Monthly Archives: May 2012

Southernmost Car Show & Festival

The Southernmost Car Show will take place this weekend, May 25th-27th, with a range of activities including live music, vendor booths, raffles, tours of the Key West Naval Air Station and the culminating car show on May 27th. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Naval forces stationed at the Key West Naval Air Station. Come celebrate the 237th birthday of the U.S. Navy by treating your eyes to some of the most impressive hot rods, classic cars and other vehicles that you’ll ever see!

This event is free & open to the public.

For more information, including a schedule of events, call (305) 467-8196

is just around the corner, with festivities scheduled to begin this weekend, May is presented by the FCPOA (First Class Petty Officer Association) Naval Air Station, Key West. This is an annual benefit Car Show & Festival Weekend that commemorates the birth of the U.S. Navy (Oct. 13, 1775). This year honors the 237th birthday of the Navy with many activities surrounding the car show on Sunday, May 27. Free and open to the public.
Contact: (305) 467-8196

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Rainy Day Got You Down?

There’s still plenty to see & do in Key West, even when it’s a little wetter outside than usual.

The shops & museums by Mallory Square offer a wide variety of oddities and handicrafts, from massive beach ball-sized sea sponges to doubloons salvaged from nearby shipwrecks. Take a spin through Mel Fisher’s Treasure Museum, or bring the kids to the always entertaining Key West Toy Factory, with its whimsical ambiance and high-quality, unique toys. The Shipwreck Museum, Hemingway House and the Harry S. Truman Little White House all offer a bevy of indoor entertainment that is fun for both adults and children. And of course, Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum is worth a spin– if you can handle it!

Or, if you’re not afraid of a little mud, why not grab a plastic poncho and umbrella and go spend a lazy afternoon making your way through the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden? This lush sanctuary is the only “frost-free” botanical garden in the continental United States, and offers protection to many endangered flora & fauna. It also houses Key West’s only “Chug Museum,” an open-air collection of salvaged boats used by Cuban refugees seeking asylum. These incredible vessels are constructed from a myriad of materials, from reclaimed refrigerator motors to styrofoam slabs, and are truly amazing to see.

For directions to any of the above locations, ask your friendly front-desk concierge. They’ll be more than happy to point you in the right direction (even if that direction is just to the nearest indoor movie theatre!)

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Tonight in Key West

Tonight at one of Key West’s favorite dive bars and music venues, the Hog’s Breath Saloon, catch three acts sure to impress and entertain. First up, from 1pm to 5pm, Joel Nelson will perform some acoustic Americana favorites, after which local legend Gary Hempsey will take the stage, belting out his laid-back tunes until 9:30pm. Then from 10pm until the wee hours of the morning visitors can prepare to have their flip-flops rocked by The Coal Men, in town for just a few nights to perform their special brand of roots rock and roll. This is a stellar line-up for a Thursday night, and the perfect way to beat those gray sky blues.

As the motto of the Hog’s Breath Saloon clearly states: Hog’s Breath is Better Than No Breath At All. In this case, we think it’s pretty great.

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Musician Gordon Ross Returns to Key West

On Friday, May 18th at 8:00pm, the talented and popular Gordon Ross will return to the Studios of Key West for a one-night-only concert, with tickets already selling fast!

Accompanied by his new Musical Director, Mr. Michael Robinson, the show will bridge a wide spectrum of styles– from jazz to show tunes, blues and even the Beatles! It’s an evening that is sure to enchant both new fans and old ones. This much-loved local vocalist is scheduled to perform only two musical projects this year — both certain to sell out — so get your tickets now, before it’s too late!

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This Week: Local Art on Display

Venture down to the Studios of Key West this week and prepare to be impressed: on view is the artwork of fifteen incredibly talented students from Key West’s own High School Arts Program.

From now until May 31st the public is invited to visit the Historic Armory, located at 600 White Street, to discover drawings, paintings, photographs, and ceramics from our island’s next generation of artists. On Thursday, May 17th, the studios will host an official reception for the students, which will be open to the public from 6-9pm. Come mingle with Key West’s art fans and appreciate just how talented our little island is.

For more information, contact the studios of Key West at 305-296-0458 or visit

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Mark Your Calendars: 10th Annual Harry S. Truman Symposium is May 18-19

Join history buffs and novices alike as the Harry S. Truman Little White House hosts its 10th annual Truman Legacy Symposium, with this year’s theme of “Foreign Aid.” Featuring panel discussions with some of today’s leading experts, living relatives of President Truman himself, tours of the Little White House and much more, this two day symposium is always a popular event.

To register or learn more about the conference, visit:

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Weekly Weather Report, May 14-20

It’s that time of year in Key West, when weather reports begin to forecast hot, sunny skies– with a chance of thunderstorms hovering at around 30% daily. Don’t fret! This doesn’t mean you need to start unpacking the board games and scheduling rainy day trips to the movies. Here in the tropics, it’s not unusual for there to be a 30% chance of rain each day. When they do occur, these brief thunderstorms are usually a quick, intense burst of rain that never interrupts the day for very long. In fact, they’re usually quite refreshing!

With humidity levels usually hovering around 70%, it can feel like you’re swimming down Duval Street…until a short break of rain swoops in to cool everything down. So when you see the weather report calling for scattered storms, don’t cancel your day at the beach– just bring a dry towel and relax, sit back and enjoy the show. It’ll be over in a minute or two, and that blazing sun will be back to dry you off in a jiffy. It’s the island way!

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Key West Secrets

Tucked away at the back of an overflowing Caribbean handicrafts store lies one of our favorite Key West secrets: the delightfully kitschy Casa Antigua Garden tour. Behind the looming facade of 314 Simonton Street, through the overflowing artisan shop and a few back-room storage areas, visitors suddenly enter a literal oasis– complete with lush tropical foliage, an impressive orchid collection and a booming, theatrical audio tour to narrate the space. You’d never know it from the street, but this massive building has quite the storied history; both Hemingway’s first residence in Key West and the place where he penned A Farewell to Arms, Casa Antigua also served as a hotel, car dealership and even a brothel in years prior. Now the permanent residence and offices of Key West’s favorite must-read tabloid, Conch Color, visitors are still welcome to sneak through to the interior courtyard for the lowly sum of two dollars, where they can sit back, relax, and enjoy one of the most exclusive self-guided garden tours Key West has to offer. We love stealing away for a few minutes to sit beneath the giant palms and imagine ourselves back in Hemingway’s time. Truly a wonderful place to spend a quiet afternoon.

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Final Weekend of Short Attention Span Theatre!

Don’t miss your last chance to see the Red Barn’s Theatre’s Short Attention Span Theatre, now in its final three performances. The uproariously funny series of one act plays is perfect for the novice theatre-goer and the expert alike– with fresh 10-minute plays that highlight local talent and leave the audience begging for more. Located in the heart of historic downtown Key West, it’s the perfect way to spend a Friday night (and puts you right on Duval for a post-theatre drink afterward!)

Visit for tickets and show times.

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Jose Marti Weekend at Key West’s San Carlos Institute

This coming May 17th-20th you are invited to join Key West’s San Carlos Institute for a tribute to Jose Marti, Cuba’s foremost patriot and poet, and for a celebration of Cuba’s 1902 independence from Spain. The San Carlos Institute is one of South Florida’s most beautiful landmarks, founded in 1871 by Cuban exiles as a center for education, patriotism and civic leadership. A not-for-profit Cuban heritage center and museum, it served as the platform from which Marti launched the final drive for Cuba’s independence in 1892. Marti so loved the San Carlos that he called it “La Casa Cuba.”
The Jose Marti Weekend will play host to a bevy of cultural events, including film screenings, musical performances, panel discussions and more. For tickets, visit For more information, call 305-294-3887 or 786-251-3399.
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