The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends March 12, 2018
WWW.EQFL.ORG (Equality Florida) has their Annual "Celebration" Event. This Year at The Little White House 3/24 (More Below)
Mixed Media on Paper 24X24

Acrylic on  Canvas 20X16

Key West Gallery 601 Duval St.. Year Round Extensive Peter Max Collection in Cooperation with Allison & the Road Show Company ; Peter Max's Representation

Coffee Mill Dance Studio Presents "Young Dance Collective" March 21 at the Tennessee Williams Theater
The KWPD is Looking for a Few Good Men & Women
The Graduating Class of 2017
Project manager and marine biologist Chris Page inspects fragments of mountainous star coral (Orbicella faveolata) that were recently microfragmented. Credit: Dan Mele/ Mote Marine Labratory
Local mascots of all sizes, shapes and species raced down Siesta Beach on March 6 to promote Mote Marine Laboratory's Run for the Turtles. 

MOTE Marine Laboratory : Dr. David Vaughan and Staff to Host a 5 Day Coral Restoration Workshop in Summerland Key 3/25-29 + Run for the Turtles on the West Coast. (More Below)
Lenny Addorisio
Marlene Koenig
Salt Island Gallery / Provisions has Marlene Koenig and Lenny Addorisio ALL March; Opening Reception 3/15 ( More Below)

In the Next Few Weeks; We'll start a Multi-Part / Week On-Line Photo Exhibition called "Happy Photos"

WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Treats us to their Photo Gallery; the one above is from  Ben Harrison's Brilliant Play "Undying Love" ; Great Photos Johnny White.  Thanks

House Boat Row by Karen Beauprie

Anchor Shell by Deb Kik

Fran Decker

SugarLoaf Palms by Gabrielle Wilson

Rainbow Return by William Welch

Mooove Over by Nancy Henning

Michele Byrne

The Annual Plein Air Contests / Exhibitions Kicks off in Many places in March Inc. The Custom House with a TW event, and the 10th Annual Plein Air Painting Contest at The Key West Art Gallery. The Above are just 7 of the Many Local Keys Artists that get involved in Plein Air; the March 5th Issue Link will provide you with the Multi-Part Feature that gives 6 Works from each of the Artists Above

World Renown Lucille Khornak and her Studios and Early Work with the NYC Advertising Agencies made Ms. Khornak
as Famous as the stars she was shooting ( a few clients are listed in Part 2 of this Feature in this Issue). Editor's Note This is an Encore Presentation from last week since it's Really Interesting : BUT ALSO Part 2 was Greatly Reduced by my Bad Edit.
Two of the many TW Events in Key West ; 3/16 & 18 The TW Museum and Dennis Beaver has Museum Tours with Main Topic "The Filming of The Rose Tattoo and then KWAHS Presents at The Tropic 3/19 the Movie (More Below in the KWAHS Weekly Section)
Lothar Speer
Judi Bradford
The Extraordinary Amount of Exhibitions/Classes & Events at TSKW
The Kiss by Joanne Sloan Acrylic

Capriccio : 3 Stars & Moon by Richard Matson Acrylic

Part 4 of Tour of the Key West Art Center's Many Local Artists

(L) "Tender Moments" Photographed Mike Vaughn 
March 10-17 OUTDOOR FEST by the Florida Keys Wildlife Society (Formerly FAVOR) & US Fish & Wildlife Services + March 17 5K Run with the Deer


ENCORE FEATURE Sean Callahan's "Dog Tired Studio Features Gregory Little : Famous for Landscapes & Nature and Especially his Male Nudes.
Wave by Helen Rebane
Below : "Roseat I "by Paul Carmichael
The Kiss by Karen Beauprie

The Latest Exhibition at Frangipani Gallery Features Paul Carmichael, Helen Rebane, & Karen Beauprie
Gabriella Fiabane

Christos Calivas

John Whitney
John Whitney, Gabriella Fiabane & Christos Calivas Next Exhibition at the GingerBread Square Gallery with Reception 3/12 (More Below)
Theresa Schober

Leslie Kemp Poole

The next Two "Distinguished Speakers" are both at Old City Hall 6-7p; 3/15 Leslie Kemp Poole & 3/22 Theresa Schober (More in the KWAHS Weekly Section
Nancy Tankersley

Jean Pederson

Current Exhibition at Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Features Nancy Tankersley & Jean Pederson
Photo by Carol Tedesco

The Extraordinary Amount of Exhibitions/Classes & Events at KWAHS.

 The Luis Sottil Gallery has an Amazing Group of Artists Inc. Owner Luis Sottil. This Week we'll Feature Michael Godard
Bobby Nesbitt

Vincent Zito

Fringe Theatre Presents "Bernstein on Broadway" at TSKW 3/15 & 16

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends ; Going out to over 7815 Each Week.  In This issue (March 12, 2018) :  Equality Florida's Annual "Celebration" at The Truman Little White House 3/24, Peter Max On-Line Exhibition from Key West Gallery & the Road Show Company, Coffee Mill Dance Studio Presents on 3/21 at TWT "Young Dance Collective" ( MUST ATTEND), KWPD Graduates the Class of 2017 + They are looking for a few Good Women & Men, Commissioner Margaret Romero's Re-Cap on the Community Meeting a Few Weeks Ago, Dr. David Vaughan & MOTE to hold a 5 Day Coral Restoration Workshop 3/25-29, Salt Island Gallery Reception for Marlene Koenig & Lenny Addorisio 3/15, WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Treats us to Photo Galleries Inc. Ben Harrison's "Undying Love" (Amazing Shots Johnny), WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM , Chef Martha Hubbard & Isle Cook's Tasty Schedule of Cooking Classes, Helen Harrison for Walk on White has "Stay Abreast of the Times" 3/15, Old Island Restoration Foundation House Tours 3/16 & 17,

 AnnaMarie Giordano's "Life Drawing Workshops" Tues.  at Ft. East Martello ( Models Always Needed), "Green Market" Every Thursday at Bayview Park, Next Artisan Market 3/11, City of KW Presents" Preserve Island Life (Many Events) Inc. Green Drinks 3/21 at La Creperie French Cafe, KW Plein Air Events in March, Lucille Khornak Photography Feature (Last Wk's Part 2 was Almost Entirely Deleted in my Final Edit), Jazz in the Gardens 3/11 Skipper Kripitz & Friends,  KWAHS Presents Many Tennessee Williams Events inc. TW Museum Special Tours 3/16 & 18 in Preparation of their Showing of "The Rose Tattoo at The Tropic 3/19, Outdoor Fest ( Presented by the Fla. Keys Wildlife Society)  3/10-17 Inc. Running with Deer 5K 3/17, Sean Callahan Presents the Art of Gregory Little, Our Weekly "Hamptons Art & Culture" section, Our Weekly City of KW & MCSO sections, GingerBread Square Gallery Opening Reception on 3/12 for Gabriella Fiabane/ John Whitney/ & Christos Calivas, Next Two KWAHS "Distinguished Speakers " : 3/15 Leslie Kemp Poole & 3/22 Theresa Schober, Many Events/Classes/Exhibitions at TSKW & KWAHS, Pt. 4 Tour of the Key West Art Center Local Artists, Extensive Calendar of Events from WWW.DOITKEYWEST.COM, Luis Sottil Gallery Presents John Godard, WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM , Bill and Linda Klipp On-Line Photography Exhibition in the next few Issues, Fringe Theatre Presents "Bernstein on Broadway" at TSKW 3/15 & 16, Rock Solomon at First Flight Restaurant (Formerly Kelly's) 3/19, KWBG Next Mixer 3/14 Choice Storage Center & Next Luncheon 4/4, FKCC's Ceramic Dept. Mud-Pi event at TSKW 3/11
Gallery on Greene Reception for Mike Rooney 3/30 "The Tropics Vibrate", Bob Bowersox's Theatre XP, Frangipani's Current Exhibition : Paul Carmichael/Helen Rebane/ & Karen Beauprie, Adam Scott Rote (Artist of/to the Stars) at Key West Gallery 4/20-22, Art@830 has Tony Gregory/Greg McDonald/Mona Brooks/Dawn Wilkens/& Nancy Beck, Lucky Street for Walk on White 3/15 has Kathy Rose & Susan Sugar, Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery has Nancy Tankersley & Jean Pederson, MCSO Auction (Details in their weekly section),  WWW.KWLS.ORG , City of KW Karen DeMaria Urban Forester lecture at KW Tropical Forest & Bot. Garden 3/17, KW VFW, Coast Projects, WaterColor Society at Marathon Theater 3/8-24, Friends of the KW Library 3/14 Barbara Ross, J.H. Allen at Stone Soup Gallery & Frame, Spring Coral Camp at Reef Relief 3/12-16, S. Fla. Symph.Orch, Impromptu Classical Concerts 3/11 Eroica Trio, Coco and Salem Gallery, John Clayton Plein Air Works, 
  FKSPCA Spring Social 3/23, Photos of the Week from Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow, Wesley House Family Services Gala at Royal Furniture 3/24, Cafe Con Libros 3/13 Robin Lloyd "Harbor of Spies" in Havana, March E-Newsletter Link from IWFFA, Bingo on the USGC Ingham and Green Parrot, Past Blasts, Waterfront Playhouse Gala 4/7, Zazoo Gallery Presents Don Oriolo, Books and Books Gabe Habash "Stephen Florida" and Julie Buntin "Marlena" 3/13 and on 3/21 Tayari Jones "An American Marriage", Aids Help CC, Photo Exhibition at The Tropic from Rodger Stuart Davis 3/5-4/1 "Mira Images", Debra Butler Design Studios Book Signing from Carrie Jo Howe 3/22, Chris Thomas, Magnolia Band,  Q-Magazine, Fla. Health Monroe Co.,  WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM ,
SouthernMost Coconut Castaways 3/31 "Jump Up" at Mangos Island Cuisine, WWW.CFFK.ORG , WWW.FKCC.EDU , Key West Wildlife Ctr., Lothar Speer "Figure Drawing Classes" at KW Art Center & TSKW,  Key West Theater Updates, The City of Key West End of Year Report

Thanks to All our Associate Contributing Editors for All the Great Year Round Materials. Thanks to the Readers and your Comments.  Have an Outstanding Week. Ed.  PS: As You can see this Issue is Very Long like many of the recent issues (A Good Thing) ; So You Can with EASE Close and Open this Issue as many times as you need. 

Check out Upcoming Events from the KW Art Gallery Further Down. We start Off with their Extensive Peter Max Collection; In Cooperation with Peter's Representation : Allison at Road Show Company 

More Peter Max Up Shortly
On Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30pm, The CoffeeMill's pre-professional 'Young Dance Collective' and visiting guest artist Mary Kay Cottrill will take the stage at Tennessee Williams Theater for an evening of performance, offering excerpts from the ballet "Paquita" and original works from their  repertoire under the direction of Joseph Goodman, including choreography created by company member Tori Gregg performed to live piano composed by student musician Kryzstof Madro.
The Young Dance Collective - Vivian Carper, Katiana Casler, Ryan Fossum, Tori Gregg, Madison Harding, Reese Kight, Isabella Nodal, Alannah Shanle, Nela Sulak, Ella Toppino and Noelle Rivas-  is comprised of dedicated students aged 8-18.  The 11 dancers train daily, attending 6 days of class during the week and rehearsing during their "free" time under the tutelage of CoffeeMill Dance Studio teacher and company director Joseph Goodman, former professional dancer  with Greensboro Ballet, Fort Worth Dallas Ballet (now known as Texas Ballet Theatre), and Paradise Ballet. 
Concert proceeds  will support the company's efforts in reaching their non-profit status. Tickets $20, $25, $30 on sale now at . Call Penny Leto at 305-296-9982 or go to  for more info on events and classes.

VIP SuperStar Mary Kay Cotrill


WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM 301 Front St. 305-294-1241 

John Clayton Appeared at the Gallery this past weekend to give a Plein Air Art Exhibition as well as Kick Off 10 Years of the KW ART Center having Plain Air Events & Contests. The next few events 3/13 "Find your Voice in WaterColor" and 3/14 "Exploring Color & Light" a 3 Day Workshop.  Go to their Facebook Page for additional Information. 

WE START OFF PART 4 of A Tour of ALL the Local Artists at the Gallery

The Pilar by Thomas Avery  Acrylic on Fiberglass
Morning Meet Up by Gabrielle Wilson Acrylic
Poinciana by Neva Townsend Oil
5 Brothers by Nancy Henning  Oil
Hydrangea Still Life by Elizabeth Chamberlain  Oil
Reflections by Joanne Sloane Acrylic 
Fran Decker
More from the Artists of the Key West Art Center Up Shortly

Bill Klipp wrote last week to my Request to Feature their work ;  
"I have a 6 part photo blog ( "Antarctica Wanderings" ) highlighting our photo expedition to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and Antarctica at:          Separately our general wildlife photography website is   Link to a short video and time lapse I call "Penguins on the Run" as the national Geographic Explorer plows through the ice:"  I'll work on editing a really nice Feature from Bill and Linda Klipp and have it in an Upcoming Issue Shortly.



Mud Pi Ceramic Event March 11
This year, the perennial fund-raiser for the FKCC Ceramics Department has relocated to The Studios Key West, 533 Eaton Street.  On March 11th, from 5-8pm, a $25 ticket sold at the door will purchase a keepsake ceramic bowl or plate, appetizers and refreshments.  Other student works will be available for sale. Proceeds benefit the FKCC Mud-Pi student club and will be used to augment equipment and enrich instruction at the ceramic department.  For more information, e-mail  or call 305-809-3132



Triple-Academy award-winning film "The Rose Tattoo" featured in three 
Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration events:  On March 16, at 10:00am and March 18 at 2:00pm, curator Dennis Beaver will lead tours focused on "The Key West Filming of 'The Rose Tattoo'" at the Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Ave. The Museum tour provides participants with background details on the making of the film and prepares them to note interesting features of "The Rose Tattoo" film that will play at Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street, Monday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. Key West Art & Historical Society presents these events as part of the annual 2018 Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration, a 6-week commemoration of the literary icon who lived on the island for thirty-four years. For tickets and complete event information, visit .


1011 Whitehead St. (Corner of Julia St.)
Current Exhibition : Gregory Little

This show is Water and Sky, as named by Sean. It is focused on Palm Trees, Koi and Birds. All are oils painted with Palette Knives exclusively. Of course Gregory is World Renown for his Male Nudes; and told me that Summer may bring a show featuring that Genre.

"Brilliant Sunrise" 24X24

"Corner Palm" 24X24

"Glowing Palms"

"Key West Palm 14X40

"Koi Swirl" 18X12

"Wading" 5X7

"Hello" 10X12

"Koi" 24X24


The Key West Garden Club at West Martello, 1100 Atlantic Blvd. offers a Soiree on Wednesday, March 14 at 5:30 P.M. Toby Armour, locally known playwright, is presenting with a troupe of storytellers, "Some Lesser-Known Creation Stories: An interactive evening for artists, non-artists, doodlers, free thinkers, non-thinkers, all listeners. Children free." Members $5, Non members $10.Join us in exploring in an interesting and interactive evening.


For the month of March, SALT Gallery (830 Fleming St.,  will feature a new collection of whimsical mixed media paintings by local artists Marlene Koenig and Lenny Addorisio. To celebrate Marlene and Lenny's new works, SALT will be hosting an opening reception at the gallery from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 15th.
Marlene Koenig grew up surrounded by art in the form of the patterns and shapes of her father's blueprints and the colors and textures of her mother's fabrics. Her pieces are ethereal and inspired by the divine within us all. Marlene's work has been exhibited throughout the United States, from Miami to Brooklyn, and she has painted murals in myriad private homes, restaurants, and businesses in Key West. As well as being a visual artist, Marlene is a committed instructor teaching yoga and art all over the world.
"Whether my work is for a commercial space on a grand scale or featured in the more intimate setting of a gallery or home, my goal is always the same - to layer Spirit, ritual, and ornament," Marlene explains. "It is my hope that the viewer of my art or the student in my classes takes away something to enhance their own journey and make a little more beautiful the path they have chosen and the world we live in."


More Paintings from Marlene Koening and just making Deadline New Paintings from Lenny Addorisio Up Shortly

 WWW.GALLERYONGREENE.COM 606 Greene St. 305-294-1669 Peter Very Reception March 30

319 Duval St. 305-296-9911

Please Make Sure to check out Bob Bowersox's WWW.THEATREXP.ORG 1408 Duncan St. 302-540-6102. Always Cutting Edge Entertainment

----------------------- Allison Higgins at Preserve Island Life sends regards and this Info. Due to Space Constraints was only able to get in a little bit of the E-Mail Sent to us. Go to the facebook Site  

th (Tues) - City Commission Meeting (6pm)
Green Business Commendation: The City is giving  La Creperie French Café a commendation for being the first certified Florida Keys Green Business.  See story at end of eNews.  To learn more about what they did to earn a Silver tier, come meet owners Julie and Laurent at Green Drinks on Wednesday!

March 21st (Wed) - Green Drinks Returns!
The Julie's are bringing Green Drinks back and the City is partnering!  The kickoff will occur at La Creperie French Café at 300 Petronia Street from 5:30-7:30. We'll talk about La Creperies new Silver Florida Keys Green Business Certification (see story below) and the quickly growing Go Strawless campaign that Reef Relief is spearheading. 
Then mark it in your calendars for every 3 rd Wednesday!


Lucille Khornak
Our Good friend in NYC and Southampton NY Invites Us for a Brief Look at the 2018 NYC Fashion Week
WWW.LUCILLEKHORNAK.COM 631-613-6000.  Lucille's Photographic work is Diverse; and is known for her Fashion Work. She Creates a Really Nice Presentation last month that was sent out to her Database; and Iet us use it (Due Space Constraints had to Edit some of the Presentation). Go to her website for some Great Photos and Material.
One of her Studio Locations

NYFW + You

OMG! Did you see that? I LOVE that look.
Just a few more positive affirmations to add to your list- but seriously, when is the last time you saw a photograph of yourself and had one of these very thoughts? So often, we focus on the negative things people have told us about our appearance. We fail to see the beauty in ourselves because of the unreasonable standards and expectations of society, and this should not be.

Love Yourself and who you are today. After all, isn't that all we have? Photo by Lucille Khornak.

Mélange is a platform that promotes diversity in the arts, and encourages individuals to love themselves and all others. Photo by Lucille Khornak.
So maybe you put on (or lost) a few pounds since your last shoot, or you haven't exactly been keeping up with your New Year's skincare routine. Maybe you have a face full of freckles, a large nose, or unique bone structure. Whatever the case may be, it's important that you embrace it because that's what makes you different, and that's what makes you YOU.
This time of year, as we celebrate New York Fashion Week, there will be thousands upon thousands of designs that will cross many runways. The most important detail to remember in this time is that it is not a piece of clothing that makes an individual look beautiful, rather the individual that makes a piece of clothing come to life. This year, I have had the honour of working with the leaders of the Mélange Movement as they produce their first ever NYC fashion show, and I think what they are trying to do is just wonderful. Check them out here.  

Free yourself from negativity, and embrace the positivity that feeds your emotional health. Photo by Lucille Khornak.

A personal fashion book admiring your now is quite an impactful, and beautiful thing to see. Photo by Lucille Khornak

Part 2 of Lucille Khornak at the 2018 NYC Fashion Week Up Shortly


This Issue will have many works from Christos Calivas, John Whitney and Gabriella Fiabane. 

Salt Pond Sunset by Gabriella Fiabane Oil on Linen 9X12
Easter Lily -Alla Prima by Gabriella Fiabane Oil Canvas 11X14
Tupancy Mist by Gabriella Fiabane Oil on Canvas 16X20
Fandare and Spanish Dancers by John Whitney

Additional Paintings / Drawings from John Whitney

Rainy Day by Christos Calivas 36X39 Oil
Second String by Christos Calivas 12X22 Oil on Canvas
Red Umbrella II 12X22
The Tropic 12X22 Oil
More Paintings from Gabriella Fiabane, John Whitney, & Christos Calivas


WWW.KEYWESTGALLERY.COM 305-292-9339 601 Duval St.

Kelli Alpert and the Gang send regards and tell us : Bill Mack
and Gary Welton greeted their Fans Over the weekend; and was a very festive time. Of course ; their works hang year round.

Meet D. Arthur Wilson
Just Finishing a 3 Day Live Painting Exhibition D. Arthur Wilson (3/8-11). The KW Gallery has an Extensive Wilson Collection Year Round. As well as Gary Welton and Bill Mack

Meet Adam Scott Rote
Friday, April 20, 2018
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Meet the Artist 11am-2pm and 7-10pm Daily. Adam Rote will paint live in the gallery and unveil his newest series inspired by Robert Mapplethorpe who was an American photographer, known for his sensitive yet blunt treatment of controversial subject-matter in the large-scale, highly stylized black and white medium of photography.
RSVP today / 305-292-9339

Peter Max : The Key West Gallery has an Extensive Collection Year Round.

A Few More Paintings from Peter Max
Up Shortly

Bernstein on Broadway 3/15 & 16 at TSKW Featuring Bobby Nesbit and Vinvent Zito Put Together an Evening you wont want to miss in  Celebration of American Composer Leonard Bernstein. Go to WWW.TSKW.ORG for Information

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

Under the Influence
Archetype & Adaptation from Homer to the Multiplex : The 37th Annual Key West Literary Seminar January 10-13 2019
After a record-setting response (less than four minutes), registration for the 2019 Key West Literary Seminar is now full. Click below to join the waitlist.

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


Key Deer: The Endangered Darlings of the Florida Keys and What We Can Do to Protect Them?
Friends & Volunteers of Refuges is now called Florida Keys Wildlife Society

Award Winning Photograph by Mike Vaughn "Tender Moments"

Key deer may be tiny in size, but this endangered species is big on the list of well-loved wildlife.  If the diminutive deer  exclusive to the Florida Keys  has somehow eluded you, it's time to make your way to the third annual Outdoor Fest, set for Saturday, March 10 th  through Saturday, March 17 th  and hosted by US Fish and Wildlife Service's Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex and their Friends group, Florida Keys Wildlife Society. With a Wildlife Fair at their new Big Pine Key Nature Center and a Run with Deer 5k just some of their many offerings, you're sure to sight this miniature but magnificent creature. Click the March 5 Issue for the Feature we did the last few weeks that will give you additional Info.

To learn more about Key deer and their natural habitat, check out the upcoming Outdoor Fest: visit , contact Refuge Ranger Kristie Killam at  305-304-9625, or email Nancy or Jan at . Brought to you in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.


Three Views of Florida at Frangipani ALL  March

Frangipani Gallery presents Three Views of Florida through Plein Air, Photography and Fused Glass at the last First Friday Art Stroll on Upper Duval. 

Paul Carmichael's spectacular wildlife photography show at Gallery A features a selection of "one-shot" flight photos of various Florida birds.  His Roseate Spoonbills explode with color through the magic of a smoke haze at sunset.

"All Around Town" at Gallery B presents Karen Beauprie's plein air watercolor paintings of Key West.  Karen teaches watercolor classes at the Key West Art Center and the Studios of Key West.  Along with two other artists, Karen recently started a local group of Urban Sketchers in order to show the world one drawing at a time.

Helen Rebane at Gallery A loves glass, saturated colors and stylish statements.  Her vibrant jewelry is precise and intricate.  Helen's collection of vessels and panels feature colorful art and recycled aqua glass with organic structure and free form boundaries.  

The Kiss By Karen Beauprie
"Roseate1" by Paul Carmichael
"Wave" by Helen Rebane

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March 16 & 17

Current Exhibition Tony Gregory, Greg McDonald, Mona Brooks,  Dawn Wilkins, & Nancy Beck
Art@830 Gallery
 830 Caroline St. 305-294-7131

WWW.LUCKYSTREETGALLERY.COM 1204 White St. 305-294-3973
Next Exhibition Kathy Rose & Susan Sugar (Which is in Place) Now) ; so come to the Opening Reception for Walk on White on March 15 6-8PM; and swing by before the reception to see the Art.



Don't understand what is happening with the City's tree canopy?  Hear Karen DeMaria present "The City of Key West Tree Ordinance - Fact vs. Fiction" at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. Our Urban Forester will speak on Saturday, March 17th from 1:30 - 2:30pm in the Garden Chapel, located just over Cow Key Bridge on College Road.  Come for the monthly native plant sale and stay for the talk.  Program is Free for members and students; $5 for others.  Call 305-296-1504  for information.

Royal Poinciana Tree

Karen Kennedy DeMaria has held the position of Urban Forester for the past 5 years.  Ms. DeMaria has dual degrees in Biology and Marine Biology and has previously worked with the State of Florida, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, and numerous engineering and consulting firms.   She has been a resident of the Lower Florida Keys since 1989 and has volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, Relay for Life volunteer, and mentor with Take Stock in Children.

WaterColor Society WWW.FKWCS.COM
Down Under by Lian Quan Zhen

Pigeon Key Cottage by Charles Pasarelli

Come meet the artists of the Society and  "YOU Be The Judge" and vote for your favorite painting for The Jan Lawliss People's Choice Award. 
Music by Richard Foley.
The Exhibit opens for daytime viewing on Thursday, March, 8th and can be viewed from 11-4 each Thursday, Friday and Saturday thru March 24th and also the two evening before the curtain and during intermission of the theater's Fundraiser Performance...."One Weekend Only" on Friday and Saturday, March 23rd and 24th.
For Theater Ticket Info go to
For Watercolor Society information go to
Call 609-231-7045  for Art Exhibit info


305-292-1025 Only a few Speakers left for the "Lecture Series" at The Key West Theater at 6PM Mondays : 3/12 Barbara Ross, & 3/19 P. Scott Cunningham.

Commissioner Margaret Romero held a Community Meeting a few weeks ago. The Commissioner now gives us detailed information from the Meeting.  Due to Space constraints We'll Insert the Re-Cap over a few Weeks : Part 1 was in the March 5 Issue ; here is the Link
and Here is Part 2

  •   There is an upcoming referendum vote on March 13. Only one issue is on the ballot - the increased height question for 4 (four) City  parcels on College Road. This one ballot question is costing the City over $50,000.
  •   There will be elections held for three commissioner seats (currently held by Kaufman, Payne, Romero) and the mayor's seat. Various seats could be decided in the Primary voting on August 28, early voting starts August 13 through the 25th and absentee ballots for the Primary are sent prior to that. Voting in the Primary is just as important as voting in the General Election.
  •    For those interested in running for these positions the last day to submit your petitions is May 21st . Qualifying week will be June 18-22. Further information can be obtained from the Supervisor of Elections office at (305) 292 -3416 and on their website 
  •   HARC  has been discussing what to do with those properties that have been benignly neglected and then owners come forward with requests for demolition.
  •   Recently, the city itself, has requested demolition of some of the properties which they recently acquired from Keys Energy. These are the brick plant buildings located in the Bahama Village area which were constructed approximately 100 years ago and have been neglected. Some believed that the city would be restoring/rehabbing these buildings after acquisition.
  •   There has been public outcry over this since the city itself wants to demolish rather than restore and repurpose historic buildings. A number of citizens have voiced their concern that the city has not followed proper processes and incorporated HARC. However, the city feels  that the Chief Building Official is authorized to solely make the decision.
Information Continued at the Very End of this Issue and Picks Up Again in the March 19th. Issue


Current Exhibition
WWW.GILDEA.GALLERY 305-797-6485 522 Southard St.
Nancy Tankersley and Jean Pederson
Here are some of Nancy Tankersley & Jean Pederson Works

Anniversary Drink
Backyard Retreat
Lowe's Wharf Monday
Rail  Yard
More from Nancy Tankersley Up Shortly and here are a few from Jean  Pederson 


Melissa Trader's Stone Soup Gallery 
WWW.STONESOUPGALLERY.COM 802 White St. 305-296-2080. 
J.H. ALLEN is the Current Exhibition at Stone Soup Gallery and Frame Shop


This Months Reef Relief E-Newsletter can be seen with this Link 
Up Shortly ; Info. on Spring Break Coral Camp

281 Front St. 305-295-6616
 Their Weekly Section Up Shortly with an amazing amount of Events, Exhibitions, & Classes /Workshops


Any of my clients will tell you, I am forever working to ensure they look their best in their photos. That's because as a professional, I know the difference between industry-standard quick retouching that can leave you looking fake, and high quality no-compromise retouching that is for real life people and families who desire photos that reflect the truth of who they are. One of my favourite things to do for a client is a personal fashion book- yes that's a thing! Comfortable and stylish looks that compliment their features make it easier to bring out the best emotional response for a truthful reflection of who they are.

As we prepare to celebrate fashion, and the many accomplishments of all those who work so tirelessly in this beautiful industry, take a moment to admire yourself. Everyone's journey is different, and it's because of who you are that you made it to this part of yours. Any moment could turn into the greatest of a lifetime, be sure to document it meaningful way.
Love, LK
Paco Rabanne

Kathy Reich

Just a few of Lucille Khornak Photography Clients : Giorgio Armani, Geoffrey Beene, Kris Kristofferson, President Bill Clinton, Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld, Donna Karan, Joan Rivers, Andy Warhol, American Greetings, General Mills, Denaka Vodka, Givency, Kenneth Cole, MasterCard, Pierre Cardin, Spin Magazine, YSL, & Rolls Royce.




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

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

WWW.LUISSOTTIL.COM  511 Duval St. 305-396-7855.  

FKSPCA Held a Fund Raising event at Sottil Gallery a few weeks ago; Click the Jan 29 Issue for Part 2 of Our Tour of the Gallery & Part 1 of Our Tour of the Gallery is in the Jan. 22 Issue 
Other Featured Year Round Artists at Sottil (Each week we'll Feature a Different Artist in the Magazine) : Ali Lefcourt, Michael Godard (Uses Olives in many of the Works) , Fine Art by Scotty Ziegler Tastefully Edgy, Thomas Easley, David Miller, Oliviya (Heavy Oil Painting by Knife :Taking at least 1 &1/2 Years to Cure), Krystiano DaCosta, Cris Wolaszak, Dale Mathis, Acrylic Sculpture by Michael Wilkenson, Body Casting by Delia Lala & Luis Sottil

This week we'll Feature Michael Godard

Busted 37.5X28
Caddy Shack 35X28
Munster-Tini 46.5X28
Martini Bowl Mural 55X77
More from the Luis Sottil Gallery and Michael Godard Up Shortly




Harrison Gallery
WWW.HARRISON-GALLERY.COM 825 White St. 305-294-0609
Stay Abreast of the Times at Harrison Gallery 
March Walk on White 
Thursday, March 15, 6-8 pm  
Featured works by Joanne Klein, Terry Thommes, Melinda K. Hall, Katie Pumphrey, Cheryl Troxel, Valerie Hoh, TJ McDermott, Carrie Disrud, Lisa Wederquist, Cheryl Wilson-Smith, Maxine Makeover, Suzy Wahl, Christian Burchard, David Wegman, Kiff Slemmons, Cathy Rose, and Helen Harrison 

Susie de Poo

A few more Paintings from the Artists of the Key West Art Center

Key West Flamingo by Joan Cox Oil
Sunset in the Keys by George Salhofer Acrylic
Key West Kiss by Joanne Sloan  Acrylic 
Capriccio : 3 Stars & Moon by Richard Matson  Acrylic
Many Additional Paintings from the Many Local Artists at The Key West Art Center in the Next Few Issues

Our Last 12 Issues ; These Links Below are Created by my Production, Database Management, & Delivery System : Constant Contact.  By Clicking any of them; you will Instantly see the Issue ; they don't get stored on your computer; Just put Temporarily in Memory.

700 Fleming Street, 
Key West, FL  33040, 

Writing on the Autograph Tree

The Marathon Public Library, 3251 Overseas Hwy, presents a Free Short Story Workshop/Seminar with Edgardo Alvarado, author of "The Funerals of Key West" and "Don't Read this Poetry Book".  The group meets every Tuesday from February 6 through April 10 from 4 to 6 pm to discuss and write a short story. It is open and free to the public but registration is required. All participants must be 18 years old or older.  Call 305-292-3595 to reserve your spot today.  


 Cocco and Salem Gallery
WWW.COCCOANDSALEM.COM 1111Duval St. 305-292-0072


At 4 pm on Friday, March 9th the Key West Art Center kicked off a Plein Air tradition ten years in the making with a demonstration by John Clayton. Based in Provincetown  John Clayton is an energetic painter who shares his passion for color as it is revealed in the ever changing light key of nature. "I'm not so much interested in making a picture as an image of a particular place, a recognized person or object. I'm studying the color and allowing nature to reveal her beauty on that specific day, and am committed to returning to the same location until I have created an expression of the scene in an artistic expression. " Linger after the demo to enjoy light refreshments, speak with the artist, and pre-register for Plein Air Key West. Artists of ALL levels are encouraged to participate. Here is a few of John's Works
Williams Street Scene 20X24
View of Provincetown 24X20
Provincetown Tuna Boats 11X14
Loosestrife Landscape Provincetown 20X24


We Continue with the three Featured Artists Opening the New Exhibition at The GingerBread Square Gallery on March 12 ; Reception 5:30-8p

Boca Chica Sunrise by Gabriella Fiabane 8X10 Oil on Canvas
Summer Skies by Gabriella Fiabane Oil on Linen 8X10
Looking Back by Gabriella Fiabane 24X24 Oil on Canvas

Sunglasses & Being Silly by John Whitney

Below are Additional Paintings by John Whitney

Sails Smathers Beach by Christos Calivas  12X22 and the Next Paintings are from Christos as well
In the News 12X22
Laundry Day in Key West
Schools Out 22X24

March 8-June 15 at Gato 1100 Simonton St. 9a-5p
WWW.TROPICALBOTANICARTISTS.COM Exhibition at Gato with the help of the Florida Keys Council of the Arts
Susan Cumins from the Tropical Botanic Gardens Organization sends regards and tells us : 
Tamiami Trail: In the Beginning
Tropical Botanic Artists document the 100-year-old
Tamiami Trail's effects on South Florida's landscape
The Tropical Botanic Artists collective was established in Miami, Florida, in 2006 to highlight the beauty of tropical plants through art. Its members come from all walks of life and each brings a unique viewpoint to his or her work. They share a love of the natural world and that fascination is reflected in their art.  
    5230 College Rd. 305-294-4857



Royal Furniture is hosting the 2
nd Annual Gala to benefit Wesley House Family Services. We hope you can be a part of it this year. I have attached a flyer for your convenience. Feel free to share it with your friends, families and enemies (we would like them there also).
What: Wesley House Family Services Gala hosted by Royal Furniture
When: March 24, 2018 - 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Where: Royal Furniture - Marathon - 6001 Overseas Highway
How: For tickets call 305-809-5060 or visit the Royal Furniture location in Marathon or Key West or the Wesley House Family Services office in Marathon or Key West
There will be a fabulous Silent Auction, OPEN BAR, Live Entertainment, and amazing food by the Iron Chefs

Allison Rich sends regards and tells us  this great News : We are happy to announce that Cafe con Libros is back again this year and being held at the studios. 
Café con Libros

The Key West Library is offering their free Café con Libros author series on Tuesday mornings from January 23rd until March 27th at the Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St.  Author presentations begin at 10:30 am.  

Mar. 13th: Robin Lloyd on his historical novel set in Havana, "Harbor of Spies"
Mar. 20th: Samuel Harrington, MD, on "At Peace: Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life"
Mar. 27th: Kenneth Michaels in conversation with Edgardo Alvarado-Vazquez about "Only in Key West" : 
Allison Rich, 
Sr. Library Assistant, 
Monroe County Public Library, 
700 Fleming Street, 
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!   


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


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


April 16 5pm at Salute on the Beach "Call for Candidates"
Here is the Link for their Donation Page ; DONATE

Hometown's! Call for Candidates.  The  Best  of Local 2018 Elections!

KEY WEST, FL: On  Monday, April 16 , 2018, Hometown! will be hosting their annual  Call for Candidates  event at Salute on the Beach starting at 5 pm.  At this event, incumbents seeking reelection, other declared and potential candidates, as well as those merely testing the waters to determine their electability in the upcoming 2018 elections will introduce themselves and present why they are interested in public service and why they should be your candidate of choice.
Admission is free - there will be light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.
"Workshop for Winning Campaigns"

So You're Thinking About Running: A Workshop for Winning Campaigns , " Hometown's first campaign event of the 2018 election cycle held at the Marriott Beachside on Saturday, February 10, was a huge success!  The thirty-seven (37) candidates, potential candidates, incumbents and campaign managers heard experienced political pundits, media experts and public office holders opine on local campaign strategy, budget issues, fundraising and effective communications for upcoming election forums, Q&A debates, and door-to-door canvassing.  Hometown believes that better prepared candidates lead to more effective and informed elected representatives supporting both the community's and Hometown's mission of Good Government.  According to the evaluations, the best part of the workshop was the variety and expertise of the presenters. We couldn't agree more and would like to thank Monroe County Clerk Kevin Madok, Key West City Commissioner Sam Kaufman, Monroe County School Board Chair Bobby Highsmith, Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers, Monroe County Supervisor of Elections Joyce Griffin; local businessmen Bryan Green, Ed Swift, John Dolan-Heitlinger and Clinton Barras of Two Oceans Digital; as well as Bill Becker, News Director of U.S. 1 Radio 104.1, and Gwen Filosa of the Keynoter.

Part 2
WWW.LUISSOTTIL.COM  511 Duval St. 305-396-7855
This Week we Feature Michael Godard

Sandbar I 28X35
Zen Martini II 44X55
Last Desert 36X20.5
I Dream of Tini 37.5X28
Last Call 28X37.5
A few Works from Luis Sottil



The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends uses WWW.CONSTANTCONTACT.COM for Production, Database Management, and Delivery. They are GREAT. Their Customer Support and On-Line Q&A are Second to None. 781-482-8911
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Next Rock Solomon Performance March 19
KW's Mixdeity Entertainment's upcoming Murder Mystery dinner. It will be hosted at First Flight again, March 19th. Here are the details. Thank you so much
Time: 5pm-8pm Location: 301 Whitehead street Price: Tickets start at  $95.00  1920s costume  encouraged..Dial M

Mysteries abound! (and we need your help to solve them!) Get transported back to the original Jazz-Age for mystery dinner costume parties at First Flight, the original home of Pan Am! Every ticket includes a complimentary drink & bites, plus a three course gourmet themed dinner, interactive mystery theatre & live music from the Jazz-Age. Be sure to dawn your best Gaztby-esque threads for a chance to win prizes in our best-dressed costume contest!

Get tickets online, plus the latest info on our Mystery Dinners, Swing Dance Nights, Old Hollywood concerts, Jazz brunches and more at

Dial "M" for Mixdeity Media's Mid-Month Murder Mystery Mondays!

Tickets: 305-570-3000  The dinner is part of the Jazz-Age Retrospectacular, sponsored by the FL Keys TDC Grant.


Bernstein on Broadway 3/15 & 16 at TSKW Featuring Bobby Nesbit and Vinvent Zito Put Together an Evening you wont want to miss in  Celebration of American Composer Leonard Bernstein. Go to  WWW.TSKW.ORG for Information

First Flight Restaurant 301 Whitehead St. 3/19
(L) An Elegant Evening Under the Stars April 7 : Go to the Waterfront Playhouse Website for Additional Info.

 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. These 2 Issues will have a Partial Tour of their Gallery : Jan. 8 and Jan. 15  

WWW.ZAZOOARTGALLERY.COM 622 Duval St. 305-294-8925 
Zazoo Gallery Owner in town a few weeks ago Don Oriolo
"Play Would"
Original mixed medium on plywood.
Measures approx. "49 x 78"  framed.
Hand signed by the artist,  Don Oriolo.
Show Price $8,995.

"Sail Away"
Original mixed medium on canvas.
Presently displayed in our front window.
Measures approx. 40" x 30" gallery wrapped.
Hand signed by the artist,  Don Oriolo.
Show Price $5,000.

"The Gang is All Here"
Original mixed medium on canvas.
Presently displayed in our front window.
Measures approx. 40" x 30" gallery wrapped.
Hand signed by the artist,  Don Oriolo.
Show Price $5,000.

TM & © The Don Oriolo Collection, Inc


(R) EROICA TRIO March 11
(L) Jose Franch-Ballester (Clarinet) & Michael Brown (Piano) March 25
The 2018 Season (As Usual) ALL Concerts at St. Pauls Episcopal Church 4pm.

Tickets for the concert cost $20, and are available at , or at the door on the afternoon of the event. Cash, checks, or credit/debit cards accepted. Students admitted free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information visit

Visit their website for detailed information on all their 2018  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


Up Shortly Updated Schedule of Concerts and Special Events


Click MOTE1 for a Special Year End E-Newsletter Looking Back at ALL 12 months of Very Informative

Click MOTE52 for the Entire Very informative E-Mail Newsletter with the Headline : Why are Sharks so Patriotic ? Because they are Marine Sharks.
This E-Mail Campaign will give Great Information on what's going on with Dr. Vaughan's 5 Day Workshop on Coral Restoration

Project manager and marine biologist Chris Page inspects fragments of mountainous star coral (Orbicella faveolata) that were recently microfragmented. Credit: Dan Mele/ Mote Marine Labratory

Local mascots of all sizes, shapes and species raced down Siesta Beach on March 6 to promote Mote Marine Laboratory's Run for the Turtles. 
Credit all photos in this story: Conor Goulding/Mote Marine Laboratory

Project manager and marine biologist Chris Page inspects fragments of mountainous star coral (Orbicella faveolata) that were recently microfragmented. Credit: Dan Mele/ Mote Marine Labratory

Mote Marine Laboratory will host a five-day coral restoration workshop in the Florida Keys, providing hands-on intensive training in Mote's signature coral fragmentation process, along with knowledge about coral larval settlement and survival in a land-based nursery and proper monitoring of outplanted coral. Dr. David Vaughan, Executive Director of Mote's Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration and Manager of Mote's Coral Reef Restoration Program, will lead the coral restoration workshop starting March 25, ending March 29 and geared toward those with an interest in conducting their own restoration projects.
Vaughan most notably pioneered implementation of coral fragmentation techniques to re-skin massive coral species for reef restoration. Vaughan's first workshop late last year was designed to share best practices with other coral restoration enthusiasts. "We had students from all around the globe come to our facility to learn our methods of restoration.  Many already had restoration efforts underway in their parts of the world and were interested in implementing new key knowledge and understanding how to scale-up their production," said Vaughan.  The first workshop was deemed such a success by the attendees that Vaughan decided to host another workshop this March. "The knowledge transfer with other coral restoration stewards is so important as we all continue to face similar impacts to our marine environment," added Vaughan. Click VAUGHAN to Lean More


712 Duval St. 305-440-2179 11A-11P
2 FOR 1 DRINKS ALL DAY & 3-6P .70 Oysters, Clams, Peel & Eat Shrimp & Wings
 "Best Hush Puppies & New England Clam Chowder in the South; & the Angle Hair Pasta with Lump Crab in a Cream Sauce is amazing; plus their Peel N Eat Shrimp are by far always the tastiest The Keys.  


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

Thank Mia for the Outstanding work you, Emily, Allison Rich, Michael Nelson and Tom Hambright do for bringing Amazing Literary Events to KW.  Of course Thanks to the rest of the Monroe County Library Staff and of course KW Friends of the Library

The Books and Books Organization does 2 Types of Literary events :
"Meet The Authors" and Book Store Events and they are both done at the TSKW right next door to the Book Store. Below is a Regular Book Store event :

Probably the last Two event of the 2017/2018
March 13 6pm
A Books and Books Talk, discussion and signing 
 Gabe Habash - Stephen Florida  and  Julie Buntin - Marlena
Brief Description - Join us for a reading, discussion and signing with two incredible authors. Gabe Habash's Stephen Florida follows a college wrestler in his senior season, when every practice, every match, is a step closer to greatness and a step further from sanity. Julie Buntin's debut novel Marlena explores that specific suspended time in young womanhood when every decision feels like the most important, and every friendship feels life-long.

Books and Books Talk, discussion and signing 
Title - Tayari Jones - An American Marriage
Start Date/End Date - Wednesday, March 21st at 6:00 pm.
Brief Description - Tayari Jones's stirring, thought-provoking new novel, AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE, tackles big issues-race, loyalty, resilience-and perhaps the biggest issue of them all: love. Jones is the author of four novels and holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. She serves on the MFA faculty in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University.



Leonard Bernstein's contributions to musical theater were based on meaningful collaborations, so it's fitting that our upcoming show, Bernstein on Broadway, was  conceived  and developed in collaboration between two of Key West's favorite musicians!

"Leonard Bernstein was a prominent figure in my musical education -- from his  Young Peoples Concerts  to seeing him conduct live," shared Vincent Zito, who brought the idea for a show to Fringe last year.  "When I met him, I was struck by his charisma. He turned heads when he walked into the room, even if you didn't know who he was."

Bobby Nesbitt actually spent time with Leonard Bernstein here in Key West. "It was my great pleasure to have him sit at the piano with me on numerous occasions. One rarely gets to meet one's heroes, and it was unforgettable." 


"Leonard Bernstein was equally at home on the concert stage or the Broadway stage. In concert halls around the world, Bernstein's classical side is being celebrated this year. We have the opportunity here in Key West to celebrate the show biz side of the Maestro with these brilliant singers," Bobby adds.

"Bobby and I have worked together many times," explains Vincent, "but this was an opportunity for a true collaboration between us. It was also a great opportunity to bring together a group of dear friends who we hadn't worked with for a number of years. Susan Powell, Richard White, Susie Speidel and Jono Mainelli are tops in their field - they are the ideal performers to bring this demanding music to life." 

Bernstein on Broadway  runs March 15 and 16 at 7pm at The Studios of Key West. Tickets are selling fast, and this show is expected to sell-out.

March 3/12 "Plays out Loud" at Woman's Club
March 12 - 6:30pm at  Woman's Club
Join us as we read (out loud) scenes from Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes.   Download a copy of the script on your tablet or bring a printed copy with you. (Or REPLY to this email, and let us know that you'd like us to print a copy for you. Suggested donation $5.) 
WWW.KEYWESTWOMANSCLUB.ORG 319 Duval St. 305-294-2039

Plays Out Loud
 is a casual group reading of scenes from a play. You can read or just listen. It's up to you.  No cost. Donation for beer or wine.

April 6 Tory Armour's Collective Plays 7pm Venue TBA
April 19-28 "Conch Republic Re-Visited" 7pm


305-296-6196 1434 Kennedy Dr.

Photographic Exposition at The Tropic Cinema by
Rodger Stuart Davis  3/5-4/1 "Mira Images"
I'm a local photographer.  I've lived here 25 years, I've
13 books on Amazon, I've a weekly photo in the Blue 
Paper, and I've an exhibit hanging on the walls of the 
Tropic Cinema Gallery, the hallway by the stairs, from 
March 5th - April 1st, it is my 4th exhibit there.

"Photos of the Week" from Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow Will not be Shown This Week ; look for the March 19 Issue for the next "Photos of the Week". Thanks Peter for the Excellent Year Round materials that you share with our 7700 Weekly Readers. His and Larry Blackburn's Photos are also Featured at Konk Life.



Part 3 of the Artists Featured Currently at Gingerbread Square Gallery. WWW.GINGERBREADSQUAREGALLERY.COM 1207 Duval St. 305-296-8900
Reception March 12 5:30p-8p

Summer Squall by Gabriella Fiabane  9X12 Oil on Linen
Mid Summer Afternoon by Gabriella Fiabane 16X20 Oil on Canvas
Japaneses Maple Seeds by Gabriella Fiabane
She Loves Dance & Dancer 1 John Whitney

Pedaling by Christos Calivas 36X39 + The Next Three Paintings are from Christos Calivas
Red Chair Petronia Street 24X22
Union Jack 22X24
The Cigar Smoker 22X24

Suzie dePoo

WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM 301 Front St. 305-294-1241
Main Current Exhibition Elizabeth Chamberlain : Colorful contemporary impressionist Key West scenes, painted in oil, on location! PLUS On-Display many of the Plean Air Works done by the Members for the Annual Key West Plein Air done every March. We also continue with Part 5 of The Tour of Key West Art Center's Members in the March 19 Issue.

Evening at Fort Zachary Taylor by George Salhofer Acrylic

Heaven's Gate by Elizabeth Chamberlain Oil

Classical Figure Drawing Classes by Lothar Speer Wednesdays from Jan 17-April 18 5:30-7:30p. Contact Gallery Dir. Juniper Deja at 305-294-1241 and/or for more info
Thanks Local Artists Hanging at KWAC; as well as Gallery Manager Juniper and KWAC President Fran Decker, Board Members Jane Grannis, Lois Songer, Staff Susan O'Neill and the rest of the Staff & Board Members.

5210 College Road 

Johnny White & Caroline are always so nice in sharing their Photo Galleries with Us.  Hit their Gallery Link to see many Photo Galleries The Link to the Undying Love Gallery is not working ; Please go to the Top Link to be Transported to the Undying Love Gallery to see ALL of Johnny White's Great Photos (Really Capturing the Great Production)

Thanks Johnny & Caroline for providing our readers with Great Year Round Photo Galleries to Enjoy; as well as Providing ALL of  the Keys with a Great Calendar of Events Everyday. The March 5th. Issue will have a few more of their Galleries. Of Course go to the above Link to see many of them now.


WWW.EQFL.ORG 813-870-3735

After seven years of Kate Miano and The Gardens Hotel staff hosting the annual Equality Florida event, this year's Celebration will be held at the Harry S. Truman Little White House.  With more than three hundred and fifty attendees, the event outgrew the beautiful space at The Gardens Hotel and began impacting hotel guests.  With the blessing and support of Kate Miano, Equality Florida will hold its 2018 Celebration on Saturday, March 24 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm on the lawns of the Harry S. Truman Little White House. 
The evening will feature music by Gina Masserati, a sumptuous appetizer buffet, a short program and free guided tours of the Little White House.  Equality Florida's highest honor, the Voice for Equality award, will be presented to Jim and Cathy Stentzel for their unwavering support of the welfare of children including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.  Their backing cemented the establishment of Equality Florida's Safe and Healthy Schools Project which has trained 59 of Florida's 67 school districts to be pro-active by ensuring a functioning environment in which LGBT q students can thrive shoulder to shoulder with other students. Equality Florida's CEO Nadine Smith will present an update on recent accomplishments, risks and challenges. 

A spectacular original, framed painting entitled "Gulf Side Morning" by artist Jim Salem has been donated by the Cocco & Salem Gallery and will be available for a suggested donation per chance.  The painting is valued at $1800.
There is limited bicycle parking as well as limited ADA parking.  As a residential community, there will be no other parking on Front Street.  Suggested parking is at the Margaritaville Resort parking garage, the Post Office, on Whitehead or Thomas Streets.  Also, guests should consider using the Duval Loop and disembark at the Post Office stop. On the evening of March 24
th entrance can be accessed at the Eaton Street and Front Street pedestrian gates.
For more information, contact Evie Evers Kling at or 305-296-3267.
The Harry S. Truman Little White House is located at 111 Front Street.

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. 


Next March 11 at 1111 Eaton St. at The Restaurant Store

Key West Artisan Market: Culinary and Wine Edition is This Sunday


WWW.KWBGONLINE.ORG 808 Duval St. 305-294-4603
Next Luncheon April 4th..
 Next Mixer March 14 Choice Storage Center 2600 N. Roosevelt Blvd.


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

WWW.SALTISLANDPROVISIONS.COM 830 Fleming Street 305-517-6088 Marlene Koenig & Lenny Addorisio ALL March
Part 2
Lenny's fun mixed media paintings are a combination of whimsical images overlaid with words that compel the viewer to reflect on the world around us.
"I'm always trying to seek and grow as a visual artist through my paintings with words, color, and composition," Lenny explains. "Being a Key West artist for over twenty years, I still take great pleasure in being part of the community and always feel grateful to be able to explore and share my work. These new works are inspired, as always, by the outside world and my inside thoughts! They are small, colorful compositions, sometimes fueled with words that reflect the details of everyday life."
"Lenny and Marlene's pieces are a fantastic fit for SALT," says gallery owner Laura Richardson. "Although they are very different aesthetically, both artists are deeply reflective of the environment that surrounds us. Each piece is thought-provoking yet serene - we couldn't be more excited to feature such unique pieces from two beloved Key West artists!"
"This show has been such a fun endeavor, especially showing with another artist and my dear friend Marlene," Lenny says. "We feel very grateful to be represented in SALT and to be able to share our vision, art, and our friendship through these new works."
SALT Gallery features an eclectic collection of local art, local sea salts, jewelry, pottery, wine, and Florida Keys honey.  Gallery owners Maria Sharpe and Laura Richardson feature a new artist each month at SALT. Marlene and Lenny's work will remain on display until March 30th
. For more information, call  305-517-6088   and 




Also Go to their Website to see what's Up Next as well as Info on Bob Bowersox's Theatre XP. We Should have some updated Material in the March 19th. Issue.

The transformation of our community has been impressive in the months since Irma paid a visit. With few exceptions, businesses have repaired, revamped and are re-energized for the season. The profusion of refreshed floral and greenery does not disappoint. Even more noteworthy is the spirit of the community, pulling together to preserve and promote what makes the Keys so special. Next month, Debra Butler Design Studio continues a series of events to highlight an aspect of Key's life that will be of interest to you. Author and Key West resident, Carrie Jo Howe will be our guest on Thursday, March 22nd for a book signing and launch of her newly published book, "Island Life Sentence." Stop in to congratulate Carrie Jo and see all that's new in the Studio. Isn't it great to be home? 305-393-2942; Click above link for the Complete E-Newsletter from Debra.

Don't Wait for Summer to Dive into Coral Camp!
Join us for Spring Break Coral Camp for Kids!
Reef Relief is offering our second annual Spring Break Coral Camp and spots are filling up quickly! 
Summer is coming early this year at Reef Relief! We are so excited to announce that we will be holding a week of Coral Camp this spring break! 6-12 year old youths will have the chance to explore and learn about our surrounding marine environment through exciting educational activities at the Reef Relief Environmental Center in Key West. Each fun-packed day, campers experience hands-on-learning, interactive games and outdoor activities.  Activities include science and art projects in addition to exciting field trips around Key West, as well as multiple days of snorkeling. Spring Break Coral Camp begins March 12 th-March 16
th.  This one-week session is limited to 25 campers. Coral Camp runs Monday through Friday from 8:30am- 4:30pm.  Camp fees are $225 per child per week.  Spots are filling up fast! Reserve a slot today!
Sponsors for Coral Camp include:  Fury Water Adventures, Sebago Water Sports, Danger Charters, Key West Aquarium, Captain's Corner, Barefoot Billy's, Disney Conservation Fund, Firefly, Love in Bloom, Coco's Monkey, MOTE Marine Laboratory, and the Dogwood Foundation.
For more information about registration call Reef Relief at 305-294-3100 or email  Download registration forms at

Chris Thomas Around Key West
Thursday March 15th - Hard Rock Cafe 7-9 pm
Saturday March 17th - Conch Republic Seafood noon to 4 pm
Sunday March 18th - Willie T's 2:30-5:30
Tuesday March 20th - Rum Row at Gates Hotel 4-7 pm
Thursday March 22nd - Hard Rock Cafe 7-9


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


For the Promotion of the 10th. Annual Plein Air Events, Exhibitions, & Contests. I Featured 7 Artists that are active in Plein Air. Of course Many Local Artists Are Active in Plain Air. The March 5th Issue has about 42 Paintings from these 7 Artists. Here is the Link :

Six Koi by Karen Beauprie
Fran Decker
Blue Heaven Corner by Nancy Henning 14X18
Blue House by Deb Kik
The Gardens Hotel by William Welch 20X27
Carrying on a Tradition 11X14 by Gabrielle Wilson



Neil Chamberlain and Staff Send Greetings

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


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


The Southernmost Coconut Castaways, the OFFICIAL Home "Friend Club" of Howard Livingston and the MM24 Band, will be having their March "Jump Up" Social from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. on  Saturday March 31st at Mangoes Island Cuisine, 700 Duval St. Key West, FL. !! 
LIVE music from Ericson Holt!  Fundraiser for Sister Season Fund, an organization that helps those in need who work in the tourism and hospitality industry! Raffles, give aways, drawings, prizes, plus specials on drinks and food!
ALL "Jump Ups" are open to the public!

For more information about The Southernmost Coconut Castaways, a charitable/volunteer/fun non-profit Club and organization with the motto "Serving Community Roles With Caribbean Souls", go to


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,  James King, III, 5-7pm,  Thursday,  Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm,  Saturday,  Megan Constantine, 5-7pm,   Jazz in  the Gardens :  Sunday,  March 11 , Skipper Kripitz & Friends

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

Click GRANTS-AWARDS 1 for Complete List


Michael and Heather Barnes at Manga-Manga send regards
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

newly added/changes in dates are bolded below

3/13/18 Get The Led Out -  LIMITED TICKETS LEFT
3/14/18 Mike Love
3/16/18 Jim Breuer Live (7pm & 10pm) 

 GO TO THEIR WEBSITE FOR ticket Arrangements  for "Night of the Living Dead"

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

3/17/18 Firefall
3/18/18 A Night of Key West Soul with Coffee Butler and Friends
3/23/18 Three Dog Night 
4/1/18 John Sebastian 
4/5/18 Keller Williams
4/7/18 Jimmie Vaughan
4/15/18 The Sunday Ramble
4/29/18 Kevin Nealon 
5/19/18 Carbon Leaf
5/26/18 Howie Mandel (6:30pm & 9:30pm) 
11/15/18 Thunder From Down Under (7pm & 10pm) 


WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM 305-304-6882 Owners / Editors Naja & Arnaud Girard
Hit this Link for some of the Great Videos :
Click Below

Click the Blue Paper Link for these Articles Below + Many Additional

"Affordable Housing" : Are the Wolves at the Gate?
Why Pay for Something Free 
The Unbearable Dumbness of the FDOT with Apologies to Milan Kundera "The UnBearable Lightness of Being"

 An Article by Arida Wright on the recent 36th Annual KWLS

City of Key West About toe "Sell Out" Local Art and Artists
"Undying Love, A Key West Musical" Premieres at TSKW


Run with the Deer March 17 with The Florida Keys Wildlife Society

Race to save what's endangered:  Florida Keys Wildlife Society seeks registrants for annual Run with Deer 5K run/walk
Runners are invited to register for the fourth annual Run with Deer 5K run/walk, a race that wanders through rural roads within National Key Deer Refuge on Saturday, March 17. Race proceeds will benefit Florida Keys Wildlife Society (formerly known as FAVOR) and used to help support exhibit purchases for the new Nature Center, refuge habitat restoration, education and outreach, and many other Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges projects that help protect endangered wildlife.
"The Run with Deer 5K race course is a fun route and a great way for people to get out in nature, get a little exercise, and contribute to the National Wildlife Refuges!"  says Nancy Chatelaine, Florida Keys Wildlife Society member and race coordinator.
Co-hosted by Key West Southernmost Runners, the race is part of the Florida Keys Wildlife Refuges' Outdoor Fest, a week-long celebration of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge system that encourages people to get outside in a wildlife-friendly manner. The Saturday, March 10 through Saturday, March 17 Fest spans the four national wildlife refuges and features family-friendly, mostly free outdoor adventures and hands-on activities, including Saturday's 8am race, followed by an awards ceremony and a family-friendly Outdoor & Wildlife Fair from 9am-2pm, featuring  music, food, and lots of hands-on projects for kids.
Registration is $25 for ages 14 and up, $15 for 13 and under.  Children under 5 are free with a parent. Register early to save $5 and receive a race T-shirt: visit or pick up a registration form at the National Key Deer Refuge Nature Center on Big Pine Key.  Race day registration is at the new Nature Center located at  30587 Overseas Hwy at 7:00am.
For more information about the race, the refuges, volunteer opportunities, and the list of Outdoor Fest events, visit or contact Kristie Killam at 305.304.9625 or email Nancy or Jan at Brought to you in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. 

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.



Magnolia Band, the Key West version of the renowned New England band Magnolia, plays a unique blend of classic country, Cajun, and bluegrass music. Led by singer and guitarist Maggie Moniz, with local fixture Steve Gibson on mandolin and world-famous Chuck Sherman on pedal steel, they play good time music sure to get your head boppin', your toes tappin', and your feet movin'. They will be making sure everyone can let the good times roll at B.O.'s Fish Wagon every Thursday  6 - 9  PM. and Key West Bite every Saturday 7 - 9 PM.

Their Monthly E-Mailer & Feature on their website "Keys Traveler" has a Tremendous Amount of Information.
Here is the March "Keys Traveler" E-Newsletter Link ; Hit
MARCH 2018 for their March Keys Traveler. 
Top Story
The 27th annual Florida Keys Island Fest is to celebrate the Keys' relaxed coastal island living and family fun Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, in Islamorada.
Founders Park at mile marker 87 is to transform into a musical, artistic outdoor emporium featuring over 100 exceptional local and national artists whose work includes paintings, sculptures, jewelry and fine crafts.
Other festival attractions include live music from entertainers in virtually all musical genres, the All-American Road Vintage Cruisers Car Show, a wacky "What Floats Your Boat" race for homemade "boats," special activities for kids and the ever-popular Taste of Islamorada culinary competition. 


Every Tuesday Night Until March 27 AQUA IDOL ; Of Course at AQUA Nightclub 711 Duval 305-294-0555
Ave Q 3/27-4/14


 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 

A few weeks ago was the First Friday in March and Featured the Artists Below Please Click FIRST for Complete Details from TSKW
 for the following New Exhibitions :
"Within Without" by Eric Anfinson in the Sanger Gallery . Sponsored by Rent Key West Vacations

"Four Views" by Judy Zabar, David Genest,Jane Gilbert, & Kathy Walter in the XOJ Gallery. Sponsored by Keys Wealth Management

Judi Bradford  in the Zabar Project Gallery Sponsored by Charles F. Troxeltr DDS

Mud Pi Ceramics Department at FKCC
Eric Anfinson

Four Views ; This Painting by Judy Zabar

Judi Bradford

Mud Pi

Click   TSKW12 Link for their Latest E-Newsletter giving ALL the Updated Schedule of Classes, Events, & Exhibitions

Students will investigate the many options presented for layering in mixed media. Concepts such a s transparency, opacity, viscosity and surface quality will be discussed while exploring several painting techniques.  Sponsored by The Harrison Gallery
Top Right : FKCC MUD-PI BENEFIT  Sun Mar 11, 5-8pm

As per tradition, attendees will be able to select their own student-crafted ceramic bowl from which to enjoy their meal and then keep as a commemorative souvenir. The funds raised will be used to purchase materials and equipment that enable Mud-Pi to continue to beautify and enrich the community.

It's a feast for the eyes... and a bonanza for the buyer!
Bobby Nesbitt

Vincent Zito

Lothar Speer

Bernstein on Broadway   Presented by Fringe Theater
Thu & Fri Mar 15-16, 7pm  Key West's own Vincent Zito and Bobby Nesbitt lead a stellar cast in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the birth of beloved American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist, Leonard Bernstein. Our celebration also includes performances by Susie Speidel, Susan Powell, Richard White, and Jono Mainelli.

Come as You Are Art Benefit Thu Mar 22, 7-10pm

Tonight, everyone's an artist - or maybe an artwork! For its 2018 Gala fundraiser, The Studios crafts its most creative party yet. The food is fauvist, the cocktails rococo, the décor Dadaist and the dance moves are... abstract expressionist? Dress as your favorite artist, writer, or cultural concoction, or just look fabulous.

Green Parrot  Bingo Every Monday to Help Fund TSKW
Couache for Travel with Priscilla Coote Sat 2/17 & 24 10a-2pm
  You can join, renew, or give another gift here:

LOTHAR SPEER (Appearing at TSKW and....
FIGURE DRAWING CLASS, KEY WEST ART CENTER, Every Wed 5:30 - 7:30 pm  All Season Long. Come for 1, 3 or 5 classes or take the whole ride!

Mr Speer's classes provide a supportive, engaging and highly informative working environment that is designed to strengthen each participant's ability to see correctly and translate this in"sight" into successful drawing strategies. A healthy dose of humor and art history will be our guide!  The goal is not pretty drawings, but good ones! It's a workshop where we all support one another on our journey! 
Lothar Speer. FACES IN FOCUS. BRUSH&HEART, (312)282-3162
ALSO He does CLASSICAL DRAWING Classes at TSKW Every Wed. until 3/14 2p-5p Click


"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.

Iris Ornig on Monday Nights Hosting Jazz at Kitano 8-11pm  66 Park Ave. at 38th. St. NYC.. Thanks Iris for Keeping your Key West and Southampton Fans Up to Date. Check her Facebook Page

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.  

This Issue Issue has a Feature on Lucille Khornak closer to the Top  

281 Front St. 305-295-6616




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.  10-Noon


(Bottom Left) Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes Calusa Indian expert and film-maker Theresa Schober
On Thursday, March 22 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes Distinguished Speaker Series guest Theresa Schober, an archaeologist, educator, and noted expert on Calusa Indian life to Old City Hall on Greene Street, where she will discuss "Escampaba- The Kingdom of Carlos," her documentary about the Calusa capital village of Mound Key, and how we represent the past through film.
Today's Mound Key, a 125-acre archaeology site and state park with more than 30 feet of shell mound middens rising above Estero Bay, stands as a significant landmark of both American history. Shober's film recreates that forgotten piece of history, bringing the past to life with re-enactments, animations, archival photographs and environmental footage.
The site is believed to have been the cultural center for the Calusa- a non-agricultural hunting and gathering chiefdom that dominated south Florida for over 2000 years. It is also where the Calusa first encountered Europeans when the Spaniards explored the Caribbean and the Florida peninsula, and where they drove Conquistador  Ponce de León and his men away in a hostile attack in 1513, after León "claimed" La Florida for Spain despite approximately 20,000 Calusa already living there and in nearby Calusa territories. They continued to resist Spanish rule, including 1566 Spain's first Governor of Florida, Pedro Menendez de Aviles,  and forced settlements fully out by 1569. Though the Spaniards fled, they left behind diseases for which the natives had no immunity, ultimately leading to the demise of their once great society. 
Tickets available at ; $5 for KWAHS members, $10 for non-members-advanced ticket purchase is recommended.  Sponsored in part of the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Helmerich Trust. For more information, contact  Adele Williams , Director of Education, at 305.295.6616, x115.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.

Photo by Laura Gates

(Top-R) T he celebration of Women's History Month continues with Key West Art & Historical Society's Distinguished Speaker Series guest Leslie Kemp Poole on Thursday, March 15, 6:00pm at Old City Hall, 510 Greene Street. The historian and writer's presentation  "Saving Florida: Women's Fight for the Environment in the Twentieth Century"  will reveal Florida's environmental movement led by women who fought to sustain the Sunshine state's unique natural resources. 
Sparked by uncontrollable pollution, pesticides, and dredge-and-fill projects, women's clubs across the state prompted legislation to establish Florida's first state park, which later became the core of Everglades National Park in 1916.  The fourth-generation Floridian will share the stories of women who stood strong to lead the fight to save the state's important natural resources before they even had a right to vote-Doris Leeper, who convinced her community and the federal government to protect a 24-mile beach that is now Canaveral National Seashore, Clara Dommerich, who organized the first meeting of the Florida Audubon Society in her living room in 1900, and the towering environmental legacy of the three "Marjories:" author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, scientist/activist Marjorie Harris Carr, and journalist/activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas. As a collective force, they forever altered how others saw women's roles in society, and set the foundation for this century's environmental agenda, including sustainable development. Tickets available at rie ses; $5 for KWAHS members, $10 for non-members-advanced ticket purchase is recommended.  Sponsored in part of the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Helmerich Trust. For more information, contact Adele Williams , Director of Education, at 305.295.6616, x115.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.

Photo by Carol Tedesco

(Top-R) Curator tours of Tennessee Williams Museum included in Pulitzer-Prize winner's 6-week Birthday Celebration
Key West Art & Historical Society will offer four Tennessee Williams Museum curator tours led by Dennis Beaver as part of the annual 2018 Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration, a 6-week commemoration of the literary icon who lived on the island for thirty-four years. 
The next set of tours, set for Friday, March 16 at 10:00am and Sunday, March 18 at 2:00pm will be focused on "The Key West Filming of 'The Rose Tattoo'."
Tennessee Williams wrote the screenplay for The Rose Tattoo based on his Tony award-winning Broadway play of the same name and participated in every aspect of its Key West 1954 filming. "The Key West Filming of 'The Rose Tattoo'" tour provides participants with details on the making of the film and prepares them to note interesting features of the movie that will play at Tropic Cinema on Monday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m.For registration, visit For a full listing of events and locations, visit in part by the supporters of the Tennessee Williams Museum.  For more information, contact Cori Convertito, PhD. at 305.295.6616 x112. Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.

(Bottom-Right) Key West Art & Historical Society invites writers to enter works in this year's Tennessee Williams poetry and short-story contests
Keys poets and writers are invited to submit works for this year's Tennessee Williams poetry and short-story writing contests - components of the annual Key West celebration of the great American writer and island resident's birthday.
Poets are invited to submit a 30-line or less poem about Williams' life in Key West. Writers may submit a short story of 1500 to 4000 words, to include some reference to Williams' life in Key West. Winners will be selected by blind-judging via a panel of professional, published writer/poets, with $200 awarded for first place and $100 for second place in each contest, along with an opportunity to read from their submissions at the March 26 Tennessee Williams Birthday reception, set to take place at the Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue on Monday, March 26, 6:00pm-8:00pm.
Submission fee is $20 for adults; $10 for students and are limited to one per person. Entries can be submitted via a link at  KWAHS.ORG no later than March 7.
An enticing variety of Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration events kick off on February 28 and run through April 9. For more information visit or contact Society Director of Education Adele Williams at 305.295.6616 extension 115. Sponsored in part by the Helmerich Trust and the Florida Department of State.  Your museums.  Your community.  It takes an island.
Photo by Larry Moyer

(Top-L) Children can immerse in the enchanting world of Shel Silverstein during Key West Art & Historical Society weeklong workshop

Children aged 5-13 can explore the enchantingly poetic world of the late award-winning children's author, singer-songwriter, cartoonist, screenwriter, and actor Shel Silverstein through art, wordplay, and music during "Uncle Shelby's Workshop," which runs from 9:00am through 4:00pm, Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16 at Fort East Martello, 3501 South Roosevelt Blvd.
Artists and teachers Crystal Smith and Deborah Butterbaugh will lead students in mask-making creations inspired by Silverstein's illustrations and in performing short plays based on his plays and stories.

"This fun and engaging workshop will encourage budding poets, illustrators, and songwriters to find the missing piece, turn the light on in the attic, and find out where the sidewalk ends," says Key West Art & Historical Society education director Adele Williams.

Cost is $225 for Society members and $250 for non-members, which includes supplies and light snacks. Sponsored by Helmerich Trust. Registration information can be found at or by calling Adele Williams at 305-295-6616, extension 115. Your museums.  Your community.  It takes an island. 


Info. & Photos from Alyson Crean
The Key West Police Department is looking for motivated candidates who want to become police officers. The police department is looking to sponsor several academy recruits in the upcoming session of the Law Enforcement Academy at the Florida Keys Community College Institute of Criminal Justice.
These sponsorships are a rare opportunity to be hired by the Key West Police Department and earn a salary while working toward becoming a sworn officer. In addition, these academy recruits will not have to worry about tuition, uniforms, fees, books or supplies; they are all paid for as part of the sponsorship.
Candidates who are selected as an academy recruit will be on a paid contract, $2,880 per month while attending the academy full time. Upon successful completion and passing the state exam, the academy recruit will then become a certified police officer, with a starting salary of over $52,000 per year. Benefits include paid health and dental insurance, paid vacations, a take-home car program and a retirement plan.
Applicants must be at least 21 years old and have a high school education or the equivalent. They must be of good moral character and must not be convicted of a felony or a domestic violence related offense. They must possess a valid Florida's driver's license, have a responsible driving record, must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement, and cannot be dishonorably discharged from any of the Armed Forces of the United States. Candidates must be able to pass a Florida Department of Law Enforcement record check, medical examination, drug screening, background investigation, psychological test, voice stress test, table of adult basic education test, physical agility test, and the criminal justice basic abilities test. The Key West Police Department is an equal opportunity employer and will consider applicants for all positons without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, handicap, marital status, religion or any other legally protected category.  
The Academy is slated to begin in May of 2018 but the selection and testing process begins immediately. If you are interested, make contact and begin the process today!
For more information, contact Recruiting Officer Danyle Gray at 305-809-1087 or Applications can be found on the City of Key West's website or can be picked up at City of Key West Human Resources located at City Hall, 1300 White Street. Applications can also be obtained from Officer Gray at the Key West Police Department, 1604 North Roosevelt Blvd.
In the attached photo: Key West Police Chief Donie Lee swearing in the 2017 academy graduates as new officers.


The City of Key West Released the 2017 Annual Report, giving the community an insight to the accomplishments of city government over the past year throughout the various departments.
This is the 9th year that the Annual Report has been an electronic-only edition. That means a "green" report and an important savings of precious taxpayer dollars. However, if anyone is unable to access the electronic report, the City can supply a print copy: Just contact Public Information Officer Alyson Crean at 305-809-1058.


Photo Cindy Hutchins

Magnolia Band, the Key West version of the renowned New England band Magnolia, plays a unique blend of classic country, Cajun, and bluegrass music. Led by singer and guitarist Maggie Moniz, with local fixture Steve Gibson on mandolin, world-famous Chuck Sherman on pedal steel, and Kit Garovoy on drums, they play good time music sure to get your head boppin', your toes tappin', and your feet movin'. They will be making sure everyone can let the good times roll at B.O.'s Fish Wagon every Thursday  6 - 9  PM. and Key West Bite every Saturday 7 - 9 PM.

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
 5210 College Rd. 305-296-1504
Wednesday, March 14th  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
Sichuan Dinner - $95.00 - 5:30pm. This is a spicy meal!!.        Soft Shell Crab Baked in Chilis with Charred Green Beans and Mala Spicy Vinaigrette.     Mapo Tofu, Ground Beef, Sichuan Peppercorns and Sichuan Chili Paste, Sichuan Rabbit with Pickled Red Chilis, Peanuts and Ginger,     Jasmine Tea Pots de Crème with Sesame Candied Walnuts
Friday, March 16th - Chef Martha Hubbard - Special Event
Hook and Cook: Florida Keys Fishing and Culinary Experience - $300.00 - 1:00pm
Very Limited Availability! Join Captain Jeremy Hackworth of Zia Charters and Chef Martha Hubbard for a once-in-a-lifetime fishing experience and cooking lesson.  Participants will go on a private fishing charter with Captain Jeremy Hackworth of Zia Charters where they will learn fundamental lower keys fishing techniques for reef species.  Upon return to Key West, the participants will come to Isle Cook Key West for a cooking lesson and dinner with Chef Hubbard.  Dinner will begin at approximately 6:00pm.  If you would like to invite your significant other or friend to the dinner that evening the cost is $50.00 per seat.
Saturday, March 17th - 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.
Monday, March 19th  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
Almost Spring - $85.00 - 5:30pm. Artichoke and Prosciutto with Fontina and Olives,    Kumquat and Spinach Salad with Pickled Shallots, Radishes, and Warm Bacon Dressing,     Roasted Lemon Chicken Thighs with Asparagus and Shitake Bread Pudding with Paprika Sauce,     Grapefruit Tart with Candied Fennel and Anise Pouring Cream
Saturday, March 24th - 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.
Saturday, March 31st - 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.
Saturday, April 14th - 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.
Saturday, April 14th  - Chef David Fuhrman - Chef's Tasting Menu - SOLD OUT
Titanic Dinner - $125.00 - 5:30pm. Join Chef David Fuhrman of Great Events Catering for a first-class dinner on the 106 thanniversary of the last night that the Titanic was afloat! Appropriate dress suggested (but certainly not required). Canapés à l'Amiral, Sweet Potato Blini with Horseradish Crème Fraiche and Caviar, Mousse du Foie Gras with Pear Chutney and Brioche Toast, Cream of Barley Soup,    Asparagus Salad with Champagne , ffron Vinaigrette, Honey Ginger Duck Vol-Au-Vent with Granny Smith Apple Sauce and Fig Mash,   Punch Romaine - A Rum and Citrus Palate Cleanser over an Iceberg of Crushed Ice,    Filet Mignon with Lyonnaise Potatoes and Merchant du Vin,   Vanilla and Chocolate Eclairs,      Fruit and Cheese
Sunday, April 15th - Vintners Dinner 2018. Casa Marina Resort - Flagler Ballroom - 6:00pm.
Join our own Chef Martha Hubbard and several of her Key West Chef Colleagues for this year's Vintners Dinner. This nine-course Dinner & Wine Pairing begins with appetizers on the veranda, and then moves inside the Flagler Ballroom where guests rotate through chef stations, where your tapas portions will be prepared and presented to you along with your vintner's wine presentations. The evening concludes on the patio once again with the presentation of dessert. For tickets go to
Saturday, April 21st - 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.
Saturday, April 28th - 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.
Saturday, May 5th - 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.
Saturday, May 12th - 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. 
Saturday, May 19th - 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.
Saturday, May 26th - 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.

 Please go to their website and FB Page for Updates (some events May Already be SOLD OUT) & Check for ADD INS after this Issue's Publish Date of March 12


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

New Location 808 Duval St.
Next Luncheon is 4/4 Venue TBA
Next Mixer is 3/14 at CHOICE STORAGE CENTER 2600 N. Roos. Blvd.



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.
Sheriff's Office to hold vehicle auction
The Sheriff's Office will be auctioning off a number of surplus vehicles, including a Mull10K Forklift, Hydraulic Platform Stand and a Semi-Tractor, via sealed bids this month.
Anyone interested in participating in the auction can find a list of the items to be auctioned on the Sheriff's Office website, Bidding instructions and forms are also available on the website, or can be picked up at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters building at 5525 College Road on Stock Island. Anyone with questions can contact Fleet Manager Johnnie Young at 305-293-7477 or Purchasing Agent Michael Griffin at 305-292-6832.
All bids must be received by 10:00am on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. The bids will be opened publicly on Tuesday at 10:30am on March 27, 2018.
The Sheriff's Office makes no representation or guarantee of mechanical condition. All sales are as is, no warranty. All sales are final.
The link to the web page with auction information is:



Part 2 of Commissioner Romero's Community Meeting Re-Cap from the event on 2/20..  We Certainly want to give you ALL the Information that the Commissioner sent in her Re-Cap ; so we are Including the Info. in a Multi Part /Week Environment. The First Part (Part 1) was in the March 5 Issue ; here is the Link for that : 

  •   Much discussion is ongoing regarding needed additional space for children's recreational activities and sports practices. The city has been asked to look at potential areas at Hamaca Park and other locations. Current plans at Truman waterfront are to demolish portions of the current PAL building which would free up space for the relocation of the current Gilleran Field - but no additional green space.
  •   After the demolition of  Building 103, it is currently indicated that this will just be a grassed area - but not specifically for designated activities.
  •   City staff continues to believe that the required amount of parks and recreational areas is sufficient when taken into account Memorandums Of Understanding with the School District and the potential of managing  the schedule of available times at the County's soon-to-be completed Bernstein Park on Stock Island.
  •   The city's position is strongly contested by parents of children on youth leagues stating the need for additional space.
  •    Item on the March 13 ballot, absentee ballots have already been sent out. Early voting is now available.  The question appearing on the ballot:   
    • o    Shall the maximum height for habitable space used exclusively for affordable workforce housing projects be increased from 25 to 40 feet on approximately 2.62 acres of City owned property in the HDR-1 zoning district on College Road? 
    • o    Yes or no ?
      •   Discussion during this portion of the evening centered around what would possibly be built and site plans for the commonly called Easter Seals, Mosquito Control, and SPCA parcels.
      •   The typical HDR (High Density Residential) zone in the city calls for a maximum of 22 units per acre . However, the HDR-1 zone for the properties in question was recently created (by ordinance, at January and February 2018 commission meetings)  to allow a maximum of 40 units per acre for those parcels at 5220, 5224, 5228, and 5230 College Road .
      •   Elsewhere in the city MDR (Medium Density Residential) allows up to 16 units per acre.
      •   I indicated that the density would be 40 units per acre for these sites andcould  only speculate that this might be the reason for the requested 40 feet of habitable space new height limit. (This means that the actual height of the buildings could be more than 40 feet as long as the other footage is not habitable.)

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; Ed.