The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends May 7, 2018
"Happy Photos"

"Old Rare Photos" : Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow
"Just Plain Interesting Photos"

Pt 4 of our THREE Simultaneous On-Line Photographic Exhibitions Each Week: "Just Plain Interesting Photos", "Happy Photos" & "Rare Older Photos". The 4 Summer Special Issues will have as usual a few Guest VIP Photographers (One will Feature a Large On-Line Photographic Exhibition from Bill Klipp, Encores from Nicholas Bergery; and hoping to do another from the Brilliant Nature / Outdoor Photographer Mac Stone + Many of the Photographers that read us Weekly ; as well as many Photographers I met at Quincy Perkins KW Photo Fest ).

Photo : Carol Tedesco
ART CAMP by KWAHS (More Below). Also 5/12 KWAHS and Mark Hedden's Photographic Ship Outing on the "Hindu Harbor" (More in the KWAHS Weekly Section)
Next KWAHS "Distinguished Speakers" May 17th. and Headlines Laura Albritton & Jerry Wilkinson Talking and Giving a Slide Presentation from their book "Key West's Duval Street" : Fascinating Stuff ; get your tickets early for this one (More Below). The May 14th. Issue will have a Photo Feature on the Last DG Speaker Donn Colee "History of Florida Broadcasting"

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 it's new Butterfly Garden a few weeks ago ( Thanks to the Sam Trophia Butterfly Foundation).  Here is Part 2 of 2.  Next Open 5/13
"Prince" by Eliott Prescott

Julie Figueroa

6th. Annual "Connections Project" from The Florida Keys Council of the Arts" (This Issue Will Have lots of Pics from 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. 4/29 had Peter Diamond & Friends, Sun. 5/6 has Skipper Kripitz & Friends . This Issue will have photos from the Scott Marischen Quartet Performance on 4/22

Howard Livingston & the MM24 Band

One of the Artists that always gives time and funds to the OceanFest is Wyland

MOTE's Photo Feature Part 2 of 4 : 8th Annual OceanFest 
The Green Parrot by Abigail White

Sonia Robinson Wall

Part 4 of the Artists of Guild Hall Gallery

The Extraordinary Amount of Exhibitions/ Classes & Events at KWAHS. 
(L) Kate Divoll (One of the 4 Featured Artists in the TSKW May Exhibitions with the always Bubbly /Helpful Office Manager Lea Moeller

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

Our Photo Feature from the Art Gallery "RockHouse"

Our Visit to the Helen Harrison Gallery

Our Continued Visits to this Amazing Photo / Art Gallery on Duval : Zazoo


The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends ; Going out to over 7835 Each Week.  In This issue (May 7, 2018) : Pt 4 of our 3 Simultaneous Featured On-Line Photographic Exhibitions "Happy Photos" / "Rare Old Photos" / "Just Plain Interesting Photos", "Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremonies" 5/18 Bayview Park, KWAHS "Art Camp", Reef Relief "Coral Camp", Next KWAHS "Distinguished Speakers 5/17 "Key West's Duval Street", Coffee Mill Dance Studio "DanceWorks 16 : Young Dance Collectives"  at TW 5/18 & 19, Part 2 of our Visit to the MCSO Animal Farm, WWW.LUCILLEKHORNAK.COM , WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM & Their New May "Keys Traveler", Our Continuation of the Photo Feature on the 2 Exhibitions at Gato "Colors of Spring" & "In the Beginning : The Tamiami Trail" + Photo Feature on the "Connection Project" Closing Party, WWW.DOITKEYWEST.COM Extensive Calendar of Events ,
Photo Feature from the Scott Marischen Quartet at Jazz in the Gardens , WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Extensive Calendar of Events & Photo Galleries, VFW, Part 2 of 3 on Artist / Art Columnist / Jewelry & Fashion Designer & Creative Director for Photo Shoots : Hazel Griffiths,

Photo Feature Part 2 of 4 Mote's 8th Annual OceanFest, Pt. 4 The Artists of Guild Hall Gallery, Many Events / Classes / Exhibitions at TSKW & KWAHS, Our Weekly MCSO & The City of KW Sections, Svetlana Smolina Teaching at the Philadelphia International Music Festival in June, Our Tour of "RockHouse" Gallery on Whitehead,
WWW.CFFK.ORG Gives Arts & Cultural Grants, Guy from TDC recommends the Artists of the Armory event 5/12,  Sneak Peaks of our Photo Features from the Next 3 Issues (Of course with more added in the next 3 weeks), A Visit to the Helen Harrison Gallery, "First Thursday" 4 New Exhibitions at TSKW (Extensive Photo Coverage in May 14 & 21), Key West Theater Schedule inc. Addition of Louie Anderson 9/30, Books and Books "Meet the Authors"5/12, KW Wildlife Ctr., WWW.MYSTERYFESTKEYWEST.COM 6/22-24 , KW PALS 5K Walk /Run "Cops N Kids" Produced by Theme Runs 5/12, 

Key West Art Center's Associate Members Exhibition, Mike Mango's "Astronaut Instruction Manual", Coast Projects "Summer Camp" & 5/10 G. Love Beachside Blues, Tennessee Williams KW Museum, KWAHS Latest Exhibition "That's Outrageous until 6/24 (Next Week Part 1 of 2 Photo Feature + Executive Contributing Editor Carol Tedesco has a few in this Issue), Danny Weathers Roast on May 7, Nick Norman's "The Small Stars" Concert at KWT 5/13, Gallery on Greene, "Visual Series" Art / Antique Exhibition from Karen Wray at SI Keys Collections Gallery, Debra Butler Design Studios moves to SI, Key West Gallery Presents Lisa Wilson & D. Arthur 5/10-13, WWW.KWLS.ORG , WWW.EQFL.ORG,
Skipper Kripitz Gigs inc. Jazz in the Gardens May 6, Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Gardens (Next week Photo Feature of "Art in the Gardens"), KWBG Next Mixer 5/9 at Audubon House + Pride Week events & Mkt. Opps., Past Blast Links, Bingo Wed. on the USCGC Museum & Bingo Mondays at Green Parrot, Our Weekly Hamptons Arts & Culture section with news about South Hamptons Art Center's Amy Kirwin,  Annamarie Giordano "Life Drawing Workshops Tues. at Ft. East Martello, LKMC E-Newsletter Link, Truman Little White House. Hold the Presses ; Just In ; The Blue Paper just came out with a Special Edition Issue ; and May Re-Continue with Weekly (More Below)

WWW.HOMETOWNKEYWEST.COM , Royal  Furniture Hosts the Wesley House Gala 6/2, Aids Help CC , Florida Health Monroe County, WWW.FKCC.EDU , Isle Cook's Tasty Classes, Q-Magazine, Sanc. Friends Found. of the Fla. Keys, SouthernMost Coconut Castaways, Allison Higgins & "Preserve Island Life" Presents Green Drinks 5/16 at LeCreperie French Cafe.

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. 

Editor's Note ; The Combined KWPD and MCSO "Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremonies" will take place a little earlier this year : May 18 at 5:30 PM Bayview Park. I would like to see way more civilians turn out for this event ; WE OWE both agencies our support and even more Respect / Support should be given to the Fallen Officers in Decades Past and Recent.  Hopefully The Keys Blast will get additional Information for the May 14th. Issue but if not : It's usually lasts 30-45 Minutes and very stirring with Chief Lee / Sheriff Ramsay and their Top Ranking Captains and Deputies leading the Ceremonies.  Honor Guard , KWPD Mounted Unit, Gun Salute, Placing of the Reef, & a Few Prayers.
Here is one pic I took from either 2016 or 2017. As usual the Final Issue of the season will have Photos.

We start the May 7th. Issue Off with
Part 4 of our 3 Simultaneous On-Line Photographic Exhibitions. "Just Plain Interesting Photos"

Pt 4 of Our 3 Simultaneous On-Line Photographic Exhibitions.
"Old Rare Photos"

Confederate General Robert E. Lee

William, Diane, & Henry
Edgar Allen Poe with Abraham Lincoln in Matthew Brady's Washington DC Photo Studio 1849

Part 4 of Our On-Line 3 Simultaneous Photographic Exhibitions "Happy Photos" Up after the RockHouse Feature, CFFK Arts and Cultural Grant Info, Jazz in the Gardens, & A Message from Guy at TDC.


ROCKHOUSE 330 Julia Rd. (Corner Whitehead St.) 305-600-7823

Will Fernandez (one the Most Talented Sculpterers) Represented in two KW Galleries RockHouse and GingerBread Square Gallery 
A few more of Will Fernandez Scultpture
The Next Paintings are by Joell Guzman Velazquez
Mixed Media Original Ink with Tobacco Leaf

Leonard Ramos

Estavan Libre

Will Fernandez

2nd Floor

 WWW.CFFK.ORG 305-292-1502
We're now accepting applications from nonprofit Arts and Culture organizations for programs impacting residents and visitors in the Keys. This grant opportunity is to help maintain the Florida Keys' strong, healthy and vibrant arts and cultural community. Funding is thanks to generous donations from Field of Interest funds and legacy gifts.
Email or call 305-292-1502 ..Click APPLY HERE

We have 3 more Issues for the 2017 / 2018 Season before we go on our Annual Summer Hiatus with 4 to 6 Special Summer Edition Issues. As most of you know the Summer Issues contain little to no event Information. The Issues will Feature Photo Features : On-Line Art and Photographic Exhibitions, Photos of Nature, Performances, and other Photo based Features.  Below is a Tease of the New Features I'm getting into the last 3 Issues (May 14, 21 and 28). Of course in the next 3 weeks we'll be shooting new events and Inserting Event Information that is sent to me in the next 3 weeks.
Captian Outrageous  Exhibition

at the KWAHS Custom House

Donn Colee "The History of Fla 

Broadcasting ; The last KWAHS Distinguished Speaker

KW Tropical Forest & Botanical

Gardens 2018 Art Garden
Sculpture by Will Fernandez

"Seasons of Love" Songs for World Peace & Love at San Carlos Institute

Proceeds go to Samuels House; Produced by The Music Room, Skipper Kripitz & Other really talented locals

Also in the next 3 Issues ; The Latest Exhibitions from the Frangipani Gallery Featuring 
"First Friday" May Opening Exhibitions : Fran Decker, Karen Beauprie, Deborah Moore, Marc Hacker, Helen Rebane, Paul Carmichael, William Welch, Susann D'Antonio, Terri Dallao, Sharon Wells, Sandy Sun, & Others
Fran in front of 1 of her 2 Walls (All Acrylic

Deborah Moore's : Dog Watch"  Acrylic


This Just In Minutes before Publishing the May 7th. Issue; Just received material from The Blue Paper about their doing Special Issues; as well  as the possibility of coming back soon with Continued Weekly Issue. Here is the Link to the May 5 Special Edition Issue

A Few Weeks ago the Scott Marischen Quartet Played at Kate Miano's The Gardens Hotel as part of the Series "Jazz in the Gardens" Every Sunday 5:30-8pm.  Scott Marischen (Harp), Skipper Kripitz "Drums", Joe Dallas (Acoustic Bass), & Chris Burchard (Guitar). Every Band that Plays is Fabulous.  This Sunday May 6 is Skipper Kripitz & Friends 


Guy from the Tourist Development Council sends regards and gives the readers a Heads Up on a Arts event. ALSO THE NEW May "Keys Traveler" is out and can be found in the usual weekly TDC section further down.  WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM 
"This event will be a remarkable collection of art from some of the very top contemporary artists in Cuba today.  Rarely is there such a large group of paintings and art from so many of Cuba's premier artists.  Alaen Ledesma, a Cuban artist in his own right and former associate at the Green Street Gallery, is the curator of this show."


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 . 

"Shield and Arms" Katie Pumphrey  Oil on Canvas

"Material Wealth" by Vera Vasek  Stainless Steel Compute Milled (Perhaps that Should be Copper Milled?)

Busy Night for Events : Executive Associate Editor Giancarlo Espinosa taking notes from Helen; as I shoot.

Deep Blue by Helen Harrison

"Stand Off I & II" Katie Pumprey  

This Piece is very Small Probably 12 " X 8" Monotype by Suszy Wahl

Sculpture by Valerie Hon

Bronze Buoy by Terry Thommes

A few more Works from the Helen Harrison Gallery Up Shortly

Part 4 of Our On-Line 3 Simultaneous Photographic Exhibitions : Here is "Happy Photos"

Part 5 of ALL 3 On-Line Photographic Exhibitions in the May 14 Issue.

Some Great Photos and Art from Zazoo Art / Photo Gallery up Next After the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, Louie Anderson Comes to KW, Books and Books, Pt 2 of 3 Hazel Griffiths.



Headlining at the Key West Theater

Iconic comedian Louie Anderson, the three¬-time Emmy Award® winner, is one of the country's most recognized and adored comics; named by Comedy Central as "One of 100 Greatest Stand¬-Up Comedians of All Time." His career has spanned more than 30 years. He is a best-selling author, star of his own standup specials and sitcoms and he continues to tour the country performing to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.

The Key West Theater weekly Feature wih many additional listings is up shortly ; plus go to their website as well

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.
Daffodils Oil on Linen Over Board by Joyce Morin

Mangrove Sunrise by Judith G. Jones

Have a Ribbiting Easter by Haley Harriott WaterColor

The Golden Lady by Haley Harriett WaterColor

Afternoon in the Garden by Virginia Reinhard

Salute by Helen Kordon

White Geraniums by Ineke deRAAD

Rhythm in Two Colors by Jackie Sanchez

"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.
Leo Hendricks

Pauline Goldsmith

For more information call the Florida Keys Council of the Arts at  305-295-4369  or visit

The Connections Project Info. 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. Probably on hand at least 75 Artists that helped with the 300 Plus Tiles on the Connections Project..

Martha Resk (L) with Coco Page

President Liz Young

Gleaming with Exhuberance over another amazing / successful Connections Project


and Richard Weithas

WWW.BOOKSANDBOOKS.COM 533 Eaton St. 305-320-0208

Books & Books at The Studios of Key West, an independent bookstore located at 533 Eaton Street, will host a celebration of books and community organized by May Sands Montessori School, a public school of choice, on Saturday, May 12, from 10am to 6pm. The celebration aims to encourage enthusiasm for books and reading and an appreciation of the literary arts in the community and the younger minds of the islands.
"We cherish our community partnerships and really appreciate their support," says Jessica Pellegrino, May Sands Montessori School parent and this year's book fair chairperson. "This is a great opportunity for people to come together to celebrate books, support free Montessori education in the Lower Keys, and to pick up that last-minute Mother's Day gift!"
Celebrated author and co-founder Judy Blume is a driving force behind the nonprofit store, with her hand in ordering the best in new (and old) selections, featuring carefully curated books for all ages, with more than 3,000 titles  of literary fiction, research, biography and more, and over 75 running feet of shelves.
Editors Note : Really enjoyed working with Mia Clements ; Safe Journeys and where ever you find Port ; The Literary Community will be richer.

Part 2
Artist, Fashion & Jewelry Designer, Creative Director for Photo
Shoots, & Art Columnist

Part 3 of 3 in the May 14th. Issue will Include Paintings and Recent Jewelry Creations and One of Kind Dress Creations.

Hazel with Paul Gildea from Gildea Fine Contemporary Art Gallery. Hazel's First KW Exhibition was a Big Success 

Showing off her Latest Jewelry Piece

Her Signature "Scapes"

Hazel Visits Bill Mack & Gary Welton during their Exhibitions a few doors down at KW Gallery

(R) L-R Jacqueline Lorber Symp. President, Svetlana, Hazel, Amy, & Phil
Hazel & I attending Good Friend Svetlana Smolina Annual Headlining at the South Florida Symphony Orchestra

Svetlana's After Party at the Saint that I Threw

Hazel showing some of her KW Collectors a new Technique 

More from Hazel Griffiths in the May 14th. Issue

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




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More Zazoo to come 

ROCKHOUSE 330 Julia Rd. (Corner Whitehead St.) 305-600-7823

Rafel Expitia (Two Mixed Media Collage)

Tony Ludovico

Actual LP Records Rafel Expitia


Aaron Change

One of the Many View from 2nd Floor

Rafel Expitia Mixed Media Collage

Rafel Expitia Mixed Media Collage


A few weeks ago Doug Mayberry and Hard Rock helped with an event to support the FKSPCA. Here is the Feature in the April 3 0 Issue

 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

We continue showing you a TEASE of a few of the Features that we are doing for the last 3 Issues in May ; before we go on Summer Hiatus : Starting with : 
Part of the Conch Republic Independence Parade & their English Classic Sports Car Parade ;  WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM
has an entire Photo Gallery on the Conch Republic Independence Day Parade Click Link 
Austin Healey

MG - B

The Mary Immaculate Star : Basilica School Mariners 5K Walk Run

The Key West PaddleBoard Classic

My Photo Shoot of the Colors 

of Fruits & Vegetables 

Eric's Haleys On-Line

Art Exhibition 

Our Final Part (Part 11) of Our Tour of the Artists of the Key West Art Center in the May 14th Issue

Tropical Torch by Mary Jean Connors  Oil

Glorious by Fran Decker  Acrylic


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

WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM 301 Front St. 305-294-1241 

Annual Associate Members Exhibition Going on Now.

A feature that I pushed back from a few weeks Ago : The Associate Member Exhibition Featured many of their Artists : here are just a few...

WaterLili by Sandy Dorley WaterColor

SpringBreak at Higgs Beach by Dennis C. Dacey  Pencil on Paper

Alter Ego by MK Clapp Acrylic

Beach Blues by Jane Washburn  Acrylic

The Flaming Buoy by Fran Decker Acrylic

The Male Patience by Carol Rezba Oil

And the Children Shall Lead by Suellen Crowley (Bottom Art)

Saint Trumpet Vien by Louis Weithas Acrylic on Canvas

Flying High on the Coast by Richard Weithas  Acrylic

The May 14th Issue will have Part 11 of the Artists of Guild Hall
Banyon Guest House by Mally Weaver

Solares Hill by Martha dePoo


 5525 College Rd. 

Animal Farm open Sunday  
Come see the New Butterfly Garden! Donated by the Sam Trophia Butterfly Foundation
Next Open Sunday May 13
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
 To the Right is Exec. Dir. of the MCSO Animal Farm Jeanne Selander and "Mo" and Deputy Brenda Jones "Channel"

4 More Animal Farm Photos up Shortly

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) sent us 4 Photos she took..Go to the Weekly KWAHS to see them ; Please. Of course this Vibrant Colored / Historic Fun Memorabilia Exhibition is MUST SEE in Person.  The May 14 & 21 Issue will have a Two Week Photo Feature from the Exhibition that I shot a few days ago...

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 4 The Artists of Guild Hall Gallery 
614 Duval St. 305-296-6076
Go to the April 16 Link for Part 1 :
April 23 Part 2 April 30 Part 3 

We start with 4 Photos by CJ Groth

Here are 4 from Poochie Myers

ALSO IN THE MAY 14TH., MAY 20TH. & SEASON FINALE MAY 27TH. ISSUE : 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.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.

More from Mote Up Shortly
World ReKnowned Classical Concert Pianist SVETLANA SMOLINA

WWW.PIMF.ORG 856-875-6816
The Philadelphia International Music Festival 
Faculty 2 and 1 week Programs Featuring
PIMP Piano Programs including Senior Division Ages 13-17
College Division Ages 19 +
2 Wk Program 6/16-29 and the PIMP 2018 Piano Program with Svetlana Smolia at Byrn Mawr College 1 wk programs 6/16-6/22 and 6/23-29
Pianist Svetlana Smolina born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, has performed with  orchestras and in recitals worldwide. Some recent notable solo appearances with orchestras include Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic at Avery Fischer, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestra National de France, Odessa and Nizhny NovgorodPhilharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, Florid
a Philharmonic, Shreveport Symphony, New York Chamber and many other ensembles.  Click LINK Svetlana 
 for much more info. on this World Re-Known Classical Concert Pianist. 
This Feature is extremely edited ; so go to their website for details.


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.

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, Kennedy Space Ctr. Dir. Astronaut Bob Cabana and Mike Mongo

Four more Animal Farm Photos and then we continue with "Colors of Spring" 


More from The Florida Keys Council of the Arts Exhibition "Colors of Spring" at the Gato Building

My Imaginary Garden by Gail Miller

Lilies of Spring by Judith G. Jones

Pretty in Pink Photography on Canvas by Beryn Harty

In A Spring A Young Bugs Thought Turns To by Beryn Harty

Western Union by Perry Frantzman Photo on Metal

Mola by Giaynina Mo Racett

More "Colors of Spring" in the May 14th. Issue ; and up shortly we continue our Feature from the "Connections Project" Closing Party

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

An Upcoming Issue will Feature the Latest Exhibition from Adam Currently Hanging at the Key West Gallery :"GOOD VIBRATIONS" 

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



Hi folks, here's some  skippomusik gigs thus far in the Merry Month of May:

Sat. 5/5@6:30.- Raven & skippo @ Blue Heaven. 
Sun. 5/6@5:30pm. The CRZBs Quintet @Gardens Hotel w/ Rob, Crizz, Mark Rose, &Gary Rivenson. 
Tues. 5/8@9pm. Chris Thomas, Bubba & skippo @Virgilio's

Sun. 5/13@5:30pm. Small Mystery Band@ Gardens Hotel w/ Phil Sampson, Mark Rose, & Cliff Sawyer. 
Tues. 5/15@9pm. 'Thunderdome of Love' band@ Virgilio's w/ Raven Cooper & Megan Clay. 
Sat. 5/19@6:30pm. Raven & skippo@ Blue Heaven. 
Tues. 5/22@9pm. The CRZBs @Virgilio's w/ Crizz, Rob, & Bubba. 
Sat. 5/26@6:30pm. The CRZBs Trio@ Blue Heaven w/ Crizz & Rob. 
Tues. 5/29@9pm. Raven, Megan & skippo@ Virgilio's. 
Sat. 6/2 @7pm. Scott Marischen Harp Quartet@ Sq. Grouper w/ Debbie Spring, & Rusty Hecht 
6/3 @ 5:30PScott Marischen Harp Quartet @ Gardens Hotel w/ Debbie Spring, & Rusty Hecht    
. Editors Note : Skipper Kripitz Gives so much of his time and talent to so many Organizations ; and it's a real treat to hear him play with so many different configurations. Thanks Ed

We Continue with our Weekly Visits to Zazoo


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


WWW.THEKEYWESTTHEATER.COM 512 Eaton St. 305-985-0433


(Formerly Called FAVOR)


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
The May 14, 21 , and Season Finale Issue May 28 Will have Multiple Photo Features from Many of the Artists in Frangipani


Pt. 2 of MOTE's 8th. Annual OceanFest held at the Eco. Discovery Center a few weeks ago

. 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  ; Fascinating Stuff.

The May 14th. and 21st. Issue will have a Photo Feature from their 2018 Art Garden

WWW.KWBGONLINE.ORG 808 Duval St. 305-294-4603. 
 Next Mixer is May 9 at the Audubon House.   

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

Part 2 Connections Projects Closing Party at Gato


ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT SYMPHONY CONCERTS I'VE HEARD WAS a few weeks ago; Brilliant Job Maestro Alfonso

The April 30 Issue had a large Photo Feature on this Concert ; Hit Issue Link to see it

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


We Continue with our Feature from Helen's Gallery

Harrison Gallery
WWW.HARRISON-GALLERY.COM 825 White St. 305-294-0609   The Season Finale Exhibition "Springtime in Key West"

Helen Harrison

Helen Harrison

Cathy Rose Mixed Media

"Abreast of the Times" by Helen Harrison

Joanne Klein

Aluminum on Wood

Editor's Note ; Thanks Helen, Ben and Cole for your Friendship and Continued Support.

Our Last 20 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.
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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 


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Jeremy Wilkerson Media Relations
Royal Furniture is hosting the 2nd Annual Gala to benefit Wesley House Family Services. We hope you can be a part of it this year. I have attached a flyer for your convenience. Feel free to share it with your friends, families and enemies (we would like them there also).
What: Wesley House Family Services Gala hosted by Royal Furniture
When: June 2, 2018 - 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Where: Royal Furniture - Marathon - 6001 Overseas Highway
How: For tickets call 305-809-5060 or visit the Royal Furniture location in Marathon or Key West or the Wesley House Family Services office in Marathon or Key West
There will be a fabulous Silent Auction, OPEN BAR, Live Entertainment, and amazing food by the Iron Chefs


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 14th. Issue will have at least 1 New Gallery Inserted (CONCH REPUBLIC INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE). 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.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

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 
Sponsored by
Stores All  Over The Keys. In Key West 3326 N. Roosevelt Blvd. 305-295-6400
We Continue with just a few pics from the Gato Closing Party from the 6th Annual Connections Project

 Commissioner Romero admiring the Art



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

Performers TBD
@d'vine Wine Gallery:  

Sunday, May 6 , Skipper Kripitz & Friends

  Jazz In The Gardens : 
5:30-8pm and Sunday was April 29 Peter Diamond and Friends.  May 6 : Skipper Kripitz and Friends. 

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

Go to the beginning of this Issue this Issue for Information on The CFFK Arts and Cultural Grants...


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

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

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 May "Keys Traveler" E-Newsletter Link ; Hit
for their May Keys Traveler. 

Arts & Culture


Diving and Fishing


"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 Kate 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.


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 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

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. 05/02/2018 --- Southampton Arts Center, the multi-disciplinary arts center located at 25 Jobs Lane in the heart of Southampton Village, today announced the promotion of Amy Kirwin to Artistic Director. Ms. Kirwin joined SAC in May 2016 as Director of Programs, driving the overall growth of the institution to over 200 programs annually, in a now year-round operation. Ms. Kirwin will report to Tom Dunn, Southampton Arts Center's new Executive Director.
"We are extremely proud of what SAC has accomplished since opening our doors in 2013 and as we enter this exciting new chapter, SAC is poised for continued growth and impact." said Simone Levinson, Southampton Arts Center Board of Directors co-chair. "Over the past two years, Amy has proven herself to be an innovative and dynamic programmer. We are confident that she is the perfect person to step up into this new role and shape the overall artistic vision of Southampton Arts Center." Due to Space Constraints this Informative E-Mail that was sent over had to be edited; please go to their website for much additional Information on Ms. Kirwin..  Editor's Note ; I so love all the Great Exhibitions you do...
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR  AMY KIRWIN sent us this a few weeks ago :
Exhibit Seeks to Inspire Action and Drive Conservation of Our Oceans and the Vulnerable Marine Life Within It
Blue Sphere Foundation, a not for profit that works to safeguard the planet's oceans and halt the destruction of threatened marine species and habitats announced today, in collaboration with Southampton Arts Center, the unveiling of a new worldwide art exhibit called "Light on Shadow" by photographer and conservationist Shawn Heinrichs. The exhibit will run May 26 through July 16 and is an intimate journey through both the beauty of marine life and the reality that threatens their existence, generating a powerful warning against complacency.  Due to Space Constraints Unable to give much detail on this Exhibition ; please go to their Website for additional Info. 

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

Executive Contributing Editor Carol Tedesco Took these photos for the Opening Reception of "That's Outrageous" ( MUST SEE :Brilliant Colors and Great Keys History). The May 14th Issue will have many Photos I shot a few days.
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  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

 Key West Art & Historical Society ArtCamp! at Fort East Martello offers weekly camp sessions for children and special Program Aide Training for Teens

(L) Registration is open for this summer's ArtCamp! at Fort East Martello, a summer program that celebrates Key West's rich artistic history and natural landscape over a series of nine weeks beginning June 4 and running through August 3.  In addition to camps held for children aged 5-14, this year's program includes a week of special Program Aide Training for Teens aged 12-16 held June 11-June 15, which will certify participants in assisting with the children's summer program though  leadership, creativity, and team-building development, and of course lots of fun!  

ArtCamp! runs from 9:00AM to 4:00PM, Monday - Friday and is $200 per session for Society members, $225 for nonmembers. Included are all supplies, light snacks and weekly Friday pizza parties. Free lunch generously provided by Star of the Sea Foundation is also available. Detailed descriptions of the Teen Program Aide Training and all ArtCamp! sessions along with registration information can be found at, click 'tickets,' or call Adele Williams at 305-295-6616, extension 115. Registration fills quickly.  Sign up now to secure your child's spot! Your museums.  Your community.  It takes an island. 

(R) On Thursday, May 17, Key West Art & Historical Society's Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes historians Laura Albritton and Jerry Wilkinson to Old City Hall, 510 Greene Street, where they will offer archival photographs and their accompanying stories of one of the most legendary avenues in the United States. The 6:00pm presentation of "Key West's Duval Street" traces the development and origins of the iconic thoroughfare.
Distinguished Speaker Series presentation tickets are $5 for KWAHS members, $10 for non-members, and are available at , click 'tickets." Early ticket purchase is recommended.  Sponsored by the Helmerich Trust and the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.   For more information, contact Adele Williams, Director of Education, at 305.295.6616, x115.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.
Photo by Nancy Klingenger

History sails onward with Key West Art & Historical Society's Hindu Harbor tours featuring Mark Hedden
On Saturday, May 12, launching at 10:00am, writer, photographer, and birder Mark Hedden will offer passengers "A History of the Natural History of Key West" during a90-minute seafaring excursion presented by Key West Art & Historical Society in partnership with Hindu Charters. 
"It's easy to think about Key West as sort of a backwater, a really out-of-the-way place that is fun but not all that important to how the natural world works," says Hedden. "But how we treat birds here affects the lives of birds all over the hemisphere."
Passengers aboard the beautifully restored 79' wooden sailing schooner Hindu can enjoy salt spray and mimosas or non-alcoholic beverages as Hedden discusses what we know about the Florida Keys' birdlife, and how we know it, with a look at influential historical figures John James Audubon, Earl H. Greene, Roger Tory Peterson, and Robert Porter Allen.  

 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.

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 :  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 and/or Call Bill, Eden, and Chef Hubbard

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
Monday, May 21st  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu.
Delicious Vegetarian Dinner - $85.00 - 5:30pm.  Stone Fruit with Olives, Fennel, and Orange Blossom Water.   Avocado Salad with Beet and Cocoa Dressing.      Roasted Cauliflower Curry with Green Apple and Basil Salad. Ice Cream Sandwich - Smoked Vanilla Ice Cream, Peaches, Jalapeno and Bourbon Marshmallow Sauce
Monday May 28 $95.00 - 5:30pm Join Chef David Fuhrman of Great Events Catering for this delicious dinner!.   "Chicken Fried" Red Shrimp, Sweet Potato Pancake, Black Eyed Pea Hummus, Oven Dried Heirloom Tomato and Bacon Salad.    Tuna Crudo, Grapefruit Salad, Horseradish Chimmi, Pork Belly Croutons, and Tempura French Beans.  Balsamic Barbecued Duck Flantas, Charred Poblano, Green Mango Salad, and Goat Cheese Crema. Scallops, Forbidden Black Rice, Pineapple Zucchini Relish, Avocado Corn Mash, and Red Curry Yogurt.   Caramelized Banana, Almond Dacquoise, Coconut Creme, and Drunken Raisins
Saturday, June 2nd - Weekly Wine and Food Tasting - Wine Education Event
$15.00 - 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Join us for our weekly Wine and Food Tasting featuring delicious wines with paired bites by Chef Martha Hubbard! Please Call For Seats.
Friday, June 8th  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
Summer Flavors - $80.00 - 5:30pm.     Grouper Crudo - Green Olives, Sundried Chilis, and Walnuts.   Grilled Peach and Cured Ham Salad with Ricotta Fritter. Toasted Chanterelle Gnocchi with Sweet Crab, Corn, and Heirloom Tomatoes.     Fennel Ice Cream with Espresso and Cocoa Nibs Shortbread Cookie

 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.



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 May 13



                • Thanks for Reading The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends. If you would like to insert material in the Magazine ; reach out to me at 954-448-4324 EK10@AOL.COM. Thanks to All the Contributing Editors & Organizations. Have a Great Week; Ed.