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A reminder to all our readers that everyone’s favorite Caribbean celebration, Goombay Festival, begins today! Head on over to Bahama Village (ask one of our Parrot Key front desk agents to direct you to Petronia St.) and start celebrating.
Every year thousands of people attend Goombay where they delight in the various offerings, including arts and crafts, delicacies from a variety of Caribbean countries, and live entertainment ranging from gospel to reggae. Start your weekend off right with a little Goombay flavor!
You might have noticed that our little Key West Hotel has a big art collection– we take a lot of pride in supporting local artists and always try to find time to visit the art events around town. Tonight we’ll be heading over to the Walk on White, a fun and laid-back event celebrating all the fantastic works of art on White St.
Why not take a leisurely stroll down White Street to see what artists have been up to… and while you’re at it, check out the open artist studios at the Armory & 610 White Street along with a special residency cottage open house at 607/609 Ashe Street! Enjoy free wine, light snacks and as much talk about “the painter’s intentions” as you can possibly stand.
Have fun out there!
Like most Key West hotels, we at Parrot Key Resort like to think that we have a pretty great sense of humor. (Living on a tiny island that once tried to succeed from the United States, you’re pretty much required to be able to laugh at yourself.) Which is why we’re going to head down to Aqua Nightclub tonight for “Laugh Till It Hurts,” a cavalcade of comedy presented by Standup4KeyWest, our favorite local comedy troupe. For a measly $20 donation at the door, audience members are all but guaranteed a seam-splitting, belly-busting night of laughter. The show starts at 6:30pm and runs until 8:00…that leaves you plenty of time to practice your own standup routine to impress those Standup4KeyWest members afterwards.
Aqua Nightclub is located at 711 Duval Street, right in the middle of downtown Key West. Get there early for the good seats up front!
Every year, our little island of Key West plays host to a number of exciting festivals– from pirates to speed boats, there’s a celebration to fit everyone’s taste. The biggest, and most popular, is of course our legendary Fantasy Fest– ten days of crazy costumed parading, partying and other debauched activities. But equally fun is the festival that marks the imminent opening of Fantasy Fest: Goombay Festival, a celebration of the tastes, sights and sounds of Caribbean culture. We impatiently await the opening of Goombay each year–a family-friendly festival that offers incredible food, music, dancing, performances and a true sense of community– and we’re so excited that it’s finally only a few more days away!
For two fabulous days beginning this Friday, October 19th, stroll down the length of Petronia St. and see how long your willpower lasts (ours usually gives in right around the time we see the first foodstall. Conch salad, anyone?) This festival, the end of which marks the official beginning of Fantasy Fest and all its crazy glory, is the perfect way to dip your toe into the Key West festival pool. We’re certain you’ll love it.
The festival runs all day and offers something for everyone. This Friday, be sure to head down to Petronia Street and learn all about Caribbean culture… we’ll save some Conch salad for you, if you’re lucky.
Here at Parrot Key Hotel we really love a good mask– the more elaborate, the better. And with Fantasy Fest and Halloween both quickly approaching, we’re definitely going to be taking The Studios of Key West up on their offer for two special workshops in mask-making this month.
On Saturday, Oct, 13, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., workshop attendees are invited to join artist-in-residence Slaveya Starkov at The Wild Within: Masks & Headpieces, a workshop that sets out to explore the power of storytelling through the creation of art objects.
Workshop attendees will learn creative, hands-on ways to bring their dream mask, headpiece or individual design to fruition.
The cost of the workshop is $90 for nonmembers of the studios ($75 for members) with most supplies are included.
Make sure your Fantasy Fest costume is a true reflection of your creative abilities! Sign up for the mask-making workshop at http://www.tskw.org/
For more information, call 305-296-0458
Today at 6:30 pm the Florida Keys Audubon welcomes the public to view a free presentation by David Lewis, a beekeeper from Florida Keys Honey and Bees.
Global news has covered the devastating plight of the modern honey bee, whose numbers have dwindled to dangerously low proportions in recent years– all the more reason to stop by the West Martello Tower (home of the Key West Garden Club) and watch Lewis’ presentation, which will discuss the work that Florida Keys Honey and Bees does here in the Keys. Featuring an observation hive and honey products unique to the Keys, this exciting exhibition is sure to delight adults and children alike.
The West Martello Tower is located on Atlantic Boulevard, next to Higgs beach.
Here in Key West we sometimes feel that dressing in drag has become a competitive sport– the best of the best can routinely be seen strutting their stuff down Duval St, and local clubs like Aqua are always packed when their drag shows begin each night of the week. But how does a newcomer to the scene arrange their debut? What happens when a gentleman known to declare “Not me! You’ll never see ME in a dress” for years finally decides that maybe he deserves a moment in the spotlight (and in a fabulous wig, perhaps?)
Enter the Aqua Nightclub’s “Miss Never Say Never” Pageant, a night dedicated to the debut of those contestants who you never thought you’d see up on stage, happening tomorrow, October 10th, at Aqua from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Cheer your favorite as contestants are judged on pageant classics such as Beauty, Brains and a Q&A. You’ll want to get there early for a seat up front!
Aqua is located at 711 Duval St. There is a $10 donation suggested at the door.
Start your week off right with a spooky screening presented by Key West’s favorite independent movie theatre, the Tropic Cinema! Head down to the theatre tonight to catch a special, one-night-only screening of the 1954 classic horror film “Creature From the Black Lagoon.”
This definitive monster movie is not to be missed– get there early for good seats and great snacks! Screening begins at 7:00pm.
The Tropic Cinema is located at 416 Eaton St. For more information, call 305-295-4393.
Here in Key West we’re more likely to head to the “Dive In” than the “Drive In” movie theatre– and tonight they’re showing one of our favorites! Head over to our neighbor, Ibis Bay, to catch “Harold and Maud,” the 1971 cult classic that chronicles the relationship between an elderly woman and her friend, a young boy with some serious issues surrounding death. The movie begins at 8:00pm, we’ll see you there!
Ibis Bay is located at 3101 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL,33040, United States (Close enough to Parrot Key to walk!)
Want to drink with purpose this evening? Then head on over to the Lazy Gecko, located at 203 Duval St., and learn how the “fun” gets put into “fundraising.” Watch as the Lazy Dog Paddle Team and staff members get behind the bar from 5 to 8 p.m for drinks, laughs, raffles, a silent auction and more! All proceeds from this fantastic event will benefit the Monroe County Special Olympic athletes.
For more information, call 305-395-0724.