The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends November 20, 2017
This Year ; By far the Most Amazing
Line Up of Films
& Special Events /Q&A/Panel Discussions
This Issue and the Nov. 27 Issue will have photos from ALL 5 Days of the 2017 KWFF. Plus Every Year we do a Special Stand Alone KWFF Issue. Two Pics above : 1) The Awards Party and Awards Ceremony, 2) Quincy Perkins Showing His Film "Youth in Love" (Stars Ricardo Montero and Heather DeVoe) On Stage with Quincy and Moderator The X Radio 104.9 Gary Ek
Books and Books on Eaton Street
Zuill Baley in town December with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra.
WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Extensive Calendar of Events and Photo Galleries inc. Veterans Day Parade Gallery.
Lemonade Stand Art Gallery & Letty Nowak's Annual "Small Works"Art Exhibition at TSKW and we Have ALL 140 Works Starting This Week. Exhibition to Close 11/23.
10 Spirit Mandala by Nicholas Bergery
Guilded in Porphyria by Christina Nelson
Get Festive and
Judi Bradford at Salt Gallery
MCSO & Sheriff Ramsay Awards Deputies for Saving Lives
Shop with a Cause at the May Sands Montessori Holiday Bazaar
at First Flight Restaurant & Brewery. 12/1
KWAHS & Tennessee Williams Exhibit Merge ( Details Below)
Kevin Nealon at The Key West Theater 4/29, Zombies 1/26 & 27,
Arlo Guthrie 2/1
The City of Key West's Holiday Events
The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends ; Going out to over 7805 Each Week. This Week : The 2017 Key West Film Festival "Last Stand : Protecting the Keys" Meeting 11/20, Pt. 1 "Small Works" On-Line Art Exhibition (Only a Few More Days at TSKW), On-Line Art Exhibitions from Most of the Frangipani Artists + 12/1 Reception, Darren Jones and Robert Baras Reception / Exhibition at Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Books and Books on Eaton St., Zuill Bailey in town with the S. Florida Symphony Orchestra, May Sands Montessori Holiday Bazaar 12/1, Judi Bradford at Salt Gallery, WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Extensive Calendar of Events & Photos Galleries inc. Veterans Day Parade, MCSO & Sheriff Ramsay Honors Officers for Saving Lives, KWAHS Merges with the KW Tennessee Williams Exhibit, "Photos of the Week from Peter Arnow", The Latest Updates from the Key West Theater, The City of Key West Announces Holiday Events, Past Issue Links from the Popular "Parenting in the Wilderness",
Our Weekly Features from MCSO-City of KW-KWAHS-TSKW-Reef Relief-MOTE-KWBG-KWBGS-NOAA-"Hamptons Arts & Leisure" & Many More, KW Burlesque's "Sugar Rum Cherry" at KWT 12/14-16, Monroe Co. "Take Stock in Children", Next KW Artisan Market 11/26, FKCC, WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM , Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction 2/9, TSKW and Fla. Keys Council of the Arts Winter Members Shows, FKSPCA "Parade of Paws" 12/9, ALL Theaters Active, Wesley House events Inc. Lighted Bike Ride" 12/6, Southernmost Coconut Castaways "Keys Strong" CD, Skipper Kripitz & Friends Upcoming Gigs, Jazz in the Gardens at the Gardens Hotel, KW Ladies Golf Ass.Thursdays, WWW.CFFK.ORG Seeking Nominations for 2018 "Unsung Heroes" + $480K given to 35 Non Profits, Heather & Michael at Mangia-Mangia Helping The Non Profits, KW Wildlife Center, Marathon Garden Club's "Holiday Bazaar" 10/25, AnnaMarie Giordano's "Life Drawing Workshops" at Fort East Martello Thursdays, Bayview Park Green Market Thursdays, Aids Help CC, Coast Projects Holiday Concerts 11/30 & 12/1 (1 on SI & 1 in KW), KW Food and Wine Festival 1/24-28, Isle Cook's Tasty Schedule, MCSO Animal Farm Open 2nd & 4th Sunday 1-3P, KWBG Next Luncheon 12/6 and Mixer 12/3, VFW Needs your Help, and Much More.
Thanks again to all our Contributing Editors : The "Friends" in the Title of the Magazine.
Letty Nowak at The Lemonade Stand Gallery Presents at the TSKW their Annual "Small Works" Exhibition with over 140 Works. The Exhibition is only on until 11/23. The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends will show you ALL 140 Works in Case you Missed seeing them in person and/or want to See Them Again.
|Together We Rise by Gretchen Mills
|Matter & Void Concentration#4 Principle by Alex Markwith
|Blah-Blah-Blah by Kalo Clarke
|Turbidity by Sara Locke
|Me & My Shadow by Mary Connors
|Irma Fla. Keys Street Heart by Chris Higgins
|WTF Fishbowl Mugshot
The Kick Off Film (The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro) & Opening Party at the Audubon House. Here are a few Photos from Opening Night; the Nov. 27 Issue will cover ALL 5 Days + We'll have a Special Stand Alone Issue just on the 2017 KWFF in the Next Few Months.
More from the 2017 KWFF Up Shortly
R-L Manager Mia Clement along with staff Judi and Emily
Pamela Kostmayer First Prize "Ode to Joseph Mitchell" Based on the Book "Man in Profile" by Thomas Kunkel
The South Florida Symphony Orchestra kicks off the 20th Masterworks Season with a Soiree at the Ernest Hemingway House on December 14, 2017 2017 followed by a Concert on December 16, 2017 brim full of diverse music and internationally acclaimed artists. At the Soiree, immerse in the writings of Hemingway as the Symphony brings to life four of his beloved stories in the four movements of the Grammy Award winning Tales of Hemingway. Music Director Sebrina Maria Alfonso presents: Zuill Bailey, cellist extraordinare and Grammy Award winner, performing the Grammy Award winning Tales of Hemingway composed by Michael Daugherty; Manuel de Falla's El Amor Bruja with Siudy Garrido and Flamenco Dance Theater, featured Dancer George Akram, and Flamenco Singer Argentina; and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 35 "Haffner". Visit SouthFloridaSymphony.org or call 954-522-8445.
The Nov. 13 Issue had an On-Line Art Exhibition from Donna Blossom ; here is the Link to that Issue as well as other Links
New Jewelry and Encaustic Collages at Frangipani Gallery Friday Dec 1.
Come welcome in the holiday season with exciting new jewelry and an encaustic collage series at Frangipani Gallery Friday December 1, 6-8 PM, 1102 Duval as part of the First Friday Art Stroll on Upper Duval. The show runs through the new year.
|Rosie the Octopus by Lanie Davia
|Sushi by Susann D'Antonio
Three fine jewelers have wonderful new items just in time for the holidays. Lainie Davia's handmade unusual pieces are sure to please your sweetie. After having had so much fun shopping for beads for her store the last five years, Lois Songer will be showcasing some of her best finds featuring precious and semiprecious stones, unique stones and new designs. Jessica Wilson has some delightful new bee themed jewelry reflecting her new interest in beekeeping and she might have some of her home grown honey on hand as well.
Susann D'Antonio has created a series of encaustic collages entitled "Short Stories." Each tells a tale that is yours to interpret as they are made to reflect each person's personal experience, an arty version of "Choose Your Own Adventure." Please come and share your vision of each small work
More from The Frangipani Gallery Up Shortly
The "Parenting in the Wilderness" On-Line Photographic Exhibition was one of the Most Complimented. Here are the Past Links for the 4 Issues giving you ALL the Pics : Pt. 1 Oct. 16
Pt. 3 Nov 6
Johnny White & Caroline are always so nice in sharing their Photo Galleries with Us. Hit their Gallery Link to see many Photo Galleries
Veterans Day Parade 2017 Johnny White Shot 68 Pictures; Here are 6 and go to Link Below for All
In the photo: Community Services decorating the tree for the upcoming Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Photo by Alyson Crean
As November winds down and Thanksgiving approaches, the city's Community Services Department is putting the finishing touches on the holiday season.
The festivities kick off with the tree lighting ceremony in Bayview Park on Monday, November 27
th at 6 p.m. This family favorite this year features the Horace O'Bryant Middle School band. The city's elves have been busy creating a little North Pole magic right here in Key West and by sprucing up Bayview Park after Hurricane Irma tore it up. The Community Services department is staging Santa's workshop and sleigh to surround the 25-foot high tree.
On Saturday, December 2
nd, the other family favorite -- the Holiday Parade -- gets underway starting at 7 p.m. Floats and participants will line up on Virginia Street and White. The parade will follow its usual route down Truman Avenue to Duval Street where the judges will view each entry.
On Thursday, December 14
th, the community will gather back at Bayview Park for the Lighting of the Menorah at 5:30. Rabbi Shimon Dudai from Congregation B'Nai Zion and Rabbi Jacob Zucker from Chabad of the Florida Keys will say the blessings.
The City of Key West offices will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, November 27
There will be no bus service on Thursday, November 23
rd. This long-standing tradition allows our drivers to spend Thanksgiving with their families. Normal bus service will resume on Friday, November 24
MORE FROM THE CITY OF KEY WEST AND MCSO UP SHORTLY
Get festive and shop with a cause at the May Sands Montessori Holiday Bazaar
at First Flight Restaurant & Brewery
Celebrate the oncoming holidays while supporting island artisans and
free public Montessori education in Key West
during the May Sands Montessori's Holiday Bazaar on Friday, December 1 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm at First Flight Restaurant & Brewery, located at 301 Whitehead St. The free event will feature Key West's finest artisans, festive music, and delectable desserts and drinks to help invoke the spirit of the season.
The First Flight garden will be transformed into a winter wonderland with "snow" and the festive sounds of DJ Chaka, where children and adults can delight in a hot chocolate bar (spiked if desired for adults) and baked goods with all proceeds to benefit May Sands Montessori. Santa and his elves will be on hand for holiday requests and $5 digital photos. Artisans and vendors include chef and health coach Layla Barr and her delectable baked goods, musician and author Bucky Montgomory with his books and CDs, Costume-designer and May Sands Montessori educator Chrissy Clapp and her hand-made mermaid stockings, and a wide array of other creatives with their specialty gift items and offerings.
For more information about the bazaar or to inquire about being a vendor, contact Jenn Staffanaci at 7328591125 or
. May Sands Montessori is a free, lottery-based public school that is open to all children and strives to reflect the diversity of our community while guiding students in the development of curiosity, self-motivation and respect
For more information or to schedule a time to observe the Montessori model at work in the classrooms
Photos from the Red Carpet Opening Party Up Shortly
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We continue with "Small Works"
More "Small Work" Up Shortly
Folded 22 by Fred Annes
Purple Passion Bird Shack by Dean Bowers
Kim Thompson : Series of 3 US 1 Aquarelle
(#1 & 2) Shown
Guilded in Porphyria by Christina Nelson
Tres by Seth Smith
Reach by Alaina Plowdrey
Blue Eye by Marge Holt
Sunset Palms by Carena Phillips
Kitchen Blade by Kathryn Combs
The Nov. 13 Issue had Part 3 of 3 (with Pt. 1 & 2 in Oct.26 & 11/6) on an On-Line Photographic Exhibition " Perfectly-Timed Photos Taken Moments before an Incident" Click the Nov 13 Link for the Complete Issue and Links to Pts. 1 & 2
Ejected From Your Seat
People who ride horses for sport know very well that mishaps can result in very serious injury. If you think about it, it's like riding a motorcycle-but the motorcycle is jumping up and down and has pretty skinny legs, considering how heavy it is. Actually, never mind. This might be freakier than riding a motorcycle. Funny Photo
The first meeting this month is this coming Monday, November 6
, 12:30 at VNA/Hospice on William Street.
The second meeting is likely to be Monday, November 20
th, though occasionally the meetings are changed when close to a holiday.
A Merger for the History Ages ; Between KWAHS and The Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit "Keeping the Legacy Alive" please go to the KWAHS Weekly Feature Below
Part 2 of 3
New artists joined Frangipani this summer including Sharon Wells, Gabrielle Wilson and Kerry Hoeppner. Sharon has some new watercolors, Gabrielle's chickens are charming and you must see Kerry's coconut sea creatures. Then there is new work from your favorites such as David Scott Meier, Deborah Moore, Deb Kik and Susann D'Antonio, new jewelry from Lois Songer and Lainie Davia and plenty of fun ceramics from Sandy Sun.
Finally, have a sneak peek at Fran Decker's new series of broken shell paintings, "This Once Was Home." This series was inspired by Hurricane Katrina and was ironically completed just days before Irma came and destroyed so many homes here in Monroe County.
Artistic Bowls and other Kitchen Materials from Janis Child
Here are a few pieces from Carrie Andrews
More from Frangipani Gallery Up Shortly
SAVE THE DATE: Key West Burlesque's "
Sugar Rum Cherry: A Burlesque Nutcracker
" at Key West Theatre.
Put on your stockings and pull out your sugarplums for Key West Burlesque's "
Sugar Rum Cherry: A Burlesque Nutcracker
" on Thursday,
December 14 through Saturday, December16 at
Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street
. This naughty holiday 2-act reverie features your favorite local performers, international burlesque superstars, and amazing aerial acrobats as they visit the land of libations. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8:00pm. Sponsored in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. Tickets: keywesttheater.com or call 305.985.0433.
"Photos of the Week by Peter Arnow". Our Weekly Feature from Peter Arnow : This week a few photos that Peter Took at the 2017 KWBG Headdress Ball ( The very First Event at the
KW Ampertheater )
First Prize White Rabbit by Randal Lail of Key West
2nd Place Time Loop by Virginia Wark of Key West
3rd Prize Ptaradaltyl Debacle by Kurt Peterson from Minneaplois
TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN
Chuck Licis sends regards : Are you ready to make a difference? Take Stock in Children, the flagship college scholarship program of the Monroe County Education Foundation, is ready to welcome a
number of new students provided that enough mentors step forward.
"We have a fantastic group of 77 qualified candidates who are ready to join Take Stock in Children and work towards achieving their goal of a college education. However, if we do not have a volunteer mentor to match with the student, we cannot accept the student into our program," said MCEF president Bryan Green.
Take Stock needs a minimum of 50 new mentors in the Lower Keys, 15 in Marathon, and 15 in the Upper Keys to pair with incoming Take Stock scholars.
"While our mission is to accept all students who meet the academic and economic eligibility requirements, and who have the desire, motivation, and potential to go to college," program coordinator Chuck Licis explained, "we can't bring them into the program without a mentor match."
Who can be a mentor? "Mentors are not tutors or counselors. Mentors are caring, compassionate adults who volunteer their time to guide, support, and encourage our Take Stock scholars. It only takes 45 minutes a week during the school year," Licis explained. "Our mentors are screened and trained before being paired with a student, and we have college success coaches in each area to assist and support our mentors and students."
Take Stock students are given the 'chance of a lifetime' with mentoring in middle and high school followed by the scholarship that pays for four years college tuition and fees. A student is waiting for his or her chance of a lifetime, a college scholarship, but we need your help to make the dream a reality! If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Karla Quintana in the TSIC office at 305-293-1546 or at
Next Nov. 26th
The much-anticipated Key West Artisan Market kicked off a new season a few weeks ago; and will take place every three weeks through season at the Restaurant Store.
The event gives residents and visitors alike a chance to shop fresh and local. The parking lot at 1111 Eaton is transformed into a showcase of art, photography, jewelry and unique local handicrafts made exclusively in the Keys. There is eclectic entertainment, local author book signings, demonstrations and sampling. This year we will feature produce from Grimal Grove
Guests can taste and buy local specialties including fresh Cole's Peace bakery items, key west pink shrimp, smoked meats, cheeses, wine, honey, salt and spices, pasta, pickles, bacon jam and other culinary delights. Concessions, wine and a broad craft beer selection are onsite. This week's celebrity bartender is Angie Romo.
The Key West Artisan Market is a proud supporter of the City of Key West's Preserve Island Life Campaign. This initiative is about promoting the little things we can do to increase our community sustainability and resilience. The Market works in partnership with the Green Coordinators to offer fun, weekly themes that reinforce these efforts by offering resources and education to our guests.
Guests are encouraged to ride bikes or the bus which conveniently stops in front of the Restaurant Store. Strunk Ace Hardware will be open for business and parking restricted to customers and disable tagged vehicles. Parking is available in the Old Town Parking Garage at 300 Grinnell Street. Please BYOB (bring your own bags).
Local participants are juried each market for vendor stalls. Demonstrations, musicians, performers & nonprofits may qualify for free or reduced space. Registration for space opened September 1 and is limited to Keys artists exclusively. Visit
for information or call Sean at 573.619.2200.
For the month of November, SALT Gallery (830 Fleming St.,
will feature "Sunny Side of the Street", a new collection of light and loose ink drawings by local artist Judi Bradford.
Judi's lively and playful ink drawings capture the characters, nature, and street corners of Key West. She brings a history of graphic arts and comic drawing to these new views of her favorite island.
SALT Gallery is 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. Judi's work will remain on display until Nov. 30
2017 KWFF Opening NIght Party at The Audubon House
The Nov. 27 Issue will have Photos from ALL 5 Days
We Continue with "Small Works"
Trapped Inside my TV by Peyton Evans
Stampeder by Federico Oporto
Orange Poleka by Taekyeom Lee (Judges Choice Award)
10 Spirit Mandala by Nicholas Bergery
Bishop by Ashley Elizabeth Kamen
A Far Away Place by Kathryn Combs
Skull Reef by Philip Roberts
My Life in Shreds by Georgann DeMille
Barbie Faces in Glitterine by Reima Honkaslo
"Small Works" Continues Nov. 27
The Nov 27 Issue will have Part 2 of the Artists at Frangipani Gallery ; Some of the Artists Include David Scott Meier , William Welch, Marc Hacker, Helen Rebane, Karen Beauprie, Susann D'Antonio, Deborah J Moore, Sharon Wells, Sandy Sun, and the Awesome Bird Photographer Paul Carmichael
Here are a few of Deb Kik's Work
More from the Artists at Frangipani Gallery in the Nov. 27 Issue
Our 4th Annual Parade of Paws & Holiday Bazaar is happening on Saturday December 9th at Higgs Dog Park and you are invited!
For a chance to win $750 towards any Royal Caribbean cruise as the Grand Prize as well as have your pet named King or Queen of Parade of Paws go to
and register your pet today! Each person can create their pet's own personalized fundraising page where they can raise donations to benefit the animals of the Florida Keys SPCA. Once registered you will be given a unique link you can promote through email and social media sites where friends & family can donate directly to your pet!
Top earners will win prizes and the title of the 2017 Parade of Paws King, Queen, Prince, Princess, Duke and Duchess for your fabulous pets. Then come out on December 9th, walk your dog in the parade, or a picture of your cat or small animal and show your support for the homeless animals of the lower keys.
This is a family friendly event where anyone is welcome to bring their dog to march in the Parade of Paws parade! The blessing of the animals is at 9:45am and the parade will start promptly at 10am! Costumes encouraged! Immediately following the parade the Holiday Bazaar will open where local vendors will showcase their business for those last minute holiday needs! Santa will be there for photos with the whole family, there will be live music and more!
Interested in being a vendor to showcase your business at the Holiday Bazaar or a sponsor for the event? Please contact Tiffany at
or (305) 294-4857.
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Jeremy Wilkerson Sends Regards and tells us : December 6th - Holiday Helpers' Key west Lighted Bike Ride - Starting at Bayview Park
As Monroe County's economically challenged -- the essence of service, Construction, tourism and water/based economy -- struggle to survive, sometimes juggling multiple jobs on weekends and late/night.
The Lighted Bike Ride is just one of the avenues used to obtain the needed gifts for the Key West Holiday Helpers Toy store. The ride is a family event beginning: 6:00 - Check-in, 6:00 - Helmet Fitting and meet with Santa, 7:00 - The Ride Begins
Families and individuals with lighted and decorated bikes ride through the streets for the community to see. Registration for the ride is one unwrapped toy for the Key West Holiday Helpers Toy Store. Decorate your bike, dress up, and come out and enjoy. Don't forget your unwrapped toy.
December 6th - Holiday HooHaw on Sparkle Street - Street party on Appelrouth Lane - Key West.
After the Key West Lighted Bike Ride, stop at the street party on Appelrouth Lane. The street will be decorated and music pumping. All bike riders with a wristband get in free, all others we ask for an unwrapped toy donation or a cash donation to buy toys for children for the holiday season.
2018 McKEE FINE ART AUCTION ANNOUNCED - Save the Date
Stephanie Hellstrom sends regards and tells us : The Board of Directors of the Anne McKee Artists Fund, Inc. announces the date of Friday, February 9, 2018 for their annual fine art auction. The auction will again take place at The Studios of Key West. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the auction, led by Tom Luna, will begin at 8:00 p.m. Champagne and desserts will be included in the $25 ticket price and there will also be a cash bar. VIP seating is available for $50. The auction preview will be from January 26th until February 9th at The Studios of Key West. Tickets for the auction are available now at
and at The Studios of Key West on the night of the auction.
The McKee art auction raises money for project-based grants to Keys visual, literary and performing artists. Founded by longtime Key West resident and philanthropist, Anne McKee, the non-profit fund has awarded more than $245,000 since 1994. For more information about the Anne McKee Artists Fund and its annual auction and artist grants, visit
The Southernmost Coconut Castaways, the OFFICIAL Home "Friend Club" for Howard Livingston & The MM24 Band, is proud to announce the release of a brand new compilation CD called "Keys Strong"!
With over 35 songs about Key West, The Keys, and The Keys "lifestyle" we all love, this double CD set includes songs by some of the best "Trop Rock" performers from all over the Country and includes local musicians as well! Some classic hits, some newly recorded versions of past hits, and some brand spanking new songs specifically recorded for this CD, 100% of all proceeds collected will go to The United Way Of The Florida Keys!
Money will be distributed to the 16 local charities listed on their website
so the money stays here in The Keys! Beautiful photography donated by Rob O'Neal and many Sponsors donated money to help defray the cost of the CD, packaging, and shipping along with all of the songs also donated!
Only $25 for the double CD and includes FREE shipping anywhere! Go to their website to place an Order
Dec. 7 "It's A Wonderful Life" A Live Play Radio Broadcast from Island Radio 106.9
Dec. 21-31 "An Evening with Lillian Baxter" 7pm at Little Room Jazz Club
Jan. 18-20 "The Regina Monologues" A Stage Reading at Parrish Hall in St. Pauls.
Every Sunday Sunday, 5 - 7:30p, Jazz in the Gardens Plus Live Enetratinment Wed. to & Inc. Sat :
Cabaret @d'vine Wine Gallery:
Skipper Kripitz Tells Us About some Gigs Coming Up
Two extraordinary evenings of beautiful jazzy music is in store, when legendary South Florida vocalist, Toni Bishop, returns to Key West to reunite with longtime music pals- Phil Sampson on keyboards, Tim Mayer, sax & flute, & skippo on drums. They'll appear at Blue Heaven restaurant on Sat. Nov. 11th from 6-9 pm. And, the quartet will also be featured in concert at the Gardens Hotel Jazz Happy Hour on Sunday November 19th from 5-7:30 pm. Truly, these show are not to be missed! For more info., call Blue Heaven @ 296-8666. & Gardens Hotel @ 294-2661.
Sunday Nov. 12, 5- 7:30 pm. Jazz Harp masterScott Marischen with Chris Burchard, Joe Dallas, & skippo
Sunday Nov. 19. 5-7:30 pm South Fla. vocal legend!- Toni Bishop, Phil Sampson, Tim Mayer, & skippo.
Waterfront Theatre: Fri./Sat. Nov 17&18th. 8pm Opening Season Show with "Triple Trouble"- Vicki Roush, Laurie Breakwell, Danny Weathers, with Jim Rice, Joe Dallas, Mark Rose, & skippo. Blue Heaven: Thurs. Nov 9th. 10:30am-1:30pm. Megan Constantine & skippo. Sat. Nov. 11th. 6-9pm. Toni, Bishop, Phil Sampson, Tim Mayer, & skippo. Sat. Nov. 25th. 6pm. TBA. Sat. Dec. 2nd. 6pm. The CRZBs- Rob DiStasi, Chris Burchard, Bubba, & skippo. A few other important dates to share: Wed. Nov.15th. 7:30pm Bobby Nesbitt is at KWHS with the Symphony. Sun. Nov. 12th. 3 pm. Celebration of Life for our beloved Irwin Mollot (Penny's Dad) @ the Little White House
Invitation to Women Golfers
Women golfers are invited to join the 18-Hole - Key West Ladies Golf Association. All skill levels are welcome. Teams tee-off at 7:30 a.m. every Thursday at the Key West Golf Club on College Road, Stock Island. The season runs through the end of April, 2018. New members can join at any time during the season.
For more information, call Audrey: 312-590-0390.
nearly half a million dollars to continue to assist with relief efforts following Hurricane Irma. To date, almost
$620,000 from the
Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund and the
Landau Family Hurricane Relief Fund for the Upper Keys has been distributed to support much-needed relief for individuals from Key West to Key Largo.
Recipients from 19 Key West and Lower Keys organizations gathered to accept their grants on
Nov. 15th from CFFK Board Members Rosi Ware and Chair Susanne Woods (holding banner)
$480,650 in new grants supports 35 nonprof
its from throughout the Keys
providing direct assistance to foster children, families, students and teachers, police officers, commercial fishers, tourism industry employees and other individuals.
The grants provide temporary housing, rent, mortgage and utilities assistance, food, clothing, medical care, counseling and more. Grants are being presented in Key West, Marathon and Islamorada.
for Complete List
ALSO The UNSUNG HEROES CELEBRATION is 1/26 with Review of Award Inclusion by 12/31.. Click
for More Info ; and or Call 305-292-1502
Michael and Heather Barnes at Manga-Manga send regards ; and tell us about a few events going on. During Season many Non Profit Organizations will do an Event Dinner ( with ALL the Public Invited); then Mangia-Mangia will Donate a Large Part of the Dinner Revenue back to the Non Profit Organization.
900 Southard Street 305-294-2469
Or Sit Outside on their Spacious Patio
Thanks Tom, Peggy and Staff / Supporters /Board for the Amazing Job you do in Helping our Wild Friends.
Go to their Website and Facebook Pages for Up to Date Schedule of Events and Concerts.
ALSO HIT THIS
for their Latest E-Mail that will give a Tremendous amount of Information on New Bookings and Complete Concert/Event Schedules
12/7 An Intimate Evening with Rickie Lee Jones
"Sugar Rum Cherry" 12/14-16
Headwig & The Angry Inch 1/8, Arlo Guthrie 2/1, & The Zombies 1/26 & 27
WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM 305-304-6882 Owners / Editors Naja & Arnaud Girard
Hit this Link for a Small Donation to the Blue Paper
NYC SPECIAL TRIP FROM KW GALLERY on Dec 4 & 5
AnnaMarie Giordano starts Up her live 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 Airbales@aol.com . Model Positions Available.
Their Monthly E-Mailer & Feature on their website "Keys Traveler" has a Tremendous Amount of Information
CLICK THE BLUE LINKS BELOW FOR BRIEF VIDEOS
Direct Booking from Sunset Watersports Key West on All Above Plus so Many Additional Packages Hit BOOKING INFO .
Florida Keys Council of the Arts 1100 Simonton St. 305-295-4369
Liz, Martha and the gang send Regards and Tell Us
Call to Arts Council Members for the 2017-2018 Member's Art Show - The Creative Art of Lettering
November 2017 through January 2018.
Explore pictorial alphabets, illustrated letters, decorative letters, calligraphy, illuminated manuscripts, initials, monograms, names and more.
Your medium- Your style: Your work may be penciled, inked, brushed, painted, sculpted, chiseled, thrown, stitched, etc.
Our show is inspired by the "Key West Alphabet" a limerick book with ink illustrations from the 1930's.
The reception date is still to be announced.
Please go to their website for the many Events & Exhibitions Scheduled the Rest of 2017. Here are a few : 12/1 7a-12:30a Day Trip to Art Basil, Class : 12/2 11a-3p "Art Exploration Workshop for Young Adults" Ages 10-14YO, 12/4 Charity Bingo at the Green Parrot. Click any of the Brown Links for more details
OPENS Thu Dec 7, 6-8pm / ON VIEW DEC 7-28
Exhibit fee: $25 per work / Artist retains 75% of sale price.
Photo by Mark Hedden
Irma was a reminder that the cost of our delicate string of islands is the knowledge that nature comes along once in a while to wipe the slate clean. Still, signs of our resilience abound: an orchid blooming days after the storm; a 150 year old wooden house, built by shipwrights and standing tall; or neighbors helping each other clean up. Creativity often works the same way; it returns with new focus after a test. For our first post-Irma Members show we invite you to reflect on the things that bend but don't break, the things that last, and the things that matter
FRI DEC 8, 7am-midnight
Open to all, not just artists!
Register before November 22 for discounted price.
For those who have not been,
is the largest, coolest, most cutting edge contemporary art event in the country. Our luxury motor coach will depart Key West in the morning and reach the convention center in time for the noon opening. We will spend the day at the main Art Basel show. Entry to the convention center is included in the price.
SAT DEC 9, 9am-2pm
Local artisans bring their art and goods to The Studios for an indoor market. Featuring unique and locally produced gifts: jewelry, textiles, home accessories and quality crafts.
(Top L) "Encore" Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Co. Tues. Nov. 21 7P
(Top R) "Grove is Where the Heart Is" 12/1 5:30-7:30 Hurricane Relief Art Show BIG PINE
(Above L) Erin McKeon in Concert Fri. 12/9
(Above R) Kubata on the Isle of Stock An Arts & Eats Event 12/10 5-Later?
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12/16 Figure Painting with Alaina Plowdrey,
"Hampton's Art & Culture"
The 3 Big Arts Organizations in the Hamptons LI NY are below. Of course just like Key West; there are so many Art Galleries on the East End of LI and as we did for the 2016 / 2017 Issues; The Blast visits and Presents their Art. Thanks for the Positive Feedback; especially from Keys Art Gallery Owners and Artists that enjoys seeing what their Artistic Community is presenting.
Editors Note : We will start up in the next few weeks with adding events and Features to this Popular Weekly section ( Especially since we have picked up a small Target Market Readership from the Hamptons)
SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CENTER 25 Jobs Ln Southampton, NY, 11968 631-283-0967
PARRISH ART MUSEUM 279 Montauk Hwy. Water Mill, NY, 11976
281 Front St. 305-295-6616
Upcoming Exhibitions : Key West Collects, On the WaterFront Truman Annex Artists, The Outrageous, From a Womans Hand.
The Fabulous 50's : Back in Time ; Nov. 29 5:30p - 9PM at Custom House Museum
Current Exhibitions : The Navy in KW, Overseas to the Keys : Henry Flagler Overseas Railroad, Tennessee Williams-The Playwrite & Painter, Stanley Papio - Junkyard Rebel, Ghosts of East Martello, Speedway to Sunshine : Henry Flagler Overseas Railroad, Life of the Keepers, Depicting Hemingway : Guy Harvey Sketches "The Old Man & The Sea"
Key West Art & Historical Society and Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit keep the legacy alive
After a year of meetings between their respective boards, the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, its board, and membership will merge with Key West Art & Historical Society, making the Exhibit The Society's fourth museum, and uniting the two organizations and their growing memberships of passionate Key West arts and history supporters.
"Since working with The Society in 2011 to launch the first Tennessee Williams birthday celebration and with the continued growth and expansion of the Exhibit, our board of directors thought that a merger with a larger, established non-profit was the next logical step," says Tennessee Williams Exhibit founder and curator Dennis Beaver.
Beaver moved to Key West in 1979, when Tennessee Williams was a prominent figure not only on the island, but all over the world. After Williams' death in 1983, Beaver decided to help bring more recognition to the iconic writer who had lived on the island for thirty-four years. With the help of The Society in 2011, Beaver organized a successful 100
th anniversary birthday celebration.
"This success gave me the initiative to start collecting Williams memorabilia and to start showing them in a small space on Truman Avenue," says Beaver.
The exhibit has grown to become a destination for Tennessee Williams enthusiasts and scholars as well as an incorporated organization with many supporting members, offering a full roster of writing and painting contests, film forums and the annual Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration. The preserved and showcased collection of historic, archival materials helps keep alive the importance of Williams' literary legacy and offers the largest collection of Tennessee Williams memorabilia and literary artifacts available to the public. Displays include artist Jane Rohrschneider's recently completed model of the playwright's former home at 1431 Duncan Street where he lived from 1949 until his death in 1983, first edition plays and books, images from the late local photographer Don Pinder, and original steps from the film adaptation of Williams' play "The Rose Tattoo" which was filmed entirely in Key West.
"We are fortunate that Dennis has already done such a wonderful job in telling this important history," says Key West Art & Historical Society Executive Director Michael Gieda. "As an organization whose mission is to promote and preserve the cultural heritage of the Florida Keys, The Society is honored to continue Dennis' work in promoting Williams' legacy."
The Society currently complements the Tennessee Williams Exhibit with a display of Williams' paintings at the Custom House Museum. The Truman Avenue exhibit - which will soon be called The Tennessee Williams Museum - will continue to offer visitors entertaining and informative self-guided tours as well as pre-arranged curator-led tours portraying the history of one of America's greatest 20
th Century playwrights, who won multiple awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
"There has been collaboration on projects through the years and there is a history of cooperation and support that the merger will build on," says Beaver, who will continue to consult and guest curate the museum.
The Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit on 513 Truman Avenue is currently open from 10am-5pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 5pm on Sundays. Starting on December 15, hours will be 9:30am-4:30pm daily. For more information, contact Key West Art & Historical Society at 305-295-6616 or visit
Your Museums. Your Community. It Takes an Island.
As the Florida Keys continue to recover from the impact of Hurricane Irma, Key West's 126-year-old Custom House hosts their annual "Back In Time" fundraiser on Wednesday, November 29 from 5:00pm - 10:00pm, an event that will support the building's ongoing preservation needs and address current disrepair, raise funds to help support Habitat for Humanity's hurricane-recovery efforts, and toast Scotti Merrill Preservation Award recipient Tom Hambright, one of the best historians and collection-keepers of Key West history.
The second annual "Back In Time" fundraiser is an opportunity for The Society to raise much-needed capital to support their preservation mission. When The Society became stewards of the county-owned building in 1991, it was in near-derelict condition, boarded up and left to sit untouched in the salt air and sun for over two decades. Original leadership spearheaded an ambitious 9-year, 9 million-dollar renovation with the generous support of the community and the late Scotti Merrill. The current Society team continues with the steady efforts and dedication necessary to maintain and preserve the building many consider "Key West's architectural crown jewel."
Last year's inaugural event raised $120,000, monies that will help overhaul the building's failing climate control system, "essential to preserving both the building and the collection," says Executive Director Michael Gieda. They hope this year's event will help raise a portion of the remaining $300,000 needed to complete the repairs. Due to Space Constraints I needed to edit this event ; However go to their website for additional Info...
Info. & Photos from Alyson Crean
Mayor Craig Cates has proclaimed November as Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month.
"The health of our community's people is the foundation for a caring and productive society," reads the proclamation, "and our future rests with our ability to adequately treat, and ultimately find cures for individuals who are affected with a variety of illnesses including pulmonary hypertension."
Kathleen Ford, a group leader for the Pulmonary Artery Hypertension Key West Support Group, accept the proclamation.
PH is a chronic, life-threatening lung disease marked by elevated blood pressure in the lungs. The insidious affliction, said Ford, is difficult to diagnose early. By the time it is, she said, victims likely only have less than three years to live. It can take three years to diagnose, which makes the treatments that are available less effective.
"This delay in diagnosis has not changed in the past twenty years," reads the proclamation. "Patients who are diagnosed earlier have a longer life-expectancy, and education can help with early diagnosis. Funding for research can also help find a cure."
In the photo: Kathleen Ford and Mayor Craig Cates.
On the last official days of the 2017 hurricane season (November 30 and December 1) the crew at COAST - the Stock Island based artist and craftsman collective - has organized a two-day benefit concert festival, aptly named "Coast Is Clear", with the goal of raising money and spirits for the Florida Keys community in the wake of hurricane Irma.
To date, the lineup includes national touring artists G. Love, Langhorne Slim, Rayland Baxter and Rorey Carroll - all of whom play to large crowds from coast to coast and at huge festivals like Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza and Monterrey Pop. In addition, local favorites Patrick and The Swayzees and The Skank - among others - will add local flavor to the stages over the two-day event.
The current schedule calls for the Thursday (11/30) performances to take place in the Bahama Village neighborhood with events shifting between Blue Heaven, Green Parrot and The COAST Outpost (803 Whitehead Street). While Friday (12/1) shows will take place on Stock Island at Hogfish and COAST - both located on Front Street.
Says COAST founder Billy Kearins, "We were amazed at how well the community came together after the storm hit and it inspired us to try to create something positive and uplifting in the wake of such devastation. Our concerts have always been a great way for locals to come together for a night, so we figured, let's do that again, while at the same time using the event as a way to raise money for those hit hardest by the storm."
He then added, "So, I got in touch with some friends who play music for a living and was pretty amazed that they all said, 'yeah, we'd love to come down.'"
At the moment, the two-day event will feature more than ten performances spread over the two evenings. Two-day and Friday-only passes can be purchased on the COAST website at www.coastprojects.com/store
Key West Food & Wine Festival 1/24-28, 2018
Melina Toppino sends regards and tells us : Adventurous aficionados of fine food and vintages can explore creative cuisine, premium wines and unique events in a subtropical island setting during the annual Key West Food and Wine Festival.
Set for Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 24-28 2018, the festival's indoor and outdoor events showcase local chefs' culinary flair and favorite indigenous ingredients, intriguing libations and distinctive Florida Keys atmosphere. Attendees can whet their appetites for island-style excellence at Henry Flagler's Welcome Party, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, on the beach at Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. The mouthwatering gathering is to recall the elegance of the early 1900s, shortly after the completion of Flagler's Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad and the luxurious Casa Marina.
Subsequent festival standouts include Wine Around Neighborhood Strolls set for 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. Guests can choose from the Bahama Village or Mallory Square experience, both featuring stops at unique neighborhood emporiums for samples of cuisine and wines.
Friday's schedule stars the oceanfront Sunset Grand Tasting, attendees can enjoy fine wines and light bites and watch Key West's famous sunset. Key West's historic Old Town is to be the setting for an adventure for wine
Saturday afternoon during "Old Town Uncorked." The event pairs a tasting stroll featuring vintages from diverse wine regions with an exploration of more than 25 enticing boutiques, shops and galleries.
Other festival events include informative wine seminars, the intriguingly named "Bad Ass Brunch Series" and a traditional shrimp boil featuring Key West pink shrimp and the ever popular Key West Tropical Garden Tour & Tasting.
A VIP "connoisseur experience" package is available covering admission to multiple events and exclusive benefits, or attendees can purchase tickets for individual events.
5210 College Rd. 305-296-1504
Monday, November 20th - Chef Martha Hubbard - Special Event - Hands-On Cooking Lesson
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, November 25th - Regional Wine and Food Tasting - Wine Education Event
$15.00 - 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Join us for our weekly Wine and Food Tasting featuring delicious wines with paired bites by Chef Martha Hubbard! Please Call For Seats.
Wednesday, November 29th - Chefs Henry Christian and Stephanie Pino - Chef's Tasting Menu
Chocolate Dinner - $90.00 - 5:30pm. Join Chefs Henry Christian of 2 Cents and Point 5, and Stephanie Pino of Pino Xocolates for this incredible and delicious dinner!
Blini of Spiced Pork Belly, Green Tomato Jam, and Smokey Dark Chocolate Foam,
Smokey Butternut and Cacao Soup,
Short Rib Ragu Tortelloni with Cacao Pasta served over Parsnip Puree,
Espresso Roasted Tri Tip with Gouda and Cacao Polenta, Thyme, and Red Wine Reduction,
Fig and Chocolate Crumble
Saturday, December 2nd - 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, December 4th - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu. Traditional Japanese Dinner (aka Ninja Vegan) - $90.00 - 5:30 pm. Amuse: Shiitake Broth with Truffled Edamame and Sizzled Leeks. Vegetable Bento: Black Sesame and Green Onion Hand Roll, Shishito Pepper filled with Tea Smoked EggplantCalabaza Squash and Black Garlic, Roasted Parsnip and Togarashi, Sake Soaked Watermelon, Diakon, and ShisoKosho Curry with Udon, Japanese "Custard," Yuzu Syrup, Plums, and Fried Ginger
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MOTE Scientists Researches Impacts on Stone Crab Fishery & Other Features from a Recent E-Newsletter Hit MOTE34 . MOTE Teams Up with AMIKids to Teach Life Skills Through Marine Literacy & Other Features from a Recent E-Newsletter Hit MOTE35
for an Important E-mail from MOTE on the Condition of the Keys Facility
Next Business Mixer Dec 13 Venue TBA
Next Luncheon Dec 6th : Their Annual Meeting and Dinner Venue TBA
Imporatant Message from your QuarterMaster
Don't know if you are aware, but our Post sustained major damage from IRMA and will be closed for the foreseeable future. We are currently doing the "insurance and contractor dance" and have begun soliciting support to help offset the expenses of both repairs and paying all our reoccurring monthly expenses without the benefit of income.
Any checks can be made out to VFW Post 3911 and mailed to the address below. Also, anyone who would rather do donations digitally, can go to PayPal and make them to our account:
Since we had a lot of blue on the building to begin with, the tarps on there now kind of blend in and haven't been noticed by many in the community. I have attached a couple pictures to illustrate the damage. We were hoping that some of your many followers might be inclined to help us out.
Thank you! Ken Thompson, USN (Retired) Quartermaster, Veterans of Foreign Wars Southernmost Post 3911. 2200 N Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040, Post: 305-294-9968, Office: 305-414-8310
Monroe County Animal Farm in Key West 5501 College Rd. 305-293-7300 . Open Nov. 12 1-3 pm. Under the Brilliant Direction of Officer/Farmer Jeanne Selander.
Sheriff buys equipment for crime fighting partners.
Sheriff Rick Ramsay presented three GPS / Radar units to Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Captain Dave Dipre on Friday. The equipment, purchased with fine and forfeiture funds and not tax dollars - will help boost the crime fighting abilities of FWC officers as they patrol the waters surrounding the Florida Keys.
"I believe in teamwork and partnerships," said Sheriff Ramsay. "We all work together here in the Florida Keys and helping FWC do a better job by providing them with this much needed equipment will help us all do a better job of fighting crime in our county. We all have the same mission: keeping our citizens safe."
Three deputies received Sheriff's Medals for lifesaving at an employee awards ceremony
Deputies Jean Gonzalez, Ignacio Molina and Dave Campbell received the awards; Deputy Gonzalez was actually honored twice for saving two lives in recent months. Deputy Campbell could not be present at the ceremony to accept, but all of the award recipients will receive a letter of commendation and a ribbon to wear on their uniforms.
Deputies Jean Gonzalez and Ignacia Molina were honored for their swift and crucial actions when responding to a deadly incident which took place underground in a Key Largo neighborhood in January of this year. While three people died in the incident, a fourth person - Key Largo Firefighter Leonardo Moreno - survived due in part to the quick actions of the two responding deputies, who performed CPR on him until paramedics arrived.
Deputies Jean Gonzalez and Dave Campbell were honored for their life saving efforts at Calusa Campground in June of this year. The two deputies responded to the area for a possible medical emergency. They found a man not breathing. The two performed lifesaving CPR on the man until paramedics arrived. The man was airlifted to a Miami hospital where he made a complete recovery.
"We are proud of these deputies for their quick actions in performing lifesaving CPR and saving these people's lives," said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. "Their actions are to be commended and we honor them today for their service to the community and to the Sheriff's Office."
Thanks for reading The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends. If 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.