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DECEMBER  2016                     Compiled by Cindy McCausland


WOMEN’S CLUB HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE WITH SANTA:  Sunday, 4 December, 6-8PM:  The Key West Woman’s Club will hold its annual holiday open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, to collect new children’s clothing.  The Woman’s Club is located at 319 Duval St.


2017 SOUL OF KEY WEST CALENDAR A GREAT CHRISTMAS PRESENT: Enjoy a colorful 2017 calendar of Key West entertainers listing major music events in Key West along with the birthdays of your favorite local musicians. They make great Holiday gifts and provide a 12 month connection to the Key West music scene. $10.00 Plus shipping.  Available at: http://www.rwdepalma.com/2017_calendar. (Select the cover, upper RH corner select (+) add to cart, go to cart and proceed to checkout) SPECIAL OFFER: BUY THE SOUL OF KEY WEST VOLUME I AND VOLUME II AND RECEIVE A 2017 SOUL OF KEY WEST CALENDAR FREE! 


JAZZ IN THE GARDENS, ETC:  The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela St., www.gardenshotel.comJAZZ In The Gardens 5-7:30pm every Sunday December 4th: Julie Friedman Purse Trunk Show starting at 4pm, Peter Diamond & Friends start Jazz @ 5pm; December 11th: Acoustical Jazz Harpist Scott Marischen & Friends; December 18th: Mike Emerson & Friends, Terry White will be joining in! December 25th: Skipper Kripitz & Friends!  EVENTS: December 4th: Julie Friedman Purse Trunk Show, 4pm – December 13th: Our wine class series continue with “Sparkling Around The World” 5:30-7pm, $20PP Rsvp 305-294-2661 limited seating.  December 20th: Key West Attractions Association Holiday Party, 5:30-07:30.  Cabaret! 5-7pm: James King III: December 15th; Michael Robinson featuring Eric Haley: December  9, 16, 23 & 30th; Jimmy Olson: December 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29 & 31st; Dom Carelli: December 7, 14, 21 & 28.


FREE MUSEUMS FOR LOCALS:  Sunday, 4 December, 10AM-4PM:  There will be local free admission at all three Key West Art & Historical Society museums today. A Monroe County ID is required at the Custom House, Lighthouse and Fort East Martello. For additional information, call 305-295-6616 or visit www.kwahs.org.  BOTANICAL GARDEN: Sunday, December 4th: First-Sunday-of-the-Month LOCALS FREE DAY includes FREE GARDEN TOURS at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. “Come See How We’ve Grown and Changed in 80 Years”  —  Misha McRae & Constance Miller will be your guides.  Meet at the Visitors Center.


WILDLIFE CENTER FUNDRAISER: Sunday, 4 December, 6-9PM: HE Travel will host the Gay Key West House Party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 at Blue Macaw. The party will help to support the Wildlife Center through silent auctions and sponsorship. Tickets are available at the door or by emailing info@hetravel.com. Blue Macaw is located at 400 Petronia St.


PAT N DEB QUARTET PLAY VIRGILIO’S:  Monday, 5 December , from 9PM:  Virgilio’s “League of Crafty Musicians” weekly series, presents the ‘Pat ‘n Deb Quartet’, with singer extraordinaire, Miz Debra Dean, and her partner, the infamous Pat Lawler, on keyboards and guitar. Completing the rhythm section is the most heard local bassist, Bubba Lownotes, and cranking out the insistent rhythm, is skippo, on drums.  From classic rock, blues, swing, and funky dance grooves, the Pat ‘n Deb combo truly covers it all. Don’t miss these memorable two Tuesdays, with sultry ‘Debra and her Boyz’, at Virgilio’s, 524 Duval St, rear. Call 296-1075 for more info.. Of course Skipper is appearing in many venues with many bands this Holiday Season. In fact a few features down is the Larry Smith Annual Holiday Concert that Skipper & Friends are involved in. 


KWAHS HOSTS MUSEUNM STORE PARTIES:  Shopping local goes a long way in Key West during the holiday season, especially when your purchase helps support a museum and its mission while giving you discounts.  On Wednesdays throughout the month of December, Key West Art & Historical Society gives back with private members-only shopping parties with refreshments and exclusive 30% discounts for members from 6:00PM-8:00PM at their three museum store locations: December 7 at Fort East Martello Museum, December 14 at Key West Lighthouse, and the final private shopping party on December 21 at the Custom House Museum, held in conjunction with the Society’s Holiday Concert & Bazaar  from 5PM to 9PM, open to the public and featuring Key West’s finest artisans, musicians and choirs, and a spectacular holiday light show.  The shopping parties are a way for Key West Art & Historical Society to thank their members for their continued support, and to invite new members to explore their museums and museum store.  Members can bring a friend who will also be offered the 30% discount.  “It’s a great way for members to get together and have fun,” says Society Membership Director Kim Livingston. “Plus, who doesn’t like to shop and celebrate the holiday season with food, drinks, and discounts?”


KW LIGHTED BIKE RIDE:  Wednesday, 7 December, 5:30 check-in at Bayview:  The Lighted Bike Ride is just one of the avenues used to obtain the needed gifts for the Holiday Helpers Key West Holiday Helpers Toy store. The ride is a family event beginning: 5:30 – 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 you bike, dress up, and come out and enjoy. Go to www.wesleyhouse.org to register


DOUG MADER SPEAKS AT AUDUBON:  Wednesday, 7 December, 6:30PM:  Boas and Pythons and Screwworm, Oh My! The Florida Keys Audubon Society will continue its speaker series on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 with Doug Mader, DVM giving a talk called “Boas and Pythons and Screw Worm, Oh My!”  The talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. and take place at the Key West Garden Club at 1100 Atlantic Boulevard.

Mader is a world renowned veterinarian who has worked on sea turtles, Key Deer, alligators, crocodiles, and many other unusual species. He will talk about the invasive exotic snake problem in the Everglades and how it may affect the Florida Keys. He will also speak about the recent New World Screwworm outbreak in the Key Deer population the Big Pine Key.  Admissions is free and open to anyone who is interested.

For more information email keysaudubon@gmail.com, visit www.keysaudubon.org, or call 305-771-5807.


PAWS OFTEN STEAL HEARTS: Wednesday 7 December, 6:30-9:30PM:  Join us for our 5th Annual POSH (Paws Often Steal Hearts) event Wednesday December 7th at the gorgeous Audubon House!   If you love animals join us for live music from New Orlean’s Yat Pack, a large silent auction, raffle prizes, tapas-style appetizers from exquisite local caterers, a complimentary welcome drink and much more. POSH is a formal attire event featuring the “fascinator”.  Each year the Sunset Social Drinking Club, We’ve Got the Keys and Simply You Weddings hosts this fantastic event to directly benefit the animals of the Florida Keys SPCA.  Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.  Purchase your fascinator at the Mad Hatter and a percentage of all sales will be donated back to the Florida Keys SPCA. It is sure to be a night of fun all while helping save a life!  Tickets can be purchased at https://fkspca.ticketleap.com/5th-annual-posh/ or contact Ben Hennington at 305-304-1232 for ticket information.  We will see you there!


GIRL’SNIGHT OUT : Thursday, 8 December, 5-7PM: GNO’s next event takes place on December 8th from 5-7pm at Radiant Life Holistic Spa at 624 Whitehead Street, Key West. The owner, GNO lady Luz Zapata, will be welcoming us with $5 sangria and wine and Thai and American hors d’oeuvres. Raffle prizes include baskets of beauty products, reflexology, massage and more. RSVP below.


SHOW OFF YOUR UGLY HOLIDAY T-SHIRT:  Thursday, 8 December, 5-7PM: Kick off the Holidays by proudly wearing your Ugly Holiday T Shirt on Thursday December 8th and help support the efforts of Kids Come First.  Bring a new light weight sweatshirts(s)- children/teenager (all sizes) – You will help fill the shelves of the Kids Come First Closet benefiting the needs of the children throughout Monroe County,  Suggested $10.00 donation if you do not have a sweat shirt to donate.  Event runs from 5 to 7 pm at Blue Macaw with light appetizers, (cash bar) raffles and auction items.  Wear your Ugly, and proudly help fill the shelves of the Kids Come First Closet.


PET PICTURES WITH SANTA:  Friday, 9 December, 6:00 – 8:00pm:  Pet Pictures with Santa Mac – Hosted by The All Animal Clinic: FREE to attend.  Look for Santa at the Nautical Christmas tree at the foot of William St. on the Harbor Walk of Lights.


HOLIDAY HISTORIC INN TOUR:  Friday, 09 December and 16 December, 6-8PM:  Enjoy an enchanted evening of five decorated inns and a sampling of holiday treats and cheer at each property. From 6-8 p.m., tours are self-guided.  Free trolley transportation is provided between inns but participants are welcome to bike or use their own transportation.  Call the Lodging Association for tickets. Contact: 305-296-4959


PARADE OF PAWS AND BAZAAR:  Satuerday, 10 December, 10AM-2PM:  The 2nd Annual Parade of Paws & Holiday Bazaar takes place at Higgs Dog Park 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For information, call 305-294-4857.


SUSAN REUTING AT BOTANIC AL GARDEN: Sat.  Saturday, 10 December at 1:30pm “Understanding the Florida Keys Environment & How It Affects Gardening” will help you choose appropriate plants and nurture them for your personal version of Eden.  Susan Reutling, KWBGS Nursery Coordinator, will share her secrets to success.  Meet at the Garden Chapel.  $5 fee; free for KWBGS members and students. The KW Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is located on College Road near the light on U.S. 1 just over Cow Key Bridge on Stock Island.  www.kwbgs.org or call 305-296-1504.


FREE POPS IN THE PARK HOLIDAY SUITES IN ISLAMORADA FOUNDERS PARK:  Saturday, 10 December, 4PM:  An extra special holiday concert, to be held at the ICE amphitheater at Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside. The family-friendly concert features traditional music of the holidays, and a sing-along with a special guest appearance from Santa Claus. Starts at 4 p.m.; free admission. All seats are outdoors, chairs and blankets recommended to bring. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band.  Contact: Donna Heiner 305-853-7294. Email: keyscommunityconcertband@yahoo.com.


WATERFRONT WELCOMES YOU BACK TO KEY WEST:  Saturday, 10 December, 6-9 PM:  The Waterfront Playhouse welcomes you back to Key West!  To kick off our 77th Anniversary season,  you are cordially invited to our Season Opening Party at the home of Stuart & Susan Kaufman (760 Washington Street).  Price includes a full bar, amazing food by the Iron Chefs and entertainment by Debra & Patrick. PLUS – a season preview by Danny Weathers! $75 per person.  Only a limited number of tickets are available!  Buy your tickets online or call the Box Office at 305-294-5015.


SANTACON:  Saturday, 10 December, around 5PM:  This wacky parade of costumed revelers starts at the Conch Republic and winds its way down Duval Street from bar to bar….


LIGHTED BOAT PARADE:  Saturday, 10 December, 8PM:  Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley 26th annual Key West Lighted Boat Parade FREE     Parade starts at 8:00pm.  Viewing all along the Harbor Walk of Lights at the Historic Seaport. Reviewing stand at the Schooner Wharf Bar and Galley. Come early for great shopping, holiday music, dinner and drinks. Dinghies, kayaks, ships, and schooners all are eligible to share in our holiday’s maritime parade and Christmas spirit!  There are great prizes for the 12 winning places and a FREE RAFFLE for all participating boats.  Entry forms are now available at Schooner Wharf or at www.SchoonerWharf.com. A $25 registration fee will ensure a safe parade for everyone. A Captains’ Meeting will take place Friday, Dec. 9th on the upper deck of Schooner Wharf with complimentary, beverages and Schooner Galley hors d’oeuvres. For more information, call 292-3302. View photos and watch a previous parade on our website at www.schoonerwharf.com.


MARC HOUSE CHRISTMAS TREE SALES: Daily from 9AM-5PM:  WWW.MARCHOUSE.ORG 305-294-9526 1401 Seminary St. Monroe Association for ReMARCable  Citizens.  PLANT STORE OPEN YEAR ROUND ; GREAT STOCK AT GREAT PRICES.


SENIOR BUS SPECIALS:  Beginning December 1st, seniors in Monroe County will enjoy a new lower rate for public transit. The Lower Keys Shuttle will be just one dollar for a one-way trip to anyone aged 60 or over.  An additional senior discount will occur on the second Saturday of every month beginning December 10th. On that one day a month, seniors ride free all day — either in town or on the Lower Keys Shuttle.  For more information, visit www.kwtransit.com.


NUTCRACKER KEY WEST: December 10-11 & 14-18:  Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Rd.  A sumptuous, magical theatrical experience wrapped as a perfect holiday gift for the Southernmost City – NUTCRACKER KEY WEST! With principal dancers from the Russian National Ballet to the smallest chicken, from the gardens of Key West to our coral reef, this is one of the largest productions to ever play on a Key West Stage! Only 8 performances, with special pricing on Wednesday, Dec 14 for families. If you wait until the last minute, the tickets may be gone! Don’t miss this holiday treat! Evening Shows: $27.50, $35, $45.  Matinee Shows: $25.50, $32.50, $42.50.  On Wednesday, December 14 is Special “Family Night” Pricing!  Tickets: $20, $30, $35.  Visit keystix.com for tickets.


MCSO ANIMAL FARM OPEN 2ND & 4TH SUNDAY, “CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM” Sunday 11 December 1-3PM:  5501 COLLEGE RD. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm is open to the public from 1 – 3 p.m. (2nd & 4th. Sundays) Please join us and visit with the animals. The farm is free of charge; donations are welcome. The Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm has over 150 animals, most of which were abandoned, abused or otherwise surrendered by their owners. The animals at the farm include farm animals like pigs, goats, a steer, horses, a donkey, turkeys and rabbits. The farm also has a number of more exotic animals including a lemur, kinkajous, sloths, a family of Patagonian cavies, alpacas, an Emu, pythons, a bearded dragon, prairie dogs, a skunk and a chameleon.  You can keep up with the farm and it’s animals on Facebook. Visit our page at www.facebook.com/KeysAnimalFarm.


TASTERS GUILD WINE TASTING:  Monday, 12 December, 6PM @ The Restaurant Store: tasting will focus on Red Wine, Bubbly and Sherry.  Top Key West wine vendors (Stephanie Southgate of Noble Wines, Julie Kushel of Southern Wine and Spirits and Ali Ferguson of Breakthru Beverage) will present these holiday delights.  Taste and buy for all your celebrations and social needs.  Wines served will be available for purchase at greatly reduced prices from our affiliate wine shop, The Restaurant Store.  Cole’s Peace will provide delicious food appetizers to complement the wines. Make your reservations by sending a check to Tasters Guild, 1411 Patricia Street, KW, 33040 or contact Jack Paul about paying at the door.  For more info about this Wine Tasting or Tasters Guild membership, call Key West Chapter Director Jack Paul at 305-587-3796 or email him at jackmpaul@live.com. Cost: $20pp for TG members; $30pp for non-members.


ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CANTATA IN BIG PINE:  12-15 December, 7:30PM: The Keys Chamber Orchestra and Lower Keys Community Choir will be performing their annual Christmas Cantata. This year’s event will feature “Born a Savior, Born a King”. All concerts are free. Performance at 7:30 p.m., Big Pine Key United Methodist Church, 280 Key Deer Blvd.



OPENS DECEMBER 15 (Low-priced previews: December 13 & 14):  It’s opening night for a new Broadway play called, The Golden Egg, and all of New York show biz has gathered for the opening night party to anxiously await the reviews. It’s a celebration of theatre at its best…and theatre people behaving their not-so-best. It’s Only A Play was one of the biggest hits Broadway has seen in years. Variety called it “a mega-seller!”  “This show is without a doubt hilariously, sidesplittingly funny. These are among the funniest lines to roll off a stage in years … deserves only a rave.” (New York Times)“Wickedly funny. A pure hoot!” (Associated Press) Directed by Murphy Davis, Set Design by Michael Boyer.

Nominated for 2015 Tony & Drama Desk Awards. Tickets $25 to $50. All performances at 8 p.m., no shows 12/24 or 12/31.  Contact: 305-294-5015.


RED BARN THESTRE PRESENTS : PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE:  December 13–January 14, 8PM:  In 1904, in The Lapin Agile — a bar in Paris — a 10-person cast of wonderful characters hold an imagined meeting of the young Alfred Einstein and Pablo Picasso, mixing the sublime and the ridiculous. Contact: 305-296-9911.


POET ELIZABETH BISHOP AT KWAHS: Thursday, 15 December, 6-7PM:  On Thursday, December 15, from 6:00-7:00 pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes the public to the Helmerich Research & Learning Center on the third floor of the Custom House Museum for “Elizabeth Bishop: All the Untidy Activity Continues,” a presentation by Distinguished Speaker Series guest Thomas Travisano, founding president of the Elizabeth Bishop Society and author of numerous books and articles about the Pulitzer Prize winning poet who once owned and lived in the house at 624 White Street in Key West.  Tickets are available at through KWAHS.ORG/LEARN; $8 for members, $15 for nonmembers.  For more information contact Adele Williams, Director of Education, at 305-295-6616, x115. Sponsored by the Helmerich Trust.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island. (Photo contributed).


SEAN GASKELL PERFORMS AT LIBRARY:  Friday, 16 December, 4PM:  The Key West Library at 700 Fleming St is pleased to host Musician Sean Gaskell on December 16th at 4:00pm.  Sean performs traditional songs on the Kora, a 21-string harp from Gambia, West Africa.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the library at 305-292-3595.  Musician Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the Kora, a 21-string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. The Kora is a very melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire.  Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He has been featured at a number of music festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.


BOTTLECAP HAPPYHOUR  BENEFITS  SOUTHERNMOST SANTAS FOR SENIORS: Friday, 16 December, 5-7PM:  The Southernmost Santas for Seniors will be holding their 2nd annual benefit to collect $10 donations to provide 200+ solitary and often overlooked elderly residents of the Keys with Christmas gift bags.  The fundraiser will be held at the Bottlecap’s Blue Room from 5:00 – 7:00 on Friday, December 16th and food and fun will be provided. Donations can be made to the United Way of the Florida Keys PO Box 2145, Key West, FL 33045 attn: Southernmost Santas for Seniors.


PLANT SALE AT BOTANICAL GARDEN:  Saturday, 17 December, 10AM-Noon:  Native, rare, and endangered plants will be offered for sale in the Nursery of The Key West Tropical Forest, 5210 College Road, on Stock Island Saturday, December 17th, from 10 am to Noon.  Choose from over 1,500 plants and 150 species of butterfly and bird attracting plants propagated by the volunteers in sizes from one-gallon to 30-gallon pots.  Key West Tropical Forest members receive a 15% discount.  All proceeds directly benefit the Tropical Forest’s conservation program.  For more information call 305-296-1504 or visit www.keywestbotanicalgarden.org.

LARRY SMITH AND FRIENDS JAZZ CHRISTMAS:  Saturday, 17 December, 8PM at the Studios:  Pianist Larry Smith performs a jazz Christmas concert at the Studios of Key West on Saturday, December 17th at 8PM.  The music will be presented in typical Larry Smith fashion which always includes generous doses of spontaneity and improvisation.  Singer Christine Cordone will headline an all-star ensemble of entertainers who will present the joy of the holiday season through song.  The music will reveal itself through Larry’s vision as a jazz interpreter of the Christmas standards.  Musician/entertainers include Skipper Kripitz, Bubba Lownotes, Susan Butler, Jodyrae Geckler, Camille Russo Toler, Maj Johnson, Nancy 3. Hoffman, Peter Diamond, Alannah Shanle, Ann McFarland, Alex Okinzyck, Jenna Stauffer, Dante Harper, Rashad Harper, and surprise guests. www.tskw.org  www.larrysmithkeywest.com.


HOLIDAY CLASSIC CAR SHOW:  Sunday, 18 December:  The Conch Republic Holiday Classic Car Show is a classic car cornucopia held each year at the Historic Seaport as a toy-drive for children at the Monroe County Domestic Abuse Shelter.


ST PAUL’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT:  Sunday, 18 December, 7PM:  Doors open at 6:15PM.  Tickets $25 and $5 for children. Available on-line or cash only at the door.  Proceeds benefit our pipe organ fund.


HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET WITH SANTA:  Sunday, 18 December, 10AM-2PM:  The Key West Artisan Market from 10 am to 2 pm at the Restaurant Store parking lot, 1111 Eaton St. Local artisans include fresh produce, culinary, textile, jewelry, wood, artists & crafters, curiosities, beer, wine and food.  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 with parking restricted to Strunk customers and ADA tagged vehicles only. Artisan Market parking is available in the Old Town Parking Garage at 300 Grinnell Street for $2/hour. Please BYOB (bring your own bags).


FRINGE PRESENTS: “A VERY LILLIAN BAXTER CHRISTMAS”:  December 20-24, 7PM: Feeling the tropical island holiday blues? We’ve got just the antidote! It’s 1970 and Lillian Baxter is staging her comeback with a Christmas show. Oy Vey! Tinsel flies in this very entertaining “one woman” show. Written by and starring John Vessels as Lillian Baxter with Jay Schwandt on piano. This is an extreme dose of whatever it is your holiday spirit is missing!” Performances at 7 p.m., at Little Room Jazz Club at 821 Duval Street.  Contact: 305-731-0581.


HOLIDAY CONCERT & BAZAAR AT CUSTOM HOUSE: This event is no longer active.  Wednesday, 21 December 5-9 PM.  Join The Key West Art & Historical Society for the inaugural Holiday Concert & Bazaar on Wednesday, December 21st from 5PM to 9PM, located on the sweeping historic porch and walkway of the Custom House Museum.  The event will feature Key West’s finest artisans, musicians and choirs, along with a spectacular holiday light show. Browse hundreds of unique gift options while enjoying the music, food and libations on and around the island’s architectural crown jewel, with eggnog to lift the frazzled ‘final shopping days’ spirits and Santa on hand for last minute requests and ‘selfie’ photos.  In addition to the Holiday Concert & Bazaar, current and new Society members can enjoy a VIP shopping party and a 30% discount (normally 20% for members) at the museum’s store from 6PM to 8PM.  The store will be open to all shoppers during the Bazaar and features a wide selection of fun, functional and fabulous wonders carefully curated to bring you the essence and history of Key West.  Purchases made at the museum store supports Key West Art & Historical Society exhibitions and educational programming.  Show your membership card to receive your extra discount.  This event is free to the public with discounted parking at the Westin garage on Front Street.  For more information, or to inquire about being a vendor, contact Operations Manager Shawn Cowles at scowles@kwahs.org or 305.295.6616 x111Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island. 


57th ANNUAL KEY WEST HOUSE & GARDEN TOURS:  27 & 28 December:  4-7PM:  Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, the annual self-guided tours showcase festively dressed Key West homes and gardens. December tours are from 4-7 p.m., both evenings. Transportation between homes is NOT included. Tickets are $30. Proceeds benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation’s museums, collection and education, grant and scholarship programs.  Contact: 305-294-9501.


KEY WEST DACHSHUND WALK:  Saturday, 31 December:  Noon:  Frost-free Key West becomes a “wiener wonderland” when about 200 dachshunds and their owners take a noontime New Year’s Eve stroll through the island’s picturesque downtown. Spectators can watch the fun and meet the canine participants on Fleming Street between Whitehead and Duval streets. Email: keywestdachshundwalk@gmail.com.


FRINGE THEATER  2016-17 SEASON: . LITERALLY, THERE’S A SALE ON TICKETS! Buy your tickets before Dec 31 and get 20% off when you use this special code at checkout: FRINGE20.  “A Very Lillian Baxter Christmas”, 20-24 December; “Agnes of God”, 12-15, and 19-22 January;  “Hate Mail” (reprised) 2-5 February; “Cock Talk”, 16-19; ;  “The Glass Menagerie”,  February; 16-18 and 23-25 March;  “Conch Republic the Musical” (abbreviated), 20-23 April; “Shirley Valentine.”,  17-20 May.  Go to www.fringetheater.org for more information.


PLAYS OUT LOUD AT THE LITTLE JAZZ ROOM:  First Mondays January-June 6PM:  No lights. No costumes. No staging. No black notebooks.  Just a group of folks, who love plays, sitting around and reading them out loud. The first Monday of every month, we’ll meet at the Little Room Jazz Club at 6pm, and over the course of 90 minutes read selected scenes from one play.  We’ll discuss briefly the play and playwright, and then we’ll give variety of people a chance to read. Out Loud. We think this is a great opportunity for actors, wanna be actors, and audience members who want to be more involved.  So save the date!


SKIPPER AND BOBBY NESBITT AT SALUTES ON THURSDAYS, 4:30-6:30PM:  Bobby Nesbitt and Skipper every Thursday, at the Salute restaurant patio. Mark your calendars, **(and get your seats early!) for Thursday afternoons on Higgs beach, from 4:30-6:30pm, for the wildly popular “Showtunes on the Beach” series. Bobby Nesbitt, on piano and vocals, is an iconic, famed local & international interpreter of the Great American Songbook, in the genre of Bobby Short and Michael Feinstein. Skipper Kripitz has been drumming for Bobby, in concerts and shows, for over 25 years! Catch them at Salute restaurant. Call 292-1117 for info & reservations.    


THURSDAY IS LOCALS NIGHT AT THE MELLOW CAFE: Thursdays 7-10PM is LOCALS NIGHT at Mellow Cafe and Gastropub! Ladies drink $1.00 sangria /mimosas and everyone enjoys 2for1 drafts and $5.00 food!! Live music by Henry Lysy Jr and Chris Parsons Duo on the waterfront deck! Drinking games and free parking at Bayview Park. 7-9:30PM.


ENJOY COMEDY NIGHT ON THURSDAYS AT THE BOTTLECAP: at 7:30 pm:  Tickets are only $10 & $15 at the door.  The Bottlecap is located at 1128 Simonton St.


WOUNDED WARRIORS SOLDIER RIDE:  Saturday, 7 January, 11AM Bayview Park:  The Wounded Warrior Project and Adopt a Road Team are partnering to show support for the 30 Wounded Warriors taking part in Soldier Ride 2017.  The event will be held Saturday, Jan. 7. The Wounded Warrior Ride begins at 10:30 a.m. from Boca Chica NAS and ends at Bayview Park with a ceremony. The community ride will follow at 12:45 p.m. For information, contact Phil Goodman at goodmanpl@aol.com.


IMPROMPUT CONCERTS ANNOUNCESS NEW SEASON:  Beginning 15 January:  Now in it’s 45th season, Impromptu’s Sunday afternoon series has a four star lineup scheduled for 2017. Each concert is held on Sunday afternoons at 4 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Duval Street in Key West.  Beginning January 15th the Canadian Brass kicks off the series. Others in the series include Ashu on the solo saxophone, the Ethos Percussion Group, our rising star,  Xavier Foley playing solo double bass, followed by the Intersection Trio. Rounding out the season will be the Imani Winds.  The complete details and a subscription form are available at classicalconcertskw.org for more information contact, George Korn at foragerhouse@verizon.net


ANNE MCKEE ARTISTS FUND, INC ANNOUNCES DATE:  The Board of Directors of the Anne McKee Artists Fund, Inc. announces the date of Friday, February 10, 2017 for their annual fine art auction.  This year, the auction will 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.  The auction preview will be from January 30th until February 10th at The Studios of Key West.  Tickets for the auction are available at www.keystix.com and also at The Studios of Key West.   In addition to the annual art auction, The Anne McKee Artists Fund, Inc. will present Artists4Artists – A Retrospective of McKee Fund Grant Recipients.  This event will be held at The Studios of Key West on Thursday, January 5, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with the First Thursday art stroll.  This event is made possible by the G. Ross McKee, Jr. Charitable Fund at CFFK and also by The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys.



ÜBERMENSCH (SUPERMAN), Date: January 26, 2017, Time: 7:30pm (6:45 Pre-Concert Talk with Edward Pitts), Venue Name: FKCC | Tennessee Williams Theatre .

Order By Disorder, Date: February 22, 2017, Time: 7:30pm (6:45 Pre-Concert Talk with Edward Pitts),Venue Name: FKCC | Tennessee Williams Theatre.

AND THE TONY GOES TO…Date: March 20, 2017, Time: 7:30pm
Venue Name: FKCC | Tennessee Williams Theatre

Untamed Spirit, Date: April 4, 2017 , Time: 7:30pm (6:45 Pre-Concert Talk with Edward Pitts), Venue Name: FKCC Tennessee Williams Theatre


WILLIAMS EXHIBIT NOW KW HISTORIC MARKER:  The Key West Historic Marker program recently added the Tennessee Williams Exhibit and the circa1884 bungalow at 513 Truman Avenue that houses the collection to its map as Historic Marker 91.  Detailed historic information about the house, the Tennessee Williams Exhibit, and the Historic Marker program can be accessed by phone at 305-507-0300, with input of site 91 when prompted; on line at KWHMT.org; or on foot at the Truman Avenue location. For more information, contact Dennis Beaver, Curator, at exhibit@twkw.org.


RED BARN SEASON TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE:  A new theater season is upon us, and Key West’s venerable Red Barn Theatre has an exciting selection of plays and special events lined up for its 37th season. Ranging from the sublimely comic to the fanciful to the flat-out hilarious, it may be one of the strongest stage offerings yet at one of the southernmost city’s finest professional theaters. Season Subscriptions are now available that include all five mainstage productions, and tickets for individual shows and events can also be purchased by calling the box office at 305-296-9911 or visiting www.redbarntheatre.com. You can become a Red Barn member with the purchase of any subscription.

The Subscription Series gets off to an intelligent, comic start with comedian Steve Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”, a fanciful rendering of an imagined meeting between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso at a bar in Paris. Egged on by a cast of lovable eccentrics, the two trade insights into their century’s achievements. “Lapin Agile” runs December 13 through January 14, 2017.


“Murder for Two” follows January 20 through February 12. It’s an hilarious, offbeat two-handed musical, where one actor investigates the crime while the other plays all the suspects and both play the piano (you have to see it to believe it). A witty homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries, it was nominated for Best Off-Broadway Musical.


Next up will be one of the classic musicals, “I Do, I Do”, running February 21 through March 18. The heartwarming show follows a couple through 50 years of marital ups and downs, spanning 1895 through 1945, rolling out one catchy song after another.


Opening March 28 and running through April 15 will be “Camping with Henry and Tom” by Mark St. Germain. Bristling with humor, the play is fictionally based on a 1921 camping trip taken by Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and President Warren G. Harding. It’s an easy-going satire of politics and history featuring men whose real personalities differed from those shown to the public.


The final Subscription Series production will see the return of the Red Barn’s enormously popular “Short Attention Span Theatre”, all new for 2017. Titled “Brief Encounters”, it will be a mix of fresh, fun, irreverent 10-minute plays – a high-octane evening of laughs for everyone.

And the fun doesn’t end with those Subscription shows. There are non-subscription special events as well:


As a pre-season treat, the 2016-17 season gets an early start with the World Premiere production of “The Return”, the new original play by Key West playwright Bob Bowersox. Workshopped in a reading over the summer to great audience response, the new play wonders what might happen if a respected TV news anchor suddenly announces on-air that he is the returned Jesus Christ. It will run November 1-19.

And January 9-11 will be “And Then I Wrote A Song About It”, the new musical by Eric Weinberger, Dan Acquisto, and Sammy Buck. Nick Cearley (“The Skivvies”, “Buyer & Cellar”) will once again wow Key West audiences in this new award-winning one-man cabaret musical.


Also on tap is a special evening with the multi-talented and absolutely hilarious Gerri Louise Gates. Watch for announcements of date and time.

And not to be missed will be the Red Barn’s annual Gala, this year set for Sunday, March 12th (a full moon!). The theme is “Black Magic” and the always fabulous event will be held at East Martello from 6-8 pm, and feature food by the Iron Chefs, an exciting silent auction, and more.

For more information or to order tickets or subscriptions, call 305-296-9911.


SOUTHERN  MAGNOLIA AT B.O.’S: Thursdays, 6-9PM: Southernmost Magnolia, the Key West version of the renowned New England band Magnolia, plays a unique blend of Cajun, country, and bluegrass music. Led by singer and guitarist Maggie Moniz, with local fixtures Steve Gibson on mandolin and Cindy Jefferson on bass, and world-famous Chuck Sherman on pedal steel, they play good time music sure to get your head boppin’, your toes tappin’, and your feet movin’. They will be making sure everyone can let the good times roll at B.O.’s Fish Wagon every Thursday 6 – 9 PM.  


KWA&H EXHIBITS MARIO SANCHEZ SKETCH COLLECTION: Pencil Me In: The Sketches of Mario Sanchez in the Bryan Gallery at the Custom House Museum located at 281 Front Street runs through December 31.  The exhibit lauds the celebrated Cuban-American folk artist’s sketches done on brown paper bags, a process Sanchez used to guide the layout of his famed bas-relief woodcarvings.  A self-taught artist born in the Gatoville cigar-making neighborhood of Key West in 1908, Sanchez began working artistically in 1930, creating upwards of 600 paintings and woodcarvings in his lifetime. More than 70 bag sketches—the majority on permanent loan from local philanthropist David Wolkowsky—offer a look into everyday Key West life, exemplified by vivid details and outdoor street scenes that Sanchez based on actual memories.  His work is known for capturing recognizable characters amid the simple life and activities he remembered as a child—flying kites, spinning tops, parades, and passing the time rocking on front porches—and reveal an important and colorful doorway to the cultural history of the island and its people.  For more information, contact Cori Convertito, curator at cconvertitofarrar@kwahs.org or 305.295.6616 x112.

SHRINERS CLUB MEETINGS:  Shriners Club of Key West has monthly meetings on the 1st. Sat of the month from 11:00 – 12:00.  Location: Southernmost VFW POST 3911, 2200 N Roosevelt BLVD, KW (NON-SMOKING) All ACTIVE OR IN ACTIVE ARE INVITED AND LADIES. Anyone wishing to join, come also.  Shriners have fun and love helping children !!!


GREEN MARKET CONTINUES EVERY THURSDAY:  Bayview Park Greenmarket every Thursday 9am-2pm. Lots of new vendors every week!  


LARRY SMITH AND FRIENDS AT THE LITTLE ROOM JAZZ CLUB: Mondays:  Larry Smith’s Monday night performances continue at the Little Room Jazz Club, 821 Duval Street, at 8:30PM.  Larry Smith, the improvisational force to be reckoned with, creates an evening filled with awe, surprise, and fun. Always welcoming to everyone, Larry creates a jam worthy of any world-class jazz club from New York to Shanghai.


WATERFRONT PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES 2016-17 SEASON: Beginning in November:  The annual opening night concert, is ‘WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW: BURT BACHARACH’; ‘IT’S ONLY A PLAY’, written by Terrence McNally, directed by Murphy Davis; THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL’, directed by Murphy Davis; ‘AVENUE Q’, directed by Danny Weathers; ‘‘GOOD PEOPLE’, directed by Danny Weather ; and ‘FOREVER PLAID’,  a musical, directed by Cameron Murray; .All opening night shows have a gala party afterward.


3 comments for “What’s Hot in Key West

  1. March 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I enjoy the literary, arts and happenings on this blog. Thank you.
    I have saved it on “my favorites”

  2. April 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Wowza. I had no idea there was such a great ezine about Key West. It’ll be great to be able to read it while I’m in France and missing the place!

  3. January 25, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    I was pleased to see the schedule at the Gardens Hotel. But the whole roster of events is complete! I’m bookmarking this page for reference whenever I want to go out.

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