Monthly Archives: July 2012

Hemingway Days is happening now!

One of Key West’s favorite festivals, Hemingway Days, is now underway– with activities scheduled through the weekend. Watch the Hemingway Lookalike Contest, fish in the Marlin Tournament, experience readings, plays, and much more! A full schedule of activities can be found at

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Sunset Celebration

Photo by Sabrina Liguori.

Did you know that there is a celebration held each night in Key West, the subject of which is the sunset? Here on this little island, we feel that the daily setting of the sun is one of the most beautiful and wonderful things that happens– and we celebrate it in style, with artists, performances, food vendors, musicians and more! If you’re only in town for a short vacation you absolutely must make time to view this incredible tradition. Held at Mallory Square, our Sunset Celebration is one of the best examples of how wonderful Key West can be. Two hours before the sun sets, visitors and locals alike will converge at Mallory Square to enjoy fun and festivities…make sure you’re there!

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The Key West Summer Stage presents, “Talk Radio” July 10 thru 14

Key West’s Red Barn Theatre will begin its limited run of “Talk Radio,” the Broadway play nominated for two Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, tonight.

Written by Eric Bogosian, “Talk Radio” centers around Barry Champlain, an Ohio shock jock whose outrageous and insult-driven show is about to hit syndication. With his producer worried that Barry might take his contentious jibes too far, and Barry resistant to censorship, the play moves quickly between hilarious and heart-breaking, with winning results that are sure to stay with you.
The show runs July 10 through 14, with nightly shows at 8pm at the Red Barn Theater, located at 319 Duval Street. Tickets can be purchased at 305 – 540 – 6102.

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Partial clouds, whole lot of fun…

These cooler temperatures (well, cooler than the recent 90+ days we’ve been seeing!) and partly sunny skies have us itching to get out on the water. Add in the reasonably low winds we’ve been having and you get the perfect weather for one of Key West’s most popular activities: fishing! Both offshore and reef fishing are superb at the moment, with your chances of hooking a big, beautiful species of Snapper at a season high. So what are you waiting for? There are a variety of local charters to meet every price range and possible request– from private, all day power boats to shared single seats, your friendly Parrot Key front desk agent can certainly help you narrow down the choices to the one that fits your (and your family’s) needs.

Have fun this week, and as always, enjoy your stay on our beautiful island.

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Friday Night Happy Hour for a Good Cause

The BottleCap Lounge is hosting another Happy Hour tonight, this time to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Key West. Start your Friday night fun off on a charitable note, with drink specials, games and a raffle from 5:00 – 8:00pm.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Keys offer programs such as child care, summer programs, mentorship and more. To learn more, visit

The BottleCap Lounge is located at 1128 Simonton Street, Key West.

TGIF, everyone!

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First Fridays Art Walk Tonight…

Culture hounds will be delighted to learn that tonight is Key West’s favorite art event— First Fridays— the evening in which galleries and studios open to the public for a night of fun, free wine and mingling amidst the island’s newest art treasures. A few highlights that you should be sure not to miss…

-Island Arts Co-op Gallery will host a reception for new work in painting and jewelry by Katharine Doughty, their newest member. Located at 1128 Duval Street.

-The Key West Art Center presents an exhibit of acrylics painted by Mally Weaver done to illustrate the new children’s book — “Lucky Nickel” — a true adventure story about a sea turtle rescued in southwestern Florida.  Visitors young and old are invited to view the original paintings and the book in person. Located at 301 Front Street.

– Kate Peachey is opening her private studio to visitors tonight, July 6, from 5 to 9pm.
Kate’s Studio is located in the old carriage house at the rear of 1309 Whitehead St. Both Kate’s paintings in oil or acrylic, as well as holistic jewelry designer Karen Moore’s ZEN jewelry collection, will be on view.

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Tomorrow Night: Reggae Under The Stars

We know you might need a night off after last night’s festivities. We do too! So take tonight and have a lazy evening with the family before you head out tomorrow night for some of reggae’s most famous acts, joining hands for the first time to play a laid back, full moon concert. Friday night’s schedule looks like this: Head down to Sunset Pier (located at 0 Duval, part of the Ocean Key Resort) at 7:00pm after getting your tickets at ($25 if you do it ahead of time, or $30 at the door.) Then grab a drink and relax to the sounds of The Original Wailers (including members of Bob Marley and The Wailers band), Yellowman & the Sagittarius Band. Rinse, repeat.

You can thank us later.

For more information, call 305-296-6253.

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Happy Fourth of July, everyone!

Key West’s annual Fourth of July  picnic, with proceeds to benefit the Hospice of the Florida Keys and the Visiting Nurse Association, will be taking place at the Casa Marina Resort & Beach Club tonight. The celebration is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9 p.m. courtesy of the Key West Rotary Club.

The traditional buffet offers hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings for $25 per adult, $10 per child between 3 and 12 and free for children younger than age 3. General admission (no meal) tickets are $10 and include free watermelon, popcorn and cold drinks, live music, a silent auction and lots of children’s games. The fun will continue all evening, so head on over and enjoy!

The Casa Marina is located at 1500 Reynolds St. Have a happy and safe holiday, everyone!

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Hot way to start off your week….

Today’s temperatures are supposed to hit 90+, and with the UV index at a sky high 11, you’ll want to keep a close eye on any exposed skin– reapply often to avoid burns, and make sure the only lobsters on your vacation are those on your plate at A&B Lobster House!

All is quiet on the island front here in Key West, as our little town gears up for the big Fourth of July fireworks show happening this Wednesday at 9:00pm. In the meantime, why not head down to one of the public grills at Higgs Beach or Fort Zachary Taylor and have a pre-Fourth BBQ? Sounds good to us! And with tonight’s temperatures expected to hover around 80 degrees, it might be the perfect night to take one of Key West’s famous ghost tours. We’re getting chills just thinking about it…

Happy Monday, everyone!

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