The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends January 8, 2018   

Jan 21 South Florida Symphony Orchestra : 
It's the talk of the town!  Delight your choreodrama senses by experiencing
Martha Graham's Dance of Life, the pinnacle of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra's 20th Anniversary Season led by Founder|Music Director Sebrina Maria Alfonso
From Portlandia on IFC; The Duo "HungryTown" at the KW Library Jan. 10

Zazoom Photographic and Art Gallery on Duval

One of the new Exhibitions at the KWAHS Custom House Museum "Key West Collects"
Conversation in a Quiet Place 20X20
Michael Palmer Exhibition Opening at GingerBread Square Gallery Jan. 8 5:30p-8p 1207 Duval St.

Movie 1/8 at TSKW ; as Part of a FundRaiser for the KW Garden Club

Mike Rooney ; Classes in January
Mondays 7-9PM Charity Bingo
The Weekly TSKW Section Featuring So Many Events, Exhibition, & Classes
Conch Train Tour of Christmas Lights
Lorie Traver, Jennifer Newman and Bobby Ciulla hosted a Conch Train Ride for friends to see the beautiful Christmas Lights of Key West. Photo by Pete Arnow
"Photos of the Week" by Peter Arnow 

Impromptu Classical Concerts of Key West 
(L) Sybarite5 January 7 
(R) Jacob MacKay January 21 (More Info Below)

Mid 21st Century by Bill Hartman  WaterColor

Smathers Beach by Kathy Leatarte Oil

Pt. 5 Photo's from the Winter Member's Show at TSKW (The Studios of Key West) "Keys Strong" 

Undying Love : A Play by Ben Harrison 
Just one of the many Concerts at The Key West Theater
2 of the Many Events that are Featured in this Issue

Pt. 2 of Our Year End Feature from MOTE
Randy Roberts Live at The Tennessee Williams Theater 1/29
Mangia-Mangia ONLY Bringing Snow for a 1/2 Block ; on their Annual Snow Day.  Fairly Funny; when most of the Country would love to dump their 14 Inches on us.
1/18 Hang at TW Museum
1/24 "Conch Revival Picinic" at KWAHS Lighthouse & Keepers Quarters
Photo : Carol Tedesco
L-R Master Chef Dave Furman, KW Food Tours Creator Analise Smith, & Isle Cook's Master Chef & Program Dir. Martha Hubbard
Just Two of the Many Events that the KWAHS has  in January ; plus 1/12 New Exhib. Rec. for "On the Waterfront" : Early Annex Artists, 1/11 "Distinguished Speaker" John Blades Exec. Dir. of the Palm Beach Flagler Museum Topic " The Flagler You Don't Know" held at the Trop.+ Sharon Wells "Historic Walking Tours"

WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Photo Gallery of the Annual NYE Dachshund Parade

South Florida Symphony Orchestra in town for a Jan 21 Concert with the Martha Graham Dancers (More Info to follow shortly as well as info. on Housing Great Talents)

Editor's Note 
Just like the Dec 25th. & Jan 1st 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. 
Thanks to ALL The Associate Contributing Editors "Friends" that Supply the Magazine with Great Year Round Material. 

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends ; Going out to over 7810 Each Week. This Week : Martha Graham Dancers in town with the South Florida Symp. Orch. 1/21 + House a Visiting Musician, IFC's "HungryTown at KW Library 1/10, We Welcome Zazoo Gallery to the Magazine with a Photo Feature, Pt.5 Feature from the TSKW Winter Member's Show "Keys Strong", KW Artisan Market Jan 7 10a-2pm, An Amazing Amount of Events/Classes from TSKW & KWAHS, Jazz in the Gardens 1/7 Peter Diamond & Friends 5-7:30p (Next 1/14 Libby York & Friends) + Wine Class 1/10, Our Weekly Section from MCSO & The City of KW, Custom House New Exhibition "KW Collects", Michael Palmer Opening at GingerBread Square Gallery 1/8, WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM treats us to a Photo Gallery, Randy Roberts Live at TWT 1/29, "Photos of the Week" from Exec. Ass. Publisher Peter Arnow, Pop Up Exhibition at Gildea Contemporary Art Gallery 1/11, Fringe Theatre "Regina Monologues" 1/18-20, Next Books and Books "Meet The Author" 1/19 Rosalind Brackenbury, Impromptu Classical Concerts of KW : Sybarite5 1/7 & Jacob MacKay 1/21, Ben Harrison's Latest Play Opens Feb 14 "Undying Love", Latin Jazz Concert 1/20 at KWT, Artists Talk 1/11 at TSKW Featuring Nance Frank "Cuban Artist Abel Barroso" + Her Latest Exhibition at Gallery on Greene "The Magnificent 14 KW's 1930 WPA Artists" 1/13 + This Issue has Pt. 1 of Great Art at Gallery on Greene & Lastly from Nance Frank Info. about Mario Sanchez Induction into The Smithsonian (many of his works Hang in Her gallery), WOW NANCE 6 LINES in Our Tease Verbiage ( A Record for Sure), New Computer Classes in Jan. at the KW Library, WaterFront Playhouse  "1776" 1/23-2/4 and "Hand to God" 2/20-3/10, US Coat Guard Auxiliary "Boating Skills & Seamanship" Courses,
WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM , WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM and their Jan. "Keys Traveler", A Message from TSKW's Exec. Dir. Jed Dodds, A Message from KWLS's Exec. Dir. Arlo Haskell, New Exhibition at Lucky Street Gallery as Part of Walk on White 1/18 "Temporal Convergence", New Exhibition at Art@830 Featuring Christine Cordone Smith & Michael Norviel, KWBG (Key West Business Guild) Mixer 1/10 at Side Bar (Angela & Duval), KW Photography Festival 2/8-2/11 from Quincy Perkins & Paul Blundell, WWW.HOMETOWNKEYWEST.COM + Candidates Workshop 2/10, AnnaMarie Giordano "Life Drawing Workshop" OIRF House Tours 1/12 & 13, Updated Schedule of Concerts / Events from The Key West Theater, KW Garden Club Meeting 1/8 + First Soiree Performance by Fran Decker 1/10, "Parade of Paws" from FKSPCA 2/10 + "Marathon Bar Olympics" Middle Keys 1/13 for FKSPCA + Benefit at Luis Sottil Gallery 1/20, New Exhibition from Harrison Gallery, KW Seafood Festival 1/13 & 14, Aids Help CC, KW Art Center Member's Show "Celebrate the Season", KW Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden Native Plant Sale 1/20, Zonta Club "Pier House Goes Pink" 1/18, WWW.EQFL.ORG , FKCC's Feature "Caribbean Holiday Party", "Hampton's Art & Culture Section,  Wesley House and Foster Care, WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM , A few more Nights for "Dancing Lessons" at Red Barn, Q-Magazine, Fla. Keys Council of the Arts, "2018 Soul of KW" Calendar from Ralph DePalma, Southernmost Coconut Castaways Presents a Large Check to United Way from "Keys Strong" CD Compilation, Frangipani Gallery "Fresh Faces" Exhibition Featuring Sharon Wells & Gabrielle Wilson, WWW.CFFK.ORG , KW Wildlife Ctr., Jill Caldwell at Island Salt Gallery.

Editor's Note 
Just like the Dec 25th & Jan. 1st Issues. 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 +
Thanks to all the Associate Contributor Editors for Providing Great Year Round Materials,


Pt. 5 of Our Photo Feature from the Winter Member's Show at the TSKW "Keys Strong"

Untitled by Maja Fialova  Oil on Canvas
Irma by Judith Zabar Acrylic
Still Dancing by MK Clapp  Oil on Canvas
Conch Chaos by Rita Poore  WaterColor on Yupo
Irma by Ranae Moore  Seed Mirror Mixed Media on Wood
More from The TSKW Member's Show "Keys Strong" Up Shortly


It's the talk of the town!  Delight your choreodrama senses by experiencing
Martha Graham's Dance of Life, the pinnacle of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra's 20th Anniversary Season led by Founder|Music Director Sebrina Maria Alfonso .  This enthralling evening features an historic collaboration between the world class Symphony and the legendary Martha Graham Dance Company, America's oldest dance company presenting some of the world's leading dancers.   Martha Graham is widely recognized as a primal artistic force of the 20th. Century, along with Picasso, James Joyce, Igor Stravinsky, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Time magazine named her "Dancer of the Century" and People magazine tagged her among the female "icons of the Century." According to Janet Wilber, Company Artistic Director and former Principal Dancer, "Martha was a revolutionary who created a new and very American style of dancing." Wilber danced many of Graham's greatest roles including roles created for her by Graham.  Since 2005, she has been teaching, lecturing, and directing Graham ballets internationally.  Denise Vale, Senior Artistic Associate, joined the Company in 1985 and also attained Principal Dancer rank.   During its 90-year history, the Company has received audience and critical acclaim in over 50 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Russia, and the Middle East.
  Tickets - $25-$85 -   are selling fast for 7:30 pm on Sunday, January 21, 2018  at the Glenn R. Archer Performing Arts Center.  Call 305-295-7676 or visit  Keystix/

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.  To follow Shortly ; Info on how you can house some Brilliant Talent

The Jan 15th. Issue will have Photos of the Abel Barroso Reception ; and Pt. 2 of Our Feature Showing Many 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)
Opened Jan 4 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

Here is Part 1 of a few Weeks Showing some Amazing Art at The Gallery on Greene

Mermaids by Linda Reike  23X28 Acrylic on Cross Cut Mahogany 
Havana by Linda Reike  Oil on Board
Turtle Whispers by Linda Reike 13.5X26  Acrylic on Panel
Tarpon Parade by Linda Reike  25X51 Oil on Board
Unicorn and Maiden by Suzie dePoo  Ceramic Tiles
Adam & Eve + Other Works by Suzie depoo
StarFish Sleeper by Suzie dePoo  Irregular Drift Wood
Fior by Suzie dePoo  Ceramics
More Works from Gallery on Greene Up Shortly

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.
Up Shortly in Another Feature from the KW Library in this Issue : Tech Tutoring and January Computer Classes


Randy Roberts Live at Tennessee Williams Theater Jan 29

Randy returns to the Lobby cabaret at Tennessee Williams Theater, with i=his annual cabaret show. A touch of Broadway, a touch of jazz, a little comedy, and a tribute to Elton John! Come join Randy and a hot combo, under the musical direction of Jim Rice!

Monday, January 29 at 8 PM - 10 PM

Johnny White & Caroline are always so nice in sharing their Photo Galleries with Us.  Hit their Gallery Link to see many
Photo Galleries
All the Dachshunds, wanna-be's and their owners gather for the Annual New Year's Eve Dachshund Parade at the Monroe County Courthouse ..

Thanks Johnny and Caroline for Sharing. Part 2 of 2 Up Shortly...

Art@830 Gallery 830 Caroline St. 305-295-9595 
WWW.ART830.COM   Jan 4 -14 the Latest Exhibition ; with Opening Reception a few days ago.  "BUENA VISTA" WaterColors by Christine Cordone & Oils by Michael Norviel
We start with 2 Paintings by Christine Cordone Smith ; Her exhibition will Feature New Works from Christine done in Cuba

Buganvilla by Christine Cordon Smith  WaterColor

Little Red Tugboat by Christine Cordon Smith

Christine Co-Owner with Tony Gregory

Leaf Lady by Valerie Bunell Cermaic

Tiger on a Chair by Andree Richmond  Porcelain 

Dog in a Plane by Andree Richmond  Porcelain

Little White House by Nancy Beck  Oil on Board

Cayo Hueso by Nancy Beck  Oil on Board

Up Shortly ; More Art from Art@830 Including a few works from one of the Headliners in the Jan 4-14 Exhibition Michael Norviel. The Jan. 1 Issue had 8 Works from Christine Cordone Smith and 8 from Michael Norviel  Hit Link; Better Yet go to The Exhibition 


Key West Business Guild Mixer  Jan 10
New Location 808 Duval St.


End of the Year Message from the Executive Director Jed Dodds; due to Space Constraints the complete message is in their weekly section below :
Dear  Friend of The Studios,

As this wild ride of a year comes to a close, I suspect we're all thinking of the gifts we've given, and the ones we've received, the chapter that's closing, and  the one that's about to begin. 

At The Studios, we have so much to be grateful for: a sturdy home on a beautiful island,  a community of friends , a tireless pool of volunteers, and a bounty of artistic talent all around us.  All this has been given to us.


Here is 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. 

Up Shortly ; More from the Exhibition at Custom House


Feb 8-11th.
Paul Blundell sends regards and this info. :
We are currently prepping for the inaugural launch of the Key West Photography Festival! This juried competition + 4-day festival (Feb 8th-11th, 2018) will be located in beautiful Mallory Square in Key West, Florida, with a  focus on contemporary photography. We will have rotating exhibits, panels, workshops, celebrity guests and much more! We are looking for sponsors, interns, volunteers and photographers. If you are interested in helping or participating, please get in touch at .
 We are taking submissions. It will be free of charge and 2 (of your best!) photos can be submitted. It will be a general entry for local and non-local photographers. We will have featured photographers and exhibitions by sponsored organizations such as Nat Geo, United Photo Industries, and the Key West Historical Society. 

The festival is headed by Quincy Perkins (of the film festival) and he, myself, and a team will be available to address any questions you may have. 
For now I will give you links to our website and social media.

The Jan. 15th. Issue will have a Visit to West Martello Tower Gardens

WWW.GILDEA.GALLERY  305-797-6485 522 Southard St.
January 11-13 Exhibition Melody Annis
Designing Eyes Optical Boutique  Opening Reception Jan. 11 4-8pm

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. and Jan. 1 
had many works.

Irma by Janis Jo Stevens  Acrylic
Where the Trees are Always Green by Belinda Cyckeiv Gordon  Photo
Smathers Beach by Kathy Leatarte  Oil
Slipping into Life (Maybe) by Ellen Rickert  Pencil
Mid 21st. Century Modern by Bill Hartman  WaterColor

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

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


Need a Great Gift; Involving Key West Icons? How about tickets to see a true Key West story of a passion that defied death put to music on stage at The Studios Key West theater? 
Book, Lyrics and Music by Ben Harrison
Director: Richard Grusin
Musical Director: Larry Baeder
Starring Amber Good & Jamie Callahan
Opening Night: Wed Feb 14 at 8pm
Shows run Thursday through Saturday nights at 8pm
(Thu Feb 15 through Sat Mar 3)



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


Here's 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 Zazoo and everything is 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.

Here are 3 of Jeff Vermeeren Works

One of the Main Regular Artists :Don Oriolo

Up Shortly Additional Works from Ron Woods on his Band & Other Featured Artists & Photographers Hanging in Zazoo

(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. 2/11 Vocal Sextet Western Winds, 2/25 Katona Twins (Mozart to Doors), 3/11 Back by Popular Demand Eroica Trio, 3/25 Jose Franch-Balleser & Michael Brown (Piano & Clarinet), 3/27 & 28 Remembering Lenny Bernstein

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


Up Shortly Updated Schedule of Concerts


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
The first Soiree performance featuring Fran Decker and the felled strangler fig, is at the Key West Garden Club, 1100 Atlantic Blvd. Wednesday, January 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. Ticket donations are $5 for members, $10 for non-members. The garden's luscious new lights will be center stage. Wine will be served. Feel free to wander the garden's paths and enjoy the romantically lit views before and after the presentation.

Click MOTE1 for a Special Year End E-Newsletter
"The Teeth Beneath: The Wild World of Gators, Crocs and Caimans" opened Feb. 25, 2017, at Mote Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida.  

Dr. Emily Hall of Mote Dr. Cory Krediet of Eckerd college received a Protect Our Reefs license plate grant to study ocean acidification and climate change effects on corals using a sea anemone as a model organism, Mote announced in March.

In March, Mote announced a new peer-reviewed study showing that special body hairs help manatees sense water movements smaller than the period at the end of this sentence - likely helping them feel their way through a three-dimensional, underwater world where their vision is limited.

In March, Mote announced a new peer-reviewed study showing that special body hairs help manatees sense water movements smaller than the period at the end of this sentence - likely helping them feel their way through a three-dimensional, underwater world where their vision is limited.
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; and the Link is above.

Providing such superb service to the community relies on musician housing. 
Our musicians need housing in Key West from January 20-22. Click HOUSING for details

Please consider accommodating a musician this month. In return, we will provide two tickets to the concert for you or a friend. We will also thank you in our program. In addition, you will have the opportunity to attend a rehearsal to see our Symphony in action! 
Please join us by  and welcoming our musicians to beautiful South Florida! Thank you for all you do. The Symphony's success is only possible through your continuing enthusiasm and generosity.

717 Love Lane, KW, 33040  305-293-9291

Executive Director Arlo Haskell Sent us a really interesting E-Mail about KWLS. I Will hopefully get a direct link for the Complete Message to insert in the Jan 15 Issue. ( Perhaps try their Website and Facebook Sites); Here is the First Paragraph and then to follow a Donation Link.  "For nearly forty years, the Key West Literary Seminar has cultivated a thriving literary culture in this southernmost island city. When our founder, David Kaufelt, asked a group of New York publishers in 1982 to send their top writers south for a lecture series, they refused, telling him that "no one in Florida cares about books." So David took it upon himself, calling on friends and calling in favors, and proving the industry wrong along the way. Today the Seminar attracts the most culturally significant writers in the English-speaking world as it builds upon Key West's rich heritage as the home of great American authors including Ernest Hemingway and Elizabeth Bishop. Readers from all over flock to what many consider one of the preeminent literary events of its kind."  Hit DONATION Link. Thanks Arlo Keep up the Great Work ; KWLS is such an integral Part of Making Key West such a Diverse Upscale Destination and Place to Live.

Part 2 of one of the new exhibitions at The Custom House "Key West Collects"


New Exhibition Jan 18 During Walk on White
"Temporal Convergence" 6-8pm

Lucky Street Gallery, located at 1204 White St., 
Lucky Street Gallery's new exhibit " Temporal Convergence" will feature three distinctive artists examining strong Key West themes.
Janice Colbert explores angular minimalism with her paintings and sculptures in "Key West House Series".  Seth Smith's offbeat paintings unveil glimpses of airstreams and daydreams upon the streets of Key West. Jim Toia's otherworldly rubbings of Key West trees exemplify his fascination for the flora of the island.
The Artists' Reception for "Temporal Convergence" will be during Walk on White, 6-8pm, January 18, with a brief "Artists Talk" at 6:30 pm.  Stop in anytime prior to the Reception for a preview!  Our hours are 11am-6pm Monday-Saturday, 1204 White St.

Here are a few Photos of the Works from the Current Exhibition
Pt 1 of this Feature was in Jan 1.
Better Yet stop into the Gallery
Sink Kittens by Lori Larusso  Acrylic on Shaped Panel

Deer Me by Jaimie Miller  Mixed Media

Wrecked by Lori Larusso

Pastoral Fantasy

Hungry Heart

Works by Rebecca Bennett

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

1/13 FKSPCA event in Marathon "Bar Olympics"
Tammy , Tiffany, Tara and the rest of the Gang send regards and tell us :
Come join us on Saturday, January 13th at The Lighthouse Grill at Faro Blanco Resort in Marathon for a FUN-draiser to kick off 2018! Beginning at 10am the Bar Olympics begins with fun games and challenges for you and your pets to participate in! Does your dog love tennis balls? Be sure to enter the tennis ball lottery! Can your pooch resist tasty treats? Find out in the temptation games! 
The main event begins at 12pm where local bars and restaurants will compete against each other in a service related obstacle course for 2018 Winter Gold. In addition to having fun while helping support your local animal shelter, the winning bar or restaurant team of the Winter Bar Olympics at the Lighthouse Grill will take home gold medals, gift cards and bragging rights for all of 2018.  
In addition to the main event we will have specialty cocktail tastings from participating restaurants, shelter dog kissing booth, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and more!  So come out and help us make 2018 a great year for the animals in need in the Middle or Lower Keys! 
 For additional information contact Tara at 305-743-4800 We will see you there! 
Benefit for the FKSPCA on January 20 at the LUIS SOTTIL GALLERY 511 Duval St. with Live Music by Ricky Valido. Starts 7PM. Presented by Schwartz Century 21 Realty  211 Simonton St. 305-849-3135


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


Vera Vasek

Oasis by Nellie Appleby 80X64
Cyanotype on Canvas

Latest Exhibition
 Highlighting beautiful blue works from Vera Vasek's "Movement Drawings" series, Nellie Appleby's Cyanotypes and Helen Harrison's newest Palm Sculptures + Works by Cheryl Wilson Smith
These 4 are from Helen Harrison


More from the Harrison Gallery 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 

(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.

We continue our Feature from Gallery on Greene 

Lower Mecumbe Romance (Storage Box /Humidor) by Linda Reike 
Poinciana Lighthouse by Priscilla Coote 12X16 Oil on Board
Lighthouse Ancon by Priscilla Coote 16X20 Oil on Canvas
Under the Buttonwood by Priscilla Coote  12X16  Oil on Linen
Poet Muse by Luis Abreu  56X45  Oil on Canvas
Capitolio Havana by Mike Rooney  Oil on Canvas


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

Floating Orchids by Mary Jeanne Connors  Oil

The January 15th. Issue will have many additional works from the Key West Art Center Member 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.  Due to Space Constraints ; please go to the Jan 1 Issue for Complete Materials

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 8 with a Reception at GingerBread Square Gallery 1207 Duval St. 305-296-8900 5:30p-8pm  Refreshments Served

Salty Creek Sunday 16X16
Swing Philosophy 18X24
Rendezvous by the Sea 24X20
I Just Got a List for You 36X36.5
Long Shadows on 2nd St. 20X20

5210 College Road 

The Nursery in the Key West Tropical Forest * Botanical Garden will be offering native trees, shrubs and vines for sale Saturday, January 20th, from 9 am to 12 pm. The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island.  Choose from over 1,500 plants and 150 species of butterfly and bird attracting plants propagated by the volunteers in sizes from one-gallon to 30-gallon pots.  Key West Tropical Forest members receive a 15% discount.  Memberships available on site.  All proceeds directly benefit the Tropical Forest's conservation program.  For more information call 305-296-1504 or visit WWW.KEYWESTGARDEN.COM

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

All the Dachshunds, wanna-be's and their owners gather for the Annual New Year's Eve Dachshund Parade at the Monroe County Courthouse ..

Go to the WWW.ZEROMILEKEYWEST.COM Gallery to see ALL 64 Photos.

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 Contributing Editor)
(Top Left) Heather Carruthers and Coleen Fitzsimmons
Heather Carruthers and her wife Coleen Fitzsimmons with their children Clare and Colin on Christmas Day. Colin is anxious to drive his new electric car. 

(Top Right) Christmas Gag Gift Exchange
Jenniffer Newman and her mother Bobbie Ciulla (with dogs) held their annual Christmas Gag Gift Exchange. 

Bottom Left) US 1 Radio honored by Chamber of Commerce
US 1 Radio was presented with a Key West Chamber of Commerce award for their service in staying on the air during Hurricane Irma.  Shown are the station's Ron Saunders, Manager Rick Lopez, News Director Bill Becker, Chamber President Greg Sullivan and US 1 Radio's Steve Miller. 

(Bottom Right) Joseph Stockton Receives City Award
Key West City Manager James Scholl, left, with Employee of the Year Joseph Stockton, Key West Police Chief Donie Lee, and Key west Chamber of Commerce Greg Sullivan.  Stockton was presented the award at the December Chamber luncheon at the Casa Marina.
Conch Train Tour of Christmas Lights
Lorie Traver, Jennifer Newman and Bobby Ciulla hosted a Conch Train Ride for friends to see the beautiful Christmas Lights of Key West. Photo by Pete Arnow


Next Jan 7 at 1111 Eaton St. at The Restaurant Store

The fourth Key West Artisan Market of the season will be held Sunday, January 7th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Restaurant Store parking lot, 1111 Eaton St. More than fifty local Keys artisans including culinary, textile, jewelry, wood, artists & crafters, curiosities, the Key West Writer's Guild Local Author's Nook, live music by  104.9 The X , craft beer in Garage Mahal and food concessions. This market's theme, The Art of the Art, will showcase and feature the processes many of our local keys artists use to craft their products.
Guests are encouraged to walk, ride bikes, use taxis or ride sharing services or take the bus which conveniently stops in front of the Restaurant Store. There will be plenty of bicycle parking and some ADA parking but there are no vehicle parking spaces at Strunk Ace Hardware or Manley deBoer Lumber Company; The will be open for normal business. Alternative parking is only 2 blocks away in the Old Town Garage at Grinnell and Caroline for $4/hour; free for 4 hours to residential sticker holders. Please BYOB (bring your own bags).


The First Four Paintings are from Ron Wood

Dinner on Jakku Signed by Daisy Ridley 

That's What friends are For by Fabio Napoleoni

Never Dark When You Hold on to Hope by Fabio Napoleoni

From the Movie "7 Year Itch"

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

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

Thursday January 11
th IPad and IPhone - 
Do you have an iPad or IPhone but have specific questions about it?  Then bring your questions, devices, and iTunes account information with you for this workshop. 
Thursday January 18th IPad and Overdrive - Learn what Overdrive is and how to download the app on your Apple device.   We'll have you reading E-books and E-audio books in no time.  Remember to bring your device, library card and iTunes account information.     

Monday January 22
nd MAC basics - Bring in your Mac Laptops and ask any basic questions that will help get you started.

Thursday January 25th E-Books and E-readers - Basic introduction on how to use the library's e-book collection.  Bring your device and your library card. 

Monday January 29th Windows 10 basics - Learn how to get the most out of the Windows 10 operating system.  We will focus on the Start Menu and the overall look.
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!   

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

Will have additional material from Vera Vasek, Nellie Appleby, and Cheryl Wilson Smith in the Jan. 15th. Issue

WWW.WESLEYHOUSE.ORG 305-809-5000 1304 Truman Ave.

Our Good Friend Jeremy Wilkerson sends regards and tells us : Raise Hope & Foster Dreams
Wesley House Family Services is actively seeking nurturing families interested in providing a loving home to children who are in the foster care system. Please contact Megan for more Information about our upcoming Foster Parent class stating January 10, 2018 in Key West. 
Foster Family Class, 
Starting January 10, 2018, 
Wesley House Family Services, 
1304 Truman Ave. 
Key West
To RSVP please Contact: Megan Burgess, Foster Care Licensing Coordinator at 305.809.5020

Part 2
Art@830 Gallery 830 Caroline St. 305-295-9595 
WWW.ART830.COM Latest Exhibition  Jan 4 -14   "BUENA VISTA" WaterColors by Christine Cordone & Oils by Michael Norviel

Yellow Table Top by Michael Norviel  Oil on Canvas

Lunch on Marvin Key by Michael Norviel  Oil on Canvas

Cayo Hueso at Ft. Zachery by Nancy Beck  Oil on Board

House with 2 Palms by Nancy Beck  Oil on Board

Carrie Disrud

Flower Days by Tony Gregory  Acrylic on Canvas



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

Porcelain by Clement Clay Studio

"Dino" Series Brett Kern Ceramic

Coastal Competition by Emily Vigil  Oil on Canvas

Notes from Argentina by Jayne Barr-Nobles  Collage on Paper

Globe Flower by Michael Haykin  Oil on Canvas

Lost and Found by Cathy Rose  Mixed Media

Works by Seth Smith

Keys Lime I by Emily Vigil  Oil on Canvas

Once again ; Lucky Street Gallery as Part of Walk on White has a New Exhibition on 1/18 "Temporal Convergence"


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,

Up Shortly ; A few more Works from the TSKW Winter Member's Show "Keys Strong"
Church on Whitehead by Kristen Norman  Mixed

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

Ralph DePalma | Photography


The Southernmost Coconut Castaways, the OFFICIAL Home "Friend Club" of Howard Livingston & The MM24 Band, presented a check accounting for CD sales of the all new "Keys Strong" compilation to The United Way of the Florida Keys for the GRAND TOTAL amount of $27,381!
Tammy Hollander, President, Southernmost Coconut Castaways 
Leah Stockton, United Way of the Florida Keys : 
Marc A. Hollander, Vice President, Southernmost Coconut Castaways
Photo by Dorian Patton


Two Fresh Faces at Frangipani Gallery 

Frangipani Gallery is pleased to start the new year off with our two newest artists, Gabrielle Wilson and Sharon Wells. The show runs through January 31.

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  Jan. 7 Peter Diamond & Friends
Cabaret @d'vine Wine Gallery:
Wednesdays,  James King, III, 5-7pm
Thursdays,  Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm
Fridays,  Michael Robinson, 5-7pm
Saturdays,  Megan Constantine, 5-7pm

Jazz in Gardens
January 14: Libby York & Friends
January 21: Terry White & Friends
January 28: Megan Constantine & Friends

Wine Class: 'Romancing The Rhone' Wednesday, January 10, 5:30-7pm, $20 PP, RSVP 305-294-2661 as space is limited to just 21. Special discounts at the class.

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

  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 15th. Issue. Due to time constraints was unable to add any additional links the last few weeks here.

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.


A few More Work : Winter Member's Show at TSKW "Keys Strong"

Dragon Scales by Van Caffery  Wood
Sea Horse by Jackie Sanchez  Welded Steel
Red Fish by Jill Julian  Ceramics
Lake Aleknagik by AD Tinkham  Oil on Panel
Our Final 16 works in the Jan. 15 Issue from "Keys Strong"

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 26
th until February 9
th 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 January 2018 "Keys Traveler" E-Newsletter Link ; Hit
January 2018

Key Music Mile 0 Fest 1/7-10 at the New Key West Amperitheater at The Truman Waterfront Park, Renowned Triple Crown Featuring Gold Cup Sailfish Championship Triple Competition : Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish Tournament 1/24-25, then ends with theCheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament 1/26-28, Big Pine and & Lower Keys Nautical Expo Jan 13 & 14,  ,

 Annual Pidgeon Art Festival 2/2-3, lJules Undersea Lodge : The US Only Submerged hotel, Big Pine & Lower Keys Nautical Expo 1/13-14, A Feature on Arlo Haskell , PLUS SO MUCH MORE

"1776" Jan 23-Feb 4
"Hand to God" 2/20-3/10


 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 

Click TSKW10 Link for their Latest E-Newsletter giving ALL the Updated Schedule of Classes, Events, & Exhibitions

(Top Left) Green Parrot Every Monday Charity Bingo
(Top Right) Back to Basics : Draw Better with Mike Rooney Every Wed. in Jan. 10a-1pm

Green Parrot  Every Monday Charity Bingo
Click TSKW10 for Page on these Classes

(Bottom Left) The Gardener Film Premiere for FundRaiser for the KW Garden Club Jan. 8 4:30PM
Director Sebastien Chabot introduces the film about the "Quatre Temps" gardens in Canada.
Fundraiser for Key West Garden Club.

(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.

A Message from Executive Director Jed Dodds
Dear  Friend of The Studios,

As this wild ride of a year comes to a close, I suspect we're all thinking of the gifts we've given, and the ones we've received, the chapter that's closing, and 
the one that's about to begin.  

At The Studios, we have so much to be grateful for: a sturdy home on a beautiful island,  a community of friends , a tireless pool of volunteers, and a bounty of artistic talent all around us.  All this has been given to us.
In return, we take joy from sustaining a place  where people discover their creative selves, where our community gathers around art and conversation, and from helping artists thrive in their careers.  This Fall, after Irma, we had even more opportunities to give back: housing schoolteachers in our artist cottages, steering artists towards grants, raising money with a sold out benefit concert, and more.
Our fiscal year at The Studios ends in June, so as much as we count on year-end giving, we'll be working for the next six months to meet our goals. However, as you're probably aware, the  changes in the new US tax bill  mean that if you plan to make a gift this season, you're more likely to see a tax benefit if you do so before December 31.  Now is the time to give!
The Studios has come to feel like a fixture in Key West,  but the truth is we're only able to keep going each year thanks to friends like you lifting us up, time and again. As you weigh the things you've been given this holiday season, and where you'll feel good about giving back, I hope you'll consider helping The Studios.  You can join, renew, or give another gift here:
With so many opportunities on the horizon, 2018 is just about guaranteed to be a great one. No matter how you choose to give back, thank you for being part of The Studios family, and here's to a joyous New Year!
Jed Dodds
Executive Director

"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 & Current 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.

(R) The Key West Art & Historical Society and Isle Cook Key West once again join forces to present the "Conch Revival Picnic"- a picnic-style Conch heritage dinner and co-benefit for Grimal Grove prepared by acclaimed chefs Martha Hubbard and Dave Furman on Wednesday, January 24 on the grounds of the Key West Lighthouse & Keeper's Quarters. This year's Conch Revival Picnic - the third so far - begins with a wine and appetizer pairing and music by Chilean guitarist Rolando Rojas from 5:00pm-6:00pm, followed by a 6:00-8:00pm dinner of classic Key West/Conch recipes featuring produce grown at Grimal Grove, the  historic two-acre Big Pine tropical fruit park dedicated to the local food movement.

Photo from Exec. Ass.Contributing Editor Carol Tedesco (C) KW Food Tours Creator Analise Smith and Master Chefs Dave Furman and Isle Cook's Martha Hubbard

(L) Key West Art & Historical Society to Celebrate Members and Supporters at Tennessee Williams Museum Soiree
On Thursday, January 18, Key West Art & Historical Society members and those with an interest in supporting Key West's arts and history are invited to enjoy complimentary libations and refreshments, from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue.
The museum, formerly the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, recently merged with The Society, making the exhibit The Society's fourth museum and uniting the two organizations and their growing memberships of passionate Key West arts and history supporters.  The evening will offer both established and new members an opportunity to mingle while exploring the world's largest collection of Pulitzer prize-winning writer Tennessee Williams' memorabilia and literary artifacts that is available to the public.

Info. & Photos from Alyson Crean
The first Cemetery Stroll to be offered at the Historic Key West Cemetery this season will take place on January 27, 2018. During the stroll, small groups of visitors will be escorted to gravesites where interpreters will tell the stories of the deceased in brief monologues. The groups are scheduled for departures at 9:30, 9:50, and 10:10 Reservations are necessary, and can be made by calling 305-304-1453.
Among the gravesites to be visited are those of the Los Martires de Cuba, the Figueredo plot, the Benjamin Albury family restoration, the Otto plot, and Piedad Ayala.   
The tour will take approximately 90 minutes. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and plan to walk over a mile on uneven ground. Bottled water will be provided.
This is an excellent opportunity to learn first-hand about some of the fascinating people who have given Key West its colorful and significant character. Space is limited for the tours and pre-registration is required. A donation of $20 (cash or check) per person to the Historic Florida Keys Foundation is recommended.  Participants should enter the cemetery by the Frances Street gate and go to the registration table on 2 nd Ave.
Additional strolls will take place on February 24 and March 24.  The Cemetery Strolls are sponsored by the City of Key West and the Historic Florida Keys Foundation. 
In the photo: City Commissioner Clayton Lopez was one of the Cemetery Stroll interpreters last year.

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
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
Friday, January 19th  - 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
Saturday, January 20th - 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 24th  - 3rd Annual Conch Revival Picnic - Special Event. Key West Lighthouse. 
The Key West Art & Historical Society and Isle Cook Key West have teamed up to present a picnic style Conch heritage dinner prepared by acclaimed local chefs including Martha Hubbard and David Furman of Great Events Catering. The picnic will feature a variety of classic Key West/Conch recipes, some inspired by the postwar Key West Woman's Club Cookbook edited by Wilhelmina Harvey and other books in the Key West Public Library collection. Ticket Information will be available shortly.
Friday, January 26th  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu. The Tastes of Tuscany Paired Wine Dinner - $90.00 - 5:30pm. Paired Wine Option - $25.00. Join Chef Martha Hubbard and Luciano Castiello of Castello Banfi and Brady Winn of Republic National Distributing for this incredible and delicious dinner!. PEI Mussels with Spicy Fennel Broth and Basil. Castello Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio 2016.    Chilled Pork Loin with Bitter Greens, Rosemary Roasted Pears, and Aged Goat Cheese. Castello Banfi Centine 2014.    Sea Scallop and Pork Belly with Black Pepper and Pecorino Pasta with Roasted Grape Relish.  o   Castello Banfi Aska 2014.   Espresso Riccotta Cheese Cake with Lemmon and Honeycomb.     Castello Banfi Belnero 2013.
Saturday and Sunday, January 27th and 28th  -  Special Event. 33 rd  Annual Key West Craft Show - 10:00am- 5:00pm. Whitehead Street will be bustling with the fabulous artisans and craftsmen for this yearly event. We will  NOT be having our weekly wine and food tasting, but will have $5.00 Mimosas and great by-the-glass wine and beer choices!
Wednesday, January 31st - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
Vegan Dinner - $85.00 - 5:30pm. Chickpea Cake with Roasted Pumpkin and Carrot and Cumin Glaze.    Beet and Orange Salad with a Beet Juice and Serrano Vinaigrette.    Shitake Mushroom Consommé with Ginger Juice, harred Green Onion, Shishito Peppers, and Calabaza.    Poached Winter Fruit with Spicy Almond Brittle


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 15th. 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


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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 Continued from Above : 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.