The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends March 26, 2018
Our On-Line Photographic Exhibition from Bob Slitzen (Hanging at Guild Hall)
Elizabeth Devries

Mary Jean Connors

"From A Woman's Hand" Annual Exhibition at the Custom House
Easter Egg Roll

WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Extensive Calendar of Events and Photo Galleries. 1st. Row Above is the Easter Egg Roll at the Truman Little White House. Also in this Issue : Info. on the Annual MCSO Animal Farm Easter Event 3/25.

Life Story : Two One Act Plays by Tennessee Williams at TSKW 4/8 &9 (More Below) Cast Above.
"Leaf Plate" by Marc Hacker

"House on Ash" by Deborah Moore

"Limes" by Deb Kik

Current Exhibition at the Frangipani Gallery

Shirrel Rhoades & WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM Present Mystery Fest Key West PLUS Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition
A Bruce Springsteen Feature from Zazoo Photo / Art Gallery from Photographer David Denenberg 
First Monday Open Critics Group

March Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth

Two of the Many Classes at TSKW (More Below + Complete Schedule of Events / Exhibitions / Classes)

Debra Butler Design Studio & Their Monthly Networking Event Featuring Author Carrie Jo Howe "Island Life Sentence"

One of Our Favorite Performers Ellen Cherry at TSKW's Blue Heaven Songwriters Series (MUST SEE) More Info. Below

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

Friends of the Aids Memorial

"Photos of the Week" by Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow
John Sebastian 4/1

Kevin Nealon 4/29
Plus KW High School; on 4/4 Presents "Broadway Backwards"

The Key West Theater Constantly Presenting Primary Market Entertainment. (More Below)
Pretty in Pink by Lucy Paige  Mixed Media

Water Lilies by Jane Gilbert  Acrylic

Part 6 of Our Tour of the Artists from the Key West Art Center

Key West Wildlife Center

The Colors of Fruits & Vegetables

On-Line Art Exhibition from Hazel Griffiths

Equality Florida's 2018 "Celebration" Event

Photo Gallery from FKSPCA's 2018 Spring Social

Key West High School's "March for Our Lives" Event

Here is a Sneak Preview of Just 6 of the Photo Features in the April 2nd. Issue.

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends ; Going out to over 7825 Each Week.  In This issue (March 26, 2018) :   Photo Feature : The Annual "From A Woman's Hand" at The Custom House, Our On-Line Photo Exhibition from Bob Slitzen (Hanging at Guild Hall), MCSO's "Easter on the Farm" 3/25, Ellen Cherry at TSKW : Blue Heaven Songwriter Series 3/30, "Life Story" 2 Plays from Tennessee Williams at TSKW 4/8 & 9, Frangipani Gallery has Deborah Moore/Deb Kik/ & Marc Hacker, Tasty Schedule of Classes from Isle Cook, "Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition" from WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM & their 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West 6/22-24, KW High School's Drama Club Presents at The Key West Theater on 4/4 "Broadway Backwards", Zazoo Art / Photo Gallery Presents Iconic Bruce Springsteen Photos, Key West Theater's Updated Schedule inc. John Sebastian 4/1 and Patty Smyth & Scandal 6/1, 
WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Extensive Calendar of Events + Photo Galleries, WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM
 Link, Our Weekly KWAHS/TSKW/MCSO/ & The City of KW Sections, "Photos of the Week" from Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow, MOTE's Annual OCEANFEST at Eco-Discovery Center 4/14
Pt. 6 of Our Tour of the Artists at The Key West Art Center + Members Show reception 3/31, Nance Frank's Gallery on Greene Reception 3/30 for Peter Vey, The 4 Current Exhibitions at the TSKW, Pt.4 Re-Cap of Commissioner Margaret Romero's Last Community Meeting, Lucy Carleton Dance Classes, United Way of KW Offers Free Tax Prep. Assistance, Past Blast Links + 6 Photo Features that I Tease in this Issue Appearing in April 2nd. Issue,  Photo Feature of Debra Butler Design Studio's Book Signing by Carrie Jo Howe "Island Life Sentence", Lucky Street has Susan Sugar and Kathy Rose, GingerBread Square Gallery's Last Exhibition of the Season has Gabriella Fiabane/John Whitney/& Christos Calivas, Red Barn Theater : "Native Gardens" 3/20-4/7 & "Cry It Out" 4/17-5/5, Harrison Gallery, Cocco and Salem Gallery, Stone Soup Gallery & Frame Shop, Waterfront Playhouse : "Ave. Q" 3/27-4/4 / "Legend of Georgia McBride" 5/2-26 + Waterfront Gala 4/7, Artist of/to the Stars Adam Scott Rote at Key West Gallery 4/20-22, WWW.HOMETOWNKEYWEST.COM on 4/14 "Call for Candidates", WWW.KWLS.ORG , KW Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, Jazz in the Gardens 3/25 Libby York & 4/1 Peter Diamond & Friends, Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery has Nancy Tankersley & Jean Pederson, KWBG (Key West Business Guild) 4/4 Luncheon at KW Harbour Yacht Club & Mixer 4/11 Mangoes + Pride Follies 6/2, South Florida Symphony Orch. on 4/19 the Works of Nimrod Bornstein, WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM , 
Last Stand next meeting 4/2, WWW.DOITKEYWEST.COM ,
Salt Island has Marlene Koenig & Lenny Addorisio, "Remembering Lenny" (Bernstein) 3/27 & 28 at TSKW + Mega Raffle, Wesley House Kick Off for Royal Family Positions 4/6 at Side Bar, AnnaMarie Giordano "Life Drawing Workshops" Tuesdays, Last Cafe Con Libros has 3/27 Edgardo Alvarado -Vazquez Inteviewing Kenneth Michaels, Bingo on USCGC Ingham Wednesdays & Green Parrot Bingo Mondays, Fla. Keys WaterColor Society gives Sandy Mezinis First Prize, KW Wildlife Center, City of KW Presents the 2017 Annual Report (We have the Link), Aids Help CC, Fla. Health Monroe Co.,
Last Impromptu Classical Concert of Key West March 25 4p at St. Pauls Featuring John Franch-Ballesta & Michael Brown, Skipper Kripitz and Bands at Salute 3/31 & 4/6 and Virgilios 4/3 & 4/10, Photographic Exhibition from Rodger Stuart Davis at Tropic Cinema 3/5-4/1, Next Artisan Market 4/8, Green Market Every Thursday at Bayview Park,  WWW.FKCC.EDU, LKMC Latest E-Newsletter Link, Mill McCleary Completes 10 Years at Reef Relief, Q-Magazine, Sanc. Friends Found. of the Fla. Keys, Aqual Idol Finale 3/27, Our "Hamptons Arts & Culture" Weekly Section, WWW.LUCILLEKHORNAK.COM , KWAHS has Plenty of Tennessee Williams events to End this Years Batch of TW Birthday Celebration Events.
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 Long like many of the recent issues (A Good Thing but not as Very Long as the Last 6 weeks) ; So You Can with EASE Close and Open this Issue as many times as you need. 

We start the March 26 Issue of with Part 1 of the Annual "From A Woman's Hand" Now Exhibiting at the KWAHS Custom House 

Birthday Banquet by Martha dePoo WaterColor on 140 Arches Paper
Letter From Home by Susann D'Antonio Encaustic Mixed Media Bees Wax, Ink, Wood, Linen & Antler
Ft. Zachery Taylor State Park Vista by Mary Jean Connors Oil on Canvas 20X24
Alana by Anna Sweet  Underwater Photography Mounted to Aluminum Overload  30X45  WWW.ANNASWEET.COM , Anna's Gallery is at 513 Duval St. 305-916-0578 
Tropic Blues by Kim Wakeman Mixed Media Collage +Gyotaku Fish Rubbings 18X26
Princess Pain by Karen Lukins Mixed Media : sewing machine Drawer, Shoe Stretchers, Doll, Rhinestones & Rosary Beads Pen & Quilt
Steak Night by Barbara Hyman Oil on Board 12X15
Reverie by Fran Decker Acrylic on Canvas 25X36
More of "From a Woman's Hand Up Shortly"

WWW.MOTE.ORG  WWW.MOTEOCEANFEST.ORG 305-745-2729 24244 OverSeas Hwy. Summerland Key

Mote Marine Laboratory is pleased to announce its 8 thannual Ocean Fest taking place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018, at NOAA's Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and newly remodeled Truman Waterfront. Underwater and outdoor enthusiasts, eco-travelers and families are encouraged to celebrate the marine environment, explore conservation exhibits, view and purchase wares from local artists and vendors, experience touch tanks and listen to live music all while raising funds for coral reef research and restoration. The family-friendly event will showcase: 
Art activities led by renowned marine artist Wyland. Children's Fishing Clinics - Hosted by Boy Scouts of America, Florida National High Adventure Sea Base; the first 100 registrants receive a free rod & reel sponsored by Coastal Conservation Association Florida and a goodie bag sponsored by Tunaskin Aquatic Apparel. 
Beverages from Islamorada Beer Company & Papa's Pilar Rum. 
Live Music featuring Howard Livingston and the MM24 Band, Gerd Rube and Emily Springsteen. 
Live Radio Broadcasting from Pirate Radio. 
Face painting & caricatures, rock climbing, bounce house and slide. 
Free bucket rides by Keys Energy Services. 
Silent auction & raffles.
The event is presented by Mote and made possible by the Keys community including sponsors Protect Our Reefs, Publix Super Markets Charities, Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs and Margaritaville Resort & Marina.
For more information, or to register as a vendor or exhibitor, please visit 
  For more information, or to register as a vendor or exhibitor, please visit WWW.MOTEOCEANFEST.ORG
Our Featured On-Line Photographic Exhibition will be in 2 Parts starting this week and is from a Local Photographer that shows at Guild Hall : Bob Slitzan

Bob Slitzan, photographer, joins Guild Hall Gallery.  Bob Slitzan has been a New York photographer for more than half a century. He now resides in Key West, Florida and has joined the Guild Hall Gallery at 614 Duval Street. His work has been exhibited at venues in New York and Key West. Some of his photography has been displayed and purchased at the Anne McKee Artists Fund auction for three years running. He is a member of The Florida Keys Council of the Arts and The Studios of Key West. Although Bob's art is eclectic, he loves shooting birds[sic] and landscapes. Bob's photography can be viewed at the Guild Hall Gallery and online at

"Egret on Blue"

"Custom House from the Water"
"Flamingo Peek A Boo"
"New Year's Sunrise"
We continue with Photographs by Bob Slitzen Up Shortly
March 30 Ellen Cherry in Concert : Blue Heaven Songwriter Series
 (Must See). I loved her performance a few Years Ago

 Original songs, presented as portraits of amazing women, unveiled in historical order.
Watch Ellen Cherry introduce the project and discuss her inspiration and motivation for the project by clicking LINK2  Also Click LINK1  Sponsored by Key West Bed & Breakfast 


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

Audubon Conch House by Abigail White Acrylic
Walk on White by Gabrielle Wilson Acrylic
Red Door by Nancy Henning Oil
Key West Living by Helen Kordon Acrylic
Pretty in Pink by Lucy Paige  Mixed Media
Buoys Beads & Mangos by Susan O'Neill Oil
Flowers for Connie by Jane Gilbert Acrylic
Morning Flight by Jane Grannis White Stoneware
More from Our Tour Up Shortly
The Key West Art Center celebrates the 6th Annual Associate MembersShow with an opening reception on Saturday, March 31st from 4 to 6 PM. The show will feature artwork in a variety of mediums. 
Invite your friends to come see a diverse show that will capture the imagination and enjoy a delicious array of hors d'oeuvres. Remind yourself of the creativity and talent that is so prevalent in Keys, reflecting the inspiring natural beauty of the islands.

The Key West Art Center is a non-profit community art gallery located at 301 Front Street, open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM. 
The Associate MembersShow will remain on display through April 11th. Call 305-294-1241 and WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM

WWW.TSKW.ORG 533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458
The 4 Current Exhibitions are : "Without Within" by Eric Anfinson in the Sager Gallery Sponsored by Rent Key West Vacations.  "Four Views" by David Genest, Jane Gilbert, Kathy Walters & Judith Zabar in the XOJ Gallery Sponsored by Key Wealth Management.  Judy Bradford "Bradford's Ink and WaterColor Sketches" in the Zabar Project Gallery Sponsored by Charles F.Troxel Jr. DDS. Mud Pi Ceramics Club from FKCC Students in the 2nd. Floor Zabar Lobby. This Issue will present All 4 Exhibitions that will be up for another few weeks; Then the Next "First Thursday" is on 4/4 
Click this Link for additional Information on the Current 4 Exhibitions : PLUS Click the Link to the March 19 Issue to see the Extensive Feature Done

Eric Anfinson 

In the Photo with 4 Paintings (Top L) Key West Sunsets  Kathy Walter  Acrylic
(Top R) Sudden Storm by Jane Gilbert Acrylic
(Bottom L) Rebeka by David Genest Acrylic Collage & Ink on Paper
(Bottom R) Untitled by Judith Zabar Mixed Media
Mud Pi Ceramics from FKCC Students
Judi Bradford
The April 5 First Thursday Reception / Exhibitions : Simone Lasswell & Janet Mueller in the Sanger Gallery. Victoria (Tori) Mata & Toto in XOJ Gallery. Esy Casey in the Project Gallery. Wayne Garcia in the Zabar Lobby. Click below Link for Detailed Info.


  WWW.KEYSSO.NET 5525 College Rd. 305-292-7116
Easter on the Animal Farm! 
It's that time of year again! Easter On The Farm is this Sunday!
Join the Sheriff's Office on Sunday, March 25th, for the annual Easter on the Animal Farm celebration! 
Bring the family and join the fun at the farm. The event is free of charge and offers something for everyone. The Easter Bunny will be there and will be available for photos. A Easter egg hunt starts at 1 p.m. with a separate egg hunting area set up for very young children. Make sure to bring an Easter basket to hold all the goodies! There will other events and, of course, you can visit with all the animals at the farm.

The event will take place from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., so come on out and join the fun!
Part 1

More from Johnny and Caroline Up Shortly

281 Front St. 305-295-6616

Key West Art & Historical Society Presents "Life Story: Two One-act Plays by Tennessee Williams" at The Studios of Key West
"Green Eyes"  and "The Traveling Companion," two rarely seen one-act Tennessee Williams plays, will culminate this year's 6-week Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration, with performances at 8:00pm Sunday, April 8th and Monday, April 9th in the Helmerich Theater at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street.
D irected by Key West writer and director Stephen Kitsakos, the plays are framed by a series of early poems penned by the great American playwright who was a resident of Key West from 1941 until his death in 1983. Both plays take place in hotel rooms, a frequent address for the playwright, and were originally drafted on stationery from a series of hotels including London's Savoy Hotel, The Berkeley in Knightsbridge and the Miami International Airport Hotel. The typewriter said to have been the instrument of this productivity is on display at the Tennessee Williams Museum, located at 513 Truman Avenue.
Cast from left: Alaina Albertson (NYC), Michael Catlege (NYC), Elena Devers (Key West), Jeff Johnson (Key West), Arthur Crocker (Key West)
"Green Eyes ," written in 1970, is a tale of a young couple on their honeymoon. After a drunken, violent night in a tawdry hotel in New Orleans, the wife narrates a tale to her husband, a Vietnam soldier with PTSD on leave for five days, in which she may or may not have experienced a life-altering erotic encounter. A psychosexual struggle ensues with a surprising climax. Due to Space Constraints Please call  to their Website /Facebook Locations for Complete Info.. Click TW1 for Additional Info..

Photo of Alaina Albertson & Michael Catlege by Mia Aguirre

Sponsored by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys and the Bert Whitt Charitable Fund.  Tickets on sale at tickets are $50, general admission $40. For more information, visit call Society Director of Education Adele Williams at 305.295.6616 x 115.

Lucy Carleton,   dance instructor   
Paradise Health & Fitness Dance Studio
1706 N. Roosevelt Blvd.  Key West  FL 33040
305-296-6348 305-745-5578

Fridays & Wednesdays @7
   Salsa Dance Lessons with Lucy & Friends
   & maybe a little salsa rueda too!
   All levels  ~  we love newbies!  ~  $8
   Drop in class, no partner needed


Dir. of Ops Rebecca Zehr and her Staff send regards and tell us : 
UWFK is offering free tax preparation assistance for qualifying taxpayers in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Keys.  Taxpayers can get personal assistance at a VITA location, or can use the free online service at 

The tax deadline is approaching quickly, and we want to ensure that everyone knows about these free tax prep services.  Attached are 4 press releases, each geared to a specific area of the Keys.  Please considering sharing the information about these tax prep options with your readers/listeners.  

WWW.BUTLERDESIGNSTUDIO.COM 612 Fleming St. 305-393-2942
The Monthly Networking Event PLUS Book Signing from Carrie Jo Howe WWW.CARRIEJOHOWE.COM

Mango Posing As Usual (seriously This Bird Always Looks at the Camera)

Carrie Jo and Debra

"Veil" by Wendy Vroom

"Mr. Bowtie" by Scott Gruppe


 1204 White St. 305-294-3973



Upside Down House by CAROL MUNDER

Skywatch by CAROL MUNDER


Mystery Fest Key West Announces 2018 Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition-Entry Deadline April 15
Key West, Florida Keys -- Mystery Fest Key West has announced a call for entries for this year's Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition. The winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free Mystery Fest Key West 2018 registration, airfare, hotel accommodations for two nights, meals and a Whodunit Award trophy to be presented at the 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 22-24 in Key West, Florida.
Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, candidates wishing to compete are invited to submit the first three pages (maximum 750 words) of a finished, but unpublished manuscript to  no later than April 15, 2018. There is no fee to enter, finalists will be notified by May 1, and will have until May 10 to submit full manuscripts.
"Why just the first three pages? That criterion is a nod to late author Jeremiah Healy, a terrific mystery writer and great judge of mysteries," says Mystery Fest Key West co-founder Shirrel Rhoades. "Healy often said a book either captures a reader in the first three pages...or it doesn't. The competition judges all agreed with that assessment, and decided to use it as a yardstick for the competition."

Photo Caption: 
Key West resident Lewis C. Haskell was the 2016 Whodunit Writing Competition winner for his entry titled "Tequila Mockingbird," and took Third Place in 2017 with "Kilimanjaro Snow.

Due to Space Constraints could not get in all the material on this event ; please go to above sites for More Info..

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

WWW.REDBARNTHEATRE.COM 319 Duval St. 305-296-9911
Native Gardens 3/20-4/7
Cry it Out April 17-5/5


WWW.HARRISON-GALLERY.COM 825 White St. 305-294-0609


Current Exhibition Gabriella Fiabane, John Whitney, & Christos Calivas
Artists Jill Caldwell, Gabriella Fiabane & Gallery Manager Adele



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


AQUA IDOL Finale 3/27 PLUS GO TO their Weekly Section Further Down for Info. on their Plays.

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.

Here ' s comes the TWO of CUPS trio  with singer extraordinaire  Claire Caplan guitarist Ben Osborne, & drummerskippo.  We'll be at Virgilio's on Tuesdays April 3 & 10th from 9pm, & SALUTE at Higgs Beach,  on Friday April 6th@6pm,  getting down with jazzy soul, funky latin, rock, & pop dance classics.  Expect to hear lotsa Amy Winehouse, plus  Fleetwood Mac, Al Green, Dolly Parton, Sam Cooke, Chick Corea samba, & some kitch 60's stuff like  Dionne Warwick, Ruby & Romantics classics,   'Boots' by Nancy Sinatra, &  even, Hello Dolly!!  Don't miss these last few chances to catch Claire & Ben in ensemble gigs,  before they head back to St. Louis.  Virgilio's is at 524 Duval, (rear) .  Call 296-1075 for more info. 
ALSO SKIPPER KRIPITZ AND CRZB'S at Salute on the Beach 3/31 & 4/6

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

Below from one of the Most Talented Nature / Wildlife Photographer in the World Mac Stone. Mac has given us some Great On-Line Photographic Exhibits in the past few years; and Hopefully will get in One More before the 2018 Summer Hiatus (End of May) or Perhaps the Premier Issue of the 2018 / 2019 Season.

Thanks again Mac Stone for the Brilliant Photos in the Magazine the Last Few Years.


Frangipani is pleased to present new creations by Deb Moore, Deb Kik and Marc Hacker at the First Friday Art Stroll on Upper Duval April 6, 6-8 PM, 1102 Duval, Key West.  Deb Kik has a fresh new series of drawings done with ink and melted crayon, Deb Moore has new paintings and Marc Hacker has some exciting new Manta Ray Vases in the kiln. Show runs through April.

Deb Kik loves discovering new media.  During a chance day playing with crayons, she discovered the loved the deep rich colors she could achieve.  She starts with a pen and ink drawing then manipulates the crayons with heat (a hair dryer) and an exacto knife to scrape out details. Deb feels she has discovered a new media and is excited to see where this leads her as an artist.  These small exquisite gems are sure to delight.

Deb Moore felt after staying for Hurricanes Irma and Wilma and seeing their after effects that she wanted to capture more of what is now, what is in the moment because we never know what we might loose.  Her new paintings show some of the usual tourist spots as well as island living at its best.  Deb believes all of us at one time or another have dreamed of living on an island and she hopes to show just how it feels in her new works.

Marc Hacker, known for his marvelous octopus vases, has three new Manta Ray vases in the kiln.  Will they make it?  You'll have to come to the show to find out!  The shows run through April.
House on Ashe by Deborah Moore
Limes by Deb kik
Leaf Platter by Marc Hacker

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Part 2 From "A Woman's Hand" at the Custom House

I Love You Louise by Cricket Desmaris Encaustic 12 X 12

Daughter by Janice Colbert Acrylic on Heritage Wood Ironing Board

Ode to Mr. Kitty by Sarah Fuller Quilting Cotton 50X60

Her Best Friend Dog Beach by Elizabeth Chamberlain Oil on Panel 6X6

Mariel Boat Lift by Elizabeth Devries Mixed Media Fabricated from KW Wooden Shutters

Blue Spot by Cindy Wynn Fabricated from Recycled Industrial Parts

Stay Back by Theresa Kalvaitis Photograph Painted on Aluminum 24X30


614 Duval St. 305-296-6076

Pelican Crusing in Key West
Anhingha Bird in Key West
Breaking Clouds
Rescued Turtle Released at Higgs Beach
Afternoon Clouds in Key West
Part 2 of this Issue Up Shortly ; and then we'll have about 15 Additional Photographs in the April 2nd. Issue.

Part 4
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
 Part 2 in the March 12th Issue ;
Part 3 in March 19th

A short discussion indicated that people are seeing more litter around our parks and along the roadways. Also indicated was a concern for the "waste" left by animals that is left untouched by their human handlers. Some have suggested that there be more public garbage cans in the heavily traveled tourist areas, as well as in communities that have many walkers from grocery or convenience stores to high density residential areas.
A show of hands indicated that there is a desire for more affordable houses to purchase as well as affordable units to rent.
I explained a program I created and hope to get in place called SOAR (Save Our Affordable Rentals). This would focus on incentivizing landlords who rent affordably to the workforce and on a long-term basis. This would help to preserve and increase the current affordable workforce residential stock in a timely manner.
A show of hands indicated that the City of Key West should not be in the housing business.
The Key West Housing Authority, which is totally separate from the City Of Key West, already manages 590 public housing units, 383 affordable housing units (almost 1000 units) and 254 section 8 vouchers. Assuming a census average in Monroe County of 2.4 persons per residential unit, this would indicate shelter for approximately 2400 persons -approximately 10% of the Key West population. This does not include the 46 units owned by the City and leased to the nonprofits Samuel's House, FKOC, and MARC on the Poinciana grounds

Current Exhibition
WWW.GILDEA.GALLERY 305-797-6485 522 Southard St.
Nancy Tankersley and Jean Pederson

Nancy Tankersley

Jean Pederson


WWW.KWBGONLINE.ORG 808 Duval St. 305-294-4603
Peter Arnow and the Key West Business Guild sent us this Flyer; always a fun event
A Few events from KWBG further down in their Weekly Section

Join in celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the State of Israel as the South Florida Symphony Orchestra wraps up its highly successful 20th Anniversary 2017-2018 Season.  Symphony Founder|Music Director Sebrina Maria Alfonso, a Key West native, presents the United States premiere of exuberant, inventive composer Nimrod Borenstein's 
If You Will It, It Is No Dream , taking the audience back to the early days of establishing the Jewish National Home.  Cuban  Guest Artist, formidable virtuoso Aldo L ó pez-Gavil á n makes a stellar Symphony debut  playing Maurice Ravel's emotional  Piano Concerto in G expressing  his self-destructive passion for a beautiful woman .  The Symphony completes the program and the season 
with Hector Berlioz's spectacular
Symphonie Fantastique.   Do  not to delay in getting your $25-$85  tickets
 for the 7:30 p.m. concert on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Tennessee Williams Theatre. Call 305-295-767 WWW.KEYSTIX.COM


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
Six of the Photo Features in the April 2nd Issue are : A Visit to the Key West Wildlife Center, Fruits and Vegetables, and Artist/Model/Designer Hazel Griffiths ( A Sneak Preview a few Features Down)

Also in the April 2 Issue the Annual EQFL ( Equality Florida) "Celebration" Here are two Photos from the 2018 "Celebration"

Also in the April 2 Issue ; we'll have a Photo Feature (GALLERY) from  WWW.ZEROMILEKEYWEST.COM from the 2018 FKSPCA Spring Social

Also in the April 2nd Issue a Photo Feature from the Key West High School Student's "March for Our Lives". Had to be at least 1500 in Attendance. 


Next meeting April 2 at the Key West Library


 830 Fleming St. Gallery Manager Laura Richardson . Go to the website for information about the current Exhibition from Marlene Koenig and Lenny Addorisio

Marlene Konig

Lenny Addorisio

The March 12 Issue had lots of Photos of their works..A Few are Up Shortly. Go to the March 12 Link for the Feature I did on this Exhibition Plus Click March 19 for Photos of the Reception The Exhibition will be All Month; Plus Salt Island has very cool merchandise ; perfect for Key West Gift Giving.

Bernstein's love affair with Key West
recalled in 'Remembering Lenny'

The multimedia production of "Remembering Lenny," will be held at 7 p.m. March 27-28, at the Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St.
This event will be an evening devoted to composer Leonard Bernstein's special relationship with Key West from a young composer in the 1940s to the iconic bon vivant of the '80s and '90s.
This part lecture, and musical performance will be presented by theater professionals who knew and worked with the maestro himself, and takes place during the year that would have been his 100th.
Across town, the Bernstein Centennial has been celebrated with live music performances, a cabaret, and other remembrances of one of the most notable regular visitors to the island.
The evening will be recorded for archival purposes as outlined in grants received by Impromptu Concerts specifically for this purpose.
Admission is free. However each evening is limited to 200 attendees. Reservations are required and are going fast.
They can be made by e-mailing a request with the name of each attendee and the email address of same, to Jim Burnett at .

Harrison Gallery
WWW.HARRISON-GALLERY.COM 825 White St. 305-294-0609


Our Last 14 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.

Part 2 of Pt. 6 Our Tour of the Artists of the Key West Art Center
  WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM 301 Front St. 305-294-1241

Water Lilies by Jane Gilbert  Acrylic
Eyebrow House by Helen Kordon Acryic
Olivia and Watson by Martha dePoo  WaterColor
Warrior by Carrie Disrud Acrylic & WaterColor on Kilimanjaro Cotton Paper
Waterfront Playhouse by Neva Townsend Oil
Yellow Poni by Mary Blackman  WaterColor
Bird Envy by Gabrielle Wilson  Acrylic
Mac's Sea Garden by Elizabeth Chamberlain  Oil
We Continue with Part 7 of our Tour of the Artists of the Key West Art Center in the April 2nd. Issue + Plus Once again their Members Artist Exhibition & Reception is Sat. March 31st. 4-6p.

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

Our raffle brings together four uniquely fabulous prizes - including incredible art created by prominent Key West artists or a dream 4 night stay in Key West AMBROSIO GUESTHOUSE   and gives you a 1 in 100 chance of winning one of the four, all while supporting The Studios of Key West! 

Four winners will be drawn, and each winner will choose one prize 
(The first drawn winner will have first choice of prize, the second drawn winner will have second choice of prize, etc...)  Click these Links for More Info on the AMBROSIO GUESTHOUSE and  

The Weekly Section from the TSKW is Up Shortly with Much Info. on their Exhibitions /Classes / & Events

Will be doing another Feature on the Works of Hazel Griffths in either the April 2nd or 9th. Issue : Here are 4 Sneak Preview Photos. 
The One Piece Below is from Luis Valle; all others from Hazel Griffiths

Thanks again Hazel; Great Exhibition at Gildea Fine Contemporary Art Gallery a few months ago.

 Cocco and Salem Gallery

  5230 College Rd. 305-294-4857
The April 2nd. Issue will have a Photo gallery from WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM  from the 2018 Spring Social


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!


 1st Place Winning Painting from the Florida Keys Watercolor Society 's Annual exhibition 
 "After Irma" Watercolor 140 Arches 23 x 28 Sandy Mezinis

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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 Zazoo has an  Amazing Collection of Photos & Art on Iconic Movie Stars, Sports Figures, Famous Photographers. You Can spend Hours in Zazoo and everything is Very Inexpensive for these Rare Originals / Copies. 

WWW.ZAZOOARTGALLERY.COM 622 Duval St. 305-294-8925 

To celebrate the return of Bruce Springsteen on Broadway...
We are pleased to present four great limited edition fine art prints.
Each piece is hand signed by devoted fan and photographer
 David Denenberg.   Next Week in the March 26 Issue we'll have the same format that was done by Zazoo for the Beatles Rare Photos; they will present 4 Classic Iconic Photo of Bruce Springsteen ; along with verbiage of the times.
" Stay...Just a Little Bit Longer " 

Great image of Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne performing at the famous  "No Nukes" Concert at Madison Square Garden. This concert featured such acts as Crosby, Stills, Nash, Doobie Brothers, Bonnie Rait, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, James Taylor and Carly Simon to name a few. The highlight was a surprise Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne duet on "Stay". Taken September of 1979. 
Signed by the photographer David Denenberg.      © David Denenberg.  Limited edition fine art print on hand made paper.  Measures approx. 43 1/2" x 34 1/2" framed.  Gallery price is  only $1195.
" You Can Look...But Better Not Touch " 

Three awesome in concert shots taken July of 1984 at the Rosemont Horizon near Chicago for the " Born in the USA " Tour.   Action sequence includes Bruce Springsteen, the late Clarence Clemons, Gary W. Tallent, and Patty Scailfa.    Signed by the photographer David Denenberg.
© David Denenberg.  Limited edition fine art print on hand made paper.  Measures approx. 41 1/4" x 19 1/4" framed.  Gallery price is  only $1195.

More from Zazoo Photo / Art Gallery Featuring Photographer David Denenberg Up Shortly


WWW.WESLEYHOUSE.ORG 305-809-5000  1304 Truman Ave.
Jeremy Wilkerson Media Relations
Kick- Off For The Conch Republic Royal Family
Always had a desire to be a ROYAL?  Unable to attend the Royal wedding in May?   You can become a member of the Royal Family of the Conch Republicand assist children in the Florida Keys. Attending the Conch Republic Royal Family Kick off on Friday, April 6th at Side Bar and find out how easy it is to become part of a Royal Family
All imaginable ranks and positions are allowed (except King), that belongs to Mel Fisher. Feel free to be creative with your title.
Candidates will raise money in the weeks leading up to Investiture.
The money raised by the Conch Republic Royal Family is used to purchase those items for foster children which are not covered; every child should have the opportunity to do, Prom Dress, Sports Equipment, Musical Instruments, Extracurricular Activates, etc.
When: April 6, 2018, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Side Bar located at 504 Angela (just off Duval)
Contact: Claire Hiller, , 305-809-5000


Jose Franch-Ballester (Clarinet) & Michael Brown (Piano) March 25.  The 2018 Season (As Usual) ALL Concerts at St. Pauls Episcopal Church 4pm.
Franch-Ballester/Brown give Impromptu Concert performance
at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on March 25

Clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester and pianist Michael Brown will visit Key West for an Impromptu Concert performance at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. The concert is the sixth, and last subscription performance of the 2018 Impromptu Concert season, which is celebrating the centennial of the late composer Leonard Bernstein, a frequent visitor to Key West.

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


Up Shortly Updated Schedule of Concerts and Special Events

Part 2
"Fort Zachery Taylor State Park"
"Key West Double Sun"
"Needs A Baby Carriage"
"Orange Balcony Sunset"
"Key West Sunset #46"
We continue with our On-Line Photo Exhibition from Bob Slitzen in the April 2 Issue ; Thanks again Bob

Click MOTE1 for a Special Year End E-Newsletter Looking Back at ALL 12 months of Very Informative. PLUS
April 14 at Eco Discovery Center  OCEANFEST


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 

The 2018 Winter In-Season Book and Books ; as well as Book Store Events came to CLOSE last Week. Also Friends of the KW Library Library and The In House KW Library Events came to a CLOSE. I just want to repeat what I've Included in the past few Issues :
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

"Photos of the Week" by Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow
New York City Ballet Performs at Tennessee Williams Theater
Members of the New York City Ballet performed at the Tennessee Williams Theater treating the audience with both classic ballet and modern dance.  Shown are Danielle Diniz, Erica Pereira, Russell Janzen, PACKW President Ann Reynolds, Teresa Reichlen, Daniel Ulbricht, Sterling Hyltin and Taylor Stanley. Photo by Pete Arnow.
Business Guild's March Mixer Held at Choice Storage
The Key West Business Guild's Dan Skahen and Choice Storage's Darian Patton welcome members to the Guild's March mixer. Photo by Pete Arnow.

AIDS Memorial Receives Post Irma Grant
Friends of the AIDS Memorial President Michael Ingram and Treasurer Jeff Smead received a 10K dollar grant from the CFFK's Marion Stevens fund for Post Irma repairs. Photo by Pete Arnow.
Headlines Hair Designs Celebrates St. Patrick's Day
Headlines Hair Designs, Kurt Shweary, Nancy Campbell, Flower Campbell and Randal Lail get ready to serve customers corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day. Photo by Pete Arnow.


Reading of Short Plays
Written by Toby Armour
Directed by Karen Leonard
April 6 - 7pm . Location TBD

We're partnering with the Key West Arts & Historical Society to present  a free reading of some of the short plays of our own Toby Armour's plays. These plays focus on the lives and losses of people caught in the struggle of the Civil War. The evening will also include period music and a facilitated Q&A.

"Conch Republic Re-Visited" April 19-28.  Of Course ; If you Live in KW ; you Must see this very entertaining Play; if not just for the History of a Most Famous Incident Heard Round the world.

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.

 1100 Simonton St.#3


5210 College Road 
Part 2
Johnny White & Caroline are always so nice in sharing their Photo Galleries with Us.  Hit their Gallery Link to see many Photo Galleries
at the Truman Little White House

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 April 2nd  Issue will have a few more of their Galleries Inc. the FKSPCA's 2018 Spring Social. Of Course go to the above Link to see many of them now.


WWW.EQFL.ORG 813-870-3735

We'll Have Photos of the Annual "Celebration" Event Held at The Truman Little White House Last Week in the April 2nd Issue
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 April 8 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..
 KW Harbour Yacht Club 6000 Peninsular Ave. Stock Island Next Mixer April 11 Mangoes 700 Duval Street


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


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

Click E-NEWSLETTER for their very informative E-Newsletter

This Months Reef Relief E-Newsletter can be seen with this Link 

Mill McCleary is celebrating 10 years with Reef Relief!
March 1
st marked 10 years for Executive Program Director, Mill McCleary! 
 Growing up along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay he learned early on of the importance of healthy watersheds. This led to an 18 year service working with Clean Water Action in Baltimore that continued onto the Tampa area. Over that period, he worked on dozens of water quality related campaigns as well as helping to bridge a collaborative coalition building effort with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He was also the lead organizer in CWA's campaign partnership with the AFL-CIO Working America to establish new offices in several US cities. Mill joined Reef Relief's team in 2008 as the Executive Program Director.
Mill has spent over 10 years running Reef Relief's programs to educate and activate people around coral reef ecosystem conservation, specifically in South Florida. He has served as a member of the Monroe County Port Advisory Board and is an advisor to Reef Relief Board members serving on the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group and the Higgs Beach Redevelopment Committee. On behalf of Reef Relief, Mill also manages the Key West Marine Park in collaboration with the City of Key West and Monroe County. Reef Relief  thanks Mill for his hard work and dedication to improving and protecting the coral reef ecosystem here in the Florida Keys.


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



Neil Chamberlain and Staff Send Greetings


Part 2 the Zazoo Bruce Springsteen Collection
 WWW.ZAZOOARTGALLERY.COM 622 Duval St. 305-294-8925

" They Prove It All Night Long "

Bruce Springsteen with E Street Band members: the late Clarence Clemons, Garry Tallent, Little Steven Van Zandt and on drums The Mighty Max Weinberg. Taken at the Capital Centre in Largo, Maryland on November 24th, 1980 as part of " The River " tour.  © David Denenberg.  Limited edition fine art print on hand made paper.  Measures approx. 39 1/8" x 35" framed.  Gallery price is  only $1195.
" Rocking In the Land of Hopes and Dreams " 

Bruce Springsteen taken from the  " Tunnel of Love " Tour in March 1988 in Philadelphia. The background is a collage of actual tickets and ticket stubs from photographer David Denenberg's 40 year journey of following Bruce Springsteen. 
© David  Denenberg. 
Limited edition fine art print on hand made paper. 
Measures approx. 35 3/4" x 45 3/8" framed. 
Gallery price is only $1195

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:
Sunday March 25 Libby York 
Wednesday, March 28, James King, III, 5-7pm
Thursday, March 29, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm
Friday, March 30, Michael Robinson, 5-7pm
Saturday, March 31, Megan Constantine, 5-7pm
Peter Diamond & Friends Sunday April 1

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.
We'll Have A Photo Feature of the KW Wildlife Center in the April 2nd. Issue

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

April 20

June 1 Patty Smyth & Scandal
John Waters December 16

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

Just a Partial Listing Go on their website for Complete
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) 
4/4 by the Key West HS Drama Club

May 17 Blue Oyster Cult & Styx at the KW Amphitheater at the Truman Annex

TICKETS ON SALE and can be purchased at the Key West Theater box office at 512 Eaton St or online at
Key West Theater presents
4.15.18 The Sunday Ramble. 
4.21.18 Earth Day Jam with That Hippe Band
Rams Head presents :  5.14.18 Steve Earle & The Dukes
Broadway Backwards to Benefit KWHS Drama Club

On April 4th at the Key West Theater, favorite Key West performers sing Broadway songs originally written for the opposite gender in "Broadway Backwards" to benefit the Key West High School Drama Club's upcoming musical.

Juliet Gray, Abigail Houff, Victoria Martin, Chad Newman, Laura Richardson, Adam Sweitzer, and Alexandra Zeto are just a few of the performers who will prove gender doesn't matter, but love does as they explore and embrace the great songs of musical theater with a twist: the men sing songs intended for women and vice versa without changing pronouns. The one-night-only event will feature songs from a wide variety of beloved musicals including "Hamilton," "The Little Mermaid," "Kinky Boots," My Fair Lady," and "Rent," to name a few. All proceeds from "Broadway Backwards" will benefit the Key West High School Drama Club & Key West Theater production of "Legally Blonde, Jr," this coming May.  "Broadway Backwards," at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street on April 4th at 7pm is sponsored by Gilded Peach and Salt Island Provisions. For tickets, call (305) 985-0433 or visit

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


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.


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 Stories

Every Tuesday Night Until March 27 AQUA IDOL ; Of Course at AQUA Nightclub 711 Duval 305-294-0555
Ave Q 3/27-4/14
The Legend of Georgia McBride 5/2-26


 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 


APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR ARTISAN STUDIO SPACE ; Click this Link for the Complete Info. and Application

 Applications are being accepted now through Friday, April 13 for three or more studios at The Studios of Key West's home at 533 Eaton Street, with a targeted move in date for artists of June 1, 2018. Our Studio Artists breathe life into The Studios 24/7, participate in monthly First Thursday Open Studios, and find themselves at the epicenter of Key West's vibrant art scene. Studios range from 108-190sf and $216-$380/month, with plenty of daylight, 24 hour access, common kitchen and clean up facilities. One year leases are renewable for up to three years, at which time artists can apply for an additional three years.
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 Walters 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 & TSKW13 Link for their Latest E-Newsletters giving ALL the Updated Schedule of Classes, Events, & Exhibitions

(L) First Monday of Each Month "Open Critics Group 6PM
(R) March Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth M&Tues.6-8:30p and Tues. Aft. 2-4:30p

Green Parrot  Bingo Every Monday to Help Fund TSKW
  You can join, renew, or give another gift here:

Glass Casting
 Cheryl Wilson-Smith
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Monday April 4, 5, 6, 9, 10am-2pm

Go through the steps of creating a large scale glass casting. Create a clay model, form a plaster mold, measure and fill the mold and fire the glass. A rare opportunity to try your hand at larger scale glasswork. Sponsored by Wanderlust


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! 


"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.  



281 Front St. 305-295-6616

Dennis Beaver & Staff Member

Rafael Penalver

South Florida civic leader and preservationist Rafael Peñalver shares story of the San Carlos Institute for Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series

(Top R) On Thursday, March 29, j oin Key West Art & Historical Society and  South Florida civic leader and preservationist  Rafael  Peñalver  at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, as he shares the history of the iconic Cuban heritage center.   A champagne reception at 5:30pm in the beautiful upper mezzanine will precede his Distinguished Speaker Series presentation , with the talk starting at 6:00pm.  

Founded in 1871 by members of the Cuban exile community as a patriotic and educational center, the San Carlos Institute  played a significant role in the independence movement, where notable speakers like Cuban revolutionary Jose Marti and other key figures could meet and address the Key West exile community.  

Key West Art & Historical Society invites public to Tennessee Williams birthday party at Tennessee Williams Museum
( Top Photos)  )Key West Art & Historical Society invites the public to a party celebrating what would have been literary icon Tennessee Williams's 107
th birthday, Monday, March 26, 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue.
The party, which will include contest award presentations, bubbly beverages and birthday cake, highlights an annual 6-week Tennessee Williams celebration that kicked off on February 28 this year and concludes with performances at The Studios of Key West of two one-act plays by Williams, who was a Key West resident for more than 30 years.
Suggested donation is $10. Visit for a full schedule of events. Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island. 
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 was $20 for adults; $10 for students and were limited to one per person. Deadline for Entry Subiting has Passed.
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.
Artists, Engineers, and Assemblers can apply for stipend-supported Papio Ambassadorship
Artists, engineers and assemblers with a flair for creativity are invited to apply to be one of this year's "Papio Ambassadors," a title that comes with a stipend to help in the creation of a kinetic sculpture (think art with parts that move) for the upcoming annual Key West Art & Historical Society Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade.
Since 2016, crafters of all ages have celebrated the creativity and ingenuity of late folk artist Stanley Papio by creating kinetic sculptures and art bikes for the Parade, a fabulously colorful and eccentric processional set to roll through downtown Key West this year at 5:00pm on Saturday, May 5. MORE INFO. IN THE APRIL 2 ISSUE Of course you can go to the KWAHS website for more Info. Now.
David Johnson working on his "Peace Train"
Papio Entry

Wayne Garcia

Artist Wayne Garcia's Intaglio Reliefs Come to Life at The Studios of Key West: Special Preview Party on April 5
On Thursday, April 5, The Studios of Key West invites the public to celebrate folk artist Wayne Garcia and his bas-relief woodcarving exhibit "Vintage Simonton Street: 1960s" with a special opening reception in the Zabar Lobby from 6:00pm -8:00pm.  The exhibit features more than a dozen works that showcase the vivid particulars and street scenes based on the third-generation Cuban-American's childhood memories.
A general contractor by trade for more than five decades, Garcia began carving his own Old Key West stories into wood after watching nationally celebrated folk artist Mario Sanchez at work in the early 80s. Garcia and his father were doing a week-long masonry and carpentry job for Sanchez's brother while Sanchez carved a street scene in his yard next door.  Garcia engaged him with questions about his process, and throughout the following two decades, tried his hand at his own storytelling through intaglio efforts. MORE INFO. IN THE APRIL 2 ISSUE AND/OR GO TO THEIR WEBSITE NOW.
 Fort Adventures Program for Toddlers & Parents Continue at Fort East Martello

Key West Art & Historical Society continues its weekly educational playdate program at Fort East Martello every Tuesday and Thursday through May from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  The program celebrates hands-on, inquiry-based learning while inviting children and parents to explore the Fort and its artifacts, dioramas, and immersive exhibits.  MORE INFO. IN THE APRIL 2ND ISSUE AND/OR TO THEIR WEBSITE NOW.


Info. & Photos from Alyson Crean

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.


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
Saturday, March 24th, March 31, & April 14 & April 28 - Weekly Wine and Food Tasting
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

Wednesday, April 18th  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
Spring Dinner - $85.00 - 5:30pm. Seared Tuna with Caper, Rosemary Sorbet, and Parmesan Crisp.   Frisée, Endive, and Dandelion Greens with Lemon Marinated Feta.   Pork Tenderloin with Cacao and Chili Paste, Orange, and Bok Choy Udon Noodles. Short Bread Tart with Lemon Curd and Crispy Olives
 Monday, April 23rd  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
Orien-talia Fusion Dinner - $85.00 - 5:30pm.   Bagna Cruda Spring Roll with Pickled Sambal.  Miso Bolognese.  Sake Steamed Clams with Chinese Black Beans and Ginger.  Oolong Tea Panna Cotta with Walnuts and Jasmine Syrup.

Friday, April 27th  - Chef Melissa Schwarz - Chef's Tasting Menu
Indian Dinner - $85.00 - 5:30pm.  Aloo Tikki - Potato Patties with Peas Paneer and Spices.    Coconut Vegetable Korma - Curry with Cashew and Coconut Milk.    Butter Chicken - Yogurt Marinated Chicken with Tomato Cream Curry. Mango Lassi - Traditional Frozen Drink with Mango and Yogurt.
Friday, May 4th  - Chefs Tony Acampa and Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu. Springtime on the Amalfi Coast Paired Wine Dinner - $85.00 (including wines) - 5:30pm. Join Tony Acampa from Enovation Brands Wines for a delicious Italian paired wine dinner!.   Mini Baked Eggplant Stack.  Aperol Spritzers with Amore di Amanti Prosecco.   Pan seared Sea Bass with a Sorrento Lemon Butter Sauce and Risotto with Baby Shrimp. Ca'Montini Pinot Grigio.   Blackberry Granita with a Sorrento Lemon Mascarpone and Fresh Berries.Bella Bellina, Limonata Moscato     
Saturday, May 5th , May 12, May 19, & May 26 - 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.

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New Location 808 Duval St.
Next Luncheon is 4/4 KW Harbor Yacht Club 6000 Peninsular Blvd. Stock Island
Next Mixer is 4/11 at Mangoes 701 Duval St.


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 4 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.  

Below We Pick up in the Middle from the beginning of this Issue , the section on LONG TERM HOUSING RENTALS

Within the city of key there are more than 15,000 residential units,  not including guesthouse  and hotel/motel units. These numbers include military housing, Poinciana Royale, Douglas Square and units managed by KWHA. The numbers do not include the college dorms, Health and Rehab facility, Bayshore, and Catholic Charities units.
My review of current projects and/or BPAS units allocated, either approved or on the drawing board projects, for rental units in Key West and inclusive of a Rockland key project for which the city gave BPAS units - to be close to 700 units. This would include the Toppino Project, Ocean Walk, Catholic Charities, Sunset Marina, The Assisted Living Facility, Stadium Park, Peary Court and an Unnamed Marina Project. This is all on private property, privately managed and privately funded. No city tax dollars or staff required - except to move through the normal approval processes.
Current number of non-transient rental licenses in the city of Key West is 4801. It is not known how many of these non-transient licenses are utilized in renting out to the "short-term rental market", (not transient rentals).

During the calendar year of 2017, our rescue units handled approximately 5200 calls for service. Of those, 70% resulted in transport to the hospital or air ambulance.  This averaged approximately 15 calls per day. The majority of fire/rescue calls were answered and on scene in less than four minutes.  I perceive the quality of care from our rescue personnel is top notch, although this service provided by the city is still not breaking even.
 Of the 86 firefighters with the Fire/Rescue Department, 49 are EMTs and 35 are paramedics. We look forward to the paramedic number increasing by eight as soon as those who have completed their training take their state boards.
This facility on Duck Ave, named Poinciana Gardens, is due to open in May 2018. The building was built by the Key West Housing Authority and will be managed by a private firm.
 There will be 48 assisted living units and 60 supported independent living units - for a total of 108 units. Respite care will be available on a limited basis for day clients.
 The center will have an income limit of the moderate level which is 120% of AMI (Average Median Income) for the County. At this time, the number of units denoted by income level has not been determined

More Re-Cap of Commissioner Romero's Community Meeting in the April 2nd. Issue (Part 5)
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