The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends November 6, 2017   

Part 2 of Our On-Line Photographic Exhibition "Perfectly Timed Photos Taken Right Before an Incident"

Part 3 of Our On-Line Photographic Exhibition "Parenting in the Wilderness"

The High School Variety Show at The Key West Theater Nov. 10

Part 2 of "The Smallest Parade in the Universe" Above is the First Place Winner "Backyard Boogie" by Rene Hatalovsky

Fantasy Flight by Carol Tedesco
Part 2 of The Recent Group Photographic Exhibition at TSKW "Past Fantasy Fest"; and we have Most of the Works 
Part 2 The 2017 Zombie Bike Ride : Photos We Took ; + Bonus Slide Show from Bill Klipp

Custom House & KWAHS Celebrates 2017 Fantasy Fest
This Year ; By far the Most Amazing 
Line Up of Films
& Special Events /Q&A/Panel Discussions

Key West Film Festival Nov. 15-19

The Key West Gallery on 601 Duval St. brought into town 3 Major Well Known Extremely Talented Artists : Gary Welton, Adam Scott Rote, & Bill Mack & Although they Temporarily Left KW ; You can enjoy going to the Gallery for First Hand Viewing. 

South Florida Symphony Orchestra is in town November 15 to Perform "The Great American Songbook"

The KW Library & Books and Books have Many Events in November

Judi Bradford Exhibition 11/3-30 at Salt Gallery 

Pics from Hazel Griffiths Reception & Exhibition at Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery. Only 1 More Week to see her Spectacular Work.  Also in this Issue are 2 Video Links of the Exhibition taken by Social Media Guru Giancarlo Espinosa

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends ; going out to over 7805 Each Week.   This Week : Keys Last Stand "Protecting the Keys" Meetings 11/6 & 20, Key West Film Festival 11/15 to 19, Photos from the Hazel Griffiths Art Exhibition at Gildea Fine Art Gallery, Pt. 3 On-Line Photo Feature "Parenting in the Wilderness", Pt. 2 On-Line Photo Feature Perfectly-Timed Photos Taken Right Before an Incident", VFW Needs Help,  High School Variety Show 11/10 at KWT, S. Fla. Symp. Orch. "The Great American Songbook 11/15, Pt. 2 Photos of "The World's Smallest Parade in the Universe", Monroe Co. School District's "Take in America", Pt. 2 On-Line Group Photographic Exhibition "Street Level" at TSKW (4 Local Artists Showing their Photos of Past Fantasy Fests, Pt. 2 Photos of the 2017 Zombie Bike Ride + Bonus Coverage from Bill Klipp's Slideshow, KW Gallery has Adam Scott Rote, Bill Mack & Gary Welton Exhibitions, KW Library & Books and Books Literary Events inc. Young Novelist Martin Wilson 11/19 & Gabriel Tallent, Judi Bradford Art Exhibition at Salt Gallery, Frangipani Group Art Exhibition, Custom House and KWAHS had many Fantasy Fest events, 2017 / 2018 Red Barn Schedule, WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM , Mary Lou Hoover and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention & 12/3 "Out of Darkness" Walk, WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM , Reef Relief - MOTE-Sanc. Friends Found. of the Fla. Keys, Our Weekly City of KW & MCSO Features, Southernmost Coconut Castaways and the Trop Rock Music Compilation CD "Keys Strong" to 16 Releif Agencies,  Our Weekly Section "Southampton Arts & Culture" section, Fringe Theatre, Gardens Hotel Jazz on Sundays 5-7:30P (Peter Diamond & Friends 11/5 & Scott Marischen-Toni Bishop-Skipper Kripitz 11/12), Mangia-Mangia gives back to the Non Profits, Key West Theater's Complete Schedule & Links, FKCC, Aids Help CC, AnnaMarie Giordano starts up for the 2017 / 2018 "Life Drawing Workshops" at Fort East Martello" Tuesdays ( Models Wanted), Waterfront Playhouse "Welcome Back" party 11/30,  FKSPCA's "Shelter News" & 11/9 "Spayghetti & No Balls", WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM ,
Fla. Keys Council of the Arts Members Show Nov. to end of January, TSKW Winter Members Show 12/7-28 + Day Trip to Miami Art Basil 12/7 + Holiday Bazaar 12/9, WWW.LUCILLEKHORNAK.COM , KWAHS "The Fabulous 50's : Back in Time " Fund Raiser 11/29 + Merger with The Tennessee Williams KW Exhibit (Complete details in the 11/13 Issue), KW Tropical Forest & Botanical Gardens, Isle Cook's Tasty Schedule, & More.
Thanks again to all our Contributing Editors : The "Friends" in the Title of the Magazine.

Part 3 "Parenting in the Wilderness"

Part 3 "Parenting in The Wilderness" Will Continue Shortly

The first meeting this month is this coming Monday, November 6
th, 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.

Group Photographic Exhibition Exhibition of Past Fantasy Fest Photos from 4 of the Top Photographers in Key West.

Upstairs, in the 3
rd floor XOJ Gallery, visitors can tap into "Street Level," a more candid, photojournalistic view of the Fest, as documented by photographers Lynne Bentley-Kemp, Mark Hedden, Martha Hubbard and Carol Tedesco.
"Every year since 1993 I have been a participant and documenter of Fantasy Fest," said Cudjoe Key-based photographer Bentley-Kemp. "This ritual is a true collaboration of the wonderful, creative people who have no qualms about expressing their indulgence in anarchy and liminality. I am a big fan of the transgressive and the salacious and I've never been disappointed. This is the only time that I intentionally photograph people - it is where I begin to see the total joy of individual expression. The result is a collection of images that reflects a bawdy and raucous celebration of community. It is a profound statement about the condition of being human." (This Article has been edited for Space Constraints) + This Exhibition may have been taken down a few days ago ; HOWEVER we have the images here for you to enjoy.  Part 1 is in the Oct 30 Issue ; Click Issue Link

I heard the Thunder Clapping & Felt the Desert Burning by Mark Hedden
Re-Examaning All that you have Been by Mark Hedden
Conflict the Ungovernable Force by Lynne Bentley-Kemp
Just Misbehaven by Carol Tedesco
Riding the Bike by Martha Hubbard
A Little Home Town Jam by Carol Tedesco
More Photographs Up Shortly

We now Continue with Part 2 of the 2017 Zombie Bike Ride

More from the 2017 Zombie Bike Ride Up Shortly &
A New Associate Contributing Editor Bill Klipp sends regards and gives us GREAT BONUS Coverage
"Check this out,   I put together a pretty fun photo slide show of this year's Zombie Ride. 
Take a ride with Key West's Zombies on their annual Fantasy Fest adventure. 
Zombie Bike Ride 2017 Slide Show" 

Hazel Griffiths KW Art Premiere at Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery. Exhibition up until Nov. 10 
522 Southard St. 305-797-6485

GianCarlo Espinosa did Two Short Videos for the Hazel Griffiths Exhibition.

Here is a Lead Feature that WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM did on Hazel Griffiths Exhibition :
Part 2 of the Hazel Griffths Exhibition at Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Up Shortly ; Exhibition on until Nov. 10.


The response to our Full Program Announcement last week has been pretty encouraging!  Michael Tuckman, Quincy Perkins, and others at the Key West Film Festival have been working hard the past 10 months curating a 2017 film festival experience that will top those of years past.  This year we're making a pretty big splash on opening night, pun intended, as we screen  
The Shape of Water, written and directed by Oscar Nominated 
Guillermo del Toro.
Who better to introduce the move on 2017's Opening Night than the man himself, Guillermo del Toro!  The famed filmmaker who has brought such cult classics and blockbusters as the   
Hellboy and 
Blade movie series, 
The Hobbit Trilogy 
Pacific Rim movie series, and
Pan's Labyrinth.  His creative mind and beautiful story telling have captivated audiences for over two decades.
( Due to Space Constraints go to the very end of this Issue for More News from the 2017 KWFF)

We Now start Part 2 of 
Perfectly - Timed Photos Taken Right Before an Incident; Up After the next feature ; Part 1 was in the Oct. 30 Issue to see that Issue Hit

Elephant Love

This couple seems so calm and collected despite the giant elephant about to pick up their car and toss it. He must have been just wanting to get acquainted because a few sniffs were all it took and the couple drove off. Did you know that elephants were this big? I mean, look at its legs, they are taller than the car those kids are in.OMG Lane

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

One of Everyone's Favorite Artists Adam Scott Rote was in town Two Weeks ago week; appearing at the Key West Gallery WWW.KEYWESTGALLERY.COM

The two other Artists that KW Gallery had in town last week : Bill Mack and Gary Welton. Of course their Brilliant Art hangs ALL Year Round

SALT Gallery Presents "Sunny Side of the Street" by Judi Bradford the Entire Month of November

For the month of November, SALT Gallery (830 Fleming St.,   features "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
th. For more information, call 305.517.6088 or visit .

We now start Part 2 of our On-Line Photographic Exhibition " Perfectly-Timed Photos Taken Right Before an Incident"

Octopus Pack

An octopus can leave a person paralyzed and unable to breathe and swallow if it perceives a threat. For this couple, faking paralysis seemed to disarm the little guy and he was able to be extricated without any harm befalling the man. Next time you're walking down the boardwalk of your favorite beach, watch out for this 8-legged beauty. ClipMass

Just A Little Nibble

Camels can be aggressive with one another and don't usually display violent behavior towards humans. They even enjoy sniffing humans and will sometimes play with their hair. In this case, though, it looks like one camel was beyond frustrated and took his anger out on a pretty innocent tourist. Recrio Viral

Pole Dancing On Public Transport

All pole dancers know that you should never pull any stunt with a drink in your hand! Hopefully, this guy knew the girl striking a pose. If not, then this is exactly the reason why many of us abhor public transportation to begin with: It's full of weird people on crazy missions. TC Mag

A Furry Cat Rocket

I f we could shoot our kitties out of big, silly cannons, this is surely what the furball projectiles would look like. With that look of determination, this critter must have been chasing after something seriously exciting. Felines don't tend to exert themselves like this unless they think it's worth it. vse42

Bee Stings Hurt The Bee

(Not so) fun facts: When a honey bee stings something, it can't retrieve its barbed stinger. Instead, it has to fly away and leave not only its stinger, but part of its abdomen, digestive tract, muscles, and nerves. The honey bee promptly dies as a result of this abdominal rupture. Informativa

Dodgeball-Or Not

If you've ever been struck in your face while wearing glasses, you know exactly how much it hurts. Innocent frames of metal and plastic turn into weaponized assault garments. This woman might have a hilarious photo for a dating site now, but she won't play contact sports with glasses ever again. Ebaums World
We Continue with Part 2 of our On-Line Photographic Exhibition "Perfectly-Timed Photos Taken Right Before an Incident" Up Shortly

During Fantasy Fest :One of the Opening Event Gatherings at TSKW on the Main Floor ; All 3 Floors were active ALL Week Long ; as well as their other two venues : KW Lighthouse & Keepers Quarters and East Fort Martello
GianCarlo Espinosa, Carol from the TDC, & Arlo from KWLS

From The Citizen Rob O'Neal

Jane & Roger Washburn

Up Shortly : More Photos from "Street Level" A Group Photographic Exhibition from Carol Tedesco, Lynn Bentley-Kemp, Martha Hubbard, & Mark Hedded. Photos that they took from Fantasy Fest Past.

The Smallest Parade in the Universe was at The Key West Theater; and we have Pics of the Floats.  Thanks Judi Bradford, Bill Chandler, & Claire Perrault for doing a Great Job.  Profits went to Marc House.

Hometown Carnival by Carol Cox

What The Flock by Deborah Knowles

Tiny Hands Hydra by Judi Bradford

ButterflyNardo by Rochelle Eannarino

Let's Go Fly a Kite by Jeff Tori & Hite Bartos

More of the 2017 "Smallest Parade in the Universe" Up Shortly


Subscription Plans for the Best Seat Avaialable 


Mary Lou Hoover Sends Regards and Tells Us :  I would like to personally invite all of you to join me for lunch on Tuesday, November 14th at Centennial on Whitehead Street from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Centennial will be grilling up hamburgers and hot dogs - all for a donation from you. All money received will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for their work on suicide awareness and prevention.

After just coming through hurricane Irma, many in our community are facing challenges that will affect their mental health. AFSP is providing support for meetings throughout the keys and is working with other local non-profits to provide valuable information on how to deal with the stresses after a major disaster. 

And soon to follow will be our 3rd Annual Out of the Darkness Walk on Sunday, December 3rd at the Sheriff's Office on Stock Island.

WWW.GALLERYONGREENE.COM  606 Greene St.  The Oct 30 Issue had a Feature on the Andy Thurber Exhibition & Reception ; Click the Oct 30 Issue Link for the Feature

 Andy Thurber and Gallery on Greene will have an On-Line Art Exhibition in an Upcoming Issue of The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends
We Now Continue with one of the Most Talked About Features in the Magazine over the Last 5 Years ; Part 3 of "Parenting in the Wilderness"

Part 4 of "Parenting in the Wilderness" in the Nov. 13 Issue

We Now Continue with "Street Level" A Group Photographic Exposition at the TSKW that had Photos from Past Fantasy Fest and Features Carol Tedesco, Lynne Bentley-Kemp, Martha Hubbard, & Mark Hedden. First Up :

 Stars Look Very Different Today by Mark Hedden
Boris, Natasha, & Vampire by Lynne Bentley-Kemp
One Way by Lynne Bentley-Kemp
Key West Carnivalesque by Lynne Bentley-Kemp
Zen by Karen Moore 
Karen, Debbie, & Karen (Green Pineapple) Wellness Ctr., Cafe, Boutique, Life Coaching Yoga , Jewelry & More WWW.GREENPINEAPPLE.COM 1130 Duval St. 305-509-7378
More from "Street Level" Up Shortly

NOTE : Events Takes Place at Books & Books
Allison Rich 
Sr. Library Assistant, 
Monroe County Public Library
700 Fleming Street, 
Key West, FL  33040. 

Allison at The KW Public Library Tells Us about these 2 Literary event :
(2) The Key West Library and Books & Books at the Studios are pleased to present acclaimed young adult novelist, Martin Wilson, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at Books & Books, 533 Eaton St..  Martin Wilson is the author of "What They Always Tell Us," which won the Alabama Author Award for best young adult book, and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. His short stories, essays, and book reviews have been published in One Teen Story, Tin House, Rush Hour, Publishers Weekly, Austin Chronicle, and other publications. His newest novel, "We Now Return to Regular Life," was released in August.
This free event is sponsored by the Key West Public Library, the Key West Literary Seminar and Books & Books at the Studios.  Call 305-292-3595 for more information.  

(R) November 17 6:30p
Gabriel Tallent, will read from his breakout debut, MY ABSOLUTE DARLING

Welcome Home Keys Family!
Reef Relief was very fortunate to not have suffered any damage from Hurricane Irma to our Environmental Education Center, and we are open! More importantly, all the Reef Relief staff is safe and sound.  Our thoughts are with those who were not as fortunate as us, and if there is anything that we can do to help, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

We are excited to announce that our Discover Coral Reefs School Program is back up and running! Education Coordinator, Laurel Zaima, has already visited 5 schools and has taught hundreds of students about our coral reef ecosystem this fall. If you are interested in having Reef Relief teach in your classroom or want more information about our Discover Coral Reefs School Program, please contact us at or call (305)294-3100.
Due to Space Constraints : for additional info. ; please go to their website, Facebook Page, and this Link for their latest Informative E-mail 

Exhibition at TSKW ; I believe ALL of November ; More Info of Course in the TSKW Weekly Feature Up Shortly
Letty Nowak sends regards and this Invitation : "We are proud to present this year's Juried Small Works Exhibit. Around 175 artworks were chosen from a very competitive entry process. We will also be dedicating this exhibit to the loved and late Key West art promoter, advocate, and dealer, Dianne Zolotow. TSKW is hosting the exhibit.

We Now Continue with Part 2 of our On-Line Photographic Exhibition "Perfectly-Timed Photos Taken Right Before an Incident


Special Delivery!

The whole storks-deliver-babies wive's tale goes back as far as Roman times. Over the centuries, many different cultures believed that storks brought good luck. The birds are also good parents and care for their offspring long after they learn to fly. Perhaps that's where the old story comes from? LikeMag

Duck! (Actually, It's A Pigeon)

This photo is nothing short of a tried and true classic-there's just something special about it. It looks exactly like the pigeon has targeted this child in particular for some sort of birdy, wasteful revenge. Witty Feed

Taken Out At The Ballgame

Baseball games are so much fun, but if you're close to home plate, you should really spend the majority of your time keeping an eye out for projectiles. Even when you're clear across the stadium, you should still pay attention-home runs can easily send a baseball flying right into someone's face. FFOUND


Oh, bird fights-so tiny, hilarious, and cute. These two are different species, and it looks like they're well aware of it. Why else would you boot someone who's just trying to enjoy a seedy little snack? Mother Nature is beyond tough when you really think about it. Imgur

A True Fairytale Wedding

Imagine being the wedding photographer in this scenario. You know you've got a hilarious photo opportunity, but you can't really interrupt the proceedings because you don't want to ruin the moment. Would you just shoot this and let the couple be surprised when you deliver the final set of photos? TransPhoto

Walking On The Clouds

This is actually a great photo that shows what skydiving really feels like! Falling through clouds for sixty seconds is a sensation like no other. This guy's clearly a professional if he's striking poses in freefall, too. Advanced jumpers do all kinds of crazy challenging stunts in midair. Flickr

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


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!

WWW.FRINGETHEATER.COM 305-731-0581 325 WhiteHead St.

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.

Part 2
Hazel Griffiths KW Art Premiere at Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery. Exhibition up until Nov. 10 
522 Southard St. 305-797-6485

Hazel with Poet Laureate Kirby Congdon


WWW.GARDENSHOTEL.COM 526 Angela St. 305-294-2661
Every Sunday Sunday, 5:30 - 8, Jazz in the Gardens Plus Live Enetratinment  Wed. to & Inc. Sat :   
Cabaret @d'vine Wine Gallery:
JaZZ this Sunday is Peter Diamond, on the 12
thScott Marischen, on the 19
th a super show with Toni Bishop and Skippo! New time 5-7:30pm (daylight savings)
Cabaret is Wednesdays James King, III, Thursdays Jim my Olson, Fridays Michael Robinson, and Saturdays Megan Constantine. 5-7 with happy our pricing on 4 select reds and 4 select whites!! Cha Ching!

Flying High in Key West by Debby Weaver

Scardey Cat by Lucy Paige

The Freakers Ball by Susann D'Antonio

The Gnadiegns Franlein in Colaloony by Jane Geneviewe 

Flutter by Tricia Palmer

"The Drinker" Dinosaur by Jim Racchi

 WWW.CFFK.ORG 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

WWW.KEYWESTWILDLIFECENTER.ORG 1801 White St. 305-292-1008 

Thanks Tom, Peggy and Staff / Supporters /Board for the Amazing Job you do in Helping our Wild Friends.

WWW.FKSPCA.ORG 305-294-4857 5230 College Rd.


WWW.THEKEYWESTTHEATER.COM 512 Eaton St. 305-985-0433
Go to their Website and Facebook Pages for Up to Date Schedule of Events and Concerts.
 11/8 Citizen Cope, 11/15 The Australian Bee Gees Show, 12/7 An Intimate Evening with Rickie Lee Jones
Firefall March 17, 2018

NOV 10 KEY WEST HIGH SCHOOL "High School Variety Show" at KWT
On November 10th at the Key West theater, members of the student-run Drama Club from Key West High School will perform a variety show for all ages, packed with musical numbers, original songs and scenes, and even stand-up comedy. The 
High School Variety Show is a fundraiser for the high school musical, which will also be performed at Key West Theater this spring.
"There are some really talented students in the Drama Club," says Key West Theater Artistic Director Juliet Gray, "and I can't wait to see them perform on our stage." "I'm especially looking forward to a piece from a musical we are developing that two students are writing together. And an original adaptation of Aesop's Fables turned into Key West-centric tales that we are calling 'Bubba's Fables.' It will be a fun, original, fast-paced evening. The fund raised from this Variety Show will go directly towards production needs. My goal is to have student involvement in all areas so they can learn how to be theatrically self-sufficient and eventually put on their own shows with supervision from our team at the Key West Theater."

The High School Variety Show takes place at the Key West Theater at 7pm on November 10th. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are available at or by calling (305) 985-0433.  
To volunteer or donate towards the high school musical spring production, contact Artistic Director Juliet Gray at Key West Theater is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax deductible.


WWW.KEYWESTORTHOPEDICS.COM  3428 N. Roos. Blvd. 305-295-9797

Florida Keys Community College invites aspiring novelists in the community to participate in  "NaNoWriMo," short for National Novel Writing Month this November.  The College's Library is an officially designated "Come Write In Spot" for the nationwide event.  One part writing boot camp, one part party, NaNoWriMo participants commit to writing 50,000 words in the 30 days of November.  Throughout the month, they'll be guided by this year's theme: "Superpowered Noveling."
NaNoWriMo is celebrating its 19th year of encouraging creativity, education, and the power of the imagination through the largest writing event in the world.  This year, NaNoWriMo expects over 400,000 people to start a 50,000-word novel during November.
FKCC's NaNoWriMo novelists will meet on Mondays in November from 12 noon to 4 p.m. in the College's Writing Center.  Participants should sign up and join the Key West region.  For more information about NaNoWriMo at FKCC, contact Kristina Neihouse, the College's Assistant Director of the Learning Resource Center and NaNoWriMo Regional Municipal Liaison, at 305-809-3206 or


Once again we start up again with Part 4 of the "Parenting in the Wilderness" in the November 13 Issue.


WWW.AHMONROE.ORG The site will give ALL the King & Queen Events


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

Bill  Mack

Gary Welton

During Fantasy Fest The KW Gallery had 3 Brilliant Artists visit and put on Art Exhibitions. Click the Oct 30th. Issue to see the Complete Feature and of course go to their website to see their works; OR BETTER YET DROP IN ON THE GALLERY


Here is Part 3 & Final Part of the "Group Fantasy Fest Photographic Exhibition of Past Years" at TSKW . Thank You  : Carol Tedesco, Lynne Bentley-Kemp, Martha Hubbard, & Mark Hedden for sharing their Great Photographs.

I'm Glad You Stood in my Way by Mark Hedded
Red Feather by Lynne Bentley-Kemp
Mile Zero by Carol Tedesco
Gumption by Martha Hubbard
Thanks Lynne Bentley-Kemp, Martha Hubbard, Mark Hedden, & Carol Tedesco for the Lovely Photos of Past Fantasy Fests. 


Savor the Pops Series kick off concert -- Celebrating The Great American Songbook, considered along with jazz to be the most important contribution to American music in the 20th Century.   Join Music Director Sebrina Maria Alfonso and the South Florida Symphony Orchestra while making the rafters ring with highly popular classics from the Songbook series composed by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and many others. Seven versatile and talented vocalists repeat performances that thrilled previously sold out audiences.  7:30 pm; Wednesday, November 15, 2017; Key West High School Auditorium, 2100 Flagler Avenue, Key West, FL 33040.  $25-$85.  Call 305-295-7676 or  visit


AnnaMarie Giordano starts Up her live Drawing Workshops at Fort East Martello on Tuesdays 11a-2pm.  No Minimum Amount of Classes Needed.  Watch for Info. on Start Date.  Feel free to Call AG at 609-884-3474 and or . Model Positions Available.


Their Monthly E-Mailer & Feature on their website "Keys Traveler" has a Tremendous Amount of Information


Nov. 30 "Welcomes You Back Party"

WWW.FRANGIPANIGALLERY.COM  305-296-0440  1102 A&B Duval St. 

(L) "Home is Where The Heart Is" Fran Decker
(R) "Burano Blue Boats" Sharon Wells
Frangipani Gallery Celebrates The Season With a Group Opening
.  Please join us for a season opening group show with some exciting new work ALL OF NOBVEMBER

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.  



Johnny White & Caroline are always so nice in sharing their Photo Galleries with Us.  Hit their Gallery Link to see many Photo Galleries


 855-378-6386  (855-3-SUNFUN)
Direct Booking from Sunset Watersports Key West on All Above Plus so Many Additional Packages Hit BOOKING INFO .  

WWW.FKSPCA.ORG 305-294-4857 5230 College Rd.
Wed. Nov. 9

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
Exhibition dates:  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. 

 Link for "After Irma Gratitude + Resources for Artists" Click Brown Title 
 WWW.TSKW.ORG 533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458 
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
 I believe this Exhibition is up All of November
Letty Nowak sends regards and this Invitation : We are proud to present this year's Juried Small Works Exhibit. Around 175 artworks were chosen from a very competitive entry process. We will also be dedicating this exhibit to the loved and late Key West art promoter, advocate, and dealer, Dianne Zolotow. TSKW is hosting the exhibit.
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.

PLEASE CLICK RED LINK1 for the E-Mail TSKW sent for ALL the Upcoming Events and Important Information.

"Hampton's Art & Culture"

The 3 Big Arts Organizations in the Hamptons LI NY are below. Of course just like Key West; there are so many Art Galleries on the East End of LI and as we did for the 2016 / 2017 Issues; The Blast visits and Presents their Art.  Thanks for the Positive Feedback; especially from Keys Art Gallery Owners and Artists that enjoys seeing what their Artistic Community is presenting.
Editors Note : We will start up in the next few weeks with adding events and Features to this Popular Weekly section ( Especially since we have picked up a small Target Market Readership from the Hamptons)

GUILD HALL 158 Main St. East Hampton, NY 11937 631-324-0806 WWW.GUILDHALL.ORG
SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CENTER 25 Jobs Ln Southampton, NY, 11968 631-283-0967
PARRISH ART MUSEUM 279 Montauk Hwy. Water Mill, NY, 11976

37A Main Street  East Hampton NY 631-329-4516.  

In an Upcoming Issue of the "Hampton's Arts and Culture" Section will be our latest visit to the Lucille Khornak Galleries + Our Good Friend Lucille Treats us to an On-Line Photographic Exhibition.


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"
Photo by Carol Tedesco

"Museums & Me" children's program at the Lighthouse to resume this Saturday; Key West Art & Historical Society waives fee to support families impacted by hurricane Irma
Starting this Saturday, November 4, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Key West Art & Historical Society reinstates their monthly "Museums & Me" program for children aged 0-6 at the Key West Lighthouse and Keepers Quarters, 938 Whitehead Street, and in order to provide support for families following hurricane Irma, is offering the program for free until January.
This fun, interactive monthly outdoor preschool program presented by early childhood educator Natalie Robinson is offered in partnership with the Healthy Start Coalition and includes movement, story time, and bubble play.  "While we all struggle to return to life before hurricane Irma, families with young children in particular are looking for a sense of normalcy and structure," says Society Director of Education Adele Williams. "So, while the Society has had to cut back on some of our programing due to the fiscal impacts of Irma, providing a free and entertaining outlet for learning and engagement with local cultural institutions is our way of supporting that need."
Sponsored in part by the Helmerich Trust. For more information, visit KWAHS.ORG/LEARN or call Adele Williams at 305.295.6616 extension 115.
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...
A Merger for the History Ages ; Due to Space Constraints A Large Feature will be in the Nov. 13 Issue for the Merger Between KWAHS and The Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit "Keeping the Legacy Alive"

Info. & Photos from Alyson Crean
Parade season has officially begun! First Fantasy Fest, and the Veteran's Day Parade, then it's time to plan your float for the upcoming Key West Holiday Parade!
Floats can be of any length, but must be maneuverable and no more than 15 feet wide and 12 feet high. Each entry requires monitors. A monitor's meeting will be held in late November.
Entry forms must be received by Monday, November 20 th. The parade takes place on Saturday, December 2nd, beginning at 7 p.m. at the corner of White Street and Truman Avenue. Nancy D'Amato emcees the event from the judges viewing platform.
Applications and details are available on the City's web site at
Photo by Alyson Crean :   Participants in last year's Holiday Parade, one of the city's most-loved local events.

 5210 College Rd. 305-296-1504

Thursday, November 2nd, 9, & 16  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Hands-On Cooking Lesson. First Three Thursdays in November (2nd, 9th, 16th) - 6:00pm. $230.00 for the Series, or $85.00 per Lesson. More Info  on this event and others scheduled past Nov. 2 Simply go to their Website and Facebook Page.

November 9 th - Salad and Sides,   Roasted Cauliflower and with Dates and Serranos,   Homemade Sambal with Green Beans and Bacon,   Hearts of Palm, Radishes, and Avocado with Roasted Tomato Dressing,   Stuffing with Plantains, Sweet Potato, and Rum Roasted Pineapple
November 16 th - Turkey, Marinade, Rubs, and Sauces, Confit of Turkey Leg,    Roasted Turkey Breast,    Herb and Sweet Garlic Marinade,   BBQ Rub, Traditional Gravy,   Jamaican Jerk Sauce, Seating for this series is very limited, so call today to reserve your seats!

Wednesday, November 8th - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
Early Fall Dinner - $80.00 - 5:30pm. Roasted Cauliflower with Currants and Crispy Ham, Celery Leaf Salad with Duck Egg, Radicchio, and Whole Grain Mustard, Bacon Wrapped Rainbow Trout with Hazelnut Brown Butter and Braised Collard Greens, Apple and Butternut Squash Pie with Aged Cheddar Cheese.
Saturday, November 11th - 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.
Saturday, November 11th - 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


Tammy Fox : Executive Director Sent us this really Great E-Mail Newsletter ; Here is the Opening Statement

The support the FKSPCA received pre- and post-Irma has been amazing and heartwarming. Thanks to the support of this community we were able to foster 197 animals to safety prior to the storm. This enabled the staff of the FKSPCA to breathe easy knowing the animals were out of harm's way and, more importantly, these foster families saved lives.
After the storm the FKSPCA began to receive offers of help from individuals, foundations, corporations and animal welfare partners. This support enabled the FKSPCA to provide food, vet care and temporary housing for animals belonging to displaced community residents and for animals in the community that were left during the storm. The outpouring of concern and support will never be forgotten.

As we move forward the FKSPCA is working to implement programs to help the pet owners of our community who have suffered as a result of Irma. The FKSPCA will be holding free clinics to provide routine wellness and medical care for the pets of those residents who have been displaced and are trying to get back on their feet. We will also continue to provide free shelter through our FAITH program for residents needing someplace for their pet to go while they find shelter themselves. If you are a resident needing assistance please call the shelter in Key West at 305-294-4857 or in Marathon at 305-743-4800.

It is through the generosity of our supporters that we are able to provide valuable programs like these and we cannot thank you enough for helping us help the animals when they need us the most. If you would like to make a gift to contribute to the clinic or our recovery efforts please go to and choose Clinic Fund or Hurricane Relief Fund in the drop down menu or you can mail you r gift to 5230 College Rd. Key West FL 33040.  Thank you for being a hero and partner in our lifesaving mission!

Read More in one of their Latest E-Newsletters ; Click MOTE33

Click MOTE1 for an Important E-mail from MOTE on the Condition of the Keys Facility
Due to Time Constraints of a Very Busy Week last week ; was unable to update our MOTE Weekly Section. The Nov. 6 Issue will have newer Info.


WWW.REEFRELIEF.ORG 305-294-3100 631 Greene St.
 Next Business Mixer is Wed. Nov. 8 at Old Firehouse Museum 1024 Grinnell St. 5:30p-7:30p


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

The Nov. 13 Issue will have as a Lead Feature : Teachers and   and Librarians Scholarships Winners for  2018 


Monroe County Animal Farm in Key West 5501 College Rd. 305-293-7300 . Open the 2nd and 4th Sundays 1-3pm; Under the Brilliant Direction of Officer/Farmer Jeanne Selander. 


Part 2 of our Key West Fantasy Fest Feature

  • 30 Feature Films will be screened at the 2017 KWFF! Inclusive of narrative features, documentaries, foreign language cinema, LGBTQ cinema and, of course, works by Florida filmmakers.
  • KWFF's Centerpiece Film for 2017 will be Luca Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name, featuring a discussion with Rothkopf, Turan and Brian Brooks and Eugene Hernandez of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
  • Eric Kohn of IndieWire, Shirrel Rhodes of the Key West Citizen, David Fear of Rolling StoneBUZZFEED's Alison Willmore, Jeffrey Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere, and Steve Dollar will be on panel discussions and in other formats part of our 3rd Annual Critics' Focus Prize.
  • 2nd Annual Golden Key for Costume Design will recognizeMark Bridges for his lifetime achievements and feature a screening of 2011's The Artist as an example of his many talents in setting the stage for film through the year

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.