The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends January 1 2018   
Our On-Line Photographic Exhibition "Extremes" ; Example : World's Oldest City, Youngest Country, Most Visited City, Least Popular Country, and above Highest Average IQ of any City.
From Portlandia on IFC; The Duo "HungryTown" at the KW Library Jan. 10
Lots of Holiday Photos in this Issue ; Above from One of Our 3 Exec. Ass. Editors Carol Tedesco 
from the Annual Holiday Concert & Bazaar at The Custom House Museum.

The Holiday Jazz 
Concert at the TSKW

The Weekly TSKW Section Featuring So Many Events, Exhibition, & Classes
Holiday Event at LaTeDa brings in a Large Amount of Gifts to be distributed to many of Non Profit Organizations that work with Families.
"Photos of the Week" by Peter Arnow ( One of our 3 Exec. Ass. Editors)

Books and Books at TSKW has an Amazing Line Up in January "Meet the Authors"
WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Photo Galleries & Extensive Calendar of Events

Pt. 2 of our Photo Feature from The Annual MCSO Animal Farm "Christmas on the Farm". Opens  the 2nd & 4th. Sunday (1-3p) Starting with 1/14.
Momento-Viva-Key West Vol.1 by Greg Kelly  Acr,, Antique Postcards & Photos, Clocks Circa 1890s, Butterflies & Starfish on Canvas

Sister Mary & Catherine Helen by Carrie Disrud Mixed Media

Pt. 4 Photo's from the Winter Member's Show at TSKW (The Studios of Key West) "Keys Strong" 

(L) Sharon Wells in 1976 & in 2018 her History Walking Tours Saturdays
(R) John Blades next Distinguished Speaker "The Flagler You Don't Know" Mr. Blades is Fascinating; he's the Exec. Dir. of the Palm Beach Flagler Museum (Must See: The Event & The Museum) Jan 11

Just two of the Events from KWAHS (Key West Art & Historical Society)

Tropical Southernmost Dr. Harris House by Sharon Wells

Perception by Gabrielle Wilson
"Two Fresh Faces" Exhibition Reception 1/5 as part of First Friday Art Walk at Fran Decker's Frangipani Gallery Featuring Art by Sharon Wells & Gabrielle Wilson

Jan 4 Reception for Exhibition 1/4-14 from  Art@830 Gallery Featuring Christine Cordone Smith (L) and Michael Norviel (R)
A few more Photos of this Extremely Rare Model in this Issue

Editor's Note
Just like the Dec 25th, Issue. 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

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends ; Going out to over 7810 Each Week. This Week : Continuation of Holiday Photo Features, Photo Feature on the Christmas Jazz Concert at TSKW, Pt. 2 On-Line Photo Exhibition of "Extremes", Pt. 4 Winter Member's Show "Keys Strong" at TSKW, MOTE's End of the Year E-Mailer Link, Pt. 2 Photos from MCSO's "Christmas on the Farm",  "Photos of the Week" from Our Exec. Ass. Editor Peter Arnow", WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Extensive Calendar of Events & Photo Galleries, Truly a "Distinguished Speaker" : The Return of the Exec. Dir. of the Palm Beach Flagler Museum John Blades 1/11 "The Flagler You Don't Know", Frangipani Gallery "Fresh Faces" 1/5 : Sharon Wells & Gabrielle Wilson, Michael Palmer at GingerBread Square Gallery 1/7, Featured on IFC's "Portlandia" the Duo "HungryTown" 1/10 at the KW Library + "Meet the Authors" in January : Rosalind Brackenbury/Hays Blinckmann/ Bob Bowersox/ Kenneth D. Michaels/Laura Albritton & Jerry Wilkinson, Art@830 Gallery's new Exhibition / Reception 1/4 Featuring Christine Cordone Smith & Michael Norviel, WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM , Harrison Gallery's Latest Exhibition, Cuban Artist Abel Barroso Reception at TSKW 1/4 Curated by Nance Frank + Her Opening Exhibition (Must See) "Magnificent 14 KW's 1930's WPA Artists" at Gallery on Greene 1/13, Next "Last Stand : Protecting the Keys" Meeting 1/16, Holiday Photos from our Exec. Ass. Editor Carol Tedesco, One of the New Exhibitions at Custom House Museum "KW Collects" + on 1/12 Recpt. for "On the Waterfront" Opening Exhibition about the Early Truman Annex Artists + Sharon Wells Walking History Tours, + "Conch Revival Picnic" 1/24 at East Ft. Martello, WWW.HOMETOWNKEYWEST.COM Candidates Workshop 2/10 + Time to Renew Memberships (Extremely Inexpensive for the Amazing Work they do with Keys Elections & Info..), Impromptu Classical Concerts 1/7 & 21, OIRF House Tours 1/12 & 13, Announcement from the S. Fla. Symp. Orchestra on a new Board Member, Special NYE Sunday Ramble at The Key West Theater + Updated Schedule inc. addition of Better Than Ezra's Kevin Griffin on 2/2, KW Garden Club 1/8, Lucky Street Gallery's New Exhibition Featuring Lori Larusso & John Martini + Many Lucky Street Regular Artists, FKSPCA's "Parade of Paws" 2/10, KWBG Luncheon 1/3 with Mayor Cates, Fla. Keys Commercial Fishermen Seafood Festival 1/13 & 14, Aids Help CC,  WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM , Pt. 2 KW Art Center Member's Show "Celebrate the Season", Legendary Cuban Artist Mario Sanchez (1908-2005) Inducted into The Smithsonian (Gallery on Greene has many of his work Hanging), Zonta Fashion Show "Pier House Goes Pink" 1/18, Salt Island Gallery Presents Jill Caldwell 1/5, WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM , Next Artisan Market 1/7, Every Thurs. Green Market at Bayview Park, WWW.EQFL.ORG , FKCC's Holiday Caribbean Party,  Reef Relief/Sanc. Friends Found. of the Fla. Keys (their New E-Mail Newsletter Link) /FAVOR/Eco Disc. Ctr./NOAA, "Dance Lesions" at Red Barn Theater 12/19-1/13, Wesley House, US Coast Guard Aux. Boating Skills & Seamanship Course, Q-Magazine, Florida Keys Council of the Arts : "The Art of Creative Lettering" Exhibition up for a few more weeks, Ralph DePalmer's "2018 Soul of KW" Calendar, Fringe Theater's "The Regina Monologues" 1/18-20, Jazz in the Gardens, Play Golf with the KW Ladies Golf Ass. on Thursdays, WWW.CFFK.ORG , 
Mangia-Mangia Supporting the Non Profits, KW Wildlife Ctr., AnnaMarie Giordano's Still Life Workshops Tuesdays, Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction 2/9, WaterFront Playhouse "Inspecting Carol : A Holiday Disaster" 12/12-1/6 and "1776" 1/23-2/4, "Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurray" A Play by Eric H Weinberger 1/5-7 at TSKW, Our Weekly "Hampton's Arts & Culture" Section, WWW.LUCILLEKHORNAK.COM , Coast Projects new KW Location at 803 Whitehead St., KW Food and Wine Festival 1/24-29, KWLS, KW VFW, & More.
The Holiday Jazz Concert at TSKW
Featuring Larry Smith , Cristine Cordone Smith, Joe Dallas, Liza Jane
Catana, Lieutenant Joe Tripp, Dancer Alannah Shanle & Nancy III Hoffman.

More from the Concert Up Shortly

Pt. 4 of Our Photo Feature from the Winter Member's Show at the TSKW "Keys Strong"
1101 Fleming St. by Tom Buckyard Photo on Metal

Manipulation by Jill  Benado Photo

Whale Rider by Sean P. Callahan  WaterColor on Aqua Board
Still Standing by Garth Holtkamp

Smathers Palms by Clint Moore  Photo on Canvas with Reclaimed Wood Frame
Before the Storm : The Giving Tree by Christine Cordon Smith WaterColor. Christine will have an Exhibition at Art@830 Gallery Jan 4-14; with Reception 1/4 6-8pm
Backyard After Irma by Mary Berg  Pen and Paper
Sunday at Smathers Beach by Lucy Paige Acrylic Collage on Canvas. Thanks Lucy for Bringing the Tibetan Monks to KW Every Year; This Week Long Event so Refreshes my Mind and Body.
Shaving in Paris by Robert M. Olson MD Acrylic
More from The TSKW Member's Show "Keys Strong" Up Shortly

The KWAHS at the Custom House Museum had their 2nd Annual Holiday Concert and Bazaar ; and had over 3000 in Attendance. Carol Tedesco Executive Associate Contributing Editor and I took some photos ; the first 4 Photos are from Carol : & Then Further Down a few from me.


The Jan 8th Issue will have Photos of the Abel Barroso Reception ; and many photos of the Recent Works Hanging at the Gallery on Greene 
(Nance in her Gallery standing next to "Relaxing Time" by Abel Barroso  Mixed Media (50X40)
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
The Jan. 15th Issue will  have Photos from the Opening Reception
ALSO FURTHER DOWN A FEATURE ON Mario Sanchez 1908-2005 Inducted into The Smithsonian 

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

Music in the Palm Garden

The Friends of the Key West Library presents "Music in the Palm Garden" featuring folk duo Hungrytown at 6pm, Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Library's Palm Garden, 700 Fleming St. Hungrytown's music has received extensive radio airplay worldwide and has appeared on several television shows, including Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," IFC's "Portlandia" and Netflix's "Lady Dynamite." Free and open to the public. Seating is limited and gates open at 5:30pm.
Tech Tutoring

The Key West Library at 700 Fleming St is offering free One-on-One Technology tutoring.  Do you have questions about your smartphone or tablet?  Do you need help downloading Ebooks from the library's website?  If so, please call us at 305-292-3595 to make an appointment.  Our library assistants are here to help you with your devices.  Call us today!   


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 & Oils by Michael Norviel
Here are 8 Works from Christine Cordone Smith ; Her exhibition will Feature New Works from Christine done in Cuba



Little Red Tug Boat
House on Caroline

One of the Latest from her Cuban Series
On Display at the new Exhibition
Martello Gardens

Miss Sunshine

Up Shortly Works from Michael Norviel

The Jan 8th. 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. 

Cayo Hueso by George Lee Crosby

Casa Marina Beach by Deborah J. Moore

The January 8th. Issue will have a Feature on Melissa Trader's Stone Soup Gallery & Frame Shop 802 White St. 305-296-2020 WWW.STONESOUPGALLERY.COM 

The Jan. 8th. Issue will have a Visit to West Martello Tower Gardens
 Now Pt. 2 Christmas 
on the Farm from MCSO

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 
the Farm" Up Shortly

Conch Train Holiday Lights Tour revelers enjoy the prize-winning "North Pole" spectacle at 503 Washington Street Friday night. The tours, which concluded on Friday, are among many island-wide Key West Holiday Fest events that kicked off in November and continue through December 31 with an array of festive choices for ringing in the New Year. For more information on Holiday Fest happenings, contact the Lodging Association at 305-296-4959 or visit (Photo Carol Tedesco/

More From "Key's Stronge"
"KEYS STRONG" their Latest Members Show Features ALL Works Pertaining to IRMA.  This issue Contains Many of the Local Works. The Dec 11 and Dec 18 and Dec 25th.
Issue had many works.

Recovery by Chas Ferrer  Oil on Canvas
Rising by Lynne-Bentley-Kemp  Archival Digital Photo
Shred from Christmas Palm by Deborah K Goldman  Photo
Untitled by Victoria Mata  Acrylic on Paper

More "Keys Strong" Winter Member's Show at TSKW; Up Shortly

Our On-Line Photographic Exhibition "Extremes"

Where is the world's  oldest city ? 
Damascus           ... 
There's quite a bit of controversy over which city gets to officially claim the title of "oldest continuously inhabited city. 
However, Damascus is the safest bet, with evidence of civilization that extends back over 11,000 years. 

What is the Youngest Country in the World?
South Sudan  ... 
The people of South Sudan were formally recognized as an independent country in 2011 , 
making it the youngest country in the world to-date.

What is the Most Visited City?
London  ... 
After a several years of competition with Bangkok, London has regained its place as the world's most visited city 
(according to MasterCard's 2014 Global Destinations City Index). 
The city sees about  18.69 million international visitors annually , generating  $19.3 billion 
in revenue for their city

What is the world's  least popular country ? 
Iran  ... 
            On that same rating scale, Iran has come in dead last (at a 79% negativity rating) for many years. 
Only 15% of people polled viewed Iran in a positive light. 

What Country Consumes the Most Caffeine?Sweden    ... 
The strong coffee in Sweden will put a spring in your step, and hair on your tongue. The Swedes consume an average of 388 mg of caffeine in coffee per person, per day. (that's almost 5 Red Bulls in the U.S). 
Which Foreign City is the World's Most Well Connected one for Internet Use? Seoul South Korea.

Surprisingly, despite China's 618 million internet users who spend an average of 18.7 hours a week surfing the net, China  didn't even make the top 10 for internet connection. Seoul  ,Korea  is a different story considering the average connection speed, availability, 
(including free access), openness to innovation, support of public data, and privacy/security, Seoul  , South Korea  is the champion of internet-connectedness. With 10,000 government supported  free WiFi spots dotting the city, and an internet speed that goes unchallenged globally, Seoul is an internet junkie's paradise. 

More "Extremes" Up Shortly


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


Many of your fellow citizens have already joined Hometown for 2018, and in so doing have agreed to financially support Hometown's  non-partisan mission  to host and present candidate events in this extremely important election year.

Earlier this month, we requested your financial assistance so as to allow Hometown in 2018 to continue its promotion of the exchange of political viewpoints and ideas by sponsoring forums, debates, and other political events. These programs allow you, the voters, to more fully consider the merits of the candidates and their proposals. We have a few events already penciled in: There will be a "Call for Candidates" forum at Salute on April 16, and another Candidate forum on June 22, the last day on which candidates can qualify to be on the ballot.
Hometown! Key West is a 501(c)(3) corporation and your membership contribution paid in December 2017 for calendar year 2018 is fully deductible on your 2017 federal income tax returns. Membership in Hometown is on a calendar year basis; renewable every January. We ask for you support-Please join now !
Individual and Family Memberships are $40 and $55, respectively. Of course, you may wish to contribute more generously; other levels of giving are on the Hometown website.
Here is the Link for their Donation Page ; DONATE
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


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


The Jan. 8 Issue has a Lead Feature on a New Gallery to The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends.  Zazoo has an  Amazing Collection of Photos & Art on Iconic Movie Stars, Sports Figures, Famous Photographers. You Can spend Hours in the Zazoo and everything is Really Very Inexpensive for these Rare Originals / Copies.

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.

Just a few of Jeff Vermeeren



(L) Sybarite5 January 7
(R) Jacob MacKay January 21
The 2018 Season (As Usual) ALL Concerts at St. Pauls Episcopal Church 4pm.

Visit their website for detailed information on all their 2018 Performers

Jan 12 & 13

Old Island Restoration Foundation Home Tour, January 12th & 13th 3-
The Conch Train can transport you to five private homes that represent five different architectural styles, neighborhoods and eras.  Or, wind your own path through the setting sun and dusk to welcoming doorways.  Info and tickets at
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

Click the Dec 25 Issue to see many Pics of the VIP Party at the Hemingway House
Bobby Henry, publisher of Westside Gazette, has just joined the SFSO Board.    We now have seven members and expect an eighth in January.  Good to have many viewpoints.  Diversity is important.

The 2nd Annual KWAHS Christmas Concert & Holiday Bazaar at The Custom House Museum attracted over 3000 Attendees last week.  Here are a few more photos


New Year's Eve Special Sunday Ramble

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! 

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:  .  
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

Part 2 Holiday Concert at TSKW ; Featuring Larry Smith , Cristine Cordone Smith, Joe Dallas, Liza Jane Catana, Lieutenant Joe Tripp, Dancer Alannah Shanle & Nancy III Hoffman.

Thanks Larry Smith & Christine Cordone Smith for Organizing this Event. Thanks to TSKW; and Thanks to all the other Performers and Production Crew.

Click MOTE1 for a Special Year End E-Newsletter
Dr. David Vaughan. Credit: Conor Goulding/Mote Marine Laboratory
Mote Staff Scientist Dr. Tracy Fanara holds a water sample from the Sarasota, Florida area. Credit: Mote Marine Laboratory
Mote staff members carry loggerhead turtle "Sea Salt" to the beach for release. Credit: Conor Goulding/Mote Marine Laboratory

Mote staff members carry loggerhead turtle "Sea Salt" to the beach for release. Credit: Conor Goulding/Mote Marine Laboratory
Cell of  Karenia brevis 
red tide algae. Credit: Mote Marine Laboratory

Of Course ; Go to MOTE's Weekly Section Further Down for Additional Material.  Once Again The Year End E-Newsletter that MOTE Produced is Really Fascinating.

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.  Here are photos of last Week's Opening Reception.  The Jan. 8th. Issue will have photos of some of the Gallery Regulars Works
Sink Kittens by Lori Larusso  Acrylic on Shaped Panel

Deer Me by Jaimie Miller  Mixed Media

Need Extra Cash by Lori Larusso Acrylic on Shaped Panel

Heartini by Lori Larusso  Acrylic & Enamel on Panel

More from Lucky Street Gallery Up Shortly

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


December Features :  Unique collaborative sculptures of glass, metal and gold by Helen Harrison and Cheryl Wilson Smith that could be the perfect gift.   WWW.HARRISON-GALLERY.COM 825 White St. 305-294-0609
"Blue Christmas" Exhibition
 Highlighting beautiful blue works from Vera Vasek's "Movement Drawings" series, Nellie Appleby's Cyanotypes and Helen Harrison's newest Palm Sculptures.
These 4 are from Helen Harrison


Works by Nellie Appleby and Vera Vasek Up Shortly


Florida Keys Seafood Festival January 13 & 14
The Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association (FKCFA) invite locals and visitors to come and enjoy the freshest seafood caught, prepared and served by local fisherman and their families. The event is held at  Bayview Park, located at Truman Avenue and Jose Marti Drive, on Saturday, January 13 from 11 am to 8 pm and  Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.


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

 Meet the Authors :  Title - Hays Blinckmann -  In the Salt, Bob Bowersox -  Five Plays, Kenneth D. Michaels -  Gay Detective Series.  Thursday, January 4th from 6-8 during First Thursday 
Brief Description - Meet local authors that bring literary flair to the island! 

(L) In-conversation event with Rosalind Brackenbury ft. Michael Nelson.  Title - Rosalind Brackenbury -  Paris Still Life 
Start Date/End Date - Friday, January 19th at 6:00pm
Brief Description - Beloved writer, Rosalind Brackenbury discusses her new book,  Paris Still Life

(R) Event Type - Multimedia Presentation and discussion
Title - Laura Albritton & Jerry Wilkinson -  Key West's Duval Street
Start Date/End Date - Thursday, January 25th at 6:00pm
Brief Description - Historians Laura Albritton and Jerry Wilkinson discuss the history of Key West's Duval Street.



Pt. 2 This Issue : Part 1 was in the Dec 25 Issue

Poinsetta by Fran Decker

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

The Key West Art Center Winters Member's Show "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.

Flamingo Feathers by Maggie Ruley Acrylic
Pose in Pink Mary Jeanne Connors Oil
Floating Orchids by Mary Jeanne Connors  Oil
View of the Lighthouse by Karen Beauprie  WaterColor
Sewards Morning by Jane Grannis Raku
Kayaks by Fran Decker  WaterColor
The January 15th. Issue will have many additional works from the Key West Art Center Member's Artists

Mario Sanchez 1908-2005 inducted into The Smithsonian
 First Key West Artist to be Inducted
 The Board of Regents, which includes the Chief Justice of the Supreme Count of the United States and Vice President of the United States approved the art of Mario Sanchez for the permanent collection of America's museum.  Chief Curator, Virginia Mecklenburg of The Smithsonian American Art Museum received the large Mario Sanchez intaglio donated by the Edward B. & Joan T. Knight Foundation.  
The Smithsonian, America's museum, was founded in 1846 in order to develop an American national identity.  The Smithsonian has become the world's largest museum since it's founding more than 170 years ago.  The Chief Curator, Deputy Curator and Folk Art Curator enthusiastically received the artwork from Nance Frank, The Gallery on Greene who facilitated the donation.  
It is a great honor to be inducted into the permanent collection of SAAM.  It was one of Mario Sanchez aspirations.  The Chief Curator is considering, Men of Art & Intellect for the semi-permanent exhibit, Experience America.  
At first glance Sanchez work is charming folk art. However delve into the tableau and Key West, an island which has embraced diversity for 150 years becomes dramatically complex. The intaglio depicts Sanchez's father reading to the cigar makers at the Eduardo H. Gato Cigar Factory.  The factory employed 500 people of every color, men & women, Bahamian, Americans, Cuban, Chinese, Jews and Italians are pictured sitting side-by-each.  At the time they were the best paid workers in the United States and all were unionized.  They choose what the reader would read to them in the afternoon.  In the morning in was the international newspaper hot of the ferry from Havana that The Reader delivered without a microphone or any other device to the 500 workers.
Thanks Nance Frank for providing us with this Information. Of course ; you can find many of Mario Sanchez Works at Gallery on Greene. WWW.GALLERYONGREENE.COM 606 Greene St. 305-294-1669

 MICHAEL PALMER EXHIBITION STARTS JAN 7 with a Reception at GingerBread Square Gallery 1207 Duval St. 305-296-8900 5:30p-8pm  Refreshments Served

"Dick, Jane, & Spots Friendly Village" by Michael Palmer 18X18
Flight Control  14X14
Inner Passage 18X18
Love Shadows 20X20
Pigeon Man 30X36
The Jan. 8th issue will have 8 -10 more Works from Michael Palmer

5210 College Road 


Fashion Show Jan 18 "Pier House Goes Pink"

Key West Zonta Club Presents "Pier House Goes Pink"
    Thursday, January 18,   2018, the Pier House Goes Pink for the fourth year in a row in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness. Beginning at 6 pm, a fashion show celebrating local breast cancer survivors, will take place accompanied by live music from the Prime Movers. Beautiful jewelry pieces will be auctioned and raffle prizes awarded including flat screen TV.    Enjoy a special pink drink is being created for this event and wonderful appetizers compliments of the Pier House.    $10 suggested donation at the door. All funds raised from this event goes to Zonta's program providing mammograms for un-insured and under-insured women in the Florida Keys.

Tickets for 2017 Zonta Chance Drawings are still available.  Prizes include & Night Stay in Ocean City, NJ, Pandora Bracelet from Little Switzerland, Keys Cuff Bracelet from Emeralds International or $500.00 in cash.  Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 tickets for $20.00.  Winners will be drawn at the Pier House on the 18th.  Raffle tickets are great stocking stuffers or holiday greeting cards inserts.  All proceeds benefit the Zonta Breast Cancer Screenings in our community.  To purchase tickets, email

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

Official title,  Sean K's Griswald's Holiday Lights Lighted Bike Tour , takes place under the cover of darkness in a secret location within Bayview Park....

Thanks Johnny & Caroline for providing our readers with Great Year Round Photo Galleries to Enjoy; as well as Providing ALL of  the Keys with Great Calendar of Events Everyday.

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. 
Photos of the Week by Peter Arnow. (Exec. Associate Editor)
(Left Top) 2015 Queen Jane Supports Toy Drive
2015 Fantasy Fest Queen Jane Rohrschneider came out to support the annual La Te Da holiday Party and Toy Drive.  She took a rest sitting on a big bronze turtle. Photo by Pete Arnow.
(Right Top) RudeGirl at La Te Da
WEOW's RudeGirl welcomed Bourbon Street Pub owner Joey Schroeder to the annual La Te Da Christmas Bash. Photo by Pete Arnow.

(Left-Bottom) Terri White Returns to the Gardens Hotel Jazz
Former Broadway Star Terri White made a triumphant return to Key West to perform at the Gardens Hotel Sunday Afternoon Jazz Concert. Terri has had a long fight with cancer. Photo by Pete Arnow.

(Right-Bottom) Toys for Lower and Middle Keys Children
Toys! Toys! Toys!  Attendees were very generous with their donation to the toy drive at La Te Da's annual holiday bash.  This one of the largest toy donations made at an event.  All toys collected will go to the children of the lower and middle Keys. Photo by Pete Arnow.

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

Faculty, staff, and friends of Florida Keys Community College brought dozens of toys for local children to the College's annual Caribbean Holiday Party on Tuesday hosted by FKCC President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra and his wife Josephine. The toys were donated to Samuel's House, a Keys-based non-profit organization that offers housing and supportive services for homeless women and intact families.
"The faculty, staff, and friends of the College are more than just employees who do their jobs and collect a paycheck.  Their generosity at times like these demonstrates their commitment to help the less fortunate in our community," praised Gueverra.


Starring Carolyn Cooper and Dave Bootle ; Dir. by Joy Hawkins


 Members Show "Keys Strong" at TSKW

Irma La Douce by Shelly Bregman  Stained Glass Mixed Media
7 Mile by Lea DiSalvo Moeller  Ancaustic Collage
Skywatch bu Carol Munder  Photogravure
Rise : Vessel Series by Lauren McAloon Stoneware, Steel, Ceramics, & Copper
Irma by Suzann Pereira  Large Assemblage on the Floor

More "KEYS STRONG" Winter Member's Show at TSKW; Up Shortly

Pt. 2 from the New Exhibition at the Harrison Gallery
WWW.HARRISON-GALLERY.COM 825 White St. 305-294-0609

6 More Works from Helen Harrison

Here are a few works from Nellie Appleby . Note these are not the works on display at Helen's & Ben's Gallery; but will represent Ms. Appleby's Wide Range

Vera Vasek
This is on Display
Oasis by Nellie Appleby  80X64 Cyanotype on Canvas
This is on display
Note : I will get some Jpegs of Vera Vasek & Cheryl Wilson Smith Works for the Jan. 8th. Issue.


Part 2 of our On-Line Photographic Exhibition "Extremes"

Most Bicycle Friendly Country?
The Netherlands ...    
By comparing cities using the average number of bicycle trips made daily, one city reigns supreme: Groningen  in the Netherlands.  About 50 percent of the population commute via bike daily, making it the city with the greatest proportion of cyclists. However, many other cities in the Netherlands have a great bicycling tradition.

The Most Energy Efficient City? 
Reykjavik  , Iceland  ... 
All of the energy and heat used by the citizens of Reykjavik, Iceland 
come from geothermal plants and renewable hydropower 
making it the most sustainable and energy efficient city in the world. 
This city has also been replacing traditional buses with hydrogen-fueled buses, 
from which the only emissions are water.

What Country has longest Life Expectancy? 
Monaco  ... 
According to the World Health Organization's study from 2013, Monaco  tops the charts for longest living citizens with an average life expectancy of 87.2 years. Men in Monaco live an average 85.3 years, and women live longer to an average of 89 years. 

Which Country has the least Life Expectancy? 
Sierra Leone  ... On the opposite side of that coin, the population of Sierra Leone live only to an average of 47 years.  The men of Sierra Leone live to an average of 47 years old, whereas women live a little longer, an average of 48 years. Poverty plays a big roll in their short life expectancy.
Which City has the Highest IQ : Hong Kong 
There are a lot of factors that affect an IQ score, ranging from national and personal wealth, to simply what test is used. As a result, these findings are highly controversial, but suggest that Hong Kong has the highest IQ level, 
at an average of 107 points per person. *However, Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, meaning that it falls within the sovereignty of the People's Republic of China, yet does not form part of Mainland China, because it has it's own government. So these results are questionable.


WWW.WESLEYHOUSE.ORG 305-809-5000 1100 Varela St.

Part 2
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 & Oils by Michael Norviel

Below are some of Michael's Works



WWW.LUCKYSTREETGALLERY.COM 1204 White St. 305-294-3973

A few of John Martini's Works at Lucky Street Gallery. The January 8th. Issue will have Works from Many of the Gallery's Regular Artists plus a few New Ones.


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
Neil Chamberlain and Staff Send Holiday Greetings

WWW.SANCTUARYFRIEDNS.ORG  55500 Overseas Hwy. Marathon 305-289-2288
Click SANC1 for their Latest Newsletter
In the Newsletter : Operation Coral Rescue, LionFish Derby Studies, Blue Star Program,  Newsmakers, & Upcoming Events,


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

Only a few more weeks left for their Winter Member's Show "The Art of Creative Lettering"
Fly by Sandy Sun  Clay with Glazes

A Bit Off Center by Denise Graham  Polymer Clay


Ralph DePalma | Photography

Part 2 of our Photo Feature MCSO's 
"2017 Christmas on the Farm"



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

WWW.FRINGETHEATER.COM 305-731-0581 325 WhiteHead St.

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

WWW.GARDENSHOTEL.COM 526 Angela St. 305-294-2661
Every Sunday Sunday, 5 - 7:30p, Jazz in the Gardens 
Cabaret @d'vine Wine Gallery:
Wednesday,  Megan Constantine, 5-7pm
Thursday, , Megan Constantine, 5-7pm
Friday,Megan Constantine, 5-7pm
Saturday,Megan Constantine, 5-7pm

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

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. 

During this Holiday Season Our Hearts go out to all that have been Impacted & Still recovering from Irma.  A Special Thank You to those have made Donations to Help Our Community.  Through your generosity, CFFK has provided critical and immediate help to thousands of children and families from Key West to Key Largo through the  Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund  and the  Landau Family Hurricane Relief Fund for the Upper Keys.  This holiday season many of our residents are still displaced from their homes and out of work. Donations are needed to meet the huge demand for longer-term recovery and rebuilding. Please consider making a year-end gift to support these critical efforts.   
100% of all contributions are going directly to meet community needs and are tax deductible.  To Make A Donation Call 305-292-1502 or Through this Direct Link : 


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

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

Just Announced Kevin Griffin from Better Than Ezra 2/2

(L)"Taking it to the Streets" ( Actually 3920 N. Roos. Blvd. on the Sunset Green Event Lawn) Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers February 28 
For additional Info on MOST of their concerts & events ; Click Link here for their Latest E-Newsletter with Updated Info. Click TWT7

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


WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM 305-304-6882 Owners / Editors Naja & Arnaud Girard
Hit this Link for some of the Great Videos :
Hit this Link for a Small Donation to the Blue Paper 

Getting a Head of Ourselves

Pruitt Refuses to Reveal His Climate Science

If you go to the Most recent Blue Paper Issue; You'll Find some new Feature Articles; and we'll Copy and paste them in the January 8th. Issue.

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 . Model Positions Available.

One more Section for this Issue : Winter Member's Show at TSKW "Keys Strong"

Hurricane Brain by Emily Berg  Acrylic on Paper
We Rise by Gabrielle Wilson Acrylic
Renewal by Jane Gilbert  Acrylic on Canvas
Gold & Green on Rose by Rosanne Potter  Acrylic & Metallics on Canvas
Glass Beach of Love and Energy by CarieMarie Jarnot
Beach Glass, Shells, & Lights

 More TSKW Winter Member's Show "Keys Strong" will be Part 5 in the January 8th.Issue


830 Fleming St. 305-517-6088
For the month of January, SALT Gallery (830 Fleming St., )  will feature a new collection of colorful mixed media paintings by local artist Jill Caldwell. To celebrate Jill's new works, SALT will be hosting an opening reception at the gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5th.
Jill Caldwell was born in Quincy, Massachusetts. She received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in 1997. After graduation she promptly moved to Key West, an island she had fallen in love with as a child. "I knew this magical island with its bold vivid colors, gorgeous sunlight, and translucent ocean was a place I needed to call home," she says. While living here, she met her future husband and, on a whim in 2005, they left Key West and moved to Rockland, Maine. She now splits her time between Key West and Maine.


The Board of Directors of the Anne McKee Artists Fund, Inc. announces the date of Friday, February 9, 2018 for their annual fine art auction.  The auction will again take place at The Studios of Key West.  Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the auction, led by Tom Luna, will begin at 8:00 p.m.  Champagne and desserts will be included in the $25 ticket price and there will also be a cash bar.  VIP seating is available for $50.  The auction preview will be from January 26th until February 9th at The Studios of Key West.  Tickets for the auction are available now at  and at The Studios of Key West on the night of the auction.    
The McKee art auction raises money for project-based grants to Keys visual, literary and performing artists.    Founded by longtime Key West resident and philanthropist, Anne McKee, the non-profit fund has awarded more than $245,000 since 1994.  For more information about the Anne McKee Artists Fund and its annual auction and artist grants, visit .

Their Monthly E-Mailer & Feature on their website "Keys Traveler" has a Tremendous Amount of Information.
Here is the December "Keys Traveler" E-Newsletter Link ; Hit DECEMBER


Inspecting Carol A Holiday Disaster Dec 12- Jan 6
1776 Jan 23-Feb 4


 855-378-6386  (855-3-SUNFUN)
Direct Booking from Sunset Watersports Key West on All Above Plus so Many Additional Packages Hit BOOKING INFO .  

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


(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

(Bottom L) Here's Your Hat  What's Your Hurray" Play by Eric H. Weinberger
Jan 5,6 &7 
(Bottom R)  Arts & Eats is a series of delectable art-themed parties combining food, art, and interesting locations in Key West - all supporting your creative community. 
"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.

"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


"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

37A Main Street  East Hampton NY 631-329-4516.  



281 Front St. 305-295-6616

Upcoming Exhibitions : Key West Collects, On the WaterFront Truman Annex Artists, The Outrageous, From a Womans Hand.
Current Exhibitions : The Navy in KW, Overseas to the Keys : Henry Flagler Overseas Railroad, Tennessee Williams-The Playwrite & Painter, Stanley Papio - Junkyard Rebel, Ghosts of East Martello, Speedway to Sunshine : Henry Flagler Overseas Railroad, Life of the Keepers, Depicting Hemingway : Guy Harvey Sketches "The Old Man & The Sea"

Key West Art & Historical Society exhibits Florida Keys residents' curious collections at the Custom House Museum

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. 

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 12th. Event ; Click ON THE WATERFRONT

Henry Flagler, one of Florida's best-known historical figures, is to be the subject of the next Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series event, presented by John Blades, Executive Director Emeritus of Palm Beach's Flagler Museum. Blades will share insights regarding a number of misconceptions surrounding Flagler and his development of Florida in his presentation, "The Flagler You Don't Know," January 11 starting at 6:00pm at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Stree

Sharon Wells in  1976

Henry Flagler

For history buffs or anyone seeking insight into the classic architecture of Key West, Key West Art & Historical Society will host a series of educational and entertaining walking tours led by local artist and historian Sharon Wells on select Saturdays from January through March.  The first is to take place on Saturday, January 13 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, with a focus on Truman Annex and Historic Whitehead Street.
This tour will begin at The Custom House Museum on Front Street, the site of court adjudications for Wreckers' salvage claims and the 1898 Battleship Maine Court of Inquiry.  Tour-goers will walk approximately a mile, heading up Whitehead Street to Truman Annex, and finish on Green Street at the Porter family properties dating from 1840.  Highlights will include the 19th Century naval structures, including the Machine Shop, Marine Hospital and Surgeon's Quarters, President Eisenhower's WWII Headquarters, and the historic properties of Banyan Resorts.
Wells will reveal the evolution of the waterfront and examine the impact of World War II, the auction and privatization of the Naval Base in 1986, and rehabilitation of buildings as residential/commercial properties. Participants can also anticipate Wells' narratives on Key West's early settlement as they peruse the spectacular Classic Revival architectural homes and noteworthy landscape along Whitehead Street.
Originally landing in Key West in 1976 to help document the buildings for National Register of Historic Places expansion, Wells combined her many talents of writing, photography, painting and history to open her own gallery (Key West Light Gallery) and founded the now out-of-print Key West Walking & Biking Guide in 1984, upon which The Society tour offerings are based.  Today she turns her efforts to House History research and documentation for historic homeowners, her own art projects, and these tour offerings for Key West Art & Historical Society, of which she has long been a board member.
The tour series is presented by The Society as part of their commitment to providing activities and programs that highlight the abundant history and cultural assets of Key West and the Florida Keys.  Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for non members. Register now as space is limited.  For more information, visit  KWAHS.ORG/EDUCATION or call Adele Williams, Director of Education at 305.295.6616 extension 115.  Your museums.  Your community.  It takes an island. 


Info. & Photos from Alyson Crean

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

Key West Food & Wine Festival 1/24-28, 2018

Tickets on sale now-

Melina Toppino sends regards and tells us  : Adventurous aficionados of fine food and vintages can explore creative cuisine, premium wines and unique events in a subtropical island setting during the annual Key West Food and Wine Festival.

Set for Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 24-28 2018, the festival's indoor and outdoor events showcase local chefs' culinary flair and favorite indigenous ingredients, intriguing libations and distinctive Florida Keys atmosphere. Attendees can whet their appetites for island-style excellence at Henry Flagler's Welcome Party, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, on the beach at Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. The mouthwatering gathering is to recall the elegance of the early 1900s, shortly after the completion of Flagler's Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad and the luxurious Casa Marina.

For Additional Venue Participants and Events go to their Website

 5210 College Rd. 305-296-1504

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
Friday, January 12th  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu - SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, January 13th - 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.
Wednesday, January 17th  - Chefs Henry Christian and Stephanie Pino - Chef's Tasting Menu
Cacao 2.0 - The Chocolate Dinner - $90.00 - 5:30pm. Join Chefs Henry Christian of Grimal Grove, and Stephanie Pino of Pino Xocolates for this incredible and delicious dinner!  Cinnamon Cacao Pana Cotta with White Tea Gelee.   Columbian Cacao Croquette with Chocolate and Oaxacan Cheese. Spiced Cacao Consommé with Chipotle Chicken Parcels.     Juniper Rubbed Duck Breast over Chestnut Cacao Bread Pudding.    Dessert TBA
We'll add additional dates in the January 8th. Issue; but why wait ; go to their website now.


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

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
The January 8th. Issue will have additional Inserts from their End of the Year E-Newsletter.  Closer to the Top of this Issue we had a few Inserts. Here is the Link to that Year End Very Informative E-Newsletter Hit MOTE1


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

New Location 808 Duval St.
Wed. January 3rd is the Monthly Luncheon at Beachside Marriott with Special Guest Speaker Mayor Cates



Monroe County Animal Farm in Key West 5501 College Rd. 305-293-7300 . Open the 2nd & 4th Sunday each month (1-3p) , Under the Brilliant Direction of Officer/Farmer Jeanne Selander. Next time the Animal Farm is Open Jan 14...



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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: 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


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 New Year Ed.