The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends April 30, 2018

Doug Mayberry and the FKSPCA TEAM Held a Special Fund Raising Event in Conjunction to Doug's 10th Year Anniversary.

Some of The City of Key West events in this Issue : Allison Higgin Tells us about "Preserve Island Life" involvement in Hazardous Waste Collection Pick-Up 5/5, Green Drink 5/16, Jeanne Selander Tells us about the Animal Farm & New Butterfly Garden, Alyson Crean Tells us about Restoration at Rest Beach & PAL 5K Walk / Run
REEF RELIEF "Coral Camp 2018" (More Below)

Coffee Mill Dance Studio "DanceWorks 16" May 18 & 19 at the Tennessee Williams Theater Featuring "Young Dance Collective" MUST ATTEND (More Below)

MCSO Animal Farm Opened 4/22 (1-3p) with Grand Opening of the Butterfly Garden. This Issue Pt. 1 of 2 Parts : Photo Feature on the Animal Farm. Next Open 5/13
"Sea" by Giannina Morales "

Julie Figueroa

6th. Annual "Connections Project" from The Florida Keys Council of the Arts" (The May 7th. Issue Will Have lots of Pics of the Closing Party at Gato) Major Sponsor : Royal Furniture. PLUS 2 Additional Exhibitions at GATO "Colors of Spring" and "Tamiami Trail : In the Beginning" going on for the Next Few Months  (More Below)

Jazz in the Gardens at Kate Miano's The Gardens Hotel every Sunday 5:30p-8pm Sun.. 4/29 has Peter Diamond & Friends, Sun. 5/6 has Skipper Kripitz & Friends . The May 7th. Issue will have photos from the Scott Marischen Quartet Performance on 4/22

MOTE's 8th Annual OceanFest 
Above Poochie Myer
Above CJ Groth
Part 3 of the Artists of Guild Hall Gallery

The South Florida Symphony Orchestra 2017 / 2018 Grand Finale Does it Brilliantly / Spectacular / Inspiring. 

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

This issue will have a Photo Feature on the Exceptional "Distinguished Speaker" event that Historian Tom Hambright did Last Week + Photo Feature from San Carlos Dir. Rafael Penalver DG Event earlier. Both Presented a Slide Presentation & I'll Show Some (See Who's Up Next in the Weekly KWAHS Section)

TSKW for May's "First Thursday" on May 3 Opens 4 New Exhibitions : Rick Worth, Lucy Paige, Katie Divoll, & "Papaloko" Afro Roots Festival Featuring Haitian Artist Judy Thegenus
"Just Plain Interesting"

"Rare Older Photos" Elizabeth Taylor

"Happy Photos"

Pt 3 of our THREE On-Line Photographic Exhibitions : "Just Plain Interesting", "Happy Photos" & "Rare Older Photos". The 4 Summer Special Issues (One will Feature a Large On-Line Photographic Exhibition from Bill Klipp.
This Issue we're using Butterflies to Break Up the Lead Tease Verbiage in Honor of Sam Trophia & The Trophia Butterfly Foundation Donating a Garden for the MCSO New Butterfly Garden.

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends ; Going out to over 7835 Each Week.  In This issue (April 30, 2018) : Zazoo Photo & Art Gallery, Photo feature from the Mayberry FKSPCA FundRaiser at Hard Rock, Pt. 3 Artists of Guild Hall Gallery,  Many Events from The City of Key West, Stone Soup Gallery "Student Art Sale" Benefiting May Sand Montessori School Sun. 4/29 2-5p, Reef Relief 2018 Summer Camp, Coffee Mill "Dance Works 16" at TW 5/18 & 19, Photo Feature from Last MCSO Animal Farm & Opening of their Butterfly Garden (next 5/13), Florida Keys Council of the Arts Closing Party for the 6th. Annual "Connections Project"+ More Photos from the 2 Current Gato Exhibitions, Jazz in the Gardens 4/29 Peter Diamond & Friends & 5/6 Skipper Kripitz & Friends, WWW.DOITKEYWEST.COM , WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM ,

"Photos of the Week" from Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow, Pt. 2 of 3 Artist / Fashion Designer / Creative Dir. for Photo Shoots & Art Columnist Hazel Griffiths, WWW.MYSTERYFESTKEYWEST.COM ,  Photo Feature from the Season Finale at the South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Photo Feature from MOTE's 8th Annual OceanFest , Many Events /Classes / Exhibitions from KWAHS & TSKW, "First Thursday" May 3 from TSKW, Photo Features from the Presentations of the Past two "Distinguished Speaker" Guests : San Carlos Institute Rafael Penalver & Historian Tom Hambright ; Next 5/3 Donn R. Colee Jr.  : "Towers in the Sand : The History of Florida Broadcasting", Pt. 3 of our 3 On-Line Photographic Exhibitions "Happy Photos" / "Just Plain Interesting" / "Old Photos" , KW Wild Life Center, WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM , May 5 Papio Kinetic Sculpture & Bicycle Art Parade, Executive Contributing Editor Carol Tedesco's Coverage of the Custom House's New Exhibition "That's Outrageous",

 Tennessee Williams Exhibit, Farewell Roast for Danny Weathers 5/7, Nick Norman Presents at the Blue McCaw The Small Stars 5/13, Skipper Kripitz Gigs Inc. Blue Heaven 5/5 and 5/6 Jazz in the Gardens, SouthernMost Boys and Girls Clubs 5/6 Margaritaville Event, Commissioner Romero tells us about the Park Arts Vision Team (Truman Waterfront) 10 Artists are needed to be on a Board, Waterfront Playhouse "The Legend of Georgia McBride 5/2-26, AnnaMarie Giordano's "Life Drawing Workshop" Tues. at Ft. East Martello (Next May 8), VFW, Tasty Classes from Isle Cook, Coast Projects Summer Camp + G.Love in Concert 5/10, Beth & Theme Runs Hosting the Annual Kids / Adults PAL 5K Walk / Run 5/12, HouseHold Hazardous Waste Drop Off 5/5, KW Collections Art Gallery on SI Group Exhibition , Debra Butler Design Studios MoveS (But Not Far), Lucy Carleton Dance Classes,

WWW.KWLS.ORG Extends "Young Writers Studio" Reg., KW Library Presents 5/12 Pulitzer Prize Award Winning Author Gilbert King "Beneath A Ruthless Sun", Red Barn Theatre "Cry It Out" 4/17-5/5, KW Gallery Headlines 5/10-13 D. Arthur & Lisa Wilson, Hampton Arts & Culture Weekly Feature, WWW.LUCILLEKHORNAK.COM , Key West Theater Presents KWHS's Drama Club : "Legally Blonde" 5/4-6 & Patty Smyth and Scandal 6/1 + KWT's Updated Schedule, Frangipani "First Friday" 5/4,  WWW.EQFL.ORG , KW Tropical Forest & Botanical Gardens : Misha McRae VIP Guest at next KWBG Luncheon 5/2 + Next Mixer 5/9 Audubon House + Pride Follies 6/1 + Lots of Mkt. Opps. for Pride Week, WWW.HOMETOWNKEYWEST.COM ,
WWW.KEYSLASTSTAND.ORG Next Meeting 4/30 at KW Library 12:30p, Bayview Park Green Mkt. Thursdays,  Wesley House, Samuels House, Fringe Theatre, Aids Help CC, Fla. Health Monroe Co., WWW.FKCC.EDU , Truman Little White House, Q-Magazine, Sanctuary Friends of the Fla. Keys, Eco Disc. Ctr., Fla. Keys Wildlife Society (Formerly FAVOR), Southernmost Coconut Castaways, Mike Mongo's "The Astronaut Instruction Manual" Book is on Sale $8 on Amazon.

Thanks to All our Associate Contributing Editors for All the Great Year Round Materials. Thanks to the Readers and your Comments.  Have an Outstanding Week. Ed.  PS: You can take breaks when Reading Simply Close and Open this Issue as many times as you need. 

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

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The May 7th. Issue will  have Many Additional Photo /Art Work;  but of course why wait : GO to see these and the ALL the works in Past Issues in Person. Truly an Amazing Visual and Emotional Experience and the Expert Historians James and Jason ; will Guide You Along
Three On-Line Photographic Exhibitions in The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends Going on at Once

Part 3 of a Multi Part / Week Feature "Happy Photos"

Part 3 of a Multi Part / Week Feature Called "Old Photos"

Paul Newman Serving in WWII

Queen Elizabeth & Prince Phillip Decades Ago & Then Today

Alfred Hitchcock in the Mid 1920's

Vincent van Gogh

Part 3 of A Multi Part / Week Feature " Just Plain Interesting"

More from All 3 On-Line Photographic Exhibitions Next Week

Florida Keys Council of the Arts  1100 Simonton St. 305-295-4369 

"Colors of Spring" is an exhibition of original artworks by members and friends of the Florida Keys Council of the Arts. This exhibit, located on the second floor of the Gato Building, is a celebration of the beautiful hues of spring. With vibrant flowers and landscapes, "Colors of Spring" showcases the joy of color, and the hope that accompanies each spring season. These two additional shows are part of the Art Council's "Art in Public Buildings" Program.

Find Your Spring by Tony Gregory

At the Reef  by Mark Yeoman

Pink Posies by Lucy Page
Fly by Sandy Sun  Clay with Glazes 
Pink Lady by Aaron Wright
Thank You by Deborah K Goldman   Sculpture

"Tamiami Trail: In the Beginning"  is an exhibition of original artworks by members of the Miami-based Tropical Botanic Artists collective. The botanical subjects were selected to mark the 100th anniversary in 2015 of the start of work on Tamiami Trail, a roadway begun in 1915 in Miami. Today it stretches across the Everglades from Miami to Naples and northward to Tampa, through areas that were largely wilderness a century ago. The exhibition's 30-plus plant portraits depict species found then and now in multiple vegetation zones along the route. Due to human intervention and changes in water flow, some of the plants illustrated are rare or endangered, and their predominant locations may have shifted, but all persist in South Florida's landscape.
Pauline Goldsmith

:Pauline Goldsmith

Donna Torres

Jeanine Daniel

Leo Hernandez

Julie Figueroa

For more information call the Florida Keys Council of the Arts at  305-295-4369  or visit
The Connections Project Info. will be Featured Up Shortly and is Sponsored by Royal Furniture 

Stores All  Over The Keys. In Key West 3326 N. Roosevelt Blvd. 305-295-6400
The Closing Party at Gato ; was a Blast..with probabyly atleast 100 Artists that helped with the 300 Plus Tiles on the Connections Project..The May 7th. Issue will have many of the Artists pointing to their Tile.

Artist, Fashion & Jewelry Designer, Creative Director for Photo
Shoots, & Art Columnist

Hazel Griffiths & (sister) Helena Visit with Jim Salem

A few Pieces of Hazel's Catch Jim's Attention 

A Very Happy Jon McIntosh 

An Equally Happy Ed Krane

Their Model Personalities Kick In

Part 3 of 3 in the May 7th. Issue and will Include Paintings and Recent Jewelry Creations and One of Kind Dress Creations.

 5230 College Rd. 305-294-4857
Last Week Fund Raiser to Benefit the New FKSPCA Animal Shelter at Hard Rock Cafe 313 Duval St. 

Also additional Info. Call Doug Mayberry at 305-292-6155 WWW.DOUGMAYBERRY.COM   1075 Duval St. (Duval Square) C-23.  Their Office celebrated the 10th. Year Anniversary and arranged funding to Benefit FKSPCA

Part of Last Weeks Conch Republic Independence Parade had an English Classic Sports Car Parade ; The May 7th. Issue will have a Photo Feature of the Cars and probably a Photo Gallery of the Entire Parade from Johnny White's WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM
Austin Healey

MG - B


The Key West Wildlife Center 1801 White St. 
305-292-1008 (also their Wildlife Rescue #) 


Allison Higgins from The City of KW (Preserve Island Life) ; gives us a Brief Paragraph on the May 5th. Papio Events.
May 5th (Sat) - Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade
Inspired by Keys artist Stanley Papio, a humorous rebel metal-artist who explored the value of recycled materials, a full weekend of kinetic revelry kicks off on May 4 and runs through May 6, with the parade itself launching from the Custom House Museum, Saturday, May 5 at 5:00pm, followed by a post-parade party and concert, complete with cash awards for the best kinetic sculpture floats and art bikes.  For registration information, event schedule, entry guidelines and pre-parade workshop information, visit
More from The City of Key West Below and in their Weekly Section toward the end of the Issue

 5525 College Rd. 

Animal Farm open Sunday  
Come see the new butterfly garden!
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Animal Farm opened to the public on Sunday 4/22 with The Grand Opening of their New Butterfly Garden made possible by the Sam Trophia Butterfly Foundation. 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.
The farm is a wonderful place where kids and adults alike can get up close and personal with many animals they would not normally encounter here in the Florida Keys. It is located underneath the Monroe County Detention Center, at 5501 College Road on Stock Island. It is open on the second and fourth Sundays of every month from 1 - 3 p.m. Next is 5/13

More Animal Photos Up Shortly and then about 20 more in the May 7th. Issue.

Custom House Opening of the Exhibition : "That's Outrageous" ; Exhibition wil be Open until June 24.  Our Executive Contributing Editor Carol Tedesco (One of 3 ; Peter Arnow and Giancarlo Espinosa are the other Two) sends us 4 Photos she took..Go to the Weekly KWAHS to see them ; Please.

WWW.TWKW.ORG 513 Truman Ave, 305-842-1666 
Dennis Beaver Curator KWAHS@KWAHS.ORG


Dinner & Roast are SOLD OUT; Just the Roast ticket is Avail.. Click DANNY for More Info. Directly from Waterfront 


Part 3 The Artists of Guild Hall Gallery 
614 Duval St. 305-296-6076
Go to the April 16 Link for Part 1 :

Pam Hobbs

Pam Hobbs

Next 4 from Ann Irvine

Up Shortly More from Guild Hall Gallery and we start with 4 from Poochie Meyer

WWW.MOTE.ORG  305-745-2729 24244 OverSeas Hwy. Summerland Key
RED LINK1  for 250 Photos from the April 14th. 8th. Annual OceanFest.  Our Magazine has lots of photos in this Issue in 2 Parts and the May 7th. Issue will have many additional photos.


Here comes the Keys premier fusion band, the CRZBs, on Sunday May 6th at the Gardens Hotel from 5:30pm.  Featuring classic jazz standards, Pat Metheny tunes, & inspired  originals, as well as some Sting, Boz, John Mayer,  Marvin Gaye, Herbie, Chick, John Scofield, and Steely Dan favs.  Chris  Burchard is on guitar, Rob DiStaci plays keyboards & sings, Gary Rivenson is  on the bass, skippo on drums, & Mark Rose masterfully elevates the proceedings with his inventive sax & flute solos.  So, catch a great afternoon off the Gardens back porch,  of soulful jazz, brazilian, and funk  fusion, with the one and only CRZBs, on this first Sunday in May.  For more info, call  Gardens Hotel, @ 294-2661.

On Saturday May 5th, at Blue Heaven, from 6:30 pm, that melodic Force of Nature, Raven Cooper will join skippo for music merriment thru the evening. This will be an exceptional Cinqo de Mayo eve, showcasing Raven's vast Americana & global music influences, within the intimate acoustic guitar & percussion duo format, at famed Blue Heaven on Cinqo de Mayo. Call 296-8666 for more info.
MORE SKIPPER KRIPITZ SCHEDULE FURTHER DOWN PLUS HE MENTIONED that he will be sending an updated schedule for the May 7th Issue. 
Dan Dombroski Director

Boys & Girls Club members hope to find "Safe Harbour" with support of May 6 Margaritaville Fundraiser
On Saturday, May 6 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, Jimmy Buffett's 500 Duval Street Margaritaville hosts the 16 th Annual "One Particular Harbour" Fundraiser to benefit The Boys & Girls Club of the Keys Area, a youth development program that provides after-school care and full-time care on non-school days, school holidays, and vacation for more than 450 children ages 5 to 18 in Key West and Big Pine Key.
 The lively event features music by Howard Livingston and his Mile Marker 24 Band, appetizers, libations, and a buffet dinner, a silent and live auction, a "giving tree," and a 50/50 raffle.  Auction items include a Captain Outrageous bicycle, artwork, gift certificates from local restaurants, attractions, businesses, and more.  Funds will be allocated to the Club's Bayview Park capital campaign to support renovations needed to make the building their permanent home and allow them to continue offering tutoring, literacy support, STEM initiatives, computers, sports and recreation, Spanish, dance, drama and photography lessons, health and wellness life skills, and field trips when their lease at their current Reynolds Street location expires. 
$50 tickets are available at or by calling 305-296-2258.. tickets at door are $60.  Visit for more information.  The Boys & Girls Club of the Keys Area. Helping kids succeed since 1996.
WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM 301 Front St. 305-294-1241 

Annual Associate Members Exhibition Going on Now.
The May 7th. Issue will have Part 11 of the Artists of the Key West Art Center

All Aboard by Karen Beauprie  WaterColor
Art Center in Pink by Susan O'Neill  Acryic


Commissioner Romero Sends Regards & Tells Us :
The NEA (National Endowment for the Arts 1) awarded the City of Key West a "NEA Our Town 2 Grant "  to develop an Arts and Culture master plan for the Truman Waterfront Park. This is a very prestigious grant.
To accomplish such a master plan will require a Park Arts Vision Team. As such, a call is going out seeking 10 artists to join the team.  There will also be an RFP released seeking a consultant for the effort who will work with the Parks Arts Vision Team.
Below is a bit more information, how to download the application, and the contact point Key West's Art in Public Places (AIPP) administrative person - Liz Young. 
Please contact Liz if you are interested.  305-295-4369
1.The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.
2. Our Town is the NEA's primary creative placemakinggrants program, and invests in projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core.
3.   Creative placemaking  projects strategically link communities and local governments with artists, designers, and arts organizations to improve quality of life, create a distinct sense of place, increase creative activity and revitalize local economies

Selected artists will receive a $1,400 stipend. Time commitment is approximately 30-40 hours during June, July, August and September 2018. Meetings and workshops will be held in Key West - times to be determined. Attendance in person is required. Applicants must have no conflict of interest in the process.  Deadline to Apply is May 7; Click APPLICATIONS LINK

6810 Front St.
KW COLLECTIONS GROUP SHOW ; Def. go out to Stock Island and Visit Karen and see some really interesting Artisan's Work.

To the Right : Artist William Sasser

Exhibition runs from April 13-May 13  
Local artists and artisans of the Lower Keys are coming together for an end of the season show; Visual Stories. Lizzie Devries' figures made of historic shutters will mix with local exotic hardwood furnishings created by Jimmy & Karen Wray', while Craig Sasser tells nostalgic stories of the Keys. Pamela McLeod comes back to the art scene after an imposed halt by Ms Irma, she will be showing her jewelry and new sculpture designs. As a special treat, world traveler, Louis Wray will share with us his traversing talents via a photographic journey. 

WWW.DEBRABUTLERDESIGNSTUDIO.COM 305-393-2942 Debra Tells us : We are moving to 5700 4th. Ave. Stock Island in the Heart of the New Art & Design District.  Thank you for 6 wonderful years in old town. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you at our Grand Opening coming soon.

Due to Space Constraints this issue will not have any photo galleries from Johnny ; Of course go to Links for their Extensive Calendar of Events and their Many Photo Galleries. Next week we'll Feature a few Galleries.

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

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


The Last "Distinguished Speaker" was Historian & KW Treasure Mr. Tom Hambright. His Presentation was as usual Brilliant and so Entertaining. Here are many of the Slides he Used.
A little background for this Presentation from the KWAHS :

Tom Hambright shared "The Rest of the Story," an examination of significant Key West history events, presented in the tradition of the late, famed radio newscaster Paul Harvey.Paul Harvey "The Rest of the Story" reports-the stories-behind-the-stories and examinations of history's mysteries and little-known facts-were a component of his newscasts during World War II, later revived as a Monday-Friday program in the 1970s that ran until his death in 

Official county historian Hambright is considered one of the foremost preservationists of Key West history, known for his  encyclopedic memory and historic storytelling.  In 2017, The Society presented him with the Scotti Merrill Preservation Award, which honors those who are dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the Florida Keys, with special emphasis on the Custom House, a building whose multi-million dollar renovation was spearheaded by the late philanthropist and founder of the Dogwood Foundation.

The Next "Distinguished Speaker" is May 3 at Old City Hall and Features Donn R. Colee Jr. 6pm " Towers in the Sand : The History of Florida Broadcasting"

Up Shortly in this Issue ; is a Photo Feature on San Carlos Director and Savior for Decades.  Rafael Penalver. Living History ; a Recent Distinguished Speaker


Part 2 from Zazoo Photo and Art Gallery



The May 7th Issue will have Many Additional Photographs and ArtWorks.

"Photos of the Week" by Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow

Christopher Straiton and Jacqueline Luhta dressed up to the nines to attend the annual fundraising AIDS Help Vintner's Dinner at the Casa Marina. Photo by Pete Arnow.
AIDS Help's Steve Aube and Kevin Woods unpack a magnum of Niner Cabernet Sauvignon for the annual fundraising Vintner's Dinner. Photo by Pete Arnow.

Visitors to the annual Taste of Key West held on Mallory Square were greeted by a familiar figure. Photo by Pete Arnow.
AIDS Help ED Scott Prigeon and Event Coordinator Nadine Grossman welcome attendees to the annual fundraising Vintners Dinner at the Casa Marina. Photo by Pete Arnow.
The Last Two Issue had an On-Line Sculpture and Art Exhibition from Sally Wernicoff and Priscilla Coote. Here are the Links April 16 April 23 Sally's Works can be found in Paul's Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery and Priscilla in Gallery on Greene
"Chaste" Green Alabaster
"Sailing to Sunset" by Priscilla Coote  Oil 18 X24


Stone Soup Gallery Art and Wine Auction to Benefit May Sands Montessori
On Sunday, April 29 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm Stone Soup Gallery will host their annual Art and Wine Auction at 802 White Street to benefit May Sands Montessori. The fundraiser will feature over one hundred works of one-of-a-kind art created by students grade K-8, a delicious selection of wines provided by 22&Co., and savory hors d'oeuvres by chef, health coach, and Montessori parent Layla Barr.  
Tickets for the auction can be purchased at the door for $20 and include food and wine as well as access to the bidding and a discount on framing-$40 dollars for each piece purchased, with half the proceeds to go to the school in addition to the auction & ticket proceeds.
"Fundraising is vital for our school because the funding we receive as a public school does not cover all of the costs associated with operating an authentic Montessori program," says Barras. "It is through the generous support of our community's donors that we can provide Montessori education for free."
Gallery owner & Montessori parent Melissa Trader sees the auction not only as an opportunity to raise needed funds for the public charter school but as a means of empowering students with their creativity.
"It gets them excited to know that their work will be hung in the gallery and up for sale," she says.  "They've got a lot of talent, and this provides them with a forum for expressing it while also giving them a sense of pride that they're contributing to the betterment of their school."  
Artwork will be available for bid in a silent auction, with bids closing at 4:30. For more information, call Melissa Trader at Stone Soup Gallery at (305) 296-2080.  

Artwork by kindergartner Naia Kearins (print) and fourth grader Sage Lever Russell (mask) will be up for auction as part of a May Sands Montessori fundraiser at Stone Soup Gallery on Sunday, April 29 from 2:00-5:00 pm. 
33 East Quay Rd 305-809-4750


 Mystery Fest Key West is June 22-24. Sherill Rhoades & Carol Tedesco send regards and Will be Updating The Keys Blast Readers about Mystery Fest Key West in the Next Few Issues. The May 6th. Issue will have a big announcement on A Guest Star.

We Continue with Part 3 of Our Tour from Guild Hall Gallery and the Poochie Meyer Section ( Just 4 of the many Works from Poochie) Pt. 2 in April 23rd. Issue 

Up Shortly  Works from Susan Sturtevant, Abigail White, and Antonio Rodriquez

Allison Rich & ALL the KW Library Staff Send Regards
Sr. Library Assistant
Monroe County Public Library
700 Fleming Street
Key West, FL  33040

One Island One Book

The Key West Library presents Pulitzer Prize-winner Gilbert King as part of their "One Island, One Book" program at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the library, 700 Fleming St. Mr. King will be discussing his latest historical Florida true-crime work, "Beneath a Ruthless Sun:  A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found." You can reserve a copy to borrow from the library now or stop in and enter our drawing for a possible free copy of the book to be given away on April 28.  For more information contact the library at 305-292-3595. 
King's previous book, "Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America," won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in 2013. He has written about the Supreme Court and the death penalty for the New York Times and the Washington Post. He lives in Brooklyn.

Part 2 of our Trip to the Animal Farm Last week; Next Opening is Sunday May 13 1-3pm

The May 7 Issue will have Many additional Farm Photographs

Mike Mongo Sends Regards and Tells Us :
Make sure your favorite student stays on the ball this summer. Put a book in their hands they'll want to read:  The Astronaut Instruction Manual  for Pre-Teens-in paperback and audiobook.  Remember, tomorrow's jobs are in space!
Mike. $8 on Amazon : Click Blue  AMAZON Link. Photo Spac e X's Kiko Dontchev, Knnedy Space Ctr. Dir. Astronaut Bob Cabana and Mike Mongo


WWW.REDBARNTHEATRE.COM 319 Duval St. 305-296-9911
April 17 - May 5

281 Front St. 305-295-6616

Rafael Penalver The Head of The San Carlos Institute for Decades and it's Savior was a recent KWAHS "Distinguished Speaker". 

More from Mr. Penalver Up Shortly


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

WWW.GUILDHALLGALLERYKW.COM 614 Duval St. 305-296-6076

WWW.GILDEA.GALLERY  522 Southard St. 305-797-6485

WWW.DOGTIREDSTUDIO.NET  1011 Whitehead St. 802-989-5910

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

Jim Salem
 Cocco and Salem Gallery


WWW.COFFEEMILLDANCE.COM  May 18 & 19 Tennessee Williams Theater

Celebrating 35 years of dance in Key West, the CoffeeMill Dance Studio proudly presents DanceWorks 16!, their annual spring dance concert featuring '
Le Jardin Anime' from the ballet '
Le Corsaire' as well as several newly choreographed contemporary works on Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19 at 7:30pm at Tennessee Williams Theater.
This annual dance concert brings together the best works produced by students, faculty, and professional dancers as they collaborate on an astounding celebration of all styles of dance including ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, modern, tap, jazz, lyrical, Afro/Jazz, belly dance, tumbling, and new performance pieces by the Young Dance Collective, Coffemill's dance company comprised of dancers ages 8-17.
Tickets are $15 to $35 and are  available at the Tennessee Williams Theater Box 305-295-7676  WWW.KEYSTIX.COM and  WWW.COFFEEMILLDANCE.COM Coffee Mill Dance Studios 305-296-9982

We continue with Part 3 of Our Tour of the Artists from Guild Hall Gallery Key West
The Next 4 Paintings are from Susan Sturtevant

"Sea Scape" by Antonio Rodriguez & in the May 7 Many Works from Antonio.. The Lobster Trap Frames are also made by Antonio

A Few More Pieces from Abigail White Below.  The April 23rd Issue had a Few of Abigail's Works. Part 2 (4/23)of the Artists of Guild Hall
 ; Here is Pt. 1 (4/16) of the Artists of Guild Hall

Claire Perrault's Weaver Shop
Glass Works by David Hoot ; We featured him in the April 23 Issue

ALSO IN THE MAY 7TH, MAY 13TH., MAY 20TH. & SEASON FINALE MAY 27TH. ISSUE : LJ GROTH, ARMIDA AVERETTE, ANN IRVINE, PAM HOBBS, SUSAN O'NEILL, BOB SLITZAN (We did a Stand Alone On-Line Exhibition Last Month from Bob).  Of course we will try to Feature ALL the Guild Hall Artists before 2018 Summer Hiatus.


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

The May 7th. Issue will Feature "GOOD VIBRATIONS" Adam Scott Rote's Latest Exhibitions Currently Showing at The Key West Gallery. 

(L) LISA WILSON "Ancient Vision" 14 X 10.5
(R)  D. Arthur "Basic Instinct" 12 X 12



Hopefully Skipper will Update the Schedule by the Publish Date. If Not; It's Great that we do have his gigs for the Upcoming Week. 

Sun. Apr. 29th @ (??probably 4 or 5 Pm. San Carlos- The Annual Music Room Spring Recital, directed by Robin Kaplan ,[ w/ Joe Dallas & I backing up allll those talented kiddies. Funnnn!].
Tues. . May 1 @9pm. Virgilio's- the CRZBs (Chris , Rob, & Gary Rivenson).
Wed. May 2nd @ 7pm. Hyatt Hotel- [Private Corp. Party, but you can come listen poolside!]- the CRZBs Quintet.
Fri. May 4th @7pm. TheSquare Grouper- the CRZBs Consort (JoeDallas, Mark Rose, Chris Burchard).
Sun. May 6th @5:30pm. TheGardens Hotel- the CRZBs Quintet
Rob, Chris, Gary Rivenson, with special guest, Mark Rose)
To Contact Skipper 305-587-9494 . Editors Note : Skipper Kripitz Gives so much of his time and talent to so many Organizations ; and it's a real treat to hear play with so many different configurations. Thanks Ed

HERE ARE 2 TEASE PHOTOS that we'll Feature manyin the May 7th. Issue from the April 22nd. Jazz in the Garden at Kate's Place. The Performers were the Marischen Quartet : Scott Marischen on Harp, Joe Dallas Acoustic Bass, Chris Burchard Horns, and Skipper Kripitz on Drums.


WWW.KWLS.ORG 717 Love Lane 305-293-9291

The application deadline for the  has been extended. We will continue to review new applications on a rolling basis.

Participating students will spend five days exploring Key West and learning about authors who have lived and worked here through readings, excursions, and site-specific writing exercises. Daily writing workshops will be taught by acclaimed author Victor LaValle, a member of the writing faculty at Columbia University, whose most recent novel, The Changeling, was selected as one of the ten best books of 2017 by USA Today and Time magazine. Funded in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Young Writers Studio is free for all accepted applicants and is open to writers or would-be writers throughout Monroe County. Lean More Hit Red Link Above


WWW.THEKEYWESTTHEATER.COM 512 Eaton St. 305-985-0433
"Legally Blonde" May 4-6 Produced by the Key West High School's Drama Club and performed at The Key West Theater ; go further down to their weekly section for additional Inforation.

(Formerly Called FAVOR)


Current Exhibition until the End of April :  Deb Moore, Deb Kik and Marc Hacker


Frangipani Gallery will feature a series of hurricane inspired paintings by Fran Decker on Friday May 4, 6-8 PM at 1102 Duval as part of the First Friday Art Stroll on Upper Duval.  Please come meet the artist and enjoy a champagne toast.
Originally inspired by Hurricane Katrina, Fran Decker completed the series "This Once Was Home" just before Hurricane Irma devastated the Florida Keys.  These detailed surrealistic paintings depict broken shells set against stormy backgrounds that were once home to the mollusk that built it.  The intricate insides of the shells are revealed and tinted pink to remind the viewer that a living creature once lived inside and created its shell home. All of them are poignant reminders of what we had and what we lost in the storm.

Bare Bones, Breach, Blown Apart, Looking In and Invasion show shells damaged in various ways.  Shattered and When the Roof Comes off depict the strange insides of seabiscuits and have been likened to flying saucers.  Sceptre and Ramparts conjure up what what once a might have been a castle to the inhabitant. Three spinning hurricane like shells are part of the series.  Home is Where the Heart is depicts the delicate structure of a Horse Conch after the main shell has been eroded away. Remnant and Home Is Where the Heart Is are simply graceful bits of shells.  Their revealed inner beauty brings home the loss of what once was.

Photos:  (L)This Once Was Home by Fran Decker
           (R)  Ramparts by Fran Decker


Nancy Drew Convention : Discussion and Panel
4/28 10a-Noon Manager Mia Clements tells us :
  Grab Your Magnifying Glass  and blaze a trail in your snappy blue roadster to a Nancy Drew Convention of Super-Sleuth Proportions & celebrate Nancy Drew's birthday!


The 2018 Giving Challenge, hosted by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, is an online fundraising initiative to support 501c3 organizations and will run from May 1-2, 2018 (from noon to noon). During this 24-hour online giving event, individual donations to Equality Florida will be matched one-to-one, up to $100, in support of our Safe and Healthy Schools Project! 
Pt. 2 of MOTE's 8th. Annual OceanFest held at the Eco. Discovery Center a few weeks ago

The May 7th. Issue will have many additional Photos. Thank You MOTE Managers for getting us these photos; which can also be found on one of the MOTE's Facebook Accounts Hit MOTE1
 ; there are 250 Photos on this Facebook URL Page
also click MOTE2 for a MOTE look back at ALL 12 Months of their E-Newsletter ( Edited for Space of Course) ; Fascinating Stuff.


WWW.KWBGONLINE.ORG 808 Duval St. 305-294-4603. 
Next Luncheon is May 2 at Marriott Beachside, Next Mixer is May 9 at the Audubon House. Here is the Link for the May 2 Luncheon ; Info. and Registration ; Click Red Link  INFO
Special Guest ; One of my Favorite People Misha McRae Exec.Dir. of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden.

Apps Avail. at Office 808 or On-Line WWW.KEYWESTPRIDE.ORG



Part 2 of 2 Up Shortly

Important Note : Good Friend Gracy Lozano from Keys Lifestyle Marketing has this awesome Website that gives an Amazing and Extensive Listing of Events in Key West. Click the website below and check it out.

Here are just a few Categories; many way to look Up : Day, Month, Year, Category 305-440-059

Their next event is at the Key West Public Library on Monday April 30 at 12:30PM..


Harrison Gallery
WWW.HARRISON-GALLERY.COM 825 White St. 305-294-0609  Helen Tells Us about the Season Finale Exhibition "Springtime in Key West"
As the busy season comes to a close here in the Keys, things get a little quieter and the gallery transforms into a gallery/studio work space. As Part of the April "Walk on White" We Present Featured works by Joanne Klein, Vera Vasek, Terry Thommes, Melinda K. Hall, Katie Pumphrey, Cheryl Troxel, Valerie Hoh, TJ McDermott, Carrie Disrud, Lisa Wederquist, Cheryl Wilson-Smith, Maxine Makeover, Suzy Wahl, Christian Burchard, David Wegman, Kiff Slemmons, Cathy Rose, and Helen Harrison . The May 7th. Issue will have a few Photos of the Works on Display


Our Last 16 Issues ; These Links Below are Created by my Production, Database Management & Delivery System : Constant Contact.  By Clicking any of them; you will Instantly see the Issue ; they don't get stored on your computer; Just put Temporarily in Memory.
April 23  
April 9 :
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The nonprofit USCGC Ingham Museum at the Truman Annex Waterfront Park will be open for sunset each Wednesday at 5 p.m. with bingo onboard after dark. For information, call 305-292-5072 or email 


WWW.KEYWESTORTHOPEDICS.COM 305-295-9797 3485 N. Roosevelt Blvd. 

Here is the Link for their Donation Page ; DONATE
  The  Best  of Local 2018 Elections!


The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends uses WWW.CONSTANTCONTACT.COM for Production, Database Management, and Delivery. They are GREAT. Their Customer Support and On-Line Q&A are Second to None. 781-482-8911
Also Here is my Facebook Page :


WWW.WESLEYHOUSE.ORG 305-809-5000  1304 Truman Ave.
Jeremy Wilkerson Media Relations

Part 2 of 2 from their 2017 /2018 Season Finale . The South Florida Symphony Concert

Thanks for the Wonderful Season

Up Shortly Updated Schedule of Concerts and Special Events


712 Duval St. 305-440-2179 11A-11P
 "Best Hush Puppies & New England Clam Chowder in the South; & the Angle Hair Pasta with Lump Crab in a Cream Sauce is amazing; plus their Peel N Eat Shrimp are by far always the tastiest The Keys.  


305-296-6196 1434 Kennedy Dr.


 1100 Simonton St.#3


5210 College Road 

Johnny White & Caroline are always so nice in sharing their Photo Galleries with Us.  Hit their Gallery Link to see many Photo Galleries
at the Truman Little White House
DUE TO TIME CONSTRAINTS NO NEW GALLERIES IN THIS ISSUE; The May 6th. Issue will have at least 1 New Gallery Inserted. Of course ; why wait go to their website after finishing our magazine to also check out their EXTENSIVE CALENDAR of Events

Thanks Johnny & Caroline for providing our readers with Great Year Round Photo Galleries to Enjoy; as well as Providing ALL of  the Keys with a Great Calendar of Events Everyday. 


WWW.KWBGONLINE.ORG  808 Duval St. 305-294-4603
Next Luncheon May 2 Marriott Beachside 3841 N. Roosevelt Ave...
 Next Mixer May 9th at Audubon House 205 Whitehead St.


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


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

Click E-NEWSLETTER for their very informative E-Newsletter

Part 2 of the Photo Feature on one of the recent Distinguished Speakers : Rafael Penalver Executive Director of the San Carlos Institute

Manager of San San Carlos

Juan Ego San Carlos Institute Manager, Restaurateur, and Author

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




Neil Chamberlain and Staff Send Greetings


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


Florida Keys Council of the Arts  1100 Simonton St. 305-295-4369 

Once the nearly 400 completed canvases are collected, the monster mosaic was assembled by volunteers and taken on the road from Key Largo to Key West for six art receptions and exhibitions. All receptions ran from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Exhibits were open during regular business hours of the Arts Council business partner's locations. The Connection Project's road show is sponsored in part by Royal Furniture. The mosaic mural was in each location for about two weeks before going on the road to the next event. The final Opening and Closing was held at the Gato Building on April 26 th .  The May 7th. Issue will have many photos that I took with the Artists Pointing to their Works.

Proceeds from Connections Project directly benefited Keys artists and arts organizations through Arts Council grants, including the Artists in Schools grant, the audience development grant known as ArtReach and a Special Projects grant.  
For more information call the Florida Keys Council of the Arts at 305-295-4369 and WWW.KEYSARTS.COM 
Sponsored by
Stores All  Over The Keys. In Key West 3326 N. Roosevelt Blvd. 305-295-6400


WWW.GARDENSHOTEL.COM 526 Angela St. 305-294-2661
Every Sunday Sunday, 5:30- 8, Jazz in the Gardens

@d'vine Wine Gallery:  
Wednesday, May 2, James King, III, 5-7pm
Thursday, May 3, Megan Constantine, 5-7pm
Friday, May 4, Michael Robinson, 5-7pm
Saturday, May 5, Talk Derby To ME! 4:30-7:30pm
Watch THE race live as we stream and support our KWPD Mounted Unit! $20 at the door gets you your 1st Mint Julip and Bourbon Balls! Great prizes for Win, Place and Show AND Best Hat and Bowtie!
Jazz In The Gardens
Sunday, May 6 , Skipper Kripitz & Friends

  Jazz In The Gardens : 
5:30-8pm and Sunday April 29 Peter Diamond and Friends.  May 6 : Skipper Kripitz and Friends. The May 6th. Issue will have many photos I took at the April  22 Concert  Featuring the Scott Marischen Quartet , Featuring Skipper Kripitz, Joe Dallas, and Chris Burchard

WWW.CFFK.ORG 305-292-1502
300 Southard St. #201

Click GRANTS-AWARDS 1 for Complete List


Michael and Heather Barnes at Manga-Manga send regards
900 Southard Street 305-294-2469

Or Sit Outside on their Spacious Patio

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

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


WWW.THEKEYWESTTHEATER.COM 512 Eaton St. 305-985-0433
Nov. 15 Thunder from Down Under
Nov 28
Kingston Trio Legacy Tour

June 1 Patty Smyth & Scandal
John Waters December 16

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

Just a Partial Listing Go on their website for Complete

4/29/18 Kevin Nealon 
5/19/18 Carbon Leaf
5/26/18 Howie Mandel (6:30pm & 9:30pm) 
11/15/18 Thunder From Down Under (7pm & 10pm
May 26 Howie Mandel

May 14 Steve Earle & The Dukes with The Mastersons
May 19th. Carbon Leaf with Katie Rose

The Publish Date Hopefully will be Sat. 4/28 Morning ; so def. check if there are Tickets.

"Legally Blonde" 5/4-6 Key West High School's Drama Club Presents at The Key West Theater

Key West Theater and Key West High School Drama Club present "Legally Blonde, Jr.," a fun, fast-paced live musical adaptation of the hit film and award-winning Broadway show for all ages on May 4th-6th at the Key West Theater. "Legally Blonde, Jr." is directed and choreographed by Alexandra Zeto ( Hedwig and the Angry Inch Oklahoma Smith, Silence! The Musical ) with a cast made up entirely of Key West High School students. The fabulously fun musical features students Jade Williamson as Elle, Robbie Feldman as Warner, Gannon Fox as Emmet, McKenzie Copper as Vivienne.
 "Legally Blonde Jr." runs about 70 minutes and people of all ages are welcome to attend. Student tickets are $15, adults $20. Show dates and times are: May 4th, 7pm, May 5th at 2pm and 7pm, and May 6th at 7pm. 
May 17 Blue Oyster Cult & Styx at the KW Amphitheater at the Truman Annex
Nov. 16 Livingston Taylor

TICKETS ON SALE and can be purchased at the Key West Theater box office at 512 Eaton St or online at
Key West Theater presents

Rams Head presents :  5.14.18 Steve Earle & The Dukes
  For More Info WWW.THEKEYWESTTHEATER.COM 305-985-0433


Our next session is May 8th at the Fort East Martello. 11am-2pm  $25 for 3 hours. All levels and mediums are welcome. Materials can be purchased in class if needed. Drive past the main entrance and keep right to large grass parking lot. Any ??? 609-884-3474

AnnaMarie Giordano's Life Drawing Workshops at Fort East Martello on Tuesdays 11a-2pm.  No Minimum Amount of Classes Needed.    Feel free to Call AG at 609-884-3474 and or . Model Positions Available.


Their Monthly E-Mailer & Feature on their website "Keys Traveler" has a Tremendous Amount of Information.
Here is the March "Keys Traveler" E-Newsletter Link ; Hit
Click APRIL 2018 for their APRIL Keys Traveler. 
Top Stories inc. "Conch Republic to Commeriate "Secession" ; Events in the Keys 4/20-29
Arts & Culture

Diving & Fishing


Person of the Month Capt. Finbar Gittelman

"The Legend of Georgia McBride" 5/2-26


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

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


Click 5/3 LINK for a Recent E-Mail from TSKW giving Detailed Info on The May 3 "First Thursday" Opening Exhibitions / Receptions & Upcoming Special Events :

FIRST THURSDAY 5/3 : This Months Exhibitions Features Rick Worth , Lucy Paige, Katie Divoll & "Papaloko" 6-8pm 

"Sight Unseen" by Rick Worth (Sanger Gallery) Sponsored by Old Town Trolley
"Beach Day" by Lucy Paige (XOJ Gallery) Sponsored by Preferred Properties. Supported by the Anne McKee Artist Fund

"Sitting in the Shade" by Katie Divoll Sponsored by Archeo. Supported by The Anne McKee Artists Fund 

"Papaloko" in the Zabar Lobby Gallery. In Conjunction with the Afro Roots Festival by Haitian Artist Judy Thegenus.

Robert Frost Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony 5/5 2pm


Click    TSKW12 & TSKW13 Link for their Latest E-Newsletters giving ALL the Updated Schedule of Classes, Events, & Exhibitions PLUS Latest E-Mail Link to ALL their Classes in April, ,May and June Click TSKW14

Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth April, May & June

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


"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. The 2017 / 2018 Issues were not able to present Specific Upcoming Events as we did in Seasons Past from the Big 3 Due to Just Running Out of Time Each week ; although ALL 3 still continue to send us really interesting Information every week. I do know that our Artisan Readership in Key West will Click the Generic Links we do provide and then will go to the Events pages they are interested In.  Thanks for the Positive Feedback for this Weekly Feature; especially from the Keys Art Gallery Owners and Artists that enjoys seeing what the Hampton's Artistic Community is presenting.  In fact ; I have a small following from the Hampton's Due to my Frequent Visits to my Gallery Owners / Artisan Friends in the Hamptons.  So Our Small Hampton's Readership Really enjoys seeing what is Happening in Key West. Lastly in a few weeks we have an Announcement about Help I am Going to get in taking over this Feature ; so we can Once again present Specific Events from the Big Three PLUS we'll have in a few weeks another Feature from Lucille Khornak before we go on Hiatus for the Summer Months ; as we have done in the Past 6 years.

Iris Ornig on Monday Nights Hosting Jazz at Kitano 8-11pm  66 Park Ave. at 38th. St. NYC.. Thanks Iris for Keeping your Key West and Southampton Fans Up to Date. Check her Facebook Page

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

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

 Photo & Art Galleries from Lucille Khornak


281 Front St. 305-295-6616
Due to Space Constraints the 5 Features about the 3rd Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture & Art Bike Parade (That we have been running the last 3 or 4 Weeks) have been Removed. To see the complete 5 Features ; please go to the April 9th. Issue Of Course from Reading the Info in the Weekly KWAHS Feature ; you should be an expert on Papio (ALL Event Taking Place May 5).  ALSO PLEASE GO TO THE KWAHS Website to see what other Events and Classes are Coming Up; we do have a few others below Including Carol Tedesco's Coverage of the new Exhibition at The Custom House "That's Outrageous" ALL Photos taken by Carol Tedesco.

Nance Boylan, left, and Karen Luknis, both of Key West, view a display of objects made extraordinary by the late artist Captain Outrageous (once Norman Taylor) Friday evening during the opening reception for "That's Outrageous!" the first major exhibition to examine the artwork of one of Key West's most famed artists. The Key West Art & Historical Society exhibit at the Custom House Museum runs through Sunday, June 24, 2018, and features works that explore the artist's vivid style across several different mediums.
Key West Art & Historical Society staff member Christina Sloan, and Society Director of Retail Operations Dan Ayers-Price welcomed guests to Friday evening's opening of the "That's Outrageous!" at the Custom House Museum, a retrospective exhibit celebrating the works of the late beloved Key West artist Captain Outrageous (once Norman Taylor). The exhibit runs through Sunday, June 24, 2018, and features works that explore the artist's vivid style across several different mediums.
Key West Art & Historical Society Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D., left, is joined by Society members Patti and Butch Carey on the Custom House Museum's grand staircase Friday evening during the opening of "That's Outrageous!" a retrospective exhibit celebrating the works of the late beloved Key West artist Captain Outrageous.
Guests arriving to the Friday evening "That's Outrageous!" Captain Outrageous art retrospective opening at the Custom House museum were treated to tunes dished up by pianist Barry Cuda, left, and drummer Mick Kilgos. The exhibit explores the late artist's vivid style across several different mediums and runs through Sunday, June 24, 2018.

Key West Art & Historical Society celebrates Captain Outrageous in "That's Outrageous!" Exhibit
The Key West Art & Historical Society celebrates the acclaimed late Key West artist Captain Outrageous in " That's Outrageous!," a retrospective featuring more than 40 works that explores his pop art style across several different mediums.  The exhibit opened last Friday, April 13, with a special reception held from 6:00pm-8:30pm in the Bryan Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street.  
Spanning nearly four decades in Key West, Captain Outrageous imprinted his indelible mark on the island with both his colorful artwork and personality.  He made the world his canvas and painted thousands of items - bicycles, scooters, furniture, clothing, mannequins, cars, camper vans, sinks, musical instruments, telephones, and even toilet seats - with a pop art design style à la Roy Lichtenstein, but with a flair and humor decidedly his own.  A true Key West character, he embodied the spirit of the island, and his creations are celebrated and collected by many. 
" That's Outrageous!" runs through Sunday, June 24 and is sponsored in part by the Captain Outrageous Foundation. For more information, call Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D., at 305.295.6616 x 112 or visit   Your Museums.  Your Community.  It Takes an Island.

 Photo by Rob O'Neal

Florida broadcasting featured in Key West Art & Historical Society's next Distinguished Speaker Series presentation
On Thursday, May 3, Key West Art & Historical Society's Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes guest Donn R. Colee Jr., to Old City Hall, 510 Greene Street, where he will present "Towers in the Sand: The History of Florida Broadcasting." The 6:00pm discussion centers around stories and anecdotes from his book by the same name, spotlighting some of broadcasting's proudest moments: hard-hitting journalism and editorials, lifesaving moments through decades of hurricanes, and lighthearted moments with favorite personalities and promotions,  Go to their website to pick up Tickets : $5 Members and $10 Non Members.


 Fort Adventures Program for Toddlers & Parents Continue at Fort East Martello

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


Info. & Photos from Alyson Crean
The restoration of the sea wall and beach are underway at Rest Beach at the base of the Edward B. Knight White Street Pier. This vital restoration will restore the eroded sea wall and will replenish beach sand. In addition, a new stairway will provide easy access from the upland park area to the beach.
The plans to replenish the beach predate the destruction of Hurricane Irma, when time and tides had completely eroded the sand and were eating away at the upland part of the park. Though some sand was deposited by the storm, the upland area sustained damage. This project will enhance both the upland and beach areas.
When Rest Beach reopens in September, it will sport new walkways, covered picnic tables and benches, and new landscaping as well as new sand.
While the project is underway, there will be no access to the beach. However, nearby Higgs Beach provides all the amenities that beachgoers could desire

Alyson Crean Tells Us : 
The Key West Police Athletic League and the Key West Police Department is urging the community to join in for this year's Cops N Kids 5K walk/run on May 12 th starting at 8 a.m. at Horace O Bryant School.
We want a record number of runners this year! Participants can sign up on line at or sign up the morning of the event.
PAL's programs are designed to get children involved in sports and in educational programs. It provides a safe place where kids can go after school and on weekends. It encourages teamwork and strong self-esteem. Members of the Key West Police Department donate their time and effort to help with an array of programs that include boxing and basketball. PAL supports computer classes after school and provides entertaining and educational camps during the summer and on holidays.
First incorporated in 1910, PAL is a juvenile crime prevention program that relies heavily on education, athletics and recreational activities to tighten the bond between cops and kids.

Allison Higgins from The City of KW Tells Us ablout the May 5th. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
City of Key West contracts Waste Management to collect Household Chemicals and Electronics from the residents of Key West the first Saturday of each month from 8:00am to Noon at Indigenous Park. Free for the residents of Key West, no businesses material will be accepted.   They will take: TV's, computers, gaming systems, VCR's, remote controls, radios, ear buds, and all other electronics. Also chemicals: Up to 5 gallons of old gas, up to 5 gallons of oil, car fluids, batteries, household cleaners, poisons, fertilizers, pool chemicals, paints, etc. All items should be labeled if possible or bring a list with an inventory.
May 16th (Wed) - Green Drinks Returns!
Mark it in your calendars for every 3 rd Wednesday!
The Julie's brought Green Drinks back and the City is partnering! 
We meet at La Creperie French Café at 300 Petronia Street from 5:30-7:30.  Like Green Drinks on Facebook to find out what the next subject is.


WWW.COASTPROJECTS.COM 6404 Front St. 305-709-4001 & 803  Whitehead St.

Oh, yeah, it's also this time of year again!
So all of you rock 'n' roll parents can kill two birds with one stone and buy yourself and your kiddos an unforgettable experience!. 
This year, we've updated and improved on our already legendary camp programs, so have a look at the
G. Love is making his annual run through Florida on his Beachside Blues tour and his shows at COAST are always amazing - complete with long sets, extended jam sessions with local musicians and the amazing energy and stoke he brings to the stage. TIKS & INFO 

 5210 College Rd. 305-296-1504

Chef Hubbard, and Bill and Eden send regards and starts this week with a General Update 
Good Afternoon Isle Cook Key West Foodies, 
It is time for your weekly event update!
Bill  Brown wrote this about 10 days ago :  We have seats available for some of our events in April and May, including our Spring Dinner on 4/18, our Orien-talia Fusion Dinner on 4/23, and our Italian Paired Wine with Chef Tony Acampa on 5/4!  In addition, we have added several events for May, including a Mediterranean Dinner on 5/2, a Mexican Dinner on 5/7, a Hook and Cook event on 5/12, a Burmese Dinner on 5/16, and a Spring Lamb Dinner on 5/18!  UPDATE from Bill Brown a few days ago  : 
We have a few seats left for our Mediterranean Dinner on 5/2, Hook and Cook event on 5/12, Burmese Dinner on 5/16, and Spring Lamb Dinner on 5/18!
Check out our current full schedule below, or go to our  website to see everything that is coming up! Editors Note; Due to the Constant change of Add Ons and Sold Out Status ; VERY IMPORTANT to go their website to see the update changes.

Friday, May 4th  - Chefs Tony Acampa and Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu. Springtime on the Amalfi Coast Paired Wine Dinner - $85.00 (including wines) - 5:30pm. Join Tony Acampa from Enovation Brands Wines for a delicious Italian paired wine dinner!.   Mini Baked Eggplant Stack.  Aperol Spritzers with Amore di Amanti Prosecco.   Pan seared Sea Bass with a Sorrento Lemon Butter Sauce and Risotto with Baby Shrimp. Ca'Montini Pinot Grigio.   Blackberry Granita with a Sorrento Lemon Mascarpone and Fresh Berries.Bella Bellina, Limonata Moscato     
Saturday, May 5th , May 12, May 19, & May 26 - Weekly Wine and Food Tasting - Wine Education Event
$15.00 - 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Join us for our weekly Wine and Food Tasting featuring delicious wines with paired bites by Chef Martha Hubbard!Please Call For Seats.
Saturday, May 12th - Chef Martha Hubbard - Special Event
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.
Wednesday, May 16th  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
Tastes of Burma - $85.00 - 5:30pm. Chin Corn Soup - Red Beans, Hominy, and Chili Tomato Sauce,    Ginger Salad - Fried Garlic, Yellow Split Peas, and Sunflower Seeds ,   Chili Lamb with Basil and Coconut Rice,     Semolina Cake with Sesame Sauce
Friday, May 18th  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
Spring Lamb Dinner - $90.00 - 5:30pm.    Moroccan Lamb Sausage with Sweet Pea Puree and Turmeric Potatoes.   Lamb Loin and Ratatouille Salad.       Jamaican Jerk Lamb Chops with Spicy Tomato Mint Sauce and Curried Rice. Spiced Cake with passion Fruit Cream
Prepayment is required to reserve lesson space - payments are non-refundable.
Unless otherwise noted, prices do not include tax, gratuity, or beverages.
Menus are subject to change due to the availability of ingredients and/or at the chef's discretion.
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate dietary restrictions

 Please go to their website and FB Page for Updates & Sell Outs PLUS  ADD INS after this Issue's Publish Date of April 1


WWW.REEFRELIEF.ORG 305-294-3100 631 Greene St.

Dive into Summer Coral Camp!
Coral Camp 2018 Registration is Open! When school lets out, Coral Camp begins. 6-12 year
old youths explore and learn about our surrounding marine environment through exciting
education activities at the Reef Relief Environmental Center in Key West. Each fun-packed day,
campers experience hands-on-learning, interactive games and outdoor activities. Activities
include science and art projects in addition to exciting field trips around Key West. Campers
also experience four days of snorkeling: one day practicing their snorkeling skills at the beach,
one day in the seagrass beds and sponge gardens, and two days snorkeling at the reef.
Weekly sessions begin June 4th  and go through August 10th. Sessions are limited to 25 campers
per session. A limited number of scholarships are available to those who qualify. Coral Camp
runs Monday through Friday from 8:30am- 4:30pm. Camp fees are $225 per child per week or a
discounted rate of $200 per child per week when registering for multiple weeks or siblings. Space is limited! Reserve a slot today!
Sponsors for Coral Camp 2018 include: Fury Water Adventures, Sebago Water Sports, Danger
Charters, Captains Corner Dive Center, Barefoot Billy's, The Key West Aquarium, Firefly, The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, Disney Conservation Fund, MOTE Marine Laboratory, and the Dogwood Foundation. 

For more information about registration call Reef Relief at 305-294-3100 or email Download registration forms at
Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystem.

New Location 808 Duval St.



WWW.KEYSSO.NET 305-293-7300
Monroe County Animal Farm in Key West 5501 College Rd. 305-293-7300 . Open the 2nd & 4th Sunday each month (1-3p) , Under the Brilliant Direction of Officer/Farmer Jeanne Selander.  Next Two are on Mother's Day April 22 and May 13



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