit Dinners in Sept. & Oct. Here is what they have so far for the next 2 months; great dates still available

Dec. 6 Wesley House & Lighted Bike Parade


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

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


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

Jefferson Starship

John Waters December 16

Dec 7th: Paula Poundstone
With smart, observational humor and a legendary spontaneous interaction with the crowd, Paula Poundstone is one of our country's pre-eminent comedians. She improvises with a crowd like a Jazz musician, swinging in...

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

Christmas Rocks 12/15 with Joe Tripp & Destin Montgomery

The Sunday Ramble Concert 1/6

The Wailers 1/10


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

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

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



Their Monthly E-Mailer & Feature on their website "Keys Traveler" has a Tremendous Amount of Information.
"Keys Traveler" E-Newsletter Link ; 

Arts & Culture


Diving and Fishing




ALSO : "Carmen by Request : A Musical Journey" 11/16 & 17
SPECIAL OFFER "DATE NIGHT : RENDEZVOUS AT THE RED BARN" Friday Dec 14 and 21st. 2 tickets for $70  to see "WITH BELLS ON"
WWW.REDBARNTHEATRE.COM  305-296-9911 319 Duval Street

With Bells On 12/11-1/5, Short Attention Span Theatre 1/15-2/9, Tenderly The Rosemary Clooney Musical 2/19-3/16, Meteor Shower 3/23-4/20
WWW.THEATREXP.ORG 302-540-6102

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

Key West favorite Kim Gordon returns to the Key West Theater on January 18th with a brand-new cabaret that weaves beloved Broadway tunes and favorite standards with fresh, fun cabaret
Kim Gordon: Music With Heart shakes things up with a unique musical mix that's funny, romantic, swinging and sexy. Proceeds from this rare solo concert and the champagne and dessert after party will benefit the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys to provide help right here in our community.  
Kim Gordon: Music With Heart is a sharp New York-style cabaret with a band that really cooks. Grammy-nominee Tim Mayer on sax, leader of the Paradise Big Band, Joe Dallas on bass, Hal Howland who is unsurpassed on drums and masterful pianist Ann McFarland bring their own exceptional talents to the stage.  
Gordon, who has a three-octave range, reaches back to a 1930s tune one moment and then forward again to a beautiful avant-garde piece, bouncing from Kander and Ebb, Lerner and Loewe, Stephen Sondheim and Jerry Herman to Michel Legrand and Jason Robert Brown. With a pure, bell-like voice and theatrical gravitas Gordon makes every song tell a story - some deep and moving, others lighthearted or sultry - and makes a strong interpersonal connection with her audience. 
Proceeds benefit the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys, which helps local patients pay their living expenses while undergoing treatment. This is the third concert Gordon has produced to benefit the Cancer Foundation, but the first under the banner of Music With Heart Inc., the new nonprofit organization she has founded to raise funds through music and the arts to help people in need in the Florida Keys. Gordon has raised approximately $500,000 to date for local nonprofits, more than half through concert performances, which has earned her a Lifetime Achievement award and Unsung Hero award, among others. 
The newly renovated Key West Theater is excited to be the choice venue for Kim Gordon once again. 
Show Details. 
Kim Gordon: Music With Heart. 
Key West Theater | 512 Eaton Street | Key West, FL | 33040.   
Jan. 18th, 2019 - Doors 7:00PM // Show 8:00p . 
Online a,  OR at the Key West Theater box office at 512 Eaton St.

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


 Click LINK1 For more details


"Hampton's Art & Culture" in the Next few Issues will be back to Featuring Greater Detail in this Section. Featuring Greater Information from Below Venues..Of course ; click any of the Links and you'll be at their sites.

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

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

 Photo & Art Galleries from Lucille Khornak

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


281 Front St. 305-295-6616

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

Select your medium of choice and join acclaimed artist Annamarie Giordano, pictured right, in Life Drawing sessions on Tuesdays starting November 6 through December 11 at Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. Her three-hour workshops are held in the Museum's "White Room," a place where folk artist Mario Sanchez once created art, accessed through the parade grounds behind the Fort. Classes feature nude models in short and long poses and are open to all levels; sessions are $25 for members and $30 for non-members, paid in class. For more information, contact Director of Education Adele Williams at 305-295-6616 x 115. Some materials will be available on site for purchase if needed.
Artist and Vendor Call for Holiday Concert & Bazaar at the Custom House Museum
Jewelry makers, food-crafters, artists, and alchemists of all imaginings are invited to contact Key West Art & Historical Society Event Coordinator Dani Holliday at dholliday@kwahs.orgor 305-295-6616 ext 114 for opportunities to show and sell their creations at the upcoming Holiday Concert & Bazaar, Wednesday, December 19, from 5p.m. to 9p.m. at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. The annual spectacular, which features many of the Keys finest artisans, musicians and choirs, and  a dazzling holiday light show, attracts many hundreds of happy revelers each year who come to shop and enjoy food, libations, and holiday cheer with friends and neighbors. Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island. 

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

 Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series presents local folk artist Wayne Garcia: storytelling through intaglio
On Thursday, December 6 at 6:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society's Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes local folk artist Wayne Garcia to the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street, where he will discuss the techniques and inspiration for his colorful, bas-relief wood carvings that depict the vivid particulars and street scenes of the third generation Cuban-American's childhood.
The Key West native learned the techniques of carving on wood from watching legendary folk artists Mario Sanchez and Papito Suarez, using  many of the tools, substrates, and methods they utilized: standard wood chisels purchased at the hardwood store, a rubber or wood mallet, and small pieces of pointy glass to smooth out the images, get into small corners, and scrape the pine, mahogany, or cedar after carving instead of using sandpaper.

  Explore history while at sea aboard the "When and If" sailing vessel with Key West Art & Historical Society
On Saturday, December 15, lovers of history and seafaring can enjoy an illuminating two-hour excursion aboard the historic sailing vessel, "When and If," a uniquely historic 76 year old yacht built for General (then Colonel) George S. Patton in 1939. 
Originally commissioned by Patton with the intention of sailing around the world with his wife Bea, the "When and If" was designed by celebrated marine architect John Alden, and built by FF Pendleton, both for racing and safe, comfortable, and luxurious family voyaging. 
Passengers on the December 15 voyage can enjoy wine and cheese on the open water while learning about the fascinating history and 21 stcentury restoration of the classic yacht from the vessel's Captain and crew. 
Tickets for the historic sail, which embarks from Stock Island Marina Village at 7005 Shrimp Road at 1:00pm (12:30 check-in), are $60 for Society Members, $70 for non-members. Space is limited to 28 passengers, so early registration is recommended. Sponsored in part by the Helmerich Trust. For tickets and more information, visit, click 'tickets,' or call Danielle Holliday at 305-295-6616 extension 114.  Your museums.  Your community.  It takes an island.

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

Key West Art & Historical Society celebrates the legacy of one of the island's most clever visual artists with "Art & Puns: The Whimsy of Ferron Bell"and a special opening reception from 6:00pm-7:00pm on Friday, December 7 in the Bumpus Gallery of the Custom House Museum located at 281 Front Street.  The exhibit runs through February 10, 2019.  The exhibit spotlights the quirky late artist's trademark visual wit and whimsy, featuring  work from private Key West collectors, personal photographs, and newspaper clippings about the unique personality  widely known for his  off-the-wall and humorous creations.  
A self-taught artist,  Thomas Ferron Bell began his career at the age of 16 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, moved to Fire Island Pines, New York when he was 21, later splitting his time and talents between there and Key West, Florida. Bell worked full time as an artist, cultivating his audience and frequently bartering and donating his work to fundraisers in the Key West community.



by Alyson Crean
Photo by Alyson Crean

The City Commission commended the team at US1 Radio for their deserved recognition as the number one station of its size in the nation.
The prestigious NAB Marconi Radio Award went to WWUS in recognition of their continuous service during last year's Hurricane Irma.
The commission commendation notes that the station remained on the air during and after the devastating storm, noting "the great steps they took to make sure they kept the station going and risking their lives to make sure they remained on the air so the entire Florida Keys community could remain informed and safe before, during and after the storm."
The station has continuously served the community for 38 years, and Irma is not the first time the team has served the community through a hurricane.
"If anyone was around for Hurricane Georges, they did the same thing then," said Mayor Craig Cates, remembering that the station struggled to keep its generator running. "It broke down a few times, but old Zippy kept running. That's at least twice you were so important to the community."
"Your work is vital to the safety and wellbeing of our community," reads the commendation.







WWW.REEFRELIEF.ORG 305-294-3100 631 Greene St.

Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystem.





Williams stepped into a position that was defunct and "had to start from scratch."  Her youth-focused initiatives included educational programming for schools aligned to state standards and the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) educational initiative spearheaded by the federal government, specific programming for special needs and at-risk children, environmental programs, school outreach programs that include visiting authors, artists and a traveling exhibit series, and scholarships to support those in need. 

"Bringing dynamic educational programs to Keys youth and working with the children themselves was