The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends November 27, 2017
Worlds Aid Day Dec 1 with Local Events put on by Aids Help CC
Key West Orchid Society Holiday Brunch Dec 17
PT. 2 PHOTOS FROM THE 2017 KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL
This Year ; By far the Most Amazing
Line Up of Films.
Complete Coverage of the Awards Ceremony & Party with Special Guest Lois Smith
& Special Events /Q&A/Panel Discussions
National Premiere Showing : "Call me by Your Name"
We start off our On-Line Photographic Exhibition called "Funny Photos"
Books and Books on Eaton Street with NYT Best Selling Author Patricia Gussin Dec 5
Zuill Baley in town December with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra.
Pt. 2 : Lemonade Stand Art Gallery & Letty Nowak's Annual "Small Works"Art Exhibition at TSKW and we Have ALL 140 Works
MCSO Honors Fallen Officers & Gives Holiday Tips and The City of KW Gives Holiday Tips & Info. on the Holiday Events (Below in their Weekly Sections)
Officer Nick Pham
Officer David J. Cormier
Ralph DePalma's 2018 "Soul of Key West" Calendar
Pt. 2 of the Frangipani Artists
David Scott Meier
Deborah J. Moore
The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends ; Going out to over 7805 Each Week. This Week : World Aids Day Dec 1, Pt. 2 : Lemonade Stand Gallery's "Small Works" Art Exhibition, Pt. 2 : Photos from the 2017 Key West Film Festival, KW Orchid Society's Holiday Brunch 12/7, Pt. 2 : The Artists of Frangipani Gallery, "Photos of the Week" from Peter Arnow, Pt. 1 of our On-Line Photographic Exhibition "Funny Photos", KW Library and Books & Books Present Author Patricia Gussin 12/5, MCSO Honors Two Fallen Officers + Holiday Tips, Monroe Co. School's "Take Stock in Children", KW Artisan Market 11/26, S.Fla. Symphony Orchestra Presents Zuill Baley-Siudy Garrido-Flamenco Dance Theatre Dec 14 & 16, WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Photo Galleries & their Extensive Calendar of Events, Tasty Events from Isle Cook, KW Garden Club Meeting 12/7, WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM , Our Weekly MCSO and City of Key West Features Inc. KW Holiday Events & Holiday Tips, Ralph DePalma's 2018 "Soul of Key West" Calendar, CFFK Grants over $480,000 to 35 Non Profits, SouthernMost Coconut Castaways Promotes a Compilation CD "Keys Strong" Helping Many Keys Organizations, Key West Theater Presents the KWHS "An Evening of Scenes & Monologues" 12/1-3 + Amazing 1 Day Sale (11/27) on Concert Tiks, GingerBread Square's Jeff Birn runs The Miami Man, Poochie Myers & Guild Hall Gallery's Video Stroll down Duval Street Via Art, May Sands Montessori's Holiday Bazaar 12/1, WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM , FKCC, TSKW & KWAHS Weekly Sections, KW Gallery's Annual NYE Art Party + NYC Trip to Visit Peter Max 12/4 & 5, "Last Stand : Protecting the Keys", WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM , FKSPCA's "Parade of Paws" 12/9, ALL Theater Groups Active, Wesley House's "Lighted Bike Ride" 12/6, Sanctuary Friends of Fla. Keys Latest E-Newsletter, Reef Relief & MOTE's Weekly Section, Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction 2/9/18, TSKW "Keys Strong" Winter Members Show 12/7-28, Fla. Keys Council of the Arts Winter Members Show Nov.-Jan. "Creative Art of Lettering", The Gardens Hotel Presents "Jazz in the Gardens" Every Sunday (Libby York 11/26 & Peter Diamond and Friends 12/3), KW Ladies Golf Ass. Every Thurs., Mangia-Mangia Non-Profit Dinners Giving Featured Organization a nice %, Green Market at Bayview Park Every Thursday, Debra Butler Designs Latest E-Newsletter, TSKW Holiday Fair 12/9, "Hampton's Arts & Culture" Weekly Section, "The 50's Back in Time" Fundraiser 11/29 from KWAHS, Coast Projects Concerts "Coast is Clear" 11/30 &12/1, KW Food and Wine Festival 1/24-28, KW Tropical Forest & Botanical Gardens, KWBG Annual Awards Members Dinner & Beach Bash 12/6 + Business Mixer 12/13, VFW Needs Help with Repairs, & More
Thanks again to all our Contributing Editors : The "Friends" in the Title of the Magazine.
Pt. 2 The Frangipani Artists. The Nov. 20 Issue Featured Works from : Fran Decker, Gabrielle Wilson, Janis Child, Carrie Andrews, and Deb Kik. Here is a Link to the entire Nov. 20 Issue :
More from Karen Beauprie and David Scott Meier Up Shortly
Letty Nowak / Caroline Stover-Sickmen & The Lemonade Stand Gallery Presents at the TSKW their Annual "Small Works" Exhibition with over 140 Works. The Exhibition is only on until 11/30. 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.
Small Works 2017 Artist Talk :
Free and open to the public
On Mon, Nov 27 at 6:30pm, The Lemonade Stand Gallery and Letty Nowak host an Artist Talk with a selection of artists from the "SMALL WORKS"
currently on view. Lauren McAloon, AD Tinkham, Cheryl Wilson-Smith and Elizabeth Chamberlain join Nowak in a panel discussion about their Small Works entries, and will be available to answer questions from the audience after the talk.
The Small Works Exhibit remains on view through November 30th in the Sanger Gallery. Stop in during the Artist Talk, or during The Studios' normal gallery hours, Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm, to enjoy the 186 pieces that were juried in, and to view the Judges' Choice Award Winners.
|Hokusai Goes Fishing by Connie Creek (Judges Choice)
|Bird by Angela Gilles
|Packed by Angeles Gilles
|White by Doug McAbee Calvin
|Wishing Jar by Jane Grannis
|Bali Dishes & Tray byShana Salaff
|Candle in the Wind by Angie Flanagan
|Hibiscus#11 by Teresa Willis
"More Small Works Up Shortly"
The Nov 20 Issue had a few pics from the Opening Night Kick Off Film (The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro) & Opening Party at the Audubon House; and the the First two days of Activities. Here is the Link to that Issue http://conta.cc/2yYaVAv . This Issue will cover Wed. Night (Just a few Films Inc. "Borg Vs. McEnroe" & "I Tonya" with Special Guest ESPN's Bob Lee) & the Next Few Days inc. Spotlight LGBTQ's Premiere Showings of "Call Me By Your Name"+ "After Louie", "Freak Show". The Dec 4 Issue will Cover the Sat. Morning showing of the "The Artist" and the Honoring of the Costume Designer Mark Bridges PLUS Critics Choice National Premiere of "Last Flag Flying with Q&A then the Saturday Night Awards Ceremony with Special Guest Movie Star Lois Smith. Also in the Dec 4 Issue : The Last Day Sunday Featuring Quincy Perkins "Love in Youth". We'll have a Special Stand Alone Issue just on the 2017 KWFF (Featuring ALL 5 Days ) in the Next Few Months.
Wed. Night at The Key West Theater : World Short Film Programs with Back to Back Groups of Films : The Narrative Shorts & Documentary Shorts. Above with Quincy Perkins is the Star, Writer, and Producer of the Winning Narrative Short Missy Malek for "Laughing Branches" Q&A Followed After The Film.
We continue with the Panel Discussion on Friday with the Film Experts at The Porch, Spotlight Film "Call Me by Your Name" and the The Little White House Red Carpet Party Up Shortly.
The Key West Library Presents
533 Eaton St. 305-320-0208
R-L Manager Mia Clement along with staff Judi and Emily
The Key West Public Library and Books & Books at the Studios will present New York Times Bestselling author, Patricia Gussin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, at Books & Books, 533 Eaton St. Gussin's debut novel, "Shadow of Death," was nominated best first novel by the organization International Thriller Writers. Her other suspense titles include "After the Fall," "Weapon of Choice," and her latest, "Come Home." This free event is sponsored by the Key West Public Library and Books & Books at the Studios. For more information, contact the library at 305-292-3595 or visit booksandbookskw.com.
305-296-6196 1434 Kennedy Dr.
Specific Key West/South Florida sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt - the 54 ½ -ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 96,000 individuals lost to AIDS -- will be presented for display on World AIDS Day, December 1st, in a cooperative between AIDS Help, The Custom House and the Key West AIDS Memorial.
The date coincides with the annual candlelight procession and reading of names at the Key West AIDS Memorial, located at 1100 White Street (the Edward B. Knight Pier), and all participants are encouraged to continue their remembrance at The Custom House, 281 Front Street, which will host the Quilt panels through December 4th.
"I can't think of a better way to continue the remembrance than on our own 20th anniversary and the Quilt's 30th anniversary," says Jeffrey Smead, Treasurer for the Key West AIDS Memorial. "The Memorial was and is the only official municipal AIDS Memorial in the world, built with private funds and donated to the city in 1997 (and included 730 names). The NAMES Project Foundation -- the caretaker of The Quilt -- has offered a portable contact since 1987 that a fixed marker cannot. To offer one night of them together helps transform loss and heartbreak into hope and healing." DUE TO SPACE CONSTRAINTS PLEASE GOT TO THE END OF THIS ISSUE FOR ADDITIONAL VERBIAGE
More Quilts and the Continuation of the Verbiage from Above at the end of this Issue
SCENES AND SCENARIOS DEC 1, 2 & 3
And... Action! An evening of scenes, monologues, and more performed by students from the Key West High School.
Tickets sold online and at door for $15.
KWHS Students may purchase $10 tickets in advance at the Key West High School Drama Club. For More Info 305-985-0433
Key West Theater Announces Cyber Monday Special on November 27th for all Rams Head Concerts
Michael & Kelly and the entire Staff at KWT send Holiday Greetings and Give You this Present : On "Cyber Monday", November 27, the Key West Theater is offering surcharge free tickets all day beginning at 12:01 a.m. and ending at 11:59 p.m. All "Rams Head Presents" concerts and shows at
The Key West Theater
in Key West, Florida are eligible including performances by Rickie Lee Jones, The Zombies, Arlo Guthrie, Lorrie Morgan, Jefferson Starship and more. Also included is comedic appearances by Jim Breuer and Kevin Nealon. For the full lineup with show dates and times, please visit
512 Eaton St , Key West, Fl, (305) 985 0433
ADDITIONAL KWT INFO. BELOW IN THEIR WEEKLY SECTION
GingerBread Square Gallery's Jeff Birn Running the Miami Man International Distance Triathlon
Here is Part 1 of 3 of Our On-Line Photographic Exhibition Called "Funny Photos"
More Funny Photos Next Week
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. https://keystix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1021
ALSO on the Program : Siudy Garrido Flamenco Dance Company performing the exotic, sensuous music of Falla's El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician) with special guests: Siudy Garrido, George Akram, and Argentina.
New Jewelry and Encaustic Collages at Frangipani Gallery Friday Dec 1.
Fran Decker Sends Holiday Regards and tells us : "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
We continue Featuring the Artists of Frangipani Gallery with Karen Beauprie. Then to Follow more of David Scott Meier
We Continue with Deborah J Moore and Helen Rebane Up Shortly
Advance notice that the annual KWOS Holiday Brunch is coming up a month from today, Sunday, Dec. 17, 11 to 2. It is at the Club at Key West Harbour on Stock Island where we had our special October brunch. Why not just send in your reservation right now and avoid the Christmas rush? Send your check made out to KWOS for $25 per person to:
Kathy Buckard, 51 Boundary Lane, Key West 33040
She'd like to have your response by Dec. 10 so the chef will know how many to cook for.
In the photo: Community Services decorating the tree for the upcoming Tree Lighting Ceremony.
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.
More from The City of Key West in their Weekly Section
614 Duval St. 305-296-6076 Here is a 3 Minute You-Tube Video that Poochie Myers made of Stroll Down Duval Street
A Visit to the Guild Hall Gallery will yield an amazing amount of Local Artists Year Round; Perhaps over a Thousand Works of Art.
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
Part 2 KWFF
Always one of the Highlights of the KWFF ; The Porch Panel at 429 Caroline Street Featuring Eric Cohen from IndieWire, David Fear Rolling Stone, Kenny Duran La Times, Joshua Rothkopf Time Out NY, Alison Willmore of Buzz Feed , Freelance Film Writer Steve Dollar, Hans Morgenstern Miami New Times, Juan Barquin & Jeffrey Wells from Hollywood Elsewhere, & Moderated by Quincy Perkins (White Orchid Studios) and Brian Brooks of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
More from the 2017 Key West Film Festival Up Shortly
More "Small Works" from Letty Nowak and the Lemonade Stand Art Gallery
Autumn Sunset by Randall Graham
Roller Coaster by Natsku Matsumura
Sprig by Randall Graham
After the Storm by Cricket DeSamarass
Ario by Sean Callahan
Rounder Corner by Coleen Christopher
You be the Hoop , I'll be the Ball by Jerry Rawlines
Cebu Bath Time by Jerry Jerry Rawlines
Duck Diver by Diane Lewis
Rainy Day Puddles by Judi Bradford
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.
DEBORAH J MOORE
More from Helen Rebane from Frangipani Gallery Up Shortly
The Key West Garden Club's December general membership meeting will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm at the Garden in the Fort West Martello on Atlantic Blvd. in Key West. The public is welcome to join us.
This meeting will be "A Garden Celebration". The volunteers and staff of the Garden Club want to celebrate the recovery of the garden after the impact of Hurricane Irma. We will have an informal atmosphere in the garden with John Harris of Earth Advisors, Sharon Lieberman our resident succulent expert, and the wreath making skills of the floral design group sharing their expertise just in time for the holidays.
The garden will be decorated for the holiday season and will be lovely. So, please join us for "A Garden Celebration". Questions about the event can be directed to Jane Tiedeman, 305-923-3820.
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.
This was left out Last Week when we Featured Peter's Photos from the Headdress Ball last week
3rd Prize in the Headress Ball : Ptaradaltyl Debacle by Kurt Peterson from Minneaplois
Botanical Garden Hosts Tropical Plant Sale Amid Repairs
Audrey Thompson, Board Member and Volunteer at the Key West Botanical Garden, oversees the special sale of Tropical plants last weekend. The Garden has been closed after Hurricane Irma, but hopes to reopen December 1.
Friends of the AIDS Memorial Plan World AIDS Day Celebration
Board Members of the Friends of the AIDs Memorial meet to plan this year's World AIDS Day Celebration at the Key West AIDS Memorial on December 1. Left to right: Clayton Lopez; Michael Ingram, President;
Jonathon Baird; Steve Torrence, Jeff Smead and Larry Blackburn. Not shown: Petty Ward-Grant; Alan Eckstein, Peter Arnow.
Fantasy Fest Royalty at Thank You Party
Fantasy Fest King Paul Murray, Fantasy Fest Organizer Nadene Grossman, and Fantasy Fest Queen Destiny Montgomery at the Royal Thank You party held at the Bottlecap.
President Christopher Elwell at the Royal Thank You Party.
TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN
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," Chuck 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
We have been running a longer Feature from Take Stock in Children the last few weeks; and due to Space Constraints Edited this week; go to the Nov. 20 Issue for the Longer Version
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 their Stock Island Events :
Friday Night Featured "Centerpiece" Film at The San Carlo "Call Me By Your Name" The LGBTQ Most Talked about 2017 Entry.
with a Q&A by Brian Brooks and Eugene Hernandez of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Kenneth Turan and Joshua Rothkopf
More from the 2017 Key West Film Festival in the Dec 4 Issue
We Continue with "Small Works" by Letty Nowak and Caroline Stover-Sickmen of The Lemonade Stand Gallery
More "Small Works" Next Week
(L) If you Thought I had a Gun in My Pocket Would You Shoot (R) Being Blonde Changes Nothing by Zan Mixter
Cascade by E.J. Pansek
Good Food Restaurant by Justin Hamburger
Sweet Tavern RIP by Justin Hamburger
Little Something#15 by Jill Caldwell
Hershey Kiss by Eric Gonzales
Putting Down Routes # 1&2
by Bucky Grismer
(L) Sailboat Diner # 3 (R) Channel Marker by Sara Slee Brown
Solid Ground by Claudia Richards
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.
Subscription Plans for the Best Seat Avaialable
Although this is Jewelry ; Helen Rebane's Works are ART ; and she's been a Steady Regular Artisan at Frangipani Gallery.
Thanks Artists at Frangipani Gallery. The Dec 4 Issue will include works from Paul Carmichael & his Outstanding Award Winning Bird Photography, William Welch, Susann D'Antonio, Marc Hacker, Sandy Sun, Terri Gallo & Her Glass Masterpieces, Sharon Wells
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.
for their Latest Newsletter
In the Newsletter : Coral Reef Damage Assessment, Summer LionFish Debry Recap, Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, Newsmakers, Upcoming Events,
for the Dec 7-10 Key Largo Reef Fest
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
Ralph De Palma | Photography
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.
for a 20% Discount on Tickets ; and go to their website for a Complete Schedule
Every Sunday Sunday, 5 - 7:30p, Jazz in the Gardens Plus Live
Sunday Nov 26 Libby York Sunday Dec 3 Peter Diamond & Friends
Enetratinment Wed. to & Inc. Sat :
Cabaret @d'vine Wine Gallery:
James King Dec 6,13
Megan Constantine Dec 2,16,20,21,22,23,27,28,29,30
Jimmy Olson Dec 7,
Michael Robinson Dec 1,8,15
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
DEBRA BUTLER DESIGNS 612 Fleming St. 305-393-2942
Have you ever felt like you were in a time warp? Not remembering the day of the week or even the month of the year? Coincidentally, this year's Fantasy Fest theme was Time Travel Unraveled. Yes, I know the feeling. Last I remember, it was August and I was putting the finishing touches on a Summer newsletter. Next I knew, we were spun around and tossed about, not unlike Dorothy in Kansas. However, we didn't end up in Oz. Eventually, we came to rest in the land of post-Irma, Key West. The surroundings are familiar, unfortunately fewer, old growth trees. Yet something happened to the calendar. We skipped September and October, didn't we? Or that's the way it feels. Deep breath. Reminds me of the saying, "Grow where you're planted." My roots are still intact. Now's the time to begin your project. There's no place like home! 305-393-2942 Due to Space constraints click BUTLER1 Link for the Complete E-Mail Campaign
Thanks Tom, Peggy and Staff / Supporters /Board for the Amazing Job you do in Helping our Wild Friends.
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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
Rickie Lee Jones 12/7, Zombies 1/8, Arlo Guthrie 1/26 & 27, Lorrie Morgan 2/1, Rumours 2/11, Jessie Colin Young2/15, Jefferson Starship 2/22, George Winston 3/2 & Anna Popovic 3/2
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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
Inspecting Carol A Holiday Disaster Dec 12- Jan 6
1776 Jan 23-Feb 4
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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Click LINK5 for Featured Classes, Painting & Drawing, Reading and Writing, Music-Performance & Movement, Sculpture-Photos-Mixed Media, Kids & Teens
Just a few of the many Listings in LINK5 : ,11/30 Blues & Jazz Improvisation Unlock the Mystery with Jean Fineberg, Creative Minds Art & Exploration for Young Adults Workshops Sat. 12/2-1/6-2/2-&3/3 11a-2p, 12/16 & 17, Elements of Poetry with Rosalind Brackenbury,
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.
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"
Back in Time Fundraiser November 29
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
Key West Transit is pleased to announce that Ken Ayers is the Driver of the Quarter for the 4
th Quarter of the year.
Ayers came to the City in 2011 after retiring from the Naval Air Station Key West Fire Department.
"Ken is a very courteous and safe driver," said Transit Director Rod Delostrinos, "and is appreciated by his passengers and the department."
HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS
FROM THE CITY OF
KEY WEST & KWFD
It's time to deck the halls, but it's also a season where fire can be a threat Key West Fire Chief Michael Davila wants to remind the community to be alert for possible fire hazards that can sneak into our homes over the holidays. Space heaters, candles and dry Christmas trees are just some of the potentially dangerous additions to our homes this time of year.
Each year, lives are lost and homes destroyed because of unsafe use of heaters. The following are some tips to ensure you don't become a statistic:
- Never use ovens, ranges or grills as heating devices
- Install carbon monoxide detectors
- Keep all heating devices at least 36 inches away from other objects, including walls and furniture
- Never use an extension cord with a space heater, and never leave it unattended
- Keep candles at least one foot away from anything flammable and never leave one unattended
- Be sure your smoke alarm is tested monthly
- Use an artificial tree, or be sure your real one is fresh and keep it watered
- Use safe lights, check cords for wear, and don't use more than three strands on one extension cord
- Keep candles a long, safe distance from the tree
- Do not allow children to handle the lights
- Never use indoor extension cords out of doors
- Unplug the lights before changing bulbs
Finally, even cooking can be hazardous if we don't follow a few simple steps:
- Do not leave a stove unattended
- Keep saucepan handles turned away from the front of the stove so that children cannot pull them down
- If you deep fry a turkey, be extra careful; do not use the deep fryer under a deck and be sure to keep children away from that vat of hot oil. This is a potential dangerous means of cooking, so be fully aware of the hazards before you start.
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.
For Additional Venue Participants and Events go to their Website
5210 College Rd. 305-296-1504
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.
Thursday, December 7th -
The Florida Keys Outreach Coalition's Second Annual Gingerbread House Auction
6:00 to 8:00 pm - Auction begins at 6:30pm. Come share some holiday cheer as we auction off original Key West gingerbread houses to help provide homes for those without in Key West! All auction proceeds to benefit FKOC!. If you are interested in building a gingerbread house for the event, please contact Erika at
Friday, December 8th - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
Spanish Paired Wine Dinner - $90.00 - 5:30pm. Wine Pairing Option - $20.00. Join us for this incredible Spanish Wine Dinner featuring wines from Juan Gil Bodegas! We will be joined by Mark Mitchell, Southeast Region Manager for Blue Ventures Wine and Kellee Bartley of Opici wine Group!.
Olive Oil Poached Tuna with Grilled Fennel Salad and Piquillo Pepper Stuffed with Bacalao. Kenita Albariño.
Rabbit Confit with White Beans, Bitter Greens, Crispy Serrano Ham, and Mustard and Sherry Vinaigrette. Tridente Tempranillo.
Roasted Rack of Pork Stuffed with Dried Figs and Apricots, Spiced Potatoes, and Braised Chard. Juan Gil Blue Label.
Pear Tart with Almonds and Spicy Chocolate Sauce.
Blue Gray Priorat.
Saturday, December 9th - Weekly Wine and Food Tasting - Wine Education Event
$15.00 - 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Join us for our weekly Wine and Food Tasting featuring delicious wines with paired bites by Chef Martha Hubbard!Please Call For Seats.
Saturday, December 16th - 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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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
New Location 808 Duval St.
Next Business Mixer Dec 13 Venue TBA
Next Luncheon Dec 6th : Their Annual Awards Dinner and Beach Bash Marriott Beachside 6-8p Click LINK1 for More Info & Tickets
Be a part of the 2018 Gay Key West Map & Directory!
Purchase your ad today!
The layout is a rack card size booklet that allows for a combination of narrative, photos, advertising & business listings.
They are distributed locally at the Gay Key West Visitors Center
& KWBG Member locations.
We also distrubute them at TDC sponsored trade shows, LGBT festivals around the world and LGBT venues across the US.
Contact : Matt 305-294-4603 Matt@Gaykeywestfl.com
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.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is remembering this week Two Officers who died in the line of duty.
(L) Sheriff's Deputy Nick Pham was killed in the line of duty in a traffic accident. Deputy Pham was working traffic patrol for the Sheriff's Traffic Enforcement Unit when his patrol car collided with a semi-tractor trailer truck at the 62 mile marker of highway U.S. One at 12:20 p.m.
(R) Remembering fallen officer: David Cormier - killed November 19
David J. Cormier, 31 years old, was a reserve deputy for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office when he died November 19, 1989, from injuries he received when the patrol car he was riding in collided with a pick-up truck.
The collision occurred about 10:55 p.m., on U.S. Highway 1 on Plantation Key at Mile Marker 87.5. Deputy Joseph Ferraro and Reserve Deputy Cormier were responding to a back-up call from another deputy. Patrick Walter from Davie, Florida, had just left the parking lot of the Islamorada Inn in his 1973 Chevrolet pick-up truck when, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, he "failed to yield the right of way" to the patrol car, which had blue and red lights flashing.
Deputy Ferraro swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid the accident, but collided with the left side of the pick-up truck. Deputy Ferraro sustained head and neck injuries and was transported to Baptist Hospital and made a full recovery. Patrick Walter died at the scene of the accident and Reserve Deputy Cormier was stabilized at Mariners Hospital before being airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, where he died during surgery at 2:30 a.m. the following morning.
Reserve Deputy Cormier was the third deputy to be killed in the line of duty in Monroe County. Cormier was an official with TIB Bank of the Keys, participated in civic projects and volunteered at many community events. He was an active member of the Upper Keys Jaycees. He also volunteered to set up a computer system for the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce. Reserve Deputy David Cormier graduated from the Reserve Deputy Academy in June, 1989, and is survived by his parents, Curtis and Lilian; and his sister, Andrea.
PART 2 WORLD AIDS DAY
305-296-6196 1434 Kennedy Dr.
Sponsoring The Quilt's appearance, explained Scott Pridgen, Executive Director of AIDS Help, was the idea of the Agency's Consumer Advisory Committee (comprised of clients and non-clients), always innovating methods to reinforce the Mission, and historical significance, of the Agency.
"The idea arose months ago from several members and since, Michael Seth Young and Chuck Brown have been busily assembling volunteers and docents to explain and answer questions about the Quilt, which began in San Francisco with a single 3 x 6 foot panel. It now includes more than 49,000 panels from every state in the nation," recounted Pridgen, "hand-crafted by friends, lovers and family members."
Sections are continuously on display across the country in schools, places of worship, community centers, businesses, corporations and a variety of other institutional settings all in the hope of making the realities of HIV and AIDS real, human and immediate. To date, more than18 million people have seen The AIDS Memorial Quilt at tens of thousands of display throughout the world.
"It's still a disease that has no cure," commented Pridgen. "The Quilt humanizes the statistics. It defines compassion...triumph over taboo...shedding of stigma...and inspiration for individuals to take responsibility for their own wellness. By incorporating Key West's permanent tribute with the Quilt panels at the beautiful Custom House, under the watchful eye of Key West Art & Historical Society Curator Cori Convertito, we offer an emotional 2017 outreach to our community on December 1st."
The evening's 'umbrella' thematic, the Tree of Hope, from 7-9 p.m., will offer appetizers and live entertainment, and notepaper will be provided for attendees to personally inscribe a memory or wish for their chosen placement on a Christmas tree, this year donated by MARC House.
The tree is subsequently relocated for lobby display through the New Year to the main offices of AIDS Help, 1434 Kennedy Drive.
AIDS Help has allocated the suggested entry donation of $25, which includes a first drink and a keepsake ornament, to the Friends of the AIDS Memorial, Inc. for its annual upkeep and refurbishment.
For more information on the Key West AIDS Memorial, access keywestaids.org ,
For more information on The NAMES Project and The AIDS Memorial Quilt, please visit aidsquilt.org
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.